Sunday’s Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie Takes Viewers “Away & Back”

Sunday's Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie Takes Viewers "Away & Back"

In the lead up to Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark Channel has released its second Hallmark Hall of Fame movie since the franchise moved to the channel in December. The network’s latest offering is about love, loss and  … swans. When a family of swans make their home on the Peterson family’s farm, it’s love at first sight for 10-year-old daughter Frankie. But when one of the swans perishes, leaving behind a nest filled with eggs, possessive and protective ornithologist Ginny rushes in to save them. “She may be great working with birds, but she’s terribly insensitive when it comes to … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: The Boxtrolls: Ben Kingsley Voices Archibald Snatcher

VOD Spotlight: The Boxtrolls: Ben Kingsley Voices Archibald Snatcher

Portraying a character — whether human, animal or other — in an animated movie involves varying elements of performance. Actors’ vocal performances are recorded first, often over a year in advance, and a character’s animator(s) align their own performances with the voice work. The Boxtrolls producer and lead animator Travis Knight notes, “An animation performance is comprised of two parts: the vocal performance supplied by the actor, and the visual performance furnished by the animator. It’s an unconventional collaboration that can span years. But it all starts with the perfect voice.” Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley was sought for the … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Filming “Lucy”

VOD Spotlight: Filming "Lucy"

When director Luc Besson wrote the first version of the script for Lucy 10 years ago, he intended for the action to be set in Taipei, Taiwan. He had gone to the city in 1997 on a promotional tour for The Fifth Element and loved the people and the feel of the city. When the time came to scout locations for this action-thriller, the filmmakers considered a few different Asian cities in which to film the picture — for budget and logistical purposes. Says Besson: “The funny thing is that, in the end, we shot in Taipei and picked the … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 19-25

On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 19-25

On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 19-25 Annabelle John and Mia are expecting their first child, and her husband’s gift of a doll she has long sought is a welcome occurrence. What’s not welcome is the satanic cult that attacks the couple and the strange events that follow. A prequel to the horror film The Conjuring. Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard (R, 1:39) 1/20 The Boxtrolls (3-D) A community of rather odd creatures exists below the streets in a merry little town. Each is defined solely by the name on the discarded box he or she wears. But one of … Continue reading

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Hana Mae Lee live tweets during “Pitch Perfect” network television premiere

Hana Mae Lee live tweets during "Pitch Perfect" network television premiere

As fans eagerly await Pitch Perfect 2, coming to theaters in May, ABC Family will broadcast the network television premiere of the hit 2012 musical comedy Pitch Perfect, Costar Hana Mae Lee, who played Lilly Okanakamura, will be taking part in a live Twitter chat (@hanamaelee) during the East Coast airing using #PitchPerfectParty. Pitch Perfect finds Beca (Anna Kendrick) arriving at her new college and finding herself not right for any clique. Somehow, she is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good … Continue reading

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Lifetime premieres Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances hosted by Clive Davis

Lifetime premieres Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances hosted by Clive Davis

Saturday night is all about Whitney Houston on Lifetime. Immediately following the world premiere of the all-new biopic Whitney — directed by Angela Bassett and starring Yaya DaCosta in the title role — the network will air a pair of specials delving into the life, loves and career highlights of the late pop superstar. • RELATED: Lifetime’s ‘Whitney’: Angela Bassett on telling Houston’s love story in her directorial debut Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney will feature an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview with Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown by Access Hollywood‘s Shaun Robinson that covers his and Houston’s marriage, their highs and lows, and the ultimate downfall of their romance. … Continue reading

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Rod Taylor to be remembered in TCM film tribute

Rod Taylor to be remembered in TCM film tribute

Actor Rod Taylor passed away Jan. 7 at the age of 84. To celebrate his long career, which featured some iconic films (including his final credited role, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air a five-film tribute to the actor on Jan. 29. The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to Rod Taylor: TCM Remembers Rod Taylor – Thursday, Jan. 29 (All Times Eastern) 8pm: The Time Machine (1960) – based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells 10pm: The Birds (1963, pictured) – starring Tippi Hedren and Suzanne … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Behind The Scenes on A Walk Among the Tombstones

VOD Spotlight: Behind The Scenes on A Walk Among the Tombstones

While 1999 may not seem that long ago, there are stylistic differences in fashion and clothing that had to be observed and followed for those working behind the scenes on A Walk Among the Tombstones. Based on Lawrence Block’s best-selling series of mystery novels, the film tells the story of private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson), who is hired by drug kingpin Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens) to find out who kidnapped and murdered Kristo’s wife. Costume designer Betsy Heimann’s challenge was to design a 1999-inspired look that was also timeless. For Scudder’s character, she created a dark uniform of sorts. “Scudder’s … Continue reading

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TCA: The Dovekeepers — here’s a first look at the CBS miniseries event! (video)

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The CBS miniseries adaptation of Alice Hoffman’s 2011 bestseller The Dovekeepers will premiere over two nights March 31 and April 1. Appearing with some of her cast at today’s Television Critics Association press tour, Roma Downey (who coproduced the project with husband Mark Burnett under their Lightkeepers Media umbrella) said the mini’s debut immediately following NCIS was chosen in part to capitalize on The Dovekeepers star — and former NCIS favorite — Coté de Pablo’s fan base. Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 12-18

On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 12-18

On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 12-18 The Identical  The son of a preacher rejects his father’s desire to join the ministry and instead pursues a love of rock and roll music, ultimately uncovering a family secret that reveals who he really is. Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd (PG, 1:47) 1/13 Jimi: All Is By My Side Covering a transformative year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67, in which he went from a New York City backing musician to making his mark in London’s music scene. Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots (R, 1:58) 1/13 Love Is Strange Depicts the delicate nature of two … Continue reading

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