TV Review: GOTHAM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox

Stars: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith Writer: Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger Director: Danny Cannon Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 22, 2014 Up until now, the DC comics universe on television has primarily been the province of The CW (and the WB before it) and animation. Now Fox brings forth GOTHAM, a series about the early days of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) as a brooding teenager, before he becomes […]Read On »

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GOTHAM creator Bruno Heller talks young Batman – Exclusive Interview

GOTHAM logo | ©2014 Fox

Fox’s GOTHAM, premiering Monday, September 22 at 8 PM, depicts Bruce Wayne as a teen orphan played by David Mazouz, before he dons Batman’s cowl. This might draw comparisons to SMALLVILLE, which dramatized the early life of Superman, another DC Comics hero, but GOTHAM has a much more adult feel. Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) – who BATMAN fans know will one day become Gotham City’s police commissioner – is at the center of the action, surrounded by people who give indications that they will someday become iconic figures in this universe, including Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler. Thanks […]Read On »

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Fall Television Preview 2014: FOX

Ben Mckenzie as Jim Gordon and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne in GOTHAM | © 2014 Jessica Miglio/Fox

Fox has been slowly building its portfolio of shows over the last few years with a group of sitcoms, some good dramas and a very strong sports package. Of course, many of the promising series the network created have been shuffled off to deadsville. But mostly, the network has been garnering some strength in its programming and even bringing back some old favorites – 24 was brought back earlier this year (considered last year’s season) and was a smashing success. Now, going into the 2014-2015 season, what new shows do we have to look forward to and what are their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRANSCENDENCE

TRANSENDENCE | © 2014 Warner Bros.

Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman Writer: Jack Paglen Director: Wally Pfister Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: April 18, 2014 TRANSCENDENCE tackles some huge ideas. What is consciousness? Can consciousness be proved? How can we prove our identity? What, for others, constitutes acceptable, valuable proof? And that’s before Jack Paglen’s script takes on the huge issues of whether some loss of autonomy is an acceptable trade-off for life and health. These issues don’t just get lip service but form much of the narrative spine of TRANSCENDENCE, and for the better part of the film, it […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DA VINCI’S DEMONS creator David S. Goyer on Season 2

DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 2 Key Art | ©2014 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, on Starz Saturdays at 9 PM, begins its second season March 22 pretty much where Season 1 left off. We’re in late fifteenth-centuryFlorence, and artist/inventor/all-round genius Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) has incensed the city’s ruler, Lorenzo de Medici (Elliot Cowan) by having an affair with Lorenzo’s mistress,Vatican spy Lucrezia Donati (Laura Haddock). Although Leonardo and Lorenzo are locked in combat, they actually have bigger problems, as the forces of Pope Sixtus (James Faulkner), led by the Pope’s relative Count Girolamo Riario (Blake Ritson) and the ambitious Francesco Pazzi (Elliot Levey), are battling Medici’s men in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGO MOVIE

THE LEGO MOVIE | © 2014 Warner Bros

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day Writers: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, based on Lego Construction Toys Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 7, 2014 THE LEGO MOVIE, which takes a host of Lego figures, vehicles, structures and environments and deposits them in a story in 3D animation, has some very good jokes. It also has a message that gets repeated in various forms throughout […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Kevin Michael Richardson on the end THE CLEVELAND SHOW

Shredder from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES on Nick | ©2013 Nickelodeon

Seth McFarlane’s animated FAMILY GUY birthed a spin-off four years ago, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, moving the supporting neighbor character Cleveland Brown, voiced by Mike Henry, to his own series which recently finished its run on Fox and is now airing reruns on the Cartoon Network. Cleveland’s prepubescent son Cleveland Junior and his redneck neighbor Lester are both voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. Richardson’s resume as a voice actor spans over twenty years, including feature films (LILO & STITCH, TRANSFORMERS 2, additional voices in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS), television (MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS as Jabba the Hutt, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Elyes Gabel on BODY OF PROOF and GAME OF THRONES

Elyes Gabel in BODY OF PROOF | (c) 2013 ABC/Richard Foreman

Elyes Gabel (pronounced EL-ee-as Ga-BELL) will be known to fans of various genres. The London-born actor, who also lived for a time in Canada, is familiar to GAME OF THRONES viewers as the loyal but ill-fated Dothraki Rakharo. Zombie aficionados may have seen him in Britain’s Channel Four miniseries THE DEAD SET and will soon see him playing a virologist in WORLD WAR Z. Medical show enthusiasts may know Gabel from his seven years as Dr. Gurpreet “Guppy” Sandhu on the BBC’s CASUALTY. Now Gabel has his first regular role on a U.S. network series, ABC’s BODY OF PROOF, which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with OUT THERE and FUTURAMA actor John DiMaggio

OUT THERE - Season 1 | ©2013 IFC

In IFC’s animated series OUT THERE, which airs new episodes Fridays at 10 PM, creator Ryan Quincy has envisioned a small town where much of the populace is strangely furry – he has said his artwork is influenced by Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak. John DiMaggio voices several OUT THERE characters, chief among them Wayne. The New Jersey-born actor is a star in the animation voice performance world, playing Bender on FUTURAMA, plus characters in WRECK-IT RALPH, TANGLED, the TV series THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, various iterations of BEN 10, BATMAN, SPIDERMAN and a host of other projects. He takes […]Read On »

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES | (c) 2012 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – I am one of those people that like to believe the Batman movies started with BATMAN BEGINS and only three movies exist that feature the Dark Knight. I can’t stand the one with George Clooney or even Val Kilmer. Only Michael Keaton’s […]Read On »

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