Entries from April 2012

REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries “Do Not Go Gentle”

April 27th, 2012

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OK, so I wasn’t that hot on this episode. I felt bummed at the end of ‘Do Not Go Gentle.’ [Ed. Note: It also wasn't my favorite of the season. Good, but I was a bit bummed too.]

We open with Klaus talking to Rebekesther. She brings him the stake from Alaric, and he throws it into the fire. Problem solved! (Except not, because we’re only 1 minute into the episode). Klaus wants to leave town pronto, but Rebekesther wants to stay for the dance (because there are big doins’ yet to come).

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REVIEW: The Secret Circle “Traitor”

April 27th, 2012

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Welcome to Grandma Jane’s wake. Cassie is upset, naturally. Complete strangers stare at her sympathetically in slowwww motionnnnn. Mostly, I’m just surprised there are so many other people in Chance Harbor. It’s been weeks since we’ve seen this many outsiders.

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REVIEW: Make It Or Break It “Dream On”

April 24th, 2012

NICOLE ANDERSON, KATHY NAJIMY

The intensity was insane on last night’s episode of Make It Or Break It. Two members of the National Team were cut from the USATC and some friendships might be ruined. There’s also a snitch and not one that we expected. Will The Rock girls all make it to the Olympic team? How do Wendy and Jordan factor in? The pressure is certainly on for these girls as the season and the road to the Olympics winds down.

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INTERVIEW: Cassie Steele (Abby) from The L.A. Complex

April 24th, 2012

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I’m a big fan of all things CW, so when I heard about The L.A. Complex being picked up by the CW from a Canadian network, I was intrigued. Most are familiar with the star of the show Cassie Steele (who plays Abby) from her work on Degrassi and fans of Joss Whedon will recognize Jewel Slaite (who plays Raquel Westbrook) from her work on Firefly. Abby and Raquel are just two of the residents of the LA Complex, a sort of grittier, dirtier, younger Melrose Place. They are all trying to succeed in an industry full of rejections, has-beens and sex tapes. This requires them to leave their old lives behind to try to make it in Hollywood. What I loved about this show was that it felt real and gritty. You are rooting for the characters but they aren’t always going to get what they want. I was hooked from episode one, and I think you will be too! I recently had the chance to chat with Cassie Steele about her new role, Abby’s budding relationships/love triangle and why you should watch.

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REVIEW: The Secret Circle “Crystal”

April 20th, 2012

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Crystals! Crystals! Crystals! This week the gang set out to steal the remaining crystals from the Elders. Someone died and another person found out her true identity. All in all it was a pretty successful week for The Secret Circle.

The Hunt for Crystals
Even though John Blackwell showed up alive in Chance Harbor just a few short weeks ago, the teenage members of the circle have decided to trust him blindly and set out on a mission to find the remaining hidden crystals. Have any of the members of this brain trust taken a second to think about their leader? The man is EVIL. He openly admits to having dark magic. Why do these kids just constantly do what he tells them to? You’d think the whole pretending to be dead, disappearing for 16 years, and then showing up and hiding his powers situation would make at least one of these kids step back and say, “Hey, maybe we shouldn’t listen to the man who was sort of responsible for the deaths of about half our parents”. At this point, Jake’s Grandpa is right; the circle is going to die and it’ll be because they trusted Blackwell.

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REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries “Heart of Darkness”

April 20th, 2012

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E here for some super awesome power hearts TVD. ‘Heart of Darkness’ is what we’re working with tonight…doesn’t it seem like that’s been a title before?

We begin with Alaric in the jail/cage room at the SHBP. They’re keeping him locked up (with his permission) in the hopes that Bizarro Alaric will come out to play and tell them where the stake is hidden. Stefan is going to watch over things while Damon and Elena go take a Discover Elena’s Feelings trip to Colorado to pick up Jer Bear since Colorado is no longer safe. Alaric asks Elena if Stefan is bummed about this trip, but it was his idea because he wants to be with Elena who loves only him and not also his brother – so she needs to figure out his feelings (guess he’s not interested in making a sort of different ‘Big Love’ series?).

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REVIEW: Make It Or Break It “Growing Pains”

April 17th, 2012

CASSIE SCERBO, AYLA KELL

Last night’s episode of Make It Or Break It focused on a gymnastics exhibition for the girls’ parents. It also featured a stunning homage to Olympic gymnasts of the past (I’ll talk more about that later). It became clear that alliances have been drawn and certain relationships are growing. We do finally learn what’s wrong with Lauren, but to a degree. I want to know conclusively already! And guess who’s back? KP’s horrible mom, Sheila (played by Kathy Najimi).

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INTERVIEW: Linus Roache (Hugh, Earl of Manton) from the Titanic ABC Miniseries

April 14th, 2012

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, ABC is airing a miniseries this weekend, written by Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes. I have sung the praises of Downton on this site, so I am very excited for this miniseries. We all know the movie Titanic, but this miniseries doesn’t just tackle one story. From the first class right down to the crew, we will see fictional (and actual) characters in a story we sadly know the ending to. I recently had the chance to talk to Linus Roache, who plays Hugh, the Earl of Manton, about his character’s story, what sets this miniseries apart from other Titanic stories and working with Julian Fellowes.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Dreama Walker (June) from Don’t Trust the B In Apartment 23

April 11th, 2012

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A new comedy that I have been waiting for since last summer when I watched the pilot is finally premiering tonight. Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 stars Krysten Ritter as Chloe, the ‘b’ in question and Dreama Walker (you know this lovely actor from playing one of Blair’s minions on “Gossip Girl” and evil Becca on “The Good Wife”) as June, a mid-western girl who seemingly has it all as she makes the move to New York City and loses it in a heartbeat. Her job goes the way of a Bernie Madoff type scandal and her boyfriend cheats on her (on her birthday!) with Chloe. Oh and did I mention, June moves in with Chloe. But my favorite part of the show is James Van Der Beek, who plays a hilarious and amazing version of himself. He’s best friends with Chloe, which is pretty fantastic. And let’s just say there’s a scene where The Beek gets a girl into bed by wearing the Dawson’s Creek flannel. Hilarious! Honestly, when I watched the show in the fall it was one of my favorite new comedies and I kept waiting for ABC to announce a premiere date. The cast is really fantastic and the writing is really funny. It’s a smart and unique premise, made even funnier by a famous person playing himself. A mid-western girl with big dreams could come across as cliched, but instead it is genuine and lovely. I adore this show and I hope everyone reading this will tune in tonight! I recently had the chance to chat with Dreama Walker about what drew her to the project, her favorite part about playing June and what we can expect to see with June’s love life this season.

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REVIEW: Make It Or Break It “Time Is Of The Essence”

April 10th, 2012

CHELSEA TAVARES, NICOLE ANDERSON, JOSIE LOREN, AYLA KELL, CASSIE SCERBO, AMANDA LEIGHTON

Last night’s episode of Make It Or Break it was quite intense, probably one of the most intense of the series. An NGO supervisor comes into the USATC to see how the new coach is doing, and it’s not good news. The team isn’t really gelling and they don’t trust him as a coach. And an even bigger rift is caused when the truth behind the leaked kiss cam video is revealed.

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