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DVD REVIEW: Becker: The Third Season – Before House, There Was Becker!

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I have no idea if David Shore was influenced by Becker when he was creating Dr. Gregory House, but as I screened the third season of Becker, I couldn’t help but think that it wouldn’t have taken much to turn Ted Danson’s second hit series [six seasons] into a drama.

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DVD REVIEW: Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening – Sorry, Dude, Vulgarity Requires More Than Volume!

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Lenny Bruce went to jail for taking street language onstage and giving it a context. Richard Pryor went to jail for drugs – and giving vulgarity music. George Carlin took a more philosophical approach but still got arrested. By the time that David Milch’s Deadwood gave vulgarity a Shakespearean poetry, the days of jail time for vulgarity were long past. Which is too bad.

Aziz Ansari does a lovely job with other people’s material [see: The Hangover and Parks and Recreation] but when it comes to his stand-up act, captured on Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening [a title clearly meant to be ironic], his major contribution is volume.

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TELEVISION: Hawaii Five-O Gets Its Garrett!

In a matter of a couple of days, CBS’s Hawaii Five-O reboot has cast two of its biggest roles.

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Yesterday it was announced that Lost’s Jin, Daniel Dae Kim had been cast as Detective Chin Ho Kelly and today, former Moonlight star Alex O’Loughlin was confirmed to star as Steve Garrett – following the trail blazed by the late Jack Lord in the sixties and seventies – the head of the Hawaii State Police.

The 5-0 reboot was created by the ubiquitous writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci [Fringe] and Peter Lenkov [CSI: NY] and is O’Loughlin’s third CBS headliner following cult favorite Moonlight and the atrocious Three Rivers.

MOVIE NEWS: Spidey 3-D!!

It looks like Sony’s Spider-Man reboot will be taking us to new heights.

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Sony announced to day that its fourth Spider-Man film, a reboot, will be shot in 3-D to premiere on July 3, 2012. For the present, the project – to be written by Zodiac’s James Vanderbilt and directed by [500] Days of summer’s Marc Webb – will be known only as “untitled.”

"Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc’s fantastic vision," said Sony’s worldwide marketing & distribution chairman Jeff Blake.

MOVIE NEWS: Paramount Making Mission: Impossible IV!

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Paramount Pictures is making Mission Impossible IV. The film, which will be produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions and will star Cruise, will be released Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are attached to write the script, from an original idea by Cruise and Abrams. The studio, Cruise and Abrams are in now the process of identifying a director for the film.

MOVIE REVIEW: From Paris With Love – Pierre Morel Zips Another One Past Us!

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In baseball terms, Pierre Morel’s [Transporter 3, District B13] best pitch is the high, hard heater – the shoulder high fastball. His movies tend to start off with a bit of scene-setting and then shift into high gear for the rest of the ride. So it is with From Paris With Love – a movie filled with shootings, stabbings and stuff getting blowed up real good. If Joe Bob Briggs was still doing regular reviews, he’d give this three explosions out of five.

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TELEVISION: Neil Gaiman Confirmed For Doctor Who Episode!

The name Neil Gaiman is synonymous with great storytelling – from his iconic Sandman comics to children’s tales with an edge [Coraline] and expansive fantasy worlds like those of American Gods and Anansi Boys. Now SFX Weekly is reporting that he has confirmed that an episode of Doctor Who will be only his third television credit [he wrote Day of the Dead for Babylon 5 and co-wrote the BBC mini-series, Neverwhere].

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Gaiman’s Doctor Who ep will appear in Matt Smith’s second season as The Doctor. On the subject of his Whovian script, Gaiman said, “As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I’m a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching — from behind the sofa — when I was three. And while I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season but early in the one after that, it’s quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called “The House of Nothing”. But it definitely isn’t called that any more.

Countdown. You’ve got about 14 months.”

MOVIES: Taylor Lautner: Superhero Spy!

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that Taylor Lautner has snagged the lead in Universal’s projected tentpole, Stretch Armstrong – based on the Hasbro action figure.

The plot revolves around a spy who happens upon a stretching formula and takes it. Now he has to learn how to deal with the consequences of this rash action. The film is being developed by Universal and Imagine, for shooting in 3D. As a result, the film’s release date has been pushed back from May 15, 2011 to some time in 2012.

Universal co-chairman Donna Langley was quoted as saying, ““In the past two years, Taylor has emerged as a real star at the global box office. He brings the perfect balance of energy and athleticism to the role of an unlikely super hero with a fantastic super power.”

HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Sarah Silverman Is a Delightfully Strange Person!

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On Friday, Sarah Silverman talked to a number of television bloggers about the new season of The Sarah Silverman Program [Comedy Central, tonight, 10:30/9:30C]. Subjects ranged from the personal [her new boyfriend] to the sensitive [her ongoing battle with depression] as well as the way her show is written and why it gets so outrageous.

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TELEVISION: Lost – Like General Franco, John Locke is Still Dead!

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After ten-and-a-half months, Lost returned with its final season premiere, a two-hour premiere called LA X, last night. The final Lost recap, in a stroke of genius, was narrated by Michael [Ben Linus] Emerson and tracked the individual character arcs of the main cast members – an approach that was unique for these things – and set the tone for a most unusual beginning to Lost’s end. I have no idea how many theories were rendered invalid last night, or how many fans were thrilled or ticked off, but no can say the answers didn’t begin with a couple of big bangs!

Spoilers follow the jump.

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