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GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor talks about playing Penguin on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin in GOTHAM - Season 5 | ©2019 Fox/Justin Stephens

After five seasons of showing how young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) became Batman, Fox’s GOTHAM will jump ahead ten years in its series finale on Thursday, April 25. All of the characters we’ve been watching will have come into their own. Of all of GOTHAM’s distinct individuals, perhaps the most surprising has been Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, as played by Robin Lord Taylor. Known in the Batman canon to be venal and villainous, Taylor’s Penguin is unexpectedly sympathetic, a strangely stubborn, vulnerable underdog who makes us root for his survival, if not necessarily his victory. “The collaborative aspect has really […]Read On »

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DOOM PATROL: Executive producer Sarah Schechter on Season 1 of the DC Universe series – Exclusive Interview

The Doom Patrol in action DOOM PATROL - Season 1 | ©2019 DC Universe

DC’s new DOOM PATROL, now streaming exclusively on DC Universe online, with new episodes dropping Friday nights, concerns a group of other-than-human not-quite-superheroes. Brought together by scientist Niles Caulder, aka the Chief (Timothy Dalton), the Doom Patrol consists of: Cliff Steele/Robotman (Brendan Fraser as his voice and in flashbacks, Riley Shanahan in the steel suit), who is a human brain inside a very large metal body; Kay Challis/Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), who has sixty-four separate personalities; Rita Farr/Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby), a ‘50s movie actress who tends to turn into a blob when agitated; Larry Trainor/Negative Man (Matt Bomer as his […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL

CAPTAIN MARVEL poster | ©2019 Marvel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Akira Akbar, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan Writers: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, story by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet Directors: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios Release Date: March 8, 2019 CAPTAIN MARVEL begins with a loving, lovely tribute to Marvel’s founder, the late Stan Lee. This at once puts us in a warm, sentimental mood and gives the movie that follows something to […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Donal Logue and Cory Michael Smith give the scoop on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Cory Michael Smith in GOTHAM - Season 4 - "A Dark Knight: No Man's Land" | ©2018 Fox/Giovanni Rufino

GOTHAM, Fox Network’s drama about the journey of young Bruce Wayne (played by David Mazouz) to becoming Batman, is in its fifth and final twelve-episode season on Thursday nights. The series will culminate in an episode that shows Gotham City and its denizens ten years later, when Batman finally comes into his own, as do his enemies. Most of the major cast and creatives do a Q&A panel for the Television Critics Association press tour, and then everybody starts hugging each other. From all evidence, it seems like they’ve all loved their time on the show, their characters and one […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Creator Matt Nix on the Season 2 finale and more – Interview

Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker and Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker in THE GIFTED - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox/Matthias Clamer

As Season 2 of Fox’s Tuesday-night X-MEN-derived THE GIFTED hurtles towards its finale in two weeks, we check in with series creator Matt Nix on where it’s been, where it might be going, and why some things happen the way they do. ASSIGNMENT X: There are so many factions among both the humans and the mutants this season. Are you feeling like, “My God, we’re running out of places to put new factions”? MATT NIX: Actually, no. I mean, this season is really about factions. I don’t see the show as an infinite subdivision of factions. We wanted to do […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Executive producer-writer Melinda Hsu Taylor on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

L-R: Skyler Samuels, Grace Byers, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Natalie Alyn Lind, Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung and Coby Bell in THE GIFTED - Season 2| ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Season 2 of Fox’s MARVEL’S THE GIFTED on Tuesday nights, the factions of superpowered mutants and non-powered but armed humans have multiplied. In the series created by Matt Nix, set in the X-MEN universe, we still have the Mutant Underground, mutants who are trying to keep the peace, and Sentinel Services, the human government arm tasked with suppressing any mutant activity deemed suspicious. Now there’s also the militant mutant group the Inner Circle, which wants to dominate or entirely eradicate regular humans, the violently anti-mutant human cadre the Purifiers, and the literally underground mutant community of Morlocks. Stuck in […]Read On »

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RUNAWAYS: Ever Carradine and Annie Wersching chat Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Annie Wersching in RUNAWAYS - Season 1 | ©2019 Hulu

In MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS, now streaming its second season on Hulu (the first season is also available), things have heated up between the title teens and their parents. In Season 1, the title characters – six well-to-do Los Angeles area teenagers – discovered that some of them were geniuses and others had actual superpowers. They also learned that Pride, the supposedly charitable organization that all of their parents belonged to, was actually a nefarious cult that was engaging in some possibly world-ending activities. This caused our heroes to, per the title, run away. The situation among the parents was already pretty […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Skyler Samuels on Season 2 of the Marvel mutant series – Exclusive Interview

Skyler Samuels as Esme Frost in THE GIFTED - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox /Justin Stephens

In the first season of Fox Networks’s THE GIFTED, now in its second season on Tuesday nights, Skyler Samuels recurred, and recurred, and recurred. In Season 2, Samuels and her characters – identical mutant sisters Esme, Sophie, and Phoebe Frost – have been upped to series regulars. In THE GIFTED, which is set in the universe of Marvel Comics’s THE X-MEN, the telepathic Frost sisters can not only read minds, but put thoughts into the minds of others. They are part of the Inner Circle, a group of powerful mutants who want war with ordinary humans (as opposed to the […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actors Jamie Chung and Blair Redford talk Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong in THE GIFTED - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Fox Network’s series THE GIFTED, which just returned for Season 2 , Jamie Chung and Blair Redford play one of the show’s power couples. Make that superpower couples. Chung’s Clarice Fong, aka Blink, can open portals that allow travel from one place to another. Redford’s John Proudstar, aka Thunderbird, is an ex-Marine who is almost indestructible and has super-strength and heightened senses. In the X-MEN-derived series, developed for TV by Matt Nix, both John and Clarice are part of the Mutant Underground, the more pacifistic mutant organization operating in secrecy during a period of human intolerance. (The more violent, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AQUAMAN

AQUAMAN movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros./DC Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on the Aquaman character created by Mort Weisinger & Paul Norris in DC Comics Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 21, 2018 If you are burned out on comic book superhero movies, don’t go see AQUAMAN. It absolutely is a comic book superhero movie. If, on the other hand, you are happy to see another comic book […]Read On »

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