Composer Jefferson Friedman Discusses His Score to DC Universe’s New Animated Series ‘Harley Quinn’

By: Dan Moore When DC fans remember David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, they probably first think of Margot Robbie’s incredible portrayal of Harley Quinn. This wasn’t the first time we have been introduced to this character, Harley Quinn originally appeared in the 1992 show, Batman: The Animated Series, and was voiced by Arleen Sorkin.  Since Suicide Squad, the character has reached a new level of popularity, spawning Halloween costumes and a whole new sense of punk style for young girls among many things.  Ahead of the follow-up, spin-off titled Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, due out in February, DC Universe has just released an animated series solely dedicated to the frequent accomplice and lover of Joker, titled Harley Quinn.  One of the many standout elements of the new streaming series is the score by composer Jefferson Friedman, which he has described as “power punk crossed with carnival music”.  Jefferson is no stranger to DC Universe, he scored the 2017 Vanessa Hudgens series Powerless.  To get a better idea of Jefferson’s scoring process for Harley Quinn …

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Lorenzo Pugliese Makes a Big Splash in the National Tour of ‘The Spongebob Musical’

Lorenzo Pugliese says that “a crazy number of people” told him he had to audition for the leading role in The Spongebob Musical…and so he did. And the rest, as they say on the hit Nickelodeon animated TV series is Bikini Bottom history. It quickly became a cult favorite and has charmed viewers of several […]

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Ian Somerhalder Chats With Us About His Highly-Anticipated Netflix Series ‘V-Wars’

We can hardly contain our excitement for the release of Netflix’s newest binge-worthy series “V-Wars” starring Ian Somerhalder as Dr. Luther Swann. In the series, which is based upon the comics by Johnathan Mayberry and Alan Robinson, Dr. Swann enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the leader of the vampires. “V-Wars” is built upon many different layers and is not necessarily your typical vampire series. There are added levels of science fiction, social commentary, and human conflict. “V-Wars” will begin streaming on Netflix starting on Thursday, December 5th and will consist of ten episodes, however, to hold you over in the meantime, we caught up with series star and executive producer Ian Somerhalder to chat about the series, it’s creation, how it speaks to society as a whole and more! Speaking …

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Lauren Ambrose, Nell Tiger Free And Tony Basgallop Talk Apple TV+ Series ‘Servant’

Fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming premiere of the new Apple TV+ series “Servant” from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan and starring Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint, and Nell Tiger Free! “Servant” will begin streaming on Thursday, November 28th with the first three episodes and then a new episode will continue to roll out each Friday. We seriously cannot say enough good things about the upcoming series, as it had just hooked from the very start! It is our hope that “Servant” will receive the true recognition it deserves! We recently caught up with series stars Lauren Ambrose and Nell Tiger Free, as well, writer/executive producer Tony Basgallop to delve a bit deeper into their characters, discuss some of the various themes and symbolism within the series and more! When discussing the various religious themes found throughout “Servant”, Tony Basgallop comments, “I think it is more about faith than any particular religion. It’s about looking for a solution and it’s about trying to reason out an argument that you can’t process yourself, I think, for me, that’s what religion …

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Toby Kebbell And Rupert Grint Speak With Us About Upcoming Apple TV+ Series ‘Servant’

We recently had a chance to catch up with actors Toby Kebbell and Rupert Grint to discuss their highly-anticipated new series “Servant” executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan and coming to Apple TV+ on November 28th. Kebbell plays Sean an upscale chef who creates recipes to sell to very high-end restaurants. and Grint plays his brother-in-law Julian a hilarious, yet brash financial playboy of sorts! The chemistry between this pair is just amazing. It is not very often that you get to witness in-laws who are actually friends, but Julian is without a doubt one of Sean’s biggest allies throughout the course of “Servant” season one.  The chemistry takes not only on-screen but off-screen as well, as these two are an absolute joy to catch up as we discuss their roles in the series, plans for the future of “Servant”, backstories and more. We have also just learned that Apple has already renewed “Servant” for season two, just ahead of its upcoming premiere, so we are absolutely thrilled to be getting more of this series! As we know, Kebbell’s character …

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Mean Girls Star Mary Kate Morrissey Advises Budding Actors: ‘Work hard, Play Hard and Never Give Up.’

