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Movie Review: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

THOR: THE DARK WORLD poster | ©2013 Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Chris O’Dowd Writers: Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat Director: Alan Taylor Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios Release Date: November 8, 2013 THOR: THE DARK WORLD begins with Anthony Hopkins as Odin, King of Asgard, providing a voiceover preface with enough exposition to make us worry that the story has stopped in its tracks before it has even begun. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Actress Bailee Madison celebrates PETE’S CHRISTMAS

Bailee Madison in PETE'S CHRISTMAS | ©2013 Hallmark Channel

Bailee Madison has racked up an impressive list of acting credits at her current age of fourteen. She has starred in the feature films DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and JUST GO WITH IT and has a recurring role as Young Snow White on ONCE UPON A TIME (series regular Ginnifer Goodwin plays the character as an adult). Just this year, the Florida-born actress has appeared in the feature film WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS, did an outrageous guest turn on Fearnet’s horror comedy series HOLLISTON and has a series regular gig on ABC’s new half-hour comedy TROPHY WIFE. As if all […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Diego Klattenhoff gets on the THE BLACKLIST

Diego Klattenhoff in THE BLACKLIST - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Patrick Ecclesine

Diego Klattenhoff has recently been doing a lot of government work – onscreen, that is. The Nova Scotia-born actor is currently starring as FBI Agent Donald Ressler on NBC’s espionage drama THE BLACKLIST, Mondays at 10 PM, after spending two seasons (and now recurs) as former Marine/Pentagon employee Mike Faber on Showtime’s HOMELAND. In the middle, he appeared in director Guillermo Del Toro’s feature film PACIFIC RIM as a military pilot operating a giant robot known as a Jaeger. Klattenhoff is at a party thrown by NBC for the Television Critics Association. He sounds like he couldn’t be happier with […]Read On »

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Interview: Bitsie Tulloch on GRIMM Season 3 and surviving the zombie outbreak

Bree Turner and Bitsie Tulloch in GRIMM - Season 3 | ©2013 NBC/Mike Muller

When GRIMM’s second season was nearing its conclusion, things were looking up for Portland, Oregon veterinarian Juliette Silverton, played by Bitsie Tulloch. After a long bout of amnesia about her boyfriend, police detective Nick Burkhardt (played by David Giuntoli), Juliette recovered her memories and found out that the secret Nick had been keeping from her was that he’s a Grimm – someone who can see and must sometimes combat Wesen, fairytale creatures who can look human but have hidden identities and appearances. Juliette also recovered from her sexual obsession with Nick’s police captain, Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), who is half-supernatural […]Read On »

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Interview: Composer Steven Price makes GRAVITY soar

GRAVITY soundtrack | ©2013 WaterTower Music

It’s been said that in space that no one can hear you scream. Yet for all of its astonishing visual, and technical accuracy, I can be fairly certain that the audience will be thankful that GRAVITY has thrown a bone to allow one glaring stylistic inaccuracy to survive in the void. Namely, it’s the emotionally identifiable companion of music that accompanies the lonely roller coaster ride of female astronaut Ryan Stone. For hearing nothingness would be cold comfort indeed, as it’s the innovative scoring of Steven Price that gives GRAVITY‘s black oblivion a feeling, beating heart. Of course, that isn’t […]Read On »

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Interview: KILL YOUR DARLINGS stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Michael C. Hall

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in KILL YOUR DARLINGS | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

Long before he wrote “Howl,” helped found the Beat movement and became one of the most venerated poets – and gay activists – of the twentieth century, Allen Ginsberg entered Columbia Collegein 1944. There he met Lucien Carr, who introduced Ginsberg to William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Carr’s old mentor David Kammerer. The relationship between Carr and Kammerer became so fraught that it ended in tragedy, which in turn presented an enormous moral conundrum for Ginsberg. This true – but until now largely unknown – story has been brought to the screen in KILL YOUR DARLINGS, directed by John […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HAUNTER helmer Vincenzo Natali brilliantly boxes himself in again

HAUNTER | ©2013 IFC Midnight

If you’re going to be in horror isolation where history repeats itself, then the Canadian filmmaker you’ll want to call to make your lethal purgatory particularly involving is the Detroit-born Vincenzo Natali. A former animation storyboard artist for EEK! THE CAT and TALES FROM THE CRYPTKEEPER (and later the live action Canadian werewolf classic GINGER SNAPS), Natali would announce himself as one of the region’s most interesting genre filmmakers with 1997s CUBE, a razor-room set tale of paranoia that set the critically acclaimed tone for Natali’s involving psychological stress to come, from a corporate spy trying to recapture his consciousness […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Sam Eidson rolls the eight-sided dice, and comes out with ZERO CHARISMA

ZERO CHARISMA | ©2013 Tribeca Film

For the straight set, the year’s most acclaimed performance belongs to Cate Blanchett as the unhinged, train engine of social destruction who blasts her formerly well-ordered life to smithereens, alienating friends and family with the effectiveness of a atom bomb in her absolute selfishness. However, it’s not like a whole bunch of physically and socially awkward role-playing viewers are going to exactly identify with the plight of a former doyenne of the Manhattan social scene. Instead, the actor they will undoubtedly call their own BLUE JASMINE is an Austinite named Sam Eidson, who takes on Orc-like fury as Scott, an […]Read On »

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Interview: Todd McFarlane on SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE | (c) 2013 PBS

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is a three-hour documentary on comic books and the culture they’ve created that airs Tuesday October 15 on PBS. Documentarian Michael Kantor says, “We made this series so that no parent would ever throw out their kids’ comic books again. This series is not just for comic book geeks – it’s funded both by the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, and it contextualizes the stories of comic book superheroes within the greater history, that of the Great Depression, World War II, the congressional witch hunts of the 1950s, the Watergate […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Sheen on the joys of MASTERS OF SEX

Michael Sheen in MASTERS OF SEX | ©2013 Showtime/Michael Desmond

William Masters and Virginia Johnson are now known as two pioneers of research into human sexuality. In 2013, such research is considered normal, but when the duo met up in 1957 and began their study – at that time, Johnson was Masters’ research assistant – it bordered on the unthinkable. Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Sundays at 10 PM, developed by Michelle Ashford based on Thomas Maier’s nonfiction book, chronicles the beginnings of the complex relationship between Masters and Johnson, as well as how they went about their research and what they learned. Michael Sheen plays Masters and Lizzy Caplan plays […]Read On »

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