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In Memorium: FORBIDDEN PLANET star Anne Francis passes away at 80

Anne Francis in FORBIDDEN PLANET | ©Warner Bros.

Actress Anne Francis passed away at the age of 80 over this weekend after a battle with lung cancer. Best known for her role in the classic 1950’s science-fiction film FORBIDDEN PLANET, Francis also appeared on TV in the private detective series HONEY WEST. In PLANET, Francis played Altaira, one of two surviving humans on a mysterious planet and has admitted in interviews no one ever expected that science-fiction film to have the longevity it did. In the intervening years, Francis became a staple of television, starring in many crime dramas throughout the ‘60s, 70s and ‘80s. The actress was […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: It’s all in the family for CASTLE stars Susan Sullivan and Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn in CASTLE - Season Three - "Anatomy of a Murder" | ©2010 ABC/Jordin Althaus

Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), mystery writer extraordinaire, is enjoying his third season of crime-solving on ABC’s Monday-night hit CASTLE. Castle is able to beguile most women – even Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), the prickly NYPD detective he follows around for inspiration, is beginning to fall for him. But there are two females Castle can’t sneak anything past – his much-married Broadway actress mother Martha Rodgers, played by Susan Sullivan, and his bright teenaged daughter Alexis, played by Molly Quinn. They keep Castle honest and allow him to show enduring love and loyalty in his home life, even as he has […]Read On »

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Technology Profile: Why new app DODDLE will change the film industry

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It was only time before someone came up with a novel application to aid the filmmaking industry and the new app Doddle has done just that. Created by Mobile Imagination partners Richard Kwiat and Jim Robertson, Doddle (which by definition is a “job or task that’s easy to complete”) is an international resource guide (and available for iPhone, iPad and soon for Blackberry and Android) for film industry professionals and allows film productions to use their GPS on their phone to get nearby locations or reviews of vendors, restaurants, etc among other things. Additionally, it allows people to put their […]Read On »

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A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, TANGLED and TRON: LEGACY will arrive in the 3D Blu-ray format

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As HD-3D television sets are looking to become the new “it” thing when it comes to home entertainment, Walt Disney Studios announced today that it’s getting an edge on its competitors with the announcement for their Blu-ray 3D titles for 2011. Fifteen films will be released in the new year with this new format including the animated classics THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as well as this winter’s big hits TRON: LEGACY and TANGLED. These titles will be available day-in-date with the standard 2D Blu-ray versions. Other titles that will get this super-duper deluxe treatment in 2011 […]Read On »

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode One”

Ben Mansfield, Ruth Kearney, Hannah Spearritt, Andrew-Lee Potts and Ciarán McMenamin in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 |© 2010 Impossible Pictures

PRIMEVAL returns – almost beyond all reason – for a fourth series of adventures two years after its cancellation and miraculous resurrection via some joint funding (which will see it through at least a fifth series airing later in 2011). I’ve been following the show since its debut as an ITV DOCTOR WHO rival, and it’s one of those series that just seems to hang on despite not being all that good. It has a great premise, some decent characters (at least initially), a cute hook via the cheesy CGI dinosaurs and monsters that populate every episode, but it never manages to rise above mediocrity. And yet, here we are talking about its fourth series premiere.

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Exclusive Interview: Tim Minear talks DRIVE, TERRIERS and more – Part 3

Mircea Monroe, Riley Smith, Melanie Lynskey, Emma Stone, Dylan Baker, Kristin Lehman, Nathan Fillion, Rochelle Aytes, Taryn Manning, Michael Hyatt, Kevin Alejandro and JD Pardo in DRIVE | ©Fox

Tim Minear created the Fox series DRIVE, which followed the participants in a secret, cross-country, high-stakes road race. DRIVE aired four episodes in April 2007, then was canceled with several completed episodes unaired. In the concluding portion of our exclusive three-part interview, Minear talks about DRIVE and the differences between running a show solo and in collaboration with creative partners. ASSIGNMENT X: As far as running your own show, working with Joss Whedon, working with Shawn Ryan – do you have a preference between being the person in charge, like you were on DRIVE, or working in collaboration? TIM MINEAR: […]Read On »

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CD Review: TRUE GRIT original soundtrack

TRUE GRIT soundtrack | ©2010 La La Land Records

It’s been a while since The Coen Brothers made a film as conventionally enjoyable as TRUE GRIT, let alone one that would allow their house composer Carter Burwell to engage in a full-blooded, mainstream score for them in the western genre he last trod upon with the modern cowboys of 1998’s THE HI-LO COUNTRY. While there will always be a sly subversion to one of the more engaging directors-musician relationships in modern cinema, fans of original GRIT composer Elmer Bernstein will feel home on the range with the brassily vast scope of Burwell’s work, right from the thundering heroism of […]Read On »

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Profile: Mark Wahlberg gets into the ring for THE FIGHTER

Mark Wahlberg at the Los Angeles Premiere of THE FIGHTER | © 2010 Sue Schneider

For years, Mark Wahlberg has been trying to get a movie made based on blue-collar Irish boxer Micky Ward who managed to beat all odds to become a World Champion. Micky’s life was fraught with tragedy not to mention a fractured relationship with his brother Dicky, a former boxer himself that threw away his shot against Sugar Ray Leonard. Now, after years of development (and almost five years of training Wahlberg put himself through so he would be ready to play Micky when they got the greenlight), THE FIGHTER has finally hit theater screens. Directed by David O. Russell and […]Read On »

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Book Review: PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE REASONS TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE

PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE REASONS TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE | ©2010 Penguin

It’s rare a book comes along that captures the zeitgeist of pop culture in the nutshell, but for 2010, PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE REASONS TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE is as cathartic as they come.

It’s a humorous look at the obnoxious annoying people who make you want to punch them in horribly painful ways. Before you think this is an excuse to live out your most carnal inner desires, be warned, the book makes you sign a release form so you can’t say in court “the book made me do it.”

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