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Once Upon A Time In Wonderland Recap: Episode 1.2 - "Trust Me"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, OCTOBER 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

We at RT love books, sure, but we also love books that make it to the small screen! Which is why we're recapping Once Upon a Time in Wonderland for you! Our intrepid Features Editor Mala continues with the second episode, "Trust Me," and here's what she had to say …

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Once upon a time in Agrabah, Aladdin’s Jafar still had a Jheri curl. He paid a visit to a surprisingly wealthy average Agrabahnian, wondering about his good fortune. Realizing Jafar was after his genie, the man quickly wished Cyrus as far from Agrabah as possible. Jafar dispatched the poor guy — as you do — as the genie’s bottle landed in Wonderland. So that’s how crossovers happen!


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RT Does NYCC: The Cosplay Recap!

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, OCTOBER 14, 2013 | PERMALINK

Geek Pride was in full force this weekend at the Javits Center for the 2013 New York Comic Con — and of course RT was in attendance. I, along with Assistant Web Editor DJ DeSmyter, got in on the fun. Below are some of my favorite NYCC cosplayers (that's "people who dress up in character costume" for you Muggles out there) from the weekend.

 

 

There were Batmen (Batmans?!) from many eras at NYCC. I stopped one who smiles! Gasp.

Jack Sparrow looked pretty exhausted on Day Two. Must've been all the rum!

As befitting her House, a gorgeous Rowena Ravenclaw had quite the clever— and detailed — period costume.

A stunningly accurate Kaylee and River from Firefly (and guest!) were definitely shiny!

Is it just me or does this dashing Nightwing look a little like Daniel Radcliffe in tights?

Wee Black Canary and wee Elektra have the best.parents.ever.


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Witches of East End Recap, Season 1, Episode 2: “Marilyn Fenwick, RIP”

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 14, 2013 | PERMALINK

Hey hey, good news, the Witches of East End had a strong second episode! One of my favorite aspects is the relationships between the women, sister to sister, mother to daughter, all on great display here — and sorely missing on television these days. Onto the recap (and GIFs) …

We open on Ingrid looking for the secret compartment in the cupboard. She pulls out a giant box. Inside she finds a spell book. Scholar Ingrid seems to recognizes the book, and she looks for a spell to save Freya.

She finds a resurrection spell, and stands over her Aunt Wendy the cat. (Who is apparently really dead, despite the nine lives curse?) The spell works, and kitty awakens from her cat nap!

 

Wendy actually looks kind of cat-like, so we dig the casting. Also, we love Madchen Amick in anything, so.

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Naked Wendy is heaving into the toilet. She’s pissed at the resurrection because, turns out, she wasn’t really dead. (Who knew?! Not Ingrid.) She’s mad at Johanna for not teaching the girls about their gifts, because Ingrid didn’t know that when you cast a resurrection spell, there’s a price: resurrect someone you love, someone else you love must die.


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Once Upon A Time In Wonderland Recap: Season 1, Episode 1 - Pilot

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, OCTOBER 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

We at RT love books, sure, but we also love books that make it to the small screen! Which is why we're recapping Once Upon a Time in Wonderland for you! (Plus, we love any and all excuses to use GIFs.) Our intrepid Features Editor Mala watched last night's pilot, and here's what she had to say …

A blonde moppet in an iconic blue dress/pinafore ensemble bursts out of a hole in the ground — as you do. She runs home to a grand house with a serious kudzu problem. Five seconds after babbling about crazy things she’s seen, she’s listening at a keyhole as Very Serious menfolk talk about how she’s delusional. This can’t be good.

Keyhole peepin'!

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Flash forward to “present day.” A guy (Michael Socha) walks through what Once Upon a Time viewers know is Storybrooke, Maine. Grumpy the dwarf and his ladyfriend warn this fellow about the bad weather. Mysterious guy, who has impressive ears, fixes a cuppa at the diner as the floor suddenly explodes. Out pops a CGI White Rabbit (John Lithgow), with hipster glasses and even MORE impressive ears. He informs the wary Knave of Hearts that Alice needs help. They say nothing about leaving Granny some cash to fix the diner floor. Jerks.


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Mark Your Calendars: We're Recapping Once Upon a Time in Wonderland!

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, OCTOBER 09, 2013 | PERMALINK

And by "we," I mean "me," Mala, TV junkie extraordinaire. As ABC's Once Upon a Time settles into its third season on Sunday nights, the network is rolling out a highly anticipated spin-off set in Wonderland. That's Alice's Wonderland, not John Mayer's. In this companion piece to OUAT, we visit one of the Enchanted Forest's parallel literary universes — the one that gave us Sebastian Stan's gorgeous, guyliner-wearing Mad Hatter. While Stan's not set to appear on this series just yet, viewers will meet Alice (Sophie Lowe) and the rest of the Wonder-ful denizens … along with a few characters from other famous stories —l ike Aladdin's nemesis, Jafar (Lost's Naveen Andrews) and a really hot genie.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland premieres tomorrow, Thursday, October 10, at 8 PM EST on ABC. Every Friday, we'll be posting a recap here. You know you want to be with me as we let this genie out of the bottle!


