Game Of Thrones ‘The Wars To Come’ Foreshadows A Feminine Shift

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SPOILERSHBO’s “Game of Thrones” returned for a fifth season Sunday night, and promptly prepared Tywin Lannister for burial and dispatched alpha Wildling leader Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) at The Wall … thanks to Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and his lover/adviser Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the red witch. They condemn an uncooperative Mance to burn alive for a salivating crowd.  Jon Snow (Kit Harington) ended Mance’s suffering by a precise arrow and angers Baratheon, who wants Roose Bolton’s (Michael McElhatton) head on a stick. Game of Thrones’ season premieres, this episode — titled “The Wars to Come” — is a largely […]

BBC’s The Driver – One Man’s Descent Into Hell. Miniseries Stars April 13 on Acorn TV

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What happens when someone upsets the moral and social applecart with a split second decision? Ruined lives and reputations initially, but what may be far worse is the irreversible butterfly effect that lives on far into the future. An example of this phenomenon is made clear in a riveting drama set in place by answering an irresistible impulse. The Driver, a three part series from England opens with a chilling, nerve shredding, four minute and some police chase through the narrow city backstreets. In front is a taxi driver, pulling dangerous stunts with police close behind in hot pursuit. Suddenly […]

A Place to Call Home – Aussie Soap Set in a Time of Social Upheaval

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Season 2 on Acorn TV, streaming begins April 6 with new episodes added Mondays through April 27Starring Marta Dusseldorp A woman arrives in Inverness, New South Wales in 1953 dragging suitcases and wearing a hopeful smile. She’s in Australia for the first time in twenty years, home from Europe and World War II. She has come to reconnect with her mother and live with her and start a new life. But she’s shocked when her mother immediately rejects her and sends her away, especially cruel for a daughter she hasn’t seen who traveled with love, thousands of miles to be […]

Review: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief on HBO Will Infuriate You

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Before I begin, let’s be really transparent about ALL organized religion and cults, as they are at their structural core, money grabs (some with the very best of intentions) that keep the hierarchy of said church/cult in place and well funded, allowing the proselytizing and indoctrination of more money paying members to swell their ranks, ergo political clout, power and ultimately preserving the status quo of each organization. In “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” premiering Sunday on HBO, the entire embarrassing genesis of this cult is explored in the documentary by Alex Gibney.  It is horrifying, laughable, […]

Recap: Vikings ‘Born Again’ A Gripping Turn Of Events, Pics, VIDEOS

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SPOILERS GALOREWhat an emotional episode tonight. Showrunner Michael Hirst (“The Tudors”), has created a real dramatic juggernaut with “Vikings” for History, with an average of 4.3 million viewers in the first five episodes of season three, according to Live +3 ratings. Great news was announced today that production for season four will begin this spring in Ireland. In watching “Athelstan’s Journal” as the after-show, we see the scope of this visceral story in a few short years, and great performances by actors no longer part of the cast like Donal Logue and Gabriel Byrne. Tonight, George Blagden joins their ranks […]

Recap: FX’s Justified: Crossing The Point of No Return

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Review/Recap of FX’s Justified: Crossing The Point of No Return Episode 610 “Trust” Written by Benjamin Cavell Directed by Alan ArkinTonight’s episode, “Trust” could have easily been called the “Grand Guignol,” (a dramatic moment of horrifying nature) because to many longtime fans, the most feared event happened. Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter) called an audible at the end of the episode when she realized that all the work she had put in trying to extract information from Boyd (Walton Goggins) for Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) would not be the key to the unglamorous life spent in witness protection. Then she committed the […]

Vikings ‘Usurper,’ King Ecbert Not Such A Good Man After All, Some Thoughts

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SPOILERS GALOREIn tonight’s “The Usurper” episode for Vikings on History, a slightly defeatist attitude and tragedy trail Ragnar home to Kattegat, and Ecbert’s son Aethelwulf becomes all Viking-y himself as he sacks and murders the Northmen farming community. What a crock of shit last week’s English feast was where Ecbert and Ragnar get sloppy drunk and each say aloud that they are “good” men. We learn in a massive twist at the end that King Ecbert has orchestrated the whole Northmen village’s slaughter and decimation… and made it look like he had good reason. Both Ragnar and Aethelwulf also have […]

Jessica Brown Findlay Stars in Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic Drama Jamaica Inn

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Jamaica InnAcorn TV Streams BBC Miniseries Based on Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic Drama Mar. 16, Mar. 23, and Mar. 30Directed by Philippa LowthorpeStars Jessica Brown Findlay, Sean Harris and Joanne WhalleyRating 4/5 Life is grim on the Cornish coast of England in 1821. Windswept moors underline the loneliness and despair of the inhabitants with only two choices – to eke out a living from an unwilling ground and dangerous sea or join criminal gangs.It’s into this world that Mary (Brown Findlay) arrives. Her mother has died and she has journeyed to the seaside Jamaica Inn, a disused ramshackle hotel where […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, How Did Tyson Get Down The Aisle Edition

