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DVD Review: THE RIVER – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

THE RIVER - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON | ©2012 ABC Studios

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Jeff Galfer Distributor: Buena Vista Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Release Date: May 22, 2012 ABC took a big chance on the found footage series THE RIVER. With only eight episodes, it was a perfect amount of time to create a mythology and tell a story without too much filler. Of course, the format didn’t hook audiences, but I suspect that had more to do with the need to see the whole series in one big eight-hour chunk. Now, THE …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: LETHAL WEAPON COLLECTION

LETHAL WEAPON COLLECTION | ©2012 Warner Home Video

Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Jet Li Writers: Part 1 – Shane Black, Part 2 – Jeffrey Boam from a story by Black & Warren Murphy, Part 3 – Jeffrey Boam & Robert Mark Kamen from a story by Boam, Part 4 – Channing Gibson from a story by Jonathan Lemkin and Alfred Gough & Miles Millar Director: Richard Donner Suggested Retail Price: $79.98 Release Date: May 22, 2012 One of the most successful action movie franchises in history is the LETHAL WEAPON series starring Mel Gibson as suicidal cop Martin Riggs and his “I’m too …Read On »

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TV Review: DUETS – Season 1 – “Classic Duets”

Jennifer Nettles and J Rome perform on DUETS - Season 1 - "Classic Duets" | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, John Legend, Robin Thicke Network: ABC, Thursday nights Original Telecast: June 1, 2012 In week two of ABC’s singing reality show DUETS, which pits four pros with eight amateurs for weekly duets and the chance to win a recording contract, we’re treated to more of the same which marred last week’s uneven debut. With Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), John Legend and Robin Thicke – there are some great pros that are nurturing the talent. The problem still remains is the voting system. The judges give points for performance and presentation which places people …Read On »

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CD Review: Joey Ramone – …YA KNOW?

Joey Ramone - ...YA KNOW? | ©2012 BMG

Distributor: BMG Suggested Retail Price: $9.90 When Joey Ramone, the frontman of the groundbreaking punk pop band Ramones passed away in 2001, 11 unreleased songs found their way on the posthumous release DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME. While the songs weren’t as perfect as his days with the Ramones, they still were fun little ditties and allowed us to mourn, through music, the legacy Joey Ramone left behind. Now, almost eleven years after his death, his second posthumous release is here. Titled …YA KNOW? (because Ramone always ended his sentences with those two words), the tracks consist of demos and other …Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “The Other Woman”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper and Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "The Other Woman" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener& Semi Chellas, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Phil Abraham    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 27, 2012 This fifth season of MAD MEN is all about game changing. This can happen in subtle ways, or it can be something that strikes the audience over the head. “The Other Woman” is one of the best episodes  this season. The degradation of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Campbell has been inching its …Read On »

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CD Review: Best Coast – THE ONLY PLACE

The Best Coast - THE ONLY PLACE | ©2012 Mexican Summer

Distributor: Mexican Summer Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 While I heard nothing but raves about the Southern California buzz band Best Coast when they release their 2010 debut CRAZY FOR YOU, I found the 1990s inspired alt-music thin and the echoy vocals hard to get my head around. The vibe was there, the songs weren’t. With the Best Coast duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno back for their sophomore effort THE ONLY PLACE, I suspected it would be more of the same. Yet here’s an excellent follow-up record that lives up to the promise of CRAZY FOR YOU and then …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – Season 7 – “St. Louis Auditions”

Nick Cannon, Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Season 7 | ©2012 NBC/Mark Seliger

It’s no secret that Nick Cannon is part of the allure of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. Sometimes, he’s the best part of the show. When Cannon jumps on stage to rescue a failing or three-time buzzed act he immediately makes the act worth watching. Case in point, during the “St. Louis Auditions” when a voice-over wannabe didn’t cut it with the judges, Cannon appointed him his deputy narrator and let him take on some of his hosting tasks. Not one to be threatened, Cannon graciously allowed his protegé (Ron Porter, Jr.) to hone in on his territory. Now that’s class. Sadly, …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 2 – “Blackwater”

Conleth Hill in GAME OF THRONES - Season 2 - "The North Remembers" | ©2012 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Stephen Dillane, James Cosmo, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli, Robert Pugh, Finn Jones, Julian Glover, Francis Magee, Daniel Portman, Eugene Simon Writer: George R.R. Martin, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Neil Marshall Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 27, 2012 Click on Link: ASSIGNMENT X’s GAME OF THRONES videogame package Giveaway GAME OF THRONES has threatened “war is coming” from the beginning of the season, and we’ve …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – Season 4 – “MidWest Regionals”

A contestant competes in AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR - Season 4 "MidWest Regionals" | ©2012 G4/Bill Matlock

Network: G4, airs Sundays/NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 28, 2012 With a title like AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR, NBC is almost daring its viewers not to check it out, even though with a title like that — you have to check it out. And the biggest surprise – this is the fourth season of the series which originated on G4 and now airs different episodes of the same competition on both G4 and NBC and yes, it’s damn entertaining. While you might be expecting Ninja warriors battling it out with weapons, this series champions the underdogs who want to showcase …Read On »

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TV Recap: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – Season 7 – “Tampa Auditions”

The Distinguished Men of Brass perform on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Season 7 - "Tampa Auditions" | ©2012 NBC/Virginia Sherwood

Featuring: Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, Nick Cannon Network: NBC, airs Monday and Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 28, 2012 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT went to Tampa, Bay, Florida and found some good, some bad and some very, very bad acts as the series continues with its Season 7 audition rounds. Inspire the Fire was of the former — a singing and dancing group who re-interpreted the hit song “Lean on Me” with a hip-hop feel brought the audience to their feet. The judges – Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and the newly crowned king of all judges Howard Stern all …Read On »

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