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Summer T.V. Premieres – June 7, 2012

Remember the good old days when season finales meant you got to escape the grasp of your television for a mere 3 months of the year? You got to get outside and enjoy the company of actual people? There are so many premieres happening tonight it’s like September has come early…only with really shitty offerings.

Apparently NBC and FOX are competing to have the absolute worst take on the “Dating Game”. NBC will be creating some kind of terrible Frankenstein’s monster of reality game shows with ‘Love In The Wild’ at 8 PM. It’s a little bit ‘Survivor’, a little bit ‘Fear Factor’ and a little bit ‘The Bachelor’. At the same time FOX will premiere ‘Take Me Out’, a show in which 30 women will compete for one man by turning a light podium off and on. If that sounds like the worst part, it’s not, this show is hosted by the always irritating George Lopez.

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Summer T.V. Premieres – June 3, 2012

For a Sunday night, there is a lot going on in the world of T.V. premieres! There are four premieres and a special event going on tonight, which means there is lots of variety, and even some that the SurlyGurls will be watching (or PVRing while we’re at the theatre seeing ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’)

First up, at 9 PM on A&E is the premiere of their comedic cop drama ‘The Glades’. We can’t be the only ones out there that think this is just a new version of ‘CSI: Miami’ with a better looking cast. Who keeps green lighting all these cop shows, seriously?!

Lifetime is also competing for your views at 9 PM with the premiere of the fourth season of ‘Drop Dead Diva’. The hilarious journey of Deb/Jane as she learns just how different life can be for a plus-size girl continues tonight. We’re not saying this is the height of intellectual television, but it is a cute little comedy, but it is one of Whitney’s guilty pleasures.

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Spring T.V. Premieres – Apr 1, 2012

Its time to return to Westeros and the fight for power.

Season 2 of HBO’s wildly popular ‘Game of Thrones’ returns tonight at 9 PM. As if there weren’t enough people vying for the title of King, this season promises many new characters who will be throwing down the gauntlet for the title as well.

Season 2 will be based around creator and fantasy-God George R.R. Martin’s second book in the series ‘A Clash of Kings’. Hopefully the show can keep up the momentum and keep fans happy.

New in Theatres · March 30, 2012

Mediocrity is the theme with this week’s new releases. Moviegoers will be treated to ‘Wrath of the Titans‘. The follow-up to 2010’s sort of successful ‘Clash of the Titans‘, which was widely criticized for its poor CGI, out-right awful 3D effects and not remaining faithful enough to the 1981 original movie. Not to mention Sam Worthington is a piss-poor Perseus!

If Swords and Sandals isn’t your thing, there is always “Mirror Mirror“, a comedic take on the Snow White fairy tale. With Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and almost no one else of any importance in the movie, things just don’t look promising. Also, the actual visuals in this movie are ugly. The costumes are hideous, the set pieces are unattractive. It just looks like a mess! In fact, the only good looking thing in the movie is Armie Hammer!

Your best best this week is to go see ‘The Hunger Games‘ again!

WRATH OF THE TITANS
Feel the Wrath.

Directing: Jonathan Liebesman
Writing: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson (screenplay, story), Greg Berlanti, (story), Beverley Cross (1981 screenplay)
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes

Price of Admission will get you: better 3D, better special effects, and a better hair-do for Perseus… and that is all.

Running Time · 99 min
Genre · Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Rating · PG-13

MIRROR MIRROR
One Bad Apple.

Directing: Tarsem Singh
Writing: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm (original story), Melissa Wallack, Jason Keller (screenplay)
Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane

Price of Admission will get you: a $15 version of ABC’sOnce Upon A Time’, this time with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and a lot of really ugly costumes. Basically you’ll be more than happy to chow down on that poison apple by the end!

Running Time · 106 min
Genre · Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
Rating · PG

GOON
Meet Doug, The Nicest Guy You’ll Ever Fight.

