THE STRAIN: Carlton Cuse talks Season 3 – Interview

THE STRAIN - Season 3 poster | © 2016 FX

Carlton Cuse (LOST, BATES MOTEL, COLONY) is an executive producer and show runner on THE STRAIN. The FX Network series, now in its third season on Sunday nights, is based on a trilogy of books by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, about a vampire apocalypse that begins in New York City. Both Del Toro and Hogan are also executive producers on the show, with Del Toro directing some episodes and Hogan writing and serving as show runner alongside Cuse. Season 3 picks up on Day 23 of the emergency, with elite troops trying to eradicate the voracious strigoi, which […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET

KAHLIL GIRAN'S THE PROPHET | © 2015 Gkids/Participant Media

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, Quvenzhane Wallis Writer: Roger Allers, poetry and quotations by Kahlil Gibran Director: Roger Allers; chapter directors, Michal Socha, Nina Paley, Joann Sfar, Joan Gratz, Bill Plympton, Tomm Moore, Mohammed Harib, Gaetan Brizzi & Paul Brizzi Distributor: GKids/Participant Media Release Date: August 7, 2015 There’s no question that KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET is an admirable enterprise in its visual scope, its differing animation styles and its international nature. However, it’s pitched as a children’s film. As such, it feels much more like a lesson and less like […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALOHA

ALOHA movie poster | ©2015 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Bill Camp, Jaeden Lieberher, Danielle Rose Russell, Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele Writer: Cameron Crowe Director: Cameron Crowe Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Release Date: May 29, 2015 There are some really wonderful things in writer/director Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA that are balanced out by some things that are mundane or even baffling (why, if it is important to the story that a character named Allison Ng is one-quarter Hawaiian, cast an actress who looks four-quarters Nordic? If you want to use her, great, just say she grew […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: John Krasinski on the end of THE OFFICE

John Krasinski in THE OFFICE - Season 9 - "Moving On" | ©2013 NBC/Chris Haston

For nine seasons, NBC’s American version of THE OFFICE, a half-hour comedy developed by Greg Daniels from the British series created by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, has brought audiences into a seemingly mundane workplace that turned out to be a setting for hilarity, heartbreak and romance and for all nine seasons, John Krasinski has played the exceptionally decent Jim Halpert. Jim’s romance with coworker Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) has been one of the key plot threads throughout the series. Massachusetts native Krasinski had a relatively short acting resume when THE OFFICE began on NBC in 2005. Since then, he’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE OFFICE – Season 9 – “New Guys” – Season Premiere

Rainn Wilson and Clark Duke in THE OFFICE - Season 9 - "New Guys" | ©2012 NBC/Justin Lubin

Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Catherine Tate, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke, and Jake Lacy Writer: Greg Daniels Director: Greg Daniels Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: September 20, 2012 THE OFFICE enters its ninth and final season desperately trying to find its old balance of quirkiness and deadpan comedy. After last season’s up and down ride (the Florida arc was amazing, everything else just so-so), things appear to be getting back to basics as the series […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE OFFICE – Season 8 – “Free Family Portrait Studio” – Season Finale

Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Angela Kinsey and Ed Helms in THE OFFICE - Season 8 finale - "Free Family Portrait Studio" | ©2012 NBC/Chris Haston

Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, James Spader, Catherine Tate, Andy Buckley Writer:  B.J. Novak Director:  B.J. Novak Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 10, 2012 After Steve Carell departed THE OFFICE last year, the question mark was how could the show continue and still be funny, inventive and watchable. While some may argue, the series has been D.O.A. all season, I would argue that I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BIG MIRACLE

BIG MIRACLE movie poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, Amaogak Sweeney, John Pingayak, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, Kathy Baker, Tim Blake Nelson Writers: Jack Amiel & Michael Begler, based on the book FREEING THE WHALES by Thomas Rose Director: Ken Kwapis Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 3, 2012 A movie that is pretty much equally friendly to whales, whale hunters, Greenpeace and big oil sounds like a) something that can’t exist and b) would be pretty spineless if it did. Surprise – BIG MIRACLE, loosely based on an actual incident, manages to accomplish all of this and […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE OFFICE – Season 8 – “The Incentive”

Ed Helms in THE OFFICE - Season 8 - "The Incentive" | ©2011 NBC/Ron Tom

Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith Writer: Paul Lieberstein Director: Charles McDougall Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: September 29, 2011 For the second episode of the eighth season of THE OFFICE, the pains of moving on without Steve Carell are still being felt. Even though he was long gone by the latter half of last season, he was still there in spirit. Now, THE OFFICE is trying to move on, reworking its […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE OFFICE – Season 8 – “The List” – Season Premiere

James Spader in THE OFFICE - Season 8 - "The List" | ©2011 NBC/Chris Haston

Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, James Spader Writer: B.J. Novak Director: B.J. Novak Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: September 22, 2011 For future TV series that plan on losing a major cast member, let’s hold of THE OFFICE as a prime of example of how to handle their exit with class and an adequate way to transition into how the show will operate without their lead. Instead of having the last […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE OFFICE – Season 7 – “Search Committee”

Ray Romano, Paul Lieberstein, John Krasinski and Zach Woods in THE OFFICE - Season 7 - "Search Committee" | ©2011 NBC/Chris Haston

Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms Writer: Paul Lieberstein Director: Jeffrey Blitz Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 19. 2011 I can understand NBC’s need to hype the fact that big stars like Ray Romano, James Spader and Jim Carrey were going to drop by THE OFFICE to vie for the job of new Dunder-Mifflin manager after Steve Carell said his goodbyes a couple of weeks ago as Michael Scott. However, it almost torpedoes this one-hour season finale “Search Committee” because we already know all the surprises. We even know that THE OFFICE […]Read On »

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