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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 31: New Fall Shows + Fast Food Reviews

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Hi again, the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante is back after a bit of a hiatus which Anthony talks about in the podcast. As usual, Anthony has a bit of trouble staying on topic and we end up delving deep into the realm of fast food joints and the latest incarnations they are doing to attract customers. Ryan Mitchelle also has been off for an extended hiatus and his opening to the podcast shows a bit of rust as he mistakenly refers to Sonia Mansfield as “Sarah” something we won’t let him forget the entire podcast (maybe ever?). […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 14: The Magnificent Simpsons (and South Park) and How To Win An Emmy Redux Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we review the new western THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. Is it as good as the original 1960 THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN? Is the 1960 version as good as Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI from 1954? We talk about that, and the current state of westerns in Hollywood. In our second segment, we do a status check on two of our favorite shows of all-time THE SIMPSONS and SOUTH PARK. THE SIMPSONS just kicked off its 28th (!) season on Sunday, and “South Park” launched its 20th season two weeks ago.  […]Read On »

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR: Creator David Guggenheim on new Kiefer Sutherland series – Exclusive Interview

Kiefer Sutherland in DESIGNATED SURVIVOR - Season 1 | ©2016 ABC/Bob D’Amico

In ABC’s new Wednesday-night drama DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a low-level government department head who suddenly finds himself President of the United States when a State of the Union address is lethally attacked by persons unknown. David Guggenheim, who wrote the films SAFE HOUSE and STOLEN, is the creator of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. There really is such a status, a government member who is kept separate from events in case of an unlikely disaster that takes out the U.S. President, Vice-President and Speaker of the House. The series also deals with Tom’s relationship with his wife, played […]Read On »

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STRANGER THINGS: Stars Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin talk hit Netflix series – Exclusive Interview

STRANGER THINGS poster | ©2016 Netflix

Netflix’s cult hit STRANGER THINGS, now streaming its first season and renewed for a second, was created by brothers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer to resemble Eighties movie hits like E.T., POLTERGEIST and THE GOONIES. Now fourteen-year-old Gaten Matarazzo plays Dustin Henderson and Caleb McLaughlin plays Lucas Sinclair, two young boys who make up part of a small group secretly searching for their missing friend, who may have disappeared into another dimension. Help includes the mysterious Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who has telekinesis; problems are a laboratory conducting unethical experiments and a monster that seems to have come from somewhere […]Read On »

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TV Review – DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 3 – Rick Perry ousted

Emma Slater and Governor Rick Perry in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Amber Rose, Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick, Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé and Vanilla Ice Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: September 27th, 2013 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 23 – The Results rehashed and rehashed over and over again the performances, stretching into a two-hour show that could have easily and amply filled just one hour. Still, the lack of material was surprising for a show which seems to have oodles of footage with no time to show it. And what about the confessionals? Can […]Read On »

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THE LAST PANTHERS: Producer Peter Carlton on six-part Hulu series – Exclusive Interview

THE LAST PANTHERS | ©2016 Hulu

THE LAST PANTHERS, which originally aired on Sundance TV, is now available in its entirety on Hulu. The six-part series travels all over Europe as a British insurance investigator (Samantha Morton) and a Marseille police detective (Tahar Rahim) find themselves submerged in a complicated criminal underground. John Hurt also stars. Peter Carlton, the Englishman who produced THE LAST PANTHERS, speaks at a Q&A panel about the show. Afterwards, Carlton takes time for a one on one conversation about the series, his decades-spanning work on THIS IS ENGLAND, and how Brexit – Britain’s imminent departure from the European Union – may […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 3 – Dance face-offs!

Rick Perry and Emma Slater in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 - Week 3 | ©2016 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Amber Rose, Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick, Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé and Vanilla Ice Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: September 26th, 2016 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 23, week three was abbreviated due to the presidential debates, which made it a perfect week for quick dance face-offs between the remaining twelve couples. The six winners from tonight earned immunity from tomorrow night’s elimination. Amber Rose & Maks Chmerkovskiy Salsa’ed against Maureen McCormick & Artem Chigvintsev, with the latter winning the dance off. Marilu Henner & […]Read On »

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SULLY: Musicians Christian Jacob and Tierney Sutton bring soulful jazz to new Clint Eastwood film

SULLY soundtrack | ©2016 Varese Sarabande Records

Catastrophe and American heroism have long been passengers together in Hollywood, as square-jawed, macho men save the chosen few with the aid of scores as fiery as their commanding voices. But sometimes real life miraculously allows everyone involved in a disaster to not only survive, but to become a movie whose savior is as resonantly soft-spoken as his score. Such is the astonishing case to be seen, and heard in filmmaker Clint Eastwood’s gripping, and moving dramatization of “The Miracle on the Hudson,” when white-haired pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger somehow managed to land U.S. Airway Flight 1549 in New York […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Kevin Durand and Miguel Gomez on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

iguel Gomez as Augustin Elizade in THE STRAIN - Season 2 | ©2016 Fox/Michael Gibson

In FX Networks’ THE STRAIN, now in its third season Sunday nights, New York has been overrun by the strigoi, a particularly vicious type of vampire under the control of the Master. A small group of humans are trying against all odds to defeat the Master. These include erstwhile NYC vermin exterminator Vasiliy Fet, played by Kevin Durand, and ex-petty criminal Augustin “Gus” Elizalde, played by Miguel Gomez. Durand makes himself available at a party thrown by Fox and FX Networks at West Hollywood’s Soho House. The following day, both he and Gomez sit down together at the Beverly Hilton […]Read On »

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Composer Simon Franglen takes James Horner for a final ride – Interview

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN soundtrack | ©2016 Sony Classical Records

Few fans were aware of James Horner’s taste for daredevil thrills that made the soft-spoken composer rival just about any of the action heroes he scored. When Horner’s plane crashed into the desert far outside of Hollywood, a legion of admirers were at first astonished to find out how he perished, then swiftly overcome by the shockwave of just what the sudden loss of one of modern film scoring’s most notable signature voices meant. For where so many of Horner’s compatriots had fallen to the wayside over the decades when he first came to the fore, Horner had been on […]Read On »

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