Movie Review: THE BOOK OF HENRY

THE BOOK OF HENRY poster | ©2017 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Dean Norris, Maddie Ziegler, Lee Pace Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Director: Colin Trevorrow Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 16, 2017 THE BOOK OF HENRY is something of a return to roots for director Colin Trevorrow. Before helming JURASSIC WORLD (and yes, he’s also scheduled to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX), Trevorrow made his feature directing debut with the wonderful, unpredictable 2012 indie SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. THE BOOK OF HENRY has what looks like a slightly bigger budget than SAFETY, but it too zigs into some unexpected places. THE BOOK […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PROGRAM

THE PROGRAM | © 2016 Momentum Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace Writer: John Hodge, inspired by the book SEVEN DEADLY SINS by David Walsh Director: Stephen Frears Distributor: Momentum Pictures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): March 18, 2016 THE PROGRAM begins with a lone cyclist on a paved mountain road, clouds billowing to one side of the cliff as he determinedly pushes forward. This is a fitting introduction to seven-time Tour de France winner/disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong, as played here by Ben Foster. For those who weren’t paying much attention at the time, Lance Armstrong survived cancer in […]Read On »

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE: Stars Kerry Bishe and Scoot McNairy on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Kerry Bishe and Scoot McNairy in HALT AND CATCH FIRE - Season 2 | ©2015 AMC/Tina Rowden

In Season 2 of AMC’s HALT AND CATCH FIRE, Sundays at 10 PM, we’ve jumped from 1982 to 1985. Lee Pace’s Machiavellian manager Joe MacMillan has returned to Texas, where Scoot McNairy’s Gordon Clark now heads up the computer development department of manufacturing firm Cardiff Electric. Gordon’s wife Donna, played by Kerry Bishe, also a code writer, has jumped ship to work at the Mutiny multiplayer game company founded by former Cardiff employee Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis). If Bishe and McNairy look like they belong together as a couple, that’s already occurred to others – the two actors were previously […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Bryan Fuller on HANNIBAL Season 3, endings and what Season 4 could be – Exclusive interview

HANNIBAL Season 3 Key Art | ©2014 NBC

NBC has announced that Season 3 of HANNIBAL, Thursdays at 10 PM, will be its last. Executive producer Bryan Fuller, who has adapted Thomas Harris’ novels about the charismatic, cannibalistic serial killer of the title, played here by Mads Mikkelsen, has told various news outlets that “NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared,” expressing his gratitude to the network while suggesting that he’s open to making a fourth series for another outlet. In Part 2 of our exclusive telephone interview, Fuller hints about how Season 4 might work, along with […]Read On »

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE’s Jonathan Lisco gives the scoop on Season 2 – exclusive interview

Kerry Bishe as Donna Clark and Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe in HALT AND CATCH FIRE | © 2015 Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

In AMC’s HALT AND CATCH FIRE, now in its second season Sundays at 10 PM, we’re in the middle of the Eighties and the technological revolution is in full swing. In the first season of the show created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, it’s 1982. Lee Pace’s character, self-destructive marketing genius Joe MacMillan swoops into the small Texas firm of Cardiff Electric and forces the company to compete with IBM in developing a PC. By the end of the season, Joe’s sometimes ally/sometimes victim, computer engineer Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), was running Cardiff’s development department and Gordon’s wife […]Read On »

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE: Lee Pace on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan in HALT AND CATCH FIRE - Season 2 | ©2015 AMC/Frank Ockenfels 3

AMC’s HALT AND CATCH FIRE, a great show that deserves your viewership if you’re not already watching, returns for its second season tonight at 10 PM. Created by Jonathan Lisco, HALT AND CATCH FIRE is set in the 1980s and deals with the advent of the personal computer (the title refers to a command that causes a hard drive to destroy itself). Lee Pace stars as Joe MacMillan, who arrives at the small Texas company Cardiff Electric in 1982 and proceeds to more or less trick them into developing a new PC to compete with IBM, where Joe was previously […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES poster | ©2014 Warner Bros./MGM/New Line

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aiden Turner, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makeore Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien Director: Peter Jackson Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line/MGM Release Date: December 17, 2014 Steal from a dragon, lie to a wizard and underestimate Peter Jackson at your peril. The filmmaker, who first managed to get J.R.R. Tolkien’s sprawling LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy to fit into three movies […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY | © 2014 Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan Writers: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, based on the comic books by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Director: James Gunn Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Release Date: August 1, 2014 For a while, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY teeters on an edge. Yes, the visuals are striking and the jokes are funny, but at first, between self-centered thief Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), extremely angry Gamora (Zoe Saldana), dismissive genetically-modified raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and walking tree-of-few-words Groot (Vin Diesel), we’re not […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros. / New Line / MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien Director: Peter Jackson Distributor: Warners/New Line/MGM Release Date: December 13, 2013 On one level, filmmaker Peter Jackson and his loyal companions have a problem uncommon in book-to-film adaptations. Most of these require that large chunks of the source material be removed or at least condensed and altered to fit into a running time […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: More HANNIBAL news with Bryan Fuller and PUSHING DAISIES too

Hugh Dancy in HANNIBAL - Season 1 - "Savoureaux" | ©2013 NBC/Brooke Palmer

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Bryan Fuller, creator of HANNIBAL – which airs on NBC, Thursdays at 10 PM – we discuss Hannibal’s food philosophy, the possibility of a PUSHING DAISIES revival and much more. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you decide on the first season’s spine? Obviously, you go from the A of Hannibal, played by Mads Mikkelsen, and Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, meeting to the B of whatever the end of the season is, but can you talk about how the interior of the season unfolded for you? FULLER: It was something that I […]Read On »

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