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Sarah Michelle Gellar To Guest Star In Comedy ‘Those Who Can’t’ | By Haider Rifaat

Gear up SMG fans! The 38-year old actress who starred in The Crazy Ones (2012) and Ringer (2011), both shows that were axed by different TV networks is taking the high road with a guest starring role in the new comedy Those Who Can’t. Being a huge fan of the former ‘Buffy’ star, the actress will grace our screens once again with a comedic role.
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As quoted and pictured in SMGFrance.Net, a fan website dedicated to Gellar, the actress was seen behind the scenes shooting for an episode for the new comedy series. SMG will reportedly star in the second episode of the show’s first season.

During her one year hiatus, Gellar devoted her time to several charities and awareness programs including No Child Hungry but after a long wait, the actress is back on track. But the real question is, when will SMG return to television in a show that completely centers on her? Well, we’d just have to wait and watch!
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‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ (REVIEW) – Tom Cruise Shines In This Action-Packed Thriller | By Haider Rifaat

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is one of those rare action films that any avid fan could watch twice on an opening weekend. To begin with, Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner were both great in the film and worked well as a team; not to forget the stellar performance delivered by Rebecca Ferguson who was spot on in every scene. But before I proceed, I’d also like to mention that Cruise still has a long way to go in his career. He just never seems to age!

‘Rogue Nation’ is the fifth installment in the ‘Mission Impossible’ film series that centers on Ethan Hunt and his quest to unravel the existence of Syndicate, an organization gone rogue that poses a threat to IMF. This action packed thriller is perhaps the best film in the ‘Mission Impossible’ film franchise. It was fun, entertaining and thrilling all at the same time. As always Tom Cruise owned his character in the film. Since this was Ferguson’s first film with Cruise and I hadn’t seen any of her movies prior to watching this, I found her bracing presence in the movie quite refreshing. She is a great actress in my humble opinion.

Jeremy Renner’s rather insignificant role was worthy of praise given his unique acting talent. His gentleman-like character was well conceived by the writer(s). The film’s plot, from the start till the end was thought provoking. Although the story was a bit muddled during the first half hour, it picked up right after Syndicate (an organization working to take down IMF) was introduced.
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The action was perhaps, the most enticing aspect of the film. The fighting scenes were spot on and the acting was brilliant. Overall, the movie was well directed and written. Although ‘Rogue Nation’ had its ups and downs alike every other movie, one cannot expect too much from any film.

Speaking of which, ‘Rogue Nation’ has performed exceedingly well overseas especially in the U.S. where it collected $56 million dollars on its opening weekend. Additionally, the film was lauded by many critics who praised Cruise’s performance in particular.

Christopher Orr of The Atlantic commented, “You overcome the impossible through the application of sheer, unvarnished willpower, a quality that Cruise has always possessed in abundance.”

While Ty Burr of the Boston Globe called ‘Rogue Nation’ ‘preposterously enjoyable.’

There were, however, a few elements that seemed slightly out of place. Aside from the roaring action, ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ depicted stunts that no one could experience in the real world. That, for me was the only turn off. All in all, if you’re looking to spend good two hours on a film, give ‘Rogue Nation’ a shot!


‘How To Get Away With Murder’, A Sizzling Thriller You Can’t Miss! | By Haider Rifaat

Murders are easy to commit but hard to cover up these days. However, there is one television show that completely contradicts my humble statement. The new mystery-thriller drama, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ has somewhat revolutionized the television landscape. The series is about five freshman college students and their mysterious criminal law professor who get embroiled in a dangerous murder plot. The show stars the Academy Award nominee, Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, a sophisticated defense attorney who runs her own law firm. The series also stars Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King and Karla Souza.

