Archive for November, 2013

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“Grimm” is no stranger to adapting lore from around the world with stories from Japan, Haiti and Germany influencing the storytelling of the hit drama series.  Last season, “Grimm” borrowed from one of Latin America’s most infamous urban legends “La Llorona” for a well-received Halloween episode with guest star Kate del Castillo.  On Friday, November 29, “Grimm” returns with a new episode inspired by another Latin American urban legend, “El Cucuy.”  The episode centers on a mysterious vigilante taking things into their own hands to clean up the neighborhood.  Just like in “La Llorona” portions of the dialogue will be in Spanish in scenes featuring Bitsie Tulloch and Bertila Damas who returns a Pilar.  Manny Montana (USA Network’s “Graceland”) also guest stars in the episode.

“Grimm” airs on Fridays on NBC.

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The fans have spoken and The Walking Dead has earned three nominations for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards. The series is up for Favorite Cable TV drama, Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show and Favorite TV Anti-Hero.

AMC’s hit series faces formidable competition for the awards. Also competing for Favorite Drama is PBS’ Downton Abbey, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, FX’s Sons of Anarchy and USA’s White Collar. Also nominated in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category are The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Rick Grimes will square off against Dexter Morgan (Dexter), Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones), Norman Bates (Bates Motel) and AMC’s own Walter White (Breaking Bad) for the Anti-Hero award.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to make sure your favorite series walks home the winner. Cast your vote before Thu., Dec. 5 at 11:59 PM | 10:59c:

“The Walking Dead” To Get Spinoff Series

AMC’s hugely popular series “The Walking Dead” to get spin-off series in 2015

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The cable channel revealed today that it is in “the initial stages of developing a companion series” to its hyper-successful adaptation of the long-running Image Comics series co-created and written by Robert Kirkman about a group of human survivors in a world filled with the undead. Kirkman is part of the group developing the spinoff, acting as executive producer on the project alongside Walking Deadexecs Gail Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” said Kirkman in a statement included the network’s announcement, adding that “the opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.” AMC president Charlie Collier promised that the show would feature “an entirely new story and cast of characters,” while offering “another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

More details are sure to be released soon about the new series, which is set to premiere in 2015.  Catch current episodes of “The Walking Dead” on AMC Sunday nights at 9pm.

A Long, Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Known as Chico……

When the Pageant Theatre opened its doors way back in 1980, it was a bit of a lark for owners Tim & Roger as they thought, “Hey, let’s open an art house movie theatre. How hard could that be?” Right. The stories that could be told.

Who knew that 34 years later that little theatre that could, would, and is still providing the Chico area with the best in foreign, independent and documentary films. And now, as you’ve heard already, that ability is being challenged by new technology. No longer will those huge heavy reels of 35MM film come rolling into town to be spliced, hoisted onto mechanical drives and projected onto the screen.(Actually, we won’t miss the first two parts of that equation). Instead, it is all digital now, baby.

But that means that some 10,000 screens in the United States will go dark because of the burdensome cost of this changeover. We do not want to be one of them.

It really will come down to next two months as to whether we will be able to join the 21st Century or go by the wayside. So we hope you can be generous with your donations. Check out the wonderful “premiums” and gifts that we will be offering in turn, including the limited edition Aye Jay screen print of the Pageant Theatre, T-Shirts and Hoodies from American Apparel with the Pageant logo, and wonderful Stainless Steel Pageant Travel Mug, and so much more.

This is a “do or die” effort. If we don’t meet the fundraising goal by December 31st, we don’t get a dime, all funds will be returned, and it’s a sad sayonara to the Pageant. If we exceed our goal, extra funds will be used for other much needed theatre improvements like new seating!!

And, finally, SPREAD THE WORD! let all your friends—Facebook or otherwise– in on our little secret.

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One thing that most bands have in common is the search for fans. Last Stop Booking has some excellent ideas. The emphasis is on having the band members staying active. Take turns and work on different days,  do whatever it take to make sure you are active on Facebook and Twitter.

Two or more posts everyday and make sure you respond to anyone who posts on your page or comments on your page. Remember you feel like a normal person but you aren’t to the fans. Think about how excited you would be if your favorite band took the time to respond to your post or comment.

“Do you sometimes feel that your band’s draw is languishing? Are you tired of seeing the same people at your shows and want to play to a new crowd, even in your hometown?

If you’re like most musicians, you know that you absolutely can do better, that you have more fans out there than who actually show up at the venue, and despite always receiving positive feedback, you don’t know why more people aren’t showing up. Here are some tips on building some momentum back into your tour dates so you can increase your band’s draw:”

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Follow up to popular “Thor” film opens in theatres tomorrow.

Tom Hiddleston at Comic Con "Thor: The Dark World" Press Conference.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Tom Hiddleston at Comic Con “Thor: The Dark World” Press Conference. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Marvel Entertainment has been producing great films featuring the likes of Ironman, Captain America and the Hulk in both stand alone and group films for the past several years.  These films intertwine to create the Marvel Universe, but can also be viewed as stand-alone pieces.  The latest offering out of the Marvel stables in “Thor: The Dark World” which opens in theatres in the United States tomorrow.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in "Thor: The Dark World". Photo copyright Marvel Enterainment

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “Thor: The Dark World”. Photo copyright Marvel Enterainment

The film is set after the battle of New York, which was seen in Joss Whedon’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” last year.  After returning Loki (Tom Hiddleston) back to Asgard to face imprisonment for the destruction in New York, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to do battle with Malekith (Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston), the vengeful leader of a primordial race that seeks to destroy the Nine Realms.  With even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) unable to protect Asgard from the approaching darkness, the god of thunder reunites with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Loki as he prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the world from certain destruction.

“Thor: The Dark World” sees more action and special effects than Kenneth Branagh’s original “Thor” film, which was more of a character study that set up the backstories of all of the main characters.  “Thor: The Dark World” is a fast-moving piece with a lot of stunts and explosions that will keep audiences entertained from start to finish.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in "Thor: The Dark World".  Photo copyright Marvel Entertainment

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in “Thor: The Dark World”. Photo copyright Marvel Entertainment

The characters in the “Thor” universe are so well-defined at this point that the interaction between them seems effortless.  Nowhere is this more apparent, than between brothers Thor and Loki.  Their bickering and digs at each other will seem more than familiar to anyone who has siblings.  Both Hemsworth and Hiddleston have perfected their portrayals of the demi-gods and are so secure in their characters that their time on-screen is the best thing about the films.   Other stand-outs in the film include Kat Dennings as Jane Foster’s intern Darcy, Stellan Skarsgard as Eric Selvig and Idris Elba as Heimdall.

To see Thor try to save the world, check out “Thor: The Dark World” when it opens in theatres tomorrow.