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'Hawaii Five-O' 1.24 'Oia'i'o' Review: 'Did We Just Jump The Shark?'

5/17/2011 8:40am EDT
Hawaii Five-O
As a regular viewer of the original Hawaii Five-O, I was among those who dreaded a remake, but the majority of these twenty-four episodes made me eat my words. Unfortunately, the season finale of the new version is an unpleasant surprise: everything that this show has previously proven itself not to be.

The episode starts with two of our heroes getting what they thought they wanted: Danny has gotten cozy with ex-wife Rachel, and Chin Ho gets an offer to return to the Honolulu PD. There's got to be a catch, right? Well, there's a big one: the money stolen from the asset forfeiture...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.23 'Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau' Review

5/10/2011 8:02am EDT
Hawaii Five-O
This week's Hawaii Five-O is a perfect episode of how my brain gets ahead of my viewing experience. Common sense tells me that despite being exposed to sarin, Danny isn't going anywhere, because Scott Caan is a regular with a contract. This normally would ruin an episode for me, but the H5O team seems to anticipate that criticism and turns in an episode that is much less about putting him in peril and more about the case that leads our heroes to unravel.

We open hot, with Five-O trying to bust Wo Fat at a local house and ending up chasing Sang Min (Will Yun Lee, dressed ridiculou...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.12 'Ho'ohuli Na'au' Review

5/3/2011 2:00am EDT
Hawaii Five-O
If anyone else started humming "Jessie's Girl" during the beginning of tonight's Hawaii Five-O, you're forgiven. Unfortunately, Rick Springfield isn't with us long: he's a sleazy fashion photographer who gets barbecued in his own trailer. Pretty short for a guest appearance that CBS thought highly enough of to promote in their episode listing! (And before episode's end, my local CBS affiliate would also run a spot for the late local news about his DUI arrest. You can't make this stuff up.)

As is normal with a premise like this - which I know I've seen used for at least one Law & Or...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.21 'Ho'opa'i' Review

4/19/2011 6:55am EDT
Hawaii Five-O
I've brought up before how I worried that Hawaii Five-O might be treading into stunt casting waters, as it brought in musicians like Joanna Levesque, Nick Lachey, and Vanessa Minnillo. This week, though, I have no such concerns; I saw Sean Combs give a surprisingly good performance in the film Made several years ago. He's equally good in the role of an undercover cop whose wife is killed, in an episode that is likewise worth the time.

I'm not really in love with the writing in this episode. For the majority of the hour, it seems like it's not going to be a "whodunit," but rather a...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.20 'Ma Ke Kahahei' Review

4/12/2011 8:22am EDT
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O has come and gone recently (the last time the show aired consecutive episodes was February 14 and 21!) .

Steve and Danny come across a dead guy on their day trip. As if that's not bad enough, Steve gets a boulder in the face, and breaks his arm in the resulting fall. As someone who's actually had both those things happen to them (though not at the same time), I can say they both hurt a lot. While I was appreciating Vicodin, though, Steve's analyzing the crime scene. I give props to the writers for being willing to significantly injure the lead character. (Now we see if...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.19 'Na Me'e Laua Na Paio' Review

3/22/2011 9:24am EDT
Hawaii Five-O
Did you miss Hawaii Five-O? Me too. It's been exactly a month since the last new episode. Because of that, and because it features the first appearance of potential new series regular Larisa Oleynik, I had high expectations for this one.

The case of the week involves a would-be superhero murdered while attending a sci-fi convention. (Does anyone else find amusement in former Heroes star Masi Oka making an appearance as Max Bergman, who is apparently also a comic-book geek?) As a longtime geek and convention-goer myself, I have to shake my head a little about another portrayal of that...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.18 'Loa Aloha' Review

2/22/2011 9:25am EST
Hawaii Five-O
As we established with my review of last week's Hawaii Five-O, I really like it when things blow up. I especially like it when it comes as part of a great plot. This week's episode is the total package.

We meet Danny's younger brother, Matt (Dane Cook), who appears to be successful, fun and likeable, but of course things can't ever be that simple; they'd be boring if they were. By the end of the first act, Steve and Danny are made aware that Matt is the focus of a federal fraud investigation, and on the verge of being indicted. I know that I decried stunt casting last week, but I'm ...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.17 'Powa Maka Moana' Review

2/15/2011 9:36am EST
Hawaii Five-O
We've had a tsunami (fake but still). We've had the jungle. So what's next in Hawaii Five-O's recent string of high adventure stories? Well, pirates, of course! Pirates who take over a hapless ship full of college kids and who will not ask you why the rum is gone.

Steve and Danny are pushing Steve's father's car up a hill when they get wind of the hijacking. I mention this because that vehicle is, in fact, the original 1974 Marquis that Jack Lord drove in the original series, and I love how much this show respects its predecessor. Five-O gets together and arrives on the boat, which ...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.16 'E Malama' Review

2/8/2011 2:00am EST
Hawaii Five-O
How do you follow the threat of a tsunami? With an episode in the Hawaiian jungle. Really, the only way this episode of Hawaii Five-O could've had a cooler setting was if there'd been some excuse for a Bengal tiger. Just look at this picture and tell me that's not cool. (I have to say, though, I was laughing a little at the Google Earth opening.)

