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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Trailer Time: The Bourne Legacy

Well this is a little bit of awesomeness. A new trailer for The Bourne Legacy just dropped and it looks pretty exciting. Jeremy Renner has quickly become a go-to action star, but what makes me even more stoked is seeing that Edward Norton also stars in the film. While there are lots of Jason Bourne mentions in the trailer, I doubt we’ll see any real Matt Damon cameo. But considering how awesome this film looks, we just may not need him.

Check out the trailer for The Bourne Legacy below and let us know what you think!

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Watch With Amanda: Private Practice & SOA Casting News, New trailers for True Blood & Dexter

Tim Daly who plays Pete Wilder on Private Practice announced on Tuesday that Shonda Rhimes has not picked up his contract option for the ABC drama’s upcoming sixth (and likely final) season.  In a post on his twitter page Daly explained, “Wonderful fans of PPP. Shonda informed my agent today that Pete wont be returning for season 6. It was a great 5 yrs. R.I.P. Pete Wilder.”  I guess it’s not too much of a shocker.  In the season finale, Pete was jailed for compassionately ending the life of a patient kept alive by machines. Personally I would’ve much rather seen Violet go. What do you Private Practice fans think about this?

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Trailer Time: Les Misérables

Well, here’s something to look forward to this coming December.

The trailer for the (musical) film version of Les Misérables has just hit the web and if you’re a fan of the stage production, it’s got everything you could hope for including: sweeping visuals, a story full of heart and soul and, of course, that powerful music. Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) directs the adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel with a star-studded and diverse cast: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thenardier) and Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier) among many others.

What do you think? Can the singing voices of Jackman, Hathaway and Crowe pull this off? Is Les Misérables just another big budget Hollywood musical doomed to underachieve? Or will it be something special and sit in our hearts right next to that timeless and magical stage production?

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Batman: Death By Design On The Wednesday Run – May 30, 2012

If you don’t know him by name, and you’re a reader of comics, novels or pop-culture reference books, you’ll know Chip Kidd by his designs.

Kidd is a long-standing graphic designer of book covers (not to mention author and musician). You’ve probably got a number of his designs sitting there, looking great, on your bookshelves. He’s created work for a plethora of publishing houses including: Knopf/Random House, Pantheon, Doubleday, Penguin and HarperCollins. You’d recognize his striking work on Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Alex Ross’ Mythology, as well as books from a list of other writers and artists including Dean Koontz, Michael Ondaatje, Bret Easton Ellis, Charles Schulz and Frank Miller.

Yep. He’s that in demand.

But Chip Kidd is, at heart, a fan of comic books – one of the reasons he continually returns to the medium. This time around, he’s given himself writing chores on a pretty interesting Batman book.

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Neil Young And Crazy Horse – Americana Album Preview

Have you ever been to one of those music groups for little kids? If you haven’t, let me paint the picture for you. You have 5-10 infants in a room with a parent or guardian (usually a mom) and a hired musician usually playing 8-10 kids songs on a guitar while the mom attempts to stimulate the child between a few sentences of adult conversation. Usually the performer is mediocre at best, and that’s just fine since the intended audience isn’t really paying attention, nor are they able to provide feedback beyond falling asleep, drooling or crying. There’s not much you can do to improve these classes, unless of course you can hire a great rock ‘n’ roll band to put their spin on some of these timeless and overdone standards. And that’s exactly what you get on the new Neil Yong and Crazy Horse album, Americana, their first in more than nine years.

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Twin Peaks And Thriller Fans Will Find Lots To Love In The Aggression Scale

Mr. Bellavance wants his $500,000 back. And whoever may have stolen it is going to whacked, with the polaroids to prove it.

That’s how The Aggression Scale kicks off. And for the next 84 minutes it doesn’t let up. It’s a fly under the radar flick that action fans definitely shouldn’t miss out on. And if you grew up loving Twin Peaks, you definitely have to watch this one.

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Watch With Amanda: What’s on TV this week? May 28 – June 3

Highlights this week include finales for Cougar Town, Touch, and Game of Thrones! How is Game of Thrones over already??

What will you be watching?

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A Drag Show From Hell? Glenn Walker On Eurovision 2012

Most folks look at me with a blank stare when I mention Eurovision. When I try to explain it, they say, ‘Oh that’s “American Idol,”‘ yeah, not. Eurovision predates it by about fifty years. Yeah, take that, “American Idol,” or “Pop Idol,” or whatever you want to call it. Eurovision did it first. And seriously, with all of the ratings problems “American Idol” has been having this season, they might want to take a look at what makes Eurovision so popular.

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Men In Black Return To Number One – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend of May 25th, 2012

Men In Black returned to the big screen with a bang, knocking Marvel’s The Avengers from the top of the heap after a three week run. Here’s how it all went down:

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Continuum With Rachel Nichols Is Worth Your Time

Time travel is a tricky thing at the best of times. But when you’re suddenly sent decades back in time with what looks like absolutely no means of getting home, and you’re expected to prevent a war to boot? Well, that makes things even tougher, I’d say.

And so would CPS Protector Kiera Cameron in the new sci-fi series Continuum, premiering tonight on Showcase.

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