THE COMEY RULE – Writer-director Billy Ray and cast discuss new Showtime political miniseries – Interview – Part 2

Jeff Daniels as FBI Director, James Comey in THE COMEY RULE | ©2020 CBS Television Studios/SHOWTIME/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Part 2 of our coverage of the Showtime miniseries THE COMEY RULE, premiering in two parts, Sunday, September 27, and Monday, September 28, we hear more from writer/director Billy Ray and actors Jeff Daniels (who plays former FBI Director James Comey), Michael Kelly (who plays FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe), Jennifer Ehle (who plays Comey’s wife Patrice), Oona Chaplin (who plays FBI lawyer Lisa Page), and Steven Pasquale (as FBI agent Peter Strzok). Ray gives his reason for making the miniseries. “I felt that the Russians had had a profound and unhappy effect on our political process in 2016, […]Read On »

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THE COMEY RULE – Writer-director Billy Ray and cast discuss new mini-series – Interview – Part 1

THE COMEY RULE Key Art | ©2020 CBS Television Studios/SHOWTIME/Ben Mark Holzberg

THE COMEY RULE is a two-part miniseries premiering on Showtime on Sunday, September 27, and Monday, September 28. Based on former FBI Director James Comey’s nonfiction memoir A HIGHER LOYALTY, the project is adapted for television and directed by Billy Ray. Jeff Daniels plays Comey, who goes from being appointed as head of the FBI by then-President Obama (Kingsley Ben-Adir), to dealing with the complexities of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of unauthorized email servers, to the unorthodox expectations and demands of President-Elect Donald J. Trump (Brendan Gleeson), to the realization that there was collusion between Russian operatives and the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MARTIAN

THE MARTIAN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Cena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, Benedict Wong Writer: Drew Goddard, based on the novel by Andy Weir Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 2, 2015 Director Ridley Scott is an acknowledged master of the visual arts, but the words “charming” and “intentionally funny” don’t usually spring to mind to describe his works, especially those set largely in outer space (ALIEN and PROMETHEUS are not generally cited as sources of warm fuzziness). THE MARTIAN changes […]Read On »

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GRACEPOINT actor Kevin Rankin is one of many suspects on this BROADCHURCH remake – Exclusive Interview

Kevin Rankin in GRACEPOINT - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Mathieu Young

Fox’s new series GRACEPOINT, Thursdays at 9 PM, is an American remake of the BBC’s BROADCHURCH, with some changes. In both, a young boy is murdered in a small coastal town – English in BROADCHURCH, Northern Californian in GRACEPOINT – and in both, just about everyone is a suspect. Also in both versions, David Tennant plays in a police detective, brought in from outside by the local force to head up the investigation. One of several changes, however, is that the dead boy’s family in GRACEPOINT is Episcopalian. Kevin Rankin plays the Reverend Paul Coates, who has a close relationship […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LOOPER

LOOPER movie poster | ©2012 TriStar Pictures/Film District

Rating: R Stars: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt, Noah Segan, Pierce Gagnon Writer: Rian Johnson Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: TriStar Pictures/Film District Release Date: September 28, 2012 To say exactly which venerable time travel question LOOPER poses would be to give the game away. You’ll certainly know it when the film gets to it, but what’s especially cool is that writer/director Rian Johnson manages to come up with a new answer to the old moral conundrum. How we get there is a tale in itself. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), our protagonist and […]Read On »

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Interview: THE NEWSROOM’s Alan Poul Provides Insight into Season 1

Jeff Daniles in THE NEWSROOM | (c) 2012 Melissa Moseley/HBO

Created by Aaron Sorkin, THE NEWSROOM is set at a fictional cable news network, but the stories it deals with – theLouisiana oil spill, the killing of Osama bin Laden – are real. Jeff Daniels stars as news anchor Will McAvoy, who goes from bland to searingly opinionated in the opening episode, with Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie MacHale, his former lover and current producer, and Sam Waterston as their boss. The series airs Sundays at 10 PM, with the season finale airing August 26; the show has already been picked up for a second year. Alan Poul, one of NEWSROOM’s […]Read On »

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