Michael C. Hall

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Editor’s note: Our review of Cold In July originally ran during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but we’re re-running it now as the film opens in limited theatrical release. Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) awakens one night to a noise elsewhere in the house. Fearing an intruder, he retrieves a gun from the closet, tells his wife to stay put, and cautiously moves towards the living room. Seconds later, a young burglar’s deceased body falls onto the couch with a bullet through the eye. The town sees Dane as a hero, and the sheriff covers up the fact that the burglar was unarmed, but the quiet family man is left unsettled by the incident. Complicating things further is the recent parole of the dead man’s father, Russel (Sam Shepard). Dane attends the funeral from a distance but is surprised by a face to face encounter with Russel that makes it clear the man is not the forgiving type. When Russel makes the threat that much clearer with a frightening visit to Dane’s home it becomes clear the two men are in for an unavoidable collision. And then the story moves in an entirely new and unexpected direction.

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Dexter was eight seasons of fantastic, frustrating, confusing, infuriating cable television, the final of which many longtime fans of the Showtime series had a difficult time getting behind.  It was polarizing, to say the least, which is why even early talks of a prospective spinoff, starring Michael C. Hall’s Dexter Morgan himself seems…weird. Kinda inexplicable. If you’re super late to the game, there be spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.

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Daniel Radcliffe as Ginsberg

It’s a brief glimpse, but here is your first look at Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. The film depicts the story of a murder at Columbia University in the 1940s that brings the poet together with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac to form the Beatnik Justice League for the first time. I’m actually being told that the incident inspired the trio to write, and not to fight crime, but I kind of liked my version better. As is the nature with teasers, we’re not given much to work with in these thirty seconds. We’ve got Radcliffe in some punchy horn-rimmed glasses taking in his surroundings as a wide-eyed student at Columbia University as someone inspires chaos in the library, Dead Poets Society style. His American accent isn’t too shabby either, but in the main piece of dialogue where it gets put to use, he gets cut off mid-sentence by the end of the teaser. Booo! I suppose we’ll just have to wait for the full-length trailer to find out why Allen Ginsberg is a troublemaking young student-slash-gifted-poet who appears to be breaking all the rules at his straight-laced school.

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Peep World is an excruciating assemblage of one-dimensional nags, linked under a sub-par quasi-Wes Anderson family dysfunction narrative umbrella. It’s a portrait of estranged narcissistic siblings, a high-society Los Angeles architect’s grown sons and daughter, who misbehave and alienate everyone around them amid convoluted circumstances drawn exclusively from the long tradition of stories about the intelligentsia’s human failings.

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The final showdown between Jordan Chase and Dexter has arrived, it’s a race against the clock and Lumen’s life is the reward. Dexter will stop at nothing to save the one person who he has ever been able to truly open up to. Deb will also make the final connections in order to bring down Jordan Chase for good, but what she finds is the one thing she would have never expected to see. Miami Metro will also discover the body of Stan Liddy at a harbor and Quinn in the prime suspect. Now it’s up to Dexter to decide if Quinn will go down for the murder he committed.

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Things are about to go off in the sunny city of Miami, and it all leads up to the beginning of what will hopefully be a heart-stopping season finale. Dexter will be put into a situation that will force him to choose between keeping his secret a secret, or risk exposure from within the department… or so he thinks. Deb will also get one step closer to proving her vigilante theory, but not before LaGuerta can stonewall her from moving forward. And Lumen will be put into the one situation she has been trying to avoid for weeks.

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Before Dexter and Lumen head out to take down head honcho Jordan Chase, they have one stop to make… the woman whose blood Chase has been wearing around his neck. This woman will lead Dexter and Lumen to the final piece of the sick and twisted puzzle, and by the end both of their lives will be changed forever. Miami Metro will also get one step close in their investigation into the barrel girls when they discover a key piece of evidence hidden away in a secret lock box… evidence that will send Debra on an emotional tail spin. Finally, Liddy steps up his investigation into Dexter and his new “squeeze.”

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Things are about to get very interesting for Dexter when a break in at his old house leads to a reveal that could put his entire plan on ice. As for the plan itself, Dexter will attempt to play nice with Jordan Chase… For now. In the hopes of finding definitive proof of his wrong doing as per the codes demands. Things will also get very dicey over at Miami Metro Homicide when Debra is placed on file duty until stumbling on a case that could lead the entire department on a war path leading right back to are beloved serial killer. And by episodes end, someone’s truth will be known…

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Tonight’s the night. Tonight’s the night Cole Harmon will finally meet his maker at the hands of our beloved serial killer. But things take an unexpected turn when Dexter begins to have suspicions about the head honcho himself, Jordan Chase. Lumen will also get a phone call that she really doesn’t want, and before the day is over she’ll have to make a choice that will affect her life forever. Miami Metro is going to have to deal with the backlash from the club shootout, and Deb will come to a scary realization about herself. Liddy will also get one step closer to learning Dexter’s deep dark secret.

