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TV rise and fall: Keri Russell gets to laugh all day, David Cross kills, and adieu Tony Curtis, 'Lone Star'

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Screens, Television

What was once Felicity is now just Foolish. Keri Russell, the wispy, curly-topped beauty largely absent from your TV screens since starring as idealistic New York college student Felicity Porter in the Golden Globe-winning '90s series Felicity — one of the few legitimate hits on the old WB Net...[MORE]

Cheat Code: Lara Croft and Mafia fun

By Bryant Franks

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light Square Enix Xbox 360 (available now) PS3 & PC (available Sept. 28) Man, Lara Croft has faced some peaks and valleys. There was once a time when our favorite tomb raider enjoyed a level of fame and stardom reserved only for Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog ...[MORE]

Backlot: The buzz on Detroit's latest movie productions

By Corey Hall

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Transformers 3  Director: Michael Bay  Starring: Shia Lebeouf, Josh Duhamel The buzz: Every schoolboy knows that Detroit's city motto is "If you seek a pleasant postindustrial apocalyptic wasteland, look around you." No one has taken this slogan more to heart than mega-budget schlock-ma...[MORE]

Courts and sparks: And the ugly battle for TV timeslots and American faces

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Screens, Television

Next to the new fall series themselves — depending on the quality of the shows in question, maybe more than the programs — TV critics love discussing time slots. That's because they know television history is littered with unique, cleverly written, well-acted productions that died a quic...[MORE]

Cheat Code: Halo prequel still shines above

By Bryant Franks

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Halo: Reach (single player campaign) Bungie; Xbox 360 Halo changed the face of gaming. Bungie's game about a faceless and green space marine's war against a fanatically religious alien race single-handedly made Microsoft's Xbox a viable gaming system to own. Well, all good things must come to an...[MORE]

Countdown to fall: From worst to best, the season’s most anticipated shows

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: Screens, Television

With Wednesday's premieres of Hellcats at 9 p.m. on the CW and Terriers at 10 p.m. on FX, the 2010 fall TV season is officially off and running. Last week I was interviewed on a Raleigh, N.C., radio station for my post-Emmy Awards observations when the host (you may remember Detroit's own Joe Wade F...[MORE]

Digital dogs: Our game reviewer sizes up Kane & Lynch's latest

By Bryant Franks

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Square Enix Xbox 360 (Review Copy) PS3, PC Hollywood would have you believe that everyone in the world is impossibly beautiful. Hell, you've heard the term "TV ugly" haven't you? If not, it goes like this: People who are supposed to be unattractive in-stor...[MORE]

Searching for Kesler!: NHL 2K11 is out and we spend an afternoon with hockey stars inside a virtual PR machine

By Bryant Franks

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

"Man, walking here was a bad idea," I say to myself, as my sweat makes a mockery of my shirt. I'm trekking from the MT offices to Comerica Park, but I don't really know where to go.  So I walk the perimeter of the ballpark searching for a tour bus emblazoned with images of hockey players....[MORE]

Makin' the local scene: A Raimi homecoming of sorts; local Hardcore Pawn sets a TruTV viewing record

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Screens, Television

Ted Raimi is feeling homesick, and more than a bit envious.  "I'm really jealous that there's so much production going on there," the Royal Oak native says by phone from California, where he moved in 1989 and carried on the family honor by carving out a laudable career as an actor, direct...[MORE]

Pilgrim's Progress: Why this video game tie-in will actually give you a nerdgasm

By Bryant Franks

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game Ubisoft PS3 (available now), Xbox 360 (available Aug. 27) It's a safe bet that author Brian Lee O'Malley is into way more video games than you. One quick read of the Scott Pilgrim series, and you'll find so many video game references, from the overt, to so ...[MORE]

The family guy: How Ice Cube stayed relevant beyond gangsta, from AK raps to chasing a raccoon

