Homeland, is it Worth Your Time?

The thing about television these days is that there are a zillion channels and yet never anything on that is worth watching. However, I do have a few shows that I watch frequently but even fewer that I consider appointment shows. You know, shows that I make a point to DVR or to sit down and watch on the day it airs. Those shows include Modern Family, The Good Wife, Revenge, Smash, and Homeland.

If you haven’t watched an episode of Homeland, which airs on Showtime, you are really missing out on one of the best shows ever created. It is that good. To call Homeland a drama doesn’t do it any justice and is in fact grossly underselling it. The show really is in a category all its own. Homeland is more of a psychological thriller that plays out like a movie and has you on the edge of your seat for the entire hour. It is the type of show where you don’t want any distraction because if you look away for a nanosecond, you may miss something crucial.

Homeland is about a Marine Sargent, Nicholas Brody, who comes home after 8 years living in captivity in Iraq. A CIA agent, Carrie Mathison, who interviews him upon his return gets suspicious of him and ultimately suspects that he is plotting a terrorist attack against the United States. As season one moves along you are constantly wondering if Mathison is right about Brody or not.

Homeland is not the type of show that you can just tune in without ever having watched it before and understand what is going on. You must watch this show from episode 1. The overall storyline is compelling and the characters are complex but it doesn’t require you to think too much, like LOST did. And, unlike other shows on premium channels the violence and sexual content is minimal. Not to say that there isn’t any of that but it’s just not the focus of the show.

Do yourself a favor and watch Season 1 before Season 2 begins on September 30th. Don’t worry though, because if you have Showtime you can watch episodes on demand, or you could order them on DVD from Netflix.

I just watched a twenty-five minute sneak preview of Homeland online, and think that this season is going to be as mind blowing as season 1. September 30th can’t come fast enough!

 

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Martial Arts Legend Bruce Lee’s Hollywood TV Appearances

Chinese American martial arts movie star Bruce Lee is most well known for kung fu films. Before his untimely death in1973, he’d starred in three major motion pictures, including the yet to be released classic “Enter The Dragon”. He also had a small role in the James Garner (The Rockford Files) crime flick, “Marlowe”, co-starring Carroll O’Connor of Archie Bunker “All In The Family” fame”. Lee is an unparalleled fight film and a martial arts icon, but it’s often forgotten he got his big break on American television. Hollywood TV shows like his guest starring on “Ironside” with Raymond Burr, “Batman” with Adam West and on his own show “The Green Hornet”, propelled Mr. Lee to big films and helped create a true cinema legend.

The Green Hornet (1966)

When one of the best martial artists on two high kicking feet takes a co-starring role in a comic book based TV show – what happens? Bruce Lee as Kato simply overshadowed his co-star Van Williams who played the title role. The show aired on ABC for only one season, produced by the producer who had created the mega hit “Batman”. Although a failure with audiences in America, the show was so successful in Hong Kong – because of Bruce Lee’s participation – it was renamed “The Kato Show” to highlight Lee’s sidekick character Kato.

Batman (1967)

Who’s the only kung-fu hep cat who can hope to loom larger, punch and kick with more flair than the iconic Batman? When Green Hornet (Van Williams) and Bruce Lee’s Kato guest starred on ABC’s “Batman”, Lee’s physical prowess and undisputed charisma dazzled viewers. Over the years, there’s been a kind of Kato vs Robin myth – wherein Bruce Lee was said to be intent on really beating up actor Burt Ward to show how tough a guy he could be, but the truth is Ward and Lee were friends before he ever guested on the former’s show. They’d hang out together and would eat dinner together with Lee’s wife Linda, and son Brandon.

Longstreet (1971)

This was a short lived ABC crime drama show which had elements of the comic book “Daredevil” – relating the adventures of a blind crime fighter played by actor James Franciscus. Lee played an antiques dealer named Li Tsung and guest starred in four episodes. Tsung not only trained insurance investigator Mike Longstreet in the ways of fighting, but imparted bits of eye opening enlightenment with his life lessons and general philosophy. Writer Stirling Silliphant, an executive producer of the show, studied Jeet Kune Do – Bruce Lee’s fighting style – and the two men were also good friends.

Ironside (1967)

Once again, the dynamic Mr. Lee takes on the role of a martial arts instructor in this classic NBC crime show starring actor Raymond Burr. Lee’s character was named Leon Soo, and he provided details about his deceased father which was connected to one of Ironside’s crime cases. Although he has only a three minute scene, it’s chock full of eye popping fighting fun and that trademark Bruce Lee electricity, which fairly has him sparkle on the screen. Gene LeBell, one of America’s most noted and accomplished jujitsu and judo practitioners, spars with Bruce in the scene.

 

The Voice coaches – Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera

The Voice coaches – Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera – are set to perform a medley of Queen songs on the live Top 16 show on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.
According to the Hollywood Reporter website, the coaches will be singing “We are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You.”

The coaches received good reviews when singing the Gnarles Barkley hit “Crazy” the first episode of Season 1. Blake, Christina, Adam and Cee Lo will kick off the Top 16 (the first live show of the season) before the contestants perform for America’s votes. Reportedly, the coaches will then remove a contestant from their team with the exception of the highest vote getter per team, who gets an instant pass to the next live voting round.

Adam did a solo of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Cee Lo and Blake then did “We Will Rock You” together with Adam doing a guitar solo.

Christina then did “We Are The Champions.” This was pretty good overall. It didn’t seem as good as the “Crazy” performance from before, though.

Sources:

The Hollywood Reporter Story on The Voice Coaches Singing a Queen Medley

The Voice Season 1 Recaps and Results

 

Bringing back classic television

In the past six months, many cities across the United States have been getting a new network that shows nothing but classic television series from the 50s through the 80s – Me-TV! Me-TV, owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, is a free, over-the-air network that airs in select markets on local channels and some cable systems in an area where there is an affiliate. Free television just got a whole lot better!

In most cities, Me-TV is carried on a subchannel of a local broadcast station. Subchannels are “built in” channels on a television station. With digital television, you can have two, three, or sometimes even more channels in one – such as 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4. All it takes to get Me-TV, if it is available in your area, is a digital television or digital converter box and an antenna.

What is Me-TV?

Me-TV stands for Memorable Entertainment television, a reference to classic television. Me-TV is extremely dedicated to classic television, and airs sitcoms and dramas from the 1950s through 1980s. It is very similar to the old format and style of Nick at Nite and TV Land. The network also uses creative promotional ads for its shows, such as “Confessions of a Redhead” (for I Love Lucy) or “Mary Mishaps” (for The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, combining clips of Mary Tyler Moore’s roles on both shows). Me-TV initially began as a classic television block on a local Chicago station in the early 2000s, and became so popular that it became a full time local channel. After expanding in to the Milwaukee, WI and South Bend, IN markets in the latter 2000s, Weigel Broadcasting began offering Me-TV to local channels nationwide in December 2010. Me-TV respects its shows, and only places a small logo in the bottom right corner of the screen. There are no large logos, pop-up ads, or banners across the screen while a program is airing. Me-TV is currently seen in many American cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, San Fransisco, and Atlanta. Me-TV is the sister network to another digital network, THIS TV, which airs primarily movies.

What’s on Me-TV?

Me-TV’s programming includes shows from CBS Television Distribution and 20th Century Fox. Me-TV’s current roster of shows during the week includes Petticoat Junction, I Love Lucy, Hogan’s Heroes, The Big Valley, Hawaii Five-O, The Mary Tyer Moore Show, M*A*S*H, The Twilight Zone, Cheers, The Bob Newhart Show, and many more. On the weekends, the network airs some different shows, such as Taxi, The Odd Couple, The Brady Bunch, The Wild Wild West, and Happy Days. Some of the shows air in their original, un-edited form, while others have been edited and are not aired in full. Me-TV only airs one movie a week, and that is the Svengoolie horror movie of the week, which airs on Saturday nights. If an actor passes away, it is common for Me-TV to do a marathon of one of their shows, if possible. The network also has other marathons and special programming blocks from time to time. Most of the shows on Me-TV have been remastered and air in the highest quality possible.

Where can I find Me-TV?

You can find if Me-TV is in or coming to your area by visiting their website and entering your ZIP code. Then, you will be taken to a page that will list if the network is available in your area, and which station it is found on. If it is not currently on the air but coming soon, it may list it as coming soon and reference which station to look for it on. Don’t be discouraged if Me-TV is not on the air in or coming to your area; contact your local television stations and ask them to consider adding it! If Me-TV is on in your area, all you need is a digital television set or digital converter box and antenna. You may need to scan your digital television or box for the channel. In many cities, the local Me-TV affiliate is carried on the local digital cable system. It is currently not carried by satellite providers unless it is on a full-power affiliate, and not a subchannel.

Conclusion

Me-TV is a fantastic new network, and reminds me of what TV Land was until several years ago. There is something for everyone, and always something on. It is yet another addition to the ever-growing digital broadcast landscape, joining other digital broadcast networks that are offered over the air such as Antenna TV and THIS TV. I feel that subchannels and digital broadcasting are the future for classic television (outside of DVD’s), so this is a great network.

 

Amityville Movie

I’ve just spotted those pictures from the set of Amityville (aka The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes), the upcoming horror movie sequel written and directed by Franck Khalfoun and starring Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, and Taylor Spreitler:

(Click on a picture to enlarge.)

Plot:
“The film follows the story of a single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who moves her three children (Cameron Monaghan, Bella Thorne and McKenna Grace) into the Amityville house where they soon begin to learn of its dark history.”

Are you impatient to revisit the house of horror? Share your thoughts below!

The release date of Amityville is set to January 2, 2015.

Stay tuned with us for more details about the movie Amityville!
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Amityville

Amityville
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
Starring: Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, Taylor Spreitler
Release Date: January 02, 2015

More Information at:Amityville Trailer

 

‘Seed,’ Episode One of Season Three of ‘The Walking Dead’

Seed,” the first episode of season three of “The Walking Dead,” starts with most of our intrepid heroes moving through an abandoned house with military precision, killing walkers they find, and rifling the place for meager supplies.

Spoilers surely follow.

The party that includes Rick, Lori, Carl, Hershel, T-Dog, Daryl, Glenn, and Maggie seem to have coalesced to a certain degree, working as a team when confronting the walkers. This new found teamwork is noticeable when they begin to clear an abandoned prison, where they hope to find shelter and supplies in order to stay put for a while.

In the meantime, Andrea, still ill and perhaps near death, has been taken under the wing of a woman named Michonne. Michonne wields a katana with ruthless efficiency against the walkers, which is a good thing since she seems to favor Andrea’s well being. But she also leads a pair of armless walkers on leashes, as if they are pets. There is obviously a story behind that and likely a disturbing one.

In the meantime, back at the prison, Hershel is jumped by some walkers who bite hunks of his leg off. Rick thinks he has found a way to prevent this unhappy occurrence from turning Hershel into a walker, which is to hack off the mangled leg below the knee with an ax. Since Rick is not a surgeon, this is a slow, agonizing process. Fortunately Maggie is able to tie off the wound. Was the amputation done in time, before the infection spread? We’ll soon know.

In the meantime, Lori is afraid that her baby is dead, either dead-dead or animated dead. If the latter, she had visions of the creature gnawing its way out of the womb. If the former, the development does not arguer well for the long term survival of the human race that is yet living. Now check out full TV serie trailer.

At the end of the episode, the group comes upon another group of what appears to be former denizens of the prison, yet alive, who have somehow survived being trapped in a stone fortress filled with flesh eating horrors. No doubt their story is going to prove disturbing as well.

 

review wilfred season four

“Wilfred” is a show that I have struggled to wrap my arms around. It’s about an earnest everyman nice-guy, perfectly embodied by Elijah Wood, who’s closest relationship is with a dog named Wilfred who he see’s as a man in a dog suit, played by Jason Gann. Why? Well, the show has become involved in that question more and more and season 4, said to be the show’s last, seems ready to that question but not before negating anything that happened at the end of season 3.
Ryan’s Dead Dad

James Remar joined “Wilfred” in season 3 as Ryan’s father and at the end of season 3 he died falling down Ryan’s stairs after a scuffle with Wilfred. Season 4 resets that scene only to find Ryan lying at the bottom of the stairs. It seems the actions that closed season 3 were all Ryan’s dream; his father is alive and he has a second chance to connect with him, if he can put aside his obsession with Wilfred.

Breaking the Bond

Much of Ryan’s connection with Wilfred came with his attempts to connect with Wilfred’s oft-absent owner Jenna (Fiona Gubelman). Part putting Wilfred behind him is in rejecting Jenna, even if she’s not necessarily as aware of it as Ryan is. “Amends” finds Ryan actually telling Jenna no and while she seems to miss how monumental this is, it does seem to register with Wilfred, even as he remains mostly interested in his own wants and need for Ryan’s attention. It seems, for a moment, that the second chance to connect with his father, is even more important to Ryan than Jenna, and especially more important than Wilfred.

Getting Sucked In

While Ryan’s wont to connect with his father is compelling, he still can’t resist the mystery of why he can see and speak with Wilfred. So, when Wilfred discovers an odd piece of evidence that could lead to some answers Ryan can’t help but get sucked back into his adventure with the talking pooch. What they find is nothing you will be able to anticipate and while it doesn’t lead to any immediate answer it sets up what will likely be a season long arc toward an answer. This series of scenes also included a joke so good I had to stop the screener for a solid two minutes to compose myself.

What’s Meant to Be Will Be

I won’t reveal what happens at the end of “Amends,” this review is going up before the series premiere on June 25th. I will say that like Ryan’s getting sucked back into his crazed chase for answers to the mystery of Wilfred, you won’t likely anticipate the ending. I will say it’s rather remarkable the amount of honest emotion “Wilfred” can combine with big laughs as the big dramatic moment at the climax of “Amends” is followed by a rather big and unexpected laugh.

Am I on Board?

As I said, I’ve had a tough time embracing “Wilfred” from the start. The odd premise, the philosophical episode titles, episodes that seemed to go nowhere with no purpose and minimal laughs, put me off the series in season 3. But, I must admit, “Amends” piqued my interest in the series again. The promise of answers to why Ryan see’s Wilfred as he does and Jason Gann’s exceptionally timed quips are enough, for now, to make me want to stick with Wilfred. Whether the series falls back on old failures is something I will experience as season 4 unfolds.

 

Arrietty

Arrietty, a 14 year old girl who is only just a few inch tall, lives secretly with her family (the Borrowers) on the floors and walls of a home in the countryside. She and her family would just hide from the view, and the only exception is when they need to borrow food and other supplies from this home. Eventually, a boy who was just her age named Shawn came up to stay in this home and live with his aunt (the homeowner) and her housekeeper, because his mother was just too busy and cannot take care of him and his heart problem. He suddenly discovered Arrietty and other mini people in just a glimpse on one night.

While Arrietty was getting hesitant with the two of them becoming friends, she suddenly realized that it won’t bring them any danger. So they talked, and bonded, and played as if Arrietty was just a normal person. But Arrietty’s family was still full of doubt because when their friendship was discovered, it could be a reason why they should move and stay away from their so called “home”.

The story of this animated film is admirable and interesting. This is a sensitive and heartwarming movie, and you won’t need to cover your ears or the use of earphones because there are no loud sounds and crashes in this film. It was made quiet and heartfelt, that even the voices of the characters convey what a person could really feel. Though it is a magical movie, it has these positive messages that when applied in real life, could bring a gentle effect on our natural world. A wonderful animated film indeed, The Secret World of Arrietty has proved that it has an edge over other films because it not addressed just for young audience but can be appropriate for the adults as well.

Behaving Badly

Behaving Badly
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Tim Garrick
Starring: Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Elisabeth Shue, Jason Lee, Mary-Louise Parker, Heather Graham, Dylan McDermott, Patrick Warburton, Cary Elwes, Ashley Rickards, Austin Stowell, Gary Busey
Release Date: August 01, 2014

More Information at: Behaving Badly Trailer

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Now, find the studio-provided boilerplate, which includes all the pertinent details for Behaving Badly movie ( directed by Tim Garrick and starring Nat Wolff and Selena Gomez) :
“Teenager Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff), has a crush on Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez), they form a friendship and embark on a rock n’ roll journey together while Nina deals with her overbearing boyfriend, Kevin (Austin Stowell).”

You can see the trailer for Behaving Badly film( release date of this movie: August 1, 2014 ) below.