Headsup: Empire Season Two on DVD

Empire Season 2 on DVD

Now out from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is Empire: The Complete Second Season, which navigates all the post-arrest drama as Lucious and Cookie struggle to keep their grip on Empire Entertainment Records amidst personal problems, feuding sons, and threats of an outside takeover.

There are two things fans love most about Empire—the look and the sound.  With the 53 minutes of extras added to all 18 episodes of the second season, this DVD set definitely takes those two loves into consideration.  Special features include a Freda Gatz music video, four uncut music performances, six studio sessions, and four mini specials that focus on the striking visuals of the show.  Also in the mix is a behind-the-scenes look at the USO Tour that members of the cast participated in recently (did you know that Taraji P. Henson worked as a receptionist at the Pentagon years ago?)

This set sells on Amazon for $19.99 (about $1.11 per episode, superior pricing to Amazon’s per-episode price of $1.99 for streaming).  Hulu customers also have access to the series as part of their subscription.  It is not (nor will it be) available on Netflix.

Whether you’re one of the 15 million+ viewers that caught the show this season or are new and looking to do a quick binge to get into the series, now is a good time to catch up to be ready for Season Three (which airs on Fox starting September 21.)

By | 2017-09-24T22:25:05+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #230: Following John Cleese to the End of the World

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It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…the podcast that didn’t mean to make some sort of weird John Cleese callback to the Outtakes episode, but did so anyway.

(Note: I apologize that I’m a bit robo at the beginning but it somehow inexplicably improves shortly thereafter. My actual voice, though, remains as grating as always.)

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:38+00:00 January 24th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

The Princess and The Frog (2009) – Movie Review

The Princess and the Frog poster

Written by: Ron Clements, Rob Edwards & John Musker, based on a story by Clements, Greg Erb, Musker and Jason Oremland (with story supervision by Don Hall), all of this based (kinda) on The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
Directed by: Ron Clements & John Musker
Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Jim Cummings, Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman

My Advice: Matinee.

Tiana is a young lady who has a purpose. It’s the 20s in New Orleans and ever since she was a little girl she and her father dreamed of opening a restaurant. Her father gone, Tiana soldiers on alone, working tons and hardly sleeping, socking away whatever money she can in order to get an establishment of her own. Into town strolls Prince Naveen, a bit of fun-loving and flat broke royalty, who falls for the tricks of the evil voodoo magician, Doctor Facilier (David). The Doc changes Naveen into a frog and the only thing that can break the spell is the kiss of a princess. Mistaking Tiana for a princess, Naveen talks her into kissing him, but it only makes things go from bad to worse, turning Tiana into a frog as well. And thus, hijinks ensue.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:55:50+00:00 January 3rd, 2010|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Iron Man (2008) – DVD Review

Iron Man DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway, Art Marcum & Hawk Ostby, based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck & Larry Lieber
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Farin Tahir.

Features:

  • Deleted/extended scenes
  • “I Am Iron Man” making-of docu
  • “The Invincible Iron Man” docu about the history of the character in comics
  • “Wired: The Visual Effects of Iron Man
  • Robert Downey Jr. screen test
  • “The Actor’s Process” rehearsal footage
  • “The Onion News Network” special report
  • Still galleries
  • Released by: Marvel/Paramount
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG-13
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Own it.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:12:12+00:00 September 30th, 2008|Reviews|1 Comment

    Iron Man (2008) – Movie Review

    Iron Man Movie Poster

    Written by: Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway, Art Marcum & Hawk Ostby, based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck & Larry Lieber
    Directed by: Jon Favreau
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Farin Tahir.

    My Advice: Don’t miss it.

    Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is a freaking genius. And he not only inherited his empire but he works to maintain it, being the freaking genius that he is. Oh sure, he’s a bit of a playboy (as, the man said, rats are a bit covered in fur) and extremely cocky and completely unaware of what his actions are doing to the world stage. While out in the field for a demonstration, he gets captured by guerillas and forced to build them weapons. He’s a bit vulnerable, though—not just because he’s far from home and away from his support staff—but because he’s got a small reactor hooked up in his chest that keeps shrapnel from shredding his heart. Now he’s got to do something that would make both The A-Team and MacGyver take pause: create a one-man army in a cave in order to stop the shitheads from misusing his work.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:19:01+00:00 May 17th, 2008|Reviews|2 Comments

    Iron Man (2008) – 27 Second Review

    Iron Man (2008)

    Written by: Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway, Art Marcum & Hawk Ostby, based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck & Larry Lieber
    Directed by: Jon Favreau
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Farin Tahir.

    Review: We dared to hope, and finally, our hopes were not dashed to wailing bits on the rocks of despair, emptiness, and horrible dialogue. Downey nails the role of Stark like the daunting awesomeness of his Jericho missile. They don’t skimp on the action either, as we get everything from shoulder mounted selective fire headshots, to a good old fashioned robotic uppercut which connects with a most satisfying metallic clunk. I chortled with glee through most of this, if that tells you anything.

    Time: 23 seconds

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:19:12+00:00 May 12th, 2008|27 Seconds, Reviews|1 Comment