By Corey Hall

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Screens, Film

It has been 20-plus years since Ice Cube busted straight outta Compton, alongside his notorious "Gangsta Rap" crew N.W.A, and scandalized the media and electrified corners of the burbs far beyond the imagining of South Central L.A. But that was then. Dude has long since found star power ...[MORE]

Tumor humor: Showtime's new cancer comedy makes a bid for acute laughter

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Screens, Television

A whimsical, seriocomic 13-week series about cancer? Anyone who has suffered the devastating effects of that disease or knows somebody who has (and isn't that just about everybody?) would be hard-pressed to envision malignant tumors as the stuff of prime-time chuckles. What's the old expression? &qu...[MORE]

Cheat Code: UFC Undisputed 2010 kicks ass

By Bryant Franks

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

UFC Undisputed 2010 THQ PS3 (Review Copy), Xbox 360 The popularity of mixed martial arts has exploded lately, soon to replace boxing as the combat sport of choice. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization trailblazed not only actual fighting, but also games, riding high on last yea...[MORE]

Backlot: On and off local movie sets, staring Demi Moore, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Jackman

By Corey Hall

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Real Steel  Director: Shawn Levy  Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly  The buzz: Mr. tap-dance Wolverine himself stars as a down-on-his-luck pilot for a 7-foot-tall robot boxer. Filming for this mega-scale sci-fi farce has been taking place all over the area, including semi-urban Troy and the w...[MORE]

Cheat code

By Bryant Franks

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Transformers: War for Cybertron Activision PS3 (Review Copy) Xbox 360 It's full disclosure time. I'm a Transformers fanboy, and — much to my girlfriend's dismay — my interest and knowledge of the Autobot-Decepticon struggle dwarfs anything I may have learned in school. But I'm no fool...[MORE]

Cheat Code: Toy Story 3 is a hoot for kids with some adult-sized challenges

By Bryant Franks

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Toy Story 3 Disney Interactive Studios Xbox 360 (Review copy), PS3, Wii It's easy to write off a game catering to kids as a cash grab short on substance, difficulty and fun. It's even easier to completely reject a children's movie game. Well, you'll have to hold off initial judgment here on Toy...[MORE]

Without reservations: TV hottie Erin Cummings embraces Detroit ... and it's mutual

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Screens, Television

Erin Cummings is playing a medical examiner in Detroit, which should ensure her plenty of screen time. When the actress arrives on ABC (Channel 7) Sept. 21 — as Dr. Abbey Ward in our very own prime-time cop series, Detroit 1-8-7, which began shooting in and around the city last week — sh...[MORE]

Couch Trip: Yeah? Well, you try watching 57 movies in 123 hours with no sleep

By Corey Hall

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: Screens, Video

A Million in the Morning Decon Inc.  As someone who watches an unholy amount of movies, I can attest that all-night viewing marathons are a better idea than they are a reality. My butt numbs and my mind gets soggy after five or six flicks, so I can't imagine the brain damage endured by the contes...[MORE]

Enlightened age?: NBC finally pulls its head out of its ass

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: Screens, Television

Is anyone else totally discombobulated over these TV "summer seasons"? We used to moan there was nothing on our happy boxes this time of year but reruns. Now, an old episode of a familiar show might be a refreshing sight. The rapidly resurgent Law & Order: Criminal Intent ended its se...[MORE]

Detroit TV city: A Muslim (from Dearborn) on MTV's Real World? Plus, the 411 on Detroit's spanking-new ABC cop show.