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Dexter’s three worlds are about to collide is a cluster f**k of circumstance. And when he realizes what has happened, it is up to him and Lumen to point the cops in a direction that will allow them to continue on their current war path. The Homicide team with also come closer the Fuentes Brothers then they have ever been before. But by night’s end, this will be far from OK for at least one detective. Dexter & Lumen will also get one step closer to learning the identities of all of Lumen’s tormentors. And before the week is over, Lumen will take one step close to the edge of sanity. Quinn will also get one step closer to learning a truth he doesn’t want to know.

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As far as Dexter is concerned Lumen has gone back home and is out of his life for good. Or so he thought until he gets a call from the damaged girl who is now in a panic after shooting a man in a warehouse. But things only get worse for Dexter because when he gets to the scene, the body is gone. Now Dexter and Lumen must find the man before he can alert the authorities. But that’s only the beginning of one of the longest nights of Dexter’s life. Deb and the rest of the homicide division will also get one step closer to nailing the Fuentes Brothers. And Batista will also try to smooth the waters of the stormy ocean that is his marriage.

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It’s been a hard week for Miami’s resident serial killer. Most of Dexter’s hard ships come in the form of an oh, so sexy blond names Lumen. Lumen wants to kill the men that hurt her, but Dexter knows where the path leads and he just wants Lumen to leave Miami for good. Debra gets one step closer to the Fuentes brothers but where her lead takes her, will send her partner on a tail spin of disgust. Batista will also become suspicious of LaGuerta’s recent activities. Her sneaking around will finally become to much for him and what he finds is something he could have never expected. Quinn will enlist the help of an old friend to assist in his “investigation” of Dexter.

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It has not been a good week to be Dexter Morgan, because after striking down his latest victim, he discovers there was a witness to the crime. Now Dexter has that witness locked up in an abandoned house and is questioning his next move. At the same time, he must also convince the nanny that he’s a reliable parent and he has no intention of bringing extra strain to an already difficult job. Debra will also be faced with a dilemma that will effect her to her emotional core in what will likely be the beginning of a downward spiral. Quinn will also get one step closer to uncovering the truth behind the man known as Kyle Butler.

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We begin this episode right where we left off last week, I.E. Dexter is still hunting Boyd Fowler. But this time he’s going to put his long awaiting plan into motion to being his healing process, only things don’t go at all how Dexter planned. At the same time Dexter will also be on another hunt, a hunt to find a Nanny for Harrison. By the end, Dexter’s true feelings about Harrison’s state of mind will be revealed. IA will also drop a bomb shell on LaGuarta that could leave the department in shambles. And Quinn with the not so cooperative help of the FBI, will get one stop closer to confirming his suspicions about Kyler Butler.

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We join Dexter immediately following the events of the season four finale. The biggest dilemma you ask? Well, when the police come upon Dexter and the blood stained Harrison, Dexter udders the words “it was me.” Now everyone including those close to him, are looking at Dexter as a possible suspect. At the same time, Debra begins to once again have feelings for Quinn and one can only wonder where that will lead, or more importantly, how much clothing will be removed. We also learn the origins of Dexter’s relationship with Rita. And so begins season 5 of Dexter.

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Showtime Networks has a big presence in San Diego this year, from gigantic banners to multiple panels to a button campaign and several buses toting fellow nerds around the city. The crux of their advertising campaign this year revolvers around the idea that Showtime’s ‘heroes’ have more fun. Specifically we’re talking about Weeds, Californication, Dexter, and Nurse Jackie, shows that prominently feature some rather messed up main characters who are dysfunctional on some level. While each of these shows was represented on a panel (Dexter was on two), most of the information that was revolved focused on Hank Moody’s furthered adventures and the future of Dexter Morgan, so that’s what we’ll be talking about here. Plus those two shows are super awesome.

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For a moment there was a part of my nerdy brain that wanted to a cross-over between RoboCop and the serial killer with the Dark Passenger, but it was fleeting. While it would be cool to see Peter Weller bring back his most famous cyborg crime-fighter, just having him as a member of the Dexter cast should be good enough. Throughout most of the upcoming season, Weller will play a “troubled Miami Metro police officer who gets caught up in an internal affairs investigation.” This investigation will no doubt have some effect on the world of Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), as Dexter is now going to be looking for danger around every corner after the way season four ended. No spoilers here, but you probably know what I’m talking about. Weller should be a welcome addition to this solid and ever-growing cast. [Deadline]

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Like some of you, I am yet to get all the way through Dexter season four. I do know this — some shocking stuff happens, stuff that might make this very news item rather spoilery.

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We may be a film site here, but all good rejects love some TV, Dexter especially, as it is truly TV at its most cinematic. Those at Comic-Con got first looks at this, but I’m very grateful to Showtime for allowing us mere mortals, that live whole countries away, the chance to see the “Dexter” teaser.

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Who knows where sweet dreams come from, or what exactly they are made of. What we do know is that the sweetest of dreams for writer/director tandem Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor — the guys behind the Crank franchise — all consist of intense camera work, big explosions and gun fire, lots of gunfire.

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