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We first meet the characters of Storybrook when they have no knowledge of who they really are brought on by a curse. As the story unfolds you start to see traditional fairy tales in a new light. The once familiar stories and themes take on lives of their own so well crafted you truly believe in them.
Then the love/hate relationships begin, both on screen and for the audience. One second you absolutely loathe a character and within a few episodes you are cheering her on to victory with everyone else, except the villain of course, in Storybrook.
There are flashbacks from the past to the present that are fascinating. Each new episode opens new realms to be explored. We visit Wonderland, Never Never Land, The Enchanted Forest, and Oz. The talented writers blend the original stories in such a way that they seem to naturally fit together. The puzzle takes shape with more and more pieces that fit together then completely changes once again.
So, why did the Evil Queen put the curse on Storybrook to begin with? Sit back, watch, and become totally immersed in the stories, characters, gorgeous settings, and awesome costumes.
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A press release distributed by The Weinstein Company - imprint of mogul brothers and former head Miramax Studios honchos Bob and Harvey Weinstein - announced that the pair will collaborate with former Magnolia Pictures execs Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and open an as-yet-unnamed New York-based label that will specialize in releasing movies across both digital and traditional platforms.
Lindsay Lohan is cooperating with the court and staying out of trouble these days by living up to her community service requirements, having served 45 of her 360 court-mandated service hours. The worst is yet to come, though, as Lohan is reportedly still facing 100 hours of unpaid work at the local morgue.
While this mammoth project seems doomed to failure (much like its subject matter), there's much more lurking beneath the surface. "Titanic: Blood And Steel," the 12-part mini-series with a $30-million budget and stars like Neve Campbell and Peter North, starts filming this week in Serbia, and it will debut in time to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the "unsinkable" ship's maiden voyage to New York. The project takes on an interesting twist from "Titanic" films past.
TMZ today has exclusive pics showing a great snippet from Billy Joel's 1989 "Storm Front" single "I Go To Extremes" forever emblazoned upon Lindsay Lohan's right ribs: "Clear as a crystal, sharp as a knife . . . I feel like I'm in the prime of my life."
Ted Turner's awesomely bad '90s cartoon "Captain Planet And The Planeteers" is reportedly being turned into a live-action film, so the fine folks over at Funny Or Die decided to show us what the series might look like if green turned mean. Watch Don Cheadle as Captain Planet here.
This is sad, hilarious and cautionary, all in one story. The idea of one hapless writer, the Los Angeles Times explained this week, was apparently that someone would find his abandoned briefcase at a Beverly Hills talent agency, read his script, love it and make contact with him to get the story green-lit faster than an "Arrested Development" movie rumor can find legs. Find out just how wrong things went.
So, has anybody else seen the recent Target ad campaign promoting Beyonce's latest album "4"? The ones where she talks in voice-over about getting outside her performance comfort zone by taking a seat among the audience and taking in others' performances, learning what she can about herself and her own stage presence along the way? File those ads under Truth-in-Advertising.
It wasn't so long ago that we told you about the coming return of the Ewing family to prime-time TV with TNT's new generation of the 1978-1991 network drama "Dallas." Well, if reading wasn't believing, here's hoping a trailer will be.
Hmmm. Telling a zombie fanatic that this next news bit is consolation for "The Walking Dead" possibly having dropped in its tracks would be a little like telling telling somebody, "Sorry, but Coca-Cola has gone out of business. But cheer up! There's always RC Cola!" But hey, beggars can't be choosers. So here's another TV project torn from the pages of a zombie-centric graphic novel.
OK, so I admit that summertime is about as close to Hell as it gets for TV. Most really great shows have long since wrapped their seasons until fall, there's no great sports on the tube unless one has the patience to sit at home and watch an entire baseball game, and it seems every network thinks this is THE time to trot out their millionth reality-TV retread. But take heart. There are a few scattered big awards shows coming up this month, new seasons of some great cable originals, and the start of one hit series' final bow.
OK, so with writer/director David O. Russell gone, maybe "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" will make the game-to-screen transition, and maybe it won't. That doesn't mean there aren't other video game franchises that could still make that leap! Whether or not gamers like me want them to . . . well, totally different story. In any case, the makers of the "BioShock" franchise insist the undersea adventure could still become a successful movie.
If you're reading this, you can't tell me with a straight face that you wouldn't see this movie. The headline couldn't be more plain: sharks attack a supermarket. Somehow, someway, I'm in without even needing a hyperactive Samuel L. Jackson screaming at me. Put me down for eleventy-billion tickets. Bill to Yidio's corporate account.
An accord could soon come down the pike between two Goliaths of digital media, reports the New York Times. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg has been in recent talks with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to bring features to Facebook that will let Netflix users share their viewing and rental activity and share favorite movies, TV shows, music and other media preferences.
I admit, as both a gamer and a movie blogger, this tidbit gives me mixed feelings. Creative differences have apparently driven a wedge between "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" writer/director David O. Russell and Columbia Pictures, and the two have parted ways before work could begin on a big-screen turn for the first in a soon-to-be-trilogy of successful Playstation 3 games.