Interview: Milo Ventimiglia lawyers up MOB CITY

Milo Ventimiglia in MOB CITY - Season 1 ©2013 TNT/Scott Garfield

In TNT’s MOB CITY, developed by show runner/executive producer/director Frank Darabont, inspired by John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR, we’re in 1940s Los Angeles. The bridge between hard-bitten LAPD detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and high-level gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) is Teague’s old U.S. Marines buddy and current Mob lawyer Ned Stax, played by Milo Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia, originally from Anaheim, California, has a lot of series regular characters under his belt, including Jed Perry on OPPOSITE SEX, Chris Pierce on AMERICAN DREAMS, Jess Mariano on GILMORE GIRLS, Richard Thorne III on THE BEDFORD DIARIES […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Knepper corners MOB CITY and the end of CULT

Robert Knepper in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Banana Split" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, running on TNT in two-hour blocks Wednesdays at 9 PM, executive producer/director/writer Frank Darabont has adapted John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR as a drama about the struggle between righteous cops, renegade officers and outright mobsters in 1940s Los Angeles. Some characters, like LAPD Chief William Parker (played by Neal McDonough) and gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), are historical figures. Others, including troubled police detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and female lead Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) are Darabont’s creations. Robert Knepper’s character Syd Rothman, a hit man and lifelong friend of Siegel […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Alexa Davalos plays MOB CITY femme fatale

Alexa Davalos in MOB CITY Season 1 | ©2013 TNT/Scott Garfield

In TNT’s limited series MOB CITY, airing in two-hour blocks Wednesdays at 9 PM, ‘40s-era LAPD cop Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and mobster Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) both have their eye on nightclub photographer Jasmine Fontaine, played by Alexa Davalos. This isn’t surprising – Davalos in the role looks like the quintessential film noir femme fatale. Davalos comes off a lot lighter when she’s not in character. The actress, born in France and a world traveler since then, previously worked with MOB CITY creator (working from John Buntin’s L.A. NOIR book/executive producer/director Frank Darabont on the feature film THE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Frank Darabont inhabits MOB CITY

MOB CITY poster art | ©2013 TNT

MOB CITY, TNT’s original series that will run in three two-hour blocks on Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, depicts the battle between the Los Angeles Police Department and organized crime that raged through the Forties, mixing real historical figures like LAPD Chief William Parker (Neil McDonough) and gangsters Bugsy Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) with fictional personages including Detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal), mob associate Syd Rothman (Robert Knepper) and mysterious object of desire Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos). Writer/director/producer Frank Darabont, who brought the first season of THE WALKING DEAD to television (his feature credits include […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: CULT star Robert Knepper on the CW series and R.I.P.D. – Part 2

Robert Knepper in CULT - Season 1 | ©2013 The CW/JSquared

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Robert Knepper, we talk more about his dual role of actor Roger Reeves and Reeves’ TV character, cult leader Billy Grimm, in the CW’s CULT, plus Knepper’s one-time return to his PRISON BREAK character T-Bag on BREAKOUT KINGS and his recent and upcoming film roles. ASSIGNMENT X: After PRISON BREAK, you did HEROES, and then you reprised T-Bag on BREAKOUT KINGS – how was it going back to him? KNEPPER: I remember Nick Santora [co-creator of BREAKOUT KINGS, who had been a writer/co-executive producer on PRISON BREAK] calling me up and saying, […]Read On »

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