Movie Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

THE FRONT RUNNER movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Mark O’Brien, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Mamoudou Athie, Alfred Molina, Kevin Pollak, Sara Paxton, Steve Zissis Writers: Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai Director: Jason Reitman Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 6, 2018 (Los Angeles and New York); November 21, 2018 (wide) First of all, THE FRONT RUNNER is not the film adaptation of forever-in-development Patricia Nell Warren’s novel about an affair between an Olympic track coach and one of his athletes. Rather, it is a fact-based […]Read On »

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COUNTERPART: Cast talks spies from different worlds – exclusive interview

Nazanin Boniadi as Clare in COUNTERPART | © 2018 Starz

Starz’s COUNTERPART, now in its first season on Sunday nights and renewed for a second, is a combination of espionage thriller and speculative fiction. In the series created by Justin Marks, reality split in two 30 years ago. At first, the two mirrored each other, but now there are significant differences. Most people don’t know about the schism, which has its connecting point in a tunnel beneath Berlin in Germany. Those who do know are involved with either keeping the peace or trying to destroy it. Nazanin Boniadi and Sara Serraiocco (pronounced “Ser-ee-O-ko] play two very different spies from the Other […]Read On »

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COUNTERPART: Actress Olivia Williams talks secrets in her new Showtime series – exclusive interview

Olivia Williams as Emily Burton Silk in COUNTERPART | © 2018 Showtime

The premise of Starz’s Sunday-night speculative-fiction drama COUNTERPART is that, 30 years ago, reality split and created a second universe that was at the time identical to our own. Only a privileged few know about this. They are headquartered in a complex that sits above the underground tunnel in Berlin that joins the two dimensions, which have since taken different paths. Olivia Williams plays two different versions of Emily Silk. This world’s Emily is in a coma after an accident. Her devoted husband, Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), comes to see her every night at the hospital. Howard, a low-level functionary, […]Read On »

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COUNTERPART: Justin Marks, Gary Gilbert and Jordan Horowitz chat Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

COUNTERPART Key Art Season 1 | ©2017 Starz

Starz’s new science-fiction spy drama COUNTERPART is launching its first season Sunday, January 21, but the series has already been picked up for Season 2. Created by Justin Marks (writer of the 2016 remake of THE JUNGLE BOOK), COUNTERPART introduces us to Howard Silk, played by J.K. Simmons. Howard has spent the last thirty years working for a multinational company in Berlin without ever knowing exactly what he, or it, is doing. One day, Howard is summoned to meet his Other – and is shocked to find himself sitting across from an identical “Other” Howard Silk. It turns out that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SNOWMAN

THE SNOWMAN movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Michael Yates, Ronan Vibert, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, David Dencik, Toby Jones, Genevieve O’Reilly, James D’Arcy Writers: Peter Straughan and Hossein Amini and Saren Sveistrup, based on the novel by Jo Nesbo Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 20, 2017 There might never be a great week for it, but this feels like especially bad timing for a movie like THE SNOWMAN to be released. With #MeToo hashtags prominent on the Internet and discussion of gender imbalance everywhere, this doesn’t seem like the best moment for […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart Writer: Bill Dubuque Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 14, 2016 The intentions behind THE ACCOUNTANT are broadly good. The filmmakers want to show the audience that people on the autism spectrum can be just as capable, if not more so, than neuro-typical (non-autistic) folks. There are certainly plenty of examples of autistic people who are extraordinarily gifted in fields like math and music. Rather than giving us another “very special” drama, director Gavin O’Connor, writer Bill Dubuque […]Read On »

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Interview with GROWING UP FISHER narrator Jason Bateman

Jenna Elfman stars as Joyce on GROWING UP FISHER | © 2014 Colleen Hayes/NBC

It’s a busy time for Jason Bateman. GROWING UP FISHER, the half-hour NBC comedy he executive produces and narrates, is in its third week on Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, and his feature directorial debut, BAD WORDS, which Bateman also stars in and produces, opens this Friday, March 14. In GROWING UP FISHER, young Henry (Eli Baker) is dealing with the friendly divorce of his parents, Mel (J.K. Simmons) and Joyce (Jenna Elfman). Bateman voices the older Henry, looking back at a time in his life complicated not so much by the parental split as by his father’s blindness, which is […]Read On »

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Interview: Jenna Elfman talks GROWING UP FISHER

Jenna Elfman as Joyce in GROWING UP FISHER - Season 1 | ©2014 NBC/Colleen Hayes

NBC’s new half-hour comedy, GROWING UP FISHER, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, is based on the real-life experiences of series creator DJ Nash. Nash’s parents had an amicable divorce, at which time his lawyer father living on his own for the first time, decided it was time to be open about something previously only his wife and kids had known – he’s blind. In the series, J.K. Simmons plays Mel Fisher, the family patriarch. Ava Deluca-Verley portrays Fisher teen Katie and Eli Baker plays Nash’s young onscreen self, Henry Fisher, with Jason Bateman narrating as the adult Henry. Mom Joyce is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: G.W. Bailey gets closer to MAJOR CRIMES

G.W. Bailey in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 - "Dismissed with Prejudice" | ©2012/Karen Neal

If one had to choose a single word to describe veteran actor G.W. Bailey upon meeting the man, it would be “jovial.” Seated at the desk of his character LAPD homicide detective Lt. Louie Provenza, who he’s played for seven years on TNT’S THE CLOSER and now portrays on the first season of that show’s spin-off MAJOR CRIMES, Mondays at 9 PM on TNT, Bailey makes visitors to the set feel welcome. Fans of THE CLOSER will not that the squad room set for MAJOR CRIMES is pretty much the same as it was. Yes, Kyra Sedgwick’s character, “closer” Brenda […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WORDS

THE WORDS movie poster | ©2012 CBS Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, Nora Arnezeder, J.K. Simmons, Lee Sternthal Writers: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal Directors: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: September 7, 2012 No one can fault THE WORDS for ambition, either as a film itself or in its eagerness to examine exactly what ambition means. It therefore gets points up front for being a film that wants to look at why people do what they do, even when their actions wind up putting them at odds with the results they ultimately […]Read On »

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