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    Some good elements, but this is one long movie

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    Charm and some interesting storytelling bog down in increasing convention

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Interview: SNOWPIERCER composer MARCO BELTRAMI is on the right sound-track

SNOWPIERCER | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Among the genre-centric composers who’ve carried on the torch from Jerry Goldsmith, few stand out for blazingly inventive sci-fi and horror scores like the maestro’s USC protégé Marco Beltrami. Just as his mentor used his memorable thematic talents for orchestrally, and electronically conveying psychopaths, aliens and futuristic adventure, Beltrami has jumped on a similarly imaginative and prolific bandwagon. Since the psychopathic score for the smash 1996 hit SCREAM stabbed Beltrami into the Hollywood map, the composer has used every trick from chilling melodies to thunderous percussion and angelic choruses to embody the fantastical and fearful, music capable of rapturously symphonic …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: EARTH TO ECHO composer Joseph Trapanese phones home

EARTH TO ECHO soundtrack | ©2014 Relativity Music Group

Listen to such pulsing wavelengths as Fall on Your Sword’s ANOTHER EARTH, Nathan Johnson’s LOOPER Nima Fakhara’s THE SIGNAL or Steven Price’s Oscar-winning GRAVITY, and you’ll pick up loud and clear on the burgeoning film scoring genre I prefer to call “alt. sci-fi.” It’s a plane of electro-orchestral existence where traditional symphonic melody (or at least the spirit of it) gets fused with an acoustical rock and roll vibe that can veer from psychedelia to grunge. Organic samples of everything from scraped metal to car engines are warped into new, unearthly entities, joining with electronic percussion and atmospheres that can …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: Teddy Sears on MASTERS OF SEX Season 2

Teddy Sears as Dr. Austin Langham in MASTERS OF SEX - Season 2 | ©2014 Showtime/Michael Desmond

Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX begins its second season Sunday July 13 with three Emmy nominations under its wing. One is for leading actress for Lizzy Caplan as real-life research pioneer Virginia Johnson, who teamed up with William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) in the late 1950s to investigate the then-little explored phenomenon of human sexuality. Beau Bridges gleaned a Guest Actor nomination for his performance as the fictitious Dr. Barton Scully, a friend of Masters who loves his wife but is sexually drawn to other men; Allison Janney has been nominated as Guest Actress for her work as Scully’s wife …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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TV Review: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY – Season 9 – “8:00PM to 9:00PM”

Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) is forced to help Cheng (Tzi Ma) on 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 23, 2014 I really like that they are coming full circle in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY. Not only have they continued the ongoing interest in the Russians getting ahold of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) but they have brought the Chinese back into the mythology with Cheng Zhi (Tzi Ma). You remember him right? The dude that kidnapped …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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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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