Movie Review: FENCES

FENCES movie poster | ©2016 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney Writer: August Wilson, based on his play Director: Denzel Washington Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: December 16, 2016 When the late August Wilson’s play FENCES opened on Broadway in 1987, it proceeded to win Tony Awards for pretty much everything – Best Play, Best Actor (James Earl Jones), Best Featured Actress (Mary Alice) and Best Direction (Lloyd Richards). The 2010 revival proceeded to win Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Actress (upgraded from Featured) for Viola […]Read On »

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THE CARMICHAEL SHOW: David Alan Grier Interview on new NBC comedy series

David Alan Grier as Joe Carmichael in THE CARMICHAEL SHOW | - Season 1 | ©2015 NBCUniversal/Matthias Clamer

David Alan Grier has had a wide-ranging career. The Detroit-born performer has done standup, Broadway (where he won three Tony nominations), lots of feature films, both comedy (including I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA and PEEPLES) and drama (including A SOLDIER’S STORY and THE WOODSMAN), and huge amounts of television, including IN LIVING COLOR. NBC recently announced that Grier will play the Cowardly Lion in the network’s musical THE WIZ LIVE! Right now, Grier is starring in another NBC project, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, which premieres Wednesday, August 26 at 9 PM. Grier portrays Joe, the opinionated father of Jerrod, an equally […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with THE RED ROAD’s Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie stars in THE RED ROAD | © 2014 Sundance Channel

In Sundance TV’s six-hour drama series THE RED ROAD, created by Aaron Guzikowski, Tamara Tunie plays Marie, a Native American living in a smallNew Jersey town in theRamapoMountains. Marie isn’t thrilled when her grown son Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa) comes back from prison, even before he gets tangled up in dark doings involving his old schoolmate, sheriff’s deputy Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) and Harold’s wife Jean (Julianne Nicholson). Marie is busy raising her adopted son Junior (Kiowa Gordon) and wants to keep him away from the kind of trouble that Kopus seems to attract, but that may not be possible. […]Read On »

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Interview: Ralph Fiennes finds THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

Ralph Fiennes in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN | ©2013 BBC Films

Based on the nonfiction book by Claire Tomalin and scripted by Abi Morgan, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN chronicles the Victorian-era romance between famous, married, forty-five-year-old author Charles Dickens, played by Ralph Fiennes, and eighteen-year-old actress Nelly Ternan, played by Felicity Jones THE INVISIBLE WOMAN marks Fiennes’ second stint directing himself in a feature film. He previously directed and starred in 2011’s CORIOLANUS, adapted from Shakespeare’s play. The actor, originally from Suffolk, England, earned Academy Award nominations for his work in SCHINDLER’S LIST and in THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Fiennes’ huge screen resume also includes playing Lord Voldemort in the HARRY POTTER films […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Edward Asner talks GRACE and his return to HAWAII FIVE-0

Ed Asner in HAWAII FIVE-0 - "Kalele" | ©2012 CBS/Norman Shapiro

Right now, Edward Asner is in the play GRACE at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. The show opened Oct. 4 and is closing this Sunday, Jan. 6. Asner will doubtless head into another acting gig. The seven-time Emmy winner, famous to TV viewers for playing Lou Grant on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and LOU GRANT, and beloved by filmgoers of all ages for voicing balloon-maker Carl in UP, took some time to talk about his play, his recent appearances on HAWAII FIVE-0 and what we all can do to make things a little better for each other. ASSIGNMENT X: […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAJOR CRIMES Kearran Giovanni actress talks about her TNT series beat

Kearran Giovanni in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 - "Citizen's Arrest" | ©TNT/Karen Neal

In TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES, which has its first-season finale tonight, Monday at 9 PM, a lot of characters in the Major Crimes squad room have had to make an adjustment. Their previous boss, Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson on THE CLOSER, was a results-at-all-costs type. Their new supervisor on the spinoff, Mary McDonnell’s Captain Sharon Raydor, is a former Internal Affairs officer who’s a stickler for the rules. However, for Kearran Giovanni’s character Detective Amy Sikes, who is new to the squad, Raydor is a mentor and a role model. They get along very well. Giovanni worked on the daytime […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eric McCormack gives depth to PERCEPTION

Eric McCormack in PERCEPTION - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT

In TNT’s new series PERCEPTION, Mondays at 10 PM, Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a brilliant neuroscientist and university professor. Daniel has just been re-approached by his former associate, FBI Special Agent Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) to resume helping with federal murder investigations – even though Daniel suffers from a form of schizophrenia that causes him to see and hear people who aren’t really there. The Toronto-born McCormack spent eight seasons on the half-hour comedy WILL & GRACE as Will Truman, the NYC lawyer who was the least neurotic of that series’ four main characters. More recently, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ROCK OF AGES

ROCK OF AGES movie poster | ©2012 New Line Cinema

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige Writers: Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on the stage musical book by Chris D’Arienzo Director: Adam Shankman Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 15, 2012 ROCK OF AGES the movie is adapted from ROCK OF AGES, the Broadway jukebox musical. A “jukebox musical,” for those unfamiliar with the term, is a show with a non-original score – in this instance, think MAMMA MIA!, but with Eighties rock and pop instead of ABBA […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Sean Leonard on the end of HOUSE

Robert Sean Leonard in HOUSE - Season 8 | ©2012 Fox/Pamela Littky

HOUSE ends its eight-year run tonight with a two-hour finale beginning at 8 PM on Fox. We caught up very briefly with Robert Sean Leonard, who has played Dr. James Wilson, exasperated best friend of Hugh Laurie’s difficult-to-get-along-with Dr. Gregory House, for the entire run, and got his views of two topics – his love of theatre and his dislike of the term “bromance,” especially as applied to Wilson and House. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve been on Broadway twelve times so far. Do you have a preference for doing series television or theatrical film or stage? ROBERT SEAN LEONARD: Yes. It’s […]Read On »

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Interview: Katharine McPhee makes a SMASH with the Season 1 finale

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Patrick Randak

NBC’s SMASH, set in the world of Broadway musicals, has its first season finale tonight at 10 PM. Never fear – the show has been renewed for a second season. This year, one of the main plotlines has been the rivalry between veteran musical chorus member Ivy Bell, played by musical theatre veteran Megan Hilty, and New York newcomer Karen Cartwright, played by Katharine McPhee in her first scripted TV series lead. McPhee, a Los Angeles native, shot to pop fame as the runner-up in the 2006 fifth season of AMERICAN IDOL. Since then, she’s appeared in feature films, including […]Read On »

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