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MARS: Actor Esai Morales and showrunner Dee Johnson chat Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Esai Morales in Season 2 of MARS | ©2018 National Georgraphic/Dusan Martincek

National Geographic Channel’s series MARS has been described as a hybrid. Now in its second season on Monday nights, MARS employs both scripted drama and documentary footage to explore how what is happening in the real world today could be mirrored when humanity attempts to colonize a new planet. Dee Johnson is the Season 2 show runner and an executive producer on MARS. Esai Morales (who coincidentally portrayed another Earth-originated dweller of another planet as a series regular on CAPRICA) plays wealthy industrialist Roland St. John, whose company clashes with the scientists already in residence on Mars. Both Johnson and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner Writer: J.K. Rowling, based on characters created by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 16, 2018 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD is set in 1927, one year after the events of its immediate predecessor, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, which was released two years ago. Both films are set in what is now to be known as WIZARDING WORLD, aka the HARRY POTTER universe. Got all that? Good, because FANTASTIC BEASTS: […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WIDOWS

WIDOWS movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Carrie Coon, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, John Michael Hill, Jacki Weaver Writers: Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen Director: Steve McQueen Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: November 16, 2018 WIDOWS started as a 1983 British miniseries written by Lydia LaPlante (creator of PRIME SUSPECT). It got a 2002 American remake as an ABC TV miniseries. Now director Steve McQueen and his co-writer Gillian Flynn have brought WIDOWS to the big screen in a new adaptation. It starts out tense and […]Read On »

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CAMPING: Co-creator Jenni Konner on new HBO comedy series – Exclusive Interview

CAMPING - Season 1 Key Art | ©2018 HBO

HBO’s Sunday-night half-hour comedy CAMPING is based on a British series of the same name, which was created by Julia Davis. Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, who both serve as executive producers on the new edition, adapted the American version for HBO. Jennifer Garner stars as ultra-controlling Kathryn McSorley-Jodell, who plans a group camping trip to celebrate the fortieth birthday of mild-mannered husband Walt (David Tennant). The excursion brings out the worst in everyone. Konner, who was also a executive producer on HBO’s GIRLS with Dunham (the two ended their creative partnership earlier this year), directed several episodes of CAMPING, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 8 – Semi Finals – Early exit for great dancer Juan Pablo Di Pace

Jenna Johnson and Joe "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, Milo Manheim, Joe Amabile, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: November 12th, 2018 In all the 27 seasons of DANCING WITH THE STARS this is perhaps the worst premature elimination I have ever seen. I am speechless. Possibly one of the greatest performers to ever hit that stage Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke were unjustly eliminated while on the opposite side of the fence Joe Amiable & Jenna Johnson were rightly eliminated. Not only did Di Pace & Burke receive two perfect scores for the night, but […]Read On »

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: Michael Cudlitz on his new series and THE WALKING DEAD – Interview

Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary in THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - Season 1| ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

In ABC’s new half-hour comedy THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT on Tuesday nights, creator Tim Doyle looks back at his own childhood. Doyle grew up in the ‘70s in Southern California as one of eight boys in a working-class Irish-Catholic family. In THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, the family patriarch, Mike Cleary, is played by Michael Cudlitz. Cudlitz played the late, lamented Abraham Ford on THE WALKING DEAD; before that, he starred in four seasons of SOUTHLAND as dedicated but painkiller-addicted LAPD Officer John Cooper. ASSIGNMENT X: Does THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT remind you at all of your own childhood? MICHAEL CUDLITZ: […]Read On »

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MARS: JiHae gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

MARS - Season 2 Key Art |©2018 National Geographic

MARS has its second season premiere on National Geographic Monday, November 12. The series, executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is an unusual blend of scripted drama and documentary footage as it tells of the first colony on Mars. Actors portray scientists and colonists, whose adventures are intercut with interviews with real scientists and astronauts. Documentary coverage of clashes between science and industry in areas like the Arctic Circle are contrasted with similar imagined conflicts on the Red Planet. JiHae (pronounced JEE-hay) portrays twin sisters Hana and Joon Seung. Hana is an American pilot and systems engineer on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Sverrir Gudnason, Stephen Merchant, Vicky Krieps, Cameron Britton, Christopher Convery Writers: Jay Basu & Fede Alvarez and Steven Knight, based on the novel by David Lagercrantz, based on characters created by Stieg Larsson Director: Fede Alvarez Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 9, 2018 THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB: A NEW DRAGON TATTOO STORY is a continuation of the Lisbeth Salander saga. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz. That novel was in turn based on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO trilogy of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OVERLORD

OVERLORD movie poster | ©2018 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Iain De Caestecker, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite, Glanny Taufer, Bokeem Woodbine Writers: Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, story by Billy Ray Director: Julius Avery Distributor: Paramount Release Date: November 9, 2018 OVERLORD is a new entry in the rich tradition of mixing Nazis and horror. Unlike most other entries in this often low-budget subgenre, OVERLORD is not only comparatively well-funded, but it also works throughout as a pretty good WWII combat mission movie, albeit with some super-gory twists. We see OVERLORD mostly from the viewpoint of […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 7 – Country Night – Team Dances – John Schneider and DeMarcus Ware go home in double elimination

Emma Slater and John Schneider on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Joe Amabile, John Schneider, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: November 5th, 2018 Whoa little darlin,’ there is something in them thar water on DANCING WITH THE STARS that’s keeping BACHELOR Joe Amiable & Jenna Johnson alive on the dance floor and it sure ain’t them scores! Despite constantly being at the bottom of the leader board, Amiable & Johnson continue to thrive, survive, week after week. And now they have made it to the semi finals. Somebody fix this! Sadly, the country boy at […]Read On »

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