SUNNYSIDE: Diana Maria Riva chats about the new NBC comedy – Exclusive Interview

Diana Maria Riva as Griselda in SUNNYSIDE - Season 1 | ©2019 NBC/F. Scott Schafer

In NBC’s freshman Thursday-night comedy SUNNYSIDE, Kal Penn, who co-created the series with Matt Murray, plays Garrett Modi. After a very public humiliation and firing from his city council seat, Garrett winds up teaching a class that helps immigrants study for their American citizenship test. One of Garrett’s students is Griselda, played by Diana Maria Riva. Griselda has an unending supply of part-time gigs to make ends meet, including bartender, waitress and baseball stadium hotdog vendor. While Riva isn’t juggling as many simultaneous jobs as her SUNNYSIDE character, she works constantly. Her numerous film and TV credits include COMMON LAW, […]Read On »

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SUNNYSIDE: Co-creator Matt Murray on new Kal Penn comedy series – Exclusive Interview

SUNNYSIDE - Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 NBCUniversal

NBC’s new Thursday-night comedy SUNNYSIDE takes its title from the New York neighborhood where it is set (although the series is shot in Los Angeles). Kal Penn stars as Garrett Modi (Penn’s real last name), a disgraced former city council member who seeks redemption (and income) by helping a disparate group of immigrants help study for their U.S. citizenship exams. Penn created SUNNYSIDE with fellow executive producer Matt Murray, whose other credits include writing/producing on THE GOOD PLACE, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, PARKS AND RECREATION, and COMMUNITY. Murray participates in a Q&A panel for SUNNYSIDE, then takes time for a one-on-one follow-up […]Read On »

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR: Creator David Guggenheim on new Kiefer Sutherland series – Exclusive Interview

Kiefer Sutherland in DESIGNATED SURVIVOR - Season 1 | ©2016 ABC/Bob D’Amico

In ABC’s new Wednesday-night drama DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a low-level government department head who suddenly finds himself President of the United States when a State of the Union address is lethally attacked by persons unknown. David Guggenheim, who wrote the films SAFE HOUSE and STOLEN, is the creator of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. There really is such a status, a government member who is kept separate from events in case of an unlikely disaster that takes out the U.S. President, Vice-President and Speaker of the House. The series also deals with Tom’s relationship with his wife, played […]Read On »

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BATTLE CREEK star Kal Penn gives the scoop on Season 1 – interview

Kal Penn stars as detective Fontanelle White in BATTLE CREEK | © 2015 Cliff Lipson/CBS

Battle Creek, Michigan, is a real town that, until now, has been most famous for being home to many popular brands of breakfast cereal. It is now also the landscape for CBS’ new series BATTLE CREEK, Sundays at 10 PM. Originated by BREAKING BAD’s creator Vince Gilligan and co-developed with HOUSE creator David Shore, who is now the show runner (Gilligan is devoting his energies full-time to BETTER CALL SAUL), BATTLE CREEK explores what happens when cynical police detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) must work with optimistic FBI agent Milton Chamberlain (Josh Duhamel). Kal Penn plays Russ’ regular partner, Detective […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN actor Kal Penn and director Ravi Kumar

Kal Penn in BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN | ©2014 Revolver

Although a number of documentaries have been made on the subject, BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN is the first scripted drama about the lead-up to and fallout from the explosion of the American-owned Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, a disaster that killed at least 10,000 people. Director Ravi Kumar, who co-wrote the screenplay with David Brooks, and leading man Kal Penn, probably best known as the star of the HAROLD AND KUMAR comedy films, get on the phone together with Assignment X to discuss their work on BHOPAL. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve said that the book BHOPAL – LESSONS OF […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN

BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN | ©2014 Revolver

Stars: Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Raajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Fagun Thakrar Writers: Ravi Kumar and David Brooks Director: Ravi Kumar Distributor: Revolver Release Date: November 14, 2014 In 1984, a disaster at the American-owned Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India, killed ten thousand people. A number of documentaries have been made about the incident, but now director Ravi Kumar, who co-wrote the film with David Brooks, has made the scripted drama BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN. The movie, inspired in part by journalist Sanjoy Hazarika’s book BHOPAL – LESSONS OF A GAS TRAGEDY, depicts not only the […]Read On »

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TV Review: WE ARE MEN – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith in WE ARE MEN - Season 1 | ©2013 CBS

Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, Chris Smith, Rebecca Breeds Writer: Rob Greenberg Director: Rob Greenberg Network: CBS, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 30, 2013 In what should have been the worst TV comedy of the fall season, turns out to be one of the best. WE ARE MEN, for all its awkward attempts at sexist humor, provides the backdrop for what is  the freshest new comedy on any of the networks. It also is a stand-out among the CBS comedies, because unlike the disjointed THE CRAZY ONES, it feels like a mini-movie. Give credit to creator Rob […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the CBS / The CW / SHOWTIME TCA Party

The Originals Cast - Charles Michael Davis, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan, Leah Pipes, Danielle Campbell and Phoebe Tonkin at the CBS/CW/Showtime Summer 2013 Television Critics Party | ©2013 Sue Schneider

On July 29th a big party was held by CBS/The CW/Showtime for the Television Critics Annual Summer Press Tour at The Event, which is actually the upper parking lot where the department store Robinson’s/May in Beverly Hills used to be. Taking pictures before heading inside it was quite a turnout of stars from the three networks of their new shows and returning shows of the three networks CBS, The CW and Showtime. I probably missed a few as I went in as soon as the cast from the CW new show THE ORIGINALS, a spin-off from THE VAMPIRE DAIRIES walked […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the THAT’S MY BOY World Premiere

Adam Sandler and Ciara Harris at the World Premiere of THAT'S MY BOY | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Columbia Pictures held the World Premiere of THAT’S MY BOY recently at the Regency Theatre in Westwood. Actors from comedy, music, and other genres walked the carpet to see this new film starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. From the film: Adam Sandler (Producer), Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Robert Van Winkle AKA Vanilla Ice, Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri Martino, Milo Ventimiglia, Blake Clark, Tony Orlando, Luenell Campbell, Ciara Harris, Todd Bridges, Erin Andrews, Julia Wolov, Peggy Stewart, Justin Weaver, Abigail Klein, Dana Goodman, Rebecca Marshall, Sean Anders (Director) and David Caspe (Writer). Joining the stars were guests, which included: Joanna […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS Los Angeles Premiere

John Cho and Kal Penn at A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Christmas came a little early this year in Hollywood! New Line Cinema in association with Mandate Pictures, a Kingsgate Film Production held the Los Angeles Premiere of A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, November 2nd at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The red carpet was decorated with toy soldiers, lights, Santa Claus, presents and some little gadget called a Waffle Dot. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Tom Lennon, Danny Trejo, Amir Blumenfeld, Danneel Harris, David Krumholtz, Melissa Ordway, Richard Riehle, Bennett Saltzman, Jordan Hinson, writers Jon […]Read On »

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