Thursday, May 24, 2007

2007 VH1 Rock Honors Award Show - Tonight!

Featuring Heart! May 24th. 8 pm Central

This year's honorees are some of rock's biggest superheroes - ZZ Top, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis and Heart.

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Follow up - I watched the ZZ Top and Heart parts, I enjoyed this alot.

I love this one - Heart's Mistral Wind (OK, I love them all) - live from Largo Maryland in 1978

Heart’s live performance of ‘Dreamboat Annie’ to air on DirecTV

Iconic rock group Heart took the stage at The Orpheum Theatre in front of a live audience to perform their spectacular debut album ‘Dreamboat Annie’ in its entirety for the first time, for a DirecTV special. The performance will air Mother’s Day weekend, starting May 11th, and will be released as a live DVD and CD on Shout! Factory in October.

‘Dreamboat Annie’ is the first release in Shout! Factory’s new DVD/CD series ‘Legendary Albums Live,’ which will feature unforgettable bands performing their quintessential albums live, in sequence, and in their entirety. The artists will also perform songs by the musicians they were listening to at the time for inspiration, and give exclusive interviews.

‘Legendary Albums Live’ is a partnership between Shout! Factory and DirecTV, and the recordings are produced by Shout! Factory-owned Blaze TV. DirecTV will air these memorable performances, and they will subsequently be made available for purchase on DVD and CD through Shout! Factory.

‘Dreamboat Annie,’ released in 1976, was the foundation of Heart’s legacy and went on to sell over 3 million copies. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, the creative spark behind Heart, wrote all of the songs on the album, including the hits “Crazy on You” and “Magic Man.”

As part of the ‘Legendary Albums Live’ program, fans of the band will also be treated to rousing renditions of songs by The Who and Led Zeppelin, and an interview with the band in which they will put the album in historical context.

Anyone have DirecTV? Did you catch this? Was it great? - Marc

Here's a video from that performance on YouTube - Magic Man

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Starcraft II announced!

Q&A session details Starcraft II

SEOUL--After announcing that a Starcraft sequel is in the works, Blizzard Entertainment held a follow-up press conference for reporters from Asia Pacific, American, and European territories. The conference included a panel of the studio's heaviest hitters, including president Mike Morhaime, chief operating officer Paul Sams, vice president of creative development Chris Metzen, vice president of game design Rob Pardo, Blizzard Korea managing director Jungwon Han, lead game producer Chris Sigaty, and lead game designer Dustin Browder.

The panel answered questions on numerous topics, including Starcraft II's development history, which Pardo expained "started shortly after Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne" back in 2003. According to Pardo, the game is "very far along," and that the game is already playable in multiplayer with all three factions. When asked about the release date, Pardo gave the answer you may have come to expect from Blizzard: "The game will be released when it's ready."

More to read at the link above...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Of Gods and Men


Interesting.

An independent Star Trek movie - Of Gods and Men.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Jazz Suck

I hated them for beating the Houston Rockets in the first round. Now I hate them more for beating Golden State in the second round.

Andrei Kirilenko, you suck. The flop you gave near the end of the game giving Matt Barnes his sixth foul was effing ridiculous.

Derek Fisher, you have sucked for a long time.

Mehmet Okur, you suck.

Please Spurs or Suns, sweep these asswipes in the Western Conference Finals.

I used to really like Stockton and Malone while alot of folks hated them. I hate this current Jazz team. Please go away.

5-20-07 OK, I don't really hate them. I just dislike them a whole lot and don't want them to win. I think the Spurs will be able to take them. Oh, and for completely different reasons, Bill Maher and Alec Baldwin suck.

