Happy Friday. Right off the bat, for the 5 people on this continent who may not have heard, a major cinematic event will unfold right before our very Tw(eyes) tonight: New Moon. The DVD. With LOTS of extras. On sale. Midnight. Can’t say we didn’t warn you. Moving on, another TV legend has passed away. Fess Parker, best known to audiences as Davy Crockett (King of the Wild Frontier) and Daniel Boone, has died at age 85. Parker epitomized the early TV hero, replete (in both series) with a coonskin cap, buckskin jacket and all the outdoor savvy a man on the frontier could wish for. Parker enjoyed a long and illustrious career as both an actor and an innkeeper (he ran the extremely popular Fess Parker Winery & Resort in SoCal Wine Country). RIP Fess Parker. Now here’s some more TV news. Or actually, it’s not. Because even though it looked like Paula Abdul might be back for the newly revamped “Star Search”, sources say this new venture’s no longer in the cards for Miss P to the A. Is it because she’s going to be on Simon Cowell’s “X-Factor” – also about to hit US shores? No idea. But as soon as we get a clue, we’ll pass it on to you. Now, because it’s Friday you have several new movie options at your local cineplex. Should you wish to catch a flick, perhaps you’ll check out one of the following. 1) The Bounty Hunter…with Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler. He’s a bounty hunter, she’s his quarry – but wait, she also happens to be his ex-wife. He tracks her down, cuffs her, and together they embark on a journey loaded with (insert death-defying hi-jinks terminology here). Perhaps they even wind up… falling in love all over again? (Full disclosure: I haven’t seen this movie — that’s just a wild guess, based on the trailer). Also in theaters for the edgier sci-fi set we have Repo Men, with Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. That’s your basic futuristic organ harvesting thriller that will, I am almost certain, be a) pretty violent b) quite popular and c) extremely lucrative for its filmmakers. Also in theaters? Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This one’s for the whole family and reportedly it’s quite smart and funny — based on the bestselling illustrated novel. Finally you might want to catch a new independent rock n’ roll film called The Runaways starring Twilight ladies Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as a couple of teens in the 1970s who do the unthinkable: take on the boys’ club and start their own all-girl band. It’s based on the true story of Joan Jett (played by Stewart) and her band The Runaways. The film got lots of great buzz at Sundance. So now, voice your choice in today’s featured poll and let us know which of these 4 new releases you’re most excited to see:
1) The Bounty Hunter
2) Repo Men
3) Diary of a Wimpy Kid
4) The Runaways
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