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VICTORIA: Daisy Goodwin and Damien Timmer on PBS drama – exclusive interview

Jenna Coleman stars in VICTORIA | © 2017 PBS

VICTORIA is airing its eight-episode first season Sunday nights on PBS’ MASTERPIECE, with a second season waiting in the wings. Jenna Coleman (of DOCTOR WHO) plays the nineteenth-century English monarch from before her ascension to the crown at age eighteen through the first years of her reign. Daisy Goodwin created the series, based on her meticulously researched book. (The writer also has a cameo as the Duchess of Inverness). VICTORIA executive producer Damien Timmer has a long relationship with PBS as one of the forces behind POLDARK, which will be back for a third season, and ENDEAVOUR. Goodwin and Timmer […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 30: The Shotgun Of Reviews Episode

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we introduce our new segment, “We Like To Watch,” in which we review a slew of movies and TV shows, including HIDDEN FIGURES, LIVE BY NIGHT, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, PATRIOT’S DAY, TABOO on FX, the new HBO show THE YOUNG POPE and HIP HOP EVOLUTION on Netflix. In our second segment, “You’re Dead To Me,” we share the stories in pop culture we downright hate. Sonia explains why she can’t stand BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and Chris says he will never see another DIE HARD movie. All of that, plus our favorite headlines […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 36: GAME OF THRONES Spinoff and Expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. Anthony is out this week on one of his many adventures so instead you get myself and co-hosts of the DORKING OUT PODCAST Sonia Mansfield and Christopher Allen Smith. We have a lively discussion this week about a possible GAME OF THRONES spinoff that may be a prequel and news that Peter Dinklage may be getting a slot as a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This transitions into an interesting discussion about how Marvel will expand its universe into new properties and if they need to. We also […]Read On »

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Composer Fernando Velazquez hears fear and emotion when A MONSTER CALLS – Interview

A MONSTER CALLS soundtrack | ©2016 Back Lot Music and Quartet Records

  Death and transfiguration are two themes that have often accompa-nied the scores of Fernando Velazquez. Powerfully embodying a new generation of orchestrally rich Spanish composers to steadily take root in Hollywood, Velazquez rose from numerous shorts in his na-tive country to impress Hollywood with his lush, alternately creeping and raging sense of old school melody for DEVIL, MAMA singing with a romantic sense of aristocratic doom for CRIMSON PEAK and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. A particularly resonant ferryman for Velazquez when coming to grips with the inevitable, as well as the potential radiant light afterwards, is filmmaker J.A. Bayona. […]Read On »

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DEEPWATER HORIZON highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Jan. 10, 2017

DEEPWATER HORIZON | © 2017 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

  Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. DEEPWATER HORIZON – A pretty good action thriller about the well-publicized explosion that happened on a deep sea oil rig known as Deepwater Horizon. Led by an impressive cast including Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich and Kurt Russell, it does a good job of balancing the action with how the oil companies treat their employees and their property and how it really is about the bottom line. But it also does a good job of tackling the human spirit and how people can do incredible things and […]Read On »

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Marcelo Zarvos scores for the FENCES – Interview

FENCES | ©2016 Paramount Pictures

A distinctive, and prolific voice in Hollywood since arriving from his native Brazil, Marcelo Zarvos has created any number of musically explosive dramatic incidents – among them CELL‘s zombie-making phone calls, the murderous bad cop behavior of BROOKLYN’S FINEST and BEASTLY‘s groovily hip take on a fairy tale as old as time. A frequent collaborator with director Barry Levinson from the found footage parasitic horrors of THE BAY to PHIL SPECTOR‘s record producer gone mad, as well as a go-to composer for Showtime series like RAY DONAVAN, THE C WORD and THE AFFAIR. Marcelo Zarvos’ eclectic resume is no busier than when dealing with relationships in all of their […]Read On »

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TRAINING DAY: Actress Julie Benz chat about the new CBS series – exclusive interview

Julie Benz stars in the new CBS series TRAINING DAY | © 2017 CBS

Julie Benz is at home on CBS these days. Last year, Benz wrapped up three years as heroic mayor/madam Amanda Rosewater on Syfy’s DEFIANCE, about a town where humans and extraterrestrials from a variety of planets made a sometimes fractious home for themselves. The actress is now in her second season of playing recurring character Inspector Abby Dunn on CBS’ HAWAII FIVE-0 on Friday nights, and on Thursday, February 2, she’s Holly McCabe in the premiere of CBS’ TRAINING DAY. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of murderously corrupt LAPD Detective Alonzo Harris in the 2001 TRAINING DAY feature […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT About Trailers – Episode 2: RINGS, JOHN WICK 2, CARS 3 And More

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. Welcome to the second episode of Dorking Out About Trailers, our monthly roundtable discussion about movie trailers, co-hosted by Chris, Sonia and Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X. In this month’s podcast, we chat about RINGS, ALL NIGHTER, THE SPACE BETWEEN US, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, CARS 3 and CHiPs. Below are the trailers we review in this podcast, and our prediction of each movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score. Watch along with us, won’t you? RINGS Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score for “Rings” Sonia: 13 Peter: 21 Chris: 20 ALL NIGHTER Predicted Rotten Tomatoes for All Nighter Sonia: 75 Peter: […]Read On »

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Composer Mica Levi goes under the emotional skin of JACKIE – Interview

JACKIE soundtrack | ©2016 Milan Records

As an invigorating wave of “modern classical” scores like INDIGNATION, MOONLIGHT and ARRIVAL now take film music in uniquely interesting directions, the utterly bizarre and hypnotic originality of 2013’s UNDER THE SKIN was the equivalent of an alien landing in arthouse land to broadcast its musical language. Weirdly pitched strings, sound masses and unearthly metallic samples created the equivalent of a seductive hive mind, its heartbeat eerily slithering with just enough melody to keep the listener from Kafka-esque madness. UNDER THE SKIN‘s sonic shock of the new was created by the kind of avant-garde composer who could only come from nowhere. However, […]Read On »

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SCHITT’S CREEK: Actress Emily Hampshire gives the scoop on Season 3 – exclusive interview

Emily Hampshire in SCHITT'S CREEK | © 2017 Pop TV

SCHITT’S CREEK returns for its third season on Pop TV Tuesday, Jan. 10. The half-hour comedy, created by son-and-father Dan Levy and Eugene Levy, concerns a formerly wealthy family of four (with Dan Levy as the son and Eugene Levy as the father) gone broke and forced to live in the town they once bought as a joke. Emily Hampshire costars as Schitt’s Creek local Stevie Budd. Hampshire is also a regular on a very different series, Syfy’s 12 MONKEYS, which will be back with its third season this summer. Hampshire plays the brilliant but extremely disturbed Jennifer Goines in […]Read On »

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