19 April 2011

HIMYM Hopeless Quotes

If you've watched How I Met Your Mother this week, I'm sure you'd want to go over that exchange over bars or hangouts they can go to. I thought that was brilliant writing, something that hasn't been happening for the show for a while now. It drove me crazy. Good crazy. I watched the scene three times.

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And here's a transcript of that, which I got from this site.

“Oh, we’re not drinking here, tonight we’re going big. Let’s see, what club should we hit first? There’s Club Was … There’s Wrong.” – Barney
“Umm, those places shut down a long time ago.” – Marshall
“Oh no!” – Barney
“Oh No shut down, too.” – Marshall
“There’s Where.” – Ted
“Where’s Where?” – Jerry
“Where’s where Was was isn’t it?” – Lily
“No, Was wasn’t where Where was, Was was where Wrong was. Right?” – Barney
“OK?” – Jerry
“Not OK, that place is lame.” – Ted
“OK is Lame? I thought Lame was a gay bar, or is that wrong?” – Robin
“That’s wrong. That’s not Wrong.” – Marshall
“Guys, focus.” – Barney
“Oh, I like Focus, let’s go there.” – Robin
“Where?” – Ted
“Not Where, Focus.” – Robin
“I thought Focus was closed?” – Lily
“No Was was closed. Once Was shut down and reopened as Closed.” – Barney
“So Closed is open.” – Marshall
“No Closed is closed.” – Robin
“I don’t know … third base!” – Jerry
“Ehhhh … Third Base is all frat guys.” – Robin
“I’ll go any place, OK?” – Lily
“NOT OK, OK is lame.” – Ted
“OK is not Lame, Lame is a gay bar.” – Robin
“Guys, shut up.” – Lily
“No, Shut Up shut down. I can’t believe I don’t know the clubs anymore.” – Barney
“Guys, just pick a club, OK?” – Marshall
“NOT OK.” – Ted
“OK is LAME … Gay bar!” – Everyone
“For the record, I was in there once by accident, I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced Lamé.” – Marshall
“It’s Hopeless, isn’t it?” – Barney

18 April 2011

If I Were A TV Showrunner...

I'd cast these two in one series, where they will play brothers who love their hats. =) I'd call it "Fedora Brothers".



And then the show would tank. Because the writing by the showrunner is so bad.

But the women would cry. Because these two men are gorgeous. And have to be seen on TV. Like, ALL THE TIME.

And the women would launch a "Save The Fedora Brothers" movement online. And they would send me (the showrunner) Fedoras. Which would start my "Hats For Bald Men Foundation".


First Thoughts: GAME OF THRONES [I attempt to break it down for you]

The main complaint that viewers have from watching the 1st episode of Game of Thrones was that it had too many names and faces all at once, that it got very confusing. By viewers, I mean critics who got an advanced 6-episode copy of this 10-episode series (lucky them!). But from what they say, the pilot is just an elaborate "laying of the groundwork" of what happens to be a much-anticipated series. The real action happens further into the show (say episode 3 or 4 or maybe 6).

I watched the pilot expecting the dialogue will render me sleepy, as I just had a full meal and my body was aching for the bed. I watched wondering if I'd get confused, too. But maybe I paid attention to it so well, the names and faces didn't bother me. Alright, the names did. But it's easy to Google those.

So, here's a little breakdown for you, in case you plan on watching this epic production. (Well you should if you love a good fantasy series!) Or if you have no plans of leafing through the pages of the book, A Song of Fire and Ice, where it's based from. (I have not read the book, either.)

Basically you have this guy, Eddard Stark ---

the warrior formerly known as Boromir
Eddard Stark is the Lord of Winterfell and one of the King's closest friends. So close, that the King fondly calls him by his nickname, Ned.

The King is Robert Baratheon, who I suppose Ned used to call Bob, but because he is King now, he addresses him as "Mi Lord". But because this is my blog and I am not under the King's commands, I shall continue to address him as Bob. K?

Ned and Bob are childhood buddies. They were raised by Jon Arryn. Up until the time of his death (which is where their story opens), Jon Arryn was known as the King's Right Hand. Now that he is gone, the King then travels to the North in Winterfell,  to ask Ned to take his place and be with him in the South, where the kingdom sits.

From what I understand, the King's Right Hand is basically the person running the affairs of the King, while the King pretty much fattens himself up.

Hence, the King is this big. Hehe.

Well, to be fair, the King really is the Full Monty.

