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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “At the Codfish Ball”

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in MAD MEN At the Codfish Ball | (c) 2012 Ron Jaffe/AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Jonathan Igla, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Michael Uppendahl      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 29, 2012 “At the Codfish Ball” has some lovely moments for MAD MEN. Post last episode’s huge Don (John Hamm) and Megan (Jessica Pare) drama it is nice to see the two working as a couple both in the home and in the workplace. The simple fact that Megan’s idea is the one that saves …Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Undead Again”

Stana Katic as Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Castle on CASTLE Undead Again | (c) 2012 ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Alexi Hawley Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 30, 2012 Those of us CASTLE fans who have been waiting none too patiently for Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) to get their game on, so to speak, get some hope in “Undead Again.” The episode is for the most part classic CASTLE fluff – until near the end…. The episode starts, however with Castle sneaking up on daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) in their ongoing laser tag game. Only …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Jaleel White Kicked Off, Roshon Fegan saved

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson are kicked off Dancing with the Stars | (c) 2012 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Jaleel White Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 1st, 2012 There was a big surprise moment tonight on DANCING WITH THE STARS when Jaleel White & partner Kym Johnson got ousted over lesser scoring couple Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy. It was even more jarring to see Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower go head to head with White & Johnson in the Rumba dance duel and WIN. It’s all subjective, isn’t it? It had nothing to do with the fact that White made an off-color …Read On »

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HAYWIRE highlights this week in DVD and Blu-ray Releases

HAYWIRE | (c) 2012 Lionsgate 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: HAYWIRE – First things first, Gina Carano is one hell of a good looking woman. It is amazing that after being a somewhat legitimate MMA fighter that she still looks as good as she does. I mean how many damn blows to the face you could take …Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Justice”

James Purefoy as Dominick Wright and Henry Czerny as Conrad Grayson in ABC's REVENGE Justice | (c) 2012 ABC/COLLEEN HAYES)

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Sallie Patrick & Liz Tigelaar Director: Bobby Roth Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 25, 2012 Either Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is remarkably good at moving with the flow of others’ movement in her great quest to wreak REVENGE on Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad (Henry Czerny) Grayson, or we’re supposed to believe that she’s able to manipulate everything. I believe the former, but in “Justice,” you have still have to stretch the old willful suspension of disbelief muscle. Some of it may be that there’s just too much …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Melissa Gilbert fumbles, Maria Menounos shines

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Melissa Gilbert perform on DANCING WITH THE STARS Week 7 | (c) 2012 ABC/ADAM TAYLOR

It’s Classical Night on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Week Seven! Elegance, and grace were present on the dance floor tonight as the first perfect score was received by Maria Menounos & Derek Hough! For weeks Menounos had been lingering behind heavy weights William Levy, Katherine Jenkins and Donald Driver and now she has stepped it up finally, coming in first this week with an impressive total of 57 points for the night. After their individual dances, the seven DWTS couples divided up into two groups to do the team dances this week. The scores were then added onto their individual …Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Stranger”

Tony Amendola as Marco in ONCE UPON A TIME The Stranger | (c) 2012 ABC/JACK ROWAND

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Director: Gwynett Horder-Payton Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 29, 2012 You’d think “The Stranger” would have come closer to the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME as it’s definitely rich in pay-offs. Oh yes, oh yes. Like the whole August Booth (Eion Bailey) storyline. Ever since he showed up at the tale end of “True North,” we’ve been wondering about him, especially as we find out that he does know more than he should about the fairy tale world. But as we saw …Read On »

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CD Review: PLANET OF THE APES soundtrack (3,500 edition)

PLANET OF THE APES soundtrack | ©2012 La La Land Records

Danny Elfman has often played primal aggressiveness for director Tim Burton in such rampaging scores as SLEEPY HOLLOW and MARS ATTACKS. But none of their collaborations would grab the composer’s furious instincts like Burton’s redo for PLANET OF THE APES. Sure Jerry Goldsmith had the percussive idea first when he accompanied Charlton Heston into The Forbidden Zone, but leave it to Danny Elfman to run rampant with those animalistic beats and ethnic wind instruments. While the orchestra is ever present here, it’s a swirling, unbound beast, with anything resembling pleasant melody hosed down in a cage until the climax. Grinding, …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo”

Felcia Day guest stars on SUPERNATURAL "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" | © 2012 JACK ROWAND/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Felicia Day, Kevin R. McNally, James Patrick Stuart Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John MacCarthy Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: April 27, 2012 SUPERNATURAL has been criticized a time or two for its female characters. For that matter, it sometimes struggles with introducing any new good guys – we wait impatiently for one or more of the regulars to show up. “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” suggests what may have been wrong with previous efforts with such characters – they weren’t played …Read On »

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CD Review: HAYWIRE soundtrack

HAYWIRE soundtrack | ©2012 Silva Screen Records

When Steven Soderbergh wants minimally surreal rhythms, he usually phones such eccentric operatives as Cliff Martinez (TRAFFIC) and Thomas Newman (ERIN BROKOVICH). Yet there’s only one musical agent he calls upon for his truly funky, mass audience-intended movies, and that’s British rocker David Holmes, the 007 with a license to kill it with his retro vibes for OUT OF SIGHT and three OCEANS pictures. While Holmes channeled 60’s r & b and 70’s Euro-sploitation vibes for those hustlers and con artists, the hit girl of HAYWIRE gets a groove that’s suitably more Roy Budd, channeling the lounge pop meditations of …Read On »

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