Entertainment Link-Off: Live Long and Prosper

jessica-chastain-oscars15-01Don’t change the channel but it’s Steve in for Jackie with this week’s edition of the entertainment links. I’m not sure that this was a week that I really wanted to take over. Well, when Jackie get in touch on Wednesday, it wasn’t a problem. But I don’t think anyone was expecting all of the Oscar talk to suddenly be made completely irrelevant with the death of the legendary Leonard Nimoy. I thought this weekend’s links would be Oscars and that damn dress and then some news just smacks you upside the head out of nowhere.

But regardless of what sad news there was this week, there’s still a set of links to do. Since the Oscars were last weekend, let’s start with a photo from there. Here’s Jessica Chastain.

After the jump, a Leonard Nimoy obituary, some Oscars fallout, that damn dress and the unreality of reality TV.

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WWE Fastlane 2015 Review

Just five weeks from WrestleMania 31, the actual 30th anniversary of WrestleMania, the WWE was still working on setting the stage for their big annual show. They were scrambling to make up for the underwhelming and nearly riot inducing Royal Rumble by putting Roman Reigns’ hated WrestleMania title shot up for grabs in a match against Daniel Bryan. They pretended the US Title mattered by having John Cena challenge for it. And… Nothing much else worth hyping. But the Uppercats were on the card. They’re cool.

But the first WWE Fastlane pay-per-view was something closer to a go-home show for WrestleMania 31. Getting on the fast lane to WrestleMania seems to have meant fast tracking the creative for WrestleMania too.

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Entertainment Link-Off: To Infinity and Beyond

dakota johnsonLooks like we can finally catch a glimpse of the sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending after several months delay this weekend. I suppose this will be good counter programming to Fifty Shades of Grey. Speaking of which, that film is making massive amounts of moolah right now. So let’s kick this off with Dakota Johnson, which apparently is the lone bright spot in the critically panned film. 

After the jump, Joss Whedon stripps Ultron of his powers, creating an ending to a movie seems to be an impossible mission, first look at Aquaman, a companion piece to Birdman, and some Game of Thrones bloopers to lighten up the mood. Continue reading

NXT Takeover: Rival Review

nxt-takeover-rival-logoWhile the first stop on the Road to WrestleMania 31 was a disappointment, the WWE’s developmental territory was here to save the day last week. The last time NXT had a live special, it completely overshadowed the main roster pay-per-view that followed only a few days later.

NXT Takeover: Rival was the fifth NXT live special and it had massive expectations to live up to after the critical success that was R-Evolution. Fortunately, NXT doesn’t have to live up to this weekend’s WWE Fast Lane pay-per-view because it’s likely to be terrible. But could NXT live up to its own standards?

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Entertainment Link-Off: Valentine’s Surprise

anna-kendrick-thelastfiveyears15-04Hello, entertainment links fans. Steve here in for Jackie. While Jackie is dealing with the arduous task of hot Australian summer weather, I’m taking a break from shoveling snow to take care of the ELO this week. He’s lucky I didn’t show up at his front door unannounced. Since Tuesday, I’ve dug out from over a foot of snow. Jackie? The worst that’s happened to him is turning the air conditioning down a degree because it got a wee bit nippy. Yes, I’m incredibly bitter about winter and no, I don’t intend to complain about 40° weather this summer.

Anyway, it’s Saturday night and it’s time for the links. No, I don’t have a lot of Valentine’s themed links today which is the surprise. Okay, that’s a terrible surprise but there’s TV, movie and celebrity gossip news for your perusal today. But for something Valentine-ish, let’s start with The Lowdown’s official celebrity crush Anna Kendrick.

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Entertainment Link-Off: Space and Time

kate mara womens fitnessI can’t believe it’s already February! Anyway, it’s a decent weekend at the movies with two critically panned sci-fi flicks that might still be worth checking out. There’s the found footage time travel pic Project Almanac and also the Wachowski’s latest effort Jupiter Ascending. If you’re not into these flicks however, you might want to catch up on the premiere episodes of Fresh Off the Boat. Great new comedy on ABC right now. Kicking off this ELO is Kate Mara. She is looking mighty fit. Definitely looking forward to the release of Fantastic Four this summer.

After the jump, Ryan Reynolds wants to thank the fans for getting the Deadpool project going, Birdman’s original ending took a potshot at a major film franchise, some Chris Pratt/Chris Evans Super Bowl related stuff, Jimmy Fallon revives Saved by the Bell and there is a new meaning to the term ‘sex toy’ all thanks to Lego. Continue reading

Royal Rumble 2015 Review

wwe-royal-rumble-2015-bannerOkay, I’ll be the first to admit that I probably shouldn’t be writing wrestling reviews on any sort of basis. I don’t watch the WWE regularly apart from watching their NXT developmental territory. I’ve probably watched more New Japan in the last month than WWE since WrestleMania 30. But it’s the Road to WrestleMania and what better time to tune into the WWE for three months.

But even I with my limited WWE viewing knows that what’s best for business is paying customers. With the relative failure of the WWE Network launch, TV ratings that are stagnant at best and fans who are growing increasingly discontent with the product on-screen, the Royal Rumble had to be bigger than just your standard hype machine for WrestleMania.

It’s just too bad that the WWE failed entirely to get anyone interested in their annual showcase.

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