Movie Review: MISS JUNETEENTH

MISS JUNETEENTH movie poster | ©2020 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Lori Hayes, Akron Watson Writer: Channing Godfrey Peoples Director: Channing Godfrey Peoples Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: June 19, 2020  MISS JUNETEENTH is a slow-building but consistently engaging character study of a mother and daughter. Nicole Beharie carries the film with her expressive performance as one-time pageant winner Turquoise Jones, and gets a strong assist from Alexis Chiaeze as Turquoise’s teen daughter Kai. Juneteenth is a holiday in black American culture that commemorates June 19, 1865, when it was announced in Texas – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation – […]Read On »

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WHITE FAMOUS: Actors Kendrick Sampson and Lyndon Smith on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd and Kendrick Sampson as Robbie in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 | ©2017 Showtime/Eddy Chen

Showtime’s first-season comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life and career of one of its executive producers, Jamie Foxx. In WHITE FAMOUS, Jay Pharoah stars as stand-up comedian Floyd Mooney. Floyd is famous in the black community, but his non-black representatives are urging him to take acting roles so he can become “white famous.” Kendrick Sampson plays British actor Robbie MacDonald, a possible Floyd rival, and Lyndon Smith plays Gwen, a possible Floyd romance. Sampson is a veteran of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, GRACEPOINT, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, is in the upcoming series RELATIONSHIP STATUS, and has […]Read On »

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GRACEPOINT actors Madalyn Horcher and Kendrick Sampson on the Fox thriller – Exclusive Interview

Madalyn Horcher and Kendrick Sampson in GRACEPOINT - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Ed Araquel

In Fox’s GRACEPOINT, which has its finale Thursday, December 11 at 9 PM, young Danny Solano has been murdered in the small coastal town of the title. David Tennant and Anna Gunn play, respectively, police detective Emmett Carver and police detective Ellie Miller, who are trying to find the killer. The miniseries is based on the British drama BROADCHURCH, which also starred Tennant. Madalyn Horcher plays the dead boy’s adolescent older sister Chloe Solano; her distraught parents are portrayed by Michael Pena and Virginia Kull. Kendrick Sampson plays Chloe’s adult boyfriend Dean Iverson, whose dealing in drugs may or may […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 5 – “Monster’s Ball”

Nina Dobrev as Elena (back to camera) and Ian Somerhalder as Damon in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 5 - "Monster's Ball" | ©2013 The CW/Curtis Baker

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham, Zach Roerig, Candice Accola, Michael Trevino
 Writers: Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, Sonny Postiglione, series created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on characters created in L.J. Smith’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES novels
 Director: Kellie Cyrus
 Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM
 Original Airdate: October 31, 2013 (Season 5 – Episode 5) What a perfect night for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES to be on…Halloween and to show an episode called “Monster’s Ball,” where they get to dress up as someone from history and attend a society ball. The episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 5 – “True Lies”

Nina Dobrev in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 5 - "True Lies" | ©2013 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham, Zach Roerig, Candice Accola, Michael Trevino
  Writers: Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, Brian Young, series created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on characters created in L.J. Smith’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES novels
  Director: Joshua Butler
  Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: October 10, 2013 (Season 5 Episode 2) Life is changing for Elena and Caroline, or so they think on the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – “True Lies.” Their roommate Megan who was killed in the premiere was listed as cause of death […]Read On »

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