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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

From time to time, I have guest reviewers do the honors. This one is by my husband, Miles Doppler, because he is such a Sin City fan. It also helps that I happen to agree with his assessment. The story goes that when director Robert Rodriguez first met Sin City author and artist Frank Miller,…

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The Strain

Update: Apparently, millions of viewers disagreed with my review of The Strain. I recently received the following info from the network: “FX has ordered a 13-episode second season of its newest hit drama series The Strain from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX…

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The Giver

Jeff Bridges and the rest of us have been waiting for more than 20 years for the film version of this original young adult dystopian future saga, which long preceded (and perhaps inspired) The Hunger Games and the Divergent franchises. It seems “The Dude” has been trying to make this movie for two decades, with…

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Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood List Their Middling Malibu Ranch House

Okay, we understand that celebrity owners can add to the value of real estate, but I think country power couple Garth Brooks and his wife Patricia Yearwood are overestimating the price of their own panache. They’ve put their rather unremarkable four bedroom, three and a half bath ranch house on the market for a whopping $7.5…

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'Louder Than Words' With David Duchovny Now On DVD

From time to time I’ll be filling you in on interesting Home Entertainment releases. You’ll note that films new on DVD almost always drop on Tuesdays. Sometimes they’ll be giant blockbusters finally released for home viewing, sometimes they are independents that might not have made it to a theater near you, and sometimes they’re newsworthy films that go straight to DVD.…

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Recording Artists Asked to Pay to Play at Super Bowl

Ever wonder how much they pay artists like Bruno Mars and Aerosmith to put on those spectacular Super Bowl half time shows? It’s pretty common knowledge that the recording artists don’t get paid a penny — they do it for exposure. But what The Wall Street Journal (the god of all newspapers to which I subscribe religiously) recently…

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BEGIN AGAIN Review — With Video From ‘Just Seen It’

How can you possibly go wrong with a movie about the New York recording industry, featuring a cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine and Ceelo Green? Especially when it’s written and directed by John Carney, best known for his poignant hit about modern day Irish street performers, Once? Although Begin Again is…

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Fargo

Stop! Drop everything, and proceed directly to your television and begin binge-watching the FX series Fargo. It’s the biggest and best original series launch so far this year, and is not to be missed. If you liked the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece of the same name, you’ll love this 10-episode limited dramady series, produced by the Brothers C, which…

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The 100-Foot Journey

I wanted to love this movie. I really did. After all, it’s about French food, Indian food, and it stars Helen Mirren. What’s not to love? Instead, I only liked it a little. Sure it’s entraining, but it just doesn’t have the gravitas equal to it’s pedigree, which includes Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey as…

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Go Coconuts Over Joey New York

One of the best beauty lines I’ve ever been introduced to at a Secret Room Celebrity Gifting Suite is Joey of New York, which uses de rigueur ingredient coconut water in almost all its skin products. I fell so in love with the results I got from their filler and primer “Correct-A-Line,” that I’ve been…

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