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Mega Serene | Sep 29, 2005 10:00 and are counting down to the release of Serenity (and they have different countdowns, btw) but who cares? I've seen it! Hah!

The line was very long at the megascreen in the Village Force cinema complex, hereafter known as the Worst Cinema Complex in the World, on Monday 19 September and sadly, we were near the back, but nevertheless, there was a welcome by a chap from United Pictures, a long-ish King Kong trailer, a trailer for some other movie that I can't remember because it looked crappy, and a pre-recorded message from Joss Whedon himself.

And the movie of course, which I'm not going to tell you about because now the sacred trust of the Whedonverse has been passed on to those who attended. All I can say is that some very cool things happen, some very funny things happen, something really shocking happens and I enjoyed it very much. Reader Morgan had warned me about the sight lines at the megascreen and he wasn't wrong - we got a seat at the side of the theatre and consequently any character standing on the extreme right of the screen was twice as wide as those in the middle. Perhaps it was just a devious ploy to make the fans who got the crappy seats go back and see the movie again. Guys, you needn't have bothered.

Entertainment Weekly has a story in its September 16 issue about the use of early screeners, the Internet, world of mouth and the fans spreading the buzz about Serenity. Make it into a hit; get another one made. It can be tricky getting into the website, you generally have to be a subscriber. Try this story anyway. Also, there's this cute story from All I can say is, I've had sex.

TV3 has picked up a number of good shows for its 2006 season, especially My Name Is Earl, Everybody Hates Chris and Prison Break. It also has Kitchen Confidential, which I couldn't possibly say that I've seen and can't tell you is disappointing. 3 also has David Boreanaz's next show, Bones, which is basically worth watching for him and co-star Emily Deschanel. That old Mulder and Scully chemistry thing never gets old. TV3 has confirmed a second series of Outrageous Fortune and a third series of bro'Town and there's a new local drama series called Doves of War as well, written by Greg McGee (Street Legal). Stars Scott Wills, Blair Strang, Robbie Magasiva and Aussies Andy Rodoreda and Kate Atkinson. Kids' series Maddigan's Quest is also in the line-up.

Heard Mikey Havoc talking on the radio about how much shit was on television the other day. Just something to ponder.

Here's a worrying trend. And check out Martha Stewart's catchphrase. The US series set in Iraq, Over There, starts on Sky Movies 1 on October 5, although these soldiers are less than impressed.

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Rongo vs Brashie | Sep 15, 2005 09:28

Holy crap, I've got a blog! I, like, totally forgot. Sorry. But on to more pressing matters, the question on everyone's lips: how the hell does Rongo keep getting through on NZ Idol? I think we know why Keshia got the boot - it's the girls that vote and they don't vote for girls. Not so much, anyway.

But, Rongo, dude, "Never Gonna Give You Up"? I'd hoped never to hear that song again in my life. You are one lucky sonofagun. You're the Don Brash of NZ Idol, you keep mucking up and being forgiven by the electorate. But do we really want Rongo to win? I think not. And do we really want Brashie running the country and going out in the world representing New Zealand like some antipodean Prince Philip, making gaffes all over the shop? It would be so embarrassing.

Excitement mounts (oo, that sounds rude) as we come closer to the date of … Serenity! Fidel Castro - not his real name - emailed about the advance screenings of the movie on September 19, apparently tickets sold out in 15 minutes in Wellington. I got in for the extra tickets they put on at Queen Street (which will now be on the megascreen, whatever that is). So see ya there. Also, good news, fans, Joss Whedon is on Rove on Friday. Check out Whedonesque - Joss is in Sydney doing interviews and may film Wonderwoman there. Excitement is also mounting also over the debut (around about now) in the US of David Boreanaz's new show, Bones. He co-stars with Emily Deschanel, who was in Boogeyman. His character's got a really crap name though, slightly worrying, but it will be nice to see Boreanaz out in the sunlight, even if we'll have to stop ourselves yelling at the TV, "No, Angel, don't go out there, it burns!" Nicholas Brendon is in Kitchen Confidential, the series probably loosely based on the Anthony Bourdain book, along with the guy who used to be in Alias. Wonder how many drugs they'll be allowed to take? Alias is returning soon, btw, although late at night.

The Fall season shows are debuting in the US right now - we'll probably be swamped with a bunch of supernatural-psychic-aliens-from-outer-space series sometime next year. In fact, there's one called Supernatural, just so you're clear on that. Also, someone's found a use for Brent Spiner and the excellent Peter Dinklage, but I dunno, it better have twists. Lots of twists. And running.

In news from the strange world of television, TV3 is screening a show called Sing Like a Superstar, in which local celebs warble for charity until eliminated and TV2 is screening a show called So You Wanna Be a Pop Star, in which local celebs warble - not sure if it's for charity - until eliminated. Strange. Why either of them would want to do such a programme is probably only known to God and their marketing people, but there you go.

In other strange news from the world of television, don't count on seeing the Emmys any time soon, unless you're happy to wait until a week after they are held in the US and at around 12.25am one Friday night on TV3. TV3 bought them, you see, then decided there were too many of the opposition's shows represented - Desperate Housewives, Lost etc - to show in prime time. Yah, boo, sucks. On the other hand, TV1 was big enough in its publicity (to subeditors anyway) to admit that Grant Bowler, from the TV3 show Outrageous Fortune, is fronting Border Security, which is coming on soon, basically an Aussie version of Border Patrol. Speaking of Fortune, it was bloody funny this week, best ep yet. Good news: it's been renewed for another season by TV3, so if it's this good in its first season, can't wait for a second. I went to the launch of the Prime show Interrogation, where there were strong hints that it would be renewed for a second season too.

The advertising downturn doesn't seem to be happening in the US, where American Idol has just become the most expensive show on prime time TV other than the Super Bowl. Cost for a 30-second ad? US$705,000. Rupert Murdoch's shit-eating grin when he heard the news? Priceless.

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