Janel Parrish - Angelina Venturella

Pretty Little Liars‘ star Janel Parrish recently posed for a photo shoot for photographer Angelina Venturella. You can find the pics inside.

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Daredevil – Into the Ring

by Alan Rapp on May 23, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Daredevil – Into the Ring
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Daredevil - Into the Ring

With Arrow, The Flash, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. all on hiatus after wrapping up their season finales I finally turn my attention to Netflix’s Daredevil starring Charlie Cox as the blind lawyer of Hell’s Kitchen who moonlights as a vigilante. “Into the Ring” introduces us to law partners Matt Murdock (Cox) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) on their first day as practicing attorneys. The pair’s first client won’t ever see the inside of a courtroom, but Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) will help further develop the street-level underbelly of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, exposing us to the corruption to small to be noticed by S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Avengers, and give us the third piece of the classic team of Nelson & Murdock.

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Human Target – Embassy Row

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Human Target – Embassy Row
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Human Target - Embassy Row

In an episode that finds our hero poisoned and forced to break into a Russian Embassy to find a cure for both himself and an old friend’s dying brother “Embassy Row” introduces Emmanuelle Vaugier as my favorite recurring character of the entire series: FBI Agent Emma Barnes. The episode begins when Aaron Cooper (Firefly‘s Sean Maher) is given Christopher Chance’s (Mark Valley) number by his dying brother who knows Chance is the one man who may be able to save Aaron from a similar fate.

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  • Title: True Detective – Season Two
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HBO has released their first trailer for the Second Season of True Detective. This year’s episodes star Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch. New episodes of True Detective return to HBO on June 21st.

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Tomorrowland

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Tomorrowland
  • IMDb: link

TomorrowlandIn tone, message, and design Tomorrowland feels very much like an old school Disney live-action film albeit with far better special effects. With a hopeful message, and heart penned to its sleeve, the screenplay by Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird offers a look at the wonders and dangerous of technology which will bring two strangers together to a place where imagination is the only limitation of what is possible.

Presented with dueling narration by Frank Walker (George Clooney, played as a child by Thomas Robinson) and Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), Tomorrowland informs the audience of how each first learned of a scientific wonderland just outside our dimension before throwing the pair together to save the city and all of Earth from a mistake that continues to haunt the older scientist.

Clooney’s charm helps soften Frank’ rougher edges and Robertson plays well off of him. The real star, however, is Raffey Cassidy as the android who brings the pair together in an effort to put right what went wrong more than two decades before which got Frank expelled from Tomorrowland forever.

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iZombie – Mr. Berserk

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: iZombie – Mr. Berserk
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iZombie - Mr. Berserk

In an attempt to ignore Lowell’s (Bradley James) death, and the role she played in it, Liv (Rose McIver) jumps at the chance to eat an alcoholic reporter’s brains, drink away her sorrows, and get wrapped up in a corporate conspiracy involving a sports drink which drives a small percentage to murder (and played a role in the night which changed her life forever). Leading to plenty of drunk behavior, Liv’s latest meal also hyper-focuses her on a single story, while instilling a righteous fury and need to uncover the truth that nearly ends in her death (if she wasn’t, you know, already a zombie).

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Samurai Jack #19

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2015

in Comics

Samurai Jack #19In another single-issue adventure, and one of the goofier adventures of Jack in his current IDW comic series, Samurai Jack is hired by the Canine Archaeologists who need the samurai’s help with the haunted tomb of the world’s first talking dog.

It’s fun to see the comic bring back Sir Drifus Alexander, Sir Angus Mcduffy, and Sir Colin Bartholomew Montgomery Rothchild III and pair the intrepid archaeologists with our hero for a adventure involving an unearthed tomb and a ghost who, like all dogs, just needed a bit of love and attention to stop acting out and driving all of his descendants crazy.

Christine Larsen steps in to do the art for the latest issue that’s more comedy than action (although Jack does have to defend himself against his old friends when they become feral and possessed by the ghost). Larsen offers some fun reaction shots of our hero to the bizarre situation he finds himself dragged into while Jim Zub continues to have fun adding to the legend of Samurai Jack. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Stalker – Love Kills

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Stalker – Love Kills
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Stalker - Love Kills

Stalker‘s first, and only, season comes to a close by focusing on the two cases introduced in last week’s episode. Beth (Maggie Q) returns to work to help out the Threat Assessment Unit investigate Janice‘s (Mariana Klaveno) theory that there is a serial killer at work in the city targeting various objects of desire mentioned at a stalker support group. Despite the department’s disinterest in reopening some of the cases which they have already convicted others for the crimes, the stalker’s growing need and increasing body count forces the police to take the threat seriously.

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The Fashionable Ashley Benson

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2015

in Books & Magazines

Ashley Benson - Fashion (Summer 2015)

Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson is the cover girl for the Summer issue of Fashion. You can find pics from her photo shoot inside.

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Taylor Swift – Bad Blood

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2015

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Taylor Swift with the official video for “Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar and a host of cameos including Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Jessica Alba, Hailee Steinfeld, Ellie Goulding, GiGi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Cara Delevingne, and Cindy Crawford.

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