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Sleepy Hollow season 2 episode 17 review: Awakening

This week's Sleepy Hollow is a feast of revised American history, witches, resurrection, and time travel. Can we have a season 3 order now?

This review contains spoilers.

2.17 Awakening

It’s always a delight when Ichabod Crane casually reveals his part in significant moments in American history, but this week it’s not just a humorous aside - it’s an integral piece of knowledge that could make the difference as to whether or not Sleepy Hollow becomes a giant coven. See, Ichabod once cracked a big bell (I hear they have it displayed somewhere…) with a bomb, and now Sleepy Hollow’s own uncracked copy is about to become the mechanism by which Henry brings about total witch domination.

The bigger story, though, is that Henry’s not alone! It seems I’ve gotten my wish about Katrina - Henry’s brought his mother on board, and she’s finally
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Surrender Yourself to the New 'Man of Steel' Trailer

What's at stake when it comes to the "Man of Steel"? The entire frickin' planet, got that?

The latest trailer for Zack Snyder's Superman rendition serves up one murky and otherworldly transmission to inform all the Lois Lanes of the world that their so-called Clark Kent is actually a mega-dangerous extraterrestrial by the name of Kal-El.  

"My name is General Zod," the ever-creepy voice of Michael Shannon booms. "I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach you. Your world has sheltered one of our citizens. He will look like you, but he is not one of you. To those of you who know of his location, the fate of your planet rests in your hansd. To Kal-El, I say this: surrender within twenty-four hours or watch this world suffer the consequences."

Talk about your grim message from the beyond.

The previous trailers have lent focus to some
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Dennis O’Neil: Truth, Justice, and the American Press

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“I was taught to believe you could use words to change the course of rivers – that even the darkest secrets would fall under the harsh light of the sun. But facts have been replaced by opinions. Information has been replaced by entertainment. Reporters have become stenographers. I can’t be the only one who’s sick of what passes for the news today.”

Well said, Clark!

The words that begin this column were spoken by Clark Kent as he quit his job at Metropolis’ greatest (and only?) newspaper, the Daily Planet.

Clark has been a journalist at the Planet for either five years, or 74 years, depending on whether you prefer comic book years or the kind of years most of us measure time by. Either way, what Clark did was a noble gesture.

This is not Mr. Kent’s first stray from the Planet city room. Some forty-one years ago
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F*ckload of Scotch Tape (2012) Movie Review

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: Director Julian Grant’s 2012 noir hybrid is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s a dizzying collage of different styles built upon a well-worn noir-inspired framework, one that would be particularly underwhelming if presented in a straightforward fashion. What ultimately saves “F*ckload of Scotch Tape” — or, if you prefer, “Flost” — from the simplicity of this well-trodden premise is its tenacity, its willingness to push the envelope. Do all of these thoughts and ideas blend together into one delicious cinematic stew? For the most part, Grant and company handle all of these different tones rather well. Save for a few wonky bits here and there, they pull off this tricky balancing act quite well. Graham Jenkins stars as Benji, a pathetic, self-serving drug addict who reluctantly agrees to kidnap, torment, and torture some kid for a local
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Comic Review: Superman #3

Written by: George Perez

Art by: George Perez, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott

Colored by: Brian Buccellato, Brett Smith, Blond

Lettering by: Carlos M. Mangual

Published by: DC

Availabe in comic stores now!

If you read the previous two months of Superman then you’re already aware of what happens in this book. It’s a shame to see Clark Kent depicted so well over in Action Comics at the start of the month and then be given these formulaic stories at the end. Once again, Superman battles a foe linked with the classical elements (First issue: fire, second issue: air – an invisible monster.) who is dispatched without providing any real answers.

Many people think Superman is a boring character because he’s too powerful to ever face a considerable threat, but Superman was never about the power itself, but what he uses the power he has for. Most of his battles devolve into fist fights,
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10 Reasons to Revisit James Bridges

By Jack Larson

(June 2011)

10. Because the distinguished young film critic Peter Tonguette, whose previous book on Orson Welles was much admired, has spent three years researching and writing his extraordinary new book, “The Films of James Bridges.”

9. Because John Houseman (a first-time actor) won an Academy Award as Charles W. Kingsfield Jr., the highly respected and feared professor of contracts at Harvard Law School in Bridges’ film adaptation of “The Paper Chase.”

8. Because television producer Norman Lloyd hired Bridges to write 16 episodes of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” that Hitchcock praised, and because he earned an Emmy nomination for his script for an episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

7. Because after “The Paper Chase” was previewed at a theater showing Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H,” Altman invited Bridges to dinner and told him how much he admired Bridges’ movie.

6. Because Robert Wise, Orson Welles’ film editor on “Citizen Kane” and
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10 Reasons to Revisit James Bridges

By Jack Larson

(June 2011)

10. Because the distinguished young film critic Peter Tonguette, whose previous book on Orson Welles was much admired, has spent three years researching and writing his extraordinary new book, “The Films of James Bridges.”

