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Blu-ray Review: WRECK-IT RALPH – ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

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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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Festival Report: The scoop on SXSW 2013 – Part 1

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Listen up film festival cowboy and cowgirls, if this is your first time at the film festival rodeo they call SXSW (South By South West) you need to know a few things… 1) It’s not really one festival, it’s three. Film. Music. Interactive. And they overlap, overplay and overload. Film runs March 8th-12th, Interactive from the 8th-12th and Music from the 12th-17th. 2) The main events are held on the fabled sixth street where theaters and music halls collide with bars and restaurants. 3) There isn’t one convention center there’s two and they’re separated by a river. 4) Austin, the […]Read On »

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Interview: Composer Jeff Rona dives deep to score PHANTOM

PHANTOM soundtrack | ©2013 Milan Records

Throughout the manly genre of “submarine” films from RUN SILENT RUN DEEP to GRAY LADY DOWN and DAS BOOT, the claustrophobic, gear-filled surroundings, depth-charge tension and constant life-or-death stakes have often yielded symphonic scores that sought to be as big as the ocean depths in conveying radar-pounding excitement and the psychological warfare between rival captains. Once again taking the Russian “enemy” perspective in the tradition of THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and K19: THE WIDOWMAKER, PHANTOM posits an escalating Cold War conflict that threatens to ignite a nuclear holocaust as an old salt Soviet captain Demi (Ed Harris) faces off […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RED WIDOW star Goran Visnjic on playing a mob boss

Goran Visnjic in RED WIDOW - Season 1 - "The Recorder" | ©2013 ABC/Sergei Bachlakov

ABC’s RED WIDOW, Sunday nights at 10 PM, is based on the Dutch series PENOZA. In the U.S. version, adapted by executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, Radha Mitchell stars as the title character, Marta Walraven, a suburban wife and mom whose world turns upside-down when her pot-dealing husband is murdered. Marta winds up working with mob boss Christian Schiller, played by Goran Visnjic, in the hopes of finding out who killed her spouse and to clear her husband’s considerable debts. Visnjic began his acting career in his native Croatia(then still part of Yugoslavia). He appeared in Michael Winterbottom’s 1997 feature WELCOME […]Read On »

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LIFE OF PI Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

LIFE OF PI | (c) 2013 Fox Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: LIFE OF PI – It’s not a secret that LIFE OF PI is probably one of the most visually pleasing films to come out in a long time. Filled with awesome imagery and marvelous CGI technology that really rivals pretty much anything that has come along in […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. Kicked Off, 9 left

Curtis Finch Jr 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 14, 2013 It was decision time on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as we get the first of the eliminations of the final contestants. Of course, by now you know that Curtis Finch Jr. was first to be kicked off with Devin Velez and Paul Jolly also in the bottom. Before we go there, however, there was a host of filler. I won’t bore you with the details of Phillip Phillips singing, or Bon […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Fact in the Fiction”

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschenal in BONES - Season 8 - "The Fact in the Fiction" | ©2013 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Brian Klugman, Maurice Compte, Kevin Binley, Ken Weiler, Amanda Jane Cooper, Tony Pasqualini Writer: Keith Foglesong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Dwight Little Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: February 25, 2013 On BONES, it is a given that our heroine Brennan (Emily Deschanel) will always be the smartest person in the room. However, she gets a run for her reputation in “The Fact in the Fiction,” withCam (Tamara Taylor) hiring the impressively qualified Dr. […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “Top 10 Perform Live”

Amber Holcomb performs on AMERICAN IDOL | (c) 2013 Ray Mickshaw/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 7, 2013 It was traffic that may have grabbed the headlines on the opening night of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, thanks to the tardiness of judge Nicki Minaj, but the real question is will the boys be able to keep up with what seems to be a very strong contingent of women singers this season. The opening competition of the Top 10 focused on songs that previous IDOL winners have done – whether […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE WALKING DEAD at the 30th Annual PaleyFest

Andrew Lincoln at the 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival presents a night with THE WALKING DEAD | ©2013 Sue Schneider

The Paley Center for Media presented opening night of the 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival on March 1st..  The hit television show THE WALKING DEAD opened the festival. The PaleyFest is an annual event and each year showcases top current television shows, and shows from the past. Attending the event are the casts and creators of the shows. After going through the press tent getting their pictures taken and talking to the numerous electronic press, they are escorted into the theatre. For the last couple of years the PaleyFest has been held at the Saban Theatre […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE FOLLOWING – Season 1 – “Welcome Home”

Agent Weston (Shawn Ashmore) leaves for his hotel in THE FOLLOWING "Welcome Home" | (c) 2013 David Giesbrecht/FOX

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, Annie Parisse, Billy Brown, Valorie Curry, Warren Kole Writers: Amanda Kate Shuman Director: Joshua Butler Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 11, 2013 This week’s episode of THE FOLLOWING was space filler while the pieces get set in place for whatever comes next on the show. Perhaps the biggest bit of information we received in “Welcome Home” was the reveal of Roderick (Warren Kole), a small town sheriff and right hand man to Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). While on the outside Roderick seems like a likeable […]Read On »

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