Monk’s Special Guests

July 20, 2008 at 8:20 pm (Television)

Last Friday marked the premiere of Season 7 for my favorite obsessive compulsive sleuth, when he bought a new house. Monk is scheduled to go on a lot of adventures this season, from getting a new therapist, to becoming a boxing champ, going underwater, winning the lottery, and more. However the one episode that’s gotten me most excited is Mr. Monk and the 100th Case, scheduled to premiere September 5. In the episode a slew of stars from the past are to reappear for interviews for Monk’s 100th Case, including-

  • Erin McCormack-Reporter
  • Kathryn Joosten-Monk’s Former Babysitter (Mr. Monk and the Red Herring)
  • John Turturro-Ambrose Monk (Mr. Monk and the Three Pies/Goes Home Again)
  • Jarrad Paul-Kevin Dorfman (Mr. Monk Is On the Air, etc.)
  • Tim Bagley-Harold Krenshaw (Mr. Monk Gets A New Shrink, etc.)
  • Sharon Lawrence-Linda Foscow (Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend)
  • Andy Richter-Hal Tucker (Mr. Monk Makes A Friend)
  • David Koechner-Joey Crenshaw (Mr. Monk and the Daredevil)
  • Ricardo Chavira-Jimmy Belmont (Mr. Monk VIsits a Farm)
  • Angela Kinsey-Ariene Boras (Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa)
  • Howie Mandel-Cult Leader (Mr. Monk Joins A Cult)
  • Sarah Silverman-Marci Maven (Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan, etc.)
  • Brooke Adams-Leigh Harrison (Mr. Monk and the Airplane)
Hopefully other, more memorable characters such as Tim Curry’s Dale the Whale and my hope Sherona will pop up. Monk is on Fridays at 9/8 Central on USA Network.

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It’s Not About Money…Its About Sending A Message…

July 20, 2008 at 4:23 pm (Movies)

The Dark Knight opened this past weekend with not only large critical success, scoring a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it also did fantastic commercially. The movie nearly quadrupled Batman Begins’ original intake at $48 Million scoring a hefty 155 Million dollars it’s opening weekend. This breaks the HUGE record set by Spiderman 3 last year which had 148 Million Dollars. The movie took in 18.5 million at midnight showings, breaking a record there, and then scored 66 Million on Friday. (Selective Memory, you gotta love it.) It’s funny now looking back at movie skeptics saying, “It can score at maybe 70-80 million.” I checked my local theater’s Fandango service several times, 3 showings at midnight had to be offered, and at least one showing sold out Friday and Saturday respectively. I was expecting huge, like maybe $130, but not this huge. This is so far (If I am correct here) the biggest opening weekend of the summer (Eat that Indy 4), and is poised to be the biggest winner of the summer. I honestly believe this movie’s opening weekend success was based on three things:

A) Built-In Batman Fans which are more reliable than Batman’s batarangs.

B) Ledger fans wanting to see his last performance/pay tribute.

C) Curiosity Factor

I hope this movie goes on to continue to make more cash, and get even more positive reviews. You can look forward to seeing my review Tuesday.

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