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Exclusive Interview: THE LORD OF CATAN Writer-Director Stuart C. Paul chats about his short film

Amy Acker in THE LORD OF CATAN | ©2014 Stuart C. Paul

THE LORD OF CATAN is a thirteen-minute film that stars Amy Acker and Fran Kranz as, respectively, Krysta and Todd, an apparently happy couple whose marriage hits the crisis point during a game of SETTLERS OF CATAN. LORD has its East Coast premiere Thursday, May 29, at the New York Shorts Festival at the Landmark Sunshine Theatre inManhattan; actor Kranz will be present at the screening for a Q&A follow-up. The West Coast premiere is two days later at the Los Angeles-based Dances With Films Festival at the Chinese Theatre, where Acker and writer/director/producer Stuart C. Paul will engage in …Read On »

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Interview: Composer Andrew Hewitt hears THE DOUBLE

THE DOUBLE soundtrack | ©2014 Milan Records

Where Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky’s work might be better known among mainstream moviegoers for history-drenched adaptations of “The Brothers Karamazov” and “Crime and Punishment,” it’s likely that viewers might mistake the new cinematic translation of  THE DOUBLE as coming from the pen of Franz Kafka, another pessimism-drenched writer whose characters dealt with oppressive bureaucracies and mind-numbing daily drudgery. It’s a screaming shadow that’s certainly influenced Hollywood when throwing pathetic everyman heroes into the mouths of madness, whether it’s BRAZIL‘s Sam Lowry haplessly dealing with Central Services to poor BARTON FINK facing screenwriting Armageddon in a hotel from hell. But whatever …Read On »

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Interview: Taylor Kitsch talks THE NORMAL HEART and LONE SURVIVOR

Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch in THE NORMAL HEART | ©2014 HBO/Jojo Whilden

This is a great week and a half for Taylor Kitsch. The actor, originally from British Columbia, Canada, shot to fame as high school football player Tim Riggins in five seasons of the series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and subsequently starred in the big-screen features JOHN CARTER, BATTLESHIP and SAVAGES. Sunday, May 25, Kitsch can be seen on HBO in the premiere of director Ryan Murphy’s film version of Larry Kramer’s play THE NORMAL HEART; Kitsch stars as Bruce Niles, a gay man coping with the AIDS crisis in 1981, when the disease had barely been identified and was being actively …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Laura Haddock on DA VINCI’S DEMONS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Laura Haddock in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 2 | ©2014 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, now in its second season on Starz, Saturdays at 9 PM, explores the extremely adventurous life of Leonardo Da Vinci, played by Tom Riley, as a young artist, inventor and explorer in the Renaissance era. Created by David S. Goyer, the series is full of complex characters, but one of the most startling is Lucrezia Donati, played by Laura Haddock. In Season 1, Lucrezia is mistress to the powerful prince Lorenzo de Medici (Elliot Cowan), has an affair with Da Vinci, frames and murders an innocent man and spies for Rome. We find out that her father …Read On »

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Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST poster | ©2014 Fox/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore. Omar Sy, Evan Peters Writer: Simon Kinberg, story by Jane Goldman & Simon Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 23, 2014 If you’re going to make an installment of a film franchise that potentially erases the continuity of previous endeavors, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST demonstrates how to do it with not only style but real urgency. Don’t just randomly drop time travelers into the …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mark Ruffalo talks THE NORMAL HEART

Mark Ruffalo in THE NORMAL HEART | ©2014 HBO/Jojo Whilden

Larry Kramer’s play THE NORMAL HEART was first produced off-Broadway in 1985. In real life, Kramer is one of the founders of ACT UP, which describes itself as “a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis,” which was being largely ignored by the government in the Eighties. In NORMAL HEART, the main character Ned Weeks is Kramer’s fictional surrogate, a gay man who is enraged by the indifference he encounters as he tries to get help for his critically ill lover and friends in 1981. Kramer has now adapted …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: J. August Richards on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – Part 1

J. August Richards in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 - "End of the Beginning" | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Viewers of ABC’s MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, in its first season Tuesdays at 8 PM, were dealt a huge shock with the episode “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Airing just after the theatrical release of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, it dealt (like SOLDIER) with the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. had from its inception been infiltrated by the proto-Nazi organization HYDRA, which has now revealed itself and is wreaking havoc. This is terrible for the series regulars – team leader Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Skye (Chloe Bennet), who’ve …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Fiore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field Writers: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, screen story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt, based on the comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Director: Marc Webb Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: May 2, 2014 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 puts together two different, significant villains from the comic book series, plus a back story about Peter Parker’s parents and with a version of a very famous incident that anyone familiar …Read On »

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Interview: Composer Frank Ilfman is not afraid of the BIG BAD WOLVES

BIG BAD WOLVES | ©2014 Magnolia

One could say that the world first became aware of the Israeli film BIG BAD WOLVES (now out on DVD and Blu-ray) through Quentin Tarantino’s raving. And it’s easy to see why when you’ve got the setup of some poor shmuck chained to a chair, his unhinged tormentor delivering a humorously sadistic monologue before unleashing the bloody pain. But beyond the kind of unbearable shenanigans that might have the morally outraged screaming “torture porn!” lies a wonderfully twisted, and appallingly funny thriller that’s far more Hitchcock than Tarantino as a seeming child killer is given his just deserts – delivered courtesy …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Christopher Meloni on SURVIVING JACK

Christopher Meloni in SURVIVING JACK - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Christopher Fragapane

Christopher Meloni is so associated with his long-running TV drama roles, especially NYPD detective Elliot Stabler on twelve years of LAW & ORDER: SVU and prison inmate Chris Keller on HBO’s OZ, plus last year’s turns as heroic Col. Nathan Hardy in MAN OF STEEL and principled Leo Durocher in 42, people tend to forget he has a lighter side. Meloni voiced Spike in DINOSAURS, appeared as different characters in the first two HAROLD & KUMAR films, had a wryly amusing guest turn on Season 5 of TRUE BLOOD and can currently be seen on the big screen as a …Read On »

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