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The Voice Live Shows return with solid performances and technical challenges

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‘The Voice’ Live Shows return, proving once again that song choice one of the most important for the coaches and artists’ success.

 

Update: Top 200 iTunes Chart Results at 12:30pm Eastern have been added to the bottom of this post.

The Voice Live Shows are easily the best round of the show … at least the best round not named “Blind Auditions.” While they’ve improved over the last couple of seasons, I hate the middle rounds; the show is drastically better when the decision-making changes from the coaches to the audience. The coaches far too often create match-ups that end with the wrong people going home.

That all changes in the Lives. Song choice matters more than match-up … hell, song choice matters more than just about anything. By now, the contestants have truly starting coming into their own, and the performances will begin to improve dramatically.

Bria Kelly: “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele) – Team Usher

Kelly is the only survivor of my group of favorites. I’ve been impressed by her talent – and she’s a hometown-ish contestant for me. “Rolling in the Deep” a “big” song, but there’s not much of an opportunity for an individual take on it that retains those “big” moments. Kelly did a pretty good job here; that long note towards the end is the kind of thing The Voice voters generally look for.

Adam and Shakira seemed to like it, but didn’t love the lower key; Blake sussed out that that decision was made for that beat at the end that kept going up and up (and up and up). Bria said she’d have died if she hadn’t started out that low. Continue reading 'The Voice Live Shows return with solid performances and technical challenges' »

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Apr
21

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Witches are real on WGN’s Salem

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On the heels of the success of ‘American Horror Story: Coven,’ cable channel WGN tries to cast their own ratings spell with the premiere of ‘Salem.’

 

For a while now, vampires have been the go-to creatures on TV and in movies, from the classics Nosferatu and Dracula to the modern day versions in the Twilight saga and The Vampire Diaries. Vampires seem to be losing their (pun intended) bite, and werewolves are probably too costly a creature to build an entire TV series around (we’ll see if Syfy’s Canadian import Bitten gets picked up for a second season). So what better supernatural creatures to turn to than witches?

TV executives keep trying to make witches the next big thing.

While there really hasn’t been a successful drama about witches on TV until American Horror Story: Coven, witches have fared a bit better in comedies like Bewitched and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. Even the campy soap Passions had a witch as a main character, but prime time dramas have seen little success as shows like Eastwick and The Secret Circle barely made it through a single season (Lifetime’s Witches of East End seems to have bucked the trend and will be getting a second season). But TV executives keep trying to make witches the next big thing, and WGN (fondly remembered as Chicago’s Superstation) is launching its own slate of original programming with the new drama Salem.

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Apr
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Lifetime’s hit film The Gabby Douglas Story arrives on DVD

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Inspirational and enlightening, ‘The Gabby Douglas Story’ is ideal for family viewing – but comes up a little short in the bonus features department. Writer Jaylen Christie reviews the DVD release of the hit Lifetime film.

 

Growing up, I distinctly remember the Lifetime network made-for-TV movies being appointment television for my mother. I can vividly recall her watching each film intently, glued to the screen — and God help anyone who’d dare interrupt her. It’s funny because I felt the exact same way as I viewed The Gabby Douglas Story, an inspirational biographical film brought to us by the Lifetime Network.

Originally debuting on Lifetime back in February, The Gabby Douglas Story is now on DVD, and I couldn’t be happier. As someone who writes about minorities in television and film and yearns for more, um, colorful fare on the airwaves, I believe this film is just what the doctor ordered. By now, we should all know just who Gabrielle Douglas is, but for those of you living under a rock, I’ll bring you up to speed free of charge. Douglas, a real girl wonder, turned heads in 2012 when at the age of 16 she became the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion. Additionally, Douglas also became the first American gymnast – period – to win gold medals in both the individual all-around and team competitions.

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Apr
21

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Best of Raw, Newhart, and Son of Batman come to home video

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TV on DVD April 22 includes ‘Best of Raw After the Show,’ ‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop,’ ‘Newhart,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Son of Batman,’ and more!

 

It’s very slim pickins for this week’s TV on DVD releases. For the wrestling fans there’s the WWE’s Best of Raw After the Show, Whovians get another classic Doctor Who episode with “Web of Fear,” classic TV fans get another season of Newhart, and animation fans get more Spider-Man and Batman action! Check out these titles and more in our handy shopper’s guide, and support CliqueClack by making a purchase at Amazon through any link in the guide!

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Apr
21

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Big Bad Wolves, Junction, and Sorcerer come to home video

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Movies on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital April 22 include ‘Junction,’ ‘Big Bad Wolves,’ ‘Sorcerer,’ ‘Get Carter,’ ‘Riot in Cell Block 11,’ ‘Torque,’ ‘House on Sorority Row,’ ‘Chances Are,’ and much more.

 

Hollywood seems to be taking a break this week with recent theatrical films coming to home video, but there are still some titles of interest worth checking out. The Tarantino-endorsed revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves hopes to get a wider audience this week, as does the home-grown indie Junction which stars David Zayas (Oz, Dexter), Michael O’Keefe, Anthony Rapp, and my friend (shout out!) Bryan Deehring. Not a movie (but probably will be some day) but a filmed stage play, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors from Hell makes its video debut. Catalog titles getting new life on Blu-ray include both versions of Get Carter, Conspiracy Theory, Exit Wounds, Hit the Deck, and The Pawnbroker, and the long-awaited high-def restoration of William Friedkin’s cult classic Sorcerer finally makes its way to Blu-ray. And if you’re looking for something a little different, you can pick up the Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection box set! These titles and more will be available on April 22. You can see all of the week’s highlights on our shopper’s guide, and you can support CliqueClack by making a purchase through any link in the guide!

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Apr
18

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Get your free passes to see The Other Woman in Baltimore or DC

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Want to be among the first to see the new comedy ‘The Other Woman’? CliqueClack has your free passes to the advance screenings in Baltimore and DC. Find out how to get a pair!

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox to offer readers in the Baltimore and DC areas an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new comedy The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, and Nicki Minaj.

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

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Apr
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Win free passes to see Walking With the Enemy in Boston

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CliqueClack wants to give our Boston fans a chance to attend the advance screening of ‘Walking With the Enemy.’ Find out how you can win a pair of passes!

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Liberty Studios to offer readers in the Boston area an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the drama Walking With the Enemystarring Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon and Ben Kingsley.

Inspired by the true story of Pinchas Rosenbaum, Walking With the Enemy begins in the final months of World War II.  The Nazis are desperately trying to enact their genocide against Jews in Hungary, who had been protected from persecution until their leader Regent Horthy (Kingsley) was forced to bow to the will of Hitler and Eichmann. Hoping to find his displaced family and avoid being placed in a labor camp, young Elek Cohen (Armstrong) undertakes extraordinary measures to survive, using a stolen uniform to pose as a Nazi officer so that he can reroute Jews to safety and disrupt the activities of the German occupiers.

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Apr
18

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Alan Partridge is a funny movie, even if it ends up mostly pointless

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‘Alan Partridge’ is a funny movie, but the comedy may be too dry and odd for those unfamiliar with British humour.

 

As people get older, they struggle with the ever increasing feeling of wondering if they still matter. Technology doesn’t help matters, with new ways overwhelming the old ways all the time, from blue collar manufacturing work to old school newspaper journalism. Sometimes these changes lead to greater improvements for society as a whole, even if they cause problems with a workforce not used to the new order of things. But there is also the corporate, insidious side of things, concerned with the lowest common denominator and jumping on the latest fad.

Of course, this sort of subject has been covered in movies from Network to Wayne’s World, and countless other examples in other forms of media. By this point, it’s hardly a new worry, although people certainly still worry about it. The Internet and YouTube have made it easier for people to become famous with very little talent and no training, although often the more talented and charismatic ones tend to eventually do better than the rest. Usually, anyway. But as the talent pool of unpaid labor grows and more distractions are available to the public, sacrifices will be made in the old media guard, because there’s only so much money and energy to go around. And only so many hours in the day.

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Apr
18

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Transcendence is a dumb movie about smart people

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‘Transcendence’ wants to be a smart, thrilling, what-if sci-fi flick, but like an overworked hard drive, the whole thing just ends up crashing.

 

We’ve all seen movies featuring sentient computers: 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames, Eagle Eye, Demon Seed, Colossus: The Forbin Project, TRON, and of course the Terminator movies. And we all know how badly things usually go once the computers become more intelligent and “alive” than their human counterparts. But what would happen if a human’s intelligence and essence were to be uploaded into a super computer?

That’s the question posed by the new sci-fi thriller Transcendence. Johnny Depp stars as a computer genius who has helped develop a supercomputer known as PINN, a creation that is as “alive” as a machine can be. But a fringe group of techno-terrorists believe that PINN and other pieces of technology like it threaten our very being on the planet (kind of like The Terminator‘s SkyNet), so they bomb several computer labs and attempt to assassinate Depp’s Dr. Caster. He doesn’t die from the shooting, but it turns out the bullet was laced with radioactive material that was detected too late to save him, so his wife decides to take the PINN project one step further and upload her husband onto the hard drives. What could possibly go wrong?

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17

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Win free passes to see The Other Woman in Indianapolis

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Want to be the first to see the new comedy ‘The Other Woman’? CliqueClack can make that happen for readers in Indianapolis! Read on to find out how to get free passes to the advance screening.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox to offer readers in the Indianapolis area an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new comedy The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, and Nicki Minaj.

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

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