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2011 Summer Movie Preview!

The season of big movies has begun! Here’s a look at some of the big ones movie fans are waiting for this summer … along with their movie trailers. It’s going to be a great season in the cineplex!

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The season of big movies has begun! And while May is the month of Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Pirates Of The Caribbean – Hollywood has a huge delivery of blockbuster hopefuls coming your way! Here’s a look at some of the big ones movie fans are waiting for… along with their movie trailers. It’s going to be a great season in the cineplex!

JUNE

Super 8 – Opens June 10th

Director J.J. Abrams and Producer Steven Spielberg bring a suspenseful nail biter… It’s 1979 – After part of Area 51 is shut down by the Air Force, all its contents are supposed to be transported to a secure facility in Ohio. Do you think everything went fine? Helllllz, no, it didn’t, and all that mysterious stuff on the train that was supposed to go to Ohio was in a big derailment, and its all downhill from there.

Writer/Director Abrams, who has built a fan following with the TV hits Lost, Alias, and the films Mission: Impossible 3, Cloverfield, Star Trek and others, is notoriously secretive about his plotlines on film. But expect a movie creature that he hopes will join a long history of creepy killers.

X Men First Class – Opens June 3rd

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga — and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe.

If you want it more simply: great characters, amazing special effects, and a lot of flying, running and chasing around, and rogue heroes overcoming evil.

Green Lantern – Opens June 17

It was just a matter of time before ‘it’-guy Ryan Reynolds – he of the chiseled abs that magazine and movie people love rubbing in our face – became a superhero. Reynolds is a likable everyman who happens upon circumstances that make him a hero. (Just be grateful the incident didn’t happen to some schlub you just saw at the mall Cinnabon the other day – otherwise it would be a portly fellow in a leotard, and no one wants to see that.)

 

Cars 2 – June 24th

Something for the little ones… don’t expect a densely layered plot!  According to Disney: Racing star Lightning McQueen teams up with his best friend Mater for an international adventure as they go up against the world’s fastest cars. The effects are pretty incredible!

JULY

Transformers 3 – Dark Of The Moon – Opens July 1

Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg hatch a story that begins on July 20th, 1969. For young audiences who weren’t born yet – that was the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon… a giant leap for mankind and a major event in U.S. history. Of course, this is the world of blockbuster movies! So our favorite Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers’ final battle. If you’re a fan, you understand what all that means. If you’re not, this will likely mean nothing to you. Star Shia LeBeouf is back for round three.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – July 15th opening

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. And our little wizards are all grown up, and richer than most of us can ever hope to be. But I digress. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world are reaching a fevered pitch. Can someone give Potter a break already? Potter may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here. I’m guessing Potter will win… you? If you read the book… don’t tell me!

Captain America – The First Avenger – July 22nd

The Sentinel of Liberty himself, Chris Evans will play both the frail, sickly Steve Rogers and his empowered alter ego Cap. The film follows Rogers’ induction into the secretive Project: Rebirth and his time served in the battlefields of WWII.

The Smurfs in 3D – June 29th

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours — in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Stars Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, and features the voices of Katy Perry, George Lopez, and more.

 

Cowboys Versus Aliens – Opens July 29th

This one sounds strange at first – an “only in Hollywood” kind of idea. It’s 1873.  Arizona Territory. A stranger (Daniel Craig – best known as James Bond) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

August

Rise of the Planet Of The Apes – August 5th

James Franco plays a San Francisco scientist with a drug that could potentially change the world – not only helping the brain repair itself, but also dramatically boosting brain function. When it is tried out on Apes, their advancement is dramatic… and leads to terrifying consequences. You have GOT to watch this trailer!

 

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Who Is This Brian Balthazar Guy, Anyway?

Did you see Brian on TV today? Wondering who he is? Here’s much more than you wanted to know. They leave the part out that he loves a well mixed Dark And Stormy, but let’s keep things professional…

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You may have seen Brian Balthazar on television this morning, heard him on the radio, or read about some recent developments in the world of media and pop culture. But who the hell is this guy? Brian Balthazar leads a double – triple – okay, maybe quadruple life. Part journalist, actor and comic, he appears on many TV shows as a guest, but is also a developer and creator of several television shows behind the scenes. This when he’s not renovating homes and making snacks for his websites, POPgoesTheWeek.com and Snackist.com.

After launching the fourth hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, he turned his attention to cable television, overseeing the direction and development of several shows on HGTV, including Flip or Flop, Love It Or List It, Christina On The Coast, House Hunters, Hit Properties with Nathan Morris, Flea Market Flip and dozens more.

