Exclusive Interview: FACE OFF host McKenzie Westmore makes up

McKenzie Westmore hosts FACE OFF | ©2011 Syfy/Evans Vestal Ward

McKenzie Westmore seems the perfect choice to host Syfy’s special effects makeup competition series FACE OFF, which has its season finale tonight at 10 PM (the show was just renewed for a second season). As an actress, Westmore has the personality to keep things lively on the air – besides FACE OFF, she can currently be seen on the online soap opera THE BAY – and she actually has makeup effects heritage. Her father is legendary makeup effects artist Michael Westmore, of the famed Westmore makeup dynasty. She talks past, present and future with ASSIGNMENT X in this exclusive interview. […]Read On »

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SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE will be the 200th original movie for Syfy

SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE poster | ©2011 After Dark Films

It’s hard to believe that the Syfy Channel Saturday night movie originals have been going strong for nine years running, and now their 200th film, SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE, is arriving on the cable network on March 26 at 9pm (ET/PT). A co-production with After Dark Films, SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE stars Lauren Holly and Lance Henriksen and follows a college professor who opens up a mysterious ancient box that releases a blood-curdling cry as well as the spectral spirit of the Banshee. Once you hear its scream, you’re doomed to die and now the professor, along with her daughter […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 1 – “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong”

Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong” | ©2011 Syfy/Phillipe Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Gianpaolo Venuta, Kristen Hager, Sarah Allen, Alison Louder, Angela Galuppo Writers: Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke Director: Charles Biname Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 21, 2011 In the latest BEING HUMAN episode “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong,” werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) makes up with hospital colleague Nora (Kristen Hager) and she agrees to come over to the house to have supper. Unfortunately, this is while ghost Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) emotions are making the building shake. Vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) calls Sally’s fiancé/murderer Danny (Gianpaolo Venuta) over […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – SEASON ONE – “The End of the World As We Knew It”

Sam Huntington and Andreas Apergis in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - "The End of the World As We Knew It" | ©2011 Syfy/Phillip Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Mark Pellegrino, Gianpaolo Venuta Writer: Nancy Won Director: Charles Biname Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 14, 2011 So far, Syfy’s BEING HUMAN is following the original BBC BEING HUMAN fairly closely. “The End of the World As We Knew It” is the U.S. episode where two of our three protagonists find out how they got the way they are – a werewolf and a ghost – while our third lead finds out what his vampire sire is planning for the world. ut another way, Josh (Sam Huntington) learns that fellow […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HIGHLANDER star Adrian Paul has his sights on EYEBORGS

Adrian Paul in EYEBORGS

As anyone who was a fan of HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES can tell you, there’s only one Adrian Paul. The London-born actor, who starred as the Immortal Duncan MacLeod for six HIGHLANDER seasons and two follow-up feature films, has added considerably to his resume since then on both sides of the camera. Currently, Paul has started a production company and is starring in EYEBORGS, a combination science-fiction actioner/political thriller, as R.J. “Gunner” Reynolds. The film (currently available on DVD and Blu-ray) will have its television premiere tonight at 6:30 PM EST on Syfy. ASSIGNMENT X: What is EYEBORGS about? ADRIAN PAUL: […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – SEASON 1 – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice (If We Were Human)”

Sam Huntington in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - “Wouldn’t It Be Nice (If We Were Human)” | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sarah Allen, Gianpaolo Venuta, Andreas Apergis Writer: Chris Dingess Director: Jerry Ciccoritti Network: Syfy, Airs Monday nights Airdate: February 7, 2011 So far, the U.S. BEING HUMAN is following the broad strokes of the U.K. original. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice (If We Were Human)” expands a bit on the werewolf education subplot by having the mentor figure, here called Ray (Andreas Apergis), turn out to be violently anti-vampire, which provides a bit of extra suspense here. Of course, werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) doesn’t know this about Ray when Ray introduces himself – in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BEING HUMAN takes a bite out of Sam Witwer and Mark Pellegrino

Sam Witwer and Mark Pellegrino in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2011 Syfy

On BEING HUMAN, a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost share a house and their mutual yet disparate attempts to achieve something like the title condition. The actors playing the series’ two principal vampires, Sam Witwer as roommate Aidan and Mark Pellegrino as police lieutenant (and Aidan’s sire) Bishop, likewise share a few things, like a background in cult hits. Pellegrino was the quasi-saintly Jacob (Pellegrino jokingly refers to him as “diet Jesus”) on LOST, the Earthly incarnation of Lucifer on SUPERNATURAL, Rita’s violent ex-husband on DEXTER; Witwer also appeared on DEXTER, as well as being Davis Bloome, aka Doomsday, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SFX artist Glenn Hetrick takes his FACE OFF

Glenn Hetrick is a judge on FACE OFF | ©2011 Syfy/Evans Vestal Ward

In the often copycat world of reality competition television, Syfy’s series FACE OFF, premiering tonight (Wednesday) at 10 PM, is a first. Twelve contestants are assembled, not to sing, dance or romance, but rather to prove their excellence and originality in the realm of special-effects makeup. The regular judges for the twelve-contestant, eight-week show include multiple Oscar winner Ve Neill (BEETLEJUICE, ED WOOD, MRS. DOUBTFIRE), Patrick Tatopoulos (the UNDERWORLD films, the GODZILLA remake) and Glenn Hetrick, who runs the Optic Nerve special effects make-up shop (HEROES, CSI: NY). The host is actress McKenzie Westmore, of the Westmore effects makeup dynasty. […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 1 – “There Goes the Neighborhood Pt. 1” – Series Premiere

Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - "There Goes the Neighborhood Pt.1" | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sarah Allen, Gianpaolo Venuta, Mark Pellegrino Writers: Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke based on the U.K. series BEING HUMAN created by Toby Whithouse Director: Adam Kane Network: Syfy, airs Mondays Original Telecast: January 17, 2011 Syfy has taken a considerable risk in developing the popular U.K. genre series BEING HUMAN into an American off-shoot. It’s not that there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just that the U.K. series is still so fresh in our minds – and about to head into Season Three as we speak. Plus, it’s damn good. You never want […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Syfy’s BEING HUMAN vs. the BBC version? The producers weigh in on the differences

Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2011 Syfy

With the American remake of the recent BBC series BEING HUMAN set to debut on Syfy on January 17, the cast and executive producers appeared today at the Winter 2011 TCA’s to talk about the similarities and differences between the two incarnations of the show. The basic premise remains: vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) and ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) all share a loft together and try to get to the bottom of what it’s like to “being human.” “I would say if you’re a fan of the original, you’re going to see a show that starts much […]Read On »

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