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'Secret Circle' Guest Star Chris Zylka on Chemistry with Cassie, Rivalry with Adam and Being a Witch-Killing Witch

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 27th 2011 10:30AM
Chris Zylka and Britt RobertsonAs one door closes on 'The Secret Circle,' another door opens, and though Chance Harbor is currently down one hunky blond Armstrong brother, a replacement has already blown into town to fill the void.

Chris Zylka plays Jake, an enigmatic bad boy who outwardly seems to want nothing to do with his dead brother's circle, but whose presence in their lives is far from coincidental. As we discovered at the end of last week's episode, Jake is in cahoots with a ruthless group of witch hunters, and seems determined to exact revenge on the town's witches for the death of his parents. Drama!

Despite his thirst for vengeance, Jake seems undeniably drawn to a member of the circle he's targeting, and when we spoke to Zylka, we couldn't resist asking about his character's connection to the seemingly irresistible Cassie, as well as Jake's tumultuous past with Adam and Phoebe. Hit the jump for more.

Spoilers ahead.

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'Once Upon a Time' Set Visit: The Cast Explains How They're Breathing New Life Into Old Stories

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 21st 2011 1:15PM
Jennifer MorrisonI'm not being hyperbolic when I say that ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' is unlike anything you've seen on television before. Its closest relative is probably a little-watched NBC miniseries called 'The 10th Kingdom' which aired in 2000, at least in the way it blends classic fairytales with the modern world to offer a whole new interpretation of pop culture's most familiar yarns.

'Once' also shares a certain amount of DNA with 'Lost,' since it was created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who wrote for the mystery series for the duration of its run (you can read Mo Ryan's recent interview with the duo here). But in its ideas, execution, and undeniable sense of whimsy, 'Once' is a unique creature, accessible to viewers from ages eight to 80.

Earlier this month, AOL TV visited the Vancouver set of the fantasy drama, wandering through the enchanting streets of fictional Storybrooke and talking with the cast about how the show is evolving so far. Join us after the jump for a hint of what you can expect when the show premieres on Sunday (8PM ET, ABC), and come back next week for a deeper look. Mild spoilers ahead.

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'The Secret Circle' EP Andrew Miller Talks Overwhelming Fan Reaction, Cassie's Father & Nick's Bad Boy Brother

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 19th 2011 4:15PM
Andrew MillerLast week's shocking episode of 'The Secret Circle' (Thursdays, 9PM ET on The CW) elevated the supernatural drama series to a whole new level, proving that it's not afraid of killing off a beloved character to drive the story forward. Since then, fans have taken to message boards and Twitter to react to Nick's demise -- both positively and negatively (and loudly) -- and their passion has obviously taken the producers by surprise.

Earlier this week, I spoke to executive producer Andrew Miller to gauge his reaction to the outpouring of online opinion -- suffice it to say, he's pleased. During our chat, Miller also touched on the ever-evolving love triangles that populate the show, discussed the arrival of Nick's troublemaking brother Jake (Chris Zylka), and teased a little more about the role Cassie's father will play in the ongoing story.

We also have an exclusive preview clip from this week's episode to whet your appetite for tomorrow night, so hit the jump for the video and our conversation with Miller. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Abracadabravision! The Year in Magic

by Jane Murphy, posted Dec 21st 2010 8:00AM
2010 is about to disappear, and magicians might be glad to see it go. TV illusionists Criss Angel, David Blaine and multiple Emmy-winner David Copperfield did not have TV specials this year. Penn & Teller's Showtime staple 'Bulls***' continues, but the only trick on that show is how they get away with the title, even on pay cable.

Still, TV still had some enchantment up its sleeve. Magic abounded again on 'America's Got Talent,' and Houdini's lesser-known brother, Hardeen (at right), dazzled the patrons of 'Boardwalk Empire'.

Enjoy a review of this past year's sleight of hand.

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Ellen DeGeneres Gets Floored By a Card Trick (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 16th 2010 7:16PM
Here's a card trick on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' that mystified DeGeneres and it will astound you. Australian magician James Galea has DeGeneres pick a card, write on the card's face, then put it back into the deck. Not only does he pull out her card, he pulls out a duplicate card, also with DeGeneres' writing on the face. Amazing!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Six-Year-Old Madison Has a Magical Moment on 'Bonnie Hunt' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 8th 2010 8:30PM
There used to be an adage that you can't go wrong by having kids and animals on your TV show. Bonnie Hunt clearly understands that and has 6-year-old Madison perform a magic trick on 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' that just knocks her out. It's pretty cute, so give it a peek.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Criss Angel Mindfreak - Bike Jump Vanish

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 29th 2009 9:03AM
I'm the perfect Criss Angel Mindfreak viewer, because I have no idea how he does all those stunts and tricks. I'd like to, though!

And while Criss seems just plain freaky, he's always the perfect gentleman when dealing with people. Except for times when he does something completely freaky and you'd think the people involved would have a heart attack.

In one episode, I watched a guy who seemed like he was actually having his head cut off by a guillotine. It seemed so real, because Criss was running around telling people to call 911 and whatnot, and the guy's wife was nearly having a stroke. Unless they were in on it, that was way too cruel a trick to play on anyone.

In this clip from our sister site SlashControl, Criss trains with champion aerialist and world record jump holder Trigger Gunn to jump a 60-foot long, 20-foot high ramp at 50 mph. Apparently, Criss is a longtime fan of motorcycle jump legend Evel Knieval.

