BERLIN STATION: Leland Orser on Epix’s espionage drama – Exclusive Interview

Leland Orser in BERLIN STATION - Season 1 | ©2016 Epix

In Epix’s Sunday-night espionage drama BERLIN STATION,  which has just been picked up for a second season, Leland Orser plays Robert Kirsch. Kirsch is the C.I.A.’s Deputy Chief of Station, working sometimes at odds under station chief Steven Frost, played by Richard Jenkins. Orser, originally from San Francisco, is a prolific performer who appears in a wide variety of films and television, including the two most recent seasons of RAY DONOVAN, along with SE7EN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, ER, 24 and all three TAKEN movies. ASSIGNMENT X: Robert Kirsch seems a little ambitious and adversarial … LELAND ORSER: He […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT SHOW – Episode 2: The ‘America Fock Yeah’ Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. Welcome to episode 2 of Dorking Out With Chris and Sonia. This week, inspired by the Fourth of July, we share their favorite movies about America. We don’t want to spoil the podcast by revealing our picks here, buuuuut … “Independence Day” is not on the list. Plus, in honor of director Steven Spielberg’s new movie, “The BFG,” we share our favorite and least favorite Spielberg movies. Chris also has a short review “The BFG.” We introduce our new segment, “You’re Dead To Me,” in which we talk about a movie, TV show, book or anything else that we really hate. This […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT SHOW – Episode 1: The ‘Boom Goes The Wildfire’ Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Welcome to the first episode of the DORKING OUT SHOW! This is the new podcast starring Chris Smith and Sonia Mansfield where two dorks talk in-depth about all things in entertainment. We have a lot to unpack with this epic conclusion of the sixth season, so to help us out we bought in some super “Game Of Throne” dorks, including Harrison L. Smith and Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X. We talk about what we think about this explosive episode, plus some fun fan theories and what we think will happen in the final two seasons. In a world […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE premiere

Liam Hemsworth at the premiere of INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE

It was 1996 when the aliens first invaded Earth in INDEPENDENCE DAY and now it’s 2016 and they have returned, but this Alien Mothership is twice the size in INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE. Will Earth have enough firepower to win once again? We shall see when the nations of Earth work together to prevent the aliens from taking over. 20th Century Fox held the premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX after Roland Emmerich; the Director had his Hand and Footprint Ceremony. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, […]Read On »

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Highlights from the 2016 LA FILM FESTIVAL

LA Film Festival

1) The new venue. Once upon a time the LAFF was in Hollywood. The it was in Westwood next to the UCLA campus. Then it was in the LA LIVE center downtown. All three areas managed to dwarf what was going on around it. In Hollywood it didn’t stick out enough from usual Hollywood goings on. At UCLA film goers were over run by campus dwellers (even though it was during Summer break). At LA LIVE it looked like it had been dropped into some Blade Runner-esque hybrid of LA and Tokyo with some sports championship or pop concert running […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANONYMOUS

ANONYMOUS movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower, Derek Jacobi Writer: John Orloff Director: Roland Emmerich Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 28, 2011 What is the problem some historians have with the notion that William Shakespeare wrote the plays that are attributed to him? An argument is made in the film ANONYMOUS that Shakespeare’s father was illiterate, but it seems logical that the mind capable of writing Shakespeare’s plays and poems was capable of learning to read in the first place. In any event, most […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Blood Line” – Review #2 – Season Finale

Lauren Ambrose in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Candace Brown, Sharon Morgan, William Thomas, Marina Benedict, Paul James, John De Lancie, Tom Price, Teddy Sears, Frances Fisher Writer: Jane Espenson and Russell T. Davies Director:  Billy Gierhart Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2011 The latest TORCHWOOD series MIRACLE DAY has drawn to a close at last with “The Blood Line”. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I have very mixed emotions involving not only the wrap-up of the series, but also about various character’s fates and plotlines […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Blood Line” – Review #1 – Season Finale

Eve Myles and John Barrowman in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Candace Brown, Sharon Morgan, William Thomas, Marina Benedict, Paul James, John De Lancie, Tom Price, Teddy Sears, Frances Fisher Writer: Jane Espenson and Russell T. Davies Director:  Billy Gierhart Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2011 In the tenth and final episode of the all-new BBC/Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, “The Blood Line,” the mission to track down the Blessing in Shanghai and Buenos Aires runs into complications. Betrayal comes from without and within, Rex (Mekhi Phifer) and Esther (Alexa Havins) […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Gathering” – Review #2

Alexa Havins, John Barrowman, and Eve Myles in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Arlene Tur, Jonathan Spencer, Frederick Koehler, Jason Brooks, Tom Price, Marc Vann, William Thomas, Ciera Payton, G. Lane Hillman, Lena Kaur, Liz Jenkins, Ernie Hudson Writer: John Fey Director:  Guy Ferland Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2011 It’s been an interesting ride for the BBC Worldwide and Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, and as we head into the home stretch with the ninth (of ten) episode “The Gathering” some things get explained and still more questions are raised. First off […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Gathering” – Review #1

Lauren Ambrose in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Sharon Morgan, William Thomas, Marina Benedict, John De Lancie, Paul James, Teddy Sears, Frances Fisher Writer: John Fay Director:  Guy Ferland Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2011 In the ninth episode of the all-new BBC/Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, “The Gathering,” the Torchwood team finds itself making an unlikely and uneasy alliance with Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) as they begin to piece together the truth behind the Families and the Blessing. A mission to two locations on opposite sides of […]Read On »

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