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Movie Review: SING

SING | © 2016 Universal

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll Writer: Garth Jennings Director: Garth Jennings Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 21, 2016 Given the amount of time it takes to make an animated film, it seems almost certain that SING was developed with no knowledge of ZOOTOPIA. However, both movies seem to be set in the same universe, where animals of all kinds live and work together, wearing clothes, driving cars, constructing buildings, etc., with no humans in sight. It is SING’s misfortune to be released later, by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ASSASSIN’S CREED

ASSASSIN'S CREED | © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Michael K. Williams, Charlotte Rampling, Brendan Gleeson, Essie Davis Writers: Michael Lesslie and Adam Cooper & Bill Collage, based on the Ubisoft game Director: Justin Kurzel Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 21, 2016 There are plenty of movies adapted from videogames. What makes ASSASSIN’S CREED notable among these is that it actively tries to look like a videogame, even though it’s got big-name actors and what appears to be impressive practical production value. (The film lists multiple locations, including Malta, Spain and the U.K. – no need to be […]Read On »

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NO TOMORROW: Jesse Rath talks about the end – Exclusive Interview

Jesse Rath in NO TOMORROW - Season 1 - "No Soup For You" | ©2016 The CW /Michael Courtney

In The CW’s NO TOMORROW, which returns Tuesday, December 27, Jesse Rath plays Timothy. Timothy is a very good-hearted young man, who is devastated when his girlfriend Evie (Tori Anderson) takes up with the spontaneous Xavier (Joshua Sasse), who believes the world is about to be hit by a meteor. Timothy is friends with both, still adored by Evie’s family, and yet has trouble speaking up when he’s in public. Rath, who also had an arc on the North American BEING HUMAN (which starred his actress sister Meaghan Rath), just wrapped up three seasons as Alak Tarr on Syfy’s DEFIANCE. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FENCES

FENCES movie poster | ©2016 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney Writer: August Wilson, based on his play Director: Denzel Washington Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: December 16, 2016 When the late August Wilson’s play FENCES opened on Broadway in 1987, it proceeded to win Tony Awards for pretty much everything – Best Play, Best Actor (James Earl Jones), Best Featured Actress (Mary Alice) and Best Direction (Lloyd Richards). The 2010 revival proceeded to win Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Actress (upgraded from Featured) for Viola […]Read On »

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THE EXORCIST: Ben Daniels exorcises demons – Exclusive Interview

Ben Daniels in THE EXORCIST - Season 1| ©2016 Fox/Patrick Ecclesine

Ben Daniels plays Marcus Keane, one of the title characters in Fox Network’s THE EXORCIST, which has its first-season finale Friday, December 16. When we last saw Marcus in the previous episode, he was in dire straits, and he’s already been through some terrible things. Sent to live at a monastery as a child, Marcus survived a torturous failed exorcism, only to try to help Chicago’s Rance family, and be excommunicated for his efforts. Marcus has teamed up with the less experienced Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera), but the forces arrayed against them are more powerful than they imagined. Daniels, a […]Read On »

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SCREAM QUEENS: Niecy Nash on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Niecy Nash in SCREAM QUEENS - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Jill Greenberg

Niecy Nash is a busy woman. Nominated two years in a row for Supporting Actress for her work in Showtime’s MOVING ON for her performance as Didi Ortley, a nurse at a geriatric care ward, Nash worked with Showtime again this year for a five-episode arc on MASTERS OF SEX. Nash is back for her second season as law enforcement maven Denise Hemphill on Fox Network’s Tuesday-night SCREAM QUEENS, created by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy. Nash also just wrapped five seasons as Lolli Ballentine, wife of Cedric the Entertainer’s singing minister Boyce, on THE SOUL MAN. When […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY poster | ©2016 Lucasfilm / Walt Disney Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen Writers: Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: Gareth Edwards Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 16, 2016 ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is the first live-action feature film in the STAR WARS universe not directly tied to the Skywalker family. ROGUE ONE is certainly part of the STAR WARS timeline, and indeed some familiar characters pop up here (several for longer than others). […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Creator Olen Steinhauer talks Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

BERLIN STATION - Season 1 | © 2016 Epix

Olen Steinhauer is a successful novelist (the Milo Weaver series, YALTA BOULEVARD QUINTET) who decided to write a television series. BERLIN STATION is the result. The Epix series, now in its first season Sunday nights and renewed for a second, takes place at the title C.I.A. location. Richard Armitage, Rhys Ifans, Michelle Forbes, Leland Orser and Richard Jenkins star as some of the operatives circling one another while someone is leaking information. ASSIGNMENT X: Did you start BERLIN STATION as a novel and then decide to make it a TV series instead? OLEN STEINHAUER: No. Actually, I started it as […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 25: The Rogue One Office Christmas Party Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we prepare ourselves for the release of ROGUE ONE  and talk all things STAR WARS with Will Wilkins, host of Netheads on the SmodcastNetwork. Then we get into the holiday spirit and review OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY. Did we like the raunchy comedy or are we a couple of party poopers? Listen to find out. In our third segment, we know that Dorking Out is your favorite podcast, but what are our favorite podcasts? We share our top picks. And finally, David Tracy from Chaos Group (and Sonia’s better half) joins us for our […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story World Premiere – Part 2 – The Guests

Joss Whedon at the World Premiere of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

The World Premiere of Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated, first-ever, standalone STAR WARS adventure, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY was held December 10th at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. It was a big premiere closing down Hollywood Blvd. for a week while the carpet was setup. The press was inside a long, big tent that the stars and guests walked to the entrance to the theatre. Joining the stars (Check our Part 1) were guests, which included: Mario Lopez, Lauren Ash, Storm Reid, Clare Grant, Liz Hernandez, Pete Wentz, Andrew Hurley, Cameron Mathison, Bryce Gheisar, George Flores, Ty Simpkins, Rachael Leigh […]Read On »

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