After shows, cancelled shows, new shows and no-shows all pop up in this edition of TV Bits:

  • Falling Skies pulls a Walking Dead and will launch its own after show hosted by Wil Wheaton.
  • Despite a huge Internet push, HBO won’t make their On Demand Service HBO Go an a la-carte option.
  • Lost stars Maggie Grace and Jorge Garcia reunite on the set of Californication.
  • The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has been cancelled and will be replaced by Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.
  • Watch an extended preview of CW’s Arrow, which is coming to San Diego Comic-Con.

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On August 8, 1986 director Rob Reiner began an incredible five film run by releasing a seemingly simple adaptation of a Stephen King novella called The Body. Reiner’s film was called Stand By Me and starred River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell as four young friends who, in 1959, set out on a journey to see a dead body. After initially opening in limited release, the film expanded a few weeks later and became a box office hit, raking in just over $50 million.

As a young boy, though, none of that was important. What was important is when I finally saw Stand By Me, I was at an impressionable enough age that Reiner’s film, so expertly crafted and filled with perfect dialogue and performances, taught me things my parents never would have thought of. I was schooled in the ways of Fifties pop music. I learned what a leech was. I learned how to use “dodge” as verb and I learned how many you got for flinching. What was, on the surface, a seemingly simple adaptation was obviously much more than that and has stood the test of time.

After the jump, read fifteen silly and serious things Stand By Me still teaches us 25 years after its initial release. Read More »

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What If I told you that Wil Wheaton appears in JJ AbramsStar Trek? You’d probably say that you didn’t believe me. Heck, we saw the movie, twice even, and didn’t see or hear a not-so-young anymore Wesley Crusher at all, not even in the corner of the screen. Or at least we thought that was the case. It had remained a highly guarded secret until this week when Wheaton blogged about his experience providing his voice for the Trek reboot:

“Back in the old days, before Twitter exploded into the phenomenon that it is now, I got a message from Greg Grunberg.” … “He sent me a private message that said something like, “JJ needs voice actors for Star Trek. Would you be interested in doing that?” … “I replied in the affirmative as quickly as my fingers could get the thoughts out of my head.” … “About 24 hours later, JJ Abrams called me. It was an entertaining conversation; I couldn’t believe he wanted me to do work on his film, and he couldn’t believe that I wanted to do it. He asked me if I’d be interested in playing some Romulans, and I think I held my hand over the phone so he couldn’t hear me squeal in delight before I calmly told him that, yes, I thought I could do that. I don’t recall precisely why, but we agreed that it would be extra cool to keep it a secret until the heat death of the universe, an uncredited bit of awesome that only a handful of people in the world would know about … unless we told them. (In fact, as far as I know, only a dozen people in the world knew about this until some meddling kids and their dog at Viacom found out about it this summer, and said we had to give me credit and stuff.)”

Yes, Wil Wheaton actually dubbed various voices for Nero’s Romulan crew. TrekMovie was nice enough to post an actual clip of Wheaton’s voice in Star Trek, which you can watch after the jump.

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It’s been two and a half years since Kevin Smith first mentioned plans of writing and directing a low budget horror movie.  But is has been over a year since Red State was given a pass by The Weinstein Co. Havey Weinstein called the film “quite disturbing and challenging, a departure from” Smith’s previous screenplays. Smith has also said that the project is “decidedly non-commercial, it’s really f’n bleak and dark, so bleak that it makes The Dark Knight look like Strawberry Shortcake.” I’ve always assumed that this project would never get made… but today there is an update.

Smith is in London doing press for his new book Shooting the Sh*t with Kevin Smith: The Best Of Smodcast, and has revealed to DenOfGeek that he might have finally found funding for the horror film: “I got a call at 2am last night. I think we’ve got the money for Red State.” It isn’t clear if Red State will be his next project, or the recently buzzed about Hockey drama Hit Somebody. But one thing is for sure, there is now new hope for Smith’s horror film.

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