Shane West

Scenecast-logo1400When Tom Magliozzi died, I didn’t feel anything. Condolences were popping up on Facebook and Twitter, but I didn’t know who he was. Until I heard his voice. For decades, he was half of “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” the fake names of two real brothers who hosted NPR’s Car Talk.

I knew exactly who he was. The sound of his voice carried with it so many memories. Of working on cars and tractors with my dad. Of painting houses with my brothers. Of trekking across the country on vacation with my family. Of stacking boxes during my summer job. I could repeat twenty jokes Tom told over the years and rattle off the fake credits at the end of his show without even trying. He was someone I had a strong connection with, and yet, I didn’t know his name and had never seen his face.

When Tom died in November, we’d already been developing the SceneCast for months. But his death reminded me of how powerful the spoken word can be. I invited him into my childhood, my teenage years and on vacation with my brother only a few weeks ago.

MBirbiglia-Hi-Res-Photo-Credit-Kyle-Ericksen-300dpi-webNow I want to invite you into Scene Magazine. I want you to be there when I interview Meghan Trainor. I want you to be there when I interview Kevin Costner. I want you to hear how Mark Wahlberg and Craig Robinson struggled to make it early in their careers, and how Mike Birbiglia treated our interview like it was a one-man show with a one-man audience.

Everyone at Scene wants you to hear how screenplays are written and movies are made. How sets are built and music is recorded. How actors stay in shape and films are financed. How to get a job in the entertainment industry and what you really need to study in school.

And we also want to talk about what’s actually worth watching! We want to share the music, movies, television series and more that are inspiring us. On the SceneCast, we’re going to talk about all of that, and we’re going to invite the entertainment industry into the conversation. You never know who’s going to pop up as a guest.

The best part is this: it’s free and you can take it with you. If you’ve got a smart phone, you can stream the SceneCast wherever you go. Take celebrity trainer Aaron Williamson with you while you’re at the gym. Take Shane West with you to Mardi Gras. Bring me, Beth Burvant and David Draper with you while shopping. Whether working, mowing the lawn or avoiding your in-laws, the SceneCast is the best way to get you through the day until you can get to the movie theater, or curled up on the couch to knock out some Netflix.

During our launch week, we’ll be debuting a slew of awesome launch episodes! Although Meghan Trainor is really great, we couldn’t limit it to just one episode. So enjoy all of the great content and make sure to leave a review and subscribe in iTunes. It’ll ensure you get every new episode right on your phone.

Go to thescenecast.com to get started. We’re already there, eagerly awaiting you. So, listen up.

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The new devilishly cryptic trailer for Season 2 of Salem has been released. Mary is singing a lullaby to her son. The lullaby is sweet on the exterior but is riddled with frightening subtext through high pitched sounds to every jump cut. We also catch a glimpse of Lucy Lawless. Lawless will play Countess Marburg, she claims to be the last of the remaining witches.

Hopefully Lawless’ character will be a worthy adversary to Mary Sibley, the reigning witch. Shane West is briefly seen, too, bloodied and disordered in the forests of Salem. That scene, in particular, reminds me of a scene right out of the Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown. The townspeople are frightened as the word “WAR” is written in a fiery font atop a patch of grass. Their fears are answered as they realize that the witch war is upon them.

Salem released some provocative Season 2 key art that illustrates the inevitable witch war.

Finally, the trailer closes with a man sheepishly walking into a house. A small girl tells the man not to enter the house because someone is inside. The man quickly finds out that the small girl was warning the man of his certain death upon entry.

Salem Season 2 premieres April 5. For more information visit the official website wgnamerica.com.

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Shreveport-Shot ‘Salem’ Season 2 Key Art

by Jordan McGuire on February 27, 2015

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Mary Sibley is the baddest witch in Salem. WGN America has just released key art for Season 2 of Salem. The series will pick up during the epic Witch Wars. Janet Montgomery plays the powerful witch Mary Sibley who will face rivals old and new, contending for her mighty throne.

The war-torn town of Salem has undergone wretched havoc as Mary Sibley defends her sovereignty. Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg will return with Montgomery for Season 2. New faces such as Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle and Oliver Bell will inhabit the old witch town in 17th century Massachusetts.

Watch the Season 2 trailerSalem Season 2 premieres April 5. For more information visit the official website wgnamerica.com.

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Mary Sibley hanging from a traditional cross as the world behind her is turned upside down.

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A crow roosts on a witch atop a maligned church.

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Mary Sibley is centered holding a severed noose as her rival witches unnervingly float behind her.

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A noose secures the lips of a witch and is lowered to form the ‘A’ in the Salem title.

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‘Salem’ Season 2 Will Premiere on April 5

by Jordan McGuire on January 29, 2015

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The first original scripted series from WGN America will return with its sophomore season on Sunday, April 5. Salem recently added recurring stars Lucy Lawless and Peter Townsend to the cast in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The thirteen-episode second season is described as a “witch war.” Janet Montgomery’s Mary Sibley, the deadliest witch in Salem, vies to take control of the 17th century town in Massachusetts. In this re-imagining of the Salem witch trials, Mary Sibley will face rival witches as they all fight for the proverbial witch throne.

Season one of Salem is available to binge watch on Netflix now. You have plenty of time to catch up with the witchy bedlam, and you can watch the Salem Season 2 trailer here.

The supernatural thriller is written and created by 24’s Brannon Braga and Adam Simon and is produced by Fox 21. The show also stars Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg.

As Scene mentioned earlier, Lucy Lawless will play Countess Marburg and Stuart Townsend will play Samuel Wainwright. Marburg is one of the last descendants of a legendary line of German witches and Wainwright is the perplexing doctor exploring Salem for its deepest secrets. Joe Doyle has the role of Baron Sebastian Marburg who is a charming son-of-a-witch(weak pun intended). Mary’s long-lost son is played by Oliver Bell.

Keep an eye on updated scheduling by visiting Salem’s official website wgnamerica.com.

Source: Variety

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Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend will join the Shreveport-shot Salem cast for season two. Both actors will have recurring roles. Lawless will play Countess Marburg and Townsend will play Samuel Wainright. Salem is set in the 17th century during the notorious witch trials where executions were part of the town’s narrative.

Parks And Recreation alum Lawless will switch gears from playing Ron Swanson’s wife to become Countess Marburg, a woman with the long bloodline of German witches. Townsend, who famously took the role of Lestat in Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned, will play an English aristocrat, Samuel Wainright.

The first season starring Shane West and Janet Montgomery gained a strong following. Salem brings the witch trials to life and doesn’t stop until an execution is made.

Make sure to binge watch season one on Netflix and check out Salem’s season 2 trailer here. Also, read Scene’s exclusive interview with Baton Rouge native and Salem star Shane West here.

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TRAILER: Shreveport-shot ‘Salem’ Season 2

by Jordan McGuire

On May 5th, 2014 Shreveport-shot Salem was granted a thirteen episode season two. Today, WGN released the first glimpse of season two. The seventeenth century witch trial phenomenon stars Brit Janet Montgomery and Louisiana native Shane West. Ironically this was the first project that sent West back to his home state of Louisiana. In our interview with the […]

Shane West Stars in ‘Salem’

by Micah Haley

This article originally ran in the May/June 2014 issue. West stars in WGN’s Salem. Shane West is an American actor and musician from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After moving to Los Angeles at a young age, he began to pursue a career as an actor. Following landing guest starring roles on television, West was cast in […]