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New in Theatres · April 20, 2012

Happy 420 Everyone!

Many people will be spending the weekend sparking up or heading out into their communities to pick up trash for Earth Day. But, if somewhere between the mary jane and the garbage collecting you’d like to see a movie or two…here are your new choices.

THE LUCKY ONE

Directing: Scott Hicks
Writing: Will Fetters (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart

Price of Admission will get you: Zac Efron doing his best in a movie that looks like it was tailor-made for Channing Tatum (He’s so hot right now).

Running Time · 101 min
Genre · Drama
Rating · PG-13

THINK LIKE A MAN
Let the mind games begin.

Directing: Tim Story
Writing: Steve Harvey (book), Keith Merryman, David A. Newman (screenplay),
Starring: Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy

Price of Admission will get you: so-called “comedy” about how all men are selfish jerks and all women are scheming bitches. Sounds like a great date movie!

Running Time · 123 min
Genre · Comedy
Rating · PG-13

CHIMPANZEE

Directing: Alastair Fothergill | Mark Linfield
Starring: Tim Allen

Price of Admission will get you: a cute documentary with cheesy narration by the Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor and some bold anthropomorphization of the title subjects.

Running Time · 78 min
Genre · Documentary
Rating · G

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The SurlyGurls Countdown to Comic Con

Now that Awards Season is over, it’s time to start booking our vacation time off for the best season of the year: Convention Season. Like angry, dirty bears emerging from their caves in the winter, so to will the nerds be venturing from their parent’s basements to seek out exclusive collectibles and action figures to get them through the long winter nights.

Since our first pilgrimage to San Diego Comic Con in 2010, we’ve come to fully realize what an amazing thing it can be to gather with like-minded nerds to celebrate the popular arts! Anyone who has read our ‘Confessions From A Couple Of Nerdy Girls‘ post, will know how much we LOVED Comic Con. So much so, that this year we will be attending not only SDCC, but also Chicago’s C2E2 and Toronto’s Fan Expo.

First up is C2E2 in a mere three weeks from now, April 13 – 15, at McCormick Place. We have it on good authority (from our friend and fellow blogger Matt Graham) that it is a good god damn time. Maybe not as big and shiny and full of pretty Hollywood faces as SDCC, but a great way to reach out to some of the best comic creators out there.

Having said that, the thing we’re looking most forward to is seeing our favourite Syfy star, Josh Gates, get to come out from behind the moderator’s podium and get his own hour to talk all about his monster hunting adventures.

Aside from that we’re really just looking forward to expanding our graphic novel collections (we’re coming for you Arachaia booth!) and a dream of Andrea’s coming true: getting to heckle and boo that ass-clown Ryan Buell from ‘Paranormal State’. If anyone can force him to tell the secret of his big, bad, vague and often alluded to but never explained “childhood experiences”, its her! There is a reason her mouth is bigger on our little SurlyGurls cartoon!

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Spring T.V. Premieres – Mar 18, 2012

It’s going to be a BIG night on television tonight! Not only is Discovery Channel unveiling their newest 7-part series on our incredible planet, but one of the most anticipated season finales airs tonight as well.

‘Frozen Planet’ is the newest in the series to make us aware of just how wonderous and amazing our third rock from the sun actually is. If anyone knows how to show us the intricacies of both the Arctic and Antarctic it’s the BBC and Discovery Channel. The first episode will air tonight at 8 PM.

After you’ve learned a little something about the reality of our planet, you’ll have lots of time to change over to AMC at 9 PM for the season finale of ‘The Walking Dead’. We can’t even imagine what is going to happen, that was one massive herd of walkers heading for the farm, and lets face it, Rick (and Carl…who gives a 10-year-old kid a gun?!) have already killed one of their best fighters. Its going to be bloody and we can’t wait to see it!

Spring T.V. Premieres – Mar. 8, 2012

Brace yourself Canada….Abby Lee Miller and her troupe of tiny terrors are back for another season of tutus and tantrums.

Slice will be airing the new season of the So-Bad-I-Can’t-Look-Away ‘Dance Moms’ at 9 PM. Then, as if one hour of a large woman yelling at small girls and their insane mothers wasn’t enough, you can watch yet another episode at 10 PM.

If two hours of overbearing moms pushing their kids to do better isn’t how you would like to spend your Thursday evening, you could always tune into the spring finale of ‘The Finder’ at 8 PM on FOX. Of course, even Walter Sherman would be hard pressed to “find” anyone that even watches that show. We’re convinced it was created so that the actors from ‘Bones’ would have something to do while Emily Deschanel has her baby.

Spring T.V. Premieres – Mar 1, 2012

Spring has arrived friends. We know because there is a whole new line-up of mediocre looking shows just waiting to premiere.

Apparently alternate realities are the new black this season. NBC’s newest show, ‘Awake’, premieres tonight at 10 PM.

We will admit that this show does intrigue us at least a little bit. The premise – a detective gets in a horrible car crash with his family. He wakes up to realize his son has died and begins seeing a shrink to deal. But wait! The next morning he wakes up to realize it’s actually his wife that’s died and he’s seeing a different shrink to deal with that.

The only hesitation we have about investing our precious little time (seriously, we already watch WAY too much t.v.!) in this show is the inevitable fact that the writers will take the easy way out once it reaches it’s end and tell us…wait for it….that it’s actually HIM that is dead. Promise us another ending and we would be willing to fit ‘Awake’ into the PVR schedule.

The Oscar’s Best And Worst Gowns – And Angelina Jolie’s Gams

Looks like Oscar wasn’t the only precious metal out on the town last night. The ladies of Hollywood were rocking some serious metallics on the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

We were actually surprised, it was harder coming up with the worst dressed list this time around, as the ladies really seemed to kick it up for the biggest party of the year. There were some bad choices, but they were fewer and further between than on most red carpets. And, none of them were the kind of Cher-gone-Las-Vegas-Show-Girl disaster that have plague the awards season in the past.

We really weren’t expecting the level of glamour and sparkle and WOW that we got from Milla Jovovich. In fact, we didn’t really expect to see the ‘Resident Evil’ hottie at the awards at all. But good God damn! THAT is how you should look at the Oscar’s.

Poor Shailene Woodley however, tops our list of the worst dressed this year. She looks like she’s just escaped the destruction of Alderaann, all she needed was those iconic buns. Everyone seems to be praising this dress, but we just don’t get it. She’s 21 years old, not 81. She personifies frumpy.

(Read the rest of this entry to find out our other picks for best and worst dressed)

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And The Academy Award Goes To…

It was a great night for movies about ‘The Movies’! Both of the big winners last night – taking 5 awards each – were love letters to the history of film. While ‘The Artist’ cleaned up in almost all of the major awards (sorry Bernice Bejo), ‘Hugo’ won almost all of the technical awards.

Well, we don’t like to brag…wait, yes we do…but we definitely kicked some ass this time around on our picks! Together we got an amazing 20 out of 24 right this year! That is an amazing 83% accuracy. (For those of your keeping track, Andrea won the pool this year with 18 right. Whitney was the weak link this time, with 14)

How great was Billy Crystal?! His musical number was hilarious and his comic timing was perfect. It was such a nice change to watch someone who seemed at home and natural hosting. We’re really hoping that the Academy are already wooing him for next year. And, if at all possible, ‘Cirque Du Soleil’ should be incorporated every year as well.

(Read the rest of the this entry for a full list of the winners from last night)

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