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January 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Around the Web, Entertainment, News, Regular Feature | Leave a comment
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First off and particularly pertinent to this blog is this Sunday’s Oprah’s Next Chapter on her network, Own.  The hour long show features Oprah interviewing Star Wars creator, George Lucas.  Included will be a tour of Skywalker Ranch.  If you’ve seen her other interviews — Steven Tyler for one — this one should be worth the watch.  The show will air Sunday, January 22, 9/8c.

Found this interesting little tidbit on Forbes online.  Seems that 30 years ago the MPAA was decrying the certain demise of the movie industry due to a new technology.   What was that new tech?  Wait for it…VCRs.  Then MPAA president Jack Valenti had this to say in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in 1982:

I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone…

The MPAA wanted legislative protection from the dangers of the VCR.  And then went on to make million off of home video and (later) DVD sales.

Good news for American fans of Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson of SG-1).  His new CTV show, Saving Hope, has been picked up by NBC and will air in the summer in the U.S.  Saving Hope co-stars Smallville’s Erica Durance.

Two British actors have joined the Star Trek sequel: Benedict Cumberbatch and Noel Clarke.  You’ll probably recognize Benedict Cumberbatch from the TV series Sherlock where he brilliantly plays the title role but with a twist — in a modern day setting.  He’s also been in such films as War Horse and The Other Boleyn Girl.  He’s currently filming Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.  Noel Clarke is probably best known as Dr. Who’s Mickey Smith, and he’s mostly known for his British film and TV work.  Star Trek 2 could certainly change all of that.  Via io9

This Weekend’s Movies (EW):

Underworld: Awakening

Red Tails

Haywire

Posted by Synlah for Roqoo Depot

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