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Horror

VOD Spotlight: “A Nightmare On Elm Street’s” new and terrifying Freddy

When you sleep and dream, he kills. That’s the premise that has kept plenty of young horror fans awake for days after seeing the 1984 film about Freddy Krueger and his razor-fingered hands. This movie spawned sequels, related films and a TV series. Wes Craven wrote the original A Nightmare on Elm Street after he became inspired by a series of newspaper articles about children who had suffered through a war and died from the power of their recurring nightmares. The initial low-budget film, which starred Robert Englund as Freddy, became an international sensation for New Line Cinema — affectionately […]

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Drama

VOD Spotlight: “Splice” is fiction on the razor’s edge of science

In the science-fiction thriller Splice, two research scientists — a power couple played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley — work at splicing genetic components into hybrids in a search for new ways to fight disease. When their financial backers move their research in a different direction, the pair push the limits of their skills and secretly create a new, partially human life form. Director Vincenzo Natali, who devoted years to developing Splice, says of the science behind the story, “The technology is advancing so rapidly, I think it took scientists less time to map the human genome than it […]

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Drama

VOD Spotlight: “Howl” — The Voice of Artistic Freedom

In October 1955, poet Allen Ginsberg intoned his poem Howl at a gathering at Six Gallery in San Francisco. He seemed, some listeners reported, rather drunk, but his reading mesmerized his audience. Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti was in the audience, and later published the poem as part of his Pocket Poets series, which brought out first editions of serious literature and sold them at the City Lights bookstore. In 1957, undercover police purchased the copy of the hallucinatory ode to the beat generation, and promptly arrested Ferlinghetti and the bookstore manager on the grounds of obscenity. The store manager’s charges were […]

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Action

VOD Spotlight: Zoe Saldana’s incredible moves in “The Losers”

Zoe Saldana has had a marvelous recent career — first playing the young Uhura in the 2009 Star Trek and soon after as Avatar’s beautiful Na’vi, Neytiri. In The Losers, she plays Aisha, a mysterious woman who helps a commando group track down an enemy affiliated with the CIA who double-crossed them and left them for dead. As in Avatar, the role was physically demanding. But Saldana, who has a background in dance and had trained in martial arts for her role as Neytiri, was a natural choice to play Aisha. “When we started discussing the role of Aisha, I […]

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Magazine Archive

Moms And Daughters Learn To Shop — For Each Other on “You’re Wearing That?!?” on WE tv

Mothers and daughters have a complicated relationship and, as any who have ever gone shopping together — particularly when a prom dress is involved — can attest, clothing often causes some of their most emotional interactions. Yet it’s an area where each has the other’s best interest at heart. Personal stylist Luciene Salomone knows their fashion concerns. Drawing on her experience, she helps moms and daughters find great new looks in the series You’re Wearing That?!?, premiering Aug. 19 on WE tv. We spoke with Salomone just after she returned from a vacation in Riviera Maya. Well rested, she gave […]

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“The Cove” Exposes Japan’s Secret Dolphin Slaughter

For many, the image of dolphins is linked to the TV series Flipper, in which a dolphin was the friend of a young boy. The “smile,” the antics, the good-natured sounds all made people want to see these beautiful creatures close up. The series led to the creation of SeaWorld and other aquatic-themed parks across the country. And his involvement with the series is also former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry’s greatest regret and led to his life’s passion of dolphin rescue. For his feature-length documentary The Cove — which exposes a dolphin slaughter that takes place each year near Taiji, […]

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Action

VOD Spotlight: “Cop Out” captures that New York state of mind

By Elaine Bergstrom Cop Out is the story of two partners in the New York Police Department on the trail of a rare mint-condition baseball card stolen from one of them, just before he plans to sell it to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding. It’s the sort of buddy story that Bruce Willis, who plays Jimmy Moore, the card’s rightful owner, is perfectly at home with. His partner, Paul Hodges, is played by Tracy Morgan, whose comedic flair is perfect for a film blending comedy and action. The story takes place in Queens and Brooklyn, where the police are […]

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VOD Spotlight: “The Runaways” lets actors channel their inner rock stars

By Elaine Bergstrom Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning have been spending a lot of time together in the last few years, appearing together in two Twilight Saga films, and they are scheduled to appear in a third. The two also play punk rock stars Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, of the ’70s all-girl band The Runaways, in the film of the same name. Stewart cut off her long hair and dyed it black for the role, which necessitated wearing a wig for some of her scenes as Bella in Eclipse. She also spent time on the set with Jett, who […]

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Mary Occhino Shares The Story Of Her Psychic Family

“Psychic ability runs in families,” says psychic Mary Occhino, host of the SIRIUS Satellite Radio show Angels on Call and the new reality series Mary Knows Best, airing Thursdays beginning July 15 on Syfy. And, she notes, it certainly runs in hers, as she tells us in this exclusive interview. When did you realize you had this gift? Was your family supportive? Did this make growing up hard? Mary Occhino: I never realized I was different until I went to school. My entire family is intuitive, let’s put it that way. As a child I didn’t know what a psychic […]

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Drama

Peter Weller joins the Cast of “Dexter”

By Elaine Bergstrom A great series attracts great guest stars who get plenty of Emmy buzz. Possibly hoping to emulate John Lithgow — whose chilling portrayal of a serial killer last season earned him an Emmy nod along with star Michael C. Hall — Peter Weller joins the cast for Dexter’s fifth season. Weller, best known for starring in Robocop, will play a more ordinary police officer caught up in an internal affairs investigation at Miami Metro. No word on his relationship to Dexter, who will be seen going through the grieving process following the horrific murder of his wife […]