Movie Review: RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON movie poster | ©2021 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Alan Tudyk Writers: Qui Nguyen & Adele Lim, story by Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos Lopez Estrada, Kiel Murray, Qui Nguyen, John Ripa, Dean Wellins, story ideas by Bradley Raymond, additional story contributions by Helen Kalafatic Directors: Don Hall & Carlos Lopez Estrada, co-directors, Paul Briggs & John Ripa Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 5, 2021 RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON is a charming animated quest that goes more or less exactly where we’d expect. It moves […]Read On »

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TRAINING DAY: Actress Julie Benz chat about the new CBS series – exclusive interview

Julie Benz stars in the new CBS series TRAINING DAY | © 2017 CBS

Julie Benz is at home on CBS these days. Last year, Benz wrapped up three years as heroic mayor/madam Amanda Rosewater on Syfy’s DEFIANCE, about a town where humans and extraterrestrials from a variety of planets made a sometimes fractious home for themselves. The actress is now in her second season of playing recurring character Inspector Abby Dunn on CBS’ HAWAII FIVE-0 on Friday nights, and on Thursday, February 2, she’s Holly McCabe in the premiere of CBS’ TRAINING DAY. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of murderously corrupt LAPD Detective Alonzo Harris in the 2001 TRAINING DAY feature […]Read On »

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HAWAII FIVE-0: Masi Oka on his fifth season in paradise- exclusive interview

Masa Oka as Dr. Max Bergman in HAWAI FIVE-O | © 2016 Norman Shapiro/CBS

HAWAII FIVE-0, CBS’ sturdy reboot of the original 1968-1980 island cop show, is now on Fridays in its sixth year and renewed for a seventh. Masi Oka joined the cast in the show’s second year as coroner Dr. Max Bergman, who helps McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Danny Williams (Scott Caan) and their team investigate crime for the police department in the paradise-like environment. We caught up with Oka at a party held by CBS on the roof of West Hollywood’s London Hotel for the press to ask how he’s enjoying his HAWAII FIVE-0 gig. AX: So how are things going on […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Knepper corners MOB CITY and the end of CULT

Robert Knepper in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Banana Split" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, running on TNT in two-hour blocks Wednesdays at 9 PM, executive producer/director/writer Frank Darabont has adapted John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR as a drama about the struggle between righteous cops, renegade officers and outright mobsters in 1940s Los Angeles. Some characters, like LAPD Chief William Parker (played by Neal McDonough) and gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), are historical figures. Others, including troubled police detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and female lead Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) are Darabont’s creations. Robert Knepper’s character Syd Rothman, a hit man and lifelong friend of Siegel […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SCANDAL rocks former LOST star Henry Ian Cusick

Henry Ian Cusick in SCANDAL - Season 1 - "Hell Hath No Fury" | ©2012 ABC/Randy Holmes

SCANDAL, premiering tonight, Thursday at 10 PM on ABC, is the latest drama from GREY’S ANATOMY creator Shonda Rhimes. However, the main characters in the new series are doctors of reputation rather than of medicine. An elite crew of lawyers, investigators and fixers under the direction of the uber-efficient Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) takes care of alternately hushing up and exposing the dirty secrets swirling around Washington,D.C. – including one that promises to provide a season-long arc. Olivia’s right-hand man is Stephen Finch, played by Henry Ian Cusick. ABC series with intricate plots are nothing new to Cusick – he […]Read On »

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