What makes ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ a stellar television show is the legendary, Viola Davis. Her character, Annalise Keating has been portrayed as a powerful mid-aged woman who does not take no for an answer. Hats off to the creator of the show, Peter Nowalk who came up with this bold idea! I, for one, strongly advocate those dramas that depict a woman’s character as strong and resilient unlike some misleading television shows I had the misfortune of coming across. Another gripping factor that compelled me to watch this exciting new show was Viola Davis’s bracing screen presence. Her acting is simply mesmerizing, no questions asked!

19681There are very few actors who have the ability to live up to their characters but Davis’s commitment to her role is worthy of praise. Furthermore, Jack Falahee who portrays Connor Walsh in the show is also a great addition to the cast. I strongly believe that there are very few female lead characters in today’s television shows, especially black women. So, keeping this factor in mind, it is quite an accomplishment to see a black American woman as inspiring as Viola Davis on the small screen. ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ also suppresses the modern-day stereotype about women who cannot stand up for themselves. Moreover, the show indirectly empowers those underprivileged women and young girls who are incapable of leading independent lives.

Keeping the superiority factor aside, the show seems quite promising and has a lot to offer to its loyal fans in the first season. ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ has generated a huge fan base owing to the show’s unique storyline and plot twists. The steady ratings have played a pivotal role in the show’s success. For those passionate TV lovers who enjoy forty five minutes of endless entertainment, I strongly recommend you watch this show. Trust me, once you watch the pilot episode, you will soon be begging for more. Although the show seems slightly misleading as it condones murder cover ups, but it is for everyone’s entertainment and no television show should be taken seriously. ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ has already been nominated for some prestigious awards including the ‘Golden Globes.’ The remainder of the first season will debut in the end of this month. So, keep your eyes fixed on the television screens!


Should ‘Stalker’ Be Renewed For A Second Season? | By Haider Rifaat

The freshman drama series ‘Stalker’ that made its debut on October 1st, 2014 on CBS is already halfway through its mid season. The show stars Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Mariana Klaveno and Victor Rasuk as an LAPD Threat Assessment Unit who track down stalkers in Los Angeles, California. While many critics think that the show’s writing is too clichéd, I, for one believe that ‘Stalker’ is a great series to look out for. The storylines might be stereotyped but the manner in which they are depicted on television is something I strongly support and commend.

StalkerThe series not only sheds light on the subject of stalking but promotes several ways of tackling it. Throughout the mid season run, ‘Stalker’ has managed to attract a little over seven million viewers per episode and has kept a steady pace up till now. Despite receiving horrendous reviews from many critics, ‘Stalker’ has developed a decent fan base. I myself admire the show’s unique plot and character profiles. Undoubtedly, Maggie Q is the limelight of the series, hands down! She is truly a great actress in my humble opinion.

Dylan McDermott, on the other hand, did a fine job portraying Jack Larsen, a new recruit for the TAU unit. Another compelling aspect of ‘Stalker’ is the addition of the neo-noir genre. But what makes the show more gripping is the standout soundtrack. At the end of almost every episode, there is a song that fits in perfectly for the ending scene. Keeping these factors in mind, I believe that ‘Stalker’ should be renewed for a second season. Like every show, it should be given a chance. I strongly recommend ‘Stalker’ to those who are avid fans of dark and mysterious television shows.


Sarah Michelle Gellar Should Be Cast In ‘American Horror Story’ | Haider Rifaat

All Sarah Michelle Gellar fans want the 37-year old actress back on television once again. Clearly, freshman television shows are not quite working for Gellar at this point in her career. Sarah’s second comeback television series The Crazy Ones was cancelled by CBS a few months ago. This was not her only show to get axed by a network. Gellar’s initial return on television was with the drama-thriller series Ringer. The show was ultimately canceled by The CW in 2012.

Being a huge fan of the ‘Buffy’ star, I believe that Gellar should be cast in other television series’ that compliment her forte. The directors and producers of novel TV shows often experiment with different storylines that might or might not appeal the fans.

