Saturday, June 2, 2012

Classic Horror Movie Marathon - Turner Classic Movies (TCM): Schedule Jun 6 '12

Source: TCM schedulebot [NOTE: TCM schedule subject to change(s)]



06:00 AM Frankenstein (1931)

The shocker about the scientist (Colin Clive) who creates a monster (Boris Karloff) from the dead. A film classic adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley. Definitive monster movie, with Clive as the ultimate mad scientist, creating a man-made being (Karloff) but inadvertently giving him a criminal brain. It's creaky at times, and cries for a music score, but it's still impressive . . . as is Karloff's performance in the role that made him a star. Long-censored footage, restored in 1987, enhances the impact of several key scenes, including the drowning of a little girl.

Cast includes Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye, Frederick Kerr, Lionel Belmore.


07:15 AM Doctor X (1932)

A newshound (Lee Tracy) investigates a wave of full-moon murders. Police have tracked the "full-moon strangler" to Atwill's experimental laboratory. Ludicrous Grand Guignol chiller (Wray's entrance has her screaming--for no reason at all) is a must for horror-film buffs because of its Anton Grot sets, special Max Factor makeup, and rich use of two-color Technicolor... but it creaks badly and seems much longer than it is.

Cast includes Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster, Robert Warwick, Mae Busch.


08:45 AM Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1932)

Fredric March won an Oscar for his dual performance in this stylish version of the Stevenson classic. Exciting, floridly cinematic version of famous story with March in Oscar-winning portrayal of tormented doctor, Hopkins superb as tantalizing Ivy.

Cast includes Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes.


10:30 AM Freaks (1932)

Tod Browning's cult classic, about the relationship between a circus midget (Harry Earles) and a trapeze artist (Olga Baclanova). A unique movie about a traveling sideshow and the camaraderie of its unusual performers, goaded to vengeance by cruel trapeze star Baclanova. Horror-film master Tod Browning gathered an incredible cast of real-life sideshow freaks for this bizarre and fascinating film.

Cast includes Wallace Ford, Olga Baclanova, Leila Hyams, Harry Earles, Roscoe Ates, Johnny Eck, Daisy and Violet Hilton, Prince Randian, Zip and Pip, Schlitze.


11:45 AM The Mask Of Fu Manchu (1932)

Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy play the doctor and his predatory daughter in this entertaining old-style melodrama. Elaborate chiller of Chinese madman Karloff menacing expedition searching for tomb of Genghis Khan. Adaptation of Sax Rohmer novel is ornate and hokey, but fun; Loy is terrific as Fu's deliciously evil daughter.

Cast includes Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley, Myrna Loy, Charles Starrett, Jean Hersholt.


01:00 PM Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Chiller about a mad doctor (Bela Lugosi) at large in Paris. A mad doctor tries to mix human and gorilla blood with deadly results. Expressionistic horror film based on Poe story, with Lugosi as fiendish Dr. Mirakle, with eyes on lovely Fox as the bride of his pet ape in 1845 Paris.

Cast includes Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Waycoff (Ames), Bert Roach, Noble Johnson, Brandon Hurst, Arlene Francis.


02:15 PM Island of Lost Souls (1933)

The H.G. Wells tale of a doctor (Charles Laughton) conducting experiments with man and beast. On a remote island, a mad scientist turns wild animals into human monsters. Strong adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel of a mad scientist isolated on a remote island, where he transforms jungle beasts into half-human abominations (". . . are we not men?''). Laughton hams it up a bit, but despite more explicit horror films of late, this retains its frightening aura, particularly in the grisly finale.

Cast includes Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Kathleen Burke, Stanley Fields, Leila Hyams.


03:30 PM Mad Love (1935)

A mad surgeon (Peter Lorre) replaces the crushed hands of a pianist (Colin Clive) with those of a guillotined murderer. Famous Hands of Orlac story refitted for Lorre as mad Paris surgeon in love with married Drake. He agrees to operate on her pianist husband's injured hands, with disastrous results.

Cast includes Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive, Ted Healy, Sara Haden, Edward Brophy, Keye Luke.


04:45 PM Mark Of The Vampire (1935)

Tod Browning directed this tale of strange evils stalking a village. Vampires seem to be connected to an unsolved murder. Delightful, intriguing tale of vampires terrorizing European village; inspector Atwill, vampire expert Barrymore investigate. Beautifully done, with an incredible ending. Remake of Browning's silent LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT.

Cast includes Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Carol (Carroll) Borland, Jean Hersholt, Donald Meek.


06:00 PM The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Charles Laughton's fine performance dominates this vivid adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic. A deformed bell ringer rescues a gypsy girl falsely accused of witchcraft and murder. Superb remake of Lon Chaney silent is even better than the original. Laughton, as Victor Hugo's misshapen bell-ringer Quasimodo, is haunting and unforgettable. Magnificently atmospheric studio recreation of 15th-century Paris also a big plus. Film debut of O'Brien, and U.S. debut of O'Hara.

