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Sound ace Roger Jay Pietschmann dies at 71

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Sound ace Roger Jay Pietschmann dies at 71
It emerged on Tuesday that Roger Jay Pietschmann died in his Los Angeles home on July 26 after a six-year battle with multiple symptom atrophy. He was 71.

Pietschmann grew up in Los Angeles, attending University High School, Santa Monica Community College, and California State University at Long Beach.

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Pietschmann worked as a boom operator, sound recordist and mixer.

He began his career as the sound recorder on Taxi Driver and assembled a roster of credits that included Batman Returns, Project X, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Honey, I Blew Up The Kid, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and The X Files.

Pietschmann’s work in television and documentary include sound operator on 60 Minutes, Dexter, Nature, American Masters, and Sleeper Cell.

He received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Sleeper Cell and a Cinema Audio Society Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing nomination for the same show, as well as
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Comic Book Reviews: Marvel Round Up

This week I try to find some diamonds in the rough of Civil War Ii mania! Can Power Man Luke Cage Fly? What happened to Banner after Amadeus became the Hulk? Is Hank Pym really back? All these questions answered and more! Got a book you’ve been thinking about reading but want to know more before picking it up? Let me know and I’ll review a few issues for you!

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Captain America: Sam Wilson #10

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Angel Unzueta Colors: Cris Peter

Review: Nick Spencer has been writing a really fun series here staring Sam Wilson as Captain America and all the trials and tribulations he has to go through carrying that moniker. Sam is a very different Cap, whereas Steve Rogers would try to stay out of the politics unless needed Sam is very much calling people
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Secrets and Lies Season 2: Detective Cornell Will Be Under 'Tremendous Pressure' After Ben Crawford Blunder

Secrets and Lies Season 2: Detective Cornell Will Be Under 'Tremendous Pressure' After Ben Crawford Blunder
Despite her most diligent efforts, Juliette Lewis‘ tough-as-nails Detective Cornell didn’t put the right person behind bars in Secrets and Lies‘ freshman season.

Needless to say, the sleuth will be even more committed to jailing the real killer during the ABC drama’s second go-round — but she’ll also be up against a few more obstacles.

RelatedJanuary Premieres, Returns, Finales and More: Save the 120+ Dates!

“It wouldn’t bode well for the show if, every season, our star detective did not get the person who committed the murder,” showrunner Barbie Kligman said Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
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What's Leaving Netflix in October 2015

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Well, this is lousy timing. Several horror movies, including "The Exorcist," "Night of the Living Dead," and "Interview with the Vampire" are leaving Netflix on October 1, right before Halloween.

Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."

More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.

Leaving Oct. 1, 2015

"Aces High" (1976)

"A Fond Kiss" (2004)

"Agata And The Storm" (2004)

"A Good Day to Die" (2013)

"Alakazam The Great" (1960)

"All Is Lost" (2013)

"An Affair to Remember" (1957)

"Agora" (2009)

"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)

"America Declassified" (2013)

"Analyze This" (1999)

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)

"Angela's Ashes" (1999)

"Annie Hall" (1977)

"Another Woman" (1988)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Axed" (2012)

"Baby's Day Out" (1994)

"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)

"Baron Blood" (1972)

"Beaufort" (2007)

"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)

"Big Night" (1996)

"Blue Velvet" (1986)

"Brewster's Millions" (1945)

"Buying & Selling" (2013)

"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)

"Caprica" (2009)

"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)

"Casanova
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Film Review: ’10 Cent Pistol’

A modestly scaled but slick crime caper, “10 Cent Pistol” serves up a diverting if overcomplicated menu of flashbacks and betrayals among organized-crime players in Los Angeles. This first directorial feature for scenarist Michael C. Martin (who also co-penned the concurrent horror-thriller “The Vatican Tapes”), produced by fraternal leads Jt and Damon Alexander, is a genre exercise that should make decent niche-sales inroads in various formats. It launches July 24 on VOD and iTunes, simultaneous with limited U.S. theatrical release.

Two policemen show up at an impressive Hollywood Hills manse, having been alerted by a silent alarm. A young man, Harris (Thomas Ian Nicholas) appears very reluctant to let them in, and his apparent girlfriend, Danneel (Jena Malone), is no less awkward in greeting the visitors. There are others stiffly gathered in a living room, while someone is supposedly stuck in an elevator upstairs. Clearly something very fishy is going on
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'10 Cent Pistol' Clip Starring Jena Malone | Exclusive

'10 Cent Pistol' Clip Starring Jena Malone | Exclusive
Jena Malone's Danneel gets an unwanted distraction when Easton (Damon Alexander) comes barging into her home in our exclusive clip from 10 Cent Pistol, arriving in theaters and on VOD formats July 24. Danneel is trying to get some work done, reading a script by herself, when Easton is heard tearing through the place, looking for something specific, making a few cracks about whether or not she's getting paid. The scene takes a turn when Danneel thinks he's looking for something in her phone, but Easton's tone quickly turns from menacing to apologetic in this sneak peek at the indie thriller.

