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American Idol Judges Photo Opens The Door For Speculating About Show’s Return

4 October 2017 2:04 PM, PDT

We finally get a look at the American Idol judges. Shortly after the news hit that Lionel Richie would join Katy Perry and Luke Bryan as judges, the show released an image to make sure that you knew it was all real.

While the news is, I imagine for someone, exciting, it opens the door to a new round of speculation about the show’s return. As soon as news of the bidding war on the show hit people have been wondering if the idea made any sense, and that only spawned further debate about the necessity of the variety of elements. Could the show draw crowds without Ryan Seacrest? How important will the judges be? Will any effort at the show draw audiences beyond the first few episodes?

If you’re really into speculating about what’s going to happen when the show returns, you have to wonder why »

- Marc Eastman

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Mr. Mercedes Review – King Adaptation Is Brilliant But Drags

4 October 2017 11:13 AM, PDT

Mr. Mercedes is a weird story, and it makes for an even weirder TV adaptation, but working against convention has helped Stephen King get where he is, and TV could probably use a lot more of the idea.

The show opens with a mass killing as a man drives a stolen Mercedes through a crowd waiting to get into a job fair. Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) is one of the detectives on the case and getting justice for the 16 people who were killed becomes a mission that consumes him. We jump two years into the future and Hodges has retired, but Mr. Mercedes (Harry Treadaway) isn’t done with him yet. Sending him taunting messages, Mr. Mercedes is after tormenting Hodges as much as possible, and Hodges is now even more desperate to capture him.

What’s unique about the show is that we get such an in-depth look at our killer, »

- Marc Eastman

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The Curse Of Oak Island Returns November 7th

4 October 2017 10:03 AM, PDT

The return of The Curse of Oak Island wasn’t a guarantee after the fourth season ended. The internet was buzzing for a while about the idea that the Lagina brothers might be done with the adventure after years of digging in the muck. There was good reason for the uncertainty, despite the fact that the show still performed well, because when we last saw Rick and Marty Lagina, they didn’t exactly seem like they were still raring to go. Waiting through another winter just to spend millions of dollars to turn up precious little will eat away at your resolve.

Well, History has announced that the show will indeed return in November, and God knows it’s hard to keep away from a show that’s after one of the most bizarre mysteries on the planet, even if they only turn up a few dollars worth of antiquities and a button. »

- Marc Eastman

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The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Blu-Ray Review

4 October 2017 9:24 AM, PDT

The Big Bang Theory, to be completely upfront, is a show that didn’t do much for me until at least the fifth season, which means I had to be convinced to watch it again. It always had a few laughs mixed in, but it was goofier than necessary and everything felt very forced. It wasn’t until about the seventh season that the show actually hit its stride, and that was mostly a result of having to adapt the characters, and the ways in which this was accomplished.

The tenth season only adds the show’s best efforts, especially when following the “adulting” of the crew. Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Kuoco) are married, but they run through their marriage again, which sets the stage for a very different dynamic, especially considering that Sheldon (Jim Parsons) has to factor in somewhere. Running through things again includes family, which »

- Marc Eastman

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Are You Screening? Podcast #216 – The Mummy Review

3 October 2017 9:43 AM, PDT

The Dark Universe may be off to a rocky start, even with Tom Cruise, and Universal may have to adjust its theory of pumping money into the franchise it’s creating. The real problem with this title specifically is that it doesn’t seem like anyone was looking for The Mummy to show up again, and that’s the audience the film managed.

But, is it that bad? It’s a movie that made some mistakes and spends too much time on things that are only there so that they can show up in future installments, but there’s a lot of fun to be had for those looking for escapism.

Of course, it may also be pretty boring, depending on how you look at things.

We’ll let you know if you need to head to this one.

courtesy Universal Pictures

The Mummy Podcast Review

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, »

- Marc Eastman

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Wisdom Of The Crowd Review – Rich Tech Cop Gets Another Shot

3 October 2017 9:15 AM, PDT

With the demise of Apb, you might think that we’d wait a while before we had to endure another series about a tech billionaire who is tragedied into taking on law enforcement, but Wisdom of the Crowd gives the same outline another go. The main differences are that Jeffrey Tanner (Jeremy Piven) isn’t a wisecracking man-child, and instead of outfitting a police force with gadgets, we’re just running a crowdsourcing crime App.

The show may spin the premise, but it has the same potential and is likely to fall victim to the same problems.

Tanner is the creator of a mythical social media site that he suddenly sells off so that he can focus his time on an App that he imagines will be used by everyone to help fight crime. His daughter was tragically killed, and though the police charged someone who was subsequently convicted of the crime, »

- Marc Eastman

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The Truth About Lies Trailer Is Indie Relationship Gold

2 October 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Indie movies seem to have a lot more heart these days, and when it comes to romantic comedies they generally have a lot more to say. Neither may actually be the case with The Truth About Lies, but the trailer makes it seem like a film that wants to explore serious ground within the comedic structure, and that’s a lot more rare than you might think.

Gilby Smalls (Fran Kranz) has just been fired and he lost his girlfriend in the most millennial way possible. Nothing is going right for him, so when he meets a beautiful woman he’s more than the normal amount of desperate to impress. It turns into a whirlwind of stacking lies on top of each other, and he’s soon in too deep. Hilarity, one must assume, ensues, and Gilby has to ask who he’s really keeping from the truth about his life. »

- Marc Eastman

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