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Concert Review: Most Nights Tour (Fun. with Special Guests Tegan & Sara)

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The excitement in the air was more than palpable as a cool night breeze gave way to an exhilarating evening, filled with high energy performances, endearing crowd interaction, and a generally celebratory mood. The message of Fun’s signature song “We Are Young” definitely captured the spirit of a crowd that young and old had all joined together from different walks of life to imbibe in a night of cheery song.

Retro Movie Review: 'Splice' (2009)

For years I’ve been meaning to see this movie, and after several attempts, the goal was finally accomplished recently. The lack of ambition to actually see the critically adored and audience raved indie “Splice” for all of these years can now be seen, in retrospect, as being a possible instinctive defense mechanism to avoid the totality of its awfulness.

Song of the Day: 'Leader of the Band' by Dan Fogelberg

Earlier this month, September 1 to be exact, would have been my grandfather’s 93rd birthday. This year, his passing hit harder than it had in recent years. His presence has been one of the most significant and influential throughout my life. As a musician, act promoter and manager, he instilled a …

Movie Review: 'The Family' (2013)

When it comes to making movies that break the mold, director Luc Besson has been at the forefront.  With “The Family” he bridges the gap between foreign and American film-making, bringing the best from both styles into with this edgy and unpredictable film. 

“The Family” stars Robert De Niro as the head of a crime family who is now living under the Witness Protection Program’s watchful eye. Keeping a handle on them manages to be a difficult task for the WPP and an entertaining ride for viewers.

TV Report Card | 'Under the Dome' Season 1 Review

Overview: An invisible force field, otherwise known as “the dome”, covers the small town of Chester’s Mill, thus cutting the citizens off from the outside world.

Storyline Direction: Slow from beginning to end. They tried to stir some action into the mix but it was too late. The momentum of having characters that we cared about had sunk faster than the Titanic and we were left straggling in the icy waters that were the remaining storylines.

65th Primetime Emmy Award Predictions: Mini-Series or Movie

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End, HBO

Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO

Who Will Win: Michael Douglas. His performance as Liberace was all the rage and the always outstanding Douglas is certainly worthy of the praise.

65th Primetime Emmy Award Predictions: Drama


LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC

Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

Who Deserves to Win: Bryan Cranston. As confident as I am that Spacey gives yet another masterful turn on “House of Cards”, without seeing the show, I can only speak to what I’ve seen. 

Who Will Win: Bryan Cranston. He’s dominating this category and with no critical hints to the contrary this should be another victory for him.

65th Primetime Emmy Award Predictions: Comedy

COMEDY SERIES:

The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Girls, HBO

Louie, FX

Modern Family, ABC

30 Rock, NBC

Veep, HBO

Who Deserves to Win: Modern Family. I’ve never watched some of these shows (“Louie”, “Veep”) so I can only judge from what I’ve seen. Whenever I catch “Modern Family” it always garners a laugh. 

Who Will Win: 30 Rock. Being the show’s final bow, voters might turn sentimental and grant them the statue.

Grim: Digital Throw-Up (EP Review)

There are moments in life when there is literally no silence and the little sounds, like flicking the light switch on or turning a faucet off can take on an almost rhythmic quality. On Grim’s latest EP, “Digital Throw-Up”, it feels like all of the nuances of such moments have been melded into its most refined form.

Fall/Winter TV's Best New Bets: Complete List

Eclectic Pop has sifted through and read all about TV’s new series that are being introduced this season. After looking through them, the best bets have been narrowed down into an easy to follow list, categorized by network.

Fall/Winter TV's Best New Bets: The CW

"The Originals" The spin-off of the hit show “The Vampire Diaries”, viewers already have a hint as to what this show will be like if they caught the backdoor pilot last season. There are potential hazards for the series as it centers on the dreadful Klaus (Joseph Morgan), an antagonist/vi…

Fall/Winter TV's Best New Bets: ABC

"Agents of SHIELD"

If you’ve seen any of the Marvel movies since, “Iron Man”, you know about the elite agency that is tasked with keeping the superhuman working for the not-so superhuman agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so if you loved “The Avengers” you will more than likely like this. The cast, mainly composed of newcomers is anchored by fan favorite Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.

