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Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES poster | ©2014 Warner Bros./MGM/New Line

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aiden Turner, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makeore Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien Director: Peter Jackson Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line/MGM Release Date: December 17, 2014 Steal from a dragon, lie to a wizard and underestimate Peter Jackson at your peril. The filmmaker, who first managed to get J.R.R. Tolkien’s sprawling LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy to fit into three movies …Read On »

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GRACEPOINT actress Jessica Lucas on the Fox series and the EVIL DEAD remake – Exclusive Interview

Jessica Lucas in GRACEPOINT - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Mathieu Young

In Fox’s GRACEPOINT, which has its first-season finale tonight, Thursday December 11 at 9 PM, the small California coastal town has been all but ripped apart by the murder of young Danny Solano. As in BROADCHURCH, the U.K. series that is GRACEPOINT’s source material, an out of town reporter is one of those most responsible for stirring things up, to the point where one local commits suicide due to a campaign of harassment in the press. Here, the reckless journalist is called Renee Fleming. She’s played by Jessica Lucas, who was also one of the leads in last season’s CULT …Read On »

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Elyes Gabel gets stung by SCORPION – Exclusive Interview

Elyes Gabel in SCORPION - Season 1 | ©2014 CBS/Sonja Flemming

In CBS’ SCORPION, Mondays at 9 PM, Elyes Gabel stars as brilliant FBI consultant Walter O’Brien. O’Brien is a real person and is one of the series’ executive producers. He really does run Scorpion Computer Services and really consults with the U.S. government, as well as private companies, although he doesn’t get out in the field as much as the version of him played by Gabel. SCORPION’s version of Walter heads up a small group of fellow geniuses, all with their own areas of expertise, who work warily with their government liaison Cade Gallo, played by Robert Patrick, and a …Read On »

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THE MISSING star James Nesbitt on the new Starz series and THE HOBBIT – Exclusive Interview

James Nesbitt in THE MISSING - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Starz’s eight-part miniseries THE MISSING, Saturdays at 9 PM, James Nesbitt plays Tony Hughes, who in 2006 is happily married to Emily, played by Frances O’Connor, and loving father of eight-year-old Oliver (Oliver Hunt). In 2014, Tony is haunted and isolated, having spent the last eight years fruitlessly searching for his son, who vanished in an instant when the family was in a small town in France. Then Tony thinks he’s found a clue, and he is the epitome of an unstoppable force when it comes to finding out the truth of what happened. Nesbitt, originally from Northern Ireland, …Read On »

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THE GAME star Brian Cox on the spy thriller Miniseries – Exclusive Interview

Brian Cox stars as Daddy in THE GAME on BBC America | © 2014 BBC America

Although he plays all sorts of roles, Brian Cox is known for portraying men who are bold, in charge and often devious. In addition to being the original Hannibal Lektor (as it was then spelled) in MANHUNTER, a few of the Scotland-born actor’s more memorable film roles include Robert McKee in ADAPTATION, Col. William Stryker in X-MEN 2, King Agamemnon in TROY and Russian spy Ivan Simonov in the RED films, plus and BBC executive Sydney Newman in the telefilm AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME (about the early years of DOCTOR WHO). Now Cox is adding another character to …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN actor Kal Penn and director Ravi Kumar

Kal Penn in BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN | ©2014 Revolver

Although a number of documentaries have been made on the subject, BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN is the first scripted drama about the lead-up to and fallout from the explosion of the American-owned Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, a disaster that killed at least 10,000 people. Director Ravi Kumar, who co-wrote the screenplay with David Brooks, and leading man Kal Penn, probably best known as the star of the HAROLD AND KUMAR comedy films, get on the phone together with Assignment X to discuss their work on BHOPAL. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve said that the book BHOPAL – LESSONS OF …Read On »

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STARRY EYES star Alex Essoe sells her soul to Hollywood – Exclusive Interview

Alex Essoe in STARRY EYES | ©2014 MPI Media Group

If you thought being a ballerina in the cutthroat world of dance was enough to drive a young woman mad, just try making it as an actress in the psychopathic town of Hollywood. It’s a place that’s hell itself for the uncountable hopefuls it’s chewed up and out, no more so than for those who’ve debased themselves to climb its ladder. But when that leg up is given by the devil’s minions, selling one’s soul to Hollywood takes on a whole new horrific meaning for one particular hopeful named Sarah, who endures a terrifying series of auditions, and then far …Read On »

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John Cho takes a SELFIE and talks SLEEPY HOLLOW – Exclusive Interview

John Cho in SELFIE | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Actor John Cho has done quite a lot in his career, including playing Harold in the HAROLD AND KUMAR movies, taking on the mantle of Mr. Sulu for the STAR TREK reboot films and being a regular in four previous television series. However, ABC’s half-hour SELFIE, Tuesdays at 8 PM, is Cho’s first lead in a romantic comedy. He plays Henry, a version of MY FAIR LADY’s Henry Higgins, who is attempting to get social media-obsessed Eliza (Karen Gillan, of DOCTOR WHO) to let go of her electronics and engage with real people. Cho, who was born in Korea, says …Read On »

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CONSTANTINE star Matt Ryan goes to hell and back – Exclusive Interview

Matt Ryan in CONSTANTINE - Season 1 | © 2014 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

NBC’s new series CONSTANTINE, Fridays at 10 PM, is based on the HELLBLAZER comics and graphic novels by Jamie Delano and Garth Ennis. Matt Ryan plays John Constantine, a man who has literally fought demons but gave up the battle after a mistake on his part led to the death of a child and Constantine’s damnation. Now Constantine is given a chance at redemption by a possibly untrustworthy angel (Harold Perrineau), but he must resume combating the minions of Hell. Unlike the 2005 big-screen CONSTANTINE that starred Keanu Reeves, the television version, adapted from the source material by David S. …Read On »

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Actor Masi Oka talks HAWAII FIVE-0 Season 5 and (briefly) the HEROES reboot – Exclusive Interview

Masi Oka in HAWAII 5-0 - Season 4 - "Ho'i Hou (Reunited)" | ©2013 CBS/Norman Shaprio

CBS’ HAWAII FIVE-0, Fridays at 9 PM, is currently enjoying its fifth season of crime-fighting in some of the most beautiful locations on American television. Masi Oka joined the show as helpful medical examiner Dr. Max Bergman in its first season; he became a regular in Season 2. The actor, originally from Tokyo, Japan, moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of six. Before HAWAII FIVE-0, Oka spent four years as the time/space-jumping Hiro on HEROES. He recently played Ken Tanaka in the feature biopic JOBS and appeared as tech geek Bruce in the big-screen GET SMART …Read On »

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