WESTWORLD: Co-creator Jonathan Nolan re-envisions the Michael Crichton classic – Interview

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The 1973 cult hit WESTWORLD, based on Michael Crichton’s novel, centers around an immersive amusement park where customers can play at being gunslingers among lifelike androids. Naturally, something goes wrong. Now WESTWORLD has been reinvented by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan for HBO, which is now running the first season on Sunday nights. The new WESTWORLD still takes place in a very realistic recreated Old West, where profoundly humanlike androids do whatever the guests want. There are indeed glitches. But this WESTWORLD, instead of jumping into the “technology gone wrong, must escape” scenario, instead asks what all of the […]Read On »

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Interview with HANNIBAL star Mads Mikkelsen – Season 2 Scoop

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter in HANNIBAL on NBC | © 2014 Brooke Palmer/NBC

Writer Thomas Harris’ creation Hannibal Lecter, first introduced as Hannibal Lektor in the novel RED DRAGON, has been played on film by a number of actors – first Brian Cox in MANHUNTER, then Anthony Hopkins in his Oscar-winning turn in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, followed by HANNIBAL and the MANHUNTER remake RED DRAGON and finally by Gaspard Ulliel (and, as the child Hannibal, Aaran Thomas) in the Hannibal-as-a-young-man prequel HANNIBAL RISING. Producer/show runner Bryan Fuller has adapted HANNIBAL for television. Now in its second season on NBC, Fridays at 10 PM, HANNIBAL chronicles the adventures of the brilliant cannibalistic serial […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Chris O’Dowd Writers: Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat Director: Alan Taylor Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios Release Date: November 8, 2013 THOR: THE DARK WORLD begins with Anthony Hopkins as Odin, King of Asgard, providing a voiceover preface with enough exposition to make us worry that the story has stopped in its tracks before it has even begun. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harry Lennix on MR. SOPHISTICATION and MAN OF STEEL – Part 1

Harry Lennix in MR. SOPHISTICATION | ©2013

Harry Lennix is a very prolific actor. In discussing all his new, recent and upcoming projects in a telephone interview, he jokes, “I’m in every movie ever made.” That’s a slight exaggeration, but the Chicago-born actor does have a lengthy resume that includes the two MATRIX sequels, the Oscar-winning RAY, the Shakespeare adaptation TITUS ANDRONICUS, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and this year’s MAN OF STEEL. Lennix is also one of the stars of NBC’s new espionage thriller series THE BLACKLIST, which premieres September 23. A film that’s especially close to Lennix’s heart is MR. SOPHISTICATION – as well as playing the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RED 2

RED 2 movie poster | ©2013 Summit Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung Hun Lee, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough, Brian Cox Writers: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on characters created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner Director: Dean Parisot Distributor: Summit Entertainment Release Date: July 19, 2012 One of the main thoughts one has while watching RED 2 is that Helen Mirren is awesome. This isn’t exactly news, but every moment she’s onscreen here, firing two guns simultaneously as if she’s in a Quentin Tarantino shoot-‘em-up with an expression that says, yes, this is going just as she […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HANNIBAL news on Season 1, Season 2 and beyond from showrunner Bryan Fuller

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in HANNIBAL - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

HANNIBAL series creator Bryan Fuller says people should definitely tune into tonight’s episode, “Releves,” which airs tonight, Thurs. June 13, on NBC at 10 PM. “Episode Twelve, the penultimate episode, is so fantastic, because all of these threads – we land the plane on so many issues and really kind of deliver what’s going on and what Hannibal’s plan is and Will is figuring it out. So many dangling story issues get resolved or addressed in the penultimate episode of the season, and then all of that gets spiked in the finale.” HANNIBAL is based on the character created by […]Read On »

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TV Review: HANNIBAL – Season 1 – “Aperitif” – Series Premiere

HANNIBAL poster | ©2013 NBC

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park, Lara Jean Chorostecki Writer: Bryan Fuller, series created by Bryan Fuller, based on characters created by Thomas Harris in his novel RED DRAGON Director: David Slade Network: NBC, Thursdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: April 4, 2013 For whatever reason, serial killer dramas have achieved enough population to qualify, at least at present, as their own subgenre. We already have DEXTER and THE FOLLOWING, not counting vampire shows (where a lot of the regular characters are serial killers, but are also simultaneously fantasy supernatural beings) or series where the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE AMERICANS’ star Matthew Rhys on the new spy thriller

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in THE AMERICANS | (c) 2013 Craig Blankenhorn/FX

In THE AMERICANS, the new series created by Joseph Weisberg, FX Wednesday nights at 10 PM, it’s 1981 and the Cold War is raging at full strength. Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, played respectively by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, are the perfect all-American couple with a loving marriage and two children. Except … Phillip and Elizabeth are actually deep-cover Russian spies, whose marriage was arranged for them when they were still back in training in the old country.Elizabeth is still devoutly loyal to the cause, while Phillip is tempted to defect – except he’s fallen in love with his wife […]Read On »

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Interview: THE GIRL actor Toby Jones on playing Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones in THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO

In THE GIRL, which re-airs on HBO this week, Toby Jones plays filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It’s not an especially flattering view of the director/producer, as it deals with his unwanted fascination with actress Tippi Hedren (played in THE GIRL by Sienna Miller), who starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for Hitchcock. The London-born Jones is almost always working. A few recent credits include TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, THE HUNGER GAMES and the voice of Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PT. 1. Speaking briefly about THE GIRL, Jones says […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: JUSTIFIED star Walton Goggins talks Season 3

Walton Goggins in JUSTIFIED - Season 3 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels III

JUSTIFIED, which has its third-season premiere tonight on FX at 10 PM, has brought the contemporary Western back to life. Originally based on Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole” and expanded from there, the series has been nominated for pretty much every award going, with Margo Martindale winning a Supporting Actress Emmy for her performance last season as country crime matriarch Mags Bennett. Leonard, an active creative participant in the series, has a new novel out, entitled simply RAYLAN. JUSTIFIED focuses on U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, played by Timothy Olyphant, who has successfully made a life away from […]Read On »

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