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Blu-ray Review: The Exorcist III Collector’s Edition

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Despite having a reputation as one of the greatest horror movies ever made, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist was never really able to find its footing as a franchise, despite the best efforts of Hollywood executives to make it happen. Each of the three sequels in the series experienced major post-production woes: Exorcist II: The Heretic was recut by director John Boorman after its premiere. Paul Schrader’s Exorcist sequel, intended to be the fourth film in the franchise, was so poorly received by studio execs that it was largely reshot and recut with director Renny Harlin at the helm, released in 2004 as Exorcist: The Beginning. Schrader’s own version came out one year later as Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist, making what I think is the first (and only?) time in history that two completely different versions of the same movie were released in theaters. Neither was a success.
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Complete Buffy reviews: Welcome to the Hellmouth / The Harvest

[Note about spoilers: As with the Complete Doctor Who Reviews, the individual (and two-parter) episode reviews form part of an overview of the show as a whole, and as such, contain spoilers for events not only in the episodes in question, but also potentially those in future episodes and seasons. There may also be spoilers for the Buffy spin-off show Angel.]

Welcome to another set of complete reviews in which I attempt to prattle on about two of the most famous Joss Whedon creations: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and Angel (1999-2004).

On the surface of it, a TV series franchise stemming from a so-so movie about a teenage girl who stakes vampires doesn't inspire much confidence. In 1992, the film, Buffy The Vampire Slayer pitted Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine against a mean old vampire king called Lothos and his motley crew of blood-sucking fiends. The movie didn't exactly set the world ablaze, staked by lukewarm reviews and moderate box office takings.

Writer Joss Whedon was nothing if not persistent though. Translating the original concept to the small screen was something of a gamble, given the tepid reactions to the preceding film. How could it possibly work?

And yet, sixteen years later, Buffy is still a huge phenomenon. Seven seasons were produced.
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Big Bang Theory Season 6: Wolowitz Discovers Ken Lerner is with His Mother!

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The Big Bang Theory’s greatest mystery is Howard’s mother. Forever off screen, we have no clue what she looks like or what she does in her spare time outside of descriptions from Howard. All we’ve ever truly known about her is how grating that annoying voice of hers is. Having gone the last five years with nothing but that voice to go off of, it’s hard to imagine this woman ever finding a love – though she must be capable, otherwise where did Howard come from? But Mrs. Wolowitz is about to be single no more, as she will be getting a boyfriend in Season 6 and the idea of such an act will do some damage to Howard.

Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will recognize Principal Flutie as Mrs. Wolowitz’s new man. TVLine reported the casting of Ken Lerner as Dr. Schneider, a dentist. And just to be clear,
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Stephen Colbert Gets 'Office' Gig

Stephen Colbert Gets 'Office' Gig
Stephen Colbert is heading to "The Office."

According to EW, Colbert will guest star on the NBC sitcom as Broccoli Rob, a member of Andy's (Ed Helms) Cornell a capella group. Look for Colbert to pop up in the Halloween episode (Thurs., Oct. 25).

Colbert is just the latest "The Daily Show" veteran to pop up on "The Office." Both Helms and former "Office" boss Steve Carell are "Daily Show" veterans. Colbert's non-"Colbert Report" credits include "Strangers With Candy," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and voice work on "Saturday Night Live."

In other casting news ...

"The Artist" actress Missi Pyle will guest star on "1600 Penn." Pyle will play a Secret Service agent in the NBC comedy. [TV Guide]

"Greek" actor Jake McDorman will guest star on "Shameless." McDorman will play Mike, Fiona's boss. [THR]

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Ken Lerner will guest on "The Big Bang Theory." Lerner will play a love interest for Mrs.
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The Big Bang Theory Scoop: Buffy Principal to Romance Howard's Mom

The Big Bang Theory Scoop: Buffy Principal to Romance Howard's Mom
Buffy‘s former principal is romancing his way onto The Big Bang Theory.

Ken Lerner — whose character, Flutie, was memorably eaten alive by hyena-possessed students on the Vampire Slayer series — will guest-star on Season 6 of the hit CBS comedy, TVLine has learned.

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The actor will play Mrs. Wolowitz’s dentist boyfriend, Dr. Schneider. And even though Howard’s mom (voiced by Carol Ann Susi) famously remains offscreen, she won’t be able to keep her nascent relationship under wraps from her son. Rather, he finds
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It's a Chemical Reaction, That's All

Whether you're an aspiring actor hoping for that first job or an actor who has worked before and wants to work more, you're polishing up your résumé and headshots and readying for that exciting time of year: pilot season.If you're anything like I was, you're feeling a combination of emotions. You're eager, scared, and optimistic. You may not know what to expect. But I'm going to give you the benefit of my years as an actor—past and present—to help you take full advantage of the promise of pilot season.Behind the ScenesHere's what's going on behind the scenes. The producers have huddled with writers and commissioned scripts. The writers have put words to page and brought projects to life. The networks have okayed the pilot scripts, and the producers are scrambling to fill the parts on dozens of sitcoms, dramas, dramedies, and whatever new genres are on the horizon.
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Los Angeles and New York Acting Schools and Coaches

The following is a list of Los Angeles-area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches organized by category and alphabetically.Each of the entries contains the following information, if applicable: name of teacher or school; address; phone and fax numbers; email address and/or website; average number of students per class; whether beginning, intermediate, or advanced students are taught; whether auditing is permitted; whether a work/study program is offered. Descriptions of the class, school, or coaching are provided by the instructor of institution and edited by Back Stage.Schools of teacher who have been omitted may contact, in writing, Listing, c/o Back Stage, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 6th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036, so that we may include you in our next list.  Acting Technique/Scene StudyAARON McPherson STUDIOWest Hollywood, CA aaron@aaronmcphersonstudio.comwww.aaronmcphersonstudio.com310-918-5335Class size varies, 12 max. for auditioning class, 40 max. for scene study; day
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How Can You Use Improvisation in Preparing for a Role?

Tom ArdavanyLos Angeles; The Ardavany Approach, www.theapproach.netImprovisation is the art of finding your freedom within a moment. Acting in film is about creating and shaping moments for the camera. One cannot create and shape moments without freedom. So where do we get some of this freedom stuff? It's right here in the present. The present is what people who have presence command. They have cultivated their moment-to-moment existence into an energy that makes them magnetic.This improvisational condition in an artist opens the magic door to unrestricted, unabashed intercourse with the "now," allowing attention, feelings, and thoughts to naturally progress, eventually giving way to fully expressed actions and words. At that instant, life attains continuity and rhythm, leaving your audience lost in your performance.Film at its best is improvisation with an outline. The words in the script are not the limitation for your action. They serve as
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