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Blu-ray Review: 'Bates Motel - Season One'

September 17th, 2013 11:09am EDT
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Ready to see what made Norman Bates, well, Norman Bates?  Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray "Bates Motel - Season One" out now from Universal Home Entertainment.  Avoid showers and check out the review below!

 

   

   Title: "Bates Motel - Season One"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Jere Burns

   Director: Various

   Rating: Not Rated

   Runtime: 434 minutes

   Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment

   Website: www.great-tv-shows.com

 

The Flick: When I think of "Psycho" (and not just Hitchcock’s original!) it conjures up two t...
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Emmy Nominations: 'American Horror Story' Gets 17 Noms, Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Also Dominates

July 18th, 2013 10:01am EDT
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After picking up nine nominations, Kevin Spacey's Netflix series "House Of Cards" will be a big contender at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. The political thriller was recognized in the Outstanding Drama Series category and picked up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It received a total of nine nominations.

The Netflix series will be facing stiff competition from last year's big winners "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" as well as "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."

In the lead actor category, Spacey will face off against "Homeland's" Damian Lew...
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'Bates Motel': An Intriguing Contemporary Prequel To 'Psycho'

March 18th, 2013 7:49am EDT
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NBCUniversal has two shows on in the next two months that will attempt to explain the twisted backstory of cinema’s most well-known murderers. Next month, on NBC, we’ll learn about the friendship between cannibal Hannibal Lecter and an FBI agent in Hannibal. And this coming Monday on A&E, we’ll learn what happened during his teenage years to cause Norman Bates to impersonate his dead mother and murder a young woman in the shower.

But first things first, Bates Motel isn’t a direct prequel to the film Psycho. It can’t be—Bates Motel is set in contemporary time, something you might not pick u...
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Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2013

January 2nd, 2013 1:37pm EST
Kate Beckinsale
What were you doing 40 years ago in 1973? Our guess is that many of you reading weren't even born yet? Taking a look back at history, here were a few things going on in the world that year.

The biggest story was then President Richard Nixon told the world he was "not a crook," as the Watergate hearings began. Also that year George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees for a mere $12 million from CBS. Popular films included The Exorcist, The Sting, Live and Let Die and Bobby squealed like a pig in Deliverance. Top TV shows in 73' included The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, Columbo,...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Safe House'

June 5th, 2012 12:40pm EDT
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A former CIA man targeted for assassination. A rookie agent out to prove himself. And everyone is gunning for a piece of them both. Hit the house and then the streets with the new to Blu-ray release of "Safe House," out June 5 from Universal Home Entertainment. The review below has been check and deemed safe for the movie fan!

Title: "Safe House"

Grade: 3

Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Rating: R

Runtime: 115 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment

Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

The Flick: "Safe House" i...
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Two Jews' Review 'Safe House' Both Have Seen It All Before (Video)

February 10th, 2012 12:30pm EST
Safe House
Two Jews on Film - Joan Alperin Schwartz: Rogue agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) has been off the grid for the past ten years and he's been on the CIA'S most wanted list for the last decade.

CIA agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) has been posted to a remote, empty Safe House in Cape Town, South Africa for over a year. He's job is to make sure the safe house is always ready for 'visitors'. Weston is bored and longs for action.

Out of the blue, Tobin turns himself in, he's transported to Weston's safe house and the novice operative gets his wish... and then some.

M...
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Vera Farmiga To Play Christine McVie In Dennis Wilson Biopic

January 30th, 2012 10:20pm EST
Vera Farmiga
Actress Vera Farmiga has signed on to play former Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie in a new Dennis Wilson biopic.

The Up in the Air star won the role thanks to her likeness to McVie and her musical talents - the actress is a trained pianist.

She'll join Aaron Eckhart, who will portray Wilson, in The Drummer.

The film charts the last six years of Wilson's life. He and McVie had a passionate and tumultuous relationship in which they served as each other's inspiration.

Farmiga will both sing and play the piano in the film.

Director Randall Miller tells WENN, "She has a number of duets w...
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Vera Farmiga On The Magic And Business Of Sundance

January 30th, 2012 1:31pm EST
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Vera Farmiga has been to The Sundance Film Festival for many films as an actor, and last year her directorial debut Higher Ground premiered. This year she attended the festival as an actor in the film Goats and shared what the film festival meant to her.

