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‘Luther’ Review 3.3: The Perils Of Being An Enemy

15 Jun


A stunningly powerful Luther 3.3 that connected on all sorts of levels, like a kick in the solar plexus.

The new villain is Tom, a classic vigilante killer who gets the drop on Luther, but lets him go, because he doesn’t want to kill him. After all, as Tom tells Luther, they’re on the same side, both hunting bad guys. But Luther can’t accept that, because he’s just a cop, he says, not judge and jury.

Now actually, as we know from the past two seasons, and even this one, that’s not completely true. When sufficiently enraged, Luther’s always ready to mete out severe corporal punishment. In that sense, Luther is a British Jack Bauer, though his quarry are less apocalyptic, and Luther hasn’t (yet) killed his boss for the greater good.

But Luther is an idealist, which leads to his sometimes going overboard in trying to bring the wrongdoers to justice, and also causes him to sometimes have too much faith in good people responding to their better angels. His attempt, tonight, to get a woman who was raped as a girl by Tom’s hostage – to get Tom to free the rapist rather than kill him – was bound to fail. Put on television to plead with Tom from afar for the rapist’s life, she instead implores Tom to kill her rapist. Who can blame her?

And, so, when Luther and Ripley – who have now thoroughly reconciled – come to the scene to stop Tom from hanging the rapist, you just know it’s not going to turn out well. But it turns out far worse than that.

Luther literally saves the rapist from hanging by holding him so the rope that Tom has left the rapist hanging from doesn’t take its toll. He does this in an act of extraordinary courage, battling off the crowd with are punching him and kicking him in an attempt to dislodge him from the rapist.

Ripley, on Luther’s instruction, is off in pursuit of Tom. British police aren’t usually armed, so Tom gets the drop on Ripley, as he previously had on Luther. Tom pleads with Ripley to walk away. Ripley says he can’t. And Tom responds by shooting Ripley dead. He’s not as lucky as Luther, though luck is the last thing you could say Luther had in this story tonight.

And there this dynamite of a television episode might have ended, with Tom running away, and Luther left grieving by Ripley’s body. But there’s one more kick in the stomach left. Mary the blonde, waiting for Luther in his flat, sees a man standing out in the street outside Luther’s window. It’s Tom, come to exact some further retribution from Luther, for not accepting Tom’s request not to make Tom his enemy.

We’ll learn how this plays out tomorrow night in the concluding episode of this short wallop of third season.

Photo Credits: BBC

A.M. Roundup: Leah Remini Vs. Scientology, Lady Gaga Goes Nude Again, Kate Upton: ‘I’m Not A Toy’

17 May

Leah Remini

Actress Leah Remini, who recently split from the Church of Scientology, reportedly filed a missing persons report for the wife of church leader David Miscavige. Shelly Miscavige hasn’t been seen in public since 2006, prompting questions about her whereabouts and speculation over whether or not she’s being punished or held somewhere by the church against her will. Police confirmed an investigation last night but wouldn’t say whether or not Remini had anything to do with it. Mrs. Miscavige was later found by police, who closed the case and called the report “unfounded” according to TMZ. The church subsequently blasted Remini, calling the report “an inexcusable distraction for the LAPD.” (story)

Lady Gaga has a new album coming out this fall, and to create buzz for it she’s posed nude for the third time in the last two weeks. This time around she bares all, leaving nothing to the imagination, for artist Marina Abramovic’s new fundraiser. The artist hopes to spread her physical and mental workout regime by raising $600,000. Gaga hums while walking through fields and hugging giant crystals in empty rooms. Is it “ARTPOP”? (story)

Actress Karen Black, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 70s film “Five Easy Pieces”, died on Thursday at the age of 74. Black had been battling ampullary cancer, which affects the bile duct, since 2010 and succumbed in a nursing home in Los Angeles. Her husband broke the news on Facebook, thanking fans for support and prayers. Earlier this year the couple raised money via Kickstarter.com to pay for an experimental treatment in Europe, but she never made it there because her failing health prevented her from traveling. (story)

Kate Upton is September’s ELLE magazine cover girl, showing off her gorgeous curves in a classy set of photos. The model talked about subjects ranging from religion to how she’s treated, saying after her first Sports Illustrated cover that she was constantly pursued by married and engaged men. “I’m not a toy, I’m a human,” she says. (story)

