WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY: Director W. Kamau Bell on new documentary – Exclusive Interview

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY Key Art | ©2022 Showtime

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY is a four-episode documentary that premieres its first hour on Showtime Sunday, January 30, with other episodes debuting on subsequent Sundays. Directed by W. Kamau Bell, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY deals with not only the famous comedian-actor-producer-philanthropist-rapist Bill Cosby and the women he attacked, but also with the psychological whiplash his actions produced among the population at large. People who grew up with THE COSBY SHOW knew Cosby as the man who was the visible face of Black family-centered culture and Black affluence – on the series, Cosby is a respected doctor, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LAST RESORT creator Shawn Ryan gives the scoop on the show’s finale

A scene from one of the last episodes of LAST RESORT on ABC | (c) 2013 ABC/MARIO PEREZ

Producer/writer Shawn Ryan had seven years on FX with his creation THE SHIELD, the award-winning drama about a very dirty LAPD detective. He also had four seasons as executive producer of THE UNIT, about a U.S. special forces team. His most recent series, 2010’s detective show TERRIERS for FX and 2011’s exploration of the intersection between police and city government THE CHICAGO CODE for Fox, were both likewise powerful shows, but both wrapped up after 13 episodes. LAST RESORT, the ABC drama Ryan co-created with Karl Gajdusek, wraps up its thirteen-episode run this Thursday at 8 PM. The series concerns […]Read On »

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Interview: Comedian W. Kamau Bell spins the news on TOTALLY BIASED

W. Kamau Bell in TOTALLY BIASED - Season 1 | ©2012 FX/Matthias Clamer

Interesting fact: the same parent company that gives us Fox News also gives us TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL. TOTALLY BIASED, which airs on FX Thursday nights at 11 PM and is executive-produced by Chris Rock, showcases standup comedian Bell’s humor and cheerfully leftist political views. At an event held by FX for the television press,Bell takes some time to talk about his show, his comedy and his distinctive style. ASSIGNMENT X: As a comedian, did you have any desire to see Mitt Romney win the election, just in terms of comedic fodder? W. KAMAU BELL: I’m not that […]Read On »

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Interview: Cliff Curtis goes CIA on MISSING

Cliff Curtis in MISSING - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

A mother in search of her kidnapped son can be formidable. A mother in that situation, who also used to be a CIA field agent, can be the proverbial unstoppable force. Certainly, that’s the case with Ashley Judd’s MISSING character Rebecca Winstone, who has raised her son Michael (Nick Eversman) alone ever since the death of Nick’s father, Rebecca’s husband and fellow CIA agent Paul Winstone (Sean Bean, see in flashbacks throughout the series). Naturally, the CIA isn’t too thrilled with the idea of one of their own, albeit retired, deploying her Agency skills around the globe. European station chief […]Read On »

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CD Review: TOWER HEIST soundtrack

TOWER HEIST soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande R

Brett Ratner might not have the best tastes in p.c.-friendly sound bytes, but he certainly can make fun movies like three RUSH HOUR pictures, let alone have the geek love to get a legit movie jazz master like Lalo Schifrin to score those Chan / Tucker buddy cop pairings. For whatever reason, Schifrin’s not among the crew of TOWER HEIST picture that stands at the height of Ratner’s multiplex-pleasing skills. But if you can’t get the old pro, then a relatively Young Turk like Christophe Beck will do nicely. Beyond being the king of Hollywood’s party down, rock-funk sound with […]Read On »

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CD Review: TRADING PLACES soundtrack (2,000 edition)

TRADING PLACES soundtrack | ©2011 La La Land Records

An old fogey named Elmer Bernstein became the new (and perhaps unwitting) king of youth comedy scores when filmmaker John Landis had the idea that the composer’s straight-laced, old Hollywood approach would be ideal to play the classically pompous academia who did their best to make sure Faber College had no fun of any kind. The keg smash of 1978’s ANIMAL HOUSE made Bernstein into The Man in more ways than one, tuning his often brassy approach to the height of wealth-spoofing irony- an approach that would pay huge dividends for both men ten years later with TRADING PLACES. Of […]Read On »

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CD review: THE GOLDEN CHILD soundtrack (3,000 limited edition)

THE GOLDEN CHILD soundtrack | ©2011 La La Land Records

After putting out a 3-CD set of Basil Poledouris’ numerous pit stops towards ultimately “fixing” his score for the Kurt Russell classic BREAKDOWN, La La Land goes the troubled creative process one better by releasing a second triple album that charts another Paramount movie’s long road to its final score. This time it’s both John Barry’s elegant, tossed work, along with Michel Colombier’s final, and far funkier soundtrack for Eddie Murphy’s THE GOLDEN CHILD– a far less-regarded star vehicle that’s foremost a winner for soundtrack fans as the discs contrast two disparate musical approaches. Using John Barry’s slow, jazzily elegant […]Read On »

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CD Review: 48 HRS. soundtrack

48 HRS. soundtrack | © 2011 Intrada Records

While James Horner showed he could go where no Enterprise scorer had gone before with his breakthrough, nautical-styled space adventure for 1982’s STAR TREK II, it would be that year’s 48 HRS. which truly showed him off as being far from a one-note composer. If audiences hadn’t seen this kind of hilariously foul-mouthed, squib-filled “buddy cop” movie before, then they certainly hadn’t heard the vibrant, ethnic spin that Horner put on the genre – a ferociously energetic approach that made KHAN’s musical wrath sound positively sedate by comparison. Horner likely keyed off of the manic urban energy that filled Eddie […]Read On »

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