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Chuck Lorre

It’s a nervous time at Chuck Lorre Productions. Yes, the company has some of the most popular television sitcoms of the modern era in their production schedule and founder Chuck Lorre has been in the industry since his days on “Roseanne,” yet the nerves will once again be surfacing as new show “Mom” hits the airwaves. Let’s take a look at some of the sitcoms that Chuck Lorre Productions have put to air over the years.

“Grace Under Fire” (1993-1998) – One of the most forgotten sitcoms from the Chuck Lorre Productions stable is “Grace Under Fire,” a show that centered around the ironically named Grace Kelly (played by Brett Butler). The show touched on some pretty confronting story-lines – at the beginning of show Grace had just divorced her abusive, alcoholic husband while she herself was battling her own alcoholism. The show might not have ever reached the dizzy heights of some of CLP’S other shows but it did show that this was a company that was willing to produce some creative television.

“Cybill” (1995-1998) – Another surprise hit from CLP was the underrated “Cybill.” Ironically the show starred Cybill Shepherd as a struggling middle-aged actress who was desperate to make it in Hollywood. While some were critical of the show its ‘warm’ feel was popular with its audience and the show also become an award winner picking up two Golden Globes and a number of Primetime Emmy Awards along the way. Sadly despite its success CBS axed the show after its fourth season, a move that Cybill Shepherd believes was as a result of the fact that there were tensions between the cast and crew backstage.

“Dharma & Greg” (1997-2002) – There was a time when “Dharma & Greg” ruled the airwaves. It’s star Jenna Elfman was an A-Lister and the show could do very little wrong. Fans loved the simple story that at its heart was the traditional ‘Odd Couple’ tale. Assistant DA Greg Montgomery (Thomas Gibson) fell in love with free-loving unconventional Dharma Finkelstein Montgomery (Elfman) and then married her which created some absolute gems for the screenwriters along the way. The show won over a legion of fans during its time on television and even managed to pick up a Golden Globe for Elfman along the way.

“Two And A Half Men” (2003-current) – The first of the modern day CLP juggernauts arrived in the surprise hit “Two And A Half Men.” Yet another odd couple story this time it centered around the serious but lovable loser Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) having to move in with his over-sexed, substance abusing brother Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). Oh and of course the ‘half man’ Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones) also had to move into a household that wasn’t very child-worthy at all. The show became an instant ratings success picking up a plethora of awards along the way including two Golden Globes. Even the very public meltdown of the show’s star Charlie Sheen couldn’t bring down the show. After some very angry war of words Sheen was replaced with big time star Ashton Kutcher and while the ratings took a hit the show has continued along and is currently in its eleventh season.

“The Big Bang Theory” (2007-current) – The second big modern day hit for CLP is the ‘show that keeps giving’ “The Big Bang Theory.” The show which creatively centers around four geniuses, Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) and their sexy neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco). The show really has shown just what a genius Chuck Lorre is, the fantastic ‘geek references’ and brilliant subsidiary characters have made “The Big Bang Theory” a must see television show for fans right around the world. The show may have also won a Golden Globe but its success is probably better summed up by the fact that a production company in Belarus decided to completely rip off the show while a group of Brazilian Biologists named one of their discoveries in such a way they could include Sheldon’s famous ‘Bazinga’ catchphrase.

“Mike & Molly” (2010-current) – With “Two & A Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” going great guns the CLP creative juices got flowing again and out came “Mike & Molly” a television show that was all about two characters who started dating after meeting at an Over-Eaters Anonymous Meeting. The show broke all conventions in the sense that at a time when obesity became frowned upon yet seemed to celebrate the weight of the two main characters, Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy). Despite McCarthy’s sucsess on the big screen in movies such as “Bridesmaids” and “The Heart,” Mike & Molly hasn’t exactly matched its stable-mates in the ratings stakes but it is has still managed to win a number of awards including a Primetime Emmy.

“Mom” (2013-curent) – The latest arrival from CLP has been “Mom.” Just like “Mike & Molly” the show has an already made big screen comedy actress in its lead role with “Scary Movie” star Anna Faris playing Christy a newly sober woman trying to be there for her daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano) and seeking advice from her own mother Bonnie (Allison Janney). The show has received mixed reviews but is only thirteen episodes into his lifespan, so only time will tell if CLP is yet again onto another winner.

Chuck Lorre Productions is now of the most successful television productions companies in America at the moment. The fresh ideas that come from its writers and creator Chuck Lorre seems set to make sure that CLP remains a force to be reckoned with for a number of years to come.

Subculture DVD + Blu Ray

Welcome to Subculture, the brand new podcast hosted by Dave Griffiths which each week takes a look at all the new DVD and Blu-Ray releases for that week.

On Subculture Ep 001 Dave takes a look at new films Zombie Hunter and Machete Kills. He also has a chat to the man himself Danny Trejo. Also make sure you take a listen for your chance to win a copy of Zombie Hunter (thanks to Transmission Films) and Machete Kills (thanks to Icon Films).

