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Daytime Emmy reels: Amelia Heinle ('Y

22 May 2014 8:49 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Daytime Emmy reels for Best Supporting Actress are available for viewing online. I've watched all five. Can Amelia Heinle ("The Young and the Restless") win as a grieving stepmother? -Break- Watch her rivals' reels: Melissa Claire Egan, Jane Elliot, Elizabeth Hendrickson, and Kelly Sullivan Length of Reel: 10:24 Synopsis: Victoria Newman (Heinle) mourns her young stepdaughter, Delia, who died in a hit-and-run accident. She is consoled by her sister Abby (Melissa Ordway) before her husband, Billy (Best Actor nominee Billy Miller), returns home. He discusses his grief and tells Victoria he can't get through it without her. Analysis: Heinle and rival Jane Elliot ("General Hospital") submitted episodes of the same length, though Heinle arguably has more impact, openly weeping from the very beginning of her scene. But the episode isn't wall-to-wall crying, which might have become monot »

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The Outsider – The Review

6 February 2014 4:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Action movies typically fall within a finite number of formulas. For this reason, the success of an action movie generally relies a great deal on how well the filmmaker adapts to creating an original story within that formula. Acting is rarely a significant factor in an action film because, well, most viewers are not expecting an action film to win any major awards of a thespian nature.

To put it simply, action films rely greatly on the filmmaker accomplishing two very specific criteria. The first are riveting, exciting action sequences that are masterfully choreographed and meet the bare minimal qualifications for us to willingly suspend our disbelief. The second would be a storyline that is engaging and as unpredictable as possible. This second criteria is so very often the most difficult to achieve and this film just sort of glides along, content to earn that low-to-mid C grade, not ambitious »

- Travis Keune

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The Outsider Is Full of Shopworn Action Flick Sequences

4 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The Outsider takes place in a world of endless lens flares, a J.J. Abrams–inspired visual tic as derivative as the rest of this vigilante B-movie in which no-nonsense British military contractor Lex Walker (Craig Fairbrass) returns to L.A. upon hearing of the overdose death of his daughter, Sam (Melissa Ordway).

When he gets to the city, he discovers that she's not really dead, thus initiating a search-and-rescue mission defined by lots of stale skirmishes and shoot-outs with anonymous thugs, as well as numerous shots of Lex scowling at everything from investigating detective Klein (Jason Patric) and crooked corporate bigwig Schuuster (James Caan) to Sunset Boulevard's rows of palms trees.

Fairbrass proves a hulking wannabe ass-kicker without much distinct »

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'Agents of Shield' welcomes Stan Lee; 'Blue Bloods' adds Doug E. Doug, Karen Allen

7 January 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

News and notes from all over TV:

- "Marvel's Agents of Shield" has officially gained an exciting new cast member: Stan Lee filmed an appearance on the ABC drama. It's reported that he will have a "big role" in his episode, which is expected to air on Feb. 4. Lee has made cameos in all the Marvel-produced movies, but this will be his first on the TV show, which he also executive produces. [Hollywood Reporter]

- CBS' "Blue Bloods" has cast actor-comedian Doug E. Doug ("Cosby," "Cool Runnings") and "Raiders of the Lost Ark's" Karen Allen in guest roles. Both will appear in the Jan. 17 episode. He plays a murder witness questioned anew by prosecutor Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) as she reopens a homicide case. His character won't be hard to find: He's in jail, being held for his apparent involvement in another matter. Allen plays the victim's mother.

- The Bcs championship game drew strong, »


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