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Chuck 5.07 "Chuck Vs. The Santa Suit" Review
Chuck season 5 dresses up its seventh entry with this week’s "Chuck Vs. The Santa Suit" as Chuck races to recover a piece of stolen CIA technology with General Beckman, while a returned Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh) holds Sarah hostage in time for Christmas and computer virus "The Omen" looms over the Buy More.
Shaw's return and the surprising reveal of Sarah's secret at episode's end will likely what most take away from "Chuck Vs. The Santa Suit," but as one of the better episodes of the season, it's a shame more people might not see what keeps this little show kickin'.
First of all, I should start this review by telling you that I nearly missed Chuck tonight, so swept up in the holiday preparations that it barely even occurred to me there might be fresh TV episodes to watch. Not that »
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
Although it's been a little frustrating having to wait for the action that fans of the comics know is to come, The Walking Dead is still one of the best things on TV
We've reached the halfway point in the second series of The Walking Dead, with the show now taking a hiatus until February. Question is will viewers definitely return when it does? Even fans have been moaning at the apparent lack of progress that's been made over the past seven episodes.
Part of the problem seems to be that The Walking Dead really hasn't had the chance to show us just what sort of a show it is. The first season was something of an experiment to see if a show about a zombie apocalypse was even viable. For the second series, many expected things to move up a notch, to open things up even more – instead, the »
- Phelim O'Neill
Spoilers AMC's "The Walking Dead" needs a major shot in the writers' room head, as this second season had some bright spots initially, but overall suffered from a bit of clichéd decomposition and lifeless arcs. The alpha males, Shane (Jon Bernthal) Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) have a lot of potential, but it wasn't realized enough as the story got bogged down in the Sophia hunt, ultimately ending with her zombie revelation in the finale. Even a cameo with the other alpha white-trash heart-throb, Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) was short-lived. This series needs a serious human thorn in all the sane survivors' side. Even the Glenn and Maggie story was lulled into a predictable and uninteresting »
- April MacIntyre
How do we deal with an avalanche? What shorts do we wear while mountain climbing? 90s action flick Cliffhanger has the answers to these questions and more...
Renny Harlin’s 1993 action masterpiece Cliffhanger is quite a remarkable film, and unexpectedly educational. Stallone plays Gabe Walker, a mountain rescue chap, whose relationship with his colleague and friend Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker) is strained when he fails to save their mutual friend Sarah (Michelle Joyner) from falling to her death.
The pair are later reunited when they team up to help some climbers trapped on the same mountain range. It soon transpires that all is not as it seems, and the pair are being used to help retrieve $100m for the dastardly Eric Qualen (John Lithgow) and his gang.
The Walking Dead seems to have hit a serious speed bump. Yes, we got to see a secret Hershel's Farm has been keeping in the barn. Yes, we got the return of Merle, sort of. And yes, Andrea finally got to fire a gun at someone's head.
With all of these events occurring, one would think 'Chupacabra' was an amazing and engrossing episode. Instead it was as boring as an afternoon conversation between two zombies.
Finally, Merle returns. Though it really wasn't Merle, but might be the closest thing to Merle we get for at least a few more episodes.
Daryl, still on the hunt for Sophia and on a stolen horse, gets thrown from the horse and falls down a ravine, landing hard and becoming impaled by one of his arrows. He struggles to get back and climb up when, delirious with pain and adrenaline, Merle appears to him. »
Despite the fact that Norman Reedus' character, Daryl Dixon, doesn't appear in The Walking Dead comics, he's become a fan favorite on "The Walking Dead" TV series, and with good reason. He kicks copious amounts of ass! Read on for AMC's latest Q&A with Reedus in which he discusses Daryl's zombie ear necklace and why it's impossible to not look cool with a crossbow.
Below the interview you'll find a teaser trailer and sneak peek of next week's episode, entitled "Secrets", in which Shane (Jon Bernthal) has a hard knocks method of teaching Andrea (Laurie Holden) to use a gun.
