Archive for February, 2012

“For years, we thought it would be fantastic to have Leonard Nimoy appear on the show and we think we’ve found a really different and fun way to make that happen,” executive producer Steve Molaro tells THR.

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory is getting much closer to bringing dream guest star Lenoard Nimoy onto the series.

The Star Trek icon — aka Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) hero — has been tapped for a cameo on the comedy’s March 29 episode in which he’ll voice a role as Spock in the show’s March 29 episode, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by TV Line, Nimoy will speak to Sheldon during a dream sequence in the episode.

“For years, we thought it would be fantastic to have Leonard Nimoy appear on the show and we think we’ve found a really different and fun way to make that happen,” executive producer Steve Molaro tells THR. “As thrilled as we are he’s doing it, we’re even more thrilled just to get our pictures taken with him.”

Nimoy has been at the top of the producers’ wish list for guest stars, as Sheldon’s obsession with Star Trek has been well documented on the series.

Co-creator Chuck Lorre told THR at Big Bang‘s 100th episode party last year that the episode in which Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gives Sheldon a Nimoy-signed napkin — complete with his DNA — stands as his favorite “nerd moment” on the long-running series.

“[Sheldon] was so overcome with affection for her, he physically hugged her, which he can’t do as a character,” he said at the time. “We all stood there on the stage and everybody got all fablungent and weepy. It was a moment that rose above the show and became something else.”

Added Cuoco: “He hugs her and it’s very special. I think that’s why we haven’t done a holiday episode since because they like to show that one because it’s such a sweet moment. He hasn’t hugged me since.”

The Big Bang guest gig is the latest in a string of voice-over roles for Nimoy, which have included Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon and Land of the Lost. He also had an on-screen cameo in as Spock Prime in J.J. Abrams Star Trek feature in 2009.

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.


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Davy Jones, the mop-topped leader of 1960s pop band The Monkees, died Wednesday of a massive heart attack. Jones was 66

His publicist, Helen Kensick, said the singer died in Indiantown, Fla., where he lived.

With an infectious smile and easy humor, the diminutive Brit played the Paul McCartney role in the Beatles-inspired quartet, which also included Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith.

Jones sang lead on some of the group’s biggest hits, including Daydream Believer, which reached No. 1 on the charts.

By Gregg DeGuire, PictureGroupDavy Jones continued to stay busy after The Monkees, doing music gigs and attending collectors’ shows. Here he’s at the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show in 2009.

Jones, who like his bandmates had continued to perform, had dates scheduled for March.

Jones sang lead on some of the group’s biggest hits, including Daydream Believer, which reached No. 1 on the charts.

Formed in 1965 by Hollywood producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, The Monkees quickly stormed radio and TV airwaves with a string of chart-topping songs that went on to sell an estimated 65 million copies worldwide.

“There were certain indelible images we had of The Monkees, and that was Mike’s cap, Micky’s goofy looks and Davy’s cuteness,” says Phil Gallo, senior correspondent at Billboard. “Of all of them, Davy’s character was the softest. He was the nice guy, the crowd pleaser.”

Gallo recalls being a kid in the 1960s, “collecting Batman cards, then graduating to Monkees cards, way before I got into baseball cards. They were the very first boy band, when you think about it.”

Andy Kim, who sang Rock Me Gently and wrote The Archies’ Sugar, Sugar, said of Jones: “Everybody loved Davy’s smile, the way he came across, his incredible presence. He was a phenomenal ambassador for a band that didn’t really start off a band but quickly became a force. … I wrote Oh My My for Davy and Micky’s joint album after The Monkees broke up, and it was an honor to know him.”

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr said of Jones: “God bless Davy. Peace and love to his family.”

Jones was born Dec. 30, 1945, in Manchester, England. His long hair and British accent helped him achieve heartthrob status in the USA.

According to the Monkees website, he left the band in late 1970. Then in the summer of 1971, he recorded a solo hit, Rainy Jane, and made a series of appearances on U.S. variety and television shows, including Love, American Style and The Brady Bunch.

By the mid-1980s, Jones teamed up Tork, Dolenz and promoter David Fishof for a reunion tour. Their popularity prompted MTV to re-air The Monkees series, introducing the group to a new audience.

In 1989, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the late 1990s, the group filmed a special called Hey, Hey, It’s The Monkees.

Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica Pacheco, and four daughters from previous marriages.


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The picture of a handsome, uniformed soldier accompanying online ads that proclaim “Military Man Searching for Love” is an Army lieutenant who was killed in Iraq in 2007, according to a lawsuit filed by his parents Monday against two dating websites.