“The nature surrounding, you’re always going to be influenced by your surroundings and just coming to the mountains and the fresh air in the high altitudes already makes you loopy,” Farmiga said.

Besides the emotional celebration of film, Farmiga sees Sundance as a professional trendsetter in the industry for the entire year. “I suppose i...
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'Drive' And 'War Horse' Lead 2011 Satellite Awards Nominations

December 2nd, 2011 9:18am EST
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Action thriller Drive and Steven Spielberg's latest epic War Horse lead the International Press Academy's nominations for the 2011 Satellite Awards with eight nods apiece.

Both movies are up for Best Film, alongside The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy while Drive's Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks are among the nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Competing with Gosling for the Best Actor trophy will be George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Michael Fassbender (Sh...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Our Idiot Brother,' 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' & More

August 22nd, 2011 11:00am EDT
Our Idiot Brother
This week, you’ll find a new format for Trailer Talk. First, you’ll see “My Pick for the Week,” which is the film I recommend most out of the ones debuting. Next, you’ll also notice further criticism based on the trailers, including an originality rating for each film coming out, and my advice on where and when to see each of the movies.

Hitting theaters are the Paul Rudd comedy “Our Idiot Brother,” the horror Guillermo del Toro remake “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark,” the Zoe Saldana action thriller “Colombiana,” the Iranian drama “Circumstance,” and the Vera Farmiga faith-based tale “High...
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On DVD: 'Source Code' Smart, Original Sci-fi

July 26th, 2011 2:13pm EDT
Gyllenhaal/Monaghan
Sometimes it feels like original ideas are against the rules in Hollywood; most of the movies that get made, even the good ones, are rehashes of the same old ideas. This year’s Best Picture winner, for instance, was a film about an unorthodox therapist who is able to help our protagonist when other therapists have failed. Someone recently pointed out to me, it’s the same basic plot as “Good Will Hunting;” I mentioned that “Mary Poppins” is cut from the same cloth as well. Old ideas rehashed = box office (and Oscar) glory.

Which makes “Source Code,” a movie based around an original ide...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Scream 4,' 'Rio,' & More

April 11th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Scream 4
After seeing both “Arthur” and “Your Highness” last week, I could not believe how many other critics assigned them either the same score, or gave “Your Highness” a better grade. I found “Arthur” to be quite enjoyable, playing to Russell Brand’s strengths as my review states; while I thought “Your Highness,” was an immature comedy which fails to use raunchy humor effectively.

This week you’ll have the opportunity to see the long-awaited Wes Craven horror sequel “Scream 4,” the Carlos Saldanha animated adventure “Rio,” the off-beat Keanu Reeves comedy “Henry’s Crime,” and "The Conspirator"...
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Review: 'Source Code' 'Two Jews On Film' Aren't On The Same Track (Video)

March 31st, 2011 11:53am EDT
Source Code
'Source Code' directed by Duncan Jones stars Jake Gyllenhall as Captain Colter Stevens, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army who one morning wakes with a jolt to find himself on a commuter train heading into Chicago.

Seated opposite Colter is a woman named Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan) who seems to know him very well. Only trouble is Captain Colter has no idea who this girl is or how he got on the train. The last thing Colter does remember is flying a helicopter mission in Afghanistan. Things get even stranger when he looks in the mirror. The face reflecting back is not...
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Celebrity Fashion Fails Of 2010

December 22nd, 2010 10:00am EST
2010 Celebrity Fashion Fail
The definition of fail: "The state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective and may be viewed as the opposite of success." Where there is success there is always failure, and this year there were lots of star-powered failures on the red carpet and out and about in public.

Take a look back at some serious celebrity fashion fails from 2010:

Bonnie Somerville showed up to the Trevor Live Fundraiser at the Hollywood Palladium looking like a hot mess. While revealing underwear is hot right now, it has to be done right.

There's nothing good about this outfit. Madonn...
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Vera Farmiga Has Baby Girl Named Gytta

November 12th, 2010 8:12am EST
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Vera Farmiga is a new mom after giving birth to a baby girl.

The "Up in the Air" star and her husband Renn Hawkey welcomed little Gytta Lubov Hawkey last week.

A spokesperson for Farmiga tells People.com the new addition is "happy and healthy."

Gytta is the couple's second child - they also have a son, Fynn, 22 months.
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Vera Farmiga Looks Ready To Give Birth

September 28th, 2010 3:33pm EDT
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A very pregnant Vera Farmiga attended the opening night production of "Das Rheingold" at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, New York City, yesterday.

