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Magic City: Bright City, Dark Doings!

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“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”

Ike Evans risks everything in a life and death battle to rid his Miramar Playa Hotel of the mob and Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Even if Ike’s long-shot gamble to take back his hotel succeeds, will the price of victory be too high?

Magic City returns to Starz on Friday, June 14th at 9/8C.

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Mitch Glazer And Jeffrey Dean Morgan Set Miami Ablaze With Magic City!

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Magic City [Starz, Fridays, 10/9C] is about a specific time in the history of Miami, Florida. New Year’s Eve of 1958 found the city about to hit a period of ferocious growth – what with Castro’s Cuban revolution forcing thousands of Cubans to flee for lives, most winding up in Miami. Soon, and for largely the same reason, the city would be taking over from Havana as the party town of the region.

The series is based, in part, on Glazer’s memories of life in Miami at the time, and centered on the Miramar Plaza Hotel, owned and operated by Ike Evans [Morgan] – a fictional version of the famous Fontainbleau Hotel – and the deal he makes with mob boss Ben ‘The Butcher’ Diamond [Danny Huston] to achieve his dream.

Recently, Glazer and Morgan took some time to talk with a group of bloggers/journalists about the series – and maybe a little football…

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Magic Blooms Over Miami In Magic City Premiere!

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After the sex, violence and political intrigue of Ancient Rome in Starz’ Spartacus series, it seems odd, yet somehow appropriate to find the same ingredients put to more nuanced use in the network’s Magic City [Fridays, 10/9C] – a series about hotelier Ike Evans and his family and their efforts to bring the magic with a legendarily luxurious hotel, the Miramar Plaza [modeled after the famous/infamous Fontainebleau Hotel].

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Starz Renews Magic City Before Series Premieres!

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It hasn’t even premiered yet, but Starz has given Magic City a second season.

The series, which revolves around the most luxurious hotel/casino in Miami as the fifties ended, stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike Morgan, [Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, Watchmen] the hotel’s owner; Olga Kurylenko [Hitman, Quantum of Solace] as Ike’s wife, Vera, and Danny Huston [The Kingdom, Children of Men] as Ben Diamond, the crime boss who holds the mortgage on Ike’s soul – and the hotel.

Magic City debuts on Starz on April 6th [10/9C].

The full press release follows the jump.

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Television: Supernatural Season 6 Finale Has Some Surprises

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The hit CW/Warner Bros. action series Supernatural is coming up on it’s 6th season finale, which will air on May 20th. According to recent updates to the episode information on The Internet Movie Database, the two-hour episode titled The Haunter In The Dark has some interesting surprises in the first hour of the episode.

The first surprise in first hour of The Haunter In The Dark is that it was not only written by series creator Eric Kripke, but also lists actor Jensen Ackles as a writer as well. Ackles is best known in Supernatural as the actor who plays older brother Dean Winchester opposite Jared Padalecki who plays younger brother Sam Winchester. This isn’t the first time that Jensen Ackles has branched out his resume in Supernatural. Earlier in season six, he made his directorial debut in the S6.4 episode Weekend At Bobby’s. It’s not certain at this time how much of the first part of Haunter In The Dark that Jensen Ackles is responsible for writing, but it is a sure bet that it will be the same kind of top notch work that fans and viewers have come to expect from this talented man.

The second, and probably the biggest surprise of all, is that actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan is listed as starring in The Haunter In The Dark.  According to the information on the Internet Movie Database page for the episode, Morgan is reprising his role as  Sam and Dean’s father, John Winchester. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has gone on to become a successful movie actor since his last appearance in Supernatural in the S2.1 In My Time of Dying, in which John Winchester traded his soul into hell to save the life of his son Dean and S2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose Pt 2 in which John’s spirit rises from hell to help his sons defeat the yellow eyed demon.  While he was in Vancouver filming his role as the Comedian in The Watchmen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan did some voice over work for Supernatural for the S3.14 episode Long Distance Caller in which Dean believes he is hearing his father’s voice on the telephone.

The Internet Movie Database does not list any synopsis for the Supernatural season 6 two hour finale The Haunter In The Dark, so fans and viewers don’t know yet how the return of John Winchester fits into the episode or how the character, which has been deceased since season 2, will be brought back into the storyline. Guess we will just have to tune in on Friday May 20th at 9 PM EST to find out.

