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Movie Review: HAIL, CAESAR!

HAIL CAESAR movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Heather Goldenhersh, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Directors: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 5, 2016 The writing/directing team of the Coen Brothers, Ethan & Joel, isn’t known for being especially sentimental. However, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Coens are bringing forth HAIL, CAESAR! their own idiosyncratic love letter to making movies that does everything but belt out “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” (There are several musical numbers, just not that one.) It turns …Read On »

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BRIDGE OF SPIES highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release for Feb. 2, 2016

BRIDGE OF SPIES | © 2016 Disney Home Video

Yeah, so a lot of stuff this week. Beginning of the month is usually a packed one but this week is crazy (and time consuming on my part). So check out what’s available on video this week. Movies: BRIDGE OF SPIES – During the height of the Cold War just before the Soviets erected the wall in East Berlin, a Russian spy is taken captive and put on trial for crimes against the U.S. An insurance attorney (Tom Hanks) is brought in to give him a proper defense but given the time it was anything but fair and he is …Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST Episode 10: Self-driving cars and new Barbies

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Welcome back to another edition of the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. This week: Sonia, Chris, Ryan, Anthony and myself all take turns discussing our new favorite Barbies that are coming out on the market. We also have an interesting chat about whether the world needs self-driving cars. But, of course, that’s not all. We discuss GREASE THE MUSICAL, Chris is forced to man-splain some things, Sonia pulls as many one-liners as she possibly can and just a whole batch of randomness you’ve come to expect from this show. Listen and Subscribe to the POP SHOW PODCAST on …Read On »

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Interview: Composer Stephen Raynor-Endelman banks on MADOFF

MADOFF | ©2016 ABC

Few English composers have gotten to score the stylistic extremes of America like the creatively and physically pugnacious Stephen Raynor-Endelman, a musician of all emotional trades if there ever was one. A musical prodigy who’d write two operas by the wage of 18, Endelman moved to New York to start fulfilling a movie scoring career with such individualistic, eccentric scores as HOUSEHOLD SAINTS, POSTCARDS FROM AMERICA and IMAGINARY CRIMES. His music depicting rough and tumble lives with humanity to spare before going back to the British and Irish isles with the romantic comedy, and fatherly drama of THE ENGLISHMAN WHO …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “The Devil in the Details”

Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL | © 2016 Katie Yu/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Ruth Connell, Emily Swallow, Colin Ford, Lisa Berry Valerie Tian Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 20, 2016 Historically, Lucifer has a reputation as a tempter, which he upholds mightily in the SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode “The Devil in the Details.” The Devil, in this instance, as played by Mark Pellegrino, would actually like to be in Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) in order to use him as a vessel. Hey, it almost …Read On »

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND: Santino Fontana singing and comedy in the new CW series – interview

Santino Fontana as Greg in CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND | © 2016 Smallz & Raskind/The CW

Santino Fontana’s character Greg Serrano may be a comparatively less loony person on the CW’s hour-long Monday night musical comedy series CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, but the actor’s own schedule looks pretty bonkers, as he’s simultaneously co-starring in NBC’s new Thursday-night police drama SHADES OF BLUE as NYPD officer Stuart Saperstein. The two shows could hardly be more different. CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND stars Rachel Bloom, who co-created the show with Aline Brosh McKenna, as Rebecca Bunch, who gives up a promising Manhattan law career to move to West Covina, California, in pursuit of her oblivious crush Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III). Rebecca’s daydreams tend …Read On »

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GOOSEBUMPS highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Jan. 26, 2016

GOOSEBUMPS | © 2016 Fox Home Entertainment

The last week of the month in video releases are either jam packed or slim pickings, the latter is the case this week but there is still some decent stuff to check out. Movies: GOOSEBUMPS – Now usually when you take a fan-favorite children’s franchise, slap it with high amounts of CG and an all-star cast everyone gets their panties in a bunch about ruining their childhood or driving a stake through the heart of whatever was left of the history. But GOOSEBUMPS the movie was actually wildly well received by critics and fans alike. Maybe that’s because they didn’t …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Cowboy in the Contest”

Emily Deschanel as Brennan in BONES "The Cowboy in the Contest" | © 2016 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Carla Gallo, Gil Darnell, Sarah Lafleur, Michael Reilly Burke, Andy Milder, Skyler Vallo, Eddie Shin Writer: Karine Rosenthal, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Chad Lowe Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: December 10, 2015 Normally, it’s a good thing when the arced subplots in BONES come to the fore, but in the Season 11 episode “The Cowboy in the Contest,” there are so many that the A storyline gets a bit trampled in the stampede. …Read On »

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TV Review: THE X-FILES – Season 10 – “Founder’s Mutation”

David Duchovny stars as Mulder and Gillian Anderson stars as Dana Scully in THE X-FILES | © 2016 Ed Araquel/FOX

Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Joel McHale, William B. Davis Writer: James Wong Director: James Wong Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 25, 2016 So this was definitely more what I was hoping for from THE X-FILES in terms of storyline and bringing the characters together in a proper reunion (see my review of the first episode here) “Founder’s Mutation” did more in the first 15 minutes for this revival than the entire previous episode did. We see Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) once again part of the FBI’s task force to …Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST Episode 9: THE X-FILES review and FULLER HOUSE

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

OK so this podcast comes off the rails a bit as we delve into some seriously strange discussions about military babies and all sorts of other weird stuff but we also get around to chatting about THE X-FILES reboot and if it is any good, the fascination of FULLER HOUSE and we also talk about DC trying to keep pace with mighty Marvel in the cinematic universe. Have a listen, it’s good stuff. Listen and Subscribe to the POP SHOW PODCAST on iTunes! POP SHOW PODCAST on other podcast outlets (coming soon)! Follow us on Twitter at ASSIGNMENT X Like us on …Read On »

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