Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner Writer: J.K. Rowling, based on characters created by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 16, 2018 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD is set in 1927, one year after the events of its immediate predecessor, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, which was released two years ago. Both films are set in what is now to be known as WIZARDING WORLD, aka the HARRY POTTER universe. Got all that? Good, because FANTASTIC BEASTS: […]Read On »

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LEGACIES: Creator and executive producer Julie Plec talks about new THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off- interview

Kaylee Bryant as Josie in LEGACIES - Season 1 | © 2018 The CW Network/Miller Mobley

The CW’s new Thursday-night series LEGACIES is a spin-off of both THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which ran on the network for eight years, and that series’ spin-off THE ORIGINALS, which concluded its five-season run in May. In LEGACIES, Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), the daughter of the late vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus and granddaughter of a witch, is one of the first enrollees at the Mystic Falls, Virginia Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. The Salvatore School is in fact a haven for supernatural adolescents. The headmaster is Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis), first introduced in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, in which he […]Read On »

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WISDOM OF THE CROWD: Natalia Tena also talks GAME OF THRONES and HARRY POTTER – Interview

Natalia Tena stars as Sara Morton in WISDOM OF THE CROWD - Season 1 | ©2017 CBS/Brendan Meadows

In CBS’s Sunday-night drama WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Jeremy Piven plays tech billionaire Jeffrey Tanner. After his daughter is murdered, Jeffrey walks away from his phenomenally successful company to concentrate on a crime-solving crowd-sourced algorithm. It’s meant to catch the killer, but it winds up helping solve a lot of other cases as well. Natalia Tena (pronounced, she says, TEN-ah) plays Sara Morton, Jeffrey’s business and romantic partner. The English actress is recognized all over the world for playing the Wildling Osha in GAME OF THRONES and Nymphadora Tonks in the HARRY POTTER franchise (and, it turns out, for a […]Read On »

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MR MERCEDES: Brendan Gleeson on playing detective on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Brendan Gleeson in MR. MERCEDES - Season 1 | ©2017 AT&T Audience Network

In AT&T Audience Network’s MR MERCEDES, which has its first-season finale Wednesday, October 11 (and was just renewed for Season 2 today), Brendan Gleeson plays retired homicide detective Bill Hodges. Based on the novel by Stephen King, MR MERCEDES follows Bill’s dogged pursuit of the title character (Harry Treadaway), who used a stolen car to commit mass murder and is intending to kill even more people. Gleeson, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, has been working steadily in film, television and theatre for decades. He’s gained three Golden Globe nominations – for playing an idiosyncratic Irish cop in THE GUARD, a […]Read On »

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MR MERCEDES: MOONLIGHT actor Jharrel Jerome chats new series – Exclusive Interview

MR MERCEDES - Season 1 key art | ©2017 Audience Network

In AT&T Audience Network’s MR MERCEDES, based on Stephen King’s novel, Brendan Gleeson plays retired police detective Bill Hodges, still in pursuit of the psychopath who used a stolen car to commit mass murder. Bill is aided in his quest by Jharrel Jerome’s character Jerome Robinson, a Harvard-bound young computer whiz who until now hasn’t truly encountered human evil. Jerome has been acting professionally for only a little over a year, but it’s been an eventful journey. His first gig was as the sixteen-year-old protagonist Kevin (other actors play young and older Kevin) in the Best Picture Oscar winner MOONLIGHT. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell Writer: J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 18, 2016 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM by Newt Scamander is, as everyone in the wizarding world knows, a key textbook at Hogwarts. Should you, dear reader, not be up on the minutiae of the wizarding world, FANTASTIC BEASTS was first introduced in author J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER series as a book read at school by Harry and his classmates. Rowling then went on to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 30, 2016 To the terms “super,” “powered,” “mutant,” “meta-human,” “Inhuman” and “magical,” we can now add “peculiar.” In MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is has the same meaning as those other words popularized by the likes of DC, Marvel and especially the HARRY POTTER franchise. MISS PEREGRINE doesn’t have the consistent sense of wonder that HARRY managed to achieve, […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 6: The Old Harry Potter vs. Emo Jason Bourne Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we return to the Harry Potter universe with the newly released HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. This isn’t a new book, technically, it’s a rehearsal script in book form. We have a spoiler free discussion, followed by a few spoilers, but we’ll warn you first. Friends warn friends about spoilers. Tony Hicks, movie and pop culture critic for the Bay Area News Group, makes his Dorking Out debut and reviews JASON BOURNE. Is it as good as its predecessors? You’ll have to listen to find out. We also review of BAD MOMS, […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 11: DEADPOOL and THE WALKING DEAD

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to another edition of the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante … except without Anthony C. Ferrante this week as he is off working or something. A likely story. In an event, Sonia Mansfield, Ryan Mitchelle, Chris Smith and myself discuss all the big pop culture news of the week. This is a special Valentine’s Day edition filled with loving topics such as zombies from THE WALKING DEAD, the merc with a mouth DEADPOOL, the new STAR TREK series being developed with Bryan Fuller and the new HARRY POTTER book coming soon. So sit back and enjoy […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Actor David Bradley on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

David Bradley in THE STRAIN - Season 2 | ©2015 FX/Robert Sebree

Actor David Bradley is dancing with the kind of gusto associated with Dickensian revels. His costar on THE STRAIN, Kevin Durand, is immortalizing the action with his cell phone. It’s perfectly appropriate – this is a party thrown by Fox and FX for the Television Critics Association press tour at West Hollywood’s Soho House and there’s music blaring – but whether one is most familiar with Bradley from his STRAIN role as determined and lethal vampire hunter Abraham Setrakian, the vile Walder Frey from GAME OF THRONES, actor William Hartnell aka the First Doctor Who from AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE […]Read On »

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