Stock up on sunscreen and hit up the beaches and themeparks this summer, friends, because there isn’t going to be much reason to stay inside plastered in front of the tube. Joining the handful of returning summer programs, this year we get an eclectic mix of half-hearted new reality shows, yawn-inducing procedurals, and a couple almost interesting game shows. Perhaps it may be best just to pick up Dan Brown’s new book “Inferno” and find out what Robert Langdon has been up too since “The Lost Symbol.”
“The Goodwin Games”
(Premieres Monday, May 20th)
The estranged grown children of a wealthy deceased man return home to compete for the inheritance that he left them through a personalized game of Trivial Pursuit. Along the way, they discover the people their father wanted them to become and must also compete against a family outsider, named executor of the fortune. The show was pushed back until summer and given a reduced episode order of thirteen to ten so it doesn’t seem Fox has much hope in it from the start.
“Toxic Office: Does Someone Have to Go?”
(Premieres Thursday May 23, 9:00PM)
The boardroom doors will open and the reins of real companies will be passed along to the employees as they make the tough decisions that their bosses don’t know need to be made. That is, they will be given the power to terminate co-workers who don’t perform up to standard or are somehow hurting the company.
Is it worth $10? Yes
Is it worth $10? Yes
Is it worth $15 (3D)? Yes
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is a true film-going experience, and an awesome one at that. If you thought director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot to the sci-fi franchise was a fluke, think again: Any movie that can have me genuinely laughing, then give me sweaty palms during tense moments and goose bumps during emotional high points, is a substantial accomplishment.
This movie is fun. It starts on a remote red planet on which Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) are fleeing a group of primitive natives. On the starship Enterprise first officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), communications specialist Uhura (Zoe Saldana), pilot Sulu (John Cho), chief engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg) and young ensign Chekov (Anton Yelchin) keep a close eye on the proceedings.
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Finally some plot details are known about the direction Roland Emmerich (“The Patriot”) intends to take the announced “Independence Day” sequels. Joblo is reporting that Emmerich talked about the differences between the aliens and humans at a screening recently, “That’s actually what we (him and co-writer Dean Devlin) talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And [the humans] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and overcoming enemies. And it’s a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that’s what we want to do.” Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park”) also confirmed that there is a place for him in the sequels should he want to return (basically if he likes the script and the money is right). It is still unknown if Will Smith will return. I think this could be a fun summer flick that I would love to see, but only if they get the entire original surviving cast to reprise their roles.
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” There was an original and three sequels. Then there was a remake, which had one sequel. Now this week sees the Blu-Ray release of a combination reboot/sequel called “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” which ignores all of the sequels and remakes and picks up where the original film left off.
Box Office Mojo reports “Iron Man 3” was first at the box office with another $72.5 million, and has grossed $284.9 million domestically; within a week it will cross the $1 billion mark worldwide. “The Great Gatsby” debuted in second with an strong $51.1 million, and (I guess) the impressive title of third highest grossing 2nd place debut of all time. With some stiff competition coming up (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) the film will surely suffer, and its “B” Cinema Score won’t lend much in terms of word-of-mouth. In third was “Pain and Gain” (which I STILL haven’t seen) with $5 million, and an alright gross of $41.6 million. Tanking with a fourth place debut is “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples,” which grossed just $4.85 million. “42” took the fifth spot with $4.65 million, and an impressive $84.7 million.