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TV Review: GLEE – SEASON TWO – “Britney/Brittany”

Britney Spears and Heather Morris in GLEE - Season 2 - "Britney/Brittany" | ©2010 Fox/Adam Rose

Consider this the Madonna episode without the really cool music. GLEE tackles Britney Spears, but what’s immediately evident is her imprint on pop culture is more about fashion and style, rather than substance. It’s a debate raged in this episode “Britney/Brittany.” Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) hates Spears and what she stands for, as do other students, but some of them want to express their inner Britney.

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 2 – “Bad Moon Rising”

Candie Accola in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 2 - "Bad Moon Rising" | © 2010 The CW Network/Bob Mahoney

“Hey, I’m so sorry about the whole trying to kill your brother thing. Do you think we can still be friends?” Yes, it was pretty silly of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to think he could possibly win back Elena’s affection. On the flip side, it was pretty mature of Caroline (Candice Accola) to break up with Matt (Zach Roerig) to protect him no matter how much it pains her. But let’s hear for the werewolves and their ability to kill a vampire with a single bite. This is all just more proof that season two of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is going to be a very different from season one.

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TV Review: CHUCK – SEASON 4 – “Vs. The Anniversary”

Olivia Munn, Joshua Gomez and Zachary Levi in CHUCK - Season 4 - "Vs. The Anniversary" | © 2010 NBC

Very few shows can successfully reinvent themselves year after year and still retain their audience and their charms. Yet CHUCK, now heading into its fourth season on NBC, has once again rebooted with “Vs. The Anniversary” and damn, it was kick-ass opener.

Whereas last year focused on former Buy More employee Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) learning how to become an expert spy (and growing up), Season Four begins with Chuck realizing he’s now a spy and can’t escape who he is.

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TV Review: CHUCK – SEASON 4 – “Vs. The Suitcase”

Yvonne Strahovski and Zachary Levi in CHUCK - Season 4 - "Vs. The Suitcase" | © 2010 NBC

It doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy transition for CHUCK in Season Four. While the premiere episode was as excellent as a reboot return that could be hoped for, the second episode “Vs. The Suitcase” is a mixed bag. With Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) having a seemingly perfect relationship as loving spies, there is an Achilles Heel – Sarah lives out of a suitcase, ready for the next mission but hasn’t given in to moving her stuff in to Chuck’s closet.

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The Rundown of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Rebecca Hall and Ben Affleck in THE TOWN | &copy 2010 Warner Bros.

The Toronto Film Festival has always been more than just a bunch of movies. With the easy mass transit, the wealth of great restaurants and swinging parties it’s a world class event. But who wants to hear about what I ate and drank? It’s all about the movies dummy. Here’s the highlights… BALADA TRISTE (THE LAST CIRCUS) The best film of the festival also had the most confusing title. In some press books it was referred to as THE LAST CIRCUS in others THE BALLAD OF THE SAD TRUMPET. Never mind. What you need to know about this Spanish film […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMALLVILLE – SEASON 10 – “Lazarus” – Season Premiere

Erica Durance in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Lazurus" | ©2010 The CW/Jack Rowand

“And now, the final season of SMALLVILLE.” This is how it begins, a solemn reminder that SMALLVILLE will be no more after ten seasons, followed by a whole lot of confusion. Seriously, so much happened in “Lazarus” that it’s kind of hard to know where to begin. Clark (Tom Welling) being given a second chance after having a near death experience only to be told by Jor-El (Terence Stamp) that he is somehow failing in his duties as a hero. Even better, Clark has a full on hallucination when he receives a visit from his deceased father, Jonathon (John Schneider). Oliver (Justin Hartley) being held captive by someone or something. Chloe (Allison Mack) trading herself for his freedom. Lois (Erica Durance) discovering Clark’s secret, being kidnapped by a Lex clone (Mackenzie Gray), then bolting to Africa after Clark saves her. And yes, you read correctly, a Lex clone. Several actually, including a young (and now only surviving) version of Lex, or Alexander as he is known (Jakob Davies), that Tess (Cassidy Freeman) decides to adopt.

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Movie Review: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

THE SOCIAL NETWORK movie poster | © 2010 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Joseph Mazzello, Max Minghella Writer: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES by Ben Mezrich Director: David Fincher Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 1st, 2010 There is a lot of controversy surrounding the accuracy of the storytelling in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Based loosely on Ben Mezrich’s nonfiction tome THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES about the origins of the social networking site Facebook, THE SOCIAL NETWORK has been accused of playing with the facts. This probably doesn’t matter unless one is writing a thesis about the real origins of […]Read On »

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