AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 Recap: Paul Jolly booted off the show, 8 left

Paul Jolly is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 | (c) 2013 Michael Becker/ FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: March 21, 2013 It is decision time once again on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Who goes home and who is in trouble? Well, by now you know that Paul Jolly got the unceremonious boot from the show with Devin Velez and Amber Holcomb getting the second and third least amount of votes. I’ll spare you the filler on the results show such as a pretty terrible group performance, Casey Abrams (and beard) returning and […]Read On »


Festival Report: The Scoop on SXSW 2013 – Part 2

A Texas primer all on one shirt.

With three festivals occurring simultaneously (film, music and interactive), it would be sheer madness to try and drive around downtown Austin Texas during SXSW. That leaves taxi cabs, pedicabs and the bus. Cabs can be tricky, pedicabs are known to overcharge, but for two bucks you can ride any Austin bus as many times as you want for 24 hours. And on the buses you meet the most interesting denizens.


TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “Nine Finalists Compete”

Janelle Arthur performs the Beatles on AMERICAN IDOL | (c) 2013 Frank Micelotta/FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: March 20, 2013 It was a mild shocker on the elimination of Curtis Finch Jr. last week on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. But after the women kicked the crap out of the men in the first round, it wasn’t that much of a surprise to see a dude go. So it’s week 2 and nine karaoke kids are left singing for America’s vote. And guess what, it is Beatles night … again …sigh. Can […]Read On »


TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “Scared to Death”

Nathan Fillion as Castle on CASTLE "Recoil" | (c) 2013 ABC/COLLEEN HAYES

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Shalisha Francis Director: Ron Underwood Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 18, 2013 Let’s be real. CASTLE is never going get it right regarding police procedure. The writers routinely screw up the real world facts in favor of a cool connection, and most of the time we don’t really mind because we know going in this is not about accuracy, it’s about fun. In “Scared to Death,” we get plenty of the amusement factor – which is why this didn’t get a lower […]Read On »




Distributor: Stax Suggested Retail Price: $7.00 (CD), $17.98 (Vinyl) For those that only know Otis Redding for his classic R&B hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” don’t really know what they’re missing. There are so many classic Redding songs that should have been much bigger than they were and there have been so many compilations, it’s impossible to figure out where to start if you’re a newbie to the charms of this 1960s legend. That’s why the release of LONELY & BLUE: THE DEEPEST SOUL OF OTIS REDDING is such a cool little curiosity item. Instead of simply […]Read On »


Interview: TOP OF THE LAKE actors Elisabeth Moss & Holly Hunter and producer Iain Canning on the new Sundance Channel mini-series

Elisabeth Moss in TOP OF THE LAKE | ©2013 Sundance Channel

TOP OF THE LAKE is a seven-hour miniseries about New Zealand police detective Robin Griffin, played by MAD MEN’s Elisabeth Moss, who finds herself dealing with her past as she investigates the disappearance of a pregnant twelve-year-old girl. Adding to the mystery is a women’s retreat, run by Holly Hunter’s character, the enigmatic G.J. Directed by Jane Campion, who previously helmed Hunter’s Oscar-winning performance in THE PIANO, and Garth Davis, and created and written by Campion and Gerard Lee, TOP OF THE LAKE debuts in a two-hour block on the Sundance Channel Monday at 9 PM, with the five subsequent […]Read On »


TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 3 – “Prey”

Laurie Holden in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 3 - "Prey" | ©2013 AMC/Gene Page

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Michael Rooker, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Dallas Roberts Writer: Glen Mazzara, Evan Reilly Director: Stefan Schwartz Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights  Original Telecast: March 17, 2013 As THE WALKING DEAD enters the home stretch for Season 3, the series continues down its path in remaking the Governor (David Morrissey) into the horrible, villainous creation he is in the Robert Kirkman comics. Sure some of the signposts are different, but the direction is definitely familiar. “Prey” is one of those episodes that spends […]Read On »


TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 – “Ewings Unite”

DALLAS - Season 2 - "Ewings Unite" | ©2013 TNT

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Bruce Rasmussen Director: Steve Robin Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: Mar. 18, 2013 The passing of J.R. Ewing has proven itself to be bittersweet. Yes, we lost the most infamous villain in television forever but, boy did it open up a bevy of story lines for DALLAS. Most noticeably it left a gaping hole where he once stood. Wasting no time at all,  “Prey” features Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) and Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi) stepping up their devilish plots to take the […]Read On »


TV Review: VIKINGS – Season 1 – “Dispossessed”

Priest Athelstan (George Blagden) visits Ragnar's home in VIKINGS "Dispossessed" | (c) Jonathan Hession/History

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Johan Renick Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 17, 2013 Hey it isn’t so bad to be a slave among the VIKINGS. Not only are you treated fairly well in terms of getting a house over your head and a warm cot, but as was shown in “Dispossessed” you get the opportunity to share the wife of the man who owns you. And when you are talking about the lovely Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) that’s a pretty […]Read On »




Rating: PG Stars (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk Writers: Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, story by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston Director: Rich Moore Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Release Date: March 12, 2013 Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 Hands down, WRECK-IT RALPH was one of the best animated films of the year. And this was a year that also had such exceptional entries as FRANKENWEENIE and PARANORMAN. That said, I was a bit disappointed that the inferior BRAVE (good, not great) bested all of them for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. Thankfully, […]Read On »

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