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth showed up to the premiere of new film “Paranoia” together Thursday night. The couple hasn’t been seen in public together for a long time, and they put rumors of their split to rest once and for all. (story)

Check out five fun facts about “We’re The Millers” star Will Poulter. The actor, known for his role in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” plays the pretent son of a drug dealer to help smuggle a shipment of marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico. (story)

“District 9” writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s latest film, “Elysium“, which hits theaters today, is a “thought-provoking Sci-fi, fantasy, action film,” according to our reviewers. Matt Damon stars in the film, which takes place 150 years from now when Earth is polluted and the rich live in a lavish space station while the poor suffer below. (Review.)

Beyonce shocked the world by giving herself a makeover and cutting her hair short, just like Miley Cyrus. The singer now sports a pixie ‘do and she showed it off in a series of pics on Instagram. She recently completed the North American part of her “Mrs Carter Show” World Tour by biking to the Barclay’s center in Brooklyn, New York, from her apartment in Manhattan. (story)

Usher‘s ex-wife Tameka Foster is looking for full custody of the couple’s son, Usher Raymond V, after the child got his hand stuck in the drain of the singer’s swimming pool and had to be rescued and given CPR to revive him. The boy was reportedly trying to get a toy from the bottom of the pool when he got his hand stuck. (story)

Leah Remini

Sudden Death Begins On ‘American Idol’

13 Jun


This week “American Idol” moves to Las Vegas for the first ever Sudden Death round. For the next few weeks 10 singers will perform each night with half of them going home at the end of the night. First up were 10 of the girls. Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine was on hand to serve as a tiebreaker if needed.

For the sudden death round the singers may choose any song from any genre. Many of the first performances were of less familiar songs; unlike in the past when the singers took on diva songs.

Jenny Beth got the night started off that Keith said was a great way to start the show but his fellow judges were somewhat less enthusiastic about the performance saying that it felt jerky and needed to be more dynamic.

Randy called Teena’s performance the start of the night with his fellow judges calling the performance controlled and connected emotionally.

Idol’s first Alaskan performer Adriana earned a standing ovation for her performance. Keith proclaimed it the start of the night with Nicki gushing over Adriana’s stage presence and Mariah loving Adrian’s version of the song.

The judges questioned Brandy’s emotional connection to her song calling it a pageant performance. Mariah said that she would like to see Brandy make an album of classics.

Shubha took on the Lady Gaga hit “Born This Way” starting her performance at the piano, but the judges were less than impressed calling her performance confusing with too much going on. Nicki called Shubha a mash up between Christina Aguilera and PSY.

Randy said Kamaria’s performance was her worst performance and the pitch was all over the place. His fellow judges agreed questioning the emotional connection to the song; but loved her style.

Keith called Kree a natural born singer who was beautiful to watch. His fellow judges agreed and Mariah added that Kree got lost in the song and it was a beautiful thing to watch.

Noting that nothing could compare to Angele’s original song performance during Hollywood week, the judges said that she could do a lot with a little, had limitless potential, and was a budding superstar.

The judges called Isabell’s performance of “God Bless the Child” old fashioned and pageant like.

Amber topped off the night with her performance of “My Funny Valentine” that the judge’s praised as timeless and effortless with amazing vocal control. Mariah couldn’t wait to see Amber in the studio and Keith said Amber knocked it out of the park.

Coming out from behind the judge’s table to sit in stools on the stage, the judges rendered the decisions as to whom would stay and whom would go home.

Jenny Beth, Brandy, Isabelle, Kamaria, and Shubha all received nos from the judges but Teena, Kree, Angela, Amber, and Adriana will be moving on to the next round and sing for fan votes.

On Thursday it’s the guys turn to sing.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Leads 2013 Saturn Awards Nominations

5 Jun

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will lead the way at the 2013 Saturn Awards after landing nine nominations.

The Lord of the Rings prequel is up for the Best Fantasy prize alongside The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi and Snow White and the Huntsman, while Jackson is shortlisted in the Best Director category with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi).

Best Picture Oscar favorites Argo and Zero Dark Thirty make unexpected appearances among the Best Horror/Thriller nominees – a group which also features The Impossible, The Woman in Black, Seven Psychopaths and The Cabin in the Woods, while hit movie musical Les Miserables has earned a surprise mention as a contender for the Best Action/Adventure honor.

