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Movie Review: AMERICAN MADE

AMERICAN MADE movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Tom Cruise, Domnhall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Alejandro Edda, Fredy Yate Escobar, Mauricio Mejia Writer: Gary Spinelli Director: Doug Liman Distributor: Universal Release Date: September 29, 2017 AMERICAN MADE feels a little like a fever dream, especially for those who have been watching both the documentary THE VIETNAM WAR and the fact-based drama NARCOS. AMERICAN MADE certainly stands on its own, but it is set temporally between the events covered in those other two projects, and there is a feeling of cause and effect flow from one to the other. Barry Seal, […]Read On »

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HIGHLANDER: THE GATHERING – Exclusive Interview on the upcoming convention honoring the series

Adrian Paul in HIGHLANDER - THE TV SERIES

HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES, which ran in syndication from 1992 through 1998, is based on the HIGHLANDER film franchise. HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES followed the adventures of Immortal Scotsman Duncan MacLeod, played by Adrian Paul. Born in 1592 and surviving into the present, Duncan eventually befriended several other Immortals – protégé Richie Ryan (Stan Kirsch), on-again, off-again lover Amanda (Elizabeth Gracen) and the 4,000-year-old Methos (Peter Wingfield) – as well as mortal bar owner Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes). While it’s not literally Immortal – yet, at least – HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES boasts one of the most loyal and enduring fandoms in pop […]Read On »

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MR MERCEDES: Actress Breeda Wool on Stephen King series – Exclusive Interview

Breeda Woll in MR. MERCEDES - Season 1 | in MR. MERCEDES - Season 1 | ©2017 AT&T Audience Network

In AT&T Audience Network’s Wednesday-night drama MR MERCEDES, based on Stephen King’s novel, no one has yet figured out that Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) is actually a mass murderer. Certainly Breeda Wool’s character, Lou Linklatter, has no clue about her coworker at the suburban Supreme Electronix store. In fact, Brady is the rare friendly face in a work environment where the boss (Robert Stanton) tolerates extreme homophobia toward  Lou, a lesbian computer tech specialist. Wool was a regular on UNREAL as Faith Duluth, and got her own ten-episode spin-off, THE FAITH DIARIES. This season, the actress has also had guest […]Read On »

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Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 2 – Latin Night – Debbie Gibson eliminated

Alan Bersten and Debbie Gibson in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Vanessa Lachey, Nikki Bella, Frankie Muniz, Terrell Owens, Derek Fisher, Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher, Debbie Gibson, Victoria Arlen, Nick Lachey, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Tuesday Original Telecast: September 26th, 2017 Well, not many would have predicted of all the celebs on DANCING WITH THE STARS that Frankie Muniz would come out ahead as one of the front runners, and on Latin Night mind you. But, alas, Muniz has shown an abundance of style and pizazz. He and partner Witney Carson ended the night in first place with 25 points for their Cha Cha and they also […]Read On »

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GET SHORTY: Actress Megan Stevenson on new Epix series – Exclusive Interview

Megan Stevenson in GET SHORTY - Season 1 | ©2017 Epix/Ryan West

The television series adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s GET SHORTY is in its first season (and renewed for a second) Sunday nights on Epix. Chris O’Dowd plays small-time gangster Miles Daly, anxious to win back his wife and young daughter (aka “Shorty”). When a quality movie script, THE ADMIRAL’S MISTRESS, falls into his hands, Miles thinks this may be his ticket to stability. Down-on-his luck producer Rick (Ray Romano) doesn’t realize what he’s taking on when he gets into business with Miles. Megan Stevenson’s character, studio executive April Quinn, doesn’t know about Miles’ shady life either, though she gets an inkling […]Read On »

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THE VIETNAM WAR: Director/producer Lynn Novick – Exclusive Interview

outh Vietnamese troops fly over the Mekong Delta in 1963 from the Ken Burns documentary THE VIETNAM WAR |photo Courtesy of Rene Burri/Magnum Photos

Lynn Novick is, with Ken Burns, the director and producer of the ten-episode, eighteen-hour documentary THE VIETNAM WAR airing on PBS through September 28. The duo worked on the project for ten years, with Novick making multiple trips to Vietnam. In a phone interview, she discusses her work on the historical epic. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you initially come to work with Ken Burns? LYNN NOVICK: Ken and I have been working together since 1989. So I worked with him when he and Ric Burns were finishing up THE CIVIL WAR series, and they hired me to help finish up […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 2 – Barbara Corcoran eliminated

Barbara Corcoran in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Vanessa Lachey, Nikki Bella, Frankie Muniz, Terrell Owens, Derek Fisher, Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher, Debbie Gibson, Victoria Arlen, Barbara Corcoran, Nick Lachey, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: September 25th, 2017 And so it begins on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25. The competition heats up with most of the couples in ties or – triples? – after Monday night. The couples matched each other in a tight mash up mostly with a couple of stragglers following behind, come on Nick Lachey do your brother Drew proud. At the top we have a V. Chmerkovskiy […]Read On »

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THE VIETNAM WAR: Ken Burns chats about his new documentary – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

College students march against the war in Boston. October 16, 1965 from the Ken Burns documentary THE VIETNAM WAR | photo Courtesy of AP/Frank C. Curtin

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns reveals more about his ten-part, eighteen-hour series THE VIETNAM WAR, co-directed and co-produced with Lynn Novick. THE VIETNAM WAR airs over two weeks on PBS, Sundays through Thursdays Sept. 17-28. ASSIGNMENT X: Was there some footage you were surprised existed at all, like the North Vietnamese combat footage? There are times when it seems odd that someone kept a camera rolling. KEN BURNS: Some of it is for the propaganda purposes, and some of it might be restaged, and we put a disclaimer in the credits on all of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 movie poster | ©2017 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson Writers: Zack Andrews & Bobby Roe Director: Bobby Roe Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): September 22, 2017  The original THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, released three years ago, was a modest but solid found-footage horror movie. Its premise was that five friends – Bobby Roe (who directed and co-wrote the script), Zack Andrews (also a writer on the film), Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson – set off during Halloween season to find and document extreme haunted house events. Since this is a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FRIEND REQUEST

FRIEND REQUEST movie poster | ©2017 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ayicia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers, Shashawnee Hall, Nicholas Pauling Writers: Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch & Simon Verhoeven Director: Simon Verhoeven Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: September 22, 2017 Not to be confused with 2015’s UNFRIENDED, the new movie FRIEND REQUEST is a tale of quasi-online horror. It has one idea about characterization that’s so good that it somewhat excuses lapses in logic. Directed by Simon Verhoeven from a screenplay he wrote with Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch, FRIEND REQUEST begins with a college classroom announcement […]Read On »

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