Movie Review: FREE STATE OF JONES

FREE STATE OF JONES poster | ©2016 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell Writer: Gary Ross, story by Leonard Hartman & Gary Ross Director: Gary Ross Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: June 24, 2016 Rather extraordinarily, the broad facts of FREE STATE OF JONES are true. During the Civil War, a Mississippi farmer named Newt Knight brought together a small, multiracial militia and effectively seceded from the Confederacy. The story was previously fictionalized in the 1942 novel TAP ROOTS and its 1948 film adaptation. There remains a great deal of controversy about Knight’s motives and specific actions. In FREE STATE OF JONES, […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Aldis Hodge – exclusive interview

Jurnee Smollett-Bell As Rosalee in UNDERGROUND on WGN | © 2016 WGN

In WGN America’s UNDERGROUND, Wednesday nights in its first season and renewed for a second, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge star as, respectively, Rosalee and Noah. It’s 1857. Noah has worked out a plan for himself and several others to escape from the plantation where they are held in slavery – a plan that gets radically accelerated when Rosalee has to defend herself from attack by a rapacious oversee and consequently must run for her life. Eventually, the two begin working together as they unknowingly help pave the way for the Underground Railroad, which conducted many slaves to freedom over […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER actor Kevin Ryan walks the beat of the past

Kevin Ryan in COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

In BBC America’s COPPER, Sunday nights at 10 PM, it’s 1864. Irish-American Civil War veteran Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston Jones) is a police detective investigating crime in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood in New York. Although Corcoran relies on two of his fellow Union Army vets for help, his partner in policing is fellow Irish immigrant Francis Maguire, played by Kevin Ryan. Ryan – not to be confused with the CASTLE character of the same name, played by Seamus Dever – is Irish in real life, which allows him to use his own accent in the role. Descended from […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER star Tom Weston-Jones on the Civil War detective series

Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) in COPPER "Surviving Death" | © BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

In BBC America’s COPPER, which airs Sundays at 10 PM, Tom Weston-Jones plays police detective Kevin “Corky” Corcoran. In the series created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos, it’s the mid-1860s, the Civil War is still raging and Corcoran, an Irish-born former Union soldier, works in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood of New York City, relying for help in his investigations on two fellow veterans, wealthy Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) and African-American medical doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh). Weston-Jones, an Englishman who grew up in Dubai and graduated from the University of London with a degree in theatre and drama, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HELL ON WHEELS producer John Shiban talks about the post-Civil War drama

HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 Key Art | ©2012 AMC

HELL ON WHEELS steams to the conclusion of its second season tonight in a two-hour finale beginning at 9 PM on AMC. The series concerns the post-Civil War construction of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad and the work camp called Hell on Wheels, where Confederate veteran Cullen Bohannon, played by Anson Mount, has come seeking vengeance against the men who killed his wife. Executive producer/show runner John Shiban (whose other credits include THE X-FILES, THE LONE GUNMEN, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, SUPERNATURAL, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY and BREAKING BAD) is due to speak to a whole group of people about HELL ON […]Read On »

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Five Classic AVENGERS Stories We Want to See in AVENGERS 2 or 3

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet | ©2012 Marvel Comics

One of the great things about the Marvel movies that led up to the first AVENGERS film is how well they built a consistent universe with seeds planted all along the way leading up to the big epic battle for New York City and the world. The appearance of – SPOILERS! – Thanos during the closing credits suggests they know full well where they’re going next in AVENGERS 2 or 3, but let’s take a look at some past Avengers storylines in the comics that might make for good movie fodder. 1. The Infinity Gauntlet This one is probably a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: JUSTIFIED star Nick Searcy talks Season 3

Nick Searcy in Justified - Season 3 - "Watching the Detectives" | ©2012 FX/Prashant Gupta

On FX’s award-winning hit JUSTIFIED, now in its third season Tuesday nights at 10 PM, Timothy Olyphant’s character U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens often exercises his own judgment on how matters of the law should be handled. However, even if Raylan doesn’t always listen to the man, he has healthy respect for his boss, Chief Deputy Art Mullen, played by Nick Searcy. Searcy has played his share of bosses and law enforcement characters over the years – he was a deputy in his series regular role on AMERICAN GOTHIC and was a U.S. marshal in an episode of LINE OF […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HELL ON WHEELS Co-Creator Joe Gayton dusts off the western for AMC

HELL ON WHEELS - Season 1 poster | ©2011 AMC

AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS, which airs Sundays at 10 PM, is a historical Western drama based in fact. Right after the American Civil War, Thomas “Doc” Durant (played in the series by Colm Meaney) really did set out to build a cross-Continental railroad with government funds and underpaid workers. With this as a narrative foundation, series creators/executive producers/brothers Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton have crafted a story focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a Confederate veteran seeking vengeance on the men who killed his wife. Other major characters are Elam(Common), a former slave avenging wrongs done to him, Lily Bell (Dominique McElligott), […]Read On »

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