Movie Review: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY movie poster | ©2014 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, David Warshofsky Writer: Hossein Amini, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Hossein Amini Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: September 26, 2014 If Alfred Hitchcock were in a low-key mood – no crop-dusters or briefcase bombs – he might have made something like THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, the directing debut of Hossein Amini, who adapted the screenplay from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. In fact, Amini has taken pains to make JANUARY look as though it was made in the year it takes place, 1962, when Hitchcock was still active, with […]Read On »

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Interview: James D’Arcy analyzes THOSE WHO KILL

James D'Arcy in THOSE WHO KILL | ©2014 A&E

In A&E’s new drama THOSE WHO KILL, Mondays at 10 PM, James D’Arcy plays troubled (and sometimes troubling) forensic psychologist Dr. Thomas Schaeffer. Schaeffer hasn’t worked with the police for awhile, for reasons that are hinted at in the pilot, but he’s drawn back in when newly-promoted homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) demands that he help her out with a serial killer case. THOSE WHO KILL is adapted by prolific writer/producer Glen Morgan from the Danish TV series DEN SOM DRAEBER, which was in turn adapted from a series of books by Elsebeth Egholm. THOSE WHO KILL is filmed […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HOSTAGES producers Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Rick Eid on their CBS series

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Burden of Truth" | ©2013 CBS/Jeff Neira

In CBS’s new series HOSTAGES, Mondays at 10 PM, Toni Collette plays noted surgeon Dr. Ellen Sanders, who is chosen to operate on the President of theUnited States (James Naughton). This is great news for Ellen, until she, her husband (Tate Donovan) and their adolescent son Jake (Mateus Sanders) and daughter Morgan (Quinn Taylor) are held captive in their own home by a small group led by renegade FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott).Duncan demands that Ellen let the president die during surgery – or her family will be killed. In the pilot episode, Ellen lets the president live, setting […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS producers talk Season 3 and tease Season 4

Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario and Lucy Hale in PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - Season 3 | ©2013 ABC Family/Andrew Eccles

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, the ABC Family series based on Sara Shepard’s books about a quartet of upper-caste girls in the leafy town of Rosewood whose lives are turned upside-down when they find themselves stalked by the malevolent “A,” ends its third season Tuesday, March 19, at 8 PM. Never fear – production began in January on Season Four. I. Marlene King, who adapted the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS books for television, and her fellow executive producer Oliver Goldstick of course won’t reveal any upcoming spoilers, but here’s what they’ll say for now. ASSIGNMENT X: Have you completely diverged from the PRETTY […]Read On »

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CD Review: HITCHCOCK soundtrack

HITCHCOCK soundtrack | ©2012 Sony Classical

If Gus Van Sant’s near frame-for-frame modern recreation of PSCYHO ranks as one of the most unneeded and unnecessary remakes of a classic ever, at least it allowed Danny Elfman the opportunity to do a slavishly spot-on re-performance of Bernard Herrmann’s infamous score in the new film HITCHCOCK. Now in supreme act of meta-composing, Elfman gets to go behind the curtains of the Bates Motel to musically unmask the “real” master of suspense and the tense production of his pet project, with a voice that echoes Herrmann’s as much as it does Elfman’s own penchant for blackly ironic comedy. Far […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tippi Hedren chats about Alfred Hitchcock and Shambala

Tippi Hedren at the TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and World Premiere of the Newly Restored AN AMERICAN IN PARIS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

In THE GIRL, which recently aired on HBO, Sienna Miller plays actress Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones plays director Alfred Hitchcock in an examination of how the filmmaker used his position to severely traumatize the performer. The real Hedren, who consulted with the makers of THE GIRL, says that there were good times as well – she found Hitchcock invaluable as a drama coach – but his treatment of her at other times was “something that I had never experienced before. People have said, ‘Was he in love with you?’ No, he wasn’t. When you’re in love with someone, you […]Read On »

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Interview: THE GIRL actor Toby Jones on playing Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones in THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO

In THE GIRL, which re-airs on HBO this week, Toby Jones plays filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It’s not an especially flattering view of the director/producer, as it deals with his unwanted fascination with actress Tippi Hedren (played in THE GIRL by Sienna Miller), who starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for Hitchcock. The London-born Jones is almost always working. A few recent credits include TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, THE HUNGER GAMES and the voice of Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PT. 1. Speaking briefly about THE GIRL, Jones says […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE GIRL director Julian Jarrold talks Hitchcock and THE BIRDS

Director Julian Jarrold on the set of THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO/Kelly Walsh

Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had such a specific way of depicting beautiful blonde women that “Hitchcock blonde” is still part of the Hollywood vernacular. At the time she starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for him, Tippi Hedren was the epitome of the Hitchcock blonde. Hedren kept relatively silent for many years, but according to her, Hitchcock was harrowingly abusive. THE GIRL, which premieres Saturday night at 9 PM on HBO, dramatizes Hedren’s account of their working experience, with Sienna Miller as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock. THE GIRL director Julian Jarrold, whose credits include the delightful musical KINKY BOOTS […]Read On »

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