THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING composer Johann Johannsson gets scientific – Interview

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING soundtrack | ©2014 +180 Records

One could say it’s the cold, volcanic icescape of the earth’s most forbidding land mass that have often infused Johann Johannsson’s music with a beautifully foreboding presence. Like his innovative countrywoman Bjork, Johannsson received art-music acclaim by merging modern classical and alternative music to haunted and mesmerizing effect, creating a series of conceptual albums like “Englaborn” and “Dis” at the same time he began scoring a myriad of shorts, features and documentaries – usually involving brooding, disaffected characters he could apply a psychologically-minded musical style to (even giving ennui to prairie dogs in the process). With his songs playing a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OPEN WINDOWS

OPEN WINDOWS movie poster | ©2014 Cinedigm

Rating: R Stars: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell Writer: Nacho Vigalondo Director: Nacho Vigalondo Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: November 7, 2014 OPEN WINDOWS declares its intentions right from the start, when we appear to be watching an especially cheesy horror movie starring scream queen Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). Then it turns out we’re watching a trailer, being watched at a convention, which is in turn being streamed live on the computer of Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood). We can’t say we weren’t stylistically warned that the film is going to play more than a few tricks on its characters and […]Read On »

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Edgar Ramirez is THE LIBERATOR – Exclusive Interview

Edgar Ramirez as THE LIBERATOR | ©2014 Cohen Media Group

With few exceptions, Latin American actors have rarely had the chance to play the hero in major Hollywood epics, let alone for historical pictures that explored a time well before the lethal morass of troubles that stand for the sad state south of the border. But over 200 years ago, the entire continent promised to be united as a shining, freedom-respecting star to the world in the tradition of the American and French Revolutions – a dream led by the dashing figure of Simon Bolivar. Born in Venezuela and educated overseas, this one time, aimless member of the upper class […]Read On »

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CD Review: KILLER FORCE / THE CORRUPT ONES – 500 limited edition soundtrack

KILLER FORCE / THE CORRUPT ONES soundtrack | ©2013 Music Box Records

Sure they might release such elegantly prestigious Euro scores as Georges Delerue’s THE CONFORMIST and Philippe Rombi’s WAR OF THE BUTTONS. But Music Box Records is perhaps even more fun when handle kitschily entertaining works by such composers us Yanks have never heard of like Michael Magne’s EMMANUEL 4 and Serge Franklin’s LE GRANDE PARDON. Now of particular, disco-ish delight is George Garvarentz’s score to 1976s KILLER FORCE (aka THE DIAMOND MERCENARIES), one of those all-star Anglo thrillers that provided fun South African vacations to such Americans as Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda and O.J. Simpson, here ripping off some precious […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE SALAMANDER soundtrack

THE SALAMANDER soundtrack | ©2013 Prometheus Records

An entertaining, obscure 1981 political thriller that stands as one of the nuttier pictures that Jerry Goldsmith scored is now just as remarkable for becoming one of the best, and boisterously re-performed soundtracks that the legendary composer has gotten. That’s thanks to the always-excellent triple-threat of album producer James Fitzpatrick, conductor Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, who follow up their recent take on Goldsmith’s HOUR OF THE GUN with an album that will completely blow fans away. This musical masterwork accompanied Franco Nero as a hapless Italian police whose investigation into a series of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jaime Murray sinks her teeth into FRIGHT NIGHT 2

FRIGHT NIGHT 2 NEW BLOOD | (c) 2013 Twentieth Century Fox

Jaime Murray has made a habit of playing strong female characters. Just look at what she brought to the table as Stahma Tarr in DEFIANCE. Now she’s chomping at the bit to bite into the vampire realm in her new role as Gerri Dandridge in the upcoming FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD. Murray sat down to chat with ASSIGNMENT X about her the movie and what to expect from her character. ASSIGNMENT X: So tell me about Gerri Dandridge and her take in the film? JAIME MURRAY: I play a serious professor teaching at a Romanian university. Charlie, Amy and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SATURDAY MORNING MYSTERY director Spencer Parsons on a horror-filled Scooby Doo

SATUDAY MORNING MYSTERY | (c) 2013 XLRator Media

SATURDAY MORNING MYSTERY is a pretty fun and different horror flick that takes what would be a real-life ghost hunting foursome and their faithful canine companion and throws them into a ghastly mystery that proves there aren’t really ghosts but people on the other hand are much worse. The Scooby Doo live action films have been done many times – including multiple movies with the actual licensed name – but none of them has the sheer brutality or clever payoff as SATURDAY MORNING MYSTERY. Director Spencer Parsons sat down to talk about his film and how it went about getting […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE KINGS OF SUMMER Los Angeles Special Screening

Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias and Nick Robinson at the Los Angeles special screening of THE KINGS OF SUMMER | ©2013 Sue Schneider

CBS Films presented the Los Angeles special screening of THE KINGS OF SUMMER at the ArcLight Hollywood on May 28th. This was the first of two premieres that night at the ArcLight and after finishing one and giving them time to change the backdrop the other one started. The second one was THE EAST, from FOX Searchlight, which will be put up separately. Walking the carpet at THE KINGS OF SUMMER were the stars, which included: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Erin Moriarty, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Marc Evan Jackson, Eugene Cordero, Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Director/Executive Producer), and Chris Galletta […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORLDS AWAY 3D

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORLDS AWAY | ©2013 Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment

Stars: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner Writer: Andrew Adamson Director: Andrew Adamson Distributor: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $54.99 Cirque Du Soleil always promises to produce a thrilling visual spectacle that will amaze the audience whether you are attending a live performance or watching in the comfort of your own home. For years the directors have been creating award-winning extravaganzas that enthrall the eyes and ears while pushing the boundaries of design in many fields. While the artists on the floor defy gravity the technicians in the background make set pieces that seem to defy the laws […]Read On »

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