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Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

R&R Q&A with Laura Vandervoort

Supergirl talks ‘The Entitled.’

By Rod Lott September 7th, 2011

One of the better direct-to-DVD films of the season is the kidnapping thriller “The Entitled,” starring Ray Liotta. Its female lead, Laura Vandervoort, better known for her on-the-tube roles in “Smallville” and “V,” talked with us about the movie, her coke-snorting character in it, and the downside of being in bikinis on camera.

R&R: Were you disappointed that “The Entitled” skipped theaters?

Vandervoort: Of course. We had hopes that it would make it to theaters, but hopefully, people will take a look at it. It's unfortunate. It's a tough little business we're in, but I'm really proud of the film.

R&R: It reminded me partly of “The Lookout,” and I didn’t remember this until a couple days later, but you were in that movie, too.

Vandervoort: That's funny. That was a film that I was really, really proud to be a part of, and it also didn't get as much attention as everyone hoped. I thought it was a fantastic, and of course, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten even better as the years have gone on.

R&R: Do you have a preference between doing movies and TV ?

Vandervoort: Kind of 50/50. I love to do series because you can stay in one spot, and you have that constant work, and you get to know your character and your cast, like "V" did for me or "Smallville." And with a movie, you get a chance to work with new actors every month or two months, and you get a chance at a new character and give it your all. But two months, it's over, and it's hard to leave and walk away. But honestly, I love them both.

R&R: Since you brought up “V” and “Smallville,” have those made you the poster girl of the Comic-Con crowd?

Vandervoort: I just got back from Dragon*Con in Atlanta, and as always, the conventions are a world in themselves. They really appreciate "Smallville" at these conventions, and the sci-fi fans are loyal and knowledgeable of your work. I don't know about "poster girl," because there are lots of women in sci-fi today, and I'm just lucky to be up there with them and getting these jobs.

R&R: Which was more uncomfortable for you: wearing the Supergirl costume in “Smallville” or wearing almost nothing in "Into the Blue 2"?

Vandervoort: Uh, hmmm ... "Into the Blue 2" was kind of its own thing. You know, it was shot in Hawaii, and in Hawaii, you wear bathing suits, so that's what we were in most of the time. I took that role because of how strong she was and saves the day ... but it was uncomfortable to show that kind of thing onscreen. With Supergirl, at the beginning, she was very immature and naive, and they had her dressing like a 16-year-old in short shorts and belly tops. I was lucky enough that she became more mature and got some more clothes on by the end of the season. If I had a choice, I'd try to persuade people to have the characters a little more presentable because it's more comfortable, but you have to do what's right for the character.

R&R: Speaking of character, how close are you to your character in “The Entitled”?

Vandervoort: I didn't like her. But I was doing so much sci-fi and playing aliens and doing these ethereal, extraterrestrial characters that it was fun for me to just play a 19-year-old rich, coke-snorting party girl. It was good for the audience not to see me as an America superhero — to play a girl who's not as strong, who needs saving. I don't feel close to her at all, but I understand where she came from. I'd like to do more gritty films where I'm not dressed to the nines. I try and mix it up. —Rod Lott

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