Once you're done reading and watching, you'll want to visit the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com, where you'll find highlights of Episode 2.05, "Chupacabra", along with two "inside looks" at the ep: #1 here in which the cast of "The Walking Dead" dissect the split in Rick and Shane’s friendship, »
- The Woman In Black
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has revealed that she wants Michael Rooker back on the show. Rooker's Merle Dixon vanished in the zombie drama's first season, though the character reappeared as a hallucination of brother Daryl (Norman Reedus) in the most recent episode. "It's unfortunate that it was just a vision, a hallucination of some sort," Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly. "But having him back in the show was an absolute delight." He added: "Hopefully it will happen again at some point soon." The writer also admitted that he was pleased to have Merle and Daryl Dixon share (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
The Walking Dead: “Chupacabra” – Recap
I think it goes without saying that there are two major events that took place in “Chupacabra” that will have people talking. The first is of course Daryl’s romp through the Georgia woods that lead to his horse being spooked by a snake and tossing him down a rocky hillside into a creek. Oh, and on his way down one of his trusted arrows pierced through his side. Thankfully this all happened to Daryl, easily one the most badass characters in the zombie genre. I would say he’s right up there with Tallahassee from Zombieland. So now Daryl is without a horse, injured, losing blood, and has to climb back up this steep hill to find his way back to the farm. He doesn’t have an easy go of it at first, but after his initial attempt fails the blood loss causes him to hallucinate. »
- Brody Gibson
Director: Guy Ferland.
Burn Atlanta, burn! Epis. 5 of Season 2 begins with a bang as "The Walking Dead" uses a flashback to incorporate some action in the narrative. As well, Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) turns up in one of Daryl's (Norman Reedus) vision and Glenn (Steven Yeun) finds Herschel's zombie farm. There seemed to be a little more energy in "Chupacabra" than previous episodes despite four plus showingss being dedicated to Sophia's search and rescue. Overall, this episode seemed like a good blend of action and drama.
Sophia's (Madison Lintz) search progresses as Daryl finds her stuffed toy, but there is no sign of the girl. Unfortunately, a rattlesnake shows up at the wrong time and soon Daryl is falling down a hill not once but twice. Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) have an understandable falling out over the girl »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
The Walking Dead, Season 2, Episode 5: “Chupacabra”
Written by David Johnson
Directed by Guy Ferland
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on AMC
First, a word on the episode’s title. Thanks to a certain band of Welsh tricksters, I was always under the impression that the word “chupacabra” specifically denoted a mythical bat which drained the blood from goats. Turns out that only refers to the Chilean definition; most other places, it’s though of as a larger creature, hence the reference to a “dog” performing similar functions in Daryl’s possibly shroom-enhanced hallucination. Like the creature of myth, The Walking Dead continues to be a tricky beast that no one can seem to agree on. Sometimes it’s a thrillingly genuine genre piece adapted for a longer format than it’s traditionally accustomed to. Other times, it’s a bit of a mess. This week lands mostly in the latter camp. »
- Simon Howell
The most recent episode of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead was notable for the unexpected appearance by a legendary, terrifying beast whose regular diet probably includes recently slain, uncooked woodland creatures .
I refer, of course, not to the mythical, sheep-devouring chupacabra, after which the show was named, but actor Michael Rooker’s even more frightening, racist redneck Merle Dixon, who appeared in a vision to encourage and berate his brother, Norman Reedus’ injured Daryl.
Below, Walking Dead writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman — who also pens the long-running Walking Dead comic — talks about the much awaited return of Merle, »
- Clark Collis
God I missed Michael Rooker. The man just was made to play the stubborn redneck, pain-in-the-ass you hope you never cross paths with. But he's the perfect addition to upset the triad of alpha male energy (Daryl, Grimes, Shane) on the AMC thriller, even if he is a hallucination. Tonight saw all the women (except pregnant Lori) menses cycling and erecting the Pms bitch shields to the dismay of the men in the camp. And poor Sophia is still Mia. My favorite, Shane (Jon Bernthal), has had it with Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) guilt-ridden hell bent search for Sophia, and is getting Lori in the middle of it now. Shane still loves Lori, cares for Carl and really »
- April MacIntyre
There are rumors running about that Merle Dixon — the one-handed redneck played to perfection by veteran character actor Michael Rooker — is heading back to "The Walking Dead" before long, perhaps as soon as this week's installment. Rooker himself won't comment on when he's coming back, but he promises that no matter the time frame, there's no escaping more Merle at some point down the line.
"Nobody expected this level of Merle worship," Rooker told Hero Complex about anticipation for his "Walking Dead" character's return. "He's such an out-there, crazy, anything goes kind of guy. There’s an uncertainty about Merle – like he’ll come back when you least expect it. He’s the boogeyman, and viewers love that suspense. The number one question I’m asked is, 'When is your character coming back?’ I can’t say when, but I promise it’ll be a wild ride."