The actress, who gave birth to baby Finn just before starting work on "Up in the Air" in 2009, is due next month.

Farmiga is still planning to continue with plans to make her directorial debut this year by turning born-again Christian Carolyn Briggs' memoir, "This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost," into a movie. The adaptation will be called "Higher Ground."

See more photos of Vera here!
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Celebrities And Their Alma Maters

August 24th, 2010 9:00am EDT
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Celebrities have the reputation of being talented, gorgeous, rich and famous. But if they weren't stars, what would they be doing? Some never even finished high school and some were brought up in the theater, never knowing anything outside of the world of acting. However, there are a handful of stars who attended college and some even hold a degree, proving education is important to them as well. Here are a few of our favorite celebrities and their Alma Maters.

Actress Ashley Judd attended the University of Kentucky when she was younger but dropped out to pursue acting. Clearly, she exce...
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Movie Bad Guys Lead Nominations For Academy Membership

June 25th, 2010 6:28pm EDT
Christoph Waltz
"Saw" actor Tobin Bell, James Gandolfini, Christoph Waltz and 2010 Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Vera Farmiga have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and help decide future Academy Awards.

Academy officials have invited 135 actors, writers, directors, executives and behind-the-scenes icons to join up, explaining that everyone on the list has "distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures".

Academy President Tom Sherak says, "The work of these individuals has be...
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Pregnant Vera Farmiga Drops Out Of Gerard Butler Film

April 20th, 2010 8:22am EDT
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"Up In The Air" star Vera Farmiga is pregnant with her second child.

The actress, who gave birth to baby Finn just before starting work on "Up in the Air" in 2009, is due in October, according to In Touch magazine.

The baby news has forced Farmiga, who is married to Renn Hawkey, to give up a role as Gerard Butler's wife in upcoming movie "Machine Gun Preacher."

An insider tells the publication, "The role would have meant traveling to Africa this summer, but because her baby is due in the fall, she would have been too far along to make the trip."

Farmiga is still planning to continue wit...
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Vera Farmiga Dreams Of Goat Herding

March 24th, 2010 7:52pm EDT
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"Up In The Air" star Vera Farmiga dreams of giving up her acting career and becoming a full-time goat herder.

The Oscar nominee raises goats at her farm in upstate New York and admits she often dreams of getting away with her animals when the business of Hollywood becomes too much for her.

She says, "When things get feisty, and I feel my career is less art and more business, then I sincerely think about just buying a staff and herding."

In unrelated, yet completely similar sounding news, "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara trained to be a dentist before pursuing a career in acting.

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Weekly Fashion Wrap Up: 82nd Academy Awards

March 12th, 2010 11:42am EST
82nd Academy Awards Fashion Wrap Up
The fashion this year at the Academy Awards was filled with dresses in muted colors with a few blues and reds thrown in and a few who need to employ a new stylist!

THE WORST

DIANE KRUGER

Oh, Diane I am sorry I do love your style most of the time, but this ruffled dress adds 15 lbs.

FAITH HILL

I’m all for a little edgy on the red carpet, but this loses its class with the lace underlay on the leg…eww!

CHARLIZE THERON

I can understand wanting to enhance the chest area, but honey,
I’m pretty sure those rosettes belong inside the dress, not outside.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER

T...
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2010 Academy Awards Fashion: Best & Worst

March 8th, 2010 10:54am EST
Oscars 2010 Fashion
There were some definite hits and misses on the red carpet at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards last night. Zoe Salanda and Charlize Theron both opted for purple - Zoe in a Riccardo Tisci ruffled dress and Charlize Theron in a Dior breast-enhancing gown. Miley Cyrus looked quite grown up in a champagne Jennifer Packham ensemble that featured a corset-like top half.

Jennifer Lopez chose an off-white lopsided Armani Prive gown. Cameron Diaz also wore an Armani Prive, but she harkened back to Hollywood glamour in the gold beaded dress. Also opting for beads was Best Actress winner Sandra Bulloc...
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They Said It - Oscar Quotes

March 7th, 2010 9:23pm EST
James Cameron
"We made three times what we thought the movie could make. Three seems to be the number because everybody keeps coming up to me and saying, 'I saw the movie three times'." Three is lucky for "Avatar" director James Cameron.

