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Exclusive Interview: TWILIGHT SAGA star Billy Burke joins the REVOLUTION

Billy Burke in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - "Sex and Drugs" | ©2012 NBC/Brownie Harris

In NBC’s freshman series REVOLUTION, Monday nights at 10 PM, all electricity is gone from the world. Created by Eric Kripke, who executive-produces with J.J. Abrams, with a pilot directed by fellow executive producer Jon Favreau, REVOLUTION takes place fifteen years after “the lights went out.” Much of the former United States is ruled by militias. However, a small band of people are trying to find out what really happened and restore power – both electronic and personal – to the populace. Two of the main characters are the uncle and niece team of Miles Matheson, played by Billy Burke, […]Read On »

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Interview: TAKEN 2 composer Nathaniel Menchaly gets into the action of scoring

Nathaniel Menchaly ©2012 Nathaniel Menchaly

When it comes to international action scoring, there’s one composer with a very particular set of skills, skills that he’s acquired as a kick-ass house musician in Luc Besson’s factory of fury. For a producer who pumps out a seemingly unending stream of pictures wherein company men, crooks and assassins of all stripes and colors outrace, outwit and outshoot their way from seemingly impossible predicaments, Nathaniel Méchaly is the guy with the backbeat to get the job done. But when the percussive scoring style that infuses nearly all movies of this type are getting more than winded (especially in America), […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Helen George discusses CALL THE MIDWIFE

Helen George promoting CALL THE MIDWIFE at the 2012 Summer TCA's | ©2011 Neal Street Productions

The drama series CALL THE MIDWIFE was a huge success when it premiered earlier this year in the U.K., and now that it’s airing on PBS (Sundays at 8 PM in the Los Angeles market, check local listings), it’s captured devoted U.S. audiences as well. Based on the three-book series of memoirs of real midwife Jennifer Worth, CALL THE MIDWIFE follows the trials and travails of well-to-do Jennifer Lee (played by Jessica Raine), who becomes a midwife with a group run out of a convent in the slums of East London in the 1950s. Jenny isn’t the only non-nun in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tippi Hedren chats about Alfred Hitchcock and Shambala

Tippi Hedren at the TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and World Premiere of the Newly Restored AN AMERICAN IN PARIS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

In THE GIRL, which recently aired on HBO, Sienna Miller plays actress Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones plays director Alfred Hitchcock in an examination of how the filmmaker used his position to severely traumatize the performer. The real Hedren, who consulted with the makers of THE GIRL, says that there were good times as well – she found Hitchcock invaluable as a drama coach – but his treatment of her at other times was “something that I had never experienced before. People have said, ‘Was he in love with you?’ No, he wasn’t. When you’re in love with someone, you […]Read On »

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Interview: THE GIRL actor Toby Jones on playing Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones in THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO

In THE GIRL, which re-airs on HBO this week, Toby Jones plays filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It’s not an especially flattering view of the director/producer, as it deals with his unwanted fascination with actress Tippi Hedren (played in THE GIRL by Sienna Miller), who starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for Hitchcock. The London-born Jones is almost always working. A few recent credits include TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, THE HUNGER GAMES and the voice of Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PT. 1. Speaking briefly about THE GIRL, Jones says […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TRUE BLOOD star Carrie Preston chats THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID poster | ©2012 Phase 4 Films

Georgia-born Carrie Preston is both a filmmaker and an actress. Her most recent directing gig, the feature film THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID, is out in theatres this Friday. Fans of TRUE BLOOD know Preston as outspoken Bon Temps waitress Arlene Fowler, she has a recurring role on THE GOOD WIFE and it looks likely that she may reprise her character Grace, who’s the love interest for Finch (Michael Emerson, Preston’s real-life spouse) on PERSON OF INTEREST. Speaking by phone,Prestontalks about her parallel careers. ASSIGNMENT X: What is THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID about? CARRIE PRESTON: It is about two best friends. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE GIRL director Julian Jarrold talks Hitchcock and THE BIRDS

Director Julian Jarrold on the set of THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO/Kelly Walsh

Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had such a specific way of depicting beautiful blonde women that “Hitchcock blonde” is still part of the Hollywood vernacular. At the time she starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for him, Tippi Hedren was the epitome of the Hitchcock blonde. Hedren kept relatively silent for many years, but according to her, Hitchcock was harrowingly abusive. THE GIRL, which premieres Saturday night at 9 PM on HBO, dramatizes Hedren’s account of their working experience, with Sienna Miller as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock. THE GIRL director Julian Jarrold, whose credits include the delightful musical KINKY BOOTS […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Dee Wallace looks back on E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

Drew Barrymore and Dee Wallace in E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL | ©2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Since its release in 1982, E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL has become – both artistically and commercially – the gold standard for the oft-referred-to, seldom truly applicable “film for all ages.” Directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, the film is the story of a little alien who becomes separated from his exploratory team and is helped in his quest to go home, first by grade-schooler Elliott (Henry Thomas), and eventually by Elliott’s entire family, including older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), little sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and single mother Mary, played by Dee Wallace. To commemorate E.T.’s thirtieth […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on the CABIN IN THE WOODS climax

Fran Kranz in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS | ©2012 Lionsgate

CABIN IN THE WOODS, the horror film written by Joss Whedon, who also produced, and Drew Goddard, who also directed, just hit Blu-ray and DVD. It opened theatrically in April of this year, having survived the collapse of original production entity MGM to subsequently be picked up for distribution by Lionsgate. Back in April, we interviewed Fran Kranz, one of CABIN’s stars, about the movie. Kranz worked on CABIN between the two seasons of Whedon’s TV series DOLLHOUSE. In DOLLHOUSE, Kranz played Topher, a techie genius who had a nervous breakdown when he found that his work was largely responsible for causing an apocalypse. […]Read On »

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Interview: Composer Marcelo Zarvos hears THE WORDS

THE WORDS soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

ZARVOS: In the haute world of writers, elegance, fashion and intellect are oft-used words when it comes to getting the keys to the kingdom of literary intelligentsia. It’s a gilded, lionized place that many have cheated their way into. And those seemingly fortunate con artists will oftentimes do anything to maintain that position, even at the cost of their relationships and mental health before the guise ultimately crumbles. THE WORDS is one such tale (or multiple tales) of young Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), whose prized novel is unmasked for another’s when the real Old Man author (Jeremy Irons) comes calling. […]Read On »

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