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Alan Danzis is a lifelong technology and TV enthusiast. He's an early adopter: he had the first generation Sony TiVo and had to buy a special device just to plug the analog DVR into his digital phone line in college, further showcasing his nerdiness. He currently lives in Hoboken, N.J., where he tries not let his TiVo get too full. You can follow him on @adanzis.

Find Your Way Through Westeros with This Pop-Up Guide

April 6th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros
Sure, the opening credits of Game of Thrones give viewers a great understanding of the massive land that is Westeros. But it can still be confusing and hard to realize that Dany is soooooo far away from everyone else.

That’s where Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros from Insight Editions comes in.

While you might store it on your bookshelf and not on your coffee table fully opened, this is something you’ll want to show off to fans whenever they are over. (Perhaps during a viewing party for the season premiere tonight?)

There’s some amazing pop-up re-creations of several locations...

Melanie Specht On Playing The 'Grande Dame' In ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’

February 25th, 2014 1:20pm EST
Melanie Specht On Playing The 'Grande Dame' In ‘Transformers: Ag
Your first feature film—it’s a big deal of course.

But no pressure when your first feature film is a highly anticipated film, right? And a quasi-reboot at that. One beloved by millions of fans.

That’s what Melanie Specht is facing this summer when she’s starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci in the upcoming fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

I recently spoke with Specht over email to discuss the film.

How did you first get cast in the film?

Through an audition my manager set up for me. Humorously I found out I booked the role ...

P.J. Byrne Promises Not to Take His Shirt Off on ‘Intelligence’

February 24th, 2014 1:30pm EST
P.J. Byrne Promises Not to Take His Shirt Off on ‘Intelligence’
It might be hard to stand out next to Josh Holloway, but P.J. Bryne is making a go of it by trying to bring a little humor to his role of Nelson Cassidy on CBS’s Intelligence, which airs on CBS Mondays at 10 pm ET.

I recently spoke by Byrne via email to learn more about Intelligence and ask him if he was a fan of Holloway’s former show, LOST.

For those who haven't had a chance to watch Intelligence yet, what are the three things you would tell them to get them to watch?

I'll give you 5!

1. Josh Holloway takes his shirt off.

2. Meg and Marg are hot.

3. Michael Rady puts the handsome in...

Stocking Stuffers 2013: Blu-Rays, Gadgets and Games

December 18th, 2013 1:30pm EST
White House Down
We are one week out from Christmas. So if you need to pick up a few stocking stuffers for someone on your list, we’ve got you covered if it’s a Blu-Ray, a gadget or a videogame. There’s plenty to choose from in the items that follow so hopefully you’ll find at least one or two that checks off something on your lists.

The Blu-Rays:

(And yes, you can also get combo pacts with DVDs and/or digital copies.)

If you’ve got an action fan in the house, there’s plenty of Blu-Rays to keep them occupied during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

While not at strong as Olympus Has Fallen, W...

David Simon on the End of ‘Treme’ and Some Must Try Recipes in a New Inspired Cookbook

December 16th, 2013 1:30pm EST
Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans
I’ve never seen the show Treme, which is currently running its final run of episodes of HBO, and I always thought the show was known not only for its depiction of post Katrina life, but also for its depiction of New Orleans music.

The cuisine of New Orleans, of course, is just as important, and with that, now there’s a cookbook inspired by the show called Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans. The book has more than 100 heritage and contemporary recipes along with photographs from the show. Some of the contributed recipes come from such well-known New Orleans restaurants...

Two Very, Very Different, But Pretty Good Batman Games

December 2nd, 2013 1:30pm EST
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Recently, not just the United States, but the entire world was enamored with #SFBatkid. I had unusual fortune to be wrapping up playing not one, but two different Batman games at that exact same time. Neither is a contender for game of the year, and neither captivated me the way #SFBatkid did, but they’re still both pretty good in their own ways.

In Scribblenauts Unmasked, you meet Batman, but also a variety of other DC comic superheroes (and villains) as once again, you use the power of your vocabulary to magically create objects, people and more out of thin air to solve problems. I was t...

Stephanie Leigh Schlund On Playing The 'Beautiful But Deadly' Cashmere In The Upcoming 'Hunger Games' Sequel

November 15th, 2013 3:30pm EST
Stephanie Leigh Schlund
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens one week from today. Even if you haven’t read the books, you probably know there’s another Hunger Games tournament that Katniss and Peeta will have to compete in during the course the film.

Two of the new people they’ll have to face in the games include Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund) and Gloss Schlund (Alan Ritchson.) I recently spoke with Schlund who portrays Cashmere to find out what fans can expect in the highly anticipated sequel.

How would you describe your character of Cashmere?

Cashmere is beautiful but deadly. She's a master at manipulati...

Fall Videogame Round-up Part 1: Some True Gems to Keep You Occupied Before Next Gen

November 11th, 2013 1:30pm EST
Saints Row IV
Gamers: we are SO close to next generation games that you can almost taste it.

But there’s still plenty of reason not to dump your current consoles when there’s so many other good games out there to play. Here’s four you might want to make your last or next to last game you play on those systems.

Lost Planet 3

There might be a ‘3’ in the title and, sure, the game takes place on the planet E.D.N. III again, but you have no need to have played any of the other Lost Planet games to enjoy this one. (I skipped the second one myself.)

The game is better for that fact actually. The story is th...

Return to the Stauf Mansion in ‘The 7Th Guest 3’; Exclusive Interview with CEO Behind the Project

November 7th, 2013 1:30pm EST
The 7th Guest 3
When my father first told me about the PC game The 7th Guest—it sounded like something impossible. “Full motion video? In a videogame? Really?” is something I likely asked in disbelief.

The puzzle game that took place in a haunted mansion and for the first time ever featured real-life actors in full motion video went on to sell more than 2 million copies in 1993. A sequel came out in 1995 and now we’re getting another sequel, nearly 20 years later, in 2014 thanks to Kickstarter.

(Well… if you fans start donating. Right now, they’ve got a long way to go.)

Since I was such a fan of the o...

Troy Baker on Playing the Joker in ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’

November 6th, 2013 1:30pm EST
Troy Baker
If you only know Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker—you are missing one of the greatest Joker performances in the history of the Batman franchise.

So taking over for him as the voice of the iconic super-villain in the new Batman: Arkham Origins videogame series was no easy task for veteran voiceover actor Troy Baker. (You may have also heard his voice in the iconic The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite games earlier this year.)

At New York Comic Con last month, Baker discusses how he brought his own personality to the character, what is was like to play someone so demented, and more.