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THE RIGHT STUFF: Actor Jake McDorman talks about how astronauts deal with fear – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Jake McDorman as Alan Shepard in THE RIGHT STUFF | ©2020 National Geographic/Gene Page

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor Jake McDorman, he talks more about portraying real-life astronaut Alan Shepard in Disney+’s new series THE RIGHT STUFF. Based on Tom Wolfe’s nonfiction book about the beginnings of the NASA space program, the first season of THE RIGHT STUFF focuses on the Mercury 7 mission. The series premieres on Disney+ on Friday, October 9. ASSIGNMENT X: Of the various astronauts’ achievements, is there one that you particularly would have liked to have done yourself – first man in space, first man on the moon, longest in orbit? JAKE McDORMAN: I’ve got […]Read On »

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THE RIGHT STUFF: Actor Jake McDorman on new series based on the Tom Wolfe book – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

THE RIGHT STUFF Key Art | ©2020 National Geographic

THE RIGHT STUFF, Tom Wolfe’s nonfiction book about the beginnings of the NASA space program, was first published in 1979. It was subsequently adapted as a 1983 feature film, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (and won four technical Oscars). Now THE RIGHT STUFF is a television series, which premieres its eight-episode first season on Disney+ on Friday, October 9. It deals with the Mercury Program in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Seven astronauts, all former fighter pilots, train together while jockeying to be the first man in space. None of the men are prepared for the […]Read On »

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UTOPIA: Actor John Cusack talks Season 1 of the new Amazon Prime series – Interview

John Cusack in UTOPIA - Season 1 | ©2020 Amazon Studios

UTOPIA is now in its first season on Amazon Prime, with new episodes premiering on Fridays. Based on the British series created by Dennis Kelly, UTOPIA has been adapted as an American-set version by executive producer Gillian Flynn. John Cusack plays biotech mogul Kevin Christie, who we initially see being a good family man. At the supper table, Kevin encourages his wife and kids to talk about whatever they’ve accomplished during the day. But there’s a darker side to Kevin’s ambition and his persuasiveness. How is Kevin connected to the comic book UTOPIA, and its precursor, DYSTOPIA. We learn early […]Read On »

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NEXT: Creator Manny Coto on Season 1 of the new Fox sci-fi thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Eve Harlow, Aaron Clifton Moten, Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Evan Whitten, Elizabeth Cappuccino and Gerardo Celasco in NEXT - Season 1 | ©2020 Fox/Miller Mobley

NEXT, premiering Tuesday, October 6 on Fox, is a thriller about an artificial intelligence program (aka AI) that has achieved superintelligence. This terrifies its creator, Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), who teams up with a Homeland Security cybercrime task force in an attempt to stop the AI from advancing a homicidal agenda. Manny Coto created NEXT and serves as an executive producer. Coto won a Dramatic Series Emmy in 2006 for his work as one of the executive producers (and writers) on 24. He also created the series THE ½ HOUR NEWS HOUR, and has served as an executive producer/writer on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOSTS

HOSTS movie poster | ©2020 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Neal Ward, Samantha Loxley, Frank Jakeman, Nadia Lamin, Lee Hunter, Jennifer Preston, Buddy Skelton Writer: Adam Leader, story by Adam Leader & Richard Oakes Directors: Adam Leader & Richard Oakes Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 HOSTS, not to be confused with the July 2020 release HOST (or Bong Joon-ho’s THE HOST, or any of the other more than 450 films with similar titles) is a low-budget British horror film. The title is actually clever, as HOSTS refers both to the Henderson family, who’ve invited their neighbors over for Christmas supper, and the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ETERNAL BEAUTY

ETERNAL BEAUTY Movie Poster | ©2020 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: R Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, Robert Pugh, Morfydd Clark, Paul Hilton, Boyd Clack, Elysia Welch, Penelope Wilton, David Thewlis, Spencer Deere Writer: Craig Roberts Director: Craig Roberts Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 ETERNAL BEAUTY is actually a good movie, but one that’s hard to recommend. Director/writer Craig Roberts has made a slightly impressionistic film about mental illness and toxic family relationships. It’s not that we don’t believe what we see, it’s that it is depressing without being illuminating. Sally Hawkins plays Jane, who is being treated with both talk therapy and medication […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEATH OF ME

DEATH OF ME movie poster | ©2020 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Maggie Q, Alex Essoe, Luke Hemsworth, Kat Ingkarat, Kelly B. Jones Writers: Art Margolis & James Morley III and David Tish Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 DEATH OF ME is contemporary folk horror set on a Thai island. Christine (Maggie Q) and her travel journalist husband Neil (Luke Hemsworth) are staying at a rented house in this picturesque setting. Neil is here to do an article on the place; Christine is along for this working vacation. Christine and Neil wake up in the bedroom, covered with dirt and possibly blood. […]Read On »

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RAISED BY WOLVES: Creator Aaron Guzikowski and stars chat new series – Interview

RAISED BY WOLVES - Season 1 Key Art | ©2020 HBO

RAISED BY WOLVES, created by Aaron Guzikowski, is in its first season on HBO Max, and renewed for a second. In the science-fiction series, which premieres new episodes on Thursdays, Earth has died due to religious warfare. A group of atheists have sent human embryos to be developed and raised by androids on the planet Kepler-22. The children’s surrogate parents are androids Mother, played by Amanda Collin, and Father, played by Abubakar Salim, who are programmed to make sure the young humans do not believe in the supernatural. Kepler-22 is dangerous. Twelve years on, only one child, Campion (Winta McGrath) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: POSSESSOR

POSSESSOR Movie Poster | ©2020 Neon

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gage Graham-Arbuthnot, Raoul Bhaneja, Gabrielle Graham Writer: Brandon Cronenberg Director: Brandon Cronenberg Distributor: Neon Release Date: October 9, 2020 POSSESSOR is classic Cronenberg. Normally, one wants to take any filmmaker on their own terms, but in the case of POSSESSOR writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, he’s created a work that could easily be taken for one made by his father, David Cronenberg, during the ‘70s or ‘80s. This is because POSSESSOR has many themes that the elder Cronenberg explored: body horror, alienation from the self, […]Read On »

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FARGO: Actor Ben Whishaw gives the scoop on Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Ben Whishaw as Rabbi Milligan in FARGO - Season 4 | ©2020 FX/Matthias Clamer

FARGO begins its fourth season on FX Sunday, September 27; it will be available the next day on FX on Hulu. The series, developed by writer/director/show runner Noah Hawley from the Coen Brothers film, is a crime anthology set in the Midwest, with linked stories that go from era to era. The season was originally set to premiere in April, but COVID-19 interrupted production. Season 4 of FARGO is set in the ‘50s, when rival gangster groups swap the young sons of their leaders in a hostage bid that’s meant to foster harmony. This being FARGO, that seems unlikely. Ben […]Read On »

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