Just Another Random Monday

The Ricky Gervais Show is over.  Forever.  Probably.  This is what Ricky said about it recently on his blog:

“So I don’t think I’m going to do a fourth series of The Ricky Gervais Show.  39 episodes is more than I’ve ever done for any other project (Yes. I know that’s pathetic but trust me.) and I don’t want to push my luck.  I think the show has steadily grown in both quality and popularity and I’d love to go out on a high so to speak.  My worry is that as we’ve used up all the best material we’d have to record hours and hours of new stuff and it might ruin the naivety of the whole thing.  Never say never though, like The Office.  But certainly for now.”

Season 3 was just as good as 1 and 2, in my opinion.  I watched the final episode (ever?…*weeps*) the other night and laughed out loud a number of times.  I know the world at large watches for Karl, to hear the absurdities that come out of his mouth, but it’s Stephen who always cracks me up.

Here’s a glimpse of Ricky’s upcoming project with Jerry Seinfeld, something about comedians and coffee…  So, they’re just going out for coffee?  Hmm… hope there’s more to it than that.

Just saw the teaser for the next season of SOA.  Check it:

Mad kudos to whoever does the music for that show.  They hit the nail on the head every fucking time.

Finally finished Homeland, that intoxicatingly smart Showtime series with Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.  Season 2 kicks off Sept. 30.  I don’t know if all the new episodes have been taped already but hopefully Danes’ pregnancy won’t interfere.  Congrats to her, of course, but you know I’m selfishly only worried about how it’ll affect me.  In my defense, that show would not work without her.  Everyone involved is great but Danes is the crux.  She is insanely talented and engaging to watch.  Plus, she’s beautiful without too much make-up or surgery or anything and thin in a natural way, not like she works out 10 hours a day or starves herself.  And she always takes really smart, strong roles.  So, yeah, she’s the shit.

What with the mad success of the British series Sherlock, CBS has decided to try a hand at its own re-vamp of the classic sleuth stories.  Johnny Lee Miller is set to play Sherlock and Watson will be played by Lucy Liu in Elementary, coming this fall.  Yeah, you read that right.  It’s Dr. Joan Watson in this latest version and the investigative pair will live and work in NYC.  Not sure if either will attempt an English accent but I have to admit, with a female Watson and Sherlock anywhere but London, it doesn’t much matter.  As much as I’d like to keep an open mind, I already feel fairly certain that this will likely suck.

Sherlock, thankfully, is set to have at least one more season, though it probably won’t air for another 6 to 8 months.  No worries… it’s totally worth waiting for. 🙂



You Must Be Outside Your Mind

Well, the Brits are back and Sunday night is, once again, my favorite TV night of the week.  What with the loss of Dexter and Shameless, Sunday night television was beginning to feel like a barren wasteland, but April 22 brought with it the very long-anticipated Season 3 premiere of The Ricky Gervais Show.  And what was the topic of conversation during that first episode?  You guessed it: another of Karl’s asinine movie pitch ideas.  Let’s recap, shall we?

Season 2 movie pitch: Clive Warren (that’s Karlspeak for Clive Owen) and Rebecca DeMournay star as a lovely couple; Clive gets hit by a car and is in a coma; Morgan Freeman plays the doctor who then advises DeMournay to either pull the plug on her beau or allow Freeman to transplant half of Clive’s brain into her head.  Grief-stricken, she accepts half of her love’s brain in exchange for half of her own, which creates a duality within her because she now has two people’s thoughts, always.  She overhears (of course, because his thoughts are now in her head) Clive call out to some other woman.  She goes searching for this other woman, Leslie, fearing he’d had an affair during his life.  Clive’s half of the brain then dominates Rebecca’s, confesses to his mistress, Leslie, that part of his brain is inside Rebecca’s head, and Rebecca and Leslie then decide to be together.

Season 3 movie pitch: this film begins with a man, Bryan, and his girlfriend watching the 7th installment of Mission: Impossible, starring Tom Cruise.  The girlfriend is a Cruise fan but the gentleman doesn’t care for him.  This man is a struggling actor who has not yet found his break.  During the filming of Mission: Impossible 8, Tom Cruise is severely injured on set.  News breaks of the accident while Bryan is driving to work.  Bryan is distracted in celebration over Cruise’s demise, gets into a near-fatal car crash and is rushed to the hospital.  Some time later, he awakes and is told that his brain was implanted into Tom Cruise’s body, which apparently was donated after his terrible accident.  Bryan is asked to fill in to complete the filming of Mission: Impossible 8 – his big break!  He sort of assumes Cruise’s career but finds he isn’t as happy as he’d have thought, since his girlfriend is a bit too pleased with his new appearance and career and he ultimately finds himself posing the question: “Who are we?  Are we the people in our body, or the people we look like?”  (Karl’s exact words.)  Poor Bryan has become a person he never liked.

Basically, what we’ve learned is that Karl is kind of obsessed with the idea of a brain transplant, something that is utterly impossible, by the way, though Karl claims scientists are working tirelessly to make it a reality.  What fucking medical journals are you reading, Karl???

