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Winter's Best New TV Bets: NBC & FOX

FOX Mid-Season: Backstrom | Rainn Wilson stars in his first television role since “The Office” wrapped in 2013. FOX’s crime procedural sounds like a cross between “Monk” and “House”. It could potentially get lost in the shuffle of similar procedurals that also star an eccentric detective solving cri…

Movie Review: 'Mortdecai' (2015)

Crazy, kooky and ferociously goofy, Johnny Depp’s latest is a send-up to the 70’s caper movies and the genre that parodied them. Striking a similar if distant cord to “The Pink Panther”, “Mortdecai” features a bungling lead character whose charm lies in being larger than life. The situations are over the top, the characters zany to the hilt and the laughs more frequent than anticipated.

Winter's Best New TV Bets: ABC, CBS & The CW

ABC Mid-SeasonFresh Off the Boat | Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name, this sitcom is set in the 90’s and tells the story of an adolescent Eddie (Hudson Yang) as he and his family adjust to life in Orlando, Florida after moving from Washington, DC. Similar to ABC’s comedy “The Goldbergs” it's staying true to the narrator’s era and is a “period piece” of sorts.

Trailers have been hard to come by and ABC hasn’t been publicizing this show as much as one would hope. The premise alone sounds incredibly exciting though. Fish out of water stories are always interesting, especially when told the through the eyes of a kid. Let’s hope “Fresh Off the Boat” gets a better shot than “Selfie” did. Premiere Date: Feb 4

Movie Review: 'White Bird in a Blizzard' (2014)

In the 80's on an ordinary day in the life of a mouthy teenager (Shailene Woodley), Kat's mother (Eva Green) mysteriously vanishes off the face of the earth.

Movie Review: 'Taken 3' (2015)

More mystery than actioner, Liam Neeson is back in this “Taken” three-quel. An appropriate subtitle to this surprisingly engaging bookend to the trilogy could’ve easily been “The Escape Artist” as Bryan Mills (Neeson) shows off a new skill; escaping the inescapable. Getting off to a slow start, “Taken 3” reintroduces us to the characters we’ve come to know and care about.

Mills is still the doting dad trying to connect with his oft-bratty daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and his flirtatious ex-wife Lenny (Famke Janssen) is still trying to sort out her feelings for her kick-ass ex.

Movie Review: 'Into the Woods' (2014)

Journeying to a dark place of magic, characters find something tragic. A Baker and his wife try to end their childless strife. Cinderella avoids her pompous fellow, as disastrous glitches plague a witch’s sinister wishes.

TV Resolutions Part 2 | 'Reign', 'Vikings', 'Pretty Little Liars' and a Casting Brainstorm

With a lot of series returning from their mid-season hiatuses (“Pretty Little Liars” is already back); Eclectic Pop has made some resolutions for several series’ respective seasons. The final installment continues with the CW's "Reign". If you missed Part 1 (click here)

Reign: With any luck Mary/Conde will remain a courtly love, at the most. It would be out of character for Mary to disrespect her marriage and Francis by carrying on with Conde, no matter how upset she is with her husband. 

TV Resolutions Part 1 | 'Vampire Diaries', 'The Blacklist', 'The Flash', 'Arrow', 'Revenge'' & 'Bates Motel'

With a lot of series returning from their midseason hiatuses (“Pretty Little Liars” and “Revenge” have already come back); Eclectic Pop makes some resolutions for several series’ respective seasons.


The Vampire Diaries: It’s time for Bonnie to finally return home and find some much deserved happiness (for as long as anyone can on this show). She has more than earned it as the series’ most beleaguered heroine. Sheriff Forbes needs to remain among the living. She is the only surviving parent/true adult on the show and her relationship with Caroline is one of the show's few sweet spots.

Movie Review: 'The Theory of Everything' (2014)

James Marsh’s biopic tells the “loved” story of Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane. Meeting at Cambridge in the early 1960’s, the two academics meet at a party and are quickly smitten with each other. Stephen (Eddie Redmayne), a scientific minded atheist, falls for the humanities oriented and religious Jane (Felicity Jones), opposites as the saying goes; attract.

