Movie Review: MORTAL ENGINES

MORTAL ENGINES | © 2018 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hera Helmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae Kim, Stephen Lang, Leila George, Ronan Raftery, Patrick Malahide, Kee Chan, Colin Salmon, Andrew Lees Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by Philip Reeve Director: Christian Rivers Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 14, 2018 MORTAL ENGINES is such an eyeful that the visuals easily overwhelm the serviceable if fairly familiar plot. The movie, based on the novel by Philip Reeve, is advertised as being from “the producers of LORD OF THE RINGS.” This is true, and it’s also got the same writing team: […]Read On »

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THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on the MTV show – exclusive interview

Poppy Drayton as Amberle Elessedil in THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES | © 2016 MTV

MTV’s THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, Tuesdays at 10 PM, has been adapted from Terry Brooks’ best-selling SHANNARA fantasy novels. We’re in a world several thousand years in the future, when technology has been supplanted by magic, and humans are now a minority in a society ruled by elves. The Ellcrys Tree, which has long staved off demons, is dying, and evil is slipping into the realm. Princess Amberle (Poppy Drayton) joins forces with half-human Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler) in an attempt to prevent the forces of darkness from ascending. THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES was brought to television by the executive producing/writing team […]Read On »

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THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES: John Rhys-Davies discusses the MTV fantasy series – exclusive interview

Poppy Drayton stars as Amberle in THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES | © 2016 MTV

It’s taken Terry Brooks’ best-selling and long-lived SHANNARA fantasy book series about forty years to make its way to the screen, but MTV has finally brought it to television in THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, Tuesday nights at 10 PM. In Season 1, we’re a few thousand years in the future, when technology is a distant memory, magic is in use and elves dominate the world (humans are rarer and less valued). Demons have long ago been banished to a realm called the Forbidding, but as the guardian tree Ellcrys loses its leaves, the monsters break free one by one. Elf maiden […]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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THE MISSING star James Nesbitt on the new Starz series and THE HOBBIT – Exclusive Interview

James Nesbitt in THE MISSING - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Starz’s eight-part miniseries THE MISSING, Saturdays at 9 PM, James Nesbitt plays Tony Hughes, who in 2006 is happily married to Emily, played by Frances O’Connor, and loving father of eight-year-old Oliver (Oliver Hunt). In 2014, Tony is haunted and isolated, having spent the last eight years fruitlessly searching for his son, who vanished in an instant when the family was in a small town in France. Then Tony thinks he’s found a clue, and he is the epitome of an unstoppable force when it comes to finding out the truth of what happened. Nesbitt, originally from Northern Ireland, […]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: Creator Eric Kripke on REVOLUTION Season 1 and SUPERNATURAL

Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) kills a Monroe guard on REVOLUTION "Clue" | (c) 2013 Brownie Harris/NBC

NBC’s REVOLUTION, which has its first-season finale tonight, Monday June 3 at 10 PM, has been picked up for a second season. This should offer fans some relief, since right now on the show, the Earth is in danger of catching fire altogether. In REVOLUTION, created by Eric Kripke (who also birthed SUPERNATURAL), under the auspices of Kripke’s fellow executive producer J.J. Abrams, there was a planet-wide blackout fifteen years earlier and electricity has not returned to the masses since. Power-hungry militia leader Monroe (David Lyons) has gotten his hands on some functioning helicopter gun ships. One ofMonroe’s adversaries, Rachel […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ROGUE star Marton Csokas chats about his new series

Marton Csokas in ROGUE | (c) 2013 DirecTV

DirecTV’s thriller series ROGUE, which concludes its first season Wednesday May 29, stars Thandie Newton as former Oakland police detective Grace Travis. Grace returns to her secret identity, minus her badge to investigate the death of her son. Marton Csokas plays Jimmy Laszlo, Grace’s lover and possible nemesis, who runs a shipping business that has a shady side. Csokas was born in New Zealand, holds a Hungarian passport and currently resides in the United States. Worldwide audiences know him as the elf Celeborn in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Other recent credits include ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, DREAM HOUSE, […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Goodbye Stranger”

THE CW logo | ©The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Rachel Miner, Amanda Tapping Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 25, 2013 SUPERNATURAL just about hits it out of the park with “Goodbye Stranger.” We get answers, we get emotion, we get some jolting visuals, we get revelations about character’s sexual histories, we get slash that writes itself, we get a super guest cast and we get verbal quotes from STAR WARS and LORD OF THE RINGS and a reference to Sean Astin’s Samwise […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Special Edition)

THE HOBBIT soundtrack | ©2012 WaterTower Music

Probably the best reason to celebrate Peter Jackson’s plodding return to Middle Earth in THE HOBBIT is that it gives Howard Shore a chance to once again make the aural trek from Hobbiton for THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. The fact that listeners will feel they’ve already been on this familiarly epic road for a good long time makes for a welcome sense of return to the dictionary’s worth of musical vocabulary that Shore had so painstakingly set up in the previous LORD OF THE RINGS saga. Now THE HOBBIT more than proves the axiom that if it something ain’t […]Read On »

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