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robboDate: Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014, 03:23 | Message # 226
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Monday TV Ratings: How I Met Your Mother And Almost Human Drop: The Following Hits Series Low TV Ratings For Monday, February 3rd, Are In. Here"s A Brief Rundown:

Last night"s episode of How I Met Your Mother (which was back to being frustratingly dull after last week"s excellent installment) dropped 13% to a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 9.26 million viewers. Elsewhere on CBS, 2 Broke Girls was even with a 3.0 rating and 9.2 million viewers, Mike & Molly was flat with a 2.6 rating and 10.18 million viewers, Mom dipped 4% to a 2.3 rating and 9 million viewers, and Intelligence was even with a 1.5 rating and 7.5 million viewers.

Over on Fox, Almost Human dropped 10% to a 1.8 rating and 6.35 million viewers and The Following was down 5% to a series low 1.9 rating and 5.8 million viewers.

ABC"s Castle ticked up 5% garnering a 2.1 rating and 9.92 million viewers.

Finally, The CW"s Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast were both even with a 0.4 rating and 1.15 million viewers and a 0.3 rating and 881,000 viewers, respectively.

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robboDate: Friday, 07 Feb 2014, 04:32 | Message # 227
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Actors Who Became Absolute Legends With Just One Movie / Robert Patrick - The T-1000 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)



Robert Patrick - The T-1000 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
Robert Patrick - The T-1000 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day).




You can often gauge the success of an actor by how often they are persuaded to reprise their most famous role: the more they do It, the less other work would appear to be coming in. Robert Patrick reprised his role as the T-1000 on two occasions in more comedic films, namely in Wayne"s World and Last Action Hero. While the original role was iconic, breaking new ground in the blending of live action and CGI, his subsequent career has left a lot to be desired.

Patrick started off as a house painter, until he almost drowned in a boating accident in 1984. After moving to California and getting a few small roles in low-budget films, his first significant credit came as a henchman in Die Hard 2. James Cameron had originally cast Billy Idol as the T-1000, but Idol was involved in a motorcycle accident and couldn"t take the part. Cameron picked Patrick because he was a complete contrast in appearance to Arnold Schwarzenegger, quipping, "If the T-800 series is a kind of human Panzer tank, then the T-1000 series had to be a Porsche."

Patrick did a really good job on the T-1000, portraying a villain of cold determination who is seemingly indestructible and relentless in its mission to destroy John Connor. The problem was that he took the business of not showing emotion a little too liberally in his subsequent work, turning in performance which lacked any real charisma. He has his moments here and there but nothing that indicates either that he deserved better or that a comeback is on the cards any time soon.

( What He Did Next: ) Patrick has continued to work consistently but enjoyed little mainstream success, the exceptions being his supporting roles in Cop Land and Walk The Line.

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chrisdvanneDate: Friday, 07 Feb 2014, 09:43 | Message # 228
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Patrick has continued to work consistently but enjoyed little mainstream success, the exceptions being his supporting roles in Cop Land and Walk The Line.


Patrick also played Dana Scully's partner John Doggett, an FBI Special Agent who was assigned to work on the X-files in 2000, when David Duchovny quit the serie.


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robboDate: Saturday, 08 Feb 2014, 00:34 | Message # 229
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Actors Who Became Absolute Legends With Just One Movie / Linda Hamilton - Sarah Connor (The Terminator & Terminator 2: Judgment Day)

Notwithstanding the challenges of returning to acting after pregnancy, actresses in Hollywood face another, simpler and bigger challenge: the lack of great, active female roles. While men can pick and choose from a variety of roles in big-budget blockbusters, women often have to settle for playing love interests, damsels in distress or other mainly romantic or sexual roles. Parts like Sarah Connor come along once in a blue moon, and that explains why Linda Hamilton isn"t more famous.

Having been told by her acting professor at Washington College that she wouldn"t amount to anything, Hamilton moved to New York and attended classes by Method acting pioneer Lee Strasberg. She got her break on the soap Secrets of Midland Heights, before breaking into films with TAG: The Assassination Game. James Cameron spotted her in Children of the Corn, based on the short story by Stephen King.

