On Fancast: Today’s Highlights: Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Taking Of Pelham 1, 2, 3, Memorable Olympic Moments, And More!

by | August 13, 2008 at 3:58 PM | What We're Watching

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TELEVISION

1. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog – Nerd legend Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, set the internet aflame with his web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a crazy musical comedy adventure starring the gloriously amusing Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain trying to join the Evil Society of Evil and who is in love with Penny (Felicia Day), the same woman his archnemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) loves. It’s not exactly TV, but that’s because it’s better.

2. Memorable Moments In Beijing – Have you recently discovered that you suffer from a bad case of the shakes and sweats every time you turn on NBC? Well, then you’ve got what they call “Olympic Fever.” And you know what they say – starve a cold and FEED a fever (no, it’s not the other way around!), so continue to feed your inner Olympian with this spectacular montage of athleticism at its best.

3. Bob Saget’s Comedy Central Roast – This weekend Comedy Central is gonna Roast the pants off of funnyman Bob Saget in the same tradition as Pamela Anderson and William Shatner before him. See which of his friends were at the taping to help ignite the fire.

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MOVIES

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The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 There’s a Tony Scott remake in the works starring Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini and John Travolta due out next summer, but you can watch the original 1974 version of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 right here on Fancast. Pelham 1-2-3 is the name of a subway train, so dubbed for its origin station and times of departure. Transit cop Lt. Zachary “Z” Garber (Walter Matthau) has trouble keeping a handle on the chaotic subway system under normal circumstances. But when he suddenly has a train sealed off and isolated in a tunnel and 17 people held hostage by a crew of hijackers demanding a million dollars in cash, he not only has to race against the clock to keep them from carrying out their murderous threats and figure out how they plan to escape with the money, but he has to keep his own trigger-happy cops in check before they queer the whole deal. In other words, his day just got a hell of a lot worse. The criminals (Robert Shaw, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman and Martin Balsam) are color-coded (Blue, Grey, Brown and Green), which is an idea you may remember seeing in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, and being the 70s-film fanatic he is, you can bet this film was a strong influence. It even gives us sitcom stars Jerry Stiller and Doris Roberts in dramatic roles, and it was directed by Joseph Sargent, the man who helped give us Kojak. There’s no reason not to check this movie out.

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Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott In Role Models If you haven’t seen David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer, you should have by now, if only to see Christopher Meloni at his insane best. You’ll also then understand why Wain’s Role Models, which re-teams him with Paul Rudd, will be a must see when next March rolls around. Of course, the new project looks a bit more mainstream than the quirky 80s summer camp parody, but since the current comedy movie climate is mostly about taking mainstream concepts and making them better than they usually are, a movie about guys bonding with troubled kids and learning how to be men can be a lot more fun than one might expect. Rudd plays Danny, a surly energy-drink pitchman who hates his job and everything else, while his partner Wheeler (Seann William Scott) is, well, free-wheeling and generally loves everything, including dressing up like a minotaur to sell sugar-water. When Johnny Law strings the pair up for some vandalism charges, Danny’s ex (Elizabeth Banks) gets them community service instead – meaning they have to act as Big Brothers for a couple of ne’er-do-well kids. Danny is paired up with a nerdy fantasy-loving McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), proving he can get work beyond Superbad) while Wheeler gets the impossible brat Zak (Tajh Bellow ). They hate it at first, but grow to not hate it so much. A trite story in the wrong hands, sure, but it’s most certainly in the right hands. Check it out, won’t you? It looks good.

BLOGS
1. Deep Soap: Another One Bites The Dust
2. Isaac Hayes Tribute: The Best of Chef on South Park
3. New On DVD: What’s Hot This Week

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