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ABC's New Series 'Happy Town' Premieres Tonight

4/28/2010 10:11am EDT
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ABC is pulling out all the stops to get you interested in its new series, Happy Town. The scary mystery drama is set in Haplin, TN where there are any number of secrets to get you intrigued. The major secret is this so called Magic Man who is suspected of making many Haplin children disappear. Does he have supernatural powers, or is there some other cover-up?

“Supernatural is probably the wrong word for it,” said series producer Josh Appelbaum. “We keep referencing the Magic Man. I would say there's magic working around the town. It's really worth saying. Happy Town is much more the real ...
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The Ten Greatest Of The Decade: TV Shows

12/14/2009 9:30am EST
Best TV Of The Decade
As the decade reaches its conclusion, you'll undoubtedly come across many lists. Lists that purport to tell you the best, the top, the cream of the decade as they relate to pop culture. You're also certain to come across many lists that claim to rank the "greatest" of the ten year period from 2000-2009. But what does that really mean?

"Greatest" should be something entirely different from what we usually associate with these lists. Mostly, these lists claim to rank the best - something that is only truly possible were a listmaker to, say, see every single movie in a given decade. If...
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Everything Geeky: Sci-Fi Shows You May Have Missed

11/4/2009 2:50pm EST
V
After watching the premiere of "V" last night, I was starting to wonder if Sci-Fi is going to make a real comeback into the spotlight. Let's face it, the popularity of this genre has risen in the past few years. It is no longer just the diehard Trekkies that care about Spock and Kirk, but the newcomers swarming after J.J. Abrams' reboot.

With shows like "Lost" and "Heroes" gaining notice on major television networks and the critical acclaim of "Battlestar Galactica," the stereotypes of typical "sci-fi nerds" is starting to wear off. In its place are people who never cared about phasers ...
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Everything Geeky - We Geeks Hate You Too, Emmys

9/22/2009 8:45am EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
As many eager television viewers may know, the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards was on Sunday evening, and despite going up against a very important football game it scored the higher ratings than the past three years. The Emmys have been declining in viewership, as have most of the major awards shows, and last year was especially dismal.

Luckily the Emmys decided to bolster their show by having a fan favorite as the host - CBS golden boy Neil Patrick Harris - and have a generally well written script for the presenters and in-between segments. This is all well and good, but for geekdom, it wa...
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'Jon & Kate Plus 8' Gets Porno Spoof

9/3/2009 1:03pm EDT
Jon & Kate Plus 8
After the X-Files, Saved by the Bell, and Office porno spoofs, more were bound to arrive. But did anyone believe that the next title would be based off Jon & Kate Plus 8?

The Frisky is reporting that Devil's Film has made "Jon & Kate F--- 8," due for release in September. They've decided to even put a positive spin on the couple's recent divorce!

"In our movie they go to marriage counseling and come out with the suggestion that maybe they should go out there and bang other people," explains Devil’s Film sales manager Steve Volpini. "So they do and then it turns out that after they sow...
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The Syfying Of Science Fiction Is Both Good & Bad

8/29/2009 2:00pm EDT
True Blood
Everyone seems really into vampires lately. Sexy vampires that have steamy vampire sex with each other all the time. If not vampires than it's people with psychic abilities (Psych) or people that travel through alternate dimensions. And that's just on television. These days a major blockbuster movie can't make a return without aliens (District 9), killer robots (Transformers) or wizards (Harry Potter). We live in a time where Quentin Tarantino is playing with alternate history (Inglourious Basterds) and weepy chick flicks are about time travel (The Time Traveler's Wife).

Science fiction ...
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Some Of The Best 'Final Destination' Death Scenes

8/28/2009 9:45am EDT
The Final Destination
The original idea for Final Destination came from Jeffrey Reddick and it was originally intended for the "X-Files." This makes a certain kind of sense, since the idea of people cheating death and then death trying to get them back does feel like a case that can be wrapped up in a single hour long episode. There is a certain "The Twilight Zone" feel to the story as well, and this may be why the original film was considered a pretty interesting horror plot. There is no exact 'villain' in it, and it's more about sitting back and watch a group of pretty young people try not to get viciously kil...
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Best Film & TV About Alien Invasions

8/17/2009 2:39pm EDT
X-Files
For centuries human beings have considered the world beyond Earth and wondered if there was life outside of what we know. There have been essays, books, movies, television, and plenty of conspiracy theories about the existence of aliens or extraterrestrial life.

