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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “The First Time”

Lea Michele and Darren Criss in GLEE - Season 3 - "The First Time" | ©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: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Director: Bradley Buecker Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: November 1, 2011 Up and down – that’s what GLEE is all about these days and this is the “up” week dubbed “The First Time.” The reason it’s up – some fine direction and solid writing elevates the show, even with a few missteps along the way. The episode’s theme is, no surprise, “The First …Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Heartbreak Hotel”

Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Heartbreak Hotel" | ©2011 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Elizabeth Davis Director: Bill Roe Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: November 7, 2011 Aside from the flashback which begins “Heartbreak Hotel,” this is one of those episodes that go back to the fun and witty CASTLE that we all know and love. Not happy about the flashback – flashback storytelling is just a lame way to build excitement at the beginning of a show when it does not need it. Nor did this one even come close to playing trough. Blech. …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 premiere – “The Memories in the Shallow Grave”

Emily Descanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 7 - "The Memories in The Shallow Grave" | ©2011 Fox/Beth Dubber

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Michael Grant Terry Writer: Stephen Nathan Director: Ian Toynton Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 9 PM Airdate: November 3, 2011 Season 7 has a nice sturdy ring to it. Relatively few TV shows last this long. BONES enters this hallowed territory with the charm of its banter and character dynamics very much intact. The mystery of the week winds up feeling more peripheral than usual, but that’s not why most viewers tune in to BONES in the first place. Pleasingly little has changed in the dynamics between …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 13 Recap: Justice is Served as Nancy Grace is out

Nancy Grace and Tristan Macmanus in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 13 - Week 8 - "Instant Jive Night" | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Nancy Grace, Robert Kardashian, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, Hope Solo Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: Nov. 8th, 2011 Sheeee’ssss outta there! Nancy Grace is finally eliminated from DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 13, week eight. It’s no secret how I felt her time had come many, many, many weeks earlier, but boy is it about time! Justice is served! Grace & partner Tristan Macmanus just escape making it to the semi-finals. Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke, J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff, Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy and Ricki Lake & Derek Hough all made it to the …Read On »

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AFM 2011: Chuck Norris classics GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK and THE OCTAGON make comeback

GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK movie poster | ©American Cinema Releasing

While many people are excited by the new product on display at 2011’s American Film Market, sometimes it’s classic titles making a comeback that gain considerable buzz. Case in point Gorilla Pictures which recently made a deal to get three classic Chuck Norris films back into distribution after languishing in the vaults for many years. GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK, THE OCTAGON and A FORCE OF ONE are the early 1980s classics that put Norris on the map, and Gorilla has made a five-picture Action Pack (including FORCE: FIVE and ACAPULCO GOLD – two additional films not starring Norris) that they’ve …Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Just Let Go”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 | ©2011 Showtime

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Mos, Billy Brown, Mariana Klaveno, Germaine De Leon, Christian Camargo Writer: Jace Richdale, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 6, 2011 Maybe the idea all along is to have Dexter (Michael C. Hall) simply going through his own journey of faith parallel to the depredations of religious fanatic Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos) without actually intersecting with it on …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 13 – Week 8 – “Instant Jive Night”

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 13 | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Nancy Grace, Robert Kardashian, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, Hope Solo Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: November 7th, 2011 It’s Instant Jive night on DANCING WITH THE STARS and all the couples had two dances to learn. In record speed – 20 minutes as co-host Brooke Burke Charvet kept repeating – the dynamic duos had to put the moves they’ve practiced all week together with music they just heard, just like last season’s Instant Cha Cha Cha. The results – mixed. Some, like middle-of-the-packers Hope Sole & Maks Chmerkovskiy rose to the challenge. Others, like front runners Ricki …Read On »

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TV Review: TERRA NOVA – Season 1 – “Nightfall”

Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Nightfall" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Byron Brockmann, Shelly Conn, Stephan Lang, Simone Kessell, Landon Liborion, Allison Miller Director: Jon Cassar Writers: Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8pm Original Telecast: Nov. 7, 201 “Nightfall” was a vast improvement over the episodes we have seen so far on TERRA NOVA. Instead of some lame disease, or a runaway, or murder because of a gambling debt of all things, we got a genuine conflict between the Sixers and the colony as well as a definite look at how deadly the land they live in can be. Something that …Read On »

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AFM 2011: It’s all in the name for ESCAPING THE RUSH filmmaker Brian J. De Palma

ESCAPING THE RUSH storyboard | ©2011 Brian J. De Palma

Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it helps when your name is Brian De Palma – that is Brian J. De Palma. The independent filmmaker was at the American Film Market 2011 pre-selling his film ESCAPING THE RUSH and says that having a similar name to CARRIE director Brian De Palma hasn’t totally hurt him over the years. “It sometimes gets people on the phone or they think it’s him joking around,” says De Palma. “I don’t know if it hurts or helps at all – it’s just a talking point sometimes.” Ten minutes of ESCAPING THE RUSH is complete and it …Read On »

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

Yvonee Strahovski in CHUCK - Season 5 - "Vs. The Bearded Bandit" | ©2011 NBC/Danny Feld

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin Writer: Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc Director: Patrick Norris Network: NBC, Friday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: November 4, 2011 There is hope for this new, horrible, turn CHUCK has taken, namely that of Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) as the Intersect – the CIA/NSA database of bad guys, etc., that had formerly been downloaded into Chuck (Zachary Levi). It does not come until the end of this utterly dreary episode, but it is a glimmer of hope. Until then, Morgan is not handling the download of the Intersect very …Read On »

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