SNOWFALL: Writer-producer Walter Mosley on Season 3 and remembering director John Singleton – Exclusive Interview

Carter Hudson as Teddy McDonald, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in SNOWFALL - Season 3 - "Confessions" | ©2019 FX/Ray Mickshaw

FX’s SNOWFALL, now in its third season on Wednesday nights and renewed for a fourth, is a drama that chronicles the catastrophic convergence of drug dealers and the CIA in South Central Los Angeles during the 1980s. SNOWFALL was created by Eric Amadio, the late John Singleton, and Dave Andron. At the outset, Singleton brought in best-selling novelist Walter Mosley to come aboard as a writer/producer. Mosley has created a number of iconic series of mystery novels, including those featuring his protagonists Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. He won an Edgar Award for his novel DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE […]Read On »

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SNOWFALL: Co-creator Dave Andron on Season 3 – Exclusive interview

SNOWFALL - Season 3 Key Art | ©2019 FX

FX’s SNOWFALL, now in its third season Wednesday nights and renewed for a fourth, deals with how crack cocaine use became so prevalent. Set in 1980s South Central Los Angeles, SNOWFALL stars Damron Idris as Franklin Saint, a successful young dealer who is feeling increasing pressure from all sides, including the FBI, but does not – yet – recognize the damage his product. Dave Andron, formerly an executive producer/writer on FX’s JUSTIFIED, is one of the co-creators of SNOWFALL with fellow executive producers Eric Amadio and the late John Singleton. Andron talks with us about how SNOWFALL’s story may go […]Read On »

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BETTER CALL SAUL: Actor Giancarlo Esposito on revisiting his BREAKING BAD character – Exclusive Interview

Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo "Gus" Fring in BETTER CALL SAUL - Season 3 |©2017 /AMC/Sony Pictures Television/Michele K. Short

Giancarlo Esposito’s drug kingpin/Los Pollos Hermanos proprietor Gus Fring was one of the standout characters of AMC’s BREAKING BAD, earning the actor an Emmy nomination. It’s taken until Season 3 of BREAKING BAD’s prequel series BETTER CALL SAUL –AMC on Monday nights, starring Bob Odenkirk as criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill prior to his transformation into Walter White’s attorney Saul Goodman – for Gus to show up. Now we’re seeing Esposito play Gus as a less-established, younger man than he was in BREAKING BAD, even though it’s been six years since the actor last played the character. Esposito was born in […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Sterling K. Brown & Anthony Hemingway – exclusive interview

Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden in THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON | © 2016 FX

In FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, which concludes Tuesday, April 5, Sterling K. Brown plays prosecution team member Christopher Darden. The Missouri-born Brown, who appeared earlier this year in the film WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT and was a regular on ARMY WIVES, is known for his arcs on SUPERNATURAL as Gordon Walker and on PERSON OF INTEREST as Cal Beecher. While discussing playing the increasingly frustrated and disillusioned Darden, Brown is joined by Anthony Hemingway, who directed five episodes of THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON. AX: What was your impression of the trial at the time […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Sarah Paulson on playing Marcia Clark – exclusive interview

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON | © 2016 Fx

In FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, Sarah Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark, who is both horrified and astonished to see what seems at first to be a slam-dunk murder conviction mutate into a media circus and a referendum on gender, race and class. At more or less the same time that Paulson was working on AMERICAN CRIME STORY, she was also working on her fifth season of FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY – playing a different character each year, she’s gleaned three Emmy nominations for the series. Both series come from executive producer Ryan Murphy. Florida […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Director John Singleton on helming the courtroom drama – exclusive interview

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson in THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON | © 2016 FX

Director John Singleton and actor Cuba Gooding Jr. both made their names with 1991’s BOYZ N THE HOOD. The influential film was Singleton’s feature directorial debut, earning him Oscar nominations for both directing and his original screenplay. Although Gooding had previous movie and TV roles, it was his performance as L.A. teen Tre Styles that propelled him to stardom. Now Singleton and Gooding are working together again on FX Network’s limited series THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON, Tuesdays at 10 PM. Gooding stars as the real-life football celebrity turned murder suspect of the title; Singleton directed the episode “The Race […]Read On »

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CD Review: SHAFT soundtrack

SHAFT soundtrack | ©2014 La La Land Records

Honkeys had their gun slinging, women-bedding superhero named James Bond for years until a 1971 sex machine named John Shaft showed that a black private dick could be just as bad-ass, especially when it came to an urban action-funk groove that got Isaac Hayes an Oscar winning song and nominated score. So perhaps it was a little ironic that a “white bloke from Luton” who’d been busy scoring 007 would land the music gig for John Singleton’s 2000 reboot, giving Sam Jackson a tailor-made vehicle to cement him as a big screen mofo. But even given Arnold’s urban pedigree that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABDUCTION

ABDUCTION movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Sigourney Weaver, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Nyqvist Writer: Shawn Christensen Director: John Singleton Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 23, 2011 ABDUCTION feels so much like an adaptation of a young adult novel that it’s surprising to see that the script is an original (okay, according to the production notes, it’s based on an un-screen-credited idea by executive producer Jeremy Bell) by Shawn Christensen. Indeed, Christensen turns the original premise, and the title, into something of a red herring. There’s a sense of familiarity about the film, but it’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the ABDUCTION World Premiere

Taylor Lautner at the World Premiere of ABDUCTION | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Lionsgate presented a Gotham Group/Vertigo Entertainment/Quick Six Entertainment production, in association with Mango Farms the World Premiere of ABDUCTION at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on September 15th. As usual, fans lined the street and some lucky fans were put near us on the black carpet. Screaming as the stars arrived…the loudest for TWILIGHT heartthrob and star of the movie Taylor Lautner. The next loudest screams were for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Justin decided to avoid the carpet and walk directly into the theatre to the disappointment of fans and the press. Selena came on the carpet and posed in […]Read On »

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