BREAK A HIP: Emmy winner Christina Pickles on her web series – Exclusive Interview

Christina Pickles | photo courtesy Christina Pickles

BREAK A HIP is a (so-far) two-season-long Web series that just picked up an Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama for leading lady Christina Pickles. In BREAK A HIP, Pickles plays Biz Brantly, an unhappily retired actress who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her much younger assistant Wincy, played by Britt Hennemuth. Pickles has been nominated for six previous Emmys, five for her supporting work as Nurse Helen Rosenthal on the medical drama ST. ELSEWHERE and one for her guest work in a comedy as Rachel and Ross’s mom on FRIENDS. Originally from England, Pickles has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

THE GIRL ON A TRAIN movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney, Darren Goldstein Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the novel by Paula Hawkins Director: Tate Taylor Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 7, 2016 On the upside, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN starts out as being truly unpredictable. Those (a group that includes this reviewer) who haven’t read the source material, Paula Hawkins’ novel, will not only not know who done it, but won’t even know exactly who it’s been done to until it happens, and then not know why for a […]Read On »

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MASTERS OF SEX: Michelle Ashford and Caitlin FitzGerald chat Season 3 interview

MASTERS OF SEX - Season 3 Key Art | ©2015 Showtime

When Showtime’s award-winning MASTERS OF SEX returns for its third season on Sunday, July 12 at 10 PM, there are some changes. We’re out of the uptight 1950s and into swinging 1966. No longer toiling in obscurity and persecution, real-life sex researchers Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) are now becoming increasingly famous for their groundbreaking work. At home, things are opening up as well. Masters’ wife Libby, played by Caitlin FitzGerald, has come to accept Johnson as part of the family – in every way. Allison Janney and Beau Bridges have just been announced as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPY

SPY movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Peter Serafinowicz, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law, Morena Baccarin Writer: Paul Feig Director: Paul Feig Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 5, 2015 SPY is a rarity, a send-up of the James Bond genre that actually works. Part of its success is that star Melissa McCarthy actually seems like someone who could both be totally taken for granted and entirely capable, part of it works because the script by director Paul Feig has a lot of good jokes that are timed well and part of it is […]Read On »

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Director Michael Apted on MASTERS OF SEX – Exclusive Interview

Teddy Sears as Dr. Austin Langham in MASTERS OF SEX - Season 2 | ©2014 Showtime/Michael Desmond

Michael Apted is a multi-award-winning director associated largely with feature films both narrative (COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER, GORILLAS IN THE MIST, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH) and documentary (including the UP series of features, which revisits the same group of people every seven years, starting with 7 UP and currently at 56 UP). Apted also does television from time to time. He’s one of the producers and directors on Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, which has its Season 2 finale Sunday, September 28 at 10 PM, and has been renewed for a third year. Apted’s work on the show, about real-life sex […]Read On »

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MASTERS OF SEX Executive Producer talks Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Michael Sheen stars on MASTERS OF SEX Season 2 | © 2014 Showtime

When executive producer Sarah Timberman first optioned Thomas Maier’s nonfiction book MASTERS OF SEX, a biography of sex research pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, she knew the material had potential. Timberman partnered with writer/fellow executive producer Michelle Ashford, who developed the work as a television series, which premiered on Showtime last season, starring Michael Sheen as Masters and Lizzy Caplan as  Johnson. MASTERS OF SEX is now in its second season on Showtime, Sundays at 10, and a third-season renewal has been announced. On the red carpet at Paley Fest, and later, at a MASTERS set visit organized by […]Read On »

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MASTERS OF SEX creator Michelle Ashford on Season 2 – exclusive interview

MASTERS OF SEX - Season 2 poster | ©2014 Showtime/

Now in its second season on Showtime, Sundays at 10 PM, and renewed for a third, MASTERS OF SEX chronicles the unusual personal and working relationships of pioneering sex researchers William Masters, played by Michael Sheen, and Virginia Johnson, portrayed by Lizzy Caplan. Based on Thomas Maier’s nonfiction book, Season 1 of MASTERS showed how Johnson came to work for Masters, how their study into human sexuality progressed and how they eventually became sexually involved with one another – as part of the study – even though Masters is married to Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald). The first season earned Allison Janney […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Teddy Sears on MASTERS OF SEX Season 2

Teddy Sears as Dr. Austin Langham in MASTERS OF SEX - Season 2 | ©2014 Showtime/Michael Desmond

Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX begins its second season Sunday July 13 with three Emmy nominations under its wing. One is for leading actress for Lizzy Caplan as real-life research pioneer Virginia Johnson, who teamed up with William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) in the late 1950s to investigate the then-little explored phenomenon of human sexuality. Beau Bridges gleaned a Guest Actor nomination for his performance as the fictitious Dr. Barton Scully, a friend of Masters who loves his wife but is sexually drawn to other men; Allison Janney has been nominated as Guest Actress for her work as Scully’s wife […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the Holly-WOOF MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN Premiere

Mr. Peabody and Sherman at the Holly-WOOF Premiere of Mr. Peabody and Sherman | ©2014 SUe Schneider

Recently Twentieth Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation celebrated the Holly-WOOF premiere of MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood. It was a premiere filled with dogs, stars, guests and fans! Most of the dogs were famous and have appeared in many movies and television shows. I fell in love with a few! Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Mr. Peabody, Sherman, Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Lake Bell, Patrick Warburton, Leslie Mann, Karan Brar, Zach Callison, Joshua Rush, and Director Rob Minkoff. Joining the stars were guests, which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Beau Bridges talks THE MILLERS Season 1

Beau Bridges in THE MILLERS - Season 1 | ©2014 Cliff Lipson/CBS

In CBS’ half-hour comedy THE MILLERS, Thursdays at 8:30 PM and renewed for a second season, Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale star as, respectively, Tom and Carol Miller, a long-married couple whose visit to their adult children inspires them to separate. Carol moves in with son Nathan (Will Arnett), while Tom takes up residence with daughter Debbie (Jayma Mays), her husband Adam (Nelson Franklin) and their offspring Mikayla (Eve Moon). Both senior Millers face a brave new world as newly-single people. Bridges has been acting since he was a little boy – he appeared in his first feature film, 1948’s […]Read On »

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