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Movie Review: ROCKETMAN

ROCKETMAN poster | Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Taran Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Gemma Jones, Charlie Rowe, Steven Mackintosh, Kit Connor, Matthew Illesley Writer: Lee Hall Director: Dexter Fletcher Distributor: Paramount Release Date: May 31, 2019 ROCKETMAN is a lovely, lively biopic of Elton John, as played here by Taron Egerton. ROCKETMAN is also a musical, not the kind that just shows its protagonist in performance, but the kind that shows people dancing in the streets and even floating in the air. To keep things sufficiently earthbound (and, for that matter, moderately plausible), there’s plenty of sex and drugs […]Read On »

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NOS4A2: Executive producer and showrunner Jami O’Brien on new horror series – Interview

Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen, Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx in NOS4A2 - Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 AMC

Based on the best-selling novel by Joe Hill, AMC’s horror/fantasy series NOS4A2 premieres on Sunday, June 2. The title is taken from the license plate on a vintage Rolls-Royce Wraith owned by Charlie Manx, who is played by Zachary Quinto. Charlie isn’t a nosferatu, or vampire, in the traditional sense. Instead, Charlie is an immortal who keeps himself young by feeding on the souls of children, who he keeps in a secret place he calls Christmasland. Charlie finds himself challenged by Vic McQueen, played by Ashleigh Cummings, a young woman with some unusual abilities of her own. Executive producer Jami […]Read On »

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ABBY’S: Executive producer Michael Schur chats about his new comedy and Season 4 of THE GOOD PLACE – Interview

Executive producer Michael Schur | ©2019 Universal Television/Evans Vestal

NBC’s Thursday-night comedy ABBY’S stars Natalie Morales as a military veteran who opens her own bar. But not just any bar – Abby’s is a proudly unlicensed establishment that’s under a canopy in the backyard of Abby’s rental home. It’s a big hit with the neighbors. New landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin) at first freaks out when he sees Abby’s, but Abby and her customers soon bring him around. Created by Josh Malmuth, ABBY’S has the distinction of being one of the very few television comedies ever shot for a live audience outdoors, rather than on a soundstage.  Michael Schur is […]Read On »

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FRONTLINE: SEX TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA filmmakers chat about new documentary – Exclusive Interview

Several Phoenix Vice detectives make contact with a woman to determine if she is a trafficking victim in FRONTLINE - SEX TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA | ©2019 PBS

PBS’s Tuesday-night documentary series FRONTLINE deals with a variety of complex, sobering issues. On May 28, FRONTLINE presents “Sex Trafficking in America.” As FRONTLINE executive producer Raney Aronson Rath describes it, “Sex Trafficking in America” explores “a hidden epidemic. It’s happening across the country in every state, at alarming rates. And children and teenagers who are online are increasingly at risk. Our team has spent almost three years embedded with an undercover police unit in Phoenix, Arizona, that is trying to tackle this dangerous issue.” The “Sex Trafficking in America” investigative team is headed up by the award-winning duo director […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “ScoobyNatural”

Sam, Dean, Scooby and Shaggy in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "ScoobyNatural" |©2018 The CW/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Peter New, Michael Girardin, Kegan Frith; (voices) Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Kate Micucci Writers: Jim Krieg & Jeremy Adams, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: March 29, 2018 SUPERNATURAL is a series where the characters can legitimately try to figure out what they ought to do next based on “the last time we were sucked into a television show.” SUPERNATURAL, as we know, runs the gamut from the dead serious to the insane to the supremely silly. “ScoobyNatural” falls into […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BRIGHTBURN

BRIGHTBURN teaser poster | ©2019 Screen Gems

Rating: R Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn Writers: Brian Gunn & Mark Gunn Director: David Yarovesky Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems Release Date: May 23, 2019 While BRIGHTBURN touches on various mythologies, it is most closely linked to that of Superman. Like SUPERMAN, BRIGHTBURN deals with a human-looking baby, found in what is clearly a (very small) spacecraft by a sweet, childless couple, Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle Breyer (David Denman), who raise the boy as their own. The title of BRIGHTBURN turns out to be the name of one of those towns that figure in super origin stories, […]Read On »

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VIDA: Creator Tanya Saracho chats about Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

VIDA - Season 2 Key Art |©2019 Starz

Starz’s idiosyncratic comedy/drama VIDA begins its second season on Sunday, May 26. Created by Tanya Saracho and shot on location in East Los Angeles, VIDA deals with previously estranged sisters Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), brought together by the death of their mother Vidalia. In Season 1, Emma and Lyn grappled with their inheritance of Vida’s lesbian bar, its attached low-income apartments and its gigantic mortgage. Emma also coped with finding out that Vida was married to a woman, Eddy (Ser Anzoategui), a particular shock as Emma had been sent away in adolescence when Vida learned her eldest […]Read On »

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DOOM PATROL: Alan Tudyk plays Mr. Nobody in DC Universe series – Exclusive Interview

Alan Tudyk is Mr. Nobody in DOOM PATROL - Season 1 | ©2019 DC Universe

In DC Universe’s DOOM PATROL, now streaming on the DC Universe platform, a group of unlikely, reluctant individuals with odd abilities are brought together by fatherly scientist Dr. Niles Caulder, aka the Chief. The Doom Patrol has its enemies, chief among them Eric Morden, aka Mr. Nobody, played by Alan Tudyk. Mr. Nobody is often literally fragmented. He narrates DOOM PATROL, and it turns out that he’s got good reason to be very angry with the Chief. Tudyk was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as convention-going genre actor Wray Nerely in CON MAN, a Web series that […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 8 – “The Iron Throne” – Series Finale

Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington in GAME OF THRONES - Season 8 - "The Iron Throne" | ©2019 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham,Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jacob Anderson, Gwendoline Christie, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, John Bradley, Daniel Portman, Gemma Whelan, Jerome Flynn Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Directors: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 19, 2019 It’s often hard to know what to say at the end of a beloved series. With GAME OF THRONES, there is certainly an argument for ending it as […]Read On »

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THE KOMINSKY METHOD: Creator Chuck Lorre on Season 1 and the end of THE BIG BANG THEORY – Interview

THE KOMINSKY METHOD - Season 1 | ©2019 Netflix

THE KOMINSKY METHOD is an uncharacteristic creation for writer/executive producer Chuck Lorre. Lorre is known for the CBS comedy hits he created or co-created, including the long-running TWO AND A HALF MEN, MIKE & MOLLY, the continuing MOM, the just-concluded twelve seasons of THE BIG BANG THEORY and that show’s prequel spinoff, the renewed YOUNG SHELDON. THE KOMINSKY METHOD, now in its first season on Netflix and in production on its second, has its share of humor. However, it deals seriously with issues of aging, failing health and death. Michael Douglas (who won a Golden Globe for his work in […]Read On »

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