You can hear Subculture Ep 001 right here.

Machete Kills

Summary: Recruited by the President of the United States, Machete is given a mission that would be impossible for any mortal man. He must take down an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he is hunted at every turn by an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd October, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th March, 2013

Country: Russia, USA

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Screenwriter: Kyle Ward, Robert Rodriguez (story), Marcel Rodriguez (story)

Cast: Jessica Alba (Sartana), Edgar Arreola (Esteban), Electra Avellan (Nurse Mona), Elise Avellan (Nurse Lisa), Antonio Banderas (La Camalean 4), Demian Bichir (Mendez), Billy Blair (Billy Blair), Pablo Bracho (Bartender Carlos), Jason Christopher (Lieutenant Brass), Samuel Davis (Clebourne), Pablo Esparza (Grasa), Heaven Elizabeth Fearn (Miss Amarillo), Mel Gibson (Voz), Walton Goggins (La Camalean 1), Cuba Gooding Jnr (La Camalean 2), Amber Heard (Miss San Antonio), David C. Heard (Doctor Villachez),  Sophia Hoang (Miss Houston), Vanessa Hudgens (Cereza), Lady Gaga (La Camalean), Elle LaMont (Dollface), Marci Madison (Nurse Fine), Elon Musk (himself), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Chepo), Alexa PenaVega (Killjoy), Eduardo Renteria (Doctor Goodbar), Emmy Robbin (Pris), Michelle Rodriguez (Luz), Felix Sabates (Doc Felix), Tom Savini (Osiris Amanapur), Charlie Sheen (Mr. President), Bobby Tamayo (Stuttering Tito), Danny Trejo (Machete), Sofia Vergara (Desdemona), Mark Zaror (Zaror)

Runtime: 107 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR MACHETE KILLS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

It’s funny how some people expect that every single film they see be of a high artistic quality. Whatever happened to the notion of just watching a film for fun? Or simply watching a film just for its entertainment value? Take Machete Kills for example, it’s not exactly high art but it is the kind of film that is fun to watch and reminds you that there still are directors out there, in this case the great Robert Rodriguez, who are not afraid to simply make a film for entertainment value.

Machete Kills follows on from the events of 2010’s Machete and begins with the hardened hero Machete (Danny Trejo) facing his worst nightmare when he watches as his latest love-of-his-life, Sartana (Jessica Alba) is murdered during what they believe is a routine border raid.

In the wake of her death Machete is called upon by President Rathcock (Charlie Sheen) to hunt down a known criminal, Mendez (Demian Bichir), who has threatened the security of the U.S.A. with a bomb. The case soon steps up to a whole new level however when Machete learns that the orders given to him by the very sexy Miss San Antonio (Amber Heard) don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the a case that soon also involves the evil Voz (Mel Gibson). Then there are of course the ever-growing list of people who want Machete dead, which includes Desdemona (Sofia Vergara) and La Camaleon (Lady Gaga).

Machete Kills is not a film that should be written off too quickly. Even the most uneducated film fan must be able to see that with the Machete franchise Robert Rodriguez is trying to bring fun back into the cinema. This time around there isn’t even the hint of seriousness in the film. What with celebrity train-wreck Charlie Sheen playing the president and Sofia Vergara playing a character with a machine-gun Madonna-inspired bra the fact that this is supposed to be a fun film.

To Rodriguez’s credit though his mission to recapture the old B-Grade action film and bring in a little fun doesn’t seem to do anything to harm the suspense of the film. Machete is a likable character so it isn’t hard for the script to make the audience not want anything to happen to him. The fact that he loses Sartana early on the film seems to make him even more vulnerable.

As the film goes on it becomes obvious that Rodriguez is really trying to see just how far he can stretch the imagination of the audience, which will be important seeing it seems likely that Machete 3 will be set in space, although you can’t help but think under all the ludricious fight scenes and far-stretched scenarios is still a strong message about the way the world treats its refugees.

As was the case with the first Machete film Machete Kills works well because of it’s amazing cast. Once again Danny Trejo leads the way playing the tough Machete brilliantly well, while he is well supported by a plevvy of beauties including Amber Heard, Lady Gaga and Sofia Vergara all of which who seem to be having a ball in their roles.

By far though the two standouts amongst the cast of Machete Kills are Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson. Rightfully no director should touch these two, they should be considered box office poison. But here the two seem to relish their roles. Sheen seems to turn the clock back to Hot Shots with his smooth portrayal of a U.S. President while Mel Gibson seems to really enjoy becoming evil incarnate as he portrays an evil dictator.

If you’re looking for a fun action film that doesn’t demand too much of its audience than Machete Kills is a film that you must check out. Suspense and laughs go hand-in-hand with a film that will certainly guarantee that this franchise becomes a cult favourite in the years to come.