9. Because John Houseman (a first-time actor) won an Academy Award as Charles W. Kingsfield Jr., the highly respected and feared professor of contracts at Harvard Law School in Bridges’ film adaptation of “The Paper Chase.”

8. Because television producer Norman Lloyd hired Bridges to write 16 episodes of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” that Hitchcock praised, and because he earned an Emmy nomination for his script for an episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

7. Because after “The Paper Chase” was previewed at a theater showing Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H,” Altman invited Bridges to dinner and told him how much he admired Bridges’ movie.

6. Because Robert Wise, Orson Welles’ film editor on “Citizen Kane” and
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‘Superman’ Gets A Father And His Name Is Kevin Costner

Just recently we found out that the unexpected choice to play Superman's mother/caretaker, Martha Kent, in director Zack Snyder's upcoming new take on the superhero would be the cougar-hot Diane Lane...but who would play his father, Jonathan Kent?

It's being reported, after many whispers and rumors, that Dances With Wolves and Waterworld star Kevin Costner will be playing Mr. Kent in the movie, currently titled The Man of Steel.

Snyder explained that Costner epitomizes "Heartland America" and that “Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest superhero of all time.”

Snyder also touched on his approach to making this brightest of spotlight projects, which should make
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Kevin Costner Is Jonathan Kent

Rumors have been swirling for weeks over the casting for "The Man Of Steel" and now one of those reports have been confirmed. Kevin Costner, who was reportedly being considered for a role in the movie, has sealed a deal to become the new Jonathan Kent. He will star alongside Diane Lane who has been cast as Martha Kent and Henry Cavill as Superman. In the Richard Donner movies, the role of Mr. Kent was played by Glenn Ford and the character later given a more substantial development on The CW's "Smallville" series, this time by Jonathan Schneider. In both adaptations, Jonathan Kent provided some much needed guidance for the Last Son of Krypton and eventually suffered a heart attack ... an even that pushing Clark forward towards his destiny as a hero. It is unclear if Costner's character ...
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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

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On a plane recently, my seatmate asked me about my book, "Is it fact or fiction?" The cover image depicts an English manor home, with sinister trees and darkened windows. It has all the makings of a good horror novel... made all the creepier due to its place in history. It is factual, sir, and nearly impossible to put down.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher details the case of a gruesome 1860 murder in Victorian England and the cunning detective assigned to the case. At the time, detectives were a new breed of policeman, the fledgling force at Scotland Yard created only several years before. Detective Whicher is sent from London to Road, a small town northeast of Bath to investigate the murder of three-year-old Saville Kent.

The case shocked the nation and invigorated a collective interest in crime, detecting, and the idea that behind closed doors, the middle and upper classes had much to hide.
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'Smallville': John Schneider returns as Jonathan Kent for some father/son bonding

The CW's Friday nights are going to be populated by a whole lot of dead patriarchs when new programming returns on September 24. We've already seen that "Supernatural" is reviving Sam and Dean's Grandpa Campbell (Mitch Pileggi).

The Winchesters aren't the only ones saving lives on Fridays, though.

When Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) died of heart failure in "Smallville's" 100th episode, it was one of the most heartbreaking moments in the series. Now, we've got a first glimpse at his return to the Kent family farm in Season 10.

Jonathan Kent has visited Smallville as a ghost before, but his status this season is still unknown. Is he a ghost? A hallucination? A flashback? Or has he been reincarnated? We do know that Mr. Kent will be around for at least three episodes.

In these photos, he's only interacting with Clark (Tom Welling), so the jury is still out. Welling and
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The Daily Planet: Is Tom Welling or Brandon Routh the Right Superman?

Welcome to a new column we are trying out called The Daily Planet, based off the popular newspaper name in Superman. This column is designed to completely cover DC Entertainment and all the DC Comics coming to film. It’s a way to harness interesting opinions and buzz on those properties. So what better way to start the column off than some Superman reboot thoughts.

I haven’t received any updates on the Superman reboot being developed by Chris Nolan, but then again, no one has, as DC Entertainment has put the proverbial smackdown on any communication regarding films that are unrelated to The Green Lantern or Batman 3, and that is a stretch. It seems they are just not ready to answer the expanded DC Universe question yet. Most likely they are waiting to see how well Gl does with audiences to really talk about their plan, rest assured there is a plan.
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Ratings: ‘Smallville’ Flying High, ‘FlashForward’ Losing Viewers

With November sweeps and the World Series both starting last week, it causes a strange effect in television ratings. While November sweeps is supposed to bring in high ratings, the World Series always cuts into their usual audience as we’re seeing with ABC’s much touted drama, FlashForward. The new series created by David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga saw its lowest ratings last week and conversly, this past week Smallville saw their highest ratings since the ninth season began.

Still, can the World Series really account for all these ratings fluctuations? As a fan of Smallville, I make sure to always tune in, but even with the show being able to pull in 2.6 million viewers; it’s still down over 1 million viewers from last season. When Smallville made the move to Friday night, The CW was putting their veteran series up against the powerhouse that is CBS’s Friday night line-up.
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