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  • Movie Review: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

    Some good elements, but this is one long movie

  • Movie Review: BEGIN AGAIN

    Charm and some interesting storytelling bog down in increasing convention

  • Interview with THE LEFTOVERS creator Damon Lindelof

    The LOST co-creator brings another mystery to TV with this new HBO series

  • Interview with VICIOUS co-creator Gary Janetti

    The series creator talks about his new series

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE director Michael Nankin gives the scoop on Season 2

Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa, Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley, Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan in DEFIANCE - Season 2 | ©2014 Syfy/Jue Pugliese

In Season 2 of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, Thursdays at 8 PM, things have only heated up in the town of the title. It’s been three-and-a-half decades since seven different species of aliens, collectively called the Votan, landed on Earth. Integration with the human population – and each other – is still a work in sometimes violent progress. DEFIANCE co-executive producer/director Michael Nankin, who previously worked with DEFIANCE executive producer/show runner Kevin Murphy when they were both on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and CAPRICA, is at a Syfy party for the Television Critics Association. He talks about the challenges of making credible, character-based but …Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 4 – “Amends” – Season Premiere

WILFRED - Season 4 Key Art ©2014 FX

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, James Remar Writers: Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn. Network: FXX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 25, 2014 WILFRED has moved to a new network – FX’s sister channel FXX – for its final season, but it’s up to its same old tricks, having us ask what the heck is going on. Whether this was the intent all along or the show runners decided they’d gone a tennis ball too far at the …Read On »

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Movie Review: DELIVER US FROM EVIL

DELIVER US FROM EVIL movie poster | ©2014 Screen Gems

Rating: R Stars: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Mike Houston, Lulu Wilson Writers: Scott Derrickson & Paul Harris Boardman, based on the book by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool Director: Scott Derrickson Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: July 2, 2014 It’s not news at this late date that THE EXORCIST has cast a long shadow over many horror films that have followed it since its 1973 release, but it’s not often that we see its influence appear quite so literally as it does in DELIVER US FROM EVIL. DELIVER US …Read On »

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Interview: The scoop on UNDER THE DOME Season 2 from showrunner Neal Baer

Dean Norris in UNDER THE DOME - Season 2 - "Infestation" | ©2014 CBS/Brownie Harris

CBS’ UNDER THE DOME, based on Stephen King’s novel, begins its second season Monday, June 30 at 10 PM with an episode penned by King himself. The story concerns the small Maine town of Chester’s Mill, which is abruptly cut off from the rest of the world by a transparent dome that lets no one and nothing in or out. Viewers will recall that the heroic Dale “Barbie” Barbara (Mike Vogel) ended Season 1 framed for murder and about to be executed by despotic town leader Big Jim Rennie (Dean Norris). Without giving away exactly what happens, it can be …Read On »

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TV Review: THE LEFTOVERS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

THE LEFTOVERS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 HBO

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston Writers: Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta based on the novel by Perrotta Director: Peter Berg Network: HBO, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 29, 2014 THE LEFTOVERS is another in TV’s recent fascination with genre stories that show society on the brink of extinction, aduction or tragedy and how they deal with these seen and unseen forces. From REVOLUTION, FALLING SKIES, the TNT series THE LAST SHIP and last summer’s UNDER THE DOME, there’s a similarity in tone and execution in all these stories with their success pending on how they keep the …Read On »

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Interview: LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof on THE LEFTOVERS

Justin Theroux in THE LEFTOVERS - Season 1 | ©2014 HBO/Paul Schiraldi

In HBO’s new series THE LEFTOVERS, premiering Sunday, June 29, two percent of the world’s population vanishes in an instant, leaving everyone else shocked, grieving and wondering what happened. LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof adapted THE LEFTOVERS for television from ’s novel. Lindelof is at HBO’s session for the Television Critics Association to discuss THE LEFTOVERS. Following the official panel, the writer/executive producer remains for a lot of follow-up questions. ASSIGNMENT X: Is THE LEFTOVERS ever going to tell the audience exactly what caused the disappearance and what happened to the missing people? DAMON LINDELOF: I think what I’d say is, …Read On »

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Interview: Gary Janetti gets VICIOUS with new PBS Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi comedy

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in VICIOUS artwork | ©2014 BBC / PBS

In the comedy VICIOUS, premiering its first season on PBS Sunday, June 29, at 9 PM, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen play, respectively, Stuart Bixby and Freddie Thornhill. Stuart and Freddie are a gay couple who have been together for fifty years. They love one another dearly and insult each other – and anyone else in the vicinity – incessantly. This very British series was created by American Gary Janetti, with Mark Thornhill. Janetti has written and produced on FAMILY GUY and WILL AND GRACE. After a Q&A session PBS holds on VICIOUS for the Television Critics Association …Read On »

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Movie Review: BEGIN AGAIN

BEGIN AGAIN movie poster | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Cee Lo Green, Mos Def, James Corden Writer: John Carney Director: John Carney Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: June 27, 2014 BEGIN AGAIN follows its title and actually starts over several times, to good effect. At first, we’re in a small folk music club inNew York, where performer Steve (James Corden) insists that his friend Greta (Keira Knightley) take the stage. Greta is deeply reluctant, but eventually plays and sings a song she wrote about contemplating throwing herself in front of a subway train. Most of …Read On »

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TV Review: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY – Season 9 – “7:00PM to 8:00PM”

President Heller (William Devane) is safely returned the presidential estate in London on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY | © 2014 Daniel Smith/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 Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, airs Monday nights @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: June 23, 2014 So last week I did this whole tribute to President Heller and his history on 24, because after the events of the episode it appeared as he died. Count me as swerved. The opening of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, “7:00PM to 8:00PM,” showed that at the last minute, Heller (William Devane) was not standing in the middle …Read On »

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300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

300 RISE OF AN EMPIRE | © 2014 Warner Home Video

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: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE – Craving some CG blood? Well, this is the film for you because the digital blood in 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE you could fill an entire backyard pool with (maybe two). This sequel to the highly popular 300 movie, featuring a …Read On »

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