S.W.A.T.: Executive producer Shawn Ryan on new reboot – Interview

Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson in S.W.A.T. - Season 1 | ©2017 CBS / Monty Brinton

Although it shares the same name as its 1975 predecessor (and the 2003 feature film), CBS’ Thursday night drama SWAT is largely a new endeavor. While the Special Weapons and Tactics squad is still named Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson and we still hear Barry De Vorzon’s indelible theme music, this SWAT is a much more grounded take on the heavily armed crisis division of the police department. Set in and around South Central Los Angeles, the new SWAT deals extensively not only with police response to violent crime, but also the strained relationship between the department and the often mistrustful community […]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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Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton on SCORPION: Part 2 – exclusive interview

Robert Patrick stars as Agent Gabe Gallo in SCORPION | © 2015 Sonja Flemming/CBS

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with SCORPION creator Nick Santora and his co-show runner Nicholas Wootton, there is discussion of music, math, romance and action. The series, renewed for a second season, is on CBS, Mondays at 9 PM. If you missed Part 1, read it here. AX: You’ve had Katherine McPhee, who plays the team’s “normal” member Paige, singing, which obviously reflects on her musical background … NICHOLAS WOOTTON: It’s amazing – everybody in the cast has musical talent. NICK SANTORA: They can play piano, they can play guitar, they can sing – they have legitimate, real […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FURIOUS 7

FURIOUS 7 | © 2015 Universal Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Dwayne Johnson, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: James Wan Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 3, 2015 Fair warning, just because this is not what one expects from a FAST & FURIOUS film: FURIOUS 7 ends with a thorough gut-punch that has nothing to do with what happens in the film. As is widely known, Paul Walker, who plays FAST & FURIOUS series stalwart Brian O’Conner, died in […]Read On »

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Elyes Gabel gets stung by SCORPION – Exclusive Interview

Elyes Gabel in SCORPION - Season 1 | ©2014 CBS/Sonja Flemming

In CBS’ SCORPION, Mondays at 9 PM, Elyes Gabel stars as brilliant FBI consultant Walter O’Brien. O’Brien is a real person and is one of the series’ executive producers. He really does run Scorpion Computer Services and really consults with the U.S. government, as well as private companies, although he doesn’t get out in the field as much as the version of him played by Gabel. SCORPION’s version of Walter heads up a small group of fellow geniuses, all with their own areas of expertise, who work warily with their government liaison Cade Gallo, played by Robert Patrick, and a […]Read On »

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SCORPION Executive Producer Roberto Orci talks Tech – Exclusive Interview

Robert Patrick as Cabe Gallo, Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn,Eddie Kaye Thomas as Toby Curtis, Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien, Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd, Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen in SCORPION - Season 1 | ©2014 CBS/Robert Voets

SCORPION, on CBS Mondays at 9 PM, is a fictionalized version of the life and career of the real Walter O’Brien, a consultant who works with the FBI and, according to IQ tests, is one of the five most intelligent living people on the planet at present. In SCORPION, we first meet Walter at age twelve when he’s living in Ireland with his parents. Walter is arrested by the FBI for hacking into NASA’s computers – but they let him go when they find out that he’s telling the truth about just wanting to get the blueprints for the space […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the FAST & FURIOUS 6 American Premiere

Vin Diesel at the American Premiere of FAST & FURIOUS 6 | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures presented the American Premiere of FAST & FURIOUS 6 at the Universal CityWalk and Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City Hollywood on May 21st. Fans got there before nine in the morning to get bracelets to be in the area by the CityWalk’s “5 Towers” Outdoor Concert Venue so they could watch the performances by Ludacis, Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz. Before the concert girls were dancing on the stage and the music was so loud that I had to put earplugs in. It was amazing that the stars walking the carpet could hear us scream their names between the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FAST & FURIOUS 6

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 | (c) 2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, Tyrene Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, Gina Carano Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor:Universal Release Date: May 24, 2013 THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS film franchise has always been about outlaws. In FAST & FURIOUS 6, more than ever before, our heroes break not only the laws of property and speed, but also gravity, physics and frequently plausibility. And hey, why not? When the characters start talking about the differences between one motor and another, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FAST FIVE

FAST FIVE movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schultze, Joaquim de Almeida, Elsa Pataky, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 29, 2011 FAST FIVE, the fifth installment in THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise has everything anyone could ask of this kind of film. It has Vin Diesel returning. It has Dwayne Johnson joining the cast. It has Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson’s character beating the expletive deleted out of each other. It […]Read On »

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