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'The Whole Truth' premiere: Maura Tierney is back! What did you think?

the-wole-truth-tierneyNow that Law & Order is off to greener pastures, there’s a void in the fall TV schedule for courtroom-drama aficionados. Enter: The Whole Truth. It’s basically your standard we’ll-finish-any-case-by-minute-59 procedural, with Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow playing rival lawyers almost always on opposite sides of the courtroom (Every courtroom. Seriously, are there no other lawyers in Manhattan?). In the pilot, a high school teacher was on trial for the murder of one of his ESL students. There were hate crime allegations, cell-phone sex tapes, and a reference to Clint Eastwood’s Magnum Force. Ah, where to begin?

Kathryn Pearle (Tierney) and Jimmy Brogan (Morrow) are also opposites in every other possible way. She’s a heartless workaholic (“I love the law. It is the only thing I’m good at.”) toiling tirelessly at the District Attorney’s office, while he’s a slacker-turned-cocky-defense-lawyer working for a successful Manhattan firm (whose offices contain a pool table). There was a lot of effort in establishing just how different these two are, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt hoping it’s all exposition for their eventual “opposites attract” romance (or a revelation of their previous one?).

For the first half hour, the chronology leading up to the trial repeated itself as we saw preparations for the case from both the prosecution and the defense. READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef All-Stars' to debut Dec. 1 with the chefs we loved -- and a new guest judge

Anthony-Bourdain-top-chefImage Credit: Michael Lavine/BravoCall it sweet justice for us fans, but after a snooze-worthy seventh season of Top Chef, the cooking competition is returning Dec. 1 (10 p.m.) for an All-Stars edition in New York City with some of our favorite past contestants, including Richard Blais (season 4), Fabio Viviani (season 5), Jennifer Carroll (season 6) and — the one I’m most excited about — Carla Hall (season 5). Judging by the full roster, Bravo went for talent in the kitchen as opposed to talent for drama, so expect a nail-biter of a season. Check out the complete list of 18 cheftestants who’ll duke it out: READ FULL STORY

'Mike & Molly' premiere: What did you think?

Mike-and-MollyImage Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSHow long do you give a sitcom to get past a narrow premise and branch out into more diverse and arguably more interesting/funny storylines? That’s the question looming over CBS’ new sitcom Mike & Molly, which spent the majority of its pilot last night focusing obsessively on the weight of its two lead characters, who meet-cute at a local Overeaters Anonymous gathering. Molly (Melissa McCarthy, formerly Gilmore Girls‘ quirky chef Sookie St. James), is a fourth grade teacher who can’t command a room of rowdy children without using her outside voice, and Mike (Billy Gardell) is Chicago police officer with a secret interest in ichthyology (fish). Each is blessed with honesty and a self-deprecating sense of humor, so it’s not hard to understand their instant attraction. READ FULL STORY

'America's Got Talent' finale recap: America voted, and the winner is...

Prince Poppycock or Jackie Evancho? Fighting Gravity or Michael Grimm? Tonight one act left $1 million richer, headed for the bright lights of Las Vegas. In a few seconds I’ll be revealing that winner, so if you haven’t seen the AGT finale yet and are averse to spoilers, well, away you go! Now that we have an understanding, the season 5 winner is…

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'Halo: Reach': Snap Judgment

halo-reach-reviewImage Credit: Microsoft“Space troopers wearing space armor carrying big space guns” was a cliche long before humanity even got to space. But video games can pump new life into even the soggiest genres, and, for the last decade, the Halo games have turned Starship Troopers-style outer-space militarism into a relentlessly enjoyable shoot-’em-up experience. The franchise has undoubtedly been swooped by its imitators — Gears of War‘s visuals are more gorgeously bleak, Mass Effect‘s storytelling is infinitely more complex, and my serious gamer friends seem to have moved on to Call of Duty for their all-night Live sessions — but there’s no denying Halo‘s pure, iconic power. Halo: Reach, released at midnight last night to presumably-ridonk sales, is the last game in the series to be produced by original developer Bungie. I played it for a few hours before dawn, and I have an important news bulletin: Killing aliens is still fun. READ FULL STORY

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Meet the cast!

Real-Housewives-of-Beverly-HillsJust as you were beginning to breathe again after last night’s out-of-control Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, Bravo is ready to show you more of the weird, wild, trainwreck-y world of rich women. Today, the network announced they’d be adding to their successful franchise with a fresh slate of financially, genetically, sometimes surgically blessed woman in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo, Oct. 14, 9 p.m.).

It’s their first foray into the land of celebrity, so it’s no surprise that more than a few of the cast members have a Hollywood connection. Let’s have a closer look at what we’re dealing with here, shall we? Check out a preview of the season and more details on the cast below. READ FULL STORY

'The Last Exorcism': About that ending...

The-Last-Exorcism-1Image Credit: Patti PerretThe documentary-like horror film The Last Exorcism debuted to $9.4 million on Friday. However, based solely on the reaction in my theater, I have doubts about how well the film is going to hold up in a world where reactions spread at the speed of a Twitter bird. The reason? That sudden ending. I actually dug the ending for reasons I’ll explain below, but my fellow moviegoers loudly voiced their disapproval. As soon as the end credits appeared, my audience groaned while a few individuals let out chants of “What?” and “Bulls–t!” Were people merely disappointed that the movie didn’t answer all of their questions? That the conclusion wasn’t wrapped up in a pretty little bow? Or that the movie, as one young man exclaimed while leaving the theater, “wasn’t nearly as scary as Paranormal Activity?” My thoughts after the jump. There will be SPOILERS. READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan on her legal woes: 'This too shall pass'

maxim-lindsay-lohan-coverUnlike her tear-splashed courtroom face or those tragic pictures of her passed out in a car, Lindsay Lohan appears on the September cover of Maxim looking — dare we say it — good. In the interview, the 24-year-old starlet, who yesterday was transferred to a rehab facility after serving 13 days in jail for violating her probation, talks about her recent downward spiral and, from the excerpts, she seems to have been drinking some of the self-help juice, philosophizing that “this too shall pass” and “stay true to yourself always.”

Well, it’s going to take a lot more than Deepak Chopra-isms to win this Mean Girls fan back. What do you guys think of the article? Is Lohan winning you over? Will she ever?

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Ahoy, Rihanna! Pop star joins the 'Battleship' crew

Hit! Or miss? According to Variety, Rihanna will make her feature film acting debut in the live action adaptation of the popular Hasbro ’80s game that I spent long summer afternoons playing at my neighbor Christina Lockwood’s house. (Quick question: If you were Rihanna’s manager, would you want her to start small, with a tiny but juicy role in a modest indie, or go straight for the shiny dollars of a Hasbro movie?) On the surface, this whole project sounds rather silly. The game was a great one to be sure, but the prospect of Rihanna’s rooster hair standing immobile in an ocean gale as alien forces bombard a destroyer is worrisome. That said, I do love director Peter Berg, if for nothing else than his decision to cast Tim McGraw in the marvelous Friday Night Lights and employ Explosions in the Sky on the even better soundtrack. The prospect of FNL‘s Taylor Kitsch and True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard as Batttleship‘s war-ready brothers does make my cheeks flush. If nothing else, this will be the prettiest cast ever assembled under one Hollywood sound stage. Universal has already set a May 25, 2012 release date.

What do you umbrella owners think? Is this an enterprise you can get behind? Does Rihanna coming aboard make you more or less skeptical? The Friday Night Lights soundtrack is among my top 5 soundtracks of all time — up there with the Mission, True Romance, She’s Having a Baby, and You Can Count on Me. What’s on your list of top 5 soundtracks?

Also: Rihanna boards ‘Battleship’ movie

'Weeds': Season 6 trailer is some good s--, man

A lot of people who enjoyed the first couple of seasons of the delightful Mary Louise Parker as suburban pot dealer drama have since abandoned the series at some point along the way. But the new preview (embedded below) for season 6, which premieres Aug. 16, may be enough to renew their interest. The Botwins have rechristened themselves the Newmans, on the run to the Northern climes where the twisted brood might find some normalcy in their lives. I love their hotel jobs, I love Justin Kirk in white, I love a good Linda Hamilton sighting, I love the increasingly bats*** little brother. (For whatever reason, I can do without Nancy’s wig.) READ FULL STORY

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