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9-1-1: LONE STAR: Brian Michael Smith on playing a Chicago firefighter in Texas – Exclusive Interview

Brian Michael Smith as Paul Strickland in 9-1-1: LONE STAR - Season 1 - "Act of God" | ©2020 Fox/Jack Zeman

Fox’s 9-1-1: LONE STAR has its two-hour Season 1 finale on Monday, March 9. The series, spun off from 9-1-1 (which returns Monday, March 16), concerns first responders in Austin, Texas. Brian Michael Smith plays firefighter Paul Strickland, who has moved to Austin in order to be part of Station 126. Smith, originally from Michigan, has been a series regular on QUEEN SUGAR, THE L WORD: GENERATION Q, AFTER, and the Web series EASY. Smith also previously played a firefighter in an episode of DETOUR. ASSIGNMENT X: Talking with Jacqueline Toboni about her work in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BANKER

THE BANKER movie poster | ©2020 Apple TV+

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, Jessie T. Usher, Colm Meaney, Scott Johnson Writers: Niceole R. Levy & George Nolfi and David Lewis Smith & Stan Younger, story by Brad Kane and David Lewis Smith & Stan Younger Director: George Nolfi Distributor: Apple TV+ Release Date: March 6, 2020 (theatrical); March 20, 2020 (Apple TV+) THE BANKER is based on the real-life story of Bernard S. Garrett (played here by Anthony Mackie) and Joseph B. Morris (Samuel L. Jackson). The two men joined forces to become real estate magnates and eventually bankers in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ONWARD

ONWARD Movie Poster | ©2020 Pixar/Walt Disney

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez Writers: Dan Scanlon & Jason Headley & Keith Bunin Director: Dan Scanlon Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: March 6, 2020 ONWARD is the latest offering from the combined forces of Pixar and Disney. The animated fantasy is consistently entertaining, funny, well-structured, and surprisingly deft in its handling of emotional issues. We are introduced to the world (and it’s literally a different world than ours – note the two moons in the sky) of ONWARD by Ian Lightfoot (voiced by Tom Holland). Ian is a sixteen-year-old elf […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUN THIS TOWN

RUN THIS TOWN Movie Poster | ©2020 Quiver Distribution

Rating: R Stars: Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Damian Lewis, Nina Dobrev, Scott Speedman, Jennifer Ehle Writer: Ricky Tollman Director: Ricky Tollman Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: March 6, 2020 RUN THIS TOWN is an oddly structured piece that is, and yet is not, about a real-life political scandal. Set in 2013, the film, written and directed by Ricky Tollman, broadly concerns the downfall of Toronto, Canada mayor Rob Ford (played here by an unrecognizable Damian Lewis). Tollman tells the story partly from the point of view of rookie reporter Bram (Ben Platt) and partly from that of one of Ford’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA

ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA movie poster | ©2020 Momentum Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter Writers: Francis Annan & L.H. Adams, based on the book by Tim Jenkin Director: Francis Annan Distributor: Momentum Pictures Release Date: March 6, 2020 ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA, based on the nonfiction book by Tim Jenkin, tells the fact-based story of the title action embarked on by Jenkin (played here by Daniel Radcliffe), Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), and another compatriot (Alex Moumbaris in reality, fictionalized here as Leonard, played by Mark Leonard Winter). As they say in court, let us stipulate for the record that, of all the events […]Read On »

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CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS: Dr. Terrence Ferguson and Dr. Vernard L. Hodges talk about new docu-series – Exclusive Interview

Dr. Terrence Ferguson and Dr. Vernard L. Hodges in CRITTER FIXERS - COUNTRY VETS | ©2020 NatGeo

Critter Fixers is the name of the veterinary practice founded twenty years ago by Dr. Terrence Ferguson and Dr. Vernard L. Hodges. CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS is the title of National Geographic Channel’s documentary series, premiering Saturday, March 7, about the two veterinarians, their clinics, and their community. Both men hope that CRITTER FIXERS will not only inspire people to take better care of their pets, but also to inspire young black viewers to want to be veterinarians. DR VERNARD L. HODGES: We’re from Warner Robins in central Georgia, which is probably about a hundred miles south of Atlanta. ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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DEPUTY: Director and executive producer David Ayer on the new Fox drama series – Exclusive Interview

Stephen Dorff in DEPUTY - Season 1 "10-8: Paperwork" | ©2020 Fox/Richard Foreman

Fox’s freshman Thursday-night drama DEPUTY deals with what happens when Los Angeles county Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bill Hollister (played by Stephen Dorff) is unexpectedly made acting sheriff. The series is created by Will Beall, but executive producers David Ayer and Chris Long had a lot of input into DEPUTY’s formation. Ayer directed the pilot and Episode 2, “Outlaws.” Ayer, a Navy veteran who served on a nuclear submarine, is known for his work on feature films, many of which have law enforcement themes. He served as writer and director on the acclaimed LAPD drama END OF WATCH, and wrote the […]Read On »

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OUTMATCHED: Jason Biggs talks new Fox comedy – Exclusive Interview

Jason Biggs as Mike in OUTMATCHED - Season 1| ©2020 Fox/Robert Trachtenberg

In Fox’s new comedy OUTMATCHED, on Thursday nights, Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson play Mike and Kay. Mike and Kay are a loving married couple with four children. Three of the children are certified geniuses, which makes life a little challenging for their intellectually normal parents. Biggs, originally from New Jersey, became famous for starring in the raunchy AMERICAN PIE feature film franchise. Biggs’s TV credits include series regular roles on TOTAL SECURITY, MAD LOVE, and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, as well as voicing Leonardo on the 2012-2014 of the animated TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. ASSIGNMENT X: Is OUTMATCHED […]Read On »

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BREEDERS: Co-creators Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison on the new FX comedy – Exclusive Interview

Martin Freeman as Paul. in BREEDERS - Season 1| ©2020 FX/Pamela Littky

BREEDERS premieres its ten-episode first season on FX on Monday, March 2, and it thereafter available on FX on Hulu. The comedy about the sometimes exasperating ups and downs of parenting young children is seen through the eyes of English couple Paul, played by Martin Freeman, and Ally, played by Daisy Haggard. BREEDERS was reportedly inspired by a dream Freeman had about his real-life experiences as a father. Freeman created BREEDERS with fellow Britons writer/executive producer Simon Blackwell (Oscar-nominated for the IN THE LOOP screenplay and an Emmy winner for his work on VEEP; other credits include HBO’s current AVENUE […]Read On »

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9-1-1: LONE STAR: Rafael Silva on the new 9-1-1 spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Rafael Silva as Carlos Reyes in 9-1-1: Lone Star - Season 1 | ©2020 Fox/Drew Hermann

9-1-1: LONE STAR follows emergency services workers in Austin Texas. The 9-1-1 spinoff wraps up its first season on Monday, March 9. So far, the series primarily follows the firefighters of Firehouse 126, but we also see paramedics and police. Rafael Silva plays police officer Carlos Reyes, who is best friends with paramedic chief Michelle Blake (Liv Tyler). Carlos has a complicated romantic relationship with new-to-town firefighter T.K. Strand (Ronen Rubinstein), son of fire chief Owen Strand (Rob Lowe). Silva has appeared on MADAM SECRETARY and in the film FLUIDITY, but 9-1-1: LONE STAR is his first series regular role. […]Read On »

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