Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tonight's All About Max Greenfield on Fox With The Schmindy Project!

Tonight, Emmy Award nominee Max Greenfield can be seen in not only an all new episode of New Girl but also an all new episode of The Mindy Project!

Photo Credit: Jennifer Clasen/FOX

In the NEW GIRL episode “Big News,” Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) scramble to keep their break-up a secret from the loftmates. Meanwhile, Schmidt (Greenfield) tutors Cece (Hannah Simone) for her G.E.D. and Winston (Lamorne Morris) passes his police academy entrance exam, demanding that the gang throw him a “Honey Roast.”

My 3 Favorite Schmidt Moments on Tonight's New Girl:

1. Schmidt taking it upon himself to tutor Cece after he catches her studying at the bar... immediately schooling her on notecards, Perth, and more.

2. Schmidt throwing Cece shade when Jess shows up at Cece's place to talk to Cece - alone and Schmidt feels left out. My favorite dig? Schmidt basically saying that Cece doesn't know how to spell.

3. Schmidt's reaction when he finds out from two of the others that Jess and Nick broke up. Don't worry, I won't spoil his reaction for you. :)

Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus/FOX

In the THE MINDY PROJECT episode “Think Like A Peter,” Mindy (Mindy Kaling) reacts to Danny (Chris Messina) ending their secret romance by taking on Peter’s (Adam Pally) approach to relationships: date everyone. The method appears to work when Mindy meets a handsome stranger (guest star Greenfield).

My 3 Favorite Max Greenfield Moments on Tonight's The Mindy Project:

1. Greenfield's character (not Schmidt) being charmed by Mindy and asking her out.

2. Greenfield's character mistaking Mindy for a parent.

3. The truth about Greenfield's character fully coming to the surface.

There's more entertainment where this came from so be sure to watch tonight!

Watch New Girl TONIGHT at 9/8c and The Mindy Project at 9:30/8:30c on FOX.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tina Fey & Jason Bateman Are Set to Appear At BookCon

It has just been announced that ReedPOP plans on kicking off their latest pop culture convention, BookCon, with a special hour-long panel and sneak peek of the upcoming film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s bestselling book, This Is Where I Leave You with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, director Shawn Levy, and Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay, all attending. The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican and will take place on the eve of BookCon, May 30th at 4pm at the Special Events Hall in the Javits Center.

The panel will be followed by an "exclusive" two-hour Happy Hour to celebrate the debut of BookCon which will allow authors and attendees to mingle aka the ultimate photo opp for every fan who attends. I don't understand the point of hosting ONE panel on the day before BookCon. If this is supposed to be their version of San Diego Comic Con's Preview Night and is meant to become an annual thing, it's weak. If this panel and happy hour really is just something to have to kick off the first ever BookCon, okay. Otherwise, this seems a little odd to me.

A limited number of tickets for the BookCon kickoff event will be available for all those who purchase BookCon and BEA tickets for an additional $10. ReedPOP will also offer tickets as part of a VIP package that will include special artwork, a signed copy of This Is Where I Leave You, First Access to seating, access to BookCon on Saturday, and more.

Why not make the eve of BookCon its own preview night that attendees can register for separately and for a limited time, making the happy hour included in that registration? I don't know about you but trekking to the Javits Center for ONE one hour panel the day before BookCon if you're not attending the happy hour seems a bit much. Especially if you're in the back of the panel and can't even see the panelists. Mine as well wait until the panel hits YouTube, am I right? Anyway, this stood out in the press release:

By bridging the world of film and literature, the panel is a prime example of the mission for this consumer event and will usher in more exciting events and panels soon to be announced.

So there we have it. BookCon's goal is to feature book to movie adaptations. That's great to hear, especially since this convention is open to the public. I'm sure there will be plenty to look forward to for attendees. At least after the kick off event. I still don't understand why BEA's Power Reader Day couldn't have been reworked for this purpose but if you do attend BookCon, you can expect to see Amy Poehler, Martin Short, John Grisham, R.L. Stine, Stan Lee, Cary Elwes, Cassandra Clare, and Maggie Stiefvater to name a few! So if you're not able to attend BEA, I'd look into BookCon some more. If you are attending BEA, I'd say just stick with BEA for now.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit TheBookCon.com.

This is Where I Leave You opens in theaters September 12, 2014.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Goodbye Being Human

Tonight, Syfy's Being Human came to an end.

Ever since it was announced in February that after four thirteen-episode seasons, the series would be coming to an end, I knew I wanted to write about what this series means to me. The thing is, I have so much to say and don't know where to start. I don't know if my emotions will ever completely process so I want to get what I can get out now before I really don't know what to say. So here goes...

I remember when the show premiered back in January 2011 with the episode, "There Goes the Neighborhood." And here we are tonight, with part three of "There Goes the Neighborhood." My tweets went from "So far, so good" to all of this gushing.

From the moment this series premiered, I knew it would be a favorite of mine. The voice overs always got me. The words were always so poignant. The tone of the show, the balance between drama and comedy has been consistently phenomenal from day one. I was so often taken aback by how timely the comedic beats came both in dialogue and in physical comedy. It seems like this came so naturally but I know it took a lot of work to have these beats there and have them mean something while moving the story along. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the light hearted moments of this show... this show about life and death and the in between and the after.