Rooker added that »
- Josh Wigler
Source: La Times HeroComplex As recounted by Susan Karlin of the La Times HeroComplex, Michael Rooker attended the recent Aliens to Zombie convention in Hollywood carrying a large box of life-sized prosthetic severed hands that he planned to dole out as souvenirs. “Thirty years honing my craft, and it’s come to this,” he joked. Of course, all the fans of the hit AMC drama The Walking Dead know what those mementos represent. After a long absence, Rooker looks to make his return on the show this coming Sunday and we can only hope he brings the same mix of humor, bigotry, and badassness that made Merle an instant fan favorite during Season One. “Nobody expected this level of Merle worship,” said Rooker with a laugh. “He’s such an out-there, crazy, anything goes kind of guy. There’s an uncertainty about Merle – like he’ll come back when you least expect it. »
HorrorHound Weekend starts this Friday at the Crowne Plaza in Cincinnatti, Ohio and features dozens of horror guests and special events. Celebrity guests include Michael Rooker, Anthony Michael Hall, Sid Haig, Doug Bradley, Norman Reedus, and Jon Bernthal.
Special events include The Walking Dead panel, Pet Semetary panel, Ghostbusters panel, Friday the 13th Panel, a screening of Chillerama, a Water Park Party, and a sideshow performance. If you’ve been considering a new horror tattoo, the Screamin’ Ink Tattoo Festival will also be taking place during the event, with dozens of tattoo artists schedule to attend.
HorrorHound Weekend takes place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with tickets priced at $20 per day or $45 for a 3-day pass. For more information on this event, visit: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/shows/201111/ »
- Jonathan James
Five more days until a new episode of "Walking Dead" hits, but there's plenty of news and video to keep you Deadheads happy in the meantime. Want scoop on the Glenn-Maggie romance? We've got it. Plus, Robert Kirkman talks about the eventual return of Merle Dixon, and you can catch a sneak peek of next week's episode.
Robert Kirkman spoke with MTV News about the budding romance between Glenn and Maggie and what it means for the show: "It brings a sense of hope into the show, that these two people can find each other and find love. It's fun to have a bit of romance in there and think that, despite everything that's going on in this world, two people can find some form of happiness… until a zombie attacks, and zombies do attack from time to time."
Kirkman spoke with TV »
- Josh Wigler
The latest episode of The Walking Dead was probably the most romantic to date. Then again, it is no insult to AMC’s zombie show to suggest the competition is not tough in that department.
Regardless, “Cherokee Rose” found Glenn (Stephen Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) consummating their relationship in a ransacked pharmacy (hey, zombie apocalypse survivors can’t be choosers). Elsewhere, Daryl (Norman Reedus) temporarily took a break from his undead-thwocking duties to cheer up Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) with a monologue about the flower which gave the episode its title; Lori (SarahWayne Callies) discovered she was pregnant; and »
- Clark Collis
Be warned, kids! If you don't want to know what the monster from the upcoming flick Hypothermia looks like, you may just wanna pass over this story and move on to the next.
Hypothermia takes place in Maine in the dead of winter. Ray Pelletier and his wife, Helen, have been ice fishing the frozen expanse of Lake Noyade for over two decades, but this year something is different: no fish bite. Is it their new neighbors on the ice -- Stevie, Jr. and his overbearing Dad -- with their high-tech gear and over-sized rig that are driving the fish away? Or is it something else? The answer comes in an onslaught of ferocious attacks that unite the two families »
- Uncle Creepy
Already acquired by Mpi Media Group (Dark Sky Films), we landed a pretty awesome creature stills from James Felix McKenney's Hypothermia, the latest genre effort from producers Glass Eye Pix (Innkeepers, Stake Land, House of the Devil, Roost, Satan Hates You, I Sell the Dead, Bitter Feast and dozens more. Starring Michael Rooker, Blanche Baker, Greg Finley, Don Wood, Ben Forster and Amy Chang, imagine Jaws under the ice, imagine terror at 20 degrees below freezing... "In a remote winter hideaway devoid of any sign of life, two unsuspecting families on an ice-fishing vacation discover something sinister lurking in the frozen lake. One thing is for certain - the creature is hungry and the only prey left is human." Hypothermia is a classic monster movie in the tradition of The Creature from the Black Lagoon. »
With Halloween upon us, everyone and their mother is posting suggestions of the scariest movies of all time. No doubt many a get-together will contain the old standbys: your Nightmare On Elm STREETs, your CHUCKYs, your Gone With The WINDs. And while these movies are each terrifying in their own right, they’ve been viewed over and over again so many times that one longs for something different.
Never fear, it’s Famous Monsters to the rescue. Instead of dusting off your VHS copy of Friday The 13th Part 4, itself a remake of Gone With The Wind with Jason Voorhees standing in for Scarlett, why not try something new? We’ve put together a list of the best Halloween-ready horror movies from the past couple years. Some are obscure, some are more popular, all will leave you eager for daylight to bring blessed safety from the unstoppable terror.
10. The Crazies »
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