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CD Review: SHE DEMONS / THE ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER

THE ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER soundtrack | ©2013 Monstrous Movie Music

When you want the best in shrieking, old-school genre music, then Monstrous Movie Music has been the place for any Famous Monsters fan to geek out to, as the label has gone from sumptuous re-recordings of the likes of GORGO, DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and THIS ISLAND EARTH to releasing the original recordings of fairly prestigious genre fare like ROCKETSHIP X-M and KRONOS. They’ve even dared to branch out with such distinctly non-monstrous Ernest Gold releases as SHIP OF FOOLS and THE McCULLOCHS. Now MMM goes digging into the vault of 1 AM Chiller Theater fare, not to mention whatever […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Silas Weir Mitchell on GRIMM Season 2

Silas Weir Mitchell in GRIMM - Season 2 - "Over My Dead Body" | ©2013 NBC/Scott Green

NBC has just renewed GRIMM for a third season. The series, which just aired its season finale and returns to Fridays in the fall, deals with Portland,Oregon police detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who has discovered that he is one of the title entities. Grimms are people who can see the true faces of Wesen (pronounced “Vessen”), a wide-ranging group of supernatural beings who usually appear to be human. Nick has become close friends with a Wesen clockmaker named Eddie Monroe, played by Silas Weir Mitchell.Monroeis a Blutbad, a wolfish sort of Wesen, who is romantically involved with the foxlike […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “Clue”

Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) kills a Monroe guard on REVOLUTION "Clue" | (c) 2013 Brownie Harris/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spirdakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Mitchell, Graham Rogers, Daniella Alonso Writer: Paul Grellong Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: May 20, 2012 Three weeks ago, REVOLUTION delivered one of the best episodes of the season with an emotional and action-packed revealing episode that brought Miles (Billy Burke) and Monroe (David Lyons) back to their hometown. The last two episodes were back to the same villain of the week or survival story of the week progressing the show at a snail’s pace. This week’s episode, “Clue,” continued this downward […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Recap: Season 16 Winner – Pickler takes it all!

Derek Hough and Kellie Pickler win DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 16 as host Tom Bergeron congratulates them| ©2013 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Jacoby Jones, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Kellie Pickler Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 21st, 2013 In one of the closest competitions DANCING WITH THE STARS has ever had Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough have won DWTS season 16, marking Hough’s record 4th win on the show.  Front runners Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy came in second, while Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff came in third and Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas came in fourth. Highlights of the night reminded us of what an emotional and exciting season it had been with the women continually out performing […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE CARPETBAGGERS soundtrack

THE CARPETBAGGERS soundtrack | ©2013 Intrada Records

Elmer Bernstein was a composer who could wear many stylistic hats to fit his often over-sized characters, whether it was conjuring a biblical symphony for Moses or gun-blazing western music for John Wayne. But if I have a personal favorite approach, then it’s the Bernstein of the late 50s and early 60s, a time when jazz stood for bad behavior. Bernstein mainlined that hep, untamed sound with the more mainstream sound of an orchestra to create the defining sound of “movie jazz.” It was a deliciously swaggering approach that captured the morally bankrupt doings of heroin addicts (MAN WITH THE […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Recap: Season 16 Finals with Zendaya in the lead

Val Chmerkovskiy and Zendaya in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Week 10 - The Finals | ©2013 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars:  Jacoby Jones, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Kellie Pickler, Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 20th, 2013 It’s almost over, season 16 of DANCING WITH THE STARS had its season finale, part one with some spectacular dance routines. Everyone brought their “A” game to the dance floor for three different dances! In the end, Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy edged out Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough for first place by one point.  Both couples earned two perfect scores for their routines tonight but in the Cha Cha relay Coleman & Chmerkovskiy gained five extra points while Pickler & […]Read On »

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CD Review: PATRICK DOYLE: IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA

PATRICK DOYLE: IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

After sojourning in Hollywood for a blockbuster career renaissance that’s included BRAVE, THOR and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the sprightly Scotsman musically visits the real America to satisfy his own inner muse in this expansively impressive concept album PATRICK DOYLE: IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA. Paying tribute to his ancestors who immigrated to Alabama, Doyle captures their destination with equal parts rousing beauty and wide-eyed affection. Of course he opens with “Washington DC’s” noble horns and symphonic sweep that also effortlessly conveys an Aaron Copland’s sense of Americana. Yet the nation that Doyle surveys is mostly on a smaller […]Read On »

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CD Review: GOD OF WAR ASCENSION soundtrack

GOD OF WAR ASCENSION soundtrack | ©2013 La La Land Records

Tyler Bates knows a thing or two about playing Spartan vengeance after his seminal score for 300, which made sword-and-sandal music hip again by incorporating a heroic orchestra with anachronistic metal guitars and time specific ethnic instruments. Now after showing ancient sword and sorcery vigor with the videogame THE RISE OF THE ARGONAUTS and the underrated reboot of CONAN THE BARBARIAN Bates once again proves that crossing a muscular death-dealer will be hell to play, especially when it’s a titan-slayer named Kratos. Bates furiously delivers again for this popular berserker’s latest button-mashing adventures in GOD OF WAR ASCENSION. It’s a […]Read On »

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CD Review: STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM soundtrack

STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM soundtrack | ©2013 Azeroth Music

WORLD OF WARCRAFT‘s band of scoring brothers Neal Acree, Glenn Stafford, Derek Duke and Russell Brower get their sci-fi grlll power on for the Queen of Blade’s great escape in this score to STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM that accompanies the expansion pack of WINGS OF LIBERTY. Its exceptional cut scenes generate one of the more crazily stylized scores for the genre, starting off by mashing a galaxy-spanning orchestra by way of the grunge sensibility of its sword and spine-slinging heroine. Sarah Kerrigan’s treated like an ersatz Lisbeth Salander, bringing on the lizard beast hurt with industrial metal rock […]Read On »

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CD Review: WAR GODS OF THE DEEP / CROSSPLOT (1,000 edition) soundtrack

WAR GODS OF THE DEEP / CROSSPLOT soundtrack | ©2013 Quartet Records

In addition to releasing current international scores like Alberto Iglesias’ I’M SO EXCITED and Pino Donaggio’s PASSION, Spain-based soundtrack label Quartet has also been digging into some of the 60s and 70s loopier scores like Dominic Frontiere’s HAMMERSMITH IS OUT and Riz Ortolani’s WOMAN TIMES SEVEN. But where said American and Italian were lucky enough to get some LP albums out long before a time when silver age soundtrack CD’s became hip, the equally prolific British musician Stanley Black (VALENTINO) had unaccountably never had one original title available. That makes this two-fer of WAR GODS OF THE DEEP and CROSS […]Read On »

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