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TAKEN 2 Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

TAKEN 2 | (c) 2013 Fox 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: TAKEN 2 – I am a huge fan of the original TAKEN. Liam Neeson is great in the role as an ex-CIA agent turned hired protection muscle that must do everything in his power to rescue his daughter from the white slave trade. It was brutal and […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Burned”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "Burned" | ©2012 The CW/James Dittiger

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey Writer:  Moira Kirkland & Ben Sokolowski Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: January 16, 2013 When we last left ARROW at its midseason break, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) had just found himself on the receiving end of a brutal beat-down at the hands of a mystery villain in another hooded archer costume, and Oliver’s stepfather, Walter Steele (Colin Salmon) had just been abducted by the cronies of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), who, not coincidentally, was also revealed to […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “Audition No. 1” – Season Premiere

Gurprett Singh Sarin auditions on AMERICAN IDOL "Audition #1" | (c) 2013 Michael Becker / FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Maria Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Airs: Wednesday and Thursdays on Fox @ 8 pm Original Telecast: Jan. 16, 2013 This is the worst time of the year for me. Football is slowly coming to an end. We have at least another two months of winter. All the major holidays are far away. And, yes, the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, is back on the air. Yes, time for the most popular of the talent shows to once again give us a healthy dose of overexposure, bad auditions and not enough actual good singing. […]Read On »

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Desert Flower

  Most film festivals like to wrap things up with a kind of ‘best of the fest’ summation. But what if a festival was the best of not just one fest but of many fests? Then they would be the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Now in its 24th year, Palm Springs’ festival is held January 3rd-14th and one could argue it’s the first big film festival of the year. But it’s not. Contrary to its date it’s really the last film festival of the year. Especially since Sundance starts a few weeks later and is the real official beginning […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 3 – “It’s a Shame About Ray” – Season Premiere

Meaghan Rath, Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington in BEING HUMAN - Season 3 - "It's A Shame About Ray" | ©2013 Syfy/Philippe Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hager, Mark Pellegrino, Amy Aquino, Susanna Fournier, Pat Kiely, Robert Naylor, Andreas Apergis, Ellen David, Kyle Gatehouse Writers: Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke, adapted for U.S. television by Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke, created for U.K. television by Toby Whithouse Director: Stefan Pleszczynski Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: January 14, 2013 We shall begin this review with something that is both a rant and an apology. Season 2 saw the U.S. BEING HUMAN gang often making bad decisions, ignoring each other and generally being annoying. With “It’s a Shame About […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CARRIE DIARIES – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

AnnaSophia Robb in THE CARRIE DIARIES | ©2012 The CW/Giovanni Rufino

Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong, Katie Findlay, Stefania Owen, Brendan Dooling, Chloe Bridges, Freema Agyeman, Matthew Letscher Writer: Amy B. Harris Director: Miguel Arteta Network: CW Original Telecast: Jan. 14th, 2013 As a fan of SEX AND THE CITY no one could be more excited to see a new extraction from that series, until well, I actually did see that painful extraction. THE CARRIE DIARIES has no semblance to SEX and the characters are as abstract as they come. The show is a prequel and takes place in 1984 during the beginning of Carrie Bradshaw’s (AnnaSophia Robb) junior […]Read On »

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News: The CW gives the scoop on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off THE ORIGINALS – TCA 2013

Joseph Morgan in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "Before Sunset" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

It was recently announced that The CW is creating a spin-off to their popular THE VAMPIRE DIARIES series and now The CW President Mark Pedowitz has revealed some more details about what will be called THE ORIGINALS. At today’s The CW Winter 2013 session, Pedowitz revealed that THE ORIGINALS will focus on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and the Original family of vampires and this is going to be a backdoor pilot that will be part of DIARIES. Phoebe Tonkin will also be reprising her role of Hayley. “If you have something you can incubate and get it on the air, it’s […]Read On »

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News: The CW is pleased with SUPERNATURAL ratings – could Season 9 be a given? – TCA 2013

Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins in SUPERNATURAL - Season 8 - "A Little Slice of Kevin" | ©2012 The CW/Liane Hentscher

With SUPERNATURAL pairing up rather nicely with new breakout hit ARROW on Wednesday night, the long-running genre series has seen major ratings gains this year which poses the question – “Could Season 9 be a given?” At today’s The CW Winter 2013 TCA event, The CW President Mark Pedowitz seemed optimistic about the show’s renewal for another season, without confirming anything concrete. “Nothing has been announced and no determination has been made, but we are pleased with how Wednesday night has worked with ARROW being a bonafide hit and SUPERNATURAL gaining back viewers,” says Pedowitz. “There’s always a good shot […]Read On »

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Car Review 2013 KIA SORENTO review and 2014 KIA SORENTO CES preview

KIA Sorento 2014 at CES

Car Manufacturer: Kia Model: 2013 KIA SORENTO Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $23,150 As KIA has proven, their cars are definitely top of the line and smooth, comfortable rides. The KIA SORENTO is no different. Test driving the Sorento on a drive to Las Vegas to check out the Computer Electronics Show (CES) really put the car to the test. With the weather a mixture of sunny, cloudy and very windy, it showcased how smooth the car drove in every kind of situation. The beauty of the Sorento is it never feels like you’re braving crazy weather. Even on the […]Read On »

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News: The scoop on AVENGERS TV series S.H.I.E.L.D.

S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book | ©2013 Marvel Comics

Interest in keen in the ABC pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D., the ABC/Marvel show from executive producer and co-creator Joss Whedon about the organization featured prominently in Marvel Comics and in Whedon’s summer blockbuster THE AVENGERS. Speaking to the press on Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee had this to say on the subject. “I talk about the emotion of the network, that it’s smart with heart,” says Lee. “There is something which I talk less about that’s very, very real about this network, and it’s real for. ONCE [UPON A TIME], which […]Read On »

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