While Sarah Connor begins the first Terminator film as a frightened mousy creature, she gradually transforms into something much more gutsy, independent, energetic and intelligent. Hamilton is a commanding presence in the second film, retaining traditionally feminine qualities like empathy and the material bond with her son while being as physically and mentally strong as most of the men around her. The fact that Hamilton has never reached these heights again is a big indictment of Hollywood"s attitude to women - something which is still a problem for aspiring talents today.

( What She Did Next: ) Hamilton concentrated on TV work between the two Terminator films, appearing on Beauty and the Beast and Murder, She Wrote among others. After Terminator 2 she returned to TV again, with her only big cinematic hit being Dante"s Peak. She recently had a recurring role in Chuck.

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robboDate: Monday, 10 Feb 2014, 04:12 | Message # 230
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James Cameron: Ranking His Films From Worst To Best / Worst 8. Piranha ll: The Spawning ( 1981 )

What else was it going to be? Even the biggest names in Hollywood need to start somewhere, and this low-budget sequel to Joe Dante"s 1978 cult hit will forever be remembered as the directorial debut of James Cameron. After cutting his teeth as art director on Battle Beyond the Stars and providing effects work on Escape from New York, the 26 year old Canadian was promoted from his post as Piranha ll"s special effects director when original helmer Miller Drake was fired from the project.

The director"s first foray behind the camera was a disastrous one. With a budget of less than $150,000 (a far cry from what he now gets to play with), financial constraints saw the crew filled primarily of Italians that couldn"t speak English which caused countless communication problems, and Cameron was constantly at loggerheads with the producers about the tone of the final product, with rumors abounding that the director even broke into the editing room to assemble his own cut of the movie before he was caught.

Unsurprisingly, the end result is pretty awful. The special effects are laughably bad and the behind-the-scenes battles make for a poorly-edited finished product. Initially disowning the movie, Cameron has softened his stance over time and now jokingly refers to Piranha ll: The Spawning as "the best flying piranha film ever made" After watching his debut feature, it"s hard to imagine that this was one of the most promising young directors of the decade.

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robboDate: Monday, 10 Feb 2014, 05:14 | Message # 231
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James Cameron: Ranking His Films From Worst To Best / Best 1. The Terminator ( 1984 )


James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger on set of Terminator 2
James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger
on set of Terminator 2.



The movie that rocketed both James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger towards the Hollywood A-list remains as gripping as ever, almost 30 years since its release. Based on a vivid dream the director had about a metallic figure crawling away from an explosion, Cameron sold the rights to the movie for $1 as long as he was able to direct. And as they say, the rest is history.

With a budget of just $6.5m to deliver a sci-fi action thriller that primarily takes place at night, the sophomore director had a hell of a job on his hands. It didn"t help either that Linda Hamilton had an injured ankle, considering she spends a great deal of the movie running away from The Terminator. You couldn"t tell from watching the finished product though., The Terminator is a relentless barrage of gunfights, car chases and wanton destruction that features three instantly iconic performances from Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton.

The Terminator was also a surprising success at the box office, topping the domestic charts for two weeks on its way to a worldwide gross of over $78m. The movie succeeds on so many levels, delivering a brilliant original sci-fi concept, a fast-paced thriller, an explosive action spectacle, and belied its status as a low-budget genre flick to become one of the most popular and iconic action movies of all time.

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robboDate: Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014, 00:30 | Message # 232
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Zombies Beat Olympians! " Walking Dead " Ratings Top Sochi Coverage In Demo

The Walking Dead has ollied over NBC"s Olympics coverage

The zombie hit midseason premiere had 15.8 million viewers and an 8.2 rating among adults 18-49, beating NBC"s Sochi Winter Olympics ratings in the adult demo Sunday Night (which had a 6.9 in the demo). This marks the most-watched midseason premiere yet for the AMC hit, up 28 percent from last year"s return. The performance is down just slightly from the season four premiere last fall (16.1 million). For The Walking Dead to post this large of a ratings gain while airing against the Olympics is quite impressive.

