The Hollywood 5 & 1 8.04.12: Charisma Carpenter vs. Michelle Trachtenberg
Posted by Jack McGee on 08.04.2012
Christina Hendricks faces Jewel Staite and Charisma Carpenter battles Michelle Trachtenberg as the Whedonverse Vs tournament continues, The Hobbit searches for more money, X-Men: Second Class gets an official title, Jennie Garth is your "& 1" Model of the Week and more!
The Part at the Beginning
Welcome back to the latest edition of the Hollywood 5 & 1. I am your humble correspondent, Jack McGee. We are back again to discuss the world of Hollywood, and as always there is a lot to discuss. As always, I want to thank you all for reading little part of 411, as I really appreciate you taking the time to both read and vote. Now much going in the McGee household this week, other than work, but so is life, right friends? But no one wants to hear about that, we have Hollywood stuff, hot women and more to discuss. Also today we shall continue our quest to crown the QUEEN of The WhedonVerse!!! Lets get on with the show…
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WHO IS IN THE HALL OF BANG?
~ Denise Milani
~ Stacey Dash
~ Salma Hayek
~ Jennifer Love Hewitt
~ Sofia Vergara
~ Mila Kunis
~ Scarlett Johansson
~ Keeley Hazell
~ Mya Jane
~ Susan Coffey
~ Holly Peers
~ Penelope Cruz
~ Arianny Celeste
~ Kate Upton
~ Sarah Shahi
~ Gina Carano
~ Bianca Beauchamp
THIS WEEK's BATTLE – The Battle For The WhedonVerse Continues!
A NOTE ON THE TOURNEMENT: Ok, now I know that no matter what I did, people would likely not be happy. But what I want you to do is read and see what happened. Again, I discussed the feature with the column's original owner "The Goose" and we decided that the best way to select the ladies was a blind draw from a hat. We also did the same with the NUMBER of competitors. We landed on 18 for that, which means this week you shall vote on the play in rounds, kind of like the NCAA tournament does now. And then, then we shall fully get the ball rolling. Also, the program I used to make the bracket allowed for "random seeding," which is what I selected and the bracket below is how the program placed the ladies. Again, I know that this isn't like many of you would have done, but I felt that added a fun element to everything as we truly did things random. Now, let's get to work and crown the QUEEN of The WhedonVerse!
Last week's voting: Last week Julie Benz destroyed Emma Caufield (68.45% to 31.55%), while Mercedes McNabb scored victory over Clare Kramer in a much closer battle (53.11% to 46.89%). We're close to the elite eight, and now, it is time for the two battles that will get us there…
REMINDER: The photos are a mere representation, always vote for who YOU feel is the hottest woman
#7. Charisma Carpenter
#10. Michelle Trachtenberg
#8. Christina Hendricks
#9. Jewel Staite
ALL VOTING CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 9PM
FIVE – THE HOBBIT: THE SEARCH FOR MORE MONEY
Someone has to pay that room service bill…
For a while there had been rumors that Peter Jackson's Hobbit would change from two to three films, and this week that was confirmed. This has caused two reactions, the "AWESOME TAKE MY MONEY" stance from fans of the LOTR trilogy. I can understand this, it was a spectacular trilogy and with the same man at the helm, you would think that we'll get the same quality. But then there is the other camp, the "YOU ARE TRYING TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE" stance, and when you look at it from that point of view, it also makes sense. Many thought that doing The Hobbit as two films may be stretching things, but most accepted it, because they were hoping for detailed and epic story telling. That's pretty much where I stood on things, I understood, and so many "one book" tales are being split into two movies for "better storytelling" I wasn't shocked at all. But do we need three films? Peter Jackson made a statement on the change, noting the following…
It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.'
We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.
So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of "The Hobbit" films, I'd like to announce that two films will become three.
If they truly intend to use related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, dive deep into the history of Middle Earth and possibly use some of the Silmarillion as was rumored, I could see it. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will stick as the title for the first film, but it appears that there will be changes to the second film's name. At this time, we seem to be looking at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Some have stated that Smaug's in the second film and the battle is in the third, and that it means that they are simply stretching things to make more money. What do you think?
FOUR – NEW X-MEN FILM GETS A TITLE
In other big movie news, what first started off as a rumor came to life this week as Bryan Singer confirmed that the sequel to X-Men: First Class would be titled X-Men: Days of Future Past. That storyline, one of the most famous in the X-Men comic book line, was produced in 1981 and saw the depiction of an alternate future timeline where the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants assassinates Senator Robert Kelly (played by Bruce Davison in the first film) which leads to mutants living in internment camps while Sentinels rule the US. Singer commented on the title and story, stating the following…
"It's called 'Days of Future Past'. It deals with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things."
Since the X-Men came to film, people have been demanding Sentinels being involved, and it appears as if we shall get it. Singer also said that the potential plan is to expand the X-Men franchise so it becomes a complete interconnected film world, similar to that of The Avengers, which in my opinion is a smart idea. I love the idea and the way the franchise is heading (possible Gold and Blue team action?), and feel that this could make for one hell of a film.
I know that some people are worried about the future part, but come on, why worry. I mean, it's not like there is already any kind of fucked up continuity in the X-Men film universe as is…
The F'd Up Timeline of X-Men: First Class!
THREE – THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS…NO, THE ANIMATED ONE FOOLS!
While everyone is raging about The Dark Knight Rises, and rightfully so, the trailer for the animated Dark Knight Returns (Part 1) was released this week. The film is an adaptation of Frank Miller's work comes to DVD & Blu-ray on September 25th. Peter Weller is providing the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne, David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. I am a big fan of the graphic novel, and have really enjoyed DC's animated works over the last few years, so I hope that this lives up to the lofty praise that the graphic novel received. For those not familiar with the story, here is the synopsis of the animated film, and the teaser trailer is above….
...it's been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with racecars and liquor – but the bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.
The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight's cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new...and old.
TWO – BEST AND WORST OF THE WEEK
BEST OF THE WEEK – Logan's Run Baby: I have Amazon Prime, and this week when looking to purchase some Blu-rays for the collection, I found Logan's Run for free rental. To many this is considered a cult classic, but to me, it is simply a classic. This killed some great time at work for me this week after a cancelled meeting. If you haven't watched the film, here is the synopsis…
In a future where the masses are systematically put to death upon reaching a certain age, those who attempt to cheat death are dubbed "runners" and pursued by formidable operatives known as Sandmen. Logan is a Sandman who is fast approaching that fateful age, and when he decides to run, the stage is set for the ultimate chase.
WORST OF THE WEEK – Red Dawn Remake: Pictures have been released for the remake of Red Dawn, and I am less than enthused about it. I have talked several times about remakes, and the fact that I am not a fan of most of them, and this is one of them. I was a fan of the first film, and I get that they want to make a film that is more "with the times," and that doesn't bother me. But this project has been so start and stop; I just do not see good things from the release. I will likely check it out once it hits a movie channel, but I will not be spending cash to see it.
ONE – WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND
#1 – Saturday – Matinee – The Watch: Yes, I am going to see The Watch. Cheap afternoon price, hanging with a buddy, and seeing I hope is worst some laughs. The film stars Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, and is described as follows: "Suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion."
#2 – Saturday at 8PM ET on PPV – UFC on FOX 4: The UFC is back, and it is on FOX, and it is all free. I may watch some prelims, but I am LOCKED IN for the main card, which airs on "Big Fox" as Dana calls it. Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner in a fun lightweight throw down, DaMarques Johnson vs. the returning Mike Swick and then, then shit gets real. The possible next victim for Jon Jones will be determined by who has the best performance in the next two fights. Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida, and Brandon Vera vs. Shogun Rua. It is a fine card, especially for free, but I really don't look forward to seeing one of these get assassinated by Jones again. And it will be Jones, because while I respect Dan Henderson, he will lose to Jones when they fight.
#3 – Sunday at OLYMPICS OVERLOAD: I am going to BBQ, hang with the lady and friends, pound beers and watch Water Polo, canoeing, Tennis, Equestrian, beach volleyball, track, field, and maybe a little bit of gymnastics. AMERICA…FUCK YEAH!
#4 – Sunday at 8PM ET on CBS – Big Brother 14: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN HERE: So shit got real this week, as the BIG TWIST came into play. The game looked to be going good for Shane, who won VETO on top of HOH, and decided to backdoor Frank. On Thursday's show, SID VICIOUS appeared to talk about his boy Frank playing the game, which as a wrestling fan, was so cool to watch. But the twist was that America gave the coaches the choice to re-enter the game. There was a reset button, and if ONE coach pushed, they were in. Brittany, Dan and Janelle all chose to re-enter, with Boogie shockingly the only one to not do it. Later on the girls lie about their choice, while Dan and Boogie are honest. So since they chose to get into the game, there was NO eviction (fucking Shane's backdoor of Frank), and Julie Chen stated that already eliminated players may get the chance to return to the game. SHIT JUST GOT REAL! The HOH was an endurance competition that lasted through the first 30-minutes or so of BB After Dark. Danielle (first round draft pick baby) beat out Brittany and Ian in the end, and won the HOH. It's a whole new game now kids.
This week's & 1 model of the week is Jennie Garth…