Serenity Collector's Edition


Universal has announced a new two-disc collector's edition of Serenity which stars Nathan Fillion. This Joss Whedon directed sci-fi will be available to own from the 21st August, and should retail at around $26.98. The film itself will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with English Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1 Surround tracks. Extras will include a audio commentary with Whedon, a second commentary with Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and Ron Glass, a Joss Whedon intro, deleted scenes with director commentary, extended scenes, outtakes, and a Take A Walk On Serenity featurette. Completing the package will be a Green Clan featurette, a We'll Have A Fruity Oaty Good Time! feature, A Filmmaker's Journey featurette, a Future History: The Story Of Earth That Was featurette, a Re-lighting The Firefly featurette, a What's In A Firefly? featurette, a Session 416 feature, and a Sci-Fi Inside: Serenity feature.

Your Mother renewed.

"How I Met Your Mother," which has been picked up for a third season. CBS' most buzzworthy laffer might seem to be a no-brainer for renewal, but CBS execs make producers sweat it out until the last minute.

Good I like this show. I guess we won't see Robin any more though. :-(

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Clemens agrees to re-sign with Yankees

ST. LOUIS — The New York Yankees never stopped calling Roger "I'm an effing jerk for going back to the Yankees too" Clemens, offering him George Steinbrenner's riches for four months of services. Astros owner Drayton McLane and general manager Tim Purpura had preliminary talks, but they were hesitant to discuss anything beyond a three-month tour for the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.

The Yankees lured Clemens back with a pro-rated $28 million one-year deal, which will pay him about $4.5 million a month as soon as he is activated on the major-league roster. Just like the $22 million pro-rated deal that paid him about $12.6 million over three months with the Astros last season, Clemens signed a minor-league contract so he can work his way into shape before competing against major leaguers.

"Make no mistake about it, the Yankees were in both my ears the whole time," Clemens, 44, said at his New York press conference.

Clemens' signing re-unites him with his good friend Andy "I'm an effing jerk for going back to the Yankees" Pettitte, who left the Astros via free agency on Dec. 22 to return to the Yankees.

McLane had courted the 11-time All-Star incessantly in the previous three years, luring him out of his first retirement promise after his 2003 season with the Yankees and then again for another season in 2005 and again for a three-month tour in 2006.

Yao: Blame me for 1st-round flameout

Before the playoffs started, Tracy McGrady made a simple proclamation: "It's on me."

By saying that, McGrady was shouldering the burden of finally getting the Rockets past the first round of the playoffs, something they had failed to do since 1997.

But after the Rockets' 103-99 loss to Utah on Saturday in Game 7 of the Western Conference opening-round series, Yao Ming was more than willing to shoulder the burden for the team's latest failure.

Not quite enough

Yao scored 29 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter that almost — almost — saved the day for the Rockets, but he again was stung by defeat ... even though the Rockets had built a 2-0 series lead and had Game 7 at Toyota Center.

"I feel like I want to cry," Yao said. "I know everyone says that tomorrow is a new day and that I'll have a long career, but in the last two weeks we've gone from up 2-0 all the way to 3-4, and it's all over for our season. That's very frustrating."

Most frustrating of all was one particular part of the box score — rebounding. Yao, all 7-6, 315 pounds of him, finished with only six rebounds. And when the game was on the line, Yao — or any other Rocket for that matter — couldn't manage to get his hands on a rebound. Instead it was Utah's Carlos Boozer getting the job done, tracking down a long rebound of a Mehmet Okur 3-pointer and converting two subsequent free throws to give the Jazz a four-point lead with 19.9 seconds to play.

'Didn't do my job'

"I didn't do my job," Yao said. "I didn't do a very good job of rebounding. Rebound, rebound, rebound. Whatever, long rebound, short rebound — it's my job to rebound. You can't say because it's a long rebound that I couldn't get it. I have to get it. I didn't do my job."

Yao knows that he and Tracy McGrady, who also scored 29 points (but only two in the final 4:28) are going to be in the line of fire this summer.

Neither superstar has ever advanced past the first round, and Yao said both he and McGrady will just have to weather the storm of criticism.

"There's no way to get past this. We have to go through it," Yao said. "Whatever people say, we have to take it. If we hurt, we hurt. You know what? There are no shortcuts. You have to put your passion into the summer workouts and prepare for next season. The only way to get through is to just if you get your next chance, don't let it pass."

