Film Festival Report: BANFF Mountain Film and Book Festival 2015

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival | ©2015 Banff

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival (located in Alberta, Canada) is one of the most respected and popular documentary film festivals dedicated to mountain culture and extreme sports. This November the festival celebrating its fortieth anniversary, attracted thousands of fans, passionate about outdoors, exploration and adventures. The program was as rich and serious as one could expect from a standard-setting venue: more than 90 new films, festival flashbacks, book presentations, exhibitions, meetings with filmmakers, writers, athletes: nine intense days filled with unforgettable stories and shared love of all things wild and free. Selecting the best of the films must have …Read On »


FARGO: Bokeem Woodbine on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Brad Mann and Bokeem Woodbine in FARGO - Season 2 - "The Gift of the Magi" | ©2015 FX/Chris Large

In Season 2 of FX’s FARGO, Mondays at 10 PM, a small-town diner massacre in 1979 is compounded by the accidental hit-and-run killing of a dim-bulb son of a local mob family, who are at odds with a bigger mob from Kansas City. Bokeem Woodbine (CROOKLYN, PANTHER, THE ROCK, SAVING GRACE, RIDDICK) plays Kansas City enforcer Mike Milligan, who works with Brad Garrett’s Joe Bulo in trying to muscle in on the Gerhardt clan. Woodbine, a native New Yorker, sounds ecstatic about his current gig. “Mike Milligan is a gift from the actor gods. Any actor could have stepped into …Read On »


HEROES REBORN: Robbie Kay on being super powered – Exclusive Interview

Robbie Kay in HEROES REBORN - Season 1 | © 2015 NBC/Christos Kalohoridis

In NBC’s HEROES REBORN, Thursdays at 8 PM, Robbie Kay plays Tommy Clark, a teen who discovers that he can make objects – and people – vanish by touching them. This comes at a time when the world at large has turned against people with extraordinary abilities, but Tommy finds he has some unexpected allies. Kay, who hails from Hampshire, England, previously played a malevolent version of Peter Pan on ONCE UPON A TIME (according to IMDB, he’ll return to that role in 2016), the title role in 2008’s PINOCCHIO telefilm and a cabin boy in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: …Read On »


ICE SCULPTURE CHRISTMAS: David Alpay discuss the Hallmark telefilm – exclusive interview

Rachel Boston and David Alpay star in ICE SCULPTURE CHRISTMAS | © 2015 Marcel Williams/Hallmark

In Hallmark Channel’s new telefilm ICE SCULPTURE CHRISTMAS, which has its next airing Saturday, November 14 at noon, David Alpay stars as David Manning. David finds true love where he least expects it when he comes to the aid of his childhood friend Callie, played by Rachel Boston. Toronto native Alpay has had series regular roles on SLINGS AND ARROWS, THE BORGIAS and THE LOTTERY. He is also proud of another TV credit. DAVID ALPAY: I was on Season 4 of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. I played Professor Shane. AX: Your character was scheming with Silas, who was the doppelganger of …Read On »


SCORPION: Elyes Gabel teases what’s to come in Season 2 – exclusive interview

Elyes Gabel star as Walter O'Brien in SCORPION | © 2015 Sonja Flemming/CBS

On Season 2 of CBS’ SCORPION, Mondays at 9 PM, Walter O’Brien and his team of geniuses – plus their “normal” friend Paige (Katharine McPhee) and FBI liaison Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) – continue to tackle unusual crimes that require some brilliance to solve. There is a real Walter O’Brien, who is one of SCORPION’s executive producers, but on the show, he’s played by English actor Elyes Gabel. Gabel (his first name is pronounced ELL-ee-as, surname is Gah-BELL) has been part of ensemble casts before – on TV in CASUALTY, GAME OF THRONES and BODY OF PROOF and in films …Read On »


LIMITLESS: Executive producer Alex Kurtzman the CBS series, SLEEPY HOLLOW and Universal’s MONSTER UNIVERSE – Interview

Jake McDorman as Brian Finch n LIMITLESS - Season 1 | © 2015 CBS/John Paul Filo

In the 2011 film LIMITLESS, Bradley Cooper played Eddie Morra, an ordinary man who gained extraordinary mental acuity, thanks to NZT, a (fictional) neuro-enhancement drug that lets the human brain access one hundred percent of its power. In the new CBS series LIMITLESS, Tuesdays at 10 PM, Eddie – still played in a recurring role by Cooper, who is one of the series’ executive producers – is now a senator, who is guiding Jake McDorman’s character Brian Lynch, who is enabled by NZT to help the FBI solve crimes. Alex Kurtzman (of FRINGE, TRANSFORMERS and the new STAR TREK films) …Read On »


FARGO: Jeffrey Donovan talks about his role in Season 2 – exclusive interview

Jeffrey Donovan stars as Dodd Gerhardt in FARGO Season 2 | © 2015 Chris Large/FX

Season 2 of FX’s FARGO, Mondays at 10 PM, is not entirely unconnected to Season 1. In the series created by Noah Hawley, which takes its title and tone but no characters from the Coen Brothers’ 1996 feature, bad things just keep happening in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota. In Season 2, it’s 1979, and State Police officer Lou Solverson (played by Patrick Wilson; the older version of the character was played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) is looking into a mystifying incident that involves both local and out-of-state criminals. One of the town’s bad men is …Read On »


TV Review: ASH VS. EVIL DEAD – Season 1 – “El Jefe” – Series Premiere

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD Key Art - Season 1 | © 2015 Starz

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago Writers: Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi & Tom Spezialy, based on characters created by Sam Raimi Director: Sam Raimi Network: Starz, Saturdays @ 9 PM Airdate: October 31, 2015 Not everything from thirty years ago can stand revival today. Hell, a lot of things can’t – we’re not going to enumerate them here. But you know what can? THE EVIL DEAD. For those who don’t know the history, we’ll repeat it for you. The original, made on a shoestring budget in 1979 and released in 1981, was sort …Read On »


DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Actor Tom Riley on the final season and DOCTOR WHO – Exclusive Interview

Tom Riley in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 3 | ©2015 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, the brainchild of series creator David S. Goyer, begins its third and final season on Starz Saturday, October 24. Tom Riley stars as the legendary historical inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci, who as a young man has quite a few adventures. Season 3 sees him making some surprising new alliances as the Turks threaten Da Vinci’s native Italy. Riley, an Englishman whose work includes the films I WANT CANDY and MONROE, is in a garden at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, where he talks about DA VINCI and more. ASSIGNMENT X: Going into Season 3, …Read On »


HEROES REBORN: Zachary Levi chats about his path in Season 1 – exclusive interview

Zachary Levi stars as Luke in HEROES REBORN | © 2015 Jeff Riedel/NBC

Zachary Levi became known and beloved for his five years on NBC’s CHUCK as the title character, who went from humble tech repair guy to superspy, thanks to a government implant in his brain. Levi’s experiences with CHUCK fandom were so positive that he founded the Nerd Machine, which produces the annual event Nerd HQ. He’s also starred as the singing voice of the male lead in Disney’s animated Rapunzel tale TANGLED. Now Levi is back at NBC as Luke Collins in HEROES REBORN, Thursdays at 8 PM. The original HEROES, created by Tim Kring (who is also the guiding …Read On »

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