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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 7 – “Fire in the Hole”

Sam Trammell in TRUE BLOOD - Season 7 - "Fire in the Hole" | ©2014 HBO/John P. Johnson

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Amelia Rose Blaire, Lauren Bowles, Anna Camp, Nelsan Ellis, Gregg Daniel, Aaron Christian Howles, Joe Manganiello, Noah Matthews, Bailey Noble, Nathan Parsons,  Adina Porter, Carrie Preston, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Deborah Ann Woll, Karolina Wydra, Dale Raoul, Jessica Tuck Writer: Brian Buckner, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Lee Rose Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: July 6, 2013 TRUE BLOOD’s episode “Fire in the Hole” has a number of genuine surprises – there are …Read On »

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

SABOTAGE | © 2014 Universal Home Entertainment

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: SABOTAGE – A star studded action flick starring a less-than heroic Arnold Schwarzenegger as a leader of a lethal DEA task force that tries to steal $10 million from a South American cartel after they raid the place. But after the money goes missing, the team suddenly …Read On »

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CD Review: MALEFICENT soundtrack

MALEFICENT soundtrack | ©2014 Walt Disney Records

Genre films have always held a rewarding spell for James Newton Howard, an astonishingly adept, and prolific composer who from his first supernatural score to 1990s “Flatliners” has taken to the thematic majesty of a chorally-powered, symphonic orchestra to both horrifically dark and soaringly heroic effect – both emotional ends of which meet like never before in his magnificent MALIFICENT. For one of the best villain apologist fantasies in many a moon, Howard becomes a sorcerer’s apprentice as he unleashes Disney’s most infamous she-devil in all of her unexpectedly moving might. While he’s accompanied lost civilizations (ATLANTIS), talking thunder lizards …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: BREAKING BAD – THE FINAL SEASON

BREAKING BAD - THE FINAL SEASON Blu-ray | ©2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Suggested Retail Price:$65.99 Distributor: Sony Home Entertainment For years, critics and fans have been gushing about the brilliance of BREAKING BAD. And while it took me awhile to become a full convert, I have to say, the final eight episodes (technically the second half of Season 5) provided some of the best television last year. Creator Vince Gilligan did an amazing job of paying off EVERYTHING that he set into motion over the course of the series run. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) started off as …Read On »

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TV Review: THE STRAIN – Season 1 – “Night Zero” – Series Premiere

Corey Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather in THE STRAIN - Season 1 | ©2014 FX/Michael Gibson

Stars: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Miguel Gomez, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Pedro Michael Arce, Natalie Brown, Ben Hyland Writers: Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan, based on the novels by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan Director: Guillermo del Toro Network: FX, Sundays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 13, 2014 If you’re going to do a scary vampire series, do THE STRAIN. Director Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan, who collaborated on the trilogy of books on which this TV adaptation is based, have crafted a television version that is superbly creepy in both premise …Read On »

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TV Review: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY – Season 9 – “9:00PM to 10:00PM”

Mark (Tate Donovan) tries to help Stolnavich (Stanley Townsend) in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY | © 2014 Chris Raphael/FOX

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Giles Matthey, Michael Wincott, Benjamin Bratt, Kim Raver Writers: Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Robert Cochran Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, airs Monday nights @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: June 30, 2014 Not surprisingly, things are looking pretty bleak on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY. But should we really be surprised? It’s 24 for God’s sake. Everything is always bleak and toward the end it really ramps up the bleakness. So not only does Cheng Zhi (Tzi Ma) have the override device but he also now is control …Read On »

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Interview: FARGO composer Jeff Russo makes his own musical hit for FX’s reinvention

FARGO soundtrack | ©2014 Sony Music

With the winning likes of such improbable fim-to-tv adaptations as HANNIBAL, the boob tube and its scoring seem to have gotten significantly smarter and edgier than it’s been in the last several decades – or at the very least since the 16 years that FARGO first hit movie theaters. This North Dakota-set film noir represented the Coen Brothers at the height of their gleefully twisted irony, as a horrifically violent kidnapping-gone-wrong played out amidst cheerful salt of the Midwestern earth types. And only a humble (and very pregnant) female sheriff has the horse sense to figure out that this escalating …Read On »

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Movie Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | ©2014 20th Century Fox

Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer Writers: Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Paul Dehn, based on the book PLANET OF THE APES by Pierre Boulle Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: July 11, 2014 By certain standards, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is one of the most profitable films ever made. No, it didn’t have the worldwide box office grosses of, say, TITANIC, …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SALEM star Seth Gabel chats about Season 1

Seth Gabel in SALEM - Season 1 | ©2014 WGN America

In WGN America’s supernatural drama SALEM, now in its first season Sundays at 10 PM and renewed for a second, real witches in the famed seventeenth-century town are misdirecting blame for their doings on non-magical townsfolk. Seth Gabel plays famed historical figure Cotton Mather, publicly a staunch Puritan who is privately caught up in all manner of illicit doings. Gabel (pronounced GABE-el) is known to genre fans for playing Special Agent Lincoln Lee on FRINGE. The Florida native has also recurred on ARROW as the villainous Count and was a regular on DIRTY SEXY MONEY. Film credits include THE DA …Read On »

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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 7 – “I Found You”

Kristin Bauer van Straten in TRUE BLOOD - Season 7 - "I Found You" | ©2014 HBO/John P. Johnson

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Amelia Rose Blaire, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis, Gregg Daniel, Aaron Christian Howles, Joe Manganiello, Noah Matthews, Bailey Noble, Carrie Preston, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Deborah Ann Woll, Karolina Wydra, Dale Raoul, Lily Knight, Tanya Wright, Brett Rickaby Writer: Kate Barnow, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Howard Deutsch Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 29, 2013 It’s safe to say that the beginning of the TRUE BLOOD episode “I Found You” contains a scene …Read On »

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