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THE ORVILLE: Actress Penny Johnson Jerald plays doctor in space – Exclusive Interview

Penny Johnson Jerald in THE ORVILLE - Season 1 - "Firestorm" | ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co./Noah Schutz/FOX

In Fox Network’s new Thursday-night series THE ORVILLE, which has already been picked up for a second season, we’re on the title spaceship in the future. Captained by Ed Mercer – played by series creator Seth MacFarlane – the Orville is commissioned as a fairly ordinary transport ship, but the galaxy being what it is, there are a lot of adventures. Some of the Orville’s crew are humans and some are aliens. The ship’s chief physician, human Dr. Claire Finn, is extremely capable of treating them all. Claire is played by Penny Johnson Jerald, who has experience playing people in […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actor Coby Bell on new mutant Marvel series – Exclusive Interview

Coby Bell in THE GIFTED - Season 1 - "eXtreme measures"| ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co./ Eliza Morse / Fox

Fox’s new Monday-night drama THE GIFTED is an original series set in the Marvel Comics Universe. It has some mutant characters viewers may know from iterations of THE X-MEN, but it centers on some new figures, the Strucker family. Dad Reed (Stephen Moyer) is a prosecutor whose job it is to put away dangerous mutants – until the day he and his wife Kate (Amy Acker) find that their two teenage children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) have just demonstrated mutant abilities. The Struckers go on the run from the mutant-hunting Sentinel Services, which is headed […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 9 – Semi-Finals – Fan fave Victoria Arlen is booted

VIctoria Arlen and Valentin Chmerkovskiy in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Jordan Fisher, Victoria Arlen, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 13th, 2017 PROPERTY BROTHERS must be a very popular show because seemingly the next couple due to hit the road was Drew Scott & Emma Slater, but instead audience favorites Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy said goodbye on week nine of DANCING WITH THE STARS. The semi finals brought fierce competition to the dance floor as the couples had to do one original dance and then another iconic dance that earned a perfect score from a couple in a past season. Only […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Sergei Polunin, Lucy Boynton, Marwan Kenzari, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe Writer: Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie Director: Kenneth Branagh Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: November 10, 2017 Agatha Christie’s durable mystery novel MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS has been adapted as a feature film in 1974, a telefilm in 2001, an episode of the series AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT, and more. It’s also been unofficially adapted, ripped off and parodied […]Read On »

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INHUMANS: Marvel executive Jeph Loeb on Season 1 of new superhero series – Exclusive Interview

Lockjaw is Lockjaw in MARVEL'S INHUMANS | ©2017 ABC

In the new ABC Friday-night series INHUMANS, a hidden kingdom on our moon pits superpowered royalty against ordinary humans led by the king’s ambitious brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon). Meanwhile, ruler Black Bolt (Anson Mount), who refrains from speech because of the destructive power of his voice, finds new alliances on Earth in Hawaii. INHUMANS is based on a series of Marvel Comics, and is part of the Marvel Comics Universe. Jeph Loeb, Marvel Executive Vice-President, head of the company’s television division, talks about the new show, how the company came to choose Scott Buck as show runner, why its production […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: INTO THE NIGHT – Collector’s Edition

INTO THE NIGHT Blu-ray Collector's Edition | INTO THE NIGHT movie poster | ©2017 Shout Factory

Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Farnsworth, Irene Papas, Kathryn Harrold Writer: Ron Koslow Director: John Landis Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $27.99 While you may know John Landis from his successful comedies (ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, TRADING PLACES) or his horror efforts (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, Michael Jackson’s THRILLER video), many of his projects  that fall in between are worth a second look. While I was never a fan of his 1992 vampire film INNOCENT BLOOD, its recent release on Blu-ray (and taken for what it is, which is a vampire crime thriller) has aged rather […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 8 – Trio Dance Night – Terrell Owens is out

Terell Owens and Cheryl Burke in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Terrell Owens, Jordan Fisher, Victoria Arlen, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 6th, 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS did something tonight they never have done before. They brought back former champs and one runner-up to dance alongside current contestants. And what a treat it was to see Alfonso Ribeiro dance again with Witney Carson & present partner Frankie Muniz. And watching Corbin Bleu Salsa next to Jordan Fisher & Lindsey Arnold tremendously entertained the audience and judges who gave them a perfect score, along with a previous one for the duos’ Quickstep. […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 7 – Vanessa Lachey and Nikki Bella double elimination

Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Vanessa Lachey, Nikki Bella, Frankie Muniz, Terrell Owens, Jordan Fisher, Victoria Arlen, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: October 30th, 2017 Wow! Once again DANCING WITH THE STARS pulls a fast one on the dancing duos. In fact, it was such a mind blower that it appeared that even the hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews had no prior knowledge of it, unless they are very good actors. Out of no where it was revealed, while two couples stayed in jeopardy at the end of the show, that both of the couples – Vanessa Lachey […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, Haley Bennett, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Amy Schumer, Scott Haze, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey Writer: Jason Hall, based on the book by David Finkel Director: Jason Hall Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 27, 2017 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE takes its title from the phrase commonly uttered to U.S. soldiers home from the war. The film, based on a nonfiction bestseller by David Finkel, follows several U.S. Army Iraq War veterans as they return home to Topeka, Kansas in 2007. While a number of other veterans and their families figure in THANK YOU […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 6 – Movie Night – Nick Lachey gets cut

Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Vanessa Lachey, Nikki Bella, Frankie Muniz, Terrell Owens, Jordan Fisher, Victoria Arlen, Nick Lachey, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: October 23rd, 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25 – Movie Night had drama, science fiction and animation but no genre could save Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd from being swept up off the cutting room floor. Tonight, we said goodbye to Lachey & Murgatroyd as Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas up’ed their game yet again, achieving a perfect 40 score for the night. On their heels is Jordan Fisher & the other Lindsey, Arnold […]Read On »

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