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Movie Review: THE BEACH HOUSE

THE BEACH HOUSE movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Steven Weber, Maryann Nagel Writer: Jeffrey A. Brown Director: Jeffrey A. Brown Release Date (Shudder stream): July 9, 2020 THE BEACH HOUSE, from both its title and its set-up, seems like it’s going to be one kind of horror movie. Emily (Liana Liberato) accompanies her boyfriend Randall (Noah Le Gros) to his family’s vacation home in coastal Massachusetts. It’s before “the season,” and apparently neighbors are few. Then another older couple, Mitchell (Steven Weber) and Jane (Maryann Nagel), turn out to already be in residence. Mitchell claims he’s an old friend […]Read On »

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ROBIN OF SHERWOOD Retrospective: Actors Michael Praed and Jason Connery on the classic 1980s series – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Michael Praed in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD | photo courtesy of Spirit of Sherwood

In Part 2 of our exclusive ROBIN OF SHERWOOD interview with actors Michael Praed and Jason Connery (originally published some years ago in EON MAGAZINE), they talk more about their time playing Robin Hood on the British series. Praed was the peasant Robin of Loxley; Connery played Loxley’s successor, the nobleman Robert of Huntingdon. The series is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi, and available on DVD and Blu-ray. ROBIN OF SHERWOOD provided an education in much more than on-camera combat for both men. “Just doing a lot of film over the eight-month period, I think I learned a […]Read On »

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ROBIN OF SHERWOOD Retrospective: Actors Michael Praed and Jason Connery on the classic U.K. series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Jason Connery in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD | photo courtesy of Spirit of Sherwood

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD is a singular version of the Robin Hood legend, made for British television, that ran originally ran in the U.K. on ITV and in the U.S. on Showtime from 1984 through 1986. The legend of Robin Hood, the outlaw leader who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, possibly dates back to thirteenth-century mummers plays. Fandom for ROBIN OF SHERWOOD isn’t quite that old, but it’s still alive and well, with multiple online groups for the series itself, the actors and the characters. The longest-lasting club, Spirit of Sherwood, authorized by series creator Richard Carpenter, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BELZEBUTH

BELZEBUTH movie poster | ©2020 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tobin Bell, Tate Ellington, Joaquin Cosio, Yunuen Pardo, Liam Villa, Jose Sefami Writers: Luis Carlos Fuentes & Emilio Portes Director: Emilio Portes Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date (U.S. DVD, Blu-ray, Digital): July 7, 2020 BELZEBUTH is the name of a demon wreaking havoc in an unnamed town in Mexico. It’s also a pretty good horror movie, in Spanish and English, although it’s got almost zero sense of humor. This may be a necessity, because unlike a lot of tales of demonic possession, about halfway through, a character explains exactly why this is happening here. The exposition […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Stars: John Lewis Director: Dawn Porter Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 3, 2020 JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE is, as its title suggests, a biographical documentary about the Democratic Georgia congressman and civil rights activist who has served in the U.S. House since 1987. Director/producer Dawn Porter and her subject both exude cautious optimism in the face of current events. “Good trouble” is what Lewis urges people to get into, which he also refers to “necessary trouble.” This means standing up for one’s principles and being willing to face sometimes monumental consequences. Lewis has survived segregation, over forty arrests during […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FOUR KIDS AND IT

FOUR KIDS AND IT movie poster | ©2020 Lionsgate

Rating: PG Stars: Teddie Malleson-Allen, Ashleigh Aufderheide, Matthew Goode, Paula Patton, Billy Jenkins, Ellie-Mae Siame, Russell Brand, Michael Caine Writer: Simon Lewis, additional writing by Mark Oswin, based on the novel FOUR CHILDREN AND IT by Jacqueline Wilson, based on the novel FIVE CHILDREN AND IT by E. Nesbit Director: Andy de Emmony Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: June 30, 2020 FOUR KIDS AND IT doesn’t hide its literary origins. Right up front, we see the E. Nesbit FIVE CHILDREN AND IT book as thirteen-year-old Ros (Teddie Malleson-Allen) obtains it at a bookstore. As this novel was originally published in 1902, […]Read On »

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SNOWPIERCER: Actress Alison Wright on her new TNT series – Interview

Alison Wright in SNOWPIERCER - Season 1 | ©2020 TNT/Justina Mintz

TNT’s SNOWPIERCER is now in its first season on Sunday nights and renewed for a second. Adapted from the graphic novel and the Bong Joon-ho film of the same name, SNOWPIERCER concerns an enormous train that carries what’s left of humanity in a continuous race around an Earth beset by a new Ice Age. The train cars are divided by social class, with the powerful up front and the impoverished in the back. However, when a murder is committed, influential hospitality coordinator Melanie Cavill, played by Jennifer Connelly, brings detective Andre Layton, played by Daveed Diggs, from the rear of […]Read On »

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STARGIRL: Actor Neil Jackson on his superhero series and ABSENTIA – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Neil Jackson in ABSENTIA - Season 2 | ©2020 Amazon

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with English actor Neil Jackson, he talks more about his work on The CW’s new Tuesday-night DC series STARGIRL, which is co-created by Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti. Jackson plays the villainous Jordan Mahkent, aka Icicle. Jackson is also one of the leads the thriller series ABSENTIA, which premieres its third season on Amazon Prime on July 17 (the first two seasons are already available on the streaming service). Jackson plays Jack Byrne, a disgraced doctor. Jack’s sister Emily (Stana Katic) is an FBI agent who vanished for six years, causing her to […]Read On »

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STARGIRL: Actor Neil Jackson on new The CW series and SLEEPY HOLLOW – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Neil Jackson as Icicle in DC'S STARGIRL - Season 1 | © 2020 The CW Network/Smalls & Raskind

STARGIRL is the latest entry in The CW’s Greg Berlanti DC-verse. Adapted for television by Geoff Johns and Berlanti, STARGIRL is in its first season, premiering episodes on the CW online platform, and then broadcasting them on The CW Tuesday nights. STARGIRL focuses on fifteen-year-old Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), who moves with her mom (Amy Smart), new stepfather Pat (Luke Wilson), and younger stepbrother Mike (Trae Romano) to the small Midwestern town of Blue Valley. Courtney discovers to her astonishment (and Pat’s dismay) that she is the inheritor of the powers of the fallen Starman, courtesy of his magical staff. […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S INHUMANS: Actress Serinda Swan on the mutant series – Exclusive Interview

Serinda Swan in MARVEL'S INHUMANS | ©2020 ABC/Michael Muller

MARVEL’S INHUMANS ran for eight episodes on ABC in 2017. Marvel completionists can now catch those episodes of the series, adapted for the screen by Scott Buck, on Disney+. MARVEL’S INHUMANS concerns the title characters, i.e., mutants, who have a hidden and highly class-structured civilization on the moon. Members of the royal family wind up in Hawaii and have to contend with Earth humans, while revolution is brewing back home. Serinda Swan plays Queen Medusa, wife of the powerful King Black Bolt (Anson Mount), whose voice is so destructive that he dare not speak aloud. She interprets for him to […]Read On »

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