THE RIGHT STUFF: Actor Jake McDorman talks about how astronauts deal with fear – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Jake McDorman as Alan Shepard in THE RIGHT STUFF | ©2020 National Geographic/Gene Page

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor Jake McDorman, he talks more about portraying real-life astronaut Alan Shepard in Disney+’s new series THE RIGHT STUFF. Based on Tom Wolfe’s nonfiction book about the beginnings of the NASA space program, the first season of THE RIGHT STUFF focuses on the Mercury 7 mission. The series premieres on Disney+ on Friday, October 9. ASSIGNMENT X: Of the various astronauts’ achievements, is there one that you particularly would have liked to have done yourself – first man in space, first man on the moon, longest in orbit? JAKE McDORMAN: I’ve got […]Read On »

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THE RIGHT STUFF: Actor Jake McDorman on new series based on the Tom Wolfe book – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

THE RIGHT STUFF Key Art | ©2020 National Geographic

THE RIGHT STUFF, Tom Wolfe’s nonfiction book about the beginnings of the NASA space program, was first published in 1979. It was subsequently adapted as a 1983 feature film, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (and won four technical Oscars). Now THE RIGHT STUFF is a television series, which premieres its eight-episode first season on Disney+ on Friday, October 9. It deals with the Mercury Program in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Seven astronauts, all former fighter pilots, train together while jockeying to be the first man in space. None of the men are prepared for the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MULAN

MULAN movie poster | ©2020 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin; animated screenplay by Rita Hsaio, Christopher Sanders, Philip Lazebnik, Raymond Singer & Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, story by Robert D. San Souci, based on the legend of Mulan Director: Niki Caro Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date (on Disney+): September 4, 2020 MULAN tells the story of a young woman in ancient China who disguises herself as a young man. It was previously adapted for the screen as an animated […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S INHUMANS: Actress Serinda Swan on the mutant series – Exclusive Interview

Serinda Swan in MARVEL'S INHUMANS | ©2020 ABC/Michael Muller

MARVEL’S INHUMANS ran for eight episodes on ABC in 2017. Marvel completionists can now catch those episodes of the series, adapted for the screen by Scott Buck, on Disney+. MARVEL’S INHUMANS concerns the title characters, i.e., mutants, who have a hidden and highly class-structured civilization on the moon. Members of the royal family wind up in Hawaii and have to contend with Earth humans, while revolution is brewing back home. Serinda Swan plays Queen Medusa, wife of the powerful King Black Bolt (Anson Mount), whose voice is so destructive that he dare not speak aloud. She interprets for him to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ONWARD

ONWARD Movie Poster | ©2020 Pixar/Walt Disney

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez Writers: Dan Scanlon & Jason Headley & Keith Bunin Director: Dan Scanlon Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: March 6, 2020 ONWARD is the latest offering from the combined forces of Pixar and Disney. The animated fantasy is consistently entertaining, funny, well-structured, and surprisingly deft in its handling of emotional issues. We are introduced to the world (and it’s literally a different world than ours – note the two moons in the sky) of ONWARD by Ian Lightfoot (voiced by Tom Holland). Ian is a sixteen-year-old elf […]Read On »

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HOMELAND: Co-creator Howard Gordon gives the scoop on the final season and the status of a 24 reboot – Interview

Claire Danes in HOMELAND - Season 8 Key Art | ©2020 Showtime/Mark Seliger

HOMELAND launched its first season in 2011. The series, which won an Outstanding Drama Emmy, as well as two Outstanding Lead Actress Emmys, two Outstanding Writing Emmys and more, is now in its eighth and final season Sundays on Showtime. In its first years, HOMELAND was a cat-and-mouse tug of war between returned prisoner-of-war military hero Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and doggedly determined, bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), who was – correctly – convinced that Brody had been turned by his captors and was secretly a terrorist. Carrie managed to turn Brody back, they became lovers, and he […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FROZEN II

FROZEN II movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown, Jason Ritter Writer: Jennifer Lee, story by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck & Marc E. Smith & Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Directors: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Distributor: Disney Release Date: November 22, 2019 Disney’s new animated feature FROZEN II doesn’t require knowledge of 2013’s FROZEN, though that won’t hurt. The first film’s main voice cast – Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad – returns for this tender, often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking and surprisingly deep sequel, set five […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sam Riley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay, David Gyasi, Jenn Murray, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Warwick Davis Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and Linda Woolverton, story by Linda Woolverton Director: Joachim Ronning Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: October 18, 2019 MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is a sequel to 2014’s MALEFICENT, the revisionist version of SLEEPING BEAUTY. Angelina Jolie stars in both films as the title character, a dark faerie who, in the first movie, took righteous wrath a little too far. In MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Spoiler Free review)

AVENGERS: ENDGAME poster | ©2019 Marvel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Josh Brolin, Paul Rudd Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on characters created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 26, 2019 AVENGERS: ENDGAME raises several profound questions. These questions touch only tangentially on anything to do with life, death, love, friendship, sacrifice, purpose, power, and time, although all of these issues are raised and explored during the film’s three-hour running time. […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 74: The COCO and Underappreciated Animated Movies Edition

Dorking Out Podcast | © 2017 Dorking Out Show

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s podcast we review Pixar’s COCO with Juan Uriarte of the Instant Ramen podcast and Sonia’s better half and co-host of Old Movies, New Beer podcast, David Tracy. In our second segment, we talk about underappreciated animated movies, which gives Chris a reason to talk about his love of TREASURE PLANET. And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including Amazon’s Echo and the new podcasting app CastBox. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Related: Dorking Out – Episode 72: The […]Read On »

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