Directing: Michael Dowse
Writing: Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg (screenplay), Adam Frattasio, Doug Smith (novel)
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill 

Price of Admission will get you: a good ol’ fashioned Canadian hockey movie full of enough blood and violence to satisfy any moviegoer! Fuckin’ right, eh!?

Running Time · 92 min
Genre · Comedy / Sport
Rating · R

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The Hunger Games – Not Just Another Teen Movie

It’s official…the SurlyGurls are calling it right now…“May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favour” is going to be the new “May The Force Be With You”.

With one of us being a fan of the series, having read the books, and the other having a vague familiarity with the premise we are willing to give into the huge hype surrounding the release of the highly anticipated ‘The Hunger Games’.

We’ll admit it, we were both slightly skeptical. Andrea, having never read the books, believed she would be walking into a film that was only slightly less asinine than the ‘Twilight’ series. Whitney on the other hand, was worried they would never be able to capture the essence of the characters and their emotions.

That being said, we still bought our advance tickets, waited in line to see it in the glorious IMAX, and are now sat in a 24-hour coffee shop telling the world – we both LOVED this movie. It is visually impressive and it’s entertaining for those who know and love the characters as well as those who are just meeting them for the first time.

It is unfair to lump this series into the same category as other teen-centric entertainment. The characters are dealing with real-life problems like supporting their families, famine, and an oppressive government; not just who’s going to ask them to prom. In fact, Katniss Everdeen is essentially the antithesis of Bella Swan. Katniss is courageous, self-sacrificing, intelligent and resourceful. She potentially gives up her own life to save her sister, whereas Bella tries to off herself in any way possible because her boyfriend left town.

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Spring T.V. Premieres – Mar 23, 2012

If you’re one of the few people not flocking to the theatres tonight to see ‘The Hunger Games’, you’ll be happy to know that the small screen does have some excitement in store for you!

The big news tonight: Castiel is back!!! Everyone’s favourite not-so-naive-anymore angel returns to ‘Supernatural’ in tonight’s episode airing on the CW at 9 PM. In our opinion, he’s been gone WAY too long and this news is ALMOST enough to keep us away from the theatres as well…almost. God love the PVR!

Everyone’s favourite dimension-jumping crime-fighting team is back tonight at 9 PM on FOX when ‘Fringe’ finally returns with a whopping 8 new episodes in a row. While we think JJ Abrams is a freaking genius and we love a good multi-dimensional sci-fi story, we’ve fallen out of love with ‘Fringe’ lately. Oh, we’ll watch it to the end, as we are fiercely loyal, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it axed from the schedule next year.

New in Theatres · March 23, 2012

Let the Hunger Games begin!

There is only one major movie release this weekend, and it’s a big one. ‘The Hunger Games’. The cinematic adaptation of the ridiculously popular and beloved teen fiction series is finally here!

And with ticketing sites like Fandango reporting that ‘The Hunger Games’ has already sold more advance tickets than any other non-sequel; this series looks poised to pick up the “epic novel to epic movie franchise” torch that ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ are relinquishing.

But, unlike the aforementioned ‘Twilight’, ‘The Hunger Games’ is receiving solid reviews and is currently listed at 87% Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. Experts are also estimating this movie is going to be pulling in well over $100M at the Box Office this weekend. So, if you’re planning on taking a leisurely stroll down to the local movieplex to watch Katniss and her inner monologue kick some ass; you may want to rethink your strategy – because you’re really going to need a better game plan than that!

If you’re not feeling the whole “watching kids hunt each other down and fight to the death” thing, there’s always ’21 Jump Street’… That Tatum Channing, he’s so hot right now!

THE HUNGER GAMES
The Games Will Change Everyone.

Directing: Gary Ross
Writing: Gary Ross, Billy Ray (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (novel, screenplay)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Price of Admission will get you: love triangles, brutal violence, a bleak dystopian future and attractive teenagers forced to slaughter each other for  entertainment. It’s everything a moviegoer could ask for!

Running Time · 142 min
Genre · Action / Drama / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

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