In the past 50 years or so pop culture has been fascinated by this idea and what would happen if the alien nation found its way to our Earth. Would they be like Star Trek, some hostile and some friendly to humankind? Or would they be like Aliens and plan to tear the flesh off our bones?

With ABC bringing back a TV series abo...
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Tony Shalhoub Talks About 'Monk's' Final Season

8/6/2009 10:11am EDT
Monk
In one of the smartest moves a television show can make, the upcoming eighth season of "Monk" will be its last, ending its popular run on a high note. In a Q&A with Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG award winner Tony Shalhoub, the actor fielded questions about the final season and the impact "Monk" has had on both television history and culture.

Shalhoub stated, "We certainly don't want to go too long and have the quality start to wane and just limp to the finish line. We want to go out while we feel really that we're doing great work and delivering really strong episodes. We want to go ou...
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Faux Documentaries Entertain Film & TV Audiences

8/5/2009 11:52am EDT
Bruno
Documentary films, the traditional kind that the average person simply ignores, have long since given way to the popular faux documentary. These films, unlike their parent genre, have been and continue to be wildly successful. In fact, they are now so tightly woven into our culture that we truly forget what they are.

Christopher Guest's films Best in Show, For Your Consideration, and A Mighty Wind were all based on a fake, typically unseen camera crew following a group during or to an event. Sacha Baron Cohen also took this approach, with an obviously irreverent tone, with Da Ali G S...
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'Fringe' Panel At Comic-Con Gives Season Two Insight To Fans

7/28/2009 11:41am EDT
Fringe
At last year's San Diego Comic-Con, science fiction fans were spoiled with previews into a new FOX show titled "Fringe." Headed by fan favorite J.J. Abrams and compared to "X-Files," the show starred Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, and John Noble. After a very positive first season, the show is returning in the fall for its second, so this time the "Fringe" actors and writers were welcomed to Comic-Con as successful stars. I was lucky enough to check out the panel on Saturday in a room completely packed full with diehard fans.

All the major actors and the production staff were there and excit...
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Two Sci-Fi Shows We Can't Wait For This Fall: 'V' & 'FlashForward'

7/9/2009 10:08am EDT
V
Science fiction has taken somewhat of an upward turn in recent years, becoming attractive to more than the small cultish fan groups and growing to the universal mainstream.

With the success of shows like "Lost," "Fringe," "Heroes," "Battlestar Galactica" and "X-Files," sci-fi is steadily becoming worth investing in by the bigger networks.

Starting in the fall, ABC is releasing two new big sci-fi shows to the mainstream to see if we have a taste for it, and if you're any kind of sci-fi fan at all, these are the new shows you should be looking forward to.

V

Although an exact da...
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One To Watch: Nicki Aycox

6/8/2009 10:55am EDT
Nicki Aycox
If you sift well enough past your Lindsay Lohans, Megan Foxes, etc. you can still find talented, younger (20s-30s) actresses worthy of your time. One of the best examples is Nicki Aycox.

Like most newcomers, Aycox began her career with sprinkling guest appearances bouncing from popular television shows including 3rd Rock From The Sun, Boy Meets World, and Ally McBeal. She stood out in the "Rush" episode of X-Files. While a small role, it was enough for us to remember her two years later as Syl on Dark Angel. Her resume is impressive; she also appeared on CSI, CSI: Miami, Ed, Provi...
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A List Of Some Great TV Season Finales

5/18/2009 11:23am EDT
Lost
May sweeps is coming to an end after this week with dramatic TV season finales and cliffhangers. Last week shows like Lost ended their season with thrilling and unexpected moments that left audiences with more questions than answers. Season Finales are often the most memorable episodes during a TV series' run. They often include a mystery that is left unsolved until the next season. And most of the time they reveal something unexpected - like a surprise marriage proposal or a main character being killed off. Here's a list of some great season finales that have left viewers at the edge of th...
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Fanboy Fight: Joss Whedon Vs. J.J. Abrams - Who Is Your Favorite?

4/13/2009 12:00pm EDT
Joss Whedon & JJ Abrams
Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams have both played a significant role in fandom and overall media popularity. Their creative similarities are striking enough to call for a showdown, comparing their works and styles. Whedon and Abrams are both part of a new class of filmmakers and television creators: fanboys who are now able to reign over their own fandoms.