The parents of Army Lt. Peter Burks have sued PlentyofFish.com and True.com, alleging the companies used their son’s photo in ads without their permission, benefitted financially and misled the public. The suit filed Monday in state district court in Dallas seeks a jury trial for compensatory and punitive damages.

Alan Burks said the photo was taken days before his 26-year-old son was killed in Baghdad in late 2007 and is on the website of the family’s Unsung Hero Fund, which provides supplies to troops in war zones as a tribute to Peter Burks.

In December, a friend recognized Peter Burks in an ad on PlentyofFish.com, clicked on it and was directed to True.com, Alan Burks said. He said his son was engaged at the time of his death, so the idea that he was trying to meet women online as the ad portrays “couldn’t be more wrong.”

“I felt horrified, disgusted. It upset me,” Alan Burks, who lives in Dallas, told The Associated Press on Monday.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PlentyofFish Media spokesman Paul Bloudoff said the company didn’t advertise online in the U.S. in December. He said hundreds of thousands of third parties advertise via his company’s site every month, and that it cannot control nor know about the content of those ads.

Even so, the ad has been blocked from the company’s network, he said.

“We dealt with this matter a month ago,” Bloudoff said in an email. “In our opinion, this case should not have been filed.”

True.com President Ruben Buell said Monday that he hasn’t seen the lawsuit but “will be researching this diligently.” He said the Dallas-based company, whose official business name is True Beginnings LLC, buys ads that run on other dating websites but does not know what happened in this situation.

“I certainly feel for his family,” Buell said Monday.

PlentyofFish Media did not say how long the ads — including one with Peter Burks’ photo that said “Soldiers Want You!” — ran or how his photo was obtained, said Rogge Dunn, the attorney who filed the suit. In addition to emotional suffering, his parents have also suffered financial damages because, since his death, they have legal control over his image and never authorized any photos to be used to endorse these sites, Dunn said.

Alan Burks said he plans to donate any money awarded in the suit to military charities.

“For me, this is making sure that the honor and legacy of Peter is protected,” he said. “But also it concerns me that they would use the likeness of a live soldier or someone else.”


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Castle Sneak Peeks: 4.17 “Once Upon A Crime”

Following yet another controversial two-parter – the fandom was pretty much split down in the middle – Castle returns next Monday with an apparently much lighter episode to give us a breather after this week’s action packed “Linchpin”. Next week’s “Once Upon a Crime” seems to pay homage to fairytales and ABC’s new hit show Once Upon a Time.

As the title suggests, our dynamic duo will be investigating a case that seems to have strong ties with our favorite childhood stories. When a woman dressed as Red Riding Hood is found dead in the woods with claw marks covering her body, and soon after a murdered Snow White is discovered with a poison apple in her hand, Castle & Beckett find themselves on a Grimm hunt to catch a fairytale killer before he kills again. But nothing is as it seems in a case filled with deceit, betrayal, secrets and murder.

It seems like this is going to be a filler episode somewhat, but you never know, right? They just might surprise us. For me, it feels like the clock is ticking on the loose ends they have to still bring up and there are only so many episodes (can you guys believe we are already on episode 17?) until the season finale.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed.



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Bill Maher

Real Time host Bill Maher is not exactly known for being subtle when it comes to his political opinions, but he took things to a whole new level last night at the end of a live comedy special. During the live online broadcast of “CrazyStupidPolitics: Live From Silicon Valley” on Yahoo.com, Maher shocked his audience by doing something very few pundits have the guts to, he literally put his money where his mouth is. Or at least where his opinions are.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Maher ended the show by producing a gigantic novelty check, signed it, and pledged a $1,000,000 personal donation to President Obama’s “Super PAC” Priorities USA Action. While doing so, Maher said that helping to ensure the re-election of President Obama and the defeat of whoever ends up being the GOP nominee was “worth a million dollars”, and went on to say “this is the wisest investment I think I could make.” He also reportedly encouraged other wealthy liberals to make similar donations.

Realistically, Maher never does anything without the intention of drawing eyes and ears to his weekly HBO talk show. It’s his bread and butter and how he became so wealthy in the first place. Also, Bill really doesn’t have anything to lose on this deal. His audience heavily leans left and will probably love the whole thing. The same people who already hate Maher will just hate him more and might comment publicly about it which will just create more fodder for segments of Real Time.

What do you think of Bill Maher’s gesture? Is this type of publicity stunt the type of thing that makes love and/or hate him? Get “Real” about it in the comments section.



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