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THE ROOKIE: The former CASTLE actor Nathan Fillion chats Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Nathan Fillion is John Nolan in THE ROOKIE - Season 2 | ©2020 ABC/Andrew Eccles

THE ROOKIE returns for the second half of its second season on ABC on Sunday, February 23. Nathan Fillion’s title character, John Nolan, is currently the oldest rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department. When the show comes back from its midseason cliffhanger, Nolan is caught up with the rest of his colleagues in the search for kidnapped fellow rookie Lucy Chen (Melissa O’Neil). Nolan is also contending with a new training officer, former undercover operative Nyla Harper (Mekia Cox). Fillion previously starred for eight seasons as the crime-solving lead on ABC’s CASTLE and is still beloved for playing Malcolm […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “The Gamblers”

Misha Collins as Castiel in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "The Gamblers" | ©2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Cate Cameron

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Lynda Boyd, Hanneke Talbot. Brent Stait, Kahlil Ashanti, Stephen Huszar, Lelo Espejo, Rob Bruner Writer: Meredith Glynn, story by Meredith Glynn & Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Charles Beeson Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 30, 2020 In a pool hall, nebbish Leonard (Rob Bruner) loses to the cowboy-esque Joey Six (Lelo Espejo). Two coins are in a device above the pool table. When Leonard loses, his coin goes blank and Joey’s glows green. Leonard’s luck has run out, and he’s told to leave. […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “The Heroes’ Journey”

Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "The Heroes' Journey" | ©2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, DJ Qualls, Sarah Smyth, Jesse Hutch, Danny Dworkis, Daryl Ducharme Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 23, 2020 This never happened to Jack Bauer. “The Heroes’ Journey” is a moderately meta episode of SUPERNATURAL that is hilarious simply by finally acknowledging what has never been explicitly stated before: what we except as ordinary in Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) – their stamina, their ability to land punches, their health, even the fact that they never have car […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “The Trap”

Misha Collins as Castiel and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "The Trap" | ©2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Colin Bentley

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Jim Beaver, Rob Benedict, Kim Rhodes, Shoshannah Stern, Lisa Berry Writers: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 16, 2020 Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Eileen (Shoshannah Stern) wake up handcuffed to chairs in the now-empty casino where Chuck/God (Rob Benedict) has been holed up. Chuck explains that he’s been nudging Eileen towards Sam the whole time, including Sam finding the spell that resurrected her (though Chuck acknowledges Sam completed it on his own). Chuck needed someone who he […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASY ISLAND

FANTASY ISLAND movie poster | ©2020 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michael Pena, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker, Parisa Fitz-Henley Writers: Jeff Wadlow & Chris Roach & Jillian Jacobs, based on the TV series created by Gene Levitt Director: Jeff Wadlow Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: February 14, 2020 FANTASY ISLAND spends most of its running time urging viewers to try to figure out what’s going on here. This isn’t a problem of coherence, but rather setting up a mystery of how four seemingly unconnected plot strands will come together, and how exactly the island works. Consequently, FANTASY ISLAND […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) Collector’s Edition

MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) Blu-ray Collector's Edition | ©2020 Shout! Factory

Rating: R/Unrated Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck Writer: John Beaird based on a concept by Stephen Miller Director: George Mihalka Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $34.93 The 1981 slasher film MY BLOODY VALENTINE continues to have its fans and cult following after 39 years, but it’s also a film that was plagued by MPAA cuts upon its initial release. During the height of the slasher craze, there was a rash reaction to overthink the extreme violence in these horror movies and the hyper-realistic practical gore and kills which fans loved. Hence, the MPAA would slice, dice and […]Read On »

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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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Movie Review: COME TO DADDY

COME TO DADDY movie poster | ©2020 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Madeleine Sami, Garfield Wilson, Michael Smiley Writer: Toby Harvard, idea by Ant Timpson Director: Ant Timpson Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: February 7, 2020 COME TO DADDY is the kind of movie that causes a reviewer to think long and hard about how difficult it is to complete a movie and secure distribution. These things are no small achievement, and filmmakers who reach this finish line deserve congratulations. With this in mind, it should be noted that COME TO DADDY is shrewdly cast, very well-acted, and has clever twists, great production […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LODGE

THE LODGE movie poster | ©2020 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Riley Keogh, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone Writers: Sergio Casci and Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz Directors: Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz Distributor: Neon Release Date: January 31, 2020 The directing/writing team of Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz (they share script credit here with Sergio Casci) undeniably know their way around horror imagery and atmosphere. Eerie empty hallways, dolls that look too much like people, paintings that seem to sit in silent judgment – THE LODGE has it all. THE LODGE also has a good premise, but by the time what it is becomes […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Our Father, Who Aren’t In Heaven”

Ruth Connell as Rowena in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Our Father, Who Aren't In Heaven" | ©2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Colin Bentley

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Rob Benedict, Ruth Connell, Shoshannah Stern, Keith Szarabajka, Jake Abel, Anna Grace Barlow Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight Jr. Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: December 12, 2019 We’ve waited almost ten years for this, but Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchesters’ half-brother Adam (Jake Abel) is finally back, as is Michael, the archangel in Adam’s body (also Abel). Chuck (Rob Benedict) never really left, and a few other faces show up in “Our Father, Who Aren’t in Heaven.” […]Read On »

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