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Composer Imran Ahmad travels with THE DEAD from Africa to India – Interview

THE DEAD2 soundtrack | ©2014 Howlin' Wolf Records

When zombie apocalypses are all the rage in every conceivable medium, it seems difficult to come up with a new spin on the undead, let alone a new sound. Yet that’s precisely what Howard and Jonathan Ford did back in 2010 when they switched the usual American-English terrain to the African outback. It was a haunted land to begin with where walking bodies seemed like the natural outcome for the continent where life began. Adding immeasurable atmosphere to their  DEAD was the score by Indian-born composer Imran Ahmad, an unearthly mélange of ethnic percussion, voices and the more recognizable “horror …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY movie poster | ©2014 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, David Warshofsky Writer: Hossein Amini, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Hossein Amini Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: September 26, 2014 If Alfred Hitchcock were in a low-key mood – no crop-dusters or briefcase bombs – he might have made something like THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, the directing debut of Hossein Amini, who adapted the screenplay from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. In fact, Amini has taken pains to make JANUARY look as though it was made in the year it takes place, 1962, when Hitchcock was still active, with …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Time Heist”

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Steven Moffat & Steve Thompson Director: Douglas Mckinnon    Original Telecast: September 20, 2014 Network: BBC America I’ll admit that I was surprised to see the negative press rolling out of the UK about this latest episode of DOCTOR WHO, before it aired over here. “Time Heist” isn’t the strongest episode of this new series, but it was enjoyable and I’m really not sure where all of the anger is coming from. Basically the setup involves The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) trying to break into the most heavily secured bank in the known …Read On »

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Fall Television Preview 2014: NBC

Katherine Heigl stars as a top CIA analyst charged with informing the president of threats to the U.S. in STATE OF AFFAIRS | © 2014 NBC

The much beleaguered NBC has thrown pretty much everything at the wall to see if anything will stick and a lot of it hasn’t. But, that said, there has been some pretty good stuff that has emerged from the once mighty peacock in the realm of HANNIBAL and THE BLACKLIST. So going into the new fall season, NBC seems to be taking a less of a throwing things at wall approach and more back to trying to find more things like THE BLACKLIST that will appeal to a wide market with a strong premises. Now, going into the 2014-2015 season, …Read On »

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TV Review: GOTHAM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox

Stars: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith Writer: Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger Director: Danny Cannon Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 22, 2014 Up until now, the DC comics universe on television has primarily been the province of The CW (and the WB before it) and animation. Now Fox brings forth GOTHAM, a series about the early days of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) as a brooding teenager, before he becomes …Read On »

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BONES star TJ Thyne gives the scoop on Season 10 – Exclusive Interview

TJ Thyne in BONES - Season 10 | ©2014 Fox/Jeff Lipsky

The end of Season 9 of Fox’s BONES saw the team in crisis, with FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz, gravely wounded and arrested for murder after he killed assassins who were posing as legitimate law enforcement. Season 10 of BONES, adapted by Hart Hanson from Kathy Reichs’ novels, premieres Thursday September 25 at 8 PM. The opener finds the team at the Jeffersonian lab rallying around forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel, as she works to free Booth, who is both her professional partner and her husband. Chief among Brennan’s allies is forensic entomologist/botanist …Read On »

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MASTERS OF SEX Executive Producer talks Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Michael Sheen stars on MASTERS OF SEX Season 2 | © 2014 Showtime

When executive producer Sarah Timberman first optioned Thomas Maier’s nonfiction book MASTERS OF SEX, a biography of sex research pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, she knew the material had potential. Timberman partnered with writer/fellow executive producer Michelle Ashford, who developed the work as a television series, which premiered on Showtime last season, starring Michael Sheen as Masters and Lizzy Caplan as  Johnson. MASTERS OF SEX is now in its second season on Showtime, Sundays at 10, and a third-season renewal has been announced. On the red carpet at Paley Fest, and later, at a MASTERS set visit organized by …Read On »

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TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014 Award Winners

TIFF 2014 logo

TORONTO — After ten days and over 300 films several awards were passed out. Here are the highlights and the TIFF winners 2014. THE PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZES) The Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury for the 23rd year. The jury members consisted of jury president Dana Linssen (Netherlands), Marco Lombardi (Italy), Ola Salwa (Poland), Télesphore Mba Bizo (Cameroun), Jorge Gutman (Canada) and Thom Ernst (Canada). Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations was awarded to Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND. The jury remarked, “For Oren Moverman’s sensitive and human depiction of homelessness, and …Read On »

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 3 – The Cold List

Adam Sandler in THE COBBLER | ©2014 Image Entertainment

When they’re good they’re very good, when they’re bad, whew, stand back. Here’s the bottom of the barrel. PART 3: THE COLD LIST AMERICAN HEIST Not all the mannered acting of Adrien Brody can save this misfire that wants to be both MEAN STREETS and THE TOWN. A miscast Hayden Christensen co-stars as Brody’s step brother ex-con trying to go straight and fall back in love with his high school sweetheart (Jordana Brewster). Enter one dimensional bad guys to divide up the brothers and the girlfriend. The bank heist climax shows director Sarik Andreasyan has a certain amount of style, …Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 18 – “Go Fund Yourself” – Season Premiere

Kenny and Butters in SOUTH PARK - Season 18 - "Go Fund Yourself" | ©2014 Comedy Central

Stars (Voices): Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Original Telecast: September 24, 2014 Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesdays It’s been a very long wait, but SOUTH PARK is back for Season 18 and boy were Trey Parker and Matt Stone sorely needed. Their wit and knack for social satire is hard to live without for almost a full year (the series used get be split into two-seven episode seasons – one in the Spring, one in the Fall), but now it’s all in one big chunk and only ten episodes. However, when they hit it out of the so-called …Read On »

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