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TV Review: TAKE IT ALL – Season 1 premiere

Howie Mandel in TAKE IT ALL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Chris Haston

Host: Howie Mandel Network: NBC Original Telecast: December 10, 2012 The best game shows are ones where you’re rooting for the contestants to win, you’re learning something (sometimes) in the process and you can escape from the harsh realities of the world watching someone “succeed” in actually winning something cool and expensive (while dreaming it could be you too). Unfortunately, TAKE IT ALL provides none of those things. Howie Mandel is the host of this tacky (and mean-spirited) new series that brings back fuzzy memories of his stint on NBC’s DEAL OR NO DEAL, unfortunately none of the warmth or […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 – “The Human Kind”

Jill Scott in FRINGE - Season 5 - "The Human Kind" | ©2012 Fox/Cate Cameron

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Georgina Haig Writer: Alison Schapker Director: Dennis Smith Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: December 7, 2012 I’ve wanted to like the final season of FRINGE. I think the idea of a future ruled by Observers and the Fringe team trying to take them down was always a a solid arc for the final stretch. Yet, the fifth season of FRINGE has been painfully slow and redundant. The idea that Walter (John Noble) has to find all these missing videotapes in order to remember what September […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON movie poster | ©2012 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Marvel, Eleanor Bron, Olivia Williams, Elizabeth Wilson Writer: Richard Nelson Director: Roger Michell Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 7, 2012 HYDE PARK ON HUDSON is the name of a real place, the country home in upstate New York where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt lived with his mother when he wasn’t in Washington, D.C. It’s pure coincidence that there’s another famous Hyde in the public consciousness – as in DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE – but this movie has a sense of that second Hyde’s schizophrenia. When HYDE […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Jaime Foxx

Jamie Foxx and Jason Sudeikis in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: December 8, 2012 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE returns after a three-week hiatus, and the time away still hasn’t made the show any sharper or any funnier. Season 38 has turned into one of the worst seasons in some time and I still haven’t figured out why. Kristen Wiig and Andy Samburg leaving should not have killed the show’s momentum. They were good, but they weren’t […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Citizen Fang”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 8 - "Citizen Fang" | ©2012 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Ty Olsson, Liane Balaban, Jon Gries, Kathleen Munroe, Paul Campbell Writer: Daniel Loughlin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Nick Copus Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: December 5, 2012 Vampire Benny (Ty Olsson) has been a source of contention between Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) ever since the younger Winchester found out that his big brother had become buds with a reformed bloodsucker since the escape from Purgatory. SUPERNATURAL has also used the seasonal arc to explore some sibling issues, since these days Dean seems to have less complicated […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Swan Song”

Lea Michele in GLEE - Season 4 - "Swan Song" | ©2012 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: Stacy Traub Director: Brad Falchuk Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: December 7, 2012 For the first time, in a long time, I’m not quite sure what GLEE is up to. After Marley (Melissa Benoist) passed out during Sectionals because of her eating disorder, New Directions lost to the Warblers. They’re done for. No more competition for the Glee club this year. They screwed up […]Read On »

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES | (c) 2012 Warner Home Video

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 DARK KNIGHT RISES – I am one of those people that like to believe the Batman movies started with BATMAN BEGINS and only three movies exist that feature the Dark Knight. I can’t stand the one with George Clooney or even Val Kilmer. Only Michael Keaton’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Vendetta”

Jessica De Gouw as Huntress in ARROW - Season 1 - "Vendetta" | ©2012 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writer:  Beth Schwartz & Andrew Kreisberg Director: Ken Fink Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 5, 2012 This week’s episode of ARROW focuses on the love life of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).  Now that Laurel Lance, (Katie Cassidy), the ex-girlfriend Oliver is not-so-secretly still in love with, is dating his best friend Tommy Merlyn, (Colin Donnell), the path is clear for him to start dating Helena Bertenelli, (Jessica De Gouw) the damaged daughter of a mob boss who’s also a gun-wielding vigilante […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Ghost in the Machine”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 8 - "The Ghost in the Machine" | ©2012 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Cyndi Lauper, Rachel Katherine DiPillo, Gerald McCullouch, Kathryn Winslow, Cameron DeFaria Writer: Hart Hanson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: December 3, 2012 Although the show certainly has a formula, BONES commendably always tries to add something new to the mix. In “The Ghost in the Machine,” we see the episode from a novel point of view – that of the deceased, 14-year-old Colin (Cameron DeFaria). After Colin’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “The Dark … Whatever”

MIchael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 7 - "The Dark ... Whatever" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski, Geoff Pierson, Jason Gedrick, Katia Winter, Jim Beaver, Mike Foy Writers: Lauren Gussis & Jace Richdale & Scott Reynolds, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Michael Lehmann Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: December 2, 2012 Season 7 of DEXTER has been full of stunning moments. These are downplayed a bit in “The Dark … Whatever,” but present nonetheless. Dexter actually inverts his code, letting a serial killer […]Read On »

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