Note for Steven Moffat on How to Improve ‘Doctor Who’
Dec01

Note for Steven Moffat on How to Improve ‘Doctor Who’

To Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat As arrogant as it might be for me (who’s never created anything as amazing as the work you’ve done with Doctor Who) to say, most fans I’ve talked to have agreed wholeheartedly that although Peter Capaldi has been brilliant as the Doctor since his debut in series eight, the episodes this series have been terribly uneven. No single episode stands out as particularly awful, but...

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15 new films you’ll want to see this December
Dec01

15 new films you’ll want to see this December

Nazis! Ghouls! Orcs! Kim Jong-un! Creepy hunters with sexist leers! What would the holiday movie season be without them? It’s the rush to the finish line, and the start of serious campaigning for awards season kudos, as 15-odd titles make their way to movie screens — and more than 15-odd if you happen to live in… graphic via...

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SciFi Weekend: Star Wars; Independence Day 2; Jurassic World; The Flash; Arrow; Supergirl; Gotham; Agent Carter; Constantine; Doctor Who; Selfie; Frozen
Nov30

SciFi Weekend: Star Wars; Independence Day 2; Jurassic World; The Flash; Arrow; Supergirl; Gotham; Agent Carter; Constantine; Doctor Who; Selfie; Frozen

There has been a lot of news on sequels to classic science fiction movies. The teaser for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (video above) has received considerable attention, and has led to more speculation as to the movie and the future of the Star Wars universe. There might not be that much information, but several people have broken it down scene by scene to see what can be learned. There is discussion of the trailer here, here,...

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Broadway Records to Release the Original Soundtrack of NBC’s Peter Pan LIVE!
Nov29

Broadway Records to Release the Original Soundtrack of NBC’s Peter Pan LIVE!

NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Preparing to sprinkle fairy dust across America, NBC presents ” Peter Pan Live!” a bold new television production of the iconic Broadway musical on December 4th. The Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event will be released by Broadway Records™ and is now available for pre-order on the Broadway… TMV Editor’s NOTE: Amazon is now taking orders from the new TV...

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‘Jurassic World’ Skips Science
Nov29

‘Jurassic World’ Skips Science

Universal Studios just released the first trailer for Jurassic World, the latest film in the blockbuster Jurassic Park series. The reboot will be released June 12 next year and will star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard. The film builds on the success of the dinosaur-busting trilogy Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)...

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Cartoon: Bill Cosby’s fading laughter
Nov29

Cartoon: Bill Cosby’s fading laughter

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The Joker (the second greatest villian)
Nov28

The Joker (the second greatest villian)

Check out parts 1 to 4 of this ‘greatest villain’ series over at my blog, Chocolate Films. … The very first time I saw Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight, I knew instantly that I was watching something special – I genuinely believed I was watching history. In that darkened cinema room, I knew that I will still be speaking about this sadistic performance 10 – 15 years from that point. If I could describe why...

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Cosby and Ghomeshi scandals open floodgates
Nov28

Cosby and Ghomeshi scandals open floodgates

The “clinking” of Bill Cosby’s belt buckle as he allegedly attempted a rape, the sound of a slap across a woman’s face after Jian Ghomeshi turned his stuffed toy “Big Ears Teddy” around. It’s the details that linger and horrify. In the headline-grabbing cases of famed American comic Bill Cosby and former CBC radio host Jian… graphic via...

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Jurassic World trailer shows us life inside the new theme park, hints at hybrid dino experiment gone awry
Nov26

Jurassic World trailer shows us life inside the new theme park, hints at hybrid dino experiment gone awry

Everything Mesozoic is new again: Jurassic World, the hotly anticipated fourth instalment in the dinosaur-theme-park thriller franchise, has its first official trailer. Due for release on June 12, 2015, the Steven Spielberg-produced film, which has taken a circuitous route to the big screen, is the long-awaited follow-up to 2001′s Jurassic Park III. The film had...

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My top 10 greatest villains: Part 3
Nov26

My top 10 greatest villains: Part 3

Just in case you missed the previous installments, you can find part 1 here and part 2 here. 6 – Tywin Lannister (A Game of Thrones – A Storm of Swords) George R.R Martin knows how to write morally reprehensible characters. He has a whole host of them in his A song of Ice and Fire series. In fact, the only truly decent character in the whole series, Ned Stark, dies in the very first book (I am still waiting for revenge and I am afraid...

