CITY ON A HILL: Aldis Hodge talks about new Showtime drama and LEVERAGE fans – Exclusive Interview

Aldis Hodge is Decourcy Ward in CITY ON A HILL - Season 1 | ©2019 Showtime/Eric Ogden

The title of Showtime’s new Sunday-night series CITY ON A HILL refers to early ‘90s Boston. “The irony abounds,” as several characters might say. Despite its lofty physical setting, the Boston of CITY ON A HILL is rife with racism, corruption and crime. Aldis Hodge plays Assistant District Attorney DeCourcy Ward, who’s just arrived from Brooklyn. By the end of the first episode, Ward has been so manipulated by both the Boston police and his own office that he’s willing to do just about anything to avoid further abuse. Ward joins forces with crooked FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Aldis Hodge – exclusive interview

Jurnee Smollett-Bell As Rosalee in UNDERGROUND on WGN | © 2016 WGN

In WGN America’s UNDERGROUND, Wednesday nights in its first season and renewed for a second, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge star as, respectively, Rosalee and Noah. It’s 1857. Noah has worked out a plan for himself and several others to escape from the plantation where they are held in slavery – a plan that gets radically accelerated when Rosalee has to defend herself from attack by a rapacious oversee and consequently must run for her life. Eventually, the two begin working together as they unknowingly help pave the way for the Underground Railroad, which conducted many slaves to freedom over […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INTRUDERS

INTRUDERS movie poster | ©2016 Momentum Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Beth Riesgraf, Martin Starr, Rory Culkin, Jack Kesy, Joshua Mikel, Timothy T. McKinney, Letitia Jimenez Writers: T.J. Cimfel and David White Director: Adam Schindler Distributor: Momentum Pictures/Entertainment One Release Date (theatrical and VOD): January 15, 2016 INTRUDERS – not to be confused with the 2012 horror/fantasy of the same title – has a good cast and a decent premise that gets somewhat undermined when one character has to deliver a boatload of third-act expository dialogue. The movie is reasonably creepy and weird, but it isn’t quite creepy and weird enough on the one hand and doesn’t […]Read On »

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THE PLAYER: Wesley Snipes gets some TV action – Exclusive Interview

Wesley Snipes in THE PLAYER | ©2015 NBC/Jeff Riedel

Wesley Snipes has long been acclaimed as a big-screen actor in the realms of drama (THE WATERDANCE, JUNGLE FEVER, BROOKLYN’S FINEST), comedy (TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR, WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP) and action (the BLADE trilogy, PASSENGER 57). However, Snipes hasn’t been a series regular on television since 1990’s H.E.L.P. Now Snipes is back as star and producer on NBC’s THE PLAYER, Thursdays at 10 PM. The Florida-born actor plays the enigmatic Mr. Johnson, who oversees a Vegas-centered gambling competition in which a player – the current one is Alex Kane, played by Philip Winchester – is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mark A. Sheppard on SUPERNATURAL Season 9 and more

Mark A. Sheppard in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 | ©2013 The CW/Nino Mundashoz

There is an Internet meme that’s a collage of actor Mark A. Sheppard in some of his many recurring genre TV roles – as King of Hell Crowley in SUPERNATURAL, as interplanetary fence Badger in FIREFLY, as Romo Lampkin in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, as Tanaka in DOLLHOUSE, as Benedict Valda in WAREHOUSE 13, as insurance investigator Jim Sterling in LEVERAGE, as Canton Everett Delaware III in DOCTOR WHO, to name a few. There is an accompanying caption to the effect of, “If you don’t recognize this man, turn in your geek credentials.” London-born Sheppard also has feature film credits, including IN […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUNNER RUNNER

RUNNER RUNNER movie poster | ©2013 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, John Heard Writers: Brian Koppelman & David Levien Director: Brad Furman Distributor: 20th Century Fox/Regency Release Date: October 4, 2013 In real life and in movies, smart and talented young men are swept off their feet business-wise by older and more successful men. This tale is told often, but it seems to resonate more with filmmakers and actors than it does with audiences, mainly because there has to be something beyond just the familiar plot mechanics to make it resonate, and too often, the directors and writers confuse window […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RED WIDOW star Goran Visnjic on playing a mob boss

Goran Visnjic in RED WIDOW - Season 1 - "The Recorder" | ©2013 ABC/Sergei Bachlakov

ABC’s RED WIDOW, Sunday nights at 10 PM, is based on the Dutch series PENOZA. In the U.S. version, adapted by executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, Radha Mitchell stars as the title character, Marta Walraven, a suburban wife and mom whose world turns upside-down when her pot-dealing husband is murdered. Marta winds up working with mob boss Christian Schiller, played by Goran Visnjic, in the hopes of finding out who killed her spouse and to clear her husband’s considerable debts. Visnjic began his acting career in his native Croatia(then still part of Yugoslavia). He appeared in Michael Winterbottom’s 1997 feature WELCOME […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TNT President Michael Wright on the cancellation of LEVERAGE – TCA 2013

Aldis Hodge, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Timothy Hutton, Christian Kane and Mark Sheppard in LEVERAGE - Season 4 - "The Queen's Gambit Job" | ©2011 TNT/Erik Heinila

At the Television Critics Association press tour, TNT/TBS network president Michael Wright took a moment to talk with ASSIGNMENT X about the cancellation of LEVERAGE, which concluded its five-year run on TNT Christmas Day, 2012. ASSIGNMENT X: Why did you decide this was a good time to end LEVERAGE? MICHAEL WRIGHT: I’m actually happy you asked me this, because it’s never easy to cancel a show. This was the hardest cancellation ever, because [LEVERAGE executive producer] Dean [Devlin] is a friend. We were creative partners on this show. This show was born from a meeting Dean and [series co-creator] John […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 5 – “The Long Goodbye Job” – Series Finale

Timothy Hutton in LEVERAGE - Season 5 Series Finale - "The Long Goodbye" | ©2012 TNT/Erik Heinila

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane Writers: John Rogers & Chris Downey Director: Dean Devlin Network: TNT Original Telecast: December 25, 2012 It’s very frustrating that TNT decided to burn off the remaining episodes of Season 5 of LEVERAGE and do very little promotion with it. And then they went and cancelled it last week, with little fanfare. Even worse,  the series finale aired on Christmas night! Way to burn off an exceptional action series and make sure few people actually see it conclude properly. That little bit of anger aside, LEVERAGE wrapped up its […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 5 – “The (Very) Big Bird Job” – Season Premiere

Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge in LEVERAGE - Season 5 - "The (Very) Big Bird Job" | ©2012 TNT/Erik Heinila

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge Writer: John Rogers Director: John Rogers Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 14, 2012 With the Leverage team’s operations in Boston in shambles after Season 4, Season 5 of LEVERAGE picks up as the team is regrouping once again – this time in the city of Portland, OR (where the show is actually filmed). All their aliases are moot, they have to lay low and they have a new headquarter base at a micro-brewery  — courtesy, as always, of Hardison (Aldis Hodge). With “The (Very) Big Bird Job, […]Read On »

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