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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AMERICAN CRIME: Michael J. McDonald chats about Season 2 – exclusive interview – Pt. 1

Timothy Hutton as Russ Skokie in AMERICAN CRIME | © 2016 ABC/Ryan Green

Season 1 of ABC Network’s AMERICAN CRIME was nominated for a Best Limited Series Emmy, and took home the gold for Regina King’s Supporting Actress performance. King is back in AMERICAN CRIME Season 2, which airs Wednesdays at 10 PM, but she – like returning cast mates Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Richard Cabral, Lili Taylor and Elvis Nolasco – is playing an entirely different character this year. Unlike the first season, which dealt with a racially-charged murder investigation, AMERICAN CRIME’s second year concerns the fallout after male high school student Taylor (Connor Jessup) is apparently raped by at least one […]Read On »

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COLONY: Creator Ryan Condal on new sci-fi series – Exclusive Interview

Alex Neustaedter as Bram Bowman, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp as Grace Sullivan, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman, Josh Holloway as Will Bowman in COLONY - Season 1 | ©2016 USA/Justin Stephens

In USA’s COLONY, premiering Thursday, January 14, the Earth has been colonized by a mysterious presence that hovers over the land in huge spaceships. It seems as though no one has seen the aliens, but quite a few humans are cooperating with them. The choice to collaborate or resist threatens to tear families apart. Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies star as a couple with children who find themselves at odds in a Los Angeles that is separated from the rest of the world. COLONY was created by Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse, both of whom also serve as executive […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ATLANTIS star Mark Addy brings strength to Hercules

Mark Addy is Hercules in ATLANTIS | ©2013 BBC America/Nick Briggs

Most people’s mental image of Hercules from Greek mythology is of a tall, muscular, handsome demigod who can flatten tall monsters with a single punch. This would not precisely describe the Hercules played by Mark Addy in ATLANTIS, the action/adventure/fantasy now in its first season on BBCAmerica, Saturdays at 9 PM. In ATLANTIS, created by Johnny Capps, Howard Overman and Julian Murphy, we’re in the realm of the ancient Greek myths, but the legend of Hercules has been principally invented by Hercules. He teams up with a pre-Argonauts Jason (Jack Donnelly), a pre-snakes Medusa (Jemima Rooper) and a pre-mathematics-changing-theory Pythagoras […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ATLANTIS actress Jemima Rooper channels Medusa

Jemima Rooper is Medusa in ATLANTIS | ©2013 BBC America

In ATLANTIS, now airing its first season on BBC American Saturdays at 9 PM, we’re in the days of the Greek myths. Jason (Jack Donnelly), who will eventually steal the Golden Fleece and marry Medea, is currently having adventures with mathematician Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and a tirelessly self-promoting, slightly out-of-shape Hercules (Mark Addy). We know the group’s female member by name, but aren’t used to seeing the character Medusa not as a snake-haired Gorgon, but rather with the lovely face of actress Jemima Rooper. London native Rooper has split her work between theatre (including the recorded-for-National Theatre Live production of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ATLANTIS creators talk new show and the end of MERLIN

Sarah Parish, Alexander Siddig and Aiysha Hart in ATLANTIS - Season 1 | ©2013 BBC America

In the fantasy/adventure series ATLANTIS, now airing its first season on BBC America Saturday nights at 9 PM, Jason (Jack Donnelly), who will one day captain the Argonauts and wed Medea, washes up on the shores of the fabled city. There Jason teams up with a rather out-of-shape Hercules (Mark Addy), mathematician Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and a not-yet-snaky Medusa (Jemima Rooper) as he tries to puzzle out his destiny. ATLANTIS executive producers/co-creators Johnny Capps and Howard Overman, who also created the BBC’s MERLIN, are present at a party thrown by BBC America for the Television Critics Association. There they talk […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the TRUE STRENGTH Kevin Sorbo book signing and discussion

Kevin Sorbo at Barnes and Noble at The Grove | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Barnes and Noble at The Grove held a book signing and discussion with Kevin Sorbo for his new book TRUE STRENGTH: MY JOURNEY FROM HERCULES TO MERE MORTAL –AND HOW NEARLY DYING SAVED MY LIFE on October 25th. The host for the night was Sam Rubin, Entertainment Reporter on KTLA News. Kevin, spoke about getting the role of HERCULES and meeting his wife Sam Jenkins, who he has been married to since 1998, on the set of HERCULES. As Sam asks Kevin questions, Kevin was happy to talk to the crowd of fans that had come to see him. One […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA creator Steven S. DeKnight steps back in the arena – Part 1

Antonio Te Maioha in SPARTACUS - GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

Most TV series have their share of growing pains, but with Starz’s SPARTACUS, the behind the scenes complications have been almost as epic as the onscreen story. Shot in New Zealand with green-screen backgrounds to accommodate the surroundings of ancient Rome, the first season, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, starred Andy Whitfield as the title hero in his days as a slave/gladiator. The show was a major hit for Starz in its thirteen-episode run last year, and its ending, with the gladiators rebelling violently against their masters, seemed to set the stage for a Season Two depicting the beginnings of the […]Read On »

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