"With a number of high-profile choices on television last night, for The Walking Dead to deliver record ratings is remarkable. Thanks to the fans, who have been so supportive of this show in so many ways. We share your passion for this world ," said Charlie Collier, AMC president. "Chocolate pudding for all!"

After-show Talking Dead had its best premiere yet with 5.9 million viewers.

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robboDate: Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014, 03:02 | Message # 233
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Here"s What Will Happen To The Flash If His CW Series Doesn"t Work Out

The Arrow spinoff hasn"t even come out yet, but there"s already a plan B on the table.

The success of a live-action superhero show is a might bit unpredictable, and the chances for pseudo spinoffs of said show even doubly so. Remember when The WB thought that Smallville"s sizable audience would also happily tune in for Birds of Prey? I think we can all recall how that one turned out.

Badly. Just wanted to be clear there. Birds of Prey did very badly.

So it should come as no surprise that the executive producer for both Arrow and the forthcoming Flash, Greg Berlanti, has a backup plan in mind. You know, just in case Barry Allen superspeeds his way into a faceplant. Berlanti is hopeful but pragmatic, saying, "Fingers crossed we don"t screw it up and he gets his own show! If he didn"t, I don"t think we would ever want to let Grant go. He"s too valuable. That would be our hope, I think - no matter what, to keep Barry part of the universe."

Sure, there"s always some risk to even cop to the notion that your show could fail, but honesty like that is also really refreshing. And I"d be feeling pretty relieved if I were Barry Allen actor Grant Gustin. Because plan B seems to be that, if Flash doesn"t work out, They"ll just make Arrow into a buddy show.

But what do you think - would you be all right with Green Arrow sharing more screentime with the Flash should the spinoff fail?

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Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Arrow) and Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) in Arrow
 
robboDate: Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014, 01:51 | Message # 234
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Death Watch 2014: TV Show Survival Predictions /  Just A Few Shows

The CW

Supernatural: The CW"s president says the show can continue as long as it wants with these numbers.

Arrow: Definitely.

The Vampire Diaries: Assured.

The Originals: Can"t kill the vamps.

The Tomorrow People: Future doesn"t look bright.

NBC

The Blacklist: Renewed (NBC execs probably dream of doing nothing all day long but renewing this show over and over again).

Revolution: Tough call. It"s owned by a rival studio, which doesn"t help. Perhaps a 13-episode season?

Grimm: NBC still wants a Friday thriller block and Grimm remains the key.

Hannibal: Since season 2 hasn"t yet debuted in its new time slot, it"s far too early to say.

Dracula: Probably won"t rise again, yet NBC isn"t count-count-counting it out.

ABC

Castle: Currently enjoying its best season ever. Hell yes it"ll be back.

Marvel"s Agents of SHIELD: Ambitious but disappointing. Surprisingly not a lock to return.

Once Upon a Time: Having its weakest season in the ratings, but Storybrooke has more tales to tell.

Grey"s Anatomy: Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital will stay open.

Nashville: Considered a "DVR hit." Yup, that"s a thing now. will likely return.

Fox

Sleepy Hollow: Renewed.

Almost Human: Short circuited in the Nielsens and pricey too. Fox will abort.

The Following: Fewer following The Following, but Fox finagling a pickup.

Bones: Renewed.

Rake: It"s still early but - we"re hearing it"s probably dead.

CBS

Intelligence: Awfully dumb ratings, though adds 3 million viewers from DVRs. Too early to call.

Hawaii Five-0: A fine Friday night show for Joe Lunchpail. It"ll stick around.

Person of Interest: No brainer.

Blue Bloods: Same as above, and recently hitting a series high in viewers didn"t hurt.

NCIS: No brainer.

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chrisdvanneDate: Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014, 13:37 | Message # 235
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As usual, times are hard for sci-fi shows on broadcast networks (Revolution, SHIELD or Almost Human). One of the keys is to find appealing characters (Sleepy Hollow managed to do that).

