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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Exclusive Photos from THE MUPPETS World Premiere

Kermit at the World Premiere of Disney's THE MUPPETS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

THE MUPPETS showed up in Hollywood recently to celebrate the World Premiere of their movie THE MUPPETS from Disney at the El Capitan Theatre. Sweetums was the first to walk down the green carpet to greet all the press. Followed by Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Rowlf and Walter in a black Chrysler Jeep Wrangler, who was a sponsor and then Miss Piggy rode up in a Silver Chrysler convertible smiling at all the press. Following the Muppets were the human stars and guests. The stars of the film walking the carpet included: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, […]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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Movie Review: WARRIOR

WARRIOR movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Kevin Dunn Writers: Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman, story by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 9, 2011 A movie about two brothers who haven’t seen each other for years, the younger not speaking to the elder and both estranged from their father, who both wind up competing out of financial necessity in the same worldwide mixed martial arts worldwide championship match sounds like it’s going to have its share of clichés and melodrama. WARRIOR does in […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about new series ONCE UPON A TIME and its sustainable concept

Jamie Dornan, Lana Parrilla, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Dealing the real and fairy tale worlds, ABC’s new fall series ONCE UPON A TIME is filled with the kind of scope that most network’s would be fearful to embark on because of its sustainability. However, Paul Lee, ABC’s Entertainment President feels the show is really going to surprise audiences and at today’s ABC Television Critics Association executive session, he revealed he’s very excited about the future of the show. “We were initially worried we couldn’t sustain it as a full series, but I’ve seen the second and third episode and I’m now fully confident we can sustain it,” says […]Read On »

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