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12 Monkeys Review – TV Syfy

5 hours ago

Syfy is no stranger to taking risks, or making shows and movies with odd concepts, but basing a series on a cult-popular, 20-year-old, sci-fi film, which is itself loosely based on another film from the early ’60s, is… bold. 12 Monkeys is that bold effort, and apart from all the other problems inherent in such an beastt, there are a lot of fans you’re likely to irritate, and Syfy is already after a fair portion of the “rabid fan” demographic, just as a general rule.

In this spin on the tale, James Cole (Aaron Standford) travels back in time from a future that has been decimated by a plague. A clue from that future leads him to Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), who he needs to lead him to Leland Goines (Zeljko Ivanek). The theory being that, given the only information we have, killing Goines will prevent the plague from happening. »

- Marc Eastman

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Outcast New Images And Trailer – Nicolas Cage Is The White Ghost

30 January 2015 9:10 AM, PST

The latest Nicolas Cage effort (hitting select theaters on 2/6) may not be on your radar, despite the inclusion of Hayden Christensen, but if this genre has any pull for you, you might want to check it out.

The directorial debut of long-time stunt coordinator and frequent second unit director, Nicholas Powell, Outcast should have the recipe for a wild ride locked up. Now, the trailer may not be showcasing the best the film has to offer (or, it might be actually), and anything that looks and feels remotely like this sort of throwback to ’80s cheese could also swing toward unwatchably awful, but sometimes these things turn out to be entertaining gems.

I’m not incredibly keen on the trailer’s lost metaphor line, “There blood will be on our swords,” which apparently aims at spinning a common turn of phrase into something deeper, and instead makes it meaningless, but you can’t have everything. »

- Marc Eastman

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Ru? Instant Reaction Review Podcast Ep. 122 – John Wick Review

30 January 2015 6:39 AM, PST

The movie that is probably going to be the biggest surprise of the year for anyone who sees it, John Wick wasn’t exactly a great movie, even considering the genre, but it was so much better than either of us expected, that it has to get some credit just for pulling this much fun out of the effort.

What really throws an audience with this one is that the trailer lays out a story that most can’t help but see as too familiar, and it doesn’t give you much hint about how this one is going to move beyond the dozens of other films that have, more or less, the same plot. That’s a good thing, in terms of being pleasantly surprised once you show up, but makes it trickier to get you to show up in the first place. Add in that Keanu Reeves doesn »

- Marc Eastman

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Mortdecai Movie Review

29 January 2015 4:36 PM, PST

Mortdecai Movie Review

Mortdecai is ultimately a film held down by not knowing what it’s after. That means the film is planted firmly in the realm of being a theoretical failure, and you don’t overcome that easily. It’s either too silly,or not silly enough, and it seems a shame, because you’ve got a lot of talent here, and you have to guess that the novel (by Kyril Bonfiglioli) is brilliant.

Johnny Depp stars as Mortdecai, a difficult character to describe, largely because of the confusing aim. He’s got pieces of Clouseau in him, but he’s on the wrong side of the law, and his comedy draws far too much from his cleverness. He drops references in unusual circumstances that belie his education and upbringing, but he has a definite streak of foppishness to him as well, and at times he seems to be just plain idiotic. »

- Marc Eastman

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PBS Kids Launches YouTube Channel

29 January 2015 12:54 PM, PST

We aren’t always big on pushing more screens on the young here, but PBS Kids has some great shows, and I’m good with spreading more educational programming options, and PBS Kids now has its own YouTube channel.

The channel, at launch, has tons of clips and videos from staple shows, but also has full episodes of webseries, including Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, and more. I’m hopeful that this will not only mean more exposure to all the great shows on PBS Kids, but that a whole new batch of webseries will show up over the next year and beyond.

Take a look at some more info below, and check out their channel, which as of this moment is rather awesomely pushing Odd Squad.

