Better Call Saul promo artThis week’s latest episode of Better Call Saul, “Rico,” was yet another exceptionally entertaining 40 minutes from Vince Gilligan.

Gilligan knows how to deliver scenics and silence, all while still telling the story without the words. It’s almost magical. And the whether the scenics are in a room, looking through some parking lot posts and a parking attendant’s booth or just looking out over the desert or the city, Gilligan always has something to say with those vistas.

I wasn’t sure how the story was going to go with Better Call Saul (Bob Odenkirk). I was worried about old characters looking young in a bad way or how much evil lawyer we were going to have to put up with. Yet Gilligan has pulled one out with his portrayal of Jimmy and his good days.

We learned last night how Jimmy got his law degree. We’ve learned about his brother, Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) and his unique medical condition. I love how he recognizes his issues and how Jimmy is dedicated to his brother and getting him involved so much that sometimes he forgets about his “allergies!” I loved Gilligan’s portrayal of Chuck’s experience a few episodes ago of how he must have felt when he woke up in the hospital surrounded by electronics. And did anyone take note that despite his curious ailment, he was able to distinctly identify that his doctor had a small electronic device in her pocket? Yep… just enough doubt was delivered to the television viewer to make you wonder just how real his condition might be.

Along this short journey, we also learned that despite being a shoe box lawyer living out of a back room of a nail salon, he has balls and steps up when needed.

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EMPIRE on FoxYes, it is a confusing headline, but it goes like this:

A company we never heard of is looking to sue Fox for the use of the name Empire because this CA corporation worries that the make believe story about make believe people on your television will tarnish their perceived trademark. But then I ask, who?

I have to wonder about this public move by a little known company while Empire is helping keep Fox at the top of the TV ratings charts and  records.

This company will “come forward asserting rights to “Empire,” “Empire Distribution” and “Empire Recordings” but has also in a demand letter claimed trademark dilution by tarnishment via a series that features “a label run by a homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends.”

Of course they are looking to assert their rights AFTER the show has dominated the small screen, and not during. Empire is doing so well, along with a few other “minority” or “diversity” cast shows that networks are responding with more “diverse” programming in the upcoming season, even to the point at times, of recasting leads in some shows to appeal to the new advertising demographic. (I put some words in quotes because until online pieces pointed it out, it just was not on my radar as something that stood out. I enjoy shows with people in it. Now “what” is in it.  I see this dual edged sword of why do we need to make this a special focus, while still understanding the need to make clarity known.)

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RSS GRAFFITI To Be Discontinued, Thanks To You!

March 25, 2015

For anyone on Facebook with their website, if you have not checked in on your apps on a frequent or recent basis, you might want to prepare yourself for what is about to happen. As of May 1st, 2015, RSS Graffiti will discontinue providing post-to-Facebook services. The reason they are discontinuing the product is because […]

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X-FILES: There Are New Episodes Coming Soon!

March 24, 2015

It has been thirteen years since the X-Files bowed out of television, leaving fans to languish in memories and VCR/DVR viewings. And for a short while, Fringe sort of made out like a great new version of something that X-Files could be, until they jumped the shark with that crap alien/bald guy timeline jump in […]

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New DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Titles: THE HOBBIT, INTO THE WOODS, UNBROKEN

March 24, 2015

This week’s new releases include Hobbits, dragons, people lost in the woods and various other entertaining facets of home entertainment. Coming out on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, we have Peter Jackson’s fantasy interpretation of JRR Tolkein, Angelina Jolie’s movie about the Olympic star set in hard times during the war, and a 1985 movie 30th […]

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WTH Happened To Last Week’s GRIMM Episode? Minority of Fans Dissed

March 23, 2015

Last Friday night (Mar 20, 2015) was supposed to be the night that Grimm returned from a short hiatus. And for many it appeared that it did. But then there was a small (?) majority of folks who got screwed over by some blasted basketball game that we did not want to see, but had […]

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TV News: SYFY and TRAVEL Channels (SHARKNADO 3, EXPEDITION UNKNOWN and More)

