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INSECURE: Creator Issa Rae on new HBO comedy – Interview

INSECURE - Season 1 Key Art |©2016 HBO

As a writer, director, producer and actress, Issa Rae has done a number of projects, including two seasons of THE CHOIR, but she became famous for her Internet series THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL. Now Rae has created and stars in HBO’s new Sunday-night comedy series INSECURE. Rae plays Issa Dee, who has some awkward adventures of her own in and around Inglewood, California, where INSECURE shoots on location. ASSIGNMENT X: Is INSECURE an expansion of MISADVENTURES, or is this completely topically different? ISSA RAE: It’s a completely different show. AWKWARD BLACK GIRL – the comedy was kind of […]Read On »

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THE ACCOUNTANT: Composer Mark Isham plays a unique set of action skills – Interview

THE ACCOUNTANT composer Mark Isham | ©2016 Mark Isham

  One might expect composer Mark Isham to have had a tender musical upbringing that resulted in a soft-spoken composer who carried a powerfully blown trumpet. No doubt he was given some very different life choices than Chris – a highly functioning autistic youth with a natural gift for math and an equally big bullying target on his back, one that makes his military dad train Chris and brother in the killer skills that mature a budding genius into “The Accountant’s” cross between Rain Man and The Punisher. Certainly one of the crazier Hollywood films to give socially challenged characters […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Richard Jenkins on new EPIX series – Exclusive Interview

BERLIN STATION poster | ©2016 Epix

Richard Jenkins has a long, impressive resume that include an Emmy win for his lead actor turn in OLIVE KITTRIDGE and an Oscar nomination for his supporting work in THE VISITOR. A smattering of the Illinois-born actor’s other film credits include SILVERADO, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, WOLF, STEP BROTHERS, LET ME IN and CABIN IN THE WOODS. Jenkins is currently working for director Guillermo Del Toro in THE SHAPE OF WATER. However, until now, Jenkins has only been a regular in one series, HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER. Epix’s BERLIN STATION, which premieres Sunday, October 16, has brought Jenkins back to […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Special Bulletin 4: STAR WARS ROGUE ONE Final Trailer

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. We couldn’t wait to talk about the final STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE trailer, so we didn’t! David Tracy, co-host of the podcast Old Movies, New Beer (and Sonia’s better half) join us to talk about the biggest news in the galaxy. You can listen to our podcast here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, and YouTube. Related: DORKING OUT – Episode 16: The Luke Cage on a Train Watching a Scary Movie With F This Movie’s Patrick Bromley Edition Related: DORKING OUT – Episode 14: The Magnificent Simpsons (and South Park) and How To Win An Emmy Redux Edition Related: DORKING […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 16: The Luke Cage on a Train Watching a Scary Movie With F This Movie’s Patrick Bromley Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we’re sharing our three favorite scary movies with Patrick Bromley, the host of Sonia’s favorite podcast (not including this one … maybe) F This Movie, which is currently celebrating Scary Movie Month. Our picks are all over the map, but we have a really fun discussion about what frightens us. Patrick is a big horror movie fan and expert, so you’ll definitely want to check out his picks. After the scary stuff, we review the new Marvel TV series on Netflix, LUKE CAGE and the new thriller THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. We […]Read On »

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WOLF CREEK: Creator Greg McLean on horror mini-series – Exclusive Interview

WOLF CREAK mini-series poster| ©2016 POP TV

When writer/director Greg McLean’s feature film WOLF CREEK premiered in 2005, it was too brutal even for some horror fans. McLean’s tale, based on some actual incidents, centers of on Mick Taylor (John Jarratt), a sadistic serial killer roaming the Australian Outback, beyond the reach of law enforcement. WOLF CREEK 2 debuted in 2013, with Mick once again torturing trapped tourists; one of Mick’s victims survives but is blamed for the killings and is confined to a mental hospital. Now Pop TV is bringing a WOLF CREEK six-part miniseries to television, starting Friday, October 14. McLean is the executive producer […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart Writer: Bill Dubuque Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 14, 2016 The intentions behind THE ACCOUNTANT are broadly good. The filmmakers want to show the audience that people on the autism spectrum can be just as capable, if not more so, than neuro-typical (non-autistic) folks. There are certainly plenty of examples of autistic people who are extraordinarily gifted in fields like math and music. Rather than giving us another “very special” drama, director Gavin O’Connor, writer Bill Dubuque […]Read On »

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WESTWORLD: Co-creator Jonathan Nolan re-envisions the Michael Crichton classic – Interview

WESTWORLD key art | ©2016 HBO

The 1973 cult hit WESTWORLD, based on Michael Crichton’s novel, centers around an immersive amusement park where customers can play at being gunslingers among lifelike androids. Naturally, something goes wrong. Now WESTWORLD has been reinvented by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan for HBO, which is now running the first season on Sunday nights. The new WESTWORLD still takes place in a very realistic recreated Old West, where profoundly humanlike androids do whatever the guests want. There are indeed glitches. But this WESTWORLD, instead of jumping into the “technology gone wrong, must escape” scenario, instead asks what all of the […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: RAISING CAIN

RAISING CAIN Blu-ray | ©2016 Shout! Factory

Stars: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen Writer/Director: Brian De Palma Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.93 I was never a huge fan of Brian De Palma’s 1992 thriller RAISING CAIN. Bringing the director back to his early thriller roots (like DRESSED TO KILL and BLOW OUT) that were drenched deeply in Alfred Hitchcock suspense and callbacks, CAIN came off as a trainwreck of a movie mixing tones and themes but never truly satisfying. Was it supposed to be a comedy? A thriller? A black comedy? A parody of other De Palma films? While there was an […]Read On »

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THIS IS US: Milo Ventimiglia talks new NBC show and GILMORE GIRLS revival – Interview

Milo Ventimiglia in THIS IS US - Season 1 | ©2016 NBC/Chris Haston

NBC’s hour-long Tuesday-night series THIS IS US is one of the best-received new shows of the fall. Created by Dan Fogelman, THIS IS US explores the lives of four people who share the same birthday and their families, in the Eighties and in the present. Milo Ventimiglia plays Jack, who is married to Rebecca (Mandy Moore). They are the birth parents of Kate (Chrissie Metz plays her as an adult) and Kevin (played as an adult by Justin Hartley) and adoptive parents of Randall (Sterling K. Brown portrays the grown version). Ventimiglia also reprises his role as Jess Mariano in […]Read On »

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