Movie Review: RIO 2

RIO 2 | © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: G Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Fox, will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno Writers: Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks, Yoni Brenner, story by Carlos Saldanha Director: Carlos Saldanha Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: April 11, 2014 RIO 2 is a pleasing film. It has heart, a sense of humor, is very appealing to the eye and knows exactly how hard to try. In 2011’s RIO, we were introduced to rare Amazon blue macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), who was birdnapped and fell […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Martin Short

Martin Short and Paul McCartney in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

After a very rough patch of episodes, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE pulled out all the stops for its Christmas episode hosted by Martin Short with musical guest Paul McCartney. Following on the heels of the tragedy in the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, SNL made the cold opening a very classy and understated moment – they had the New York Children’s Choir sing “Silent Night”. No mention was made of the tragedy, but it was clear what this moment stood for. Very memorable. The rest of the episode was filled with an endless parade of big name cameos (Samuel L. Jackson, Alec […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Jaime Foxx

Jamie Foxx and Jason Sudeikis in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: December 8, 2012 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE returns after a three-week hiatus, and the time away still hasn’t made the show any sharper or any funnier. Season 38 has turned into one of the worst seasons in some time and I still haven’t figured out why. Kristen Wiig and Andy Samburg leaving should not have killed the show’s momentum. They were good, but they weren’t […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner hosts SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: November 17, 2012 The downward spiral of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE continues with this abysmal episode hosted by Jeremy Renner. While Renner is an amazing dramatic actor, doing live TV is not necessarily his strong suit, although when his piano failed to play during his monologue, he handled himself quite well until the problem was fixed. That said, most of the sketches were terrible this […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: November 10, 2012 After last week’s hilarious episode with host Louis C.K., SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE struggles once again with returning host Anne Hathaway (this is her third time). Like her previous two stints, Hathaway is fantastic and very funny. In many ways she’s a stronger performer than the material she’s given and her ability to put herself out there and look ridiculous is part […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Bruno Mars

Nasim Pedrad and Bruno Mars in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 After a couple of really embarrassingly bad weeks on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, there’s a bit of a rebound with their latest episode hosted by singer Bruno Mars (who also served as musical guest). Again, the writing is a bit on the weak side, but when you have someone who is game and as talented as Bruno, even lackluster material suddenly comes […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Colton Dixon Wows, Phillip Phillips Mixes it Up Nicely

Colton Dixon on AMERICAN IDOL- Season 11 - "The Top 7 Perform" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 4, 2012 How do you find the strength to carry on when your friends leave on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL? That was the sanctimonious and oddly-phrased question put before us at the beginning of this episode of IDOL. Wait a minute, this is a freaking reality show, right? Aren’t these fools competing against one another? Shouldn’t they be freaking damn happy it ain’t them? I know Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanaugh are thinking it despite how […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 – Part 4 – The Fans

The Fans at the World Premiere of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

THE TWILIGHT SAGA movie premieres would not be complete without the fans. Fans who travel from all parts of the United States and from Europe, and camp out for days to get a chance to see their favorite TWILIGHT stars. And THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 is no different. These fans make the excitement on the carpet, because as the stars walk down they scream and very loudly.  Some are lucky to get an autograph and their picture taken with the stars. ASSIGNMENT X took pictures of the fans and their signs. So if you were there […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 – Part 3 – The Guests

Matt Dallas at the World Premiere of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

In Part 3 of our coverage from the World Premiere of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 we highlight the many guests that walked that black carpet and it was an endless stream of faces and fashion. Seen walking the carpet were stars, which included: Samantha Harris, Sunny Mabrey, Rachel Bell, Savannah Jayde, Dania Ramirez, Mayim Bialik, the L.A. Kings, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Jadin Gould, Chelsea Rendon, Alli Simpson, Cody Simpson, Pia Mia Perez, Bella Thorne, Matt Lanter, Peyton List, Sterling Knight, Cassie Scerbo, Taylor Spreitler, Melissa Joan Hart, David Henrie, Dee Wallace, Gabrielle Stone, Olivia Holt, […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL recap: (Surprise) Casey Abrams is sent packing (again)

Casey Abrams is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - The Final 6 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Airdate: April 28, 2011 I guess two times is not a charm on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, because Casey Abrams, who was saved from elimination earlier in the season and thrived for a number of weeks, got the boot on the show in what is probably a surprise. Maybe it wasn’t a fluke the first time he got the lowest amount of votes. Maybe the IDOL voters are more fickle than I give them credit for. I thought he did pretty […]Read On »

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