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Frustrating behind-the-scenes concert doc The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble makes accomplished musicians look like nervous suitors at a manic speed-dating meetup. Five members of Ma's 59-piece group, including...
5 months ago | Film and TV
Superhero fans may not know stunt coordinator Philip J Silvera's name, but they do know his work. Silvera's choreography turned heads in such recent comic-book adaptations as the Arkham Knight and Arkham Origins Batman video games, the record-brea...
6 months ago | Film and TV
Here's a question faced by the creators of almost every superhero adaptation: How do do you pull this off without copying Frank Miller’s Batman? Too many modern superhero dramas — including the Dark Knight films, Arrow, Daredevil and Batman v Supe...
The makers of the grim, film-school-sloppy horror-thriller The Girl in the Photographs never flesh out their provocative thesis: Photography is a predatory act that allows photographers to control their subjects. Neophyte director Nick...
7 months ago | Film and TV
The Pee-wee Productions logo that kicks off the new Netflix film Pee-wee's Big Holiday trumpets comedian-turned-actor Paul Reubens' comeback as the formerly ubiquitous man-child. Forget about The Pee-wee Herman Show, Reubens' fan-service-intensive...
The Tick Speaks: Patrick Warburton Talks Venture Brothers, Male Modeling and the Time Family Guy Went Too Far8 months ago | Film and TV
Patrick Warburton is that rare voice actor who looks like he sounds. His imposing, muscular physique complements his deep basso voice, but his warm tone gives a touch of soul to his many memorable performances as lunkheaded alpha males. Quite like...