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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Spider-Man 2 hype and more...
Even More Reviews and Hype For Spider-Man 2
Gannett's Jack Garner says it's "a rare sequel that surpasses the original in every way" and Roger Ebert calls it "the best superhero movie since the modern genre was launched." (Both reviewers give the movie four stars!) The Washington Post's Steven Hunter tells us "shows that all concerned in the second installment of this mega-franchise -- most important, director Sam Raimi, returning from his love-labor of the first one -- have looked hard at the success of the original and have understood and preserved its core." Also of interest is the TV Guide On-Line review. Meanwhile, Harry Knowles over at Ain't It Cool News is ready to pick out china patterns with the movie. (I would recommend taking the Ain't It Cool News rave with a grain of salt. I've noticed that Harry either seems to love or loathe films and there's not usually a middle ground.) As of the time of this post, the film has a 97% "fresh" rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. The only negative review I could find was from J. Hoberman with the Village Voice.

And for those of you wondering--I will add my own two cents here after I see the movie!

For those of you with young children clamoring to go see the movie, you might want to think seriously about these words of advice from this article in this morning's Tennessean.

Doc Ock's brief stint in an emergency room is more harrowing than anything in the previous movie, and gives the movie a well-earned PG-13 rating. While the original film was fine for younger children, this one may be too intense. How intense? There's a not-too-subtle reference to one of Raimi's earlier films, the 1981 bloodfest The Evil Dead.

And TV Guide heard my pleas and today's Insider features a small interview with Kirsten Dunst, aka Mary Jane Watson. OK, sure it's not really in-depth and it doesn't really tell you anything, but the picture of Kirsten is nice to look at!

In a local angle to this story, Nashville's Mageina Tovah has a small role as Peter Parker's neighbor in Spider-Man 2.

Blaine's in, Ken's out
Barbie is on the rebound with Blaine, a surfer from Australia, who also happens to be a friend of her friend, Summer. Has Barbie gone bad girl and stolen Blaine away from Summer? Stay tuned...

Check out the pictures from the first practice for Rick and Bubba's dodgeball team, the ThunderBalls.

Has Robert Bianco been reading Big Orange Michael?!?
In tonight's Best Bets for USA Today, Robert Bianco discusses the weaknesses from last week's episode of Monk (which repeats tonight at 10 p.m EST). His analysis agrees with most of what I said Saturday about this week's episode.

Come on guys....
While driving home yesterday, I was listening to Sports Night on SuperTalk 99.7 WTN. What caught my attention was they were talking to Bob Kessling about the big event Sunday with some of the legends of Tennessee football all getting together to take a walk down memory lane. They teased that coming up next would be an interview with Johnny Majors. Intrigued I tuned back in, only to hear a really poor imitation of Coach Majors in a mock interview that was in very poor taste. They had Majors putting down Fulmer, not able to remember he'd coached for the University of Pittsburg and no the Steelers, etc and throwing in a few barbs at former host George Plaster. It was one of those things that was amusing at first, but quickly got old. And it was a shame in a lot of ways. I would have enjoyed hearing from the real Johnny Majors becuase he was such a legend in Tennessee football. Also, it's a shame that a few days after Fulmer, Majors and Dickey were able to check their egos at the door and do something to celebrate what is great about Tennessee football that these three guys had to step up and do this classless little joke. No wonder George Plaster left and is currently enjoying a good lead in the ratings. Come on guys--grow up!

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