10 Cent Pistol centers on two brothers maneuver through the criminal underworld of Los Angeles in search of wealth, love and redemption. Their string of success screeches to a halt when a high stakes job goes horribly wrong. Soon they find themselves at the mercy of a crooked mob lawyer, and
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Attention, Filmmakers Shooting on Film: Here's Why You Need to Preserve Your Work

Attention, Filmmakers Shooting on Film: Here's Why You Need to Preserve Your Work
Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Here's the 12-Step Guide to Co-Directing In our increasingly digital world, where analog film preservation has become all but endangered, let the struggles of acclaimed Cuban filmmaker Leon Ichaso be a call to arms to preserve your negative prints. An honoree at the Queens World Film Festival this week, Ichaso's esteemed career has run the gamut from Cuban indies specializing in urban realism ("El Super") to cable television miniseries on ShowTime ("Sleeper Cell") and A&E ("The Cleaner"). Unfortunately for the 67-year-old director, not even success could guarantee the preservation of his films' analog prints. As discussed in a recent New York Times article entitled "Filmmaker Won’t Weep for the Cuba He Left Behind," a handful of Ichaso's indies from the past three decades are no longer available due to a lack of preservation and archiving. This fate has met both his 1979 breakthrough debut...
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Rizzoli & Isles Fifth Season DVD Release Hits June 9th

Rizzoli & Isles has been around for five seasons, and the 18-episode release of the latest season is headed your way. It hits June 9th, and has some interesting bonus features.

The show has had some ups and downs, with some episodes feeling decidedly clunky, but it hasn’t hurt the ratings, and the show has become the hit of TNT.

The release puts this one in your hand in time for the sixth season premiere, in case you need to do any catching up and/or revisiting.

Check out all the info below, and make sure to pick up your copy.

Four-Disc Set Includes All 18 Episodes from the Show’s Fifth Season

Plus Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material

Get set for another exciting season of the chartbusting, suspenseful hit cable series Rizzoli & Isles, with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (Wbhe) release of Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fifth Season, available June 9, 2015. Angie Harmon
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Empire, Defiance, Grey's, Bones, The Following, Supernatural and More

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Empire, Defiance, Grey's, Bones, The Following, Supernatural and More
How is Once Upon a Time turning the tables? Will a Grey’s Anatomy secret keep? How will Sweets return on Bones? Who’s in a “bad place” on The Following? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Is there any chance for Captain Swan scoop from Once Upon a Time? I miss them dearly! –Sarah

Series cocreator Adam Horowitz tells me that when Season 4B arrives on March 1, “The tables are turned” for the Storybrooke lovebirds when “Hook, after having Emma return his heart, will now have to fight to protect Emma’s heart.
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Michael Ealy To Star In ‘A Civil Right’ For Revolution Media

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Michael Ealy To Star In ‘A Civil Right’ For Revolution Media
Exclusive: Golden Globe-nominated Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man Too, Sleeper Cell) will star as civil rights activist Dr. Gilbert Mason in biopic A Civil Right, the first feature from Michael Benaroya and Darryl Taja’s new Revolution Media shingle. The film tells the story of the Biloxi physician who led nonviolent “wade-ins” against segregation on Gulf Coast beaches between 1959 and 1963, protests that sparked violence from whites and resulted in the first successful anti-discrimination suit against the state of Mississippi. Mason’s activism landed him at #3 on the FBI’s civil rights agitators most-watched list, and he went on to successfully fight for school desegregation in the state and help form the Council of Federated Organizations (Cofo). He served as President of the Mississippi NAACP for three decades before his death in 2006.

Salvatore Stabile will direct from his own script. “Sal wrote an amazing script that I’ve wanted to make for two years,
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Fox Cancels Almost Human

Fox has cancelled the sci-fi crime series "Almost Human." The show, which starred Karl Urban (the Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings franchises) and Michael Ealy ("Sleeper Cell," "Common Law"), premiered last November and concluded its 13-episode run in March. Executive produced by J.J. Abrams ( Star Trek , "Lost") and J.H. Wyman ("Fringe," The Mexican ), "Almost Human" was set in a future world where police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. The series followed the week-to-week missions of John Kennex (Urban), a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, Dorian (Ealy), as this buddy-cop duo solve cases and fight to keep the lid on dangerously...
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'Alice in Arabia' outrage: The difficult relationship between Islam and U.S. TV

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When ABC Family announced a trio of new drama pilots in development earlier this week, one of them -- "Alice in Arabia" -- sparked immediate notice and anger.

Why is that? What caused Muslim groups and many across the Internet to come down so hard on a TV show that no one has actually seen yet? Is it just a knee-jerk response by over-sensitive people?

Or could it have more to with how American television programs have dealt with Muslims in the past? Any red flags on a current show have to be colored by years of terrorists, torturers and protested normalcy.

