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    by Published on 11-28-2011 09:31 PM
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    Episode 247: Of Muppets and Kings
    by Blake M. Petit & Erin Blash

    Blake and Erin spent the week in Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving, and this week they've got a trifecta of entertainment to talk about. From the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, they discuss the special exhibit Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross. Then they shift gears to discuss the new Stephen King novel 11/22/63 and the online experience surrounding the new King miniseries Bag of Bones. And to cap it off, they delve into the movie event Blake has been waiting to see for 12 years: The Muppets. In the picks, Erin talks more about the Dresden Files and Blake doubles up with Wolverine and the X-Men #2 and Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 11-26-2011 04:17 PM
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    Reviewer: Blake M. Petit, BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    MPAA Rating: PG

    It's time to play the music... it's time to light the lights...

    Starring: Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones and many surprise cameos
    Muppet Performers: Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz
    Screenplay: Jason Segal, Nicholas Stoller
    Director: James Bobin
    Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
    Presented by: Walt Disney Pictures
    Release Date: November 23, 2011

    In this age when so many of the things we loved in our youth have been bowdlerized, diminished, and dumbed down to suit the lowest common denominator, The Muppets stands as a grand example of family entertainment at its finest. The writers, director, composers and performers present us with that absolute rarest of combinations: people who genuinely love the property they have been given, people who actually understand what makes it work, and people with the talent to make it fly.

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    by Published on 11-23-2011 12:18 PM
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    by Published on 11-22-2011 02:15 PM
    Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Jim Lee
Inks: Scott Williams
Colors: Alex Sinclair with Hi-Fi & Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Art: Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair (Cover A); Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & FCO Plascencia (Cover B)
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    Title: Justice League Part Three
    Rating: T

    As Parademons attack Earth, Wonder Woman joins the fray!

    Writer: Geoff Johns
    Pencils: Jim Lee
    Inks: Scott Williams
    Colors: Alex Sinclair with Hi-Fi & Gabe Eltaeb
    Letters: Patrick Brosseau
    Editor: Brian Cunningham
    Cover Art: Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair (Cover A); Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & FCO Plascencia (Cover B)
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and the Flash are in Metropolis, holding off a horde of Parademons spilling forth onto Earth. But while theyíre drawing the line in Supermanís hometown, across the globe even more Parademons are arriving, attacking major cities and wreaking death and destruction. In Washington DC, the hero on the front lines is the mysterious Wonder Woman.
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    by Published on 11-21-2011 09:02 PM
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    Reviewer: Craig Reade
    Quick Rating: A strong remake.
    Rating: T

    Official Site

    Platform: X-Box 360, Playstation 3
    Developer: Eurocom
    Publisher: Activision
    Genre: First Person Shooter
    # of Players: 1, Online and Splitscreen Multiplayer
    US Release Date: November 1st, 2011
    MSRP: $59.99

    First Person Shooters have come a long, long way. We find ourselves in the middle of what has been deemed "FPS Season" thanks to the massive numbers of pre-Christmas releases in the genre, and it is sometimes interesting to think that many of the kids playing these games today weren't even born yet when some of the landmark games of the genre were first introduced.

    The game might seem quaint and outdated to today's gamer, but so much of the games that find success today owe a lot to GoldenEye 007. Not only was it unmatched in its era for it's multiplayer atmosphere and outstanding level design, but it introduced precise aiming, body-part specific damage (head-shot anyone?) and stealth to the concept. Over the years many games have surpassed GoldenEye technologically, but few games have come close to pairing the outstanding single-player experience with the fun of multiplayer.
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    by Published on 11-20-2011 06:39 PM
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    Episode 246: Marvel Implosion?
    by Blake M. Petit

    Layoffs are one thing. Cancelled comics are something else. But a snowball seems to be rolling down from Marvel Comics, and this week, Blake tries to stand against it. Apologies in advance: this gets a little ranty. But he does dig good comics, and he gives his pick this week to Avengers Academy #22 Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 11-20-2011 07:31 AM
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    Supernatural
    Episode 708 - How To Win Friends and Influence Monsters
    Aired November 18th, 2011
    9 PM, CW


    Ah, the Supernatural guys do love their dick jokes, donít they? Of course, Iíve taken to referring to the seasonís big bad as Biggus Dickus, so Iím hardly any better, am I? This is a kind of lighthearted episode that turns more serious with the reintroduction of the Leviathans and their leader, the aforementioned Biggus Dickus, despite their own version of dick jokes.

