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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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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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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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HELIX: SEASON ONE Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

HELIX SEASON ONE | © 2014 Sony Pictures 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. Television: HELIX: SEASON ONE – SyFy has had its fair share of winners and losers over the years with a number of interesting titles coming along but also some really bad garbage. HELIX definitely falls in the winner category. A tense, claustrophobic science fiction horror flick centering on …Read On »

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TV Review: TEEN WOLF – Season 4 – “117”

Tyler Posey meets a Berserker in TEEN WOLF - Season 4 - "117" | ©2014 MTV

Stars: Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Shelly Hennig, Arden Cho Writer: Eoghan O’Donnell Director: Christian Taylor Network: MTV, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: June 30, 2014 As the second episode of Season 4 of TEEN WOLF kicks into gear, the series has a ton of explaining to do, not to mention loads of exposition that will set into motion the Big Bads this year. Following last week’s season premiere, Scott (Tyler Posey) and his friends have discovered the missing Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) in Mexico, except for the weird problem that he has been aged backward by former …Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 4 – “Amends” – Season Premiere

WILFRED - Season 4 Key Art ©2014 FX

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, James Remar Writers: Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn. Network: FXX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 25, 2014 WILFRED has moved to a new network – FX’s sister channel FXX – for its final season, but it’s up to its same old tricks, having us ask what the heck is going on. Whether this was the intent all along or the show runners decided they’d gone a tennis ball too far at the …Read On »

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TV Review: THE LEFTOVERS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

THE LEFTOVERS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 HBO

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston Writers: Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta based on the novel by Perrotta Director: Peter Berg Network: HBO, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 29, 2014 THE LEFTOVERS is another in TV’s recent fascination with genre stories that show society on the brink of extinction, aduction or tragedy and how they deal with these seen and unseen forces. From REVOLUTION, FALLING SKIES, the TNT series THE LAST SHIP and last summer’s UNDER THE DOME, there’s a similarity in tone and execution in all these stories with their success pending on how they keep the …Read On »

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