Six Picks for the Week of September 6-12

MTV Video Music Awards (Sun.)

ImageOne small step for MTV

Sunday brings yet another award show for a network that rarely, if ever, plays music videos anymore. At this point, the Video Music Awards broadcast (MTV, 9pm) is really just an excuse to see what famous people do while they’re off their meds or wasted. Look at last year’s incident with Kanye West and Taylor Swift. They might reunite and do something clever this year, but we're hoping that Justin Bieber and host Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately) get it on or that Bieber reveals that he’s secretly 30 years old. Kanye West, Usher, Florence + the Machine, Robyn, and Bieber are among the live performers, while Lady Gaga has the most nominations with 13.

Check out original videos and get info on the nominees at MTV's official website.

Toronto International Film Festival 2010 (begins Thu.)

ImageAronofsky's Black Swan

The 35th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday (and runs through the 19th), featuring an impressive array of anticipated films from all across the world. Among the big titles showing up north (many making their world or North American premieres) are Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Javier Bardem-starring Biutiful, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, Robert Redford's The Conspirator, and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. If thick dramas aren’t your thing, then you might want to check out the impressive Midnight Madness lineup that features John Carpenter’s long-awaited return to directing, John Carpenter’s The Ward; James Gunn’s (Slither) comical Super; and Brad Anderson’s (The Machinist) desolate Vanishing on 7th Street.

Take a look at the full lineup at the official TIFF website.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (Fri.)

Image It's just a game to her

The Umbrella Corporation won’t stay down, and neither will the Resident Evil film franchise. Friday sees original Resident Evil director (and husband to star Milla Jovovich) Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat) returning to helm the series’ move into 3D. The good news is that the movie was filmed using James Cameron’s 3D Fusion Camera System; that should keep your headaches to a minimum so that you can handle the aural assault that Anderson is notorious for. Afterlife finds Jovovich’s Alice in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, where she runs into fan favorite videogame characters Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) and Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller) while blasting all kinds of zombies that get in her way.

Explore the third dimension of zombie invasion at the film's official website or take a look at the destructive trailer.

Nikita series premiere (Thu.)

ImageA killer new show?

First there was the U.S. theatrical remake of the French film La Femme Nikita called Point of No Return, then there was the Canadian-produced television series La Femme Nikita, which ran from 1997-2001, and now Nikita becomes the third adaptation of Luc Besson’s awesomely influential 1990 film. The new CW series picks up with converted spy Nikita (Maggie Q, Mission Impossible III) escaping the shady Division organization that helped create her. Shane West (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) plays Nikita’s former trainer and current pursuer, Michael. The sexy spy series debuts Thursday at 9pm.

Go rogue at the official series website.

Terriers series premiere (Wed.)

ImageCan FX stay special?

Screenwriter Ted Griffin (Ocean’s 11, Rumor Has It) and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan collaborate on the new FX series Terriers. The dramedy, which debuts Wednesday at 10pm, follows two down-and-out private investigators in San Diego, California. One is former cop and recovering alcoholic Hank (played by great character actor Donal Logue, The Tao of Steve) and the other is his best friend and expert trespasser Britt (True Blood’s Michael Raymond-James). It remains to be seen if the Southern California noir has sufficient bite to go along with its bark, but critics seemed to enjoy the show when they first glimpsed it during the summer press tour.

Explore more about the show at the official website.

I'm Still Here (Fri.)

ImagePhoenix rises

Remember Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman early last year? Well, his obtuse fuzzy faced behavior was being documented by actor (and Ben’s little brother) Casey Affleck. Opening Friday in limited release, I’m Still Here will maybe shed some light on whether or not he was just pulling our legs or was too overwhelmed by being rich and famous. Controversy has surrounded the film of late, with a couple of women suing director Affleck for alleged sexual harassment during the making of the film.

Find out more about the film at the official website.

Closing the book on last week

#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Katy Perry: Teenage Dream 53 1st week at #1
Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
Emmy Awards (NBC) 13.5 million viewers; week of 8/23-8/29

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Comments (4)

  • A.C.  

    I have hope for Terriers, although the way they described Ocean Beach, it's really not madness, just a bunch of burnouts, laziness is a better word.

  • The Illusive Man  

    Resident Evil Afterlife was something I was extremely pleased to hear about when it was announced. While the films are set in a different universe than the games, I'm glad elements from the game are being brought into the film. As another plus, Anderson returns to the helm as director of Afterlife. Resident Evil Afterlife is the thing I'm most looking forward featured in this article.

  • Dale Cooper  

    What about Sons of Anarchy!?!?!? Surely it's more important than *another* likely-horrible instalment of the Resident Evil series?

  • Miles  

    Nikita is looking to be the first show I'll watch on the CW since Everybody Hates Chris
    Just not really a fan of "teen drama"-esque shows, except Glee I guess.

    Anyways, it's looking pretty good.

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