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'Arrow' fall finale recap: Slade Wilson, Shado and Tommy are 'Three Ghosts'

11 December 2013 6:48 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Arrow" ended its fall episodes with "Three Ghosts," a rather incredible finale in which we learned the fates of Slade Wilson and Shado, saw Barry Allen become the Flash, watched a few deaths and even got a return visit from Tommy. This recap explains it all.

Superhero ER

With Oliver flat-lining on the table, only Barry can save our "Arrow" hero from certain destruction. And he does -- with rat poison. Hands up if you knew that was possible ... Anyone?

That's why Barry is going to be a superhero. He's knows this crazy stuff.

Anyway, with Barry's help, Oliver survives his coagulating-blood issue with no more side effects than a hallucination of Shado and some serious irritation that Barry knows the secret. It turns out that nearly dying makes Oliver Queen a wee bit testy with his associates. Poor Felicity even has to take the brunt of the verbal beating. »


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Stan Stennett obituary

27 November 2013 8:42 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Comedian, actor and pantomime veteran, he played the garage mechanic Sid Hooper in the TV soap Crossroads

With his doleful face, good-natured smile and ever- gleaming teeth, the stalwart entertainer Stan Stennett, who has died aged 88, was a favourite in pantomimes and seaside shows around the UK for decades. After starting out as a musician, he found success at the BBC, cracking jokes on the radio series Welsh Rarebit and compering The Black and White Minstrel Show on television in the 1960s.

He went on to act in soap operas, playing Hilda Ogden's brother Norman Crabtree in Coronation Street in 1976. An appearance on Crossroads in 1971 as Harry Silver, a GI on the run in the village, led to a recurring role on the series in the 1980s as the garage mechanic Sid Hooper. The character caught on and stayed in the show for much longer than planned thanks to Stennett's sympathetic portrayal. »

- Dennis Barker

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How I Met Your Mother Ep. 9.11 “Bedtime Stories” transcends novelty, if only for a moment

26 November 2013 7:06 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

How I Met Your Mother Season 9, Episode 11 “Bedtime Stories

Written by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas

Directed by Pamela Fryman

Airs Monday nights at 8pm Et on CBS


I’ve always had mixed feelings about ‘novelty’ episodes like “Bedtime Stories”: while they often give late-season episodes a nice injection of wit and energy, by construction they require a show to conform to different rules, both for creative types and audiences watching the final product. Novelty episodes can be quite enjoyable, but it’s a surface pleasure, one that comes from watching a show mold itself into something else – which, unfortunately, usually comes at the expense of character. “Bedtime Stories” is no different: it’s three-story Mother Goose structure works well in justifying the novelty of the episode, and there’s enough ingenuity in the rhyme construction – moving from the predictable iambic pentameter at times to dabble into other schemes, usually »

- Randy Dankievitch

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How I Met Your Mother Speaks In Rhyme Just For The Fun Of It

26 November 2013 6:24 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

This is going to be a hard one to specifically review because it’s the kind of episode that doesn’t have much to offer in terms of story, but it gets by on simply being a clever piece of television. “Bedtime Stories” is How I Met Your Mother experimenting to find a new way to inject some fun into its aging formula. I might think Himym is aging quite well, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use some sprucing up now and then. What the show does in this case is take the entirety of the episode’s dialogue and put it to iambic heptameter. You’re going to laugh quite a bit, but not because of the usual jokes Himym tells. No, “Bedtime Stories” is funny in the way it takes classic tropes of the show and spinning them with rhyme. It’s a snazzy new »

- Brody Gibson

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Lady Gaga Officially Loses It and Dresses as a Senile Grandma

12 November 2013 11:30 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We have a confession to make. We're exhausted by Lady Gaga's fashion antics. Every time we think the "Applause" singer has gone as far as she can go, she tops it leaving us to figure out how and why?? Case in point, this belated granny Halloween getup. The lavender suit is a Prabal Gurung design, but it looks like the pop star picked up her wig and bifocals at a shuttering costume shop. Hopefully they were 50% off like the rest of the October 31st gear. We'd typically try to understand why the "Dope" singer would wear such a thing. Is she honoring her own grandma or maybe channeling Mother Goose? Sometimes we compare her looks to the crazy couture that came before. Is it more or less insane »

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Judges “Sytycd” and “Bunheads”‘ Goodbye Dance

27 August 2013 4:51 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Showtime’s drama pilot The Affair has added Joshua Jackson to the cast. The drama focuses on two married couples and an affair that creates turmoil between them. Jackson will play a long island cowboy whose wife starts an affair with a character played by Dominic West.