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“What we really learned most out of ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ is that reality television celebrities really are cray cray,” was Aviva’s deep thought in interview in the final episode of the WEtv series. Sort of an interesting ending to a show that began with Director Jim and Elizabeth Carroll discussing the way the other cast members ostracized Aviva and Reid.“They are so focused on Aviva and Reid they may not be paying attention to what they need to do,” Jim worries.“It’s like this whole group has projected all of their junk outside themselves instead of focusing inside themselves,” Elizabeth agrees. […]

Five Things We Love About NBC’s New Comedy ‘One Big Happy’ VIDEOS

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On March 17, NBC is where it’s at as two, thirty something besties (a lesbian and her best male hetero pal) decide to have a baby, but their plan becomes a little more complicated when one of them suddenly falls in love and gets married in the series premiere of One Big Happy (9:30/8:30). Check out some sneak peeks and previews below!We’re geeked out for this new, fun NBC comedy that producer, writer, actress, wunderkind Ellen Degeneres is fully behind and we love what we have seen so far… our top five highlights include:1. Liz Feldman! We love the talented writer, […]

History’s Vikings ‘Scarred’, Bad Penny Edition, Some Thoughts VIDEOS

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  SPOILERSVikings Recap – Season 3 Episode 4 “Scarred”“Scarred” – Thursday, March 12 at 10 p.m.The victorious Wessex/Viking forces return to Wessex but there is rancor in the Viking camp – Floki is angry over the alliance with Ecbert and is resentful the influence that he feels Athelstan has over Ragnar. Princess Kwenthrith makes some calculating political moves following the battle at the Hill of the Ash in Mercia. Visitors from the past arrive in Hederby, at Kalf’s invitation.Guilt. Loss. Love. Hubris. Regret. The Seer must be reeling with all the portentous moving parts in Kattegat, as we lose Siggy, […]

Recap: WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” The Commit Or Walk Away Edition

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Leave it to Heidi Montag to take a serious episode of WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” and turn it into a scene straight out of the movie “Mean Girls” while tormenting Aviva Drescher. I don’t even like Aviva and I thought Heidi was a complete and utter bitch this week. What became glaringly apparently during her drunken raging after the ladies’ returned from their “hall pass” night is that Heidi NEEDS to feel like she’s the popular one with all the friends. She needs her friends to prove their loyalty. She wants to be the popular one and when […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Reid and Aviva Drescher Up To Bat

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If last week was all about Speidi, this week’s “Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv was all about Reid and Aviva Drescher. And none of it was positive. Apparently after the big throw down last week, Aviva and Reid tried to go to bed while the rest of the crew stayed up to party and bond. Behaving like the badly-behaved, unsupervised teenagers that they are, Natalie and Heidi spent the night banging on their door yelling at them to come out and party. Pretty much all night long.“These people are drunk 2-4-7,” Aviva says. “I didn’t come to Marriage Boot Camp […]

Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ Detours From Network Norms, And We Love That

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Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ Detours From Network Norms, And We Love ThatCast: Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Cleopatra Coleman. The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on FOXThis review is based solely on the premiere.Bottom Line: Breaking away from formulaic sitcoms and network comedy is risky and quite brave, considering how much money (and how many jobs) is at stake to get a show developed these days. But NBC took a huge chance on “Welcome To Sweden,” a decidedly un-network-y comedy that works (very well in my opinion), so FOX goes with this interesting, […]

Review: ‘VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer’ Is Optimistic, Gut Wrenching, Logical

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VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer airs Friday night February 27th on HBO. Bottom Line: The poison that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  Keep your friends close but your enemies closer. Both are true statements when it comes to beating up and killing cancer cells. VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer on HBO sees Shane Smith – like many of us – have a deeply personal stake and connection in the subject of cancer, the malady of all maladies (also the subject of PBS’ Ken Burns’ latest doc, a comprehensive report on the state of cancer today. Burns’ film premieres on […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, The Speidi Chronicles and Aviva Crosshairs

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Before this week’s episode of WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp,” I was pretty anti-Speidi. True confessions: I watched every episode of “The Hills” and I remember when it appeared that Spencer was isolating Heidi from her friends and family. And then they got married. I’ve always believed the press saying that most of what Speidi presented to the public was fake, and I blamed Spencer and Heidi. After watching the latest “Marriage Boot Camp,” I’m not so sure anymore. They were really young and reality television was still pretty new when Speidi jumped into the shark tank.“That was an exorcism, not […]

Recap: WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” The TMI Edition

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Alright, I just gotta say that I miss the original sex puppets. I wonder what happened to the taco, the donut, the hot dog and all the other furry critters that have appeared on previous seasons of WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp.” With that said, the puppets made to look like the reality stars on the show were pretty funny. They even gave Rachel’s puppet a flat chest. “Let’s talk about sex,” Marriage Boot Camp Director Elizabeth Carroll opens up the first drill of the day. They’re going to play spin the bottle but answer questions about sex that explore what […]

