TV Review: THE X FACTOR – Season 2 premiere – “Auditions No. 1” (Austin and San Francisco)

Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid are the judges of THE X FACTOR - Season 2 | ©2012 Fox/Nino Munoz

Stars: Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: September 12, 2012 Well, here’s a big surprise – THE X FACTOR Season 2 is actually pretty damn good. In fact, it’s the show THE X FACTOR should have been in Season 1. Yes, there are many tropes of the genre still hanging around that prove to be annoying (like purposely bad singers allowed on stage), but with a refreshed judging panel and a different approach in showcasing talent, THE X FACTOR is starting to feel more like an original show called THE …Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: PIRANHA 3DD is coming along

PIRANHA 3D movie poster | ©2011 Dimension Films

During the press event for IMMORTALS at WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, producer Mark Canton gave the low down on the planned sequel to PIRANHA 3-D, tentatively entitled PIRANHA 3DD and currently scheduled to hit theaters November 23. “3DD is coming along,” Canton says. “I think the Weinsteins didn’t deliver the film the right way the first time around. I think they realize it too. So we are getting the opportunity to deliver it properly this time.” IMMORTALS opens November 11, 2011 CLICK HERE to read about IMMORTALS star Henry Cavill chat about becoming the new SUPERMAN CLICK HERE to …Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: SNOW WHITE director Tarsem Singh explains why he hired Lily Collins for the role

Lily Collins in THE BLIND SIDE | ©2009 Warner Bros.

During the press event for IMMORTALS at WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, director of the film, Tarsem Singh discussed why he hired Lily Collins for the role in the fantasy live-action film, SNOW WHITE which he’s also directing. He had a surprising answer. “Eyebrows,” Singh jokes. “I saw her eyebrows and I said ‘That’s SNOW WHITE.’ I met her when she came in for Isabel [Lucas]’s part of Athena [in IMMORTALS] and she didn’t read for the part or anything. I met her a year ago on IMMORTALS and I only met her for a coffee the day before yesterday …Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: 300 prequel XERXES is very close to happening reveals producer

300 movie poster | ©2006 Warner Bros.

During the press event for the Greek Gods action film IMMORTALS at WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, producer Mark Canton gave the low down on the planned 300 prequel XERXES. Canton says that 300 director Zack Snyder (who likely won’t return to helm) and Kurt Johnstad are working on the film already and creator Frank Miller is working on the script. “We have to very, very careful,” Canton says. “[300] is a movie that has been embraced in pop culture around the world. I feel like it will happen. We are very close.” IMMORTALS opens November 11, 2011 CLICK HERE …Read On »

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Movie Review: HEREAFTER

HEREAFTER movie poster | © 2010 Warner Bros.

With gorgeous locations in London, Paris, San Francisco and Hawaii (this last standing in for Indonesia) and the agreeable company of Matt Damon as a tamped-down, but not hopeless man who is trying to change his life, HEREAFTER is quite pleasant. However, one gets the feeling that director Clint Eastwood and writer Peter Morgan (of THE QUEEN and FROST/NIXON fame) had something a bit more affecting in mind, and the movie seldom connects on a fully emotional level. Indeed, it actually generates more intellectual curiosity about the story’s claims of scientific proof of some sort of shared afterlife.

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