DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 18 Recap: High Scores, Star Wars and Big Debuts for Week One Premiere

Sharkna Burgess and Charlie White on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 18 | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Nene Leakes, James Maslow, Danica McKellar, Sean Avery, Billy Dee Williams, Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, Cody Simpson, Drew Carey, Amy Purdy, Diana Nyad, Charlie White Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: March 17th, 2014 It’s that time of year. It only happens twice a year, once in the fall and now in the spring time. DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 18 has begun. Learning from some failed change ups last fall, the DWTS producers decided to bring back some old elements, while bringing on some new faces, co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet and the entire band was let go after …Read On »

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TV REVIEW: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – Season 1 – “T.A.H.I.T.I.”

Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Ward (Brett Dalton) plan to save Skye (Chloe Bennet) on MARVELS AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker Network: Airs on ABC Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 4, 2014 In the previous episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, Skye (Chloe Bennet) was shot twice and left for dead by an evil henchmen working for the Clairvoyant and Centipede. In “T.A.H.I.T.I.”, the race is on to find a way to save her after the doctors inform Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) that she won’t make it. Coulson with the knowledge that he was brought back from the dead figures if he can take her …Read On »

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Video Game Review: THIEF

THIEF | © 2014 Square Enix

Distributor: Eidos Montreal Publisher: Square Enix Platform: PS4, Xbox 1, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 The original THIEF video game was back in a time before gamers didn’t have the attention span of a gnat. You spent numerous amounts of game play sitting in the dark just trying to figure out the pattern of guards or if there was enough light to give you away in a small corner so you could get to your objective of stealing some tiny trinket from some turn-of-the-century highbrow socialite. If you did manage to kill a guard or knock them out, you had to …Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: BATTLE OF THE DAMNED

BATTLE OF THE DAMNED | © 2014 Anchor Bay Films

Rating: R Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Melanie Zanetti, Matt Doran, David Field, Jen Keo Sung, Lydia Look, Oda Maria, Jeff Pruitt, Kerry Wong, Estaban Cueto Writer: Christopher Hatton Director: Christopher Hatton Distributor: Anchor Bay Films Home Video Release Date: February 18, 2014 Given the proliferation of zombie entertainment at present, the genre breaks down not just into film, TV and videogames and fast zombies vs. slow zombies, but also the good, the bad and the ugly. BATTLE OF THE DAMNED turns out to be one of the good ones – no, it’s not up there with the remake of DAWN OF …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “First Born”

Tim Omundson as Cain in SUPERNATURAL "First Born" | © 2014 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Timothy Omundson, Rachel Hayward Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John Badham Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 21, 2014 Directed by John Badham – yes, the helmer of the Frank Langella DRACULA, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and WARGAMES, among other credits – the SUPERNATURAL episode “First Born” comes up with a surprising yet logical (within the context of the show) bit of mythology, while working buddy comedy from two separate angles. While Dean (Jensen Ackles) is out on the road hunting Gadriel, he …Read On »

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Movie Review: WINTER’S TALE

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint Writer: Akiva Goldsman, based on the novel by Mark Halprin Director: Akiva Goldsman Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 14, 2014 Even since Mark Halprin’s novel WINTER’S TALE was published in 1983, people have been trying to adapt it for the screen. Now it’s 2014 and writer/director/producer Akiva Goldsman has made a movie from the book. If the film is any indication, we can see why it’s taken so long, because the results are at best problematic, albeit beautiful to look …Read On »

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CD Review: HOURS soundtrack

HOURS soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

Having made his breakthrough score with the innovative Britain prison bust-out of THE ESCAPIST, Englishman Benjamin Wallfisch makes a notable return to confined spaces with his desperate musical HOURS. What makes his score particularly intriguing, and effective, is that said penitentiary is actually a post-Katrina hospital in New Orleans, where Paul Walker’s bereft husband find himself virtually chained to the respirator keeping his newborn son alive. Music is also vital in keeping company for virtual one-character dramas of this sort, and Wallfisch does a powerful job of ticking down one man’s emotionally draining journey, all while keeping soundtrack interest very …Read On »

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CD Review: MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM soundtrack

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM soundtrack | ©2013 Decca Records

After his terrific work on EMPEROR, composer Alex Heffes continues on a historical roll, now turning his focus from a colonized post WW2 Japan to the Afrikaaner police state that was only overturned in fairly recent history by Nelson Mandela, with no small amount of support from his wife Winnie. Heffes hears his LONG WALK TO FREEDOM with a mighty, upraised musical fist, his score tone indebted to both the longtime symphonic approach of historical epics, as well as the pulsing samples of contemporary thrillers. The impassioned, orchestral march and tender emotion of this oppressed power couple are given a …Read On »

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CD Review: LAST VEGAS soundtrack

LAST VEGAS soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

Where he was once known for musical Devo-lution, Mark Mothersbaugh has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most versatile composers, showing a colorful, chameleon-like range from SAFE‘s slam-bang urban action to the cartoon energy of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCEMEATBALLS and RUSHMORE‘s Baroque irony. Now given a trip to the Neon City with a bunch of very much breathing codgers, Mothersbaugh adapts quite nicely to the fender Rhodes organ funk that inflects just about every movie score to feature over-the-hill gangs from STAND UP GUYS  to THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE and any number of “Oceans” sequels. But then again, what better style …Read On »

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CD Review: DAYS OF THUNDER Soundtrack (Limited 3,000 Edition)

DAYS OF THUNDER soundtrack | ©2013 La La Land Records

For his first story credit, Tom Cruise had the nifty idea of placing his TOP GUN team into the rock-fueled world of NASCAR, from pedal-to-the-metal mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer to director Tony Scott. But even if composer Harold Faltermeyer was missing from the below-the-line pit crew, his energetic Krautrock level of synth-groove propulsion would be more than juiced up by another German-to-Hollywood action émigré named Hans Zimmer. Having recently gone from the English arthouse likes of DARK OBSESSION and PAPERHOUSE to LA’s go-to African guy with A WORLD APART and the Cruise-starring RAIN MAN, Zimmer was now making a fast break …Read On »

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