So, with the possibility of a transfer, Ned's wife, Catelyn, isn't all too happy about it. See, early in their marriage, when Ned and Bob were but mere warriors and were away from home a lot, her husband returned home with a son she did not give birth to.

Jon Snow is called the bastard son, having been born outside of his father's marriage. In spite Catelyn's resentment of him (which I can only guess by the way she looks at the young man), Jon Snow is a good half-brother to his siblings.

Speaking of siblings...the Stark family is probably Winterfell's answer to the Von Trapps. Except that their talent isn't in singing but in becoming warriors (warrior-ing? LOL!).

Well, some of the boys are potentially good warriors at least (and one of the girls, who is a tomboy). But the youngest, Bran, who is only 10, is good at getting himself into trouble...that by the end of the pilot episode, you would probably gasp at what happens to him.

Okay, so then...we have Bob's crazy family to tackle next.

Bob is married to his Queen, Carsei Lannister. Carsei has a twin brother, Jaime. And a midget brother, Tyrion.

I used to be the Terminator's Mother. Now I'm Queen.
I'm the good one. My midget brother is evil. 
No, I'm the good one. I may be small but I've a HUGE p---ersonality!
Don't be fooled by the Lannisters' appearances. Something is up with these siblings and their presence would make such a solid hero vs. villain subplot.

And if that weren't enough...on the other side of the world, in Pentos, is another family --- the Targaryans.  Fom how I understood it, the Targaryans were the original rulers of the Seven Kingdoms, before Bob took over.

The Targaryans lost their power when their patriarch died. And the son, Viserys, fake blond and all, is bent on getting the kingdom back believing it is rightfully theirs. But without an army to do that, he is powerless against the current King.

I need to get my highlights done again...

My brother had me do highlights, too. I hate it when he controls my life.

So, he pimps his sister, the lovely Daenerys, to "fuck 40,000 soldiers and their horses" if needed, and forces her to marry a warlord of the Dothraki --- Khal Drogo.

Me tough, tough. Me know no English!
It's also interesting to watch how this tension between the sibling goes. But I have to say that if Viserys is the only family I have left? I'd rather live alone. And seriously dye my hair red! :P

Okay, so this is it...the main characters of a cast of "thousand" names and faces.

The story of Game of Thrones is complex and there's definitely a lot of layers. There's also a lot of nudity and gore. This isn't like Lord of The Rings in terms of content. (LOTR is of course, a children's tale.) You can't let a child below 16 watch this, although I do wonder how they explained a lot of the scenes to that 10 year old kid playing Bran.

Overall, I loved the pilot. I expected to. I've been waiting for Game of Thrones to come to TV for 2 years!

14 April 2011

New Show Alert: The Next FRIENDS, circa 2011 --- "HAPPY ENDINGS"

Ever since FRIENDS went off the air, it seems like every new TV sitcom about friendship that ever came out was called as "the next FRIENDS". None came close to being one.

Seven years since, and I've once again come across a new show that's being billed as "the next FRIENDS". It never gets old, I guess.

Happy Endings is about an ex-couple and four of their friends. The premise is about dealing with being friends with your ex and the series stars Elisha Cuthbert (who everyone loved to hate on 24). The show is created by David Caspe. I checked the guy's credentials on IMDb and this is his very first TV series.

I'm a bit excited for this one, if only because most critics say it does fare well and may in fact be the FRIENDS of this decade.

I also like the fact that the girls on the cast are two of the better young female comedians I've seen in a while -- Eliza Coupe, who was on Scrubs and Casey Wilson, who appeared on Saturday Night Live.

Watch the 3-minute Teaser:

The show premieres tonight on ABC.

12 April 2011

"Haha, Stupid!!!" --- Is my reaction to a scene from "CAMELOT"

While watching Camelot last night, I blurted "HAHA! Stupid!!!" out loud, much to my own amusement. I said it in a way that this guy from The Simpsons would usually say it when he's bullying Milton.

We were on the third episode of the series and in one scene, Guinevere was supposedly "giving up her flower" (Thank you, Monica Geller!) to her new husband, Leontes (who is actually Lancelot, but Camelot's creator thought Leontes is a better name).


Hours before her wedding to Leontes, Guinevere had spent time with Arthur. And by "spent time" I meant this:

Guinevere and NOT HER FIANCE
Oh, but she was worried (see facial reaction).

She knew that she was in trouble. She knew that her future husband (as in, just hours near into that future! She was gonna marry that night!) would know she's no longer a virgin.

So, she hatched an evil plan.

