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Costas Mandylor, Karina Smirnoff and Playboy - Costas Mandylor and Steven Bauer Thursday 1st July 2010 Sedona Studios and Do Denim Presents 'Welcome To Fantasy Island' hosted by AZ Cardinals Kerry Rhodes and DWTS Karina Smirnoff held at The Playboy Mansion.

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Costas Mandylor - Costas Mandylor and guest Los Angeles, California - Premiere of 'Sinners & Saints' held at Arclight Hollywood at the Cinerama Dome Wednesday 30th June 2010

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Josie Davis and Costas Mandylor - Josie Davis and Costas Mandylor Los Angeles, California - Premiere of 'Sinners & Saints' held at Arclight Hollywood at the Cinerama Dome Wednesday 30th June 2010

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Costas Mandylor Wednesday 30th June 2010 Premiere of 'Sinners & Saints' held at Arclight Hollywood at the Cinerama Dome Los Angeles, California

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Saw V Review


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At this point in the Saw series, reviews really don't matter. Frankly, this is one of the few fright franchises where audiences don't care about character development, directorial flair, or narrative invention. Instead, they want more Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, more illogical puzzle kills, and a reverse referencing that makes unimportant characters major players in later installments. To that extent, Saw V is definitely no different. Unfortunately, whatever made the first four films tolerable has been whisked away by unimaginative writing and even more pedestrian direction.

Since the death of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), FBI agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) has been trying to track down his "other" accomplice. With female helper Amanda (Shawnee Smith) also dead, all leads point to Det. Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). New agency head Dan Erickson (Mark Rolston) isn't so sure, however, and becomes suspicious. In the meantime, a new "game" has commenced. Five people -- a fire inspector, a building permit bureaucrat, a trust fund baby/drug addict, an investigative journalist, and a property developer -- find themselves locked in a life or death struggle to see who can survive, and who will be sacrificed. As well, Jigsaw's ex-wife Jill (Betsy Russell) receives a mysterious box.

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Saw IV Review


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Who would've guessed that from the lengthy list of gimmicks employed by the Saw series, the one to try patience in Saw IV would not be its elaborate, torture-happy deathtraps, serial killer Jigsaw's dour sermonizing, or its shamelessly amped-up filmmaking, but rather the filmmakers' insistence on movie-to-movie continuity. Saw IV, like its predecessors, takes places directly after, and in some cases concurrently with, the events of its immediate predecessor. For a time, this attention to detail seemed novel; but now lacking any real forward movement, the series threatens to collapse into a black hole of its own making.

The attachment of the Saw series to even its most inconsequential, dull, poorly-realized characters rivals and maybe surpasses head murderer Jigsaw's own hang-ups; the filmmakers have become serial killers by proxy, obsessed with every minor character who crosses their path. The sinking feeling I got watching Saw IV was not horror-movie dread, or even trepidation about the inevitable Saws five through ten in particular, but that Saw V will feel obligated to feature such dynamic new franchise additions such as that FBI agent guy (Scott Patterson) and that one cop who knew those other cops (Costas Mandylor). Based on series patterns, Joanne Boland and Julian Richings will have major parts in the next sequel, reprising their roles of "crime scene photographer" and "vagrant," respectively.

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The Eavesdropper Review


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Points for originality, I'd say. First-time writer/director Andrew Bakalar (IMDB lists only two craft services -- catering -- credits for Alien Avengers and Humanoids from the Deep) turns in an interesting film out of what ought to be a direct-to-video experience. The Eavesdropper is high concept all the way: Government experiment turns a newly deaf patient (Lucy Jenner) into a superhearing machine. In fact, she can hear people's thoughts, which makes her an expert hostage negotiator and potentially awesome military intelligence operator. But it's also a bit tricky, because she can hear the motivations of the doctors who are poking and prodding her (including Star Trek alumni John de Lancie and George Takei).

Naturally there's a conspiracy here and a woman in jeopardy, and before the end our heroine will turn the tables on everyone, right? Yeah, and that's fine. Jenner is a solid actress -- reminiscent of another Trekker, Michelle Forbes -- and she does all that can be expected with a rather rote script. Supporting cast is on target, but the whole effect is rather muted. Too much time is spent meandering on tangents that never really pay off or, worse, that we just don't care about. The entire film is bookended with unnecessary backstory and future-story about the woman's life. It comes across a bit too much like padding.

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Delta Of Venus Review


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Zalman King has made a pretty penny directing softcore porn, and Delta of Venus is his artiest attempt at it yet.

Following the saucy adventures of an American girl in the 1940s who moves to Paris (hey, great timing!) to write erotic fiction, Venus is long on stolen glances and short on story. In fact, it's short on eroticism too, as Audie England spends more time gawking and whispering at creepy foreigners and hiding in dark closets than engaging in forbidden acts. England is hardly a Basinger-esque sexpot and even less of an actress, which is why she's largely been relegated to TV movies in the years since Venus appeared. Ultimately her character Elena's sexual awakening is pretty freakin' tepid.

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