DVD Review: The Losers is Out On Combo Pack, But Special Features Are Limited to The Blu-Ray Disc

Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download 7/20!

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It’s tough to do just a DVD review anymore since many movies, especially those being released by Warner Home Video, are being packaged as combos that include DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download. So this is really a review of both the DVD and the Blu-Ray discs since both are included in the packaging.

It seems like only yesterday, but it was actually back in late April that I was sitting down in the theater to see an advanced screening of a movie called The Losers. The Losers, which is based on a graphic novel of the same name, was an all out action movie about a special-forces unit consisting of Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short), and Cougar (Oscar Jaenada) who reluctantly join forces with a mysterious woman named Aisha (Zoe Saldana) to stop a rogue CIA agent named Max (Jason Patric)  who burned Clay’s team during a covert military operation in Bolivia.  Under the direction Sylvain White and the outstanding casting of the actors in the their various roles, The Losers was a non-stop thrill ride that I really thought would be a bigger box office draw than it ended up as. But then my inner child is a 12 year old boy, or so I have been told by my friends, so I might be a little biased when it comes to action movies with lots of explosions and wild chase scenes. I mean right after seeing The Losers for the first time, I wanted to go back and see it again I liked it so much.

To me the movie was a nice balance of action and character drama. Clay’s team of ‘Losers’ as he called them were a good mix of macho, funny and heroic. Aisha wasn’t some stereotypical ‘ model pretty, kick ass chick’. She had mystery and inner strength as well as outer beauty and combat skills.

So here we are, three months later, writing a review of the movie’s release by Warner Brothers Home Video onto a combo pack for home viewing entertainment.

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Television: Sneak Peek Vids & Artwork for Supernatural Season Five Finale S5.22 Swan Song

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Fans and Viewers alike, Supernatural Season 5 has now reached the top of the last hill. Now the season finale, Swan Song is poised to take the wildest plummet into excitement yet as Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) gets ready to take on Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). Of course Sam has some pretty heavy hitters on his side including his brother Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins) who may yet have one more spark of angel mojo left in him and veteran hunter Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver).

Supernatural S5.22, Swan Song airs this Thursday May 13th at 9 PM EST and according to series Creator Eric Kripke is the culmination of his 5 year story arc. An arc that began back in the pilot episode of season one when Sam reluctantly agreed to reunite with his older brother Dean for a few days to find their missing father, John Winchester (as played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). A few days turned into a permanent reunion as Sam returned to his college apartment to find that his live in love Jessica (Adrienne Palicki) had been killed in the same manner as Sam and Dean’s mother Mary Winchester(as played by Samantha Smith) had been killed when they were children. Dean and Sam’s fate are set in motion again by these events that lead them on the road in their black ’67 Chevy Impala to ‘hunting things, saving people: the family business”. 

Eric Kripke promises that this storyline, which has taken a lot of twists and turns filled with psychic children, angels and demons will be tied up and finished in S5.22 Swan Song and Supernatural will have a whole new story for the upcoming season six. So while we wait for Swan Song to air this Thursday, let’s take a look at some sneak peek artwork and vids provided by the good folks at The CW Network & Warner Bros Television.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Losers is a Winner!

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The Losers is a relatively low-budget movie adapted from a relatively obscure comics series. It’s packed with action of a PG variety and set up by a CIA operation that not only goes wrong but takes out twenty-five Bolivian children. That last part, staged by a CIA ghost called Max [Jason Patric], was supposed to kill the team that marked a drug lord’s compound as well, but the doomed chopper couldn’t carry them and the kids and they stayed behind. Naturally, Max has arranged for them to be blamed for the kids’ deaths.

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Movie Review: The Losers Has All the Makings of A Box Office Winner

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Anyone Else Would Be Dead By Now: The Losers is a tale of double cross and revenge centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda, joins them. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.

That’s the official Warner Brothers synopsis for the movie The Losers, which stars among others, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans and Jason Patric. It is based on characters in a graphic novel created by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Jocko. I have to admit right now, I’ve never read the graphic novels and so going into the screening of this action movie I knew absolutely nothing about the story of these four men and the lovely, mysterious Aisha, other than they were being played by actors I enjoy seeing on screen and that they were on a mission of revenge. I came out of the screening not only wanting to immediately see The Losers again, but with high anticipation for the sequel that surely has to be forthcoming.

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