Rogue 5: The Coolest Things Happening In Entertainment This Week!

Friday, 29 April 2011 10:20 Written by  Jami Philbrick
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Rogue 5: The Coolest Things Happening In Entertainment This Week!

Each week the Rogue 5 spotlights the five coolest things happening in entertainment that you need to check out this week! We cover everything entertainment related including movies, TV, music, DVD & Blu-ray, Comic books, the Internet, and more. 

5) Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe on USA and iTunes

Long before the hit USA spy series Burn Notice finally made Bruce Campbell a household name, (even my Mom knows who he is now) nerds around the world already worshiped the actor for his amazing body of work. From his seminal work with director and childhood friend Sam Raimi on Evil Dead, Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, and the under appreciated Army of Darkness, to his hilarious cameos in Raimi’s Spider-Man films, Campbell sets the bar for what is cool with genre fans everywhere. But it his role as former Navy SEAL Sam Axe on Burn Notice that has finally brought the celebrated actor into the mainstream. Now, the producers of the series have wisely decided to make a two-hour prequel film that focuses on Campbell’s character with the made-for-TV movie, Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe. The film tells the story of Campbell’s Sam Axe and the events that led up to him leaving the Navy and winding up in Miami just before the start of the series. The movie is directed by the star of Burn Notice, Jeffrey Donovan, who also makes a brief appearance in the film as his character Michael Weston. But most importantly, the movie gives Campbell an opportunity to do what he does best … be Bruce!

Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe premiered on USA April 17th but is currently available for purchase on iTunes.

4) Nigel’s Song from Rio written by Jemaine Clement

If you are a die-hard Flight of the Conchords fan like I am, then you must have been as broken hearted as I was when you heard that the comedic duo were calling it quits on their popular HBO series. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie decided last year that they would no longer produce their hilarious series, simply titled Flight of the Conchords. It was unclear at the time if the New Zealand born duo planned to continue writing funny songs together, but with both performers in high demand, it didn’t seem likely that we would have any new music from them in the near future. Well good news Conchord fans, there is a brand new song from the group … sort of. Clement plays the villainous Cockatoo, Nigel in the new animated musical Rio and actually wrote the song that his character sings in the film, which describes his checkered back-story. The song is amazing and sounds just like the comedic music that the band mastered on their show. Any fan of the group should make sure that they see Rio … even if it is just to hear the latest genius recording from the magical, musical mind of Clement.

Rio is in theaters now!

3) The Killing on AMC

I was dismissive at first of the new AMC series that looked like a recycled version of Twin Peaks with Mulder and Scully from The X-Files thrown in. But after I began watching it, I realized that the series is anything but unoriginal and instead is very sharp, suspenseful, well written and features some terrific performances. The first season is scheduled to consist of thirteen episodes, each one of them focusing on a new day in the investigation of a young girl’s homicide in a small community outside of Seattle. The series centers on reluctant homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), and her scummy new partner Holder (an excellent Joel Kinnaman) as they try to solve their case. While the series concentrates on the repercussions from the death of Rosie Larsen, it is the show’s cast of intriguing characters that keeps us guessing from week to week. From the scrupulous politician running for Mayor (Billy Campbell), to the girl’s grieving parents (the always wonderful Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton), to Rosie’s creepy teacher (Brandon Jay McLaren), and Sarah’s mysterious fiancé (Callum Keith Rennie), everyone is a suspect. My favorite thing about this series is that we have been promised a satisfying conclusion to Rosie’s case by the season’s end. Now, the trick is to figure out who the killer is before Sarah and Holder do!

The Killing airs Sunday nights on AMC.

2) Brandon Routh in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

You can say what you want about Superman Returns … but that film's failure had nothing to do with actor Brandon Routh. Universally, most critics of director Bryan Singer’s take on the man-of-steel agree that Routh was a pretty good Superman and the film’s ultimate downfall had nothing to do with his performance. The actor moved on to make a cameo in another film based on a comic book last year in director Edgar Wright’s opus Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and now Routh once again appears in the new film Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, based on the popular Italian comic book of the same name. The new film may be a bit hit or miss for some genre fans but undeniably Routh gives a stellar and commanding performance. One part Chinatown, and one part Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Routh is excellent in the role as hero and narrator, and adds the perfect film noir vibe to the movie. Routh leads the film with humor and grace, and I look forward to seeing more from the young actor in the future. If nothing else, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night proves without a shadow of a doubt … that there is life after Superman for Brandon Routh.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is in theaters now!

1) Fast Five

Get ready to start your engines, as the official summer season is about to get off to a turbo charged bang with the release of Fast Five. The fifth film in the hugely successful The Fast & the Furious series, Fast Five promises to be an all-star Fast & Furious as it brings back the stars of each film for the very first time. This is your chance to finally see Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Matt Shulze, and Gal Gadot all in the same action-packed film for the very first time. Now that Walker’s Brian O’Conner has joined Diesel’s Dom on the other side of the law, who in the world is tough enough to go up against this motley crew? THE ROCK, that’s who! Joining the series is one of the biggest action stars in the world ... Dwayne Johnson, who plays Lucas Hobbs, a tough-as-nails federal agent that always gets his man. Seriously, what else do you need to know about this film to want to see it? I actually had an opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the film earlier this week and I’ll just say this … I think Fast Five is going to be the first big hit of this summer. Diesel and Walker are great together, and Johnson practically steals every scene he is in. I think Fast Five will go down as one of the best films in the entire series, and I can't wait for the inevitable ... The Fast & the Fury-Six!

Fast Five is in theaters now!

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