Wednesday, November 24, 2010

pretty little liars return scoops galore PART 2

Hi guys!!
Back for Part 2 of Pretty Little Liars scoops galore?

Without further ado, check it out :)

In the first episode of 2011, two main characters will come clean about their most private secret.

Aria will open up (on a pair of occasions) about her relationship with Ezra.
And Emily will tell someone about her sexuality.
Also, Lucas will make a brave and bold move that may or may not involve a confession of his own. What do you think that means? He likes Hanna? He has something to do with trashing Alison's memorial? What?

Also, ABC Family has released a spoiler promo pic from episode 11 titled "Moments Later," which picks up right after Hannah got run over by a car to close out the summer season.



Is she alive? Well, this picture definitely answers that question...
I sure cannot wait to find out.

Here's two promo videos into episode 11 Moments Later, enjoy!




Are you excited for the remaining episodes of Pretty Little Liars?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

pretty little liars return scoops galore PART 1

Pretty Little Liars will return on January 3 with its back 12 episodes!
And boy, do I have some great scoops for you!!

Some pretty little guest stars to shake things up.

Alona Tal will join the show in early 2011 as Simone, Aria's former babysitter. She comes back to town and sort of hits it off with Mr. Fitz. Uh oh, will Ezra reciprocate Simone's feelings for him? And what about Aria? A love triange on the horizon, can't wait to see how this turns out.

Lindsey Shaw of TV version of 10 Things I Hate About You, will appear in at least two episodes. She will portray Paige McCullers, an overly competitive rival of Emily. Paige tries to take Emily down on her way to aquatic glory. Sounds like a little Swimfan (movie starring Jesse Bradford and Shiri Appleby) there..

And lastly we have Tyler Blackburn who plays Caleb. He is a sketchy bad boy on the show and causes problems for everyone. A little bit like Alison and someone who pops up in all the wrong moments.

What do you think of this interesting tidbits?
Look out for part two tomorrow same time same place :D

Monday, November 22, 2010

harry potter and the deathy hallows part 1

the lowdown: In this first of a two part finale, Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decides to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord.

what's the buzz?: Many thrilling parts in this first installment, as there are quite a number of intense action sequence. They are done with well-rendered visual effects and they just blend in at a natural level without being too jarring. The action sequences are perfect, not heavy handed and done with gripping moments. The trio’s acting has vastly improved. Emma seems to be at the top of her game. Rupert is saddled with the role of comic relief but he gets the chance to shine in an array of emotional scenes. Daniel manages to carry the story well without the presence of adult actors.

what's the fuzz?: People should at least watch the first six films in order before watching this one, if they haven't read the books already.

roundup: Overall, the movie has good flow to it. The decision to split the book into two movies may be judged as financial by some, but I think it was the best verdict. We get the most accurate depiction of the book without leaving any major details out. The movie was cut off at the prefect time as well as it makes viewers yearns for more without being too rushed. I hope the last movie will continue in the same quality as this.

rating: world class chocolate

Sunday, November 21, 2010

unstoppable

the lowdown: When a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals comes barreling towards a city, a veteran engineer (Denzel Washington) and a young conductor (Chris Pine) must race against time to stop the train.

what's the buzz?: Gotta go with the roller coaster action! It was also fascinating to watch the failed attempts to stop the train, which seems to add to the power of giving the audience a realistic idea of how unstoppable the train truly is. By having a story of everyday men with real concerns over livelihood and family, we root for these two men who display an outstanding act of heroism when faced with danger.

what's the fuzz?: Some shaky camera shot and some might find it difficult to get onto the train after watching this! Weird thing was train stations around here had posters of this movie everywhere. Not sure whether they’ve seen the movie or just put the poster up for its plot about trains.

roundup: A simple premise set to deliver an exciting action movie. A non-stop adrenaline shot that pretty much grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go from start to finish. In between, you get the story of two men who display an outstanding act of heroism when faced with danger.

rating: sambalicious

red


the lowdown: RED stands for Retired, Extremely, Dangerous. The movie follows a retired CIA operative who is hunted by his own people. He reunites with his old team for one last mission.

what's the buzz?: The action scenes are fantastic. But it’s the actors and their characters that makes this film worth watching. The casting in this film was perfect. Especially the supporting cast. Helen Mirren firing a Rambo sized gun is amazing! Malkovich is funny as an oddball ex-agent and Karl Urban as a solid CIA operative.