So how does one get to this point? Julie (True Blood's Mariana Klaveno) is a Very Important Witness in a high-profile murder case, and on the day she's scheduled to testify, barely escapes a pair of thugs posing as HPD cops. Needless to say,...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.15 'Kaie'e' Review

1/24/2011 7:30am EST
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O scored the post-conference championship time slot this year, and you can't say this episode didn't make the most of it: we've got a tsunami, the return of Steve's girlfriend Catherine Rollins, and Scott Caan finally getting to show that Alex O'Loughlin isn't the only one who looks good without a shirt on. (Hey, he held his own with a shirtless Paul Walker, remember?) If this were any other show, I'd be crying "stunt episode" by now, but not with this one - because the tidal wave functions as an impetus for the hunt for a missing scientist.

By the middle of the episode...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.13 'Ke Kinohi' Review

1/4/2011 2:03am EST
Hawaii Five-O
"Ke Kinohi" is the episode we've all been waiting for since...well, two weeks ago. Or since Taryn Manning gave an interview where she vented her frustrations. Never mind the behind the scenes drama; there's enough in front of the camera, with a fair bit of anticipation for this episode, especially on the heels of how great the previous one was. (Probably even a little more for me, as I had myself an Alex O'Loughlin marathon this weekend. After which, I need to admit that I am taking membership in his fan club. You can say 'I told you so' later.)

Just when Steve gets a victory by putti...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.12 'Hana ‘a’a Makehewa' Review

12/14/2010 2:07am EST
Hawaii Five-O
CBS gave an early gift to Hawaii Five-O fans: the episode we've been waiting for, which features the return of Victor Hesse (James Marsters), better known as the man who murdered McGarrett's father.

The show opens right in the middle of the action, which is a great idea, except for that the whole "unknown caller" setup doesn't really work considering that Victor's return was spoiled some time ago. It's not the script's fault, though; rather, it's a perfect example of how shows can get spoiled by today's improved flow of information. What is a little jarring is the choice to then go b...

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.11 'Palekeiko' Review

12/7/2010 1:50am EST
Hawaii Five-O
There's been a lot of Hawaii Five-O buzz this week, with the news that the show is bringing on Reiko Aylesworth in a potentially recurring role and casting for a new series regular. In case you're keeping score, if you add in the two other recurring characters - Max Bergman and Mary Ann McGarrett - that's doubling the main cast in less than one season, depending on your definition of recurring. Yet both Max and Mary Ann have been suspiciously MIA, at least until tonight, when Max returns to the fold in order to help Five-O with a murder-abduction. (No idea where Mary Ann is for the six...

CBS Fall 2010 Line-Up: What And When To Watch

9/23/2010 11:00am EDT
Presenting Starpulse's quick-and-dirty guide to this fall's new CBS programming.

First, the new:

Mike & Molly, Mon. Sept. 20, 9:30/8:30 CST -- America's obesity epidemic has left a lot us a bit fluffier, and "Mike & Molly" might be CBS's attempt to deliver a show we can relate to. Unfortunately, that seems to be the extent of the humor -- being fluffy. The main characters, played by Billy Gardell ("Yes, Dear") and Melissa McCarthy ("Gilmore Girls"), meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, fall for each other, and deal with the modern-day problems overweight couples face. Time will tel...

Original Danno To Make Cameo In New 'Hawaii Five-0'

9/16/2010 9:30am EDT
Hawaii Five O
The original Danno from legendary TV series "Hawaii Five-O" has agreed to make a cameo appearance in the revamp.

James McArthur played Danny 'Danno' Williams from 1968 to 1980 and, at 72, he's now the last surviving original castmember.

McArthur is already a huge fan of the new version of the show, which stars Alex O'Loughlin as Detective Steve McGarrett - originally played by the late Jack Lord - and Scott Caan as Danno, and he reveals he's been approached to make a guest appearance.

The actor says, "This one's going to be a hit. It's got a good cast and good plots. They've asked me to ...

Scott Caan Injured On 'Hawaii Five-0' Set

8/18/2010 11:38am EDT
Scott Caan
Actor Scott Caan is recovering from knee surgery after suffering an injury in a stunt for revamped TV action series Hawaii Five-0.

The 33-year-old actor, who stars as Detective Danny 'Danno' Williams in the remake of the 1960s and '70s show, was flown from the Oahu set to Los Angeles last week to undergo surgery on a torn ligament, reports the New York Post. The operation was reportedly conducted as an outpatient procedure.

Network bosses are expecting Caan to return to the set this week, while writers have revamped the storyline to reflect his injury as they prepare for a planned premi...

Rachel Bilson: Skirt? Check. Bra? Check. Blouse…Blouse?

