LIMITLESS: Craig Sweeny on Season 1 of the CBS series – Exclusive Interview

Jake McDorman as Brian Finch in LIMITLESS - Season 1 - "Stop Me Before I Hug Again" | ©2016 CBS/Michael Parmelee

Based on the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper, which in turn is based on a novel by Alan Glynn, CBS’ freshman series LIMITLESS posits that a drug called NZT can boost human brain power to its full, untapped extent. The TV LIMITLESS stars Jake McDorman as Brian Finch, an average young man whose abilities while on NZT catch the attention of FBI Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), who begins enlisting him to help solve complex crimes. Cooper, one of the show’s executive producers, appears in a recurring reprise of his role as Eddie Morra, who has parlayed his immunity to …Read On »

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Movie Review: JOY

JOY movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Dascha Polanco, Elisabeth Rohm, Aundrea Gadsby, Gia Gadsby Writer: David O. Russell, story by Annie Mumolo and David O. Russell Director: David O. Russell Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 25, 2015 JOY is, in broad strokes, the story of Joy Mangano, though how closely this hews to actual history is an open question so far as onscreen crawls go. On its own terms, JOY works, and if it never exactly produces the title sentiment, it’s still a satisfying experience. JOY …Read On »

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LIMITLESS: Executive producer Alex Kurtzman the CBS series, SLEEPY HOLLOW and Universal’s MONSTER UNIVERSE – Interview

Jake McDorman as Brian Finch n LIMITLESS - Season 1 | © 2015 CBS/John Paul Filo

In the 2011 film LIMITLESS, Bradley Cooper played Eddie Morra, an ordinary man who gained extraordinary mental acuity, thanks to NZT, a (fictional) neuro-enhancement drug that lets the human brain access one hundred percent of its power. In the new CBS series LIMITLESS, Tuesdays at 10 PM, Eddie – still played in a recurring role by Cooper, who is one of the series’ executive producers – is now a senator, who is guiding Jake McDorman’s character Brian Lynch, who is enabled by NZT to help the FBI solve crimes. Alex Kurtzman (of FRINGE, TRANSFORMERS and the new STAR TREK films) …Read On »

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Movie Review: ALOHA

ALOHA movie poster | ©2015 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Bill Camp, Jaeden Lieberher, Danielle Rose Russell, Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele Writer: Cameron Crowe Director: Cameron Crowe Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Release Date: May 29, 2015 There are some really wonderful things in writer/director Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA that are balanced out by some things that are mundane or even baffling (why, if it is important to the story that a character named Allison Ng is one-quarter Hawaiian, cast an actress who looks four-quarters Nordic? If you want to use her, great, just say she grew …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of May 19, 2015

AMERICAN SNIPER | © 2015 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: Some good stuff this week including the Academy Award winning AMERICAN SNIPER mixed in with some not-so-good stuff that highlights the week of DVD and Blu-ray titles for the week of May 19, 2015. AMERICAN SNIPER – What hasn’t been said about AMERICAN SNIPER? It is an …Read On »

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THE AMERICANS star Matthew Rhys gives the Season 3 scoop – interview

Matthew Rhys stars as Philip Jennings in THE AMERICANS | © 2015 Craig Blankenhorn/FX

On FX Network’s THE AMERICANS, now in its third season Wednesdays at 10 PM and renewed for a fourth, Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star as, respectively, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings. It’s the early 1980s and Philip and Elizabeth are an outwardly all-American married pair of travel agents living in suburban Virginia with their two children, Paige (Holly Taylor) and Henry (Keidrich Sellati). However, what even their offspring don’t know is that Philip and Elizabeth are really deep-cover KGB agents, sent here by the Russian government to advance the Soviet cause. The arranged marriage between the two protagonists has become …Read On »

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Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER

AMERICAN SNIPER movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes Writer: Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice Director: Clint Eastwood Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 25, 2014 In AMERICAN SNIPER, Bradley Cooper portrays Chris Kyle, so far the deadliest sharpshooter in U.S. military history. As a Navy SEAL, Kyle made an estimated 160 kills in his four tours of duty in Iraq. As a bare-bones premise, this could have gone any which way. Based on the book by the real Kyle with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, Jason Hall’s …Read On »

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Movie Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY | © 2014 Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan Writers: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, based on the comic books by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Director: James Gunn Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Release Date: August 1, 2014 For a while, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY teeters on an edge. Yes, the visuals are striking and the jokes are funny, but at first, between self-centered thief Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), extremely angry Gamora (Zoe Saldana), dismissive genetically-modified raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and walking tree-of-few-words Groot (Vin Diesel), we’re not …Read On »

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FROZEN Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

FROZEN | © 2014 Disney Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: FROZEN – What can be said about Disney’s FROZEN that hasn’t already? It is a great animated flick that appeals to all ages with catchy songs, two strong female leads and loveable side characters that really adds up to a tremendous effort. I know of many kids …Read On »

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Movie Review: AMERICAN HUSTLE

AMERICAN HUSTLE movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, Alessandro Nivola Writers: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell Director: David O. Russell Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: limited, December 13, 2013; wide, December 20, 2013 It’s hard to do a good story about con artists. The con has to be plausible, the players have to be engaging, and the payoff has to be something that neither the marks nor the audience see coming. AMERICAN HUSTLE is a great example of the genre, piling twist upon twist, mentioning about halfway through which …Read On »

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