November 24, 2014
Ever since the Walking Dead series aired, fans began debating the merits of the show versus its source material, the original comic book series by Robert Kirkman. Which is better—the AMC show, which constantly gets the best ratings on television; or the original comic book series, which consistently outsells most other comic books on the market? Is there even a way to determine which entity is the better one? Let’s look at the most significant characteristics of both the Walking Dead TV show and comic and let you decide!
The TV show, so far, is the more realistic of the two. The TV show alters dialogue to make it sound more natural, while the comic book often has typical “comic book dialogue” which is heightened for drama and panel length. The comic also has some elements—such as Ezekiel’s pet tiger Shiva—that are fairly unrealistic, even for a comic about the undead.
Both the show and the comic book sport some pretty intense violence. However, the comic book is more noticeably violent because comic book illustrations are not as strictly regulated as TV shows. The comic book can get away with more depictions of graphic violence (see: Glenn and Lucille) although the TV show has sported some pretty gory walker kills.
The Walking Dead TV show and the comic book share many characters. There are only a handful of characters from the comic book that did not appear in the TV show in some form or another, at least going up to the current TV show storyline.
However, the TV show does have some characters that were not in the original comic book series; it also has characters that have sometimes radically different storylines or personalities compared to their comic book counterparts. Daryl and Merle, two of the most interesting characters in the show, are completely new for the TV show; while Carol in the TV show has become more of a kick-butt warrior than her comic book counterpart, who came unhinged and committed suicide.
Not all of the changes to characters have been positive, however. In the comic books, Andrea is essentially similar to “show Carol,” that is to say she kicks butt and doesn’t take names. In the show, however, Andrea became consistently dependent on male characters to the point of ignoring all logical reason, which ended up getting her killed.
November 12, 2013
“I will always find you.”
Television viewers familiar with ABC’S hit series Once Upon a Time will no doubt hear that quote in the sweet and loving voice of Ginnifer Goodwin who stars as Snow White/Mary Margaret in the fairy-tales-gone-fractured fantasy series. Ginnifer Goodwin plays a Snow White can be sweet, sassy, loving, and even spiteful—an interesting twist on a character that is too often portrayed with all the personality of a wet doormat.
Many people are no doubt familiar with Ginnifer Goodwin’s work on Once Upon a Time. But there is more to Ginnifer Goodwin’s career than her “fairy tale” success as Snow White. Let’s look at some of the more popular, well-received and interesting roles that Goodwin has under her film and television experience belt.
It may come as a surprise to fans who no-doubt now consider Goodwin to be a mainstay of primetime televsion, but her role on television has not always been that of an apple-avoiding fairy tale princess. Prior to Once Upon a Time, Goodwin has acted in about 9 television series–sometimes adding just her voice to shows like SpongeBob Square pants and Robot Chicken–and sometimes having recurring roles, such as that of Diane Snyder in Ed (2001-2004) and Margene Heffmen in Big Love (2006-2011).
She is arguably best well known for her role in Big Love–she starred in 53 episodes of the original series as the character of Margene Heffman, whom she reprised in two episodes for the show Big Love: In the Beginning.
After the premiere of season 1 of Once Upon a Time, Ginnifer also took the role of Jean Marie St. Cloud in Electric City. She starred in 20 episodes of this award winning web series, which was actually created by star and fellow actor, Tom Hanks.
Goodwin’s first notable role was as Connie Baker in the popular film, Mona Lisa Smile. And many fans cite her role as Vivian Cash (the first wife of the famous Johnny Cash) in the 2005 biopic, Walk the Line, as their favorite. Goodwin has frequently starred in romantic comedies, such as He’s Just Not That into You, A Single Man, and Something Borrowed. Other roles include “Aunt Bea” in the 2010 adaptation of Ramona and Bezos and “Cathy Feely” in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. Go to this website for more great entertainment choices.
August 30, 2013
What does it take to make for a great home entertainment experience? You can have hundreds of TV channels, if you want them, or you can take a smaller programming package that suits your needs and your budget. There is one provider that is always able to give you what you are looking for – your local cable TV provider.
A cable television provider can give you a choice of programming packages that fit the needs of your entire family and your budget. These programming packages can give you hundreds of programming options, as well as On Demand and Pay Per View services. With a choice of packages, you have options that you can use to customize your home viewing experience. Options like the sports or movie premiums these providers offer can give you more of the content you want to see. Check here for more details about home entertainment and communication packages in your area.
You are able to pick the package that suits the needs of all viewers in the home and add a premium to get more of the content you really want to see.
When you want new movie releases, you don’t have to stand in line at your local movie store. You can press a couple of buttons on your remote and watch the newest Hollywood blockbusters from the comfort of your couch through the On Demand service.
There is no running to the store to get the movies or return them before the late fee. Even if you want live action, the Pay Per View service will provide it with live UFC fights. Once you are home from work, you can relax and set up camp on the couch for your personal comfort.
These options come with family-friendly viewing options like Parental Controls and the on-screen channel guide. The Parental Controls work to block programming that is unsuitable for children while the on-screen channel guide allows you to see what is coming on days in advance. You can plan your viewing so you know what you want to watch, block with the Parental Controls or record to your DVR or HD-DVR. Your cable provider can give you free HD channels that provide incredible definition and surround sound.
Your cable TV provider can also give you high-speed internet services you and your children need in your home. With a cable provider, you have constant internet access to online social sites and research sites for school projects. This service is wired or wireless so you can connect with your desktop or your tablet. Watch programming online or do anything else without fear because the service comes with online security and online Parental Controls.
You can also enjoy unlimited local and long distance calling with an unlimited calling plan that includes calling features. For a set rate, you can get unlimited calling freedom. You can even make international telephone calls.
With a cable television provider, you also get convenience. Ask about a bundled service package and enjoy these three services on a set monthly rate that saves you money. Get a Bundled service package for the discounted monthly rates and convenient online bill pay options.
June 21, 2013
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Check out all the great Star Wars movies in the order in which they happen, not when they were made. Learn how Vader came to be, where Luke got the force, and why he and Leia should never have kissed!
May 21, 2012
No matter what the age or generation, starting in the 1950’s, everyone knew who Dick Clark was. He was a household name for baby boomers, and a key interviewer to some of the world’s most talented and acclaimed artists. One interview, in particular, has stood above the others. He interviewed Madonna, after her appearance and performance on American Bandstand. When she was asked by Clark what her goals and dreams for her future in entertainment included, she said she wanted to rule the world.
At the time of his death, he was 82 years old. He died while attending St. John’s Hospital, as an outpatient, in Santa Monica. The official cause of death was stated as a heart attack. (more…)