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The X List: JUSTIFIED – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON is one of the Highlights to DVD and Blu-ray Titles This Week

(c) 2011 Fox Home Entertainment. JUSTIFIED - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES BURIED – Put Ryan Reynolds in a box and make a movie about it. Who thinks up this stuff? Seriously, that’s what this movie is. He has a cell phone, a lighter and some other stuff and he tries to save himself after his convoy in Iraq […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From THE GREEN HORNET Premiere

Cameron Diaz at the premiere of THE GREEN HORNET | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Columbia Pictures held the premiere of THE GREEN HORNET recently at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The green carpet had the symbol of the GREEN HORNET on it and at my end they had the motorcycle Kato (Jay Chou) rides in the film. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Seth Rogan (Britt Reid/The Green Hornet/Executive Producer/Writer), Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz (Lenore), Edward James Olmos (Axeford), David Harbour (Scanion), Chad Coleman (Chili), Jamie Harris (Popeye), Edward Furlong (Tupper), Michel Gondry (Director), and Evan Goldberg (Executive Producer/Writer). Joining them were guests, which included: Nicole Dabeau, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Matthew Gray Gubler digs deep into ‘CRIMINAL MINDS’

Matthew Gray Gubler in CRIMINAL MINDS - Season Six - "Devil's Night" | ©2010 CBS

CBS may not be aware of it, but the network’s onscreen nerds tend to flock together at parties. Witness Matthew Gray Gubler and Kristen Vangsness of CRIMINAL MINDS hanging out with Pauley Perrette of NCIS. Gubler plays his show’s resident genius, Dr. Spencer Reid, Vangsness is MINDS’ computer sorceress Penelope Garcia and Perrette is Goth techno-whiz Abby on NCIS. “Did you hear about the crossover with Pauley?” Gubler asks excitedly. “Our characters are best friends from school,” Vangsness adds. “Reid and Abby went to MIT together,” Gubler elaborates. Are NCIS and CRIMINAL MINDS combining forces? Is this a huge crossover […]Read On »

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CD Review: BATMAN RETURNS: LIMITED EDITION soundtrack (3500 edition)

Batman Returns soundtrack | ©2010 La La Land Records

Few composers have more fun unleashing their devilishly twisted side like Danny Elfman, especially when longtime collaborator Tim Burton truly lets his creativity go bats**t. But if one film takes that cake in their always-eccentric pairings, then it would be the shining piece of comic book coal called BATMAN RETURNS. Sure their first BATMAN was dark, but no one expected the moral bestiality that would result from the pairing of The Bat, The Cat and The Penguin, a ménage a trois complete with whip-wielding S & M, intended child homicide and a very bloody nose- all prancing about to the […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 1 – “There Goes the Neighborhood Pt. 1” – Series Premiere

Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - "There Goes the Neighborhood Pt.1" | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sarah Allen, Gianpaolo Venuta, Mark Pellegrino Writers: Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke based on the U.K. series BEING HUMAN created by Toby Whithouse Director: Adam Kane Network: Syfy, airs Mondays Original Telecast: January 17, 2011 Syfy has taken a considerable risk in developing the popular U.K. genre series BEING HUMAN into an American off-shoot. It’s not that there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just that the U.K. series is still so fresh in our minds – and about to head into Season Three as we speak. Plus, it’s damn good. You never want […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Anne Hathaway leathers down for Catwoman in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Anne Hathaway in VALENTINE'S DAY | ©2010 Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. announced today that Anne Hathaway will strap on the leather to play Selena Kyle, aka Catwoman in the Christopher Nolan directed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Frankly, it couldn’t be a better fit. She’s got the feline grace and the acting chops to pull it off. Meanwhile, Tom Hardy’s role in the movie has been confirmed too. He’s playing the villainous Bane. You’d think Warner’s would have split the two announcements, but hey, at least we have an idea and a direction of where the new Nolan film is heading. What do you think? Love the choices? Hate them? […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Laid Bare”

Rekha Sharma is dissected on V - Season 2 - "Laid Bare" | ©2011 ABC/Jeff Petry

It’s no surprise that V has struggled during its run to find its voice and remedy pacing issues. And the first two episodes of Season Two offered up promise, but still felt like the series was dealing with the wayward plotting ghosts of Season One.

However, “Laid Bare” has remedied many of those issues. A solid episode packed with action, revelations and some very cool effects, it’s one of the best episodes of the series to date and promises a major upheaval in the personal lives of all the characters.

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TV Review: THE CAPE – SEASON 1 – ‘Kozmo’

Summer Glau and David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 - "Kozmo" | ©2011 NBC

“Kozmo” is a shrewdly constructed episode of THE CAPE, almost as tightly woven as the title object, telling us a lot about several characters and the cape itself, while injecting a note of unexpected mysticism and presenting everybody with immediate threats and moral conundrums.

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Music Review: R.E.M. – “Mine Smell Like Honey” single

R.E.M. - "Mine Smell Like Honey" single

It’s been some time since I’ve been excited by a new R.E.M. album. Both 2004’s AROUND THE SUN and 2008’s ACCELERATE promised greatness and a return to form, but were uneven, misshapen releases with few memorable moments. With their disc COLLAPSE INTO NOW due out March 8, the band has released its first single from that disc “Mine Smell Like Honey” which just hit iTunes and other online retail outlets. Damn, they’re back. While I’m all for a band exploring new sounds and textures, it felt like the jangly pop roots the band became famous for, gave way to more […]Read On »

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CD Review: Social Distortion – HARD TIMES AND NURSERY RHYMES

Social Distortion - HARD TIMES AND NURSERY RHYMES | ©2011 Epitaph Records

While Social D is closely identified with SoCal’s punk music and have been going strong for nearly 30 years (despite long waits in between albums), HARD TIMES AND NURSERY RHYMES find the group in a particularly rockin’ mood. Some of it feels like the Southern California version of the Southern-fried rock showcased by the Black Crowes and Lynard Skynard (particularly on “California”). There’s even a bit of a Rolling Stones vibe thrown in for good measure as with the track “Can’t Take It With You” with the soulful female vocals chanting in the background.

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