ENTERTAINMENT news: WrestleMania 29 Plans, new/cancelled TV shows

WrestleMania29LogoRumor ’round the net has it that there are some interesting things in store for WWE’s “Show of Shows,” WrestleMania 29.  Initial reports suggested that WWE Champion CM Punk would meet Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at the Royal Rumble and subsequently drop the Championship.  This would then lead to a hot feud between Punk-Rock and a main event rematch at ‘Mania.

Current word has Punk retaining against The Rock at the Royal Rumble and moving into a different high-profile feud.  By the time WrestleMania rolls around, Punk will have reigned as champion for over 500 days, thus creating a high-stakes a “Streak vs. Streak” match between CM Punk and the undefeated (at WrestleMania) Undertaker (20-0).

Punk’s current feud with newcomer Ryback is expected to fizzle and Ryback is speculated to move into a feud with the Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship that will culminate at WrestleMania 29.

On a side note, there have been rumblings about transitioning WWE Diva AJ Lee to a full-time wrestling role so she can challenge Eve Torres for the Diva’s Championship at WrestleMania.  It would be the first time the championship has been contested at WrestleMania, which emanates from Lee’s hometown.  If WWE wants to push AJ to the stars, WrestleMania would be the launching pad – I can’t recall a woman ever winning the championship in her hometown on the grandest stage of them all.

Assuming these rumors are true, there are three major wild cards left standing in the cold – John Cena, The Rock, and Brock Lesnar.  Knowing WWE, they could become a triple threat match, or WWE could opt for a “Twice in a Lifetime” match between The Rock and John Cena.  Either way, these “plans” are purely speculation, but we can expect our WWE Champion to interact with either “The Great One” or “The Phenom.”

Other ENTERTAINMENT news – television: 

The CW has pulled the plug on Emily Owens, M.D. after the fledgling drama flatlined in the ratings.

MTV, to fill the void created by the cancellation of Jersey Shore, is going to debut a new reality-tv show on Thursday nights called Buckwild.  The show will follow nine young adults in small-town West Virginia as they live by the motto “whatever happens, happens.”  The new series debuts January 3.

CBS has ordered a straight-to-series drama titled Under the Dome, based on Stephen King’s novel with the same title.  The show is expected in Summer 2013.

Well, for now that’s a wrap!


Music Video Premiere: “Hearts” – Psychobuildings

I put the finishing touches on a music video I spent two weeks shooting and editing.  I’m proud to unveil the [unofficial] music video for “Hearts” by the Psychobuildings:

I wanted the video to feel psychotic, random, claustrophobic, and for it to be both contemporary and 80’s referrential.  Hope you all like it.  There’s even a little homage to The Joker (Heath Ledger) and The Dark Knight (2008).  Comments are encouraged and welcomed.


ENTERTAINMENT news: Boy Meets World Sequel Series and more

It’s been announced that the popular show Boy Meets World (1993-2000) will be getting a “sequel series” titled Girl Meets World.  The new series by creator Ben Savage is set to debut on the Disney Channel in 2014.  Savage is keeping hush-hush on the details, but we do know this so far:

– The series will focus on Riley, Topanga and Cory’s 13 year-old daughter and her “edgy” best friend Maya (who will be like Shawn was).

– Riley will have a 14 year-old brother named Elliot.

– Cory is a history teacher! (a.k.a. the new Mr. Feeny)


At 10 p.m. and midnight showings, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 raked in an estimated $30.4 million, on its way to grossing $71.2 million on Friday.  Related to the film’s release, a man was arrested in Springfield, Missouri after planning to replicate the theater shootings that took place earlier this year.  The man was turned in to authorities by his mother and arrested before being able to carry out his plan.

Complete box-office estimates to be revealed Sunday afternoon, but it’s expected that Breaking Dawn Part 2 will earn near $160 million in its debut weekend as it eyes a franchise record.

Yesterday, ABC announced the cancellation of series 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, while CBS announced plans to retire freshman series Partners.  The series’ are all victims of low-ratings.

Britney Spears and will.i.am are collaborating on a new single “Scream & Shout,” set to debut on US radios on November 19.  The accompanying music video will premier on the Thanksgiving edition of X-Factor.

That’s a wrap!


ENTERTAINMENT news: Guardians, Breaking Dawn Pt. 2, and More

DreamWorks Animation’s latest feature Rise of the Guardians hits theaters Thanksgiving weekend, but I was fortunate enough to snag a couple screening passes, and saw it last night.  I had a feeling going into this that I’d love it, if for nothing more than the pure magic it sought to capture – the magic of childhood memories (that and the Sandman makes giant dinosaurs walk through the streets).  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the screening was in 3D – and a fairly impressive 3D at that (snowflakes anyone?).  I loved this story, its concept and its message – really everything about this movie.  Grade: A

So after seeing Rise of the Guardians, you’d think I’d go home right? Wrong.  Then it was off to Ronnie’s to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.  Granted, the Twilight movies haven’t garnered the best reputation and seem to be mocked as equally as they are praised, but I found this installment (the finale) to be the best one yet.  I’ve always been a huge Pattinson fan – especially in this franchise (I think he’s the best of the brood [ahem, pun] – though my personal favorite role of his is as Jacob [how ironic] in last year’s Water for Elephants).  Despite some of the special effects and dialogue (and parts of the story) being hokey, I was really glad to see Bella (Kristen Stewart, too) become a 21st Century bad-ass woman – finally!  Truth be told, I’d resented Stewart’s work for years, primarily because of how helpless she is in the Twilight franchise – so, imagine how pleasing it was to see this change of pace – she was like a whole new woman on that screen.  Grade:  B

And in other ENTERTAINMENT news:

– It was announced yesterday American Horror Story has been renewed for another 13-episode season.  The current season American Horror Story: Asylum will conclude its run in mid January.  It’s safe to assume that the third season wouldn’t premier until Fall 2013.

– There is talk of setting Transformers 4 in China with the hope that it would bring in additional box office revenue.  Michael Bay and Paramount hope the added appeal will bring in massive audiences in the 1.3 billion people country.  Here’s the catch though, the Chinese cultural censors are going to have input on the depiction of the Chinese military – so it will come off favorably in the film.

That’s a wrap for now!


Decision 2012: President Obama elected to a second term

The battle for the White House was suspenseful, to say the least – but when the votes were counted, it was clear – President Barack Obama was elected to serve a second term as America’s leader.

In his victory speech, President Obama said:

“These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty, we can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now, just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter… Despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future… We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet… We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America… That’s where we need to go – forward – that’s where we need to go… Progress will come in fits and starts… Our economy is recovering, a decade of war is ending… With your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead… The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote.  America’s never been about what can be done for us, it’s about what can be done by us… I am hopeful tonight because I’ve seen the spirit of work in America… I’ve never been more hopeful about our future… I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us… I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class.  I believe we can keep the promise of our foundmen – the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or where you love.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old, or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.  I believe we can seize this future together… We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states – we are and forever will be the United States of America, and together, with your help and God’s grace, we will continue our journey forward and remind the World just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.  Thank you America, God bless you…”

President Obama’s message was inspiring and I’m proud to have supported him throughout this election process.  I, like many others, am looking forward to the next four years, and anticipate the social progress and history we are about to make as a country.  Congratulations President Obama – I believe in your vision and where you’re taking America.