Movie Review: BIRDS OF PREY (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

BIRDS OF PREY movie poster | ©2020 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina Writer: Christina Hodson Director: Cathy Yan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 7, 2020 A movie about Batman villainess/Joker paramour Harley Quinn doesn’t exactly sound like a blast. Harley is sometimes depicted as a creative sadist and sometimes as a completely dizzy engine of destruction, both devoted to the Joker and neither someone who seems like a good figure to build a movie around. Well, surprise. BIRDS OF PREY has found the right balance for Harley (Margot Robbie, reprising the character […]Read On »

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BATWOMAN: Meagan Tandy chats about the new DC superhero series – Exclusive Interview

Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore in BATWOMAN - Season 1| ©2019 The CW Network/Jordon Nuttall

BATWOMAN is the latest series in The CW’s DC Comics/Greg Berlanti-verse, airing on Sunday nights. The show has already received a full-season pickup for this, its first year. Ruby Rose stars as Kate Kane, who discovers that her missing cousin Bruce Wayne has secretly been Batman. Since Gotham City is without a protector, Kate adopts the mantle of Batwoman. Kate has a complicated past and present. Her father, Col. Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott), runs the Crows, the paramilitary outfit serving as law in Gotham these days. Kate has her own military background, but Jacob would prefer his daughter stay out […]Read On »

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BATWOMAN: Dougray Scott on playing Batwoman’s father – Exclusive Interview

Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane in BATWOMAN - Season 1 | © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Jordon Nuttall

In The CW’s new series BATWOMAN, based on the DC Comics and premiering Sunday, October 6, Ruby Rose stars as the title character. Kate Kane returns home to Gotham City to find the place under siege due to the absence of Batman, aka her cousin Bruce Wayne. Kate decides to take up his crime-fighting mantle, as well as co-opting the Batcave. Dougray Scott plays Kate’s father, Col. Jacob Kane. The colonel is an ex-military man who now heads up the Crows, a private security firm that keeps order in Gotham City, at the expense of freedom. The colonel loves his […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JOKER

JOKER movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Glenn Fleshler, Leigh Gill, Sharon Washington Writers: Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, based on characters from DC Comics Director: Todd Phillips Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 4, 2019 Seldom has it been so hard to figure out a letter grade for a movie review. JOKER doesn’t precisely defy normal measures of quality, but its ambiguities are simultaneously intriguing and frustrating. Despite rumors to the contrary, JOKER is set squarely within the Batman universe, even if this is a Gotham City grimier […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor talks about playing Penguin on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin in GOTHAM - Season 5 | ©2019 Fox/Justin Stephens

After five seasons of showing how young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) became Batman, Fox’s GOTHAM will jump ahead ten years in its series finale on Thursday, April 25. All of the characters we’ve been watching will have come into their own. Of all of GOTHAM’s distinct individuals, perhaps the most surprising has been Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, as played by Robin Lord Taylor. Known in the Batman canon to be venal and villainous, Taylor’s Penguin is unexpectedly sympathetic, a strangely stubborn, vulnerable underdog who makes us root for his survival, if not necessarily his victory. “The collaborative aspect has really […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Camren Bicondova on becoming Catwoman in Season 5 – Exclusive Interview

Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle / the future Catwoman in GOTHAM - Season 5 | ©2019 Fox/Justin Stephens

In the fifth and final season of GOTHAM, Thursday nights on Fox, Camren Bicondova’s Selina Kyle is well on her way to becoming Catwoman, just as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) continues his journey into being Batman. This year, Selina stabs the Joker-like Jeremiah Valeska (Cameron Monaghan). She thinks she’s killed him, but in GOTHAM, even the most determined assassination attempts can go awry. The makers of GOTHAM have announced that the series finale will jump ahead ten years, showing all of the iconic characters in their full glory. Meanwhile, Bicondova talks about Selina’s evolution. ASSIGNMENT X: Selina has come quite […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Erin Richards on the final season and her directorial debut – Exclusive Interview

Erin Richards as Barbara Kean in GOTHAM - Season 5 | ©2019 Fox/Justin Stephens

In GOTHAM’s fifth and final season, Episode 9, “The Trial of Jim Gordon,” airing Thursday March 7 on Fox, is a special one for series regular Erin Richards. This is not so much because something major happens for Richards’s character, the volatile Barbara Kean, although that’s entirely possible. After all, Barbara has gone from being the girlfriend of Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie) to psychotic serial killer to gang leader to ambivalent warrior who is pregnant by Gordon, courtesy of a one-afternoon-stand reunion. Barbara has major turns on a regular basis. However, the reason that GOTHAM Season 5 Episode 9 really […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Showrunners Danny Cannon and John Stephens on the Fifth and Final Season – Exclusive Interview

Erin Richards, Robin Lord Taylor, Drew Powell, Jessica Lucas, Cory Michael Smith, Crystal Reed, David Mazouz, Ben McKenzie, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Chris Chalk, Donal Logue, Morena Baccarin and Alexander Siddig in GOTHAM - Season 4 |©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co./Tommy Garcia

Fox’s GOTHAM is now in the midst of its fifth and final season on Thursday nights. The series, developed by Bruno Heller from DC Comics, chronicles the rise of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) from troubled, orphaned pre-teen to the adult Batman. It also shows the development of some of his allies, like detective-turned-police-captain (and one day police commissioner) Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), frenemies like Selena Kyle/Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), and foes like Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith). Executive producers Danny Cannon and John Stephens have both been with GOTHAM for its entire run. Cannon directed the […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Donal Logue and Cory Michael Smith give the scoop on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Cory Michael Smith in GOTHAM - Season 4 - "A Dark Knight: No Man's Land" | ©2018 Fox/Giovanni Rufino

GOTHAM, Fox Network’s drama about the journey of young Bruce Wayne (played by David Mazouz) to becoming Batman, is in its fifth and final twelve-episode season on Thursday nights. The series will culminate in an episode that shows Gotham City and its denizens ten years later, when Batman finally comes into his own, as do his enemies. Most of the major cast and creatives do a Q&A panel for the Television Critics Association press tour, and then everybody starts hugging each other. From all evidence, it seems like they’ve all loved their time on the show, their characters and one […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: David Mazouz on Bruce Wayne’s long journey to Batman in Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

David Mazouz in GOTHAM - Season 4 | ©2017 Fox/Tommy Garcia

Fox Networks has just announced that its pre-Batman series GOTHAM will be back for a fifth and final season in the fall. Meanwhile, GOTHAM Season 4 is heading for an explosive finale on Thursday, May 17. David Mazouz, who plays the adolescent Bruce Wayne, talks about where is character is at present, where he’s been and where he seems to be going. ASSIGNMENT X: While Bruce Wayne is now fighting crime in Gotham while wearing a mask, and has even had visions of bats and his future self, he still has not actually become Batman this season … DAVID MAZOUZ: […]Read On »

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