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EVIL: Actor Aasif Mandvi on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Aasif Mandvi as Ben Schroff in EVIL - Season 1 - "Book 27" | ©2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc./Elizabeth Fisher

EVIL is set to return for a second season on CBS in the fall. Meanwhile, people are discovering and/or enjoying rewatching the first season the series on CBS All-Access. Created by the married writing/producing team Michelle King and Robert King, EVIL gives us Catholic Church “assessor” (of whether something supernatural is actually happening) and priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) and newly-recruited and non-believing forensic psychologist Dr. Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers). The third member of the team, tech expert Ben Shakir, is played by Aasif Mandvi. Ben is able to determine when digital information has been faked. Ben is an even […]Read On »

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TV Review: LINE OF DUTY

LINE OF DUTY Key Art | ©2020 Acorn TV

Stars: Martin Cumpston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Thandie Newton Writer: Jed Mercurio Directors: John Strickland, Douglas Mackinnon, David Caffrey, Daniel Nettheim, Michael Keillor, Jed Mercutio, Susan Tully Networks: AMC, Acorn TV Original Airdates: U.K., June 26, 2012; AMC, April 6, 2020 LINE OF DUTY is a British police drama unlike most. For one thing, it just won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Season 5, Episode 4. For another, LINE OF DUTY deals with a subject that U.S. police dramas so far won’t touch as a series premise: Internal Affairs. […]Read On »

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SHARKFEST: Marine biologist Dr. Stephen Kajiura talks SHARKCANO and more – Exclusive Interview

SHARKFEST Key Art 2020 | ©2020 National Geographic

National Geographic’s SHARKFEST is the most recent iteration of the company’s one-hundred-and-thirty-five-year history of documenting sharks, first in the pages of the magazine, and more recently in television documentaries. SHARKFEST is spotlighted for five weeks this year over both National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Wild, July 19-August 22. The documentaries about sharks are also available on National Geographic on Demand and on Hulu the day after telecast premiere. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an expert in the sensory biology is sharks, is a professor at the Biological Sciences Dept. of Florida Atlantic University. This season, he is involved in the SHARKFEST […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SECRET GARDEN

THE SECRET GARDEN poster | ©2020 STX Films

Rating: PG Stars: Daisy Egerikx, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Edan Hayhurst, Amir Wilson, Isis Davis Writer: Jack Thorne, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett Director: Marc Munden Distributor: STX Films Release Date: August 7, 2020 THE SECRET GARDEN is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel. It has been adapted for the screen many times before. So what’s the 2020 version like? Director Marc Munden and screenwriter Jack Thorne have updated the action to 1947. As subtitles explain to us, it is the “eve of Partition,” when India and Pakistan are splitting into separate countries. Imaginative little Mary […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RENTAL

THE RENTAL movie poster | ©2020 IFC

Rating: R Stars: Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, Toby Huss Writers: Dave Franco & Joe Swanberg, story by Dave Franco & Joe Swanberg & Mike Demski Director: Dave Franco Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: July 24, 2020  THE RENTAL is the kind of thriller that teases the audience. For a good while, there are enough clues, both actual and red herrings, to keep us guessing as to what’s going on here. Will this turn out to be a saga of out of control jealousy? Is the caretaker up to something sinister? Is it both, or neither? […]Read On »

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SHARKFEST: Shark expert Ryan Johnson on SHARK VS. SURFER and SHARK VS. WHALE- Exclusive Interview

SHARKFEST Key Art 2020 | ©2020 National Geographic

National Geographic’s SHARKFEST is taking a mighty bite out of the schedule, extending five weeks, July 19 through August 22, on both National Geographic and National Geographic Wild. The shark-themed documentary films are also available on National Geographic on Demand and on Hulu the day after telecast premiere. Marine biologist Ryan Johnson is involved in two of this year’s SHARKFEST documentaries, SHARK VS. SURFER and SHARK VS. WHALE. Johnson has largely specialized in the study of Great White sharks, though in recent years, he has expanded his work to include a variety of sharks in the tropics off the coast […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LIMBO

LIMBO movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lucian Charles Collier, Scottie Thompson, Lew Temple, Richard Riehle, Peter Jacobson, Lauryn Canny, Veronica Cartwright, James Purefoy Writer: Mark Young Director: Mark Young Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: August 4, 2020 LIMBO takes place in the realm indicated by the title. Neither Heaven nor Hell, here Limbo is a dusty room that looks like an unused ‘30s warehouse office. The souls of the departed come here to be judged and sent to their ultimate destination.’’ The soul that occupies this version of Limbo is that of Jimmy Doyle (Lew Temple), who died as the result of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOST

HOST movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, Edward Linard, Seylan Baxter Writers: Gemma Hurley & Rob Savage & Jed Shepherd Director: Rob Savage Distributor: Shudder Release Date: July 30, 2020 HOST, not to be confused with Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 monster movie THE HOST, the 1998 telefilm also known as VIRTUAL OBSESSION, the 2013 release starring Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons or any of the other over 450 films of that title (per IMDB), is now streaming on Shudder. The new HOST has the distinction of being shot, set, edited and released during […]Read On »

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ONCE UPON A TIME: Virtual Fan Convention

VIRTUAL FAN CONVENTION | ©2020 Creation Entertainment

ONCE UPON A TIME is having a virtual convention. What the event lacks in physical proximity, it has in length, running a full week online, from July 30 through August 5, 2020. Participants include Lana Parilla (Evil Queen/Regina Mills), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), Christie Laing (Marian), Karen David (Jasmine), Oded Fehr (Jafar), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Merrin Dungey (Ursula), Victoria Smurfitt (Cruella DeVil), and Michael Raymond-James (Neal Cassidy). Events include Q&A panels and one-on-one chats, with the availability to purchase recorded messages and/or autographs. For more information, go to https://creationent.ticketspice.com/creation-entertainment-vfe-once Follow […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FIGHT

THE FIGHT movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lee Gelernt, Brigitte Amiri, Dale Ho, Josh Block, Chase Strangio Directors: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 31, 2020 THE FIGHT is a documentary about the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. More specifically, as we are informed by a supertitle near the start, THE FIGHT is about four of the hundreds of lawsuits that the ACLU has brought against the Trump administration. In THE FIGHT, we follow four lawyers from the ACLU’s New York headquarters. Lee Gelernt, who specializes in immigrants’ rights, seeks to reunite parents and children who have […]Read On »

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