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Witches Of East End Recap: Season 1 Episode 1 - Pilot

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 07, 2013 | PERMALINK

You guys, the Witches of East End pilot was great! Lots of action, pretty dresses, gorgeous hair, cute guys, magic. (Seriously, everyone’s hair looked amazing — now that’s magic.) What more could you ask for on a Sunday night? The plot also hewed pretty closely to the Melissa de la Cruz book it’s based on, which as a reader, I super liked. As expected, Jenna Dewan-Tatum is probably actually a witch in real life, because she looks superhot and I’m pretty sure this pilot was filmed about 10 minutes after she gave birth to Channing Tatum’s baby. (Obviously witchcraft was involved.)

Onto the recap …

We open on a shot of a schmancy party, Hamptons style. But quickly the camera follows a trail of smoke into a garden, where a woman is carving a symbol into sand, all creepy like. A couple wanders by with their dog, and thanks to the music, we all know this isn’t going to end well. They smile their greeting at —Hey, Julia Ormond! Looking great! — Joanna, even though the dog knows something is up. Indeed, Joanna turns on a deadly vamp face and — bad times for the friendly dog walkers.

Smash to credits! Excited already?

Spoooooky shot of spoookiness to come. Can you feel it?

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Free-for-All Friday: Jamie McGuire's Red Hill

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 04, 2013 | PERMALINK

You may know and love Jaime McGuire for her New Adult blockbusters, Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster. But this week the author's going in a different direction with Red Hill, a zombie novel. The gripping tale follows three sets of survivors as they try to stay one step ahead of the zombie apocalypse, as the world falls apart around them.

Intrigued? In the mood for a zombie tale now that fall is finally here? Then this Free-for-All Friday is for you! Just comment below with your favorite zombie incarnation to win one of five copies. (We love almost all zombies, though Night of the Living Dead holds a special place in our still-warm hearts ... it's possible we chase our cat around the room sometimes, saying, "They're coming to get you, Barbara." (Our cat is not named Barbara.)) U.S. residents only. You can also e-mail us here with your answer and the subject "Red Hill Giveaway," along with your mailing address. Good luck!


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Aloha, Friends: Cathryn Cade Takes us to Hawaii

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

We know, we know. Summer’s over. That means it’s probably time to start planning our next tropical vacation — if only in our minds, right? So when we saw that Cathryn Cade’s latest Hawaiian Heroes novel, Blooming in the Wild, received 4 ½-stars, we figured the author would be the perfect virtual tour guide. So sit back and let your computer take a vacation to beautiful Hawaii …

Ah, Hawaii. Where to 'live aloha' means to relax, be friendly, enjoy life.

This spring, we moved back to North Idaho. As I unpacked, I found a shopping list from our last Hawaiian vacation, used to bookmark a beach read. 'Kona coffee, mai tai mix, avocado, pineapple, mango, papaya, post cards'. Aloha! I wish that could be my shopping list every week. Not many meal fixings, because in Hawaii it's nearly as cheap to eat out and put those leftovers in a cooler for lunch the next day. You have places to go.

Cathryn and her husband

 

A man making octopus lures at Pu'uhonua

 


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Exclusive Excerpt: Heather Graham's The Night is Forever

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

Ready for an excerpt break? As always, we're here for ya. Today we've got Heather Graham's latest Krewe of Hunters title — an RT Top Pick! — The Night is Forever.  RT reviewer Anna said of Heather's latest, "the lessons here will resonate with anyone who has dealt with grief, mental illness, addictions or setting personal boundaries."

Interested? Read on …

“Yes, I’ve met Malachi. No, I haven’t worked with him. This is my first assignment with the Krewe of Hunters.”

“What?” She jumped up, sloshing tea, and then set her mug on the coffee table as she stared at him. “What? Oh, I don’t mean to be insulting, it’s just that…I call for help, and my cousin sends a newbie?”

“I’m hardly a newbie, Olivia,” he told her, trying not to lose his temper. She was looking at him as if he’d barely managed to graduate from high school. “I’ve been with the bureau. I’ve been a Marine. I’ve been a cop. I  think I’m up to the task.”


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Mark Your Calendars: We're Recapping The Witches of East End

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 02, 2013 | PERMALINK

As a lifelong reader, I sometimes have mixed feelings about book-to-film adaptations. I love books so much, and I just worry that Hollywood won't understand their awesomeness and mess them up. But when my fellow website editor — and almost-name twin — Elisa Verna, asked me to recap the upcoming Witches of East End TV show for the site, I couldn't say no. Here are the top three reasons why.

1. I really liked the book, Melissa de la Cruz's Witches of East End. I've always loved witch stories, and am obsessed with all things Hamptons. So there's a potential for awesomeness here.

2. A celebrity gossip fiend (I know), all summer I watched in awe as the beautiful Jenna Dewan-Tatum wowed the universe with her pregnant glow. With a hot, doting husband at her side. In London. Basically, I'm sure she has magical powers as it is, so my girl Jenna should be good at playing a witch on TV. And I need to be watching as it happens.

3. Elisa can be very persuasive. She called me to action, and off we go.


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