That night, as expected, the marriage between Guinevere and Leontes was consummated:


This happened in spite of King Arthur's disdain, by the way.

He presided over their wedding. But he was clearly pissed (see facial reaction) the woman he just had, uh, sexy time (hah!) with was right in front of him saying "I do" to one of his best friends.

You must know the legendary story by now. So back to the Honeymoon Suite...

Alright, after this:

Leontes went to pee, not a few feet away from his new wife...

And Guinevere took the chance to take something from under her side of the bed...

What is it?

Tadaaaaaaaah! It's blood!

From this poor guy...remember him? (Scroll up!)

And once Leontes saw the blood, he was concerned but he also smiled all-knowingly...

And that's when I said, "HAHA! STUPID!"

But of course, as pointed out by the husband watching it with me --- this was in a different time and they didn't know any better and women wore real chastity belts.

But I just feel sorry for Leontes because:
  • Lancelot is a better sounding name.
  • His new wife and his best friend, the King, are cheating on him.
  • It's the Days of Yore (Thank you, Rachel Green!) and his haircut is so 2010 Justine Beiber, which is to say....it's not hip when a grown man is sporting it.
Would you not feel sorry for him, too?

Anyhoot...I think I'm the only one who watched the episode and found it funny. :P Amusing thoughts aside, Camelot's still entertaining and the costume department is top-notch!

I love what they had Arthur wear...this deep blue and hunter green ensemble. I thought it looks current. A gorgeous man can wear this thing now:

And the women's jewelry? Gorgeous!!!

Have you been watching Camelot? Enjoying all the sex scenes, huh? LOL!

08 April 2011

Where To Buy The Talking Lion Phone on "The Good Wife"?

Seen on this week's episode of The Good Wife is this plush lion toy that was attached to a phone. Once attached, it started talking. Like one of those Jim Henson puppets. Whatever the person at the end of the line was saying, the lion was moving its lips along with it. It was so amusing!

Watch the scene to see what I'm talking about:

Cute, huh?

So yes, it's actually a speaker for an iPod, which I'm sure kids (and their parents) would love to have.

This toy, I learned, is hard to find. But further googling it up brought me to this site, Gizmine, which does not only have lions but other furry animal speakers for sale.

See it in action:

For an iPod speaker, it's quite expensive. But then again, it's not just any other speaker, it's a talking animal!

From the creators of The Good Wife:
“Our daughter suggested we give the phone to our Mr. Mom investigator, Wiley. It seemed like a good idea to do this in an episode where we couldn’t get Titus. The only problem is our prop person couldn’t find the phone. So we tried various talking animal toys: and the funniest was the lion from a small Japanese company, Kuchi-Paku. The doll can be attached, as we did, to an actual phone, or an iPod. It’s very funny to play Presidential speeches through it.” - Source

07 April 2011

Bones Spin-off "THE FINDER" Geoff Stults To Appear on Bones April 21st

I'm only able to watch Bones when I happen to see it on cable TV or when a special episode is on. That doesn't happen a lot but I did manage to catch the episode where everyone wore Halloween costumes (two years ago?), or that episode with Zoey Deschanel as guest.

However, I will be most likely tuning to Bones again when it airs its 19th episode of the 6th Season on April 21st. This is gonna be a special episode because they will be introducing a new character who is the central piece in the upcoming Bones spin-off, The Finder.

Yes, there will be a Bones spin-off. And this is the guy, actor Geoff Stutls, who will be on it:

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This is the press release from Fox for that very special Bones episode:
The remains of a maritime museum security guard are found in the Florida Everglades after an attempt to steal an obsolete 17th century nautical chart fragment used to find treasures. In order to solve the crime, Booth seeks out Walter Sherman (guest star Stults), a former Iraqi soldier with an uncanny gift to unearth anyone and anything. With Sherman's help, as well as that of his colleague, Ike Latulippe (guest star Burrows), and his legal advisor, Leo Knox (guest star Duncan), the team is led to tattoo artist who points them in the direction of a tough young woman. But when the woman is found murdered with remnants of the map lodged in her remains, the team discovers centuries of history linked to the map and the suspect behind the crimes. Meanwhile, Brennan puts Sherman's remarkable skill to the test, and Booth harbors cold feelings toward his former military comrade in the all-new "Finder" episode of BONES airing Thursday, April 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Are you happy there's going to be a Bones spin-off or have you had enough of spin-offs and sister shows and such?

