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Exclusive Interview: WRONG COPS director Quentin Dupieux gets surreal again

WRONG COPS | ©2013 IFC

If Salvador Dali had gone indie film, you might expect the end result to resemble the satirically brilliant work of Quentin Dupieux. As set in an alternate universe called Los Angeles, Dupieux’s movies are an anything-goes collection of bad behavior, obnoxious truth-seeking and the serene acceptance of the insane, whether he used a psychic killer tire to deconstruct the movie going experience itself in RUBBER, had a dweeb’s hunt for a dog take down self-help cultism in WRONG, or now uses police corruption as an acerbic commentary on the music biz in WRONG COPS – just one of the many […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros. / New Line / MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom 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: Warners/New Line/MGM Release Date: December 13, 2013 On one level, filmmaker Peter Jackson and his loyal companions have a problem uncommon in book-to-film adaptations. Most of these require that large chunks of the source material be removed or at least condensed and altered to fit into a running time […]Read On »

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Interview: Terry Crews brings some muscle to BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Terry Crews in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Mary Ellen Matthews

Terry Crews is a man of many talents. Former NFL player, painter, writer, producer and actor – credits include THE LONGEST YARD remake, Chris Rock’s father on the series EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, TERMINATOR SALVATION and the EXPENDABLES films – the man fromFlint,Michigan feels his most important job is as married family man with five children. This said, Crews sounds very happy about his current gig, playing Brooklyn police sergeant Terry Jeffords on Fox’s new half-hour comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM. The actor is available for follow-up conversation after a Television Critics Association Q&A session for the series, created […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The GRIMM realities for actor Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee and David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 2 | ©2013 NBC/Michael Muller

At this point on GRIMM, now in its third season Fridays at 9 PM on NBC, almost all the main characters know that Portland,Oregon police detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a Grimm. A Grimm is someone who can see (and if need be fight) Wesen, supernatural beings who can appear to be and live as humans, but who also have animalistic forms and idiosyncratic social structures. By now, Nick’s girlfriend Juliet (Bitsy Tulloch knows), Nick’s police partner (Russell Hornsby) knows, Nick’s part-Wesen police captain (Sasha Roiz knows) and Nick’s best friend, werewolf-like Wesen Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), knows. EvenMonroe’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Neal McDonough cleans up MOB CITY

Neal McDonough and Jon Bernthal in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Red Light" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, airing in three two-hour blocks on TNT on successive Wednesdays beginning tonightat 9 PM, some of the characters are fictional, like Jon Bernthal’s protagonist, LAPD Detective Joe Teague. However, some of the characters on both sides of the law in the Forties L.A./mobster noir drama, created by Frank Darabont based on John Buntin’s book, are taken from history. Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) made their mark in the annals of organized crime, while soon-to-be-LAPD Chief William Parker would someday have Parker Center named for him. Neal McDonough portrays Parker as the man’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ALMOST HUMAN star Lili Taylor captains the new Fox sci-fi series

Lili Taylor in ALMOST HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Kharen Hill

In the future according to ALMOST HUMAN, on Fox Mondays at 8 PM, every police officer will have an android partner. Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) is different in that his new partner Dorian (Michael Ealy) is an android who has feelings. Presiding over their precinct is Captain Sandra Maldonado, played by Lili Taylor. This has been a busy year for the Illinois-born actress, who also played a possessed mother of five in the summer feature hit THE CONJURING and Gypsy matriarch Lynda Rumancek on the Netflix original series HEMLOCK GROVE. Taylor has been nominated for two Guest Actress Emmys […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PHILOMENA

PHILOMENA movie poster | ©2013 The Weinstein Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford, Ruth McCabe, Peter Hermann, Sean Mahon, Anna Maxwell Martin, Michelle Fairley Writers: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book THE LOST CHILD OF PHILOMENA LEE by Martin Sixsmith Director: Stephen Frears Distributor: The Weinstein Company Release Date: November 22, 2013 It’s helpful to go into PHILOMENA knowing that Martin Sixsmith, who wrote the nonfiction book THE LOST CHILD OF PHILOMENA LEE, and Philomena Lee herself are both real people. So (alas) are the conditions young, unmarried pregnant women were forced into in Irish nunneries […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: David Bradley on AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME and being the first Who – PART 1

AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME | ©2013 BBCAmerica

British actor David Bradley has just hit a fandom trifecta (there isn’t a the fandom trifecta – there will never be just three): he was the unhappily non-magical custodian Filch in the HARRY POTTER films, he continues as the indelible Walder Frey, host of the Red Wedding, on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, and now he’s part of the DOCTOR WHO universe. Once upon a time, hard as it may be to recall and longer ago than many Whovians have been alive, DOCTOR WHO quite simply did not exist. It was brought into being in 1963 by a team including producer […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Liza Lapira gets ready for SUPER FUN NIGHT

Liza Lapira in SUPER FUN NIGHT - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Greg Zabilski

Liza (pronounced “Lee-za”) Lapira has been a steadily working actress for a good while now. She was in twenty-one episodes of HUFF, then appeared in the feature film CLOVERFIELD. The New York-born actress recurred on DEXTER as Detective Yuki Amado, on NCIS as Special Agent Michelle Lee and on two seasons of DOLLHOUSE as Ivy, the assistant to Fran Kranz’s brain machinery scientist Topher. The following year, she was a regular on Fox’s half-hour romantic comedy TRAFFIC LIGHT as a half of a happily married couple, then spent two seasons as a series regular on ABC’s half-hour DON’T TRUST THE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD producers Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb speak

Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson in AGENTS OF SHIELD | (c) 2013 ABC/Justin Lubin

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, ABC Tuesday nights at 8 PM, deals with the team of non-superpowered folks who assist, investigate and otherwise deal with things pertaining to superheroes in the universe of THE AVENGERS. The series, created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, brings back Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), somehow resurrected – we don’t know quite how yet, but it’s clear Coulson himself has been misled – after his death in AVENGERS as the team leader. Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) is the most experienced agent after Coulson, Ward (Brett Dalton) is muscle, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and […]Read On »

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