PREACHER: Ruth Negga on bringing Tulip to life – Interview

Ruth Negga as Tulip in PREACHER | © 2016 AMC

When we meet Ruth Negga’s character, Tulip O’Hare, in the first episode of PREACHER, she is ecstatically winning a fight to the death in the front seat of a car, biting off part of a man’s face in the process. Later, Tulip enlivens two young children’s otherwise dull afternoon by giving the kids an exciting arts and crafts lesson in how to make an improvised rocket launcher. Clearly, Tulip is not a standard TV heroine. Then again, AMC’s PREACHER, Sundays at 9 PM, is not a standard good and evil show. Tulip’s former and perhaps future lover Jesse Custer (Dominic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WARCRAFT

WARCRAFT | © 2016 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Dominic Cooper, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga Writers: Charles Leavitt & Duncan Jones, story and characters by Chris Metzen, based on the Blizzard Entertainment video game Director: Duncan Jones Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 10, 2016 First off, WARCRAFT is a movie. Not just in the sense that it’s getting a theatrical release, with projectors and ticket stubs and popcorn and all that good stuff, but also in the sense that its makers have worked at creating characters who have motivations and relationships and […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER star James D’Arcy on the Finale – interview

James D'Arcy as Jarvis in AGENT CARTER | © 2015 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

On ABC’s MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, which has its first-season finale Tuesday, February 24 at 9 PM, Hayley Atwell’s titular character is the reluctant ally of billionaire inventor Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) just after WWII. While Carter can’t trust Stark all of the time, the two of them both rely greatly on Stark’s butler Edwin Jarvis, played by James D’Arcy. D’Arcy, born in London, recently appeared in the feature films JUPITER ASCENDING and LET’S BE COPS. Last year, he starred opposite Chloe Sevigny in the series THOSE WHO KILL as a troubled American forensic psychologist. Jarvis is already known to Marvel […]Read On »

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TV Review: MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER – Season 1 – “The Iron Ceiling”

Neal McDonough guest stars as Dum-Dum Dugan in MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER | © 2015 ABC/Matt Kennedy

Cast: Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, Shea Whigham, Lyndsy Fonseca, Kyle Bornheimer, Meagen Fay, Dominic Cooper Writers: Jose Molina Director: Peter Leto Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 9:00 P.M. Original telecast: Feb. 3, 2015 “The Iron Ceiling” was a turning point for Peggy Carter on MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER for a number of reasons. First, Carter (the lovely Hayley Atwell) got to showcase her kick ass skills by killing a slew of nameless Soviet soldiers and leading the SSR and Howling Commandos into a facility to uncover why a typewriter is giving instructions in Russian to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DRACULA UNTOLD

DRACULA UNTOLD poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson Writers: Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, based on characters created by Bram Stoker Director: Gary Shore Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 10, 2014 Audiences at this point have a right to be wary of anything with “Dracula” in the title, for the reason that the name at this point conjures less dread of the undead than dread of unoriginality. The master vampire, as villain, tragic hero and/or some combination thereof has been explored pretty thoroughly. As for less familiar versions – Vlad Dracul as young human warlord […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NEED FOR SPEED

NEED FOR SPEED | © 2014 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton Writer: George Gatins, story by George Gatins & John Gatins, based on the Electronic Arts game Director: Scott Waugh Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: March 14, 2014 NEED FOR SPEED is actually based on a game by Electronic Arts, but it seems designed as a kind of cinematic methadone for any potential viewers who may not be able to hold on until the next installment of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS arrives. There are definitely beautiful cars, swift […]Read On »

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Interview: Lara Pulver chats FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND

Lara Pulver is Ann O'Neill in FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND | ©2014 BBC America

Ian Fleming, who famously created James Bond, was in reality a British Naval Intelligence officer during World War II. BBC America is presenting a miniseries, FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND, beginning Wednesday January 29, starring Dominic Cooper as the journalist-turned-spy-turned-author. Fleming’s love life was almost as scandalous as that of his fictional hero. He notably fell in love with Ann O’Neill, who was married to a British nobleman when they met. Lara Pulver, who made a splash as Irene Adler in SHERLOCK and is on DA VINCI’S DEMONS as Clarice Orsini, plays Ann in FLEMING. She’s present at […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER movie poster | ©2012 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas, Jimmi Simpson, Joseph Mawle, Robin McLeavy Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith, based on his novel Director: Timur Bekemambetov Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 22, 2012 Normally, this reviewer is a believer in substance over style – what a movie is about, its story, its ideas, its emotional impact and its performances normally take precedence over what the film looks like. However, this is not true of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. It’s probably possible, perhaps even easy, to find out what director Timur Bekmambetov and […]Read On »

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Interview: CAPTAIN AMERICA composer Alan Silvestri throws his mighty shield

CAPTAIN AMERICA soundtrack | ©2011 Walt Disney Records

When it comes to the sound of military heroism, few of today’s movie composers can signal an old-school orchestral brass salute like Alan Silvestri. From bombastically playing the dark march of Stallone’s JUDGE DREDD to capturing the steely commando skills of Schwarzenegger in ERASER and PREDATOR, this one-time synthesist for the easygoing motorcycle cops of CHiPS has become the go-to composer for the epic sound of super soldiers, most recently with the wisecracking adventure of THE A-TEAM and the techno-symphonic gadgets wielded by the G.I. JOE squadron. For a composer who always brings out the big thematic guns in the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER premiere

Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell at the premiere of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures held the World Premiere of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER at the El Capitan Theater on July 19th. The carpet was red and white, and at the end of the carpet before the stars of the film and guests walked into the theater was the CAPTAIN AMERICA shield. The premiere was sponsored by Harley-Davidson, and where I was they had a white Harley that the stars autographed when they walked on the carpet.  In the film, CAPTAIN AMERICA rides a Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle.  Also sponsoring was Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER […]Read On »

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