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Alex Somers scores a mystical trip with CAPTAIN FANTASTIC – Interview

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

If an alt. rock band has captured a spirit of ethereal, Earth mother transcendence, then the gentle, drifting melodies and angelic voice of Iceland’s Sigur Ros could be considered the equivalent of one-ness with the woods. Two vital parts of a sound that’s drawn a cult-like following around the world are Alex Somers and Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson, otherwise known as the band Jónsi and Alex. Having met when both were students at Berklee’s College of Music, the home of so many composers to be, Somers would travel to lifemate Birgisson’s frost-covered home, creating art and albums that were as […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Ryan Lochte elicits more drama

Cheryl Burke and Ryan Lochte in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Amber Rose, Calvin Johnson Jr., Jake T. Austin, James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick, Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé and Vanilla Ice Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: September 12th, 2016 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 23 started out with a bang! A big cast, a lot of returning favorite pros, plenty of glitter and a decorated Olympian who screwed up. And I don’t just mean on the dance floor. This is a dance show, not a trial. Yes, Ryan Lochte acted irresponsible and did something dumb in Rio. Is he […]Read On »

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THE CONTENDERS: 16 FOR ’16: Host Carlos Watson talks new politics series – Exclusive Interview

THE CONTENDERS: 16 FOR '16 logo | ©2016 PBS

Carlos Watson hosts and is one of the producers of the new PBS series THE CONTENDERS: 16 FOR ’16. In the run-up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, the news show, Tuesdays at 8 PM, spotlights sixteen former U.S. presidential candidates, two per episode, via interviews with the candidates themselves and the influential people around them. At a Q&A panel for THE CONTENDERS: 16 FOR ’16, Watson says, “I’ll tell you know, having talked to almost a hundred people, from candidates to campaign managers to historians, analysts, family members, I found most people, actually, to be pretty thoughtful about things […]Read On »

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SAUSAGE PARTY composer Christopher Lennertz creates beautiful music for filthy edibles – Interview

SAUSAGE PARTY soundtrack | ©2014 Madison Gate Records

In person or conducting, Christopher Lennertz has a boyishly enthusiastic personality that could easily make you imagine he was a member of The Goonies just a few decades before. So it’s no surprise that he’s becoming a go-to composer for funny animal kids’ movies are increasingly playing a part on a diverse resume with the likes of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, HOP, MARMADUKE and CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE.  It’s a merry melody orchestral style that sings with colorful brightness and adventure. Yet in R-rating land, Lennertz is having just as much fun getting down and dirty for […]Read On »

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Composer Jay Wadley musically schools Logan Lerman’s INDIGNATION – Interview

INDIGNATION soundtrack | ©2016 Nettwerk Records

A time capsule in many, almost outrageous respects, INDIGNATION takes us back to 1951, a year when youths went to college for a stringent education, as opposed to schooling themselves with beer and girls. The decade’s beginning was also marked by a “police action” in Korea and a home front war against sex, whose acts taken with utter casualness now could result in social shaming, or far worse back in The Day. It’s into this Puritanical environment of higher learning that the intellectually strident Marcus (Logan Lerman) tries to find himself at a college in Cleveland, rebelling against his provincially Jewish […]Read On »

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MASTERS OF SEX: Michael Sheen gives the scoop on Season 4 – Interview

MASTERS OF SEX - Season 4 poster|©2016 Showtime

Michael Sheen plays sex researcher William Masters, of the famed real-world team Masters and Johnson, in Showtime Network’s MASTERS OF SEX. The series returns for its fourth season Sunday, September 11. The action resumes a few weeks after the end of Season 3, which saw Bill seemingly thoroughly defeated. History suggests that Season 4 will show a change in Bill’s fortunes, but Sheen cautions viewers against thinking they know what will happen. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you say about how Season 4 starts? MICHAEL SHEEN: Well, it begins pretty much where [the series] left off. I think it’s maybe three, […]Read On »

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Sept. 6, 2016

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 | © 2016 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Movies: NOW YOU SEE ME 2 – The first NOW YOU SEE ME was a fun romp that mixed high profile magic with the possibility it was real mixed up in a caper involving good and bad magicians as well as some revenge elements. It ended with a finality of any one-off movie but this being Hollywood, something that becomes successful usually means it gets a sequel and here we are. Luckily, it isn’t bad albeit quite a bit different from the first. Instead of grand magic acts that are complex and amazing we instead get some tricky and slight-of-hand. […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Carlton Cuse talks Season 3 – Interview

THE STRAIN - Season 3 poster | © 2016 FX

Carlton Cuse (LOST, BATES MOTEL, COLONY) is an executive producer and show runner on THE STRAIN. The FX Network series, now in its third season on Sunday nights, is based on a trilogy of books by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, about a vampire apocalypse that begins in New York City. Both Del Toro and Hogan are also executive producers on the show, with Del Toro directing some episodes and Hogan writing and serving as show runner alongside Cuse. Season 3 picks up on Day 23 of the emergency, with elite troops trying to eradicate the voracious strigoi, which […]Read On »

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SENSE8: Jamie Clayton talks Season 2 – interview

Jamie Clayton as Nomi Marks in SENS8 | © 2016 Netflix

Jamie Clayton plays computer hacker Nomi Marks in Netflix’s SENSE8. Nomi’s Web skills help her “cluster” mates; when Nomi’s mother tries to have her lobotomized, the other Sense8s and Nomi’s lover Amanita (Freema Agyeman) come to the rescue. SENSE8 is now shooting its second season, which will premiere in December; Season 1 is available in its entirety on Netflix. The Wachowski siblings, Lilly and Lana, and J. Michael Straczynski, all executive producers on the series, created the unusual premise. SENSE8 gives us eight very different people from all over the world – San Francisco, Chicago, Korea, India, Mexico, Africa, Iceland, […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 11: The Fall TV Preview Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode Peter Brown, associated editor of Assignment X, joins us for our discussion about the new TV shows headed our way this fall. We share our most anticipated shows, including WESTWORLD, THE GOOD PLACE, and a little show you might have never heard of, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – just to name a few. In our second segment, we do a status check on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT. Did we lose one of our brightest comic voices even though he’s on TV every weeknight? We use Colbert as a jumping off point to discuss the current […]Read On »

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