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Rick Mele is a regular contributor to Moviefone and Huffington Post TV, and freelance film critic for AskMen.com. He has written about movies and pop culture for a variety of online publications.

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'The Secret Life Of Pigeons' Review: Rebranding Nature's Most Misunderstood Bird

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:50 PM

For many city dwellers, pigeons are on par with subway delays and charity muggers: an unpopular, yet unavoidable part of city living. And that gives filmmaker Scott Harper a serious challenge as he attempts to prove that the birds don't deserve their bad rap in "The Secret Life...

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7 Things I Learned From Making a Movie for $7,000

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:15 PM

When it comes to the really crazy ideas, like making a feature film with zero prior experience and for less than the price of a semester of film school, sometimes all it takes is one other person to say, screw it, why not? That's how, a few months of begging,...

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Chelsea Handler On 'Uganda Be Kidding Me Live' And Her Upcoming Plans With Netflix

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 11:52 AM

After wrapping up seven years on E! with her late-night talk show "Chelsea Lately" in a star-studded finale back in August, Chelsea Handler knew that she was tired of celebrities and wanted to try something different. That itch led her to negotiate a multi-year partnership with...

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'Ray Donovan''s Liev Schreiber Talks Success, Jon Voight And Hitting Rock Bottom

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Liev Schreiber says he didn’t initially realize how popular his show “Ray Donovan,” which wrapped up its second season Sunday night, would become. But it’s already won Jon Voight a Golden Globe for his scene-stealing turn as Ray’s estranged father Mickey, and was recently renewed for a third season (albeit...

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'4th And Loud' Review: Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Know How To Put On A Show

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:34 PM

If you were to draw a Venn diagram of reality shows, rock stars and football coaches, at the centre of it you'll find the MO for AMC's latest reality series: the louder, the better. "4th and Loud," which premieres Tuesday night, follows legendary rockers Gene Simmons...

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Eric Johnson On 'The Knick,' Graphic Surgery Scenes And Why You'll Probably Hate Him

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Eric Johnson knows he's not exactly beloved by TV fans. According to the actor's Twitter account, he's "that guy you hate on 'Rookie Blue,' used to hate on 'Smallville' and other things you may not hate me for." And after his new show, a Steven Soderbergh-directed...

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Chic Eglee, 'Hemlock Grove' Season 2 Showrunner, On Taking Over The Netflix Series

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 1:19 PM

When Charles "Chic" Eglee ("The Shield," "Dexter") inherited the showrunner seat on Netflix's hit horror series "Hemlock Grove" heading into Season 2, he was charged with helping to transition the show beyond its original source material, since Brian McGreevy's book only took them up to the

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Famke Janssen On 'Hemlock Grove' Season 2: Her Scariest Scene Involved Karaoke

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 1:19 PM

After returning from beyond the grave in the last few "X-Men" movies and now on Netflix's "Hemlock Grove" -- after her character was being zipped up in a body bag last we saw her at the end of Season 1 -- Famke Janssen clearly...

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Lizzy Caplan On 'Masters Of Sex' Season 2 And That Emmy Nomination

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 3:28 PM

So much for Lizzy Caplan's fears of being typecast as a comedic actress. Because in advance of the Season 2 premiere of "Masters of Sex" this Sunday, the former "Mean Girls" star was rewarded with her first-ever Emmy nomination (for Lead Actress in a...

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'The Strain': 10 Things You Need To Know About The Creepy FX Show

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 12:54 PM

Guillermo del Toro may be new to TV, but he certainly isn't new to vampires; the filmmaker's been daydreaming about their biology since he was a kid, long before his directorial debut "Cronos" or "Blade II." So when his new vampire horror series "The Strain" hits...

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'Hemlock Grove' Season 2: 10 Things You Need To Know About Supernatural Netflix Show

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:55 PM

By the end of the first season of "Hemlock Grove," Netflix's Eli Roth-produced original horror series, one major mystery was solved -- who (or what) was responsible for the series of grisly murders that shocked the seemingly sleepy Pennsylvania town? Still, while one question was answered, even more...

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Greg Poehler On 'Welcome To Sweden' And Working With His Sister, Amy

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:32 PM

When it comes to writing, one of the oldest adages around is to "write what you know," and when Greg Poehler (yes, as in Amy Poehler's younger brother) decided to leave his job as a lawyer and try for a career in show business, he did just that....

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'Hemlock Grove' Season 2: Shelley's Alive, But She Looks A Little Different (PHOTO)

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:30 PM

We're only a little over a month away from Season 2 of "Hemlock Grove" premiering on Netflix, but impatient fans of the popular Eli Roth-produced horror series can now get their first look at Madeleine Martin as the show's new Shelley Godfrey, thanks to a new...

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'Game Of Thrones: The Exhibition' Hits Toronto. Here's What Fans Can Expect

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:15 PM

Liam Cunningham doesn’t have to worry about dealing with any angry fans (unlike, say, his co-star David Bradley).

Instead, the actor behind Davos Seaworth, Stannis Baratheon’s loyal right-hand man, on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” gets to sit back and enjoy viewers’ increasingly insatiable appetite for all things “Thrones.” It's...

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Kevin Dunn Talks 'Veep' Season 3 And The Show's 'Player-Coach' Julia Louis-Dreyfus

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 2:46 PM

Just this past week, there have been two major announcements coming out of HBO's hit comedy "Veep." First, on screen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Selina Meyer finally publicly announced that she'll be running for President; then off it, HBO finally revealed the show's been renewed for Season 4. All of...

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Billy Bob Thornton On 'Fargo,' Bringing The Story To TV, and That Horrible, Horrible Haircut

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 6:26 PM

As recently as 10 to 15 years ago, doing TV was a dirty word for an established actor like Billy Bob Thornton, to say nothing of adapting an Oscar-winning movie for the small screen. But now? It’s one of the few places Thornton can find the types of roles he’s...

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David Bradley Of 'Game Of Thrones' Knows You Still Hate Him For The Red Wedding, But He's OK With That

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:39 PM

*** SPOILERS AHEAD!***

When "Game Of Thrones" unleashed the show's now-infamous Red Wedding episode last season, traumatized fans were left to watch helplessly through their fingers --usually while their friends who'd read ahead in the books and knew what was coming filmed their horrified reactions.

So it's safe...

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Lauren Holly On 'Motive' Season 2 And Spicing Up The Procedural

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 5:39 PM

It might seem odd considering her job description as the resident medical examiner on "Motive," but Lauren Holly's Dr. Betty Rogers is actually the life of the party on the police procedural. While her character is busy dealing with the corpses (typically provided by that week's...

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Dominic Monaghan, 'Wild Things' Season 2 Host: I Don't Have A Death Wish

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Dominic Monaghan wants people to stop worrying about him.

He's certainly not in any danger of running out of interesting places to visit or animals to see for his OLN show "Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan." Because even after two seasons, the actor-turned-nature-show-host's travel wish...

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Adam DeVine, 'Workaholics' Star/Co-Creator, On Their Fanbase And Justin Bieber Cameo Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Don't get it confused: Adam DeVine and his "Workaholics" co-stars and co-creators Anders Holm and Blake Anderson may play a trio of slackers named Adam, Anders and Blake on their hit show, but in real life they're anything but.

The show's been taking off as...

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