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RUSH HOUR: Aimee Garcia and Page Kennedy – exclusive interview

Aimee Garcia as Didi Diaz in RUSH HOUR | © 2016 CBS

In CBS’ RUSH HOUR, Jon Foo stars as a Chinese police detective in Los Angeles, with Justin Hires as his LAPD partner. Aimee Garcia and Page Kennedy costar as characters on opposite sides of the law. Garcia’s single mother Detective Didi Diaz is all for enforcing the law, while Kennedy’s Gerald is an informant who gets into a lot of questionable situations. Garcia spent several years on DEXTER as the title character’s innocent child-care provider. Kennedy, who is also a standup comedian and hip-hop artist when he’s not acting, was a regular on BACKSTROM and BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE. AX: Were […]Read On »

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ROADIES: Cameron Crowe talks the Showtime series – interview

Carla Gugino as Shelli and Luke Wilson as Bill in ROADIES | © 2016 Katie Yu/SHOWTIME

Before Cameron Crowe became a filmmaker – writer/director of SAY ANYTHING and JERRY MAGUIRE, among many feature credits – he started out as a very young rock ‘n’ roll journalist. Crowe’s experiences covering rock bands formed the loose basis for his film ALMOST FAMOUS, which earned him a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Now Crowe has returned to the rock world for television with his Showtime Network series ROADIES. Based on Crowe’s observations, ROADIES is about the lives, loves and musical passions of the crew that gets the (fictional) folk/rock band Staton House from one huge gig to the next. Luke […]Read On »

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STRANGER THINGS: Millie Bobby Brown gets weird in Netflix series – exclusive interview

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in STRANGER THINGS | © 2016 Netflix

In Netflix’s new hit series STRANGER THINGS, now streaming its first season and renewed for a second, Millie Bobby Brown plays the mysterious Eleven. The show, created by the Duffer Brothers, harks back to Eighties movies like E.T. and POLTERGEIST and even FIRESTARTER. Brown’s Eleven is a young girl who, as we see at the beginning, escapes from a sinister scientific facility. She is taken in by a trio of small-town young boys – played by Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin – who are searching for their missing friend Will (Noah Schnapp). It seems that Will’s disappearance, and […]Read On »

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ROADIES: Winnie Holzman chats about Season 1 – exclusive interview

Carla Gugino as Shelli and Luke Wilson as Bill in ROADIES | © 2016 Katie Yu/SHOWTIME

Winnie Holzman won television immortality for creating the short-lived but highly influential series MY SO-CALLED LIFE. Since then, she has worked on ONCE AND AGAIN and HUGE, and is reportedly writing the book for the big-screen version of the Broadway hit WICKED. Holzman is also an executive producer and writer on Showtime Network’s Sunday-night comedy/drama ROADIES. Created by Cameron Crowe, also an executive producer along with J.J. Abrams, ROADIES stars Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino as two crew managers that try to keep things running smoothly for a (fictional) headlining rock band. AX: How did you become involved with ROADIES? […]Read On »

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RUSH HOUR: Steve Franks talks the new CBS series – exclusive interview

Jon Foo as Detective Jonathan Lee in RUSH HOUR | © 2016 CBS

Steve Franks created the fake mystic/real detective comedy procedural PSYCH, which ran for eight seasons on USA. Now Franks is an executive producer and writer on RUSH HOUR, airing Saturday nights on CBS. RUSH HOUR is adapted from the film franchise, starring Jackie Chan as a straitlaced Chinese police detective paired up with a freewheeling LAPD cop played by Chris Tucker. In the TV version, developed by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick, Jon Foo plays Detective Jonathan Lee, and Justin Hires is the LAPD’s James Carter. Franks talks both PSYCH and RUSH HOUR here. AX: How did you feel about […]Read On »

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CHESAPEAKE SHORES: Treat Williams on new Hallmark series – Exclusive Interview

Treat Williams in CHESAPEAKE SHORES | ©2016 Hallmark

In Hallmark Channel’s new Sunday-night drama series CHESAPEAKE SHORES, Meghan Ory stars as Abby O’Brien Winters. Abby returns to her titular hometown, where her large family is headed up by her father Mick O’Brien, played by Treat Williams. It’s been a busy year for Williams, known to TV fans for his four years on EVERWOOD and his portrayal of the title character in EDDIE DODD. Movie viewers know him as George Berger in the film version of HAIR and for his work in PRINCE OF THE CITY, among many credits. At a party thrown by Hallmark Channel for the Television […]Read On »

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CONFIRMATION: Wendell Pierce talks the HBO film – exclusive interview

CONFIRMATION | © 2016 HBO Home Video

Wendell Pierce stars as Clarence Thomas in HBO’s telefilm CONFIRMATION, which is Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for Kerry Washington’s performance as Anita Hill. In the fact-based CONFIRMATION, scripted by Susannah Grant and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, we see what happened during Thomas’ 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, when Hill came forward to say that the judge had sexually harassed her when she had previously worked as his assistant. Most people know the outcome of those events, but the controversy remains, years later. Pierce, who costarred in the film […]Read On »

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Luke Wilson on his new series ROADIES – exclusive interview

Luke Wilson as Bill in ROADIES | © 2016 Katie Yu/SHOWTIM

In Showtime Network’s new Sunday-night series ROADIES, Luke Wilson plays Bill Hanson, tour manager for the long-lived rock band Seaton House. We don’t see that much of the band, as ROADIES, created by Cameron Crowe (ALMOST FAMOUS) focuses on the behind-the-scenes crew who make sure the show goes on, night after night, town after town. Bill always has his hands full with imperious management, underlings of varying temperaments, overzealous fans, balky equipment – and his own feelings for married coworker Shelli Anderson (Carla Gugino). Wilson previously costarred in two seasons of Showtime’s ENLIGHTENMENT, but his primary work has been in […]Read On »

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LONGMIRE: Lou Diamond Phillips works the West – exclusive interview

Longmire | © 2016 Netflix

Lou Diamond Phillips shot to movie stardom playing real-life Fifties pop star Ritchie Valens in 1987’s LA BAMBA. Since then, he’s worked continuously in film (YOUNG GUNS, THE 33), stage (earning a Tony nomination for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the Broadway revival of THE KING AND I) and television (most recently, an arc on BLINDSPOT). For the past four years, Phillips has played Henry Standing Bear on LONGMIRE. Based on a series of novels by Craig Johnson, LONGMIRE is a contemporary Western procedural, centering on Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Henry is […]Read On »

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MR. ROBOT: Christian Slater hacks the planet – interview

Christian Slater as Mr. Robot in MR. ROBOT | © 2016 Nadav Kander/USA Network

Christian Slater has won both a Golden Globe and a Satellite Award for his work in the title role of MR. ROBOT. In the first season of USA Network’s series – just nominated for six Emmy Awards, including outstanding dramatic series – created by Sam Esmail (who also directed all of Season 2), Mr. Robot at first appears to be the mysterious founder of F*Society. Mr. Robot recruits Rami Malek’s character Elliot Alderson, an isolated computer genius, to his cause of cyber warfare against giant corporations. However, by the end of Season 1, we and Elliot learn that Mr. Robot […]Read On »

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