Archive for December, 2014

Article by Suzanne Philips/CFM

Photo copyright Simon & Shuster

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Author Alan Finn is releasing his new novel “Things Half In Shadow” on December 30th just in time for all of those post-holiday flights and days off.

Set in post Civil War Philadelphia, the story follows Edward Clark, a newspaper crime reporter with a questionable past.  Clark is happy working the crime beat and spending time with his well-to-do fiancee until his boss gives him an assignment to write a series of exposes on the city’s mediums and expose them for the frauds that everyone connected with the newspaper knows them to be.  Somewhat reluctantly, Clark joins forces with a shady medium – the beautiful, young Lucy Collins – in an effort to expose the cities other mediums and their tricks.

Finn’s writing is very descriptive and immerses the reader immediately into the world of nineteenth-century Philadelphia.  The characters are well sketched out and engaging and the book is so well written that one can become lost in the story and lose track of time.  “Things Half In Shadow” offers something for fans of many different genres – History, Paranormal, Supernatural, Crime and Magic are all explored throughout the story.  Many authors who touch on Paranormal subjects often treat them with a level of disdain that is nowhere to be found in Finn’s writing.

The book has a feel that reminded this reader of Sarah Pinborough’s novel “Mayhem” and even slightly of the television program “Ripper Street” with its ability to draw the reader into another time and place. I think everyone who picks up this book will be very pleased that they did.

“Things Half In Shadow” will be released in both paperback and ebook form on December 30th from Gallery Books.  Check your local book seller or Amazon.com for more info.

Benedict Cumberbatch. Copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Benedict Cumberbatch. Copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Cast members from Sons of Anarchy.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Cast members from Sons of Anarchy. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Going through withdrawals after last night’s series finale of Sons of Anarchy? Soon you will be able to play the Sons of Anarchy Interactive Game!

Orpheus Interactive today confirmed a partnership with Fox Digital Entertainment on the development of an interactive game, Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect, the existence of which was previously teased by show creator and Executive Producer Kurt Sutter.

The first episode of Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect sets the stage for a brand new way to take in the Sons of Anarchy universe. Fans of the wildly popular TV series, which wrapped up its seventh and final season on FX yesterday, will have a chance to explore an original story, location and previously unknown chapter of the motorcycle club. The interactive, episode-based game takes players on a new ride, with additional episodes becoming available on an ongoing basis. In keeping with the world Sutter has created, this extension of the mythology gives fans a chance to experience the treachery, graphic action, intrigue and life and death decision making they have come to anticipate from the show.

Orpheus, a freshly-formed Canadian game studio comprised of game development talent with multiple blockbusters under their belts, acquired the rights to make a game using the Sons of Anarchy license in 2013. They’ve enlisted the help of Silverback Games, another Canadian developer known for their story- driven games, and together have teamed up with Kurt Sutter and his creative team to make Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect an experience that is both compelling to players and faithful to the show.

Sutter Tweeted earlier this year that “I cannot give you any more details, but I will tell you that there will definitely be an SOA game…and it’s pretty f**king awesome.“

The first episode of Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect is coming in early 2015 to mobile phones and tablets worldwide.

Visit SOAgame.com for more info and updates

December 4, 2014 – Pinewood Studios, England

Article by Suzanne Philips

All Photos Copyright Sony Pictures

The Cast of the New Bond film "Spectre"

The Cast of the New Bond film “Spectre”

James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today released the title of the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. SPECTRE begins principal photography on Monday, December 8, and is set for global release on November 6, 2015.  The Cast and Producers gathered today at Pinewood Studios in London to announce the film and show off the new Aston Martin DB10

Daniel Craig and Director Sam Mendes

Daniel Craig and Director Sam Mendes

Along with Daniel Craig, Mendes presented the returning cast, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear as well as introducing Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and “Sherlock” star Andrew Scott. Mendes also revealed Bond’s sleek new Aston Martin, the DB10, created exclusively for SPECTRE.

