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Book Review: Hollywood Said No!

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Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show is a new book from Mr. Show founders Bob Odenkirk & David Cross with Brian Posehn. It includes 2 full feature film scripts for Mr. Show movies, as well as a few sketches that never went anywhere. All of the content in the book was written after Mr. Show went off the air and Bob & David are very upfront with saying they’re not releasing this now hoping it will get them made, they just wanted them out there for all the fans of the show.

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Movie Review: Rapture-palooza

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Rapture-palooza is the story of the rapture, more specifically of those left behind after the rapture in a new world filled with all sorts of odd occurrences and a totally changed world.  The anti-christ has been revealed and is played by Craig Robinson.  Through a series of events he meets the girlfriend of one of his employees sons and falls for her.  The boyfriend is played by John Francis Daly and the girlfriend by Anna Kendrick.

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Movie Review: Drinking Buddies

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Drinking Buddies is a story about friendship and love. On the outside it’s about 2 couples who seem like they should form 2 different couples.  You have Chris (Livingston) who is a buttoned up, academic type and his girlfriend Kate (Wilde) who works at a small brewery and couldn’t be more different.  Then there’s Kate’s co-worker Luke (Johnson) who is a lot like Kate but in a long term relationship with Jill (Kendrick), who is a lot like Chris.

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Movie Review: The First Time

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The First Time is about the events leading up to a girl and a guy getting together and losing their virginity.  First they have a some obstacles to overcome like his crush on another girl and her boyfriend. It’s pretty solidly a romance film.

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Movie Review: Black Rock

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Black Rock is a suspenseful thriller about three friends (Bosworth, Aselton, & Bell), two of which have been estranged from each other for about 5 years, who reunite for a camping trip on  a small empty New England island.  While there they encounter a group of hunters, one of whom is the brother of someone they knew from school.  After an incident, the women are left fighting for their lives against the men.

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Album Review: Songs For A Traveler

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Songs For A Traveler is the latest release from The Looking (aka Todd Carter).  In it the operatic (he’s performed opera at places like Carnegie Hall) Carter is joined by a full band to explore songs from across the American landscape.  This includes several older covers like “Long Black Veil”.

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Movie Review: Sexy Evil Genius

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Sexy Evil Genius is about a woman (Sackhoff; Battlestar Galactica) who brings a group of ex’s together at a bar one night after not being in contact with them for a while.  The ex’s don’t know each other and through conversation we learn along with them that she’s been a different person around each of them and possibly might be a murderer.  When she arrives with a new beau (Baldwin; Backdraft) things get very tense as everyone tries to figure out her true motivations.

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TV Review: Amazon Originals Pilots

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This past Friday, Amazon released a slew of pilots on their Prime Instant Video service (free to Prime subscribers, who also get free 2 day shipping and a Kindle lending library among other perks) in order to compete with other subscription streaming video services, mainly Netflix.  These are only pilots but the interesting thing here is that they are letting the viewers vote which goes to series.  You can check them all out for yourself at amazonoriginals.com. Right now they only did a bunch of comedies and kids shows.  I didn’t bother with the kids shows, but I’ve now seen all the comedies and can give my first thoughts on these shows. These are going to be short reviews because they are only pilots after all, I’ve explained in the past the difficulties in judging a series by one episode, but also there’s a bunch of them to get through.  So let’s get started.

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Book Review: I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

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I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids is comedian Jen Kirkman’s (Chelsea Lately, Drunk History) first book.  In it she talks about her struggles being a woman who chooses to not have children and how other people just cannot come to terms with this decision.  She guides us through her past in a series of stories about her family, friends, work, past relationships, and of course random strangers who insist she must want children.

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Book Review: Gun Machine

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Gun Machine is the latest novel by comics mastermind Warren Ellis, his second following the incredible Crooked Little Vein. It’s also a twisted take on the noir genre with a smart but worn down NYC detective taking on a lot of cases after he discovers a Pearl Street apartment completely covered in guns arranged in various patterns.  He’s got to figure out who this mysterious killer who has been operating undetected for a very, very long time is and also possibly get his life together.

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