TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY: Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje plays detective in new ABC series – Interview

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY - Season 1 | ©2017 ABC/Eric McCandless

As its title suggests, ABC’s Sunday night miniseries TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY takes place over the course of a week-and-a-half in L.A. County. Kyra Sedgwick (also an executive producer here) stars as TV producer/writer Jane Sadler. Jane, who previously made documentaries, is doing her first drama series, concerned with police corruption, which is closer to reality than some people would like. Jane is also in the middle of a hostile marital separation when her young daughter Lake (Abigail Pniowsky) vanishes from their home in the middle of the night. Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje (when asked, he cordially supplies the correct pronunciation: […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS

KILL YOUR DARLINGS movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum, David Rasche Writers: John Krokidas & Austin Bunn, story by Austin Bunn, based on biographical material by Allen Ginsberg Director: John Krokidas Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: March 18, 2013 KILL YOUR DARLINGS is advice that essentially means a writer should remove any elements that he or she feels particularly precious about or identifies with too much. In this fact-based film, it also has a more literal interpretation. It turns out that […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Valorie Curry on THE FOLLOWING on Season 2

Valorie Curry is Emma in THE FOLLOWING - Season 2 | ©2014 Fox/Michael Lavine

THE FOLLOWING, now in its second season on Fox, Mondays at 9 PM, concerns the hunt by Kevin Bacon’s character, former FBI profiler Ryan Hardy, for serial killer Joe Carroll, played by James Purefoy. Joe isn’t just any old serial killer – he has a large and surprising following of sympathizers and fellow killers. Among their number, arguably the most ardent is Valorie Curry’s Emma Hill. Emma, as we’ve seen, is a mistress of disguise and misdirection, able to seem entirely innocent and normal while being entirely lethal. When Curry auditioned for Emma, THE FOLLOWING’s creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson says […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS

KILL YOUR DARLINGS movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum, David Rasche Writers: John Krokidas & Austin Bunn, story by Austin Bunn, based on biographical material by Allen Ginsberg Director: John Krokidas Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: October 16, 2013 KILL YOUR DARLINGS is advice that essentially means a writer should remove any elements that he or she feels particularly precious about or identifies with too much. In this fact-based film, it also has a more literal interpretation. It turns out that Allen Ginsberg […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TWILIGHT SAGA star Billy Burke joins the REVOLUTION

Billy Burke in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - "Sex and Drugs" | ©2012 NBC/Brownie Harris

In NBC’s freshman series REVOLUTION, Monday nights at 10 PM, all electricity is gone from the world. Created by Eric Kripke, who executive-produces with J.J. Abrams, with a pilot directed by fellow executive producer Jon Favreau, REVOLUTION takes place fifteen years after “the lights went out.” Much of the former United States is ruled by militias. However, a small band of people are trying to find out what really happened and restore power – both electronic and personal – to the populace. Two of the main characters are the uncle and niece team of Miles Matheson, played by Billy Burke, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAJOR CRIMES Kearran Giovanni actress talks about her TNT series beat

Kearran Giovanni in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 - "Citizen's Arrest" | ©TNT/Karen Neal

In TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES, which has its first-season finale tonight, Monday at 9 PM, a lot of characters in the Major Crimes squad room have had to make an adjustment. Their previous boss, Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson on THE CLOSER, was a results-at-all-costs type. Their new supervisor on the spinoff, Mary McDonnell’s Captain Sharon Raydor, is a former Internal Affairs officer who’s a stickler for the rules. However, for Kearran Giovanni’s character Detective Amy Sikes, who is new to the squad, Raydor is a mentor and a role model. They get along very well. Giovanni worked on the daytime […]Read On »

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Interview: Michael M. Robin discusses MAJOR CRIMES

Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Ransford Doherty, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Mary McDonnell, Michael Paul Chan, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Raymond Cruz, Jon Tenney in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT

Michael M. Robin is a man who knows how to multi-task. Having cut his teeth on DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D. and L.A. LAW, winning an Emmy for his work on the latter, and another Emmy for NYPD BLUE, Robin went on to be executive producer of one hundred episodes of NIP/TUCK. This year alone, he’s worked as executive producer on LONGMIRE, the DALLAS reboot and MAJOR CRIMES, directing the pilot episode of this last after having served as one of the executive producers on that show’s predecessor, THE CLOSER. Since we’re on the precinct squad room set for MAJOR CRIMES, which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tony Denison talks MAJOR CRIMES and THE CLOSER

Tony Denison in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 Karen Neal

One of the enduring pleasures of the TNT series THE CLOSER was the sparring between Anthony Denison’s character LAPD Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn and G.W. Bailey’s character Lieutenant Louie Provenza. The characters and their dynamic have now moved over to THE CLOSER’s spin-off MAJOR CRIMES – both series created by James Duff – which airs Mondays at 9 PM on TNT, even though Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson has left and the squad room is now being run by Mary McDonnell’s Sharon Raydor. Veteran actor Denison, a native of Harlem, New York, got his big break playing mobster Ray Luca […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE POSSESSION

THE POSSESSION movie poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, Natasha Calis, Grant Show, Matisyahu Writers: Juliet Snowden & Stiles White, based on the article “Jinx in a Box” by Leslie Gornstein Director: Ole Bornedal Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: August 29, 2012 As movies about demonic possession/exorcism go, THE POSSESSION is pretty good. It has strong leads in Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick, a persuasive child actress in Natasha Calis, characters who generally don’t do anything illogical in the screenplay by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White and a pretty deft touch by director Ole Bornedal, who knows how to make things […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Creator James Duff on the end of THE CLOSER and the beginning of MAJOR CRIMES

Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Ransford Doherty, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Mary McDonnell, Michael Paul Chan, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Raymond Cruz, Jon Tenney in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT

It was a bittersweet night for writer/executive producer James Duff. THE CLOSER, the series Duff created starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Southerner who comes to Los Angeles to be Deputy Chief of the LAPD, finished its seven-year run last night on TNT. Immediately afterwards, the new series Duff created, MAJOR CRIMES, headed up by Mary McDonnell reprising her CLOSER character of former Internal Affairs operative Sharon Raydor and featuring much of THE CLOSER’s cast, had its series premiere on TNT. The Paley Center for Television in Beverly Hills is having a special event to honor its exhibit […]Read On »

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