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TELEVISION: Confused? You Won’t Be After Tonight’s Premiere of Lost!

No, I haven’t seen anything more than the almost new footage-free spots that ABC has been airing for the much anticipated final season premiere of Lost [ABC, 9/8C – Recap at 8/7C] – or the collections of soundbites from the cast members – all content-free but talking about such things as the show’s legacy and their places within it. And no, you’ll probably still be a bit confused afterwards, but we are promised that answers will be coming beginning with LA X, so we’ll see…

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I do know that a few of the twelve thousand [12,000!] fan who traveled from around the world to attend the last Sunset on the Beach screening of the premiere have posted shaky, cell phone cam recordings of the premiere and those postings haven’t managed squat in viewings – and a wealth of comments to the effect of, “Why would I want to watch a shaky, cheapo version of this? I’ve waited for almost a year to see what happens next and I’m going to watch it in HD, not your pissy little video!”

Network suits everywhere are astounded!

Tomorrow, I’ll post my reaction to LA X, the two-hour premiere of the final season of Lost.

TELEVISION: Syfy’s New Spin on Classic Tales Makes The Most Dangerous Night of the Week Even Darker!

Syfy’s most dangerous night of the week just got a bit darker. With the airing of Beauty and the Beast, Syfy’s Saturday Night Original Movies begins a series of re-imagined classic fairytales, legends and pop culture characters from Little Red Riding Hood to Hansel and Gretel to Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor.

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Beauty and the Beast [Saturday, February 27, 9/8C] marks the premiere of these unusual films. Directed by David Lister and written by Gavin Scott, Beauty and the Beast is not the traditional Disney fairy tale. In this gritty celebration of Valentine’s Day, a young Beauty (Estella Warren) with a gift for healing helps a deformed Prince (Rhett Gilles, Wraiths of Roanoke) regain his throne and defeat the ruthless nobleman who wants to be king — and then together they try to destroy a power-hungry witch.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy Heart: Jeff Bridges’ Performance Really Ties The Film Together!

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Crazy Heart is the story of a burnt out country & western singer who drinks too much, sleeps around and hasn’t written a new song in many years – and how love redeems him without making life all that much easier. Bad Blake is the burnt out C&W star and Jean Craddock [Maggie Gyllenhaal] is the reporter and single mom whose request for an interview leads to much more than either of them expect.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Edge of Darkness – Topicality Merely McGuffin in Revenge Flick!

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She hasn’t even been home a full evening when Emma Craven [Bojana Novakovic] is killed by a shotgun blast fired by a man in a ski mask – right in front of her father, police detective Thomas Craven [Mel Gibson]. His search for vengeance turns up disquieting things – like the possibility of Emma being a terrorist, or the possibility that she might have been about to blow the whistle on the company for which she worked, for making nuclear weapons.

Based on the ten-year old BBC mini-series of the same name, Edge of Darkness marks Gibson’s first appearance in a movie in almost eight years. While it doesn’t have the scope of the mini-series – especially in terms of the politics and illicit nukes angles, it does work as a revenge thriller for a few reasons…

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MOVIE REVIEW: When in Rome – Fresh, Fluffy Fun!

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Beth [Kristen Bell] is the youngest curator at the Guggenheim Museum and in charge of her first big show – fourteen major works that deal with pain. When she takes forty-eight hours off to attend her sister, Joan’s [Alexis Dziena] wedding in Rome, something weird happens – she meets Nick [Josh Duhamel], a guy whom she likes almost as much as her job. But when she sees him kissing a spectacular brunette in a tight red dress, she gets drunk and stumbles into the Fountain of Love.

In a moment of ill-conceived defiance, she takes four coins and apoker chip from the fountain – causing the men who tossed them there to suddenly fall passionate in love with her: Antonio [Will Arnett], a struggling artist; Lance [Jon Heder], a street magician [take that, Criss Angel!]; Gale, [Dax Shepard], a narcissistic male model, and Leo [Danny DeVito], the King of Sausage. Beth comes to believe that Nick is the fifth …

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DVD REVIEW: The House of the Devil – Old School Thriller!

