Lost Girl ‘In Memoriam’ review: My death was greatly exaggerated

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The season four premiere of Lost Girl made the case for a show headlined by Ksenia Solo — and it exceeded expectations. Due to a real life pregnancy, Anna Silk had to sit out of the major duties for the premiere (and perhaps the next episode, too), and while Bo was greatly missed, I can’t lie and say that I wasn’t at all entertained by this episode. In fact, I was quite entertained by this episode. If Lost Girl can keep up the energy from this premiere, it may have a home run season. I don’t think an episode has ever felt more assured, weaving all elements of the series together quite naturally.

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America’s Next Top Model recap: The finale photos begin

Finale Part 1: The Finalists Shoot Their Guess Campaign

Guys, it’s here. The first part of the America’s Next Top Model season finale.  That’s right, this show still gets a 2-hour, 2-part season finale.  No, I don’t know why.  Just go with it.

If you remember, last week the competition was narrowed down to our final three: Jordyn, Marvin, and Corey.  It’s interesting because these finalists each represent a different type: the female model, the traditional male model, and the androgynous male model.  Tyra sure knows what she’s doing, doesn’t she?

The finale starts with the finalists doing a shoot for Guess, which is one of the company’s the winner will get to work with after the show.  Before they start, Johnny tells them that they have brought back the previous contestants who are going to be around for the rest of the competition to cheer on their chosen favorite.  Pretty much all the girls pick Corey because he is amazing, and most of the boys pick Marvin because bros, obviously.  Poor Jordyn is left all by her lonesome until the last person comes out.  I would almost feel sorry for her if I hadn’t watched all season and seen how much of the worst she has been throughout the competition.  But Chris is the last one out and he picks to be on Jordyn’s team, so at least she has him, even if he is the only person on the show who was more hated than her.
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The Vampire Diaries ‘Handle With Care’ review: Breaking Kat

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Let us all bask in the glory that was the best episode of The Vampire Diaries in a very long while! Am I delusional or was that just some very good stuff? I’m beyond the mythology, though sometimes with how wonky it is, it can be plain fun in its own right. It’s not that I’m saying this episode was specifically compelling, but for some odd reason I just relished in it.

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America’s Next Top Model recap: Some exercise and some bats

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After last week’s double elimination, the top 5 is noticeably on edge.  Jordyn is upset that Nina got sent home, so she decides to share her Tyra Suite winnings with Corey, who was also close with Nina.  Those two, along with Renee, call out Chris for being fake and dragging Nina down.  Renee goes so far as to claim there is a special place in hell for him.  An argument ensues, and Chris just explodes while Renee and Jordyn laugh and Corey just gives him some piercing smize eyes.  Boy is fabulous and just can’t control it, even in a fight.  Chris tries to run to Marvin for support, but really we’re all sick of his schtick at this point.

This week the challenge is all about exercising and being in shape, and the girls are competing against each other (even though there are only two left), while the boys compete separately.  Renee wins for the girls, but it is overshadowed for a moment when Jordyn almost passes out.  Tyra really should know better than to make girls who don’t eat carbs run up multiple flights of stairs. And even though Corey puts up quite the fight, Marvin wins for the guys so the happy couple gets to enjoy a spa treatment together.  Ah, young love!  How precious.
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Broadway’s ‘bailout’ king Kristoffer Cusick talks First Date, Reggie’s ringtones and stage door madness

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Who knew that a shy young Kristoffer Cusick would go from private singing and dancing lessons to Broadway’s “bailout” king? Now for those who haven’t seen First Date, Cusick plays Reggie, Casey’s (played by Krysta Rodriguez) caring but overly dramatic BFF in this season’s hottest new musical comedy. His “Bailout Song,” a tune that pops up repeatedly throughout the show, is one of the most talked about songs off the album, not to mention everyone and their mother wants it as their ringtone. (You know for when you’re on a date and just need to be rescued!)

This innovative new show tells the story of Aaron (Zachary Levi) and Casey (Krysta Rodriguez), who while on a blind date give the audience a glimpse, in real-time, into the awkward and sometimes rewarding moments while on a first date. Hilarious, fun, and comically amazing, the musical brings together people of all ages who have ever experienced a first date.

Cusick is no stranger to the limelight and started performing at a very young age, inspired by his famous mom, Linda Larkin who was a recording artist on Capitol Records and took the 60’s by storm touring with the likes of Ike and Tina Turner, The Jacksons, and appearing on magazines such as Teen Screen.
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The Vampire Diaries ‘Monster’s Ball’ review: Babies having babies

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I must really be a masochist. OK, here’s a stream of consciousness (I apologize in advance):

Well, let’s be honest: that wasn’t a bad episode of The Vampire Diaries. But, then again, as I’ve been reiterating for this entire season, this season is just a reiteration of the show. Even Caroline is tired of having the same talk with Tyler about him leaving and having to do things elsewhere. Tyler should take the word “hi” out of his lexicon, because he’s more prone to goodbyes, anyhow.

