Thursday, September 13, 2007

4th Quadrant 9/17 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of September, 17 2007

Rob Zombie's "Halloween" Remake

Plot Summary: After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger. (IMDb)

Mark Dujsik of Mark Reviews Movies said, “So bad it aspires to the height of utter pointlessness that was Gus Van Sant's remake of “Psycho;” however, Kyle Smith of the New York Post said of “Halloween,” "The Batman Begins of slasher movies, and one of the more frightening stabathons of recent years."

"Mr. Bean's Holiday"

Plot Summary: Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two come back together. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love, among other things. (IMDb)

Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper said, “I hate Mr. Bean, I hated this movie. He’s an annoying, creepy, leering, sweaty, unfunny character, and ten seconds would be too much and this movie’s like 90 minutes; however, Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times said, “For younger audiences, Mr. Bean's Holiday will be a pleasure, and of course, Bean addicts will, as always, be happy to see Atkinson's alter ego return to the big screen.”

Kanye West

(Update from the 3rd Quadrant.) Ninja Dude posted that Kanye West flipped out backstage after the MTV Video Music Awards, stating that “he’s done with this pop shit” and he’ll never be back for another show after losing all 5 category nominations. Watch the backstage video below!

Barry Bonds

If you don't remember, Barry Bonds hit his 756th career home run, which gave him the Major League home run record surpassing Hank Aaron.

Lickable Flavor Strips

The New York Times reports that CBS will test the limits by putting lickable flavor strips on print ads for its drama “Cane,” which stars Jimmy Smits as the head of a family that owns a Florida rum business. The samples of the fictional rum brand, Duque, which will run in the next issue of Rolling Stone, are described by the network as delivering the taste of a nonalcoholic lime Mojito “without the sugar, calories or alcohol.”

Mary-Kate on Weeds

reports that in her first major solo role without her twin sister, Mary-Kate Olsen is returning to series television for the first time since 2002 with a co-starring role on Showtime's dark comedy "Weeds." Olsen will play Tara, a devoted Christian girl living in the newly developed megachurch community Majestic who becomes a love interest for Nancy Botwin's (Mary-Louise Parker) son Silas (Hunter Parrish). Olsen will appear in 10 of the 15 episodes of the show's third season, which premieres August 13.

Plot Summary: After her husband's unexpected death and subsequent financial woes, suburban mom Nancy Botwin (Parker) embraces a new profession: the neighborhood pot dealer. As it seems like everyone secretly wants what she's selling -- even city councilman Doug Wilson (Nealon) -- Nancy is faced with keeping her family life in check and her enterprise a secret from her best friend/PTA president, Celia Hodes (Perkins). (Written by IMDb Editors)

Molly of Popsugar posted, “There will be so much Olsen teeth. And presumably she will be dressed in normal teenage clothing! Obvie, this is amazing news. I'm so proud of little M-K. All growed up (and playing a 17-year-old)!”

Victoria Beckham on "Ugly Betty"

Reuters reports that Victoria Beckham, who originally insisted she had no desire to launch a Hollywood career as an actress, has landed her first acting role on prime-time U.S. television, appearing as herself in an episode of the popular comedy "Ugly Betty."

Beckham, the fashionista wife of English soccer player David Beckham, will play a celebrity bridesmaid in an episode of the popular show based on life at a fashion magazine. The episode will be filmed in the autumn.

The "Posh" member of the reunited Spice Girls British pop group arrived in Los Angeles in July in a media blitz as her husband began a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team worth $250 million.

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