Inside Pulse http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:13:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com ABC Orders Additional Episodes Of Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Black-ish & 5 Other Series http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/abc-orders-additional-episodes-of-greys-anatomy-once-upon-a-time-black-ish-5-other-series/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/abc-orders-additional-episodes-of-greys-anatomy-once-upon-a-time-black-ish-5-other-series/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:00:34 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002546 ABC wants more.

According to TVLine.com, the network announced that it is ordering additional episodes of all of its Wednesday comedies, including Modern Family, The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Black-ish. Each series will get an additional two episodes meaning all four sitcoms will air 24 episodes this season.

The network also ordered one additional episode of Castle, Resurrection, and Once Upon A Time.

Finally, Grey’s Anatomy has also been picked up for another two episodes.

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Anthony Johnson Returns To Court Next Wednesday For Restraining Order Hearing http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/anthony-johnson-returns-to-court-next-wednesday-for-restraining-order-hearing/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/anthony-johnson-returns-to-court-next-wednesday-for-restraining-order-hearing/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:00:56 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002525 One way or another, we will learn more about Anthony Johnson’s future next week.

“Rumble” will be back in civil court next week which should be conclusion of the case relating to the mother of his children filing an order of protection.

The pair were last in court on October 1 and a 30-day stay of the order of protection was granted. It appears that there was some confusion over what the order actually meant as well as its relation to “domestic violence” given that the two are not in a current relationship, do not live together, and that “there has never been any type of acknowledgment or recognition of paternity upon the respondent.” This was laid out in a motion to dismiss, submitted by Johnson’s legal team in late September.

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The Mindy Project Spoilers: Will Mindy’s Parents Be Introduced This Season? http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/the-mindy-project-spoilers-will-mindys-parents-be-introduced-this-season/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/the-mindy-project-spoilers-will-mindys-parents-be-introduced-this-season/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:00:30 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002544 So what are Mindy’s parents like?

The truth is that fans of The Mindy Project might finally get the answer to that question this season if the show’s creator and star has her way.

“I think we’re going to toward the end of the season,” Mindy Kaling told TVLine.com, while also musing about how tough casting her TV mom and dad will be. “The kind of parents that created this person is, for whatever reason, for me much more challenging to picture than the ones who created Danny… We’ve been putting it off for a while, but we will see them.”
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Jose Aldo Says He Will Attack Mendes Like A ‘Runaway Truck’ This Saturday http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/jose-aldo-says-he-will-attack-mendes-like-a-runaway-truck-this-saturday/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/jose-aldo-says-he-will-attack-mendes-like-a-runaway-truck-this-saturday/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:00:16 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002523 Jose Aldo has a not-so secret weapon that he plans to use against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 this weekend.

The crowd.

With the fight taking place in Rio de Janeiro, the featherweight champion has a clear homefield advantage and says that he plans on using it.

“The support is wonderful,” Aldo said. “I’m an emotional guy and my confidence rises because of that. I know that the arena is going to be full and everybody is going to vibrate with me. I’m sure that I’m coming forward like a runaway truck.”

Aldo also admitted that it was possible that he could jump out of the Octagon to celebrate with his fans.

“With Lord’s grace, we are going to do what we have to do or the security will catch me and don’t let me do anything.”

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DVD Review: Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Complete First Season) http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/dvd-review-nickelodeons-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-the-complete-first-season/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/dvd-review-nickelodeons-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-the-complete-first-season/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:15:30 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002409 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was my go-to cartoon growing up in the ’80s. I loved the shows, dressed up as Donatello for Halloween, and owned just about every possible figure that was made available. Oh, how your childhood memories can deceive you! Yes, the four turtles brought me lots of joy when I was younger; however, upon revisiting the old series not long ago, I couldn’t help but cringe. Yes, many cartoons from the ’80s don’t hold up very well today and Ninja Turtles is one of them.

Now, almost 30 years later (yikes!) Nickelodeon has revived the half-shelled heroes once more — and this time they’ve truly nailed a timeless tone. The 3D animation with anime influence may not be for all, but the chemistry between the characters can’t be denied. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael have always been teenagers — but now they really act like them! They fight, bicker, disobey their father, goof around and prank one another constantly, and yet they continue to grow as a team while doing so. It’s a superb dynamic that really gives this show a unique voice and perspective compared to the others.

Another plus is that each character isn’t just held to their old routines. Yes, Leo is still the leader, Donatello is still the brains, Raph is still the angry one and Mikey is the joker. Yet, each gets his time to shine throughout the season in unique and fun ways. And while it may be a bit bias because Donnie was always my favourite, I love the fact that they made it so that he’s the character with a crush on their human friend, April O’Neil. It just adds layers to a character who’s usually just there to provide the turtles with a few technological advantages.

Like many shows (and movies) aimed at kids these days, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles targets parents just as much. Okay, some may not become as addicted to it as me to the point where you’re driving all around the city at night trying to collect the action figures after seeing the first few episodes…but it’s still not just for kids! The jokes are things that adults will likely enjoy if watching it alongside their kids, which is always a bonus over the alternative of having to suffer through something that’s not entertaining in the slightest to anyone whose age has hit double digits.

