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10 Mississippi actors the state can be proud off…

10 Mississippi actors the state can be proud off…

Posted on May 31st, 2013

by Coop Cooper

While there are many famous actors technically born in Mississippi, not all of them grew up here or have a strong connection to the state. Here are a few who do…

10. M. C. Gainey (Jackson) – This prolific, gruff character actor often plays crooked cops, cowboys, bikers and convicts in films and is recently most recognizable as the scripture-spouting, whip-wielding slave overseer Big John Brittle in “Django Unchained”. He appeared in 20 episodes of the hit TV show “Lost” as character Tom Friendly and is also notorious for his bizarrely hilarious full-frontal nude scene in the movie “Sideways” (2004)…

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STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS…  big plot holes, still better than the last one

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS… big plot holes, still better than the last one

Posted on May 24th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

After the last “Star Trek” film was released in theaters, I saw it numerous times on DVD and cable and with each viewing, it held up less and less. Eventually, I got really down on it and would probably downgrade my original rating if I ever resorted to that kind of thing. “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is an improvement over the last film and although it suffers from many of the same problems, at some point you have to stop counting all the plot holes and enjoy the ride.

While bungling the rescue of a primitive race from extinction, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) breaks Starfleet’s number one rule in an attempt to rescue Spock (Zachary Quinto) from certain death.

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Routine 2013 TV series cancellations turn into a primetime massacre…

Routine 2013 TV series cancellations turn into a primetime massacre…

Posted on May 17th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

I was a little bummed that my favorite major network, primetime show “Last Resort” got cancelled before Christmas. It was like “Battlestar Galactica” inside of a U.S. nuclear sub and was set up to be the most intense action thriller of the season. Instead it got lost in the sea of mediocre primetime entertainment and sunk before it could reach a first season resolution. But that’s the nature of the TV network biz and with each passing year, the competition gets more brutal. With the traditional TV season coming to a close, the word has come down and over 20 primetime shows on the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) have been unceremoniously cancelled. Here is a list of the primetime shows getting the ax so far…

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THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES = slow, forgettable indie

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES = slow, forgettable indie

Posted on May 10th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta… That’s a pretty decent cast for a wide-release Hollywood blockbuster. But that’s not what “The Place Beyond the Pines” is. Audiences might expect a tense thriller in the vein of “Heat” or “Drive” but if that’s the impression the previews and commercials are giving you, I’m going to stop you right there. “Pines” is a slow and plodding indie effort that wants to be something meaningful and point out a big problem plaguing American society. It doesn’t quite cut it, even though it features some fine acting.

A traveling motorcycle stuntman/carny, Luke (Ryan Gosling), discovers a fling he had a year before with a waitress (Eva Mendes) produced a son He feels guilt and a desperate obligation to provide for his unexpected family so he quits the circus and resorts to robbing banks. His brash actions and violent nature begin to strain his relationships. Eventually his increasingly risky scores puts him on a collision course with a police officer, Avery (Bradley Cooper), who himself is in cahoots with a band of corrupt cops…

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IRON MAN 3 nearly ruins a franchise

IRON MAN 3 nearly ruins a franchise

Posted on May 3rd, 2013

by Coop Cooper

The first disappointment of the summer season, “Iron Man 3” suffers from similar trilogy woes in which films like “X-Men 3” and “Spider-Man 3” diverged too far from the canon and fell flat with fans. I’ll blame some of this on writer/director Shane Black who took the reins from Joss Whedon to add his “Lethal Weapon” flair to the story, but obviously didn’t have enough respect for the original “Iron Man” comics.

Shaken after the Avengers vs. aliens battle in New York, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) barely sleeps and spends every waking moment designing new Iron Man suits for every dangerous situation imaginable…

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