Saturday, December 13, 2014

Victor Garber to star in political thriller 'Food'

Victor Garber is headed back to the big screen. He'll be starring in 'Food,' a political thriller from Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein, the duo behind the 2012 comedy Lola Versus.

Lister-Jones will play the lead while Garber will co-star. Also in the supporting cast are Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Danny Glover, Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club), Anthony Edwards (ER) and Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men). The movie is currently filming in Illinois, and a release date has not been announced.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Album Review: Mia Maestro's "Si Agua"

Editor's note: I recently had the opportunity to check out Mia Maestro's debut album on behalf of Cinelinx.com. We're reprinting it here for your enjoyment!

Whenever you hear about actresses making the leap into music, the result is often an overproduced, autotuned pop mess that ends up as gathering dust in your iTunes library as a regretful purchase. And so it was with some trepidation that I approached reviewing "Si Agua," the debut album from actress Mia Maestro, known to American audiences for her roles in The Strain, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Alias, and Frida. I was afraid I would have to slam the musical offerings of an actress I had been a fan of since she first played Nadia Santos in Alias ten years ago.

Maestro is no stranger to music, however; she had previously contributed a song (“Llovera”) to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, which is also featured on this album. Even so, I wasn't sure what to expect from "Si Agua," an album that was recorded in Iceland with a number of local musicians and composers but was also inspired by Maestro’s Argentinian heritage.

I was pleasantly surprised to find "Si Agua" (which translates to "If Water") was not a pop album that echoed every other Top 40 album, but rather a unique mix of light jazz, wispy ballads, and traditional folk songs with both Latin and European influences. And the result is something both inspiring and deeply moving.

Maestro doesn't follow the tired trend of singers who think overpowering vocals and multiple runs equal talent. Her voice has a breathy, graceful delivery that blends so beautifully with the stringed instruments that you often cannot tell one from the other. There isn't even a hint of digital manipulation or autotuning of Maestro’s voice, which is absolutely refreshing and highlights just how good she is. Her voice is as comforting as a mother singing a lullaby, and the accompanying arrangements are smartly mixed, never overpowering the vocals, but supporting them fully. The songs alternate between both English and Spanish lyrics (the song title is an indicator), but even if you don’t speak the language, you won’t mind it a bit.

The songs all have a sweet, intimate feel, and have the sound of a live recording, in all the right ways. At one point, if you listen closely enough, you can even catch a musician count down the start of the song. “Si Agua,” the title track, leads off the album, mixing a Latin rhythm with a chorus of stringed instruments. Both “Wedding” and “Time to Go” have a feel of the best light jazz, with a stringed accompaniment.

“Blue Eyed Sailor” which features Irish folk rocker Damien Rice, is the standout track, evidenced by the music video produced to promote the song. Led off by a strong guitar riff reminiscent of classic 1960s rock (I suppose we can thank Rice for that), the song settles down into a pure ballad. Rather than allowing the instrumentals to go over the top, however, Maestro’s voice keeps the song grounded. It’s a fantastic song, and the video is just as good. “Otra Vez” is a beautiful ballad with a nice piano foundation, that builds to an outstanding symphonic chorus of violins. It is one of my personal favorites of the album. The piano/violin motif continues with “Llovera,” the song featured on the Twilight soundtrack.


“Kidnapped by Snow” is a nice fusion of light electronica and violins, with a Latin beat beneath. It must be heard to be appreciated. “Goodbye” will remind you of the better folk ballads of the 1970s, and the album ends strongly with “Barca,” which showcases Maestro’s voice with light violins.

With the participation of artists including Ben Frost, bass saxophonist Colin Stetson, pianist Thomas Bartlett, Shahzad Ismaily, Valgeir Sigurosson (producer for Bjork), composer Nico Muhly, and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Si Agua is a unique and fulfilling musical experience that perfectly showcases Maestro’s angelic voice. The album can be sampled on both iTunes and Amazon Music, and I highly recommend it.

ALBUM SPECS
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Running time: 41 minutes
Genre: International, Latin
Label: Nacional Records
Producer: Valgeir Sigurosson

Click here to purchase and download "Si Agua" from Amazon Music!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy birthday Ron Rifkin!

Happy birthday to the best baddie in the business - Ron Rifkin! The man who brought Arvin Sloane to life turns 76 today. Many happy returns to this immensely talented actor.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jennifer Garner sells sitcom to Fox

Jennifer Garner is heading back to television...sort of. Her production company, Vandalia Films, just sold a half-hour single-camera comedy, Half Full, to Fox, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. Garner will executive produce.

The comedy centers on a newlywed couple forced to put on hold their dream of moving to New York City because of impending (unexpected) parenthood. Instead, they have no choice but to stay at home in "beautiful" Agawam, Mass., keeping themselves within a five-mile radius of the husband's five bitter older siblings.

