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Movie Review: BEAST MODE

BEAST MODE movie poster | ©2020 Devilworks

Rating: Not Rated Stars: C. Thomas Howell, James Duval, Carrie Finklea, Spain Willingham, Leslie Easterbrook, Robert Costanzo, Daz Crawford, Teddy Margas, James Hong, Ray Wise, Aliana Matheis, Douglas Bennett Writers: Chris W. Freeman & Spain Willingham & Drew Fortune Directors: Chris W. Freeman & Spain Willingham Distributor: Devilworks Release Date: December 1, 2020 To paraphrase a famous quote, dying is easy, comedy is hard, parodying Hollywood and trying to do horror at the same time on a low budget is super-hard. Credit BEAST MODE for giving it a go, even if it doesn’t hit the mark much of the time. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ZAPPA

ZAPPA movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Frank Zappa, Gail Zappa, Bunk Gardner, Ruth Underwood, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Pamela Des Barres Director: Alex Winter Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: November 27, 2020 ZAPPA, as its title suggests, is a documentary about the late rocker/composer Frank Zappa (1940-1993). There is something valiant about the way writer/director Alex Winter has assembled a mass of archival footage, integrated it with new interviews, set the mood with unrelated but thematically relevant clips, and gotten it into coherent form. ZAPPA isn’t one of those documentaries where we are primed for blinding new revelations, or even explanations of […]Read On »

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FOR LIFE: Stars Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, EP Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and the creators give the scoop on Season 2 – Interview – Part 2

Nicholas Pinnock as Aaron Wallace in FOR LIFE - Season 2 | ©2020 ABC/Matthias Clamer

In Part 2 of this article on ABC’s Wednesday-night drama FOR LIFE, we continue the discussion of the show’s second season with actors Nicholas Pinnock (who plays recently-exonerated prisoner Aaron Wallace) and Indira Varma (who plays former prison warden Sofiya Masry) and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, series creator Hank Steinberg, and executive producer Isaac Wright Jr., whose life story is the loose basis for the show. FOR LIFE tackles racism and social class head-on, both topics much on people’s minds at present. Jackson says, “I think the show speaks so loudly to the things that are going on. […]Read On »

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FOR LIFE: Stars Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, EP Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and the creators Talk Season 2 – Interview – Part 1

FOR LIFE - Season 2 Key Art | ©2020 ABC

FOR LIFE, now on Wednesday nights on ABC in its second season, is loosely based on the life of lawyer Isaac Wright Jr. Wright got his law license while he was in prison, having been wrongly convicted of a crime. When he was exonerated, Wright continued to represent other inmates in court. In FOR LIFE, Nicholas Pinnock plays Wright’s fictional counterpart, Aaron Wallace. Season 2 begins with Aaron obtaining his freedom. He now must renegotiate his relationship with his wife Marie (Joy Bryant), their loving daughter Jasmine (Tyla Harris), and his namesake, Jasmine’s newborn son. Indira Varma plays Sofiya Masry, […]Read On »

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NEXT: Actor Jason Butler Harner on the Fox techno-thriller – Exclusive Interview

Jason Butler Harner as Ted LeBlanc in NEXT - Season 1 | ©2020 FOX/Miller Mobley

In NEXT, Tuesday nights on Fox, series creator Manny Coto postulates that an artificial intelligence has reached self-awareness, and wants to get rid of humanity. The A.I.’s regretful inventor, billionaire Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), enlists government cyber-security expert Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) and her team in an effort to stop neXt. Jason Butler Harner plays Ted LeBlanc, Paul’s younger brother, who has taken over the company Paul founded. Harner, originally from New York, has film and TV credits that include OZARK, RAY DONOVAN, SCANDAL, THE BLACKLIST, NON-STOP, HOMELAND, THE GREEN, and, coincidentally, the 2007 Nicolas Cage science-fiction feature NEXT. At […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Carry On” – Series Finale

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Carry On" | ©2020 The CW Network/Robert Falconer

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Thursday @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 19, 2020 SUPERNATURAL does several smart things with its series finale. The first and most important is to end in a way that doesn’t make longtime fans want to kill themselves or other people. That aside, SUPERNATURAL spreads its denouement over two hours, the documentary “The Long Road Home,” and the actual last episode, “Carry On.” Reversing what might be the expected order, the say-goodbye doc, “The Long Road Home,” runs first. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BOOKS OF BLOOD

BOOKS OF BLOOD Key Art | ©2020 Hulu

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Britt Robertson, Anna Friel, Rafi Gavron, Yul Vasquez, Frieda Foh Shen, Nicholas Campbell, Andy McQueen, Kenji Fitzgerald, Etienne Kellici Writers: Adam Simon & Brannon Braga, based on the story THE BOOK OF BLOOD by Clive Barker Director: Brannon Braga Distributor: Hulu Release Date: October 7, 2020 BOOKS OF BLOOD is the collective title for author Clive Barker’s first several published collections of short stories. THE BOOK OF BLOOD is also the title of a specific Barker story, which has been adapted for the screen once before, in 2009. Here, director Brannon Braga and his co-screenwriter Adam […]Read On »

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SUPERNATURAL: The CW president Mark Pedowitz talks about the end of the 15-year series – Interview

Misha Collins as Castiel, Jared Padalecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean and Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 | © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

After fifteen seasons and 327 one-hour episodes, SUPERNATURAL has its series finale on The CW on Thursday, November 17, 2020. The series began on The WB, and is now the longest-lasting survivor of that now-gone network. The CW Network president Mark Pedowitz counts himself as a SUPERNATURAL admirer. At a Q&A panel (pre-COVID) held by The CW for the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, there’s a final SUPERNATURAL panel. The speakers include leads Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Misha Collins (the angel Castiel) and Alexander Calvert (the half-angel Jack), executive producer/director Robert Singer, and executive producers/writers […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Inherit the Earth”

Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Inherit The Earth" | ©2020 The CW Network/Cristian Cretu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Rob Benedict, Mark Pellegrino, Jake Abel, Kimberley Sustad Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 12, 2020 To be clear, the episode “Inherit the Earth” is not the series finale of SUPERNATURAL. That comes November 19. However, the penultimate installment feels very much like a season finale. “Inherit the Earth” pays off the vast majority of plot developments that have been brewing ever since God/Chuck (Rob Benedict) returned to Earth at the end of Season […]Read On »

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NEXT: Actors Eve Harlow and Michael Mosley on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Michael Mosley as CMEve Harlow as Gina

NEXT is the title of the new Fox Network Tuesday-night series about an artificial intelligence, also called NEXT. The NEXT A.I. has achieved consciousness and is slowly going about using every bit of tech at its disposal to dispose of people who might be able to stop it from eradicating humanity. Fighting against NEXT are its creator, Paul LeBlance (John Slattery), and FBI Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade), who heads up a cybersecurity task force. Eve Harlow plays Gina Graham and Michael Mosley plays C.M., both members of Salazar’s team. Gina is Salazar’s protégé, while C.M. is an ex-con […]Read On »

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