Stars(3)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Machete Kills (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Machete Kills′: Please check Subculture Ep 001 for our full Machete Kills review.

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Ashton Kutcher

While he may have more than a few haters out there, it is not hard to see that Ashton Kutcher is the face of the new generation. Not only was he one of the stars of the hilarious “That 70s Show” but he was also the brains behind “Punk’d” which was a television show that surfaced at the beginning of the new wave of reality television shows. It literally was a show that changed the face of television.

Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on the Feb 7, 1978, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His father, Larry M. Kutcher, was a factory worker and his mother, Diane, was an employee of Procter & Gamble. Kutcher didn’t always have a happy childhood. There was constant worry about his seriously ill twin brother, Ashton once contemplated suicide so that his brother could have a heart transplant, the fact that his parents divorced when he was just sixteen and he was arrested after breaking into his high school. This crime resulted in him being viewed in a negative light by his local community and he said it was that fact that made him “settle down.”

While studying at Clear Creek Amana High School, Kutcher found that he had a passion for school theater and was soon appearing in a number of plays. However, he put his interest in acting on hold after graduation and decided to attend the University of Iowa where he majored in Biochemical Engineering. He hoped by following that career he would find a cure for his brother. But Kutcher soon found that an academic lifestyle was not for him and, after a struggle to make ends meet, found himself entering modelling competitions.

After winning the “Fresh Faces of Iowa” competition, he moved to New York and signed with the Next modelling agency. Despite the fact he was soon working in Paris and Milan for Calvin Klein, he decided to relocate to Los Angeles and chase an acting career.

The beginning of Kutcher’s acting career would have most aspiring actors green with envy – the first job he landed was that of playing Michael Kelso in hit sitcom “That 70s Show” – it was the role that made him famous.

While his work on “That 70s Show” made him a household name, it also led to a number of film roles. After appearing in the trashy “Coming Soon,” he soon found himself appearing in more credible films including “Reindeer Games,” “Dude Where’s My Car?’ “Texas Rangers,” “Just Married,” “My Boss’s Daughter” and “Cheaper By The Dozen.” However, it was his starring role in the twisted “Butterfly Effect” that showed that Kutcher was now a force to be reckoned with at the box office.

After “That 70s Show” wrapped production, Kutcher tried his hand at serious films like “Bobby” and “The Guardian” before finding his niche in romantic comedies such as “What Happens In Vegas,” “No Strings Attached,” “Valentine’s Day” and “New Years Day.” His latest attempt at serious cinema has paid off though, with his Steve Jobs’ biopic “Jobs” garnishing great reviews from critics.

Kutcher has also recently made a successful return to the small screen after he controversially replaced Charlie Sheen in “Two And A Half Men.” Fans of the series took some time to get used to his Walden Schmidt character but it seems, at last, he has won them over.

The rise in popularity that Kutcher has experienced over the years has also seen him become a target of the paparazzi. There was a time that whenever Kutcher went out with his best mates, Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama and Topher Grace, they were constantly hounded by the press. Today though, magazines are more interested in Kutcher’s dating life. His ten year relationship with the older, Demi Moore (they were married from the Nov. 17, 2011 until Dec. 21, 2012) was constantly on magazine front pages, and nowadays paparazzi members are always trying to get shots of him and his new girlfriend, actress Mila Kunis, who he has been friends with since they starred together in “That 70s Show.”

Machete Kills

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Scary Movie 5

Summary: A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Screenwriter: Pat Proft, David Zucker

Cast: Christopher ‘Critter’ Antonucci (Caesar), Erica Ash (Kendra Brooks), Katrina Bowden (Natalie), Ashley LeConte Campbell (Antoinette Beauchamp), Ben Cornish (Dom Kolb), Terry Crews (Martin), Darrell Hammond (Dr. Hall), Sarah Hyland (Mia), Heather Locklear (Barbara), Lindsay Lohan (herself), J.P. Manoux (Pierre), Juan Martel (Party Juan), Mac Miller (himself), Jerry O’Connell (Christian Grey), Ozzy Ojito (Raul), Lidia Porto (Maria), Angela Raiola (herself), Simon Rex (Dan), Dena Rivera (Viv), Marisa Saks (Amy), Molly Shannon (Heather Daltry), Charlie Sheen (himself), Anna Skidanova (Nadya), Snoop Dogg (himself), Lewis Thompson (Madea), Ashley Tisdale (Jody Sanders), Mike Tyson (himself), Emily Chandler Westergreen (Mara), Sheree Whitfield (herself), Gracie Whitton (Kathy), Katt Williams (Blaine Fulda)

Runtime: 86 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Scary Movie 5’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Scary Movie 5’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Scary Movie 5′: Check Episode #27 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Scary Movie 5’.

Rating: 1.5/5

IMDB Rating:Scary MoVie (2013) on IMDb