August 2012

The Vivacious Nicole Kidman

by Alan Rapp on August 30, 2012

in Books & Magazines

To help promote her new movie The Paperboy actress Nicole Kidman took time out for a fashion photoshoot with photographer Mario Testino (you’ll find the pics inside) and sat down for an interview with Jacob Bernstein for V Magazine’s latest issue to discuss her willingness to go with the flow and take risks, her latest role which includes a brutal sex scene with co-star John Cusack in one scene and peeing on co-star Zac Efron in another, being forbidden to go to the beach as a child, working with director Stephen Daldry on The Hours following her divorce from Tom Cruise, her life in Nashville with husband Keith Urban, and her plans to work with writer/director Lars von Trier on The Nymphomaniac.

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Covert Affairs – Loving the Alien

by Alan Rapp on August 29, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Covert Affairs – Loving the Alien
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Covert Affairs

Annie (Piper Perabo) accepts Simon’s (Richard Coyle) offer to accompany him on his trip to Cuba. Although she gets Lena’s (Sarah Clarke) approval, Annie understands the risk of going in without any CIA back-up and no way home if something goes wrong, which, as you might expect, is exactly what happens. But the manner in which her trip ends no one could have foreseen.

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Super Dinosaur #13

by Alan Rapp on August 29, 2012

in Comics

super-dinosaur-13-coverKidnapped and taken into Inner Earth by the Exile, Derek learns the truth about his captor in the latest issue. It turns out the Exile isn’t the super-villain Derek believed him to be but a member of the royal family who was banished for his theories of life on the surface of the Earth.

As Derek works on escaping, and even defending the creature that kidnapped him, Super Dinosaur brings his team to the rescue. There’s one big continuity error here with the ease SD and the kids make it into Inner Earth (a place that super-villains and scientists alike have been spending decades trying to discover).

You can’t really overlook such a big plot issue, but there’s enough fun here, including some great action, that you aren’t forced to dwell on it. You probably aren’t reading a title like Super Dinosaur for its logic or consistency. Still, it’s troubling.

The quick shift into the motivations of the Exile and the unexpected complexity of the politics in Inner Earth is a nice touch. I’m hoping the characters get to spend more time exploring the world before reuniting and returning to the surface. For fans.

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  • Title: Doctor Who
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The first three “Pond Life” commercials, I mean mini-adventures, celebrating the good Doctor’s return to television this weekend have hit the interwebs. Take a gander. Here’s Part 1, you’ll find Part 2 & Part 3 after the jump.

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Perception – Nemesis

by Alan Rapp on August 29, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Perception – Nemesis
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Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) goes out of her way to try to impress her new boss (Lisa Banes) on a case involving a federal judge (Mary Page Keller) on the short list for Solicitor General who is being stalked by a disturbed young man (Jonathan Tucker). However, the case hits far too close to home for Professor Pierce (Eric McCormack) when he learns the man in question, who believes the judge is an alien from another planet sent here to save the world, is schizophrenic.

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