The Negress loves going to the movies for the trailers as well as watching ads for upcoming shows on TV. Granted, she’s living through a cable famine right now so she’s not seeing all of the stuff that’s looming in the fall. However, she’s seen enough that she feels comfortable sharing her observations. She will also admit that seeing this stuff saves her a ton of money and viewing time. She hopes to help you do the same.
1. No Good Deed starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson. One of those creepy guy gets into the house of a lone woman, which makes her instantly plucky, frightened and resourceful all at once. Why do women in these movies open their doors to strange guys asking to use the phone on a dark and rainy night? Are there no cell phones in this movie universe? Oh. It’s Idris Elba. Never mind.
2. Kill the Messenger. Jeremy Renner, whom the Negress has come to adore after “The Hurt Locker” and “The Avengers” plays the late Gary Webb, who broke a story about the CIA involvement with the contras that led to enormous amounts of crack coming into the US. In the interests of full disclosure, the Negress worked at the San Jose Mercury News when Webb broke the story. The LA Times did a counter story in the fine journalistic tradition of knocking down something you didn’t get first. The trailer looks like your usual you-don’t-want-to-go-there-my-friend outing and Renner’s facial hair looks like it was rented from a high school drama club. The Negress also wonders if the film will deal with the aftermath where a Latina editor was pretty much thrown under the bus. Somehow she bets not.
3. Another Hobbit movie aka the New Zealand CGI Company Full Employment Act. The Negress’ sister, who is all about the LOTR, is expressing fatigue.
4. Jimi: All Is By My Side. Andre Benjamin aka Andre 3000 plays Hendrix in the London days before Monterey Pop. The movie has not been particularly well received on the festival circuit, but the Negress might just go for the clothes.
5. This is Where I Leave You. Very nice ensemble cast and a screenplay by Jonathan Tropper, who wrote the book. However, this could end up like the movie version of “August: Osage County,” which would be a very very very bad thing.
Now for the TV stuff:
6. Scorpion. Dweebs solves crime and are witty. No way and wouldn’t these guys be working for the NSA?
7. Madame Secretary. So the Negress has to live in a television universe where Tea Leoni is Secretary of State and Bebe Neuwirth is her aide? Talk to the effin hand. An hour to get something done between 60 Minutes and the Good Wife.
8. Selfie. #narcissism. #betterthingstodo #areyounuts?
9. State of Affairs. so Katherine Heigl who basically whined her way off of Grey’s Anatomy, is now a security adviser in the West Wing? How does the Negress know this isn’t Number 7? Oh wait. Alfre Woodard plays the president, which may be a ray of acting sunlight in a swamp of cliches.
10. Forever. Another immortal guy who works in a morgue or something. The Negress bets he still doesn’t call after the first date; thought it being 150 years ago kinds gives him a foolproof excuse. Good bet this show does not live up to its title.