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TV Rundown: June 22 - 27: 'True Blood' Readies for One Last Suck

One Last Suck: True Blood: The return to Bon Temps was an exciting one and the episode that launched the series into its final season, indicated it was firing on all cylinders. The entertaining opener produced a shocking death, a raunchy hook-up and a heartfelt plea from Sookie. The stakes are high for every character on the canvas and they are all tied together by its umbrella of repercussions.

The ensemble has never been so interwoven and it’s working. The best teamwork award would have to go to Bill and Andy, an unexpected duo, whose underlying animosity (at least on Andy’s end) provides a gripping nuance to their dynamic.

Let's Discuss: The Soaps + The Emmys

Last Sunday the Daytime community was supposed to be honored at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards. Even before the event there was drama leading up to it, instead of airing on TV, it was streamed online. The first awards show to have the dubious honor.

Movie Review: 'Diana' (2013)

Based on Kate Snell's 2001 book "Diana: Her Last Love", this film adaptation alleges to depict the late Princess’ clandestine romance with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn. Offering a supposed glimpse behind the palace walls, “Diana” interestingly delves into royal isolation and its penetrating loneliness.

Best New Movie Bets: June 27 | Musically Inclined Drama 'Begin Again'

Best New Bet: "Begin Again" John Carney, the director of 2006’s highly acclaimed music film “Once” is returning 7 years later with this similarly themed venture. Keira Knightley stars as a singer-songwriter going through some relationship troubles when she meets a struggling record-label …

Retro Movie Review: 'Endless Love' (1981)

One of those movies you have to see just to say you watched it, “Endless Love" tells the dramatic tale of two lovelorn teenagers and the dangerous obsession that consumes their families. Looking back at Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 adaptation of Scott Spencer’s novel through the eyes of current standards, aspects of the film have not held up well.

TV Rundown: June 15 - 20: 'Game of Thrones' Signs Off

Throne Showdown: Game of Thrones: The season finale had its share of pivotal moments as some major stories finally converged. Stannis met Jon Snow, Brienne found Arya, Bran finally made it to the tree, Cersei came to an agreement with Jamie in regards to their twisted relationship and Tyrion made two shocking moves. The showdowns are what stuck out in this finale, series-long payoffs and the bitter end to characters whose exit will leave unfulfilled holes in the series.

Brienne vs. The Hound and Tyrion vs. Tywin were the big battles. The latter stayed true to the essence of its characters. Brienne and the Hound’s face-off ended controversially.

Best New Movie Bets: June 20 | 'The Rover' Starring Guy Pearce

Best New Bet: "The Rover" Set after a cataclysmic event leaves the world without power, "The Rover" finds a man (Guy Pearce) fighting for his one worldly possession after it is stolen by a gang. Caught in the crossfire during the struggle is the brother (Robert Pattinson) of one…

Song of the Week: 'Over You' by Ingrid Michaelson ft. A Great Big World

Ingrid Michaelson is the quirky indie pop chanteuse who has made hearts soar since coming to widespread attention with her breakthrough single "The Way I Am". A slew of sensational songs have followed, “Maybe”, “Parachute” and “Keep Breathing” among them. Adding to the tradition is her most recent single “Girls Chase Boys” off her new album, "Lights Out", a sea of sonic candy that bears the emotional soul of indie music's signature truths & the catchy synergy of pop's repeat-ability.

An astonishing offering from Michaelson off her new record is her stunning duet with A Great Big World, "Over You". It's an expertly crafted ballad that builds on a stirring piano melody, relying on an intense vocal performance from both artists. A poignant song about letting go of a former paramour, it uses a sparse compound of lyrics to convey the message and on this rare occasion, less turns out to say more. The deft use of lyricism hints at the small nuances still recalled about a love lost and far from forgotten.

Casting Brainstorm: 'Beauty and the Beast'

As many of you know there has been some hotly debated casting recently, as there always is in Hollywood. Who will get what role and whether they are even up for grabs in the first place makes for interesting fodder. In this new feature titled Casting Brainstorm, Eclectic Pop offers some suggestions/wishful casting selections for upcoming roles.

Thin Ice: The Morality Tale of 'Fargo'

For the past 9 weeks, the FX series has kept viewers in suspense wondering what will be the final fate of its characters. They range from a deranged hit man to a hapless guy turned psychopath and finally a determined police officer. All represent a different facet of human nature, they are not easily categorized. In fact, those aforementioned descriptions are only a tidbit, a slight taste of the characters that roam the frozen tundra of “Fargo”.

TV Rundown: June 8 - 13: Eva Green Rocks 'Penny Dreadful'

Backstory: Penny Dreadful: The highly anticipated Vanessa-centric episode finally took place. What an episode it was, grim, graphic and disturbing. It must be said that the mechanism revealed as the culprit for Vanessa’s downward spiral was disappointing because it wasn’t wretched enough to warrant her self-loathing. The upside was the hour’s magnificent display of Eva Green’s talent. Few actors can carry an entire episode on their shoulders and remain as intriguing from beginning to end.

Green is one of those select few. Utilizing that wild gleam in her eye, she delivered a fearless portrayal of Vanessa’s fall down the rabbit hole, resulting in her terrifying mental state. Never one to shy away from any physical facet of a performance, Green pulled out all of the stops. She’s never scared to go there. To the dark pathos of a character’s most unglamorous moments and that is what sets her apart. One of the best acting talents around, Green not only commanded the screen, she owned it.

Best New Movie Bets: June 13 | Two Sequels, Two Indies & a Sci-fi Flick

New to the box office are two sequels and two Indies; one a sci-fi effort and the other an attempt to make viewers cry all of the tears they didn’t during “The Fault in Our Stars”.