Best Music of 2014: From the Pop Charts to Indie Stars

Best Pop Artist/Best Album: Taylor Swift, '1989'

Swift struck gold again, producing an album flawless in its neo-bubblegum abandon. There's not a bad or middling song on this record, the work of a true artisan. Swift had already cemented herself as a pop culture fixture with her 4 previous albums and with ‘1989’ she proves she’s a pop culture icon to be reckoned with.

From "Blank Space" to "I Know Places" to the bonus track "Wonderland", every song is an intricately produced delicacy that avoids complacency. Her crowning achievement is in balancing the album between fast-paced confections ("Shake It Off") and breathy ballads ("Wildest Dreams") with unwavering ease. '1989' is 80's music supercharged with pop sophistication and the results are her strongest yet.

Calling 'Revenge' Fans...Is David Clarke Worth Rooting For?

When ABC’s tale of revenge and blood feuds began it was as an ode to Alexander Dumas’ classic novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” with the twist being the beleaguered victim’s daughter would take up the mantle to avenge her dead father and clear his name.

One of the series’ greatest challenges has been exploring the depths of Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) ruthless disregard for others in her quest to avenge a man that she treats, as if he were a saint. Her idealized opinion of him has led to the destruction of countless people, some worthy, others not and as we learned at the end of the last season, it was all done in the name of a man who has been alive this entire time.

The Best & Worst from The 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Actress Gina Rodriguez broke the mold as she became the first actor from a CW series to win a Golden Globe for her work on the network’s freshman series, “Jane the Virgin”. Her win paves the way for other unheralded actors from the network to achieve future acknowledgement. The former “Bold & the Beautiful” star's acceptance speech was also a real winner, heartfelt and concise.

Song Review: Hellena, 'Dream Big'

Grecian born and UK-based singer/songwriter Hellena’s single ‘Dream Big’ does just that by featuring exotic instrumentation that combines touches of R&B, pop and soul. A song about the ambition to live up to one’s potential, her lyrics embody the message as she sings “The fire’s still burning,…

Song Review: Tom Mitchell, 'Fifty Trees'

The latest single from Bristol-based singer/songwriter Tom Mitchell stays the course of his previously lovely works. Featured in last year’s Sonic Assembly for his terrific EP ‘Things That I Need to Undo’ (read about it here); Mitchell has once again regaled with his special brand of melodiously h…

Song Review: Thomas McConnell, 'Crocodile'

Best And Worst Television of 2014

Best Show: Bates Motel | "Expectations were high and Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin delivered...In the course of 10 episodes, they took viewers on a roller coaster ride, bringing them conflict, romance, treachery, action and family drama.

Immaculately written, performed and directed, watching an episode of  "Bates Motel" unfold should feel inevitable given we all know how it ends and yet its beauty is in making one hope we don't." For more on why defending champ “Bates Motel” earned the title for the second year in a row, click here

The Worst of Movies in 2014 | 'Need for Speed', 'Neighbors', 'The Other Woman' & more

Worst Movie: Need for Speed | Over the top ridiculousness that never let up, Aaron Paul’s big starring vehicle proved a lemon. You couldn’t even enjoy the exhibition of high performance cars. Instead viewers were treated to the ludicrous sight of a monster truck outrunning a souped-up sports car, an utter absurdity. Read Eclectic Pop’s Review here

Best Movies of 2014: 'Like Father, Like Son,' 'Nightcrawler,' And More

Best Drama: Like Father, Like Son | This gripping family drama deservedly swept last year’s Cannes. Phenomenal performances anchor this story about an urban couple who learn the son they’ve been raising was switched at birth. The patriarch must then decide whether to keep the boy he loves or claim his biological son.

Writer/Director Hirokazu Koreeda’s meditation on love and what it means to be a parent is dealt with in a subtle dexterity that is staggering in its breadth. While leading actor Masaharu Fukuyama’s performance as the agonized father and ambitious businessman was one of the most dynamic of the year, an astonishing portrayal of conflicted pathos.