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SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY: Showrunner Gillian Horvath on the new series based on the Jaymin Eve novels – Exclusive interview – Part 3

SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY - Season 1| ©2022 Peacock

SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY, the animated series based on Jaymin Eve’s novels and produced by 41 Entertainment, is now streaming its entire first season on Peacock. In Part 3 of our exclusive interview with show runner Gillian Horvath, she talks about real-world analogies, what makes SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY distinctive in its take on a classic premise, and possibilities for Season 2. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you decide on doing sixteen half-hour episodes? GILLIAN HORVATH: It wound up being sixteen half-hours, but was originally conceived as eight hourlong episodes to cover the storyline. We pitched it to just a few places, and Peacock was on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OUTFIT

THE OUTFIT Movie Poster | ©2022 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, Dylan O’Brien, Johnny Flynn, Simon Russell Beale, Nikki Amuka-Bird Writers: Johnathan McClain & Graham Moore Director: Graham Moore Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: March 18, 2022 THE OUTFIT has a title with at least two meanings (if not more). One is a reference to the shadowy criminal organization that looms large in the background here. The other is an actual outfit, i.e., a man’s suit. We’re in 1956 Chicago. Presumably, we know we’re in for a thriller. We are introduced via voiceover to gentlemen’s suit-maker Leonard (Mark Rylance); he is a cutter and […]Read On »

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SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY: Showrunner Gillian Horvath on the animated magic series – Exclusive interview – Part 2

SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY - Season 1| ©2022 Peacock

SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY is now streaming the entirety of its first season on Peacock. Based on the bestselling novels by Jaymin Eve, the animated series produced by 41 Entertainment focuses on twin sisters Jessa and Mischa, as they navigate the magic-filled high school and a growing threat to the known world. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, show runner Gillian Horvath talks about the differences between writing for animation and live action, magical ethnicities, and more. ASSIGNMENT X: Is SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY your first job writing for animation? GILLIAN HORVATH: I’ve done one or two freelance animation scripts before, but in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR Blu-ray | ©2022 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lonnie Chavis, Ezra Dewey, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Scott Michael Foster, Micah Hauptman Writers: David Charbonier & Justin Powell Directors: Justin Powell & David Charbonier Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: July 29, 2021 theatrical/Shudder/ March 15, 2022, home video and digital THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR treads the tightrope of its subject matter remarkably well. There are actually two preteen boys, Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and Kevin (Ezra Dewey), in the film. We meet them both bound and gagged in the trunk of a car being driven to an isolated house. We flash back to six hours […]Read On »

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SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY: Showrunner Gillian Horvath on the new Peacock animated series – Exclusive interview – Part 1

SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY Key Art - Season 1 | ©2022 Peacock

SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY is a new animated series, based on the bestselling books by Jaymin Eve. The series, produced by 41 Entertainment, is now streaming its first season of sixteen half-hour episodes on Peacock. In SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY, twin sisters Jessa (voiced by Larissa Dias) and Mischa (voiced by Gigi Saul Guerrero) were separated shortly after their birth by their parents, Jonathon (voiced by Alessandro Juliani) and Lienda (voiced by Barbara Kottmeier) for reasons we learn during the show. Now sixteen, Jessa is enrolled in the Supernatural Academy in Stratford, happy about her wolf shifter powers and good friends with many of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NO EXIT

NO EXIT Poster | ©2022 20th Century Studios/Hulu

Rating: R Stars: Havana Rose Liu, Danny Ramirez, David Rysdahl, Dale Dickey, Mila Harris, Dennis Haysbert Writers: Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, based on the novel by Taylor Adams Director: Damien Power Distributor: 20th Century Studios/Hulu Release Date: February 25, 2022 NO EXIT, now streaming on Hulu, is gratifyingly tight. Director Damien Power and writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari have adapted Taylor Adams’s novel into a no-frills thriller that packs in a lot of suspense with a small cast and few locations. At the start, we meet Darby (Havana Rose Liu). Darby is a young woman unhappily doing a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BATMAN

THE BATMAN Poster | ©2022 Warner Bros./DC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson, Gil Perez-Abraham Writers: Matt Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, for DC Comics Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 4, 2022 THE BATMAN is not the longest superhero movie ever made. However, at two hours and fifty-five minutes, it’s a contender for the longest movie made about a lone superhero. (The AVENGERS movies and JUSTICE LEAGUE were about groups.) What’s surprising about THE BATMAN isn’t so […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT movie poster | ©2022 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Emma Fitzpatrick, Angela Gulner, Jennifer Lafleur, Sibongile Mlambo, Corina Kinnear Writers: Emma Fitzpatrick & Gia Elliot Director: Gia Elliot Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: March 4, 2022 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT clearly has its heart in the right place. The closing credits start with phone numbers for real-world rape survivor and suicide hotlines. The film also has a tricky but potentially intriguing premise. What if a woman was assaulted by a literal monster? Director Gia Elliot co-wrote the TAKE BACK THE NIGHT screenplay with lead actor Emma Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick plays Jane, who goes online by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ASKING FOR IT

ASKING FOR IT movie poster | ©2022 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Kiersey Clemons, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Ezra Miller, Gabourey Sidibe, Radha Mitchell, Casey Cott, Leslie Stratton, Luke Hemsworth, Wayne Dehart, David Patrick Kelly, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Casey Camp-Horinek Writer: Eamon O’Rourke Director: Eamon O’Rourke Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: March 4, 2022 ASKING FOR IT has the vibe of a ‘70s indie film that is blissfully unafraid to blend genres and tones. Directed and written by Eamon O’Rourke, ASKING FOR IT is in theory and practice a rape revenge action flick. However, it’s also a celebration of young female bonding, idyllic hip-hop counterculture, and a type of […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa on the Season 6 premiere – Exclusive Interview – Part 3

Tom Ellis as Lucifer in LUCIFER - Season 5 - "It Never Ends Well For the Chicken" |©2020 Netflix/John P. Fleenor

LUCIFER’s sixth and final season – now streaming on Netflix with all previous seasons – had some new challenges. Among these was how to keep in line with the show’s procedural format now that detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) and her consultant (among other things) Lucifer (Tom Ellis) had left the police force, in anticipation of Lucifer becoming God. Co-executive producer Mike Costa wrote the LUCIFER Season 6 premiere, “Nothing Ever Changes Around Here.” The episode has Lucifer and Chloe going to the Magic Castle (a real establishment in Hollywood) to see magicians perform, only to get caught up in […]Read On »

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