The House of the Devil opens with a graphic card that claims seventy per cent of American adults in the ‘80s believed that there were Satanic cults that abducted and sacrificed people – and that thirty per cent believed that we didn’t hear about because of a government cover up. So, we know going that this a particular type of horror film.

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Samantha [Jocelin Donahue] is a college student who needs to come up with a lot of money to cover the rent of an apartment – which she needs to get away from her slutty, slobby dorm roommate. When she spies a flyer on one of the various bulletin/flyer boards on campus, she thinks she’s got it made – despite some good advice from her best friend, Megan [Greta Gerwig]. The circumstances surrounding the babysitting job are peculiar to say the least – and the couple who hire her are beyond odd. But, she needs the money – and even an impending lunar eclipse can’t sway her.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Psych – John Cena is Juliet’s Brother? Who Saw That Coming?

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Tonight, Psych makes its Wednesday debut [USA, 10/9C] – a new night coupled with the loss of the lead-in that used to be provided by the now departed Monk. That means it’s time to break out the big guns – and not just the ones masquerading as John Cena’s biceps!

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: John Cena & James Roday Get Psyched!

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Psych [USA, Wednesdays, 10/9C] returns for its winter premiere tonight – a new night – and minus the lead-in of perennial favorite, Monk, which ended its eight-year run in December. I took part in a teleconference Q&A session with series star James Roday and John Cena, who guest stars in the premiere. Unfortunately, their schedules where such that there was no overlap, so Mr. Cena was onboard for the first twenty minutes, then had to get on an airplane and Mr. Roday joined, us for the last half-hour, from the studio. It was an unusual situation that allowed for some interesting questions.

Also on the call were: Joshua Maloney [Niagara Frontier Publications], David Martindale [Hearst Newspapers], Rosa Cordero [AccidentalSexiness.com], Sammy Torino [TV Grapevine], Troy Rogers [thedeadbolt.com], Kristyn Clark [Pop Culture Madness], Laura Tucker [Small Screen Monthly], Earl Dittman [Wireless Magazine], Lisa Sternberg [Starry Constellation], Whitney Sedgwick [TwoSuns.com], Lena Lamoray [LenaLamoray.com], Travis Tidmore [The CineManiac], Monica Garsky [Flash News], Icess Fernandez, and Martin Sternberg [SmallScreenScoop.com].

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TELEVISION: Supernatural’s Spook Hunters Get Spin-Off!

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Variety is reporting that CW series Supernatural is getting a spin-off – in the form of the Ghostfacers, the show’s comedic take on paranormal reality shows like Ghost Hunters. The series will be seen online, premiering on TheWB.com –encoring on CWTV.com – and running for ten three-minute episodes. The series, from McG’s Wonderland, is already in production.

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DVD REVIEW: Trucker – Michelle Monaghan Powers Indie Fractured Family Drama!

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Diane Ford [Michelle Monaghan] is a truck driver, who has a reputation for always delivering early. She’s just paid off her big rig when she gets what seems to be a nasty surprise: her ex-husband’s current flame drops of her eleven-year old son. Neither Diane nor Peter [Jimmy Bennett] is particularly thrilled by this. What is originally intended to be three week thing becomes more when Peter’s dad’s cancer worsens and the two face the prospect of being stuck with each other permanently.

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GRAPHIC NOVELS: [Forty-Five] Creates a Unique New World!

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Anyone who’s read previous Com.X releases [Cla$$War, Razorjack, etc.] will likely be delighted with the publisher’s newest release, [Forty-Five]. It’s a unique idea that may have been inspired – at least in part – Who’s Who collections of the sort that Marvel and DC have published in the past, but with one unique twist. Rather than just being a collection of the various heroes and villains from a singular universe, creator/writer Andi Ewington presents the forty-five characters [super, normal and/or mech-based] as part of a search by its author, journalist James Stanley as he ponders the possible directions that his about-to-be-born first child might take – especially if he’s born with superpowers!

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