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eureka gets one more episode

Eureka fans should totally send SyFy a thank you card! This is actually a really nice gesture!

Yesterday, we learned that Eureka would NOT be returning for a sixth season, and that the show’s 12-episode fifth season would be its last.

Sure, that was disappointing for Eureka fans, but NOW we’ve learned that SyFy will give the world ONE MORE EPISODE to tie everything up!

Here’s what showrunner Jaime Paglia had to say about it:

“They’ve all been amazingly behind us. [The cancellation] was shocking news—I think shocking to even the people involved in making the decisions. We just want to go out on a high note in the most positive way we can.”

And here’s what show star Erica Cerra had to say about it:

“[The Eureka writers] have the opportunity to give us and the viewers closure—they’ve been loyal, loyal fans for years.”

We’re sure people will still hate on SyFy for cancelling the show, but we give them credit for this extra episode. Given the circumstances, we think it’s actually a pretty cool move.

What do U think? Does the extra episode order help make up for the show’s cancellation?

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In addition to his fast food mealan eight-year-old child in Sweden also received an unexpected “gift”: a Swastika tattoo.

The surprising addition was one of several tattoos included in the meal.

“We could not believe our eyes. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” the youth’s mother, Malin Hagglund said.

The owners of the fast food restaurant, Frasses, apologized for the incident. They said the tattoos were from China and including the Swastika was a mistake.

The Local notes that the symbol is found in several Asian languages.

It seems like we’ve got a new Mealbreaker category on our hands; the food may not be contaminated but nonetheless an offensive tattoo can certainly spoil a meal.

BowWow’s got a secret that he’s finally ready to share — he’s a dad! The 24-year-old kid rapper turned actor turned ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ favorite revealed on his website that he is the father to a little girl. “For the past three years [I’ve] been battling life,” BowWow wrote on his website (via Us magazine). “I felt as if I had no purpose to live (Thinking selfishly) until God gave me the …

In December 2010, the last time Yoko Ono was at Billboard, she was being honored for a whopping five consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. With her just-released single “Talking To The Universe” climbing the same chart, the iconoclastic veteran artist took time out to chat about the DJ community’s affinity for her music, sharing a stage with Lady Gaga (“one of the most awesome pied pipers the world ever had”), Twitter, and her continuing work protecting and curating her late husband John Lennon‘s music and legacy.

Billboard.com: “Talking To The Universe” is vying to be your next hit on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart. You already have a slew of No. 1s on that chart. Were you surprised when your music was embraced by the DJ community? How has that, in turn, influenced how you make music?

Yoko Ono: Many of my songs were dance orientated from way back. That’s because I LOVE DANCE! When I hear a dance number, just hearing the first eight bars, it immediately makes my bod start moving and dancing. That’s how I was from a long, long time ago. I can’t help it. But now that I am very involved with making dance tracks, I feel I finally came home!

 

One thing I didn’t know, and now I know: DJs are in incredible competition, musically. And they are the most musically creative and sensitive people in all the music charts. I am amazed how they are. Without their creativity, my songs could never have become No. 1. I have so much respect and love for the DJs on the dance chart, you just don’t know. One day, the dance charts will be the biggest chart in the music world. Because we all need to dance. This planet will be a fun planet when the judges in court will end the day with a dance!

 

Is there someone you would especially like to have remix your work?


I would love to see a repeat performance of Chairman Mao and Nixon… with John [Lennon] mixing [his] song “We’re All Water.”

 

What are your plans for new music? Is there a new album in the works? Are there any collaborations with artists from the dance or rock worlds that are afoot?
Yes. You hit the spot. There is something in the works. But I’m not telling.

 

You performed with Lady Gaga last fall. How did that come about and what was performing with her like?


It was really exciting to perform with a lady who just made herself into a legend in two weeks… or was it two years? I think everything about her is worthy of being mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

Video:Yoko Ono And Lady Gaga Perform Together

 

What did you think of Gaga after meeting her? What do you think of her music and career trajectory?
She is just being herself. She can’t help it! But the other side of the story is that she is one of the most awesome pied pipers the world ever had. Being close to her amazing energy is waking yourself up to the future of the Universe.  Bless her.


When you spoke with Billboard last fall you said your role in terms of John’s catalog and legacy was as “protector.” What are your thoughts on the warm reception to the reissues of his solo work that you oversaw last fall in time for his 70th birthday?
Humbly, with all my heart, I’d like to say thank you to the Universe. Thank you, Universe.
You have been in the music industry for almost 40 years. In this age of digital distribution and social media, where the labels have a far different role than they used to, what advice can you give to artists about having a career that is creative, long and lucrative?

