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AGATHA RAISIN: Executive producer Barry Ryan on the AcornTV series – Exclusive Interview

Ashley Jensen in AGATHA RAISIN - Season 3 - "As The Pig Turns" | ©2020 Acorn TV

AGATHA RAISIN is now streaming its first three seasons on AcornTV, with a fourth season commissioned. Based on the series of comedic murder mysteries by the late M.C. Beaton (real name Marion Chesney Gibbons), AGATHA RAISIN stars Ashley Jensen as title character, a well-to-do former p.r. woman who moves to the English countryside and finds herself compelled to investigate local crime. AGATHA RAISIN has an unconventional production history. Season 1 premiered in 2014. It then was out of production until 2018, when Season 2 was finally made. Executive producer Barry Ryan, who has been with AGATHA RAISIN since its inception, […]Read On »

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COASTAL ELITES: Director Jay Roach, writer Paul Rudnick and stars Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Sara Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever and Issa Rae chat new HBO film

Bette Midler in COASTAL ELITES | ©2020 HBO

COASTAL ELITES premieres Saturday, September 12, on HBO. Writer Paul Rudnick had scripted what the network describes as a “socially distanced comedy” feature prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Rudnick adapted his work to address the current situation. COVID-19 has dictated that the Television Critics Association Summer 2020 press tour takes place entirely online. This article is derived from the COASTAL ELITES online panel. Rudnick and his fellow COASTAL ELITES executive producer, director Jay Roach, and cast members Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson, and Issa Rae each appear from their respective homes, answering questions from the press. […]Read On »

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MATADOR: Actor Gabriel Luna gives the scoop on the action series – Exclusive Interview

Gabriel Luna in MATADOR - Season 1 | ©2014 El Rey

MATADOR originally aired on the El Rey Network in 2014. The series is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. Despite the title, MATADOR has nothing to do with bullfighting. Instead, Gabriel Luna stars as DEA agent Tony Bravo. Tony unexpectedly has his daydreams of being a professional soccer player fulfilled when he’s recruited by the CIA to try out for the L.A. Riot team in order to spy on its owner, international criminal Andres Galan (Alfred Molina). When Tony surprises his CIA handlers by securing a spot on the squad, his missions become more dangerous. When MATADOR, created […]Read On »

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Showrunner Misha Green and stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett talk Season 1 – Interview

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2020 HBO

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, now in its first season Sunday nights on HBO, is one of the wildest rides ever through the Midwest and Northeast of the United States during the 1950s. Based on the novel by Matt Ruff, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY has been adapted for television by executive producer/show runner Misha Green. The show follows Black U.S. Army veteran Atticus “Tic” Freeman, played by Jonathan Majors, who returns home to Chicago to find that his father, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams), has mysteriously disappeared somewhere in New England. Tic sets out to find his father, accompanied by his childhood friend Letitia “Leti” Lewis, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OWNERS

THE OWNERS movie poster |©2020 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham, Andrew Ellis, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny Writers: Mathieu Gompel & Julius Berg, with the participation of Geoff Cox, based on the comic book UNE NIGHT DE PLEINE LUNE by Yves H. and Hermann Director: Julius Berg Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: September 4, 2020 THE OWNERS is one of those horror thrillers where much of the suspense comes from figuring out exactly what is going on here. We start out amid rolling green hills in England, with nary a soul in sight. Then we focus on a beaten-up car, parked […]Read On »

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Actor Doug Jones – Part 2: THE SHAPE OF WATER, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and more – Exclusive Interview

Doug Jones is the Amphibian Man in THE SHAPE OF WATER | ©2017 Fox Searchlight

In the second half of our exclusive phone interview with actor Doug Jones, he reflects on his work with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in the Best Picture Oscar-winning THE SHAPE OF WATER. Jones, in heavy prosthetics and costume, played Amphibian Man, aka the Asset, aka “Charlie Tuna.” Jones’s character and mute office worker Elisa (Sally Hawkins) fall passionately in love with one another as she attempts to rescue him from evil captors. Jones also talks about his work on FX Networks’ WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, how he’s dealing with fame at this point in his career, and more. […]Read On »

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Actor Doug Jones – Part 1: The scoop on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Season 1 and 2 – Exclusive Interview

Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY - Season 2 - "New Eden" | ©2018 CBS Interactive/Ben Mark Holzberg

Doug Jones is finally getting recognized for his work. It’s not that he’s a newcomer – Jones has been in Hollywood since the ‘80s, and has been in a number of huge projects – but he’s spent most of his career under enormous amounts of prosthetic makeup and complicated costumes. Originally from Indiana, Jones trained both as an actor and as a mime, a background that has allowed him to move persuasively as all sorts of fantastic, otherworldly, and/or alien beings. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has worked with Jones for decades, starting with MIMIC in 1997, which had Jones playing […]Read On »

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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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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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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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