TRUST: Anna Chancellor on new FX drama series – Exclusive Interview

Anna Chancellor in TRUST - Mini-series | ©2018 FX

FX Networks’s Sunday-night drama series TRUST, concluding tonight, is a dramatization of real-life events in 1973. John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), grandson of the extraordinarily wealthy J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland), tries to con some money out of the family. The plan goes south and the young man is kidnapped in Italy. His grandfather won’t pay the ransom. In addition to his odd view of family obligations, the senior Getty keeps not one, not two, but a whole group of mistresses on hand in his mansion. Anna Chancellor plays one of these women, Penelope Kittson. The English actress had […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY from executive producer Howard Gordon

24 - SEASON 8 - THE COMPLETE FINAL SEASON DVD | ©2010 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Producer/writer Howard Gordon is a very busy man, what with last year’s truckload of Emmys for the first season of Showtime’s HOMELAND, an even bigger slate of nominations for the second season of HOMELAND, the series TYRANT in development at FX and LEGENDS, an espionage series starring Sean Bean, at TNT. This last is likely why Gordon is at TNT’s twenty-fifth anniversary party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We talked with Gordon about all his projects (see our upcoming separate interview), but while we’re at it, we got an update on next year’s anticipated mini-season of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE FOLLOWING star Annie Parisse on playing FBI Special Agent Parker

Annie Parisse in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s freshman hit THE FOLLOWING, Monday nights at 9 PM, it seems like Annie Parisse’s character, FBI agent and cult specialist Debra Parker, is one of the good guys. But on this serial killer thriller, created by Kevin Williamson, it’s hard to tell. Did Jacob (Nico Tortorella), a devoted follower of charismatic multiple murderer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) spare Parker in last week’s episode because he needed leverage against series hero Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), or did Parker reveal something to Jacob while we weren’t looking? Parisse, of course, is hardly likely to share an answer to that question. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE HUNGER GAMES World Premiere – Part 1- The Stars

Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth at the World Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Recently, Lionsgate held the World Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. This premiere had the same setup as THE TWILIGHT SAGA premieres that have been held down at Nokia…BIG is the word to describe it. Fans of the book series by Suzanne Collins were everywhere. They screamed as the stars arrived. Some wanted autographs and their photo taken with the stars. Seen walking the black carpet were the stars of the movie, which included: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby […]Read On »

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The Great HUNGER GAMES Rip-Off

Jennifer Lawrence in THE HUNGER GAMES | ©2012 Lionsgate

They say that there are only seven stories, aka plots, and that every story we’ve ever read, heard, or seen in a film, is either one of those seven, or a combination of one or more of them. Proof of this was recently hammered home in a big way via the AVATAR/POCAHONTAS/FERNGULLY debacle. While I’m a big fan of mash-ups, aka taking elements of several existing stories, lyrics, or melodies, and making them into one new-ish one, I do find it odd that with all the hoopla surrounding this season’s darling, THE HUNGER GAMES – no one seems to remember […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES

THE HUNGER GAMES final poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Donald Sutherland Writers: Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: March 23, 2012 Not having read Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel THE HUNGER GAMES, this reviewer can only report secondhand on the film version’s fidelity to the source material (according to those who have read the book, it’s fairly close). As to how well the HUNGER GAMES movie stands up on its own, it is a good […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Los Angeles Premiere

Vanessa Hudgens at the Los Angeles Premiere of JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS iSLAND | ©2012 Sue Schneider

On February 2nd, New Line Cinema held the Los Angeles Premiere of JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, a Contrafilm Production at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The fans that lined Hollywood Boulevard screamed loudly when Vanessa Hudgens and Dwayne Johnson arrived. Johnson walked across traffic to sign autographs while the press patiently waited for him to come back and walk the carpet. JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is the follow-up to the 2008 film JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. In this 3D family adventure the story begins when seventeen-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HORRIBLE BOSSES

HORRIBLE BOSSES movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros./New Line

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Julie Bowen, Donald Sutherland Writers: Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, story by Michael Markowitz Director: Seth Gordon Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: July 8, 2011 Just in case you don’t remember STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock movie based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, HORRIBLE BOSSES provides a name check. If you have that confused with the 1987 parody version, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, that gets name-checked as well, with a helpful differentiation between the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE EAGLE

THE EAGLE movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O’Hare Writer: Jeremy Brock, based on the novel THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH by Rosemary Sutcliff Director: Kevin Macdonald Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: February 11, 2011 Director Kevin Macdonald and screenwriter Jeremy Brock, the team that previously brought us THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, now set a tale in actual, albeit ancient, Scotland. Although THE EAGLE is much more steeped in legend and natural beauty (the film was shot in Scotland and Hungary), the filmmakers manage to bring the moral ambiguity levels impressively high, even […]Read On »

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