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Edgar Ramirez is THE LIBERATOR – Exclusive Interview

Edgar Ramirez as THE LIBERATOR | ©2014 Cohen Media Group

With few exceptions, Latin American actors have rarely had the chance to play the hero in major Hollywood epics, let alone for historical pictures that explored a time well before the lethal morass of troubles that stand for the sad state south of the border. But over 200 years ago, the entire continent promised to be united as a shining, freedom-respecting star to the world in the tradition of the American and French Revolutions – a dream led by the dashing figure of Simon Bolivar. Born in Venezuela and educated overseas, this one time, aimless member of the upper class …Read On »

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The scoop on CASTLE Season 7 from Andrew W. Marlowe & David Amann – Exclusive Interview

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 7 | ©2014 ABC/Bob D'Amico

When last we saw Nathan Fillion’s best-selling novelist Richard Castle in the Season 6 finale of ABC’s CASTLE, he was forced off the road and into a fiery crash while on the way to his own wedding. Much of the audience was almost as aghast as Castle’s bride-to-be, NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett, played by Stana Katic. CASTLE begins its seventh season Monday, September 29 at 10 PM. Series creator Andrew W. Marlowe and his fellow executive producer, show runner David Amann, are at a party thrown by ABC for its show runners and the Television Critics Association, where they …Read On »

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Composer Harry Gregson-Williams guns for THE EQUALIZER – Interview

THE EQUALIZER soundtrack | ©2014 Varese Sarabande Records

Harry Gregson-Williams has often been a man on a mission of dark righteousness. Sure he’s done far gentler scoring for the likes of ANTZ, SHREK, THE TIGGER MOVIE, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and the first two NARNIA movies, where he even essayed the voice of Patterwig the Squirrel. But if you cross the side of justice, just hear Williams’ family-friendly orchestral voice set its watch to 60 seconds, and become a distinctive sound of simmering electronics, imposing strings, slicing rock guitars and beds of raging percussion – melodic, often hallucinatory music that builds for characters’ with haunted pasts to explode into body count …Read On »

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Composer Imran Ahmad travels with THE DEAD from Africa to India – Interview

THE DEAD2 soundtrack | ©2014 Howlin' Wolf Records

When zombie apocalypses are all the rage in every conceivable medium, it seems difficult to come up with a new spin on the undead, let alone a new sound. Yet that’s precisely what Howard and Jonathan Ford did back in 2010 when they switched the usual American-English terrain to the African outback. It was a haunted land to begin with where walking bodies seemed like the natural outcome for the continent where life began. Adding immeasurable atmosphere to their  DEAD was the score by Indian-born composer Imran Ahmad, an unearthly mélange of ethnic percussion, voices and the more recognizable “horror …Read On »

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TV Review: GOTHAM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox

Stars: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith Writer: Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger Director: Danny Cannon Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 22, 2014 Up until now, the DC comics universe on television has primarily been the province of The CW (and the WB before it) and animation. Now Fox brings forth GOTHAM, a series about the early days of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) as a brooding teenager, before he becomes …Read On »

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 3 – The Cold List

Adam Sandler in THE COBBLER | ©2014 Image Entertainment

When they’re good they’re very good, when they’re bad, whew, stand back. Here’s the bottom of the barrel. PART 3: THE COLD LIST AMERICAN HEIST Not all the mannered acting of Adrien Brody can save this misfire that wants to be both MEAN STREETS and THE TOWN. A miscast Hayden Christensen co-stars as Brody’s step brother ex-con trying to go straight and fall back in love with his high school sweetheart (Jordana Brewster). Enter one dimensional bad guys to divide up the brothers and the girlfriend. The bank heist climax shows director Sarik Andreasyan has a certain amount of style, …Read On »

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The scoop on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Chloe Bennet, J.J. Britt and Clark Gregg in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 2 | ©2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

When MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, based in the Marvel comics universe, debuted on ABC last year, we followed a team of agents led by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) on a series of adventures. Then the feature film CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER was released on April 4, 2014. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency was attacked from within by the group Hydra, whose operatives turned out to have been inside S.H.I.E.L.D. since its inception in World War II. In the very next episode of AGENTS OF SHIELD, our heroes had to deal with the …Read On »

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GOTHAM creator Bruno Heller talks young Batman – Exclusive Interview

GOTHAM logo | ©2014 Fox

Fox’s GOTHAM, premiering Monday, September 22 at 8 PM, depicts Bruce Wayne as a teen orphan played by David Mazouz, before he dons Batman’s cowl. This might draw comparisons to SMALLVILLE, which dramatized the early life of Superman, another DC Comics hero, but GOTHAM has a much more adult feel. Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) – who BATMAN fans know will one day become Gotham City’s police commissioner – is at the center of the action, surrounded by people who give indications that they will someday become iconic figures in this universe, including Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler. Thanks …Read On »

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SCORPION Executive Producer Roberto Orci talks Tech – Exclusive Interview

Robert Patrick as Cabe Gallo, Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn,Eddie Kaye Thomas as Toby Curtis, Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien, Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd, Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen in SCORPION - Season 1 | ©2014 CBS/Robert Voets

SCORPION, on CBS Mondays at 9 PM, is a fictionalized version of the life and career of the real Walter O’Brien, a consultant who works with the FBI and, according to IQ tests, is one of the five most intelligent living people on the planet at present. In SCORPION, we first meet Walter at age twelve when he’s living in Ireland with his parents. Walter is arrested by the FBI for hacking into NASA’s computers – but they let him go when they find out that he’s telling the truth about just wanting to get the blueprints for the space …Read On »

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 1 – The Hot List

TIFF 2014 logo

The 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival will go down in history as the year of the actor. With the absence of breakout films like last years mighty duo, GRAVITY and 12 YEARS A SLAVE, critics and audiences dug deeper and ended up focusing on the actors. And I mean the actors, much more so than the usual festival stars, the directors. Several mainstream actors in search of a makeover of sorts, including Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Evans and Bill Murray appeared in smaller, grittier, character driven fare. The results were decidedly mixed. As in …Read On »

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