For example, my wife has never liked the Ninja Turtles, so when I told her to give the show a shot (before I’d watched an episode myself) she reluctantly agreed. I’d say it took about two episodes before she was pulled in, but now she’s hooked and laughs out loud constantly during each episode. Yes, the show is that good. There’s loads of action, and a solid story that arcs throughout the entire first season; however, it’s really the humour that ties the show together. If each episode were just 20 minutes of fighting the Foot Clan and arguing then it’d get old fast — and you can forget converting your wife or girlfriend if that were the case. But as it stands, each episode comes out swinging with fresh jokes and lots of entertainment value.

I’m not really sure who this review is targeted towards. There are Turtle fans who may have been unsure as to whether or not to get on board with this new Nickelodeon direction — to whom I say, go buy this box set now — and then there are non-fans who may just not be interested. To those people I say, give it a shot! What’s the worst that could happen? This set comes at a fantastic price on certain websites that truly can’t be beat.

And then there are parents who may be curious about the series and whether or not it’s appropriate for their kids. Well, there’s a lot of roughhousing between the turtles, as well as picking on one another with a playful banter; but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad influence. If anything, there are lessons to be learned from most episodes. Splinter is trying to teach his sons how to get along in the world, and how to get along with one another, so the pros definitely outweigh the cons in that department. That said, everyone views things differently, so it may be best to watch a couple of shows before introducing your kids to it, depending on their age.

It’s also good to note that if you bought the previous DVD releases of this series that getting this box set would be redundant, as it’s literally the first three individual DVDs that were released packaged together (Rise of the Turtles, Enter the Shredder and Ultimate Showdown.) There’s no real added incentive to double dip, which is a good thing! For those who held off for the box set, don’t feel like you wasted your time, as in most cases you’ll save money going this route – you’ll just have to wait longer for the final packaged release.

In the end I cannot recommend this series enough! Whether you’re an old-school fan, or someone who never had any interest in the Turtles before, I’d say pick up this box set and give it a shot. There’s just so much fun to be had here that once one episode ends, you’ll find yourself craving another and another, just like a hungry Turtle craves pizza. Booyakasha!

The audio and video look really great for this DVD transfer of the show! Many have posted wondering why it wasn’t released on Blu-ray as well, since the show is available in HD; however, it looks really good here, so try not to let that sway you too much (and that’s coming from a Blu-ray enthusiast.) The audio is also fantastic, with dialogue, music and sound effects all coming through flawlessly!

On the special features front, well, there’s not too much. There are a few fun little things, but you’re mainly picking this up for the show itself.

Rise of the Turtles Extras:

Making of Animatics – There are six making of animatics, which basically show you the various storyboard stages that the show goes through before it’s finalized. It’s interesting, but it can be a little boring at times too – mostly if you’ve just watched the episodes they’re highlighting.

Theme song Karaoke – This is a good addition, as the Turtles have a new theme song this time out! It’s a catchy, fun song that’s definitely a bit tough to learn at first! It doesn’t help that each episode doesn’t start with it, so you’ll be lucky to hear it one or two times per disc!

Enter the Shredder Extras:

The Mutagen of a Scene – This is more making of storyboard stuff from this part of the season.

Tales from the Lair Part 1 & 2 Animated Comic Books – This is a fun read, that’s basically a comic book on your TV.

Ultimate Showdown Extras:

Mutagen of a Scene – Four more making of storyboard featurettes from this part of the season.

Tales from the Lair Parts 3-6 Animated Comic Book – Here are three more parts to the story started on the previous disc.

The box set as a whole also comes with a small preview of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History book. It’s quite small, and only has a handful of pages, but it’s enough to wet your appetite for the book if it ends up appealing to you – which is the point of adding this extra in the first place.

If you’re looking for a great Christmas present for someone special this holiday season that loves this sort of stuff, you can’t do much better than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season!

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season. Running time: 625 Minutes. Rating: PG. Released: October 07, 2014.

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Report: UFC Looks To Book McGregor vs. Siver & Cerrone vs. Jury On January 18 Card http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/report-ufc-looks-to-book-mcgregor-vs-siver-cerrone-vs-jury-on-january-18-card/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/report-ufc-looks-to-book-mcgregor-vs-siver-cerrone-vs-jury-on-january-18-card/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:00:40 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002520 It appears a couple of rumoured fights are even closer to happening.

MMAJunkie is reporting that UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor is expected to take on German striker Dennis Siver on a Fox Sports 1 card in Boston, MA. The location was selected based on its Irish fan base.

UFC Tonight is also reporting that the UFC is eyeing booking Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury on the same card.

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Dancing With The Stars News: Which Mirror Ball Trophy Favorite Might Not Be Able To Perform On Monday? http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/dancing-with-the-stars-news-which-mirror-ball-trophy-favorite-might-not-be-able-to-perform-on-monday/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/dancing-with-the-stars-news-which-mirror-ball-trophy-favorite-might-not-be-able-to-perform-on-monday/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:00:22 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002542 Dancing With The Stars fans can agree that it is almost a certainty that Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson will win the Mirror Ball trophy this year... that was until this week.]]> Most Dancing With The Stars fans can agree that it is almost a certainty that Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson will win the Mirror Ball trophy this year… that was until this week.