By the same token, Damon is still keeping Elena out of the loop — just like everyone usually does with Elena. And even Jeremy has resorted to not caring what Bonnie thinks, re: her own death. Though, at least in that case, I’m erring on Jeremy’s side since Bonnie has been one notch above pathetic this season, hovering around everyone whilst telling them how great they are. But when it comes to Bonnie, not even her afterlife is much about her anymore (not that it ever was). Damon just wants to bring her back from the dead because it will satisfy Elena. Also, I love that Bonnie is dead and everyone’s just like, “Let’s go to a ball!”

Guys, I’m blogging on my personal blog for the most part.
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The Top 5 Christian Grey’s That Weren’t

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Now that we’ve had time to mourn the loss of one Christian Grey and equal time to embrace a new one we can all sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. The coveted role in the Fifty Shades of Grey book-to-movie adaptation by E.L. James now rests in the hands of Sheriff Graham Humbert (played by Jamie Dornan) of the ABC series Once Upon A Time. One thing’s for sure, this smokin’ hot actor (who happens to come equipped with a delectable Irish accent) is one lucky guy! But what about all the other heartthrobs who didn’t make the cut? Do we deprive ourselves from their manly goodness? I think not! So this is for you, despite being our runners up we still think you’re pretty damn fine.

1. Matt Bomer

Matt was a BIG favorite amongst the fans to land the role of S&M master, Christian Grey and we can definitely see why. This wholesome Texas boy decided to move to NY after college. He worked on such acclaimed stage productions as Spring Awakening (directed by Michael Mayer) and Grey Gardens (directed by Michael Grief.) Well, Matt, you can definitely Spring awaken in my grey garden (did I actually just type that?
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The Michael J. Fox Show : “Teamates” Review

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The Michael J. Fox Show is an unfunny show about terrible people. This issue isn’t that the show is in the vein of Seinfeld or It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and I just don’t get it. The Michael J. Fox Show wants to be a family show about a family, but fails miserably.

In “Teammates,” Mike and Annie spend the whole episode arguing. Annie likes to confront rude people, which Mike finds uncomfortable because he just wants to move on from the situation. Unfortunately, Annie won’t let him, even when she should. It’s not a smart idea to confront people who live in the same building as you. While Mike tries his best to make amends with the psychiatrist that Annie yelled at because he was rude in the elevator, Mike makes a major misstep: he told the psychiatrist Annie has bipolar disorder.

Annie doesn’t. This wasn’t a very special episode where we learn about Annie’s struggle or as she put it “when she goes all Claire Danes.” Mike just used bipolar disorder as a way to explain Annie’s extreme sense of justice. At first Annie is offended, as she should be, but she also ends up using it as an excuse.
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Broadway bad boy Bryce Ryness talks First Date‘s 90-minute sweet spot and its subtle love triangle

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Blunt best friends are a necessity when it comes to steering clear of problematic exes (who you may or may not still be hung up on), and Bryce Ryness does just that. Well, his character Gabe does, anyway. Ryness currently headlines in First Date, a hilarious new musical starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, which more or less follows the trials and tribulations of dating in a primarily digital age. There’s Google stalking, ex-fiancés, overbearing family members and two unlikely people on a blind date that could quite possibly change their lives forever.

Ryness, formerly know for his role as Woof in the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, can only be described as a comical genius in not only his portrayal of Gabe, Aaron’s snarky best bud, but also an edgy British guy (who has some raunchy history with Casey) and Gilberto (the Orthodox Jewish man).

During this candid interview Ryness delves into his love of music, his lack of “game” with the ladies and how luck landed him the perfect woman to spend the rest of his life with.

McKenzie Morrell: To start off, can you tell the readers a little bit about your background and how you got started on Broadway?
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Prisoners review: Thriller done right

Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal shine in Villeneuve's dark and disturbing film

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Prisoners is the story of two families broken by the abduction of their two young daughters on the day of Thanksgiving. A simple thriller and an overdone conflict as it may seem, Prisoners is much more than that. It plays with people’s limits, with their morals and with their hearts. With their beliefs. It tells a tale that sounds very true, with an incredible amount of tension for over two hours.

The strength in which the story is delivered is in great part thanks to the amazing cast it has, led by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, two very experienced actors that have a chance to shine here. Jackman as the suffering father of one of the missing kids, able to do anything to find her. Anything. And Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki, a twitchy but committed cop who steals the show completely. Special mention to Paul Dano, the driver of the RV. Those who have seen the movie know why.

Denis Villeneuve, known for his Oscar-nominated movie Incendies (2010), directs a very compelling story about human nature and a very different take on crime. It makes both the family and police likable characters, and instead of focusing on whodunit it focuses on how will they deal with it.
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