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Movie Review: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Kate Berlant, Michael X. Sommers, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, Forest Whitaker Writer: Boots Riley Director: Boots Riley Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: June 6, 2018 SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is agitprop comedy cinema at its most pointed. Director/writer Boots Riley has devised a wicked social satire that takes on race, economics, the corporate state and more. It’s often simultaneously funny and depressing in how close its outrageousness is to reality. Even when the third act takes a turn into sci-fi, the metaphors are grounded. Our […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FIRST PURGE

THE FIRST PURGE movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Patch Darragh, Marisa Tomei, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis, Rotimi Paul Writer: James DeMonaco Director: Gerard McMurray Distributor: Universal Release Date: July 4, 2018 THE FIRST PURGE is actually the fourth in the film series created by James DeMonaco. A prequel to the other three, THE FIRST PURGE shows how the government-sanctioned “Purge,” which we find out was initially confined to Staten Island, New York, and called “the Experiment,” came to exist. For those who’ve somehow missed the other PURGE offerings, here’s the premise. The U.S. government has decided […]Read On »

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POSE: Co-creator Steven Canals on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Mj Rodriguez as Blanca in POSE - Season 1 | ©2018 FX/Pari Dukovic

FX’s Sunday-night drama POSE, now in its first season, explores and celebrates New York’s underground ballroom scene of the 1980s. The real-life ballroom world continues today with many changes, but it was and continues to be both a stage and a haven for transgender people, many of color, who compete in costume and dance categories. Steven Canals created the premise for POSE, which he subsequently developed with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as a series; Canals serves as a writer and co-executive producer. Previously, Canals worked as an assistant to Dustin Lance Black before writing for DEAD OF SUMMER. ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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INSTINCT: Series Creator Michael Rauch on his new CBS procedural – Exclusive Interview

Alan Cumming as Dr. Dylan Reinhart and Bojana Novakovic as Det. Lizzie Needham in INSTINCT - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc./Jonathan Wenk

In the opening narration for CBS’s series INSTINCT, Alan Cumming’s character Dylan Reinhart playfully informs us that he was Agent Reinhart when he worked for the CIA, Professor Reinhart when he started teaching at a university, as well as becoming a best-selling author, and now that he’s helping NYPD homicide detective Lizzie Needham (Boyana Novakovic) solve cases, he’s Consultant Reinhart. In Dylan’s personal life, he’s married to restaurant owner Andy (Daniel Ings), who worries about the return to crime-solving; Lizzie is still mourning the line-of-duty death of her partner. No matter his title, Dylan is clearly on to something: INSTINCT […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Tombstone”

Misha Collins as Castiel and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2017 The CW in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Tombstone" | © 2017 The CW/Bettina Strauss

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Sarah Troyer, Jonathan Cherry, Eric Schweig Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 16, 2017 The title of the SUPERNATURAL Season 13’s sixth episode “Tombstone” does refer to the traditional graveyard marker, but it also recalls not just the legendary Old West town, but the movie made about it (with Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday). No, nobody time-travels there, or even visits a modern incarnation. Instead, it’s a weird reflection of […]Read On »

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IMPULSE: Maddie Hasson on Season 1of new sci-fi series – Exclusive Interview

Maddie Hasson in IMPULSE - Season 1 | ©2018 YouTube Premium/Erin Keating

In YouTube Premium’s new series IMPULSE, now streaming its ten-episode first season, Maddie Hasson plays small-town teenager Henrietta “Henry” Cole. During an extreme trauma, Henry discovers that she can teleport, but cannot control the ability. Hasson, originally from North Carolina, began dancing at age seven before moving on to acting. Her film and television credits include THE FINDER, TWISTED, I SAW THE LIGHT, NOVITIATE and MR. MERCEDES. After a Q&A panel for IMPULSE, Hasson takes time to discuss her work on the show in greater detail. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you become involved with IMPULSE? MADDIE HASSON: I auditioned, and […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: NIGHT OF THE LEPUS

NIGHT OF THE LEPUS Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley Writer: Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney based on the novel by Russell Braddon Director: William F. Claxton Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $22.96 Every once and awhile, you’ll scratch your heard and wonder “How did that film get made?” Usually it’s a film so utterly sincere and yet clueless at the same time, you just watch the train wreck unfold and enjoy it for what it is. Such is the case of curious 1972 science fiction thriller NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. MGM originally called the film RABBITS based on […]Read On »

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TAKE TWO: Creators Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller on new series – Exclusive Interview

Eddie Cibrian as Eddie, and Rachel Bilson as Sam in TAKE TWO - Season 1 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

ABC’s new Wednesday-night light procedural series TAKE TWO is created by Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller. Marlowe wrote the screenplays for AIR FORCE ONE, END OF DAYS, and HOLLOW MAN. Most significantly in terms of TAKE TWO, Marlowe created the long-running ABC series CASTLE, on which Miller was a fellow writer/executive producer (Marlowe and Miller have been married to one another since 1997). Like CASTLE, TAKE TWO pairs someone from the storytelling world with someone from the detecting world. In the case of TAKE TWO, actress Sam Swift, played by Rachel Bilson, comes out of rehab after starring […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Isabella Sermon, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum Writers: Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton Director: J.A. Bayona Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 21, 2018 While it still has more than its fair share of “Say what?” logic and plot holes, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM represents what might be called an evolutionary step up from its immediate predecessor, 2015’s JURASSIC WORLD. In JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, not only has the dinosaur park been closed […]Read On »

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INSTINCT: Naveen Andrews chats INSTINCT and the end of SENSE8 – Exclusive Interview

Naveen Andrews as Julian Cousins in INSTINCT - Season 1 - "Bad Actors" | ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc./Francisco Roman

In CBS’s high-spirited procedural INSTINCT, on Sunday nights in its first season and renewed for a second, Alan Cumming plays CIA-agent-turned-author-and-professor Dr. Dylan Reinhart. Dylan is trying to make a crime-free life with his husband Andy (Daniel Ings), but is drawn into solving crimes with NYPD homicide detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic). Helping Dylan dig up secret details is old friend from the Agency Julian Cousins, played by Naveen Andrews. The London-born actor spent six seasons as ex-Iranian Guard officer Sayid Jarrah on LOST. More recently, Andrews has been part of the international ensemble cast as Jonas Maliki in the […]Read On »

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