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Movie Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

IF BEALE STREET COLD TALK | © 2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parrish, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Ebony Obsidian, Dominique Thorne, Brian Tyree Henry, Finn Wittrock Writer: Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin Director: Barry Jenkins Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: December 14, 2018 IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK opens with an onscreen quote from the late James Baldwin, who wrote the novel on which the film is based. The actual Beale Street, he tells us, is located in New Orleans. His father, and Louis Armstrong, and jazz, all came from there. Metaphorically, Baldwin continues, all black […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MORTAL ENGINES

MORTAL ENGINES | © 2018 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hera Helmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae Kim, Stephen Lang, Leila George, Ronan Raftery, Patrick Malahide, Kee Chan, Colin Salmon, Andrew Lees Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by Philip Reeve Director: Christian Rivers Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 14, 2018 MORTAL ENGINES is such an eyeful that the visuals easily overwhelm the serviceable if fairly familiar plot. The movie, based on the novel by Philip Reeve, is advertised as being from “the producers of LORD OF THE RINGS.” This is true, and it’s also got the same writing team: […]Read On »

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MAGNUM P.I.: Actor Zachary Knighton talks being Rick in the new series – exclusive interview

Zachary Knighton as Orville of the CBS drama MAGNUM PI | © 2018 Karen Neal/CBS

The original MAGNUM P.I., about a private investigator (played by Tom Selleck) in Hawaii, ran for eight seasons on CBS, 1980 through 1988. CBS has had a lot of success rebooting two other successful older series, HAWAII FIVE-0 and MacGYVER, both co-developed and executive produced by Peter M. Lenkov. It therefore seemed natural for the network to tap Lenkov to co-develop and executive producer a new edition of MAGNUM P.I.  In the update of MAGNUM P.I., the title hero is now an Afghanistan war veteran played by Jay Hernandez. However, some things are the same: Magnum is still living in […]Read On »

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SPEECHLESS: Actor Cedric Yarbrough Talks Season 3 – exclusive interview

Cedric Yarbrough in SPEECHLESS | © 2018 ABC/Eric McCandless

SPEECHLESS, now in its third season on ABC, is airing its Christmas episode on Friday, December 14. The half-hour comedy series has won a Television Critics Association (TCA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. SPEECHLESS has also earned acclaim from many quarters for its simultaneously humorous and realistic depiction of the way every member of the DiMeo family, including teen J.J. (Micah Fowler), deals with life, including the fact that J.J. uses a wheelchair. Cedric Yarbrough plays Kenneth Clements, J.J.’s aide. Like his character, actor Fowler uses a wheelchair; Fowler can speak, but J.J. cannot, so Kenneth speaks for […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING

ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING | © 2018 ELJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ashley Clements, Graham Skipper, Constance Wu, Alexander Ward, John Humphrey, Diva Zappa, Maria Olsen Writers: Rebekah McKendry & David Ian McKendry Directors: David Ian McKendry & Rebekah McKendry Distributor: ELJ Entertainment Release Date (streaming and home video): December 4, 2018 ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING is a new entry in the sizeable subgenre of Christmas horror anthologies. What’s different here from most horror omnibus films is that all the segments, along with the framing device, are directed by the same two filmmakers, Rebekah McKendry and David Ian McKendry. Although the credits list a number of different […]Read On »

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EMPIRE: Actor Jussie Smollett & show runner Brett Mahoney – exclusive interview

Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon in EMPIRE | © 2018 Fox

EMPIRE, the drama about a contemporary familial music dynasty, is now in its fifth season on Wednesday nights on Fox. The Lyon family has been through a lot of reversals, including losing the company of the title at the end of Season 4. None of them are taking it lying down, least of all singer/songwriter/music producer gay middle son Jamal Lyon, played by Jussie Smollett. Smollett is himself a singer/songwriter/music producer, having launched his new indie label Music of Sound earlier this year, which brought out his new album, SUM OF MY MUSIC. As an actor, California native Smollett has […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Actor Leland Orser gives the scoop on Season 3 – exclusive interview

BERLIN STATION | © 2018 EPIX

In Season 3 of BERLIN STATION, which begins Sunday December 2 on Epix, it’s six months after the events of Season 2. The Berlin station of the CIA sends two of its officers, Leland Orser’s Robert Kirsch and Richard Armitage’s Daniel Miller, to Estonia for a bit of diplomacy. Things take some drastic turns, and before you can say “Ukraine,” it looks like there may be open war between Russia and Estonia. Orser, who has played Kirsch since BERLIN STATION began, is a native of San Francisco. His other credits include RAY DONOVAN, SE7EN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, ER, […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actor Amy Acker talks a family of mutants – exclusive interview

Amy Acker in THE GIFTED | © 2018 Fox

In Season 2 of THE GIFTED, Tuesday nights on Fox, the Strucker family is more beleaguered than ever after finding that teen children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hines White) have extremely strong superpowers in Season 1. Lauren is now determined to help with Mutant Underground rescue operations, while Andy has taken up with the violent faction the Hellfire Club. Dad Reed (Stephen Moyer) is grappling with his own newly-discovered powers. This leave mom Caitlin Strucker, played by Amy Acker, as the lone regular human in the clan. Acker is no stranger to genre television, having had series […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE | © 2018 Orion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, Mark Benton, Paul Kaye, Ella Jarvis Writers: Alan McDonald & Ryan McHenry Director: John McPhail Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: November 30, 2018 ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is a full-scale singing, dancing, gut-munching musical set in the small town of Little Haven, Scotland, which – like the rest of the world in the story – is afflicted by a zombie epidemic. Anna (Ella Hunt) is a bright high school student who is planning to forego college in favor of traveling to Australia, though her plans […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

BATHTUBE OVER BROADWAY | © 2018 Focus World

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Steve Young, David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, Sheldon Harnick, Jello Biafra, Hank Beebe Writers: Dava Whisenant & Ozzy Inguanzo Director: Dava Whisenant Distributor: Focus World Release Date: November 30, 2018 BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY is a documentary that delves into a world most people don’t know about: big-budget musical stage productions commissioned by corporations to sell everything from bathrooms to Buicks. While these shows have costumes, orchestras, sets, special effects and sometimes even name stars – Martin Short, Chita Rivera and Florence Henderson are among those on the record here – they are […]Read On »

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