4/9/2010 3:15pm EDT
Rachel Bilson
Rachel Bilson brought some sex appeal to last night's premiere of "Waiting for Forever" at the 15th Anniversary of the Gen Art Film Festival. But we're not sure what's going on with the bustier-inspired dress. What do you think?

Directed by James Keach, the film stars Bilson, Blythe Danner, Richard Jenkins, and Tom Sturridge. It centers on Emma (Bilson) and Will (Sturridge), who play long lost best friends—or so Emma thinks. When her mediocre TV show is canceled and news of her father’s illness spreads, Emma’s forced back to her hometown, where she meets a new set of unexpected struggles ...

'Valentine's Day' & Other Movies With Star-Studded Casts

2/12/2010 2:50pm EST
Ah, Valentine's Day weekend, the perfect time for Hollywood to embrace the mainstream audience by giving them cheesy and wonderful romantic comedies to prepare for the big day of love. This year the aptly named "Valentine's Day" is perfectly timed to get big notice, but one of the first things that impresses viewers is seeing the celebrity cast involved. It seems like almost every major actor is involved with this project, including Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, and on and on with at least ten other ...

Prepare For Blast-Off! 'Meet Dave' Lands On DVD & Blu-ray Nov. 25

11/4/2008 6:30pm EST
Meet Dave
Experience what it's like to be human all over again as the out-of-this-world comedy Meet Dave debuts on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) November 25 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Academy Award-nominee Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop, Dr. Dolittle) stars in this hysterical sci-fi adventure as an one-inch alien captain in command of a massive six-foot spaceship . . . a spaceship that is an exact replica of Dave. On a mission to search for an orb that went off course in Manhattan, Dave and his miniature crew must make the ship look and act like Earthlings.

As Dave and his fello...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 23

8/23/2007 3:00am EDT
Scott Caan
Happy Birthday to Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin (1982), The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas (1978), LA Laker Kobe Bryant (1978), actor Scott Caan (1976), Crazy Town singer Shifty (1974), "Star Wars Episode I" actor Ray Park (1974), actor River Phoenix (1970; d. 1993), actor/comedian Jay Mohr (1970), singer/soap star Rick Springfield (1949), "Cheers" actress Shelley Long (1949), British actor David Robb (1947), The Who drummer Keith Moon (1947; d. 1978), novelist Nelson DeMille (1943), "I Dream Of Jeannie" actress Barbara Eden (1934), actress Vera Miles (1929), singer Tex Williams ...

John Travolta And James Gandolfini Play Detectives In 'Lonely Hearts,' Opening April 13

4/5/2007 8:30pm EDT
Lonely Hearts
An absorbing true story about serial killers on the lam, Lonely Hearts is based on the murder spree of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez during the late 1940s and Detective Elmer C. Robinson's participation in their capture, incarceration and subsequent executions.

The murders are bloody and demented as lovers Ray and Martha travel together, Ray seducing lonely, vulnerable women, milking them of their money, then killing them. All the while Martha falls deeper into obsession for Ray, convinced of their undying bond because he kills for her, and ultimately drawn to participate in the g...

Alec Baldwin Heads Up 'Brooklyn Rules,' In Theaters May 18

3/26/2007 7:00pm EDT
Brooklyn Rules
Written by three-time Emmy winner Terence Winter (The Sopranos), Brooklyn Rules is a powerful story of loyalty, friendship, and sacrifice. Set in Brooklyn circa 1985 against the backdrop of John Gotti's rise to power, the film revolves around three lifelong friends whose different ambitions threaten to shake their enduring bond.

Michael (Freddie Prinze Jr.), the narrator, is a lovable charmer with the soul of a con man who successfully scams his way into the pre-law program at Columbia University. In contrast to Michael's desire to leave the Brooklyn streets behind, his close friend...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 23

8/23/2006 3:00am EDT
Rick Springfield
Happy Birthday to Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin (1982), The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas (1978), LA Laker Kobe Bryant (1978), actor Scott Caan (1976), Crazy Town singer Shifty (1974), "Star Wars Episode I" actor Ray Park (1974), actor River Phoenix (1970; d. 1993), actor/comedian Jay Mohr (1970), singer/soap star Rick Springfield (1949), "Cheers" actress Shelley Long (1949), British actor David Robb (1947), The Who drummer Keith Moon (1947; d. 1978), novelist Nelson DeMille (1943), "I Dream Of Jeannie" actress Barbara Eden (1934), actress Vera Miles (1929), singer Tex Williams ...

Sundance Film Festival To Feature Films With Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake

12/1/2005 1:44pm EST
Jennifer Aniston
The Sundance Institute just announced the line-up of films screening in the out-of-competition Premieres Section of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 19-29, 2006, in Park City, Utah. The Festival opens with the world premiere of Friends With Money, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Scott Caan, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand.

“Holofcener is one of the finest independent filmmakers and this film is perhaps her most accomplished and appealing work to date,” said Geoffrey Gilmor...