New Releases Once Upon a Time and Charlie’s Angels

Posted on May 18, 2011

This is a bit of a deviation from the normal music posts, but I have been given notice by Technorati that there are a couple of new TV series on the way from ABC, ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Now I know I don’t usually do TV programs, but most people who like good music, tend to like a good TV program as well, I know I do. So I thought what the heck, I’ll share it and let you decide, if you don’t visit then you don’t visit and I’ll know better next time. But if you do like this little deviation, let me know and I may do this a little more often.

Once Upon a Time

The first thing I noticed was that Robert Carlyle of ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘The Full Monty’ fame is playing Rumpelstiltskin, one of the lead roles in ‘Once Upon a Time’ series being produced by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The guys that were also responsible for the ‘Lost’ TV series, you know the one that drives you mad because it never seems to have an end.

But who would have thought it, another UK actor makes the big time in the States, potentially. Rumpelstiltskin akka Robert Carlyle agrees to help out Snow White and Prince Charming (in fairy tale land) to counteract the evil queen, but for financial reimbursement, that’s a refreshing change in a fairy story.

Jennifer Morrison plays the part of Anna Swan in this mix of real world and fairy story. A bail bonds collector who gets sought out by the son she left behind. Her son ‘Henry’, thinks that his mother is from a fairy tale world but of course she is having none of it until she has a few weird and wonderful moments herself.

It does sort of grab the attention a bit, and there is probably more on offer than can be gleaned from the video. Time will tell, but it is looking pretty good.

Charlie’s Angels

The other offering from ABC is a new Charlie’s Angels series, I am sure more people will be familiar with this format, especially if you were around in the 70’s for the first series or remember the film of the same name released a little while ago with Cameron Diaz ‘et al’ starring.

The three girls are played by Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh in this series, each having a dubious background but having been offered a second chance by their controller Charlie. Sound familiar. They have got some big shoes to step into both from the original Charlie’s Angels and their predecessors in the films, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.

But they have certainly got the looks to do it and we will have to wait and see if they have got the acting talent, although when you see them I am not too sure many people will be worrying about the acting. That said, the video trailer suggests that they do have some much required thespian talent tucked away somewhere. Drew Barrymore, by the way, is a producer on the TV show, so will no doubt influence proceedings towards the formula of the successful Charlie’s Angels films.

Ramon Rodriguez stars as the Angels’ sidekick Bosley. He has previously been seen in The Wire and Day Break. No didn’t mean a lot to me either, but I am sure he is a nice guy.

So there you have it, not one but two potential new series for you to enjoy for years to come providing the public and critical votes go in the right direction. Can’t wait to see what happens.

Pulp Fiction Dance Scene

Posted on May 23, 2010

Why is it that this Pulp Fiction dance scene is so good? Its just an old Chuck Berry tune ‘You Never Can Tell‘ which on its own really isn’t that good. But I guess with the king of dance, John Travolta, treading the boards along with Uma Thurman a little bit of magic must have happened, that’s the only way I can explain it anyway.

They are not really doing anything spectacular either but for some reason it just works and the result was this really great Pulp Fiction dance scene. It’s been watched time and time again and even been recreated in Russian using a couple of look alikes from a Russian TV show. Nowhere near as good as the original though and I don’t understand Russian anyway.

Pulp fiction, for those that don’t know, is an iconic film from 1994 and the dance scene is the best remembered scene from the film. They were actually taking part in a twist competition in a 1950’s themed bar and I think they won it, but to be honest I can’t really remember or care. It was the dance scene itself that was the memorable part, not surprising really as Pulp Fiction was shot totally out of sequence and consequently was very difficult to follow, this was done deliberately of course and is one of the reasons it became iconic.