After Earth

After Earth

Will Smith started his career in television on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” but he moved on to be a top selling artist and box office favorite in productions like “I Robot”, the “Men in Black” trilogy and “The Pursuit of Happyness”.

In between hit albums and box office smashes, he fathered three children, Trey, Jaden and Willow. Trey is the child of Will Smith and Sheree Zampino while Jaden and Willow are his children with current wife, Jada Pinkett. Jaden Smith has been making the news with his father lately, as a backup on stage for musical performances with his father and as his co-star in “After Earth”.

After Earth” is a sci-fy thriller that takes place on Earth after it has been abandoned by humans. Will Smith plays the part of Cypher who was traveling in space with his son Kitai. The two crash land on Earth after a malfunction with the ship and have to brave a now unfamiliar planet to survive. When humans left the planet 1000 years before, the animals evolved and the wild took over. To complicate matters even more, there is a dangerous alien that escaped the ship when it crashed. Neither Cypher nor Kitai have ever encountered anything like the peril they landed in. Cypher is incapacitated due to a serious injury sustained during the crash landing, leaving him unable to travel the distance he has to cover to send an SOS. It is up to the teenage boy, Kitai, to make the trip he needs to make to signal for help. The film was directed by M Night Shyamalan.

In an interview, Jaden revealed that he liked the locations he went to in filming the scenes with overgrown vegetation and wild life. He stated he was a little scared of the snakes. Will Smith said it poses unique challenges to work with someone he is related to verses working with someone else. He said it could be difficult at times, trying to be the parent and the co-star. He added there is a balance in which he had to act as coach and as the father.

On his son’s choice of acting as a career, Smith said it is something he can be a huge help in. Smith went on to explain that he finds it less scary for Jaden to act than to have a different career choice because he can help him. He added that he has several professional relationships with other actors and well-known filmmakers that will help his son in his acting career.

This is not the first time Will Smith has starred in a movie featuring one of his children. Jaden also starred with Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness” and Willow was seen as Smith’s daughter in “I Am Legend”.

Will and Jaden also appeared together recently in Killeen, Texas, where they performed “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” for a group of unsuspecting military personnel. The appearance was to promote the opening of “After Earth”. Another musical performance for the pair occurred on the Graham Norton Show when they appeared with DJ Jazzy Jeff to perform the theme song for “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.

Will Smith has let it be known that he may be getting out of box office film making to pursue independent films. This may mean that the days of he and Jayden being seen in movies together are numbered.

Star Trek Episodes Timeline

Star Trek Episodes Timeline
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Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake

“Top of the Lake” is a powerfully dramatic mini-series that stars Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss and David Wenham, among others. The setting for the show is a small mountain town in New Zealand, whose natural beauty and innocence contrasts sharply with the harsh damaged humans that populate it.

In the first episode, it is discovered that a twelve year old child named Tui is pregnant. She has just left her father’s residence where she was surrounded by men like Luke and Mark Mitcham, her brothers and Matt, her father. Upon leaving that home pregnant, she tried to commit suicide by drowning herself in the lake. It’s not long before the school nurse finds out Tui, played by Jacqueline Joe, is pregnant. Besides the shock of discovering a twelve year old pregnant child, people in this close-knit community also have to deal with the sudden loss of one of their own. Bob Platt is drowned by the Mitchams over a land deal gone wrong.

Elizabeth Moss is Robin Griffin, a visiting detective who is asked to step in to find the father. Robin has her own problems with a mother that is under an abusive boyfriend while she suffers from cancer. Robin asked Tui who the father was and received a written answer that simply stated “no one”. With no help from the child, Robin’ only alternative is to go to the top officer at the local police station. But that proves useless when he indifferently tells her the best place for the child is back with her father. The top officer takes the girl back to her father. They fight and Tui steals a gun and leaves again. After that, she disappears.

