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THIS CLOSE: Creators-stars Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

THIS CLOSE - Season 2 Key Art | ©2019 SundanceTV

In THIS CLOSE, which premieres its second season on Sundance TV Thursday, September 12 (its first season streamed online, as did its precursor FRIDAYS), series creators Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman star as, respectively, Kate and Michael. Kate and Michael are the kind of thirtysomething best friends in Los Angeles who know each other so well that they’re capable of driving one another crazy. They are also dealing with significant others who are jealous of their bond, work issues and Josh’s drinking. One other element of the dramedy: both the creators and their characters are deaf. Stern, a native Californian, […]Read On »

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THE TERROR: INFAMY: Costume designer J.R. Hawbaker and director of photography John Conroy on the latest season – Exclusive Interview

Cristina Rodlo as Luz Ojeda in THE TERROR: INFAMY | ©2019 AMC/Ed Araquel

In THE TERROR: INFAMY, Monday nights on AMC, a vengeful spirit from the old country stalks Japanese-Americans who have been confined to an internment camp by the American government during World War II. With so many different cultural influences coming together within the story, both costume designer J.R. Hawbaker and cinematographer John Conroy had a number of specific challenges on the series. Hawbaker and, more briefly, Conroy talk about their work on THE TERROR: INFAMY. ASSIGNMENT X: How many different types of costumes did you have to create? You’ve got the spirit, who seems to be from a previous era, […]Read On »

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MR. MERCEDES: Executive producer and director Jack Bender on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

MR MERCEDES Season 3 key art | ©2019 AT&T Audience Network

In Season 3 of MR. MERCEDES, premiering Tuesday September 10 on AT&T Audience Network, mass murderer Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) is dead, but private detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) is still on the case. For one thing, Hodges feels responsible for the fact that Lou Linklatter (Breeda Wool) is in jail for killing Brady. Bill and Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe), his partner in the Finders Keepers detective agency, are trying to help Lou when another case crops up. Bill’s favorite author, Henry Rothstein (Bruce Dern) has been murdered in a home invasion robbery. We know, though Bill doesn’t yet, that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHT HUNTER

NIGHT HUNTER movie poster | ©2019 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Minka Kelly, Ben Kingsley, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Eliana Jones, Sara Thompson, Brendan Fletcher, Emma Tremblay Writer: David Raymond Director: David Raymond Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: September 6, 2019 NIGHT HUNTER is one of those internationally-made thrillers that is competent and well-cast enough to be diverting, but without a solid structure. Set in Minneapolis (and shot in Canada), NIGHT HUNTER stars Henry Cavill, using his real-life English accent, as police homicide detective Marshall, who has been tracking a prolific rapist/murderer for years. Marshall crosses paths with former judge Cooper (Ben […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IT CHAPTER TWO

IT CHAPTER 2 movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor Writer: Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Andy Muschietti Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 6, 2019 As its title indicates, IT CHAPTER TWO is a sequel to 2017’s IT. Both are adapted from Stephen King’s novel. IT director Andy Muschietti is back, as is screenwriter Gary Dauberman (credited solo this time after being one of three writers credited on […]Read On »

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THE VICTIM: Kelly Macdonald and STV Productions executive Paul Sheehan discuss the British mini-series – Exclusive Interview

Kelly MacDonald in THE VICTIM | ©2019 Britbox

In Britbox’s four-part drama THE VICTIM, shown earlier this year on the BBC, Kelly Macdonald plays Anna Dean, a married mother in Edinburgh, Scotland. Anna and her husband Lenny (Jamie Sives) have two remaining young children, but Anna has never recovered emotionally from the murder of her elder son. When the boy’s presumed killer is free, Anna is accused of identifying him online, which leads to the man being beaten almost to death. Is he actually the killer? And whether he is or not, are Anna’s actions justified? John Hannah plays the police detective looking into the matter. Macdonald, herself […]Read On »

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SNOWFALL: Writer-producer Walter Mosley on Season 3 and remembering director John Singleton – Exclusive Interview

Carter Hudson as Teddy McDonald, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in SNOWFALL - Season 3 - "Confessions" | ©2019 FX/Ray Mickshaw

FX’s SNOWFALL, now in its third season on Wednesday nights and renewed for a fourth, is a drama that chronicles the catastrophic convergence of drug dealers and the CIA in South Central Los Angeles during the 1980s. SNOWFALL was created by Eric Amadio, the late John Singleton, and Dave Andron. At the outset, Singleton brought in best-selling novelist Walter Mosley to come aboard as a writer/producer. Mosley has created a number of iconic series of mystery novels, including those featuring his protagonists Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. He won an Edgar Award for his novel DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE […]Read On »

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THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES: Creator and star Danny McBride on Season 1 – Interview

THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES - Season 1 Key Art - Danny McBride | ©2019 HBO

Having taken on football in his previous series EASTBOUND & DOWN and high school office politics in VICE PRINCIPALS, both for HBO, creator/executive producer/star Danny McBride returns to the network with his new Sunday-night dark comedy THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES. The Gemstones are a family running a massively financially successful evangelical ministry. Patriarch Eli Gemstone (John Goodman) is mourning the death of his wife, which doesn’t stop him from indulging in a few less-than-saintly activities. McBride plays Jesse Gemstone, one of Eli’s sons. As an actor, McBride is also known for his work in feature films including THE FOOT FIST WAY, […]Read On »

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PEARSON: Eli Goree chats about the new SUITS spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Eli Goree is Derrick Mayes in PEARSON - Season 1 | ©2019 USA/Richie Knapp

In USA’s freshman Wednesday-night series PEARSON, spun off from the network’s long-running SUITS, Gina Torres reprises her role as Jessica Pearson. No longer a New York City lawyer, Pearson has moved back to her home town of Chicago to become a fixer for the mayor’s office. Here, Pearson encounters mayoral aide Derrick Mayes, played by Eli Goree. Derrick is an idealist, who is eager to assist Pearson in breaking rules, so long as he thinks it’s for a good cause. Goree [pronounced Gore-AY], originally from Canada, has had a strong few years as an actor, with recurring roles on BALLERS, […]Read On »

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BRITBOX: Network President Soumya Sriraman on the U.S. streaming service and more – Exclusive Interview

BRITBOX Network President Soumya Sriraman | courtesy of Britbox

Launched in 2017, Britbox is a streaming service dedicated to bringing the best of BBC and ITV fare to the United States. Soumya Sriraman (first name rhymes with “home ya” and surname is pronounced Sree-rah-man), President of Britbox North America, sits down for an extensive discussion of the company that brings an enormous amount of British television to U.S. viewers. ASSIGNMENT X: What made U.K. TV networks BBC and ITV decide to join hands and create Britbox? SOUMYA SRIRAMAN: It kind of had to be done. The thing that both BBC and ITV have done for a long time is […]Read On »

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