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FREQUENCY: Creator Jeremy Carver and executive producer Dan Lin on new The CW series – Exclusive Interview

Riley Smith as Frank and Peyton List as Raimy in FREQUENCY - Season 1 |©2016 The CW/Frank Ockenfels 3/Kharen Hill

In The CW’s drama FREQUENCY, moved to Thursday this week from its usual Wednesday night slot, New York City police detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) discovers that an old ham radio enables her to talk in the present to her father Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) in 1996. Frank was murdered. Via the radio, Raimy is able to help Frank save his own life, but this causes changes in the timeline that greatly affect the present. FREQUENCY was originally a feature film, released in 2000, with Jim Caviezel as the son in the present (the gender was changed for the TV […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: RABID Collector’s Edition

RABID Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2016 Shout! Factory

Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Frank Moore Writer/Director: David Cronenberg Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.93 While David Cronenberg’s first two films 1975’s SHIVERS (aka THEY CAME FROM WITHIN) and 1977’s RABID showcased his early fascination with body horror and subverting the traditional horror genre, it wasn’t until 1979’s THE BROOD where his ideas and filmmaking skills really began to gel in a cohesive fashion, improving by leaps and bounds with his each subsequent film. However, there’s tons to admire with both SHIVERS and RABID, and now, thanks to Shout! Factory, we finally […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Head in the Abutment”

David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 11 - "The The Head in the Abutment"| ©2016 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Brian Klugman, Jeremy Roenick, Colby French, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Brooke Lyons, Vedette Lim, Joe Spellman Writer: Gene Hong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Ian Toynton Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: June 16, 2016 There are a number of subplots in the BONES Season 11 episode “The Head in the Abutment.” However, the principal reason for the storyline seems to be justifying getting Agent Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz, out on the ice wielding […]Read On »

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Interview: Composer Lesley Barber visits MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA soundtrack| ©2016 Milan Records

Flowing with melodic grace from classical to electronic music, Canadian-born composer Lesley Barber is often an inward traveler when it comes to her character portraits. Amongst her numerous, and eclectically-styled scores, Barber has played the music of a woman trying to break out of WHEN NIGHT FALLS, found the inner courage within the Hebraic rhythms of a Hasidic wife discovering that she has A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES, or discovering the intoxicating darkness within a potential girls school while suspensefully reading THE MOTH DIARIES. Given Lesley Barber’s unique way of playing relationships, perhaps her most rewarding, if too long apart collaboration is with writer-director Kenneth […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “The Chitters”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "The Chitters" | ©2016 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Lee Rumohr, Hugo Ateo, Kandyse McClure, Andy Maton Writer: Nancy Won, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Eduardo Sanchez Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 27, 2016 The SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode “The Chitters” presents us with a relatively intriguing monster of the week. Meet the Bisaan, a “cicada-based” species that, like the locust, comes along infrequently but wreaks devastation when it does. There’s a nice little fakeout at the beginning of “The Chitters.” We’re on the outskirts of a small town in Colorado, where we meet 12-year-old Jesse (Valin Shinyei) […]Read On »

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STAN AGAINST EVIL: Dana Gould and Janet Varney gives the scoop on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Janet Varney in STAN AGAINST EVIL - Season 1 | ©2016 IFC/Kim Simms

IFC’s STAN AGAINST EVIL, now available in its entirety on IFC.com and IFC on Demand, comes from people who have impeccable genre credentials. Star Janet Varney, who plays Evie Barret,new sheriff in a town beset by monsters, is the voice of Korra in THE LEGEND OF KORRA and has guest-starred on WAREHOUSE 13, as well as being a regular on YOU’RE THE WORST. STAN AGAINST EVIL creator Dana Gould was a writer/producer on THE SIMPSONS. Furthermore, Varney is a big fan of the original TRON; Gould not only can quote verbatim from the original 1972 THE NIGHT STALKER telefilm, he […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Movie in the Making”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 11 - "The Movie in the Making" | ©2016 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Pej Vahdat Writer: Keith Foglesong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Randy Zisk Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: June 2, 2016 In the BONES Season 11 episode “The Movie in the Making,” a documentary TV program follows the Jeffersonian crew, plus FBI agents Booth (David Boreanaz) and Aubry (John Boyd), as they investigate a case. The premise sounds like it could go bad quickly, but in practice, it’s pretty charming. The documentary camera gets to […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Hell’s Angel”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "Hell's Angel" | ©2016 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Emily Swallow, Ruth Connell, Mark Pellegrino Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 6, 2016 The SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode “Hell’s Angel” deals mainly with Lucifer in the body of Castiel (Misha Collins). Mark Pellegrino makes a welcome if slightly illogical appearance as the previous version of Lucifer. Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) gets his hands on a sacred shofar, a Hebrew relic that belonged to God. (People familiar with shofars will be surprised […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 11 – Season Finale – Laurie Hernandez wins

Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy take home the mirror ball in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Laurie Hernandez Network: ABC, aired Tuesday Original Telecast: Nov. 22, 2016 The glitter is gone, the stage is bare and mounds of confetti have been swept from the floor as season 23 on DANCING WITH THE STARS ends with a new champion duo – Olympian Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy!  Race car driver James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess ended the season in second place while ex-footballer Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Lindsey Arnold finished third. The night was a spectacular event with a slippery when wet set at The Grove (who thought that was a […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 11 – Season Finale Part 1 – Jana Kramer eliminated

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 21st, 2016 This is it, the finals on DANCING WITH THE STARS for the 23rd time. Yes, it’s hard to believe we have already reached that pivotal moment where someone will sashay off the dance floor a champion. Tomorrow the journey ends for all but tonight it ended a day short for Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko, who were eliminated and ended their season in fourth place. Three couples are left: Laurie Hernanadez & Val Chmerkovskiy, James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess and Calvin […]Read On »

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