INSIDE PREMIUM: Bored to DeathSeptember 14, 2009


INSIDE PREMIUM: Bored to Death

HBO

INSIDE PREMIUM will keep you up-to-date on the Premieres, Finales, and everything in between that is available at your choosing on Premium VOD. This Week
  • Bored to Death Premiere
  • Nurse Jackie Sneak Peek
  • Doubt Sneak Peek…

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INSIDE PREMIUM: TRUE BLOODSeptember 21, 2009


INSIDE PREMIUM: TRUE BLOOD

HBO

INSIDE PREMIUM will keep you up-to-date on the Premieres, Finales, and everything in between that is available at your choosing on Premium VOD. This Week

  • More True Blood?
  • Dexter's Origin
  • Crash Course...
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CAMELOT - On Demand: THERE WILL BE BLOOD …AND SEX.  LOTS OF SEXApril 14, 2011


CAMELOT - On Demand: THERE WILL BE BLOOD …AND SEX.  LOTS OF SEX

Starz

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “CAMELOT” (Starz).

CAMELOT - On Demand: THERE WILL BE BLOOD …AND SEX. LOTS OF SEX

By Jean Tait
 
The King Arthur story has been told and retold many times and many ways: in poetry, prose, paintings, theatre, animation and film. It’s been told from different points of view: usually Arthur’s, but also from Merlin’s and especially creatively, from Morgan’s (in the wonderful book Mists of Avalon). It’s been spoofed and musicalized. Who could forget Vanessa Redgrave crooning “The Lusty Month of May?” 
 
Perhaps that song was the inspiration for this version of CAMELOT” (Starz). Who knew how randy those medieval folk were? They do it outside, in the kitchen, at parties with other people all around.  Morgan leans back while on top of King Lot (HBO’s “Rome’s” James Purefoy), and that rocks his world so much he agrees to an alliance!
 
Morgan (Eva Green) is the beautiful, scheming, evil, driving force of this version, creating a worthy adversary for Joseph Fiennes’ tight-lipped Merlin who’s intensity is so fierce, if he weren’t constantly saying, “for Britain!” one might think he was evil. The two of them are terrific as competing sorcerers.
 
Eva Green / CAMELOT (Starz)
Eva Green / CAMELOT (Starz)
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The Video Glutton: ODW’s Guide To Binge TV Viewing -  SPARTACUSOctober 24, 2012


The Video Glutton: ODW’s Guide To Binge TV Viewing -  SPARTACUS

Starz

Introducing The Video Glutton - On Demand Weekly's Guide To Binge TV Viewing. Jean Tait will analyze whether a TV series is Binge TV Viewing worthy.

 


The Video Glutton: ODW's Guide To Binge TV Viewing - SPARTACUS, Season 1 & 2

By Jean Tait

 
On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “SPARTACUS.”

Just the other day, I was flipping through channels and came upon an episode of “Hercules: the Legendary Journeys.” I was (and am) a huge “Xena Warrior Princess” fan, so I always enjoyed Hercules as well. It was fun to watch an early episode of “Hercules,” and realize how Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert took that initial sword and sandals idea and continued to grow and develop it through the Xena series and again with the Spartacus series.

I had been warned off the Spartacus series due to the high gore content, but since I’ve become addicted to “Game of Thrones,” I figured my stomach had toughened up enough. Besides, I’ve missed Lucy Lawless. And so, it was time for a Spartacus binge. With each episode a full hour long (I love Premium channels!), I knew this would be a two week binge, so I planned one week for each season. (I skipped the Prequel “Gods of the Arena,” since I’d not heard great things about it, and I knew it was really a time filler while they waited for Andy Whitfield to get better).

Warning: Spoilers from here on out:

Day 1—Season 1, Episodes 1-3

Rule No. 1, check: Ice cream handy (low fat!).

Rule No. 2, check: I’m starting at 6:00pm. I’ll eat dinner while I watch. After 1 minute, I realize that was not such a good idea. This show is what I should watch every day at dinner time. I’m guaranteed to lose weight. And no thank you to the spaghetti with red sauce.

Rules No. 4 and 7, check and check: phones are set to ignore and took contact lenses out before beginning.

Rule No. 8, check: Keep your iPad handy for quick imdb references. So many from the old Hercules/Xena days! Joe LoDuca music! Michael Hurst directing (I’d love to see him acting, as well)! Plus about 750,000 effects people.

Quick take: There will be blood. And more blood, and amputations, and beheadings, and disembowelments. This is truly disgusting stuff. Fortunately, the effects are so over-the-top, that it’s (almost) funny. The comic-book aesthetic works perfectly with this fast-paced, fight-filled melodrama.

It breaks my heart to watch Andy Whitfield. How could anyone in such great shape be sick? Knowing he died just a short time after the series was shot is absolutely shattering. He was so beautiful with those almost too-pretty lips and those soulful eyes. It was really incongruous that he should play such a brutally strong killer, and yet, he could pull it off. At this point, I find it difficult to believe anyone could replace him.

Lucy Lawless continues to be flawless. I adore John Hannah, but the Scottish accent seems out of place. Craig Parker is quite good as the can’t get no respect husband of the lovely and spoiled Ilythia (the excellent Viva Bianca). All the gladiators are appropriately hunky and hulking.

Day 2—Season 1, Episodes 4,-7

Getting to know Crixus better and all the other gladiators. I’m starting to fast-forward a bit through the fight scenes because the blood is just a little too splatterfest for me.

Day 3—Seaon 1, Episodes 8-10

Oh. My. God. I really did not expect the show to go there! Hot hot hot sex and then whammo, a killing that is awesome in its disgustingness, and then they keep showing the shattered corpse. I need a night off from this. I’m going to have nightmares! But Viva Bianca and Lucy Lawless are amazing, so I’ll keep coming back for more.

Day 4—Season 1, Episodes 11-13

The big finish, and what a finish it is. The fat lady should be singing because everybody is dead! Well, not quite everybody, but practically everyone! A literal bloodbath, but the slaves are free!

Several days off to recover and eat dinners again, but for some reason, I still don’t want red sauce or red wine. This show makes “True Blood” seem like a peace-in!


Day 1—Season 2, Episodes 1-4
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BLACK SAILS Premiere Sails Into Homes On Demand And OnlineJanuary 26, 2014


BLACK SAILS Premiere Sails Into Homes On Demand And Online

"Black Sails" (Starz)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “Black Sails.”

Seemingly in an effort to outdo HBO, Starz’ “Black Sails” is stuffed to bursting with sex, violence, and foul language. What else would you expect from pirates not brought to you by Disney? PS, there are also no parrots, peglegs, or eye-patches.

Gorgeous locales (shot on the coast of South Africa) and a fine attention to details, especially in the weaponry and shipbuilding make Starz’s “Black Sails.” The stunningly turquoise waters make a stark contrast to the blood and gunpowder exploding on its surface, of which there is a lot. A LOT.

With the success of “Game Of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” it makes sense that someone would decide it was a great idea to make a TV show based on an historical time period full of lawlessness and violence (and sex). According to the publicity interviews, “Black Sails,” while fictional, is trying to show what life was really like during the “golden age of piracy.” For all the historical accuracy of the shipbuilding, it seems doubtful that the island’s societal structure managed that way, but thinking logically will just get in the way of the fun

So far the fun seems to reside in two characters: Luke Arnold’s rakishly charming bad boy, John Silver (part of the fun may be in guessing where the “Long” part of his name comes from!); and Jessica Parker Kennedy’s saucy wench of a whore, Max, who is not only the pirates’ favorite, but is the brains behind many a scheme. Other saucy wenches include the lovely, but tough, Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) who runs her daddy’s black market, and Clara Paget (Anne Bonny), the baddest of bad girls.

 

Toby Stephens / "Black Sails" (Starz)


That is about it for female characters of any substance. This is mostly a man’s world, and there are many fighting to be the top dog in the pack. First among them is Toby Stephen’s Captain Flint. Stephens manages to make Flint seem noble. Even when he is a stone cold killer who lies to his crew, it is because he has a dream to take the richest Spanish galleon to ever sail the seas. 

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LeBron James Produced SURVIVOR’S REMORSE Airs On StarzOctober 13, 2014


LeBron James Produced SURVIVOR’S REMORSE Airs On Starz

Rich Paul, left, Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, Mike O'Malley, LeBron James, Carmi Zlotnik (Phil Long/Invision for Starz)

Starz has teamed up with NBA superstar LeBron James to create “Survivor’s Remorse,” a comedy based on James’ personal experiences as a basketball phenomenon.

 

 

Karen Civil, Tom Werner, LeBron James, Johnny Manziel and Maverick Carter. (Photo by Phil Long/Invision for Starz Entertainment/AP Images)


 The six episode series follows Boston native Cam Calloway, played by Jessie T. Usher (WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL). Cam has just signed a multimillion dollar contract with the unnamed Atlanta basketball franchise. Young and excited, Cam throws down money on a high-rise condo, a truck for his high school coach, and everyday expenses for his uncle, played by Mike Epps (THE HANGOVER III), and sister, played by Erica Ash (SCARY MOVIE 5).

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Cassie (Tichina Arnold), M-Chuck (Erica Ash), Missy (Teyonah Parris), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


 The series really picks up when Cam and his cousin/agent Reggie, played by RonReaco Lee (MADEA GOES TO JAIL), are confronted with a scandal that could destroy everything they’ve built. Cam’s mother, played by Tichina Arnold (MARTIN), just before leaving her smaller Boston home to go live with Cam, gives away a bunch of stuff to people in the hood. Marcus, played by Mo McRae (LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER), owes money to some gangsters and comes across a video tape of Cam getting high and spewing racial profanities and an old notebook of Cam’s, filled with sexual drawings.

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Reggie (RonReaco Lee), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


 Cam doesn’t want to forget where he came from. Reggie wants him to distance himself from the problems that weigh heavily on Cam’s mind. Cam feels guilty that he can’t solve every issue that someone from his past faces.

This is LeBron James’ second foray into entertainment. The 29-year-old just filmed TRAINWRECK, a comedy directed by Judd Apatow, staring some of Hollywood’s funniest people, is due July 24, 2015. 

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