Check Into Bates Motel on Saturday

Get caught up on Bates Motel tomorrow when they show the first four episodes starting at 7pm CT on A&E. A new episode premieres on Monday 8pm/7pm ET/CT.

Freddie Highmore is phenomenal in the role of Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga may play his mother Norma, but don’t expect her to be dead and in the root cellar anytime soon.

The word is out that A&E has ordered ten new episodes for Season 2 slated to premiere in 2014.

That’s even more reason to get caught up on Season 1 and stay current to the bitter end.

There’s a cool Graphic Novel download through iTunes that accompanies Bates Motel that can be read through iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (must be read on an iOS device).

The web site is so incredibly interactive (see graphic) it’s like something you’d see for a movie (you can have loads of fun there (and earn stickers from GetGlue).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and a Real Delight

When The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring came out in 2001, I accidentally saw it in Albuquerque on New Years Eve confusing it with that movie about the boy wizard. Well of course seeing the first one, I had to see the other two to find out how the story ends.

Of course the beautiful New Zealand countryside, wonderful music and story of the ages were just residual benefits, along with the fantastic acting.

So when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came out before Christmas this year, I knew I’d see it. There are some movies you want to see on a big screen and that’s one of them so I went and saw it on a regular screen (not 3D) over the New Years holiday. There were maybe 15 people in the theatre and since I work in the field of movies and television I already knew that this was the first of three films, which didn’t bother me.

I truly enjoyed The Hobbit, even more so than The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It has the same beautiful countryside, fantastic music (I downloaded the soundtrack today for my iTunes) and timeless story. It has already made $223 million in the US and remains at #1 since it’s release on December 13.

And it’s about Dwarves, and handsome ones, too. You should catch it in the theaters before it’s gone.

The Dwarves from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Dwarves from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

‘The Voice’ recap, Newtown tribute and the final three singers –

‘The Voice’ recap, Newtown tribute and the final three singers –

Monday night’s The Voice opens with the entire cast of Season 3, including Carson Daly and Christina Milian standing on the stage lit with candles. Each member is holding placards with the names and ages of the victims of the Sandy Hill Elementary school shooting. They sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah (one of my favorite songs).

If you want to see this, you may have to look hard for it. NBC isn’t showing it any longer and the only way I got to see it was because it was in my Hulu que and I know it’s on my DVR.

The Voice is now down to 3, yes three contestants. Only one of my final four, Terry McDermott, is still in the running. From the article (link) here, they’re predicting that Cassadee Pope will be the first female winner of The Voice.

According to the iTunes Top Singles, Terry McDermott’s single Broken Wings is #5 and Cassadee Pope’s single Cry is #1. In votes, she is beating Terry McDermott’s butt by the thousands. So I’m inclined to believe that she will be the first female winner of The Voice and that Blake will be a repeat winning coach. How exciting!