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DVD Review: White Collar Season 3

Matt Bomer was born to play Neal Cafferty. He’s witty, charming and very easy on the eyes.

White Collar follows Neal, a convicted white collar criminal who’s assigned to work with the FBI and specifically Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) in an attempt to garner favor and perhaps commutation of his prison sentence by the government. Neal also solves many of the ongoing with the help of his friend Mozzie (Willie Garson).

The third season picks up where the second left off. Throughout season two, Neal was put on the trail of a sunken World War II sub that was filled with art stolen by the Nazis. After a long hunt, Neal and Peter find it, only to have it blown up. However, Mozzie stole the art and blew up the sub as cover, without telling Neal about the plan.

The plot continues in season three where Neal and Mozzie are trying to figure out how to get the stolen art out of the country, without having Peter and the rest of the F.B.I. figure out they have it.

The Season 3 DVD also features a six-minute trivia contest and audio commentary with creator, Jeff Eastin, and Bomer, DeKay, and Garson.

White Collar is definitely a standout. The show is entertaining and a must-see.

Edited: July 25th, 2012

Political Animals Prize Pack: NYGossipGirl Giveaway

USA Network’s Political Animals is the one show to watch out for this summer!

The highly anticipated limited series event pulls back the curtain on the polished facade of a former first-family as they navigate the complex world of political and personal ambition.

The show follows Sigourney Weaver who stars as former first lady and current Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond who is attempting to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with crises of the State Department and fending off the hungry DC journalist (Carla Gugino) who is bent on destroying her career.

To celebrate the premiere, NYGossipGirl is giving away ONE Political Animals Political Survivor Kit complete with the following items to offer you to giveaway during Sunday’s 10pm broadcast of the show ($357 value):

  • Bag
  • Corkscrew
  • Chess Set
  • Mobile Power Device
  • Animal Crackers
  • “Power” T-shirt
  • Magnet Set

We invite you to join the live-chat during the pilot episode on Sunday, July 15 at 10pm. There will be a number of influencers that will be chatting Sunday night on the topics of family, power, and women as well as live-tweeting the episode and we would love to have you on board to join us.

For your chance to win, simply tweet both leading up to the premiere and then throughout the premiere episode using #PoliticalAnimals and #PAChat, and tagging @PoliticalAnimal, as well as @NY_Gossip_Girl.

Edited: July 13th, 2012

NYGossipGirl Exclusive Interview: Sebastian Stan

Political Animals is quite frankly one of my favorite shows this summer. It’s entertaining, to the point and features a great ensemble.

NYGossipGirl recently had the pleasure of chatting with Sebastian Stan, one of the show’s stars.

Political Animals follows divorced former First Lady Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) who is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She finds an unlikely ally in a D.C. journalist who had previously dedicated herself to tearing Barrish to pieces.

Stan plays Thomas Hammond, Elaine’s troubled, openly gay son.

Check out the exclusive interview below!

NYGG: What attracted you to the pilot?

Stan: When I read the script, I was genually interested. Like, after I was done I wanted to know where it was going to go and what was going to happen with these people. And I was like this is intense already. Five more episodes, what’s going to happen next, you know? I also thought it was really well-written and really smart. That got confirmed again when I walked in and saw the screening. I knew what I saw on the page made it to the screen. It’s tough in television because sometimes you start with something and it changes. But what I essentially read is up there. I also love the cast. It’s a great group of people to work with that I want to work with.

NYGG: How did you prepare for it because your character has a lot of layers.

Stan: It’s very hard. There’s a lot of intense stuff going on and it’s exhausting sometimes, but it’s well worth it at the end of the day. The thing about my character is he’s just so unstable. He’s going from 1-10 and you’ll see that as the episodes progress. I did my research on drug addiction and alcoholism. I also researched presidential families like the Kennedys and Clintons. It gave me the idea of what it’s like to grow in the spotlight. What really helped me was that I found about what happened to Paul Newman’s son – he died of an overdose. But, the parallels are so similar it was creeping me out. Because all you know about Paul Newman is all these great things, the amazing work he’s done, his marriage and then his son died. And his son was constantly struggling with drugs and having a problem communicating and he got too lost. That helped me a lot.

Continue reading NYGossipGirl’s exclusive interview with Sebastian Stan after the jump!

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Edited: July 13th, 2012

Win a Union Square Poster Signed by Mira Sorvino!

To help promote the upcoming release of Union Square, NYGossipGirl is giving one lucky winner a poster of the film signed by stars Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard and director Nancy Savoca.

The film centers around an unexpected reunion between two estranged sisters, one on the verge of getting married, the other on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Lucy (Mira Sorvino) attempts to shop while anxiously talking on her cell. When the news is not what she wants to hear, she has a complete meltdown.  Unsure of her next move, she has an idea. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself somewhere she’s never been: her younger sister Jenny’s (Tammy Blanchard) loft apartment in Union Square.

Jenny is stunned to see Lucy on her doorstep and, what’s worse, unable to keep her out.  Jenny has little time to explain her sister’s arrival to her fiancé Mike — whose never met Lucy or anyone in Jenny’s family.  Lucy tries to update Jenny about their old friends in The Bronx and about their estranged mother (Patti LuPone) but when the news is not what Jenny expects to hear, she’s left wondering just what else Lucy could possibly do to disrupt her ordered life…that is, until Lucy delivers even more surprises.

Union Square opens July exclusively at the Angelika Theater.

To win, tell us which sister you relate to more!

Edited: July 9th, 2012

Win an American Reunion Prize Pack: NYGossipGirl Giveaway

The gang is back!

The entire cast of American Pie returns to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion in the outrageous comedy American Reunion, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand, with a never-before-seen unrated version, TOMORROW July 10, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

To celebrate the release of the film, NYGossipGirl is giving away an American Reunion Blu-ray in addition to beer flavored lip balm!

The film is set around one long-overdue weekend, were old friends reconnect, old flames re-ignite and everyone rediscovers just how much fun you can pack into one hilarious weekend.

American Reunion stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Eugene Levy.

To win, tell us who your favorite character is and why! For an additional entry, check out the Fancy Meet You Here feature after the jump and tell us who your favorite cast cross-overs are!

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Edited: July 9th, 2012

Margaret Arrives on Blu-ray on July 10

Margaret will be released on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on July 10!

The film follows a young woman who witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people’s lives.

Margaret stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Jean Reno, Allison Janney, John Gallagher Jr. and Kieran Culkin.

The title Margaret is not for a character in the film, but it’s featured in the poem ”Spring and Fall” recited in the movie.

Check out the interactive study guide below that helps explain all of the intricacies and connections of the film’s plot to the poem.

Edited: July 3rd, 2012

DVD Review: 21 Jump Street

I am usually not a fan of remakes. I think remakes are an easy way out for many writers and directors who can’t think of a fresh story.

However, 21 Jump Street is the exception.

The film is filled with over-the-top humor and is at times absurd and vulgar. However, that’s why it works.

The film follows two cops who are assigned to go undercover at a high school to infiltrate a drugs ring.

Here’s the back story: In 2005, Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) were at opposite ends of the social spectrum in high school.  Schmidt was a nerd and Jenko was a dumb jock.  Spring forward seven years later, they meet up again at the police academy where they discover that they can make-up for each other’s shortcomings.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have great chemistry together and both give great lead performances.

The film is definitely one of the best remakes I’ve seen in a long time.

Also, look out for cameos from Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson Peete – the original Jump Street stars.

Edited: July 1st, 2012

Blu-ray Review: The Artist

It’s no surprise that The Artist was the film to watch out for during this year’s Academy Awards and even more so that it won Best Picture.

The film is visually stunning and brings you back to an era were silent classic films reigned.

The Artist follows silent film actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) who’s adored by audiences  is a theatrical guy whose audience adores him. While talking to the press about his most most recent blockbuster, a young lady, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) bumps into him. George makes the best of the situation by posing with her.

After her encounter with the actor, Peppy seeks to find fame of her own and pursues a career in acting. The two work on the same movie and share some special moments, but it is not soon after that things start to change and talkies made their way to popularity.

George’s career goes downhill after that after his arrogance and pride takes over.

The Artist is a rare gem among Hollywood blockbusters.

Both Dujardin and Bejo are graceful in their performances and are a pleasure to watch. And, let’s not forget about the other supporting actor, Uggy the dog, who at times steals the show.

Writer and director Michael Hazanavicius got it right with the film and really reintroduces the audience to the joys of telling stories through images and not words.

Edited: July 1st, 2012

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