SECOND CHANCE: Rand Ravich on Fox’s new series – exclusive interview

Rob Kazinsky as Jimmy Pritchard in SECOND CHANCE | © 2016 Justin Stephens/FOX

In Fox Network’s new series SECOND CHANCE, Fridays at 9 PM, an old soul gets to inhabit a new body, but the resurrection is a feat of technology, not the supernatural. When aging former sheriff Jimmy Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall) is murdered while investigating a conspiracy that threatens his police detective son Duval (Tim DeKay), his death is disguised as a suicide. Jimmy’s body is recovered and rejuvenated to its thirty-something state (now played by Rob Kazinsky) by tech billionaire Otto Goodwin (Adhir Kalyan). Otto needs a constant, fresh supply of Jimmy’s rare cell type to keep Otto’s ailing sister […]Read On »

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PENNY DREADFUL: John Logan on Season 2 – Interview

PENNY DREADFUL - Season 2 - Key Art | ©2015 Showtime

As PENNY DREADFUL creator/executive producer John Logan notes, “No two witches are the same, no two vampires are the same, no two demonically-possessed women are the same.” Viewers of the Showtime series were likely to have figured this out from first season, and now second season is upon us, Sundays at 10 PM. We see not only the further experiences of gunfighter/demon fighter-with-a-huge secret Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), Devil-possessed psychic Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), his loyal aide Sembene (Danny Sapani), ageless Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), his Creature (Rory Kinnear) […]Read On »

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DVD Review: UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30 FILM COLLECTION | ©2014 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $199.99 As with most home entertainment divisions, re-issuing previously released material in new box sets has become the norm. However, some times it can be a good thing as is the case with the excellent new box set UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION. Corralling every important monster movie from the Universal archives from 1931-1956, this is a must-have even for those who owned the previous 2004 Legacy monster sets and want them all in one place. Those editions from ten years ago, took every important monster (Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Creature, The […]Read On »

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Interview: PENNY DREADFUL creator John Logan on his new horror series

Harry Treadaway in PENNY DREADFUL - Season 1 | ©2014 Showtime

Put together Victorian England in 1891, add an expatriate American sharpshooter (Josh Hartnett) attached to a traveling Wild West show, an ambitious spiritualist (Eva Green), a monster hunter (Timothy Dalton) and Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and assorted other supernatural entities, make it very scary and sexy, and you’ve got Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL, which premieres its eight-episode first season Sunday, May 11 at 10 PM. PENNY DREADFUL is the first television series created by the prolific John Logan, who won a Tony Award for his stage play RED. His screenplays for GLADIATOR, THE AVIATOR and HUGO were nominated for Oscars; […]Read On »

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CD Review: I, FRANKENSTEIN soundtrack

I, FRANKENSTEIN soundtrack | ©2014 Lakeshore Records

Don’t except anything remotely bucolic in the second Frankenstein’s monster score of note this month. But that being said, the aching violins that hint of his creation a few centuries ago do give pathos to the far more buff personage of Aaron Eckhart, not to mention his character’s isolated soul. And that comes in musically handy indeed when your mad doctor-made monster is swinging a sword at stone gargoyles, demons and archangels. Cut from the same flesh as the hip UNDERWORLD creature-mash series, “I, Frankenstein” revels in rhythmic propulsion to give this Shelley-meets-Satan’s minions spin its furious energy, taking the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HEMLOCK GROVE star Penelope Mitchell on the Netflix series

Penelope Mitchell in HEMLOCK GROVE - Season 1 | ©2013 Netflix

In Netflix’s thirteen-episode series HEMLOCK GROVE, now available in its entirety, the title town is beset by a series of bloody murders. Those in the know about supernatural doings think it could be the work of a werewolf, but with human experiments at a local laboratory and the possibility of vampirism, who can say what’s really going on? Penelope Mitchell, a young Australian actress, plays one of HEMLOCK GROVE’s central characters. She sits down at Pasadena’s Langham Hotel to talk about her character’s place in the scheme of the series scheming, turmoil and general mayhem. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA movie poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures Animation

Voices: Adam Sandler, Andy Samburg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Cee Le Green, Jon Lovitz Writers: Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel based on a story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Distributor: Sony Pictures Animation Release Date: September 28, 2012 With CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, last year’s ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and now HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, Sony Pictures Animation is eking out a wonderful identity for their children’s animated films. Fun, quirky, and very funny, each film proves to be a little ball of creative comedic energy that defies expectations and […]Read On »

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Highlights DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week

SHERLOCK HOLMES A GAME OF SHADOWS | (c) 2012 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 SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS – I wasn’t a big fan of the first SHERLOCK HOLMES movie as I never really got behind the legendary detective as an action hero versus, you know, doing actual investigative work. So when the sequel came out I wasn’t expecting […]Read On »

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