    The boys go to the Pine Barrens with Bobby, seeking out what seems to be the mythical New Jersey devil (no, they never make a joke about the hockey team, even though there were several easy ones laying right there Ö) But what they find is an obviously stoned forest ranger who doesnít seem to care too much about the torn up corpse found in his forest. They figure he just has some pot growing in the back forty and donít think much about it, but itís clear itís a plot point. So is the grotesque ďturducken slammerĒ sandwich Dean dives into with abandon. (Can I note at this point that I loved the hostile server addressing Sam, Dean, and Bobby as Big Bird, Ken Doll, and Creepy Uncle respectively? That was just lovely.)
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    by Published on 11-19-2011 01:26 AM
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    Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 710 - How Mac Got Fat
    Aired November 17th, 2011
    10 PM, FX


    The scene of Charlie doing his eyeball eating robot dance while a glassy eyed Dennis watches, mesmerized, while taking huffs from a can of paint thinner, has to be the most David Lynch-ian scene to ever appear on Sunny. I canít decide if itís hysterically disturbing, or disturbingly hysterical. And putting it in context will not help, as there is no context. This scene just happens. That fact alone makes it a fantastic episode.

    Thereís a bit more, though. The flashbacks in this episode are actually an aborted episode from last year, cut up into bits as Mac talks to a priest at a confessional, ...
    by Published on 11-18-2011 10:15 AM
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    Community

    Episode 308 - Documentary Filmmaking: Redux
    Aired November 17th, 2011
    8 PM, NBC





    Oh, Community. After news comes down about your hiatus, you come out with an episode that just makes me hate NBC all the more. This episode vies for top shelf space with Remedial Chaos Theory - yes, I liked it that much, and Iím aware a lot of people will probably disagree with me, because really itís a ďHearts of DarknessĒ parody. But I donít care, it made me feel better. There was also an ironic message about enjoy the time you have, because you wonít always have it. Oh, boot in the ribs, NBC. Boot in the ribs.
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    by Published on 11-16-2011 11:43 PM
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    If you follow news about comic creators closely, youíre probably aware of the tragic story of writer Bill Mantlo. Mantlo was one of Marvelís most prolific writers in the 1970s and 80s, creating dozens of characters in various media and penning over 500 comic books in his career. He's been in need of constant care for the better part of two decades now, since being hit by a car, and his family is in desperate need of help to pay his medical expenses. If you're at all in a position to donate a little money, I urge you to do so. And even if you can't, read the story at the above link.
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    by Published on 11-15-2011 12:47 PM
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    by Published on 11-15-2011 12:18 AM
    Stephen King

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com

    Quick Rating: King finally sticks the landing

    An English teacher finds a gateway to in time that tantalizes him with the opportunity to prevent the Kennedy assassination. But what he finds in the past changes him as deeply as he hopes to change the world.

    Writer: Stephen King
    Publisher: Scribner

    Although for many of the uninitiated Stephen King is known primarily as a horror writer, some of my favorite works of his have been those times when he's ventured forth into other genres. His fantasy/western series The Dark Tower stands as his opus, the uplifting prison drama The Shawshank Redemption may be his masterpiece, and he's dabbled in the likes of science fiction, crime noir, and even the occasional humor piece as well. His newest phone book of a novel, 11/23/63, lies somewhere on the line between sci-fi and fantasy, which may disappoint those who still approach King looking for child-eating clowns and possessed Plymouth Furies. For those of us who appreciate his ability to create characters and weave rich, multilayered stories of worlds catercorner to our own, this may remembered as one of his finest works.

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