The Voice Recap: Blake Shelton & Adam Levine Battle Over Cole Vosbury

The Voice (NBC, CR: Tyler Golden)It’s hard not to pull for a dark horse, especially when the person in question sings the theme to The Jeffersons (‘Movin’ On Up’) during The Voice’s blind round.

Still I wasn’t sold on Cole Vosbury as one of this season’s main contenders on the show, especially since a soft spoken man with a guitar may get lost in a crowd of powerhouse singers.

Paired in last night’s knockout rounds with military vet Jonny Gray, the Team Cee Lo members gave it all, with Gray belting out a rendition of ‘We Can Work It Out.’ It was Vosbury’s subtle and stirring version of Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ which was served as Monday night’s most memorable performance.

When Cee Lo Green picked Gray, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine jumped on the chance to steal Vosbury and send him through to the live rounds. Shelton made an unexpected move earlier in the show by choosing Nic Hawk over early favorite Holly Henry (she delivered a stunning blind round performance of ‘The Scientist’), but Hawk’s sheer likability and stage presence could send him deep into the competition.

Levine and Shelton’s spirited battle to land Vosbury was a close call, but Shelton’s offer to help the artist nurture his creative path was too hard for Vosbury to pass up, and now the singer is part of Team Blake.

Shelton’s country roots should merge well with the Shreveport native’s own aesthetic, and hopefully their collaboration will yield a few first rate country & blues efforts.

As for the live rounds, Vosbury is coming with a head of steam thanks to the success of Monday night. His version of  ‘Let Her Go’ is currently at #13 on the iTunes singles pop chart.

Another episode of the knockout rounds of The Voice airs tonight (NBC, 9 pm et/pt)

To check out Vosbury’s take on Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go,’ click on the video below:

So has Team Blake added another future winner of The Voice? Who are your favorites this season? Give us your thoughts!

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Unseats Gravity With $32 Million Weekend


It took Johnny Knoxville to knock Sandra Bullock and George Clooney off their box office throne, as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa took in $32 million in its first weekend. Gravity didn’t go home a loser either, as the flick took in $20.3 million to capture second place. Unfortunately, The Counselor’s star power of Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz didn’t save its sub-par $8 million debut. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – $32 million makes Johnny Knoxville a happy camper.

2. Gravity – $20.3 million. An astounding $199.8 million in domestic to date!

3. Captain Phillips – $11.8 million

4. The Counselor – It’s a box office misfire for director Ridley Scott. $8 million

5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $6.1 million

6. Carrie – With just $26 million domestically, it’s underperformed. This weekend: $5.9 million

7. Escape PlanSly and Arnold pairing didn’t light the world on fire. $4.34 million

8. 12 Years a Slave – $2.15 million

9. Enough Said – $1.55 million

10. Prisoners – $1.06 million

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Oil Rush iOS Review: A Naval Adventure On Solid Waters

Oil Rush

Oil Rush is a naval strategy game that traversed the PC waters before landing on iOS shores. Actually there really are no shores in Oil Rush’s post apocalyptic world, as dry land is merely a pipe dream. This is a slick future we live in, where capturing refineries is a businessman’s main trade and our waters is now as black as night. For a $4.99 price tag, this app is broadening its tower defense based horizons, and whether it succeeds depends on how far you want to swim.

My initial foray into Oil Rush was far from an audacious one, as I avoided its campaign mode and tried my hand at a quick game. Although there are enough instructions to give a rudimentary feel for the adventure, playing in campaign mode is a much more intensive and informative experience. Since it’s a mixture of a real time strategy and tower defense experience, you’ll need first rate multi-tasking skills to succeed. Within several minutes, you’ll probably need to send a few of your troops to take over a refinery as well as build and then upgrade weapons to fortify your own base.

Oil Rush

If you spend too much time occupying a certain section of your map, your own position or army may be compromised. Amidst all these activities, you also have a cinematic icon on the left hand side of your device which gives you an array of viewing options. Do you want an up close and personal look at your base, or do you want to see your riders drive into enemy territory? Within the first hour of playing, I was on complete sensory overload. Here’s a view of one of my home base, which eventually was overtaken due to lack of protection.

Capturing oil stations increases your currency which in turn will be used to building your weapons systems. Missiles, tanks, machine guns are all at your disposal for a price, and as you gain experience in warfare and weapons building, you’ll also earn research points to increase your overall skill points. With more research, you can build strong towers, weapons, and even radar systems to detect your enemies in a more sufficient manner.

Oil Rush

Strategy is employed by accessing your map, and dragging a finger to your destination sets up your respective moves. Press on the percentage buttons on the right hand side to determine how many soldiers you’re sending to the specified location. Although my red crew is headed for a double team tactic on an enemy owned refinery (marked in yellow), my decision making is suspect, especially since a few invaders (marked in green) are headed my way.

I also love Oil Rush’s epic visual scope, as you can zoom in an out of an image and with the use of two fingers a 360 degree view of your surroundings is also available. Whether or not you fully master Oil Rush, it’s hard to deny it’s an app filled with pretty pictures.

Don’t expect to get the hang of Oil Rush within a couple of minutes, as it’s an app that comes with a bit of learning and, in my case, understanding. But it’s also a hard game to shake, especially since it’s not a run of the mill tower defense title. If you have five bucks and want something a bit out of the ordinary, go ahead and download this app. You may strike a little oil. Grade: B+

Oil Rush (Rating 12+, 210 MB), developed by Unigine, is available on iPhone & iPad.

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi

Jennifer Lawrence isn’t Playing Around in Catching Fire

124At the end of 2012’s The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) walked away the winner, but it was far from a happy ending. When The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens next month, we’ll get to see the fallout from Katniss’s unconventional victory, and the impact it will have on her life, on the lives of her family and friends, and all across the dystopian nation of Panem.

If the trailer’s to be believed, everything is not awesome for the Girl on Fire.

“We’re back in Katniss’s life as she is trying to kind of piece her life back together after the games,” Lawrence said at a red carpet event for the film. “The stakes are a lot higher in this movie.”

(Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Lawrence talk about the visual grandeur of the sequel.)

Also starring Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire flies into theaters November 22.

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Hailee Steinfeld Goes Green Screen With ‘Ender’s Game’ Journey

ENDER'S GAME (Summit Entertainment, CR: Richard Foreman Jr.)Hailee Steinfeld was comfortable shooting period driven films thanks to her work in True Grit and Romeo and Juliet,  but with Ender’s Game the actress faced an entirely different acting challenge.

“Shooting Ender’s Game in front of a green screen was really weird but I was able to sort of use my imagination in a way that I never had before,” said Steinfeld. “So that was something that I really, really loved about this experience was that it was so completely different. (Director) Gavin Hood was so incredible in translating what his vision was and helping us come together and see the same thing.”

Click on the media bar to hear Steinfeld talk about why she took a bit of time off after True Grit:

Ender’s Game, co-starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, opens November 1. It’s based on the bestselling book by Orson Scott Card.

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