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A Crime-Solving Magician Is Just What NBC Needs

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 29th 2009 5:00PM
MagicianMove over, David Blaine, because there's a new magician coming to town who will preform a real trick: capturing criminals.

According to Variety, NBC is teaming with Universal Media Studios to develop a series about a agoraphobic magician who is recruited by a government organization to help them solve especially tricky crimes. The project, which was created by producer David Percelay and director Jon Amiel, will be penned by Dan Fesman, whose writing credits include 'NCIS' and 'Dead Like Me'.

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Criss Angel Mindfreak - Halloween Special

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 21st 2009 1:03PM
Criss Angel Mindfreak - Halloween SpecialI'm kind of mesmerized by Criss Angel. He's definitely one freaky guy -- or is that mindfreaky? -- and every time I surf by him, I have to back up and watch whatever unbelievable, death-defying stunt he's performing. For one thing, he looks like a vampire. But a very polite vampire. I can see how all the female stars fall in love with him.

I got involved in a Criss Angel Mindfreak marathon not too long ago, and am still stumped as to how he does those levitations, his signature magic trick. I'm not kidding, he took an entire room of people and levitated them, some in bizarre positions that could never be done, even if the person was wide awake and as flexible as an Olympic gymnast.

We're talking backward bends, leaning to the point of toppling over and, of course, 20 feet off the ground. Someone tell me how he does that?!! I'm such a sucker for magic tricks.

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America's Got Talent: Top 20 results show one

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:30AM
America's Got Talent(S04E22) It's time to narrow down the talent field to the Top 8 acts who will perform in the final round of this season's America's Got Talent. They'll get the chance to win a million, as well as perform on the Vegas Strip in a special show hosted by ex-AGT host Jerry Springer.

This week's results show featured a special performance from The Hoff himself. Did he give a performance worthy to be Xed, or did he deliver the goods? My two cents, as well as which first four acts are moving to the final round coming up!

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America's Got Talent: Top 20 performance show one

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 2nd 2009 12:30AM
America's Got Talent(S04E21) "We're getting down to the wire." - The Hoff

This week's performers needed to up their games big time because some of them did not impress viewers that much in the past four weeks when each performed for a place in the Top 20. And, as The Hoff pointed, we're getting down to the wire and will soon crown the season four winner of America's Got Talent.

The first ten acts to show their talent in the semi-finals are from performance shows one and two of the Top 48. This way of breaking the acts allows diversity as we were treated to dance, acrobatics, singing, canine tricks, comedy and magic.

Do we have a potential winner amongst tonight's performances? Did the judges Piers X anyone? Comments and Top 8 -- yes, you read correctly no Top 10 -- predictions coming up!

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America's Got Talent: Results show three

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Aug 20th 2009 1:12AM
America's Got Talent(S04E18) "The most electrifying show yet!" - Nick, about last night's performance show

Nick is right. Last night was electrifying, even if a few acts got X'd. It was one of the best show's we've had so far this season.

As I noted in my review of the performance episode, I expected Jeffrey Ou to lose some votes because viewers weren't able to hear him play the piano in the second part of his acts. But a few of our site visitors said they voted for him because he wasn't given a fair chance.

Will Jeffrey get another chance by moving on to the Top 20? Results coming up!

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America's Got Talent: Performance show three

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Aug 19th 2009 12:25AM
America's Got Talent(S04E17) A lot of you sounded off in comments to my "Results show two" post last week, either to complain about the judges putting through Tony Hoard and Rory over Charles, or to give your two cents about what the show should change when it returns next summer for a fifth season.

One thing is certain; most fans are not happy with how season four is going, and most are pointing fingers at the judges. Sharon and David especially seem to check their judgment at the door when it's time to make certain decisions, don't you agree?

This week, we were treated with the second to last Top 48 performance show of the "greatest talent competition on Earth," America's Got Talent. Most of the acts definitely delivered the goods tonight. Do you think America and the judges will pick the right five acts to move to the Top 20 this week? My comments about this week's performances coming up!

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America's Got Talent: Audition show 4

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 2nd 2009 1:04AM

America's Got Talent
(S04E04) "Houston, we have a problem." - Piers about the Houston, Tx, contestants

Yesterday, America's got magic. Tonight, America's got a problem. Yet, another episode filled mostly with bad or subpar acts. I don't get why the editors don't ensure a good balance between good and bad acts in each episode. Actually, I don't get why they don't show more of the good acts that are voted through so that we get to know the performers right from the start so they all have an even chance to get our votes. I guess I'm not cut out to be a reality TV show editor!

Let's give our two cents about the bad acts of the night, including Divani; Jolie, Lester and their lawnmower; Rusty "They don't understand Broadway" Reece, and Marti "The most annoying man in Miami" Brill.

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Who is that guy who was helping Michael Jackson with his concert tour?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 30th 2009 8:03PM
Alonzo, Michael JacksonYou've probably heard that at the time of his death, Michael Jackson was working on 50-date concert tour in London. From the various accounts of the production and rehearsal photos that were released this week, it looks like it was going to be a typical Michael Jackson production: expensive, outlandish, and explosive. A real spectacle that was going to include burning bed and a giant orb.

And the production was going to be worked on by a former cast member of Saved By The Bell.

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