Throughout the drama Holly Hunter is seen as the leader of a support group for damaged women. She is uncharacteristically masculine in men’s clothing with a shocking head full of long gray hair, but she brings some levity to the show, needed amidst the drama and dark acts of violence and statutory rape. The suspense builds as the plot unfolds and the difficulties and complications are revealed. In this series, Robin continues to search out the truth of the baby’s father while she deals with personal problems and faces some ghosts from her own past. The combination of balance and surprise has kept viewers glued to their seats from the beginning to the end.

The show has been called a police drama and a psychological thriller, but it is also a portrait of the human landscape. It introduces gritty characters with secrets, like drug dealers and murderers. Even the main character, Robin Griffin, has secrets and a past she can’t reconcile with. It shows the strengths in the characters of the small New Zealand community, but it also lays bare their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It puts a spotlight on all that is undesirable about these characters in a way that the audience can relate to.

The series airs on the Sundance Channel. It was created and written by Gerard Lee and Jane Campion. Jane Campion and Garth Davis have directed it. Campion is remembered for her work as writer and director of “The Piano” in 1993.

The series has been compared to “Twin Peaks” due to the visual impact of the New Zealand landscape. With the human drama set against the natural background, “Top of the Lake” is a series that most have enjoyed watching.



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The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory
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The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on TV and Sheldon Cooper is everyone’s favorite characters. Hope you enjoy some of the neat facts we found about out about Sheldon.


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The Following

The Following

“The Following” airs on FOX on Fridays at 9:00 pm. The show is currently on hiatus, taking a break from its first season as it gets ready for its second one. The show is described as a “psychological thriller”, built around a plot that is both terrifying and original. It almost has to be since the show has the benefit of Kevin Williamson as its creator and executive producer. Williamson is known for work done on “Dawson’s Creek”, “Scream” and “The Vampire Diaries”. He has been able to cultivate the exquisitely suspenseful and terrifying material that has held viewers to the edges of their seats.

“The Following” is built on current information released by the FBI in which it estimates that there are as many as 300 serial killers operating in the United States. The show poses the question: would happen if these killers got organized? What if these killers started to communicate with one another and worked together?

In the pilot episode, the show addresses some of these questions when Joe Carroll, a serial killer on death row, escapes, killing five guards in the process. Carroll had been sentenced to death after it was discovered that he had killed 14 of his female students while teaching his literature class. The role of Carroll is played by James Purefoy.

Kevin Bacon is introduced as the retired FBI agent that captured Carroll in 2003. Bacon plays the part of Ryan Hardy. During the investigation that led to Carroll’s arrest, Hardy was known for studying Carroll’s moves and methods, making him the perfect consultant when Carroll breaks out. However, on this case, Hardy isn’t in charge. He has to work with Mike Weston, played by Shawn Ashmore and Debra Parker, an FBI specialist, played by Annie Parisse. No one is happy with this arrangement but Hardy proves he still has what it takes when he reveals that Carroll is using the internet to communicate and organize his followers.

The show continues to follow the team as it makes more discoveries and gains vital insight into the mind of the escaped killer. It is learned that Carroll sent his followers to find the last woman he had planned to kill before being sent to prison. Tensions rise when this last victim, played by Maggie Grace, turns up missing.

It seems that the FBI is at a disadvantage for lack of information and time. Carroll, having organized his groupies before even leaving the prison, is prepared and active as he enters the outside world again. The FBI has to spend its time investigating the growing number of Carroll’s victims as well as trying to locate him again. The investigation is compromised when the team realizes Carroll may have spies among them. No one knows who his followers are or who they can trust.

Along with the upheaval that Carroll’s escape has caused in Hardy’s life and the call to return to work, he also has to deal with the emotional and physical scars left from his first investigation into Carroll’s crimes. He has to face personal challenges as well as the cat-and-mouse games Carroll presents as he searches for clues on Carroll’s location.

The show made its debut in January 2013. It was met in season one with favorable reviews and promises to hold even more suspense and action in season two.

The Following is one of a lot of American’s favorite TV Shows. If you haven’t seen this television program, check it out soon.