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 6/30/2010

Types: Screens, Television

Trend alert: This is shaping up to be a very good year for beautiful young Dearborn women of Lebanese descent. In May, Rima Fakih, an Arab-American Muslim, was crowned Miss USA. Now, University of Michigan-Dearborn junior Sahar Dika has taken a break from college to star in the 24th season of the r...[MORE]

Cheat Code: Our favorite Persian prince gets a re-do

By Bryant Franks

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Ubisoft PS3 (Review Copy) Xbox 360, PC Man, this game's lineage is really confusing. For one, it isn't based on the Prince of Persia movie that's out. Also, the PoP franchise rebooted itself in 2008, with a well-received game. So this game's its sequel righ...[MORE]

Solid gold: Fast and funny, new show is more than potshots at flyover country

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Screens, Television

A week or so ago I mentioned the new TVLand summer sitcom Hot in Cleveland, with its all-star lineup of Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves (Frasier), Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me) and a resurgent, ageless Betty White, and asked the critical question, "Can this series possibly be as good as it soun...[MORE]

The great movie resale!: As Hollywood strip-mines the 1980s, can we expect a big-screen version of 'BJ and the Bear'?

By Corey Hall

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Screens, Film

You don't have to wear sunglasses at night to notice the flood of old-school chestnuts — such as The A-Team and The Karate Kid — at your nearest multiplex. Everything '80s is totally rad and gnarly-to-the-max in Tinseltown these days, with such cash cows as G.I. Joe and Transformers help...[MORE]

Cheat Code: New game based on Shellhead's sequel not worth suiting up for

By Bryant Franks

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Iron Man 2 Sega Xbox 360 (Review Copy) PS3, Wii OK, we have a predicament. Iron Man is cool, his movies are fun romps, and Sega is a top-notch game publisher, catering well to gamers' tastes (try to tell yourself Bayonetta and Resonance of Fate ain't geared toward the hardcore). So with everythin...[MORE]

What's up, Holmes?: Jack the Ripper goes head-to-head with Sherlock Holmes

By Bryant Franks

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper Focus Home Interactive Xbox 360 (Review Copy), PC Nothing sucked worse than indoor recess. Remember that? Instead of playing basketball or chilling on the monkeybars, you were stuck inside playing fucking Candyland. Though you were redeemed if you were lucky ...[MORE]

Cheat Code: Samurai game ain't as sharp as it could have been

By Bryant Franks

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Samurai Showdown: Sen SNK Playmore Xbox 360  In the '90s, when most households had either a Super Nintendo or a Sega Genesis, living rooms of renegade gamers had the Neo Geo game system. Sure, the thing cost a ridiculous $600, but you got the ability to play the best fighting game series this s...[MORE]

Greek out: Director Nicholas Stoller talks up one wild rock 'n' roll road trip

By Jeff Niesel

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: Screens, Film

When we last saw British rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) in 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, he was a recovering addict dating TV actress Sarah Marshall and incessantly irritating her ex-boyfriend Peter Bretter (Jason Segel). It's a few years later, and in the beginning of Get Him to the Greek, ...[MORE]

Network goobs: Another TV rapper sell-out, but L&O's gone and Hawaii Five-O is back

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: Screens, Television

You've read the major headlines about the upcoming fall TV season and, as is too often the case, you wonder if the networks are being run by a tribe of chimpanzees.  NBC (Channel 4 in Detroit) cancels Law & Order one season shy of setting the all-time record for prime time longevity (the late, ...[MORE]

Wanna be a millionaire?: So some guy nabs a million bucks playing a video game ...

By Bryant Franks

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Twenty-seven batters up, 27 batters down.  That, my friends, is baseball's perfect game. Taking the no-hitter to the ultimate height is one of the rarest accomplishments in sports.  In fact, since 1880 there have been only 19 perfect games in major league baseball.  Oakland A's starting pitcher (and...[MORE]

Cheat Code: Games that make us thankful for opposable thumbs

By Bryant Franks

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Screens, Video Games

Splinter Cell: Conviction Ubisoft Xbox 360 (Review Copy) PC Old Man Strength must kick ass. By dint of age and wisdom, you automatically augment your muscle-power tenfold. Sure, your boyish charm yields to a few wrinkles, but chicks dig the rugged exterior. Group that with super-spy killing ski...[MORE]

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