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Movie Review: BLACK PANTHER

BLACK PANTHER | © 2018 Marvel/Disney

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis Writers: Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Director: Ryan Coogler Distributor: Walt Disney Co. Release Date: February 16, 2018 BLACK PANTHER is a study in how to use comic-based material to do something that is both very entertaining and very heady. In fact, BLACK PANTHER is arguably as entertaining as it is precisely because it talks about recognizably real issues, […]Read On »

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD: Dana DeLorenzo & Lindsay Farris give the scoop on Season 3 – exclusive interview

Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell in ASH VS. EVIL DEAD | © 2018 Starz

ASH VS EVIL DEAD, the Starz series that continues the EVIL DEAD franchise, is back with new demons, new energy and new splatter for its third season starting Sunday, February 25. Bruce Campbell is back as none-too-bright evil-fighting hero Ashley Williams, the role he originated in the first EVIL DEAD (1981) and played in two sequels. Ash got two full-time sidekicks in the first episode of the ASH VS EVIL DEAD series. Dana DeLorenzo plays Kelly Maxwell, who starts out as an average young woman who has become progressively more badass over the life of the show (Ray Santiago plays […]Read On »

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BLACK LIGHTNING: Actor Damon Gupton talks the new CW superhero series – exclusive interview

The poster for BLACK LIGHTING | © 2018 The CW

BLACK LIGHTNING is The CW’s latest series based on a D.C. Comics property. The new Tuesday-night drama shares an executive producer, Greg Berlanti, with the other D.C. adaptations, but BLACK LIGHTNING, developed for television by Berlanti’s fellow executive producers Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, has two notable differences. All but one of the protagonists are African-American and most of the main characters are adults in early middle age. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a beloved high school principal in the city of Freeland. Nine years ago, Jefferson left behind his electricity-shooting superhero alter ego Black Lightning in an effort […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 2/6

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS | © 2018 Universal Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS Sequels either go a few ways, either it’s a sh**show, something that is decent but doesn’t measure up to the original, in rare cases, tops the original. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS falls in the middle here as there are indeed some funny moments but begins to take itself surprisingly way too serious toward the end. As with the original, the content is for adults only and there are plenty of moments that question the boundaries of good taste but that’s what we expect […]Read On »

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COUNTERPART: Actress Olivia Williams talks secrets in her new Showtime series – exclusive interview

Olivia Williams as Emily Burton Silk in COUNTERPART | © 2018 Showtime

The premise of Starz’s Sunday-night speculative-fiction drama COUNTERPART is that, 30 years ago, reality split and created a second universe that was at the time identical to our own. Only a privileged few know about this. They are headquartered in a complex that sits above the underground tunnel in Berlin that joins the two dimensions, which have since taken different paths. Olivia Williams plays two different versions of Emily Silk. This world’s Emily is in a coma after an accident. Her devoted husband, Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), comes to see her every night at the hospital. Howard, a low-level functionary, […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “The Big Empty”

Jared Padelicki in SUPERNATURAL The Big Empty | © 2018 Jack Rowand/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Misha Collins, Courtney Ford, Rukiya Bernard, Niall Matter Writer: Meredith Glynn, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John Badham Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 2, 2017 You learn something new almost every day, or in the case of SUPERNATURAL, almost every episode. In the case of Season 13 Episode 4’s “The Big Empty,” it’s where angels and demons go when they die. Castiel (Misha Collins) is wandering around this, well, big empty space, trying to find somebody, and eventually wakes up the Entity running the joint. The Entity […]Read On »

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THE CHI: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine – exclusive interview

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine as Ronnie in THE CHI | © 2018 Showtime

Emmy-winning Lena Waithe created Showtime’s new Sunday night series THE CHI, which has already been renewed for a second season. Besides Waithe, THE CHI counts rap star Common (who makes a brief onscreen appearance) and show runner Elwood Reid (THE BRIDGE) as executive producers. THE CHI, shot on location, interweaves the stories of multiple families and characters from old women to young children in inner-city Chicago. It has time for light moments – a boy named Kevin (Alex R. Hibbert) winds up in his school production of THE WIZ almost by accident – but one grim plot thread follows a […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 2/13

THE DEUCE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON | © 2018 HBO Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. THE DEUCE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON HBO is taking on some interesting projects in light of having only a few heavy hitters left in its arsenal and THE DEUCE won’t appeal to those that are expecting the next SOPRANOS or GAME OF THRONES or DEADWOOD or TRUE BLOOD but it is an interesting series that is a throwback to a time when New York City was at its sleaziest filled with peep shows, brothels and street walkers. The series follows a number of pimps, prostitutes, the mob […]Read On »

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CRIMINAL MINDS: Breen Frazier & Kirsten Vangsness – exclusive interview

Joe Mantegna as David Rossi in CRIMINAL MINDS | © 2018 Michael Yarish/CBS

CBS’s CRIMINAL MINDS is now in its thirteenth season on Wednesday nights. The long-lived procedural drama series has survived a lot of cast and personnel changes, chronicling the exploits of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they track serial killers and other dangerous individuals. Kirsten Vangsness has been with CRIMINAL MINDS since its first season as emotionally committed, crime-scene-photo-squeamish computer expert Penelope Garcia; she has also written several episodes. Breen Frazier has been a writer/producer on the show since 2008 and is now an executive producer and show runner (with fellow exec producer Erica Messer). The actress and the […]Read On »

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SCANDAL: Joe Morton on playing Rowan and the Final Season – Interview

Joe Morton is Rowan Pope in SCANDAL - Season 7 | ©2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

ABC’s SCANDAL is now in its seventh and final season on Thursday nights. Shonda Rhimes created the series about Washington, D.C. fixer Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington in a twice-Emmy-nominated performance. Olivia’s morally flawed, superpower behind-the-scenes father Rowan Pope is played by Joe Morton, who won the 2013 Guest Actor Emmy for his work before he was made a SCANDAL regular. Morton, originally from New York, was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in the 1974 production of the musical RAISIN. He starred in the title role in filmmaker John Sayles’ cult film BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET […]Read On »

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