Thursday, June 28, 2007

Happy Birthday, Summerhill Gang!

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us...It's the one year anniversary of The Summerhill Gang podcast and we've put together an awesome show for you!
This week in the happenings on Summerhill Drive we discuss the end of school and the beginning of summer, we talk about Jamie getting his wisdom teeth removed and we share about recent game night hilarity we had with some friends. In TV, we discuss Summer Reality TV and continue to follow the saga of Jericho. In Music, we each have some new artists to share with you, Matthew Ebel and Everyday Sunday. In Movies, we talk about Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Dreamgirls, Lady in the Water, The Day After Tomorrow and the DVDs of the Battlestar Galactica TV show. We also look forward to seeing Evan Almighty, Live Free or Die Hard, Ratatouille and Transformers. Finally, in our Pop Culture Confessional, we confess our recent iPod dirty little secrets.

It's a celebration and it's all for you...

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This Week's Commercial is brought to you by Wrigley's Doublemint Gum. This commercial aired in the 80's and had everyone singing about "doubling your pleasure." Check out the video below...

  • CBS has relented to the Nuts Campaign and is bringing back Jericho in 2008 for 7 episodes. Will you be watching? We is like a bad habit...we just can't give it up! You can read about the renewal over at The Hollywood Reporter and you can follow the saga of viewer complaints at the Jericho Wiki and the Nuts Campaign website.
  • We've seen some great short movies from up and coming directors on the TV show On The Lot. Check out the website for all of the shorts and find out who your favorites are. Some of our recent favorites are "Glass Eye", "Sunshine Girl", "Polished" and "Broken Pipe Dreams."
  • Have you caught Creature Comforts on CBS this summer? Well, if you haven't, you are too late. Apparently, CBS has pulled it from the air. You can read about it over at TV Squad.
  • America's Got Talent is the #1 show this summer. Check out NBC's website to find out more about the show and watch video clips. Does Jerry Springer do a better job than Regis Philbin? Why have the judges put Boy Shakira through to the next round, but they passed on the dude who breaks things with his butt? It's a conspiracy!
  • The World Series of Pop Culture is coming back to VH1 on July 10th. If you did not catch this game show last summer, try to catch it this summer. It is a fun trivia competition on all things Pop Culture.

We've got some new artists to share with you guys this week...

We played a bit of Matthew Ebel's song "Drive Away". Jamie discovered Matthew on the Lifespring Music Show hosted by Steve Webb. Check out Matthew Ebel's website for more great songs. He also does a music review podcast called the High Orbit Podcast. Check it out to hear new music and Matthew's take on it.

We also played a bit of Everyday Sunday, a new group that Doug was introduced to by our friend, Bart. They have a rock edge with pop sensibilities and a fun sound with a positive message. Check out their website and also their MySpace page for information on the band, their music and gigs they are playing in your area.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is in theaters now. Jamie saw it and thought it was better than the first film in the series. It is rated PG and is less violent than its predecessor. All of the actors are back (Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis) and Laurence Fishburne adds his voice to the Silver Surfer. Jamie rated it a MATINEE PRICE movie.

Other movies we are looking forward to seeing and talked about in this podcast are:

On DVD, we have watched the following:
  • Dreamgirls (2006) - stars Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles, Danny Glover, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Hudson won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Murphy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The movie is rated PG-13 and is a musical. Jamie rates it a MATINEE PRICE movie.
  • Lady in the Water (2006) - stars Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard and was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Not as good as Shyamalan's previous movies (The Village, Signs, The Sixth Sense), but Doug thought it was better than the C rating it is getting over at Yahoo Movies.
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004) - stars Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sela Ward and was written and directed by Roland Emmerich (Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot). The movie has great special effects, but a weak storyline that seems overly simplistic for the huge implications of a new Ice Age. It brought in over $186 million at the Box Office during its run. Worth checking out to see the special effects.
  • Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-series (2004) - the 1970's science fiction TV show gets a reboot in this Sci-Fi channel mini-series that launched a TV show that has completed its third season. Doug and Christine watched it on DVD and were so engrossed, they did not notice that 4 hours had gone by.

Pop Culture Confessional
This week: What is your current iPod dirty little secret?

Jamie's confession: He is listening to Josh Groban and the African Children's Choir singing "You Raise Me Up" from the American Idol: Idol Gives Back TV show.
Check out the video below:

Doug's confession: He loves elevator music! It helps him work...can't you see him swaying to the groove? We played a clip of Brazilian organist Walter Wanderley. Sorry, no video clip of him, but you can check out his Wikipedia article to find out more.

New question: What annoying song from a children’s TV show do you find yourself humming throughout your day?
Call or write to us with your confession about a children's TV show song that you can't get out of your head. We know you have some, now it's time to confess...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Show #18!

The Summerhill Gang is finally back. It has been over 3 weeks since our last show, so we have plenty to talk about this time. The gang on Summerhill Drive is wrapping up the school year and heading into summer, where I am sure we will have plenty of BBQ and Street Ball action. This week we chat about the end of Little League and Softball seasons, Doug and family joining the mini-van revolution, a fabulous trip to Mexico to build houses over Memorial Day weekend, and our favorite comic, Brian Regan, coming to town.
Plus, we have all of the great discussion and clips about TV, movie reviews and the Pop Culture Confessional.

It's all inside...and waiting for you...

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This Week's Fun Commercial is brought to you by Alka-Seltzer. This commercial aired in 1965 and was so popular that it helped the music group the T-Bones break the top 100 on the Billboard Charts in 1966. Check out the video below...

Favorite Comedians
Brian Regan is one of our all-time favorite comics. He has started a new tour and is coming to San Diego in August. He also has a new special airing on Comedy Central on June 10th. Check out the Comedy Central website for details on Brian's tour, his new special and for video clips, including the clip we played on the show.

Jim Gaffigan is also a favorite. We played part of his routine on Cake. Check out the longer version at YouTube...

  • The Simpsons aired its 400th episode this season. Check out the Top 10 Reasons Why Homer Simpson Should be President...

  • The first season of Heroes has come to an end. Is Sylar really dead? What about the Petrelli brothers, did they blow up in space together? Catch up online and prepare for Book 2: Generations in the Fall.
  • Has 24 lost its edge? This season was a bit of a downer, but the producers are promising big changes for next season. You can read more about that over at CNN.
  • American Idol crowned its sixth season champ. Jordin Sparks, a 17 year old from Arizona, won the title. Check out video of the announcement and Jordin's performance.
  • Jericho finished out its first season on May 9th and was promptly canceled by CBS on May 16th. Fans of the show have cried foul and wonder if there will ever be closure. CBS made a statement that you can read at the Jericho Wiki and you can also check out the Nuts Campaign that fans have started to send tons of peanuts to the CBS offices in protest.
  • Friday Night Lights is coming back in the fall! NBC announced its renewal for a second season at the Network Upfronts in May.
  • On The Lot had a great beginning to its season this summer, but we are wondering if FOX will stop messing with the format of the show. You can catch up on episodes and see the movies created by up and coming directors at the show website.
  • The Next Best Thing started last week. The show is horrible, but there are some definite talents showing up.
All of the networks have announced their plans for the fall. Check out their plans below:

Shrek the Third followed Spider-Man 3 with its own HUGE opening. Jamie rated it a DVD RENTAL. Listen in to see how he ranks it compared to the first two movies. Also you can read about Shrek's record opening for an animated movie over at Yahoo.

Jamie also saw and reviewed Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. It was overly long and kind of weird in spots, but he rates it a MATINEE PRICE movie and recommends you see it in the theaters.

We also reviewed DVDs of Babel, The Prestige and The Nativity Story.

Best of the Web
We found this very funny clip over at YouTube from The Conan O'Brien Show. Check out this commercial spoof of the Apple iPod and its many uses...

Pop Culture Confessional
This week: Is there a movie that you have not seen that surprises people?

Doug's confession: He has yet to see Casablanca...
Jamie's confession: He hasn't seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or The Blair Witch Project.

New question: What is your current iPod dirty little secret?
Call or write to us with your embarrassing confession about a song or podcast that you have on your iPod. We know you have them, now it's time to confess...

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