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Kris Kristofferson is such a badass that Randall Flagg wouldn't think to mess with him.

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  • It’s official. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is back on the schedule at the Alliance here in Atlanta. Why should you care? It’s a musical with a score by John Mellencamp and book by Stephen King. T-Bone Burnett is musical director. Apparently a three-CD version of the musical has already been recorded with a full cast, which included Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Roseanne Cash, Mellencamp, King, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case and Joe Frazier (yes, the boxer). I want this album five minutes ago. Show dates? April 4-May 13, 2012. No, you can’t stay on my couch. Source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:42:23+00:00 April 2nd, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Headsup: TV on DVD

    Alias: The Complete Fourth Season DVD

    Alias: The Complete Fourth Season. Jennifer Garner is back as CIA agent Sydney Bristow, she of the infinite supply of wigs. Along with her are Victor Garber as spy daddy Jack, Michael Vartan as spy boyfriend Vaughn, and Mia Maestro as her spy half-sister Nadia. Buena Vista has packaged all twenty-two butt-kicking episodes with plenty of extras as usual. There are commentaries on four episodes, interviews with Garner and Maestro, deleted scenes, and a blooper reel. There’s plenty of behind the scenes material with a featurettes on the impressive guest stars for the season, construction of two complicated scenes, a guided tour of the set by actor Kevin Weisman, and a gallery of candid shots by actor Greg Grunberg. Fans will want to snag, if they have not already.

    Commander In Chief: The Inaugural Edition, Part 1. Vice President Mackenzie Allen is a capable, smart woman, but she was seen more as a vote getter than an actual successor. When the President unexpectedly dies, instead of following the Speaker of the House’s “suggestion” and resigning so he can take over, she decides she likes being Madame President. Besides having a seriously pissed off Speaker and dealing with the problems, both foreign and domestic, she has to help her husband and children adapt to being the First Family. Geena Davis shows her dramatic chops playing the first female American President and won a Golden Globe for her efforts. And Donald Sutherland gives his usual excellent performance. Since this is the first half of the series, the extras were put on the second half box set, but if you’re a fan, you’ll probably end up with both anyway.

    Night Stalker: The Complete Series. Buena Vista has released all ten episodes of this “reimagining” of the cult classic. This time our intrepid reporter is played by pretty Stuart Townsend and now has a skeptical pretty fellow reporter played by Gabrielle Union. This version has Kolchak obsessed with the mysterious and violent killing of his wife and his investigations have him encountering dark forces and the bodies they leave in their wake. Sound familiar? Well, Frank Spotnitz, one of the producers and creative forces of the series, was also a producer of The X-Files. The series also tries to add story arcs that were such a success in Lost. The set comes with four episodes that never made it on the air, an interview with Spotnitz where he lays out his vision for the series, commentaries on two episodes, and deleted scenes. If you’re a fan of the dark and mysterious, this could be for you.

    Walker, Texas Ranger: The Final Season. Chances are you’ve heard of the Chuck Norris Rules. You know: “Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.” and such. Many Internet-ologists have determined that Norris’s last series (which is constantly rerunning on cable) is the source of this phenom. Paramount is furthering this meme’s lifespan by releasing the series on DVD, beginning with the last season. Some may be confused by this decision, but you can see the show running with machine-like efficiency. You can see Walker performing picture perfect roundhouse kicks that never ever miss, Walker helping troubled yet attractive children, and Walker talking to the animals and Native American ghosts. While this set has no features, it does deliver near Baywatch levels of campy goodness.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:36:53+00:00 January 6th, 2007|Headsup|0 Comments

    Alias: The Complete Third Season (2001) – DVD Review

    Alias: The Complete Third Season

    Film:
    DVD:

    Series Created by J. J. Abrams
    Starring Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber, Michael Vartan, Melissa George, Ron Rifkin

    Features:

    • All twenty-two second season episodes
    • Deleted scenes
    • Featurettes:
      • Creating Characters seminar at The Museum of Television & Radio
      • Alias Up Close” – Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Crew
      • “Burbank to Barcelona” – Location Production
    • The Animated Alias: Tribunal
    • Blooper reel
    • Television spots
    • Running audio commentaries:
      • Episode 1: “The Two” by Alias fans Erin Dailey and Jennifer Wong
      • Episode 9: “Conscious” by director Ken Olin, and actresses Garner and George
      • Episode 11: “Full Disclosure” by director Lawrence Trilling, writer Jesse Alexander, and Scott Chambliss
      • Episode 15: “Facade” by creator Abrams, director Jack Bender, and actor Greg Grunberg

    Released by: Buena Vista.
    Rating: NR
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: That’s affirmative.

