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Yes, people, you read that right. Damn hot Jason Dohring will be gracing our TV again very soon.

I woke up very late today and thank God that after I had my breakfast, I immediately went online. I opened my email and received the best.news.ever. After the long wait, Jason Dohring is finally back! Too bad it’s not for a Veronica Mars movie and not together with our favorite feisty blonde. But he will be with another feisty blonde, this time, it’s Buffy. Yes, Jason Dohring will join the cast of Ringer with no other than Sarah Michelle Gellar.

According to cwtv.com, Ringer is about a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind.

Jason is not one of the main cast but it’s not only a guest spot, either. He will be a recurring character, playing Mr Carpenter (I know, I know, after Logan Echolls, he should’ve been given a better name),  a high school teacher to Julie, Siobhan’s troubled daughter. Siobhan is the rich one of the twins played by Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Jason Dohring is famous for two roles, as the rich, abused bad boy Logan Echolls in Veronica Mars and as the rich, bad boy vampire Josef Kostan in Moonlight. Both shows are shortlived but his roles in them, definitely memorable.

Buffy meets Logan, my fandom is, once again, colliding.




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I found it! I found it! [does a little dance]

I found the Roswell clip where Jason Dohring was a guest. It’s in Season 2, “Cry Your Name.”

He looks soooo young. And my gosh, his voice was so different from his voice when he was Logan from Veronica Mars. It was weird. If I don’t see that it was his face doing the talking, I will never associate that voice with him. I think I’ve listened to Logan talked a thousand times so yeah, it was that different. But I guess they have a term for that: it’s puberty.

You gonna have to play the video for a while before reaching his scenes.

Check out 2:13

Check out 2:30, 5:20, 6:17.

Check out 10:46

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This is one heck of a good news for me. Because you know what this means?

Kristen Bell is back on TV!!!

Okay, you can go and argue with me that she never really left TV because after the awesome Veronica Mars was canceled, she moved to Heroes and after they killed her character there, she is now in Gossip Girl as Gossip Girl – the voiceover character. But you know what, I don’t count her stint on Gossip Girl because even if she gives great voiceover in that show, that’s just what she is there – a voiceover. I want to see her acting. So, this news made me so excited.

I’m not really familiar with Don Cheadle’s works but I’m sure I know him from somewhere. I’m sure I’ve seen some of his shows. (Sorry, I’m too lazy to go check his Wikipedia page.) I hope he’ll have great chemistry with Kristen Bell. Not that chemistry – the other one, the great partnership kind of chemistry.

According to Showtime, the new comedy is a scathing look at Marty (Cheadle), a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm who is never above using any means necessary to get his way with and for his clients. Bell will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, Ivy-League graduate who works at Marty’s firm. Sounds really interesting and looks like I’ll be hearing snarky, witty dialogues from Kristen. I miss that so much.

I’m so looking forward to this. Please, House of Lies, don’t disappoint me. Be amazing.

If only I get some news that Jason Dohring will also have a new show, that would make my day really complete.

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Have I told you how much I LOVE Veronica Mars???

Not yet?

Oh well, now you know.

Okay, seriously, I was thinking of writing a sort-of review for this show but Im having a hard time doing so. First, it’s because I am so damn late in the game that, what is there I can say that hasn’t been said already by the others? You see, Veronica Mars ran for 3 seasons from 2004-2007.  That’s more than 4 years ago already! Actually, I knew about Veronica Mars way before. I know it was shown in the local cable channel here in my country. I distinctively remember catching a scene from the show that got me really interested but since school life was hectic then (and I was following Charmed and Smallville), I wasn’t able to pick the show up.

Fast forward to 4 years later and I just finished watching the 3rd season DVD of Psych (which I also really love, by the way) and find myself looking for another show to watch. I have lots of DVDs waiting to be watched (American, Japanese, Chinese and Korean series) but since I just finished Psych which has a detective theme on it, I was craving for some more detective stuff (or sorta kinda like it). I watched the first episode of The Mentalist (heard so much about it – how it has some similarities with Psych, etc.), but the pilot didn’t grip me the way Psych’s first episode did so I dropped it – for now. Of course, I will give it another go some other time.

