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CONSTANTINE star Matt Ryan goes to hell and back – Exclusive Interview

Matt Ryan in CONSTANTINE - Season 1 | © 2014 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

NBC’s new series CONSTANTINE, Fridays at 10 PM, is based on the HELLBLAZER comics and graphic novels by Jamie Delano and Garth Ennis. Matt Ryan plays John Constantine, a man who has literally fought demons but gave up the battle after a mistake on his part led to the death of a child and Constantine’s damnation. Now Constantine is given a chance at redemption by a possibly untrustworthy angel (Harold Perrineau), but he must resume combating the minions of Hell. Unlike the 2005 big-screen CONSTANTINE that starred Keanu Reeves, the television version, adapted from the source material by David S. …Read On »

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GRACEPOINT actor Kevin Rankin is one of many suspects on this BROADCHURCH remake – Exclusive Interview

Kevin Rankin in GRACEPOINT - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Mathieu Young

Fox’s new series GRACEPOINT, Thursdays at 9 PM, is an American remake of the BBC’s BROADCHURCH, with some changes. In both, a young boy is murdered in a small coastal town – English in BROADCHURCH, Northern Californian in GRACEPOINT – and in both, just about everyone is a suspect. Also in both versions, David Tennant plays in a police detective, brought in from outside by the local force to head up the investigation. One of several changes, however, is that the dead boy’s family in GRACEPOINT is Episcopalian. Kevin Rankin plays the Reverend Paul Coates, who has a close relationship …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE: 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2014 Dark Sky Films

Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen Writer: Kim Henkel & Tobe Hooper Director: Tobe Hooper Suggested Retail Price: $49.98 Distributor: Dark Sky Films Time has been very good to 1974’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Not only has there been multiple, inferior sequels and remakes that have tried to supplant it with lesser results, but a whole new subgenre of horror movies was jump started due to this Tobe Hooper classic. That subgenre of course is the “kids in a van” movie. So many movies have used this template to the point of nauseum – kids take a detour …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 19 – Week 7 – Antonio Sabato Jr. gone

Antonio Sabato Jr. in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 19 | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Tommy Chong, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Lea Thompson, Michael Waltrip Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: Oct. 27th, 2014 WOW! It was another shocking night on DANCING WITH THE STARS, and not just because it was a Spooktacular Halloween episode. No, week seven brought on the horror in its theme and the terror in its steps, but nothing, and I mean nothing was as spellbinding as the elimination of hunky Antonio Sabato Jr. & Cheryl Burke. Now, granted, he is not the most elegant of dancers, Alfonso Ribeiro has long been the …Read On »

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DVD Review: UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30 FILM COLLECTION | ©2014 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $199.99 As with most home entertainment divisions, re-issuing previously released material in new box sets has become the norm. However, some times it can be a good thing as is the case with the excellent new box set UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION. Corralling every important monster movie from the Universal archives from 1931-1956, this is a must-have even for those who owned the previous 2004 Legacy monster sets and want them all in one place. Those editions from ten years ago, took every important monster (Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Creature, The …Read On »

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Composer Kathryn Bostic has some notes for DEAR WHITE PEOPLE – Interview

Dear White People | ©2014 Roadside Attractions

For a country where some people can congratulate themselves for electing a black President, it often seems that America is more behind the times then ever, both in lethally law-enforced terms, and artistic ones where “black” entertainment more often than not engages in minstrel show drama and humor. For an “enlightened” Hollywood that engages in “some of my best friends” lip service, it’s particularly disappointing when the precious few black film composers are kept by The Man in a musical ghetto where only brown color applies. It’s the kind of can’t-we-all-just-get along attitude that would make any self-respecting minority get …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: GHOSTBUSTERS / GHOSTBUSTERS II Anniversary Editions

GHOSTBUSTERS Blu-ray | ©2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts Writers: Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis Director: Ivan Reitman Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 (apiece) GHOSTBUSTERS is perhaps the greatest horror comedy ever. A great story, fantastic special effects, stellar imagination, sharp direction and a cast at the top of their comedic game, this 1984 classic stands tall. No one has ever been able to top it (not even the 1989 sequel) and no one likely will. Now both films have been remastered in 4K and reissued on Blu-ray to honor …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Geek in the Guck”

David Boreanaz and John Boyd in BONES - Season 10 - "The Geek in the Guck" | ©2014 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Laura Spencer, Erik Stocklin, Alexandra Metz, Chad Michael Collins, Denyse Tontz, Trevor Gore, Kaden Hetherington, Sunnie Pelant Writer: Gene Hong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: October 16, 2014 After romantic, conspiracy and loss angst, it’s a pleasure to see BONES bounce back to an upbeat, inclusive spirit with “The Geek in the Guck.” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) disagree, but no one’s soul is at stake, …Read On »

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WHIPLASH composers Justin Hurwitz and Tim Simonec keep a mean jazz beat – Interview

WHIPLASH soundtrack | ©2014 Varese Sarabande Records

In a cinema where wannabe musicians have their aspirations lifted through the very mild tribulations of crotchety, yet ultimately humane instructors, filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH  is FIGHT CLUB as opposed to FAME – the equivalent of a cymbal in the face, or a shower of blood splashed across a drum kit. While young percussion prodigy Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) gets out of the way of the first abuse-bomb, he’ll have plenty of blood, sweat and tears to give in his sadistic servant-master relationship to his instructor Terence Fletcher, a jazz drill sergeant who makes the scream-swear martinet in FULL METAL …Read On »

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Interview: Joshua Jackson talks THE AFFAIR and the end of FRINGE

Joshua Jackson as Cole in THE AFFAIR - Season 1 | ©2014 Showtime/Mark Schafer

In Showtime’s THE AFFAIR, Sundays at 10 PM, we see two different versions of events as police interview two people about an as-yet unknown incident that has its beginnings in an extramarital affair. Creator Sarah Treem’s story introduces us to writer/teacher Noah Solloway (Dominic West), married to the wonderful and wealthy Helen (Maura Tierney) with four children, when he meets waitress Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Alison is married to rancher Cole, played by Joshua Jackson. Jackson is no stranger to being a regular on television – he spent five years on FRINGE as Peter Bishop, who wound up traveling through …Read On »

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