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chrisdvanneDate: Saturday, 15 Feb 2014, 01:54 | Message # 236
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What makes Summer Glau so hot to geeks everywhere? The guys over at Guys Gab break it all down in this cool interactive ThingLink photo!

Link: Anatomy Of A Geek Dream Girl


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robboDate: Saturday, 15 Feb 2014, 02:19 | Message # 237
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# 236  Anatomy Of A Geek Dream Girl. One word for Summer Glau. PERFECT.  Tiny feet at a size 7 what I"m only in a 9. must have feet like canoes. sorry Summer just teasing.  wink
 
robboDate: Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014, 00:15 | Message # 238
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Superheroes Who Really Should Have Had A Movie By Now /  Green Arrow (DC Comics)

Green Arrow (DC Comics)

After the undeniably huge success of the Arrow television series, it really does make you wonder why a Green Arrow movie hasn"t been made at this point.

Oliver Queen was also a very popular character in the Smallville television series, further highlighting the live action potential of the character.

If there"s one thing that the Avengers movie proved, it"s that street-level characters can hang with super-powered foes and not appear redundant alongside the likes of Thor and Hulk. Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow all played an integral part in the defeat of Loki and the Chitauri.

With that in mind, a Justice League movie is inevitable and the team will likely include super-powered characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash - with only Batman as the definite street-level member. He needs some street-level backup like the Avengers smaller-hitters had and Green Arrow is the obvious choice.

He"s been a staple member of the superhero team since the 1960s and, along with his own live action success on television, the success of the Batman movies (which show that street-level DC action is very much appreciated by audiences) and the huge success of his recent appearances in comic books, it really is a mystery why a movie hasn"t already been made.

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robboDate: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014, 01:38 | Message # 239
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5 Cable Channels That Are More "SciFi" Than SyFy

BBC America.

From Doctor Who to other "Supernatural Saturday" imports such as Atlantis and the original Being Human not to mention Star Trek: TNG re-runs, BBC America is a better SciFi channel than SyFy has been in years. SyFy tries to compete by importing second-rate Canadian series such as Lost Girl and Bitten to try to attract the cheap genre romance novel crowd, and the series tend to end up just as low-rent as their original movies. if you"re a science fiction fan, BBC America should be your first stop on the channel guide.

The Science Channel.

Not long ago, The Science Channel saw that the SyFy channel wasn"t fulfilling its promise to the fans of the genre and sprung into action. While the channel does some awesome science shows such as Through the Wormhole and Futurescape, they"ve also become the cable home to Firefly, Fringe, and science-fiction reality shows such as Prophets of Science Fiction and Trek Nation.

The History Channel.

SyFy tries to do "paranormal" stuff, but it ends up as shit like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Mine, and Paranormal Witness. History Channel has them beat by a mile thanks to Ancient Aliens and repeats of UFO Hunters. If you"re into aliens, the History Channel is now the Alien Channel. In the past they called it the Nazi channel because of all the WWll stuff, but that"s been moved to the Military Channel in favor of Ancient Aliens!

Spike.

I kind of find it hilarious that the first thing the SyFy channel ever aired when it began in the 90s was Star Wars. These days, if you"re a Star Wars fan you probably know how often Spike does all-weekend marathons of both the Prequel and Original Trilogies. Bitch all you want about them being the 2004 DVD editions, but the channel shows Star Wars so often it shames SyFy in doing so.

AMC.

Obviously AMC is included here for The Walking Dead, but they also show a lot of scifi movies and even devote entire weeks to a theme scifi fans would enjoy. Superhero movies are very common on the channel, and as long as The Walking Dead remains strong and that spin-off is on the way the channel will remain to be the superior destination for scifi fans looking for a good genre movie on a Saturday Night.

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chrisdvanneDate: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014, 01:59 | Message # 240
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Robots, cyborgs have found little success on TV

"Almost Human" and "Intelligence" are following in the footsteps of past TV series that struggled to find an audience with the human-machine hybrid.

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