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‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ Review: Dominic Patten Laments HBO & Dave Grohl’s Bad Note

2014 Summer TCA Tour - Day 3

I know it's only rock'n'roll but when it comes to HBO's new Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, I just don't like it. Watch my video review above of the show, a sequel of a sort to frontman Dave Grohl's 2013 feature directorial debut Sound City, the eight-part series debuting tonight takes the band to eight iconic music cities across America. In the process of making the new FF album, out in November, the band hit Chicago, Grohl's hometown of Washington D.C., LA, Nashville… Read


‘Transporter: The Series’ Review: Dominic Patten On TNT’s High-Octane Adaptation

Transporter The Series

It's time to get your TV motor running, to paraphrase Steppenwolf, as TNT's Transporter: The Series debuts Saturday at 9 PM. The internationally produced adaptation of Luc Besson's big-screen franchise starring Jason Statham now has Chris Vance in the role of unflappable tough guy Frank Martin. The medium and the main man may be different, but the rules are still the same - no names, never change the deal and don't open the package. The long story short of my review is… Read


‘The Book of Life’ Review: Pete Hammond On Latin-Tinged Animated Tale

The Book of Life

Watch my video review, above, of 'The Book of Life,' which debuts this weekend. The film is directed (and co-written) by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, in a project very far from del Toro's frequent horror and science-fiction work. The great voice cast includes Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube and several other notables. Douglas Langdale was co-writer, and other producers alongside del Toro are Aaron Berger, Brad Booker and Carina S… Read


‘Birdman’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Michael Keaton’s Fallen Star

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'Birdman' is the latest film from Mexican writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, starring Michael Keaton in a terrific role as a washed-up former action-movie actor trying to revive his role with a Broadway production. I'm a big fan of the fabulously swooping and darting handheld camera work of Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity). And there's much to like in the rest of the cast too, including a luminous Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis. Inarritu… Read


‘Jane The Virgin’ Review: Dominic Patten On The CW’s Pregnant Pause

Gina Rodriguez Jane The Virgin

Jane The Virgin, based on a popular Venezuelan telenovela, finally debuts tonight on the CW. It stars Gina Rodriguez as a do-everything-right young woman who finds herself accidentally pregnant, and not the usual way (and not that one other very unusual way either, religious folks). I review the much-awaited show, and whether it's worth all the buzz that's been building since it was announced. Watch my video, but trust me, you'll want to know more about this show. It… Read


‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Dominic Patten On The Ratings Monster’s Return

The Walking Dead Season 5 Andrew Lincoln AK-47

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 12 for its fifth season. Lurching and stumbling and shooting and bashing zombies, all while lording it over pretty much all the rest of television, cable or network,  the series has built up an army of fans eagerly watching it cast of close-knit band of humans fight off the hordes of the undead. Featuring Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff Rick Grimes, with Steven Yuen, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride, Walking Dead is… Read


‘The Affair’ Review: Dominic Patten on Showtime’s Steamy, Subtle Drama [Video]

The Affair Showtime Dominic West Ruth Wilson

'The Affair' debuts Sunday night on Showtime, and stars Dominic West (The Wire, 300) as an author and teacher spending the summer with his family at his in-laws' estate in Montauk on Long Island and Ruth Wilson (LutherSaving Mr. Banks) as a waitress working nearby. As the show's title suggests, the two embark on a steamy relationship. The more complicated part of their entanglement? Both characters are married to someone else. It's a subtle and fine drama, featuring a… Read


‘St. Vincent’ Review: Pete Hammond On Bill Murray’s Not Saintly But Superb Work

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Bill Murray plays the anything-but-saintly curmudgeon at the heart of St. Vincent, the comedy-drama from the Weinstein Company and, as I say in this DeadlineNow video review, Murray gives a blessedly good performance. The film, which debuts Friday and expands wide on Oct. 24, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is directed by Theodore Melfi, from a script he wrote based on his own experiences taking in the daughter of his late brother. The cast also… Read


‘The Flash’ Review: Watch Dominic Patten On The CW’s Superhero Spinoff

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The Flash TV show debuts on the CW tonight, a spinoff of the mini-network's hit DC Comics-based drama Arrow. Deadline reviews the show, whose opening episodes have left some questions about whether The Flash will be fast out of the blocks, or stumble in the first turn. One saving grace: the great Jesse L. Martin, too long gone from view, is making a welcome return to the small screen. Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen, i.e., the fleet-footed one. The show also stars Candace P… Read


Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Theodore Melfi Talk ‘St. Vincent’ [WATCH]

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Deadline sat down last night as part of the New York premiere of St. Vincent with writer-director Ted Melfi and the film's stars Bill Murray, Naomi Watts and Jaeden Lieberher. Topics of the most amusing conversation that resulted included the painful real-life experiences Melfi had that led to the script, and how Murray helped him add some “topspin” to the writing to make the film much smarter and funnier. Murray also talked about why he thought Melfi had “what it takes… Read


‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Review: Good Weekend Ahead?

Alexanders Very Bad Day Review

So is Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day going to have a not terrible, not horrible, very good weekend when it debuts Friday? Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond reviews Disney's film adaptation of the much-loved (and frequently adapted) children's book and gives his verdict on the 2014 version. The film is directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, a whole lot of TV) and stars Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Office) and Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buy… Read


‘Homeland’ Review: Dominic Patten On The Good Changes In Season 4 Of Showtime Drama


Here's the Two-Minute Drill, Deadline readers: Pete Hammond and Dominic Patten are, for the first time in Deadline's history, going to review movies and TV shows for us and you. Every day, we'll have another video review of the shows and movies that matter. In two minutes or less, Pete and Dominic will give you all you need to know about these shows. Today, we feature Dominic's take on Homeland's fourth season. The Howard Gordon- and Alex Gansa-produced drama that won… Read


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