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Exclusive Interview: THE HOLLOW CROWN reworks Shakespeare for four new PBS films

Rory Kinnear in GREAT PERFORMANCES: THE HOLLOW CROWN - RICHARD II | ©2013 PBS/BBC

THE HOLLOW CROWN, on PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES beginning Friday September 20 at 9 PM and continuing for three Fridays thereafter, consists of four new films of William Shakespeare’s histories HENRY II, starring Ben Whishaw in the title role, and HENRY IV PART I, HENRY IV PART II and HENRY V, starring Jeremy Irons as Henry IV and Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal/Henry V, with Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff. Other notable cast members include David Bradley (Walder Frey on GAME OF THRONES), Lindsay Duncan, David Morrissey (the Governor on THE WALKING DEAD), James Purefoy (of THE FOLLOWING), Patrick Stewart, David […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the SHARKNADO DVD and Blu-ray Signing

Sharknado Cast and Creators and The Shark participates in the Sharknado DVD Signing | © 2013 Albert L. Ortega

The SHARKNADO cast and creators (and the Shark) took over Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank on September 8th for a DVD signing release for the SyFy Channel’s hit movie. Signing was Director Anthony C. Ferrante, Writer Thunder Levin. Joining them were stars: Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, John Heard, and Robbie Rist. Plus, Producer – David Michael Latt, Synapse FX’s Joe Cornell and Josh Foster, Film Editor – William Boodell, and Visual Effects Supervisor – Emile Edwin Smith. Seen in the crowd was actor M. Steven Felty who also has a voice cameo in the film. Albert […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SLEEPY HOLLOW co-creator Phillip Iscove on the new Fox series

The Horseman in SLEEPY HOLLOW - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Kent Smith

Pretty much everyone knows some version of the story of the Headless Horseman and the other story about Rip Van Winkle, even if fewer know that both were penned by the same writer, Washington Irving, in the early nineteenth century. Contemporary screenwriter Phillip Iscove decided to combine elements of the two stories and took his pitch to writers/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman at their K/O Paper Products production company. The result is Fox’s new series SLEEPY HOLLOW, Mondays at 9 PM. Tom Mison stars as Ichabod Crane, who in this version is responsible for the Horseman’s headlessness. A Revolutionary […]Read On »

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Film Festival: By the Numbers at THE 38th ANNUAL TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in GRAVITY | ©2013 Warner Bros.

We’re just past the half way point for the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival and its time to take stock. Here’s the countdown… (or is that count up?) 0: Number of personal letters Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) kept from his affair with an underage girl in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN. 2: Number of big buzz films so far. GRAVITY, the 3-D space epic with Sandra Bollock and George Clooney and 12 YEARS A SLAVE starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. 2: Number of endings there are for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, the big screen adaptation of the gritty play […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Scheer on THE LEAGUE Season 5

Adam Brody and Paul Scheer in THE LEAGUE - Season 5 - "The Bachelor Draft" | ©2013 FXX/Matthais Clamer

For its first four seasons, THE LEAGUE, the half-hour comedy created by Jackie and Jeff Schaffer, was a staple for FX Network. Now FX is moving THE LEAGUE to its new outlet FXX for the show’s fifth season, which debuted Wednesday September 4 at 10:30 PM, following fellow FX transfer IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, which is now on FXX Wednesdays at 10 PM. Asked about the move, Paul Scheer, who plays THE LEAGUE’s much-bullied Andre, quips, “I was just happy that FXX isn’t a p**n channel. For a little bit, I was confused we’d be there.” Scheer, a native […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harry Lennix on MR. SOPHISTICATION and MAN OF STEEL – Part 1

Harry Lennix in MR. SOPHISTICATION | ©2013

Harry Lennix is a very prolific actor. In discussing all his new, recent and upcoming projects in a telephone interview, he jokes, “I’m in every movie ever made.” That’s a slight exaggeration, but the Chicago-born actor does have a lengthy resume that includes the two MATRIX sequels, the Oscar-winning RAY, the Shakespeare adaptation TITUS ANDRONICUS, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and this year’s MAN OF STEEL. Lennix is also one of the stars of NBC’s new espionage thriller series THE BLACKLIST, which premieres September 23. A film that’s especially close to Lennix’s heart is MR. SOPHISTICATION – as well as playing the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Larry Landsman on REAL FEAR 2: THE TRUTH BEHIND MORE MOVIES

Members of the cast of REAL FEAR, a Chiller TV documentary | ©2013 FX

Most people know that THE AMITYVILLE HORROR is reportedly based on real events. Far fewer knew that the SILENT HILL films also had roots in history. The stories behind both of these films, along with THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES and POLTERGEIST, were explored in last year’s REAL FEAR: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MOVIES special, which aired on Chiller TV. Tonight, Friday September 6, Chiller TV is back with a follow-up, entitled REAL FEAR 2, or alternatively, REAL FEAR: THE TRUTH BEHIND MORE MOVIES. Larry Landsman, who executive-produced both two-hour specials, is on the phone to talk about the new edition. ASSIGNMENT X: […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Ken Marino pushes hard for BAD MILO

Ken Marino in BAD MILO | ©2013 Magnet

In the annals of ass-monster movies, BAD MILO comes across as a terrific rush – pardon the unavoidable metaphors. Not nearly the gross-out fiesta its premise of a dooty Dark Half might imply in its admittedly hilarious trailer, this production of director Jacob Vaughan (THE CASSIDY KIDS) and the usually sedate mumblecore directors / producers Jay and Mark Duplass (BAGHEAD), BAD MILO is far more of an update of tragic WOLFMAN mythos, as crossed with the satire of OFFICE SPACE, the reproductive angst of THIRTYSOMETHING and any number of post-EST self-help psychiatry sessions. Grimacing and screaming through it all in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: James DuMont on LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

James Dumont at the Annual EYEGORE AWARDS opening night of Universal Studios HALLOWEEN HORROR NGHTS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Chances are excellent that you’ve seen James DuMont in something, or even many things. The actor, who was born in Chicago and raised both there and in New York City, has credits that include SPEED, LOIS & CLARK, PRIMARY COLORS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, SEABISCUIT and MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. At present, DuMontcan be seen on the big screen as Sherman Adams in LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER. The title character Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker, is fictional, loosely based on real White House butler Eugene Allen; Cecil’s wife Gloria, played by Oprah Winfrey, one of THE BUTLER’s […]Read On »

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Interview: Rob Simonsen on scoring THE SPECTACULAR NOW and THE WAY WAY BACK

Rob Simonsen | ©2013 Rob Simonsen

Just as guitars and soulful rock-pop melody signaled the youthquake revolution in film scoring with Simon and Garfunkel’s score to THE GRADUATE in 1967, today’s movies about troubled teens on the cusp of a far larger adult world are sounding out with a similar spirit that reflects what the “kids” are listening to, as opposed to their grandparents’ old-school symphonic scores. However, pop-rock is an ever-growing animal as well, having ventured well off the top 40 mainstream since the days when a strumming approach was all that you needed to signal a post-adolescent breaking away from conformity. Now teen dramedies […]Read On »

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