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GLEE (SEASON 1)
A year—that’s all it took for my opinion on Glee to change from “yay” to “bleh”. Last time I wrote about the series, Fox had preemptively released a Vol. 1 DVD release/cash grab for the show, and at the time, my enthusiasm for Glee was at its peak. Then the show’s sugar high wore off, and left me with a repeat of tiring romances and routine sad-funny character subplots. The first half of the season—”The Road to Sectionals”, as it’s referred to on the DVD—had an upbeat yet insidious charm to it, and its cynical undertones (turned into deliciously hate-filled overtones by Jane Lynch) kept the otherwise cheerfully formulaic material feeling fresh. And after bringing many of the subplots to a satisfying close, it seemed like the show writers were planning to change up the story and character relationships just in the nick of time. Instead, they sought out frustrating ways to negate any progress that the story had made in order to unenthusiastically recycle subplots that had since grown bland. And perhaps this is just a result of my waning interest, but by the end of the season, the series’ much-needed edge had been lost as well. My (shameful) suggestion: stick to the Vol. 1 release, and wait out the rest of the season until you stop caring.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Extended episodes, a sing-along karaoke, behind-the-scenes of “The Power of Madonna” episode, Glee Makeovers, never-before-seen “Sue’s Corners” and a dance tutorial titled “Staying in Step with Glee.”

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Prince of Persia International PosterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley debate whether or not Michael Bay is the right person to take over Ninja Turtles, discuss the artistic ethics of “fixing” an older film, and remember the passing of Dennis Hopper.

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A bunch of new movie posters have been released in the last few days, so I thought it was time to do a round-up. The posters include various international posters for Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia, Nightmare on Elm Street, Survival of the Dead and some domestic one-sheets for Sex and the City 2 and The Other Guys.

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the box final posterThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley wonder whether or not Avatar will actually be profitable, express bafflement at the inclusion of aliens in Peter Berg’s Battleship film, and ponder whether Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince of Persia constitutes brownface. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from the IFC News podcast.

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The official movie trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is now online… Watch it after the jumpp.

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VOTD: Jordan Mechner’s Prince of Persia Movie Pitch

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Six years ago original Prince of Persia game designer Jordan Mechner pitched a Prince of Persia movie to execs at Disney. Now the film is finally coming close to fruition, and Mechner has posted his original pitch so we can all enjoy the initial vision for the film. Read More »

Prince of Persia Movie Posters

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Empire has the exclusive debut of two new UK posters for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced adaptation of the Prince of Persia videogame series. And, oooh, they’re arty! At first glance, I thought Gemma Arterton‘s was a magazine cover, and Jake Gyllenhaal‘s image looks a bit like a prototype Criterion Collection cover from a couple years back. Don’t get me wrong; I like these images and am interested to see that Disney is promoting the film by taking a less obvious angle than “hey, big action movie!” Does the ad campaign mean that we’re actually in for something a little less standard than a version of Pirates of the Caribbean starring a muscly Jake? I hope so!

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Earlier this week Gemma Arterton appeared on GMTV, chatting on the couch with Lorraine Kelly. That’s a screen capture from the meeting above – just for those of you (well, those of us, really) that find Ms. Arterton somewhat easy on the eyes. Besides coming over as really very pleasant, discussing figure-assisting underwear and plugging The Boat that Rocked, Arterton also announced she had two big lead roles scheduled to hit cinemas in 2010. One, she said, was Prince of Persia but the other she wasn’t yet allowed to announce. Just a few days later: all change.

Tonight, at the Empire Awards, Arterton appeared to have received the white flag, green light and crack of the crop telling her she would be A-OK for a reveal and she duly announced her casting in Clash of the Titans. She will be playing to role of Io, a character I don’t think was featured in the Desmond Davis film of 1981, but in the myths the lucky priestess to be seduced by Zeus and then turned into a cow. Later, Io escaped across the Ionian Sea, which begs that old chicken and egg question again, don’t you think?

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