Fall/Winter TV's Best New Bets: NBC

"The Blacklist"

When one of the FBI’s most wanted men, Raymond Reddington (James Spader), turns himself in, he announces his full co-operation with authorities, under the terms that he will only communicate with Special Agent, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Reddington’s leverage is a self-compiled “Blacklist” containing a list of criminals that the government doesn’t even know exists.

Fall/Winter TV's Best New Bets: CBS

"Hostages"

Toni Collette (“The United States of Tara”) and Dylan McDermott (“American Horror Story”) go head to head in this cat-and-mouse, political thriller. Collette plays a doctor, whose family is held hostage by terrorists who threaten to kill them if she doesn’t fatally operate on the President.

There’s no question it is an interesting set-up for a thriller however, as a full blown series, the plot could grow very weak. This would’ve been better as a mini-series. Streamlining the storyline and having confirmed character direction would’ve been much more attainable.

Fall/Winter TV's Best New Bets: FOX

"Sleepy Hollow" Already debuting, it is a modern retelling of Washington Irving’s classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. In this version, Ichabod Crane has traveled through time ala “Doctor Who” so he has to deal with the culture clash of past and present.

The premise sounds intriguing. H…

Top 25 Remaining Movies of 2013 | Part 4

#16: The Counselor

Based on an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, ‘The Counselor’ finds a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) caught in the crosshairs of a drug trafficking crisis. It is an interesting premise given the often saintly presentation of the law profession. As with "Prisoners", an amazing cast brings expectations to a deafening level.

Led by Fassbender, it also stars Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Goran Visnjic to name a few. The thriller is directed by one of the masters of tension, Ridley Scott and has the potential to receive some awards attention. When the script went out, everyone in Hollywood was vying to be a part of it. They seemed to believe it was something special, audiences will know if they’re right soon enough. Release Date: October 25

Spotlight Artist | Rosi Golan

Chances are that if you’ve been watching your favorite TV show and noticed an enchanting melody playing against the backdrop of one of your character’s most enthralling moments, you have been listening to the masterful work of Rosi Golan.

Movie Review: 'Clear History' (2013)

The biggest compliment you can give a comedy is to say that it is funny. “Clear History” deserves a greater compliment than that. It is absolutely hilarious, with on the point comedic timing, crucial scene duration and incredible improvisational dialogue.

Let's Discuss: Hollywood's Casting Crisis

For the past few weeks, Hollywood has been in a firestorm after unleashing one controversial casting decision after another. First with Ben Affleck being announced as Batman, an announcement that was met with derision, outrage and to put it mildly, dissatisfaction.

Then on Labor Day, the announcement that women everywhere were waiting for finally arrived, the casting of the leads in the hotly anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” film adaptation of the hit book series. Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson would be lambasted online and angered fans would once again set the internet aflame with their frustration.

Let's Discuss: Child Soldiers in Film

As the entertainment world and fandoms everywhere chatter in anticipation for “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire”, a sad but unspoken trend continues its course into Hollywood glamorization, child soldiers.

For a lot of countries around the world, the reality of child soldiers is not the exciting or existential journey to self-discovery that Hollywood and recent young adult fictions have made it out to be. Children, in other countries are being forced to carry weapons and fight for tyrants, all the while, seldom surviving the horrific consequences of war.

Movie Review: 'The Conjuring' (2013)

When it comes to horror films, there are two fundamental elements that go into making a decent offering: being scary and entertaining. As far as the scare factor of “The Conjuring” is concerned, it does not personally offer up many effective frights.

Movie Review: 'The Spectacular Now' (2013)

It is rare to have happen but sometimes, a movie can make you forget you are watching one. The experience can feel so real and authentic that it transcends the dim theater lights and familiar faces in front of the camera.