ANIMAL KINGDOM: Shawn Hatosy on Season 4 and directing – Exclusive Interview

Shawn Hatosy directs behind the scenes on ANIMAL KINGDOM - Season 4 | ©2019 TNT/Eddy Chen

TNT’S crime drama ANIMAL KINGDOM is now in its fourth season on Tuesday nights, and has been renewed for a fifth. Based on the 2010 Australian feature film of the same name (it earned Jacki Weaver a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination), the TV version of ANIMAL KINGDOM is set in Oceanside, California. The Cody family, headed by matriarch Janice, nicknamed Smurf (Ellen Barkin), is engaged in a number of criminal enterprises. Since Janice’s sons all have issues, their work, to say nothing of their relationships, can be hazardous. Shawn Hatosy (pronounced HAT-oh-see) plays Smurf’s eldest son, Andrew “Pope” Cody. Pope […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Bryanzilla”

Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Bryanzilla" | ©2012 NBC/Trae Patton

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer: Mark Kunerth   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: October 9, 2012 Ryan Murphy is once again at the helm of this new episode of THE NEW NORMAL, and with “Bryanzilla” we have a return to the rigid stereotypes and beating over the head of messages that the series started out as. The idea for the episode is cute but absurd with Shania (Bebe Wood) getting pretend engaged and wanting to have a pretend wedding. Enter Bryan (Andrew Rannells) with clearly plenty of […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Obama Mama”

Georgia King and Bebe Wood in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Obama Mama" | ©2012 NBC/Justin Lubin

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer: Allison Adler  Director: Scott Ellis      Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 25, 2012 It’s interesting to me that the first episode of THE NEW NORMAL, “Obama Mama”, that Ryan Murphy didn’t write and direct is the first episode to really move away from the God awful stereotypes that have been plaguing this show since the pilot. I like the show, but it’s been a big bone of contention for me that every single episode is chock full of cliché stereotypes all across the board, […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Sofa’s Choice”

Georgia King, NeNe Leakes, Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Bebe Wood, Ellen Barkin in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler  Director: Ryan Murphy      Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 11, 2012 I do like THE NEW NORMAL in spite of myself. I can’t help it. The one-liners are fast and funny, and even though this series does nothing but perpetuate stereotypes to middle America, I still find a lot of it funny — and I hate sitcoms. In my last review I bitched long and loud about the various forms of stereotypes that this show reinforces, and with the […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 Premiere – “Pilot”

Ellen Barkin as Jane, Andrew Rannells as Bryan, Georgia King as Goldie, Bebe Wood as Shania, Justin Bartha as David in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 10, 2012 THE NEW NORMAL was creating controversy just that started just by NBC announcing it as part of the fall line up. The creepy, crazy religious right group One Million Moms (you know the ones that protested JC Penny for having Ellen Degeneres in their ads) was vowing to boycott the network for having a series showing this type of “gay agenda” program on its network. So, […]Read On »

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Barry Levinson’s 1982 classic DINER screens at LACMA tonight at 7:30pm

DINER movie poster | ©1982 MGM/Warner Bros.

One of the most underrated 1980s comedies is DINER, the writer-directorial debut of Barry Levinson and tonight LACMA is sponsoring a special screening in Los Angeles tonight, December 1, at 7:30. You can purchase DINER tickets by clicking on the link. Rarely is there such a perfect first film, but Levinson nailed it with his 1982 classic set in 1959 Baltimore. Based on his own experiences, DINER stars Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser and Daniel Stern in their first breakout roles. The film is essentially about a bunch of guys trying to grow […]Read On »

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