March 20, 2015

Today’s news bits and pieces include Sharknado casting and a few other details, and various shows that air on the Travel Channel. via press release(s): – SYFY Channel SYFY AND THE ASYLUM’S SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO! TO CONSUME THE WORLD WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 ORIGINAL MOVIE WILL PREMIERE IN 86 COUNTRIES – ACROSS ALL SYFY […]

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AVENGERS AGE of ULTRON TV Spot #2 Trailer: The Latest, Greatest and Last

March 20, 2015

The time is almost upon us to have Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere in movie theaters, and we have yet to actually see The Vision (Paul Bettany) yet. But I would be surprised if we don’t get one good shot of him before the movie opens in additional marketing contnent on May 1st, considering how […]

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ASICS Marathon Run Tracker Experience

March 20, 2015

My wife went off and competed in the hot sweltering 2015 L.A. Marathon. That morning I tried to follow her and her sister via some form of a run tracker. I mean, how hard can it be? Right? After a little digging, I found the “Results” page on the marathon website and it seemed that […]

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Hey Commuters, CALTRAIN Is Not To Blame For Suicides

March 19, 2015

I know it seems silly to have to say this but for some, it seems they need to be reminded that Caltrain is not to blame for any suicide on their tracks. That and if you think about it, suicide is not the answer to any problem, no matter how great you perceive the problem […]

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Ditigal, Blu-ray and DVD Releases This Week: INTERSTELLAR, PENGUINS and More

March 17, 2015

New entertainment coming out Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, include the (marketed as) space epic from Christopher Nolan, an Exodus with mediocre user reviews, and a horde of penguins from Madagascar. But don’t take my word for it, check out the quick list of new releases coming to digital, Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with […]

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NOW YOU SEE ME, An Energetic Piece of Fun

March 17, 2015

I finally got around to watching Now You See Me, and to be honest, it was much more entertaining to watch than I had anticipated. Now You See Me is directed by Louis Leterrier, who directed The Transporter films, Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk and other fun actioner films. The production team included […]

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THE PURGE: ANARCHY Review (It Isn’t Horrible!)

March 16, 2015

If you saw the first movie in this series, titled The Purge, then you pretty much know what you are in for with this sequel, The Purge: Anarchy. For those of you who have not, the story takes place in a world where once a year all criminal activity is allowed to take place with […]

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PRIVATE PARTS, A Perspective & Review From A Fan

March 16, 2015

Watching Private Parts, the film about Howard Stern’s early days is quite the hoot. It stars, of course, Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, Gary Dell’Abate, Jackie Martling playing themselves, along with acting talent provided by Mary McCormack, Paul Giamatti, Carol Alt, Kelly Bishop, Allison Janney, Amber Smith and others. This may sound crazy, but […]

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SYFY And TRAVEL CHANNEL News (Renewal News)

March 13, 2015

Here’s a few tidbits from Syfy abuot 12 Monkeys and yes, Sharknado 3. Then check out what shows the Travel Channel has renewed… SYFY’s 12 Monkeys It seems that 12 Monkeys is doing well for Syfy and they’ve renewed the series. Check out the press release: Syfy announced that the widely praised adventure thriller 12 […]

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BREAKING BAD Fans and MARVEL Movie Marathon

March 13, 2015

Breaking Bad’s Stupid Fans Want to hear something stupidly crazy? Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, has had to make a public plea to a pizza loving demographic of fans to quit lobbing pizzas onto the roof of the house the production company used for the show. Do you remember in one particular episode […]

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Fillion and Tudyk Spoof FIREFLY?

March 13, 2015

In case you have not heard, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are at it again, sort of. Right now these two have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for a web series they are creating, called Con Man. Con Man is about the world of sci-fi conventions, where Tudyk’s character was on a sci-fi […]

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THE ATLANTIS PLAGUE Story Review

March 13, 2015

The Atlantis Plague by A.G. Riddle is the second book of a trilogy where we learn that the evolution of mankind is nothing but an experiment and the manipulation of our genetics for someone else’s purpose. How’s that for happy? In this second chapter of “The Origin Mystery” series, author A.G. Riddle cranks up the […]

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