“The Great Gatsby” has been listed as one of the top three movies for summer movie goers in 2013. Based on the novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, the movie has been an instant hit, said to make more than $330 million before it leaves theaters. In fact, the movie has done so well that it has become more of a success than the novel was in its time. With the success of the movie, fans have found a renewed interest in the novel, taking the novel to the top of best-selling lists everywhere. Ironically, the movie, like the book, has been received with mixed reviews, despite the high projected earnings at the box office.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

In the movie, Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran and college graduate moves to New York to learn more about the bonds business during the jazzy 1920s. He settles into a rented house beside the mansion of Gatsby, a loner that doesn’t share his wealthy neighbor’s vices. Nick finds out that Gatsby is a mystery to most of his counterparts. No one knows how he got his fortune, or even what he really looks like. Gatsby is mostly known for the extravagant parties he throws, rife with alcohol and sexual encounters of a shocking nature. At a time when a high society centered on parties and illegal alcohol, Gatsby’s parties stood out above the rest.  Over a period of time, social circles bring Nick and Gatsby together and Nick learns the secret behind Gatsby’s reason for buying the mansion and living extravagantly.

Nick is able to see first-hand the heartache and consequences that such a lifestyle can lead to, especially when Gatsby asks Nick to introduce him to his married cousin, Daisy. It is revealed that Gatsby was in love with Daisy before the war and found her married when he returned. Gatsby revealed to Nick that he has climbed the social ladder and obtained his wealth to impress and win back the love of the girl he had to leave behind when he fought for his country in World War I. Nick is put into an awkward position with Gatsby’s request and said no until he discovered the infidelity of Daisy’s husband, Tom. Tom isn’t known for his sensitivity and his rashness is abrasive on a strained marriage.  Daisy is torn between her husband, Tom, and Gatsby, who proclaims his love for her and tries to woo her with his wealth and position. The drama unfolds with a hit-and-run and a wrongly accused man dying by the hands of another.

The part of Gatsby is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Gatsby is in love with Daisy, but loses her when he has to go off to war with the Army. The part of Daisy is played by Carey Mulligan, who also played in “Pride and Prejudice” in 2005. The part of Nick Carraway is played by Tobey Maguire, who is recognized for his leading role in “SpiderMan”.

The movie is rated PG-13.


Agents of SHIELD

Agents of SHIELD

Due to Hollywood’s recent forays into Marvel comic characters, familiar favorites like Iron Man and Hulk have been at the top of everyone’s must see list. Due to the high popularity of these characters, ABC is airing a show dedicated to the awesomely mutated and misunderstood heroes of Marvel.

The show, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, will follow agents as they operate through their law-enforcement agency, giving fans a regular dose of the superhero crime-fighting division. While this is not television’s first attempt at making a series based on Marvel characters, it is likely to be one of the most memorable. The show is scheduled to air on ABC, Tuesday nights at 7:oo pm.

S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. It stars Clark Gregg in his role as Agent Phil Coulson. Coulson and his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents employ their many talents to investigate the cases that have yet to be classified. They are there to investigate and discover what is strange or unknown. Due to the ambiguous nature of the plot, it is quite possible that fans will be introduced to several Marvel comic characters that have never made it to the big screen.

Joss Whedon, writer and producer for the show, says the show will delve into the past and background of Agent Coulson. Coulson is aided in his quest by several agents of varying skill sets. Agent Grant Ward, played by Brett Dalton, Agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen and Agent Leo Fitz, played by Iain De Caestecker. Coulson also employs the talents of Agent Jemma Simmons, played by Elizabeth Henstridge.

Agent Ward is considered a “specialist”, although his area of specialty is unknown at this juncture. Agent May is considered to be an administrator. However, in trailers for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, May is seen disarming a man with brutal expertise. Agent Leo Fitz carries the job title of engineer. Agent Simmons is a bio-chemist. All other information for these agents is classified.

Another character on the show is Skye, played by Chloe Bennet. According to trailers, Skye does not trust the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and gets introduced to the team when she tries to sabotage their operation.

