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Blu-ray Review: Modern Family Season 3

When Modern Family first made its debut in 2009, everyone took notice. Now, 12 Emmy Awards later, the show is unstoppable.

For those that have been living under a rock, Modern Family, follows three different, but related, families – the Pritchards and Dunphys – and the trials they face in each of their own uniquely comedic ways.

These 24 episodes featured in Season 3 showcase the talent and humor that makes the show such a success.

Episodes including, Little Bo Bleep, Lifetime Supply and Egg Drop are standouts.

Additionally, the Blu-ray edition contains bonus features such as deleted and extended scenes, family interviews, aventures of the Modern Family kids, Modern Family goes to Disney and a Modern Family Christmas.

Edited: September 26th, 2012

Win a Signed Red Lights Poster by Cillian Murphy

To help promote the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Red Lights, NYGossipGirl is giving two lucky winners a poster signed by star Cillian Murphy (Inception) and director, Rodrigo Cortes (Buried).

Red Lights follows Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Murphy) who debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary.

Red Lights comes out on DVD + Digital Copy and Blu-ray on Oct. 2, 2012. The release also contains intimate one-on-one interviews with cast and crew.

To win a poster signed by Cillian Murphy and Rodrigo Cortes, tell us why you most want to see the film!

Edited: September 26th, 2012

NYGossipGirl Exclusive Interview: Sarah Megan Thomas

Sarah Megan Thomas is a jack of all trades. She wrote, produced and starred in Backwards, a feat that is quite an accomplishment.

Backwards centers around Abi Brooks (Thomas) a fiercely competitive 30-year-old rower who fails to make the Olympic boat for the second time. She takes a coaching job at a school, but struggles to adjust to life off the race course.

NYGossipGirl had the pleasure of chatting with Thomas about the film and what it was like working with co-star James Van Der Beek.

NYGG: When you were writing this, what was the story that you wanted to tell?

Thomas: The story I really wanted to tell was that of an Olympic athlete who almost makes it, but yet she doesn’t, and ultimately sits in the sidelines. I love sports films – they’re wonderful, but the athlete always wins in the end. I wanted it to be a story about someone who doesn’t make it.

NYGG: Women’s rowing is not often seen on film? Why did you want to change that?

Thomas: There’s never been a complete film about women’s rowing and it’s a sport that I wanted to bring to the big screen.

Check out the rest of NYGossipGirl’s exclusive interview with Sarah Megan Thomas after the jump! (more…)

Edited: September 21st, 2012

Win a Signed Backwards Poster by James Van Der Beek

To help promote the upcoming Olympic rowing film, Backwards, NYGossipGirl is giving one lucky winner a poster signed by James Van Der Beek, Margaret Colin, Sarah Thomas and director Ben Hickernell.

Writer/producer/star Sarah Megan Thomas was a rower in real life and originated the entire concept of the film.Backwards follows Abigail Brooks (Thomas) who has spent her life trying to win an Olympic rowing medal, sacrificing friendship, love, and a normal life along the way. When she is named an alternate on the Olympic team she quits in haste. Defeated, Abi moves back home with her widowed, workaholic mother (Colin). Tension builds as Abi’s mother urges her to move on from the rowing life that Abi’s father, a coach, introduced her to. Unable to do so, but needing an immediate job, Abi seizes an open crew coach position at her alma mater, Union High. There, the head of athletics is her old boyfriend, Geoff (Van Der Beek).  Abi trains her high school rowers in an obsessive fashion, taking two girls, Hannah (Alexandra Metz) and Susan (Meredith Apfelbaum), under her wing.  After the girls lose an important regional race, Abi reinvents herself as a coach, and, in the process, learns to have fun again both on the water and off.

The film is an intimate look at the personal sacrifices and complex choices facing competitive Olympic hopefuls.

To win the poster signed by James Van Der Beek, Margaret Colin, Sarah Thomas and director Ben Hickernell, tell us why you most want to see the film!
Backwards opens on Friday, Sept. 21!

Edited: September 17th, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Once Upon a Time

When I first heard that Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis where creating a show for ABC I was excited – I mean, how can Lost fans not rejoice?

Then, when I heard the show was an adventurous twist on popular classic fairytales, my excitement grew to a whole new level.

Once Upon a Time is like now show on TV. The series centers around Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) who suddenly finds her son Henry (Jared Gilmore), who she gave up for adoption 10 years standing at her doorstep. Henry tells her that she must save Storybrooke, the small town he lives in, from an evil curse.

Everyone in Storybrooke is trapped because of the evil queen Regina (Lana Parilla). Characters like Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Gepetto, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Prince Charming all live in Storybrooke, only they don’t know who they really are. They’re regular people who have been cursed to live an ordinary life by the evil queen.

Each episode is beautifully crafted and lets each individual character shine.

Edited: September 15th, 2012

Blu-ray Review: The Dictator

What’s great about Sacha Baron Cohen is that he’s never afraid to push the limit when it comes to comedy.

He took the world by storm as Borat and then followed that hit with Bruno. What made the movies shine was how Cohen was able to capture real people’s reactions.

The Dictator is different. The film features fictional characters and fictional scenarios.

The film follows Admiral General Aladeen (Cohen), a ruthless tyrant who is developing weapons of mass destruction and because of this, he has to appear before the United Nations to prevent a military strike against his country, the Republic of Wadiya. From there, Aladeen travels to New York where someone wants him executed. After escaping, Aladeen finds himself stripped of his true identity and left alone on the streets of New York. He soon befriends Zoey (Anna Faris), a do-gooder who protests injustice in the world and runs an organic grocery store.

The Dictator is a great watch and delivers many laughs.

Whether fictional or not, Cohen continues to shine.

Edited: September 11th, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Glee Season 3

Glee Season 3 packs as much punch – if not more so – than past season.

In the third season, the gleeks are back and headed for the Nationals, as well as their graduation.

What’s great about the third season, is that although the song and dance numbers are still great, creator Ryan Murphy has added new memorable hits from legends such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

There are a lot of special features including a Glee Music Jukebox that lets you jump to the musical numbers featured in the show.

Additionally, there is a “Glee Under the Stars” is a featurette that shows a season 3 kick-off event that was held at a high school in Santa Monica.

My favorite of course are the Jane Lynch-specific featurettes.

For Gleek lovers such as myself, this one is not to miss!

Edited: September 8th, 2012

DVD Review: Season 1

ABC spent quite a bit of money advertising Revenge when it was first about to hit the small screen. However, that was not needed.

The show speaks for itself. It’s smart, clever and keeps viewers craving more after every episode.

Revenge follows Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), who’s real name is Amanda Clarke. She has come back to the Hamptons to get even with the people who ruined her father’s life and reputation, which led to his death in prison.

However, despite her plan, her mission isn’t as easy as she might expect. Emily has met her match with Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) – the matriarch of Emily’s target family, who was also David Clarke’s lover.

The show also stars Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Connor Paolo, Ashley Madekwe and Christa B. Allen.

Revenge is worth watching and is definitely a must-see.

The complete first season includes exclusive bonus features such as Roadmap to Revenge, At Home in The Hamptons and Nolan Ross Exposed.

The DVD also features deleted scenes, bloopers and polit commentary.

Edited: September 3rd, 2012

DVD Review: Think Like a Man

Many times, a big ensemble film is too much. There are too many story plots in the mix and it can become very confusing.

However, Think Like a Man is different. The film, an adaptation of Steve Harvey’s best-selling book about dating and relationships, is unexpected and hilarious.

The film stars Michael Ealy, Romany Falco, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Williams and Chris Brown and focuses on the never-ending battle of the sexes.

Think Like a Man focuses on the struggling relationships between men and women. Take Mya (Good) for example, who has a ninety-day rule before letting any man reach into her “cookie jar,” Then there’s Dominic (Ealy), who falls in love with a rich executive Lauren (Henson), who wants to fall in love with a man just as rich and powerful as she is.

Mama’s boy Michael (Terrence J) falls for single mom Candace (Hall) and Jeremy (Ferrara) has been with Kristen (Union) for nine years but has yet to put a ring on it.

The film is an entertaining romantic comedy that is carried by a good cast. Although there is a large ensemble, director Tim Story did a fantastic job integrating the segments for an easy flow.

The Blu-ray and also features deleted scenes, a gag reel and four featurettes.

Edited: September 3rd, 2012

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