Arrow – Seeing Red

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Seeing Red
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Arrow - Seeing Red

With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. riding high with the HYDRA fallout from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier I thought this might be the week that Marvel’s show might out-perform its rival DC’s weekly super-hero action-drama. Nope. Arrow‘s strong Second Season continues with an episode with lasting fallout not only for the season’s remaining three episodes but well beyond. This, as they say, is one of those episodes that changes everything.

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Amazing X-Men #6

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2014

in Comics

Amazing X-Men #6With Nightcrawler recently returned to living (although at a great cost he continues to hide from Wolverine and the other X-Men), Amazing X-Men begins its second arc with a party celebrating Kurt’s return that, even if it is only for a couple of hours, manages to unite two different X-Teams under a single roof without bloodshed.

I’m going to be interested to see just how Nightcrawler reacts to Cyclops and the events which led to Charles Xavier‘s death, but the comic sidesteps the issue at least for now. What writer Jason Aaron and artist Cameron Stewart do deliver with Amazing X-Men #6 is the set-up for the comic’s second arc which will not only center around Nightcrawler’s father Azazel but also his mother Mystique who shows up to Kurt’s party looking for answers.

Despite Mystique’s plans to kill Kurt’s father the pair form an uneasy truce which can’t spell good things for any of the X-Men going forward. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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DC Nation – Batman Beyond

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2014

in Short Films

  • Title: Batman Beyond
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DC Nation - Batman Beyond

As part of the ongoing celebration of Batman turning 75, DC Comics commissioned Darwyn Cooke to write a DC Nation short in the Batman Beyond Universe. Returning both Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy to voice two generations of Batman, the short features the Batcave infiltrated by a robotic Batman (H.A.R.D.A.C.?) in The New Adventures design taking on both Terry McGinnis (Friedle) and Bruce Wayne (Conroy).

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Glee – Opening Night

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Glee – Opening Night
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“Tonight you are a star.”

Glee - Opening Night

Opening night of Funny Girl finally arrives for Rachel (Lea Michele). Kurt (Chris Colfer) takes away the cell phone of his panicking roommate to create a “bubble of love” in the hours leading up to her Broadway debut with the help of several other former members of New Directions. After Tina‘s (Jenna Ushkowitz) comments spiral Rachel’s anxiety attack even further down the rabbit hole, Kurt calls on Blaine, (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet), and Mercedes (Amber Riley) to try and rebuild her confidence. But it’s Santana (Naya Rivera) who ends up having just the right words to get her out of bed, forget the negative gossip blogs, and take her rightful place on stage.

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Captain America and Steve Rogers Sixth Scale Figures

You can grab the set of both Captain America and Steve Rogers Sixth Scale Figures for the low, low combined price of $340.

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Only Light in the Darkness
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Only Light in the Darkness

After Agent Eric Koenig (Patton Oswalt) puts all the members of Coulson‘s (Clark Gregg) team through a rigorous lie-detector test to confirm their loyalties, one which Ward (Brett Dalton) only passes thanks to the constant pain of his injuries and masking his real intentions of rejoining the team by admitting his feelings for Skye (Chloe Bennet), Coulson heads out with a team to stop Blackout (Patrick Brennan). After being freed from The Fridge the villain who has the ability to absorb all light and energy into himself heads to Portland to resume his stalking of a very important cellist (Amy Acker) who just so happens to be Coulson’s ex-girlfriend.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Lucy
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Scarlett Johansson is certainly getting more adventurous in her film roles. Following up Under the Skin and her return as the Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (both still in theaters), Johansson stars as a woman forced into the role of drug mule whose cargo gives her super-powers allowing Lucy to turn the tables on her oppressors. Written and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy also stars Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Min-sik Choi, and Pilou Asbæk. The action-thriller opens in theaters on August 8th.

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The Shadow #24

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2014

in Comics

The Shadow #24The series’ two-issue finale begins here with a string of unexplained deaths in Chinatown and the coordinated rise of the recent undead by an unknown force planning on taking control of New York City. The unexpected horror-element is a surprise as The Shadow dismisses reports of the walking dead only to be attacked by a mob of zombies.

Although The Shadow learns why some in Chinatown believe the dead are rising from the grave, I’m betting the answer is far more nefarious and complicated than simple ceremonial burial practices. Given all that the unusual adventure has to reveal in a single issue, however, I wonder if we’ll be given the full story or if part will be left untold.

With Howard Chaykin on deck to write and illustrate a six-issue mini-series taking place in the late 50s following up the conclusion of this ongoing title, it’s a little unclear where the character goes from here, but I’d be surprised if Dynamite didn’t have future plans for the vigilante who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. Worth a look.

[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]

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Selena Gomez - Adidas Neo Signature Collection (Summer 2014)

Here’s Selena Gomez showing off a bit of the Adidas Neo Selena Gomez Signature Summer 2014 Collection. You can find more pics from the photo shoot inside.

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  • Title: The Blacklist – The Pavlovich Brothers
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The Blacklist - The Pavlovich Brothers

After Tom (Ryan Eggold) discovers Lizzie (Megan Boone) is on to him and disappears, Reddington (James Spader) enlists the services of the very members of The Blacklist he’s sent the FBI after, a foursome of brothers known for their skill in abduction and extraction, to find Lizzie’s wayward husband and bring her home.

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