All season has been building to this; the prison vs Woodbury. The preview show’s Woodbury’s evil “Governor” leading an army that outnumbers Rick’s prison crew by at least two (if not three) to one. Will there be a massacre at the prison? Does Rick have a plan up his sleeve? Will they abandon ship? As readers of this website know, I am a long time fan of The Walking Dead comics and the thing that amazes me about where we are in the show is that I have no idea what will happen next. The television series is so different than the comic and both are as suspenseful and intriguing as each other. I can not wait to see what happens next.

Official description, “Welcome to the Tombs”: With the Governor’s attack looming, Rick and his people need to determine if the prison is worth defending.

The Walking Dead season finale airs tonight on AMC at 9pm. After the episode, Talking Dead takes viewers behind the scenes and host Chris Hardwick talks to some of the brains behind the show. Also on tonight…

8PM

BBC: Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (special)
CBS: Amazing Race 22 (reality competition)
PBS: Call the Midwife (period drama)
COOK: Cupcake Wars (cooking competition)
HISTORY: The Bible (dramatic retelling)
TRAVEL: Trip Flip (docu)
STYLE: Jerseylicious (reality)

9PM

HBO: Game of Thrones (supernatural action drama)
ABC: Revenge (drama)
CBS: The Good Wife (drama)
PBS: Mr. Selfridge (period drama)
BRAVO: Married to Medicine (reality)
FOOD: Worse Cooks in America (cooking competition)
LIFE: Army Wives (drama)

10PM

AMC: Talking Dead (live talk show)
ABC: Red Widow (acion drama)
FOOD: Chopped (cooking competition)
HISTORY: Vikings (period action drama)
LIFE: The Client List (drama)
SHOW: House of Lies (drama)
ANIMAL: Finding Bigfoot (reality)

Posted on March 31st, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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This is the best show you’re not watching. The season finale is tonight and I cannot believe the ride is over for the year. Already renewed for a second season, Banshee has quickly become one of my favorite shows.  Headlined by standouts Antony Starr (A New Zealand TV Legend, apparently) and Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing).   Banshee started off with a gimmicky premise (sort of like the equally awesome Suits); wherein a recently released crook, due to an unfortunate incident, becomes the sheriff of a sleepy small town.  This show’s first season has been one helluva ride, somehow unfolded into an epic love story about lovers forced apart because of circumstance. Throw in Amish gangsters, White supremacists, a sneaky First Nation tribe, and an Asian transvestite hacker named Job — and my god this show is good.

This is a show that you need to watch and luckily for you, you’ll be able to marathon the first season now.  Honestly, this show should be on HBO not Cinemax — it is that good.  Definitely worth the time and energy to watch. (Also, Odette Annable shows up as an aboriginal hitwoman, that’s how crazy this show truly is).

Catch the new episode of Banshee at 10:00pm on Cinemax.

8PM

SYFY: WWE SmackDown (wrestling)
CW: Nikita (spy drama)
ABC: Last Man Standing/Malibu Country (TGIF!)
DISNEY: The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex (family)
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares (reality)
NBC: Fashion Star (reality)
 

9PM

CW: Cult (thriller drama)
FOX: Touch (drama)
NBC: Grimm (fairy tale horror)
STARZ: Spartacus: War of the Damned (drama)
DISNEY: Gravity Falls (animation)
 
 

10PM

CBS: Blue Bloods (crime drama)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Posted on March 15th, 2013 by Quantum | Leave a Comment
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Bingo. The classic game that mixes puzzle and chance. It has always been one of my favorite forms of gambling (especially when when I was little and it was for prizes). The last time I played was on a cruise and I was lucky enough to win a free drink. This of course led me to want to play every round offered over the course of the vacation, which leads me to the point of this Bingo discussion. The addictive quality of Bingo has been underused in television and movies, but when it is used, it is very effective for laughs.

There are of course many ways besides cruise ships to play Bingo. There are professional tournaments, games held at churches and community centers, fairs, and nowadays you can even play online at websites such as www.partybingo.com. The options for finding your own game to join are endless. In television that is another story. You have to search high and low to find the classic game featured anywhere. Sure, there was the short lived ABC gameshow National Bingo Night in 07, followed by Bingo America on GSN, which lasted until 09. But before reading this article, did you even know these gameshows existed?

What brings about this sudden urge to chat about Bingo? Well, just this past week NBC’s Matthew Perry comedy Go On was smart enough to feature the game in its new episode. It used a church game of Bingo attended by Perry’s character Ryan to set off the chain of events for the rest of the episode and got some laughs along the way.

Of course this pales in comparison to the hysterical use of Bingo back in the sit-com Roseanne. You remember the episode I’m talking about. Barr’s title character reluctantly goes to a game of Bingo on a girl’s night out only to win fifty bucks. From there she goes all out, with the big hair, multiples boards and markers and becomes a “pro” (pictured to the right). She only stops playing when her family literally carries her out of the game.

Any I missing any classic uses of Bingo? What is your favorite television show or movie to use the game?