When Mary Kate Morrissey was growing up in Upper Darby, South Philly and rural Downingtown, Pennsylvania, she found her bliss while watching and performing in musical theater. In what feels like a “pinch-me” moment she is starring in the National Tour of Mean Girls. Fortunately for Morrissey, her parents nurtured her dreams, to the point […]

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M. Night Shyamalan Reveals Details About Upcoming Apple TV+ Series ‘Servant’

Apple TV+ is truly giving us something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving with the release of their brand new psychological thriller “Servant” on November 28th. The series is directed and executive produced by Academy-Award nominated director M. Night Shyamalan and was created by British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominated executive producer and writer Tony Basgallop. We have had the chance to preview “Servant” and it is without a doubt in our opinion one of the very best new series to debut this year. Each and every episode left us on the edge of our seats with so many twists and turns it was like a psychological thrill ride. We enjoyed every moment spent with this series which is chock full of both unspeakable tragedy and engaging mystery. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, guess what? Bam! There is another complete twist in a different direction and you should always be aware that not everything is at it seems. Beginning November 28, the first three episodes of “Servant” will be available to watch exclusively on …

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28th Philadelphia Film Festival Offers Stunning Line-Up of Movies and Special Events

Now is the perfect time to head to the 28th Philadelphia Film Festival for a line-up of remarkable films from noted directors in a wide range of genres. The festival, hosted by The Philadelphia Film Society, is running through October 27. There are 120 films from 41 countries to see during the memorable 11-day event. […]

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Riverdale Cast Talk Upcoming Season, Luke Perry Tribute And More! Enjoy An All New Clip From The Upcoming Season!

We can hardly contain our excitement for the upcoming season of “Riverdale” which will premiere on October 6th on The CW and there is a lot to expect from the upcoming season. While at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 we caught up with the cast to discuss the upcoming season and more and also learned quite a few juicy details from the show massive Hall H panel, as well. We know that we will be getting another flashback episode, surely another musical episode, a time jump, Shannen Doherty guest-starring and finally, finally a Halloween episode! We learned that the tragic passing of actor Luke Perry, who played Archie’s father Fred Andrews on the show will be addressed in the season four premiere episode and in addition to Shannen Doherty making a guest appearance, “Dawson’s Creek” alum Kerr Smith will be taking on the role of principal and be introduced in episode two. When speaking with “Riverdale” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa we were curious to know what the biggest thing to expect from season four would be to which he tells us, …

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Are You Hyped For The Premiere Of ABC’s ‘Emergence’ This Fall? Cast Talks What To Expect

We are super intrigued about the upcoming ABC supernatural drama “Emergence” set to premiere on September 24th at 10:00 pm. ABC revealed the first nine minutes of “Emergence” via Twitter and we are already on the edge of our seats looking to see what happens next! You’ve been chosen to experience the first 9 minutes of #Emergence before the premiere on 9/24! Watch now, and ❤️ this Tweet to receive weekly updates & exclusive content as the season unfolds on ABC. pic.twitter.com/alGoZ3BKdE — Emergence (@EmergenceABC) August 23, 2019 Written and executive produced by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Emergence follows Jo ( Allison Tolman), a police chief who takes in a young child, Piper, (Alexa Swinton) she discovers near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws Jo into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all. Owain Yeoman, Ashley Aufderheide, Robert Bailey Jr, Zabryna Guevara also star, along with Donald Faison and Clancy Brown. We had a chance to catch …

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China’s Beautiful and Famous Hua Ballet Comes to Merriam Theater on Wednesday, August 28

The Liaoning Ballet of China (Hua Ballet), one of China’s most famous ballet ensembles, brings the magic of Mulan to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia. The notable ballet ensemble has dedicated over 35 years to producing new Chinese cultural works and performing beloved ballet classics. The show will grace the Merriam Theater’s stage on the Kimmel […]

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Interview: Composer Bear McCreary Discusses ‘The Music Of Monsters’, His Career & Influences, Including Battlestar Gallactica, Child’s Play, God of War, & More! (SDCC 2019)

Bear McCrearyLast month at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, an exclusive group of journalists was invited to an extended interview with one of today’s best working composers – Bear McCreary. McCreary was attending the convention to promote his work in Godzilla: King of the Monsters with a panel titled “The Music of Monsters: Kaiju Concerto With Composer Bear McCreary.” While the interview was intended to focus on his more recent work (he’s composed five scores in 2019 alone), the discussion quickly turned to a wide range of topics about his vast filmography – both past and present. Throughout his already-illustrious career, McCreary has proven to be not only diverse but also supremely prolific in the range of his work. In the interview, the composer discusses his scores for Battlestar Gallactica, Child’s Play, God Of War, Outlander, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and more. Throughout our discussion, the composer also touches on his diverse range & influences, the variety of instrumentation that he uses, how collaboration with different filmmakers affects his work, in addition to a host of other topics about McCreary’s creative process. So …

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