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Alyssa Milano

Posted in entertainment with tags , , on January 14, 2013 by SpenceG

Title: Alyssa Milano, ‘Mistress’ in chief

If you didn’t already know Alyssa Milano was all grown up, you will after Mistresses.

The former Who’s the Boss star returns to ABC sometime this spring as Savannah Davis, a frustrated wife who begins an affair with a co-worker, played by Grey’s Anatomy’s Jason George. This being a soap, she becomes pregnant — without knowing whether the father is her husband or her lover.

“I love playing women who are flawed, and right from the pilot she makes a decision that has serious consequences,” she says.

If that set-up sounds familiar, there’s a reason: The as-yet-unscheduled, 13-episode American series is a remake of a six-episode British series that ran here on BBC America. While the plots begin in the same place, producer Rina Mimoun says the American show soon shifts off in its own direction, in terms of plot and approach.

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Why Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio were snubbed by the Oscars

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , , on January 13, 2013 by SpenceG

Fans of Django Unchained couldn’t help but be a little disappointed by yesterday’s Academy Award nominations.

While the movie did bring home nods for best picture and screenplay, its director, Quentin Tarantino, was snubbed, as were the two actors who gave arguably the bravest and most memorable performances in the film: Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.

Previous Oscar winner Christoph Waltz was nominated for his performance as the anti-slavery bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, and while the recognition is definitely deserved (he’s brilliant in the movie), it’s also fair to say that his part is the film’s safest.

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Quentin Tarantino on the story behind his Western Django Unchained

Posted in entertainment with tags , , on January 13, 2013 by SpenceG

The difference between Django Unchained and my other films is that it follows one character on a journey.

Django and his wife are runaway slaves who are caught and as a punishment sold to owners on opposite sides of the country.

We meet Django in Texas as he’s freed by a bounty hunter who teaches him his trade and, later, agrees to help him rescue his wife from the clutches of Calvin Candie, a plantation owner who makes slaves fight to the death for fun.

Generally, revenge movies are simple. You meet the hero. You meet his wife. You meet their kids.

You hang out with them for about 20 minutes and then the bad guys kill the wife, kill the kids and the good guy goes on a roaring rampage of revenge.

The important thing to remember is that the revenge should be satisfying; it’s horrible when the heroes don’t personally kill the bad guys.

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How Popular Is the Wii U, Really?

Posted in entertainment with tags , on December 27, 2012 by SpenceG

I have a Wii U. And although I find its motion implementation quite fun at times, and the addition of a second screen a good idea, I haven’t played it at all in the last couple of weeks.

I decided to conduct an informal poll with other people I know who also own a Wii U. I asked them if they’ve been playing with the console much since its launch. Nearly every person said that they played it somewhat heavily in the first week after launch, but little after that.

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‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’ Week 6 Performance Recap: Dance Goes Country

Posted in entertainment with tags , , on November 1, 2012 by SpenceG

It’s Country Week, y’all! Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars week 6 is also pretty much the only normal week (more or less) we’re going to have in a long stretch of episodes. Considering that this week’s eliminations will take two weeks of scores into account, that’s saying a lot.

It’s going to be rather complicated to make predictions this week, actually. What with the multiple scores — pairs could have as many as four separate scores by Tuesday night’s Results Show — who knows what could happen?

We do at least know how the various couples did last week. Here’s a quick reminder if you — like me — need it.

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How Warner Bros Could Reboot Batman – Part 1

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , on September 30, 2012 by SpenceG

Okay, let’s get down to business. Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise trilogy has now come to an end with The Dark Knight Rises, and now Warner Bros. is going to need to reboot the series. The billion dollar question is, how?

I’ve already stated my opposition to the idea of rebooting Batman in a Justice League film. Now, I’m going to offer my explanation for how I think Warner Bros. should go about rebooting Batman’s franchise — and the kicker is, it involves both cinema AND television. So strap in, dear readers, for part 1 of “how to reboot Batman!”

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Dragon*Con: Billy West Dean Cain And Plenty of Cosplay To Go Out On

Posted in entertainment with tags , on September 22, 2012 by SpenceG

Dragon Con, Superman

Well, the costumes and weapons have been packed and put away, the host hotels have been sprayed down and sanitized to make way for the big Baptist convention that came in on the last day, and thousands of geeks are heading home to their normal lives. Dragon*Con 2012 may be over, but we still have a ton of coverage for you.

