Tonight trick or treaters will descend upon residences across the nation, in search of the elusive homes that give out full sized candy bars. I never did find them during my trick or treating tenure, but I have heard that they exist. Unfortunately I found plenty of houses that gave away raisins. May tonight’s participants in the Candy Games have better fortune.
So in between handing out goodies to members of the Avengers, Disney princesses and sullen teenagers with pillow cases, check out your biweekly roundup of pop culture stories.
- The children of New Jersey may get a delayed Halloween, but they will get it. Governor Christie has said he will issue an Executive Order to move Halloween if things are too dangerous. A lot of people have been making fun of this, but I think it’s a nice gesture. I remember how devastated I was when I was little and the pediatrician said I was too sick to go trick or treating. One dramatic crying fit later and my parents were driving me house to house so I could still participate, if on a limited basis. So I’m glad that the children of Jersey won’t be disappointed. They need something to look forward to.
- Inexplicably, amid all the terrible destruction and damage in New Jersey, The Jersey Shore house was untouched. I was not one to believe in the Mayan prophesy, but this might be enough to convince me.
- In the midst of all the Hurricane coverage, a pop culture bombshell was dropped – Disney has purchased Lucasfilms from George Lucas and a new Star Wars movie (Episode 7) will be released in 2015. Whoa! Did not see that one coming. And to whomever in the Twittersphere suggested Josh Holloway as Hans Solo’s son – from your lips to God’s ears. I’m not even remotely a Star Wars fan and that would get my butt in the theater.
- More big news – the new season of Community finally has an official air date. The good news is that the show is back on Thursday nights. The bad news is that the season won’t start until February 7, 2013. NBC – YOU ARE KILLING ME!
- In other news from the peacock network – NBC has passed on the Dwight Schrute focused The Office spin-off, The Farm. As of now, we’ll still see the pilot episode; it will air as an episode of The Office as originally planned. It probably can’t be worse than Mockingbird Lane, the failed pilot for NBC’s update of The Munsters that they burned off last week. Yowza – that was terrible.
- NBC has also halted production on the ratings challenged Up All Night and will bring it back as a multi-camera show filmed in front of a studio audience. I’m really not sure how that is going to increase viewership, unless they are banking on audience members forcing their friends and family to watch to see the episode that they saw tape. Otherwise, I think this is putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.
- One last NBC note – for reasons that I do not understand the network is pulling all their Thursday night comedies this week. Instead, they are allegedly airing a repeat of The Voice. You read that correctly – A REPEAT. However, since 30 Rock has an election focused episode and Election Day is Tuesday (vote early and often!), 30 Rock will air tonight (Wednesday) at 8 pm. I officially give up on figuring out this network; perhaps the newly unemployed Crystal the Monkey (RIP Animal Practice) is now in charge of programming. That being said, they are doing better by 30 Rock than poor Community – their Halloween episode will air sometime in March.
- Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on winning the World Series! I was pulling for them, though I will admit that I don’t think I watched one inning of the World Series this year. Even when the Yankees aren’t in it, I usually catch a game or two, but that just didn’t happen this time.
- Some new details have been released about Captain America 2.
- The Economist ranks the various James Bonds on kills, conquests and drinks.
- The first trailer for Iron Man 3 has been released
They were scouting a local location for this movie, but that apparently didn’t come to pass. Maybe for The Avengers 2?
- Jay-Z and Beyoncé lost their attempt to trademark the name Blue Ivy.
- Mission Impossible 5 – it’s happening.
- Stephen Colbert will have a cameo in The Hobbit.
- I got a kick out of this Esquire article about the author’s experience at a casting call for The Rock’s new reality series The Hero.
- Louis C.K. is hosting SNL this week with musical guest fun.
- This headline alone intrigued me: “Hollywood’s movie star magician club Magical Castle will star in its own movie.” There is a movie star magician club? How is this the first that I am hearing of this?
- Green Day has canceled their North American tour because of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s rehab.
- Charlize Theron and a Viking drama? Sure, why not.
- In a recent interview Total Film magazine, Quentin Tarantino hints that Inglourious Basterds and the upcoming Django Unchained are two pieces of an unofficial trilogy. I’m on board.
- Mark your calendars – new episodes of Arrested Development are coming to Netflix April 2013.
- Private Practice is coming to an end after six seasons.
- What the what? Will Ferrell did an ad for Old Milwaukee beer – airing in Sweden.
- ABC has given full season orders to Scandal and The Neighbors.
- Adam Sandler’s next movie will be a Western. God help us all.
- Fiona Apple has written a new song for the upcoming new Judd Apatow film This is 40.
- Sending well wishes out to George Wendt (better known as Norm from Cheers) who has been hospitalized with chest pains.
- Chloe Sevigny will star in a new cop drama for A&E.
- This is fantastic – The Expendables + cereal characters = The Breakfastables.
- Paul McCartney does not blame Yoko Ono for the breakup of The Beatles. So that settles that.
- I don’t know what is more worrisome: that Courtney Love is contemplating a Nirvana Broadway musical or that she is hanging out with Sam Lufti.
- George Clooney’s next directorial effort has quite the cast: Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and last year’s Oscar winner for Best Actor, Jean Dujardin.
- Axl Rose gave his first live interview in a decade on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Behold:
- Ryan Gosling – apparently always adorable
- My new favorite tumbler? Kanye Wes – a mashup of Kanye West and Wes Anderson.
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar is working his way through the ABC sitcoms. First he pops up in the season premiere of Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 and next he will appear on Happy Endings.
Now for some Halloween-specific links:
- Mike Myers as Michael Myers?
- Paste has compiled the 20 best horror movies currently streaming on Netflix Instant.
- The Awl looks at underrated horror movie heroines.
- Watch a supercut of big stars in their early roles in horror movies.
- Flavorwire looks at 50 essential horror films. I have some catching up to do.
- Here are some pretty cool pumpkin carvings.
- This sounds like crap to me, but a University of Westminster study says that watching horror movies burns calories.
- I’ve been fairly open with my criticism of Modern Family, but I did enjoy seeing the show re-cut as a horror film. Clowns are always scary.
- And finally – The Exorcist as an 80s sitcom:
Still better than According to Jim.
Have a safe Halloween!
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