 

Nothing is written in stone. So don’t prepare yourself for a long and lucrative career. You might die tomorrow. Your gold holdings might become dust. Just make the music you want to make now and enjoy it. That’s what music can give you: the kind of fun moment that will be good for your health. Maybe nobody else will hear it. Well, too bad for them!

 

Your tweets  (@yokoono) are often almost like Fluxus cards from the 60s art movement. Do you see that medium as an art as well?

 

Tweets? Of course, it’s art! It’s the latest most exciting art we have now. I am thrilled to bits! I hope you are not questioning it.

 

You’ve helped The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame put together an upcoming Beatles exhibit. What item in it is the most special to you?

 

I totally enjoyed all of it. Everything in it is so special, you just can’t pick one out of it.

 

Is there any aspect of art — music, visual arts, performing arts, film, writing — that you haven’t delved into that you want to get onto your long list of accomplishments?

 

Eulogy. How about that? Lately, I am asked to write a eulogy quite often for my friends who passed away. I like to think that I make them smile with what I remember about them. I have one for myself.  I want it carved on stone saying: Here lies a woman who was in love with the Planet Earth and she still is.

 

 

It’s Comic-Con time.

About 130,000 people are expected at the four-day comics, movies and popular arts convention in downtown San Diego this year. Some of Hollywood’s most important directors and biggest names will be among them.

The convention doesn’t officially start until Thursday, but preview events begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Just a month ago there had been speculation that this year’s Comic-Con might be a downer — that studios wouldn’t bring their A Game. That kind of talk is all done.

Also read: Comic-Con 2011: Light on Tights, Heavy on Sneak Peeks

In the past two weeks, Steven Spielberg announced that he’d make his first Comic-Con appearance, and Paramount said that it would open “Captain America” for the convention.

Universal is holding the world premiere of “Cowboys and Aliens,” complete with red carpet, at the convention. And Twentieth Century Fox will hype “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” There’s also a strong television presence: the casts of “Chuck,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “True Blood” and “The Big Bang Theory” will make appearances.

It’s a giant convention – a Bring Comfortable Shoes Because You’ll Be Walking a Lot convention – with more stuff than any one person can possibly do. And with so many people attending, you’re going to have to miss at least a few of the “can’t miss” events.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of panels, sessions and discussions. The highest-profile panels take place in the cavernous Hall H. That’s where Steven Spielberg will be, where the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” cast will be.

Once you’re in, don’t leave.

Thursday

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.” Footage from the movie and a Q&A session with the filmmaker and cast.

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. “A One on One With Pee-wee Herman.” That’s right. Pee-wee. Paul Reubens will be there, talking about his Broadway play.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. FilmDistrict Studio Panel. The production company presents a peek at Guillermo del Toro’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” and a Q&A.

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Robert Rodriguez. The director shows footage from his new, “secret” project.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. “Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro on the Future of Pop Culture.” The “Cowboys & Aliens” director and “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “Pacific Rim” director talk about “bringing geek culture to the masses and making blockbuster art out of pulp fiction.”

Outside Hall H

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. “Stan Lee, Yoshiki and Todd McFarlane.” Living legend – really – Stan Lee (right), “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane, “Halo Evolutions” writer Jon Goff and musician Yoshiki discuss the hero “Blood Red Dragon.” Indigo Ballroom, Hilton, San Diego Bayfront.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. “’Game of Thrones’ Panel and Q&A.”  Cast members of the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s books will appear – and Martin will narrate. Cast members Emilia Clarke, Nikolai Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and Jason Momoa will be there. Momoa is an increasingly big deal. The actor has the title role in the upcoming “Conan the Barbarian.” Ballroom 20.

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie.” Magicians Penn Jillette and Teller talk about their career and introduce their new television series, “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie,” which answers big questions like, “Can you make a welding torch out of bacon” or “Can Teller survive a piranha attack?” Problem is, one of the answers is a lie. Don’t expect Teller to say much. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Friday

11 a.m. – noon. “Paramount: ‘The Adventures of Tin-Tin’” Very big stuff. Director Steven Spielberg (left) makes his first Comic-Con appearance, talking about his upcoming movie “Adventures of Tin-Tin.” Geoff Boucher, the Los Angeles Times “Hero Complex” writer will interview the director, who will then take questions from the audience.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. “DreamWorks: Fright Night.” Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon present a peek at DreamWorks Pictures’ 3D version of the 1985 horror classic.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sony Pictures Studios takes over the hall with crazy panels:

Directors Mark Neldine and Brian Taylor, actors Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth will talk about “Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance.”

