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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Purged Away with Blood”

Christopher Heyerdahl and Tom Noonan in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Purged Away With Blood" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Tony Gayton & Thomas Brady  Director: Joe Gayton       Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 16, 2012 HELL ON WHEELS is a tough show to watch sometimes. Not because of bad writing or anything negative, but because the subject matter is so visceral and harsh that it takes a bit to sit and watch it through to the terminus point. A perfect example of that for me is last episode when they were digging the bullet out of Durant (Colm Meaney). I’m weird. I can handle […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos of the last flight of Space Shuttle ENDEAVOUR

The Space Shuttle Endeavour flies over the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood | ©2012 Sue Schneider

September 21st was such a special and exciting day as the Space Shuttle ENDEAVOUR made its last voyage on top of a re-vamped 747 to the Los Angeles International Airport, as I am sure that most of you saw on television. Knowing that it was going over the Hollywood Sign and the Getty Museum I was hoping that it would swing over my way and I was not disappointed. Sitting on my rooftop it finally came, not once, but three times and I was up there snapping away. I hope you enjoy seeing a few of my photos of the […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2012 We’re knee deep into the Presidential political campaign and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is floundering with its political sketches and overall comedy – and this is only the second episode this season. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosting (he did a fabulous job the last time he appeared on SNL), delivering something funny should not have been a problem. Yet, with all the good […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “The Power of Three”

DOCTOR WHO - Season 7 - "The Power of Three" poster | ©2012 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Mark Williams, Steven Berkoff, Stephen Blything, Jemma Redgrave, Selva Rasalingham, Alice O’Connell, Lord Sugar, Brian Cox   Writer: Chris Chibnall Director:   Douglas Mackinnon Network: BBC America, airs Saturday night  Original Telecast: September 22, 2012 In the fourth episode of DOCTOR WHO Series 7, “The Power of Three,” the Doctor (Matt Smith) faces one his most unusual adventures: living at home with Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill). Mysterious black cubes have turned up all over the world, people have collected them and taken them to work and to their homes, and the […]Read On »

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Interview: Composer Marcelo Zarvos hears THE WORDS

THE WORDS soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

ZARVOS: In the haute world of writers, elegance, fashion and intellect are oft-used words when it comes to getting the keys to the kingdom of literary intelligentsia. It’s a gilded, lionized place that many have cheated their way into. And those seemingly fortunate con artists will oftentimes do anything to maintain that position, even at the cost of their relationships and mental health before the guise ultimately crumbles. THE WORDS is one such tale (or multiple tales) of young Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), whose prized novel is unmasked for another’s when the real Old Man author (Jeremy Irons) comes calling. […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Britney 2.0”

Jenna Ushkowitz and Jacob Artist in GLEE - Season 4 - "Britney 2.0" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Brad Falchuk Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: September 20, 2012 It’s not surprising that GLEE would offer up a second batch of Britney Spears songs for their latest episode “Britney 2.0” and why not? Britney just so happens to be a judge on THE X FACTOR, so milking her songbook is a no brainer and can offer up some nice synergy […]Read On »

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Movie Review: END OF WATCH

END OF WATCH poster | ©2012 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrara, Cody Horn, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo Writer: David Ayer Director: David Ayer Distributor: Open Road Films Release Date: September 21, 2012 END OF WATCH is an entertaining, mostly solid buddy cop drama. Director/writer David Ayer for some reason has elected to show the bulk of it through video cameras – both the police and the criminals have them – which doesn’t seem to serve any purpose. In horror movies, this format can allow for a particular type of tension and storytelling, but here, everything could just as easily (and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET poster | ©2012 Relativity Media

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Theriot, Gil Bellows, Elisabeth Shue Writer: David Loucka, story by Jonathan Mostow Director: Mark Tonderai Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: September 21, 2012 As this is the opening sequence, it is probably not too spoilery to say that HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET begins with a married couple being murdered by their seriously disturbed teenager. A few visual flourishes later, four years have passed and we’re into the movie proper. Seventeen-year-old Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) and her divorced doctor mom Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) have moved from Chicago to this leafy upscale suburb to […]Read On »

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THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS | © 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: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS – You gotta hand it to Joss Whedon. The guy is pretty damn good. Whether he’s remaking television with FIREFLY and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER or hitting the ginormous jackpot with THE AVENGERS, the guy doesn’t seem to do anything that sucks. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DREDD 3D

DREDD 3D movie poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris Writer: Alex Garland, based on the JUDGE DREDD comic created by John Wagner and Carlos Esquerra Director: Pete Travis Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 21, 2012 Apart from shared comic book origins, DREDD 3D has nothing to do with the 1995 Sylvester Stallone starrer JUDGE DREDD (or the 1997 and 2003 iterations). This is a good thing, as the new version has a sense of internal coherence that helps us take it seriously on its own terms. Director Pete Travis makes good use of 3D and slow motion to […]Read On »

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