what's the fuzz?: It's certainly not an original story with a mash up of  ideas, something we've seen before in the Bourne series. Morgan Freeman is unfortunately the weakest part of this alternative A-Team, not because of his performance but because he is under-utilized. He has little action time and even less characterization.

roundup: This movie isn't rocket science, but a great date movie, a good time, and most important, the movie is worth the investment in a ticket.

rating: sambalicious

you again

the lowdown: As a teenager, Marni (Kirsten Bell) was tormented by Joanna (Odette Yustman) the head cheerleader. Years later, she’s a successful woman with a great job at as a PR executive. When she heads home for her brother’s (James Wolk) wedding and discovers that he is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the fiancee’s true colours.

what's the buzz?: The movie has a great female cast. Kristen Bell’s performance as the pimply face teenage girl with low self esteem, who wanted to get revenge on the mean girl was right on the mark. Odette Yustman as her rival was also quite good. Even the supporting cast was superb in each of their roles and brought something different to the table.

what's the fuzz?: The story itself is relatively predictable, and the direction, while competent, is nothing special.

roundup: It has laughs for all ages thanks to the great casting of its cast. Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis act brilliantly opposite each other.

rating: popcorn fluff

the other guys

*keep a look out for more movie reviews
the lowdown: In New York city, Terry Hoitz's (Mark Wahlberg) past mistakes in the line of duty and Allen Gamble's (Will Ferrell) reluctance to take risks have landed them the roles of the 'Other Guys', disgraced police detectives relegated to filling out paperwork for cocky hero cops, Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L Jackson). But when the mismatched pair stumbles upon a high-profile investigation of a shady capitalist, they decide to take it on in an attempt to fill the shoes of the notoriously reckless officers they idolize.

what's the buzz?: The movie has great comedic timing of the cast. Expect hilarity throughout the entire film. The Wahlberg/Ferrell mix was surprisingly good. But the best part of the movie is Michael Keaton’s supporting role when he obliviously make references to the girl band TLC.

what's the fuzz?: The movie starts out with a bang and rolls along nicely but quickly loses all steam and finishes quite weak.

roundup: The first act was comical and absolutely spectacular. The two biggest action heroes, Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson made their cameo appearance worthwhile albeit given quite a short amount of screen time. The second half never had a chance to duplicate the magic of the first hour. Also, the cop clich├ęs may have hindered the moments leading up to the climax.

rating: slippery spaghetti


p.s- sorry guys for the delay, will make up for more posts soon!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

life as we know it

the lowdown: Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messe (Josh Duhamel) are two single adults . Their mutual best friends tried to set them up but after a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. When their friends dies in an accident, these two become caregivers to an orphaned baby girl.

what's the buzz?: One couple. Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl. These two have a good chemistry on screen. The movie is fairly predictable but luckily its filled with quirky supporting cast. Melissa McCarthy is great as the seen-it-all Mom on the block. Andrew Daly and Bill Brochtrup are funny as the gay parents who fawn over Duhamel. Sarah Burns was an absolute awesome social worker Janine Groff, who warns Holly and Messer about complicating their relationship. She was hysterically touching to watch!

what's the fuzz?: Predictability. You can spot a mile away. The formulaic high jinx involving the baby, from poop to babysitting duty.

roundup: Life as We Know It, is an upside to predictability. We know who the characters are and we cheers for them. They are a family. The movie has heart. Even with its foreseen plotline, I enjoyed myself. Sometimes, with all the rom-com cliches, you just have to go along for the ride :)

rating: popcorn fluff


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

wall street: money never sleeps


the lowdown: This movie is a sequel to the 1987 movie Wall Street by Oliver Stone. We follow the 2008 financial crisis with a reformed Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who was behind bars for eight years. Now, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forms an alliance with her fiance Jacob, a young  proprietary trader (Shia LaBeouf). In return, Gekko helps Jacob get revenge on the man he blames for his mentor's death. But, soon  Jacob learns the real truth of Gekko and his plans.

what's the buzz?: Michael Douglas brought his A game. He shows us the multiple facets of Gekko in a credible way. Shia LaBeouf did well, transitioning from Steven Gets Even and Transformers. I also like the performance by Josh Brolin and the great Frank Langella. I was impressed with the way the director created artistically directed shots of skylines with stock performances against its backdrop and the hurried interaction of stock traders and brokers. Stone succeeded in depicting the frenzied pace of Wall Street.

