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AXclusive Interview: IT’S 25 YEARS LATER AND DIRECTOR RICHARD DONNER LOOKS BACK ON ‘THE GOONIES’

© 2010 Berliner Photography/BEImages/Photo: John Sciulli | Director Richard Donner at THE GOONIES - 25th Anniversary Treasure Hunt

With so many hours of excellent television (THE TWILIGHT ZONE) and classic films under his belt (SUPERMAN, THE OMEN, the LETHAL WEAPON franchise), the problem with speaking to director Richard Donner is figuring out where to actually start. Luckily, that part was taken care of for us since he recently did some press in honor of the 25th Anniversary of his classic adventure/kids film THE GOONIES which just hit Blu-ray in a brand-new deluxe edition. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus, THE GOONIES is one of those perfect 1980s confections filled with great performances by a […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Take It!’

Desmond Harrington in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Take It!" | ©2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Over its five seasons, DEXTER has come close to what happens in “Take It” a few times. Dexter (Michael C. Hall) found a measure of mutual understanding with fellow killers Lila (Jaime Murray) in Season Two and Miguel (Jimmy Smits) in Season Three, but neither of them had a code and both eventually became his deadly nemeses due to their differences. Now, however, Dexter has Lumen (Julia Stiles), whose motivations are sympathetic – she feels an urgent need to avenge her rape, torture and captivity at the hands of a ring of serial killers, the kind of men who are Dexter’s natural prey.

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The X List: WHICH VILLAINS/HEROES WILL OR WON’T APPEAR IN THE NEW ‘BATMAN’ MOVIE ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?’

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Ever since THE DARK KNIGHT became a pop culture powerhouse of a comic book movie with over a billion box office dollars worldwide, fans have eagerly awaited the third installment in Christopher Nolan’s unique Bat-vision. Now that we know the title – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – the question is: Who will the bad guy(s) be? Which supporting characters will reprise their roles? And will the Boy Wonder ever rear his holier-than-thou head? We’ve compiled a list of five likely co-stars for the cowled one, and five almost certain no-shows. We know how much our readers love to debate every […]Read On »

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The AX Interview: SHOWRUNNERS STEVEN MOFFAT AND MARK GATISS ON ‘SHERLOCK’ AND ‘DOCTOR WHO’

© 2010 PBS | Benedict Cumberbatch in MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: SHERLOCK

It seems everybody has taken a turn at depicting Arthur Conan Doyle’s proto-detective Sherlock Holmes. Steven Moffat, who recently worked on the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature THE ADVENTURES OF TIN-TIN, and Mark Gatiss, both currently on the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO starring Matt Smith, have brought Holmes into the twenty-first century while remaining true to the spirit of the original with their new three-part BBC/PBS series SHERLOCK, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, with Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. The show is already a hit in England and just finished up its run on the network’s MASTERPIECE MYSTERY […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TOY STORY 3 – 4-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION

© Walt Disney Home Entertainment |TOY STORY 3 - Blu-ray

Rating: G Voices: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Ned Beatty, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, John Ratzenberg Writers: Michael Arndt based on a story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich Director: Lee Unkrich Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $45.99 Even when Pixar is producing sequels to their hit films, they manage to do things right. First, they had the unenviable task of following up their first full length feature TOY STORY with TOY STORY 2 and (surprise) exceeding all expectations. Now, 11 years after the second round-up, they’ve finally produced TOY STORY 3, which could […]Read On »

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Movie Review: UNSTOPPABLE

© 2010 20th Century Fox | UNSTOPPABLE movie poster

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Dunn, Kevin Chapman, Kevin Corrigan, Lew Temple, Ethan Suplee Writer: Mark Bomback Director: Tony Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: November 12th, 2010 UNSTOPPABLE is an apt name for this action thriller, which mimics the momentum of the title menace, a 39-car train carrying explosive, poisonous cargo that is accidentally set loose at speed upon the tracks. If this sounds like the plot of an average TV disaster movie, it is. However, this is an instance where it’s all in the details. Director Tony Scott and writer Mark Bomback […]Read On »

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TV Review – GLEE – Season 2 – “Never Been Kissed”

Dot-Marie Jones in GLEE - Season 2 - "Never Been Kissed" - | © 2010 Fox

Something very right happened on the latest GLEE episode “Never Been Kissed.”It was an important episode about fitting in, feeling bad about yourself, forging new friendships and singing songs that actually fit perfectly in with the theme of the episode (and without feeling force-fed).

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Circle Us’

Jonny Lee Miller in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Circle Us" | ©2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

The DEXTER episode “Circle Us” may be a good indicator that when Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is mulling things over rather than reaching epiphanies, the episode tends to feel like its holding back, even when its action lunges forward. Such is the case here.

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – SEASON 1 – “Guts”

THE WALKING DEAD - Season 1 - Guts - Andrew Lincoln

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, IronE Singleton, Michael Rooker Writer: Frank Darabont based on the Robert Kirkman graphic novel Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: November 7, 2010 Following the brilliant, emotionally intense debut of THE WALKING DEAD, we return to the claustrophobic confines of an abandoned tank surrounded by the living dead on the streets of post-apocalyptic Atlanta as sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) – recently awakened from a coma and into a living nightmare – meets an ally via radio. Glenn (Steven […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MEGAMIND

© 2010 DreamWorks/MEGAMIND movie poster

After the success of this summer’s super-villain animated feature DESPICABLE ME, it was a big question mark if the similarly themed DreamWorks animated comedy MEGAMIND was going to pale in comparison. Thankfully that’s not the case. MEGAMIND exists in its own animated universe spearheaded by hilarious and cheeky vocal work by Will Ferell and Tina Fey. They take the material and elevate it by transcending the animated universe by delivering a great overall movie that takes the superhero genre and spins it on its head.

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