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Movie Review: HELL FEST

HELL FEST movie poster | ©2018 CBS Films/Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Matt Mercutio, Roby Attal, Tony Todd Writers: Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper, story by William Penick & Chris Sey and Stephen Susco Director: Gregory Plotnick Distributor: CBS Films/Lionsgate Release Date: September 28, 2018 HELL FEST belongs to a growing subset of horror movies set in and around Halloween festivals and mazes. (Case in point: HELL FEST should not be confused with the similarly-titled and set but differently plotted BLOOD FEST, released earlier this month.) Its production design, by Michael Perry, is so inventive and entertaining […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Nikki Glaser eliminated – Part 2

Gleb Savchenko and Nikki Glaser on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danielle Umstead, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Nikki Glaser, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: September 25th, 2018 The second night of the DANCING WITH THE STARS premiere week had the six lowest scoring, then five – John Schneider & Emma Slater were eventually let off the hook – couples dance off with judges’ scores and America’s votes to save them or cut them loose. The five couples danced the same dance from the previous night […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Thirteen couples battle it out – Part 1

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 Key Art | ©2018 ABC

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danielle Umstead, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Nikki Glaser, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: September 24th, 2018 In full season mode, thankfully, DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 27 began with lots of sex appeal, talent and determination. No oldies but goodies this season. The talent is through the roof impressive and to pick a clear front runner would be nearly impossible. Two, in fact, tied for first tonight with 23 points. Footballer DeMarcus Ware & […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “War of the Worlds”

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "War of the Worlds" | ©2017 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, Osric Chau, David Haydn-Jones, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Christian Keyes, Farrah Aviva, Erica Cerra Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Leming-Ross, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight, Jr. Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 23, 2017 The SUPERNATURAL Season 13 episode “War of the Worlds” is not one to show to newbies, as it requires a lot of knowledge of what the hell (pun intended) is going on. In our world, powerful half-angel/half-human Jack (Alexander Calvert), worried that he might hurt his friends, has vanished to parts […]Read On »

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Movie Review: E-DEMON

E-DEMON poster | ©2018 Dark Cuts Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Julia Kelly, John Anthony Wylliams, Christopher Daftsios, Ryan Redebaugh, Lindsay Goranson, Jessica Renee Russell, Cedric Cannon, Vincent Cooper, Max Rhyser, Waltrudis Buck, Diane Tyler, Celine Justice Writer: Jeremy Wechter Director: Jeremy Wechter Distributor: Dark Cuts Entertainment Release Date: September 14, 2018 (Los Angeles theatrical and VOD); September 21, 2018 (New York theatrical) E-DEMON is the latest entry in the subgenre of webcam horror, a movie that takes place entirely in video chat and cell phone screens. There are enough of these films now to demonstrate that it’s a viable format, with good, bad, and indifferent examples of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PREDATOR

THE PREDATOR movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Yvonne Strahovski, Jake Busey, Brian Prince Writers: Fred Dekker & Shane Black, based on characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas Director: Shane Black Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: September 14, 2018 The new movie THE PREDATOR is a follow-up to 1987’s PREDATOR and 1990’s PREDATOR 2. It’s unclear if 2004’s AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR and/or 2007’s ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM are part of the new movie’s timeline or not, and of course nobody on Earth […]Read On »

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DISENCHANTMENT: Co-creator Josh Weinstein gives the scoop on the new Matt Groening animated series – Exclusive Interview

Princess Bean, Elfo and Luci in DISENCHANTMENT - Season 1 | ©2018 The ULULLU Company. DISENCHANTMENT TM & © The ULULU Company. All Rights Reserved

In Netflix’s new animated series DISENCHANTMENT, tough Princess Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) goes on a quest with optimistic elf Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon) and personal demon Luci (voiced by Eric Andre). This may sound a little like either a Disney feature or a Saturday-morning show, but DISENCHANTED is created by Matt Groening, who brought forth THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, and Josh Weinstein, who has been a writer and producer on the two Groening series. Asked about the family viewing prospects for DINSENCHANTMENT, Weinstein replies, “We’re hoping that the jokes for adults will go over kids’ heads, even though […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PEPPERMINT

PEPPERMINT movie poster | ©2018 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, Jeff Hephner, Cailey Fleming, Eddie Shin, Cliff “Method Man” Smith Writer: Chad St. John Director: Pierre Morel Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: September 7, 2018  PEPPERMINT knows what kind of movie it wants to be, it just has trouble achieving it. The first hint of this problem can be seen in the title. If PEPPERMINT isn’t the single worst title for a would-be gritty action revenge drama, it’s got to be high in the running. PEPPERMINT has a premise that has powered many films before […]Read On »

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ROOSTER TEETH: Co-Founder Geoff Ramsey on RED VS. BLUE, RWBY and more – Exclusive Interview

ROOSTER TEETH logo | ©2018 Rooster Teeth

The company Rooster Teeth was founded by Geoff Ramsey, Michael Justin “Burnie” Burns, Matt Hullum, Jason Saldana, Gus Sorola and Joel Heyman in 2003. Their first production was RED VS. BLUE, which is still being made, and is now reportedly the second-longest-running Web series in history. RED VS. BLUE popularized the technique of machinima, or digital puppeteering. Set in the universe of the videogame HALO, using the game’s visuals, RED VS. BLUE has the HALO characters trading banter that ranges from comedic to existential in the downtime between firefights. From these beginnings, Rooster Teeth has expanded its empire. Headquartered in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MEG

THE MEG movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Robert Taylor, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Jessica McNamee, Masi Oka Writers: Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the novel MEG by Steve Alten Director: Jon Turteltaub Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: August 10, 2018 A Megalodon, “Meg” for short, is a species of giant shark that died out several million years ago – or so they’d have you think. Ha! In THE MEG, a team of researchers discovers that the Pacific Ocean’s Marianas Trench goes much further down […]Read On »

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