CITY ON A HILL: Aldis Hodge talks about new Showtime drama and LEVERAGE fans – Exclusive Interview

Aldis Hodge is Decourcy Ward in CITY ON A HILL - Season 1 | ©2019 Showtime/Eric Ogden

The title of Showtime’s new Sunday-night series CITY ON A HILL refers to early ‘90s Boston. “The irony abounds,” as several characters might say. Despite its lofty physical setting, the Boston of CITY ON A HILL is rife with racism, corruption and crime. Aldis Hodge plays Assistant District Attorney DeCourcy Ward, who’s just arrived from Brooklyn. By the end of the first episode, Ward has been so manipulated by both the Boston police and his own office that he’s willing to do just about anything to avoid further abuse. Ward joins forces with crooked FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Special Bulletin #6: Oscar nominees revealed

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks, Welcome to our special bulletin, Dorking Out About the Oscars. LA LA LAND is going to the dance with a record 14 nominations, tying 1950’s ALL ABOUT EVE and 1997’s TITANIC. Other top nominees include ARRIVAL and MOONLIGHT (8 nominations), Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE, LION and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (six nominations) and FENCES and HELL OR HIGH WATER (four nominations). Notice something about all the nominees? They are all dramas. Not one comedy, Academy Voters? Come on. #OscarsSoSerious Best picture “La La Land” “Moonlight” “Manchester by the Sea” “Arrival” “Fences” “Lion” “Hidden Figures” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 30: The Shotgun Of Reviews Episode

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we introduce our new segment, “We Like To Watch,” in which we review a slew of movies and TV shows, including HIDDEN FIGURES, LIVE BY NIGHT, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, PATRIOT’S DAY, TABOO on FX, the new HBO show THE YOUNG POPE and HIP HOP EVOLUTION on Netflix. In our second segment, “You’re Dead To Me,” we share the stories in pop culture we downright hate. Sonia explains why she can’t stand BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and Chris says he will never see another DIE HARD movie. All of that, plus our favorite headlines […]Read On »

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THE BEST SCORES OF 2016 – Part One

ARRIVAL soundtrack | ©2016 Deutsche Grammophon

THE BEST SCORES OF 2016 ARRIVAL  (Johann Johannsson / Deutsche Grammophon) An Icelander whose intensely psychological, yet still melodically accessible modernist scores like PRISONERS and SICARIO speak in alien languages of subsonic strings and nerve-chilling brass at last gets his actual close encounter as he translates the Rorschach Test language of obelisk / monolith dwelling inter-dimensional deities here. Johannsson brilliantly captures both a sense of wonder and fear with beholding the mind-boggling, verbally-scrambled unknown as whale cry motifs join with alternately moaning and chattering voices, backed by a strong orchestral sound that serves as a powerful universal musical translator in a way that’s […]Read On »

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LUKE CAGE: Mahershala Ali talks Season 1 and playing Cottonmouth – Exclusive Interview

Mahershala Ali is Cottonmouth in LUKE CAGE - Season 1| ©2016 Netflix

Mahershala Ali is having quite a year. The actor from Oakland, California – first name pronounced Mah-HER-shah-lah – has a Golden Globe nomination and Oscar buzz for his performance as a compassionate drug dealer in the film MOONLIGHT. Ali also plays the love interest of Taraji P. Henson’s NASA math genius Katherine Johnson in HIDDEN FIGURES. Earlier this year, Ali appeared in KICKS and THE FREE STATE OF JONES, and he plays Remy Danton in Netflix’s HOUSE OF CARDS. However, Ali is at Netflix’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour to talk about his role as Cornell “Cottonmouth” […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HIDDEN FIGURES

HIDDEN FIGURES movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell Writers: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly Director: Theodore Melfi Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 25, 2016 Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are historical figures whose fame is long overdue. All three were key NASA personnel during the Mercury 7 project and went on to stellar careers. However, both because they are women and because they are black, their contributions have been largely overlooked until now HIDDEN […]Read On »

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