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85th Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture – Argo
  • Best Animated Feature Film – Brave
  • Best Foreign Language Film – Amour
  • Best Documentary, Searching for Sugar Man
  • Best Direction – Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Best Original Song – Adele, Skyfall
  • Best Original Score – Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
  • Best Production Design – Lincoln
  • Best Sound Mixing – Les Miserables
  • Best Sound Editing – (tie) Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Film Editing – William Goldenberg, Argo
  • Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, Argo
  • Best Make-Up and Hair Styling – Lisa Westcott/Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables
  • Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
  • Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
  • Best Visual Effects – Life of Pi
  • Best Short Documentary – Inocente
  • Best Live Action Short Film – Curfew
  • Best Animated Short Film – Paperman

Agree or disagree with the winners? Sound off in our comments!

Release Date: February 15, 2013
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: John Moore
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yuliya Snigir, Radivoje Bukvic, Cole Hauser, and Amaury Nolasco.
Plot: Bruce Willis is back as iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, who for the first time finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney)– unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist.

With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.

Thoughts: I am a huge Die Hard fan and I’ll always be excited for a new action flick that features Bruce Willis’ John McClane. The original movie is near perfect and is one of the top actions movies of all time (and one of the best Christmas movies ever made). The second was a bit lackluster (Die Harder), but the series rebounded with an awesome third movie (Die Hard with a Vengence), only to be followed by a disappointing forth flick (Live Free or Die Hard).

As it stands, the odd numbered Die Hard movies are the strongest, so A Good Day to Die Hard should be good, right? Sadly, the early buzz is not great and John Moore as the director makes me even concerned- he already delivered a awful adaptation of Max Payne, a video game that was already cinematic yet his version lacked the game’s visual appear and style. I love the idea of John McClane fighting along side his just as badass son (and look at that poster, they do look like family), but will they be enough to make the movie entertaining? The movie hit theaters this past Friday, so why are you here reading this? If you are a fan of Die Hard, go check it out!

On March 24th Luigi will finally push Mario out of the spotlight and emerge from the massive shadow of the Italian plumber turned superhero when he headlines Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. The game is heading to the Nintendo 3DS and is a sequel of sorts to the original Luigi’s Mansion, which was released in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube.

In the new game, Luigi is sent to five new haunted houses by Professor E. Gadd (from the original game) armed with the new Poltergust 5000 to capture ghosts and gather various treasures along the way. Just like the Poltergust 3000 from the original, the 5000 is a specialized vacuum cleaner used to capture the ghosts. The new game adds to the gameplay by making it a little more difficult to capture the ghosts along with new puzzled-oriented elements to advance through the game. Also new is a multiplayer mode on the Nintendo Network that always players to assume the role of Luigi (in different colors) to explore the “ScareScraper” mansion.

If the new game is anything like the original it’ll be a blast to play. Not only did the original game not take itself serious, but the concept alone of Luigi in a haunted house with a vacuum to catch ghosts is as fun as it gets. Why didn’t the vacuum ever make it into other Mario game’s Haunted House levels? Check out Luigi’s new adventure next month (and you can pre-order it here)!

Posted on February 17th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Today’s guest post comes from reader Tracy. Check it out…

When the silver screen was introduced a century ago in Germany and other parts of the world, it has become a revolution that enabled people to express themselves in moving pictures. Similar to books and music, German films as well as international ones feature stories or themes based on a person’s life, frustrations, and dreams, among many others. One of most common themes used in movies is gambling.

As playing casino games is one of the favorite activities of mankind, it wasn’t long before when people incorporated this with motion picture. From 1960 to the present, people have produced a number of titles that illustrate gambling, whether it is live or online at sites like de.partypoker.com, as part of their subject’s lives. One example is The Gambler, a 2007 film of German director Sebastian Bieniek.

Apart from using real casinos and online sites such as Party Poker heavily in a film, there are also instances wherein filmmakers used gambling as an “under theme” in some of the scenes in their work. That being said, here is a personal list of the most memorable scenes with gambling references on non-gambling movies.

The roulette scene in Toy Story 3
When I saw Toy Story 3 on the silver screen for the first time, I didn’t expect to see a gambling scene. But I commend Pixar for treating a mature topic in such a way that the audience, especially the younger sector, would still enjoy it. The scene that I am talking about involves some of the founding toys at the preschool, including Ken. They are gathered together around a See ‘n Say, betting on where the spinner will stop. The tip of the arrow lands on the duck, making the octopus the winner.

The blackjack scene in The Hangover
Almost all of the scenes in The Hangover are in Las Vegas, so it is implausible not to see any gambling activity in the film. I included The Hangover’s blackjack scene in this short list as it is a pure homage to the Rain Man, especially when Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) descended on the escalator wearing a gray suit.

The roulette scene in Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
Directed by Tom Tykwer, this German film tells the story of Lola (Franka Potente) as she tries to look for money to use as substitute to the money that was lost by her boyfriend Manni. After failing in her first two attempts, Lola sees a casino and decides to put everything she’s got on the roulette table. She wins two bets with “20 black”, which gives her more than enough money to help Manni. What I love most about this scene is the reaction of the classy people when Lola entered the casino all sweaty and under-dressed.

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