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Bookended by the deaths of major characters in both the season opener and the season finale, the Second Season of Netflix’s House of Cards continues the devious machinations of former House Whip turned Vice President of the United States Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) whose quest for power has not been satiated now that he has found himself one step away from the most powerful office in the land.

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Although the character of Emperor Awesome (Sam Riegel) has appeared in a pair of previously-aired episodes in small roles as a rival of Lord Hater, we haven’t been given a good look at what makes the character tick until now. “The Party Animal” finds Wander (Jack McBrayer) and Sylvia (April Winchell) on a peaceful world invaded by Emperor Awesome and his Fist Fighters to throw one of Awesome’s legendary (and literal) planet-ending parties.

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She-Hulk #6 continues, and eventually stalls, the Blue File storyline. While offering glimpses worthy of note including resurrecting properties of Angie Huang‘s pet moneky Hei Hei and the fact that She-Hulk is not immune to the mind control involved in making both heroes and villains forget whatever happened in North Dakota (which only kicks in now?), the issue brings the investigation to a halt along with tons of new potential clients for She-Hulk as the comic (apparently) has decided to shelve the storyline (for now) and more in a different direction.

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Under the Skin

by Cap'n Carrot on July 21, 2014 · 0 comments

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The line between a movie being artistic and pretentious is, like beauty, often in the eye of the beholder. Director Jonathan Glazer helms this tale of a beautiful woman (Scarlett Johansson) stalking lonely men in Scotland. Adapted from the novel by Michael Faber, Under the Skin has sharply divided audiences over the issue of style versus substance.

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Syfy is apparently making their own version of 12 Monkeys with Amanda Schull and Kirk Acevedo. Here’s what the trailer looks like.

12 Monkeys: Official Trailer | Syfy

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While those behind the scenes, including Maddy, continue to push Fabletown into a war between Rose Red and Snow White, including a spell which puts the two women in off-setting pairs of magical armor, White is far more concerned with the news that an out-of-control Bigby has been sighted in the Mundy world. In a world where symbolism matters far more than it does it ours, it is important to notice Snow White is cast in the black armor suggesting (at least in the view of the person behind the spell) that she has apparently been cast as the villain in Fabletown‘s downfall.

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Mike‘s (Aaron Tveit) Washington D.C. and Graceland lives collide with the arrival of Jessica Foster (Emily Rose) who puts Paige‘s (Serinda Swan) investigation into the human trafficking of Eastern European girls on hold while pushing Mike to make a hard connection between Carlito Solano (Erik Valdez) and the drug smuggling in the passenger buses. Forced to physically attack Carlito to stop the crazy would-be drug lord from killing his sister, Johnny (Manny Montana) is forced to go to extremes and play on Carlito’s obvious attraction to the undercover agent.

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Wrapping up the latest mini-series, Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #4 features Green Arrow getting a measure of revenge against Prometheus and Superman calling on the help of Chloe and Tess to reboot the yellow rings and stop Parallax and his new army of brainwashed Yellow Lanterns who include John Stewart.

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Last year’s Cars spin-off starring Dane Cook as a cropduster with dreams of becoming a world-class racer came and went without much fanfare. Made by Disney rather than Pixar, Planes certainly had the feel of far too many of Disney’s straight-to-video sequels (despite the movie actually getting a theatrical release). I found the first film to be more than a little clunky, and certainly the weakest of any of the movies set in the Cars universe, but it still had enough charm and beautiful animation to keep my interest. Planes‘ sequel feels much the same with some uneven writing and cheap fart jokes. However, along with its impressive look, the sequel does celebrate the service of firefighters and offer a nice lesson for its target audience.

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While being forced to take in his father (Peter Coyote), who was already difficult to live with before his onset of Alzheimer’s, Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) is brought in by Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) on a locked room mystery involving a neuroscientist (Paul Cassell) who was murdered inside his own safe room. Leaving Lewicki (Arjay Smith) to deal with a father he never could, Pierce dives head first into a case that will test his distrust of technology and force him to reevaluate just how big a problem his father’s mental illness has become (and not just the “humorous” moments like walking around the house naked).

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