Daily Call Sheet: 'Burn Notice' Season Finale, Bundy Sale, and Tweet of the Year!

‘BURN NOTICE’: SEASON FINALE

Did you enjoy it? Because it was my brother who edited this awesome episode — spoilers below:

Michael, as we saw in tonight’s episode, was willing to do just about anything to keep Fiona out of prison, including burning his fellow spies. Now, how far will he go to free her? “I’m hoping he’ll go to any lengths to free me, now that I’m locked up,” she says. “I think that’s perhaps one of the more realistic reasons why Fiona sacrificed herself, because she thinks that if anyone can get her out of jail, it will be Michael.

Fiona has, at times, questioned Michael’s need to return to the CIA, and during the finale, Anson suggested that he gave Michael a life by burning him — barring contact with his family, friends and the woman he loves – instead of “ruining” his life as Michael is prone to say. Could he ever just be happy with what he has? “He just seems so bloody driven to serve with the government for some peculiar reason that makes absolutely no sense to Fiona,” Anwar says.

Fans will have to wait until the new season begins to see how much time, if any, Fiona spends behind bars. While the violence-prone, former member of the IRA could probably handle herself in a crowd of criminals, Anwar thinks that Fiona won’t get too comfortable. “I think Fiona had a hard time in a window-washing outfit,” she says. “I don’t know if orange is going to suit her.”

“MARRIED… WITH CHILDREN: THE COMPLETE SERIES” ON SALE FOR $35

Naturally, I purchased this season by season over the last few years. Thankfully, denial has kicked in and I’m presently unable to tell you how much I spent.

What a deal for over 200 episodes and about 20 million laughs from one of the most talented sitcom casts ever assembled.

TWEET OF THE YEAR

From our own Dana Loesch to Ellen Barkin … Epic.

Barkin started it.

FIRST POSTER FOR ‘ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

Great title but, then again, “Cowboys and Aliens” had a great title, too.

RAVES FOR ROONEY MARA IN ‘DRAGON TATTOO”

When you consider the intimidating shoes Mara had to step into, the universal plaudits she’s receiving for her performance are more than just a little impressive. Noomi Rapace was so perfect in the original trilogy, I can only assume Mara took it in a completely different direction. It doesn’t hurt to be guided by a genius like David Fincher, of course.

Anyway, good for her.

BEACH BOYS TO TOUR FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER FOUR DECADES

After months of negotiations, Wilson rejoins two other founding members, Mike Love and Al Jardine, as well as Bruce Johnston and David Marks. Together, they will release a new album and stage an international tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Wilson and the group last toured together in 1963, though they continued to record together through the release of their landmark album “Pet Sounds” in 1966, and preparations for the legendary “Smile,” which was partially finished in 1967 and not officially released until last winter.

“This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again,” Wilson said in a statement.

‘AVATAR’ BREAKS MORE NEW GROUND:

From 20th Century-Fox:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Lightstorm Entertainment announce AVATAR available digitally with first-of-its-kind interactive features in the “AVATAR iTunes Extras Special Edition” beginning on Tuesday, December 20. “AVATAR iTunes Extras Special Edition” lets fans deconstruct some of the movie’s most memorable scenes to reveal how James Cameron applied special effects to create the breathtaking world of Pandora. “AVATAR iTunes Extras Special Edition” will be available at www.iTunes.com/Avatar for pre-order starting today, December 16 for $19.99 HD/$14.99 SD.

Fans can experience the global box office sensation like never before as they control scene deconstructions in simultaneous views. This new feature will also enable consumers to interact with the performance capture and visual effects levels in 17 of the film’s scenes. For the first time ever, Green Screen X-ray gives users an interactive look through the visual effects levels to see the original green screen footage behind a pivotal scene.

“Digital platforms like iTunes usher in new ways to interact with and watch movies like AVATAR,” said Aubrey Freeborn, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Worldwide VOD and Electronic Sell-Through, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “These new interactive features enhance the experience and encourage digital ownership.”

“AVATAR iTunes Extras Special Edition” also features an original screenplay by James Cameron, Cameron’s scriptment (a novella with some scenes broken out into dialogue), a gallery of 1,700 images and more.

MI:4 OPENING TO RAVE REVIEWS

Review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes has clocked a whopping average score of 93% for the film, while some of its leading trumpet blowers have included critics from the likes of USA Today, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times – among many others. USA Today was particularly effusive in its praise, claiming that of the ‘Mission Impossible’ installments, “‘Ghost Protocol’ is easily the best of the lot,” whilst The New York Times commented that it “gets back to action basics with globe-trotting, nifty gadgets, high-flying stunts and less loquacious villainy.” Its Los Angeles counterpart meanwhile focused on director Brad Bird, noting “Bird has done a stylish and involving job here, turning in an entertaining production that’s got considerable visual flair, especially in its action-heavy IMAX sections.”

EW’S BOX OFFICE PREVIEW

The weeks leading up to Christmas can be tough going at the multiplex, with kids studying for exams and parents rushing to prepare for the holidays. Nonetheless, the one-two punch of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked — plus an IMAX preview of the newest Mission: Impossible flick — should snap the box office out of its autumn funk.

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LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING

The Iowa debate. My thoughts can be found here.

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SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR

EXPENDABLES 2′ ONE-SHEET

FOX TV PICKS UP ANIMATED COMEDY FROM RUSSEL BRAND… OH JOY

10 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’

STEVEN SPIELBERG TALKS ‘TINTIN’ AND ‘WAR HORSE

IS ‘ROMY AND MICHELLE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION’ HEADED TO BROADWAY?

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE KIDS FROM ‘HOME ALONE’?

KEANU REEVES TO MAKE HIS DIRECTING DEBUT WITH ‘MAN OF TAI CHI

BOB SEGER’S FAMOUS VINTAGE GIBSON GUITAR STOLEN

R.I.P. JOE SIMON, CO-CREATOR OF CAPTAIN AMERICA DIES AT 98

HOW TO PICK HOLIDAY MOVIES TO WATCH WITH GRANDMA

DIRECTOR STEPHEN DALDRY WANTS TO BRING MICHAEL CHABON’S ‘THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY’ TO HBO

AGREED: THE ROGER CORMAN DOCUMENTARY LOOKS GREAT

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ‘DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

COLIN HANKS ON PLAYING DEXTER’S DOOMSDAY KILLER

SIX THINGS MOVIES GET WRONG ABOUT THE WORKPLACE

TOP TWELVE HEART-WARMING CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY MOVIES

A LOOK AT THE CAREER OF CHARACTER ACTOR ROBERT CORNTHWAITE

THE GOLDEN AGE MOVIE POSTERS OF HAROLD SEROY

TOY CONCEPT ART FOR TIM BURTON’S UNFILMED SUPERMAN MOVIE

A LOOK BACK AT CARROLL BALLARD’S ‘BLACK STALLION’ AND ‘NEVER CRY WOLF

35 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM ‘THE BOURNE IDENTITY’ COMMENTARY

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CLASSIC PICK FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

TCM:

8:00 AM EST: All Mine to Give (1957) — Pioneer children fight to build a new family after their parents die. Dir: Allen Reisner Cast: Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchel , Rex Thompson. C-102 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format.

Please note that I am only skipping ahead to Sunday for the opportunity to recommend this little known, but very effective Christmas tear-jerker.

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