22 Jump StreetWhat's it's About: Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go undercover as college stud…

Movie Review: 'Edge of Tomorrow' (2014)

Seldom does an action film take their protagonist’s character development as seriously as “Edge of Tomorrow” and that is what not only makes it stand out but excel past its peers. Adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel “All You Need Is Kill”, the story finds the world fighting an alien invasion. Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never been in combat and that all changes when he is deployed for a veritable suicide mission.

Movie Review: 'Veronica Mars' (2014)

Despite having never watched an episode of “Firefly”, its film follow-up “Serenity” was an easily enjoyable, stand-alone product that welcomed new viewers. The film version of "Veronica Mars" cannot say the same. As it should be, this movie was clearly made for its commendably loyal fans and this probably won’t disappoint them.

TV Rundown: June 1 - 6: Death Visits 'Game of Thrones'

Game of Death: Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper” started off slow before making way for some intriguing character drama. Sansa’s handling of Littlefinger provided her portrayer Sophie Turner with an opportunity to shine. In an empowering moment for the Stark family, Sansa descended the stairs in a new raven-inspired frock, a spark of newfound confidence bewitching her. Daenerys’ rash judgment on Jorah was a sad end to their compelling relationship.

It was also surprising given her usually thoughtful verdicts. Startling with its tenderness was Missandei and Grey Worm’s developing relationship, which is one of the only legit romances on the show these days.

Of course the biggest highlight was the closing battle between “the Viper” and “the Mountain” as they faced off in a brutal fight that’s result took viewers from on a remarkable roller coaster. Peter Dinkalge’s performance during Tyrion’s “beetle” monologue and the trial by combat was simply spellbinding.

Also making major waves was Pedro Pascal’s dazzling turn as Oberyn Martell, his rhythmic chants filled the screen with stellar passion. It’s hard to imagine this season will offer a more chill inducing scene.

Best New Movie Bets: June 6 | 'Edge of Tomorrow', 'Fault in Our Stars' & 'Anna'

"Edge of Tomorrow"

Director Doug Liman can often be hit or miss, for example his 1999 film “Go” was a brilliant indie that rightly became a cult hit. While his 2008 sci-fi effort “Jumper” would qualify as a miss. He helmed the monster hit “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” which was light popcorn entertainment and the decent “The Bourne Identity”, a consummate actioner that would give life to a strapping trilogy.

Liman’s latest aligns him with pop culture icon, Tom Cruise and a mother-load of special effects. In a bit reminiscent of 2011’s “Source Code”, Cruise’s character dies and repeatedly comes back to life, acquiring the skills necessary to defeat an alien invasion. "Edge" is an adaptation of the graphic novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Bolstering interest for the film is Cruise’s presence and what appeared from the trailer to be an appealing chemistry with co-star Emily Blunt. Blunt has proven herself in similar sci-fi fantasies. She was the unsung vital component of 2012’s “Looper” and her feisty screen persona could breathe life into Cruise’s string of lackluster on-screen pairings. The special effects while bountiful do appear to be well done. Tom Cruise + Emily Blunt + Sci-Fi Action= Worth a Watch. Click here to Read Eclectic Pop's Review

Movie Review: 'The Fault in Our Stars' (2014)

Poignant in its somber tone and heavy subject matter, “The Fault in Our Stars” shoots for the moon with a twinkling soundtrack and stellar performances. The melancholic plot of John Green’s best-selling novel centers on a teenage girl dying from cancer, amidst her blossoming relationship with a teenage boy in remission.

TV-Movie Review: 'Petals on the Wind' (2014)

This provocative sequel picks up ten years after the events of “Flowers in the Attic,” circa the 70’s. Now adults, Cathy (Rose McIver) and Chris (Wyatt Nash) raise teenage Carrie (Bailey Buntain) as all of them attempt to find normalcy after their caretaker has died leaving them his estate. As Chris works on his medical degree, Cathy busies herself with her ballet aspirations. Both eternally damaged from the horrors of the first film, they have developed a co-dependency on one another that has excessively crossed the line.

TV-Movie Review: 'Flowers in the Attic' (2014)

Lifetime’s adaptation of V.C. Andrew’s cult classic book series embraces all of its source material's glorious camp, while giving it a legitimately dramatic presentation. The story centers on the Dollanganger family. When Dollanganger senior dies, family matriarch Corrine (Heather Graham) formulates a plan to get back into her estranged father’s good graces so that she can inherit the vast family fortune.

TV Rundown: May 25 - 30: A Lifetime Double Feature & More!

Memorial Day Marathon: The Dollangangers: Lifetime gave viewers the treat of a double feature, first airing January’s “Flowers in the Attic” before following it up with the premiere of its sequel "Petals on the Wind" and it didn’t disappoint. The latest installment in the camp-tastic series featured car wrecks, ballerina mayhem & tons of hook-ups.

The fireworks from the guilty pleasure fully committed to its disturbing voyage into the underworld of forbidden lust. Rose McIver gave a wonderful performance as the adult Cathy and was complimented by Heather Graham’s villainous turn as Corrine. Lifetime struck while the iron was hot and lucky for them the result was a sizzling drama.

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Movie Review: 'Maleficent' (2014)

A visual stunner, Disney’s “Maleficent” offers a swirl of vivid cinematography, dazzling performances and winsome storytelling. Centering on the backstory of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), the iconic villainess of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, this re-imagining not only breaks new ground, it breathes new life into the original.

Movie Review: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (2014)

The seventh installment in the X-Men franchise comes 14 years after the original film set the stage for legitimate superhero movies and gave rise to an enduring franchise. After so long with these characters, it is no surprise that the latest “Days of Future Past”, feels reminiscent of a family reunion. The storylines have intertwined in the lives of fans for nearly a decade and a half, spinning tales that have been ambitious, while remaining true to the integrity of its characters.