Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tasty TV Treats: the flava of Britney, Barney and Ava

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Summer is officially over and although that means no more beach days, short shorts or summer flings it also means it's the beginning of the fall TV season. This TV season brings old favorites, new love triangles and lots of break-ups. Curious what is going on this week in TV? Want to know who breaks-up and who makes-up? Questioning if your favorite couple is going to finally tie the knot? Read on fellow TV addicts but beware spoiler haters, don't cross this line.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reel Projections: RPatz vs. KStew, Affleck's Justice League and more …

Joe and Dave chew on the latest movie news …

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

On this week's edition of the Reel Projections podcast, Dave and I debate whether Ben Affleck should direct the upcoming Justice League movie, speculate on what Peter Jackson will include in his now three-movie adaptation of The Hobbit, and hope against hope that Twi-hards get into fistfights while waiting in line for Breaking Dawn: Part 2.

Incidentally: Director Matt saw the Tampa Theatre ghost while we were filming! (I don't know what he saw exactly — it was under the freakin' stage! — but his face and reaction had me staining my shorts.) In reviewing the raw footage, something "bumps" one of the cameras at a moment when no one is near it. Truly spooky stuff. Still, I'll only believe it when the ghost leaves a comment on one of these posts. They get the Internet in between realms, right?

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Outside the Box: Metrocon 2012

Making better costumes one interview at a time.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Join Matthew Michael Awesome and I as we embark upon a quest to find the solution to all my costume related issues from the cosplaying experts at Metrocon 2012.

Things I have learned:
1. My Velma Dinkley crush has not gone away. Jinkies!
2. Interviewing girls with epic boobs at eye level is a LOT more difficult than it looks. (I'm assuming practice is required to fix this... I'm not quite sure how to pitch that to the wife.)
3. I do not yet own all the cool t-shirts.
4. People don't mind being made fun of as long as they know you get the source material.
5. I would make a good Hawkeye.
6. Batman Plushies are adorable!
7. There is a massive resurgence in "My Little Pony" stuff and it is blowing my mind.
8. I still don't get all.
9. There aren't enough hi-fives in the world for the dude in the Iron Spider Man outfit.
10. It's nice hanging around a large group of people that get my jokes. :)

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Reel Projections: Top Gun 2 takes flight

Plus: New details on Ghostbusters 3 and the Robocop reboot.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

This this week's edition of Reel Projections, Dave and I chew over the rumored Top Gun 2 and debate possible villains. We also try to decide who would currently wear the crown of fattest original Ghostbuster (apologies to Harold Ramis), and discuss the addition of Hugh Laurie to the cast of a rebooted Robocop.

Note: No, the Tampa Theatre did not install a brick wall in the row of seats we usual sit in. The Tampa landmark was booked last week, so we had to make due in our own CL Space. We'll be back downtown for next week's edition, however. See you then …

Note #2: Dave and I will be hosting the Tampa Theatre talk-back session after the Summer Classics screening of Planet of the Apes on July 1 at 3 p.m. That's the original Apes, folks — Wahlberg and Franco fans need not apply. Hope to see you there!

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Reel Projections: Forget Prometheus, give us Django

Plus: Transformers 4 gets a director.

Posted By on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

In this week's edition of Reel Projections, I explain to Dave why he should forget about the Alien movies before seeing Prometheus, we rehash this week's exciting batch of trailers (Flight, Django Unchained, Wreck-It Ralph) and we chew on some news regarding Transformers 4. (God forgive us.)

This week's apologies:
To Dave: I'm sorry I stole your Rampage reference.
To the Tampa Theatre organist: We're sorry that we prevented you from practicing for an hour while we shot this.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reel Projections: Hulk smash, Lucas build and more …

Joe & Dave discuss The Hulk leaping to TV, George Lucas doing something cool (for a change) and more …

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 6:55 AM

If you're The Hulk, how do you follow up the best cinematic comeback since Travolta in Pulp Fiction? That's easy, launch a new TV show. If you're George Lucas, how do you respond if your lifelong dream of building a movie studio has been thwarted by your neighbors? That's easy, trash their property value. I used to think anger led to hate, but now I know leads to bad TV shows and George Lucas' Marin County, Calif., property.

Plus, we delve into in-the-works board game adaptations (they're all going to suck) and more on this week's Reel Projections …

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Reel Projections: Marvel's The Avengers, The Hobbit and more …

Welcome to the new & improved Reel Projections videocast.

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Welcome back to the Reel Projections videocast, now sporting a whole new format — shorter, rapid fire, shot "on location" at the Tampa Theatre, and now weekly. That's right, we'll be hitting the beautiful downtown Tampa landmark weekly for Reel Projections, so be sure to check back regularly for the latest movie news and commentary.

In this week's episode, Joe and Dave discuss Marvel's triumphant The Avengers, the bad buzz on The Hobbit, and why the MTV Movie Awards keep increasing their level of suckage.

We hope you like the changes (we're still tweaking), and we'll be back next week with another Reel Projections …

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Reel Projections: New movies for the new year

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

2011 saw many ups and downs at the movies. Mostly downs. Thank God 2012 is finally here with the promise of some real cinematic masterpieces — or at least a few kick ass super hero movies. With so much to look forward, how can your average movie goer (i.e., you) sift through all the junk releases to find the real instant classic?

That's where we come in. The Reel Projections gang (Dave Russell, Joe Bardi, and yours truly) have studied the release schedule, and we're here to share what we think will be the biggest hits of 2012. Will Avengers live up to the hype? Are there any sleeper films to look out for? What is the most anticipated film of the year? Find out above …

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Reel Projections: Not your grandma's Christmas movies

The Reel Projections gang takes on "off the radar" Christmas classics.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 4:52 PM

'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the office, not a Christmas movie was rolling, not even Die Hard. Reel Projections regulars David Russell and Joe Bardi, accompanied by Arts and Entertainment editor Julie Garisto, got together to discuss their Christmas favorites —, with a CL twist, of course. You won't hear our thoughts on It's a Wonderful Life or a review of A Christmas Story. Instead, we discuss the horrors of Rudolph and why The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo might be a new holiday favorite (at least for Dave).

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Outside the Box: #OccupyBlackFriday

CL's Dave Russell braved the crowds and lived to tell about it on video.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Ho-ho-holy shit! Creative Loafing Tampa was starting their Secret Santa a little early this year so I decided to get a jump on it and brave the merciless human void that is Black Friday.

Join me as I bring along my "Tonto with a Camera," the indomitable Matthew Michael Awesome, and proceed to jump into the Black Friday fray to see if I can incite a little Holiday riot!

What you won't see in this video:

• Discussing the proper ways to clip someone's Achilles tendon with a shopping cart.
• The proper way to do a "holy shit, I'm cold" dance.
• Me with my shirt off... (PS, it's gross)
• My disappointment when I realize you can't bring cases of Four-Loko to hand out to a crowd as it violates certain open container laws.
• A very nice lady rubbing my exposed belly and telling me how my baby was going to be fine.
• My competing "serious reporter's" monologue as people filed in to Toys 'R' Us.
• A slew of VERY awesome people that took the time to talk to me about their Black Friday!

(like they had anything better to do...)

I'm out! </Dave>

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