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Exclusive Photos from the Hollywood Foreign Press Installation Luncheon

Colin Farrell at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annual Installation Luncheon | ©2013 Sue Schneider

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) held their annual Installation Luncheon on August 13th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This luncheon is to introduce the new officers and directors and the HFPA presented $1.6 million dollars in financial grants to film schools and non-profits and scholarship programs due to the success of the Golden Globes in January of this year. Theo Kingma, the new President of the HFPA welcomed the guests and announced the 2013 grant recipients. Eva Longoria was the emcee for this year’s luncheon. The grants were accepted by a list of star-studded actors, which included: Nicole Kidman […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Buried”

Bryan Cranston in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Buried" | ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Thomas Schnauz Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 18, 2013 If there were any doubts as to where Skyler’s loyalties belong in the looming showdown between Walt and Hank, “Buried” removed them completely, and did so in a way that made you believe, with Skyler’s help, Walt could actually get away with all his crimes, (whatever getting away with it means when you’re dying of terminal cancer).  But just as one door has opened for Walt, another one is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAJOR CRIMES star Kearran Giovanni on Season 2

Kearran Giovanni in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 2 - "Poster Boy" | ©2013 TNT/Darren Michaels

MAJOR CRIMES, the spin-off from THE CLOSER, has its second-season midseason break last night. Mary McDonnell reprises the role she created on THE CLOSER as LAPD Captain Sharon Raydor. There is another woman on Raydor’s squad, young Detective Amy Sykes, played by Kearran Giovanni. Giovanni, who was born in Louisiana and Texas, is primarily known as a Broadway musical theatre actress. At a party thrown by TNT for the Television Critics Association poolside at the Beverly Hilton, Giovanni talks about how much she’s enjoying working on her first one-hour nighttime drama series. AX: What are the major changes in Amy […]Read On »

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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 6 – “Radioactive” – Season Finale

Rob Kazinsky in TRUE BLOOD - Season 6 - "Life Matters" | ©2013 HBO/John P. Johnson

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten,, Carrie Preston, Lauren Bowles, Rob Kazinsky, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Amelia Rose Blaire, Rutger Hauer, Keone Young, Adina Porter, Bailey Noble, Karolina Wydra, Luke Grimes Writer: Kate Barnow, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Scott Winant Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: August 18, 2013 Okay, we’re going to start in the middle here, because the biggest question of TRUE BLOOD’s Season 6 finale, “Radioactive,” is not about […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Are We There Yet?”

Yvonne Strahovski in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Are We There Yet" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia,Yvonne Strahovski,  Charlotte Rampling, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Sam Underwood Writer: Wendy West, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Holly Dale Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: August 18, 2013 As a series, DEXTER is very good with misdirection, getting the audience to focus so intently on one set of looming perils that we forget all about another menace poised to smack the characters (and us) in the head. So […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the CBS / The CW / SHOWTIME TCA Party

The Originals Cast - Charles Michael Davis, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan, Leah Pipes, Danielle Campbell and Phoebe Tonkin at the CBS/CW/Showtime Summer 2013 Television Critics Party | ©2013 Sue Schneider

On July 29th a big party was held by CBS/The CW/Showtime for the Television Critics Annual Summer Press Tour at The Event, which is actually the upper parking lot where the department store Robinson’s/May in Beverly Hills used to be. Taking pictures before heading inside it was quite a turnout of stars from the three networks of their new shows and returning shows of the three networks CBS, The CW and Showtime. I probably missed a few as I went in as soon as the cast from the CW new show THE ORIGINALS, a spin-off from THE VAMPIRE DAIRIES walked […]Read On »

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Interview: Mark Strong lets the LOW WINTER SUN set

Mark Strong as Frank Agnew in LOW WINTER SUN - Season 1 | ©2013 AMC/Frank Ockenfels 3

American television frequently remakes series that originated on British television: ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE OFFICE are two of the more successful examples. The crime drama LOW WINTER SUN, set and shot in Detroit, is a remake of the 2006 series of the same name that was set in Edinburgh, Scotland. What makes LOW WINTER SUN unusual is that Mark Strong, who starred in the first version, is recreating his role as Frank Agnew for AMC’s edition, which is airing its first ten-episode season Sunday nights at 10 PM. Frank a police detective who is coerced by a colleague, […]Read On »

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OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN | (c) 2013 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. Movies: OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN – There were two films that came out during the summer that had to do with an attack on the White House and the president becoming a target of terrorism directly in the homeland. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN was the first one with WHITE HOUSE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Dylan Walsh on the return of UNFORGETTABLE

Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery in UNFORGETTABLE - Season 2 - "Memory Kings" | ©2013 CBS/Jeff Neumann

Theoretically, the CBS series UNFORGETTABLE is a procedural about Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery), who has the gift of eidetic memory, meaning that she has almost total recall of everything she sees and hears. UNFORGETTABLE is not supposed to be about resurrection, but after canceling the show after its initial 2011-2012 run, CBS decided to make a second season after all. UNFORGETTABLE currently airs Sundays at 9 PM. In UNFORGETTABLE, Carrie is a former NYPD detective who is prompted to rejoin the force by her former colleague and lover, Detective Al Burns, played by Dylan Walsh. In the first season, they’re […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Franka Potente on COPPER Season 2

Franka Potente as Eva Heissen in COPPER - Season 2 | ©2013 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper 2) Inc./Steve Wilkie

COPPER, the first scripted series made specifically for BBC America, is now in its second season, Sunday nights at 10 PM. The series is set in New York’s dangerous Five Points neighborhood in the mid-1860s, while the Civil War still rages. Union Army veteran and Irish immigrant Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) is now a member of the local police force, trying to keep order. Prussian immigrant Eva Heissen, played by Franka Potente, is a businesswoman who runs a brothel and is sometimes Corky’s lover, though lately she’s been dealing with the new power in town, Donal Logue’s character Brendan […]Read On »

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