Movie Review: READY OR NOT

READY OR NOT movie poster | ©2019 Fox Searchlight

Rating: R Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Michael O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell, Melanie Scrofano, Kristian Bruun, Nicky Guadagni, Elyse Levesque, John Ralston Writers: Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: August 21, 2019 READY OR NOT is at heart a riff on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. Unlike the abruptly pulled-from-release THE HUNT, though, it’s unlikely anybody is going to worry about READY OR NOT making some kind of political statement. Well, okay, the statement that kids generally accept whatever their families do as normal is arguably political, but most people […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the DISNEY MEDIA NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL UPFRONT

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast L - R: Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Brett Dalton at the 2013 Disney Media Networks International Upfronts | ©2013 Sue Schneider

The Fall Television season is not that far away and soon new shows will be airing on the main networks and there are a lot of really good ones coming up. Each network has a whole slew of new dramas and comedies. Disney Media Networks held recently the 2013 International Upfront at The Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank, California. It was quite an event with talent from new, mid-season and retuning shows. Walking the carpet were the following talent: BABY DADDY Jean Luc Bilodeau – stars as Ben Chelsea Kane – stars as Riley Derek Theler – stars as […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Henry Czerny deals with REVENGE

Henry Czerny in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Truth - Part One" | ©2013 ABC/Colleen Hayes

As REVENGE heads into its two-hour second-season finale, Sunday May 12 at 9 PM, Henry Czerny’s character Conrad Grayson has a lot going on. First of all, he’s still one of the targets of retribution by Emily VanCamp’s character Emily Thorne – who is about to marry Conrad’s son Daniel (Joshua Bowman). Second, Daniel wants to take his money out of the family business and move with his new bride to France. Third, Conrad is running for governor of New York and his opponent is running a dirty campaign. Fourth, Conrad’s wife Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) is angry with him, and she is […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Sacrifice”

Margarita Levieva in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Sacrifice" | ©2013 ABC/Ron Tom

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Mark B. Perry & Joe Fazzio Director: Stephen Schwartz Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: February 17, 2013 At last, at last, we get to find out who died when the Amanda went down, as we saw in the season premiere of REVENGE. And, in fact, “Sacrifice” starts as it did at the beginning of the season, with the divers and the hand with the wedding band. Now, I have been writing all season that I thought it would be Aidan (Barry Sloane). It made sense, since Aidan clearly was […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Union”

A scene from REVENGE "Union" | (c) 2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Michael Foley & Tde Sullivan Director: Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: February 10, 2013 So “Union” is supposedly about all the forces, good and evil, getting together on REVENGE. But do we really care about that? It’s all about that sunken boat from this season’s premiere and whose body was in it. The way this episode was teased, I really thought this one was going to be the one where we find out. However, knowing this show, it’s entirely possibly they’ll find a way to drag that storyline […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Collusion”

Ashley Madekwe as Ashley Davenport in REVENGE "Collusion" | (c) 2013 ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Sunil Nayar & Sallie Patrick Director: Matt Shakman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 20, 2013 You know, it suddenly occurs to me that the reason REVENGE‘s episodes happen at such break-neck speed (six story-lines serviced before the opening credits of “Collusion” – and one scene actually featured two stories), is that the writers are trying to cover up that the over-all story arc has a few gaping holes in it. Like we’re not supposed to notice that Aidan (Barry Sloane) is smart enough to help Emily run […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Lineage”

Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Lineage" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Nikki Toscano Director: Christopher Misiano Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: November 25, 2012 Is it my imagination or are things about blow up on REVENGE, and I mean a serious E-Ticket ride to hell in a handbasket blow up? We have that body in Jack’s (Nick Wechsler) boat from the season premiere and a load of back stories in “Linear” that are as much about what’s about to happen as they are about explaining the past. I’m going to take this storyline by storyline, since there’s a lot going […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Illusion”

Roger Bart in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Illusion" | ©2012 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Michael Foley Director: Bobby Roth Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: November 4, 2012 I must confess, there are parts of REVENGE that I am just not getting, probably because there’s just too much story to keep track of. I’m serious. It’s bad when scenes are moving so quickly that I can’t even get a note written (in short-hand) before the next scene starts going. And that’s pausing my DVR and going back a time or two. Seems like the only “Illusion” going on here is that there’s a coherent […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Forgiveness”

Jennifer Jason Leigh in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Forgiveness" | ©2012 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Sunil Nayar Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 28, 2013 If there is a scene in “Forgiveness” that lasts longer than two minutes, I would be surprised. REVENGE has always had a problem with too much going on at a time, but it’s going more than a little bit nuts here. Add that to a sound problem that made the dialogue hard to hear in a few crucial instances, and it was rough going. Because the real Emily Thorne is actually pretending to be […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Intuition”

Christa B. Allen in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Intuition" | ©2012 ABC/Vivian Zink

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie Director: Randy Zisk Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 It’s a little annoying that even though this is a relatively focused episode of REVENGE, I have to dock “Intuition” a grade because of a personal pet peeve – it’s told in flashback. We start with a maid cleaning up a pool of blood from the Grayson entry way, with Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) watching, then crumpling up a piece of paper and tossing it into the fire. Then “24 hours earlier….” Oh, […]Read On »

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