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COASTAL ELITES: Director Jay Roach, writer Paul Rudnick and stars Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Sara Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever and Issa Rae chat new HBO film

Bette Midler in COASTAL ELITES | ©2020 HBO

COASTAL ELITES premieres Saturday, September 12, on HBO. Writer Paul Rudnick had scripted what the network describes as a “socially distanced comedy” feature prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Rudnick adapted his work to address the current situation. COVID-19 has dictated that the Television Critics Association Summer 2020 press tour takes place entirely online. This article is derived from the COASTAL ELITES online panel. Rudnick and his fellow COASTAL ELITES executive producer, director Jay Roach, and cast members Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson, and Issa Rae each appear from their respective homes, answering questions from the press. […]Read On »

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MATADOR: Actor Gabriel Luna gives the scoop on the action series – Exclusive Interview

Gabriel Luna in MATADOR - Season 1 | ©2014 El Rey

MATADOR originally aired on the El Rey Network in 2014. The series is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. Despite the title, MATADOR has nothing to do with bullfighting. Instead, Gabriel Luna stars as DEA agent Tony Bravo. Tony unexpectedly has his daydreams of being a professional soccer player fulfilled when he’s recruited by the CIA to try out for the L.A. Riot team in order to spy on its owner, international criminal Andres Galan (Alfred Molina). When Tony surprises his CIA handlers by securing a spot on the squad, his missions become more dangerous. When MATADOR, created […]Read On »

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Showrunner Misha Green and stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett talk Season 1 – Interview

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2020 HBO

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, now in its first season Sunday nights on HBO, is one of the wildest rides ever through the Midwest and Northeast of the United States during the 1950s. Based on the novel by Matt Ruff, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY has been adapted for television by executive producer/show runner Misha Green. The show follows Black U.S. Army veteran Atticus “Tic” Freeman, played by Jonathan Majors, who returns home to Chicago to find that his father, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams), has mysteriously disappeared somewhere in New England. Tic sets out to find his father, accompanied by his childhood friend Letitia “Leti” Lewis, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MULAN

MULAN movie poster | ©2020 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin; animated screenplay by Rita Hsaio, Christopher Sanders, Philip Lazebnik, Raymond Singer & Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, story by Robert D. San Souci, based on the legend of Mulan Director: Niki Caro Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date (on Disney+): September 4, 2020 MULAN tells the story of a young woman in ancient China who disguises herself as a young man. It was previously adapted for the screen as an animated […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OWNERS

THE OWNERS movie poster |©2020 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham, Andrew Ellis, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny Writers: Mathieu Gompel & Julius Berg, with the participation of Geoff Cox, based on the comic book UNE NIGHT DE PLEINE LUNE by Yves H. and Hermann Director: Julius Berg Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: September 4, 2020 THE OWNERS is one of those horror thrillers where much of the suspense comes from figuring out exactly what is going on here. We start out amid rolling green hills in England, with nary a soul in sight. Then we focus on a beaten-up car, parked […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FACELESS MAN

THE FACELESS MAN movie poster | ©2020 Freedom Cinema:

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sophie Thurling, Pittaway, Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Facciolo, Martin Astifo, Lorin Kauffeld, Sunny S. Walia, Andy McPhee, Roger Ward, Brendan Bacon, Albert Goikhman, Daniel Reader Writer: James Di Martino Director: James Di Martino Distributor: Freedom Cinema Release Date: August 28, 2020  THE FACELESS MAN keeps us guessing as to what it actually is for a good while. Will it turn out to be a movie about gangsters getting revenge on a bunch of clueless twentysomethings, a WOLF CREEK-style slaughter, or supernatural horror? Is Emily (Sophie Thurling) being stalked by a terrifying entity, or just having a terrible […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WIDOW’S POINT

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Craig Sheffer, KateLynn E. Newberry, Dominic Luongo, Kaelin Lamberson, John Renna, Richard Satterwhite, Michael Thurber, Willow Xylia Anwar Writer: Gregory Lamberson, based on the book by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar Director: Gregory Lamberson Distributor: 101 Films Release Date: September 1, 2020 WIDOW’S POINT is a ghost story set in the present, though it takes frequent trips to the past. It also takes place almost entirely in a lighthouse. This may draw a couple of comparisons to that other movie with a similar setting. To answer one question right away, no, WIDOW’S POINT is in no […]Read On »

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Movie Review: Z

Z Blu-ray | ©2020 RLJE Films/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Keegan Connor Tracy, Jeff Klyne, Sean Rogerson, Sara Canning, Stephen McHattie, Luke Moore, Deborah Ferguson Writers: Brandon Christensen & Colin Minihan Director: Brandon Christensen Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder Release Date (VOD, DVD, Blu-ray): September 1, 2020 Z is a genuinely scary “imaginary friend” film. Director Brandon Christensen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Colin Minihan, creates an atmosphere that packs a wallop. What the story may lack in certain explanations, it makes up for with fear. Beth (Keegan Connor Tracy) and Kevin (Sean Rogerson) are a happily married upscale couple. They mutually adore their eight-year-old son Josh (Jeff […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EMPEROR

EMPEROR Movie Poster | ©2020 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dayo Okeniyi, Ben Robson, James Cromwell, Bruce Dern, Kat Graham, Naturi Naughton, M.C. Gainey, Mykelti Williamson, Keean Johnson, Patrick Roper, Harry Lennix Writers: Mark Amin & Pat Charles, story by Mark Amin Director: Mark Amin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: August 18, 2020 EMPEROR is based on the life of real-life pre-Civil War figure Shields Green, played here by Dayo Okeniyi. Green was one of the men who fought beside abolitionist John Brown (James Cromwell) in the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry in Virginia. While the raid itself did not get the desired result – enslaved Black […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC

BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC movie poster | ©2020 Orion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Payne, William Sadler, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jemma Mays, Holland Taylor, Hal Landon Jr., Kid Cudi, Jillian Bell Writers: Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon Director: Dean Parisot Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: August 28, 2020 BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is, as its title suggests, a follow-up to 1989’s BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, and its 1991 sequel, BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY. Writers/creators Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon are back for the latest go-round, as are Alex Winter as Bill Preston and Keanu Reeves as Ted Logan. […]Read On »

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