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SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Gotham; Agents of SHIELD; Natalie Dormer, Zombies, and Nudity on Game of Thrones; Westworld; How To Get Away With Murder; Doctor Who; Sherlock; SNL on Executive Orders
Nov24

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Gotham; Agents of SHIELD; Natalie Dormer, Zombies, and Nudity on Game of Thrones; Westworld; How To Get Away With Murder; Doctor Who; Sherlock; SNL on Executive Orders

The Hollywood Reporter has more information on the upcoming cross over episodes from Arrow and The Flash, along with some other information about Arrow. Among the information revealed (not all of which is new): The title of The Flash portion of the pair of episodes is quite literal, The Flash vs. Arrow. Barry encounters a metahuman who brainwashes him. The Flash episode “will deliver a very big moment for Oliver’s...

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From Richards To Rivers: A Dozen Great Books For Holiday Gift Giving
Nov24

From Richards To Rivers: A Dozen Great Books For Holiday Gift Giving

Your Faithful Reviewer plowed through another 30 or so books in the course of 2014, some new, some not so old and a couple of classics that I had not gotten around to reading. Here are the best dozen of the bunch, actually the best 14 because one offering is a trilogy. All are great holiday gifts for a literary inclined spouse, other family member or friend, and all are available online in paperback. AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS (Taylor...

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Bill Cosby’s Scandal-Filled Week: One Allegation After Another
Nov23

Bill Cosby’s Scandal-Filled Week: One Allegation After Another

More women have come forward this week accusing legendary comedian Bill Cosby of sexual abuse and several companies have cut ties with the actor. His attorney has dismissed the claims as “unsubstantiated or fabricated stories” and Cosby, 77, remained silent until recently. “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy...

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SNL Cold Open Takes On Executive Orders
Nov23

SNL Cold Open Takes On Executive Orders

Pretty funny regardless of how you feel on the issue Cold...

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Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul announces February debut as AMC releases new trailer
Nov22

Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul announces February debut as AMC releases new trailer

Saul Goodman is returning to television in February for the two night premiere of the highly anticipated show Better Call Saul. AMC announced Nov. 20 that the Breaking Bad prequel will premiere on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. The second episode will air the following day, Monday, Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. All subsequent...

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Midterm Elections and The Great Gatsby
Nov22

Midterm Elections and The Great Gatsby

Midterm Elections and The Great Gatsby By Joseph Cotto Jack Clayton’s 1974 rendition of The Great Gatsby is the quintessential American epic, as well as a sophisticated blockbuster. While the film is anything but a masterpiece — in fact, it becomes quite disjointed during the end of the second act — the fabled 1920s are recreated to such a stunning extent that the atmosphere alone almost makes up for this. A breakout performance...

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Say It Ain’t So, Dr. Huxtable!
Nov21

Say It Ain’t So, Dr. Huxtable!

  During the past few weeks, the autumn air has swirled with uncertainties. It feels as if we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop in half a dozen different rooms on the floor above us. Obama has been promising (or threatening, depending on your opinion of him) unilateral action on our illegal immigrant saga. Police and demonstrators are poised ominously along a figurative battle line in Ferguson, Missouri, until the grand...

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A Dark Alliance & A Lasting Shame: Remembering Investigative Reporter Gary Webb
Nov20

A Dark Alliance & A Lasting Shame: Remembering Investigative Reporter Gary Webb

] Kill the Messenger is currently playing at mostly empty theaters, which is a pity, because it’s an important movie about a real-life story: A reporter who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into Southern California. That reporter is Gary Webb, played on the big screen by Jeremy Renner of The...

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Republicans Used Jed Bartlet’s Former Campaign Manager To Skirt Election Laws
Nov19

Republicans Used Jed Bartlet’s Former Campaign Manager To Skirt Election Laws

CNN reported this week that the Republicans used coded messages in Twitter accounts to get around campaign finance laws which prohibit coordination between campaigns and outside groups such as Super-PAC’s. Information in fake Twitter accounts allegedly contained internal polling data. Republican officials deny knowing abut this. Considering the wide range of things which Republican officials know nothing about, including...

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The Late Great Jack Vance
Nov18

The Late Great Jack Vance

In my mid teens, over 50 years ago, I discovered the wonderful world of science fiction.  One of my favorite authors was Jack Vance who was not only a great story teller but a wordsmith extraordinaire. As it turned out I missed much of Vance’s work most of which is now out of print but fortunately his work has been Kindled.   I recently reread the Caldwell trilogy and discovered the  Tschai series.  While I prefer hard science...

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