As a comic he served as the opening act for Russell Brand In New York City and the MTV series Man and Wife featuring hype man Fatman Scoop.  He has performed at The Comic Strip, Caroline’s On Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and more.Wendy Williams Show Feb 2013

In addition to being a frequent guest on “The Wendy Williams Show,” (he co-hosted several times during Williams’ three week break) and appearing on the “Today” show, where he guest co-hosted with Jenna Hager-Bush,  Brian has frequently been seen co-hosting the syndicated TV gossip show Page Six TV.

Additionally, he was the sideline reporter for HGTV’s Rose Parade Coverage, hosted the HGTV Special I Bought A Famous House, and has appeared on CBS’s The Talk, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, MSNBC’s Caught On Camera, The Joy Behar Show, and more.

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An appearance on the fourth hour of the TODAY show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

He has also been an emcee for many notable events and sponsors, including work as a brand ambassador for Bombay Company, the co-host of the Miss Tennessee and Miss Mississippi USA pageants, and a red carpet host at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

You may also have seen Brian in some viral videos, most notably a recent parody of Bird Box, and a satirical look at House Hunters’ Writers’ Room.

HGTV – House Hunters Writer’s Room from Buffalo Picture House on Vimeo.

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Appearing in a series of videos for Bombay Company.

 

Brian has provided analysis, interviews and helped co-host the Tony Awards backstage show. He also followed all the backstage madness at the launch of Fashion Week in New York City while co-hosting the Red Dress Event. He has been a roving reporter for the Dr. Oz show. Earlier in his career he was a features reporter and contributor on NBC, MSNBC, United Airlines In-Flight Entertainment and more.

For A&E network, Brian appeared in an episode of Biography about Jim Carrey. He also provided play by play of some of film’s greatest car chases for a documentary about, well, car chases. (Ask his family and they will tell you: NO one would have expected to see him in a show about cars. We’ll leave it at that.)

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Before ‘finding himself’ professionally, Brian was a singer on a ship, a publicist for a trance medium, an insurance customer service rep, waiter, bartender, activities director, substitute teacher, website programmer, pianist at a camp for spoiled children, and college mascot. None of them worked out. Let’s hope this does.

To contact Brian, email BrianBalthazar@aol.com.

To check out his video clips from NBC, HLN, and MSNBC, click HERE…

And – become his friend on facebook! www.facebook.com/brianbalthazar

For a more extensive listing of his TV appearances visit his IMDB page.

And he’s apparently getting better about Twitter. So he says. He’s @BrianBalthazar.

Thanks for reading POP GOES THE WEEK!

For his TV Appearances, Click on the TV APPEARANCES page.

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‘Saved By The Bell’ Cast Reunited For 30th Anniversary – And I’m So Excited

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If you think your high school experience feels like ancient history then it won’t bring you any comfort to know that Saved By The Bell debuted 30 years ago!

Back in 1989, Saved By The Bell hit the small screen and quickly became a television staple. Over the course of its four seasons, the sitcom followed Zach Morris and his unique blend of friends as they navigated the tricky waters of high school. Everyone had a favorite Bayside Tiger and the series spawned many memorable scenes…but you are a liar if you didn’t say your favorite scene was where Jessie broke down crying after coming to terms with her caffeine pill addiction while crying out the most iconic line ever, “I’m so excited…I’m so excited…I’m so…scared”

 

In any event, some of Bayside’s most memorable students reunited over the weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hit sitcom. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris), Tiffany Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) all gathered together to hit us right in the nostalgia. Notably missing were Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) and Dustin Diamond (Screech). Berkley wrote on her Instagram “FRIENDS FOREVER!!!” along with some sweet and fun hashtags. Lopez upped the ante and posted a video recapping the fun time the gang had as they reminisced on the days way back when. WHY WASN’T THIS TELEVISED?!? Many are speculating the reunion to be the beginnings of a reboot or revival but nothing of the sort has yet been confirmed.

 

 

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Credit card roulette comin up! #OldSchool

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Dr. Phil Shaved Off His Mustache And Suddenly I Don’t Phil So Good

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…or shave it in this case.

Talk show host Dr. Phil is known for three things: Giving advice. A strong southern drawl. And an mustache so thick, it could have a milkshake named after it. I mean just take a look at that furried upper lip in all of it’s glory!

For as long as Dr. Phil has been on television he has that mustache, so you could imagine the worldwide hysteria that ensued when he posted a video with his stache slathered in shaving cream while holding a razor dangerously close to it. I mean…what could have inspired this sudden fit of rash behavior?!

He wouldn’t really go through with it though right? I mean no one likes change…right? Wrong! Here’s what the tv host looks like without his stache…and let’s just say, it is most certainly not what the doctor ordered!

After sharing his most traumatizing content since the “Cash Me Outside” girl, Dr. Phil posted this video insuring that the entire stunt was actually just an April Fool’s joke.

 

I’m definitely going to need some mood elevators to recover from this one! I love a makeover as much as the next guy, but some things are better left alone!

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