Exclusive: ‘The Voice’ Alum Siahna Is ‘Untouchable’ With New EP

 

Since her successful run on The Voice (Season 9), Siahna has continued to hone her singer-songwriter skills. With her recently released 6-song EP Untouchable, the jazz and soul loving songstress is adding a bit of pop flavor to her repertoire. My audio interview (apologies for quality as it was a phoner) with Siahna, as well as the transcription, is found after the jump!

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Flipping the Script on: ‘Pacific Rim’

Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I will reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!
Robots vs. monsters. Enough said, right?

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‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series — Season Three’ Blu-Ray Giveaway From Deepest Dream

 

One sealed, never used Blu-ray of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series — Season Three is up for grabs. Contest ends February 27th and our Giveaway details are found after the jump!

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Justin Hartley On How ‘This Is Us’ Has Impacted His Life

 

Justin Hartley and the ensemble of This Is Us have received their share of acclaim. But aside for the critical praise, loyal fan support, and series’ overall success (it’s been renewed for a second season), the program has also made an impact on Hartley’s personal life. Check out the video below to hear Hartley talk about how This Is Us has helped him “slow down” and appreciate life on a deeper level.

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Alan Tudyk Talks ‘Powerless’ And Tackling Comedy Over Drama

 

If you check out Alan Tudyk’s resume, his body of work runs the gamut. Whether it’s his collaborations with Joss Whedon (Firefly, Dollhouse) or spearheading his own series (Con Man), Tudyk is a highly diverse actor. During the interviews for his new show Powerless, I asked him if he actually found comedy to be a harder genre to tackle than drama.

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‘Human: Fall Flat’ Splatters Onto Xbox One & PS4 This Spring

 

I haven’t played the game on Steam, but considering the memorable moniker should be emblazoned on a shirt and the simple plotline is actually intriguing, I’m excited to catch Human: Fall Flat’s Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release this spring. Details on the game after the jump!

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Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Shine a Spotlight on Syria

As someone with a short attention span who also embraces opportunities to learn more about the world, I have always appreciated the allure of documentary shorts. As usual, however, the 2017 crop of Academy Award nominees in the Documentary Shorts category fixate on weighty, worldwide topics: Three out of the five nominees deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by the violent rise of ISIS (“4.1 Miles,” “The White Helmets,” “Watani: My Homeland”), while a third spotlights end-of-life care (“Extremis”). Yet there is a common theme threaded throughout all of these docs, and that is the unwavering kindness of strangers, and the undaunted strength of the human spirit. In a cruel and chaotic world, that’s definitely something to root for.

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Academy Award Nominees for Best Live Action Short Focus on Immigration, Poverty, and the Music of Old and Young Souls

Like animated short films, live action shorts need to pack an immediate emotional punch. As a result, short films often tap into themes already loaded with drama, such as bigotry, bullying, and of course, death. The 2014 Academy Awards Live Action Short winner, “Helium,” about a young boy with a terminal illness and the hospital janitor who befriends him, preps your soul for a big, cathartic sobfest, while Tribeca Film Festival favorite “Listen” bubbles with tension as a woman in a burqa attempts to report her husband’s abuse.

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Time Twisted Tales & “Pear Cider” Highlight Oscar Nominated Shorts (Animation)

 

What the best short films lack in running time, they make up for in emotional impact and – especially in the animation category – stunning artistry. Take “The Present,” a four-minute, boy-and-his-dog vignette with a gut-punch of a finale (no, the dog doesn’t die!), or “The Missing Scarf,” a trippy, existential fable that clocks in at under seven minutes. This year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short Film push the boundaries even further, featuring a first-ever nomination for a Virtual Reality film (“Pearl”), and Pixar at both its lightest (“Piper”) and darkest (“Borrowed Time”).

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Blu-Ray Pick: Rachel Weisz Must Prove the Truth of the Holocaust in ‘Denial’

The truth is a touchy topic nowadays, which is why Denial – now available on Blu-ray and DVD via Bleecker Street and Entertainment One – packs such a strong punch. Directed by Mick Jackson, Denial describes the 1996 libel suit brought by Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) against American Holocaust studies professor Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), and is based on Lipstadt’s own account of the trial.

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