Matthew Nicklaw will pen the script and co-executive produce the comedy, with Vandalia's Juliana Janes on board to produce as well. Last season, Garner teamed with Butter screenwriter Jason Micallef for a strip club drama set up at Fox, and now she is prepping the mystery dramedy All the Pretty Faces at Bravo.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Greg Grunberg confirms role in Star Wars Episode VII

J.J. Abrams has a tradition of putting his childhood friend Greg Grunberg in every movie he makes. That, of course, has led to speculation that he would have to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII to keep the streak alive. On Thursday, Grunberg put the speculation to rest when he answered a Twitter question thusly:

And there you go. Will we see a Greg Grunberg as a Jedi action figure? Keep your fingers crossed!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

E!'s Kristin reminisces about Alias

Kristin Dos Santos of E! has always been a fan of Alias, and she took the time Friday to reminisce about the show. The column, titled "Flashback Friday: Remember When We Lived and Breathed By Every Move Sydney Bristow Made?" is a nice look back at the show. To read it for yourself, click right here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ben Affleck does the Ice Bucket Challenge, with help from Jennifer Garner

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New posters for Jennifer Garner's 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

Disney brings another classic book to life when "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" opens October 15. Jennifer Garner plays the mother to Alexander (Ed Oxenbould), while Steve Carell (The Office) plays the dad, and we have the two posters Disney is using to promote the film! The posters feature a clever before-and-after theme, with one featuring the family before the aforementioned "bad day," and one after. Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Carl Lumbly!

A big Happy Birthday to Agent Dixon himself, Carl Lumbly, whose big day is on August 14. Congrats and here's hoping for many more!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Are you watching Mia Maestro on FX's The Strain? You should be!

Guillermo del Toro's FX series The Strain is one of the creepiest and most entertaining shows we've seen in a while, made all the better by the fact that Mia Maestro appears as one of the leads. She plays Dr. Nora Martinez, a CDC scientist trying to save the world from, well, a strain. But there's more to it than that. I won't spoil it, but if you aren't watching it, you should. Just be warned: the violence can get quite gory, so it definitely isn't for young children.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Carl Lumbly joins A&E's 'The Returned'

Good news, Dixon fans! Carl Lumbly is returning to television in A&E’s "The Returned.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lumbly will have a supporting role in the 10-episode suspense series.

Based on the French series by Fabrice Gobert, “The Returned” focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have long been presumed dead, suddenly reappear, bringing them into positive and detrimental consequences.

Lumbly will play Pastor Leon Wright, the minister of a local church, who helps Rowan (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) through the difficult situation. Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Alejandro, Agnes Bruckner, Sophie Lowe, Sandrine Holt, Michelle Forbes, Tandi Wright, India Ennenga and Mat Vairo also star. Carlton Cuse (Lost) will serve as an executive producer. An airdate is unknown at this time.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Win a role in Star Wars Episode VII!



J.J.'s giving away a role in Star Wars Episode VII, and you could win it! Watch the video for a special message (and an appearance by a new alien) and click here to enter the contest with a donation!

Friday, May 9, 2014

New trailer for Jennifer Garner's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


Jennifer Garner is headed back to the big screen, in a film that's much more family-friendly than Dallas Buyer's Club. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens in October. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Michael Vartan enters new horror film Crawlspace

Michael Vartan has signed on to a new horror film called Crawlspace. Vartan stars as a widower with a daughter who gets remarried and, after a rough patch of unemployment, gets the chance for a new start in a new house in the suburbs. But the house has a dark secret: unknown horrors hidden within the house’s walls. Filming began this week in Los Angeles. No release date has been set.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spy Daddy Victor Garber joins new STARZ series

Victor Garber is coming back to television, as he and LOST alum Sonya Walger have joined the cast of Power, Starz's new drama series from executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, TVGuide.com was the first to report the news.

Created by The Good Wife's Courtney Kemp Agboh, Power chronicles the life of James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a New York City nightclub owner who also runs a prosperous drug network.

Unfortunately, when he tries to leave his criminal ways behind him, his marriage, family and business all come under threat. No premiere date for the show has been announced.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Michael Vartan talks 'Bates Motel'

Actor Michael Vartan recently gave an interview about his new role on Bates Motel, as well as why he is finding it harder to find good roles on TV. Mark your calendars: his character debuts in next week's (March 17) episode. It's a great interview, and you can read it by clicking right here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Don't miss Believe from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron


J.J. Abrams' new show, Believe, premieres on NBC tonight! Alfonso Cuaron, the Oscar-winning director of Gravity, is a creator and executive producer. In case you miss it, you will be able to catch it online at NBC.com and On Demand. You can click here to see the opening scene.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Follow Greg Grunberg on Vine!


Videos on Vine can pretty hit-or-miss, but if there's one guy you should follow, it's Greg Grunberg. We just wish he'd do some Alias-themed vines.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

J.J. Abrams says NO to Alias movie!

In an interview Sunday at the NBC TCA press conference, J.J. Abrams talked about his new show, Believe, but was also asked if he would make movies of his previous series Felicity, Lost, and Alias. His answers? Felicity: Once The Americans ends, he'll talk to Keri Russell about it. Lost: He feels it already had a cinematic ending, and doesn't see one happening. Now, ALIAS? Sorry guys, no."I feel like we did the Alias movie in doing the show. But I would consider working with everyone involved in that show again on anything," he said. So, it looks like those Sydney Bristow wigs will stay locked up somewhere. Click here to read the original article at E Online.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

First look: Michael Vartan in Bates Motel Season 2!

We have the first look at Michael Vartan from Bates Motel Season 2! The photo isn't very big,. and we have no context, so we don't know why everyone is so happy. However, we doubt it will stay this way. Vartan has said that his character (named George) is a normal guy, and not some weirdo who will make things worse. We'll see if that's true when Season 2 premieres on A&E March 3.

New trailer for "Draft Day" with Jennifer Garner

Check out the trailer for the football drama "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner!