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January, 2011:

Glee episode to air on February 22

From the new schedule on

Tuesday, Feb. 22
GLEE (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Blame It on the Alcohol”
Principal Figgins (guest star Iqbal Theba) teaches the student body about the danger of underage drinking, and the glee club is personally touched by the message. Meanwhile, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Coach Beiste (guest star Dot-Marie Jones) indulge in a little fun of their own.

Clip: Grand Opening Finale @VPACatCSUN

From Yfrog:

New event: Valley Performing Arts Center opening night

From Encino Patch:

After more than two years of construction at a cost of about $125 million, the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University, Northridge, is ready for its closeup.

VPAC doors will swing open Saturday evening for a black-tie kickoff fundraising event expected to raise more than $1 million toward the remaining $27 million in construction costs. As many as 1,700 eager arts patrons will pay from $1,000 for the cheapest ticket to $250,000 for a table of 12 and permanent recognition on the Honor Wall in the Grand Lobby Atrium.


Performing artists scheduled for the inaugural two-hour show include Andy Garcia, Calista Flockhart, Benjamin Bratt, Jane Kaczmarek, Steven Weber, Noah Wyle, Nancy Cartwright, Keith David, Eric Stoltz, Tyne Daly, Cheech Marin and Sandra Oh. Musical artists expected to perform include singers Monica Mancini and Andrew Lunsford, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, composer Davis Gaines, saxophonist Dave Koz, opera star Carol Vaness and ballet dancers Gillian Murphy and Jose Carreno.

Rob Roy is out on Blu-ray

Rob Roy was released on Blu-ray earlier this month (Jan. 11). There is a review at Here is their verdict:

rob roy,blu-ray cover,liam neeson,jessica lange“A tale of men in skirts fighting men in wigs, Rob Roy arrives on Blu-ray with a bare-bones US release that offers fans a considerable upgrade over the lousy image that the DVD sported. It is also a great film that has been unfairly judged over the years, and fallen somewhat unfortunately into the shadow of the illustrious Braveheart that swamped it at the box office that same year.

In truth, however, the films are totally different and strike out down paths that attack their subjects with far more diverse attitudes and methods of execution. Rob Roy is a traditional tale that Michael Caton-Jones tells in an Old School fashion, which completely supports the blending of intricate period detail and atmospheric evocation with the rascally nature of the characters flung together in conflict.

The cast are all excellent, but special mention must go to both Tim Roth and Jessica Lange, who find fantastic new depths and traits with which to imbue their, otherwise, stock characters. Neeson is a lumbering giant of battered heroism, yet he is perfectly at home as the principled renegade and you can’t help but be moved by his indomitable will to put right some terrible wrongs.

The lack of extras is unforgivable, mind. MGM have just slipped the release out with nothing … not even a trailer. For a rich and lavish production such as Rob Roy, they have well and truly dropped a great big tartan ball. But it is the film that counts, and this is a beautifully constructed, authentic-looking saga that drips class and character with style to burn. We have a terrific, if unusual villain in Roth’s poncified Archibald Cunningham, and there is a brutality in some respects that well and truly pushes the film out of that picturesque Sunday afternoon costume drama niche. The fighting is wonderfully done too, and, best of all, you really get the sense that you are actually there with that awesome cinematography.”

The Blu-ray is available on Amazon.

Photos from set of Glee

Hollywood Reporter has a monster article on Glee this week and they also posted a bunch of photos from the set. You can find them here. The episode Eric is directing is called “Blame It on the Alcohol.” No air date yet.

Off the Map set pics

There are a few new photos of Eric on the set of Off the Map at Getty Images.

Another interview (The Guardian)

There is a new interview with Eric at

What’s your favourite piece of technology, and how has it improved your life?
TV-B-Gone. It’s a wonderful little device that has one button – which, when pressed, will turn off any television within 15 metres. It’s ideal when you’re sitting in an empty pub and a television is blaring adverts too loudly. A simple device that brings peace.

When was the last time you used it, and what for?
Last week. To turn off a TV.

What additional features would you add if you could?
It would be nice if the company expanded their repertoire a bit. “People-who-speak-on-cellphones-in-shops-B-Gone” would be swell. Not to mention “Taxes-B-Gone”.

Do you think it will be obsolete in 10 years’ time?

What always frustrates you about technology in general?
All that damned convenience. — Keep reading