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Apparently Isaiah is coming back to television, thankfully not in a FOX Special titled, “If I Said It…” Unfortunately it’s going to be on a show that I’m actually interested in seeing — NBC’s Bionic Woman remake.

Katherine Pope, president of NBC’s Universal Media Studios, says that despite the public baggage, Washington is “a brilliant actor,” and she believes viewers will re-embrace him. “I think people watch characters on TV, not personalities” in the news, she says.

Washington to return to network TV

Maybe Katee can channel a little bit of Starbuck and kick his ass on the set when he steps out of line. 🙂

Justin and I saw the new Harry Potter film this weekend. It was a little strange, both seeing a HP film opening weekend and not having to wait in a bank style line to get into the theater. I was pretty sure the Harry Potter curse was in effect when the opening commercials and Regal First Look had no sound, but it was fixed just in time for me to miss hearing The Simpsons movie trailer. And from then on the film went without a hitch.

I liked the movie, but it’s very very British, shades of 1984 and V for Vendetta. Themes of establishment, propaganda, draconian measures to enforce order, resistance and an underground are very clear. I suppose it was a long movie, but it didn’t feel like one (though I didn’t have to go to the bathroom at all, so that’s probably why I took no notice of time passing), we went for the 9:40p show and didn’t get out until well after midnight. I haven’t read any of Rowling’s books, so I don’t know what was changed, condensed or cut to get it on the big screen but I enjoyed it. Imelda Staunton was delicious as Dolores Umbridge, and the feel of the movie was much darker than the last, which I suppose is a trend considering some information alluded to in the film (and books, I assume). The only letdown was that there are still no principal characters of color riding in the Mystery Machine. There are faces in the background, sure, and there were two getting a little screen time, but they were both used as devices, Kingsley to look mystical and exotic (and deliver a “cool black guy” line) and Cho to play the Julia to Harry’s Winston Smith.

I’m hoping to get out to see Transformers soon.

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