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‘Mudpit’ Star Vas Saranga to Guest Star on FX's ‘The Strain’ (Exclusive)

19 August 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Filmmaker and actor Vas Saranga will lend a helping hand on FX's “The Strain,” TheWrap has learned. Saranga will play Hassan, a gas station night clerk who helps the central characters out of a difficult situation. Canadian viewers will recognize Saranga from his role as up-and-coming rock star, Reese, on Teletoon's live-action animation hybrid, “MudPit.” He also starred on Disney Xd's first original series, “Aaron Stone,” as Vas and recurred on Cartoon Network's “Unnatural History.” Also read: FX's ‘The Strain’ Renewed for Season 2 His film credits include “American Pie Presents: Beta House,” and the independent films “You Are Here” and “Bloodwork. »

- Jethro Nededog

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Film Review: ‘4 Minute Mile’

1 August 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lacing up the spikes of sports movies past, Canadian filmmaker Charles-Olivier Michaud’s “4 Minute Mile” is a by-the-numbers tale of inspiration through perspiration. Engaging performances by the principal players, including Richard Jenkins as a legendary coach beset by personal demons, are almost enough to win the day, but in the end, the cliched narrative is too slight to put the picture over the finish line. A brief lap in theaters and dutiful jog through ancillary might include cable, where most of the thesps have run their qualifying heats.

Drew Jacobs (Kelly Blatz, TV’s “Aaron Stone”) is a promising high-school track star with a chip on his shoulder. He’s being raised by a single mother (Kim Basinger) who can’t protect him from the criminal influence of his older brother, Wes (Cam Gigandet, “Twilight”), who uses him as a courier to menacing drug supplier Eli (Rhys Coiro, the mercurial »

- Bill Edelstein

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