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TELL ME A STORY: Creator Kevin Williamson on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

TELL ME A STORY - Season 2 -Key Art | ©2019 CBS Interactive, Inc./James Dimmock

TELL ME A STORY, created and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson, is now in its second season on CBS All-Access, with new episodes dropping every Thursday night (Season 1 is available to stream in its entirety on the service). The series takes familiar fairytales – this year, “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Cinderella – and intertwines them into real-world thrillers. Williamson’s authorial pedigree is enormous. He created and wrote the bigscreen SCREAM franchise. For television, Williamson created DAWSON’S CREEK and THE FOLLOWING, and adapted THE VAMPIRE DIARIES franchise (which has spawned two spinoffs, THE ORIGINALS and the currently on-air […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LITTLE WOMEN

LITTLE WOMEN movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Bob Odenkirk, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Chris Cooper, Louis Garrel, Jayne Houdyshell Writer: Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott Director: Greta Gerwig Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: December 25, 2019 This reviewer has long known of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel LITTLE WOMEN, and its multiple film, TV and stage adaptations without ever reading/seeing any of them. Therefore, this review of the new iteration, directed by Greta Gerwig from her screenplay, has been written with no basis for comparison. Strictly on its […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 1917

1917 movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Adrian Scarborough, Claire Duburcq Writers: Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns Director: Sam Mendes Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2019 1917 is a World War I movie that (we are told by a supertitle) begins on April 6. Two young British lance corporals, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are ordered by General Erinmore (Colin Firth) to take a message across what until recently was enemy territory. It seems that a British colonel has mistaken a German strategic retreat for an opportunity. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JUST MERCY

JUST MERCY movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Rob Morgan, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rafe Spall Writers: Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham, based on the book by Bryan Stevenson Director: Destin Daniel Cretton Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 25, 2019  JUST MERCY opens in 1987 Monroeville, Alabama (where, all of the white locals continually point out, Harper Lee wrote TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD). Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), known to all his friends as Johnny D, is a cheerful family man with his own pulping business. One night, he is pulled over and arrested for the […]Read On »

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: Actress Antoinette Robertson on Season 3 and more – Exclusive Interview

Antoinette Robertson in DEAR WHITE PEOPLE - Season 3 | ©2019 Netflix/Adam Rose

Based on the film of the same title, Netflix’s DEAR WHITE PEOPLE concerns a group of students, who go back and forth between being friends and frenemies (with some romance in the mix) at the fictional Winchester University. The characters deal with racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia, between one another and in broadcasts from the college radio show, which is also called “Dear White People.” DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is currently streaming its first three seasons on Netflix, with a fourth and final season set for 2020. Antoinette Robertson plays Colandrea “Coco” Conners, who, over the three seasons, has gone from […]Read On »

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THE KOMINSKY METHOD: Actress Jane Seymour joins the dramedy for Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Jane Seymour in THE KOMINSKY METHOD - Season 2 | ©2019 Netflix/Michael Yarish

In its first season in 2018, Netflix’s THE KOMINSKY METHOD won Golden Globes and was nominated for Emmys for the performances of Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. In the series created by Chuck Lorre, Douglas plays actor-turned-revered-acting teacher Sandy Kominsky; Arkin plays Sandy’s agent and best friend Norman Newlander. Now THE KOMINSKY METHOD is back for a second season; all episodes are now streaming on Netflix. One of the additions to Season 2 is Jane Seymour as Norman’s love interest Madelyn. Seymour is still famed and beloved for her six seasons as the title character in DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN. […]Read On »

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THE L WORD: GENERATION Q: Executive producer Ilene Chaiken on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Katherine Moennig as Shane McCutcheon, Arienne Mandi as Dani Nunez, Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter, Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszecki, Leo Sheng as Micah Lee, Jacqueline Toboni as Sarah Finley and Rosanny Zayas as Sophie Suarez in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q | ©2019 Showtime/Kharen Hill

Showtime’s new THE L WORD: GENERATION Q is a follow-up to its highly successful THE L WORD, which ran for 2004-2009. Ilene Chaiken, who co-created the original THE L WORD with Michele Abbott and Kathy Greenberg is back with THE L WORD: GENERATION Q as one of the comedy/drama’s co-creators and executive producers. Her fellow EPs include three of the original leads, Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, and Katherine Moennig, who all return as their original THE L WORD characters, a trio of lesbian friends working hard to succeed in Los Angeles. Chaiken’s other credits as a writer and/or producer include […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER | ©2019 Lucasfilm

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Joonas Suotamo, Keri Russell, Ian McDiarmid, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie Writers: Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams, story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams, based on characters created by George Lucas Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 20, 2019 All movies are Rorschach tests to some extent. What we feel about them, what we want from them and what we see in them derives from who we are when we go into the theatre. Even […]Read On »

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WHY WOMEN KILL: Sam Jaeger on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Sam Jaeger as Rob in WHY WOMEN KILL - Season 1| ©2019 CBS Interactive/Cliff Lipson

WHY WOMEN KILL, now streaming its entire first season on CBS All-Access, is a dark comedy/thriller created by DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES deviser Marc Cherry. Season 1 of WHY WOMEN KILL explores three different couples in three different time frames – the ‘60s, the ‘80s, and the present – who are linked together by the same house. Sam Jaeger plays ‘60s husband Robert Stanton, outwardly devoted, but cheating on his loving homemaker wife Beth Ann (Ginnifer Goodwin). Originally from Ohio, Jaeger has been in Season 1 of CBS All-Access’s TELL ME A STORY, Detective Les Zoeller in the LAW & ORDER: TRUE […]Read On »

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CBS ALL-ACCESS: Programming Chief Julie McNamara on STAR TREK: PICARD, THE STAND and more – Exclusive Interview

STAR TREK: PICARD - Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 CBS Interactive/James Dimmock

CBS All-Access head of original programming Julie McNamara makes some announcements at a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. As everyone in the galaxy knows by now, CBS All-Access is launching the newest series in the STAR TREK universe, STAR TREK: PICARD. (The premiere date has since been announced as January 23.) Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Jean-Luc Picard, joined in supporting roles by fellow STAR TREK alumni Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes, Jonathan Del Arco and Marina Sirtis, along with a pit bull (more about the dog in a bit). There will also be a […]Read On »

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