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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 17 – Week 2 Recap: Keyshawn Johnson voted out first

Keyshawn Johnson in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 17 | ©2013 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Leah Remini, Elizabeth Berkley, Corbin Bleu, Brant Daugherty, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley, Bill Nye, Valerie Harper, Keyshawn Johnson, Jack Osbourne, Nicole Polizzi, Christina Milian Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: September 23rd, 2013 Rush…rush…rush, everything now is such a rush on DANCING WITH THE STARS, it’s almost like they don’t have time now to have the top rated show anymore. No countdown to being safe,  now it’s all done in two minutes quickly at the end…hardly suspenseful.  The video segments have been brutally cut short so we don’t get to know the couples very well. There is no […]Read On »

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TV Review: HOSTAGES – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2013 CBS/Nicole Rivelli

Stars: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Rhys Coiro, Quinn Shephard, Mateus Ward, James Naughton Writers: Alon Aranya & Jeffrey Nachmanoff, original idea by Omri Givon Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff Network: CBS, Mondays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: September 23, 2013 It’s not right to compare every serialized TV thriller series to 24, but HOSTAGES makes such an analogy tempting, particularly to the previous series’ first season. There is the central story element, with a doctor being blackmailed by a rogue FBI agent, there’s the pacing, there are the twists. There are also conflicted people with guns […]Read On »

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TV Review: MOM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Anna Farris and Allison Janney in MOM | ©2013 CBS

Stars: Anna Farris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, Matt Jones, Sadie Calvano, Spencer Daniels, French Stewart Writers: Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Gemma Baker Director: Pamela Fryman Network: CBS, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2013 Painfully unfunny and at times uncomfortable to watch, MOM is one of the most depressing half hour comedies debuting this fall. It comes with a rich pedigree – co-creator Chuck Lorre is the mastermind behind TWO AND A HALF MEN and current mega-hit THE BIG BANG THEORY, great comedienne Anna Farris toplines her first regular TV gig and Allison Janney is excellent as her comedic […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harry Lennix checks off THE BLACKLIST

Henry Lennix in THE BLACKLIST - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Patrick Ecclesine

In NBC’s new drama THE BLACKLIST, Mondays at 10 PM, James Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a wanted spy who comes in from the cold, much to the suspicion of his old colleague-turned-FBI official Harold Cooper, played by Harry Lennix. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Lennix, we talk about THE BLACKLIST, along with the twists in his Boyd Langton character on DOLLHOUSE, with Boyd being revealed as a villainous mastermind at the end, after being a heroic protector for a season-and-a-half. AX: How would you describe Harold Cooper? HARRY LENNIX: Mysterious, powerful, savvy, politic, and muted. […]Read On »

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Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 3 – The Cold

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN | ©2013 Weinstein Company

It’s time to conclude what happened at the Toronto International Film Festival by dividing up the films into three categories. So here are the winners, losers and something in-between so just for fun I’ve broken them down into buzz terms, HOT, WARM and COLD. Part 3: THE COLD (BUZZ+CRITICAL REACTION+AUDIENCE COMMENTS) YOU ARE HERE Road trip comedy drama with Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis CONSENSUS: Writer/director Matthew Weiner’s surprising limp big screen debut. The leads are irritating, the plot so-so, the overall effect dull. Maybe Weiner just too tired after obsessing over every MAD MAN detail. Would make a good […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Bruce Boxleitner chats about CEDAR COVE

Bruce Boxleitner and Barbara Niven in CEDAR COVE - Season 1 | ©2013 Hallmark Channel

Bruce Boxleitner is sitting in an empty function room at the Beverly Hilton, giving one on one interviews during the Television Critics Association press tour. He takes a throat lozenge, explaining that he’s fending off a cold. “I was down at Comic-Con – that’s why I’m just totally fatigued, I never stopped for four days, and then flew right to Canada and went to work. So these are good problems to have.” Boxleitner is famed for his work in science-fiction films and TV – he’s the title character (and his human doppelganger Alan Bradley) in TRON and TRON: LEGACY, valiant […]Read On »

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Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 2 – The Warm

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl in RUSH | ©2013 Imagine Entertainment

It’s time to re-evaluate what happened at the Toronto International Film Festival by dividing up the films into three categories. So here are the winners, losers and something in-between so just for fun I’ve broken them down into buzz terms, HOT, WARM and COLD. Part 2: THE WARM (BUZZ+CRITICAL REACTION+AUDIENCE COMMENTS) THE FIFTH ESTATE Warts and all Julian Assange / WikiLeaks story starring Benedict Cumberbatch. CONSENSUS: While it’s nice to see Bill Condon (GODS AND MONSTERS) not directing another TWILIGHT movie this was a mixed bag. Most applauded that he asked more question than he answered and praised Cumberbatch’s layered […]Read On »

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DVD Review: BLOOD

BLOOD movie poster | ©2013 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox Writer: Bill Gallagher Director: Nick Murphy Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date: home video/digital download, September 10, 2013 A British crime drama – hell, any kind of production whatever – starring Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham is going to be worth seeing. As it happens, BLOOD has merits above and beyond its cast, with director Nick Murphy and writer Bill Gallagher maintaining a near-claustrophobic tension as Bettany’s English police detective Joe Fairburn grapples with guilt, fear and rage. Joe works in a precinct with his brother […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUSH

RUSH movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino Writer: Peter Morgan Director: Ron Howard Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 20, 2013 RUSH describes both the motion of the Formula One race cars at the center of this film, and the emotion their drivers get when racing them. It does not describe the pace of the film, although RUSH proceeds at a smooth pace, nor the sensation most of the audience will experience, albeit it’s perfectly watchable. For much of the 1970s, there was a rivalry both on-track and off (the professional rivalry is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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