This battle royale has been divided into two rounds: television and casting. With more time and space films could have been conquered as well. This fight works best if you are familiar with their work. If you have not had the chance ...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It Or Skip It?

3/30/2009 9:25am EDT
Fast & Furious
Welcome to a new weekly column at Starpulse. As a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with practically a photographic memory of actors and directors, I will provide you with the inside scoop before you hit the multiplex with your hard earned cash. You'll receive a first look at the movies premiering each week, and I'll offer my predictions about which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent, and which ones aren't worth your time.

Adventureland

Set in 1987, recent college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) takes what he thinks will be a dead-end job ...
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Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 2)

3/19/2009 1:02pm EDT
Number One Seed Brad Pitt
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in Starpulse.com's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...
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Carrie Preston Dishes About 'True Blood,' Giving Birth To Her Husband & More

2/26/2009 9:20am EST
Carrie Preston
"True Blood" doesn't return until sometime this summer but natural blonde Carrie Preston, who plays spunky redheaded waitress Arlene, revealed some tidbits about season two (more creatures - yeah!) and what other projects she's currently working on.

Starpulse: 'True Blood' is a little more graphic than I thought it was going to be.

Carrie Preston: Uh, yes, soft porn. It's good though, that's part of why people like it. It's surprising that way.

What can you tell me about your character Arlene in the new season?

Arlene is one of those people who is not very good without...
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'Alien Trespass' Pays Homage To 50s Sci-Fi; In Theaters April 3

1/25/2009 7:00pm EST
Alien Trespass
Alien Trespass is an exciting and entertaining homage to the great science-fiction movies of the 1950s, the post-war boom period when the country was filled with great hope and prosperity and, at the same time, lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation.

The story begins in 1957 in the star-filled skies above California's Mojave Desert. It is a special night for noted astronomer Ted Lewis (Eric McCormack), who is preparing a special dinner for his beautiful, adoring wife Lana (Jody Thompson) to celebrate their wedding anniversary. In another part of town, Tammy (Jenni Baird), a wai...
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TV Year In Review: The Best, The Worst & The In Between

12/26/2008 7:31am EST
Breaking Bad
In a year that saw the writers strike bring forth more reality TV than we ever thought possible and reduce quality drama to a war of attrition, the boob tube still managed to deliver quality drama series at an impressive clip.

BEST TV DRAMAS OF 2008

5. "BREAKING BAD" (AMC) - The aforementioned strike meant we only got seven episodes of former "X-Files" writer Vince Gilligan's masterful meth-strewn series, but after enduring its visceral fury, could we have really taken anymore?

Unlike another suburban drug dealing series, the torpid "Weeds", "Breaking Bad" offers a modern-d...
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Event Coverage Of The Los Angeles 'X-Files' Charity Screening

12/10/2008 10:14am EST
Frank Spotnitz
On a sunny and warm December Saturday in Los Angeles, dozens of X-Files fans from all around the world gathered at the Regency Fairfax Theatre for a charity screening of both films and Q&A with writer/producer Frank Spotnitz. The event was put together completely by four very special Los Angeles fans-- Patricia Steffy, Caleigh Scott, Liz Rodriguez, and Karen Mendez-- who worked for weeks to make sure everything went off without a hitch... and then they donated one hundred percent of the proceeds to Neurofibromatosis, Inc-- not bad for people who actually have day jobs! In fact, their genero...
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Thanks To A Few Special X-Files Fans, We Can All Believe

11/25/2008 12:41pm EST
X-Files
Two Saturdays from today, in a small theater in Los Angeles, dozens and dozens of fans of The X-Files (or simply, X-Philes, if you will) will turn out for a charity screening of the two feature films and a Q&A with writer Frank Spotnitz and director Rob Bowman, moderated by TV Guide's Erin Fox. It is the first time in ten years that the original theatrical release (Fight The Future) is being shown on the big screen, which means some of the younger fans will be seeing it in all of its true film glory for the first time. Event organizers Patricia Steffy, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Caileigh Scott, ...
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Famous Celebrity Brothers

11/18/2008 12:07pm EST
Owen Wilson
Celebrity families are quickly making headlines throughout Hollywood. From the Kardashian's to the Lohan's, stargazers are reading up on celebrities, their families and their crazy antics. For decades, celebrity brothers in particular have caused a craze for fans across the world. To celebrate the familial wonders, here are three pairs of celebrity brothers that have had fans screaming for one reason or another at one point in time.

