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RESIDENT ALIEN: Actor Alex Barima on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Alex Barima of RESIDENT ALIEN | ©2021 Dale Klippenstein

RESIDENT ALIEN is a live-action series based on the graphic Dark Horse Comics novel by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, adapted for television by Chris Sheridan. The show has its first-season finale on Syfy, Wednesday, March 31; it has been renewed for a second season. The Resident Alien in question is an extraterrestrial who was tasked with destroying human life on Earth, but accidentally crash-landed in a small mountain town in Colorado. Assuming the form of town doctor Harry Vanderspeigle, the alien is confused by human behavior, but find that he likes people – which is at odds with his […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CRISIS

CRISIS Movie Poster | ©2021 Quiver Distribution

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Guy Nadon, Michelle Rodriguez, Greg Kinnear, Indira Varma, Mia Kirschner, Luke Evans, Scott Mescudi Writer: Nicholas Jarecki Director: Nicholas Jarecki Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: February 26, 2021 CRISIS is a well-intentioned and-well shot – on 35mm, no less – thriller about the opioid epidemic. Director/writer Nicholas Jarecki has a lot on his mind here – so much, in fact, that he’s got three distinct plotlines running here. One of these never links up with the other two, which is among the film’s several problems. A serene, snowy landscape is interrupted […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Creator Bryan Fuller on fan reaction, theme and more – Exclusive Interview – Part 3

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in HANNIBAL - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

This story was originally posted on ASSIGNMENT X  on July 9, 2015 and is being reprinted to highlight the series re-airing on Amazon Prime. In the final part of Assignment X’s reprint of our exclusive interview with Bryan Fuller, which originally ran July 9, 2015, the HANNIBAL executive producer/show runner/creator – adapting from Thomas Harris’ novels – talks about fan reaction, food as a narrative theme and more. The series ran for three years, 2013-2015, on NBC, and is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. AX: Is there anything about the fan reaction to HANNIBAL that has surprised […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WINTER LAKE

THE WINTER LAKE poster | ©2021 Epic Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Anson Boon, Charlie Murphy, Emma Mackey, Michael McElhatton, Mark McKenna Writer: David Turpin Director: Phil Sheerin Distributor: Epic Pictures Release Date: March 5, 2021 (theatrical); March 9, 2021 (digital) THE WINTER LAKE begins with an underwater shot of a human body on the bottom of a lake. Most of the rest of the film is concerned with how this came to be. Teenager Tom (Anson Boon) and his young single mother Elaine (Charlie Murphy) move back to the rural country home of Elaine’s great-grandfather after the old man’s death. Tom is nearly silent, and Elaine is […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Creator Bryan Fuller on the cult series adapted from the Thomas Harris novels – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

HANNIBAL | ©2013 NBC

This story was originally posted on ASSIGNMENT X  on July 3, 2015 and is being reprinted to highlight the series re-airing on Amazon Prime. HANNIBAL originally ran on NBC for three seasons, 2013-2015. It is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. Executive producer Bryan Fuller, who has adapted Thomas Harris’ novels about the charismatic, cannibalistic serial killer of the title, played here by Mads Mikkelsen, told various news outlets at the time of the show’s cancellation that “NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared,” expressing his gratitude to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON movie poster | ©2021 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Alan Tudyk Writers: Qui Nguyen & Adele Lim, story by Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos Lopez Estrada, Kiel Murray, Qui Nguyen, John Ripa, Dean Wellins, story ideas by Bradley Raymond, additional story contributions by Helen Kalafatic Directors: Don Hall & Carlos Lopez Estrada, co-directors, Paul Briggs & John Ripa Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 5, 2021 RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON is a charming animated quest that goes more or less exactly where we’d expect. It moves […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WRONG TURN 2021

WRONG TURN | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Charlotte Vega, Adain Bradley, Matthew Modine, David Hutchison, Emma Dumont, Dylan McTee, Vardaan Arora, Adrian Favela, Tim deZarn Writer: Alan McElroy Director: Mike P. Nelson Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: February 23, 2021 WRONG TURN 2021 is in theory a remake of the much-sequelized 2003 WRONG TURN. It even has the same writer, Alan McElroy. However, while it has the same general premise – a group of young, attractive people go into the woods and have trouble with the folks who live there – it doesn’t have exactly the same plot, or even exactly the same genre. Indeed, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SINNERS

THE SINNERS movie poster | ©2021 Brainstorm Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kaitlin Bernard, Brenna Llewellyn, Brenna Coates, Aleks Paunovic, Tahmoh Penikett, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Eklund, Keilani Rose, Jasmine Randhawa, Natalie Malaika, Carly Fawcett, Jerry Trimble, Loretta Walsh, James Neate, Elysia Rotaru, Dylan Playfair, Jen Araki Writers: Courtney Paige & Erin Hazlehurst & Madison Smith, story by Courtney Paige Director: Courtney Paige Distributor: Brainstorm Media Release Date: February 19, 2021 THE SINNERS is one of those movies where the direction is better than the acting. Debuting feature director Courtney Paige creates beautiful, rich images, and gets good performances from her cast. The script she wrote with Erin Hazlehurst […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MAURITANIAN

THE MAURITANIAN movie poster |©2020 STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley Writers: M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshrvani, screen story by M.B. Traven, based on the book GUANTANAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, edited by Larry Siems Director: Kevin Macdonald Distributor: STX Films Release Date: February 12, 2021 THE MAURITANIAN is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s nonfiction book GUANTANAMO DIARY (edited by Larry Siems, as is noted in the credits), which details his decade-plus of detention in that facility. The film, directed by Kevin Macdonald from a screenplay by M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshrvani, screen […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH movie poster | ©2020 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Darnnell Britt-Gibson, Lil Rel Howery, Dominique Thorne, Martin Sheen, Robert Longstreet Writers: Will Berson & Shaka King, story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas Director: Shaka King Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 12, 2021 JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH concerns two real-life figures, 1960s Black activist Fred Hampton, and FBI informant William O’Neal. We’re in 1968 Chicago, with periodic interview sequences set later, in 1989. As depicted here (and as discernable in the historical record), Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) […]Read On »

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