    My Advice: Fans should own, rest should rent.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:59:20+00:00 April 5th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

    Alias: The Complete Second Season (2002) – DVD Review

    Alias: The Complete Second Season

    Film:
    DVD:

    Series Created by J. J. Abrams
    Starring Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber, Lena Olin, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan

    Features:

    • All twenty-two second season episodes
    • Deleted scenes
    • Featurettes: ‘The Making of “The Telling”‘ and ‘The Look of Alias
    • Blooper reel
    • Television spots
    • Running audio commentaries:
      • Episode 13: ‘Phase One’ by creator Abrams, director Jack Bender, actors Garner, Grunberg, Vartan & Garber
      • Episode 17: ‘A Dark Turn’ by director Ken Olin, writer Jesse Alexander, supervising producer Jeff Pinkner, and executive producer John Eisendrath
      • Episode 21: ‘Second Double’ by director Ken Olin, actors Cooper, Lumbly, & O’Quinn
      • Episode 22: ‘The Telling’ by creator Abrams, actors Dungey, Rifkin, Weisman & director Ken Olin

    Released by: Buena Vista.
    Rating: NR
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: That’s affirmative.

    My Advice: Own It. Do it now before Sydney comes and kicks your ass.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:59:20+00:00 April 4th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

    Alias: The Complete First Season (2001) – DVD Review

    Alias: Season 1 Cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Series Created by: J.J. Abrams
    Starring: Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper, Carl Lumbly, Merrin Dungey, and Kevin Weisman

    Features:

    • All twenty-two second season episodes
    • Deleted scenes
    • Featurettes:
      • ‘Pilot Production Diary’
      • ‘Inside Stunts’
    • Season 2 preview
    • Blooper reel
    • Television spots
    • Running audio commentaries:
      • Episode 1: ‘Truth Be Told’, with creator Abrams and actress Garner
      • Episode 2: ‘So It Begins’, with cinematographer Michael Bonvillain, producer Sarah Caplan and director Ken Olin
      • Episode 17: ‘Q&A’, with executive producer John Eisendrath, writer Alex Kurtzman-Counter and supervising producer Roberto Orci
      • Episode 22: ‘Almost Thirty Years’, with actors Garner, Vartan, Cooper, Lumbly, Rifkin, Dungey, Weisman & Garber

    Released by: Buena Vista
    Region: 1
    Rating: NR
    Anamorphic: That’s affirmative.

    My Advice: Own It. You heard me, get up and go buy it!

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    By | 2011-10-14T04:21:23+00:00 October 10th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

    Daredevil (2003) – Movie Review

    Daredevil Poster

    Written by: Brian Helgeland & Mark Steven Johnson, based on characters created by Bill Everett, Stan Lee & Frank Miller
    Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
    Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau

    My Advice: Wait for cable.

    Matt Murdock (in the older version, played by Affleck) was a good kid. His dad, Jack (David Keith), is a mildly washed up boxer who doesn’t want it to be known to his son that he’s working for a local hood. When an accident blinds Matt, Jack decides to straighten up and start kicking ass again–a decision that ultimately leaves Matt alone. But he’s not really alone–and he’s not really blind, of a sort. You see, what blinded him was some biohazardous goop that also jacked up his other senses like you wouldn’t believe. He’s able to, with his other four senses, create a picture of the world around him that enables him to be even better than before. He decides to put on some tights (and a dog collar, apparently) and go out into the world and kick ass–as Daredevil.

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    By | 2009-08-23T04:39:25+00:00 February 15th, 2003|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments