Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Roundup I

The Roundup is a brand new offering I'm going to start rolling out here on what I hope will be a regular basis. It'll cover a range of news in the entertainment world, be it movies, TV, music or miscellaneous. These will be mostly bite-size nuggets complete with some sure to be insightful and sarcastic commentary from myself. This will by no means be a thorough overview of all things entertainment (who has time for that anyway?). But it will be a random assortment of items big and small, significant and insignificant, that I feel like commenting on.

So, without further delay, steel yourself for what should be an exciting and enlightening ride (or a trip into tedium and frivolousness). I can't really make up my mind yet.

Look out for that bus
With "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" set to hit theaters this weekend, the film's stars have been busy with promotion all over the U.S. Case in point: Check out this clip of Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman on "Good Day Atlanta," as the pair deals with the challenge of presenting the weather to viewers. This probably won't be a back-up career for the two, but it is amusing, nonetheless.

'Glee' grabs Britney
With "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy getting attention for his directing the new Julia Roberts movie adaptation of the bestseller "Eat Pray Love," he recently revealed in an interview with Ryan Seacrest that Britney Spears will be appearing on the hit show as part of a Britney-centered episode, set for Sept. 28. While Britney is far from the superstar status that she had several years ago, a comeback would seem imminent, as is the trend in show business.

Netflix streaming to grow
Those of you who have discovered the joy of Netflix's streaming service (as I did several months ago) will be pleased to know that the company will be expanding its offerings, beginning next month. Landing a deal with the young cable channel Epix, similar to its deal with Starz, Netflix will soon begin offering films from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM. (The current Starz deal allows Netflix access to Disney and Sony movies.) That means the volume of films in the company's streaming library will be growing almost exponentially in the next few months. The one caveat of the deal will be a three-month window before new releases to DVD and Blu-ray (and Epix) will appear on Netflix streaming. So those of you hoping to stream "Iron Man 2" when it's released to DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 28 will have to wait until just after Christmas.

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