Ben and Casey Affleck: Three years Casey's senior, Ben is often known as the more famous of the two. However, both have played big parts on screen and in t...
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Klaatu Barada Nikto: A History

11/17/2008 9:49am EST
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The fall of 1951 gave world a number of things: the first oral contraceptive, the first episode of "I Love Lucy" and Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard round the world" winning the National League pennant for the New York Giants. These are things that resonate with a countless amount of people, but mean nothing to the legions of the world's nerds. To science fiction geeks, September 1951 gave the world one thing: Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still.

In the film, the inhabitants of Earth face a dire choice. Throw down their weapons and live in peace, or have the entire planet des...
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'The Unit' Season Three Arrives On DVD

10/15/2008 10:03pm EDT
The Unit
The Unit's top secret military world of conspiracy, danger and nail-biting suspense continues with compelling revelations about the team, their personal lives and the Unit's increasingly complex nature as "The Unit" Season Three arrives on DVD October 14th from Fox Home Entertainment. Golden Globe®-nominee Dennis Haysbert (24), Scott Foley (Felicity) and Robert Patrick (The X-Files) star in the Emmy®-nominated series as members of a covert Special Forces team operating outside the usual military chain of command, their identities highly classified as they risk their lives on dangerous missi...
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Slideshow: 'Fringe' - Keep It Or Kill It?

9/30/2008 12:13pm EDT
Fringe
The lines between science fiction and reality blur in J.J. Abrams' lastest creation Fringe. Is the show living up to expectations? Is it as good as Abrams' other shows (Lost, Alias)? Is it better or worse than X-Files? Click through our photo slideshow, and let us know if the show should continue or be canceled.

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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

9/29/2008 9:04am EDT
Chuck
Monday, Sept 29

Chuck (NBC, 8 p.m.) - The adorkable Chuck is back, and he's got some confidence. Or at least enough delusional Intersect-free hope to ask Sarah out on a real date.

Gossip Girl (The CW, 8 p.m.) - Battle Serena vs. Blair is game-on at Fashion Week.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 8 p.m.) - A software glitch renders Cameron memoryless in a halfway house.

How I Met Your Mother (8:30 p.m.) - If you're looking for the best burger in New York, who do you ask? Regis Philbin, of course. Please let Neil Patrick Harris pull out his Regis impression.

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TV Spotlight: 'Fringe' Creator JJ Abrams

9/8/2008 9:39am EDT
Felicity
Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams is a man of many talents. He's a writer, actor, director, producer, composer, and creator. He was raised in Los Angeles by his father Gerald, another television producer, and got his first job when he was only 15 writing music for a movie titled "Nightbeast."

As a senior in college, he wrote a film script with a friend of his which eventually turned into a full length featured titled "Taking Care of Business." He had a hand in writing "Regarding Henry" with Harrison Ford, "Forever Young" with Mel Gibson, and big movie blockbuster "Armageddon." He produced ...
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Underrated & Overrated Returning TV Shows

9/5/2008 9:45am EDT
Bones
After a long and painful summer that saw only a handful of new scripted series due to the writers' strike, the fall TV season is finally here. Hallelujah.

In the coming weeks more than 50 scripted programs will return to the network and cable and airwaves with each making millions of people happy to once again hang out with their old friends. Sports fans always talk about the mythical quality of opening day in football, baseball or basketball. For TV fanatics, being able to watch the shows they love once again carries the same weight.

Still, some people are just plain wrong. S...
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DOA: Fall TV Most Likely To Be Canceled

9/4/2008 11:30am EDT
Kath & Kim
It's often difficult during a show's first season. Characters come and go, storylines are tweaked, and main players sometimes get replaced. Remember the Aunt Vivs of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" or the husband swap on "Bewitched?"

If a show hasn't proven itself early on, it's an uphill battle. After last season's writers' strike, this may be the first time viewers come to their TVs with welcomed anticipation instead of judgment for new shows. Maybe. But there are some shows that will struggle more than others:

"Kath & Kim," NBC, premieres Thursday, Oct. 9

The Australian com...
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