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THE MASTER Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE MASTER | (c) 2013 Anchor Bay 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: THE MASTER – Navigating somewhere between being an art house flick and a straight drama, THE MASTER is one hell of an odd duck. A mishmash of ideas, images, strange scenes that literally have nothing to do with anything and mind f*** notions about the afterlife. THE […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Remember the Titans”

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 8 - "Remember The Titans" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Brooke Langton, John Reardon, Anna Van Hooft, John Novak, Callum Seagram Airlie Writer: Daniel Loflin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Steve Boyum Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 27, 2013 In Greek mythology, the Titans preceded the gods. Most of the Titans were pretty brutal, but Prometheus is credited with giving mankind fire. In consequence, Zeus, king of the gods, chained Prometheus to a cliff so that he could have his liver torn out every day, then revive and go through it all over again. SUPERNATURAL puts its own spin […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Sasha Roiz on the return of GRIMM Season 2 and more

Sasha Roiz in GRIMM - Season 2 - "The Kiss" | ©2013 NBC/Scott Green

The second half of Season 2 of GRIMM picks up next Friday at 9 PM on NBC. It promises to be quite eventful. Nick Burkhardt, played by David Giuntoli, is a Portland,Oregon police detective who is also a “Grimm” who protects humans from supernatural “Wesen,” and sometimes vice-versa. This dual calling gives Nick plenty to do on a regular day, but he’s just found out that the love of his life, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), has not only been put under a spell that prevents her from remembering him (he’s known that for awhile now), she’s been supernaturally attracted to Nick’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “Semifinalist Round 3”

Breanna Steer in the Sudden Death Round of AMERICAN IDOL | (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: Feb. 27, 2013 It was more of the live performances to decide who would make up the Top 20 on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Admittedly, I have watched only bits and pieces of this year’s show, as it turns out I’m not the only one that isn’t tuning in. IDOL is at its lowest point in terms of ratings in more than a decade (when the show was just into its second year run). […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Man’s Best Friend With Benefits”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Christian Campbell, Mishael Morgan, Curtis Caravaggio, Serge Houde Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Leming-Ross, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 21, 2013 Lord (and Prophet of) knows that not every episode of SUPERNATURAL needs to be filled with suspense, pathos or even humor; likewise, not every episode needs to advance the seasonal arc. Indeed, “Man’s Best Friend With Benefits” does resolve the mini-drama begun in “Trial and Error,” with Dean (Jensen Ackles) wanting to die for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and worried that […]Read On »

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Interview: Taylor Kinney chats CHICAGO FIRE and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Taylor Kinney in CHICAGO FIRE - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Matt Dinerstein

On CHICAGO FIRE, in its first season NBC Wednesdays at 10 PM, Chicago firefighter Kelly Severide is having quite a year. First he was feuding with fellow first responder Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) over who was responsible for the death of a friend and fellow first responder. Then Severide suffered a back injury, which he hid from the department. The secrecy and physical pain led to Severide getting addicted to drugs. Finally, he had experimental back surgery, and lately he’s engineered a reunion between his ex-fiancée and her brother. In short, Severide’s been through a rough time. However, Taylor Kinney, […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE FOLLOWING – Season 1 – “The Fall”

Valorie Curry in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 - "The Fall" | ©2013 Fox/David Giesbrecht

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, Jeananne Goossen, Billy Brown Writer: Shintaro Shimosawa Director: Marcos Siega Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: February 24, 2013 It’s been awhile since I’ve been thoroughly frustrated with a show that I actually kind of like. THE FOLLOWING has proven to be one of the more interesting and engrossing network shows in some time, yet for all the positives it has going for it (occasional clever writing, Kevin Bacon, a creepy villain), it matches that with character stupidity and plot contrivances that really push how much a viewer can take […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Dodger”

Stephen Amell at the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview: ARROW - CW | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards Writer: Beth Schwartz Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 20, 2013 There’s nothing overly terrible about “Dodger,” a competent ARROW episode that features James Callis (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Gaius Baltar), playing a sadistic jewel thief who’s nicknamed “Dodger” because he forces others to commit his crimes by controlling them with explosive collars, thereby dodging the law enforcement response himself.  (Now that I think about it more, though, isn’t it sort of dumb that the cops […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 – “Blame Game”

DALLAS - Season 2 - "Blame Game" | ©2013 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Gail Gilchriest Director: Jesse Bochco Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: February 25th, 2013 Finally! It’s getting good again on DALLAS. After a two week plunge into mediocrity, the suspense, drama and high standards of the series are back with vengeance.  Annie’s (Brenda Strong) sentence hearing has everyone rooting to get her a light punishment for the shooting of her ex Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi). Meanwhile, John Ross (Josh Henderson) pushes Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) to take back her shares in […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “Reality Star Struck”

Penny Johnson Jerald in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Reality Star Struck" | ©2013 ABC/Ron Tom

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  David Grae Director: Larry Shaw Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 11, 2013 Let’s be real. Nobody, but nobody is watching CASTLE for the clever mysteries (because they frequently aren’t) and the realistic depiction of police work (because it’s anything but realistic). We watch CASTLE for the relationships between the characters and the sheer fun of it when the writers take off on a parody trip. And we’ve got both in “Reality Star Struck.” The only reason the episode didn’t get a higher grade was […]Read On »

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