Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cinefest is Best

Hitting the road for the rest of the week to attend Cinefest 29 in beautiful downtown Liverpool N.Y. This is geek paradise for 16mm film collectors, with wall-to-wall film screenings over the next four days. On the bill: The Lady Who Dared (1931), with Billie Dove, The Darkening Trail (1915) with William S. Hart and, of course, The Boys From Syracuse (1940), with Allan Jones and Martha Raye (above). All of which beats the hell out of sitting around waiting for The Osbournes Reloaded on Fox. (For more information on all the screenings, including rare 35mm gems shown Saturday morning at the vintage neighborhood movie house The Palace Theater, go here.)
Hopping a plane in the middle of it all to zip into Long Island Friday to interview Denis Leary on the set of one of my favorite series, Rescue Me. The singed and sassy NYFD series returns for a sixth season April 19 on Showcase after a year-and-a-half hiatus due partially to the writers strike.
Will be filing from the road, just not as much. A few numbers to leave you by:
MONDAYS RATINGS: Global takes the night on the strength of its megahit House (2,472,000 viewers according to BBM Canada overnight "commercial" estimates). Jack Bauer and 24 pulled a strong 1,248,000 behind the good doctor.
CTV stayed close with 9 p.m. comedies Two and a Half Men (1,681,000) followed by Corner Gas (1,137,000). The Big Bang Theory (718,000) and especially Gary Unmarried (333,000) fell under House arrest at 8. CSI: Miami did its usual robust 1,808,000 at 10 p.m.
CBC Monday comedies Little Mosque (581,000) and stick-a-fork-in-it Sophie (193,000), continue to limp toward the season-ending finish line. The Halifax Comedy Fest (291,000) and Winnipeg Comedy Fest (349,000) appear to be only drawing from those two cities.
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