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5 items from 2011

Memorial Day 2011 TV: Marathons, sports and specials

27 May 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Memorial Day 2011 is here and while we should all take time to thank a veteran and active servicemen and women, it also means for us TVphiles - lots of good programming. So either settle in with some popcorn or make sure your DVR is ready to go.

There are movie marathons. Syfy is busting out its greatest hits in the giant monster oeuvre on Friday, followed by "Star Trek" movies all weekend. TCM and AMC are showing nothing but military movies, including classics like "All Quiet on the Western Front," "From Here to Eternity" and "Patton."

If marathons are your thing, you've got everything from "Firefly" and "Doctor Who" to "House Hunters" and "How It's Made." And if you're a sports fan, while the NBA playoffs are on hiatus, you can still watch a ton of baseball, the 2011 French Open or the annual Memorial Day race the Indianapolis 500.

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Exclusive: Dale Dye Talks Platoon

24 May 2011 1:55 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Military advisor and actor Dale Dye discusses Platoon, his directorial debut, Falling Skies, and more

There are several ways which actors first break into the business. Some attend performing arts school, some are plucked out of obscurity by those with an eye for talent, and some work their way up through a number of different ways. Dale Dye became an actor by joining the Marines, although he wouldn't know it until he retired from the Corps years later. Dale Dye has forged an impressive career as both an actor and a military consultant to Hollywood, and both of those careers got their start with the Oliver Stone war classic Platoon, which will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on May 24.

I recently had the chance to speak with Dale Dye, who has since acted in over 70 movies and TV shows and served as military consultant on nearly 50 projects, »

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Music in the movies: Trevor Rabin

4 April 2011 4:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Need a score for your barnstorming action movie? Then Trevor Rabin’s your composer. Glen salutes his finest work...

A successful musician prior to making the transition to composing for film, Trevor Rabin’s impressive guitar work was initially heard in the 70s rock bands Rabbitt and Yes, before he embarked on a successful solo career.

Rabin’s scores are typified by his high-quality lead guitar lines, which suit the action material he often composes for perfectly. He’s also pretty good with an orchestra, as we’ll see below.

Con Air

The finest  action film of the 90s, and arguably the last 20 years, Con Air is a film that quite rightly gets a lot of love on this site. The score is a collaboration between Rabin and Mark Mancina, with the former handling guitar duties and the latter handling production, synth and percussion.

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Logan Marshall-Green Boards Prometheus

14 March 2011 4:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

As the construction crews keep working on building sets for Ridley Scott’s epic sci-fi not-a-direct-prequel-to-Alien-but-almost-certainly-linked-to-that-world Prometheus, the director is busy adding more actors to the cast, this time in the shape of Logan Marshall-Green. The actor, who has been seen in the TV likes of 24, The Oc, Dark Blue as well as movies including The Great Raid, Across the Universe and Devil, has been hired to play Holloway a crewman aboard the ship who will catch the eye of scientist Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace.So that’s one more confirmed bit of casting to add to a list that already includes Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie. Not bad company to be in by any stretch of the imagination, even if it did mean him reading the script with a security guard standing by.Scott is still keeping the »

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The forgotten films of James Franco

8 February 2011 9:01 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

James Franco’s performance in 127 Hours was rightly praised, but what of his earlier, less prominent roles? Ti takes a look back…

James Franco has just been nominated for Best Actor for his role as Aron Ralston in 127 Hours, a film for which he is receiving high praise. Not just that, but he's co-hosting the Academy Awards ceremony (alongside Anne Hathaway) and is rapidly becoming Hollywood's leading man of choice, thanks to his comedic and dramatic acting chops.

He will soon be seen in Your Highness ("Handle your shit, Fabius, please.") and Rise Of The Apes, all while finishing a PhD in English Literature at Yale.

Clearly, his star wattage is at its zenith, but it wasn't always so.

Fresh off his success as Harry Osborn in the Spider-man movies, Franco was cast as the lead in a number of films, many of which failed spectacularly at the box office »

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