Spartacus Wraps Up with Action-Packed Final Season

If you’re a fan of the network cable series, Spartacus, you’ll be happy to know that the series is alive and well. Spartacus: War of the Damned, currently in production in New Zealand, is scheduled to air January 2013.

The final season segues out of the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have scored major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. The rebellion launched by the former slave and gladiator has mushroomed to more than 30,000 slaves. We see Rome beginning to tremble at the growing threat of Spartacus and his slave army.

The bittersweet news for Spartacus fans is that the sword-and-sandal saga will conclude with the upcoming final season. The story of a slave who defied Rome has brought a unique visual style to the small screen. The critically acclaimed series has become the most successful on the STARS network. With over six million weekly viewers, last season’s Spartacus: Vengeance drew more than 2.5 million Facebook fans and has aired in 150 countries in more than 15 languages.

“Fans have been tremendously supportive of our show,” says creator and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight. “We did not come to this decision lightly. It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I. Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus’ journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who’s been along for the ride.”

The Emmy® nominated series, promises to deliver even more in the final season with the construction of a full city, a Roman Villa, and the scene of the epic battle along the Appian Way. Spartacus: War of the Damned will bring back Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). New to the cast will be Todd Lasance as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will play Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.

The grand finale will be a feast for the senses with lots of action and the usual intrigue.

Emma Stone Talks About the Amazing Spider-Man

The web-shooting crusader returns to theaters this July as Andrew Garfield takes on Peter Parker’s role as Spider-Man. Peter is the outcast teen once again fighting for good–and the girl—this time heatthrob Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).

Now living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, Peter must unravel the mystery of his own past and win over his high school crush, Gwen. When Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase belonging to his father, he uncovers a secret that will ultimately shape his role as “Spider-Man” and bring him face to face with the alter ego of his father’s former partner–the Lizard. Read more

Milla Jovovich Talks About Resident Evil: Retribution

Yes, boys and girls, the undead will return this September with our indefatigable heroeine once again fighting the evil Umbrella corporation in Resident Evil: Retribution.

In this 5th installment of the Resident Evil franchise—in full 3D no less—Alice (Milla Jovovich) teams up with a resistance movement in the ongoing battle against Umbrella and the undead. Once again captured by Umbrella, Alice awakens in their facility to explore the complex, reveal more of her past, and ultimately find those responsible for the outbreak. This time, she joins forces with resistance teams from major cities around the world and discovers a stunning truth, one that forces her to do some soul searching about who she really is and role of the Umbrella Corporation.

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Dane Cook – From Stand-Up to Series

Dane Cook, one of America’s favorite stand-up comedians, is now set to star in a new pilot for NBC, Next Caller Please. Can Cook Shift From Stand-Up to TV Series?

Last September, Cook signed a contract with NBC for what we could only imagine would be a comedy series chock full of side effects- shortness of breathe, sore abdominals, and nation-wide inside jokes (Cook-enthusiasts, raise your SuperFingers!).

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New Resident Evil 6 Screenshots and Info

Getting excited about the upcoming Resident Evil 6 release later this year? So are we! Capcom just released a little more info about the game today. For all of you wondering what year the game is actually set in — it is 2013. The primary location where all of the action takes place in the game is in China, mainly in a fictitious coastal town called Lanshiang. Read more

Merlin Becomes Arthur’s Worst Nightmare

This Friday Merlin is captured by the deliciously evil Morgana. She mercilessly tortures Merlin and reprograms him to become an assassin. His assignment — kill Arthur.

The creators of the show say this episode will be dark, but funny. Is that possible? Well … if it is you better believe these guys are capable of doing it! They always come up with great twists and surprises that keep every episode fun and engaging. Read more

Josh Hutcherson Journeys Again – Check Out Trailer

You’ve seen him in Bridge To Terabithia, Zathura  and the Journey to the Center of the Earth-– now you get to see Josh Hutcherson brave crazy creatures, terrible tornadoes and volatile volcanoes in this new theatrical adventure, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

In this new adventurous romp through the legendary mysterious island, Josh reprises his role as Sean Anderson, who goes to the aide of his grandfather (Michael Caine) after he receives a distress signal. This island is filled with strange life forms, a mountain of gold, volcanoes and a few other secrets hidden carefully beneath the surface. Read more

The Help on Blu-ray/DVD Coming December 6

BURBANK, Calif.,The Help, the inspirational summer hit film people can’t stop talking about, arrives in homes just in time for the holidays, delivering this powerful story on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand, December 6, 2011.

The #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the compelling performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast including Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard. The Help is a courageous and empowering story about very different and extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project. Read more

Vampires vs. Zombies, Spike TV Live Event

Los Angeles, CA, September 8, 2011 – After an overwhelmingly positive response, which included strong ratings and online traffic, to the first-ever LIVE “Deadliest Warrior” special event in August, Spike TV’s hit series, “Deadliest Warrior” is upping the ante to cap off a groundbreaking third season with an even bigger, supersized, 2.5 hour LIVE finale event (#dwlive). 

Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and a surprise special guest join hosts Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Geoff Desmoulin and Dr. Armand Dorian to discuss and analyze the episode and results, answer fan Facebook (via the “Deadliest Warrior” wall) and Twitter questions in real time (@Warriors_Den), reveal never-before-seen footage, including a special visit to the ER to see a day in the life of Dr. Dorian and make an exclusive announcement “Deadliest Warrior” fans won’t want to miss.  In addition, Spike TV is partnering with cutting edge audience participation company Loyalize to debut the simultaneous, live broadcast of real-time viewer engagement and polling results from fans voting on dwlive.spike.com. Read more

Fast Five Announces Blu-ray Street Date

Universal City, California (July 26 2011)—Spectacular street chases and pulse-pounding physical action are set against the mesmerizing beauty of Rio de Janeiro’s exotic thoroughfares in Fast Five, the most successful installment of the Fast & Furious franchise.  Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the phenomenally successful franchise built on speed plus action superstar Dwayne Johnson (Faster) in the all-new action caper available October 4, 2011 on Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo Packs, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand.

Available for a limited time only, the Blu-rayand DVD Combo Packs bring the full-throttle excitement of the ultimate Fast Five experience to the screen with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available on Blu-ray™, as well as an extended edition of the film with even more explosive action, exclusive bonus features, a DVD to enjoy in the car or on the go, and a Digital Copy of the film that can be downloaded and viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere including laptops, tablets, and smartphones as well as Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray™ set top boxes.  Debuting on the Fast Five Blu-ray™ is Universal’s Second Screen, an all-new app for tablets and computers that provides an innovative and interactive viewing experience. To preview Universal’s all-new Second Screen for Fast Five visit http://preview.tinyurl.com/UniSecondScreenF5preview. Read more

Check Out Escape 2 New York Festival This Weekend

 

Let’s get some more festival madness out of the way, shall we? Starting with Southampton’s Escape 2 New York coming up this weekend. Another brain-child from the creator of The Secret Garden Party UK, Freddy Fellowes,  Escape touts itself as being not your average music festival. It seems up to the boast with a pretty solid line-up of musical acts as well as some out of the ordinary tricks hidden up it’s fancy sleeve: everything from massive brunches to cool art installations. Read on for more info …

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The Wave Pictures To Release New Single “In Her Kitchen” August 22nd

 

English rockers The Wave Pictures and Moshi Moshi Records will release “In Her Kitchen”, the latest single off their recently released album Beer In The Breakers (May 2011) on August 22nd. “In Her Kitchen” is one of the oldest songs in the Wymeswold trio’s catalogue. To promote the single, The Wave Pictures have also planned an August trip to the United States to play shows in New York and Philadelphia.  Dates below …
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FAREWELL HARRY POTTER

 

Daniel Radcliff as Harry Potter

Farewell, Cheerio and Ciao Harry Potter I hate to see you go.  Over the past ten years we became accustomed to seeing movies about this engrossing young boy turning into a teen and finally a young man. Harry is no ordinary person, he’s the kind of kid you root for, support and befriend.  Slyly written the character found his way into many hearts and now he has vanished.  Except for his past exploits in books and on DVD, there’s nothing much more to look forward with the culmination of the last film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2.  Kind of a bummer, don’t you think?

 

When Harry first came into our lives he’s this pre-teenage orphan who we find living with his Uncle, a muggle (ordinary human).  But Harry we find out is the son of powerful wizards James and Lilly who challenged the dangerous wizard Lord Voldemort and died doing it.  But we don’t remember Harry for all that messy past; it’s the future that counts.

 

And what a life he has had going to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, making friends with Hermione and Ron, playing quidditch, learning to cast spells with his wand, playing detective sneaking around the school with his invisibility cloak while evading the strange professor Severus Snape, doing the bidding of his school master Albus Dumbledore, traipsing off to his half-giant friend Hagrid and fending off Voldemort with the Philosopher’s Stone.

Moving through his second, third, fourth years at Hogwarts Harry delves into the Chamber of Secrets fighting off a ferocious monster, trying to save his uncle Sirius Black, enters the dangerous Triwizard Tournament nearly dieing in the process, all including skirmishes with his arch nemesis Voldemort.

Duri ng his fifth and sixth year at Hogwarts Harry gets involved in the secret order of the Phoenix and starts to form loyalties with several members all of which despise Voldemort and gets involved in teaching a special underground class of Defense Against the Dark Arts.  Harry takes the NEWT test and later finds a letter in a book written by the Half-Blood Prince and he arms himself with new potion formulas and spells. Here he learns about Voldemort’s magical Horcruxes that will be his puzzle to solve in order to have a final showdown with him.

The last events of his life culminate following Harry’s resignation from school and the last stand with Voldemort at the Deathly Hallows.

 

Wow, what a ‘magical’ life Harry has had and one that won’t be easily forgotten.  His trek was something all filmmakers won’t forget either as during the nearly 10 years the films developed into a great adventure with battles that are amazing through the progression of Computer Generated Images (CGI).  As new computers got faster, held more memory, improved the technology, and bigger programs allowed quicker animation making the monsters increasing believable, fighting between Harry and Voldemort became more realistic and magical trickery astonishing.

 

Thank you Harry and the many filmmakers should thank you for becoming the most Magical series ever made.  I know I will miss seeing you up on the big screen, but still have your past on my DVD shelf.