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Jack Klugman, Best Remembered As Oscar Madison On The TV Show ‘The Odd Couple,’ Dead At 90

Posted: 24 Dec 2012 07:42 PM PST

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman, the irrepressible character actor best remembered as the craggy, charismatically unkempt, skirt-chasing and reckless sportswriter Oscar Madison in the television adaptation of the Broadway play and theatrical film The Odd Couple, has died at the age of 90, reports the Associated Press. The cause of death is yet to be determined, but his son Adam said he had died suddenly.

Klugman's portrayal of Oscar Madison in the The Odd Couple from 1970 to 1975 on ABC television (winning two Emmy awards) in which he pretty much morphed himself into the character with such aplomb that everything he did after it and his public persona became more associated with the character of Oscar than Jack the man. Klugman has many traits ala Oscar, he loved to gamble, he was also a gregarious low rent playboy in the coolest sense of the word. It was the likeable, everyman man-about-town style he parlayed into the role that made it so memorable. Playing against the late Tony Randall's neat freak and neurotic Felix Unger, the two men created a television program that while may not have been a success in its original run, soon found its voice and influence in the syndicated reruns market and became one of the most loved television sitcoms of all time, especially in big city markets, where sometimes the program was rerun three times a day. The two men also created a classic comedy team, ala Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, or Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on their television appearances on The Colgate Comedy Hour in the 1950s. [...]

Disney In Depth: 5 Disney Holiday Surprise Vacation Videos

Posted: 24 Dec 2012 02:12 PM PST

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'Tis the season to be surprised with Disney cheer. The gift of the Mouse, or at least the gift from individuals who care about people who love the Mouse, is one that keeps on giving each year. Thanks to the Internet, and specifically YouTube, everyone can enjoy these special holiday moments. Often parents bring their children yuletide joy through bestowing them a Disney present, sometimes as cool as a vacation to one of the magical destinations.

Here below watch some of the funniest and most heartwarming reactions [...]

Hot Lead, Cold Cash: How You Can Help Bring Life To A Western/Horror Comic

Posted: 24 Dec 2012 11:00 AM PST

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From the mind of Andres Salazar comes a western/horror comic worthy of the name. Pariah, Missouri is an excellent blending of an edgy "old west" story and a classic horror/suspense theme. Salazar is the creator/writer/colorist on this project with Jose Pescador heading up the artwork part of the series. With the first few pages spent developing characters and establishing their upcoming roles in this tale, we are given a chance to really embrace the mid nineteenth century and how violent it could be...especially when some of the people may not actually be people at all!

Not a whole lot is explained in the teaser pages on the Kickstarter site but it holds a lot of potential. But that potential needs your help! As with most things, it takes cold hard cash to get the job done. [...]

Movie Review: Jack Reacher

Posted: 24 Dec 2012 09:15 AM PST

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Jack Reacher
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Written by Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 130 minutes
Release Date: December 21, 2012

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Jack Reacher is based on Lee Child's 2005 novel, One Shot.

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all the evidence points to suspect James Barr (Joseph Sikora), an ex-Army sniper with a history of violence.

During interrogation, Barr offers up only a single note: "Get Jack Reacher." Enter Reacher (Tom Cruise), a drifter and former Military Police Officer who makes it his business to right wrongs and be an all-around bad-ass.

Working as an investigator for Barr's defense attorney, Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), Reacher begins to unravel a case involving a hired killer and a Russian known only as "The Zec," played by German director Werner Herzog (Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Grizzly Man).

Herzog is perfect for the role: the director has made a career out of muttering about death and the chaotic indifference of nature, so it's only natural his character would order a low-level thug to bite off his own thumb or get shot in the head. I imagine Herzog acts completely the same when working with actors or documentary subjects.

Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller from another era. It feels like '40s pulp noir at times, with hard-boiled dialogue and staff action sequences including an impressive car chase straight out of '70s cinema. Cruise, as always, is able to convince the audience that he is who he says he is. By doing all of his own stunts, Cruise inhabits his roles in the way that few Hollywood stars can [...]

$5 MP3 Album Deal: Les Miserables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Posted: 24 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST

Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack, music from the film Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon for only $5. The CD is available for only $11.88.

The soundtrack contains 20 songs from the movie, which opens in theaters tomorrow, Christmas Day, with songs performed by lead actors Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe, as well as by the other cast members, like Samantha Barks on the stand-out track "On My Own" and Sacha Baron Cohen belting out "Master Of The House." Growing up in New York where Les Misérables has been a staple on Broadway for decades, I can tell you that these songs are all great and from the footage I've seen from the upcoming movie, you won't be disappointed with this big-screen adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo tale and its rendition of the musical's memorable tunes.

For only $5, this soundtrack is a steal. Also - MP3 albums make great gifts, especially last-minute! See below on how to "gift" this album.

Browse the 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each [...]

Movie Review: Django Unchained

Posted: 24 Dec 2012 07:51 AM PST

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Django Unchained
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins
The Weinstein Company
Rated R | 165 minutes
Release Date: December 25, 2012

"I need a hundred black coffins for a hundred bad men / A hundred black graves so I can lay they ass in." - Rick Ross

Inspired by Django, the 1966 Italian film directed by Sergio Corbucci, Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino's seventh feature-length film: a Spaghetti Western set in America's Deep South.

The film blends Sergio Leone-style filmmaking and Tarantino's signature themes of revenge and fetishized violence with fairytale fantasy to create Once Upon a Time in the South.

1863. Texas. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a freed slave on a mission to rescue his wife, Broomhilda, from the clutches of the deplorable Monsieur Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). His companion is Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German-born bounty hunter with a salt-and-pepper beard who travels the American South collecting rewards on outlaws and other such nefarious individuals.

Waltz is best known for playing the insidious Colonel Hans Landa aka "The Jew Hunter" in Tarantino's 2009 film, Inglourious Basterds. In many ways, Django Unchained is the spiritual sequel to that film, which provided the ultimate in revenge fantasy by having Jewish-American soldiers machine gun Hitler's face off. Here, Waltz is not a despicable foil but rather a vigilante who serves as the Yoda to Django's Luke Skywalker, teaching him the bounty hunting business so he can track down his wife and free her from the shackles of her master.

Her master, Calvin J. Candie, is a cruel-but-charming Francophile (who can't speak a word of French) with an affinity for Mandingo Fighting. At his Candieland Plantation, Candie orchestrates brutal fights to the death between slaves. At this castle built of blood and cotton, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) is a house Negro - whored out to Candie's guests seeking the finest in African flesh [...]

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