DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR – Exclusive Interview with Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky


DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR premieres on PBS Tuesday, September 20.  The documentary film about a Unitarian couple who smuggled Jews out of Nazi-occupied territory before and during World War II has a behind-the-scenes story that’s almost as interesting as what’s onscreen. Artemis Joukowsky, directing his first feature, eventually got his friend, the acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns to sign on as co-director. The film came about as a result of Joukowsky learning something unexpected about his maternal grandparents. ARTEMIS JOUKOWSKY: I was fourteen, and I was at the Allen Stevenson School, and I was given an assignment to interview […]Read On »


FX NETWORKS: CEO John Landgraf talks THE STRAIN – Season 3 and more – exclusive interview

THE STRAIN logo | ©2014 FX

FX Networks and FX Productions’ CEO John Landgraf sounds very happy when he addresses the Television Critics Association in August, which isn’t surprising given what he has to say. “In the twelve years I’ve been at FX, I don’t think we’ve ever had a better first half of a calendar year than 2016, and I know we’ve definitely never had a better traditional broadcast year than the 2015-2016 season. In addition to the four TCA and two AFI Awards, we broke out own basic cable record with fifty-six Emmy Awards.” Landgraf credits Variety reporter Maureen Ryan with, in November, writing […]Read On »


DORKING OUT – Episode 12: The Prequels Strike Back Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. You know how much we love to talk about STAR WARS, so this week’s podcast is extra exciting. We have the guys behind the documentary “The Prequels Strikes Back,” director Bradley Weatherholt, producer Kyle Brodeur and executive producer Alex Kane. The documentary examines one of the most talked about film trilogies, THE PHANTOM MENACE, ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH. While a vocal majority of original “Star Wars” fans dismiss, and downright loathe, the prequels. There is a less vocal community of fans. We have a really fun and interesting discussion about STAR WARS […]Read On »


CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Sept. 13, 2016

CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR | © 2016 Disney Home Video

  Movies: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – One of the best movies of 2016 is indeed a comic book movie. And it is a doozy in a lot of ways. First it is one of the last movies of Phase 2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it does a tremendous job of wrapping up everything that has come before it. Not only is CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR a continuation of the previous Cap film, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, but it also serves as a sequel to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. The film straddles the line of showing the […]Read On »


Movie Review: SNOWDEN

SNOWDEN | © 2016 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant Writers: Kieran Fitzgerald & Oliver Stone, based on the books by Anatoly Kucherena and Luke Harding Director: Oliver Stone Distributor: Open Road Release Date: September 16, 2016 SNOWDEN, per its title, dramatizes the story of Edward Snowden, played here by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Moving between the years 2004 and 2013, the film uses a pivotal set of interviews as a framing device. Snowden starts out as a conservative young aspiring military man who gets recruited into the NSA. Snowden’s computer skills earn […]Read On »



BRIDGET JONES' BABY | © 2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey Writers: Helen Fielding and Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson, based on the novels and characters created by Helen Fielding Director: Sharon Maguire Distributor: Universal Release Date: September 16, 2016 In 2001, we had BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, based on the best-selling novel by Helen Fielding about a London “singleton” who worried incessantly about her weight and getting a boyfriend, not always in that order. In 2004, the main characters from DIARY returned in BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON. That film saw the title heroine, played by Renee Zellweger, apparently happily paired […]Read On »


TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Strike in the Chord”

Kirstin Taylor Maldonado, David Boreanaz and John Boyd in BONES - Season 11 - "The Strike in the Chord" ©2016 Fox / Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, B.K. Cannon, Sam Tsui, Nigel Gibbs, Jordan Fisher, Kirstin Maldonado, Gavin MacIntosh Writer: Yael Zinkow, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Michael Lange Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 19, 2016 BONES delivers an amiable if uneven Season 11 episode with “The Strike in the Chord.” On the upside, it’s got series regular John Boyd, as James Aubrey, singing, it’s got some gentle pro-animal material, it’s got Brennan (Emily Deschanel) getting to be right about […]Read On »


TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Safe House”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "Safe House" | ©2016 The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Steven Williams, Janet McLean, Holly Elissa, Michele Scarabelli Writers: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Stefan Pleszczynski Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 23, 2016 Jim Beaver’s father-figure character Bobby Singer died back in Season 7, but this being SUPERNATURAL, that’s not necessarily a goodbye. Bobby has since turned up as a ghost and then in Heaven. In the Season 11 episode “Safe House, he’s seen mainly in flashback, as he and fellow Hunter Rufus (Steven Williams) investigated a haunted house a few years back. Now Sam […]Read On »


Alex Somers scores a mystical trip with CAPTAIN FANTASTIC – Interview

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

If an alt. rock band has captured a spirit of ethereal, Earth mother transcendence, then the gentle, drifting melodies and angelic voice of Iceland’s Sigur Ros could be considered the equivalent of one-ness with the woods. Two vital parts of a sound that’s drawn a cult-like following around the world are Alex Somers and Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson, otherwise known as the band Jónsi and Alex. Having met when both were students at Berklee’s College of Music, the home of so many composers to be, Somers would travel to lifemate Birgisson’s frost-covered home, creating art and albums that were as […]Read On »


TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Ryan Lochte elicits more drama

Cheryl Burke and Ryan Lochte in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Amber Rose, Calvin Johnson Jr., Jake T. Austin, James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick, Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé and Vanilla Ice Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: September 12th, 2016 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 23 started out with a bang! A big cast, a lot of returning favorite pros, plenty of glitter and a decorated Olympian who screwed up. And I don’t just mean on the dance floor. This is a dance show, not a trial. Yes, Ryan Lochte acted irresponsible and did something dumb in Rio. Is he […]Read On »

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