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BEAUS OF HOLLY: Actor Johnny Pacar chats about his new ION Television holiday film – Exclusive Interview

Johnny Pacar in the ION Television Holiday movie BEAUS OF HOLLY | ©2020 ION Television

In the new Christmas movie BEAUS OF HOLLY, premiering Saturday, December 12 at 7/6c pm on Ion Television, Johnny Pacar plays one of the title characters. Holly (Jennifer Freeman) is a greeting card designer who brings her beau Phil (Michael Copon) to a romantic weekend getaway to the picturesque small town of Winterland (played by Idaho Springs, Colorado). When Phil gets cold feet and backs out of the weekend, Pacar’s character, Winterland horse carriage driver Jake, takes it upon himself to cheer up Holly by playing tour guide. Even though Holly likes to schedule every moment of the day and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK PUMPKIN

BLACK PUMPKIN movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ellie Patrikios, Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick, Dogen Eyeler, Curt Clendenin, Matt Rife, Ryan Poole, Connor Weil, Tasha Dixon, Jordyn Lucas, Gemma Brooke Allen, Malaak Hattab, Alix Schwartz, Brittany Belt, Jacques Derosina, Drew Ochsner, Sundeep Konero, Wesley J. Szabo, Timothy Wade, Shaeda Maghaddam, Joseph Barone, Christopher Demaci, Jo Osmond Writer: Ryan McGonagle Director: Ryan McGonagle Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: December 8, 2020 BLACK PUMPKIN bills itself as “a twisted tall tale.” It’s a Halloween movie, complete with a HALLOWEEN-esque score (by Chris Kooreman & Edo Plasschaert, performed by Beat Royalty), coming out just in time for … […]Read On »

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BEAUS OF HOLLY: Actress Nikki Leigh gives the scoop on the new ION Television Holiday film – Exclusive Interview

Nikki Leigh in the ION Television Holiday movie BEAUS OF HOLLY | ©2020 ION Television

The new holiday movie BEAUS OF HOLLY premieres Saturday, December 12, 7/6c pm on ION Television. The Christmas movie is set mostly in the charming small town of Winterland, Colorado. It is here that Holly (Jennifer Freeman) proposes to her boyfriend Phil (Michael Copon), only to have Phil nervously go back to his former girlfriend Tiffany, played by Nikki Leigh. Meanwhile, Holly falls for her carriage driver Jake (Johnny Pacar). However, once Phil meets up with Tiffany at her parents’ holiday cabin, he discovers he’s a Christmas traditionalist, while Tiffany has a much more laid-back view of the holiday. This may […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VANGUARD

VANGUARD Movie Poster | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Lun Ai, Mu Qimiya, Ruohan Xu, Jackson Lou, Eyad Hourani, Zhengting Zhu Writer: Stanley Tong Director: Stanley Tong Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: November 20, 2020 VANGUARD proves that sometimes they do still make ‘em like that. At least, director/writer Stanley Tong and topliner Jackie Chan have made something that feels like one of those big, splashy international derring-do actioners from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The difference is that the heroes, instead of being American or British, are Chinese. Chan plays Tang Huating, the CEO of the private security firm Vanguard. Despite the […]Read On »

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YOUR HONOR: Creator Peter Moffat on new Bryan Cranston miniseries – Exclusive Interview

YOUR HONOR - Key Art | ©2020 Showtime

YOUR HONOR, which premieres the first of its ten episodes on Showtime on Sunday, December 6, has been developed for American television by Peter Moffat. Based on the Israeli series KVODO, created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach, YOUR HONOR is set in New Orleans. Bryan Cranston stars in the title role, Judge Michael Desiato, who is still grieving the loss of his wife a year ago. We see that he is compassionate and fair on the bench. Michael’s college student son Adam (Hunter Doohan) likewise mourns the loss of his mother. When he goes to commemorate the anniversary of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HONEYMOON PHASE

THE HONEYMOON PHASE movie poster | ©2020 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jim Schubin, Chloe Carroll, Francois Chau, Tara Westwood Writer: Phillip G. Carroll Jr. Director: Phillip G. Carroll Jr. Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: August 21, 2020 (theatrical); September 29, 2020 (Blu-ray & DVD) THE HONEYMOON PHASE refers literally to the initial period in a happy marriage, when the newlyweds are besotted with each other. We know up front that something has gone wrong in some phase of the central relationship. THE HONEYMOON PHASE opens with  a young man, Tom (Jim Schubin), addressing the camera to report that his wife has committed suicide on their wedding […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANYTHING FOR JACKSON

ANYTHING FOR JACKSON movie poster | ©2020 Shudder/Vortex Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sheila McCarthy, Julian Richings, Konstantina Mantelos, Josh Cruddas, Yannick Bisson, Lanette Ware, Daxton William Lund Writer: Keith Cooper Director: Justin G. Dyck Distributor: Shudder/Vortex Media Release Date: December 3, 2020 ANYTHING FOR JACKSON is described in its publicity materials as a “reverse exorcism” story. That’s broadly true, although not quite what we might envision. Older couple Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and Henry Walsh (Julian Richings) are Satanists, but they’re not trying to find a vessel for their Dark Lord or any of his minions. They just want to bring their little grandson Jackson (Daxton William Lund) back […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BEAST MODE

BEAST MODE movie poster | ©2020 Devilworks

Rating: Not Rated Stars: C. Thomas Howell, James Duval, Carrie Finklea, Spain Willingham, Leslie Easterbrook, Robert Costanzo, Daz Crawford, Teddy Margas, James Hong, Ray Wise, Aliana Matheis, Douglas Bennett Writers: Chris W. Freeman & Spain Willingham & Drew Fortune Directors: Chris W. Freeman & Spain Willingham Distributor: Devilworks Release Date: December 1, 2020 To paraphrase a famous quote, dying is easy, comedy is hard, parodying Hollywood and trying to do horror at the same time on a low budget is super-hard. Credit BEAST MODE for giving it a go, even if it doesn’t hit the mark much of the time. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ZAPPA

ZAPPA movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Frank Zappa, Gail Zappa, Bunk Gardner, Ruth Underwood, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Pamela Des Barres Director: Alex Winter Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: November 27, 2020 ZAPPA, as its title suggests, is a documentary about the late rocker/composer Frank Zappa (1940-1993). There is something valiant about the way writer/director Alex Winter has assembled a mass of archival footage, integrated it with new interviews, set the mood with unrelated but thematically relevant clips, and gotten it into coherent form. ZAPPA isn’t one of those documentaries where we are primed for blinding new revelations, or even explanations of […]Read On »

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FOR LIFE: Stars Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, EP Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and the creators give the scoop on Season 2 – Interview – Part 2

Nicholas Pinnock as Aaron Wallace in FOR LIFE - Season 2 | ©2020 ABC/Matthias Clamer

In Part 2 of this article on ABC’s Wednesday-night drama FOR LIFE, we continue the discussion of the show’s second season with actors Nicholas Pinnock (who plays recently-exonerated prisoner Aaron Wallace) and Indira Varma (who plays former prison warden Sofiya Masry) and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, series creator Hank Steinberg, and executive producer Isaac Wright Jr., whose life story is the loose basis for the show. FOR LIFE tackles racism and social class head-on, both topics much on people’s minds at present. Jackson says, “I think the show speaks so loudly to the things that are going on. […]Read On »

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