Aston Martin DB10

Aston Martin DB10

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios, and on location in London, Mexico City, Rome and Tangier and Erfoud, in Morocco. Bond will return to the snow once again, this time in Sölden, along with other Austrian locations, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee.

Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes

Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of SkyFallwith SPECTRE.”.

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer, Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer, Jany Temime and Composer, Thomas Newman. Action Specialist, Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.

Promotional partners returning to the Bond franchise include Aston Martin, Bollinger, Heineken, Jaguar Land Rover, Omega, Sony Electronics, and Sony Mobile.

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The film is currently set for release in October, 2015

One Direction

Larger photo below. One Direction hits the stage on NBC.

 

NEW YORK — December 2, 2014 — NBC joins forces with multi-platinum band One Direction for “One Direction: The TV Special,” a prime time musical event set for Tuesday, Dec. 23 (8-9 p.m. ET).

One Direction’s first U.S. network special will offer a rare inside look at the wildly popular band through a combination of documentary material, comical stunts and musical performances. The special features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the South American leg of their 2014 “Where We Are Tour” and follows the band as they recorded their new #1 album, “FOUR,” on the road.  Viewers will also experience One Direction’s music as they stage a special intimate concert for lucky fans at Universal Orlando Resort, where the band performs a selection of songs from “FOUR” as well as some of the biggest hits off their three previous albums. The hour-long telecast also finds the boys giving unsuspecting fans the shock of their lives by introducing themselves in disguise at the theme parks, as well as the band mates interviewing each other aboard a high-speed roller coaster.

FROM ONE DIRECTION — “We’re really proud of our first TV Special. We had a great time filming the different parts both in Orlando and on the road in South America. We can’t wait for our fans to see it.”

One Direction — composed of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson — formed in 2010 on the U.K.’s award-winning TV talent show “The X Factor.” The group’s debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” was released in September 2011 and went straight to #1 in the U.K., with their first album, “Up All Night,” following suit and also topping the Billboard album chart in the U.S. The release of their second album, “Take Me Home,” took One Direction to #1 in 37 countries. Their third album, “Midnight Memories,” was announced as the biggest selling album globally of 2013. The band has sold more than 46 million records worldwide and is the recipient of four BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and seven MTV Europe Music Awards. They have a massive 109 million Twitter followers and 33 million Facebook fans. One Direction’s fourth #1 studio album, “FOUR” was released on Nov. 17 and features hit singles “Steal My Girl” and “Night Changes.” The album made Billboard history as the only group in the 58-year history of the chart to see their first four albums debut at number one.

The band will also make their third appearance on “Saturday Night Live” as musical guest December 20.

 

Last month, NBC Universal and One Direction announced an unprecedented and expansive cross-platform partnership for the global launch of “FOUR.”

 

UK based production company, Fulwell 73, will produce the special, with One Direction longtime collaborator Ben Winston as executive producer, Jim Parsons, Colin Hopkins, David Soutar and Lee Lodge as producers and Chris Howe as director.

 

Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie tour dates as Wooden Wisdom.

Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie tour dates as Wooden Wisdom.

 

Play Cosmic Clearance by Wooden Wisdom while you are here.

Wooden Wisdom is Elijah Wood and Zach Cowie working together.  Wooden Wisdom tours performing at festivals, clubs and special events.

Elijah Wood is Frodo in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Zach Cowie has an impressive resume in the recording industry.
At labels: Touch & Go, Sub Pop, Drag City, Rhino.
As a Tour Manager: Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Vashti Bunyan.
As a touring DJ: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, and most recently as a Music Supervisor/Consultant for film: Celeste & Jesse Forever, Public Enemies, Television: Wilfred, and Fashion: Rodarte.
Zach is an avid record collector.
He’s been DJ’ing internationally since 2001.

Additional information from Q.