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STAN AGAINST EVIL: Dana Gould and Janet Varney gives the scoop on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Janet Varney in STAN AGAINST EVIL - Season 1 | ©2016 IFC/Kim Simms

IFC’s STAN AGAINST EVIL, now available in its entirety on IFC.com and IFC on Demand, comes from people who have impeccable genre credentials. Star Janet Varney, who plays Evie Barret,new sheriff in a town beset by monsters, is the voice of Korra in THE LEGEND OF KORRA and has guest-starred on WAREHOUSE 13, as well as being a regular on YOU’RE THE WORST. STAN AGAINST EVIL creator Dana Gould was a writer/producer on THE SIMPSONS. Furthermore, Varney is a big fan of the original TRON; Gould not only can quote verbatim from the original 1972 THE NIGHT STALKER telefilm, he […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Movie in the Making”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 11 - "The Movie in the Making" | ©2016 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Pej Vahdat Writer: Keith Foglesong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Randy Zisk Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: June 2, 2016 In the BONES Season 11 episode “The Movie in the Making,” a documentary TV program follows the Jeffersonian crew, plus FBI agents Booth (David Boreanaz) and Aubry (John Boyd), as they investigate a case. The premise sounds like it could go bad quickly, but in practice, it’s pretty charming. The documentary camera gets to […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Hell’s Angel”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "Hell's Angel" | ©2016 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Emily Swallow, Ruth Connell, Mark Pellegrino Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 6, 2016 The SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode “Hell’s Angel” deals mainly with Lucifer in the body of Castiel (Misha Collins). Mark Pellegrino makes a welcome if slightly illogical appearance as the previous version of Lucifer. Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) gets his hands on a sacred shofar, a Hebrew relic that belonged to God. (People familiar with shofars will be surprised […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 11 – Season Finale – Laurie Hernandez wins

Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy take home the mirror ball in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Laurie Hernandez Network: ABC, aired Tuesday Original Telecast: Nov. 22, 2016 The glitter is gone, the stage is bare and mounds of confetti have been swept from the floor as season 23 on DANCING WITH THE STARS ends with a new champion duo – Olympian Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy!  Race car driver James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess ended the season in second place while ex-footballer Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Lindsey Arnold finished third. The night was a spectacular event with a slippery when wet set at The Grove (who thought that was a […]Read On »

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EMPIRE: Ilene Chaiken gives the scoop on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson in EMPIRE - Season 3 | ©2016 Fox/Michael Lavine

Now in its third season Fox Network’s musical drama EMPIRE won the AFI Award for Best Television Program of the Year and a Golden Globe for leading lady Taraji P. Henson as the formidable Cookie Lyons, not to mention a massive quantity of nominations. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, EMPIRE follows the Lyons musical dynasty – besides Cookie, there’s her ex, performer/producer Lucious (Terrence Howard), and their three adult sons – along with their lovers, friends and enemies as they try to stay on top of the charts and with one another. Executive producer Ilene Chaiken, who is […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 11 – Season Finale Part 1 – Jana Kramer eliminated

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 21st, 2016 This is it, the finals on DANCING WITH THE STARS for the 23rd time. Yes, it’s hard to believe we have already reached that pivotal moment where someone will sashay off the dance floor a champion. Tomorrow the journey ends for all but tonight it ended a day short for Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko, who were eliminated and ended their season in fourth place. Three couples are left: Laurie Hernanadez & Val Chmerkovskiy, James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess and Calvin […]Read On »

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ARRIVAL: Composer Johan Johannsson learns to speak in alien tongues – Interview

ARRIVAL soundtrack | ©2016 Deutsche Grammophon

Maybe it’s something in the water in Iceland that’s produced an invasion of mournfully beautiful and stylistically innovative musicians, each setting out to revolutionize the word with a tonal language of ear-opening, futuristic art. In much the same way that Bjork has caught the world’s attention with her mind blowing take on pop, Johann Johannson has been terraforming a sometimes typical landscape of film scoring into a thing of haunting beauty. Listening to such works as PRISONERS, McCANICK, FREE THE MIND and his Oscar-nominated THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING and SICARIO are haunting journeys into humanity at its worst, and best. Low, nearly sub-sonic […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Leland Orser on Epix’s espionage drama – Exclusive Interview

Leland Orser in BERLIN STATION - Season 1 | ©2016 Epix

In Epix’s Sunday-night espionage drama BERLIN STATION,  which has just been picked up for a second season, Leland Orser plays Robert Kirsch. Kirsch is the C.I.A.’s Deputy Chief of Station, working sometimes at odds under station chief Steven Frost, played by Richard Jenkins. Orser, originally from San Francisco, is a prolific performer who appears in a wide variety of films and television, including the two most recent seasons of RAY DONOVAN, along with SE7EN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, ER, 24 and all three TAKEN movies. ASSIGNMENT X: Robert Kirsch seems a little ambitious and adversarial … LELAND ORSER: He […]Read On »

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GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Nov. 15, 2016

GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON | © 2016 HBO Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON – For me, Season 6 of GAME OF THRONES may be my favorite so far. Really because it was a culmination of everything we have seen so far come together and form into a series that seems one step closer to actually having a final ending. Previous seasons, we didn’t know how things were going to end or if they would end because so many loose ends were flying about. Season S6 changed that and in a big way by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell Writer: J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 18, 2016 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM by Newt Scamander is, as everyone in the wizarding world knows, a key textbook at Hogwarts. Should you, dear reader, not be up on the minutiae of the wizarding world, FANTASTIC BEASTS was first introduced in author J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER series as a book read at school by Harry and his classmates. Rowling then went on to […]Read On »

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