The current controversy erupted Monday (March 17) when ABC Family announced it had greenlit a pilot for "Alice in Arabia," along with two other dramas. An official description of the show was released as well:

"'Alice in Arabia' is a high-stakes drama series about a rebellious American teenage girl who,
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Oded Fehr Joins ABC’s Richard Lagravenese Pilot; Kyle Jones In ‘Damaged Goods’

Oded Fehr (The Mummy franchise) has landed a series regular role in ABC’s Richard Lagravenese drama pilot. In the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, the untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites, Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Rufus Sewell) and Margot Worth Cole, who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. Fehr, repped by Paradigm and Add Agency, will play Anderson Cole, Margot’s ex-husband and one of the Forbes 500 whose power has resulted in expanding a multimillion-dollar company into a multibillion-dollar corporation. Anderson has fooled three beautiful women into marrying him and is working on Trophy No. 4. Fehr previously starred in the Resident Evil franchise and Showtime’s Sleeper Cell and will next be seen in For The Love Of Money. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Kyle Jones (Plan C, Hidden Away
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'Community' Star Yvette Nicole Brown Signs With Innovative (Exclusive)

'Community' Star Yvette Nicole Brown Signs With Innovative (Exclusive)
Community’s Yvette Nicole Brown has signed with Innovative, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Brown plays Shirley, the opinionated -- don’t call her sassy -- mother hen of Greendale’s misfit study group, in the NBC cult comedy, now in its fifth season. She previously had recurring roles on Family Guy, Boston Legal, Sleeper Cell and Girlfriends, and has made guest appearances on Once Upon a Time (voicing Ursula the sea witch), Chuck, Rules of Engagement, Entourage, The Office, House, That '70s Show and Two and a Half Men. Brown has been particularly active in children’s and teen’s programming, having recurred on the Nickelodeon

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CW Developing Its Own Terrorism Show

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CW Developing Its Own Terrorism Show
The CW is developing a drama about a young female FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a terrorist sleeper cell operating out of a prestigious New York university. The Comic-Con panel practically produces itself! According to Deadline, the still-untitled show is "described as Alias meets Homeland," though we prefer to think of it as "21 Jump Street meets Felicity meets Sleeper Cell." No word yet on if the cell comprises undergraduates or grad students, what hunky professor our heroine will of course fall in love with, or which higher-up at the FBI will eventually shout into a walkie-talkie, "Get her out of there!"
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Almost Human Series Premiere Review: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

The biggest problem that Fox’s new sci-fi cop procedural Almost Human will face in the coming weeks is the undue burden of expectation. Creator and showrunner J.H. Wyman previously helmed the late, lamented Fringe, while Almost Human‘s promos have heavily featured its geek triumvirate of executive-producers: Wyman, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. Another unmistakably major draw is Almost Human‘s recognizable cast, led by Star Trek‘s Karl Urban and Sleeper Cell‘s Michael Ealy.

With many talented individuals working in front of and behind the camera, the heat was unmistakably on for Almost Human to arrive on Sunday as a bona fide television event, featuring awards-worthy performances, stellar special effects and a compelling storyline to complement its already high-concept hook. Does it check all of those boxes? No, of course it doesn’t.

It’s simply inane to expect a show (particularly one on a commercial broadcast
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TV Review: Almost Human, Episode 101 “Pilot”

Genre: Sci-Fi | Drama | Action

Creator: J.H. Wyman

Network: Fox

Air Date/Time: November 17, 2013, 8/7c

Written by: J.H. Wyman

Directed by: Brad Anderson

Synopsis: Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), Almost Human is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime in a futuristic new world.

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There’s something you need to know up front about this show. Its creator, J. H. Wyman, has said Almost Human is meant to be a big, fun, exciting show. He said that Fringe,
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Extended Trailer For J.J. Abrams Produced Almost Human Released

Almost Human – Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”) and Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor (“Six Feet Under,”), Almost Human is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world. Almost Human will premiere in a two-part opener this Sunday, and then the following Monday.
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Extended Trailer for J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman’s New Fox Series Almost Human

Fox has released an extended trailer for the new upcoming series Almost Human. Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, the series is set in the not-too-distant future where human cops enforce law alongside android partners. Karl Urban plays a human cop with a synthetic leg and a clear prejudice against robots who is assigned a robot partner, played by Michael Ealy. The buddy cop genre isn’t exactly a novel idea, but as with most network series, execution is the key to success. Wyman found a groove with Fringe that conjured up a loyal fanbase, and with Almost Human he and Abrams appear to be playing in a more commercial-friendly sandbox. Urban’s a charming fella and the world building appears to be strong, so hopefully Almost Human delivers the goods. Hit the jump to watch an extended movie-style trailer for the show, and click here
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Bad Robot's Almost Human Delivers a Full Trailer

Fox has released a movie-style trailer for their new series, "Almost Human," which will have a special two-night series premiere on Sunday, November 17, and Monday, November 18. The sci-fi crime series arrives from executive producers J.J. Abrams ( Star Trek , "Lost") and J.H. Wyman ("Fringe," The Mexican ). Starring Karl Urban (the Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings franchises) and Michael Ealy ("Sleeper Cell," "Common Law"), the new series is set in 2048, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. "Almost Human" will follow the week-to-week missions of John Kennex (Urban), a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, Dorian (Ealy), as this...
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