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In a word: Woaaah!
Former Blossom star Mayim Bialik has signed on for a recurring role on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The former child star will portray Dr. Wilameena Bink, a counselor that fills the vacancy left by Mr. Molina.
Said Bialik of the role:
"[Series director] Brenda Hampton had this funny idea to have this high school counselor who is known for having, at her previous job, taken a student to the prom as her date. That's all she told me. She just said, 'I want to do this really wacky character,' and it just sounded great."
- firstname.lastname@example.org (M.L. House)
Top 25 Movies of 2009 #1 - 10
Here we are, time for all of us to reveal our top ten films of 2009. Many of you wondered why I only allowed you to pick five films in the nominations poll I started on Monday. Well, everything was in an effort to make sure you all held your lists until today as I reveal my top ten favorite films of 2009 and hope you will add your thoughts on my list as well as share your individual lists of 10, 15, 20 or however many films from the year that was. We have only a couple of days left before 2010 shuts the door on what I thought was a rather enjoyable year in film once you brush away a few of those lousy blockbusters that weren't.
Before I go any further, let me once again share the schedule as I promised I would include with each posting on Monday:
2009 "Best Of" Schedule
- Brad Brevet
His distorted Hindi speech is one of the biggest talking points in the recently released 3 Idiots. In reality, it was an almost similar monologue that fetched Omi Vaidya, (who prefers to be called Omi) an La- based actor, the role of Chatur Ramalingam in the Aamir Khan-starrer.On a trip to Mumbai to check out the Bollywood scene, Omi was asked by a friend to appear for an audition. The first audition went off without a hitch, but at the second he was given a dialogue from Munnabhai... to mouth. .I just rattled it off without exactly understanding the words. almost like the speech scene in the film,. says Omi. The next thing he knew, he was pencilled in for the role of the accented, mark-obsessed Nri geek in the film.The instructions he received from the makers were clear: Don.t take Hindi classes, stop watching Hindi movies and put on weight. »
Sorry TV fans, but this round of Girl on Top is going to be brutal! Sue Sylvester is facing off against Rachel Berry in a mega-Glee matchup; two of our favorite TV redheads, Joan Holloway Harris from Mad Men and Emma Pillsbury from Glee, are in ginger catfight; and any fangirl worth her salt is going to have a hell of a time choosing between Emily Deschanel's Temperance Brennan from Bones and Yvonne Strahovski's Sarah Walker from Chuck. Eek! Round three is open now, so get voting... How do you feel about these new competitions? Any heartbreaking losses so far, or are these your leading ladies of choice? Vote away on round three all week. This round closes and the next round will open on the morning of »
When Bones returns with a new episode on January 14, it will pay tribute a show largely responsible for the current trend of investigative dramas and serialized mysteries.
The installment's title might give it away: "The X in the File."
In case that clue somehow isn't enough, Dean Haglund guest stars as a diner owner on the episode. The actor (pictured below) is best known for his recurring role as Richard Langly on - you guessed it - The X Files.
During the hour, Booth and Brennan investigate possible alien remains around Roswell, New Mexico, a city where many people believe a UFO actually crashed in 1947.
Browse through our section of Bones quotes to get excited about the second half of season five and click on the photos below for an early look at scenes from "The X in the File."
- email@example.com (M.L. House)
"Tekken" is produced by Steven Paul Benedict Carver and Iddo Lampton Enochs from a screenplay by Michael Colleary, Alan B. McElroy and Mike Werb, adapting the original story, based on the Namco video game.
From the Weinstein Company, Summit Entertainment and Crystal Sky Pictures, Warner Bros will release the film in Japan, March, 2010.
A DVD release will follow April 5th, 2010 in the UK.
"...In the year 2039, after World Wars destroyed much of civilization, the remaining territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations, the mightiest of which is the 'Mishima Zaibatsu'.
In order to keep the masses down, Mishima »
- Michael Stevens
Zap2it's favorite TV episodes of the decade series continues with my picks for what moved me in the 2000s.
Let me preface my list with a shout out to my colleague Rick, who kicked off the series with numerous excellent examples, ranging from "The Wire" to "Freaks and Geeks." I actually agreed with quite a number of his selections, but since this is a very personal endeavor, full of unfounded opinions, naturally I must include some episodes I feel he overlooked or at least didn't value as much as I.
"The Body" ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
Although "Hush" and its creepy Gentlemen freaked me out (and earned "Buffy" its only writing Emmy nom), it aired in December 1999, just »
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org Question: Thanks for all the True Blood casting news! Do you have any other scoop on season 3? -Jkh Ausiello: It's happening: Lafayette is getting a boyfriend! A True insider tells me that Alan Ball is quietly searching for a sexy Latino actor in his 30s to play a lust interest for everyone's favorite same-gender-lovin' blood dealer. (Over the summer, Ball confirmed that viewers would see a more "vulnerable" Lafayette in season 3.) Got casting tips? »
- Michael Ausiello
Check out the first official Japanese movie poster for the upcoming action film “Tekken” by director Dwight H. Little (Dollhouse, Bones, Prison Break) and starring Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Cung Le (Pandorum). Synopsis: A Young Man Who seeks revenge of his mothers death. He finds his grand-father, Heihachi Mishima, and pleas to be trained. When the Mishima leader announces a “King of Iron Fist” tournament. He finds out that his mother’s killer, Ogre, will be participating in the tournament. He must fight against the worlds top competitors to achieve his goal with no interference. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest from “Tekken”. »
- Brian Corder
You can bring home the adventures of your favorite Witsec agents on DVD this March. In Plain Sight: Season 2 will be released on DVD on March 9, 2010. We don't have any pricing details as of yet, but this will be a three-disc set and you can look at the cover art below. The series stars Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Leslie Ann Warren and Paul Ben-Victor. For Mary, living a double life is all in day's work. Mary McCormack (The West Wing) returns as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal with the highly secretive Federal Witness Protection Program (Witsec), in Season Two of the suspenseful and quirky hit series In Plain Sight. For Mary, living a double life and getting shot at on a regular basis are all in day's work. So are teaming up with her trusted partner, Marshall Mann (Frederick Weller), to protect Federal Witnesses who relocate to Albuquerque »
The advent of Avatar obtained an estimated $73 million on approximately 7,000 screens at 3,452 sites over the weekend, claiming the highest-grossing opening ever for a movie that's neither a sequel, a remake nor a direct adaptation (though others had greater attendance). It was also the second highest-grossing December opening weekend after I Am Legend ($77.2 million). Overall weekend business surged 50 percent over the same weekend last year, but was down considerably from the comparable period in 2007, when I Am Legend and Alvin and the Chipmunks debuted.
With its advanced 3D presentation as a key selling point, Avatar handily set a new 3D opening weekend benchmark. Showing on 3,129 3D screens at 2,038 sites, the format accounted for an estimated $52 million of the gross. The previous highs were Up's $35.4 million and Monsters Vs. Aliens' $32.6 million. Included in the 3D total, were 179 IMAX runs, and, while IMAX won't report its cut until Monday, the company did »
- Brandon Gray
For me, it was a toss-up between The Office and Modern Family this year. The Dundler-Mifflin Christmas party was sort of like Halloween in that the outfits were so festive they could have counted as costumes. Stanley the mailman's Christmas sweater was the best, though the Dunphys' knit-based monstrosities on Modern Family, issued on high via webcam from half of Fred Willard's face, were a bit louder. Don't miss this holiday greetings e-card from 20th Century Fox, featuring two executives posing as a Modern Family married couple along with confessionals from the real Mf cast. There were follies aplenty »
- Annie Barrett
As we discussed in our review of "Faith," Tuesday night's NCIS worked in the traditional murder-mystery angle with more personal/family stories than we usually see.
Below, our staff members break down the latest episode of TV's #1 show in further detail in an NCIS Round Table discussion. Here's what our panel had to say ...
1. What was your favorite NCIS quote from the episode?
The Barnacle: Ziva may speak nine languages (10 including the language of love), but she kills me every week with slip-ups like "redthroats" and "bah-humbog."
Dr. Shepherd: A tie between any of Tony's uncomfortable Secret Santa ramblings and Ducky's rambling, philosophical conversation with the corpse (and Palmer).
M.L. House: In an episode called "Faith," I have to go with Gibbs on the Reverend's comment about his son's god vs. his own: "They're one and the same."
2. Which story did you enjoy more, Gibbs' dad visiting or the murder mystery? »
- email@example.com (Dr. Shepherd)
In 2009, the number of leading lesbian characters on primetime broadcast TV doubled — from one to two.
Out of the estimated 600 lead and supporting characters on network TV, seven of them of are lesbian or bisexual. And of those seven, five of them kissed women last year. And of those five, three of them made out during Sweeps.
Things looked bleak at the beginning of the year, but with the growing trend of lesbian brides getting gunned down or cheating on their wedding days, and the continued trend of bisexual characters only expressing their same-sex attraction during Sweeps, and the loss of Showtime's lesbian drama The L Word, we're ending the year on a downward spiral in terms of lesbian visibility.
Scripted Television: Broadcast
Don't thank me, thank EW.com intern Sandra Gonzalez for compiling the following much-requested list of mid-season premiere/return dates. Actually, go ahead and thank me, too. I asked her to do it. Sunday, Jan. 3 Desperate Housewives returns (ABC), 9 Pm Brothers and Sisters returns (ABC), 10 Pm Monday, Jan. 4 The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love premieres (ABC), 8 Pm The Secret Life of the American Teenager returns (ABC Family), 8 Pm Heroes returns (NBC), 8 pm (moves back to 9 Pm on Jan. 11) Make It or Break It returns (ABC Family), 9 Pm Tuesday, Jan. 5 NCIS returns (CBS), 8 Pm New season of The Biggest Loser »
- Michael Ausiello
I think there are only three film festivals on the circuit where filmmakers and producers are really conscious on how a production start date my ultimately affect their film festival status. There are the heavyweights of Cannes and Venice, and then there is Sundance. For the better part of the last 15 years, we are talking about the Reservoir Dogs era, the festival has jumped started thousands of careers and perhaps the best sign of adulation is the creation of competing festivals in SXSW and Tribeca. Here are five more prediction picks, you can find the complete list of predictions by clicking here. - I think there are only three film festivals on the circuit where filmmakers and producers are really conscious on how a production start date my ultimately affect their film festival status. There are the heavyweights of Cannes and Venice, and then there is Sundance. For the better part of the last 15 years, »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
Fast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009
CBS averaged 15.9 million viewers and a 9.7 rating/16 share in households for the night, finishing way ahead of second-place Fox (8.6 million, 5.3/8). NBC came in third with 6.65 million viewers and a 4.0/7. ABC's rerun lineup (4.2 million, 3.0/5) came in fourth, and The CW (1.6 million, 1.1/2) trailed.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 4.1 rating finished comfortably ahead of Fox and NBC, which tied for second at 2.7. ABC averaged 1.2 and The CW 0.7.
Thursday hour by hour:
CBS: "Survivor: Samoa" (13.8 million viewers, 8.0/13 households)
Fox: "Bones" (10.8 million, 6.7/11)
NBC: "Community" (6 million, 3.7/6)/"Parks and Recreation" (5.6 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "FlashForward" rerun (4 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.9 million, 1.3/2)
18-49 leader: "Survivor: Samoa" (4.3)
CBS: "CSI" (17.1 million, 10.4/16)
NBC: "The Office" (9.2 million, »
This year's Christmas episode lacked the emotional impact of Season 1's quarantine and the puckishness of Season 3's mistletoe kiss, but it did have something going for it: Shirtless Booth. (Watch the scene below.) His clothing became evidence after a man dressed as Santa robbed a bank with a bomb strapped to his chest, exited to meet Booth, and blew up. Watching Booth grow increasingly uncomfortable as Brennan slowly removed his tie, his shirt, his "cocky" belt buckle and his pants ("I’m just gonna start reciting some saints"), was worth sitting through the rest of the hour that while okay, »
- Mandi Bierly
Almost Famous star Zooey Deschanel had to answer to her sister when she appeared on the crime show Bones. Deschanel, 29, said of working with Emily, 33 : 'I was hesitant. I just wanted to make sure that everything was right. But it ended up being really fun. I was glad I did it. We had a really good time and we definitely cracked up a lot. Unfortunately, sometimes it was on camera.' The sister act, she said, did not allow sibling rivalry to rear its ugly head. 'She was essentially my boss for a couple [of] days because she's one of the producers of the show. But we've never really competed because we're so different »
- Philippa Bourke
Prepare yourselves for excessive cuteness, TV fans, because tonight is the night when Zooey Deschanel guest stars on Bones with big sis Emily Deschanel! This very special Christmas episode features Zooey D. as Brennan's long-lost cousin Margaret, a return visit from Ryan O'Neal as Brennan's miscreant father and some heartwarming developments between Brennan and Booth (David Boreanaz). The sisters talked to reporters recently about "The Girl in the Goop," and here's what Emily spilled about how this family-oriented installment of Bones changes the romance between our favorite forensic anthropologist and her favorite G-man: So what brings B&B closer together (and maybe even close together »
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