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BOSCH: Lance Reddick chats about Amazon series and the end of FRINGE – interview

Lance Reddick in BOSCH - Season 1 | ©2015 Amazon

In Amazon’s BOSCH, currently streaming its entire ten-episode first season, Titus Welliver stars as Harry Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective investigating a long-ago murder that is somehow connected to a string of present-day serial murders. In the series, adapted by show runner Eric Overmyer from Michael Connelly’s acclaimed novels, Lance Reddick plays Harry’s boss, Irvin Irving, whose political aspirations dictate his every move. Reddick, a native of Maryland, is known to FRINGE fans as Philip Broyles, to THE WIRE watchers as Cedric Daniels, to LOST lovers as Matthew Abaddon and to OZ aficionados as Detective John Basil. Additionally, Reddick played …Read On »

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THE BABADOOK Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE BABADOOK | © 2015 Shout! Factory

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE BABADOOK – “If it’s in a word or in a look, you can’t get rid of THE BABADOOK.” So goes the horrifying children’s book that begins this at times crazy, at times quite boring, at times incredibly scary horror flick. To start with, THE BABADOOK isn’t …Read On »

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Movie Review: UNFRIENDED

UNFRIENDED | © 2015 Universal Studios

Rating: R Stars: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman Writer: Nelson Greaves Director: Levan Gabriadze Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 17, 2015 There is nothing new about vengeful ghosts, but there is certainly novelty in setting a horror story entirely in a multi-person Skype/Facebook chat, which is the case in UNFRIENDED. Apparently unworried that its users may be too creeped out to continue to use the social media site after seeing the film, Facebook has allowed its features to show up prominently here, as do YouTube, Google and a number of …Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD review: TREEHOUSE

TREEHOUSE movie poster | ©2015 Uncork'd Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: J. Michael Trautmann, Dana Melanie, Nick Herra, Clint James, Daniel Fredrick Writers: Alex Child, Miles Harrington & Michael Bartlett Director: Michael Bartlett Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: Blu-ray DVD, March 31, 2015 TREEHOUSE is one of those low-budget horror movies that starts off so slowly that it seems like it’s never going to pick up speed. Unfortunately, unlike some other genre entries that lull us in order to make the jolts that much more impactful, TREEHOUSE continues as it begins. It takes 25 minutes to get into the treehouse, where we wind up feeling more trapped …Read On »

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CD Review: ELMER BERNSTEIN: THE WILD SIDE soundtrack

ELMER BERNSTEIN: THE WILD SIDE soundtrack | ©2015 Varese Sarabande Records

No composer embodied the pure movie swing of jazz during the art form’s mainlining into much of film scoring during the 50s and 60s like Elmer Bernstein. From the hot sax heroin rush that flooded into Frankie Machine’s veins in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM to the lustful brass catfight of WALK ON THE WILD SIDE or the salacious gossip beat that stank of  THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, Bernstein tapped into the energetic transgressiveness of music that promised a rawness that the Hayes Code-enforced movies could only hint at. So it’s only natural that Varese head Robert Townson …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 20 – Week 5 – Suzanne Somers eliminated

Tony Dovolani and Suzanne Somers are eliminated in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 20 - Week 5 | DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 20 - Week 4 | ©2015 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Noah Galloway, Robert Herjavec, Patti LaBelle, Nastia Liukin, Riker Lynch, Suzanne Somers, Chris Soules, Rumer Willis, Willow Shields Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 13th, 2015 It’s Disney Night on DANCING WITH THE STARS and they spared no cost in creating an elaborate recreation of nine different Disney films via dance. The cost was high and the dips were low but all nine couples threw themselves into character for a chance to feel like a part of a bona fide classic Disney feature. Some worked extremely well, others lacked the typical Walt Disney flair. Robert Herjavec & Kym …Read On »

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CD Review: 1864 and ALLIES soundtracks

ALLIES soundtrack | ©2015 Movie Score Media

Movie Score Media’s quality releases continue to be not only a major source for discovering new composers whose attendant projects barely hit U.S. shores, but also a great way to hear relatively obscure foreign soundtracks done by sometimes eminent American musicians – in both notable cases here performed in the key of war. Early on in Marco Beltrami’s career, the composer wrote one of his most interesting psycho-killer scores for a deranged female cellist, albeit in the guise of a period costume drama for Norwegian director Ole Bornedal’s 2002 thriller I AM DINA. Now Beltrami reteams with him for a …Read On »

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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR: Composer Alex Ebert’s music doesn’t want to kill – Interview

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR soundtrack | ©2014 Community Music

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (which just arrived on DVD and Blu-ray) might just be one of the most ironically misleading titles yet for a provocatively named film. For nothing in J.C. Chandor’s movie is what it appears to be, from the cargo heists endangering the heating fuel empire dreams of Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac in quietly burning Michael Corleone mode) to the insanely pacifist way in which he chooses to meet the thuggery that gets very close to home. But for all of the gritty photography, family business machinations and razor-sharp salty language that Chandor brings together to create a …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “The Wars to Come” – Season Premiere

Kit Harington in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "The Wars to Come" | ©2014 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aiden Gillen, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, John Bradley, Sophie Turner, Hannah Murray, Conleth Hill, Gwendoline Christie, Michel Huisman, Charles Dance, Ciaran Hinds, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Daniel Portman, Finn Jones, Eugene Simon, Will Tudor, Lino Facioli, Dean-Charles Chapman Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Michael Slovis Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 12, 2015 For those who love it (and most of …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 10 – “Inside Man”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 10 - "Inside Man" | ©2015 The CW/Carole Segal

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Jim Beaver, Ruth Connell, Curtis Armstrong Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 1, 2015 Although it’s generally not a good thing on SUPERNATURAL when Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are separated for much of the episode, it actually works in “Inside Man.” Although the brothers come together at a few points, Sam is mostly off with Castiel (Misha Collins), still trying to figure out how to rid Dean of the Mark of …Read On »

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