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I, for one would love to see Sarah Michelle Gellar be cast in American Horror Story, a twisted yet cleverly plotted out series that is a blend of horror, thriller and bits of drama. We all know Gellar from the cult classic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was great on that show. Somehow or the other, I believe that Sarah would be perfect for any role in ‘American Horror Story’ as she has been down that road before.

For those of you who don’t know, Gellar earned the title of a ‘Scream Queen’ for her starring roles in movies such as Scream 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Grudge and The Return. She sure knows how to work around horror films/TV shows. If Sarah was cast in ‘American Horror Story’, I am sure she would kick ass just like she did back in the ‘Buffy’ days. All in all, it would be an absolute treat if Sarah Michelle Gellar was recruited for American Horror Story.


It’s Summers And You Need A Do Over! | Haider Rifaat

When summers hit rock bottom, you know it’s time to alter your wardrobe. ‘Fashion’ is not just limited to designing outfits. Who says you cannot look trendy in casual clothes? It is all about carrying yourself. If you are wondering what to wear on a hot sunny day, then I have the right tips for making your summer casual, yet fashionable.

  •  Select the clothes that make you feel ‘more at home’ – It’s all about creativity. Wearing baggy jeans and a loose shirt is not what you call fashionable. This goes to all the men out there! If you are trying to battle out the scorching heat, then your best bet would be wearing baggy shorts along with a single-colored t-shirt, H&M sunglasses and sporty sandals. Sounds ideal? Hell yes! Remember, comfort and fashion are the key words. No matter how comfortable your clothes are, they should look fashionable.

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  • Short hair is ideal! – Sorry if this bullet point offended some long haired guys. Maintaining hair in summers is a challenge especially if you have long hair. Short hair is ideal for summers. Trust me, you don’t want to look like ‘Hagrid’ from Hogwarts!
  • Yes, Sun screen is fashionable – For those of you who ignore sun screen have no idea how glamorous it looks on your skin, especially in summers! Sun screen helps prevent your skin from burning. But how is it fashionable? I have an answer to that question! Not only does sun screen keep your skin protected, it also helps maintain a uniform layer of glow on your skin throughout the day.

If you want to look like a winner, you have got to change your looks according to the seasons. Summers are all about being hip and fashionable but in the most comfortable way possible. If you put these three factors into practice, I am sure that you would set up a trend on your own. Lead by example, always!


Will ‘Devious Maids’ Be Renewed For A Third Season? | Haider Rifaat

The devious maids of Beverly Hills always come clean in the end, regardless of the deadly circumstances. Devious Maids concluded its second season on Sunday. This year’s season had a lot to offer to the audience.

The show stars Ana Ortiz, Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes as five maids working for some of Beverly Hills’ elitist families, but these five ladies are not just sweeping the floors or washing dishes for a living. Apparently, each and every character on the show has a wicked secret hidden under the debris.

The second season of Devious Maids was the winner in my opinion. The twisted plots and mysteries of the show were key elements that made this year’s season standout from rest of the series. Fans were able to see the dark sides of each and every character in the show. The sizzling season two finale of Devious Maids left me speechless and its ending was simply bewildering. But the real question is, will the show be renewed for a third season by Lifetime?

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Clearly, the ratings played a pivotal role in this year’s season. The premiere episode managed to garner 1.96 million viewers. However, the show saw a decline in ratings throughout the remainder of the season with some episodes attracting between 1.5 – 1.7 million viewers on original airings. Despite the fluctuation in ratings, the show managed to keep up with the viewers.

The reason why I believe Lifetime should renew Devious Maids for a third season is because the show has a lot more to offer in the future. It looks promising in terms of the story lines. In addition, the series breaks a number of stereotypes about Latina women. Also, the show is a modern day soap opera that is a blend of mystery, drama and bits of comedy which is a rarity in today’s television landscape.

Devious Maids definitely has the X factor. The show has been cleverly planned out. I am sure that Devious Maids will get renewed for a third season. Let’s keep those fingers crossed!