Then I remembered Veronica Mars. So there I went, bought all DVDs, curled up in my bed one night and started watching.

The pilot episode blew me away. I would love to tell you why and how it did but I think this guy, Dan, had explained it better when he called it the “Greatest Pilot Ever.”

So being just recently watched Veronica Mars is my first reason. The second one and definitely the bigger reason why I’m having a hard time writing a review about it, is because I can NEVER give this show justice – no matter how much I want to. I want to write a review that will make the reader see what an amazing show Veronica Mars is but I’m no where near good enough to be able to pull that off. So yeah, I don’t know if I’ll write a review – maybe not, but I will definitely talk about it (more like gush about it, I think).

You know, there is a reason why this show is critically acclaimed, why LA Weekly, Chicago Sun Times, The Phoenix, The Village Voice, Time, The Seattle Times, Salon.com and others gave positive reviews about it.

There’s also a reason why Joss Whedon (screenwriter, director, Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator) called it the “Best.Show.Ever,” and saying that “These guys know what they’re doing on a level that intimidates me. It’s the Harry Potter of shows.”; why Kevin Smith (screenwriter, film producer, director) loved it and wrote about it on his blog saying that Veronica Mars is “hands-down, the best show on television right now, and proof that TV can be far better than cinema.“; why Stephen King (multi-awarded author) went asking on his EW article, why is Veronica Mars so good? It bears little resemblance to life as I know it, but I can’t take my eyes off the damn thing.

As much as I would love to enumerate the reasons why, I’d like it better if you just watch the series. I read one reviewer said, “If you’ve never watched Veronica Mars, then you are missing out on a very important part of television history.” And I agree with her (or him, I don’t exactly know).

And since good television is hard to come by these days, just do yourself a favor and try watching season 1.



As a bonus, I’m embedding this awesome tribute video for Veronica Mars that was recently posted on Youtube. It’s EPIC.


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He is his school’s “obligatory psychotic jackass.” Yes, he can be a good friend but once you crossed over his bad side, be warned, for he will torment you every single day. He’s a freakin’ asshole that he will not think twice of swinging a crowbar and bashing your headlights. Yeah, he is like that.

“And let’s not forget Logan Echolls.
Every school has an obligatory psychotic jackass.
He’s ours.”


But what exactly drives this person to be this kind of jackass? People may think he is living a privileged life but if you look closely, this seemingly perfect life is full of cracks – cracks so huge that it can crash anybody’s world. His girlfriend died. His mother jumped off a bridge and took her own life. His long abusive father is an adulterer and a murderer. Now, he is Logan, a tormented and tortured soul. Yes, he is damaged, but is he damaged beyond repair? Is he an un-reformable bad boy?


“And then, there’s bachelor number three. He’s got it all. Motive. Access.
Looks like an evil-doer, smells like an evil-doer.
But surprisingly, not so much.”

In his crazy life, he met Veronica – the person he loves the most. He was his girlfriend’s best friend and he was her boyfriend’s best friend. They were The Fab Four. But Lilly’s death changed everything. He started to hate her but, he cannot hate her forever and ended up falling in love with her.

But life is not always colorful in LoVe-Land for these two star-crossed lovers are so opposite that they clash most of the time. You just can’t combine Logan’s learned hedonism with Veronica’s unrealistic expectations and trust issues.

“And you know what? I’m not built to stand on the sidelines. And I think we have a choice.
I think we can take a tough, but survivable amount of pain now…or stay together and deal with unbearable pain later. So I vote for the pain now.
But I’m always here… if you need anything.
But you never need anything.”

They get together and have a few months of contentment but once the veil is lifted, reality smacks them hard in the face and they break up. Too jaded for each other, too broken for anyone else. Can’t trust each other, can’t love anyone else, can’t be alone. How can you even begin to describe a relationship like this? I have no idea.

But one thing’s for sure , their relationship is EPIC.

