GAME OF THRONES: Michael Lombardo on Season 6 – Exclusive Interview

GAMES OF THRONES - Season 6 poster | ©2016 HBO

HBO’s GAME OF THRONES begins is eagerly-awaited sixth season Sunday, April 24. The series is adapted from George R.R. Martin’s novel saga, but this year’s TV episodes extend beyond the events of the last published book. It’s been reported that executive producers/adapters David Benioff and D.B. (Daniel) Weiss want to do another thirteen episodes, over two seasons, after this year. We caught up with HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo to talk about this and more. ASSIGNMENT X: How many more seasons of GAME OF THRONES would you like to do? MICHAEL LOMBARDO: I would like to be doing them […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MAGIC MIKE XXL

MAGIC MIKE XXL poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, Donald Glover, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks Writer: Reid Carolin, based on characters created by Reid Carolin Director: Gregory Jacobs Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 1, 2015 MAGIC MIKE XXL is an example of a sequel that improves on the original. In 2012’s MAGIC MIKE, we met the title character (Channing Tatum) and his cohorts at a Miami male strip club. The film registered as one of the least hysterical stories ever told about people who remove their clothes for a […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE KNICK soundtrack

THE KNICK soundtrack | ©2014 MIlan Records

Where prolific filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has gone to Thomas Newman for the trippy ambience of SIDE EFFECTS, and David Holmes for the jazz groove of the OCEANS trilogy, Cliff Martinez continues to prove a reliable, experimental constant since director and composer made their indie bones on 1989s SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE. Both have considerably broadened their repertoire from that ambient hip-hop score which redefined the look and sound of alternative cinema, their collaborations ranging from the enraged crime percussion of THE LIMEY to the modernistic orchestral score of SOLARIS and the retro-virus suspense of CONTAGION. But whatever approach he’s taken, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BRIDGE star Demian Bichir on the new FX series

Demian Bichir in THE BRIDGE - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

In THE BRIDGE, on FX Wednesdays at 10 PM,Juarez, Mexico homicide detective Marco Ruiz, played by Demian Bichir, finds himself teamed up with El Paso,Texas homicide detective Sonya Cross, played by Diane Kruger, when a murder case spans both their jurisdictions. The case turns out to be horrifyingly personal for Marco, and not just because of his emotional involvement with solving the crime. He also has a complicated family situation that is made considerably more fraught due to the investigation. THE BRIDGE is based on the Scandinavian series BRON, adapted for American television by BRIDGE executive producers Meredith Stiehm and […]Read On »

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Interview: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA director Steven Soderbergh on the Liberace bio-pic

Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon in BEHIND THE CANDELABRA | ©2013 HBO/Claudette Barius

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has long been interested in the late pianist Liberace as a potential subject for a film. When Scott Thorson, who was Liberace’s lover for six years, wrote a book (with Alex Thorliefson) about their relationship, Soderbergh felt he had the spine of his story. The result is BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, which premieres Sunday night, May 26, on HBO at 9 PM. Directed by Soderbergh from a screenplay by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Jerry Weintraub, the film stars Michael Douglas (who previously worked with Soderbergh in TRAFFIC) as Liberace and Matt Damon (who has costarred in Soderbergh’s […]Read On »

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CD Review: SIDE EFFECTS soundtrack

SIDE EFFECTS soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

Though he’s Oscar-nominated for the fun, and very busy score to SKYFALL, Thomas Newman’s most interesting work has always lay in the minimal, electronically ethereal, world-rock sound that announced a truly unique musical voice in the 80s with the likes of THE LOST BOYS, LIGHT OF DAY and THOSE SECRETS – a TV soundtrack that also marked one of Varese Sarabande’s earliest specialty releases. So it’s fitting that the label would provide a welcome return to Newman’s beautifully chilly sound for SIDE EFFECTS, a score that brings him back to musical basics with filmmaker Steven Soderbergh after funk of ERIN […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GUYS WITH KIDS star Jesse Bradford discusses ITEM 47 and his NBC sitcom

Jesse Bradford in GUYS WITH KIDS - Season 1| ©2013 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

In NBC’s GUYS WITH KIDS, Jesse Bradford plays Chris, the one single father among the title characters parenting infant; his pals and fellow dads are played by Anthony Anderson and Zach Cregger. Connecticut native Bradford has been appearing in front of cameras since he was in a Q-tip commercial before the age of one. When he was fourteen years old, he starred in the feature KING OF THE HILL for director Steven Soderbergh; he was also the hero of CLOCKSTOPPERS and SWIMFAN, among other theatrical credits, and had an arc on THE WEST WING. His previous gig as a TV […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SIDE EFFECTS

SIDE EFFECTS | (c) 2013 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw, Ann Dowd Writer: Scott Z. Burns Director: Steven Soderbergh Distributor: Open Road Release Date: February 8, 2013 SIDE EFFECTS starts out seeming like it’s going to be a movie about a severely depressed young woman, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), whose life is upended once when her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is released from prison after a stint for insider trading. Emily’s existence goes through even bigger changes she agrees to be a guinea pig for a new antidepressant. This is the set-up, but the movie turns out […]Read On »

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News: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA star Michael Douglas talks about playing Liberace – TCA 2013

Michael Douglas will play Liberace in the HBO film BEHIND THE CANDELABRA | ©2012 HBO

This year, HBO not only taps into the life of Phil Spector for a TV movie, but also Liberace with the Steven Soderbergh directed BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Michael Douglas takes on the iconic role of the piano maestro as it delves into his personal life with young boy toy Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). While speaking about the film at the Winter TCA 2013 Cable Day, Douglas says he relished portraying the larger-than-life Liberace. “Characters are normally a little easier to play than things that might be closer to yourself,” says Douglas. “So actually, it’s sort of a license of freedom, […]Read On »

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2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Wrap Up

The L.A. Film Festival 2012 logo

Los Angeles is well known for a being a city of clashing cultures and this years LA Film Festival found its opening night film competing with the aftermath of the LA King hockey championship celebration. It all happened around the LA Live center that includes the mammoth Staples Center, Club Noikia and the LA Live Regal Cinemas. So if you’d come down on Thursday, June 14th you could have watched the Stanley Cup winning Kings parade down Figueroa St and then assemble in the Staples Center for a ticket only rally. If you like your entertainment a bit more cinematic […]Read On »

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