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Movie Review: BIRDS OF PREY (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

BIRDS OF PREY movie poster | ©2020 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina Writer: Christina Hodson Director: Cathy Yan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 7, 2020 A movie about Batman villainess/Joker paramour Harley Quinn doesn’t exactly sound like a blast. Harley is sometimes depicted as a creative sadist and sometimes as a completely dizzy engine of destruction, both devoted to the Joker and neither someone who seems like a good figure to build a movie around. Well, surprise. BIRDS OF PREY has found the right balance for Harley (Margot Robbie, reprising the character […]Read On »

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BATWOMAN: Camrus Johnson on playing tech whiz Luke Fox – Exclusive Interview

Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox in BATWOMAN - Season 1| ©2019 The CW Network/Frank Ockenfels 3

In The CW’s latest DC-verse series BATWOMAN, now in its first season on Sunday nights, Camrus Johnson plays Luke Fox. Luke is the young techno-whiz who works with Batwoman/Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), much as his father Lucius Fox was the main gadget man for Kate’s cousin Batman/Bruce Wayne. Johnson, originally from Georgia, moved to New York to pursue his acting career. He has also produced and written several short films. Johnson’s other screen acting credits include the series UNPRODUCTIVE, THE COBBLESTONE CORRIDOR, THERE’S … JOHNNY!, and LUKE CAGE, and the films PATERNO and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. Asked […]Read On »

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ARROW: David Ramsey on the Eighth and final season of the super hero series – Exclusive Interview

David Ramsey as John Diggle in ARROW - Season 4 | ©2015 The CW Network, LLC./Diyah Pera

The CW’s ARROW is now in its eighth and final season on Tuesday nights. The series, which stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, aka superhero the Green Arrow, launched the network’s franchise of DC Comics adaptations, executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. ARROW’s on-air DC Universe peers currently include THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, BLACK LIGHTNING and the new BATWOMAN. Although the Green Arrow sometimes stands alone, he has a team. His best friend and confidante is John Diggle, who takes on the heroic persona Spartan, played by David Ramsey. Unlike many other characters in the ARROW-verse, […]Read On »

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BATWOMAN: Meagan Tandy chats about the new DC superhero series – Exclusive Interview

Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore in BATWOMAN - Season 1| ©2019 The CW Network/Jordon Nuttall

BATWOMAN is the latest series in The CW’s DC Comics/Greg Berlanti-verse, airing on Sunday nights. The show has already received a full-season pickup for this, its first year. Ruby Rose stars as Kate Kane, who discovers that her missing cousin Bruce Wayne has secretly been Batman. Since Gotham City is without a protector, Kate adopts the mantle of Batwoman. Kate has a complicated past and present. Her father, Col. Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott), runs the Crows, the paramilitary outfit serving as law in Gotham these days. Kate has her own military background, but Jacob would prefer his daughter stay out […]Read On »

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BATWOMAN: Rachel Skarsten on Wonderland gang leader Alice – Exclusive Interview

Rachel Skarsten as Alice in BATWOMAN - Season 1| ©2019 The CW Network/Jordon Nuttall

In The CW’s new Sunday-night series BATWOMAN, Ruby Rose plays the title character, aka Kate Kane. Caroline Dries adapted the series, based on the DC Comics, in which Kate takes on the vigilante savior mantle after she finds that Batman has seemingly abandoned Gotham City, now under siege by the dreaded Wonderland Gang. Every superhero needs an arch-nemesis, and BATWOMAN has a doozy – Wonderland Gang leader Alice, played by Rachel Skarsten. Alice, who is mercurial to put it mildly, patterns herself and her followers after the writings of Lewis Carroll. She’s also Kate’s long-presumed-dead sister, so there are major […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JOKER

JOKER movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Glenn Fleshler, Leigh Gill, Sharon Washington Writers: Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, based on characters from DC Comics Director: Todd Phillips Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 4, 2019 Seldom has it been so hard to figure out a letter grade for a movie review. JOKER doesn’t precisely defy normal measures of quality, but its ambiguities are simultaneously intriguing and frustrating. Despite rumors to the contrary, JOKER is set squarely within the Batman universe, even if this is a Gotham City grimier […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Showrunner Joe Henderson talks Season 4 and teases Season 5 – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Tom Ellis in LUCIFER - Season 4 | ©2019 Netflix/ John P. Fleenor

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with LUCIFER executive producer/co-show runner Joe Henderson, he talks more about choices made for Season 4, currently streaming on Netflix, and teases the upcoming final Season 5. ASSIGNMENT X: In Season 4, we at last see Lucifer, played by Tom Ellis, as the Devil in full body, with leathery wings and horns. Was that something you were aiming towards, or was that something that was dictated by story logic, or was that something you hadn’t been able to do before because LUCIFER had been on broadcast and now you can do it because […]Read On »

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LEGION: Rachel Keller talks Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Rachel Keller is Syd Barrett in LEGION - Season 3 | ©2019 FX/Pari Dukovic

In LEGION’s third and final season, Mondays on FX, Dan Stevens’s powerful mutant David Haller is now running a cult. David is trying to repair his relationship with Rachel Keller’s character, Syd Barrett. Syd has the ability to switch bodies with anyone she touches, although she uses this talent sparingly. David and Syd were lovers, but David ruined things when he mind-wiped Syd so that she’d have sex with him. When Syd discovered this violation later, she rejected him. David wants Syd back, but won’t take responsibility for what he did. Instead, he just wants to use supernatural means to […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Showrunner Joe Henderson on Season 4 and Netflix – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

LUCIFER - Season 4 Key Art | ©2019 Netflix

LUCIFER the series, and Lucifer the character, as played by Tom Ellis, have both been through dramatic journeys over the last year. In Season 4, Lucifer – the Devil, who has left Hell to live as a nightclub owner in Los Angeles – is dealing with the fallout after he revealed his true self to the woman he loves, LAPD Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), at the end of Season 3. As for LUCIFER the show, Fox Networks aired the first three seasons, then canceled it in May 2018. But Netflix, at least partly in response to the reaction of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, JB Smoove Writers: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel comic book and characters created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date: July 2, 2019 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is in the unenviable position of picking up the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline only three real-world months after the hugely emotional AVENGERS: ENDGAME. ENDGAME was presented as such a finale that it didn’t even have the customary Marvel mid-and-post credits […]Read On »

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