THE JUNGLE BOOK soundtrack – CD Review

THE JUNGLE BOOK soundtrack | ©2016 Walt Disney Records

With his father Louis Debney playing his part in the birth of Disney animation, it was only natural that his musically talented son John would get his start at the studio on his way to turning its beloved 1967 toon into an astonishing example of live action flesh and CGI fur. You can certainly hear the love tonight in Debney’s epic valentine to his alma mater, as well as the inimitable tunes of its greatest songsmiths The Sherman Brothers by reading THE JUNGLE BOOK as it scales new heights for the composer. Debney has done an impressive job segueing from Mickey […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK

THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) movie poster | ©2016 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray (voice), Ben Kingsley (voice), Idris Elba (voice), Christopher Walken (voice), Scarlett Johansson (voice), Lupita N’yong’o (voice), Giancarlo Esposito (voice) Writer: Justin Marks, based on the books by Rudyard Kipling Director: Jon Favreau Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 15, 2016 For those familiar with THE JUNGLE BOOK, via the animated 1967 Disney version, any of the other multiple film adaptations, the original Rudyard Kipling books, or some combination thereof, there is something indelible about the story. Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves in a jungle in India, is completely at home in the […]Read On »

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THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES: Jonathan Liebesman films a dystopian future – exclusive interview

Manu Bennett stars as Allanon in THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES | © 2016 MTV

Adapted from Terry Brooks’ best-selling fantasy novel series, MTV’s THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, Tuesdays at 10 PM, is set thousands of years in the future, when humans are subservient to elves and all are doomed unless it’s possible to stem the flow of demons from another realm into this one. Jonathan Liebesman set the tone for SHANNARA by directing the first two episodes. Liebesman is known for helming feature films, including the horror movies DARKNESS FALLS, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING and THE KILLING ROOM, the alien invasion action thriller BATTLE LOS ANGELES, the fantasy WRATH OF THE TITANS and […]Read On »

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THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES: John Rhys-Davies discusses the MTV fantasy series – exclusive interview

Poppy Drayton stars as Amberle in THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES | © 2016 MTV

It’s taken Terry Brooks’ best-selling and long-lived SHANNARA fantasy book series about forty years to make its way to the screen, but MTV has finally brought it to television in THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, Tuesday nights at 10 PM. In Season 1, we’re a few thousand years in the future, when technology is a distant memory, magic is in use and elves dominate the world (humans are rarer and less valued). Demons have long ago been banished to a realm called the Forbidding, but as the guardian tree Ellcrys loses its leaves, the monsters break free one by one. Elf maiden […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Creator Eric Kripke on REVOLUTION Season 1 and SUPERNATURAL

Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) kills a Monroe guard on REVOLUTION "Clue" | (c) 2013 Brownie Harris/NBC

NBC’s REVOLUTION, which has its first-season finale tonight, Monday June 3 at 10 PM, has been picked up for a second season. This should offer fans some relief, since right now on the show, the Earth is in danger of catching fire altogether. In REVOLUTION, created by Eric Kripke (who also birthed SUPERNATURAL), under the auspices of Kripke’s fellow executive producer J.J. Abrams, there was a planet-wide blackout fifteen years earlier and electricity has not returned to the masses since. Power-hungry militia leader Monroe (David Lyons) has gotten his hands on some functioning helicopter gun ships. One ofMonroe’s adversaries, Rachel […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from REVOLUTION at the 30th Annual PaleyFest

Revolution Cast and Creators: L-R: JD Pardo, Billy Burke, Eric Kripke, Tracy Spiridakos, Jon Favreau, Daniella Alonso, JJ Abrams, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons at the 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival presents a night with REVOLUTION | ©2013 Sue Schneider

The Paley Center for Media presented the NBC show REVOLUTION on the second night, March 2nd of the 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival. This time instead of the tent put up in the parking lot the press was in the lobby of the Saban Theatre. After all the fans were let in the stars walked through the lobby to pose for pictures and do interview with the electronic press. Walking into the theatre this evening for a night with the fans of the show were: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Daniella Alonso, JD […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the IDENTITY THIEF World Premiere

Jason Bateman at the World Premiere of IDENTITY THIEF | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures held the World Premiere of IDENTITY THIEF on February 4th at the Regency Village Westwood Theatre. IDENTITY THIEF is about a businessman named Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) whose identity gets stolen. Traveling from Denver to Miami to confront the person, Diana (Melissa McCarthy) who has been living it up since stealing his identity. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, Eric Stonestreet, Mary-Charles Jones, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Brett Baker, Seth Gordon (Director), Jerry Eeten (Storywriter), and Craig Mazin (Storywriter/Screenwriter). […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Sam Witwer on BEING HUMAN and STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS – Part 2

Sam Witwer is Aiden on BEING HUMAN - Season 3 | ©2013 Syfy/Jeff Riedel

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Sam Witwer, the actor talks more about playing vampire Aidan on Syfy’s BEING HUMAN, plus Darth Maul on Cartoon Network’s STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and more. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you get into acting? SAM WITWER: When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actor. I was like, “That’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to grow up, I’m going to be an actor, I’m going to live inL.A.” And then as I got a little bit older, I was like, “You know, that’s not realistic at all.” […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “Kashmir”

Nishi Munshi guest stars as Ashley on REVOLUTION Kashmir | (c) 2012 Brownie Harris/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spirdakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Mitchell, Graham Rogers, Daniella Alonso Writer: Jim Barnes Director: Charles Beeson Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Nov. 19, 2012 Everything that is wrong with REVOLUTION can be summed up in the episode “Kashmir.” Not only did NBC give viewers of the show another empty promise in delivering the confrontation between Monroe (David Lyons) and Miles (Billy Burke), it gave us an entire episode that literally did nothing but move the gang from Point A to Point B with yet more mean, nasty […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “The Children’s Crusade”

Charlie (Tracy Spirdakos) and Miles (Billy Burke) in REVOLUTION The Children's Crusade | (c) 2012 Brownie Harris/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spirdakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Mitchell, Graham Rogers, Daniella Alonso Writer: Matt Pitts Director: Charles Beeson Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Nov. 5, 2012 The promos for this week’s REVOLUTION, “The Children’s Crusade,” billed this to be the episode where all the answers you want about the power going off are explained. Haha, that’s funny because none of that happened. Yeah, we got some clues about why it happened – the Department of Defense (or specifically Randall from that organization) teaming up with a small research company […]Read On »

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