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Blu-ray Review: NIGHT OF THE LEPUS

NIGHT OF THE LEPUS Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley Writer: Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney based on the novel by Russell Braddon Director: William F. Claxton Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $22.96 Every once and awhile, you’ll scratch your heard and wonder “How did that film get made?” Usually it’s a film so utterly sincere and yet clueless at the same time, you just watch the train wreck unfold and enjoy it for what it is. Such is the case of curious 1972 science fiction thriller NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. MGM originally called the film RABBITS based on […]Read On »

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TAKE TWO: Creators Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller on new series – Exclusive Interview

Eddie Cibrian as Eddie, and Rachel Bilson as Sam in TAKE TWO - Season 1 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

ABC’s new Wednesday-night light procedural series TAKE TWO is created by Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller. Marlowe wrote the screenplays for AIR FORCE ONE, END OF DAYS, and HOLLOW MAN. Most significantly in terms of TAKE TWO, Marlowe created the long-running ABC series CASTLE, on which Miller was a fellow writer/executive producer (Marlowe and Miller have been married to one another since 1997). Like CASTLE, TAKE TWO pairs someone from the storytelling world with someone from the detecting world. In the case of TAKE TWO, actress Sam Swift, played by Rachel Bilson, comes out of rehab after starring […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Isabella Sermon, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum Writers: Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton Director: J.A. Bayona Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 21, 2018 While it still has more than its fair share of “Say what?” logic and plot holes, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM represents what might be called an evolutionary step up from its immediate predecessor, 2015’s JURASSIC WORLD. In JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, not only has the dinosaur park been closed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SUPERFLY

SUPERFLY movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, Andrea Londo, Michael Kenneth Williams, Esai Morales, Kaalan Walker, Jennifer Morrison, Big Bank Black, Brian F. Durkin Writer: Alex Tse, based on the 1972 screenplay by Phillip Fenty Director: Director X. Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Release Date: June 13, 2018 One thing the new SUPERFLY has going for it is conviction. Not only does everyone involved seem unconcerned that they’re in a remake of the 1972 exploitation flick SUPER FLY, they proceed as though this is the first story ever told about a criminal who wants out of the life as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OCEAN’S 8

OCEAN'S 8 movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden Writers: Gary Ross & Olivia Milch, story by Gary Ross, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 8, 2018 OCEAN’S 8 might be called a spinoff rather than a sequel of the OCEAN’S 11 franchise. The Ocean here is Debbie (Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny Ocean (the character played in the earlier films by George Clooney). Newly paroled from a five-year prison stint, Debbie […]Read On »

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Celebs come out and support event for Democrat Jess Phoenix – Exclusive Interviews

Jess Phoenix attends "Ignite for Science with Jess Phoenix" Political Fund Raiser at the IgnitedSpaces Penthouse, Hollywood, CA on March 26, 2018 | Photo Courtesy and ©2018 Eugene Powers

Jess Phoenix is running as a Democrat for Congress in California’s CA-25 district, which covers parts of northern Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Phoenix has three other Democratic opponents, Bryan Caforio, Katie Hill and Mary Gallant. All want to unseat Republican incumbent Steve Knight. There are several differences between Phoenix and the other candidates. For one, Phoenix is an actual climate scientist. For another, her fundraising events tend to be populated by fan-favorite celebrities. At one such gathering, Phoenix and some of her supporters talked with Assignment X about why they think it’s important to have people who understand […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: IT’S ALIVE TRILOGY

IT'S ALIVE trilogy box art | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: (IT’S ALIVE) – John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell, James Dixon, Michael Ansara (IT LIVES AGAIN aka IT’S ALIVE 2) – Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John P. Ryan, John Marley, Andrew Duggan, Eddie Constantine, James Dixon (IT’S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE) – Michael Moriarty, Karen Black, Laurene Landon, Gerrit Graham, Neal Israel, James Dixon Writer/Director: Larry Cohen Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $49.97 Writer-Director Larry Cohen (Q, THE STUFF, GOD TOLD ME) has made some pretty amazing films throughout his eclectic career and he’s done so by experimenting with genre tropes and twisting […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEADPOOL 2

DEADPOOL 2 poster | ©2018 Fox

Rating: R Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic (voice), Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds, based on characters created by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza Director: David Leitch Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 18, 2018  DEADPOOL 2, should there be any doubt, is the sequel to 2016’s DEADPOOL. Both are based on the comics created by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza. The original DEADPOOL, with its blend of comic book action, snarky meta humor, bloody violence and quick-sparring romance was […]Read On »

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RUNAWAYS: James Marsters talks Season 1 of Hulu’s Marvel series – Exclusive Interview

James Marsters in MARVEL'S RUNAWAYS - Season 1 | ©2018 Hulu

At this point, actor James Marsters has done plenty of straight drama and comedy – and time in a rock band, Ghost of the Robot – but he continues to uphold his genre cred. After his indelible performance as the vampire Spike in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, Marsters’s roles have included anti-human Brainiac on SMALLVILLE, religious zealot Barnabas Greeley on CAPRICA, galactic traveler Captain John Hart on TORCHWOOD, and many more. Now Marsters has added series regular Victor Stein in Hulu’s RUNAWAYS to the list. Adapted by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage from the Marvel Comics saga created […]Read On »

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EMPIRE: Jussie Smollett chats Season 4 and acting and directing on the Fox series – Interview

Jussie Smollett in EMPIRE - Season 4 - "False Face" | © 2017 Fox/Chuck Hodes

EMPIRE star Jussie Smollett is having a spectacular first third to 2018. Besides being in his fourth season as middle son Jamal Lyon on Fox Networks’ Wednesday-night musical drama, Smollett makes his television directorial debut with an EMPIRE episode that airs later this season. His first feature-length studio album as a singer/songwriter SUM OF MY MUSIC, was released in March, and he seems very happy about all of it. ASSIGNMENT X: Jamal Lyon has a strong personality, he’s a singer/songwriter, he has a healthy ego, but his mother, father and brothers are often so out of control, he’s relatively the straight […]Read On »

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