05 April 2011

First Thoughts: THE KENNEDYS

The Kennedys, which premiered over ReelzChannel last weekend, is from a story that's been told over and over  --- in print, in the movies and in television. Whatever this show had to offer viewers is nothing new. We all know who they are and we've all heard, read and seen stories about America's "royal" family, however true or made-up these are. So, I won't go in to that.  Except perhaps to say that some writers and producers have done a better job of doing a story on the Kennedys than this. Produced by the team that delivered eight seasons of 24 (Joel Surnow, et al), maybe there's more to watch in the next few installments. It's only the first 2 episodes after all and we've got 6 to go.

I did, however, really like four things from The Kennedys, namely:

These three (3) actors --- Greg Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson & Barry Pepper --- who convincingly played JFK, JFK's father Joseph and JFK's youngest brother Robert. The assumed their roles perfectly.

The fourth one I liked? Would have to be Katie Holmes' lipstick (hah!):

What shade are you wearing, Katie O?

The make-up and wardrobe team did an excellent job transforming her into Jackie Kennedy. Her portrayal of her, however, left me unimpressed.

For now.

I kept thinking, if only to convince myself as I watch her struggle with her drawl/accent, that she was amazing and likeable as Joey on Dawson's Creek. That worked and she was bearable.

Critics have not been kind to The Kennedys. Even before the series aired it already struggled. It was in danger of never airing on television.  Despite this, ratings for the first two hours were surprisingly strong, setting a record for ReelzChannel.

Have you seen this or are planning to watch it soon? Or are you gonna pass?

I wonder where I can get Morgan's golden sandals on "Camelot"?

Alright, this isn't really blog post about a TV show but more like fashion and shopping. But when you have an epic series like Camelot where the costume is very much part of the story, you can't help but notice even the slightest detail.

I've been keeping my eye out on the earrings, necklaces and hair ornaments the women on this show wear. But I had to literally stop and pause when I saw the character of Morgan, King Arthur's half-sister, wearing this golden gladiator sandals:

It's gorgeous, even with just the partial view! I wonder who made this pair?

This Miu Miu is close, but it's in suede and has no zipper at the back:

They probably have custom-made footwear for this show, no?

First Thoughts: THE KILLING

I expected nothing from The Killing and watched its two-hour premiere with little information about how the show originated. In the middle of watching, I had to pause and Google up who was behind this. Because I was so impressed by the way the story was unfolding, I had to know right away. It was developed by Veena Sud who has worked on the show, Cold Case.

There's nothing original about the story, per se. Its running theme is so prevalent among many crime procedurals we're watching these days (such as Cold Case).

And the show itself is an adaptation of a Danish series.

But several thing stood out for me:
  • The ACTORS, particularly the lead character. This is the first time I'm watching Mireille Eros because I haven't seen Big Love beyond five episodes, where she's apparently a constant guest star. Eros, as the police investigator, is very engaging, despite not having the extraordinary pretty face that many lead stars usually posses. She acts subtly but you can sense the intensity in it, if that's possible to do. I can't help but fall behind her and support her as the show's central point.

    The rest of the actors are familiar to me, because I've seen them play second fiddle to the leads in shows like Life, Battlestar Galactica, 24 or Prison Break. It's wonderful to see them stepping up and giving their best performance. The last scene in the pilot episode, for instance, demonstrates just how capable the actors are.

  • THE WRITING. While it's not flawless and there are a few fake-out scenes, the show's pacing has been carefully laid out. Like I said, I was impressed by the storytelling. The narrative held my interest solidly and I liked how they made use of the location in the story.

    The characters are believable, relatable and well-presented. I knew that The Killing hit its stride immediately when I turned to the husband and saw that his eyes were red and teary. He, too, had been crying on some scenes!

    It's interesting to see how the political angle is going to work its way into the story.

  • THE SETTING. The show couldn't have picked a better location in Seattle, perhaps to come close to its original Danish series.  The Killing's mood felt a lot like Robin William's Insomnia, which was an adaptation of a Norwegian/Danish movie, as well (if I'm not mistaken).

This series, a beautiful but woeful tale involving loss and seeking justice, is going to be on my list to watch every week.

The show comes in 13 episodes and is aired on the AMC.

02 April 2011

New Show Alert: CHAOS

Briefly...this one looks like fun and I can't wait to watch the pilot. If you're looking for a crime series that isn't too intense and serious, you might wanna check out Chaos, which stars Freddy Rodriguez (from Six Feet Under and one of Ugly Betty's ex-boyfriend).

Chaos premieres tonight on CBS.