TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “First Born”

Tim Omundson as Cain in SUPERNATURAL "First Born" | © 2014 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Timothy Omundson, Rachel Hayward Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John Badham Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 21, 2014 Directed by John Badham – yes, the helmer of the Frank Langella DRACULA, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and WARGAMES, among other credits – the SUPERNATURAL episode “First Born” comes up with a surprising yet logical (within the context of the show) bit of mythology, while working buddy comedy from two separate angles. While Dean (Jensen Ackles) is out on the road hunting Gadriel, he […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE MOB DOCTOR star James Carpinello is married to the mob

James Carpinello in THE MOB DOCTOR - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Mathieu Young

Fox’s medical/gangster drama THE MOB DOCTOR ends its thirteen-episode run tonight at 9 PM. Jordana Spiro plays the title character, a Chicago surgeon stuck doing favors for local Mob kingpin Constantine Alexander (William Forsythe). Grace started out believing that her old childhood friend and currently more-than-that Leoni Franco, played by James Carpinello, was Constantine’s right-hand man. It turns out that Franco is really a deep-undercover Fed looking to take down Constantine’s organization. New York-born Carpinello has a healthy Broadway background – he originated the role of Tony Manero in the Broadway musical version of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and was the […]Read On »

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Breaking News: The scoop on GLEE Season 4 and how it will balance Ohio and New York storylines – TCA 2012

Lea Michele in GLEE - Season 3 - "Nationals" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

With GLEE entering its fourth season with storylines set in Ohio and New York, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly reveals this new structure has worked out quite nicely with the three scripts he’s read so far. “I’m very happy with how seamless it is,” says Reilly. “There is a thematic linkage between the two. I think it’s going to be an event for fun for the audience not knowing who is going to show up when. We have a core of returning character we will be servicing every week and limited deals with some actors joining here or there.” Reilly […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Goodbye” – Season Finale

Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale in GLEE - Season 3 finale - "Goodbye" |©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Brad Falchuk Director: Brad Falchuk Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 22, 2012 In what feels more like a series finale rather than a season finale, the “Goodbye” episode of GLEE is another strong showing from a series that has really been firing on all cylinders the last few weeks. With so many of the “senior” class splintering off, this episode is about our core […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Nationals”

Lindsay Lohan in GLEE - Season 3 - "Nationals" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Ali Adler Director: Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 15, 2012 In the second half of the two-hour GLEE marathon, “Nationals” finally finds New Directions coming together for the big event they’ve been waiting three years for. After last year’s disastrous Nationals, the group is doing everything they can to win in order to have that lasting victory lap after being called losers […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Props”

Jenna Ushkowitz in GLEE - Season 3 - "Props" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Ian Brennan Director: Ian Brennan Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 15, 2012 More GLEE goodness arrives with one of the season’s most inventive episodes – “Props.” Taking a cue a FREAKY FRIDAY cue, the put-upon Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) who rarely gets to sing or gets noticed, bumps her head and for about ten minutes every GLEE cast member is suddenly embodying somebody else. This […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Prom-asauras”

Dianna Agron in GLEE - Season 3 - "Prom-asauras" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Ryan Murphy Director: Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 8, 2012 Sometimes GLEE hits an almost giddy high of capturing the essence of 1980s teen angst films while also living up to the potential of the first half of its own Season 1. With “Prom-asauras” there are still remnants of the things that frustrate long-time fans (myself included), but it’s made up by […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Choke”

Mark Salling in GLEE - Season 3 - "Choke" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Marti Noxon Director: Michael Uppendahl Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 1, 2012 With graduation looming for many of the students at McKinley High, the recent stories for GLEE have become more focused. Whereas most TV shows would deal with graduation and the end of high school during the last couple of the episodes, GLEE has made it a point to wring every kind of […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Saturday Night Glee-ver”

Alex Newell in GLEE - Season 3 - "Saturday Night Glee-ver" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Matthew Hodgson Director: Bradley Buecker Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: April 18, 2012 Watching the latest episode of GLEE, you couldn’t help but feel like the show was out of ideas and episode titles. Paying homage to one of the best selling soundtracks of all time – SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER – the episode is dubbed “Saturday Night Glee-ver” because, well, no one could have come […]Read On »

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EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE EXORCIST and AIRPLANE! get preserved by Library of Congress

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK | ©1980 LucasFilm Ltd.

Spanning the period between 1891-1996, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress designated 25 new films to their film preservation catalog which includes the second STAR WARS film THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, the comedy AIRPLANE! and the horror film classic THE EXORCIST. It was a very eclectic list that also included Spike Lee’s 1992 bio-pic MALCOLM X and the Robert Altman classic McCABE AND MRS. MILLER. Not everything was obvious. Included in the mix were some shorts including the George Lucas directed ELECTRONIC LABYRINTH which was the precursor to his feature film THX-1138 and a two-minute 1913 short […]Read On »

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