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BREAK A HIP: Emmy winner Christina Pickles on her web series – Exclusive Interview

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BREAK A HIP is a (so-far) two-season-long Web series that just picked up an Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama for leading lady Christina Pickles. In BREAK A HIP, Pickles plays Biz Brantly, an unhappily retired actress who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her much younger assistant Wincy, played by Britt Hennemuth. Pickles has been nominated for six previous Emmys, five for her supporting work as Nurse Helen Rosenthal on the medical drama ST. ELSEWHERE and one for her guest work in a comedy as Rachel and Ross’s mom on FRIENDS. Originally from England, Pickles has […]Read On »

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THE INNOCENTS: Guy Pearce and Percelle Ascott on new sci-fi series – Exclusive Interview

THE INNOCENTS Key Art - Season 1 | ©2018 Netflix

Netflix’s new science-fiction romance series THE INNOCENTS follows two English teens, Harry, played by Percelle Ascott, and June, portrayed by Sorcha Groundsell. June and Harry are in love and run away from their respective families so they can be together. In addition to the normal problems of their situation, the young couple discovers that June is a shape-shifter. Furthermore, June is not the kind of shape-shifter genre films and TV have given us so far – she turns into another specific person. Guy Pearce plays Dr. Halvorson, who is studying the shape-shifting phenomenon. Harry doesn’t trust Halvorson when it comes […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PREDATOR

THE PREDATOR movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Yvonne Strahovski, Jake Busey, Brian Prince Writers: Fred Dekker & Shane Black, based on characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas Director: Shane Black Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: September 14, 2018 The new movie THE PREDATOR is a follow-up to 1987’s PREDATOR and 1990’s PREDATOR 2. It’s unclear if 2004’s AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR and/or 2007’s ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM are part of the new movie’s timeline or not, and of course nobody on Earth […]Read On »

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HIGH & MIGHTY: Creator Cesar Mazariegos on stoned superhero series – Exclusive Interview

HIGH & MIGHTY key art | ©2018 Stage 13

HIGH & MIGHTY is a superhero tale with a twist from creator Cesar Mazariegos. In the series, now streaming its first season on Warner Bros.’ digital platform Stage 13, slacker Chelo Chavez (Jorge Diaz) finds that he has superpowers – but only when he’s high. “The powers correlate to how he feels,” Mazariegos explains. “So when he’s drunk, he feels super-strong, and he’s impenetrable, and he can break bricks. When he’s high, he floats. When he’s coked up, you’ll have to see what happens.” At the outset, Mazariegos didn’t conceive of HIGH & MIGHTY as a series. “[The HIGH & […]Read On »

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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ: Actor/writer Wil Wheaton talks favorite books – Exclusive Interview

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PBS brings back THE GREAT AMERICAN READ on Tuesday, September 11. Hosted by Meredith Viera, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ premiered back in May. The series aims to discover “America’s best-loved novel” by means of viewer opinion. To date, two million people have voted, narrowing the list down to one hundred titles. With eight episodes rolling out on successive Tuesday nights, the season finale on October 23 will reveal the top vote getter. (Those interested in voting can do so via pbs.org/greatamericanread, hashtag voting on Twitter and Facebook, an SMS app, and by phone. Actor/author Wil Wheaton is one of the […]Read On »

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DISENCHANTMENT: Co-creator Josh Weinstein gives the scoop on the new Matt Groening animated series – Exclusive Interview

Princess Bean, Elfo and Luci in DISENCHANTMENT - Season 1 | ©2018 The ULULLU Company. DISENCHANTMENT TM & © The ULULU Company. All Rights Reserved

In Netflix’s new animated series DISENCHANTMENT, tough Princess Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) goes on a quest with optimistic elf Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon) and personal demon Luci (voiced by Eric Andre). This may sound a little like either a Disney feature or a Saturday-morning show, but DISENCHANTED is created by Matt Groening, who brought forth THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, and Josh Weinstein, who has been a writer and producer on the two Groening series. Asked about the family viewing prospects for DINSENCHANTMENT, Weinstein replies, “We’re hoping that the jokes for adults will go over kids’ heads, even though […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PEPPERMINT

PEPPERMINT movie poster | ©2018 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, Jeff Hephner, Cailey Fleming, Eddie Shin, Cliff “Method Man” Smith Writer: Chad St. John Director: Pierre Morel Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: September 7, 2018  PEPPERMINT knows what kind of movie it wants to be, it just has trouble achieving it. The first hint of this problem can be seen in the title. If PEPPERMINT isn’t the single worst title for a would-be gritty action revenge drama, it’s got to be high in the running. PEPPERMINT has a premise that has powered many films before […]Read On »

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I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY: Emmy nominee Alexis Denisof on his new series and his George Harrison video – Exclusive Interview Part 2

Alexis Denisof in I LOVE BEKKA AND LUCY |©2018 Stage 13

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Emmy-nominated actor Alexis Denisof, he talks about working with I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY creator/director Rachael Holder, costars Jessica Taylor Kennedy and Tanisha Long, working for a new streaming video site, and being in a George Harrison music video. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you say about working with creator/director Rachael Holder? ALEXIS DENISOF: Well, inspiring is not a good enough word. Here’s a young African-American woman who grows up in Jersey, not seeing herself on TV, not represented in media, films, or television, and decides at a young age, as she becomes […]Read On »

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I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY: Actor Alexis Denisof – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Alexis Denisof in I LOVE BEKKA AND LUCY |©2018 Stage 13

I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY is a short-form series from creator/director Rachael Holder, now streaming its eleven-episode first season on the Warner Bros. site Stage 13. While I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY focuses on the friendship between the title characters, played by Jessica Parker Kennedy and Tanisha Long, Alexis Denisof has earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series as their neighbor Glenn. Lonely and awkward, Glenn desperately wants to make friends and achieves an unlikely connection with the initially very resistant Bekka (meanwhile, Lucy contends with her own issues with her own […]Read On »

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MAYANS M.C.: Clayton Cardenas gives the scoop on the SONS OF ANARCHY spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes in MAYANS M.C. - Season 1 | ©2018 FX/James Minchin

MAYANS M.C., premiering its ten-episode first season tonight on FX Networks, is a spinoff of SONS OF ANARCHY. Created by SONS architect Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, MAYANS M.C. is set approximately four years after the finale of the earlier series. The Mayans motorcycle club was originally introduced in SONS. Much like SAMCRO, the men of the Mayans M.C. love their bikes, but also deal in drugs and gun-running. Unlike SAMCRO, the Mayans are a Latin-American crew, based in East Los Angeles. Clayton Cardenas plays Angel Reyes, a Mayans member, whose younger brother Ezekiel, aka EZ (JD Pardo) is seeking […]Read On »

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