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Blu-ray Review FUTUREWORLD

FUTUREWORLD Blu-ray | ©2013 Syfy

Stars: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill Writer: Mayo Simon, George Schenck Director: Richard T. Heffron Suggested Retail Price: $19.97 With 1973’s WESTWORLD, writer/director Michael Crichton created an innovative sci-fi film about robots at an adult amusement park that malfunction. Many films have cribbed from this seminal sci-fi film, even though it has become a bit dated. Three years later, a sequel was hatched without Crichton with FUTUREWORLD, and surprisingly, it holds up quite well. The new Blu-ray release brings to life the film in high-definition with a story that is more INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS than WESTWORLD, and […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Recap – Season 16 – Week Six – Stevie Wonder Week

Derek Hough and Kellie Picker on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 16 | ©2013 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars:  Jacoby Jones, Andy Dick, Victor Ortiz, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Ingo Rademacher, Kellie Pickler, Sean Lowe Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: April 22nd, 2013 DANCING WITH THE STARS: week six kicked off the night with Stevie Wonder week. Some stepped up to the challenge, others crumpled. But, it was the group dance that shot the leaders to first. Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough came out on top with 54 points out of 60 tonight while Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas came in second with 52 points. Rounding out the top three, yet again, was Zendaya Coleman & […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Selfless, Brave and True”

Eion Bailey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Selfless, Brave and True" | ©2013 ABC/Eion Bailey

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Robert Hull & Kalinda Vasquez Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Well, well, well. It looks like we’re taking a step back from the depths of darkness (finally) on ONCE UPON A TIME. “Selfless, Brave and True” may be all the things Mary Margaret/Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) normally is, but it’s Pinocchio/August (Eion Bailey) who gets to play those cards for a change. Whew! It finally feels like we’re getting back on track here and it’s about time. We start on October 24, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Shawn Ashmore fights THE FOLLOWING

Shawn Ashmore in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 - "Havenport" | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

The title of THE FOLLOWING refers to the homicidal acolyte of brilliant serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), who currently seems to be in dire straits, with his young son Joey (Kyle Catlett) taken away from him by the Feds, who are also close to storming his location. Former FBI profiler Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) has been brought in to help with capturing Carroll – he did it before, after all. Hardy has his own good kind of follower, FBI Special Agent Mike Weston, played by Shawn Ashmore. Mike admires Ryan, even when he thinks the older lawman is being […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Welcome to Storybrooke”

Lana Parrila in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Welcome to Storybrooke" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Director: David M. Barrett Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 17, 2013 Fine. I get it. Taking ONCE UPON A TIME to a darker place opens up a lot of room for interesting character growth and additional storylines. That makes sense. It’s good writing. Fine. But there’s a big difference between darker and the roiling pit of self-destructive despair we find ourselves in with “Welcome to Storybrooke.” Dark is interesting. Despair is merely depressing and depression, with its inherent lassitude is an awfully hard […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Miller’s Daughter”

Rose McGowan and Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Miller's Daughter" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 10, 2013 I have been saying since last season that I thought Cora (Barbara Hershey), “The Miller’s Daughter,” was, in fact, that miller’s daughter – you know, the one that got caught up in the original Rumpelstiltskin story, when her father bragged that she could spin straw into gold. Well, I was right and ONCE UPON A TIME has worked its magical twist once again, and very nicely turned that story on its ear in one intense episode. However, I […]Read On »

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Interview: EVIL DEAD composer ROQUE BANOS scares up a score

Roque Banos | ©2013 Roque Banos

There are over the top gore films. There are over the top horror scores. And then there is the redo of EVIL DEAD, which does its best to live up to its claim of being “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” While that debate will be left up to those who survive its blood-splattered roller coaster ride with enough severed limbs to make RE-ANIMATOR  look like REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM, there will be little argument that Roque Banos’ score is the aural equivalent of a raging exclamation mark, it’s bottom colon fashioned into a knife that repeatedly stabs […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Sweet Dreams”

Lea Michele in GLEE - Season 4 - "Sweet Dreams" | ©2013 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Ross Maxwell Director: Elodie Keene Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: April 18, 2013 After last week’s devastatingly tasteless and offensive “Shooting Star” episode which dealt with the issue of a school shooting (without having anyone do any shooting, a gun merely went off), GLEE tries to get back on track with “Sweet Dreams” with mixed results. The problem is, once you go down a dark road like […]Read On »

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TV Review: DA VINCI’S DEMONS – Season 1 – “The Hanged Man” – Series Premiere

DA VINCI'S DEMONS poster | ©2013 Starz

Stars: Tom Riley, Laura Haddock, Blake Ritson, Elliot Cowan, Lara Pulver, Gregg Chillin, Hera Hilmar, Eros Vlahos, James Faulkner, David Schofield, Alexander Siddig, Tom Bateman, Allan Corduner, Michael Elwyn, Michael Culkin, Nick Danning, Elliot Levey Writer: David S. Goyer, series created by David S. Goyer Director: David S. Goyer Network: Starz, Fridays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: April 12, 2013 While it’s not GAME OF THRONES (but really, what else is?), DA VINCI’S DEMONS looks in its opening episode “The Hanged Man” to be a lot of fun, with a title hero (Tom Riley) who’s a cocky genius, though not […]Read On »

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Car Review 2013 MAZDA5

The exterior of the Mazda5 | ©2013 Mazda

Car Manufacturer: Mazda Model: 2013 Mazda5 Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $25,620 The look and feel of mini-vans have changed considerably in the last ten years, but Mazda has delivered a wonderful new six-passenger vehicle with the MAZDA5. It’s a spacious and very innovative little car that makes the passengers feel like they’re in the driver’s seat. With a size that’s about the same as standard SUV, the Mazada5 can fit six people comfortably in the car. Even cooler, the sleek design has 2 sliding back doors (more akin to a van) so it’s easier for the passenger’s to get […]Read On »

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