Television

Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including DOLPHIN TALE

DOLPHIN TALE | © 2011 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 DOLPHIN TALE – I’m not the biggest fan of feel good movies but even my cold, black heart can enjoy a sweet tale about a lonely young boy that finds a calling in helping an injured dolphin that is missing a tale and was rescued. The movie …Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 finale – “This Is the Way the World Ends”

Jennifer Carpenter in DEXTER - Season 6 - "This is the Way The World Ends" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Jordana Spiro, Rya Kihlstedt Writers: Scott Buck & Wendy West, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 18, 2011 Season Six of DEXTER hasn’t been one of its best, but it largely makes up for this with its biggest cliffhanger ever. Wait, we have to wait until September to see what happens next? Say it ain’t so! SPOILER ALERT In “This …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: It’s Awesome to be Ryan McPartlin on CHUCK

Abigail Moore and Ryan McPartlin in CHUCK - Season 5 - "Vs. The Baby" | ©2011 NBC/Greg Gayne

Ryan McPartlin has played brother-in-law Devon Woodcomb, aka Captain Awesome, to the title hero (Zachary Levi) on five seasons of NBC’s series CHUCK, now airing Fridays at 8 PM. On the show, McPartlin’s character is a surgeon and new father who sometimes gets dragged into Chuck’s spy activities. While Chuck and his friends work with the CIA and NSA, McPartlin has rounded out his Federal acting profile with a part as historical figure Lawrence Richey, the man who introduced Clyde Tolson to Hoover, in this year’s Clint Eastwood-directed feature J. EDGAR. McPartlin also starred with Beau Bridges in the NBC …Read On »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Five Great Gifts For the Kids

STAR WARS BLU-RAY RELEASE COMMEMORATIVE FIGURE & MINI-POSTER COLLECTION | ©2011 Hasbro

With all the Christmas songs on the radio and in the mall, corporate sponsored holiday specials taking over the airwaves and department store commercials encouraging you to BUY, BUY, BUY, it becomes harder and harder each year to find that perfect gift for someone special. That’s where ASSIGNMENT X comes in with our annual Holiday Gift Guide. We dig deep, so you don’t have to and have come up with a whole slew of books, music, games, toys and more that should satisfy the pop culture addict on your gift-giving list. So without further ado, welcome to ASSIGNMENT X’s 2011 …Read On »

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 5 – “Vs. The Curse”

Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski in CHUCK - Season 5 | ©2011 NBC

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin Writer: Alex Katsnelson Director: Michael Schultz Network: NBC, Friday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: December 16, 2011 There is definitely something up the sleeves of the team and producers of CHUCK this season. On one hand, it seemed as though they’d written themselves into a corner, but now with “Chuck Vs. The Curse,” it may not be a corner, but a secret passageway. But where that passageway is leading is beyond me. At the end of last week’s episode, the team at Carmichael Industries – the private spy company …Read On »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Five Must-Have DVD Box Sets

SMALLVILLE - THE COMPLETE SERIES | ©2011 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

With all the Christmas songs on the radio and in the mall, corporate sponsored holiday specials taking over the airwaves and department store commercials encouraging you to BUY, BUY, BUY, it becomes harder and harder each year to find that perfect gift for someone special. That’s where ASSIGNMENT X comes in with our annual Holiday Gift Guide. We dig deep, so you don’t have to and have come up with a whole slew of books, music, games, toys and more that should satisfy the pop culture addict on your gift-giving list. So without further ado, welcome to ASSIGNMENT X’s 2011 …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Birth”

Connie Britton in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Birth" | ©2011 FX/Mike Ansell

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Lily Rabe, Matt Ross Writer: Tim Minear, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Alfonse Gomez-Rejon Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 14, 2011 In case anyone was worried, AMERICAN HORROR STORY demonstrates with “Birth” that, even if Vivien is now the mother of the Antichrist (by the episode’s end, we’re still not sure exactly what the baby is or is not), there’s plenty of tale left to be told. This said, a lot …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES | © 2011 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: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – If you can get past the flaws in the film that teeter on actually ruining it completely, then RISE is actually worth a watch and enjoyably so even without anyone screaming about “Damn dirty apes.” In essence, RISE is …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”

Jenna Ushkowitz, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron in GLEE - Season 3 - "Extraordinary Christmas" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer:  Marti Noxon Director:  Matthew Morrison Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: December 13, 2011 Yes, it’s official – being meta with a Christmas special has officially jumped the shark. TV shows must stop the madness now. How many times can you pay homage to HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS?, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and countless …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Smoldering Children”

Dylan McDermott and Rubber Man in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Smoldering Children" | ©2011 FX/Lewis Jacobs

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, Michael Graziadei, Charles Dutton Writer: James Wong, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Lehmann Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the episode, don’t read this synopsis. With all the other crazy stuff going on in AMERICAN HORROR STORY, perhaps we can be forgiven for not having realized until now the “Duh!” revelation within “Smoldering Children,” which explains why Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and Tate (Evan Peters) have been able to finally …Read On »

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