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The short version of this week’s PopWatch Planner is two words and two words only: Shark Week. If you really want advice on what else to watch, maybe you could check out Franklin & Bash on Wednesday, or go to see The Giver over the weekend. But come on, do those have sharks in them?
Anyway, your pop-culture schedule for the week is:
Sunday Aug. 10
Air Jaws: Fin of Fury, 8 p.m., Discovery
Like a leviathan rising up from the depths, Shark Week breaks through your pop-culture schedule to consume the rest of your waking hours.
Monday Aug. 11
Running Wild with Bear Grylls, »
- Jackson McHenry
Billy welcomes the return of sci-fi western, Defiance. Here's his review of the season two opener...
This review contains spoilers.
2.1 The Opposite Of Hallelujah
After a first season that mixed good with not so great, probably in equal proportions, I was still glad to see the return of this quirky show. Between some weak characters and predictable narrative constructs, it managed to offer up some really memorable ideas and personas. And, unusually for this channel, it also provided some real plot twists on occasion. At its core, the show is essentially a western with alien prosthetics and a twist of mysticism thrown in.
After an eleven month hiatus, Defiance is back, and it’s no less mercurial than before.
Calling The Opposite Of Hallelujah a story would be generally inaccurate, because almost none of what goes on is joined up in any way. What we get instead is a snapshot of the main characters, »
Mia Kirshner (The L Word) and Waleed Zuaiter (Revolution, Homeland) have booked recurring roles on Netflix’s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Kzk), the 13-episode series centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home. Kirshner, repped by Apa, Wishlab and Characters, most recently shot a guest role on ABC pilot Clementine. Zuaiter, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Ramos Management, will play Major Eckhardt, a mysterious authority figure in the Florida Keys who is having an affair with Meg Rayburn (Linda Cardellini). Zuaiter is coming off a starring role in the Oscar-nominated film Omar. Elaine Tan has been cast in a recurring role in Amazon Studios’ drama pilot Hand Of God, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Over the years I’ve received a great deal of discrimination from the horror community based solely on my young age. I was born in 1990 and luckily raised on a healthy diet of all things creepy and cooky (Thanks, Mom!). While I may not have grown up during the age of rampant VHS horror distribution or iconic slasher films, 90′s kids like myself were given the gift of quality scares in the form of “kid appropriate” horror television. In celebration of Icons of Fright’s 10 Year Anniversary, I will be spotlighting a different 90′s Horror Kid TV show that helped shape the film interests of many young horror fans.Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society, I call this article…Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Airing on Nickelodeon from 1991-1996 and again from 1999-2000, Are You Afraid Of The Dark? was a show that dramatized the scary stories »
- BJ Colangelo
We’re now just 6 weeks away from the long-awaited return of Jack Bauer to our screens for the London-set mini-series 24: Live Another Day. It’s been almost 4 years since Kiefer Sutherland last played the part in Season 8′s thrilling finale, and given the character’s popularity, it’s no surprise that he’s come surging back to TV so soon. So, what better time to relive those classic moments, the scenes which cemented 24 in the canon of must-see TV shows forever more?
We’re talking about the kills (in fact, a lot of kills), the shocking twists, and on occasion, the ridiculous writing decisions that fans didn’t quite buy into but which nevertheless came to define the show, especially in its less-acclaimed later years.
Still, even a bad episode of 24 is better than 99% of serialised dreck on Fox, so it’s time to look back with a »
- Jack Pooley
With its frank discussions and extensive sex scenes, this is where all your questions about lesbians are answered
The L Word reached our screens just as Sex and the City was tottering off the Brooklyn Bridge in high-heeled pursuit of whichever shark it could jump first. Advertised by Living TV across tube stations and on the back of heat magazine by two oiled-up, bikinied lesbians and the slogan "Same Sex, Different City", it too came from a place of immense privilege.
Series one is the most heteronormative-friendly; later series went a bit haywire trying to please online forum überfans' demands for more intersectional representation at the behest of believable storylines. One worry was that out of half a dozen lesbians, only one gives off Sapphic vibes distinctive enough for a straight person to recognise: urchin-haired androgyne Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig) is so universally sexy that everyone, male or female, gay or straight, »
- Sophie Wilkinson
Stars: Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner, Allie MacDonald, Peter DaCunha, David Keeley, Erik Knudsen, J. Larose, Shamier Anderson, Max Topplin, Michael Copeman, Shawn Ashmore | Written and Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
When I sat down to watch Devil in the Woods I suddenly had a case of déjà vu because I’ve seen this movie before. I’m confused as to why The Barrens has been released as Devil in the Woods, probably the most confusing part is I’d watched it on VOD as The Barrens in the UK. It’s only a small detail anyway, as Devil in the Woods (as I will call it for this review) is a film worth seeing.
When Richard Vinryard (Stephen Moyer) takes his family on a camping holiday looking to get away from civilisation he is less than impressed to find that the camping ground he used to visit as a child »
- Paul Metcalf
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Running Time: 94 Minutes
The woods have never been a fun place in the world of film, so quite why we often see such camping trips as the solution to family problems is beyond me. I suppose getting in touch with nature away from the civilised world and modern distractions is what lures so many unsuspecting groups into the cold and miserable wilderness, where large looming trees block out the sun, making everything constantly grim. But what about the murders, monsters, and general threat of death? Swings and roundabouts.
In Devil In The Woods (or The Barrens in the Us), Stephen Moyer plays Richard Vineyard, who takes to the woods with second wife (Kirshner), daughter from first marriage (MacDonald), and son from current »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
"True Blood" star Stephen Moyer takes the lead in director Darren Lynn Bousman's Jersey Devil-themed nightmare Devil in the Woods (known in the Us as The Barrens; review here), and in honor of the flick's UK home video release, we have a new still!
Look for the release on 3 March 2014 via the folks at Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.
Richard (Moyer) is eager for his new wife (Mia Kirshner) and their combined family to get along so he plans a vacation to the reclusive Pine Barrens.
Desperate for real solitude, Richard leads them deeper into the woods, where it quickly becomes clear that all is not peaceful as animals are found mutilated and horrifically killed. Struck down by illness, Richard and his family are stranded as the local legend of the ‘Jersey Devil’ that stalks the darkened woods starts to haunt their thoughts.
What started out as a peaceful »
- Uncle Creepy
9 items from 2014
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