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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Terrific Short: GUMSHOE

Gumshoe

A hard-boiled tale following Gumshoe, a private eye hot on the trail of his missing partner. In this world of femme fatales and hired goons, the truth lies beneath.
Official Selection of Telluride Film Festival and Raindance Film Festival
Francis Ford Coppola called it, "funny, unique and must've been hard to pull off."
Starring:
Lindsey Naves, Paget Brewster (voice), Curtis Armstrong (voice), Steve Mansfield, Maurice LaMarche (voice), Joseph Durand
Writer/Director:
Matt Steinauer


Mr.Disgusting: I’ve Seen the “Salem” Pilot Episode!

I’ve Seen the “Salem” Pilot Episode!

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Did the witches of Salem cast a spell on me?

WGN America will debut their first scripted series, “Salem”, this coming Sunday, April 20th, at 10p/9c.

I was lucky enough to see the pilot presentation ahead of the premiere and wanted to share some brief thoughts before you guys head into a new series.

Tonally, I like what WGNA did here; “Salem” isn’t pandering to teens or playing it safe, they’re going all-in on being a softer version of an HBO series. I’d say the perfect comparison would be an FX series as “Salem” carries a similar tone in terms of blood, sex and violence as “American Horror Story.” I might even go as far as to say the sex is about as risqué as I’ve seen on the softer side of cable.

The settings and design were also strong, although it felt a bit constricted in terms of scope. I can only assume we’ll venture out of Salem in future episodes.

Something I’ve noticed here on Bloody is the obsession with “Bates Motel” mommy Vera Farmiga. I can assure those of you who fixated on Vera that you’ll be mesmerized by Janet Montgomery, the series lead. Much like Jessica Lange’s character in all of the “American Horror Story” seasons, it’s a bit unclear if Montgomery is good or bad; either way she carries a crazy strong presence that’s captivating.Another interesting note is that, between the gore and action, I could see shades of Sam Raimi.

But my biggest issue with the pilot is that the overall arc is extremely unclear (the witches are planning a civil war?), and I couldn’t really figure out what the characters’ goals were – why do they do what they do? It made me ask myself more than once, “Why am I watching this?” I want to know what we’re working towards.

Still, the first episode was “just okay,” which is my review for pretty much any series pilot. It’s way too small of a sample size to recommend, but it didn’t annoy me, so that’s something.

Learn Some Secrets of Salem and Our Reasons Why You Should (or Shouldn't) Watch the Premiere

Learn Some Secrets of Salem and Our Reasons Why You Should (or Shouldn't) Watch the Premiere
We got a look at the premiere of WGN America's "Salem" a little early and are here to give you an idea of the seductive sorcery the series is offering plus provide a peek behind the scenes at the "Secrets of Salem."

Witches are hot properties on TV right now, and yes, they are the focus of the show with the horrific Salem, Massachusetts, witch trials ramping up and full-blown mass hysteria just around the corner. But these aren't your garden variety witches, and the storyline encompasses a much darker world than we're used to seeing on network TV.

In "Salem" there are also demons and wheeling and dealing with the devil, some very strange goings-on with a toad, a seemingly possessed woman being led around town like a rabid dog on a leash - and that's just in the first episode!

Plus there's nudity and blatant sexuality veering very close to HBO and Showtime standards.

Actually, it's classic "almost" nudity, and if you thought Alexandra Daddario's shirt was tenacious in Texas Chainsaw 3D covering up her private parts, wait until you see the tricks they pull in "Salem"!

It's not just the women who are showing their skin either. The men are just as carnal and apt to be a witch. And corruption runs deep. Fortunately, "Salem" isn't pulling any punches when it comes to portraying the hypocrisy of the church and the townsfolk who were accusing others of witchcraft.
WGN America's Salem
It may not be completely historically accurate, but just about everyone is a real historical figure like John Alden (Shane West) and Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel), with the recently announced Increase Mather (Stephen Lang) soon joining the fray, and so far it doesn't feel too contemporized. Obvious parallels are made to today's issues, but it doesn't beat you over the head with them. Nor does it take itself too seriously. (But again… that's only "so far" after watching just the pilot so don't blame us if it takes a downward turn like so many promising shows sadly do.)

The acting is decent overall. He may be a little vanilla, but I've been a fan of West since "Once and Again," and the standout newcomer for me is Ashley Madekwe as Tituba. Plus, it's always great to see Xander Berkeley, who looks fabulous with period-appropriate long hair, by the way (as does West). The costumes, sets, and atmosphere are all quite impressive - and oppressive, just like those Puritanical times.

So our verdict is yes, you should tune in for the premiere of "Salem"... unless you're only looking for something geared toward the younger crowd. In that case, you probably shouldn't as there isn't a single emo teen or high school dance in sight!

“Salem,” premiering on Sunday, April 20th, enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

Note that the pilot episode runs a bit over an hour so if you're DVRing it, be sure to add on an extra 10-15 minutes so you don't miss the ending.

"Salem" Episode 1.01 - "The Vow" (airs 4/20/14)
John Alden returns from war to discover that the woman he left behind is now married to another man and that his hometown of Salem, Mass., is in the midst of a witch panic in the premiere of this supernatural drama. 

Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton.

Keep your eyes on the "Salem" Facebook page for updates and more info.

ROPE : Featuring RILEY REID

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ROPE : THE FILM BY EMS : FEATURING RILEY REID [1],[2]

ROPE is the 2nd feature film documentary produced and directed by Eric Minh Swenson on the contemporary Southern California art scene. ROPE is a film that focuses on the intricate beauty and and ornate process of rope bondage as art and liberation from sexual norms. The film features Damon Pierce as rope artisan and bondage rigger. ROPE will present an in-depth look behind Pierce's passion as a BDSM educator and extreme performance artist. The film will also provide an impassioned view and joy among both sexes.
ROPE will be filmed in 2014 under the direction of Eric Minh Swenson throughout Los Angeles. For more info on Swenson and other projects please visit his website at thuvanarts.com.


'Californication': Heather Graham Adding Conflict To Hank's Life

'Californication' Final Season: Heather Graham on Adding Conflict to Hank Moody's Life

The "Hangover" and "Flowers in the Attic" actress, who begins her multiepisode arc on the Showtime series this Sunday, tells THR her character brings personal turmoil to David Duchovny's protagonist.

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Californication may be ending but it's final season is chock full of guest stars. One of whom is Heather Graham (The Hangover franchise, Lifetime's Flowers in the Attic), who had admittedly never seen the show. It was the chance to work with David Duchovny that was a crucial selling point.

"I had known David a little bit in the past; we have some mutual friends. I was excited about the idea of working with him," Graham tells The Hollywood Reporter of her seventh-season arc.

How does Graham factor into the final season of Showtime's dark comedy? For that answer, you have to go back to last week's premiere, when Hollywood's perennial struggling writer Hank Moody discovered that he unknowingly fathered a child years ago during one of his sexual trysts. Let's just say, Graham's character, Julia, figures into that part of Hank's story significantly.

But Graham was more coy about her character's description, for fear of spoiling the surprise -- though she did promise "some fun, sassy scenes." "I'm a dental hygienist. I don't think anyone can get mad at me for saying that," she says with a laugh. "I'm only allowed to say that I'm from David's past," who "adds a lot of conflict."

When Graham boarded the project, only one script -- the second episode -- had been written where her character was featured. Once creator Tom Kapinos knew Graham would be playing the part, he "definitely wrote the character more with my quirky personality and my voice."

The actress admitted that she had her own misconceptions of the show that, after watching dozens of episodes, she found to be unfounded. "To be totally honest, I think in the past I hadn't watched it because I thought, 'Oh this is a guy show.' I was like, 'This is a show that guys love because it's guys doing all these things that are fantasies of what they think about doing.' But when I watched it, I did like how complex [Hank Moody] was. He's emotionally complicated and they do write the women with some fun things to do. It was different what I thought it was," she says.

In addition to Graham, Californication is welcoming recognizable talent such as Michael Imperioli, playing a television producer, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, portraying a television writer. As Graham tells it, boarding a "well-oiled machine" in its last days was a unique experience. "It was amazing how fast they got things done. We had some days where we shot everything so quickly that it was shocking," she recalls. "And it was the funnest wrap party I'd ever been to."

"You had every musical act that had every been on the show, plus a bunch more, playing. It was the most over the top," Graham adds. Some of those musical acts that have appeared over the course of the series have included Marilyn Manson, Rick Springfield and RZA.

Graham recounted a story about Kapinos breaking down as production neared the end on the final episode. "I remember when we did the final episode he gave a little talk about how he's always hearing these characters' voices in his head and he got emotional about how much he loved the characters," she says. "It's just sweet that he's very passionate about the show and what he's writing."

Though the characters are colorful to watch, Graham isn't envious of the lives Hank and Co. lead. "It's not a life I would aspire to, but I do feel there's always a sense of hope," she says. "It's people who are struggling but there's always a sense of these characters are big-hearted and they're trying. They're pretty screwed up but at the end of the day, it feels like there's love there."

Californication airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime.