THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Composer Simon Franglen takes James Horner for a final ride – Interview

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Few fans were aware of James Horner’s taste for daredevil thrills that made the soft-spoken composer rival just about any of the action heroes he scored. When Horner’s plane crashed into the desert far outside of Hollywood, a legion of admirers were at first astonished to find out how he perished, then swiftly overcome by the shockwave of just what the sudden loss of one of modern film scoring’s most notable signature voices meant. For where so many of Horner’s compatriots had fallen to the wayside over the decades when he first came to the fore, Horner had been on […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE EXES’ star Wayne Knight chats about Season 4

Wayne Knight stars in THE EXES on TV Land | © 2014 TV Land

In TV Land’s THE EXES, now in its third season on TV Land, Wednesdays at 10 PM, three divorced men, played by David Alan Basche, Donald Faison and Wayne Knight, live in the same apartment building as the attorney (played by Kristen Johnson) who handled all of their splits. Knight, who plays Haskell Lutz, achieved TV immortality in his recurring role as the gleefully malevolent Newman on SEINFELD. The Georgia-born actor was in the original JURASSIC PARK, BASIC INSTINCT, JFK and other high-profile features. His other TV gigs include being a series regular THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN, a recurring […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Method in the Madness”

Emily Deschanel and Joel David Moore in BONES - Season 8 - "The Method in the Madness" | ©2012 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Joel David Moore, Galadriel Stineman, James Patrick Stuart, Abraham Benrubi Writer: Keith Fogelsong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Kate Woods Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 5, 2012 BONES treads an interesting line in “The Method in the Madness.” This series usually doesn’t dwell on the pain and suffering of the victim, but tends to be quite graphic in examining the remains. Since part of what is going on in “Madness” is that our […]Read On »

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Interview: BRAVE co-director and writer Mark Andrews reaches for the Highlands

Merida in BRAVE | ©2012 Disney Pixar

In BRAVE, the latest 3D animated offering from Disney/Pixar, we’re in the Scottish Highlands of the distant past, where clan loyalty is precarious and magic still affects mortal lives. Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, starts out rebelling against the future laid out by her strict but loving mother Queen Elinor (voiced by Emma Thompson), but winds up fighting for her family’s survival and peace in the kingdom when a spell goes awry and turns Elinor into a bear. BRAVE doesn’t look quite like any film that’s come before, which is intentional. Director/writer Mark Andrews (who shares directing credit with […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN movie poster | ©2011 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (motion-capture): Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Writers: Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish, based on the comic book series by Herge Director: Steven Spielberg Distributors: Paramount/Columbia Release Date: December 21, 2011 THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is a curious sort of film. Based on the comic book series by the Belgian writer/artist Herge (real name Georges Prosper Remi, 1907-1983), the motion-capture adventure gives dimensionality to the look of the original artwork, but relies on a kind of Boy’s Own Adventure sensibility that seems a little thin by contemporary standards. Director Steven […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jon Cassar walks with dinosaurs on TERRA NOVA

Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox

In TERRA NOVA the Fox television series, which has its two-hour season finale tonight at 8 PM, a group of colonists have set up a colony 85 million years in the past to save their own lives – despite the dangers from dinosaurs and the like – and perhaps save the future. On TERRA NOVA the production, the producers have set up a team in Australia to shoot the show, which is several thousand miles and multiple time zones away from the series’ Hollywood home base. Bridging the gap between these is producing director Jon Cassar, who spent many years […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jason O’Mara is on firm TERRA NOVA

Stephen Lang and Jason O'Mara in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Resistance" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Jason O’Mara stars as ex-cop Jim Shannon in Fox’s TERRA NOVA, which has its two-hour season finale tonight at 8 PM. Jim breaks out of prison in his present, the year 2049, so that he can accompany his surgeon wife (Shelley Conn) and their three children on a one-way journey to Earth’s past 85 million years ago. Terra Nova is the name of the colonists who have come here to escape a fatally polluted world, with the hope of making a new start for themselves and for humanity. TERRA NOVA isn’t O’Mara’s first acting gig as an American time traveler. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Christopher McDonald practices HARRY’S LAW

Christopher McDonald in HARRY'S LAW - Season 2 | ©2011 NBC/John Russo

NBC’s David E. Kelley-created HARRY’S LAW is a midwinter hit that’s back for its second season Wednesdays at 9 PM. Kathy Bates plays Harry Korn, a lawyer who turned her back on a lucrative career in patent law to open her own unorthodox legal practice. Christopher McDonald, the prolific New York-born actor, came aboard as lawyer Tommy Jefferson for what was supposed to be a one-shot role on HARRY’S LAW. The character worked out so well that McDonald is now a series regular. Meanwhile, McDonald is also appearing in his second season of HBO’s Prohibition-era drama BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Sundays at […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Stephen Lang lands on TERRA NOVA

Stephen Lang in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Lavine

The characters in TERRA NOVA, which airs on Fox Mondays at 8 PM, have it rough. They’ve left behind the crowded, airless, polluted world of 2049 for the environs of Earth, circa 80 million years BC. There is fresh air and plentiful food, but there are also people-eating dinosaurs, power struggles and a supremely tough military man in charge, Commander Nathaniel Taylor, played by Stephen Lang. Lang (should anyone need reminding) also played badass baddie Col. Miles Quaritch in AVATAR, the most successful motion picture ever made. He was also the villain in this year’s remake of CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a […]Read On »

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TV Review: TERRA NOVA – Season 1 – “Genesis” – Series Premiere

Stephen Lang, Allison Miller, Christine Adams, Jason O'Mara, Naomi Scott, Landon Liboiron, Shelley Conn and Alana Mansour in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Lavine

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Byron Brockmann, Shelly Conn, Stephan Lang, Simone Kessell, Landon Liborion, Allison Miller Writers: Kelly Marcel, Craig Silverstein, Brannon Braga, David Fury Director: Alex Graves Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 9pm Original Telecast: September 26, 2011 Many of you probably never watched the BBC science fiction series OUTCASTS, if you had, you’d know the eerie similarities that it shares with the premise of TERRA NOVA, Fox’s new science fiction/action show. In OUTCASTS, the world has gone so much to hell that they made the choice to abandon the planet in favor of a new habitable […]Read On »

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