Movie Review: BEGIN AGAIN

BEGIN AGAIN movie poster | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Cee Lo Green, Mos Def, James Corden Writer: John Carney Director: John Carney Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: June 27, 2014 BEGIN AGAIN follows its title and actually starts over several times, to good effect. At first, we’re in a small folk music club inNew York, where performer Steve (James Corden) insists that his friend Greta (Keira Knightley) take the stage. Greta is deeply reluctant, but eventually plays and sings a song she wrote about contemplating throwing herself in front of a subway train. Most of […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VOICE – Season 3 premiere

Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly in THE VOICE - Season 3 premiere - "Blind Auditions" | ©2012 NBC/Mark Seliger

Stars: Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Carson Daly Network: NBC, airs Mondays and Tuesdays Original Telecast: September 10, 2012 Has network TV finally reached the saturation point with all its musical competition series? First there was the juggernaut AMERICAN IDOL, then THE VOICE came in to steal some of its thunder and last year Fox spawned THE X FACTOR. With ratings declines for all these series, it’s clear there’s some fatigue. Now NBC is rolling out the second cycle of THE VOICE in the same year, which is not necessarily the best thing for any of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the SPARKLE World Premiere

Jordin Sparks at the World Premiere of SPARKLE | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Recently Tri Star Pictures’ held the World Premiere of SPARKLE at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. SPARKLE was the last movie that Whitney Houston (who was also Executive Producer) did before she passed away and stars and guests came out to honor her. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Goapele Mohlabane, and Cee-Lo Green. Joining the stars were guests, which included: Jennia Fredrique, Cicely Tyson, Jennifer Lewis, Bebe Winans, Flex Alexander, Keke Palmer, Bre’ly Evans, Zendaya Coleman, Loretta Devine, Garcelle Beauvais, […]Read On »

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TV Recap: THE VOICE – Season 2 – The Battles Begin”

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on THE VOICE - Season 2 - "Let The Battle Rounds Begin" | ©2012 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Network: NBC, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 6, 2012 If you want to see why AMERICAN IDOL appears to be losing its mojo, you only have to tune into a few minutes of the battle rounds for THE VOICE in the appropriately titled “The Battles Begin.” Here, 48 contestants are paired up by each of the four coaches where they duke it out in a boxing ring-esque box on stage – dueling with their opponent to one-up the other person and also keep up with them during the harmonies of each particular song. The Battle Rounds look like they’ll […]Read On »

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THE VOICE Recap: The Season 1 winner is … (and it’s a sort of shocker)

Javier Colon, Dia Frampton and Carson Daly on THE VOICE - Season 1 - The Finals Results Show | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Network: NBC Original Telecast: June 29, 2011 A one hour results show for THE VOICE? Really? NBC didn’t feel the need to stretch it to two hours plus? What is wrong with these people! Well, all I can say is Thank you!  Thank you NBC for the most painless results show in the history of these reality singing competitions After whittling the contestants down to four finalists (one from each of the Coaches Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera), it’s now time to crown a champion. First, every contestant got one more chance to sing – […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VOICE – Season 1- “The Finals” (Recap & Photos too!)

Adam Levine, Javier Colon, Cee Lo Green, Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Beverly McClellan on THE VOICE - Season 1 - "The Finals" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: June 28, 2011 Now here’s what an AMERICAN IDOL finale should look like – four worthy performers battling it out for the crown. Four quality singers. Four singers who would all make kick-ass albums. And four coaches who currently have pop cultural relevance and are powerhouses in their own right. Hail THE VOICE. The show kicked off with the four Coaches Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton tackling another Queen song – “Under Pressure” and doing it justice. It was much better than their Queen butchering a couple of […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: 5 Reasons THE VOICE is better than AMERICAN IDOL

THE VOICE - Season 1 poster | ©2011 NBC

I used to love AMERICAN IDOL. I watched every season. Well, except for this last one. I quit AMERICAN IDOL cold turkey this year, and I never looked back. Honestly, I thought THE VOICE was going to be a lame IDOL ripoff. Instead it has turned out to be a pleasant surprise, addressing many of my problems with AMERICAN IDOL. Not only do I like THE VOICE, I think it is superior to AMERICAN IDOL. Here are the five reasons I think THE VOICE is better than AMERICAN IDOL. 1. THE VOICE isn’t sentimental. No one made it through the […]Read On »

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THE VOICE recap, photos and reveal of the Final Four for Season 1

Blake Shelton, Dia Frampton on THE VOICE - Season 1 - Semi-Finals Results Show | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

AMERICAN IDOL has perfected the art of procrastination when it comes to dragging out their results shows. It’s something that’s incredibly annoying and finely tuned week in and week out. Now, NBC’s THE VOICE gets to showcase their first official Results Show during the same week an episode has aired and damn did they get it right. It was mystery meat when it came to how the scores from the coaches and the audience was going to be added together, but the final reveal was actually quite clever. Essentially, the coaches had 100 points to divvy up between both of […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VOICE – Season 1- “Semi-Finals”

Frenchie Davis, Beverly McClellan, Nakia, Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, Xenia, Casey Weston, Javier Colon are the final 8 on THE VOICE - Season 1 - "Semi-Finals" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: June 21, 2011 The final two weeks of THE VOICE are here and the contestants are dropping like flies as another four people (actually five if you count the Thompson Sisters) were given the boot and the remaining eight performed. First the results … Team Cee Lo had raspy powerhouse singer Vicci Martinez get the audience save, while Cee Lo went for his brother from another mother Nakia as his save. BAM! I was totally dead-on from last week’s predictions. Team Adam had Javier Colon saved by the audience, while Casey Weston was […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VOICE – Season 1 – “Live Show, Quarter-Finals 2”

Tori and Taylor Thompson perform on THE VOICE - Season 1 - "Live Show, Quarter-Finals 2" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: June 14, 2011 I have so many mixed feelings about THE VOICE, that I’m still unsure whether I like how they’re trying to shake up the traditional AMERICAN IDOL formula or if they’re doing a disservice to the singers for not letting the show play out a little longer so audiences can get used to the contestants more. Either way, “Live Show, Quarter-Finals 2” is here and we not only saw four singers go home (two from Team Blake Shelton, two from Team Christina Aguilera), but Team Adam Levine and Team Cee Lo […]Read On »

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