Whedon wants to warn fans that the show is not like the movies. He said fans that expect the show to start where the movies left off are going to be unsatisfied. It is a warning to take the show as on its own merits and to not look at the movies to define it. Whedon went on to explain that the show will revolve more around the lives of these normal human agents as they deal with a superhuman world.

Whatever lays ahead for fans, the show itself has already made enough waves to be nominated for a Critic’s Choice award for Most Exciting New TV Series, Videos and Full List.

For newcomers to the Marvel following, S.H.I.E.L.D. was started by Nicholas Fury when World War II ended. According to comic history, Fury felt the government wouldn’t agree to the agency so he didn’t put forth the effort to get it established. Later, however, an internationally based group decided there was a need for S.H.I.E.L.D. and they established it without Fury knowing about it. Fury found out about the existence of the agency when he was appointed as executive director. The agency went on from its founding to have a varied and complicated existence.


Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

The man in the iron suit is back. “Iron Man 3” is quite possibly one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2013. Since the first two “Iron Man” movies were received with such high praise, no one could blame an excited audience for wanting more. As the third movie brought the iron-clad Avenger back, Stark took audiences by storm.

Combined with a successful venture into the “Avenger” movies, Iron Man has rocked the big screen for several years and has become an instant fan favorite for all ages. Robert Downey Jr. delivered for the third installment in the “Iron Man” series, exciting audiences world-wide as he played the irreverent Tony Stark.

In “Iron Man 3”, Tony Stark picks a fight with an enemy that has the ability to beat him like none he has met before. Iron Man meets his nemesis after Stark issues a challenge to the Mandarin, following an attack on Americans. When Stark issues an invitation to the Mandarin, providing details about his home address, the Mandarin responds with armed helicopters that destroy Stark’s home and almost kill Pepper Potts. The Mandarin seeks to destroy Stark and those that Stark is closest to, putting everything that Stark loves in jeopardy. The movie follows Stark as he flees from his home for safety and sets out to find those that are responsible for the near destruction of everyone and everything he held dear.

During his journey, he encounters situations that put the famous Stark mentality to the test. Not only does he have to find the enemy that has tried to kill him, but he struggles with his own identity both as Stark and as Iron Man. Also, since the alien invasion that ensued on the Avengers’ movie, Stark has had to make peace with his own mortality, leading to anxiety and nervousness he isn’t used to dealing with. Through all of these struggles, however, Stark is a survivor that comes back better than he left.

There have been some complaints due to the changing of the Mandarin character and the fact that Iron Man didn’t “suit up” as much as he has in previous movies. But the movie does show a more vulnerable and human side to the Stark character that puts him on more even footing with his viewers. It also gives a glimpse at the human being behind the iron-clad façade.

Reviews for the movie have been high, showing that more than half of all viewers have liked it and would recommend it to friends. Fans were definitely not disappointed with what has traditionally been a bad number for sequels.

Tony Stark/Iron Man is played by Robert Downey Jr., acting opposite Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin. Gwyneth Paltrow comes back for her third movie as Pepper Potts and Ty Simpkins plays Harley, Stark’s faithful aid.

“Iron Man 3” was released in movie theaters on May 3, 2013. It has a PG rating, ensuring that most parents can watch this movie with their children.


Fast and Furious 6

Fast and Furious 6

“Fast and Furious 6” ranks as the second most anticipated movie for the summer 2013, coming in only under “Iron Man 3”. In the sixth installment of the “Fast and Furious” series, Dom and his crew have to return to the road to rescue Letty. They have to come out of retirement to get to her. Hobbs tells Dom that Letty is working for a group of mercenaries and wants Dom to take the crew down when he gets Letty out. Dom won’t do it without a full pardon for the entire team. When Hobbs agrees, the crew goes to work getting her out of harm’s way and taking down Shaw, the leader of one of the most dangerous crews in the world.

