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GENERATION: Actress Nava Mau on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Nava Mau in GENERATION - Season 1 | ©2021 HBO/Warrick Page

GENERATION is dropping new episodes of its first season every Thursday on HBO Max. The series, created by Zelda Barnz & Daniel Barnz, follows the lives of a group of high school students in Anaheim, CA. Nava Mau plays Ana, the nurturing aunt of Greta (Haley Sanchez). Despite Ana’s encouragement, Greta has been struggling with her sexuality, torn between classmate Riley (Chase Sui Wonders) and the more outgoing Lucia (Marisela Zumbado). Both Ana and Greta have been dreading the return of Sela (Patricia De Leon), Ana’s sister and Greta’s mother. Sela was deported to Guatemala, but is now returning legally. […]Read On »

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SHARKFEST: Expert Valerie Taylor and filmmaker Sally Aitken on SHARK BEACH and PLAYING WITH SHARKS – Exclusive interview

Chris Hemsworth in SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH |©2021 National Geographic/Craig Parry

SHARKFEST kicks off its ninth edition on Monday, July 5, with its biggest celebration of the marine predators so far. This SHARKFEST last for six weeks, with programming across four cable networks – National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and Disney XD – as well as Disney+. First up is SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH, premiering Monday, July 5. The actor teams up with expert Valerie Taylor to swim with some sharks off the Australian coast, as well as talking with various scientists and authorities on the animals. On Friday, July 13, PLAYING WITH SHARKS: THE VALERIE TAYLOR […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WEREWOLVES WITHIN

WEREWOLVES WITHIN movie poster | ©2021 IFC Films

Rating: R Stars: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Harvey Guillėn, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtin, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Wayne Duvall, Rebecca Henderson, Glenn Fleshler Writer: Mishna Wolff, based on the Ubisoft videogame Director: Josh Ruben Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: June 25, 2021 WEREWOLVES WITHIN starts off promisingly, by making a Mr. Rogers quote seem scary. It at first seems like director Josh Ruben and writer Mishna Wolff, in a very loose adaptation of the Ubisoft videogame of the title, are aiming for a HOWLING/LOST BOYS-type groove, with some CLUE in the foundation. After a prologue in […]Read On »

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MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM: Actress Ashley Nicole Williams – Exclusive Interview

Ashley Nicole Williams in MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM - Season 2| ©2021 Freeform/David Bukach

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM is now in its second season, Tuesday nights on Freeform. Created by Eliot Laurence, MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM is set in a present where the world’s armies are entirely comprised of magic-using witches. In the United States, the armed forces are headed up by General Alder (Lyne Renee). Ashley Nicole Williams plays Abigail Bellweather, a young witch of impeccable military pedigree and great ambition. Over the course of the first season, Abigail came to bond with the other two young witches in her unit, Tally Craven (Jessica Sutton) and Raelle Collar (Taylor Hickson). How, the three are together […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE EVIL NEXT DOOR (ANDRA SIDAN)

THE EVIL NEXT DOOR movie poster | ©2021 Magnet Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Dilan Gwyn, Eddie Ericksson Dominguez, Linus Wahlgren Writers: Tord Danielsson & Oskar Mellander Directors: Tord Danielsson & Oskar Mellander Distributor: Magnet Releasing Release Date: June 25, 2021 THE EVIL NEXT DOOR (original title ANDRA SIDAN) has an opening title card that informs us the film is “inspired by real events.” An online search did not immediately turn up any results, even when the onscreen dates are added. At a guess, THE EVIL NEXT DOOR may bear the same relation to reality as THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. In any event, we’re in Sweden (with subtitles for those of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: F9: THE FAST SAGA

F9: THE FAST SAGA movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena Writers: Daniel Casey & Justin Lin, story by Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello and Daniel Casey, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 25, 2021  F9: THE FAST SAGA is, as its title suggests, the ninth film (okay, the tenth if you count 2019’s spinoff FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW) in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise. This all began with 2001’s THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, a relatively […]Read On »

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GENERATION: Creators Daniel Barnz and Zelda Barnz on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Chloe East, Uly Schlesinger, Nathanya Alexander, Haley Sanchez, Lukita Maxwell, Chase Sui Wonders, Justice Smith, Sydney Mae Diaz in GENERATION - Season 1 | ©2021 HBO/Warrick Page

GENERATION – or GENERA+ION – dropped the second half of its first season on Thursday, June 17, on HBO Max. Created by the father and daughter writing/producing team of Daniel Barnz and Zelda Barnz, with Daniel Barnz directing some episodes and his husband/Zelda’s father Ben Barnz as a fellow executive producer, GENERATION explores the intertwined lives of a group of Southern California high school students, as well as some of their teachers and friends. Twins Nathan (Uly Schlesinger) and Naomi (Chloe East) go between being soulmates and mortal enemies. Nathan is starting to realize he may be more gay than […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN THE HEIGHTS

IN THE HEIGHTS Movie Poster | ©2021 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Diaz IV, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Marc Anthony, Lin-Manuel Miranda Writer: Quiara Alegria Hudes, original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on the stage musical, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, concept by Lin-Manuel Miranda Director: Jon M. Chu Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 11, 2021 IN THE HEIGHTS is a big, bright, mostly cheerful movie musical. Perhaps because it’s on screen, as opposed to in its original stage incarnation, it feels a little like a condensed, singing version of working-class […]Read On »

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MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM: Creator Eliot Laurence gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM - Season 2 Key Art | ©2021 Freeform

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM flies into its second season on Freeform on Tuesday, June 22, with weekly episodes airing thereafter. Created by Eliot Laurence, MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM imagines a world in which the Salem witches pledged allegiance to what would become the United States Army in exchange for their lives. Led now, as then, by the unaging General Alder (Lyne Renee), the Army consists entirely of witches. All witches are legally bound to serve in the Army (they are led by women, but there are separate corps of men, with marriages intended to produce witch children), and every country in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE VIGIL

THE VIGIL movie poster | ©2021 IFC Midnight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen, Fred Melamed, Ronald Cohen Writer: Keith Thomas Director: Keith Thomas Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: February 26, 2021 THE VIGIL, originally released theatrically in February, is now available on Hulu. Most religious horror films are based in Catholicism, Christianity, paganism, or Satanism. THE VIGIL is therefore comparatively uncommon, as it centers around Orthodox Judaism. Specifically, THE VIGIL focuses on the real-world tradition of having a Shomer, or watchman, sit with the corpse of a newly deceased person. The Shomer recites prayers intended to comfort the deceased’s soul and ward […]Read On »

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