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TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Twist in the Plot”

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) in BONES "The Twist in the Plot" | (c) 2013 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Carla Gallo, Larry Dorf, Vik Sahay, John Rubinstein, Kimberly Jurgen, Brandon Patrick Connor Writer: Kim Clements, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: January 28, 2013 The title of the BONES episode “A Twist in the Plot” is in fact a pun, referring to the premise that a burial plot contains two corpses, rather than the single body that was meant to be interred there.  Since the site of […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: FRANKENWEENIE 4-DISC SPECIAL EDITION

FRANKENWEENIE Blu-ray | ©2013 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Voices: Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O’hara, Winona Ryder Writers: John August, Leonard Ripps based on a story by Tim Burton Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 One of the most criminally overlooked animated features from last fall was Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE, a black and white stop-motion animated feature based on his 1984 live action short. Now that it’s arrived as a four-disc special edition, hopefully people will finally discover what a great and original film this is. The story follows young tyke Victor Frankenstein who is tied to the […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Naked”

Lea Michele in GLEE - Season 4 - "Naked" | ©2013 Fox/Eddy Chen

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, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Ryan Murphy Director: Ian Brennan  Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: January 31, 2013 GLEE continues to prove why it’s more interesting to follow the characters at McKinley High than the New York storylines. Once audiences warmed to the new characters and dynamics at McKinley, it’s become very difficult to even care about Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) as they’re living out their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WARM BODIES

WARM BODIES movie poster | ©2013 Summit Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, Cory Hardrict, John Malkovich Writer: Jonathan Levine, based on the novel by Isaac Marion Director: Jonathan Levine Distributor: Summit Entertainment Release Date: February 1, 2013 WARM BODIES takes some of the conventions of the vampire romance genre and applies them to the zombie genre with a gentle sense of humor and a metaphor that sort of works but could have used a little more oomph. It’s been about eight years since a plague swept through the world, turning most people into flesh-eating zombies and forcing the survivors […]Read On »

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TV Review: DO NO HARM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Steven Pasquale in DO NO HARM | ©2013 NBC/Matthias Clamer

Stars: Steven Pasquale, Alana De La Garza, Michael Esper, Ruta Gedmintas, Phylicia Rashad, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Samm Levine, John Carroll Lynch Writer: David Schulner, series created by David Schulner Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: January 31, 2013 Four and a half years after the schizophrenic spy drama MY OWN WORST ENEMY came and went, NBC is trying another split personality story with DO NO HARM. This one is closer to DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (considered the wellspring of the genre), as the good side, Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), really is a doctor and the bad […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “LARP and the Real Girl”

Felicia Day in SUPERNATURAL - Season 8 - "LARP and the Real Girl" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Felicia Day, Hank Harris, Tiffany DuPont, Don Thompson Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 23, 2013 When SUPERNATURAL tries to do a lighthearted episode, it often gets too cute for its own good. The show also has had issues with guest and recurring female characters. However, when Felicia Day’s happily fannish lesbian hacker Charlie Bradbury was introduced last season, everything went right as she helped Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) battle evil Leviathan Dick Roman. Dick, as we […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Corpse in the Canopy”

Booth (David Boreanaz) races against time to catch Christopher Pelant in the "The Corpse in the Canopy" episode of BONES | (c) 2013 Jordin Althaus/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Patricia Belcher, Andrew Leeds, Henry Simmons, Reed Diamond Writer: Jonathan Collier, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Rob Hardy Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Telecast: January 23, 2013 Michaela Conlin’s gentle Angela is often the voice of hope and patience on BONES, and TJ Thyne as her husband Hodgins is frequently a source of quirky levity. In “The Corpse and the Canopy,” however, both characters are deeply and understandably upset and outraged start to finish, […]Read On »

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA | (c) 2013 Sony Pictures 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: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA – This is one hell of a fun movie. Made for kids but with a ton of great gags for adults that always makes watching these type of films with your children that much better. Count Dracula is deathly afraid of humans. So much so, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE FOLLOWING’s creator Kevin Williamson talks serial killers and Season 1

The FBI dive deeper into the mind of serial killer Joe Carroll in THE FOLLOWING | (c) 2013 David Fiesbrecth/Fox

Kevin Williamson famously created the big-screen SCREAM franchise and, as executive producer/writer brought L.J. Smith’s VAMPIRE DIARIES novels to television in the successful series still running on the CW, where Williamson had previously created DAWSON’S CREEK. Williamson’s new series creation, THE FOLLOWING, is both bloodier and more serious than his previous work. THE FOLLOWING, which airs on Fox Mondays at 9 PM, deals with haunted FBI Special Agent Ryan Harding, played by Kevin Bacon. Ryan once before put away charming, brilliant serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), at great psychological and personal cost. In the first episode, Joe escaped from […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 – “Battle Lines” – Season Premiere

Jordana Brewster on DALLAS "Battle Lines" | (c) 2013 TNT/Skip Bolen

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writers: Cynthia Cidre & Robert L. Rovner Director: Michael M. Robin Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: Jan. 28th,  2012 Sadness and excitement can be felt with the kick off of DALLAS: season two. With the loss of Larry Hagman, though not yet dealt with on the show – he finished six episodes before his death last November, I still can’t help while watching some of his last performances that soon there will be no more. As distracting as it can be, […]Read On »

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