TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

Raphael Sbarge, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Jamie Dornan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas in ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Karen Hill

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: David M. Barrett Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: December 11, 2011 When you see that an episode is written by the show’s creators, you have to figure it’s going to be a pretty key episode, especially if you’ve got an ongoing story arc, like this show does. “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” pays off big time. In this episode from ONCE UPON A TIME, we not only find out that Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) does have a fairy tale counterpart, we see that Regina […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Shepherd”

Josh Dallas in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "The Shepherd" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Paul Edwards Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: December 4, 2011 Funny how this episode “The Shepherd,” while interesting, didn’t seem to do much to advance the overall story of ONCE UPON A TIME. It wasn’t a bad episode. It just didn’t seem to do much. Now that John Doe (the Prince Charming who came through the evil spell that sent all the fairy tale characters to present day Storybrooke, Maine, and landed there in a coma) has woken up and been identified as David Nolan (Josh Dallas), we get […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “That Still Small Voice”

Tony Amendola and Meghan Ory in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "That Still Small Voice" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Paul Edwards Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: November 27, 2011 As usual in ONCE UPON A TIME, we have two related stories happening in different worlds. In the fairy tale world, we have the story of how Jiminy Cricket (Raphael Sbarge) became a cricket – and it’s all about the conscience and him going against his, “That Still Small Voice” of the episode title. In Storybrooke, where all the fairy tale characters now live thanks to the curse by The Evil Queen – known in Storybrooke as Mayor […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Price of Gold”

Jessy Schram in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "The Price of Gold" | ©2011 ABC/Sergei Bachlakov

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: David H. Goodman Director: David Solomon Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: November 12, 2011 It’s always the innocuous stuff that goes past you on a show like ONCE UPON A TIME, but I suspect that even though the episode “The Price of Gold” is focusing on the parallel stories of Cinderella/Ashley Boyd (Jessy Schram) trying to keep her baby from Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle), the really significant question is whether Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) is offering Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) the deputy position in defiance of Mayor Regina Mills (Lana Parilla) […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Snow Falls”

Ginnifer Goodwin and Amos Stern in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Snow Falls" | ©2011 ABC/Chris Helcermanas-Benge

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Liz Tigelaar Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: November 6, 2011 The inherent problem with exposition is that it’s utterly necessary and yet it can lead to some pretty lackluster episodes. Take the “Snow Falls” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME. Presumably, it’s pretty significant how Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) met in their original fairy tale world, especially since Snow’s counterpart Mary Margarat accidentally wakes up Charming’s counterpart – the mysterious John Doe – who has been in a coma since, like, forever. Of […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Thing You Love Most”

Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison in ONCE UPON A TIME - "The Thing You Love Most" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis Director: Greg Beeman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 30, 2011 Like the good disciples of LOST creator Damon Lindelof they are, writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are happily dropping little hints here and there about the fairy world and the supposed real world of Storybrook, Maine in the new ABC series ONCE UPON A TIME, but are raising just as many, if not more, questions. In tonight’s episode “The Thing You Love Most”, as Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina (Lana Parilla) go head to […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Kharen Hill

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis Director: Mark Mylod Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 23, 2011 Once upon a time, back in 1987, ABC put on a situation comedy called THE CHARMINGS  in which the Evil Queen (Judy Parfitt), in a fit of rage that Snow White had survived after all, cast a spell so powerful, it sent Snow, Prince Eric (Christopher Rich) and their two boys, the Queen and a Dwarf, to modern suburbia.  Their confusion with their fairy tale beginnings and real life made for much merriment, but not enough […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY

Olivia Wilde at the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY | © 2010 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Pictures held the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY, presented by NOKIA on December 11th at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The setup for TRON: LEGACY was amazing…blue carpet…neon backgrounds and girls dressed in white costumes greeting the stars and guests as they arrived. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde (HOUSE), Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Michael Sheen, Anis Cheurfa, Beau Garrett, Sirinda Swan, Yaya DaCosta, Elizabeth Mathis, Justin Springer (co-producer), screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, director Joseph Kosinski, and Daft Punk (original music). Joining them were […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRON: LEGACY

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TRON: LEGACY opens with a very cool, TRON-ized rendition of the traditional Walt Disney Pictures logo, with the fairytale castle rendered in black, white and silver. This suggests that we’re in for a film of mild subversion that makes what we’ll see just that more wonderful. Actually, what we’re in for is a surprisingly faithful follow-up to the original 1982 TRON. Will we see an alternate universe where anthropomorphic computer programs are rendered primarily in shades of black, white and gray? We will. Will the light cycles of the first film have been updated to be more exciting and dynamic? Yes, they will. Will TRON: LEGACY have the same issue as its predecessor when it comes to thin characterizations and talk about changing the world so grand, broad and vague that it could mean practically anything? Yes, it will.

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Exclusive Interview: TRON: LEGACY screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz bring the franchise back online

TRON: LEGACY poster - Sam Flynn | ©2010 Disney Enterprises

How do you pick up the pieces of a cult classic like 1982’s TRON and turn it into the next big mega-budget, must-see high-tech 3-D blockbuster? It all starts with the script and the right take on the material which screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (who are former LOST scribes) figured out early on. They were fans of the original and wanted to take elements of the original film and the character of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and progress the story to the present. The end result is TRON: LEGACY which focuses on Flynn’s grown-up son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) […]Read On »

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