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Crackle’s Startup Adds Ron Perlman and Addison Timlin; Returns In September!

In Season Two of Crackle’s Startup Ron Perlman stars as Wes Chandler – Photo by Laura Magruder/Courtesy of Crackle

Crackle’s original drama series, Startup – which explores what happens when a brilliant, yet controversial tech idea gets incubated on the wrong side of the tracks by three strangers who don’t necessarily fit the mold of tech entrepreneurs – has two key cast additions for Season Two.

Ron Perlman joins the cast as Wes Chandler and Addision Timlin comes aboard as Chandler’s daughter, Mara.

Startup returns on September 28th.

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Guillermo Del Toro & Cast Talk Trollhunters!

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When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. DreamWorks’ Trollhunters follows Jim and his friends on their adventures.

Series creator Guillermo del Toro and the cast of Trollhunters take us into this world of animated wonder in a new  video from Netflix. Check it out after the break.

DreamWorks’ Trollhunters premieres on December 23rd.

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The Blacklist: Red’s Worst Nightmare Escapes!

The Blacklist - Season 2

NBC’s The Blacklist returns with part one of an explosive two-parter following the Super Bowl Sunday.

Taken by the CIA, Red warns them that Luther Braxton (Ron Perlman) is about to escape. They don’t listen. (Nobody ever listens…).

For an extend sneak peek at Luther Braxton Part 1, follow the jump. Then go behind the scenes as cast members talk about the show’s super episode and transition to Thursday nights beginning February 5th.

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Drive: Art Film with Crime, or Arty Crime Film?

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive is a strange beast. The ads make it look like an action/crime thriller, but it’s more a suspenseful noir-ish art film with occasional ultra-violent outbursts. Between Refn’s direction and Ryan Gosling’s performance in the lead, it is one of the oddest good films of the year.

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DVD REVIEW: I Sell the Dead is a Merrily Horrific Tale About a Couple of Ghouls!

I Sell the Dead

Told in a series of flashbacks by a condemned man, to a priest, I Sell the Dead is the tale of two graverobbers – Willie Grimes [Larry Fessenden] and Arthur Blake [Dominic Monaghan] – who become ghouls – sellers of the dead whether stationary or not.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hellboy II: The Golden Army Is Glorious Fun!

Although technically not a superhero movie, Hellboy II: The Golden Army is one of the most beautifully visual films of this or any other year. It’s also a combination of a lot of genres: comic book movie, action flick, fairytale, horror story, eco-fable, romantic drama, pulpy noir, FX flick. The thing is, because of writer/director Guillermo Del Toro’s love of the characters, and his amazing visual sense, all of these genres fuse into a whole that is ever-so-slightly greater than the sum of its parts.

Hellboy [Ron Perlman] and Liz Sherman [Selma Blair are together in this film – a situation that is more a bit awkward. As Abe Sapien [Doug Jones] puts it, “They have their good days and their bad days… and their really bad days. Complicating matters are Hellboy’s longings to go public – FBI liaison Tom Manning [a woefully underused Jeffrey Tambor] is particularly put out by a photo which the big guy posed for… and autographed!

Into this chipper little situation comes an elvish prince named Nuada [Luke Goss], who wants to raise the legendary Golden Army to destroy mankind as mankind has been replacing nature with shopping malls and parking lots. His twin sister, Nuala [Anna Walton] is dead set against this and flees – encountering Abe in the Troll Market [think a fusion of the Star Wars Cantina and the Floating Market from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere], where he helps save her from a troll. Everything escalates from there.

HB vs. Golden Army

Perhaps The Golden Army’s greatest asset is Del Toro’s amazing visuals. All of the film’s creatures are beautiful [sometimes in very disturbing ways] and the sets are enthralling. The creatures are mostly practical and the prostheses and animatronics are absolutely state of the art. Of course, they wouldn’t mean anything if the story and the characters didn’t support them – but they do.

The film is probably hardest on Abe, who encounters romance for the first time in his life, but the Hellboy/Liz relationship takes some interesting and powerful turns as well. Then there’s the new kid on the block, Johann Strauss [voiced by Seth McFarlane], a Teutonic being of ectoplasm housed in an encounter suit that resembles the old spider-Man villain, Mysterio. Brought in to bring Hellboy to heal, Strauss shows some unique abilities, but can’t contain the curmudgeonly demon.

Del Toro shows that Pan’s Labyrinth was no fluke as he sets up action sequences and emotional situations that are simultaneously larger than life and as real as oxygen. He puts his characters through trials of epic proportion, while keeping their feet firmly on the metaphoric ground. The only real flaw of the film is that it may be too rich, too full. There’s so much going on – on every level – that it’s hard to get it all in one viewing. The cliché, “I laughed. I cried. It became part of me,” may actually apply here – Hellboy II: The Golden Army has an effect that lingers long after you’ve left the theater.

Final Grade: A