The movie is full of action, bringing back to mind the gritty, fast-paced excitement that made the series a success. Dom’s crew encounters something a set of drivers that are more ruthless and innovative than anything they have ever seen before and it’s almost too much to handle. Dom and his drivers have to battle with tanks, an incredibly organized and ruthless enemy and Letty, who shoots Dom the first chance she gets. As member who does damage control for Shaw’s team, Letty is put at odds with her past because she has to protect Shaw from Dom.

In previous “Fast and Furious” movies, Letty has been the female muscle, doing her part to hurt any that got in her way. However, viewers may enjoy the introduction of Gina, Letty’s female equal. Gina and Letty get into for a female free-for-all that leaves some of the male action in the dust. This is especially true since the part of Riley Hicks is played by Gina Carano, former stunt double and martial arts world champion.

With some of the best fight scenes, characters and raw action, “Fast and Furious 6” is lined up to be one of the best films of the year. The decision to bring Letty back, and to pair her with Hicks, while making the conflict between her new crew and her old crew the crux of her survival, only adds to the fast-paced excitement and suspense. Instead of getting weaker, due to the amount of sequels to its credit, the “Fast and Furious” franchise is still going strong.

Vin Diesel plays the part of Dom Tereto, the racing daredevil that used his driving skills to rob companies of millions of dollars of merchandise. As someone that was tired of losing and tired of running, “Fast and Furious 5” was all about scoring the big payload for retirement. That is exactly where “Fast and Furious 6” picks up. Paul Walker plays the part of Brian O’Conner, the ex FBI agent that falls for Dom’s sister and helps Dom escape federal prosecution. As Dom’s right hand man, O’Conner has to be a source of support and reason when Dom wants to take things too far.

The movie is rated PG-13 for the intense violence and language.



Walt Disney has acknowledged the crucial role television plays in influencing the diet and behavior of children. As a result, it has instituted a ban on junk-food advertising on its network for children.

The children’s network has already launched a healthy foods initiative for use in its Disney themed fun parks. But now, it is going to impose a strict new standard for the beverages and foods that are being advertised on its Disney XD network for Saturday morning Disney programming on ABC, Radio Disney and on the internet. Disney Junior and the Disney Channel are also under these new guidelines. Although these two channels are not ad-supported, they do receive brand sponsorships.

Disney is one of the more recent networks to adopt a healthier eating standard. This change for Disney comes some years after changes made by Viacom, Inc, who owns Nickelodeon, and Turner Broadcasting, who owns the Cartoon Network. These two networks changed their policies in 2007. The new policies forbid the use of any characters from their programming being used to for promotion on products that don’t specifically meet certain nutritional guidelines. Nickelodeon, in particular, uses standards that were developed by the  food industry, which help govern the any advertising to consumers under the age of 12.

From now on, any advertisers that wish to promote foods or beverages using Disney’s networks must meet certain guidelines regarding the amount of calories, sugar and fat content, and also the serving size of the product. These guidelines follow specific government recommendations.

However, the recent changes that have been instituted by Disney will not take affect until 2015, due to contractual agreements that are already in existence. The 3 year difference will also give companies time to recreate their products to comply with the new terms.

This changeover started six years ago for Disney. Six years ago is when it instituted healthier foods and beverages to its theme parks in Orlando and Anaheim. Now, when visitors want a snack at one of these parks, they have choices that include low-fat milk and carrots in the children’s meals. Parents are allowed to request something else, for allergies or other health-related problems.

To help parents identify the healthy choice on their menus, Disney is using the Mickey Check icon. This icon will be placed next to the nutritious items sold on menus in stores, at restaurants and kiosks used in its parks and online.

The Chairman and Chief Executive for Disney, Rober A. Iger, said Disney has taken steps to support good choices for families. He said, now, Disney is taking the next important step forward in setting new advertising standards for children in food.

These efforts have been applauded by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. This is a non-profit group. The group’s associate director, Josh Golin, said these new standards are a step in the right direction. However, the three year delay on instituting these new standards has been questioned by the group. Golin went on to admit he would have preferred that government regulations apply to all companies, and enforced uniformly.