Behind the Music Comic-Con Panel Recap: Composers for HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More Discuss Writing Music for Genre Properties

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Celebrating “Crime, Death, and Resurrection,” the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers’ work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated.

During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects.  Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Showtime President David Nevins Talks Cameron Crowe’s ROADIES, PENNY DREADFUL Season 2, the DEXTER Finale, His Desire to Make a HALO Series, More

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While at Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President David Nevis took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, he spoke about their new comedy pilots, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (directed by Mark Webb) and Roadies (from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams), Penny Dreadful season 2 and how it will have a human antagonist, the status of Happyish (the series starring that Philip Seymour Hoffman), what the real reason was behind the choice for the ending of Dexter and the possibility of the show returning, how long The Affair could run, and how he’d still like to do a Halo series.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Yvonne Strahovski Talks 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, Joining the Show, Comparing Her Work, Kiefer Sutherland’s Intensity, CHUCK, DEXTER, and More

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The ticking clock was reset for 24: Live Another Day, a groundbreaking and thrilling new event series following heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), now a fugitive from justice.  Willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster, Jack needs the help of his old CTU confidante Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), if he’s going to keep CIA head Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) and CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) off his trail.  The show also stars William Devane, Kim Raver, Tate Donovan, Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott, Stephen Fry and Michelle Fairley.

During this recent interview to discuss the event series, actress Yvonne Strahovski talked about her initial trepidation about doing the show, how the style of 24 compares to her work on Dexter and Chuck, why she enjoys playing the intense emotional scenes, matching the intensity of Kiefer Sutherland, why she likes her character so much, and how she hopes to continue to get the opportunity to explore different roles in different mediums.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Yvonne Strahovski Talks I, FRANKENSTEIN, Electrophysiology, the DEXTER Series Finale, and More.

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One day she’s taking out her enemies using rat poison in Dexter and the next, she’s trying to re-animate a rat Frankenstein-style in I, Frankenstein.  In the Stuart Beattie-directed film, Yvonne Strahovski steps in as Terra, an electrophysiologist employed by Bill Nighy’s Wessex to figure out a way to bring the dead back to life. She manages to make some progress with the aforementioned rat, but it isn’t until Victor Frankenstein’s monster, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), comes back to town that Terra gets closer than ever to cracking the code of re-animation. However, that doesn’t mean the code is necessarily safe to share. Hit the jump for more from the I, Frankenstein star.

At the recent New York City press day, Strahovski sat down with us to discuss going from not being very “scientifically minded” to playing a believable electrophysiologist, her first go-around on a CGI-heavy set, how she felt about the way Dexter went out and more. Catch it all for yourself in the video interview after the jump.

DEXTER Prop Auction Features over 400 Props from the Hit Showtime Series

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No matter how you feel about the controversial finale of Showtime’s Dexter, it remains one of the most popular shows in television history.  Now, you can get your hands on some actual props used on the set of the thrilling series in an upcoming auction.  Want to bring Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Rita’s (Julie Benz) couch home with you?  Want a prop from Miami Metro, or Deb’s (Jennifer Carpenter) apartment?  Maybe you’d like to peruse a 49-page forensic report signed by Dexter himself?  Whatever you want, it’s probably up for auction.  The auction will be split into two days: January 11th and January 12th.  Hit the jump for more.

Yvonne Strahovski Talks DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION Blu-ray, Starring in the Show’s Final Two Seasons & Reactions to Her Character’s Fate

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The Showtime series Dexter was always a difficult show to do interviews for because secrecy was key and the cast and creative team did their best to keep things under wraps.  Now that the series is done, The Complete Series Collection is available in an ultra cool Blu-ray set that includes all eight seasons, an exclusive art book and a bonus disc with three hours of special features (made up of behind-the-scenes cast interviews, featurettes and promos, the all-new The Evolution of Dexter Morgan documentary and the all-new The Code documentary), in a collectible slide box inspired by the one Dexter himself uses on the show to catalog his kills.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Yvonne Strahovski opened up about her time on the show and what it was like to play Hannah McKay on the final two seasons.  She talked about how much she was told about her character’s journey ahead of time, her reaction to her character’s fate, what she thinks might have happened to Hannah next, what stands out most about the time she spent on the show, what her last scene with Michael C. Hall was like, how the support of the Chuck fans compared to the support of the Dexter fans, and where she’d like her career to go next.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.  

New to Blu-ray: MAN OF STEEL, FRANCES HA Criterion, DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES, and More

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New to Blu-ray this week, Superman flies to home video, Noah Baumbach’s latest film gets the Criterion treatment, and a controversial Oliver Stone classic (which one?) receives a collector’s edition upgrade.

DEXTER Coming to Netflix Starting October 31st

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The long-running Showtime series Dexter finally came to an end this summer with the wildly disappointing conclusion of its eighth season, but if you never sprung for Showtime or have a desire to revisit the show, you can do so just in time for the Halloween holiday.  Netflix announced today that it struck a deal with CBS to stream all eight seasons of Dexter on Instant Watch, with the first four seasons becoming available on October 31st.  Seasons five through eight will then be available to stream starting January 1st, but really that’s where the quality drops off so you’d be forgiven for just watching the first four seasons and leaving it be.  Nevertheless, Dexter becoming available on demand is certainly a swell treat.