Director Ruben Fleischer and actors Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson and Michael Pena will talk about “30 Minutes or Less.”

Director Len Wiseman and actors Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale (right), Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and John Cho will talk about the upcoming remake of “Total Recall.”

Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, director Marc Webb and actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will talk about “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Outside Hall H:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. “Conversations With Sid and Marty Krofft: A Look at the Past, Present and Future.” The Krofft brothers are pioneers in Saturday morning television. The puppeteers created “H.R. Pufnstuff,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters,” “Land of the Lost” and other children’s shows. They also are responsible for the spectacular, one-episode television flop “Pink Lady.” The television giants will answer questions in Room 23 ABC.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. “Legendary Pictures Preproduction Preview.” Legendary trots out some fancies for its first Comic-Con appearance. The company wants “Pacific Rim” to make a splash, so it’s bringing director Guillermo del Toro and cast members for the sci-fi extravaganza. Also: Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Ben Barnes and others. Room 6BCF.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. “True Blood Panel and Q&A Session.” HBO’s vampire series is a fan favorite, and creator Alan Ball and actors Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Joe Manganiello and Kevin Alejandro will take part in the panel. Ballroom 20.

Saturday

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. “TWIXT: Francis Ford Coppola and Dan Deacon.” The director and musician present scenes from Coppola’s new film, “Twixt,” and, according to Comic-Con, “involve the audience in a dress rehearsal of the completely unique and innovative way they plan on performing it.” They’ll also answer questions.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. “Relativity Media: ‘Immortals.’” Director Tarsem Singh, producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton and actors Henry Cavill, Steven Dorff, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and Kellan Lutz will offer a presentation of “Immortals,” a 3D action film. They also bring plenty of extra Comic-Con credibility: Cavill plays Superman in Warner Bros. upcoming “Man of Steel” and Singh also directs Relativity’s upcoming “Snow White” project.

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. “Universal Pictures: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’” Soon after Singh leaves the stage, Universal steps on with its “Snow White” story. Kristen Stewart – who brings “Twilight” magic – will be there with Charlize Theron, “Thor’s” Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and director Rupert Sanders, who will show footage and answer questions.

Outside Hall H

7 p.m. “Cowboys and Aliens” World Premiere. Universal’s Jon Favreau-directed action movie will premiere at the 2,967-seat San Diego Civic Theater. That’s a lot of seats. But if you don’t already have tickets, you can’t go. But you can see the stars walk the red carpet at 7 p.m. The movie begins at 8.

Sunday

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. “Glee.” Creator-executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will be onstage with cast members to hype “Glee the 3D Concert Movie.”

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “BBC America’s ‘Doctor Who.’” Actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will be onstage with writers and producers, showing footage of the next season of the show. It’s their first appearance at Comic-Con.

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The cast, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito present a panel discussion. Day will be an extra draw because he recently landed a role in “Pacific Rim.”

 

We haven’t discussed Jason’s storyline much so far this season, mostly because all there’s been to say is “he’s tied to a bed in Hot Shot, having strange things done to him by Crystal’s people.”

He finally breaks free in this episode, and his actions go a long way to showing how much Jason has grown since the first season, and kudos to the writers and Ryan Kwanten for making that growth seem logical and organic.

 

 

Every good TV geek knows the feeling they get when a character they like acts completely out of character – often it’s what we really mean when we talk about a show jumping the shark. It’s those moments when you say to yourself, “Wait a minute, I’ve been watching this show for three seasons and Buffy/Starbuck/Jack Bauer/Jack Shepherd would never do that.” (Or, in the case of “True Blood,” if Eric or Alcide started wearing shirts on a regular basis, that would be completely out of character.)

Conversely, the development of Jason from complete buffoon to a more responsible and capable character has been a natural progression. In earlier seasons, Jason was essentially comic relief – he slept with every woman he could, he got addicted to V, he couldn’t stand up to Amy, he came up with schemes that were, at best, quarter-baked, and threw himself into them, etc.

As mentioned, Jason has spent most of this season tied to a bed in Hot Shot, and in this episode the women of the werepanther clan are taking turns raping him, hoping to get pregnant and add a little diversity to their stagnant, brackish gene pool.

When the youngest werepanther girl, Becky, is left alone with Jason, he talks her into letting him go. Yes, it was said to save his own skin, but I’m not sure it would have even occurred to Season One Jason to tell a character about to lose her virginity that “your first time should be with a boy you really like, who brings you presents and candy.” (Maybe I’m giving the character too much credit, or it was just really well acted by Kwanten, but it seemed like he meant what he was saying and he wasn’t just being self-serving.)

