TOMBOY TARTS: MUSIC & TV

IRON FIST VS THE WORLD: DOES NETFLIX’S LAST DEFENDER DESERVE ALL THIS HATE?

After the successes of Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, Marvel finally unveiled their latest TV show this month as every episode of Iron Fist proudly appeared on Netflix for all to devour over the weekend. Unlike the aforementioned shows, however, the response to Iron fist on social media was mixed, to say the least, with many fans panning it, expressing various complaints. Of course, many others were defending the show and it seemed like the main issues people had with it boiled down to the fact that there just wasn’t enough action and that…

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WHAT WENT WRONG WITH POWERLESS DESPITE ITS INITIAL OFFBEAT APPEAL?

DC’s new TV venture is Powerless, an office comedy set in the DC Universe about a team of creative tech people whose job it is to come up with new products that the public can use to stay safe during risky superhero battles. There’s something refreshing, even exciting about Powerless’ clever premise as shifting the focus from flashy supermen and women to the bystanders in danger could open up a lot of different avenues, many of which perfect for television series, comedy or otherwise. How about following a crew tasked with cleaning up Metropolis after…

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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS IS DEPRESSINGLY WONDERFUL

When Netflix announced that it would be producing a full series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, fans of the sinister but fun children’s books rejoiced as the film adaptation from 2004 felt somewhat like a missed opportunity. There are 13 novels altogether; all written between 1999 and 2006, so cramming three of them into one movie was never going to work. Having said that, the result was an entertaining, stylish-looking film with the right visuals, the right tone, and the right cast. Jim Carrey’s take on the villainous Count Olaf, however,…

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ZELDA WILLIAMS OPENS UP ABOUT HER GIRL IN THE BOX ROLE

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Zelda Williams stars in Lifetime thriller Girl in the Box. She shares why she is drawn to dark roles and what it is like to play Janice Hooker in this dark psychological drama. Girl In The Box is a fictionalized retelling of Colleen Stan’s real-life abduction nightmare. The then 22-year-old was kidnapped in Red Bluff, California by a young couple who imprisoned her under their bed in a box the size of a casket from 1977 to 1984 before her eventual escape. Be forewarned: This is not your typical feel good Lifetime movie. The daughter…

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GOTHAM: MAD CITY IS POISED FOR MURDER AND MAYHEM THIS YEAR

Proving once again that you don’t need Batman himself to have a successful Batman-themed TV show, Gotham reaches its third season after teasing us with various villains, new cast members and potential plot-points. Entitled “Mad City”, this first half of the season picks up where the last one left off, with Hugo Strange’s experiments roaming the streets of Gotham following the takedown of his shady Arkham laboratory and Jim Gordon working as a bounty hunter after leaving the GCPD. We briefly follow Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) as she uses her nifty, yet limited super-powers to…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: EMELI SANDÉ

Tomboy-styled musician Emeli Sandé has taken a few years away from the music business to live life, get married (and divorced) and the struggle is real with her latest release, “Long Live The Angels” which maps out her path to strength and wisdom. ‘O heaven! O heaven! I wait with good intentions. But the day – it always lasts too long….’ If the chorus of ‘Heaven’ Emeli Sandé’s first single from her debut album a few years ago wasn’t enough to convince you that this tomboy-styled musician has a serious set of pipes to accompany the soulful…

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THE WALKING DEAD AND THE ART OF THE BUMMER

Before reaching its explosive finale, Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead was solid if slightly underwhelming. After a tense build-up, however, we are finally introduced to intimidating new villain Negan in season 7 and a brutal cliffhanger soon follows leaving us to wonder which one of our heroes is a goner. Slight spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned. As the sadistic Negan (played by a perfect Jeffrey Dean Morgan) swings his beloved barb-wired baseball bat “Lucille” over and over, pummelling one of the main characters to death in a purposely mysterious point-of-view shot as the end…

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RIDE THE HIGHWAY TO HELL WITH THE STARS OF GANGLAND UNDERCOVER

Gangland Undercover debuted last year to rave reviews for its gritty portrayal of a former undercover informant who had successfully infiltrated an outlaw biker gang. The show was written and created by the same undercover informant turned writer, Charles Falco, who based the story on his actual experiences. Renewed for a second season, the History Channel series is back with another round of high stakes biker culture docudrama. The second season will follow the events of the first season and see Charles Falco (played by Damon Runyan in the show), living a new life in…

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WESTWORLD: HBO AND THE NOT-SO-OLD WEST

Based on the 1973 film of the same name, HBO has finally released the first few episodes of its TV adaptation of Michael Crichton’s cult sci-fi story and who better to bring us an edgy new Western show than the network that once gave us Deadwood? The original film was like a precursor to The Terminator with Yul Brynner taking on the role of an unstoppable, dead-eyed killing machine. The underrated film’s overall concept was an ingenious one so a re-imagining would have plenty to work with and a lot of potential to expand. In…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: SUSAN SURFTONE

Ever since Elvis Presley entered her life when she was three years old, Susan Surftone knew she wanted to live the rock n roll life and age hasn’t stopped her from shredding her guitar on her latest release entitled “The Magician”. The former Special FBI agent sits down with us to tell us about her influences on the new album and life as a tomboy musician.  She is a former FBI agent turned singer/songwriter who shreds the guitar playing surfy bluesy rock n roll. That’s almost unheard of but life has a funny way of dealing…

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