Michael C. Hall Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, His Early Fascination with the Beats, a Documentary Series on Climate Change for Showtime, and Much More

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. HallDavid CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Michael C. Hall.  He talked about working within the constraints of a smaller budget, his early fascination with the Beats, the way he prepares for a role, having the film play at both Sundance and Toronto, his excitement now that he can make choices that aren’t dependent on the Dexter schedule, is he interested in being in a superhero movie, and more.  In addition, Hall talked about some of his future projects like Jim Mickle’s Cold in July, a documentary series for Showtime called The Years of Living Dangerously that focuses on climate change (he filmed a segment in Bangladesh), and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Geek Gifts: DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION on Blu-ray

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The finale of Showtime’s award-winning drama series Dexter is now in the books, but you can have all eight seasons together on Blu-ray/DVD in just a few weeks.  Dexter: The Complete Series Collection will be released on Blu-ray/DVD in two collectible gift sets starting November 12th.  The cheaper collection will run you $259.99 (43% off), and the deluxe edition will be $380.99 (30% off).

Hit the jump for more details and images for Dexter: The Complete Series Collection.  In addition, Amazon is offering up to 60% off Dexter Seasons One Through Seven on Blu-ray. 

Watch: DEXTER Retrospective Revisits 8 Seasons of Murder Ahead of Series Finale

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Showtime’s Dexter finally comes to an end this Sunday with the show’s long-overdue series finale, and to mark the event Showtime has a released a pretty great retrospective video that runs down the past eight seasons of serial killer goodness.  The show has been a bit of a slog over the last few years—season six was damn-near unwatchable—but this video is a nice reminder of just how good Dexter can be when it’s firing on all cylinders.  It’s also a swell showcase of the consistently great work that Michael C. Hall has done in the title role.

Hit the jump to take a stroll down memory lane.  The Dexter series finale airs on Showtime this coming Sunday, September 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins Talks HOMELAND, the Possibility of a DEXTER Spin-Off, PENNY DREADFUL, THE AFFAIR, THE VATICAN, More

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While at the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Entertainment David Nevins discussed the status of both their current shows and their upcoming projects.  During the interview, he talked about what people can expect from the upcoming drama series Penny Dreadful, from John Logan and Sam Mendes, the upcoming series The Affair (with Dominic West and Ruth Wilson) and The Vatican (with Kyle Chandler), why a two-hour finale for The Borgias wasn’t able to happen, the future of Homeland, and the possibility of a Dexter spin-off.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 18th Includes SHERLOCK, ENDER’S GAME, DIVERGENT, and More

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Comic-Con has released their schedule for Wednesday’s preview night and for Thursday, July 18th.  For those who haven’t attended Comic-Con before, “Preview Night” is when the Exhibitor’s Floor is opened, and collectors fight tooth and nail for exclusives.  Studios also screen pilots for TV shows that are set to premiere in the fall.  Then on Thursday, we have one of the strangest Hall H line-ups I’ve ever seen.  It begins with a line-up of animated shorts followed by the sci-fi indie Europa Report, and I have no problem with that, but Hall H is usually reserved for stuff that will pack the house.  Granted, that will come later in the day, especially with what’s sure to be an amazing panel: Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries, which will be an hour-long conversation between Edgar Wright, Marc Webb, and Alfonso Cuaron.  As for Ballroom 20, the powerhouse of the day is Sherlock, although I would have switched that with Dexter, which is finishing out the day in Hall H.

Hit the jump to check out everything from Hall H, Ballroom 20, and other highlights from the Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th.

RAY DONOVAN Marks Showtime’s Most-Watched Premiere Ever; DEXTER Returns Strong

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Showtime kicked off new seasons of two original series last night, with the season premiere of the final string of Dexter episodes and the series premiere of the new drama Ray Donovan (read Allison’s recap here).  The Liev Schreiber-fronted series broke Showtime records, scoring the largest audience for an original series debut in the network’s history.  The show’s 1.35 million take eclipsed the previous record holder, Homeland, which nabbed 1.08 million viewers in its season one debut.

Dexter returned strong for its eighth and final season, scoring 2.5 million viewers and marking the show’s largest premiere audience ever.  That tops last season’s 2.4 million viewers, though it’s still down from the season seven finale’s 2.8 million viewers.

THE AVENGERS and BREAKING BAD Lead 39th Annual Saturn Awards

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For those who are upset that genre films are never recognized at the Oscars beyond sound and VFX categories, the Saturn Awards are for you.  The Saturns recognize accomplishment in sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror for movies and TV shows that rarely receive any consideration from the Oscars and Emmys, although there is some crossover.  For example, among the TV nominees, Breaking Bad led with “Best Presentation on Television”, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (tying with Kevin Bacon for The Following), and Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Banks.  Over on the movie side, The Avengers netted four wins including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Joss Whedon), Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), and Best Visual Effects.  Among the other genre categories, Life of Pi won Best Fantasy Film, The Cabin in the Woods took home Best Horror/Thriller, and Skyfall earned Best Action/Adventure film.  Like any awards presentation, there’s bound to be debate about the winners, but it’s great that at least one long-running awards ceremony recognized Jonathan Banks and Clark Gregg.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.  In the days ahead, we’ll have plenty of interviews with actors and filmmakers who attended the event.

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