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The Master Blu-ray Review

Paul Thomas Anderson can do now wrong (i.e. There Will be Blood).

In his latest creation, The Master, Anderson marries disturbing imagery, uncomfortable situations and a well-rounded cast to take the film to another level.

The Master centers around Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a troubled veteran of WWII who is having difficulty returning to civilian life. Freddie is an unpredictable loner, whose only allegiance is alcohol. Throughout the film, Freddie drifts from job to job with disastrous results.

However, that all changes when one morning, and in a drunken stupor, Freddie finds himself in front of Lancaster Dodd a.k.a “The Master” (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a charismatic and multi-talented leader of a cult-like group known as “The Cause”.

Lancaster takes Freddie under his wing and subjects him to a variety of stages, ultimately meant to heal  and mellow Freddie’s rebelliousness and dependency on alcohol.

The Master is intense and at times difficult to absorb, but at the same time very thought-provoking.

The film’s cast is what makes The Master truly shine. Not only do Phoenix and Hoffman give outstanding performances, but Amy Adams, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lancaster’s wife, also stands out.

Edited: February 27th, 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis: Best Actor Winner at 2013 Oscars

Daniel Day-Lewis took home the Best Actor award for his portrayal as President Abraham Lincoln in Steve Spielberg’s Lincoln.

“I really don’t know how any of this happened, I do know I received too much of my share of good fortune in my life,” he said during his acceptance speech. My fellow nominees, my betters, I’m so proud to be here amongst you.”

The actor beat out Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserable), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Denzel Washington (Flight).

Edited: February 24th, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence: 2013 Oscars Best Actress Winner

Jennifer Lawrence garnered the Best Actress Award for her role in Silver Linings Playbook during the 85th Academy Awards.

“This is nuts,” she said during her acceptance speech. “Thank you to the best producing team. And to Bradley [Cooper] and our entire cast. Thank you so much. Thanks.”

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible).

Edited: February 24th, 2013

Ang Lee Wins Best Director Award at 2013 Oscars

Ang Lee nabbed the Best Director Award for his film Life of Pi, during the 85th Academy Awards.

“I really need to share this with everyone who worked with me on Life of Pi,” he said during his acceptance speech. “For believing in this story and sharing it with me. I want to thank everyone in the cast. I can not make this movie without the help of Taiwan.

Michael Haneke (Amour), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) were also nominated.

Edited: February 24th, 2013

Anne Hathaway Wins Best Supporting Actress Award at Oscars

Anne Hathaway won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal as Fantine in Les Miserables during the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Hathaway beat out Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook).

“It came true,” she said during her acceptance speech. “There are so many people who’s generosity and support is the reason I’m standing here today. I must thank Hugh Jackman, the cast and the crew. The creative team behind Les Miserable. I want to thank my friends, my family and my husband – the greatest moment was the one where you walked into it.”

Edited: February 24th, 2013

Christoph Waltz Nabs Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Christoph Waltz nabbed the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained during the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

“Mr. De Niro, Mr. Arkin, Mr. Joffman and Mr. Jones, my respect,” Waltz said during his acceptance speech. My unlimited gratitude goes to the creator and creator of his own inspiring world, Quentin Tarantino. I thank Samuel Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. We participated in a heroes journey – Quentin – you scaled the mountain because you’re not afraid of it, you slayed the dragon because you’re not afraid of it and you scaled through fire because it’s worth it.”

Waltz beat out Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).

Edited: February 24th, 2013

Win a Psych Prize Pack: NYGossipGirl Giveaway

In case you missed our previous Psych Slumber giveaway, have no fear!

We have another AWESOME contest to celebrate the upcoming and highly-anticipated seventh season premiere this Wednesday at 10/9c only on USA Network!

During the premiere – and even before that – share your favorite Psych moments to @Psych_USA and @NY_Gossip_Girl using #Psych.

To win, tell us what your favorite Psych episode of all time is!

We predict {*fingers to head*} that you’ll love this Desk Set prize pack ($134.25 value) that includes:

  • Psych 3-hole-punch
  • Pineapple USB Drive
  • Poppin’ In/Out Box (2 boxes)
  • Poppin’ Stapler
  • Poppin’ Staple Remover
  • Poppin’ Ruler
  • Poppin’ Scissor
  • Poppin’ Tape Dispenser
  • Poppin’ Calculator
  • Push Pin Tin
  • Set of Post It Notes

The prize was provided by USA Network, but USA Network is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Edited: February 22nd, 2013

Flight DVD/Blu-ray Combo Review

Flight is quite possibly Denzel Washington’s best performance as as actor.

Washington has led the big-screen for ages and has always been at the top of his game. However, his performance in Flight just takes it to another level. His portrayal is raw, captivating and fearless.

The film follows Whip Whitaker (Washington), a drunk who not only went through a bad divorce, who’s relationship with his son is basically non existent, but also a person who’s life is a wreck.

Even after a night of non-stop drinking and drugs, Whip still strides through the airport as if he owns the place.

As the plane starts coming apart, he remains calm and manages to take control and save the plane. There are only six casualties.

However, that is when Whip’s problems begin.

Even with the help of Kate (Kelly Reilly), a woman he meets in the hospital stairwell, who he later begins a relationship with, Whip ends up going into a downward spiral.

In addition to Washington’s riveting performance, Flight also features a top-notch supporting cast which includes Don Cheadle, Whip’s attorney and John Goodman, Whip’s drug dealer.

Director Robert Zemeckis does an extraordinary job bringing this live-action film together and bolstering its talented cast.

Edited: February 8th, 2013

Win a Psych Slumber Party Prize Pack: NYGossipGirl Giveaway – CLOSED

Get ready for the best slumber party of your life!!

Psych kicks off its Season 7 kicks on February 27 at 10/9c!  To celebrate its return, USA Network will be hosting the first-ever PSYCH Slumber Party on Friday night, February 15 starting at midnight.

Fans can stay up all night with the cast to watch seven fan-voted episodes, win a trip to the set and join in on a night full of slumber party games and pranks.

As part of the celebration, NYGossipGirl if giving ONE lucky winner some sweet Psych swag (all Slumber Party themed of course).

The following items will be included in the prize pack:

  • Eye Mask
  • Snuggies
  • Ceramic Tumblr
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Jiffy Pop

As part of the giveaway, we’re encouraging you, as well as your friends and loved ones to spread the excitement around the new season and have your own perfect Slumber Party along with Psych.

During the episodes, share your own favorite Psych moments by tweeting pictures and updates to @Psych_USA using #PsychSlumberParty.

To ensure you’re able to stay up all night, Psych will be hosting a 2-hour trivia prize fest on Twitter and some participants may even get a call from Shawn and Gus.

Furthermore, as another contest entry, tell NYGossipGirl who your favorite character is and why!

The prize was provided by USA Network, but USA Network is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Edited: February 6th, 2013

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