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A graduate of Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis's Master program, Robbie has worked here and there and done various things of no interest to anyone but himself. He currently lives a fairly lonely existence with his sister and two cats while his obsessions with film, television, comicbooks, and pop culture get him through this bizzare thing called "life." Follow his rantings here or at bobbybillentertainmentblog.blogspot.

Oscars Preview: 'King's Speech'… For the Win?!!

February 22nd, 2011 4:08pm EST
The King's Speech
Only a few weeks ago, it was all golden for David Fincher’s study of greed in our modern, technological world, The Social Network. It had taken the majority of the Oscar predicting awards for Best Picture (including the Golden Globe), and it seemed to be completely unbeatable in the upcoming finale to the awards season, the Oscars.

But then, The King’s Speech, the constant second place finisher to Social Network's champion, started winning everything. It began with the Producer’s Guild Award, which raised an eyebrow; but, I was willing to pass that off as older Hollywood showing preferenc...
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Disney's 'Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!' Is Better Than You Might Think

November 15th, 2010 7:13am EST
Iron Man, Wasp, Thor, Ant-Man, Hulk, and Captain America team up
Speaking as a devoted fan of the Marvel-verse and the collection of their premiere heroes known as The Avengers, I have been pleasantly surprised by the animated version currently airing on Disney XD (and before you ask, I have no idea what “XD” stands for).

For those who don’t eat, sleep, and breathe comic books, The Avengers is a team made up of Marvel’s biggest names and heaviest hitters. Starting when Ant-Man, Iron Man, Wasp, Thor, and Hulk were brought together to fight Thor’s evil brother Loki, the team has lasted through decades of deaths, crossover events, and roster changes to rem...
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There's No Place Like 'Haven'

August 9th, 2010 11:51pm EDT
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Initially, I didn’t like this show very much. Based on the story Colorado Kid by Stephen King, Syfy’s latest series follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose, a former cast member of ER and Brothers and Sisters, she also voiced Elena Fisher in the first Uncharted video game) as she moves into Haven, a mysterious small town in New England where quite a few people have abilities far beyond normal.

After tracking a fugitive to Haven, Parker decides to stay on and help the town deal with their unique problems while also investigating a woman who showed up there twenty years ago and bore more...
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Syfy's Hit Duo: 'Warehouse 13' and 'Eureka'

August 9th, 2010 9:28pm EDT
Myka
Warehouse 13: In the fist season, the show about two Secret Service agents hunting down artifacts capable of everything from passing through solid objects to seeing the future, really overdid the "will they/ won’t they" relationship between business-like Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and free-spirited Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock). And yeah, some of you out there are saying "Hey, they stole that from Castle, and Castle stole it from Bones," ignoring that X-Files did the exact same type of relationship and did it much better over a decade before any of them. But, I digress.

My point is that...
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A Writer's Theory On 'Inception' (Part 2 of 2)

August 6th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio and the World
Note: This is continued from my previous post and makes no sense if you have not read that post. Oh, and MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!!! Do not continue if you have not seen Inception!

Now then, where was I? Oh, right, I was trying to convince you all that (a) I'm not a complete lunatic and (b) Inception is nothing but a dream.

My third point then, is that little conveniences abound throughout the film. The team for a blatantly illegal enterprise is located quite easily (all while time is compressed dream-style), and even Ariadne (Ellen Page) simply says "Yes" despite the fact that we have zero ...
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'Inception' Solved? (Part 1 of 2)

August 5th, 2010 3:18pm EDT
Christopher Nolan
OK, Inception’s been number one three weeks in a row, we’ve all seen it and re-seen it and obsessed over it, so it’s now time to openly and bluntly discuss the film, to hell with the few people who have yet to watch Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thriller.

That being said, MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!!!! Do not read on if you have not yet seen Inception, or this brilliant film might not only be ruined for you, but my theory as to the film’s meaning could very possible plant itself in your head, influencing your viewing of the film.

Still with me?

OK, here’s my theory: none of it’s real. No...
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A Writer's Theory On 'Inception' (Part 1 of 2)

August 5th, 2010 2:56pm EDT
Christopher Nolan
OK, Inception’s been number one three weeks in a row, we’ve all seen it and re-seen it and obsessed over it, so it’s now time to openly and bluntly discuss the film, to hell with the few people who have yet to watch Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thriller.

That being said, MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!!!! Do not read on if you have not yet seen Inception, or this brilliant film might not only be ruined for you, but my theory as to the film’s meaning could very possible plant itself in your head, influencing your viewing of the film.

Still with me?

OK, here’s my theory: none of it’s real. N...
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Blunt Parody Trumps Tradition on 'Psych'

July 30th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Dule Hill stars as Gus on USA
What I’ve always loved about Psych is that no one on the show is taking themselves seriously at all. When plugging the latest season on Attack of the Show, Dule Hill (who plays Burton "Gus" Guster on the show, a somewhat sidekick to a fake psychic) referred to episodes as the "Rush Hour episode" or the "Close Encounters episode."

This is a show that fully embraces what it is: one big joke at the expense of everything and anything else. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Now in their fifth season, Psych hasn’t slowed up or worsened yet. With Shawn (James Roday) and Gus still being Shawn ...
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The (New) Doctor's Finest Hour

July 29th, 2010 12:34pm EDT
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Well, the latest season of Doctor Who has come and gone, and we've now all met the eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), his Scottish hottie companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), and her boyfriend/ fiance/ husband/ 2,000 year old plastic man Rory (the brilliant but often overlooked Arthur Darvill). Together they've faced the revamped Daleks, saved 16th century Venice from vampire-alien-fish, and even used Amy's memories and the universe's greatest prison to restart all of creation and bring the Doctor out of the abyss of non-existence.

In all, it was a very good season: Matt Smith added a new energy ...
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