Thursday, November 29, 2012

‘Criminal Minds’ Episode Helmed By Thomas Gibson Reunites Erica Messer And Ken Olin

producer/showrunner Erica Messer landed her first staff writing job on the ABC spy drama Alias. During her two-season stint on the show, she wrote three episodes, all of them directed by Alias executive producer/director Ken Olin. Now the two get to work together again on an episode of a primetime drama written by Messer, this time with Olin in front of the camera: Actor-turned-director Olin is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of CBS’ Criminal Minds, which will shoot in  January and air in February. Fittingly, the episode will mark the drama directing debut of another actor venturing behind the camera, Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Criminal Minds Promo video for episode 8.10 "The Lesson"

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Criminal Minds Review "Wheels on the Bus"

Review "Wheels on the Bus"


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The 8th episode of this season’s Criminal Minds starts with every parent’s worst nightmare; a busload of teens riding the school bus home from a Virginia high school is hi-jacked. Two men using a disabled vehicle as a ruse board the stopped school bus, shoot the driver in the leg and commandeer it.  Reminiscent of the kidnapping that happened in Chowchilla, CA 36 years ago, you start to wonder why the kidnappers targeted a school bus. In that real-life case it was for ransom, in this case it was for something much more sinister. 
After the team joins the investigation, the bus driver is found dead.  While searching the area 14 of the missing students are found safe and sound. However, 10 students are still missing as is the bus monitor that was on board. The captive students are made to wear shock collars all numbered 1 thru 10 as well as ear pieces. They are taken to a different location and held in a caged cell.  What are these unsubs after? They want their captives to play human game pieces in a video game that they have decided to bring to life. It is a very real game of life and death where the “winner” is the player whose pawn kills their opponent. The teens are pitted against one another with very real guns and ammo. Kid against kid one kills her schoolmate to save her own life.  The unsubs were less important to me than the teens and their will to do whatever necessary to make it out of this situation alive. 

Where the story as written by Kim Harrison might seem a little far-fetched, I can actually see it happening. Maybe not to the elaborate set-up that these unsubs had with their laptops, shock collars, headsets and the weapons they used but with all of the violent video games that are played these days, you can see how some people could become desensitized to the reality of ending someone’s life.   It has already happened to some degree or another where people playing a game have taken it to a whole other level and it has ended in loss of life. Case in point, it happened in Madrid (Spain), in April 30th, 1994, when a 21 year old and his 17 year old friend decided to bring to life a role-playing game with a strong racist undertone devised by the former. Their initial idea was to find a teenage girl to be their victim, but circumstances made that impossible and in the end, they opted to go after a 52 years old worker that was waiting for the bus to go back home after a long work-night. Hours later a bus driver found him dead after having been stabbed 19 times. The police caught them when they were already looking for their next victim.
This story was well-written and well-acted especially by the young actors playing the teens forced to kill their friends to save their own lives. In that respect it reminded me of the classic CM episode North Mammon. Would you be willing to take the life of your friend to save your own? Let’s hope you and I are never put in that position.

Video and small interview with Thomas Gibson from the Legoland Tree Lighting 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Criminal Minds Sneak Peek at 'Magnificent Light'

Thomas Gibson lightning the LEGOLAND tree - VIDEO

Legoland Christmas lights holiday cheer

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Thomas Gibson at LEGOLAND California 2012 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Criminal Minds Star Thomas Gibson did Light the Legoland Christmas Tree at the LEGOLAND California 2012 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

"Gibson, a father of three and long-time LEGOLAND fan, currently stars on the CBS hit crime drama “Criminal Minds” and his credits range from comedy (“Dharma and Greg”) to drama on the big screen (“Eyes Wide Shut”). 

More than 11,000 LED lights have been added this year to illuminate LEGOLAND California’s tree which is created out of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO bricks. Adorned with 400 LEGO ornaments, the tree towers over Fun Town in the 128-acre family theme park in Carlsbad.

At the ceremony, on Gibson’s behalf, LEGOLAND California is donating $10,000 to Haven for Hope, the largest, most comprehensive Homeless Transformation Campus in the United States. Twenty-five percent of the homeless receiving assistance at the Haven for Hope Campus in San Antonio, Texas, are children; half of which are under the age of five."

source: Legoland Press Release.

Matthew Gray Gubler on the Craig Ferguson show "The Late Late Show "

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Monday, November 26, 2012

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 811. Perennials - Press Release


CHEAT TWEET: Copy & paste - the BAU pursues an UnSub eerily similar 2 a spree killer from 30 yrs ago. #CriminalMinds 12/12, 9pm!

Perennials” – The BAU heads south to investigate a fast-moving UnSub whose signature matches that of a serial killer from 30 years ago. Also, the team learns that someone is tracking their cases and replicating crimes the BAU is solving, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Joe Mantegna (David Rossi)
Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner)
Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid)
A.J. Cook (Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)
Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Alex Blake)

Bill Tangradi (Willie Kestler)
Kim Robillard (Sheriff Mitchell)
Erika Godwin (Floressa)
Sarah Benoit (Doris)
Stephan Duvall (Otis)
Scott Vance (Dr. Frank Chapman)
Danielle Hoetmer (Brianna Wells)
Bethany Orr (Stephanie Carson)
Jon Rudnitsky (Kyle Owens)
Kristen O’Meara (Jane Sissler)
Jarid Root (Aidan)
Kevin Ryan (Cop)
Patrick Holder (Russell Smith)
John McCool Bowers (Bill Kestler)
Rebecca Flinn (Beverly Kestler)
Chad Anthony Miller (Hospital Clerk)
Merrick McCartha (Anesthesiologist)
Steven Connor (Doctor)
Annzella Victoria (Nurse)

WRITTEN BY: Bruce Zimmerman
DIRECTED BY: Michael Lange

CRIMINAL MINDS - More pictures from the 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade

CRIMINAL MINDS - The Cast at the 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Video

Criminal Minds cast at the 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade

Matthew Gray Gubler on the Craig Ferguson show Monday Nov 26

Criminal Minds Star Matthew Gray Gubler will be on the Craig Ferguson show The Late Late Show Monday November 26 2012. Airdate Nov 26 11:35pm or Nov 27 12:35am airdate for Late Late show depends on time zone and local channels.

Thanks to @suceress for the information!