Cast includes Charles Laughton, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien, Alan Marshal, Walter Hampden, Harry Davenport, George Zucco, Curt Bois, George Tobias, Rod La Rocque.

The Big Bang Theory - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Jim Parsons Video Interview

Source: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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Thursday May 31, 2012

Actor Jim Parsons has something in common with the Fonz, and tells why NYC is a better place to be unemployed than Los Angeles.


Jim Parsons stars in the stage play, "Harvey," through August 5, 2012. (Video interview at Harvey link.)

Playing At

Studio 54
254 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

Harvey is a six-foot-tall rabbit invisible to everyone except Elwood, much to the exasperation of his sister, Veta. In order to save the family’s social reputation, Veta takes Elwood to the local sanatorium. But when the doctors mistakenly commit his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood—and Harvey—slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

Continuum (Canada) - SciFi and TV Talk: Lexa Doig Interview

Source: SciFi and TV Talk [follow link for complete interview]


SCIFI AND TV TALK: Valentine's Day: Interview with Continuum's Lexa Doig

by Steve Eramo

Throughout her acting career, Lexa Doig has often had one foot in the present and one in the future, having been, for example, a series regular on the outer space TV Sci-Fi drama Andromeda as well as played a recurring role on the Earth-based Sci-Fi show Stargate SG-1. Currently, the beautiful and talented actress is walking a fine line between the two, playing Sonya Valentine, a convicted terrorist who along with her associates and a lone CPS (City Protective Services) officer, Kiera Cameron, are transported back in time from 2077 to 2012 in the new hit Canadian-made Sci-Fi/Police Drama Continuum.

Doig initially read for the Kiera role, and a short time later her agent received a phone call from the show’s producers, who were interested in her playing Soyna. Another audition followed, and before she knew it, the actress was in front of the camera shooting Continuum’s first season opener, A Stitch in Time.

Our first day on-set – what a ton of fun that was,” recalls Doig during a lunch break on Continuum's Vancouver set. “I was working with a number of amazing people, including [director] Jon Cassar, who is pretty special. He’s an excellent director who really knows what he’s doing. What’s great about Jon is that he runs a tight ship and yet is an extremely amenable and approachable guy. Not only does he know everything about what’s going on in the story, but he’s also aware of any concerns that the actors might have. You can tell that Jon has already thought about all that..."

Continuum airs Sunday at 9/8C on Showcase in Canada. Cast includes Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Lexa Doig, Stephen Lobo, Richard Harmon, Brian Markinson and Stargate Universe's Jennifer Spence.

Defiance - Video Featurette: Trailer # 2 'Bringing two worlds together'

Source: You Tube



In Defiance™, the future is a dangerous place. Starship wreckage is raining to Earth in massive "Arkfall" events that transform the landscape. Experience one first-hand as countless other players -- and a star from the Syfy series -- battle to survive and profit. Watch Ark Hunters wield the weapons of tomorrow against alien-hybrid horrors in a dynamic, scaling encounter, then travel seamlessly through a unified world into the weekly TV series. This -- Defiance -- is the future of transmedia entertainment.

The first of its kind, Defiance is the quintessential media property created with Igniters in mind— sparking their imaginations while encouraging them to truly open their minds to what is possible.

Set on Earth thirty years in the future, Defiance is a story of courage and survival on a new frontier where humans and aliens must band together to defend their very existence. United they stand. Divided they fall. It’s do or die in the small town of Defiance.

Defiance airs on Syfy on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9/8C with a two-hour premiere episode.

Defiance website.

Cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Graham Greene, Jaime Murray, Tony Curran and Stephanie Leonidas.

Source: You Tube

Defiance Combat Gameplay Teaser

Longmire - A&E TV Video: 'Shave' Preview NEW Jun 3 '12

Source: A&E TV



A symbol of authority? Or something less inspiring? The Sheriff contemplates while he shaves in this preview for the new A&E series, Longmire.

Widowed only a year, Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) is a man in psychic repair that buries his pain behind a brave face and dry wit. Struggling since his wife’s death and at the urging of his daughter (Cassidy Freeman), Longmire knows that the time has come to turn his life around. With the help of a female deputy (Katee Sackhoff) new to the department, he becomes reinvigorated about his job and committed to running for re-election. When an ambitious young deputy (Bailey Chase) decides to run against him for sheriff, Longmire feels betrayed but remains steadfast in his dedication to the community.

Cast includes Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.

Amanda Tapping - Sanctuary - 2012 Leo Awards Winners

Source: Leo Awards [follow link for complete list of winners]

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The 2012 Leo Awards were held on May 25/26 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Leo Awards are a project of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, Canada. The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote the achievements of the British Columbia film and television industry through the presentation of an annual awards program – the Leo Awards.

This year, Sanctuary's Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne were the hosts of the Gala Awards Ceremony on May 26.

Sanctuary was honored with 18 nominations, and won four awards in the following categories:

Visual Effects
- Matt Belbin, Colin Ebbeson, Lee Wilson, Sebastein Bergeron, Les Quinn
- Sanctuary - Chimera

Production Design
- Bridget McGuire - Sanctuary - Tempus

Costume Design
- Christina McQuarrie - Sanctuary - Tempus

Guest Performance by a Female
- Pascale Hutton - Sanctuary - Fugue

Other SciFi series winners included:



- Rebecca Lee, April Boyes, Ceilidh Dunn - Stargate Universe - Epilogue

Additionally, Sanctuary's Ryan Robbins won Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama for Marilyn, and Christopher Heyerdahl won Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series for R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour - Fear Never Knocks.

Various articles covering the Leo Awards:

The Province - Brothers & Sisters big winner at 2012 Leo Awards

The Province - Backstage at the Leos goes from indie to mainstream - Ryan Robbins and Christopher Heyerdahl Interviews

Vancouver Sun - BC's Leo Awards honours film, TV achievements in difficult times

Vamcouver Sun - Leos roar at Hotel Vancouver

Longmire - TV Guide: Katee Sackhoff Interview

Source: TV Guide [follow link for complete interview]


TV GUIDE: Longmire's Katee Sackhoff: New A&E Series Is "a Throwback to the Old Westerns"

Jun 1, 2012
by Natalie Abrams

Katee Sackhoff has traded in her viper flight suit for a badge and gun.

The Battlestar Galactica alum stars alongside Robert Taylor in A&E's new drama Longmire, a modern-day western that follows the life of the recently widowed Sheriff Walt Longmire and his deputy, Victoria Moretti, as they navigate the varying degree of crimes — from the most mundane (shooting sheep) to the most gruesome (sex trafficking) — in a small town in Wyoming.

Where Walt is quiet, yet dedicated and unflappable, Vic offers the fish-out-of-water comedic timing in this slower-paced, heavily character-driven drama, which also stars Bailey Chase as another deputy looking to unseat Walt as the Sheriff, Lou Diamond Phillips as Walt's liaison to the crimes that take place on the Indian reservation, and Smallville's Cassidy Freeman as Walt's daughter Cady.

To get acquainted with the new series, turned to Sackhoff, who calls Longmire "a throwback to the old Westerns," which could play in the show's favor following the recent raving success of History's period miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. Get the scoop...


... TV Guide: Tell us about the premise of Longmire and who Victoria is.

Katee Sackhoff: "Walt Longmire is a sheriff in a fictional town in Wyoming called Absaroka County. I play his deputy, Victoria Moretti, who is a transplant from Philadelphia. She was a homicide detective in Philadelphia, and her husband works for the gas company and she goes with him. She stems from a family of cops. Two of her three brothers and her father are all police officers. She's from a very stereotypical East Coast Italian family and moves with her husband and is a bit blown away by everything that's going on around her.

There's one episode where she actually has to go track a bear and she's like, "A bear? Do we have to get a warrant for the bear or do we just go pick him up? Do we ask for him to come with us? I don't know what we do." So she's really funny and she's got the quips, and she always keeps Longmire on his toes, which is kind of the heart of their relationship. She takes the piss out of him as much as possible...

Longmire premieres Sunday at 10/9c on A&E.

The Columnist - The Broadway League: John Lithgow Video Interview

Source: The Broadway League You Tube channel



The 2012 Tony Award® nominations were announced on Tuesday, May 1st. The next day, Tony Nominee John Lithgow sat down with The Broadway League to discuss "The Columnist".

The 2012 Tony Award® ceremonies airs live on CBS on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 8/7C.

For decades, Joseph Alsop was the most powerful journalist in the country. He was beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world. But as the '60s approached and American culture entered a time of dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe was embroiled in became deeply personal as well. Tony® and Emmy® Award winner John Lithgow takes on the role of Joseph Alsop in The Columnist. David Auburn, whose Pulitzer- and Tony-winning Proof dazzled audiences and critics alike, returns to MTC (Manhattan Theatre Club) with this fascinating new play directed by his Proof collaborator, Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.

Cast includes John Lithgow, Margaret Colin, Stephen Kunken, Marc Bonan, Grace Gummer and Stargate Universe's Brian J. Smith.

The play's run has now been extended to run through July 1, 2012.

Manhattan Theatre Club
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street
New York, NY

To purchase tickets, call Telecharge at: (212) 239-6222 or outside the NY metro area,: (800) 872-8997; TDD/TTY: (212) 239-2820 or TDD/TTY: (888)889-8587.

Fringe - The Broadway League: Michael Cerveris Video Interview

Source: The Broadway League You Tube channel

Fringe Friday


The 2012 Tony Award® nominations were announced on Tuesday, May 1st. The next day, Tony Nominee Michael Cerveris sat down with The Broadway League to discuss "Evita".

The 2012 Tony Award® ceremonies airs live on CBS on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 8/7C.