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Movie Review: MONSTERS AND MEN

MONSTERS AND MEN movie poster | ©2018 NEON/MoviePass Films

Rating: R Stars: Anthony Ramos, John David Washington, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Nicole Beharie, Cara Buono, Ron Morgan, Samel Edwards Writer: Reinaldo Marcus Green Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green Distributor: Neon/MoviePass Films Release Date: September 28, 2018 MONSTERS AND MEN tackles the serious subject of police shootings of unarmed people of color. Director/writer Reinaldo Marcus Green approaches his first full-length feature with great respect for his material, but less ability to make it dynamic. In MONSTERS AND MEN, the narrative moves through three New Yorkers, all affected in different ways by the death of beloved neighborhood figure Darius Larson (Samel Edwards). It’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 2 – New York Night!

Witney Carson and Milo Manheim on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danielle Umstead, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: October 1st, 2018 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 27 is off to a great “kick” start! Even judge Carrie Ann Inaba couldn’t believe that they were only on week two with such high caliber performances, which ended with a three way tie for first. Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke, Tinashe & Brandon Armstrong and Milo Manhein & Witney Carson danced their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HELL FEST

HELL FEST movie poster | ©2018 CBS Films/Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Matt Mercutio, Roby Attal, Tony Todd Writers: Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper, story by William Penick & Chris Sey and Stephen Susco Director: Gregory Plotnick Distributor: CBS Films/Lionsgate Release Date: September 28, 2018 HELL FEST belongs to a growing subset of horror movies set in and around Halloween festivals and mazes. (Case in point: HELL FEST should not be confused with the similarly-titled and set but differently plotted BLOOD FEST, released earlier this month.) Its production design, by Michael Perry, is so inventive and entertaining […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Nikki Glaser eliminated – Part 2

Gleb Savchenko and Nikki Glaser on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danielle Umstead, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Nikki Glaser, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: September 25th, 2018 The second night of the DANCING WITH THE STARS premiere week had the six lowest scoring, then five – John Schneider & Emma Slater were eventually let off the hook – couples dance off with judges’ scores and America’s votes to save them or cut them loose. The five couples danced the same dance from the previous night […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actress Emma Dumont talks about Polaris on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Emma Dumont plays Polaris/Lorna Dane in THE GIFTED - Season 2 - "coMplications" | ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

When the first season of Fox Networks’s THE GIFTED ended in May, the super-powered mutants of the X-MEN universe were bitterly divided. Some continue to want to make peace with the increasingly hostile human population, while others seek to put mutants first by violent means. When THE GIFTED Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, September 25, Emma Dumont’s metal-manipulating character Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, is solidly in the latter camp. Polaris brought down a private airplane containing a sadistically anti-mutant scientist. This commitment to the cause has made Emma decide to leave her pacifist lover Marcos, aka Eclipse (Sean Teale), even […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Thirteen couples battle it out – Part 1

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 Key Art | ©2018 ABC

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danielle Umstead, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Nikki Glaser, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: September 24th, 2018 In full season mode, thankfully, DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 27 began with lots of sex appeal, talent and determination. No oldies but goodies this season. The talent is through the roof impressive and to pick a clear front runner would be nearly impossible. Two, in fact, tied for first tonight with 23 points. Footballer DeMarcus Ware & […]Read On »

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9-1-1: Actor Aisha Hinds gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Aisha Hinds in 9-1-1 - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox/Mathieu Young

9-1-1, Fox Network’s drama about first responders in Los Angeles, starts its second season Monday nights with a rumble and a bang. The Big One earthquake hits L.A., and the police, paramedics and fire departments are worked to their limits. Aisha Hinds plays firefighter Henrietta “Hen” Wilson, who is best friends with Angela Bassett’s police officer Athena Grant. Hen’s marriage to Karen (Tracie Thoms) had some rumblings of its own last season when Hen’s one-night stand with her ex not only hurt Karen, but endangered the couple’s custody of their son. Hinds is no stranger to playing first responders – […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “War of the Worlds”

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "War of the Worlds" | ©2017 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, Osric Chau, David Haydn-Jones, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Christian Keyes, Farrah Aviva, Erica Cerra Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Leming-Ross, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight, Jr. Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 23, 2017 The SUPERNATURAL Season 13 episode “War of the Worlds” is not one to show to newbies, as it requires a lot of knowledge of what the hell (pun intended) is going on. In our world, powerful half-angel/half-human Jack (Alexander Calvert), worried that he might hurt his friends, has vanished to parts […]Read On »

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Movie Review: E-DEMON

E-DEMON poster | ©2018 Dark Cuts Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Julia Kelly, John Anthony Wylliams, Christopher Daftsios, Ryan Redebaugh, Lindsay Goranson, Jessica Renee Russell, Cedric Cannon, Vincent Cooper, Max Rhyser, Waltrudis Buck, Diane Tyler, Celine Justice Writer: Jeremy Wechter Director: Jeremy Wechter Distributor: Dark Cuts Entertainment Release Date: September 14, 2018 (Los Angeles theatrical and VOD); September 21, 2018 (New York theatrical) E-DEMON is the latest entry in the subgenre of webcam horror, a movie that takes place entirely in video chat and cell phone screens. There are enough of these films now to demonstrate that it’s a viable format, with good, bad, and indifferent examples of […]Read On »

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BREAK A HIP: Emmy winner Christina Pickles on her web series – Exclusive Interview

Christina Pickles | photo courtesy Christina Pickles

BREAK A HIP is a (so-far) two-season-long Web series that just picked up an Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama for leading lady Christina Pickles. In BREAK A HIP, Pickles plays Biz Brantly, an unhappily retired actress who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her much younger assistant Wincy, played by Britt Hennemuth. Pickles has been nominated for six previous Emmys, five for her supporting work as Nurse Helen Rosenthal on the medical drama ST. ELSEWHERE and one for her guest work in a comedy as Rachel and Ross’s mom on FRIENDS. Originally from England, Pickles has […]Read On »

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