For that matter, Season One Jason was not nearly responsible enough to live up to his promise to take care of the people of Hot Shot, as he has been doing since the end of Season Three, and I’m not sure he would have been strong enough to reject Crystal like he does in this episode.

But in the context of everything that’s happened to him, particularly his role in the deaths of Eggs and Eddie, it’s believable that he’s learned from his mistakes and has started to grow up. It’s nice to see it playing out in a logical way, it makes me like a character I’ve generally been indifferent to, and Kwanten does a good job of making it all seem convincing and sincere.

ALSO IN THIS EPISODE

– On the other hand, “True Blood” writers, having the werepanthers refer to one another as “brother/husband” or “Uncle Daddy” wasn’t that funny to begin with and is just tired now. They’re incestuous backwoods folk, we get it.

– Crystal tells Jason that once he’s a werepanther, “Hot Shot’s the only place that will take you in.” Yes, clearly, because the rest of the people he knows are so uptight and intolerant when it comes to supernatural creatures…

 


 

While everyone is on a vacation and enjoying the warm weather, the music industry is still working overtime this summer. This week, Young Buck gives us a little preview of his forthcoming mixtape, Back On My Buck Shit v.3, while the uber-talented Frank Ocean continues to build his legacy with a new leak called “Anywhere.” Also, check out new music by Joell Ortiz, Donny Goines, Consquence, Lil Wayne, Ghostface and more.

Consequence ft. Kid Cudi – “On My Own” – Listen Here
Kid Cudi supplies the hook for this new Kanye West produced song from Consequence called “On My Own.”

Joell Ortiz ft. Pharoahe Monch & B.o.B – “Psycho” – Listen Here
Joell Ortiz decides to enlist the help of Pharoahe Monch to remix this Tech N9ne song “Psycho.”

Donny Goines – “WhatupBRO” – Listen Here
Donny Goines drops off this new up-tempo song “WhatupBRO.”

Theophilus London – “No Particular One”- Listen Here
Theophilus London covers John Boone’s “Particular One.”

Young Buck – “Addicted” – Listen Here
Off Buck’s upcoming mixtape, Back On My Buck Shit v.3.

Monica ft. Rick Ross & Lil’ Kim – “Anything (To Find You)”- Listen Here
Ross and Lil’ Kim hop on Monica’s new single produced by Missy Elliot, off her upcoming New Life LP.

Glasses Malone ft. Ya Boy – “Rich N Thuggin” – Listen Here
Glasses continues the trend of putting out ear friendly music with this latest track featuring Ya Boy, rumoredly off his upcoming album.

Jahbari ft. Styles P – “Miss Me With The Bullshit” – Listen Here
New R&B featuring the Ghost.

Outlawz ft. Scarface & Lloyd – “Pushin On”- Listen Here
Off Outlawz’ upcoming project Killuminati 2k11.

Ghostface Killah ft. Action Bronson & Termanology – “Meteor Hammer” – Listen Here
Off the Legendary Weapons album dropping July 26th.

Frank Ocean – “Anywhere” – Listen Here
Aside from tags on his songs, Franky can seem to do no wrong.

DOOM/Starks – “Victory Laps” – Listen Here
Fans have been waiting for over five years for the collaboration between DOOM and Ghostface, and Nature Sounds is finally preparing it. This is the first track “Victory Laps (Madvillainz Remix)” — produced by DOOM and Madlib!

Glasses Malone ft. Ya Boy – “Rich N Thuggin” – Listen Here
Two of Cali’s finest hop on this new banger together.

Pusha T ft. Tyler, The Creator – “Trouble On My Mind” – Listen Here
While previews of the video have entered the blogosphere some days ago, the world has been waiting for the full audio version of Pusha T’s collaboration with Tyler, the Creator, “Trouble on my Mind,” to drop. Now, the Neptunes produced cut has eventually arrived in its full audio glory and as you can hear below, it sure offers a different type of lyrical approach from both artists.

Lil Wayne – “Tunechi’s Back” – Listen Here
Making up for postponing his much anticipated LP Tha Carter IV till August 29 and saying thank you to his fans for attending the first leg of the I Am Still Music Tour, Lil Wayne has decided to treat his fans with an all new mixtape, entitled Sorry 4 the Wait on July 13. As the first audio impression, Weezy makes it loud and clear that “Tunechi’s Back” over Meek Mill and Rick Ross’ “Tupac Back” instrumental.

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