Friday, October 07, 2005

24 Season 5 News

According to Fox's 24 website, the premiere of Season 5 of 24 will be a big deal, with the first 4 hours being presented January 15 and 16. Reminder that a mini-episode setting up season 5 is among the extras on the Season 4 DVD set, streeting December 6. You can pre-order it from here.

Austin, change your Christmas list

A rumour posted on The Digital Bits reveals that Serenity will street on December 20. The Bits is not actually confirming the date, but it seems solid and they actually have specs on the release (i.e. additional features).

You can read all about it here.

Monday, October 03, 2005

What's happenin?

First, I don't think I can realistically keep up with capsule reviews of four shows a week, so I will make an effort to provide brief commentary every Monday and add links to sites providing plot synopses and more detailed reviews.


Premiere episode synopsis and review here. Great start to the new season, as the team is back together and it looks like there's going to be a running subplot involving Grissom chasing down an accomplice who helped entomb Nick in the season 5 finale. Great start - 8/10.

Second episode synopsis here. No review yet available. A more standard CSI episode, and a bit of a comedown from the first one. Warrick and Nick's case was especially odd and pointless. 6/10


Premiere episode synopsis and review here. Good episode. I like the brighter look and it's good to see Hill Harper out working cases. The joke about hazing the newcomer by making him perfrom an autopsy on a mosquito was good. Looks like Vanessa Ferlito's time may be short, though, as she's tampering with evidence and is sure to get caught. 8/10.

Haven't watched Episode 2 of Miami or episode 3 of House yet. I planned to, but then I got all wrapped up in Band of Brothers, of which I have watched the first three episodes and am planning to cram in the next 5 within the next 36 hours. Also reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is a BIG FREAKIN' BOOK.

Quick box office review, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

1. Flightplan $15 million
2. Serenity $10.1 million
3. Corpse Bride $9.8 million
4. A History of Violence $8.2 million
5. Into the Blue $7 million
6. Just Like Heaven $6.1 million
7. Exorcism of Emily Rose $4.4 million
8. Roll Bounce $4 million
9. Greatest Game Ever Played $3.7 million
10. 40-Year Old Virgin $3.1 million

Horrible weekend, down 26% compared with last year. Serenity's opening has to be considered weak and Into the Blue and Greatest Game Ever Played are both duds. History of Violence proves once again that good actors and a challenging story will bring people to the theatre, as it averaged an impressive $6,119 per screen on 1,340 screens. 40-Year Old Virgin crossed the $100 million barrier this week, as expected. Finally, the impressive performance of Capote, with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the title role, should be noted, as it opened on 12 screens and averaged just over $29,000 per screen.

Opening wide next week:
The Gospel.
Cameron Diaz' latest In Her Shoes.
Two For The Money, starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo.
Sophomoric restaurant comedy Waiting.
Family film Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Finally, checking things around TV Shows on DVD and The Digital Bits we find the following:

Get the news on CSI:Vegas' 5th season release scheduled for November 29, including extras and cover art, here. Same stuff for the 3rd season of CSI:Miami (street date November 22) can be found here.
Season 7 of the Simpsons will be out on December 13. Details, including episode listings, can be found here.
Gee, Beav....Season 1 of Leave It To Beaver streets on November 22. Get all the information (including how you can get your mitts on season 1 in a commemorative lunchbox package) here.
The original Star Wars trilogy is being re-packaged (again) to be re-released to coincide with the release of Episode 3. Release date is December 6 and it's basically the deluxe DVD set released last year minus the extras disc. Get the story here. Scroll further down the same page and you'll get some info about unrated versions of Wedding Crashers, Dumb and Dumber and Austin Powers as well as the announcement of U2:Vertigo Live on DVD on November 15.

That should do it. Until next time.