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Exclusive Interview: HELL ON WHEELS star Christopher Heyerdahl talks The Swede

Christopher Heyerdahl in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

HELL ON WHEELS is both the title and the setting of AMC’s drama, Sunday nights at 9 PM, about the muddy post-Civil War settlement where the first U.S. transcontinental railroad is being built in 1865. The place is full of crime, murder and desperate characters. One of the hardest-luck cases in this hard-luck environment is Christopher Heyerdahl’s character Thor Gunderson, known to all as “the Swede,” even though he’s really Norwegian. In Season 1, the Swede was head of security in the encampment, but in Season 2, he’s been demoted to collecting the bodies of the dead. Heyerdahl hails from British …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Purged Away with Blood”

Christopher Heyerdahl and Tom Noonan in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Purged Away With Blood" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Tony Gayton & Thomas Brady  Director: Joe Gayton       Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 16, 2012 HELL ON WHEELS is a tough show to watch sometimes. Not because of bad writing or anything negative, but because the subject matter is so visceral and harsh that it takes a bit to sit and watch it through to the terminus point. A perfect example of that for me is last episode when they were digging the bullet out of Durant (Colm Meaney). I’m weird. I can handle …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “The Power of Three”

DOCTOR WHO - Season 7 - "The Power of Three" poster | ©2012 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Mark Williams, Steven Berkoff, Stephen Blything, Jemma Redgrave, Selva Rasalingham, Alice O’Connell, Lord Sugar, Brian Cox   Writer: Chris Chibnall Director:   Douglas Mackinnon Network: BBC America, airs Saturday night  Original Telecast: September 22, 2012 In the fourth episode of DOCTOR WHO Series 7, “The Power of Three,” the Doctor (Matt Smith) faces one his most unusual adventures: living at home with Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill). Mysterious black cubes have turned up all over the world, people have collected them and taken them to work and to their homes, and the …Read On »

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Movie Review: DREDD 3D

DREDD 3D movie poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris Writer: Alex Garland, based on the JUDGE DREDD comic created by John Wagner and Carlos Esquerra Director: Pete Travis Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 21, 2012 Apart from shared comic book origins, DREDD 3D has nothing to do with the 1995 Sylvester Stallone starrer JUDGE DREDD (or the 1997 and 2003 iterations). This is a good thing, as the new version has a sense of internal coherence that helps us take it seriously on its own terms. Director Pete Travis makes good use of 3D and slow motion to …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Future in the Past” – Season Premiere

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 8 | ©2012 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Ryan O’Neal, Patricia Belcher, Eugene Byrd, Andrew Leeds, Reed Diamond Writers: Hart Hanson & Stephen Nathan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Ian Toynton Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: September 17, 2012 Season 8 may seem like a daunting amount for some series, but BONES deftly demonstrates that it’s as limber as ever with a season premiere that combines uncommon personal urgency with its trademark forensic clues and banter. As a bonus, there’s a continuing …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: WILFRED star Jason Gann on Season 2 and beyond

Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 2 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels

“This is great,” Jason Gann says of the view of greater Los Angeles from the balcony of the penthouse club where Fox and FX are holding a party for their actors, writers, producers and the Television Critics Association. Australian transplant Gann is the title star and co-creator of WILFRED, which has its second-season finale tonight on FX at 10 PM. Gann and Adam Zwar originally made WILFRED as a short, which became a series for two years on Australian television, before being adapted by David Zuckerman for a new version on U.S. TV. In all of them, Gann stars as …Read On »

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Contest: Win a ticket to THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 premiere

Andrew Lincoln is Rick Grimes in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 3 - Episode 1 | ©2012 AMC/Gene Page

Do you love THE WALKING DEAD? Would you kill (not literally, we’re not inciting illegal acts here) to go to the Season 3 premiere and see the episode on a big screen in the company of the show’s makers and stars? WALKING DEAD executive producer Gale Anne Hurd would like to make that happen for you, so she has come up with a contest, happening right now on Twitter. The winner will be flown from anywhere in the U.S. and put up at a hotel for two nights in order to attend the Los Angeles premiere of Season 3 of …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “A Town Called Mercy” – Review #2

Matt Smith and Andrew Brooke in DOCTOR WHO - Series 7 - "A Town Called Mercy" | ©2012 BBC America

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill Writer: Toby Whithouse Director:  Saul Metzstein  Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: September 15, 2012 DOCTOR WHO returns to the Wild, Wild West with “A Town Called Mercy” this week, and this is a considerable step up from “The Gunfighters.” Sure the 1960’s adventure had famous western names to boast, but this new episode has a really nifty cyborg and some fun moments here and there, plus a new Stetson for the Doctor. I realize as I am writing this review that Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) have started …Read On »

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Interview: REVOLUTION director Jon Favreau gives the scoop on the new NBC series

Billy Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tracy Spiridakos in REVOLUTION - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Nino Munoz

NBC’s new series REVOLUTION premieres tonight, Monday September 17, at 10 PM.  Created by Eric Kripke (SUPERNATURAL), who executive produces REVOLUTION with a team headed up by J.J. Abrams, the show opens with a mysterious event suddenly stops all electrical power around the planet. Fifteen years later, society has reformed sans electricity. A young woman named Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) must travel through the landscape with a small group of companions who want to find out exactly what happened – the more so because of a militia that intends to violently prevent them from doing so. The REVOLUTION pilot was helmed …Read On »

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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 4 – “Endless Wonder”

Brian J. Smith and Allison Scagliotti in WAREHOUSE 13 - Season 4 - "Endless Wonder" | ©2012 Syfy/Ken Woroner

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore, Jaime Murray, Ashley Williams, Kate Mulgrew, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Bob Goodman      Director: Michael McMurray   Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: Sept 10, 2012 “Endless Wonder” once again walks that line for me with WAREHOUSE 13, where I’m entertained, but I’m not entirely certain I’m loving what I’m seeing. Again there’s a lot of jokey kind of dumb humor back and forth between the characters, even though what they are facing is life threatening and very serious. Which this could be argued that the humor …Read On »

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