Movie Review: I SAW THE LIGHT

I SAW THE LIGHT | © 2016 Sony Pictures Classic

Rating: R Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt Writer: Marc Abraham, based on the book HANK WILLIAMS: THE BIOGRAPHY by Colin Escott with George Merritt and William MacEwen Director: Marc Abraham Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: March 25, 2016 Playing the legendary country singer/songwriter Hank Williams in I SAW THE LIGHT, Tom Hiddleston displays so much joy in some of the performance scenes that the movie has flashes of being wonderful. True, Hiddleston, born in 1981, doesn’t exactly look like he’s 23, the age at which we meet Williams at the start […]Read On »

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MERCY STREET: Co-creator David Zabel talks new Civil War drama – Exclusive Interview

Josh Radnor is Jedediah Foster and Norbert Leo Butz is Dr. Byron Hale in MERCY STREET - Season 1 | ©2016 PBS/Antony Platt

MERCY STREET is PBS’ first original drama series in over a decade to be set in America. Now in its six-episode first season on Sunday nights, MERCY STREET is set during the Civil War in a hotel, owned by a Confederate family that refuses to leave, even after the building has been commandeered and made into a military hospital by the Union Army. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Radnor, Hannah James, McKinley Belcher III, Gary Cole, Donna Murphy, AnnaSophia Robb, Shalita Grant and Norbert Leo Butz are among the leads in the large ensemble cast. As of publication time, PBS wouldn’t […]Read On »

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TRANSPARENT: Creator Jill Soloway talks Season 2 of the Amazon series – Exclusive Interview

TRANSPARENT Key Art - Season 2 | ©2015 Amazon

Amazon Studios’ TRANSPARENT premiered its second season in its entirely December 11. The show is nominated for multiple Golden Globes, including Best Television Series Comedy or Musical, Best Actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and Best Supporting Actress (Judith Light). The first season won Golden Globes for Best Comedy and for star Tambor, as well as Emmys for Tambor, and writing and directing Emmys for series creator/executive producer Jill Soloway. Soloway, whose previous credits include working on SIX FEET UNDER, UNITED STATES OF TARA and the documentary miniseries THIS IS ME, was inspired to create Tambor’s character, Maura (nee Mort) Pfefferman, by her […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Turtles All The Way Down” – Series Finale

Jason Isaacs in AWAKE - Season 1 - "Turtles All The Way Down" - Series Finale | ©2012 NBC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen, story by Killen, Leonard Chang, Noelle Valdivia Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 24, 2012 There’s two ways to look at the challenging NBC series AWAKE. On one hand, the network gave a greenlight to a challenging, original and incredibly high-concept police procedural that in any other NBC era it wouldn’t even make it past the pilot stage. On the other hand, you can view it as another missed opportunity – a chance to build and grow […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: AWAKE stars BD Wong and Cherry Jones are shrink wrapped

Jason Isaacs and BD Wong in AWAKE - Season 1 - "That's Not My Penguin" | ©2012 NBC/Neil Jacobs

AWAKE has its series finale tonight on NBC. The thoughtful, offbeat show is part psychological mystery and part procedural. Created by Kyle Killen, who executive-produces with Howard Gordon (24, HOMELAND) stars Jason Isaacs as LAPD detective Mike Britten, who wakes to one reality where his wife is alive but their son has died, then goes to sleep and wakes in a different universe where his teenaged son is still with him but his wife has passed away. Not surprisingly, Mike is in therapy. His doctor in the universe where his wife still lives is Dr. John Lee, played by BD […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Kyle Killen is wide AWAKE

Jason Isaacs in AWAKE - Season 1 - "Two Birds" | ©2012 NBC/Jordin Althaus

NBC’s AWAKE, which airs its series finale next week, is a show that unfortunately did not find an audience. Partly a police procedural – its hero, Jason Isaacs’ character Michael Britten, is a Los Angeles police homicide detective – AWAKE has another component that makes it unique. Following a terrible car accident, Michael awakens to one reality where his wife has survived the crash but their teenaged son is dead; when he goes to sleep, he wakes up in another reality where his son is alive but his wife has perished. Cases in one reality also turn up in different […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Guilty”

Laura Allen, Jason Isaacs and Dylan Minnette in AWAKE | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Howard Gordon & Evan Katz Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 15, 2012 I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when when I heard about the premise to AWAKE and how it was going to be able to sustain itself, in two different realities, week after week. Yet, here we are in Week 3, and the show continues to stay on the right path. It’s complicated, complex, but thoroughly engaging with a plot device that brings its […]Read On »

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

Dylan Minette, Jason Isaacs and Laura Allen in AWAKE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Jim Fiscus

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 1, 2012 With NBC struggling to find anything to jump start its anemic ratings, it bet big on SMASH with some okay results. Now they have AWAKE to potentially goose their struggling Thursday nights at 10:00 pm slot. A police procedural with a genre twist, AWAKE is a promising and interesting drama about a cop and loving husband Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) who gets in a horrible car crash with his […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “The Little Guy”

Dylan Minnette in AWAKE - Season 1 - "The Little Guy" | ©2012 NBC/Neil Jacobs

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen Director: David Slade Network: NBC, airs Thursday night Original Telecast: March 8, 2012 After establishing the very complex work of AWAKE where cop Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) finds himself living in two different realities – one where a car accident claimed his wife and one where the crash claimed his son, this second episode “The Little Guy” settles into a really nice groove. The concept could still be challenging for normal viewers, but this episode makes the conceit go down real smooth, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: AWAKE executive producer Howard Gordon and star Wilmer Valderrama on their new mind-bending series

Laura Allen, Jason Isaacs and Dylan Minnette in AWAKE poster - Season 1 | ©2012 NBCUniversal/Jim Fiscus

In AWAKE, which premieres tonight, Thursday March 1 at 10 PM on NBC, Jason Isaacs plays police detective Mike Britten. Britten and his wife and son are involved in a terrible car accident. When Britten recovers, his wife is alive and their son has died – except when Britten goes to sleep, he wakes up in a different reality where his son has survived but his wife has perished. The change extends to Britten’s work life – in the reality where his wife is alive, Britten’s detective partner is Steve Harris’ experienced Isaiah “Bird” Freeman, whereas in the other existence, […]Read On »

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