Movie Review: KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN

KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN | ©2018 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Larry Cohen, Rick Baker, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto, J.J. Abrams, Michael Moriarty, Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Martin Scorsese, Laurene Landon, Barbara Carrera, Traci Lords, Cynthia Costas Cohen, Janelle Webb Writer: Steve Mitchell Director: Steve Mitchell Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: Los Angeles, July 19, 2018; New York, August 3, 2018 KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN is a delightful documentary about filmmaker Larry Cohen. The term “outlaw” has been applied all over the place to just about everyone and everything less corporate than the Mousketeers, but Cohen really walked the walk […]Read On »

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WESTWORLD: Co-creator Jonathan Nolan re-envisions the Michael Crichton classic – Interview

WESTWORLD key art | ©2016 HBO

The 1973 cult hit WESTWORLD, based on Michael Crichton’s novel, centers around an immersive amusement park where customers can play at being gunslingers among lifelike androids. Naturally, something goes wrong. Now WESTWORLD has been reinvented by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan for HBO, which is now running the first season on Sunday nights. The new WESTWORLD still takes place in a very realistic recreated Old West, where profoundly humanlike androids do whatever the guests want. There are indeed glitches. But this WESTWORLD, instead of jumping into the “technology gone wrong, must escape” scenario, instead asks what all of the […]Read On »

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STRANGER THINGS: The Duffer Brothers talk about their Netflix series – Exclusive Interview

STRANGER THINGS poster | ©2016 Netflix

Twin brothers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, known professionally as the Duffer Brothers, have made their first TV show, Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS. Set in a small town in 1983, STRANGER THINGS evokes films of that era by Steven Spielberg. There are young boys on bicycles (Galen Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard), searching for their lost friend Will (Noah Schnapp), whose mother (Winona Ryder) is frantically trying to connect with her son through unusual means, a mysterious young girl, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), with strange powers, a transdimen sional rift, a monster, and more. STRANGER THINGS deftly reconstructs the joys of […]Read On »

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ROADIES: Winnie Holzman chats about Season 1 – exclusive interview

Carla Gugino as Shelli and Luke Wilson as Bill in ROADIES | © 2016 Katie Yu/SHOWTIME

Winnie Holzman won television immortality for creating the short-lived but highly influential series MY SO-CALLED LIFE. Since then, she has worked on ONCE AND AGAIN and HUGE, and is reportedly writing the book for the big-screen version of the Broadway hit WICKED. Holzman is also an executive producer and writer on Showtime Network’s Sunday-night comedy/drama ROADIES. Created by Cameron Crowe, also an executive producer along with J.J. Abrams, ROADIES stars Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino as two crew managers that try to keep things running smoothly for a (fictional) headlining rock band. AX: How did you become involved with ROADIES? […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR TREK BEYOND

STAR TREK BEYOND | © 2016 Paramount

Stars: John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba Writers: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung, based on STAR TREK created by Gene Roddenberry Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Paramount Release Date: July 22, 2016 STAR TREK BEYOND is one of those franchise movies that is so completely bound to its specific film universe that it feels kind of like a big, long episode of a TV series. Except it doesn’t feel like a big, long episode of any of the TV iterations of STAR TREK, originally created by Gene Roddenberry, that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Review #2

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS poster | © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Domnhall Gleeson Writers: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 18, 2015 — Here there be spoilers — Read at your own risk! There has probably never been a better use of movie magic than STAR WARS. In its potent mixture of human archetypes as old as our deepest past, laser blasters and starships from as far in the future as we can […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Review #1

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS logo | © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Domnhall Gleeson Writers: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 18, 2015 If there ever was a movie where just about nobody cared what the reviews were like, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is it. The legions who love George Lucas’ original creation don’t give a flying Fett what anyone has to say – if there’s a chance that the magic spark has […]Read On »

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THE LEFTOVERS: Co-creator Damon Lindelof on the Season 2 reboot – Interview

Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, Carrie Coon as Nora Durst in THE LEFTOVERS - Season 2 | ©2015 HBO/Van Redin

In Season 1of HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, adapted by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta from Perrotta’s novel, two percent of the world’s population has disappeared overnight. Three years later, Mapleton sheriff Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) is trying to keep his small town together, but it’s tough – some people are trying to move forward with their lives, while others find this offensive. A cult called the Guilty Remnant engages in increasingly shocking behaviors to upset those who they think have grown complacent, and when the Remnant goes way too far, the townspeople erupt in violent wrath. Season 2 of THE LEFTOVERS […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Delroy Lindo makes you BELIEVE

Delroy Lindo as Winter in BELIEVE - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2014 NBC/Justin Stephens

In NBC’s BELIEVE, Sundays at 9 PM, we meet Bo, a young girl with special powers. Created by Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman and executive-produced by Cuaron, J.J. Abrams and show runner Jonas Pate, BELIEVE chronicles what happens after Bo is forcibly removed from her most recent set of Foster parents. Tate (Jake McLaughlin) is sprung from prison to protect Bo, even though he’s never met the child. The man overseeing Bo’s rescue, Tate’s release and bringing the two together is Milton Winter, played by Delroy Lindo. Lindo, a prolific actor who was born in London, England, has […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: J.H. Wyman on ALMOST HUMAN and the end of FRINGE

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy star in ALMOST HUMAN "Pilot" | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/FOX

In Fox’s ALMOST HUMAN, Mondays at 8 PM, Karl Urban and Michael Ealy play police partners in the near future. Urban is Detective John Kennex, a man with a flawless prosthetic leg, and Ealy is Dorian, an android with a flawlessly human manner, borne from the human instincts residing within his synthetic brain. ALMOST HUMAN was created by J.H. (Joel) Wyman, who previously worked with the show’s producer J.J. Abrams on FRINGE, where Wyman served as show runner for that series’ last two seasons. Wyman is at an event sponsored by Fox for the Television Critics Association; he obligingly steps […]Read On »

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