By MICHAEL MURPHY
Chronicle News Services

Olajuwon makes presence felt for Game 7

The Rockets got a little extra mojo for Saturday's Game 7 against the Utah Jazz.

They could have used the player who brought it, too.

Indeed, while the Rockets were thinking about the Jazz, Hakeem Olajuwon, the cornerstone of past greatness, decided it was time to stop by Toyota Center for a visit.

The Rockets were attempting to advance past the first round for the first time since 1997 — when a certain 7-foot center led the team to the Western Conference finals — and that's all the lure Olajuwon needed to hop on a jet and fly from his home in Jordan, even if he did see them lose 103-99 to Utah.

"This is wonderful," Olajuwon said. "The old memories of Game 7s at home ... you can't be in a better position."

Olajuwon's position Saturday was courtside with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. Not too long before, he was at home in Jordan, but the more he thought about the Rockets playing a Game 7 at home, the more restless he got to again experience the sights and sounds of such a pressure-packed situation like those he enjoyed as a player.

"Yes, I had to come here for Game 7," Olajuwon said. "Yeah. Of course. I missed this whole season, but this is a unique position. I think the Rockets are in a unique position this year, so I needed to be here.

From Jordan to Houston — the longest road trip in NBA history.

"No problem," said Olajuwon, laughing.

When Olajuwon's picture was flashed on the scoreboard with 3:31 to play in the second period, it gave Rockets fans a rare moment to cheer. Utah was on its way to a 10-point halftime lead.

Soon it will be time for the game to reciprocate. Olajuwon is eligible for the Hall of Fame, and he's a lock to be inducted.

Olajuwon was a 12-time All-Star, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year (1993, '94), NBA MVP (1994), a two-time Finals MVP (1994 and '95), one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players (1997) and an Olympic gold medalist (1996).

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Friday, May 04, 2007

Houston Rockets Widget

GO ROCKETS!


Game 7 against the Jazz tomorrow night!

I haven't talked about my Rockets at all. I watched more regular season games this year than in recent years past. I'm nervous about tomorrow night's game.

How about those Mavericks? Heat?

Interview with Nathan Fillion

Handsome, charming, intelligent, and talented, are just a few of Nathan Fillion’s attributes that solidify this Canadian’s dream man status. Having appeared in a handful of films such as SLITHER and SERENITY, he is predominantly recognized for his noteworthy TV roles. In the upcoming Indie film WAITRESS, Fillion exhibits his comedic skills and delivers a captivating, stimulating, and commanding performance while portraying a gynecologist who falls for his patient.

WAITRESS is a compelling, romantic-comedy, cleverly written/directed by the late Adrienne Shelley. Through her talented ensemble cast, she conveys the importance of recognizing the existence of choices and pursuing happiness. Fillion is cast opposite Kerri Russell with whom he shares an irresistible onscreen chemistry, whilst in pursuit of gratification. If gynecologists looked like that in the real world, ‘paps’ would become the new pastime fad. It was a pleasure meeting Fillion and uncovering his perceptions of the film and experience in working with Shelley on the set of WAITRESS. Check out what he had to say.

Angel Season-Six Comics Due?


Ain't It Cool News reported that Joss Whedon, whose Buffy the Vampire Slayer season-eight comic series has proven a best-seller, is now contemplating a "sixth-season" comic series based on Buffy spinoff Angel.

The site added that Whedon will not devote the same level of commitment that he's given the new Buffy series to the Angel one. He has designated comic-book veteran Brian Lynch to serve as the Angel "season-six show runner."

The third issue of the Buffy comic is hitting stores now.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Eating to Manage Diabetes

We all eat to live (and, indeed, live to eat), but for someone with diabetes, that adage isn't just academic. It's a matter of staying well and living longer. Because diabetes is a disorder in how your body processes foods, every choice you make to eat or drink is important. The benefits of eating well are powerful, helping to keep your blood glucose, blood fats and blood-pressure levels under control and helping prevent complications of diabetes. Most of all, eating right helps you feel in control.