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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 – “Love and Family”

DALLAS - Season 2 - "Let Me In" | ©2013 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: John Whelpley Director: Randy Zisk Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: April 8th,  2013 Deception and subversion are coming to a head on DALLAS as season two draws to an end. John Ross (Josh Henderson) finally gets Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) to believe him when he told her that her father Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) is responsible for the Ewing rig explosion. She is a woman with a vendetta against her father now and she will stop at nothing to seek her revenge on […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Kevin McHale on GLEE on Season 4 changes and more

Melissa Benoist and Kevin McHale in GLEE - Season 4 | ©2013 Fox/Tommy Garcia

GLEE, the series created by Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk about a small-town high school glee club with big dreams, is now in its fourth season on Fox, Thursdays at 9 PM. Some of the main characters graduated last year; the series follows them in their new adventures while continuing to follow events at McKinley High, where new students have joined the glee club. Kevin McHale plays Artie Abrams, who has been on GLEE from the beginning. This year, Artie is a senior. Artie is in a wheelchair, though Texas-born McHale is not only able-bodied but admired by […]Read On »

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CD Review: BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS soundtrack

BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS soundtrack | ©2013 Kritzerland Records

Those expecting this prequel score to repeat the 60s pop Latin swing of Burt Bacharach will be in for a delightfully rude Irish awakening when listening to the BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS soundtrack. It’s an iconoclastic gem of ’70s western scoring, courtesy of the unsung Patrick Willliams, whom Kritzerland last paid tribute to with heir release of CUBA. Not only does BUTCH  impress with its pennywhistle, harmonica and spoon percussion, but even more so by using a forlorn tuba, chirpy flutes and a harpsichord to give CASSIDY more the feel of a comedy about mismatched band mates in […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 – “A Call to Arms”

DALLAS - Season 2 - "A Call To Arms" | ©2013 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Gail Gilchriest Director: Ken Topolsky Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: April 8th,  2013 Sex, drugs and lies pretty much sums up this week’s DALLAS. Everyone plots, schemes and lies to get what they want. So, it makes sense when even the truth is too much for some. When John Ross (Josh Henderson) tells Pamela (Julia Gonzalo) her father was to blame for the explosion that killed her babies she hardly believes him, throwing him out. Sometimes it’s easier to live a fallacy […]Read On »

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CD Review: THREE AMIGOS! soundtrack

THREE AMIGOS! soundtrack | ©2013 Perseverance Records

Credit longtime Elmer Bernstein fan (and family friend) John Landis as the guy who thought the composer’s important orchestral style could be applied to hilarious ends by being played straight in ANIMAL HOUSE. It was a film that made Bernstein an inadvertent king of comedy by unwinkingly using his old-school sound for the likes of AIRPLANE! STRIPES and GHOSTBUSTERS. So it was natural that Landis would call on Bernstein to inadvertently spoof the Oscar-nominated western sound of TRUE GRIT and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN for three not-so magnificent silent movie stars fooled into becoming real heroes in 1986’s THREE AMIGOS!  Bernstein’s […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 16 Recap: Lisa Vanderpump gets bumped from DWTS

Tom Bergeorn, Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko in DANCING WITH THE STARS | ©2013 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: D.L. Hughley, Jacoby Jones, Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Dick, Victor Ortiz, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Ingo Rademacher, Kellie Pickler, Sean Lowe Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: April 9th, 2013 The reality of DANCING WITH THE STARS has hit Lisa Vanderpump hard. As she recovers from the flu, she is also voted out second on season 16 alongside new pro Gleb Savchenko. Still, she proudly did her dance last night feeling under the weather and can be feel good about that. All felt good watching the pro girls open the show with a red hot number before a quick […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season One – “Burial of the Dead”

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) takes over as Earl in VIKINGS "Burial of the Dead" | (c) 2013 History/Jonathan Hession

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 7, 2013 “Burial of the Dead” was the episode that has been building since the very first episode of the season on VIKINGS. It was the final confrontation between Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and the leader of their Nordic tribe Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) and the culmination of nearly everything we have seen on the show up until this point. Given the brutality of “Raid” from last week […]Read On »

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CD Review: STOKER soundtrack

STOKER soundtrack | ©2013 Milan Records

With his creepily rhythmic fusion of orchestra, rock and electronics, Clint Mansell had been a go-to guy when it comes to capturing a building sense of psychosis, whether it’s cutting-edge synth mad science in PI and MOON, Middle Eastern music possessing a serial killer artist in SUSPECT ZERO, or the cool strings for the teen thrill killers in MURDER BY NUMBERS. But it was Mansell’s ever-more insane twisting of Tchaikovsky for a BLACK SWAN ballerina that really made him a go-to guy for women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. For STOKER, Mansell applies a slightly more groovy classical […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BEING HUMAN stars Sam Huntington and Kristen Hager are werewolves in love

Sam Huntington in BEING HUMAN - Season 3 - "Always a Bridesmade, Never Alive" | ©2013 Syfy/Philippe Bosse

It’s been a big year for all of the characters in Season 3 of the U.S.version of BEING HUMAN, Mondays at 9 PM on Syfy (the season finale is tonight, April 8). Vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) became immune to a vampire-killing virus and made his first new vampire in quite awhile. Sally (Meaghan Rath) was brought back to life, died again and is now once more a ghost. As for our werewolf couple, Josh, played by Sam Huntington, and Nora, played by Kristen Hager, they’ve been through the wringer. Josh killed the werewolf who made him, hoping it would cure […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE soundtrack | ©2013 Water Tower Records

The swinging funk sound of SUPERBAD proved to be the hat trick that’s propelled Lyle Workman into the self-styled comedy score for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE dealing with a Vegas populated by such other hot acts as Christophe Beck, Christopher Lennertz and Theodore Shapiro. All share a talent for combining today’s retro-pop grooves with the kind of orchestral magic appreciated by the David Copperfield generation. Like the best shows, Workman energetically swings from one style to the next with a constant sense of musical surprise. Brazen Latin rhythms do a reveal to Swingles Singers kitsch, while the screaming rock guitar […]Read On »

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