 

PBS Kids is now officially on YouTube! Today marks the debut of a new PBS Kids branded YouTube Channel, aimed towards children age 2-8 and their parents. »

- Marc Eastman

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Secretary Available On VOD With Bts Featurette – Pushes Original Mr. Grey

27 January 2015 6:48 PM, PST

Just in time for Fifty Shades of Grey, Secretary is available on VOD and Digital HD. It’s a film that never has managed the audience it deserves, largely because 2002 was perhaps a bit too soon, but the time is ripe for the film to get to a new level of cult classic status. Not only is Fifty Shades of Grey opening the door for people to check out… well, vaguely similar films, but James Spader is enjoying new levels of popularity, and more people probably know Maggie Gyllenhaal now.

It’s a staggeringly impressive film (here’s my 10/10 original review – Secretary), and even if it isn’t quite your cup of tea, it’s worth watching for the acting alone.

Hoping to capitalize on the upcoming theatrical release of sexy bondage, there’s a new poster for the film, and the behind-the-scenes featurette is now available in Digital HD, »

- Marc Eastman

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Fantastic Four Trailer Hits But Keeps Reveals To A Minimum

27 January 2015 8:50 AM, PST

There will soon be a ton of information, clips, TV spots, leaks, behind-the-scenes images, and more, but the first trailer for Fantastic Four is clearly trying to tease while showing as little as possible. A flash of fire-surrounded body from a distance, a quick glimpse of a rock creature, but not much detail. Except, naturally, when it comes to close-ups of the stars when they look normal.

The film has managed to create a lot of buzz, going all the way back to the cast reveal, and considering the superflop status of the last time the franchise was attempted, its a wonder it hasn’t moved into far more negative areas of discussion. Now that Miles Teller, hot off of all the attention Whiplash has received lately, is turning into someone people can take more seriously, Fantastic Four may have a shot at some of the “surprise win” status that »

- Marc Eastman

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Celebrity Name Game Announces Upcoming Celebrities

27 January 2015 7:37 AM, PST

I hope you’re watching Celebrity Name Game, and the ratings indicate that you very well may be. The game show that, according to host Craig Ferguson, hopes to push the boundaries of the genre, has been renewed for a second season, and has announced its upcoming celebrity guests.

Check out the list, and make sure you’re tuning in.

Monday, Feb. 2

Holly Robinson Peete & Kathryn Hahn

Angela Kinsey & Vivica A Fox

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Michael Ealy & Mario Lopez

Steve Wilkos & Jerry Springer

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Will Sasso & Molly Sims

Megyn Price & Kathryn Hahn

Thursday, Feb. 5

Rocco Dispirito & Sherri Shepherd

Cheryl Burke & Scott Wolf

Friday, Feb. 6

Kate Flannery & Dave Foley

Katy Mixon & Mario Lopez

Monday, Feb. 9

Ian Ziering & Teri Polo

Marilu Henner & Bianca Kajlich

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Kevin Nealon & Aisha Tyler

Nicole Sullivan & Will Sasso

Wednesday, Feb. 11

DJ Qualls & Margaret Cho

Sara Rue & Raven-Symone

Thursday, Feb. 12

Will Sasso & Molly Sims

Seth Gabel & Rachel Harris

Friday, »

- Marc Eastman

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She’s Funny That Way Trailer

26 January 2015 6:44 AM, PST

Of all the movies kicking off the summer this year, there aren’t many aiming at your funny bone, and none look better than She’s Funny That Way. Of course, a stellar cast and a whimsical situation is no guarantee, but this one could be the surprise hit of the first half of the year.

Most notably, from the trailer, Owen Wilson ought to be able to run with this role, and we’re apparently getting a multi-faceted character from Imogen Poots, who is going to have to sell us on a lot of different angles as the plot progresses.

It should be a lot of fun. Check out the trailer, and let me know what you think. Is this going to be one that can attract audiences as we gear up for the summer blockbusters?

 

Gearing up for the production of his latest play, Broadway director Arnold Albertson »

- Marc Eastman

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