“You can’t save yourself if you don’t know the danger you’re in.” – Sally

Being Human, through the supernatural taught me what it means to be human. To embrace humanity. I've said before that this show took the ordinary and made it extraordinary. Rather, it showed me the extraordinary. It showed me what's worth fighting for because it's so worth fighting for. It showed me not to be afraid to ask for help. Not to be afraid to give. To shape what's dark inside into something good.

Being Human was a great reminder that the past never leaves you and an even greater reminder of what it means to do the right thing, sacrifices and all. Being Human is about the will to survive, controlling impulses, walking through fear, loving and being loved. Unconditional love. Grace. It's something else. Being Human faces living in a nightmare head on, tackling what it means to first trust one self before being able to truly let others in. This show is about honesty and loyalty, consequences and closure, making a way when there is none because it's never too late to make a way, a change for the better.

What I love about supernatural stories is that I'm able to see myself, people, the world in ways I never otherwise would have. The writers took what we knew about vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, and zombies and turned everything upside down, giving us new perspectives on the familiar. The metaphors among the supernatural and what we face every single day are endless. All brought to life through so many hands. Some of which were the actors who were fabulous. They brought these rich, rich characters to life. Main, recurring, and guest stars, Mark Pellegrino, Dichen Lachman, and Deanna Russo to name a few. My oh my, do all of the characters on this show have my heart forever.

Sally taught me the significance of moving on, trying and trying again, putting others before myself, and believing in love. Josh taught me to give others a chance, to take a stand when you're being taken advantage of, to let your love stand on its own for others to see, to take advantage of the time you have while you still have it. Aidan taught me that the easy way isn't always the best way, the only person you are indebted to is yourself, people may let you down but they're scared just like everybody else, and life is worth facing but so is the afterlife.

And then there's Nora. Last season, I admit it. I couldn't stand Nora. (See here.) She always meant well, I just did not like how she took action. But this season. I felt for her. Her arc was beautiful. I saw a side of Nora that I didn't see before. Nora, one who jumps at the chance to help others, needed help. I think I needed to see Nora in a more vulnerable state to (still not agree with her ways but) appreciate the rest of her and boy did I get just that in season four. I love that Nora, for me, represents understanding. Something so simple and yet so incredibly complex.

Along with the characters as individuals, the dynamics among all of the different types of relationships... roommates and friends, brother and sister, mother and daughter, girlfriend and boyfriend, and all of the supernatural relationships had depth. So much depth and meaning. Purpose.

Every single piece of this show is soaked in significance. As great TV should be. I've learned so much as a viewer. And also as a writer. About storytelling. World building. Twists, tension, and raising the stakes. Pacing. I mean, let's take a minute to acknowledge how "Rewind, Rewind..." is a master class in pacing. And story resonance.

I could go through every episode and tell you what each episode, each scene, each character in each scene means to me but that would take forever and I don't even think I'm ready for that. Still processing the finale. It was magnificent. Still wiping the tears from my eyes.

Thank you Syfy for always inviting me to the Syfy Digital Press Tour, starting with the year Being Human came to your network. Thanks, The Televixen for having me fill in for a bit and write reviews for Being Human. Thank you Anna Fricke, Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hager, everyone involved in bringing the Syfy series to life and everyone who came before this version bringing the BBC series to life. You've made quite an impression on me and I hope you know that.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The 2014 Autism Speaks Live 12 Hour Podcast With Jay & Jack Starts Today!

The Annual Autism Speaks Podcast which Jay & Jack host every year, podcasting for hours on end to raise money for Autism Speaks is here!

This year, the marathon style podcast begins at 2 p.m. ET and ends at 3 a.m. ET on April 6th. Yep, you read that right. Jay & Jack will be podcasting live for 12 hours.

As always, Jay & Jack will be interviewing Lost actor, Jorge Garcia. You can watch the interview and other special guests live on UStream. The full schedule and prompt to donate can be viewed here.

As a longtime listener of The Lost Podcast with Jay & Jack and as someone who has autism in my family, I can't wait to listen to this year's Autism Speaks Podcast and I hope you'll take the time out to do the same and donate if you are able to do so.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Veronica Mars Coming to Blu-ray & DVD May 6th!

Release Date: May 6, 2014
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 108 minutes
Retail Price: $29.98

Veronica Mars (Bell) has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her on the eve of graduating law school. While interviewing at high-end law firms, Veronica gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan (Dohring) who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

Based on Rob Thomas’ beloved television series and inspired by demand from fans, “Veronica Mars” stars Kristen Bell as a former high-school sleuth who thought she left her past behind her, until a murder in her home town pulls her back into her old life.

Directed by the television series’ creator Rob Thomas from a screenplay by Thomas & Diane Ruggiero, “Veronica Mars” also stars Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowel, Tina Majorino and Enrico Colantoni, all returning to the roles they originated in the television series.

Blu-ray Bonus Features:
* By The Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie
* Deleted Scenes
* Gag Reel
* More On-Set Fun: Welcome to Keith Mars Investigation
* More On-Set Fun: Game Show with Kristen Bell and Chris Lowell
* More On-Set Fun: On Set with Max Greenfield
* More On-Set Fun: Veronica Mars' Backers
* More On-Set Fun: "It's Not All About You, Monkey"
* More On-Set Fun: Young Veronica

DVD Bonus Feature:
* By The Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie

Own VERONICA MARS on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/6/14.