Too bad Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 didn’t last long enough to get Joshua Jackson.

EW drops the terrible no-good news that Lynda Carter will appear as herself on an episode of Two and a Half Men. I’m telling myself that show probably won’t give Carter a scene to justify watching Two and a Half Men.

NBC lists 12 “Must See TV” Shows You Might Not Remember. I look at it as twelve reasons why NBC has been stuck at the bottom of the ratings.

I had so much hope for The Single Guy, at least until it debuted. »

- Lyle Masaki

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What to Watch Tuesday: Liars, Drunk History and Two Other Finales, Covert Demons and More

27 August 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On TV this Tuesday: Pretty Little Liars, Twisted, Perception and Drunk History take a breather; a Covert agent delves into his past; Face Off holds a double elimination and Branded knows sex sells, but at what price? Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | The Top 6 dancers hoof their hearts out for America’s vote.

8 pm Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) | Summer finale: A riddle leads the Liars to Ravenswood; Toby discovers information about Wren.

8 pm Branded (Espn) | The latest documentary in the channel’s Nine for IX series explores the »

- Kimberly Roots

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Wood TCM Movie Schedule: Her Years as a Top Star

18 August 2013 4:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Natalie Wood: Hot Hollywood star in the ’60s - TCM schedule on August 18, 2013 See previous post: “Natalie Wood Movies: From loving Warren Beatty to stripping like Gypsy Rose Lee.” 3:00 Am The Star (1952). Director: Stuart Heisler. Cast: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson, Minor Watson, June Travis, Paul Frees, Robert Warrick, Barbara Lawrence, Fay Baker, Herb Vigran, Marie Blake, Sam Harris, Marcia Mae Jones. Bw-90 mins. 4:30 Am A Cry In The Night (1956). Director: Frank Tuttle. Cast: Edmond O’Brien, Brian Donlevy, Natalie Wood. Bw-75 mins. 6:00 Am West Side Story (1961). Director: Robert Wise. Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland, Ned Glass, William Bramley, Tucker Smith, Tony Mordente, David Winters, Eliot Feld, John Bert Michaels, David Bean, Robert Banas, Anthony ‘Scooter’ Teague, Harvey Evans aka Harvey Hohnecker, Tommy Abbott, Susan Oakes, Gina Trikonis, Carole D’Andrea, Jose De Vega, Jay Norman, »

- Andre Soares

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Review: “Duck Tales Remastered” – Ah-hoo-oo!

14 August 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Duck Tales Remastered is out, and it is glorious perfection.

The original gameplay of the original Capcom Nes classic (largely considered the finest platformer on the system) is reproduced perfectly.  Nothing has been “improved”, nor need it be.Yes, there are difficulty settings now, but if you want to reproduce the original in its infuriating awesomeness, it is there for you.

Note that I only said the gameplay had not been improved.  The rest has been catapulted into the 21st century by spectacular game developers WayForward, makers of the Mighty Switch Force series, and also just reinvigorated Shantae.  The graphics are still 2-D, but they are as sharp as the animation from the series, and thanks to the advances in technology, includes voiced narration and dialogue…by the original cast, wherever possible. Almost everyone is back; June Foray as Magica deSpell, Chuck McCann as Duckworth and half the Beagle Clan, »

- Vinnie Bartilucci

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Short Film: Disney Gives an Odd History Lesson in ‘The Truth About Mother Goose’

26 June 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? Well, don’t you want to know the truth about Mother Goose? This quirky 1957 Disney short film takes you behind the rhyme, explaining the origins of “Little Jack Horner,” “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” and “London Bridge Is Falling Down.” Sort of. The cartoon is somewhat more devoted to charm than accuracy, getting a few details entirely wrong. Yet if anything it makes The Truth About Mother Goose even more clever, retelling tall tales with the very loose sense of history that made them fun in the first place. Your second to reason to watch is Wolfgang Reitherman, who co-directed the short with Bill Justice. Today is Reitherman’s birthday, what would be his 104th. He was one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” the group of core animators that created most of the studios greatest early works. The Truth About Mother Goose was Reitherman’s first outing as a director. He »

- Daniel Walber

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Ray Harryhausen obituary

7 May 2013 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Special effects master on fantasy films including Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans

In 1933, the 13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at the cinema and was hooked – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre "stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done." It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen, who has died aged 92, was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. He created the special effects for fantasy films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958); Jason and the Argonauts (1963), with its famous army of skeletons; and Clash of the Titans (1981).

He was born in Los Angeles to Frederick and Martha Harryhausen, »

- Sheila Whitaker

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