Afternoon Meme: “Toy Story 3″ “Glee” Liza, the Adamas, and Late Night Greek Choruses

If we normally start with trailers, I suppose we should start with the trailer for Toy Story 3. I admit to being extremely concerned with Ken as he appeared yesterday. Today, I think I owe Pixar an apology for doubting them. Ken appears twice, and not only do they manage to make the joke for the adults, they normalize him for kids. We won’t know until the movie comes out, but I think it may be brilliant. Also, Focus on the Family may have a meltdown, which is always a bonus.

Yesterday was Wonderland Wednesday, and so we got two clips out of Disney for Alice In Wonderland. The first is just a short TV spot titled "Believe" but I was fascinated at how many creatures flashed by – dragons and beasts galore:

The second clip is yet another featurette on the Mad Hatter. I don’t mind them repeating the character though as I get to see Johnny Depp talk a lot. Plus, the Mad Hatter is a bit unhinged, and that’s how I like my characters. Gives us something in common.

Yesterday also saw a trailer come out for Killers starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. The plot is tired, about the girl marrying the spy, but it’s funny and light, plus they appeared to not have budgeted for shirts for Ashton, who is looking good. Really good, like back when he was an underwear model.

How to Train Your Dragon is the least interesting looking animated film I’ve seen in a long time. It just seems tired, and there’s nothing about the art that jumps out to me.

I don’t understand what Scream of the Bikini is, but it has bad lip dub and appears to be a period parody. It has instant camp classic written all over it. Or I’m missing the point entirely. It wouldn’t be the first time. I’m sure you’ll tell me if I’m an idiot.

When I ran the teaser trailer for Avatar: The Last Airbender I discovered a lot of fans here that I didn’t expect. I adored the cartoon, and I’m cautiously optimistic based on this extended trailer. But one thing that hasn’t shown up yet is the humor. The show was dark, serious action, but it was also goofy and funny. M. Night Shamalayan isn’t exactly known for humor, and there’s no evidence in the trailer that he was aiming for it.

Snickers is evidently really, really sorry they pissed the gays off in 2007 with that Super Bowl commercial. This year they gave us goddess Betty White, and now this. Aretha Franklin and Liza Minnelli in a commercial with chocolate. I have died and gone to heaven.

I actually missed this when it happened on Twitter. Fortunately, a Gleek caught it and sent it in to the Spurf™ at Entertainment Weekly. Cory Monteith filmed a bunch of the cast goofing off. But look back left and you see Mercedes and Kurt wearing something fun: Cheerios uniforms. Sue recruits them, according to the Spurf™ but to what end?

SyFy is "reimagining" a bunch of fairy tales with a dark vibe. I’m most looking forward to their version of Hansel & Gretel. First up we have Beauty and the Beasts: A Dark Tale. It’s an original take on a classic tale, but I can see that SyFy still can’t afford decent CGI.

Also on SyFy, but not for a while, we have Caprica. The show skips a week rather than compete with the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, which frankly will disappoint after what Beijing put on. But they pick right up with Sam asking his brother if he can live with the choices he’s made. Sam doesn’t seem to have an issue with murder beyond caring about his brother, which I find to be an interesting layer to the character.

United States of Tara released a new trailer, and this one has actual footage of the show. There are some interesting twists in there with Buck and Marshall. I’m really looking forward to this season.

Late night television coughed up a couple of gems last night. Yeah, I can’t believe I said that either, but I’m as much of a sucker for Peanuts characters as I am Muppets. First was Jimmy Kimmel as he did his own "reimagining" of It’s Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown. Man, texting used to take forever.

Craig Ferguson is easily the most gay friendly late night host. He’s also the best comedian. He doesn’t just come out and tell a series of disconnected jokes about the newspaper headlines, he has the old-school skill to weave an entire theme through those headlines. That takes skill. His monologue presented in two parts, complete with a Greek Chorus. And leather twink.

Part 1:

Part 2:

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