Recap/Review: FX’s Justified: Ava’s Kissing Her Troubles Away

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Episode 605: “Sounding”Written by Dave Andron and Leonard Chang Directed by Jon AvnetJustifiedAva went on the offensive in “Sounding,” driving this episode with her frustrated and poor mismanagement of the stress she’s feeling from Katharine Hale (Mary Steenburgen) and Boyd (Walton Goggins) in trying to be Raylan’s (Timothy Olyphant) criminal informant.She’s pulling out all the stops, like seducing Boyd with her body and her cooking. She’s even doing lines of cocaine with one of the meanest women in the crime world (and grandmothers to boot). For the first time we get some honesty out of Ava in her conversation with […]

Recap: FX’s Justified: Episode 604 “The Trash and the Snake”

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Written by Chris Provenzano and Ingrid Escajeda – Directed by Adam Arkin Seeing someone get blown to bits on Justified is never not-funny, and once again it was Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Wynn (Jere Burns) who were showered with blood and guts.The dearly departed was the Wiz (Jake Busey), one of Wynn’s loopy connections who was trying to show the boys how military-grade explosives work so that he can break into Avery Markham’s (Sam Elliot) vault below The Portal. Wynn’s associates and connections have always led to hilarious (and ghastly) results and we also learned he was a decorated surfer […]

Recap: WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” The Speidi Chronicles

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While I’m not a fan of violence in general, I was sorta fascinated as to how Natalie and Heidi’s battle would end up on WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp.” At the end of last week’s episode, Bad Girl Nat was storming through the house looking to beat up Barbie. “Just don’t fuck with me… I’m going to beat your fucking ass,” Natalie yells.Shockingly, Heidi stops hiding in a back room and comes out to face her down. And apologizes.“I honestly wouldn’t have taken it if …” Heidi tells Natalie she never would have taken pictures of a shirtless Jacob if she […]

FOX ‘Empire’ Best Network Drama, ‘Dangerous Bonds’ Reveals Brothers Divided

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 FOX has delivered what we consider to be the best new drama for 2015 on network television, and it holds its own with premium cabler dramas for the addictive qualities and growing audience that defies race, class and gender lines. The stars of the show, Terence Howard, never better as mogul papa Lucious, and Taraji P. Henson who is killing it as Cookie, the matriarch with a heavy past, are just the tip of a talented iceberg that reveals a secondary and tertiary cast that is written to perfection, allowing a wide swath of actors to have shining moments in […]

Recap: “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” The Rat You Guys Out Edition

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It’s hard to write a blog about this week’s “Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv when the teasers for next week show Reid throwing a leg – literally – at Aviva during a boot camp drill. I’m still laughing so hard I’m crying. But now that I’ve shared that little ending nugget, we’ll go back to the beginning. We already knew that Natalie and Heidi are #MeanGirls and #BadGirls – but tonight we found out they’re also cheaters. Natalie and Heidi break into the “deal breaker” envelopes that contain each camper’s answer from the lie detector test on the first day. […]

Recap: FX’s Justified: All aboard the Choo-Choo Train

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Justified: Episode 602 “Cash Game” Directed by Dean Parisot Written by Dave Andron and VJ Boyd Directed by Dean Parisot Written by Dave Andron and VJ Boyd In last week’s premiere episode of Justified, we were left with the chilling image of Boyd (Walton Goggins) watching over a sleeping Ava (Joelle Carter). How much does Boyd suspect her? Does he love her so much that he could overlook a betrayal?Think about their relationship and how much they’ve confided in each other. Nearly all of Boyd’s remaining family (and cronies) betrayed him and Ava appears to be the one woman to […]

Recap: WEtv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, The ‘I’m The Bad Girl’ Edition

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And tonight, ladies and gentlemen, WeTV’s “Marriage Boot Camp” treated us to a glimpse of what it would have looked like if Natalie had been on “The Hills.” And then as the night grew late and they all got drunk, we had a snapshot of how Heidi would have done on “Bad Girls Club.” It was absolutely terrifying. Alright, this is going to read a little bit like a Housewives blog tonight, but that’s how it felt to watch it.Natalie apparently thinks that by sticking up for Rachel in a previous conversation about her staying out too late and ignoring […]

Recap: Justified: Episode 601 “Fate’s Right Hand” Directed by Michael Dinner

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Justified: Episode 601 “Fate’s Right Hand” Directed by Michael Dinner – Written by Michael Dinner, Fred Golan, and Chris ProvenzanoIn the middle of the premiere of “Justified’s” final season premiere is sparked by an icy exchange between new fire starter Ty Walker (Garrett Dillahunt) and lead character Raylan Givens (Tim Olyphant) on the grounds of his late father’s home. Walker seems more assure of himself, but not like Robert Quarles. He doesn’t appear to misjudge his abilities like Daryl Crowe, but there’s heat between the two. Raylan has that effect on people. This particular standoff ends in a stalemate, as […]