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Movie Review: OCEAN’S 8

OCEAN'S 8 movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden Writers: Gary Ross & Olivia Milch, story by Gary Ross, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 8, 2018 OCEAN’S 8 might be called a spinoff rather than a sequel of the OCEAN’S 11 franchise. The Ocean here is Debbie (Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny Ocean (the character played in the earlier films by George Clooney). Newly paroled from a five-year prison stint, Debbie […]Read On »

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CONDOR: Bob Balaban on new action thriller series – Exclusive Interview

CONDOR - Season 1 Key Art | © 2018 AT&T Audience Network

AT&T Audience Network’s new series CONDOR, based on the 1975 theatrical thriller THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, which was based on James Grady’s novel SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR, follows young CIA analyst Joe Turner (Max Irons), who is framed for the slaughter of everyone else in his office. As Joe tries to exonerate himself and find out what has happened, other forces close in around him. Bob Balaban plays Reuel Abbott, a high-ranking government official who is one of the chief threats to Joe. The Chicago-born Balaban is an actor and director. His performing career encompasses film, television and […]Read On »

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BILLIONS: Asia Kate Dillon on Season 3 of the Showtime series – Interview

Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor in BILLIONS - Season 3 |© 2018 Showtime/Jim Fiscus

Showtime’s BILLIONS, now in its third season Sunday nights, has been renewed for a fourth. BILLIONS revolves around the personal lives of and legal mortal combat between New York venture capitalist Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis), chief of Axe Capital, and ADA Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), who are each trying to take down the other. One of Axe’s most trusted lieutenants is Taylor Mason, played by Asia Kate Dillon. Both the character and the actor identify as gender non-binary (neither male nor female) and Taylor is the first non-binary regular character in a major television series. Dillon, a native New […]Read On »

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POSE: Writer-Producer-Director Janet Mock talks about Season 1- Exclusive Interview

POSE Key Art - Season 1 | ©2018 FX

The new Sunday-night FX Networks series POSE, created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Steven Canals, is set in the 1980s New York underground ballroom scene. These balls are dance and dress competitions for transgender and gay people, many of them people of color. Some have been rejected by their birth families and find new kin in the “houses” that comprise the ballroom world. While POSE is a scripted drama, the ballroom world is real – chronicled in Jennie Livingston’s influential 1990 documentary PARIS IS BURNING, it continues to this day and has become a global phenomenon. Much of […]Read On »

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SUPERGIRL: Carl Lumbly on playing Martian Manhunter’s father and Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Carl Lumbly as Myr'nn J'onzz aka Martian Manhunter in SUPERGIRL - Season 3 - "Far From The Tree" |© 2018 The CW Network, LLC./Dean Buscher

The CW’s SUPERGIRL, in its third season on Monday nights and renewed for a fourth, is part of the network’s DC-verse, a slate that also includes ARROW, THE FLASH, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, and BLACK LIGHTNING. The headline extraterrestrials in SUPERGIRL are obviously Kryptonians – Supergirl, aka Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), Kara’s slightly less-famous cousin Mon-El (Chris Wood) and Kara’s slightly more famous cousin, recurring guest character Kal-El, aka Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), to say nothing of their sometimes adversarial relatives. However, SUPERGIRL also has Martians. First, there was the Department of Extraterrestrial Affairs director Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), who turned out […]Read On »

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Celebs come out and support event for Democrat Jess Phoenix – Exclusive Interviews

Jess Phoenix attends "Ignite for Science with Jess Phoenix" Political Fund Raiser at the IgnitedSpaces Penthouse, Hollywood, CA on March 26, 2018 | Photo Courtesy and ©2018 Eugene Powers

Jess Phoenix is running as a Democrat for Congress in California’s CA-25 district, which covers parts of northern Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Phoenix has three other Democratic opponents, Bryan Caforio, Katie Hill and Mary Gallant. All want to unseat Republican incumbent Steve Knight. There are several differences between Phoenix and the other candidates. For one, Phoenix is an actual climate scientist. For another, her fundraising events tend to be populated by fan-favorite celebrities. At one such gathering, Phoenix and some of her supporters talked with Assignment X about why they think it’s important to have people who understand […]Read On »

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REVERIE: Sendhil Ramamurthy chats about Season 1 of the new NBC series – Exclusive Interview

Sendhil Ramamurthy as Paul Hammond in REVERIE - Season 1| ©2018 NBCUniversal/Paul Drinkwater

In NBC’s new Wednesday-night series REVERIE, premiering May 30, Sendhil Ramamurthy’s character Paul Hammond has created a virtual reality application that allows users to develop their own perfect worlds. The problem is that some users find it so fulfilling that they refuse to leave virtual reality, which puts their flesh-and-blood bodies at risk. Enter former hostage negotiator Mara Kint, who can be put into the Reverie experiences of others and attempt to talk them back into returning to the real world. Actor Ramamurthy, originally from Chicago, is no stranger to NBC genre programming, having spent four seasons on the network’s […]Read On »

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THE AMERICANS: Keri Russell chats the sixth and final season – Exclusive Interview

THE AMERICANS - Season 6 Key Art | ©2018 FX

FX Networks’s THE AMERICANS comes to a conclusion after six seasons on Wednesday, May 30. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, married KGB spies, with two children, posing as ordinary Americans in Reagan-era U.S.A. Russell, who won a Golden Globe and was twice nominated for Emmys for her work as Elizabeth, reminisces about her time with the series. ASSIGNMENT X: Do you have a favorite episode or scene from your time on THE AMERICANS? KERI RUSSELL: My favorite scenes are always the emotional marriage scenes, always, just because that’s the stuff I’m most interested in. […]Read On »

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BOSCH: Amy Aquino on playing Captain in Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Amy Aquino in BOSCH | ©2018 Amazon

BOSCH, adapted from Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, is now in its fourth season on Amazon Prime and renewed for a fifth. Titus Welliver stars as the titular LAPD homicide detective, who is pursuing the cold case of his mother’s murder at the same time he’s trying to solve several contemporary killings. Amy Aquino plays Bosch’s immediate supervisor, Lieutenant Grace Billets. Billets was passed over for promotion in Season 3, but in Season 4, she’s been made temporary captain, which just puts salt in the wound. Aquino, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier. Besides greatly enjoying playing Billets, she is […]Read On »

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VIDA: Creator Tanya Saracho on new Starz comedy – Exclusive Interview

VIDA - Season 1 Key Art| ©2018 Starz

VIDA is Starz’s new Sunday-night series set in East Los Angeles. Twentysomething sisters Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) come home upon hearing news of death of their mother Vidalia – Vida for short. Lyn and Emma don’t get along with each other, and Emma was barely on speaking terms with Vida. It comes as a big shock to both young women that Vida left behind a spouse they didn’t know about, and more, that widow Eddy (Ser Anzoategui) is a woman. All three of them have inherited Vida’s neighborhood bar, which has over the past few years become […]Read On »

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