All nonsense aside, it’s so good to have the boys back.


ravingmadcast, Episode 1

Our seriously excellent vacations are over.  Sigh.  What a depressing experience.  While I realize we’re lucky enough to take them and glad to be home, safe and sound, it still blows.  

What isn’t depressing is what we’ve got for you here, to celebrate our blog’s very first birthday – Episode #1 of our own PODCAST!!!!  And HOLY SHIT, we’ve done this for a full year!  I still can’t get over how cool it feels to type that.  The only thing I’ve ever done for a full year is go to school, hold down a job, and be a destructive hair-twirler.

“ravingmadcast” is, admittedly, rough, and full of glitches, but it’s only our first one.  We’ve roped my sister, X, into being our little experimental female Karl Pilkington, and you can listen to us pick her bizarre-ass brain.  The first topic we get into is reading.  You see, X is seriously scary intelligent, and used to be quite a bookworm.  But she hasn’t read much of anything over the last year or so, and digs her heels into the mud if you try to suggest something to her.  She’s one of the oddest ducks I ever knew, and thank god, because it makes my life that much more interesting and bearable.

In the coming months, we want to bring you more of these (hopefully the quality improves as we go along — bear with us, dear followers), containing more brain-scavenging of X, our discussions of awesome shit, and lord only knows what else.  We’ll certainly be discussing our spring break trips and all the loads of insane entertainment that’s out and about this month in regular posts, but we wanted to do something special to celebrate this cool little moment.  🙂


Do You See What I See

As you read just the other day, Silent House was a big let-down.  But, while waiting for the shitfest to begin, we did get to see some outstanding movie trailers that are a promise for a new day at the cinema.

You’ve all seen the teaser for Prometheus, but have you seen this?

Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba…it’s all but impossible not to get my hopes up.  Seriously, it looks like a new, modern, CGI-filled Alien!

Also on the horizon, an intriguing new mystery/thriller featuring our favorite John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe:

God, I love John Cusack.  And the dark, tormented works of Mr. Poe.  I so hope The Raven does justice to them both.

And finally, one that we did not see in the movie theater but something I just couldn’t resist sharing with you, because I’m more excited about this than anything else…

Someday, Ricky G., Stephen Merchant, Annie and I will all be bff’s.  IT WILL HAPPEN.  You hear that, Universe???  Make it happen!!

Have a great weekend. 🙂


Are They Having a Laugh?

They’ve done it again.  Made ordinary, idle conversation into something hilarious.  It seems effortless to them, these three guys just sitting around pondering some of life’s oddities, and  it’s more entertaining than the books and scripts that others spend months or even years working to perfect.

The Season 2 finale of “The Ricky Gervais Show” was delightful, start to finish.  And I’ll warn you now: this post is FULL of spoilers.  First up, the conversation revolving around the flotation tank.  Stephen Merchant asks Karl Pilkington if he would choose to spend his life inside some sort of tank wherein he could live the best, most creative, most interesting and painless life imaginable.  The only catch: it’s all happening in his head.  His body never leaves the tank.  Theoretically, he’d never know the difference.  Kind of like “Inception,” only without the idea theft and all.  And it got me wondering, would I do it?  Reality is perception, they say, so what difference would it make?  The best part of this conversation is that it somehow turns Ricky and Stephen into 13 year-old boys, talking about testicles for two solid minutes.  At the end of which, Karl actually surrenders, defeatedly muttering: “Just put me in the tank.”

Also during this conversation, which lasts the first 10 minutes of the half-hour episode, Stephen constantly yells at Ricky to shut up, as he cannot hear Karl over Ricky’s incessant interruptions.  I love Stephen more and more every episode.  And nothing is as great as when he gets fired up, probably because he’s otherwise a mild-mannered, reserved type of fellow.  The absolute best are the semi-rare times he busts up in genuine, from-the-gut laughter.  I think I’ve developed a bit of a crush on him, actually.

The tangent about balls begins with Karl’s theory of the problem gene/hole/ball in people’s heads and how we need to fill it with problems.  An interesting enough theory, and maybe a fragment of truth regarding the way many people need something to complain or worry about, but Ricky and Stephen quickly morph into their adolescent selves prompting Ricky to ask: “Does anyone have a pair of problem balls?”  And off they go.  This whole rant leads to my favorite part of the episode: a little animated doctor sticking his gloved finger up animated Ricky’s asshole!  I had to stop and rewind because I couldn’t hear what they said over my own screeching laughter!

Worth mentioning: the only wish Karl could remember having during his childhood was to be called Bret instead of Karl.  Ah, a simple man with simple dreams.

The second best part of the episode (and a true highlight of the whole season) is Karl giggling at the end at Ricky’s ‘erect’ joke.  I don’t think he has ever laughed before.  The little animated Karl cracking up in silent laughter is so, so, so cute!  And for those of you without HBO, here’s that clip.

Though episode 8, “The Future,” is still my favorite of the 2nd season, the season finale is a very close second.  And, thankfully, HBO has signed them for a 3rd season.  I’m ready.  Are you?