The Spoiler Shield App: Because Spoilers are the Work of Satan

Posted in TV on March 5th, 2014 by Nick

SSTired of your jerk friends on Facebook spoiling Scandal, The Walking Dead, or True Detective for you? (Some people just don’t GET IT!) Well, that ends now.

Spoiler Shield is an app you can download on your smartphone that will allow you to “shield” yourself from posts you’re trying to avoid. You can browse by category to start (Television, Academy Awards, NBA, MLB, NFL, Winter Olympics, etc.). Clicking through then breaks down each category. Since this isn’t a sports blog, clicking on “Television,” for example, gives you options like American Horror Story, Survivor, American Idol, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, How I Met Your Mother and a bunch more. Simply connect the app to your Facebook and Twitter profiles, then click the little switch to turn that shield on for whatever show you’re trying to avoid reading about, and you’re good to go. YOU ARE SPOILER FREE!

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You can also search for the shows you’re looking for, but the major players are all displayed and waiting for your click. (I tried searching for Real World and The Challenge to see if other options existed that weren’t displayed in the category, but nothing came up. Spoiler Shield clearly wants me to stop watching shitty TV.)

Oh, and FYI sports fans – the League categories break down into specific teams. So there’s that too.

Spoiler Shield is free and available to download in the iTunes App Store or Google Play (Chrome Extension, coming soon). It has the power to change lives, people!

 

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Happening Sh*t – April 19, 2013

Posted in Happening Sh*t on April 19th, 2013 by Nick

Oh, hey! It’s the second edition of Happening Shit – a new nugget-sized weekly series for the super-time-crunched entertainment fan who’s too lazy to look this shit up themselves! (Just kidding! I’ve got your back, gentle readers.) Let’s get to it:

This week’s first entry of happenings: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer! This video has only been viewed over 20 million times, so I guess some people might care about it. And since everyone and their grandmother fell in love with that saucy minx Jennifer Lawrence, I think it’s safe to say that when this movie hits theaters November 22, it’s going to make a ton of cash. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing more of that cotton-haired firecracker Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, in a perfectly cast role). If you haven’t read the books yet though, seriously, get on it. If you don’t know how to read or you can’t wait for Round 2, chew on this beauty (EW):


 

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The Walking Dead is a show that most people are flipping out over, (not this guy, though…more on that in a future post), but it’s also one that can’t seem to hang on to a show runner. Thanks to its revolving door of head-honchos, Glen Mazzara is free to pursue other projects…such as a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Tentatively titled The Overlook Hotel, Mazzara’s new jobby-job is the next in line of famous-movies-turned-TV-prequels following the fantastic Bates Motel and NBC’s Hannibal. There’s not too much info on this yet, but stay tuned kids. There’s plenty of redrum coming our way. That sounds almost delicious, actually. (ScreenRant)

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Netflix is kicking some serious ass in the original content department (Three words: House of Cards). Next up: Hemlock Grove, a new series adapted from a book of the same name. Eli Roth is an executive producer, but the series was developed by Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman. A young girl is brutally murdered in the town of Hemlock Grove, Penn. She’s found near the former Godfrey steel mill. As rumors mount, two of the suspects in her killing, Peter Rumancek, a 17-year-old Gypsy trailer trash kid rumored to be a werewolf, and Roman, the heir to the Godfrey estate, decide to find the killer themselves. The series stars Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, and Lili Taylor. All 13 episodes hit Netflix TODAY. Check out the trailer below (Vulture):

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Alienating My Audience: Spitting Truth about AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’

Posted in Horror, TV on October 16th, 2012 by Nick

The Walking Dead premiered this week and from a ratings perspective, the outlook is good. Very good.  The third season premiere attracted 10.9 million viewers (a mind-blowing number for cable!), defending its title as the most successful basic cable drama of all time in the adult demo. But dammit, it’s time to spit some truth on this zombie craze.

The Walking Dead tells the tale of Rick Grimes, his family, and a slew of survivors of a blood-splattering, intestine-eating zombie apocalypse. The show is an adaptation of a monthly black and white comic book series, created by Robert Kirkman, who also serves as an Executive Producer on the show. Although the show captures some of the meat of the books, I still feel like the true guts of the story remain largely uneaten.

When the show first hit our living rooms, it was a huge victory for the Horror genre. A television show about zombies was being produced and was actually going to air! The books had a steady fan base, zombies were the new rising trend, and Kirkman and effects master Greg Nicotero were both signed on. Epic win! Although I enjoy The Walking Dead enough, I still can’t get over the fact that the show isn’t living up to its full potential. Sure, the zombies look great, the blood and gore is spot on, but much of the characterization of our beloved survivors is gone. I’m not loving the cast (Laurie Holden’s Andrea is my favorite, yet I fight the urge to fast forward every time Sarah Wayne Callies opens her mouth), or the adaptations of who these characters are. It’s very telling when comic book art can present more emotion than actors and actresses on screen, but in this case, the book’s art and writing really do win out.

It’s also no surprise that Season 2 had pacing problems. We searched for Sophia for what seemed like an eternity, and even when words were exchanged, the series really wasn’t saying much – about society, or about the lives and relationships of these people we’re peering in on. It doesn’t feel cohesive. The only true emotional punch this show delivered was the shocking discovery that Sophia was a zombie, hidden inside Herschel’s barn. Once we got over the awesomeness of zombies on TV, viewers waited a full season and a half before getting a shocking, real, emotional payoff.

Season three’s premiere episode got “back to its roots” of killing zombies. Though I love some delicious violence, this running, gun toting, and stab-y goodness begins to lose its effectiveness when the characters behind it aren’t as strong as they could be…and should be. Because of this, the tension has dissipated. The show really needs to tighten up and dig deep inside of these characters in order to highlight the traits that readers of the book know and love. There’s still so much more potential hidden in this narrative than what we’ve been presented with.

Perhaps my standards are too high. Maybe shows like Mad Men, Homeland and Dexter have raised my expectations. Or maybe there’s just too much competition in TV nowadays. Let’s face it – Rick Grimes is no Don Draper. Although I still watch The Walking Dead, I don’t crave it like I do when the gang from Sterling Cooper Draper Price returns. And being such a Horror fan at heart, I really wish I did.

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And now, a violent zombie video.

Posted in Horror on March 9th, 2011 by Nick

This video claims to consist of “every” zombie death from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Though I feel it may be missing a few, it’s still a violent romp through the delicious world of zombies.

OK, maybe “delicious” is the wrong word there…

 

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Must-see-TV: 'The Dead Set'

Posted in Check It Out!, TV on October 25th, 2010 by Nick

This British mini-series has everything you’d ever want to see in a TV show: pretty faces, a show-within-a-show layering, horror, intrigue…and zombies. Even better – zombies that eat Big Brother contestants! Granted, the UK’s Big Bro is vastly more popular than its U.S. sister-equivalent, the premise of The Dead Set is just too perfect to pass up, even for Big Brother haters!

EW’s Dalton Ross writes:

For anyone who has yearned to see Big Brother contestants devoured by a pack of flesh-eating zombies — and honestly, who hasn’t? — I give you Dead Set. This grisly British horror series (airing on five consecutive nights) shows what happens when the walking dead infiltrate a live eviction episode of the reality show. Four words: Best. Eviction. Episode. Ever. The only thing that could have made it even more delicious? Zombie Chenbot. A-

A zombie Chenbot would be pretty fucking great.

The Dead Set airs tonight, 12-12:45am on IFC. The series will run for five consecutive nights.

AND DON’T FORGET:

The Walking Dead airs Halloween night at 10pm on AMC!  Who’s excited!?

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