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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Review #1

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS logo | © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Domnhall Gleeson Writers: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 18, 2015 If there ever was a movie where just about nobody cared what the reviews were like, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is it. The legions who love George Lucas’ original creation don’t give a flying Fett what anyone has to say – if there’s a chance that the magic spark has […]Read On »

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IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: Composer Roque Baños on scoring the seas – Interview

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA soundtrack | ©2015 WaterTower Music

If you madly hunt for great composing talents the world over, chances are you’ll hear the particular, vast melodic abilities of one Roque Baños. Hailing from Spain where he’d notably engage in the Spaghetti Western pastiche of 800 BULLETS,  the artistic classicism of GOYA IN BOURDEAUX and the bad cop antics of TORRENTE among the numerous movie he’d score in his home country, Baños first caught American ears with his romantically twisted crime stylings for 2000’s SEXY BEAST and the Herrmann-esque doom of 2004’s Theremin-possessed  THE MACHINIST. It’s been a long, prolific journey to our shores over the years before […]Read On »

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DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Creator David S. Goyer on the final season – Exclusive Interview

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

The third and final season of Starz’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Saturdays at 8 PM, sees Leonardo Da Vinci, still a relatively young man played by Tom Riley, making weapons of war to defend Italy from the Turks. David S. Goyer, who created DA VINCI’S DEMONS and is one of the executive producers, originally turned over the show-running reins for the third season to John Shiban because he was up to his eyebrows in other projects, including writing the screenplay for the much-anticipated BATMAN V. SUPERMAN and creating/running NBC’s CONSTANTINE, the TV series adaptation of D.C. Comics’ HELLBLAZER. However, as Goyer […]Read On »

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KRAMPUS: Composer Douglas Pipes unleashes music for the anti-Claus – Interview

KRAMPUS soundtrack | ©2015 Back Lot Music

If Douglas Pipes comes knocking at your door with a bag begging for candy, or drops into your chimney with a sack of toys to give, it’s best to run the other way from a composer with a knack for turning child-friendly holidays into hell. But for those Scrooges who delight in hearing merriment tuned to the key of frenzied misery, Pipes’ seditious way of playing two of the year’s most beloved days as humorously black-hearted apocalypses is music to the ears – no more so than on the happiest eve of all as he twists all that is musically […]Read On »

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HOT GIRLS WANTED: Jill Bauer discusses the Netflix adult film documentary – exclusive interview

HOT GIRLS WANTED | © 2015 Netflix

HOT GIRLS WANTED, currently available on Netflix, was nominated for an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, as well as for the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Documentary Prize. The film deals with young women who are drawn by online advertising into the world of pornographic movies. Jill Bauer, who with filmmaking partner Ronna Gradus directed and produced HOT GIRLS WANTED, talks about the documentary. AX: How did you come to work on this topic? Did you encounter people who did this, or did you encounter pornography and say, “Why would someone appear in this?” JILL BAUER: We [Bauer […]Read On »

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL: Denis O’Hare checks into a new season – Exclusive Interview

Denis O'Hare in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL | ©2015 FX/Suzanne Tenner

Actor Denis O’Hare is on his fourth role in the fifth season of FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Wednesdays at 10 PM. In Season 1, MURDER HOUSE, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of killer Larry Harvey, in love with Jessica Lange’s faded starlet character. O’Hare wasn’t in Season 2, but in Season 3, COVEN, he was mute servant Spalding, in love with Lange’s grand dame witch. In Season 4, FREAK SHOW, O’Hare’s con artist character Stanley teams up with Lange’s traveling carnival impresario; his performance earned him another Emmy nomination. Season 5 of the series created […]Read On »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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