Interview: Showtime President David Nevins HOMELAND, HOUSE OF LIES, a DEXTER rumor

Showtime President David Nevins | © 2014 Showtime/Patrick Ecclesine

Showtime has a lot going on with renewals for HOMELAND (currently in its fourth season Sundays at 9 PM) and THE AFFAIR (currently in its first season Sundays at 10), plus the fourth seasons of EPISODES and HOUSE OF LIES, both returning in January, and the impending second season of PENNY DREADFUL, to name a few of the premium network’s more popular shows. Showtime President David Nevins attends a Q&A session for the Television Critics Association. During this, he puts to bed one persistent Internet rumor – no, Showtime executives did not pressure the DEXTER show runners to keep the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: COLD IN JULY

COLD IN JULY movie poster | ©2014 IFC Films

Rating: Unrated Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw Writers: Nick Damici & Jim Mickle, based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale Director: Jim Mickle Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: May 23, 2014 Adapted from a novel by Joe R. Lansdale, one can see the elements that should make COLD IN JULY a sharp thriller. It’s got a great cast, headed up by Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson, an intriguing premise and, in Jim Mickle, a director who wants to make sure that the scenes look interesting. So what’s the problem? Without having […]Read On »

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Interview: David Gelber chats about YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY - Season 1 - "Under the Ice" | ©2014 Showtime

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, on Showtime Mondays at 8 PM, has been described by Showtime’s president David Nevins as an “epic docu-series.” Executive-produced by Daniel Abbasi, David Gelber, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Weintraub, YEARS explores climate change across the globe, the various ways that this phenomenon is affecting humans and nature, and what can be done to combat it. Correspondents include Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrera, Michael C. Hall and Lesley Stahl, among others. Executive producer Gelber participates in a Q&A session Showtime hosts for the Television Critics Association, then remains to […]Read On »

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Interview: KILL YOUR DARLINGS screenwriters John Krokidas and Austin Bunn

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in KILL YOUR DARLINGS | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

KILL YOUR DARLINGS, just released on Blu-ray and DVD, charts the startling but largely unknown story of a 1940s murder that had a huge effect on the life of then-budding Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, along with Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and other later-to-be-famous figures. Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ginsberg, with Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer, Jack Huston as Kerouac and Ben Foster as Burroughs. Austin Bunn and John Krokidas wrote the film together, with Krokidas as its director (his first time helming a feature film). The two colleagues, former roommates at Yale, give […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS

KILL YOUR DARLINGS movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum, David Rasche Writers: John Krokidas & Austin Bunn, story by Austin Bunn, based on biographical material by Allen Ginsberg Director: John Krokidas Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: March 18, 2013 KILL YOUR DARLINGS is advice that essentially means a writer should remove any elements that he or she feels particularly precious about or identifies with too much. In this fact-based film, it also has a more literal interpretation. It turns out that […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Yvonne Strahovski on the CHUCK and DEXTER finales

Yvonne Strahovski in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Goodbye Miami" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Actress Yvonne Strahovski is attending Fox’s party for the Television Critics Association press tour because she’s a member of the summer event series 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, which sees her as a CIA agent who squares off against Kiefer Sutherland’s super-survivor Jack Bauer. Strahovski’s fans know that she has already spent five years as CIA agent Sarah Walker on CHUCK, who fell in love with the title character, played by Zachary Levi, but then lost her memory of their relationship and their marriage. The final scene saw Chuck kissing Sarah in the hopes of awakening her memory, but we don’t […]Read On »

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Interview: KILL YOUR DARLINGS stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Michael C. Hall

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in KILL YOUR DARLINGS | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

Long before he wrote “Howl,” helped found the Beat movement and became one of the most venerated poets – and gay activists – of the twentieth century, Allen Ginsberg entered Columbia Collegein 1944. There he met Lucien Carr, who introduced Ginsberg to William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Carr’s old mentor David Kammerer. The relationship between Carr and Kammerer became so fraught that it ended in tragedy, which in turn presented an enormous moral conundrum for Ginsberg. This true – but until now largely unknown – story has been brought to the screen in KILL YOUR DARLINGS, directed by John […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS

KILL YOUR DARLINGS movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum, David Rasche Writers: John Krokidas & Austin Bunn, story by Austin Bunn, based on biographical material by Allen Ginsberg Director: John Krokidas Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: October 16, 2013 KILL YOUR DARLINGS is advice that essentially means a writer should remove any elements that he or she feels particularly precious about or identifies with too much. In this fact-based film, it also has a more literal interpretation. It turns out that Allen Ginsberg […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Remember the Monsters?” – Series Finale

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan and Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan in DEXTER - Season 8 - Series Finale - "Remember the Monsters?" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Darri Ingolfsson, Jadon Wells Writers: Scott Buck & Manny Coto, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Steve Shill Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 22, 2013 What’s perhaps most surprising about DEXTER’s series finale, “Remember the Monsters?,” which wraps up eight years of the show, is the huge question left unanswered – after dealing for all this time with why Dexter (Michael […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Monkey in a Box”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Monkey in a Box" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Darri Ingolfsson, Jadon Wells, Kenny Johnson Writers: Tim Schlattmann & Wendy West, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 15, 2013 With only one episode left, it’s hard to assess DEXTER’s penultimate hour, “Monkey in a Box.” Are the changes in characters evolution, or just ways to get our people to screw up in order […]Read On »

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