The other nominees in that category are The Bourne Legacy, The Dark Knight Rises, Django Unchained, Skyfall and Taken 2.

In the TV categories, Fringe scored six nominations, just ahead of Dexter with five, while Breaking Bad, Falling Skies, Revolution and The Walking Dead are also among the frontrunners.

The Saturn Awards, compiled by officials from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, will be announced at a Hollywood ceremony in June.

Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Katherine Webb Rocks A Hot Pink Cut-Out Bathing Suit For Celebrity Diving Show ‘Splash’

30 May

Katherine Webb

We spotted Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama USA 2012, flaunting her fabulous figure in a bright pink cut-out swimsuit while filming the upcoming celebrity diving series “Splash.”

Ten celebrities will train and compete in diving in front of a weekly poolside audience. Contestants include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Louie Anderson, Drake Bell, Chuy Bravo, Rory Bushfield, Nicole Eggert, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Ndamukong Suh, and Kendra Wilkinson.

Webb, 23, was just featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue alongside faces (and bodies) such as Kate Upton, Nina Agdal and Hannah Davis.

Webb, who is dating Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, recieved national attention when she was spotted in the crowd during a National Championship game. Asked if she would ever pose for Playboy, she insisted: “Hello? My parents would shoot me. And my granddad, more importantly.”

Watch the sizzling promo below and then click though the following pages to see more sexy shots of Katherine!

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‘American Idol’ Recap: Loving And Hating The Top 40

4 May

Brandy Hotard

This year, American Idol has given us a lot to love and a lot to hate.

Sometimes, that has been embodied by one person all at once. That person is, of course, Nicki Minaj. The simultaneously irritating and indispensible, she’s the only judge of any consequence this season and fits perfectly with a show filled with so much to love and hate.

Be it hating the guys’ Hollywood week or loving the girls’. Hating some changes while loving others. Wondering why Keith Urban and Mariah Carey are there. It’s been a season of disparate feelings that just need to come out on this special day.

So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s go over whose chances I love and whose chances I hate. All in two sentences or less.


Angela Miller

An also-ran until she went all original-song on us at the piano and blew the roof off the place last night. Suddenly looking like a contender.

Brandy Hotard

Southern Belle on her third run. With a last name that could become a new insult.

Breanna Steer

A standout from Kez Ban’s group. She’s got the voice to rock any genre.

Candice Glover

Big classic soul voice with a winning personality. She’s got the chops and the likability to make a run.

Janelle Arthur

The cute country girl making it deep in this competition has become as sure a thing as the cute guy with a guitar winning.

Kree Harrison

Another country girl. She’s not quite of the “cute” variety, but she’s got the chops to beat out Janelle.

Melinda Ademi

I thought she was a lock for the top 12 last year. Not gonna change my vote.

Rachel Hale

Rachel Hale

This year’s Kellie Pickler. And I swear that was a compliment.

Shubdha Vedula

She gets on the “love” list on her name alone.

Zoanette Johnson


Chris Watson

I’m pretty sure this guy auditioned before during the Cowell/Abdul Era. Even if he didn’t, I’m going to give him props like he did.

Curtish Finch, Jr.

Likeable gospel singer is a poor man’s Joshua Ledet.

David Willis

I think he still exists in the 70s. And I like that.

The Turbinator

If he can replicate that ‘Georgia On My Mind’ performance, he’s going to be tough to keep out of the top 12.

Josh Holiday

Get a guitar in this guy’s hands and he wins. I swear to God.

Kevin Harris

Smooth soul man who looks like he’s 55-years-old. Look out, Taylor Hicks.


Cristabel Clack

Does not have the voice to justify the Flock of Seagulls haircut.


Get a last name, sweetheart.

Jett Hermano

I’ve only seen bad performances from her so far. Have no idea what she’s still doing here.

Tenna Torres

Hey! It’s the girl who met Mariah once at a summer camp or something! Spare me.

Burnell Taylor

Dime-a-dozen soul voice from a mediocre performer.

Charlie Askew

The weird little kid has a weird little talent: Advancing this far in a singing competition without being able to actually sing.

Cortez Shaw

When he gets over himself, maybe I’ll get over being annoyed by him.

Devin Velez

Devin Velez

I don’t think I’ve ever heard him sing, but he creeps me out for some reason.

Jimmy Smith

It’s dead golden doodle hair guy! Something tells me PETA will take issue.

Johnny Keyser

Too pretty for me. I hate him already.

Lazaro Arbos

It’s nice that he can confront his trouble speaking. Too bad he can’t sing either.

Nick Boddington

Has a chance at taking the title away from Phil Stacey for “American Idol Contestant Who Is Most Likely Actually An Alien”.

Adriana Latonio, Amber Holcomb, Aubrey Cleland, Jenny Beth Willis, Julia Chahayed, Kamaria Ousley, Bryant Tadeo, Paul Jolley, Vincent Powell

If you expect to win, I should probably have some vague idea who you are at this point, right?

‘Dukes Of Hazzard’ Sheriff Settles With Warner Bros. Over Merchandise Money

26 Apr

Dukes Of Hazzard

The actor who played the inept sheriff in hit TV series The Dukes Of Hazzard has settled a legal battle with Warner Bros. executives over merchandising revenue.

James Best, who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the show, sued Warner Bros. bosses back in August 2011, claiming he was owed millions of dollars from the show’s merchandise, including watches, shoes and cars bearing his likeness.

The case went to court in North Carolina this month and according to TheWrap.com, Best has now settled the matter for an undisclosed sum.

In his complaint, Best argued he was owed “an amount reasonably believed to be to be between $5 million and $25 million for the early years (of the show) alone.”

The actor cited his Dukes of Hazzard contract which entitled him to 2.5 per cent of total revenue from products bearing aspects of his likeness.

Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Shawn Hatosy Previews Season 5 of TNT’s ‘Southland’

19 Apr


TNT’s Southland is back for its fifth season tonight, delivering more raw, realistic drama centered around its ensemble of LAPD officers. BFTV checked in with Shawn Hatosy, who plays veteran officer Sammy Bryant, to see what’s ahead for Sammy and partner Ben Sherman – and discuss what continues to set Southland apart.

In season five, Southland will continue to explore its fantastic ensemble, even as there will still be plenty of action on the streets of Los Angeles. “Driving fast cars and chasing people, that’s fun and that’s always going to be in our show,” said the actor. “The character stuff is what I like – in all of these characters, Lydia, Cooper, Ben and Sammy.

“As far as Sammy goes, we get a little glimpse into his world, and we catch back up with Tammi and what’s going on in her world. They’ve got a kid together [and] now his ex-wife, who we know is unstable, is with his kid 24/7. I think that he feels a ton of guilt and responsibility for the kid.”

Sammy’s partnership with Ben (Benjamin McKenzie, pictured above left with Hatosy) will also experience some tension as the younger officer starts to push the limits. “Ben, season one, he was a rookie, wide-eyed, looking to come in the LAPD and change it,” explained Hatosy. “Now here we are in season five, and I think the job has changed him, things from his personal life have changed him. He’s advancing, but he’s doing it in ways that [Sammy], his partner, is looking at going ‘Really?'”

In one of Southland‘s most memorable storylines, Sammy chose to step down from being a detective following the beating death of his partner, Nate Moretta. Although he technically could return to detective work, Hatosy believes Sammy won’t ever come back to that part of his life.

“No, he did that. And these guys can choose to do whatever they want,” he explained. “I think he’s very much like John Cooper in that he knows who he is. He’s inherently a decent guy, which isn’t to say that he doesn’t make a ton of mistakes, and maybe he isn’t necessarily the best cop in the world as far as always getting the bad guy, but he tries and he means well.”

“The writers have done a great job drawing these characters,” Hatosy continued. “we have conversations with the writers about different things, and what seems to be working. They’re really adept at finding where our strengths are as actors, and shading it as much as possible so there’s variety. One of the other things I enjoy about the show, it’s not just dark. There’s some light stuff. Ben and Sammy, I think it’s fun to be in the car with these two.”

Has five seasons of playing Sammy changed the actor’s own perception of the police? “One hundred percent,” Hatosy confided. “Five years ago, you wouldn’t see me going to some LAPD event and shaking hands with Chief Beck. That’s not who I was. I certainly looked at police like ‘Oh, those guys. They just want to mess with me.’ And now I have so much respect for what they do.”

In addition to Southland, Hatosy has made a few guest appearances on other series during the show’s run, including an episode of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. Asked what else he’d recommend for fans to check out, “The movie Outside Providence I’m really proud of, The Faculty, The Cooler was a pretty cool movie. As far as TV stuff, I did a little arc on Dexter that was kind of fun. I got to play a serial killer,” he said, adding with a laugh, “For me, it’s either a cop or a killer. There’s no in-between. I’m not going to play a teacher.”

Fans have embraced him as a cop, and he’s happy to continue in that role. “I am so proud of Southland,” he said. “if somebody’s reading this that hasn’t seen Southland, tune in. It’s not your typical cop show. This isn’t a procedural. It’s totally different. You feel like you’re riding in the car with these first responders. And it’s riveting.”

Southland returns tonight at 10 PM ET/PT on TNT.

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Photo Credits: TNT

The CW Renews ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Arrow’

10 Apr

The Vampire Diaries

Sci-fi is the new black! The CW has renewed its strongest series in the fangtastic “The Vampire Diaries,” the superhero saga “Arrow,” and the downright demonic “Supernatural,” TVLine.com reports.

Diaries’ renewal for a fifth season was the safest best as it is the network’s most-watched show, and a spin-off called “The Originals” slated to air in April.

“Arrow,” the action-packed freshman drama based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, was an instant hit, thanks to the talents of star Stephen Amell and those gratuitous work-out sequences.

“Supernatural,” starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, is The CW’s longest running show, and will be returning for its ninth season in the fall.

“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit Arrow and fan favorite Supernatural on Wednesday night, and the continued success of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that. Not only do [all three] perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season,” newtork president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement.

The verdicts for other shows, like “Nikita” and “90210,” will be decided this spring.



Photo Credits: The CW Network

‘How I Met Your Mother’: Robin Sparkles ‘Underneath The Music’

18 Feb

Robin Sparkles

HIMYM returned last night, a day after a wild Super Bowl on CBS. This also kicked off sweeps month for America’s #1 network. Two weeks ago I predicted that this would be the most watched episode in the history of the series, and I will be very interested to see the Neilsen ratings get tallied.

The story began with Ted on another Mosbian quest after having a run in with a girl on the subway. Lily and Marshall urge Ted to not go into stalker mode. However, the tables get turned when Jeanette tracks down Ted. It turns out that she was the one who was stalking Ted, and caused a fire at the building he was giving a lecture in order to cause an evacuation. Ted, the hopeless romantic, turns a blind eye to everything when she says, “I just couldn’t live with the idea of not meeting you.”

When Lily and Marshall voice their concern, Robin is surprisingly on the other side. She says that it’s easy for someone to get carried away. She confesses that she had an obsession with a man back in Canada that got out of hand. Of course, this leads Barney to go on a mission to find out everything about it.

Barney interviews all of Robin’s old boyfriends, including Simon (James Van Der Beek). He tells Barney that Robin had a dark spiral when she was the teen sensation Robin Sparkles, and that he could learn about it on the episode of Canada’s “Underneath the Music” that featured Sparkles.

Barney quickly procures a copy of the episode and watches it with the rest of the gang. The VH1 spoof contained a slew of Canadian guest stars doing cameos: Jason Priestley, Geddy Lee, Alex Trebek, Luc Robataille, K.D. Lang, Alan Thicke, Dave Coulier, and Paul Shaffer. It turns out Robin wrote a song called “P.S, I Love You” about her obsession, and there was a lot of debate over who the object of her affections in fact was. Finally, Robin confesses that the P.S. in the title of the song didn’t mean postscript, it meant Paul Shaffer.

As for Ted, he finally decides he must confront Jeanette about the fire. Nevertheless, he lets the romantic get the best of him. Older Ted says that everybody has to make one last big mistake before getting married, and says that Jeanette was that big mistake.

This was another episode written by show co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, and it showed. It was another nicely weaved story between Ted and Jeanette’s obsession with each other, Robin’s old obsession, and the story of Marshall and Lily first falling for one another. It was a lot of fun to see all of the cameos by Canada’s finest entertainers and the return of James Van Der Beek. We also welcome Abby Elliot to the show, playing Jeanette. Abby already had the HIMYM connection with her real life father, Chris Elliot, playing Lily’s father on the show. How big of a mistake will Jeanette end up being for Ted? We’ll have to tune in next week to find out.

The legend continues Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.

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