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Review: 'Mary And Martha' Starring Hilary Swank Plays Like A Dramatized Charity Infomercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2013 11:56 AM
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"Did you know, that if you take every single person killed in a terrorist act around the world in the last twenty years, and you add to that all the lives lost in the Middle East since 1967 -- the 6 Day War -- and you add to that every single American life lost in Vietnam, in Korea, and in every single American engagement since then -- Iraq, Afghanistan... If you take all those lives and you multiply by two, that's the number of children that die of malaria every single year," James Woods gravely intones in "Mary and Martha." That this audience educating factoid comes during one of the climactic moments of the movie should tell you everything you need to know about the intentions and storytelling choices in this sentimental, misjudged, one-note clunker, that's yet another wide misstep by two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

Watch: Harrison Ford Confronts Chewbacca On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 4:51 PM
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Harrison Ford isn't an easy interview at the best of times. Prickly, distant and not one to suffer fools easily, an interview with Harrison Ford isn't so much a professional courtesy as a death match, where any journalist hopes to come out at least half alive. And undoubtedly, Ford will be pushed to the limit when it comes to "Star Wars," and his rumored involvement in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7." So leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to brilliantly riff off Ford's persona, with the actor gamely playing along.

Watch: First Trailer For Amazon's 'Zombieland' TV Series Plus Check Out The First Full Episode For Free

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 4:41 PM
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So Netflix is out and running hard with their play at original content, nabbing top tier talent (David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Eli Roth) and/or acclaimed franchises ("Arrested Development," duh) and more or less making good on their promise on changing the television landscape. Not only has their decision to drop entire seasons at once been a breath of fresh air, the quality of the programming from what we've seen so far (okay, just "House Of Cards") at least suggests the decision to invest in quality has paid off. But what happens when you take the opposite route? Well, you get Amazon's "Zombieland."

Joseph Kosinski Developing 'Blade Runner' Meets 'Battlestar Galactica' Sci-Fi Series 'Ballistic City' For AMC

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 3:25 PM
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So, is AMC ready to go sci-fi? Well, it might be a smart play. The zombie genre has proven to be a massive success with the network, with "The Walking Dead" a big hit and it looks like they might want to see if sci-fi can do something similar.

Neil LaBute Heads To Television With 'Full Circle' Plus Poster For 'Some Velvet Morning'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 12:26 PM
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The usual conversation about Neil LaBute, at least around here, is how the man who broke out with provocative fare like "In The Company Of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" has turned into the unrecognizable guy behind stuff like "Lakeview Terrance," "The Wicker Man" and "Death At A Funeral." But it looks like the man who examined and completely turned upside down the relationships between men and women, is returning to that fertile ground with two new projects.

Watch: Trailer For The Michael Bay-Produced Pirate TV Show 'Black Sails'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 11:52 AM
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With "Pain & Gain" dropping next week, and work starting on "Transformers 4" very soon, you might think that Micheal Bay's plate is plenty full. You would be wrong. The director has also found some time to put on his executive producing hat (reminder: his Platinum Dunes shingle is also behind the upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") and head to the small screen for "Black Sails." Yes, it's a TV show about pirates, and it pretty much looks like what you might expect a Michael Bay-produced TV show about pirates to look like.

Watch: Patton Oswalt Pitches 'Star Wars: Episode 7'/Marvel Crossover In Hilarious Outtake From 'Parks And Recreation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 11:18 AM
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Rumors have been quiet recently surrounding "Star Wars: Episode 7," but once the press gauntlet begins soon for "Star Trek Into Darkness," and J.J. Abrams gets inevitably grilled about his plans, we'll have plenty more updates. But until then, leave it to Patton Oswalt -- who, as fans know, is a man who knows his way around the "Star Wars" universe -- to awesomely and hilariously weigh in on 'Episode 7' with a nearly genius, 8-minute-long outtake from "Parks and Recreation."

Recap: 'Veep' Returns With Lots Of Jokes, Little Characterization

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2013 10:30 PM
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At this point you're either watching "Veep" to keep up with the endless one liners, in order to cherish the handful that make it through and result in a good belly laugh...or you're not. One complaint that we had following season one was that Armando Iannucci often put the gags in front of any kind of characterization, and he's not changing his game plan with season two. But if the season two opener is anything to go by, it results in another uneven mashup of sitcom setups in a show that always wants cut a slice through the absurd world that is DC politics.

Review & Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Episode 3 'Walk of Punishment' Lends A Hand In Kickstarting The Action Of Season 3

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 14, 2013 9:00 PM
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Game of Thrones, Season 3, Jamie Lannister
What up Gamers! Things are finally starting to get funny/sexy/crazy on ye olde "Games of Thrones." Blood 'n boobs, that's why we're here, that's what we were promised, and that's what we're going to get. This episode finally hits the gas on this season, and off we go. Thankfully, we get a bit of humor and levity to offset the gore and blood, which always helps.

Simon Beaufoy To Adapt Those Len Deighton Novels Quentin Tarantino Once Wanted To Tackle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 4:24 PM
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Remember a few weeks ago when we broke down the various projects Quentin Tarantino has flirted with in the past? Well, you can take one of them off the list of possible future endeavours, as a British television production company has beaten Tarantino to the punch.

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