Thursday Call Sheet: Want to Cancel your Cable?
QUESTION OF THE DAY: HOW DO I STREAM ON TELEVISION?
From an email:
[Y]ou have convinced me on the dumping of cable issue. My question is, how/what is the best method of going to streaming? I am unsure as to the best method of getting streaming content to my TV. I am pretty sure I don’t want to use my desktop computer to do it, I would need a powerful video card, I suspect.
Great question. It's easy to forget that this is a new technology and how foreign it once seemed.. Thankfully, the answer is a simple one…
A Roku, Xbox, or a Blu-ray player with the wireless modem built in, and you are on your way to streaming on your television.
My only advice is to get yourself hooked up before cancelling anything. Wait a month or so to make sure you’re making the right choice.
BEST BUY TO CLOSE 50 STORES, CUT STAFF AS FOCUS SHIFTS TO MOBILE
In many ways, you are looking at another casualty of the lack of home video sales, an area that Best Buy even cut back on some time ago -- shrinking that section of the store.
Of course, Internet sales and a protracted recession probably haven't helped either.
Not that anyone cares, but over a quarter century ago I worked at one of the first Best Buys to open up in the Milwaukee area. Last I saw the store was still there. Believe it or not, I did not work in any department related to television or movies; I sold appliances. Was pretty good too, especially at fast-talking people into those obnoxiously high-priced extended warranties. Man, did they push those. Pure profit. About 5% of your total sales were expected to be extended warranties.
I once sold a $109 microwave with a $39.99 three-year warranty. I'm not proud of that, but I was punished. For the next 17 years, God made me a bill collector.
WILL FERRELL ANNOUNCES 'ANCHORMAN' SEQUEL
I might have made it through about half of the original "Anchorman," which felt to me like a somewhat clever and unnecessarily sleazy "SNL" skit that refused to end.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JOSS WHEDON AND ‘THE AVENGERS’
All I have to say is that that's a whole lot of green screen.
ELIZABETH BANKS RETURNING TO '30 ROCK'
Why doesn’t she go on a rerun of "Pawn Stars?" More people would watch.
TRAILER FOR SARAH POLLEY'S 'TAKE THIS WALTZ' LOOKS PROMISING
If you haven't seen Polley's 2006 directorial debut "Away From Her," do so now. This is a very talented young director.
JUST A REMINDER THAT NO ONE WATCHES STEWART AND COLBERT
Sure, these are reruns…
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 0.9 million (in encore telecasts)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.7 million (in encore telecasts)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
If audiences end up supporting this film to any great extent beyond opening weekend we all deserve everything we get, be it demons from hell or a Clash of the Titans 3. Wrath of the Titans makes Transformers look like Masterpiece Theatre. Not even those audience members that use the weak excuse, "Well, what did you expect?" can get away with that here. This is a film that may easily go down as one of the worst of 2012 and to realize that this early in the year is quite an accomplishment.
LAST NIGHT'S SCREENING
"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." Review coming.
COMING SOON TO HOME VIDEO
MACHINE GUN PREACHER: Gerard Butler (300) delivers a blazing performance as Sam Childers, the impassioned biker and ex-criminal turned crusader in MACHINE GUN PREACHER from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From Golden Globe® nominated director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball), MACHINE GUN PREACHER is the moving true-life story of discovery and redemption as Sam Childers takes up the fights for the children of East Africa and their freedom from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
An Official Selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and featuring the Grammy® and Golden Globe® nominated song “The Keeper” by Chris Cornell, MACHINE GUN PREACHER is complete with special features and commentary on the must-own Blu-ray and DVD on June 5th.
RED TAILS: Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment present the remarkable story of an inspirational group of men whose legendary bravery was cemented in the sky in RED TAILS, soaring onto Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download May 22. Set for release just prior to Memorial Day, RED TAILS stars Academy Award® Winner Cuba Gooding Jr.* (Jerry Maguire) and Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard** (Hustle & Flow) leading a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II.
Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky... even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, RED TAILS is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.
MEN IN BLACK 1 & 2: Just in time for this summer’s highly anticipated MEN IN BLACK™ 3, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing hit films MEN IN BLACK™ (on Blu-ray™ with UltraViolet™) and MEN IN BLACK™ 2 (for the first time on Blu-ray™, and also with UltraViolet™) on May 1st. Including UltraViolet™ on both Blu-ray™ releases allows owners to add the films to their UltraViolet™ Library, enabling them to download or instantly stream the films. Both editions feature new collectible packaging, and will include a sneak peek and movie ticket offer* for MEN IN BLACK™ 3, in theaters May 25th. In addition, the North American version of MEN IN BLACK™ 2 Blu-ray™ will include the new Men in Black playable PlayStation®3 game demo from Activision, where fans in North America can sample a level from the upcoming adventure before its May 22nd release.
THIS MEANS WAR: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy Form the Perfect Love Triangle in this Action Packed Comedy Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download May 22.
They are the CIA’s best, trained for any situation…except one. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plays the ultimate spy game as two best friends fight for the right of one woman’s hand in THIS MEANS WAR, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download May 22. Starring Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon* (Walk the Line), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), the laugh-out-loud comedy gets even better on Blu-ray with three alternate endings that answer the question – what if she chose the other guy?
SCOTTDS' EPIC LINKTACULAR
SCOTTDS TAKES A LOOK BACK AT JOE DANTE'S "INNERSPACE"
"DICTATOR" SETS UP PHONY WEBSITE FOR NON-EXISTENT REPUBLIC OF WADIYA
OWEN WILSON, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS TO STAR IN 'MAD MEN' CREATOR'S FEATURE DEBUT
FIRST IMAGE OF RYAN GOSLING IN "ONLY GOD FORGIVES" FROM THE DIRECTOR OF "DRIVE"
KARDASHIAN BIKINI AIRBRUSH SCANDAL?
6 CLIPS FROM THE 'GAME OF THRONES' SEASON 2 PREMIERE
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY SHOULD RELEASE "BULLY" ONLINE FOR FREE
SUTHERLANDS TEAMING UP AGAIN FOR NEW WESTERN
THE 10 BEST SHOWS OF THE FOX NETWORK'S 25 YEAR HISTORY
"GROWN UPS 2" ADDS "PROJECT X" ACTOR
SEAN PENN DOES A GOOD THING, PAYS IRAQ VETERAN'S MEDICAL BILLS
CHARLIE SHEEN OFFERS FIRST LOOK AT 'ANGER MANAGEMENT' ON 'TODAY'
WATCH GEORGE LUCAS' EARLY EXPERIMENTAL WORK
SMITH WANTS TO TAKE "CLERKS" TO BROADWAY
SHAZBOT! 14 AWESOME SCI-FI CURSE WORDS
'BONES' RENEWED FOR 8TH SEASON
25 TV SHOWS THAT SHOULD BE CANCELED (YMMV)
'GAME OF THRONES' REFRESHER COURSE FOR PAST FANS AND NEWBIES
DOES WATCHING SAD MOVES MAKE US HAPPIER?
SECRET CHARACTER IN "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES" CONFIRMED
DEVELOPING A CHARACTER, ACTION-STYLE
10 OUTSTANDING NEO-NOIRS OF THE 2000'S
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE HISTORY OF SPACE OPERA
A LOOK BACK AT ALEXANDER PAYNE'S "CITIZEN RUTH"
CLASSIC PICK FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 30
6:00 AM EST: Rio Rita (1942) -- A pair of nitwits try to stop Nazis from infiltrating a Western ranch. Dir: S. Sylvan Simon Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Kathryn Grayson. BW-91 mins, TV-G.
One of those Abbott and Costello movies accessible enough for those who aren't Abbott and Costello fanatics. Above average story, MGM production values (The Boys were loaned out from their home Universal) and pretty good musical numbers.
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