Here’s Jennifer Lopez with the official video for the remixed version of “Booty” featuring Iggy Azalea.

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on September 19, 2014

in Nework & Cable TV News 

ComingSoon.net and Machinima are reporting that DC has a new Justice League animated series planned to coincide with the theatrical release of Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Although I’m not excited for the new series adopting the darker tone of the recent DC movies, the news that Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett will produce the series certainly makes me feel better about the chances of the show than the upcoming film.

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Firefly Pop! Vinyl Figures

by Alan Rapp on September 19, 2014

in Toys & Collectibles

You can pre-order a set of Firefly Pop! Vinyl Figures for the low, low price of $10 a piece. The crew of Captain Tightpants, Zoe, Wash, and the man they call Jayne are all available although its passengers (Shepherd Book, and River and Simon Tamm) are not.

Firefly Pop! Vinyl Figures

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season One
  • wiki: link

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Complete First SeasonContinuing the adventures began in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suffers a bit from having to play with last year’s toys and deal with the fallout of the planned Marvel feature film releases rather than make any real strides on its own. Thankfully thee release of Thor: The Dark World and especially Captain America: The Winter Soldier bolstered the season’s second-half, giving it new life to end the show’s First Season on a string of strong episodes.

Without question Clark Gregg is the show’s star. Reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson, returned from the dead in a mysterious manner (which turns out to be somewhat disappointing once revealed), Coulson puts together his own strike time including two military specialists in Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), a pair a bickering scientists (Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge) and a computer hacker (Chloe Bennet) they adopt in the first episode. Throw in an old S.H.I.E.L.D. tricked-out cargo jet, and the team is ready for action.

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The Mysteries of Laura – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on September 18, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Mysteries of Laura – Pilot
  • IMDb: link

“I’m just a mother with a shiny badge, a loaded gun, and very little patience.”

The Mysteries of Laura - Pilot

Wow, I have to wonder how bad were the pilots NBC decided to pass on? Despite a likable star in Debra Messing and the surprise of Enrico Colantoni in a guest role as the main character’s superior officer, the “Pilot” episode of NBC’s adaptation of the Spanish television series Los misterios de Laura is awkward in its best moments (which are few and far between). Messing stars as recently separated single mom and Homicide Detective Laura Diamond who apparently will juggle the stress of a cliched version of motherhood involving terror twins (Charles Reina, Vincent Reina) and a doofus husband (Josh Lucas) while attempting to solve the murder of the week.

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Congo

by Alan Rapp on September 18, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Congo
  • IMDb: link

CongoAlthough it’s not his best work, Michael Crichton’s 1980 novel Congo is actually a pretty good story. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the big screen adaptation made 15 years later. The film stars Dylan Walsh as a scientist who has raised a sign-language speaking ape named Amy and decided to return the gorilla back to the wild with the help of a bizarre financier (Tim Curry) whose interests in the gorilla’s doodles make him believe Amy could lead the group to the legendary lost city of Zinj.

The movie condenses and jumbles the motives of everyone involved producing a single expedition which also includes a scientist (Laura Linney) looking for her ex-fiancé and his team who were attacked by strange murderous gray gorillas (rather than motivated by the corporate greed of the priceless diamonds lost in the jungle as in the novel), a great white hunter who happens to be black (Ernie Hudson), and a member of the group who you know has no chance to make it out alive (Grant Heslov).

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Legends – Gauntlet

by Alan Rapp on September 18, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Legends – Gauntlet
  • wiki: link

Legends - Gauntlet

Following the shootout and consequent car wreck, Martin (Sean Bean) and injured Dobson (Kirk Acevedo) find themselves arrested by Houston police and taken to a local hospital. Despite his reservations about the entire situation, Gates (Steve Harris) decides to back Martin’s off-book mission and dispatches Crystal (Ali Larter) and Tony Rice (Morris Chestnut) to Houston to discover just what the hell Martin has gotten himself involved in now and track down the military ordinance Dobson’s men were in possession of before Martin’s intervention.

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New Warriors #9

by Alan Rapp on September 17, 2014

in Comics

New Warriors #9With the set-up of the team settled and the New Warriors victorious over the High Evolutionary I decided to pop back in on this title and give it a look. New Warriors #9 has two things going for it: lots of Scarlet Spider and an insane giant basketball mascot intent on proving himself a hero. This my friends is a good time.

Returning Kaine to Houston against his will Vance Astronik attempts to sell the hero on staying with the team when the city’s former basketball mascot, transformed into a giant 100 ft. insane bear, shows up to take down the “super-villains” and prove himself the true hero of the city. Scarlet Spider vs. giant stuffed bear? Yeah, that’s pretty awesome.

The B-story involves the rest of the team blowing off some steam by hitting a nightclub in Prague. Although it gives the various other characters less a role to play (which is fine by me with Kaine picking up the slack), this lighthearted subplot does foreshadow dark times ahead for one particular member. Must-read.

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Velvet #7

by Alan Rapp on September 17, 2014

in Comics

Velvet #7Although she doesn’t make an appearance in this issue other than in a flashback, Velvet Tempelton‘s spirit can be found of every page of the latest issue of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet. Where the previous issues were spent to set-up the premise and the mystery of searching for the truth of what happened to the super-spy turned secretary, Velvet #7 is focused on the woman herself and how she’s viewed by the two men leading the search to find her. Even if, for the first time, we aren’t seeing the world from her perspective, the latest issue arguably offers readers the clearest picture of the character yet.

Velvet’s continued actions baffle Colt and Roberts who are only beginning to suspect that there’s likely far more to the story than the simple frame job suggests. Colt’s perspective gives us a glimpse at the dangerous false trails one finds while searching for a master spy while Roberts more analytical approach searches for assets and leverage which can be used against Velvet, although he discovers just how far he’s been lagging behind his target in the final couple pages of yet another terrific issue. Best of the Week.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A Chinatown Ghost Story
  • wiki: link

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - A Chinatown Ghost Story

After three foolish Purple Dragons release the spirit of an ancient Chinese sorcerer from a dagger they find themselves with an immediate power upgrade with control of lighting, thunder, and wind. Donatello (Rob Paulsen) and Casey Jones (Josh Peck) are forced to put the rivalry over April‘s (Mae Whitman) affections aside when Ho Chan (James Hong) chooses to dump the three idiots in favor of his new mindless soldiers: Leonardo (Jason Biggs), Michelangelo (Greg Cipes), and Raphael (Sean Astin).

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