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Blu-ray Review: SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT – Collector’s Edition

SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT Collector's Edition | ©2017 Shout! Factory

Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson Writer: Michael Hickey Director: Charles E. Sellier, Jr. Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $27.93 (Standard Edition), $64.93 (Deluxe Limited Edition with exclusive action figure) Grade: C+ (movie), B+ (special features) One of the most notorious movies of the 1980s is the rather innocuous 1984 Christmas slasher film SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. At the height of low budget horror at the boxoffice, this film had the unfortunate distinction of being acquired and released by a major studio at the time – TriStar Pictures. That unto itself spelled the death knell […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 11/28

THE DEFIANT ONES | © 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. THE DEFIANT ONES This is the interesting story of the partnership between rap superstar and producer Dr. Dre and legendary producer Jimmy Iovine. It is an interesting docu-drama showcasing both how both gained their notoriety in the 80s and the 90s through the launch of Dr. Dre’s headphone and speaker business which gained them even more prominence. The series, directed by Allen Hughes, offers some really cool behind-the-scenes look at the recording studios, the homes they started in and into the ginormous mansions once they made their […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 74: The COCO and Underappreciated Animated Movies Edition

Dorking Out Podcast | © 2017 Dorking Out Show

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s podcast we review Pixar’s COCO with Juan Uriarte of the Instant Ramen podcast and Sonia’s better half and co-host of Old Movies, New Beer podcast, David Tracy. In our second segment, we talk about underappreciated animated movies, which gives Chris a reason to talk about his love of TREASURE PLANET. And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including Amazon’s Echo and the new podcasting app CastBox. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Related: Dorking Out – Episode 72: The […]Read On »

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WHITE FAMOUS: Actors Kendrick Sampson and Lyndon Smith on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd and Kendrick Sampson as Robbie in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 | ©2017 Showtime/Eddy Chen

Showtime’s first-season comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life and career of one of its executive producers, Jamie Foxx. In WHITE FAMOUS, Jay Pharoah stars as stand-up comedian Floyd Mooney. Floyd is famous in the black community, but his non-black representatives are urging him to take acting roles so he can become “white famous.” Kendrick Sampson plays British actor Robbie MacDonald, a possible Floyd rival, and Lyndon Smith plays Gwen, a possible Floyd romance. Sampson is a veteran of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, GRACEPOINT, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, is in the upcoming series RELATIONSHIP STATUS, and has […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 11/21

THE HITMANS BODYGUARD | © 2017 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD When I first saw the trailer to THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD I thought it was another big miss for Ryan Reynolds in a continuing up and down career. However, my low expectations may be one of the reasons that I liked the film. It doesn’t really pretend to be anything more than it is which is a totally impossible, corny flick that is incredibly chalk full of foul language, which doesn’t bother me at all. Reynolds plays a body guard that is tasked with protecting […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 –Season Finale – Jordan Fisher takes it all!

Lindsay Arnold and Jordan Fisher in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

The glitter and confetti has been swept off the floor. The fake snow machines have stopped fluttering out California flakes in 80 degree weather. The curtain has come down on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25 and added to the list of DWTS champions are Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold. Emotional stories unfolded leaving it a tight race to the finish, but in the end Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson came in third while Fisher & Arnold’s stiffest competition Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas came in second. Fisher & Arnold and Stirling & Ballas ended the night with perfect scores […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 10 – Season Finale – Part 1 – Drew Scott eliminated

Drew Scott and Emma Slater in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Jordan Fisher, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 20th, 2017 And so it has come, DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25 is coming to an end and as with every season the biggest most climatic ending is the Freestyle dance, which almost always predicts the winner, or narrows it down very quickly. This season is no different. Lindsey Stirling wow’ed the audience and the judges with two perfect scores tonight, one being the most coveted of all the Freestyle number. Stirling and partner Mark Ballas have so much charisma and style that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE

JUSTICE LEAGUE movie poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams Writers: Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, story by Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio, based on characters created by Bob Kane & Bill Finger and William Moulton Marston and Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel Director: Zack Snyder Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 17, 2017 JUSTICE LEAGUE has been awaited with some skepticism. Part of this is due to the fact that a lot of people weren’t too wild about its direct predecessors, MAN OF STEEL, which brought forth Henry […]Read On »

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THE ORVILLE: Actress Penny Johnson Jerald plays doctor in space – Exclusive Interview

Penny Johnson Jerald in THE ORVILLE - Season 1 - "Firestorm" | ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co./Noah Schutz/FOX

In Fox Network’s new Thursday-night series THE ORVILLE, which has already been picked up for a second season, we’re on the title spaceship in the future. Captained by Ed Mercer – played by series creator Seth MacFarlane – the Orville is commissioned as a fairly ordinary transport ship, but the galaxy being what it is, there are a lot of adventures. Some of the Orville’s crew are humans and some are aliens. The ship’s chief physician, human Dr. Claire Finn, is extremely capable of treating them all. Claire is played by Penny Johnson Jerald, who has experience playing people in […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actor Coby Bell on new mutant Marvel series – Exclusive Interview

Coby Bell in THE GIFTED - Season 1 - "eXtreme measures"| ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co./ Eliza Morse / Fox

Fox’s new Monday-night drama THE GIFTED is an original series set in the Marvel Comics Universe. It has some mutant characters viewers may know from iterations of THE X-MEN, but it centers on some new figures, the Strucker family. Dad Reed (Stephen Moyer) is a prosecutor whose job it is to put away dangerous mutants – until the day he and his wife Kate (Amy Acker) find that their two teenage children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) have just demonstrated mutant abilities. The Struckers go on the run from the mutant-hunting Sentinel Services, which is headed […]Read On »

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