First off, here’s a little chat I had with Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, Skeets on JLU) about comic books, being a geek before it was cool, and what sets Dragon*Con apart from other conventions.

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What’s behind the bald Bratz dolls?

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , on September 17, 2012 by SpenceG

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The “bald doll” movement actually came about as a result of an online campaign from a young cancer patient who wanted to see a bald Barbie. After hemming and hawing, Mattel finally complied, but only with 10,000 limited edition dolls that are being sold to U.S. hospitals. The company has been widely criticized for missing out on a great opportunity to make a difference and help children with cancer. Even the Vatican’s official newspaper jumped on the bandwagon. The Bratz line is being praised because the dolls are widely available in retail stores. But does it deserve congratulations or some questions?

The biggest question is whether this effort is really dedicated to helping the cause, given that only a small portion of proceeds will go to charity. The criticisms are similar to those lobbied at the pink ribbon movement, in which products are branded in the colour pink while only a fraction of profits actually go to charity. The Pink Underbelly draws the comparison in a post written earlier this year that says “if MGA really wanted to be an ‘active supporter’ in pediatric cancer treatments and research, they’d donate more than $1 from the sale of each doll …”

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Is a $675,000 fine for sharing 31 pirated songs too much? | ExtremeTech

Posted in entertainment, technology with tags , , , , on August 27, 2012 by SpenceG

Joel Tenenbaum is out of options. A Massachusetts District Court judge ruled the $675,000 fine levied against him is indeed appropriate and refused calls for a new jury trial, meaning the former Boston University graduate student will pay a staggering $21,774 for every song he shared over P2P networks.

The case has made its way through the courts over the past five years, with a jury initially finding Tenenbaum guilty of copyright infringement and levying the fine. His lawyers argued the fines were excessive, and the Judge presiding over the case at the time agreed. She lowered the fines to $67,500, or $2,177 per song, which record industry lawyers balked at and appealed to higher courts.

via Is a $675,000 fine for sharing 31 pirated songs too much? | ExtremeTech.

DVD Verdict Review – Isle Of The Dead / Bedlam

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , , on August 15, 2012 by SpenceG

Isle of the Dead gives us Boris Karloff as General Nikolas “The Watchdog” Pherides, one of Greece’s fiercest, least sympathetic military men. He takes a break from shelling villagers to visit his wife’s island grave with war correspondent Oliver Davis Marc Cramer, The Adventures of Don Coyote. While on the island, the pair comes across the lively house of the cemetery keeper and a gaggle of quirky houseguests. Among them is Thea Ellen Drew, Man in the Saddle, who is whispered to be a Vuldrini wait, that’s Ghostbusters. Anyway, she supposedly kills people, and people start dying on the island. It might be the plague. It might also be this vampire chick, Thea, so the General talks about killing her. But he never really does; instead, he mumbles a lot and waves his arms wildly whenever Thea walks into the room. Then a nice lady gets buried alive, people run around, and the end credits roll.

via DVD Verdict Review – Isle Of The Dead / Bedlam.

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Katy Perry: Cherries!

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

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I really like to look like a history book. I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I’ll pull that ’80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings. — Katy Perry

David Duchovny Weighs The Possibility Of ‘The X-Files 3′ | | Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

A few months back TheX-Files writer Frank Spotnitz discussed his strong desire to do a new film in the series saying,”There is a very active and relentless fan campaign for a last movie. I do feel like it would be a terrible shame if that didn’t happen. It feels wrong not to give it an ending around the alien colonisation of earth. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson feel the same.”

Now Duchovny’s speaking for himself and he backs this up 100%. He told Collider, “That book doesn’t close until somebody dies, really. One of the greatnesses of the show was its open-endedness. It was about possibility. It wasn’t about closure. It just couldn’t be. There is no such thing as that story ever ending. Those characters are forever searching. That’s what they do. Even if we’re not watching them, they’re out there, in some dimension. Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing ‘cause that’s their nature…I would love to do another film, or more. I think we’re all game for it. I know I’m kind of perplexed that Fox isn’t more [enthusiastic].”

I can kind of see where Fox is coming from. 2008′s I Want To Believe only grossed $20M compared to Fight The Future‘s $83M (not adjusted for inflation). But Duchovny has a reasonable answer for I Want To Believe‘s financial failure. Head inside for more.

via David Duchovny Weighs The Possibility Of ‘The X-Files 3′ | | Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting.

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