Logan: I thought our story was epic, you know, you and me.
Veronica: Epic how?
Logan: Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed. Epic.
Veronica: Come on. Ruined lives? Bloodshed? You really think a relationship should be that hard?
Logan: No one writes songs about the ones that come easy.

A shout-out to the adorable, charming, gorgeous and talented Jason Dohring – the person who brought us Logan Echolls and the person who made “psychotic jackass” looked so appealing.


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I’m so torn between hating this trailer and liking it. I guess a lot of my friends already know that I am a DIEHARD Sherlock Holmes fan. When I first heard of Guy Ritchie making a new Sherlock Holmes movie, I was literally jumping around and yelling my lungs out because I was too happy. You see the last Sherlock Holmes movie was back in 1988 and that was a comedic twist on the real Holmes story. On the other hand, Basil Rathbone’s Holmes ended in 1946 with Dressed to Kill.

So upon hearing this amazingly good news last year, I was totally excited. Another plus factor was Robert Downey, Jr. casted as my favorite detective. I don’t know how he’ll fare as Holmes but I really like him in Iron Man, so I was already curious.

These past months, I wasn’t that much updated about the movie. But earlier I watched the trailer which was actually released months ago.

Honestly, I don’t know how to react to the trailer. As a movie viewer, the trailer was awesome and it made the movie looked promising. It’s entertaining and it appears that a lot of things are going on. It was exciting and Downey was both gorgeous and ridiculous at the same time. The movie looks fun.

However, I am not just an ordinary moviegoer. I am a SHERLOCK HOLMES FAN. I am someone who:

  • read all 4 novels and 56 short stories featuring him (I even make sure to read The Hound of the Baskervilles at least once every year),
  • someone who watched all the movies and tv series I could get my hands on,
  • someone who joined his international fanclubs,
  • someone who tried very hard to learn his Science of Deduction,
  • someone who feels extreme joy at the mere mention of his name in any book, tv series or movie,
  • someone who decided to watch House, MD (and fell in love with it) because Gregory House is a medical Sherlock Holmes and;
  • someone who endures more than 700 chapters of Detective Conan because Shinichi Kudo’s favorite detective is Sherlock Holmes.

I am that and more.

So, if I’m going to look at this movie in that perspective. I would say I was definitely disappointed. This was not Sherlock Holmes at all. I mean, I understand the need to make it modern but jeez, do they have to ruin the character up to such degree? There’s a lot of action and it looks great but where is the famous clever deduction that Holmes is famous for?

Okay, I know I definitely sound like a total fanatic (which I admit I am) however, I am still going to watch this film. Not because I want to “check it out” but because as fanatic as I am to Sherlock Holmes, I know I need to grow up and be open minded about it. After all, I’ve accepted the fact a long time ago that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is already dead and there will never be another Sherlock Holmes based on Doyle’s perspective. We all know that if they’re not going to make this more action packed then it’s not gonna hit Hollywood.

So even though this is not MY Sherlock Holmes, it is closest to him as I can ever get.

…and Robert Downey, Jr. rocks.

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Recently, I discovered about a true story of a dog named Hachiko, an Akita who is known for its loyalty to his master. According to it, Hachiko’s owner is a university professor. For years, Hachiko saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. This is their routine everyday. However, one day, the professor suffered a stroke at the university and died. He never returned to the train station. And everyday, Hachiko waited at the train station for his master. This goes on for 10 years, until his death.

When he died in 1935, his body was stuffed and kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo. Hachiko is considered as a hero. He symbolizes what loyalty is all about. In 1934, a statue was erected at the Shibuya Station, where he waited everyday for his master.

In 1987, a film was made based on Hachiko’s life and story. It is aptly titled, Hachiko Monogatari (Tale of Hachiko). I watched this fanmade video of the 1987 film, and even with this, I cried. It was so sad but so sweet. This is why I love dogs.

Now, a remake of the 1987 film is about to be released in the US in October, 2009. Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer. Here’s the trailer. I will definitely watch this one.

I love dogs and I love dog movies. It’s just kinda ironic that I always end up crying every time I finished a film.

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