what's the fuzz?: The movie moves at a snail pace towards to second half act. The financial stuff may still seem foreign to most of us but we get the idea. And the writing is fairly unpredictable that everything seems to be tied into a nice bundle near the end.

roundup:  The movie has little connection to the first one besides its main character, Gordon Gekko. Overall,  it is a story that centers around the recent financial crisis and how its affects the elite financiers.

rating: slippery spaghetti

Sunday, October 3, 2010

new posters for the final harry potter movie

check out the poster for part one of harry potter and the deathly hallows!




all the posters have dark themes, reflecting the mood perfectly for the final movie.
what a rush!! now, i really cannot wait for the movie. bring on the magic!

take a peek into the latest trailer :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

renesmee cullen: mackenzie foy?

Renesmee Cullen, the lovechild of Edward and Bella in Twilight.

Entertainment Weekly has reported that nine year old Mackenzie Foy is close to signing on the role to play human/ vampire Renesmee Cullen in the final installment of Twilight saga. She has appeared in an episode of 'Til Death and Flash Forward.

If this child actress is chosen, she will be playing a pivotal role in the film. A character that ages 17 years in just seven. Sources are saying that there will similar digital effects like the ones used in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Maggie Grace, best known for playing Shannon Rutherford on the tv series Lost has joined the cast of Twilight. She will apparently play "vegetarian vampire" Irina who becomes an ally of the Cullen family in the final book.

Filming of the two-part final is due to start in November, with the first film scheduled to hit theatres at the end of 2011.

Monday, September 27, 2010

britney/ brittany

Glee is back and I cannot wait to see episode 2 which features songs from Britney Spears, considering I grew up to her music. Still remember her first hit when I was in school.

Here's a look at the promo


And a sneak peak of songs:

Enjoy my fellow Gleeks!

I'll leave you with some classic Brittany quotes.
  •  Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?
  •  I'm pretty sure my cat's been reading my diary.
  •  I've been here since first period. I had a cold and I took all my antibiotics at the same time, and now I can't remember how to leave.
~peace out~

Sunday, September 26, 2010

eat pray love

It's been awhile since my last movie review which was Inception.

I like to thank JR for the free tickets and MA for the company, also a special thanks to GSC and Style Magazine for this premiere screening on the 23 September 2010 at Pavillion :)

the lowdown:  A movie based on a 2006 memoir by an American author, Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author's trip  around the world (Italy, India and Indonesia) after her divorce and what she discovered during her  travels, e.g: Italy - EAT, India - PRAY, Indonesia - LOVE.

The movie will be released in Malaysia on 30th September. I've read the book last year and I will try not to compare the two in my review.

Wanna know my review? Well, what are you waiting for? Come along!

Monday, September 20, 2010

pretty little fashionistas

My guilty pleasure over the past few months :)
Four girls with different personalities makes for some unique fashion sense!

We have Aria (bohemian), Hanna (glamorous) , Spencer (preppy) and Emily (sporty).

A breakdown in each character's fashion style:
  • Aria Montgomery played by Lucy Hale has kinda of a cultured sophistication towards fashion. Maybe it's the year away from her hometown and that old soul inside her, she brings out quirky and vintage pieces to perfection.
  • Hanna Marin played by Ashley Benson rocks her fashion style in girly and glamorous pieces. This reflects in her trendy outfits befitting a Queen Bee status. Her fashion sense has changed the most out of the girls as a results from her Hefty Hanna transformation. Financial struggles in her family has made Hanna seek out cheaper pieces but still maintaining the illusion of perfection.
  • Troian Bellisario plays Spencer Hasting, a girl from one of Rosewood's prominent families. She is the brainy overachiever of the bunch. Her fashion sense is preppy with a vintage inspiration. Spencer mixes up her outfits through masculine pieces with a feminine touch to it.
  • Emily Fields is played by Shay Mitchell. Her look is simple, fresh and sporty which reflects her active lifestyle. There is a lot of layering of bright colours to keep Emily's tomboy look more lively and feminine.
    Let's take a look at their casual styles.

    a little formal..

    and something for school



    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Supernatural - Different Preview

    woohoo, the extended preview is here!!
    the brothers' journey begins once again :)

    enjoy!!

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    i think we have found the mother!

    It's a done deal.

    Jennifer Morrison, former House star is joining the cast of How I Met Your Mother to play Ted's new love interest.

    She will play Zooey, an activist who is trying to save the Arcadian, an old New York hotel.
    The hotel will be torn down for the Goliath National Bank, which is design by Ted. This is how the two crazy kids will meet.
    Maybe, just maybe, we can finally put a face on the "Mother" of How I Met Your Mother.
    Or do we have to wait for another?

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    the alternate universe

    I cannot wait for Season 3..the other side and our world is closer and beginning to unravel so much!

    The downside of season 3: I won't be able to see Joshua Jackson who plays Peter as much. Due to the two universes, this season will rotate between both; which means Peter and the world we live in will be aired in every other week.

    Either way, I wanna see how Olivia gets out of the alternate universe. Well, you're in luck..I've got a sneak peek :D

     

    p.s - Btw, The Girl Behind The Red Door will be going under a new screen name, Purple Muse. Thank you for the suggestions of adding another author. She would definitely think about it but she currently likes the arrangement of a one-off author as she has other commitments.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    an unexpected stand-off

    In the finale of Season 2, Castle left for the Hamptons to complete his novel. When the show returns on September 20, imagine Beckett's face when she meets him standing over a dead body, holding a gun.. interesting indeed, no?

    A starter kit before we jump into the new season.




     On another note, some scoops on the new season:
    • An extended family member in Castle will die.
    • There will be a manipulative villain who kills in three, known as "3xK" who will be introduced this season. The killer will have an Hannibal Lecter appeal.
    • Alexis, Castle's daughter will have a boyfriend played by Ken Baumann. He will be a recurring character who may cause some stress for Castle.
    • Speaking of love interest, Beckett will get Victor Webster to play hers! He will be Josh Davidson, who rides a motorcycle and someone who brings a different side to Beckett.
    Enjoy the promo :)
     

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    family man dean

    A preview into the life of Dean Winchester as a father.
    And the realisation of Sam coming back into his life.

    Take a sneak peek!

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Running Wilde


    Running Wilde: A romantic comedy played by Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Keri Russell (Felicity). It is about a spolit wealthy playboy who tries to win over  his childhood love. The series will be told through the eyes of a 12 year old girl.


    Juice Factor: If you like Arrested Development kinda comedy, this is a great start. Plus, there is a romantic angle that AD didn't have before. And most importantly, we get to check Will and Keri on our tv sets once again!

    Take a peek:
     



    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    the return of katherine

    What a great episode this week!

     *Don't worry, there are no major spoilers to my review of the season 2 premiere*

    We jumped right in on the action from last season's cliffhangers. Katherine is back in Mystic Falls and she's playing her twisted and manipulative game once again.

    The premiere episode shows great promise for what's to come for the rest of the season and I, for one, am excited =D

    Nina Dobrev is great at donning two characters. As Katherine, she has fun terrorizing people and we can see where Damon gets his cynical humor from. From her outfit, makeup and facial expressions, Nina sure looks like she's having fun in bringing out her mean steak. This episode shows us that both Elena and Katherine is in love the same brother.

    Once again, Ian Somerhalder's work every episode is impressive. He brought pain and emotional vulnerability to his character. I think he totally sold it. Katherine's actions helped push him over the edge which has lead Damon to commit something that a certain someone might never forgive.

    Paul Wesley shows us some great moments in Stefan. He's becoming stronger and a little meaner. Both guys are interesting to watch as they go from one extreme, of killing each other to working together. It certainly brings for some fantastic scenes on the brother's relationships.

    I'm looking forward to see Uncle Mason and Tyler bringing in the werewolf legend on Mystic Falls. Also, the consequences that will follow for Jeremy and Caroline. The Vampire Diaries has definitely stepped up to the game and I say, bring it on!

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    No Ordinary Family


    No Ordinary Family: This new series features Michael Chiklis (The Shield) and Julie Benz (Desperate Housewives), which focuses on a family that develops super powers after it survives a plane crash ala Lost?

    Juice Factor: A combination of Heroes meet The Incredibles. Lots of stars involved in this project, namely Cybill Shepherd as Barbara Crane, Julie Benz's mother and JACKSON RATHBONE. For fans of Twilight, he plays Trent Stafford, a recent victim of home invasion who goes to school with Kay Panabaker's character Daphne. This will definitely pull the teen demographic for the series :p

     Come and join the ride!
     



    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Rizzoli & Isles

    by The Girl Behind The Red Door

    This show revolves around Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) who play a Boston police officer in the homicide unit and medical examiner respectively. This series is actually based on a book by Tess Gerritsen. Both Jane and Maura are complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Growing up at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, the two remain strikingly different from one another in many ways.

    Jane is the only female detective in Boston’s homicide division, is a tough and gutsy cop who doesn’t let her guard down (except with Maura), dodges her overprotective mother and is better at basketball than her brother. Maura, meanwhile, is usually more comfortable among the dead than the living. She is always impeccably dressed in designer duds with a steady, sometimes icy temperament. And she is working on curbing her tendency to diagnose the people she meets – including her first dates. Jane and Maura often use their brilliant minds and expertise to solve Boston’s most complex cases. Despite their many differences, Jane and Maura are best friends, with a quirky and supportive relationship.

    The show also stars Lorraine Bracco as Angela, Jane’s demanding and intrusive mother; Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost, Jane’s somewhat green partner; Bruce McGill as Detective Vince Korsak, Jane’s seasoned former partner; and Jordan Bridges as Jane’s brother, Frankie Jr., a patrol cop who hopes one day to become a detective. Frank Rizzoli, Sr. (Chazz Palminteri) is Jane and Frankie's father. He owns and runs a plumbing business called "Rizzoli and Sons".

    From the moment I laid my eyes on the start, I fell for this show. I love the tight-knit bond between the characters and the banters that go around. This show is a little bit like Bones as Maura is exactly like Dr. Temperance Brennan in that she spouts out facts and is intelligent except she isn’t as uncomfortable around people as much as Brennan is. The friendship between the two leads is what drives the show. If you like Bones, you’ll surely love Rizzoli & Isles.

    See a sneak peek into the lives of these two women


    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Undercovers

    Undercovers: It's an action spy television series by J.J Abrams (Lost, Alias, Felicity and Fringe). The series revolves around a couple, Steven and Samantha Bloom, played by Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who has come out of retirement only to be reactivate in the CIA as agents.

    Juice Factor: Think Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Bourne Identity. We get to delve into the sexy world of TV espionage on a weekly basis.This reminds me of Chuck too with him and Sarah living the ultimate double life!

    Take a sneak peek into the lives of a married CIA couple:

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Covert Affairs

    by The Girl Behind The Red Door

    The reason I watched this show is due to Christopher Gorham who plays August “Auggie” Anderson. The show is about a young CIA trainee, Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) who is sent out into the field. Auggie, a blind operative is her guide into her new life. The show delves into why Annie became a spy and it ‘s due to the absence of her ex-boyfriend, Ben Mercer (Eion Bailey) who left her after their time in Sri Lanka.

    Anne Dudek plays Annie’s older sister, Danielle Brooks. We find out that Annie lives in the guest house of her sister’s place and that she adores her two nieces. In the pilot, we get to see Conrad who is played by Eric Lively who flirts with Annie but alas, the character is thrown away and is reported to have left the National Clandestine Service in the second episode. The head of National Clandestine Service is Arthur Campbell (Peter Gallagher) while his wife, Joan (Kari Matchett) heads the Domestic Protection Division (DPD) where Annie works.

    Sendhil Ramamurthy as Jai Wilcox is brought in to replace Conrad. His mission is to get close to Annie to get information on her ex-boyfriend, Ben Mercer who is a hired hitman. As the series progresses, we can see hint of flirting between Annie and Jai. Emmanuelle Vaugier also stars in the show as a journalist.

    Overall, it’s a nice show that has the potential to be better as the season moves along. It has already been renewed for a second season in the United States. I just love the friendship and the banter between Annie and Auggie and their friendship is what drives the show. There is a long arc whereby Auggie and Annie’s friendship slowly turns into a romantic one. Check out this show before giving it a boot.

    A sneak peek, enjoy!



    Monday, September 6, 2010

    Hawaii Five-0


    Hawai Five-0: It is a re-imagining of the original 1968 tv series, but the title is a zero instead of the capital letter O. So, let's get to the plot shall we? Steve McGarrett (Alex McLoughlin) is summoned home to Honolulu to bury his father after he is murdered by a madman, The governor wants Steve to head up a new elite police unit with full authority to get the job done. Initially he turns down the job, but when he meets the man in charge of the unit, he changes his mind. Daniel Dae Kim from Lost stars in this series.

    Juice Factor: This is one is for the boys. But girls, I imagine we'll be there scoping the scenery..a bit of cuci mata ^^... There's action, humour and eye candy, like an A-Team!

    Let's watch the trailer and see where it'll take us: