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DVD Review: Touch Season One

Kiefer Sutherland is back and at his best.

Touch, which comes from Heroes mastermind Tim Kring, follows Martin Bohm (Sutherland), an ex-newspaper reporter who lost his wife on 9/11 and now struggles to make ends meet while raising his eleven-year-old son Jake (David Mazouz).

Jake has never spoken a word aloud, doesn’t like being touched and is obsessed with numbers – he frequently writes the same number continually in his notebook.

Things become a problem when Jake continues to run away and climb cell phone towers. This causes the State to notice and intervene by sending a social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) to put Jake in a government run foster care facility.

However, Martin believes that Jake is trying to communicate with him through numbers and soon discovers that Jake’s numbers lead to a person in dire need of help.

What’s great about Touch is the ever-arcing stories that unfold after each episode.

Sutherland subdues his performance and takes his Jack Bauer 24 persona down a notch and really brings Martin to life.

Additionally, Kring really brings his trademark intensity to the show.

Edited: October 26th, 2012

NYGossipGirl Contest: Ruby Sparks Blu-ray Giveaway

To help promote the release of the upcoming release of Ruby Sparks, NYGossipGirl is giving away 2 Blu-ray copies!

Writer/actress Zoe Kazan stars in Ruby Sparks — her first feature film as a screenwriter as well — as the title character that is created out of Calvin’s (Paul Dano) mind as he is writing his latest novel.

From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks, centers around once-famous novelist Calvin (Dano) who creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Kazan) who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life- it also brings Ruby to life- literally! Face-to-face with an actual relationship with his once virtual girlfriend, Calvin must now decide whether to pen this love story or let it write itself. The movie also stars Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Elliott Gould.

Ruby reminds us of several other favorite “Indie Film Ladies” including Brit Marling, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Chastain.

To win a Blu-ray copy of Ruby Sparks, check out the feature below and let us know which Indie Film actress is YOUR favorite!

Brit Marling

This blonde-haired beauty has written and starred in two sci-fi-esque Fox Searchlight films: Sound of My Voice and Another Earth. In the latter, she stars as Rhoda Williams, a young girl whose entire life is thrown for a loop when she crosses paths with a composer in a tragic accident. In Sound of My Voice, she portrays the mysterious Maggie, a cult leader who claims to be from the future. Now, she’s working on her latest outing with Voice director Zal Batmanglij, The East, which stars Marling alongside Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Patricia Clarkson.

Every life is death, and most deaths are suicides. Some are just more gradual than others.–Maggie

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey turned heads when she starred in the hit romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer alongside Joseph Gordon–Levitt as Summer, a girl not sold on true love. The bright-eyed comic talent is now starring in the popular sitcom New Girl on Fox as another quirky and offbeat chick with a sense of humor trying to figure out life in her early thirties.

You weren’t wrong, Tom. You were just wrong about me. — Summer

Elizabeth Olsen

The other Olsen sister has been busy making a name for herself with smaller, critically acclaimed films, like the tense and dramatic Martha Marcy May Marlene. In the film, Olsen plays Martha, a traumatized ex-member of an abusive cult trying to separate her past’s memories from her current day-to-day. Olsen has several films in the works including Theresa Raquin and Very Good Girls.

I am a teacher and a leader. — Martha

Jessica Chastain

2011 was the year of Jessica Chastain as she starred in seven films, including The Help, The Debt and The Tree of Life.  In The Tree of Life, Chastain stars opposite Brad Pitt as Mrs. O’Brien the matriarch of a family in Texas in 1956. Told through the eyes of her eldest son, Jack, the story revolves around the family’s struggles and hardships that leave lasting impressions on their children. Chastain has not slowed down since last year and can be seen in next year’s Mama and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. – Mrs. O’Brien

Zoe Kazan

The granddaughter of famed filmmaker Elia Kazan, Zoe Kazan had movie making in her blood at a young age. After acting in several movies like It’s Complicated and Happythankyoumoreplease, Kazan wrote her first feature film this year with Ruby Sparks. Kazan also stars as the title character in the movie that tells the story of famed writer Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) as he creates the love of his life on paper, and she miraculously comes appears in his apartment. Kazan has several films in the works that she stars in, including the newest from Joss Whedon – In Your Eyes.

Edited: October 24th, 2012

Blu-ray/DVD Review: People Like Us

People Like Us should have gotten more recognition. The film is uplifting, inspirational and centers around broken relationships.

The film follows Sam (Chris Pine) who is having a really bad day. Not only is he having problems at work, but he finds out that his estranged father has died after a battle with cancer.

After much resistance, Sam finally travels to LA with his girlfriend Hannah (Olivia Wilde) where he finds that his father left more than $100,000 to a sister he’s never met.

Sam finds his sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), as well as her son Josh (Michael Hall D’Addario) and forms a relationship with them, without tell them who he truly is.

People Like Us focuses on relationships and family and the choices that people make.

The script really shapes the characters and gives them their own moment to shine.

Both Pine and Banks are exceptional in their roles and take the heartwarming film to the next level.

Edited: October 15th, 2012

Shailene Woodley to Play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Shailene Woodley is in negotiations to play Peter Parker’s love interest Mary Jane Watson in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man sequel.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager and The Descendants actress is in early talks to play Mary Jane Watson and is allegedly the studio’s top choice for the role.

In addition to Mary Jane, Sony Pictures is also casting the role of Harry Osborn.

Andrew Garfield will reprise his role as Spider-Man and Emma Stone is expected to come back as Gwen Stacy.

Production is set to begin early next year.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens on May 2, 2014.

Edited: October 12th, 2012

NYGossipGirl Giveaway: Win One Of 3 Legendary How I Met Your Mother Ducky Ties

This contest is LEGEN – wait for it -DARY!

To help promote the How I Met Your Mother: Season 7 release, NYGossipGirl is giving three lucky winners a chance to get their own awesome Barney Stinson Ducky Tie.

With both a baby and a wedding on the way, change is in the air and awesomeness abounds in the hilariously unpredictable season 7 of How I Met Your Mother. As Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) move away to start their family, Ted (Josh Radnor) continues the search for the woman of his dreams. Meanwhile, Robin (Cobie Smulders) reveals a shocking secret and special guest star Katie Holmes joins the fun in the long-awaited return of the Slutty Pumpkin! And, wedding bells are ringing at last for confirmed bachelor Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), but why is he wearing that ridiculous ducky tie, and just who is the “lucky” lady?

For your chance to win a Barney Stinson Ducky Tie, tell us who your favorite How I Met Your Mother character is and why. Contest open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Edited: October 4th, 2012

Win a Blu-ray copy of Bones: The Complete 7th Season: NYGossipGirl Giveaway

Booth and Brennan are back! And to celebrate, NYGossipGirl is giving one lucky winner a Blu-ray copy of Bones: The Complete 7th Season.

With the new release, viewers can experience their favorite characters in a whole new way with never-before-seen footage not available anywhere else.

While she tackles some of her most gruesome homicide cases yet, Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) also faces the delicate demands of motherhood, and a deepening relationship with FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). The thrills escalate this season when a pastor’s wife goes missing, shipping clerks go postal, and the squints go Hollywood. But the biggest shocker of all comes when clues left by a deranged cyber genius tag Brennan as a murder suspect.

For your chance to win, tell us who your favorite Bones character is and why. Contest open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Edited: October 2nd, 2012

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