Tuesday, October 9, 2007

3rd\SE Quadrant 10/15 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 15, 2007

New York Giants

With their 35-24 come-from-behind victory, the Giants (3-2) won their third game in a row, while the Jets (1-4) burrowed deeper into the N.F.L. standings.

The Giants, bolstered by a surging defense, are building a case for being considered legitimate championship contenders, in a league in which a team’s prospects can be fleeting.

“Just three weeks ago we were 0-2,” linebacker Antonio Pierce said. “Bottom of the earth. Everyone was stepping on us.”
(NY Times)

"Important Things with Demetri Martin"

Totally awesome comedian and "Daily Show" Trendspotting correspondent Demetri Martin will have his own show on Comedy Central in 2008, produced by Jon Stewart: "Important Things with Demetri Martin" is a stream-of-consciousness sketch and variety show... In each episode, Martin analyzes a single topic through the prism of his unique point of view. Topics covered might include everything from "What Happens After We Die" to "Apples."(Comedy Central)

He also had two Comedy Central specials: one in 2004 as part of Comedy Central Presents and another this past January, "Demetri Martin: Person," and a new comedy album "These Are Jokes." (TV Squad)

Lois Maxwell

Lois Maxwell [the Golden Globe-winning Canadian actress] who played Miss Moneypenny in 14 James Bond movies, died on Sept. 29, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported. She was 80. She died near her home in Perth, Australia, the BBC said, citing a hospital official. Roger Moore, one of the Bond stars, told BBC Radio that Ms. Maxwell had been suffering from cancer. (NY Times)

Seinfeld on "30 Rock"

Jerry Seinfeld played on the season premier of "30 Rock" last Thursday. The full episode can be seen here.

Seinfeld Feels Insulted

Fred Armisen as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

"Blade Runner: The Final Cut" at The Ziegfeld

"Blade Runner: The Final Cut," is Director Ridley Scott's latest edit (with four minutes of added footage) of the influential 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick. The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants, physically identical to humans, are used for dangerous and degrading work in Earth's "off-world colonies." Replicants became illegal on Earth after a bloody mutiny. Specialist police units - blade runners - hunt down and "retire" (i.e. kill) escaped replicants on Earth. The plot primarily focuses on a particulary brutal and cunning group of replicants hiding in Los Angelels and a semi-retired blade runner, named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment. (Clearview Cinemas)

"Blade Runner: The Final Cut" opens last weekend, Friday October 5th through Thursday October 18th, at exactly two theaters in the United States: The Ziegfeld in New York and the Landmark in Los Angeles.

"Meerkat Manor"

"Meerkat Manor" is a British television series made by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet. It presents the daily activities of a family, or mob, of wild meerkats as part of the Kalahari Meerkat Project, which is a long term research project focused on studying the evolutionary causes and ecological consequences of cooperative behaviors in meerkats. Although the narrative is presented in a style similar to a soap opera, it is documentary, featuring actual events in the lives of the meerkats. The show is narrated by Sean Astin. (Wikipedia)

New episodes can be seen on Fridays at 8:30 PM ET\PT on Animal Planet, and past episodes can be seen online here.

IMDb's Character Page

IMDb launched a Character page, which tracks appearances of characters in multiple movies, TV shows, and video games. For example, if a character search on Jesse James is done, one will discover that "he" played in an episode of "MacGyver!" (New York)
(Photo courtesy of IMDb\via New York)

The main features of a character page can include:

  • A character filmography showing all titles in which the character has appeared and by whom the character was played
  • A biography describing the character’s background and optionally covering character trivia points or details of specific portrayals
  • A photo gallery showing all the photos available for that character from the IMDb photo galleries
  • A head shot chosen from the photo gallery to remind you of a specific instance of the character
  • All the quotes spoken by this character from the IMDb quotes database
  • The title of a recent or representative movie/TV show/game in which the character appeared
  • A list of alternate names for the character covering the variations in how that character has been billed in the credits of their titles (Slash Film\ Peter Sciretta)

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