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THE STRAIN creator Guillermo del Toro on his new nasty vamp series

Jack Kesy as Gabriel Bolivar in THE STRAIN | © 2014 Michael Gibson/FX

FX’s new series THE STRAIN, Sundays at 10 PM, brings horror back to the vampire mythology. Forget the charmers of TRUE BLOOD, BEING HUMAN, et al, or even Bela Lugosi – these things are hideous, terrifying and breeding like Ebola virus. Worse, they’re in New York City. Center for Disease Control researchers Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) want to combat the plague, but so far aren’t sure how to do so; pawn shop owner Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), who’s had experience with the creatures before, and city exterminator Vasily Fet (Kevin Durand) may have some ideas. …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: FINDING CARTER star Alexis Denisof on MTV’s new drama series

Alexis Denisof in FINDING CARTER - Season 1 | ©2014 MTV

In MTV’s new Tuesday night drama FINDING CARTER, the Wilson family has undergone two huge jolts. One was twelve years ago, when then-three-year-old daughter Lyndon was kidnapped. The other is in the present, when Lyndon, who has reached the age of fifteen in the identity of Carter Stevens (Kathryn Prescott), is returned to her actual parents, sister and brother. Since Carter has grown up believing the woman who raised her was her real mother, it’s quite a shock to her – and having her back is a jolt to her biological kin as well. Alexis Denisof, who plays Carter/Lyndon’s father …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Dante Palminteri on SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE

Dante Palminteri in SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE | courtesy Dante Palmenteri

In Syfy Channel’s SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, which has its public premiere on the network Wednesday, July 30 at 9:00pm ET/PT, hurricanes once again scoop massive amounts of sharks on the ocean and create havoc by dropping them onto a major American city. In the original SHARKNADO, it was Los Angeles; in THE SECOND ONE, it’s the Big Apple. SHARKNADO 2 was filmed on location in Manhattan by director Anthony C. Ferrante and written by Thunder Levin, who both held those jobs on the first film. Dante Palminteri plays Vaughn Brody in SHARKNADO 2, the son of Martin, played …Read On »

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Interview: SNOWPIERCER composer MARCO BELTRAMI is on the right sound-track

SNOWPIERCER | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Among the genre-centric composers who’ve carried on the torch from Jerry Goldsmith, few stand out for blazingly inventive sci-fi and horror scores like the maestro’s USC protégé Marco Beltrami. Just as his mentor used his memorable thematic talents for orchestrally, and electronically conveying psychopaths, aliens and futuristic adventure, Beltrami has jumped on a similarly imaginative and prolific bandwagon. Since the psychopathic score for the smash 1996 hit SCREAM stabbed Beltrami into the Hollywood map, the composer has used every trick from chilling melodies to thunderous percussion and angelic choruses to embody the fantastical and fearful, music capable of rapturously symphonic …Read On »

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Interview: EARTH TO ECHO composer Joseph Trapanese phones home

EARTH TO ECHO soundtrack | ©2014 Relativity Music Group

Listen to such pulsing wavelengths as Fall on Your Sword’s ANOTHER EARTH, Nathan Johnson’s LOOPER Nima Fakhara’s THE SIGNAL or Steven Price’s Oscar-winning GRAVITY, and you’ll pick up loud and clear on the burgeoning film scoring genre I prefer to call “alt. sci-fi.” It’s a plane of electro-orchestral existence where traditional symphonic melody (or at least the spirit of it) gets fused with an acoustical rock and roll vibe that can veer from psychedelia to grunge. Organic samples of everything from scraped metal to car engines are warped into new, unearthly entities, joining with electronic percussion and atmospheres that can …Read On »

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Interview: EDGE OF TOMORROW composer Christophe Beck stays alive with his first sci-fi score

EDGE OF TOMORROW | ©2014 Warner Bros.

In the two or so decades since Christophe Beck followed Howard Shore and Mychael Danna as one of Hollywood’s most valuable Canadian composing imports, the burly, bearded and bespectacled musician has become an exemplar on how to incorporate a pop-rock sensibility into an old school, and often orchestral talent for melody. It’s a hummable talent that’s made him a go-to guy for teen hijinks (THE PERFECT MAN, A CINDERELLA STORY), rhythmically swooning romance (GUINEVERE, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN), talking animals (GARFIELD, THE MUPPETS) and thoroughly R-rated bad boy behavior (THE HANGOVER, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) – all before really hitting …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE LORD OF CATAN and more – PART 2

Fran Kranz at the Los Angeles Premiere Screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING | ©2013 Sue Schneider

In addition to THE LORD OF CATAN, Kranz worked with more of his DOLLHOUSE friends on the feature film LUST FOR LOVE, which recurs on VoD and is currently available on iTunes. Kranz stars opposite Dichen Lachman (DOLLHOUSE, LAST RESORT), who also produced, in the low-budget independent romantic comedy. Other DOLLHOUSE personnel appearing in the film include Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie, Felicia Day and Maurissa Tancharoen. ASSIGNMENT X: At one point did Dichen Lachman come to you and say, “Would you like to do a movie where the budget is a buck-ninety-five?” FRAN KRANZ: My God, is it that much? …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Sarah Lancaster on LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK

LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK | ©2014 Up

LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK, a telefilm shot in the real town of Sugarcreek, Ohio, has its premiere on Up Sunday June 1 at 7 PM. Sarah Lancaster (Ellie Bartowsky on CHUCK) stars as Rachel Troyler, who lost at her parents at an early age, was raised by and now lives next door to her Amish aunts, played by Kelly McGillis (who also famously played an Amish woman in WITNESS) and Annie Kitral. Although Rachel is not Amish herself, she is well-integrated into the friendly community, where she serves as a law officer. She is unprepared for her feelings when …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE LORD OF CATAN – PART 1

Fran Kranz in THE LORD OF CATAN | ©2014 Stuart C. Paul

It isn’t that actor Fran Kranz only works with people he’s met on the projects he’s acted in for Joss Whedon – the TV series DOLLHOUSE and the films CABIN IN THE WOODS and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. In the past year, Kranz has had a recurring role on DALLAS and made several features (more about them later) that have nothing to do with those connections. Then again, he does often work with his fellow DOLLHOUSE alumni. One case in point is the short film THE LORD OF CATAN, which has its Los Angeles public premiere Saturday, May 31 at …Read On »

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Interview: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST composer Joel McNeely tames the Old West

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST soundtrack | ©2014 Backlot Music

When Wisconsin-born composer Joel McNeely went from a land of good old fashioned American purity to the far more ornery streets of Los Angeles, his innate melodic talent arrived just at a late 80s time when newfangled synths and rock music were taking their place as underscore – putting any number of old studio composers out to pasture as they tried to adapt to the changing sound of Hollywood – or saw their legendary careers bite the bullet. Yet McNeely was a greenhorn with the symphonic chops to more than match his elders, with a particular talent for a golden, …Read On »

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