During Monday’s dress rehearsals, Witney injured her back and was almost unable to perform. She toughed through it but the couple is now paying a heavy price.

I honestly thought that one of my ribs had popped out of place,” Carson told E! Online. “That’s how bad the pain was.”

The pain has only gotten worse as the pro has barely been able to move during this week’s rehearsals for Monday’s Halloween episode.

“My back is really killing me now,” she said.

As if Witney’s back injury wasn’t a big enough problem for the pair, Alfonso is also nursing a groin injury and he told E! News that he was in “a lot of pain.”

Yikes.
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Sleepy Hollow Spoilers: Will Hawley Hook Up With Either Jenny Or Abbie Mills? http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/sleepy-hollow-spoilers-will-hawley-hook-up-with-either-jenny-or-abbie-mills/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/sleepy-hollow-spoilers-will-hawley-hook-up-with-either-jenny-or-abbie-mills/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:32 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002540 Sleepy Hollow's Hawley?]]> Is romance in the air for Sleepy Hollow‘s Hawley?

TVLine asked Lyndie Greenwood the question and while the actress said that she was still “in the dark” about which Mills sister Hawley will pursue, it isn’t a topic that she is losing sleep over.

“Abbie and Jenny have fought so hard for [their] relationship,” she said. “They have had way bigger problems than some dude coming into their life and upsetting things.” Still, expect at least a little sisterly static. “Of course, it’s an issue,” Greenwood previews.
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Chris Weidman Stunned By NSAC Not Giving Vitor Belfort Any Additional Drug Tests Despite Promising To Do So http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/chris-weidman-stunned-by-nsac-not-giving-vitor-belfort-any-additional-drug-tests-despite-promising-to-do-so/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/chris-weidman-stunned-by-nsac-not-giving-vitor-belfort-any-additional-drug-tests-despite-promising-to-do-so/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:07 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002507 Despite stating that they will test him until the day that he retires, the NSAC has yet to give Vitor Belfort a new drug test.

Belfort was flagged for elevated testosterone in an out of competition drug test, heading into a planned bout against Chris Weidman at UFC 173. This resulted in Vitor appearing before the NSAC back in July and at the time the commission read off what would be required of Belfort in order for him to be licensed to fight again in the state. The key points of his agreement required that he sit out until December, didm’ fight outside Nevada for his next match, and cooperated with any random blood and urine testing. As to what that testing would amount to, the commissioner put it bluntly. (transcription via MMA Fighting):

“I’ll give you my definition of reasonable testing going forward from this commissioner’s perspective,” NAC commissioner Anthony Marnell told Belfort at the hearing, “we’re going to drug test you to the day you retire. That’s my definition of reasonable. We, in my opinion, should be in and around your career until the day you call it quits.”

MMAFighting.com has now confirmed that the random blood and urine tests have not taken place. NSAC executive director recently spoke to the site and revealed that the commission hasn’t even tested him once since the trial. With Weidman injuring his hand, the match between the two middleweights has also been pushed to UFC 184 in Los Angeles, CA (meaning the other directive for his release was also ignored).

Even Chris Weidman seemed surprised by the recent revelation:


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Murtz On The Scene: Exclusive Interview With Degrassi‘s Melinda Shankar & Ana Golja http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/murtz-on-the-scene-exclusive-interview-with-degrassis-melinda-shankar-ana-golja/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/10/24/murtz-on-the-scene-exclusive-interview-with-degrassis-melinda-shankar-ana-golja/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:53:23 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2002550 Degrassi's Melinda Shankar & Ana Golja!]]>

 

We are counting down to Degrassi’s 14th Season premiere!

On July 29, I attended the Season 13 Finale Screening party at the MTV Building in downtown Toronto.

Just prior to screening the final two episodes of the season, I caught up with a variety of castmembers to discuss what would happen in the finale and to offer a preview of what to expect when the show returns next week.

I sat down with Melinda Shankar & Ana Golja to talk about the effective way that Degrassi manages to bring in new characters. I asked Melinda about her character’s storyline with Leo and the struggles that Alli Bhandari went through in Season 13. I asked Melinda why Dallas just didn’t pop Alli’s abusive boyfriend in the face when he had the chance and if that might have sent the wrong message. I asked Melinda to reflect on all of Alli’s past boyfriends and which one she would have picked for her character (if she could go back). Ana talked about Zoe’s major storyline this season and the trial that her character had to go to when she was sexually violated at a party. We discussed how so many teens identified with the storyline and the larger message that it offered. I asked Ana if she saw any similarities in herself and her character considering Zoe also is an actress. With Melinda now being one of the veterans of the show, I asked her if she had any advice for Ana (who is a relatively new castmember). Finally, I asked both who they would pick if they were given the chance to play any other Degrassi character for an episode.

Check out the video above!

Degrassi premieres on Tuesday October 28 at 9 p.m. on MTV
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