9 items from 2015
The big story heading into Thursday’s Smackdown was the aftermath of Seth Rollins’ loss to John Cena. The WWE Champion tapped out in the middle of the ring to the Stf, a controversial and risky booking decision for a champ already made to look so weak throughout his reign.
However, the match didn’t go all Cena’s way. Rollins legitimately busted the Us Champion’s nose open with a heavy knee strike to the face, an injury which didn’t hinder the bout (and even arguably made it more exciting).
Smackdown is often derided for its lack of storyline progression, and while nothing ground-shaking occurred this week, the show still had its fair share of impressive, »
- Jack G King
CBS' latest summer drama, Zoo, opened below its recent predecessors on Tuesday night. The event series, which will see episodes wind up on Netflix per a choice deal, opened to a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.1 million viewers. That's off a touch from last summer's debut for Extant, which similarly skewed old with a 1.6 rating in the key demo — but 9.6 million viewers. The big story of the night was the U.S. women's soccer team's victory over Germany in the World Cup. The game moved from Fox Sports 1 to its
- Michael O'Connell
The big story in the health news today is about a battle currently underway in the U.S. health care system that has arisen in the wake of the implementation of Obamacare, and in particular, a growing trend known as concierge medicine. Americans want to save time and money and still keep their families healthy which has allowed the compartmentalized sector of concierge healthcare to expand. Some physicians in solo practice, frustrated by long hours and less time with patients, opt for concierge medicine structures. Critics say it could reduce access to quality care. But there’s a new breed of concierge […] »
- April Neale
“Furious 7″ is now the seventh highest-grossing film of all time with a worldwide haul of $1.15 billion.
The fast cars follow-up topped foreign charts last weekend, remaining the No. 1 film in the world for the third week in a row. Internationally, “Furious 7″ made $167.9 million across 67 territories.
It is Universal’s highest-grossing film worldwide.
“Furious 7″ opened in its final foreign territory, putting up $6 million in Japan. The big story, however, is China, where “Furious 7″ has made $250.5 million in its first eight days of release. It ranks as the second highest-grossing American film to hit the People’s Republic, behind only “Transformers: Age of Extinction’s” $320 million haul. Of course, the “Transformers” sequel benefited from filming extensively in China, an advantage “Furious 7″ did not enjoy.
DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” tied for second place on the foreign charts with “Ever Since We Love,” an adaptation of Chinese novel “Grow. »
- Brent Lang
On Sunday night's midseason premiere, Ken Cosgrove got one of the greatest kiss-off lines in Mad Men history. Days after being fired, Ken returned with big news: He got a job at Dow, which meant he was now officially an Sc&P client — "And I'm very demanding." It's a rousing moment, but as Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner sees it, it's also slightly bittersweet: Ken had been on the verge of leaving the ad industry and living out his dreams as full-time writer, but he threw it away for a moment of revenge. This morning, we got actor Aaron Staton on the phone to talk about the premiere. As it turns out, he has a more positive interpretation of the scene than his boss did.The big story from the premiere was Ken's decision to take a job at Dow and become an Sc&P client. How did you interpret that move? »
- Nate Jones
Previously: Review: 'Justified' Season 6, Episode 4, 'The Trash and the Snake': Always Another Snake Well, they can't all be barn burners. After a strong start to the season, "Sounding" settles into checking off some narrative boxes so it can get to more important business down the line. True, this episode had guest stars from seasons past, electroshock and yet another unexpected explosion, but it all felt a little limp. Nothing felt strictly unnecessary, but then nothing was that exciting, either. The big story this week was Ava, who justifiably freaks out after her encounter with Katherine and decides to head for the hills. Of course she hasn't thought it through, so she goes to Limehouse for help, realizes she doesn't have the scratch to pay for his assistance, and winds up trying to pull a short con on Limehouse's man Errol. In response to Ava's disappearance, Raylan puts Constable Bob on the case, »
- Jeff Stone
TV Rewind: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bostonians weigh in about Deflategate “I Am The Locker Room Guy”The big story this week is what the media has annoyingly been referring to as “deflategate.” When the Patriots played the Colts in the Afc Championship game, somehow – air came out of the balls they used. Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick have spent a lot of time this week denying they had anything to do with the allegations. The NFL is reportedly focusing on a Patriots locker room attendant. They want to know if he did it – and if he […] »
- April Neale
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes in the family event movie The Boxtrolls. Starring, in voice performance, Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones), andElle Fanning (Maleficent), the new movie from animation studio Laika, the makers of the Academy Award®-nominated Coraline andParaNorman, comes to Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet on January 20, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Quirky, mischievous and good-hearted, the Boxtrolls are unique creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in a fantastical charming cavern below the bustling streets of Cheesebridge. But when the evil Archibald Snatcher schemes to capture Eggs’ family, it’s up to Eggs and his feisty new friend Winnie to save the Boxtrolls!
- Movie Geeks
“It won’t change who you are. Cheese, hats, boxes-they don’t make you who you are. You make you!”
Get ready to enjoy a masterfully crafted Dickensian world with stunningly well animated-characters and witty dialog. If you’re familiar with Coraline and Paranorman, Laika Animation Studio’s previous works, The Boxtrolls will come as no surprise. As before, the visuals are worth the price of admission and as before, I was left hungry for more.
The Boxtrolls itself is a well-told fantasy full of silliness and whimsy, but there’s depth and meaning as well. It could be argued that this is a kids film about ethnic cleansing and genocide(!), but it’s all handled in the best possible taste. Somehow they managed to pull this off without ever being too heavy-handed, scary, or inappropriate. An example of this would be the villain’s henchmen, who spend much of »
- Tom Stockman
9 items from 2015
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