"It is a life-changing film and it changed my life. So this is appreciated but the win is when someone says, 'My life is different because of the film.' That's priceless." Oscar contender Mo'Nique on being nominated for her role in "Precious".

"I'd like a nice juicy burger and some deep, deeply fried fries... and maybe a milkshake." Sandra Bullock has fast food plans...
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Wolfgang Puck Gets Ready For Oscar's Big Night (Photos)

March 6th, 2010 1:00pm EST
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Wolfgang Puck and a whole lot of other folks are busting their humps getting ready for Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. The following images will give you a bit of a look into what goes on behind the scenes and the amount of planning that goes into Tinseltown's biggest event of the year.

Here, Chef Puck is readying some of his world-famous cuisine at the Oscar Food and Beverage Preview while the red carpet is rolled out along Hollywood Boulevard in anticipation for the bevy of A-listers (and not A-listers) to rub elbows and answer countless "what...
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Check Out 'Up In The Air' On DVD & Blu-ray March 9

March 6th, 2010 7:20am EST
Up In The Air
"Juno's" Jason Reitman heads into corporate America territory once again with this adaptation of Walter Kirn's novel - "Up in the Air" for Montecito Pictures.

The plot surrounds a human resource administrator (George Clooney) whose life up in the friendly skies becomes his only world as he works to reach his one-millionth frequent flyer mile. He discovers that life is not simply about the journey alone, but about the personal connections made along the way.

Jason Bateman and Vera Farmiga co-star in the Paramount Pictures production.

See more photos of "Up In The Air" here!
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2010 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

March 5th, 2010 10:27am EST
2010 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win & Who Should Win
This has the chance to become the most exciting Oscar night ever.

Why? Because nobody seems to have any real clue as to which movie will win Best Picture. “Avatar” seems like a good choice – it made $700 Million, changed movies, James Cameron directs, yada yada yada – but so does “The Hurt Locker” with its crazy critical raves and industry buzz. Compounding the problem is the Weinstein-backed “Inglorious Basterds” which has been gaining momentum all month. It’s a logjam at the top.

This is created not only by the fact that we have ten Best Picture nominees this year, but because the n...
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Madonna To Attempt To Direct Another Film

February 15th, 2010 8:40am EST
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Pop superstar Madonna is returning to the director's chair to take charge of her second film - a drama based on the life of late British royal King Edward VIII.

The star made her moviemaking debut with 2008's Filth and Wisdom, which was panned by critics and flopped at the box office.

But Madonna is refusing to let the negative reviews put an early end to her career behind the camera - she has signed up to write and direct "W.E.," the real-life story of Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Up in the Air star Vera Farmiga has been ...
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82nd Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

February 2nd, 2010 3:34pm EST
82nd Oscar Surprises, Snubs & Who Shouldn
And there were ten.

It seems kind of strange to say that, right? Ten Best Picture nominees? We knew it was coming for nearly a year, but now it's actually there. In Black and white. Ten nominees. Strange.

After seeing the list, it's easy to see that the Academy might be on to something. Sure, it would have gotten the biggest blockbuster of all time with "Avatar" earning a Best Picture nomination if there were only five nominees, but it would have missed out on other massive hits like "The Blind Side", "Up", and "District 9".

Now, the telecast is going to get a lot more casual...
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2010 Oscar Nominees In Photos

February 2nd, 2010 12:50pm EST
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Avatar & The Hurt Locker dominated the Academy Award nominations this morning, and we're sure there were plenty of actors who jumped up and down when they received their nominations.

The only thing that looks better on a resume than an Academy Award nomination is the award itself! Sure, a Golden Globe Award is nice, and a Screen Actors Guild award is commendable, but it's not the same as having your very own Oscar.

Check our our gallery of best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress nominees:

BEST ACTOR

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

Image © Fo...
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'Avatar' & 'The Hurt Locker' Nominated For 9 Academy Awards Each - See Full List Of Nominees!

February 2nd, 2010 8:57am EST
2010 Oscar Nominations
James Cameron's science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and best director.

This year the Oscars are featuring 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five. The other eight are: District 9, Up, Inglourious Basterds, The Blind Side, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, An Education and Precious.

Best Picture: "Avatar," ''The Blind Side," ''District 9," ''An Education," ''The Hurt Locker," ''Inglourious Basterds," ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," ''A Serious M...
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