THE LAST SHIP star Christina Elmore survives the epidemic – Exclusive

Chrstina Elmore star on THE LAST SHIP | © 2014 TNT

In TNT’s THE LAST SHIP from executive producer Michael Bay, Sundays at 9 PM, a worldwide epidemic has decimated the population. The captain, crew and scientists of the U.S. Navy destroyer Nathan James search the globe for a cure while fending off hostile individuals and nations. Christina Elmore, who made her feature film debut in FRUITVALE STATION, plays Lt. Alisha Granderson. THE LAST SHIP is her first series regular gig. Elmore is in attendance at an event hosted by TNT for the Television Critics Association, where she talks about her work aboard THE LAST SHIP. AX: Is this your first […]Read On »

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THE LAST SHIP co-creator Steven Kane survives the apocalypse

Rhona Mitre stars as Rachel Scott in THE LAST SHIP | © 2014 TNT

In TNT’s THE LAST SHIP, in its first season Sundays at 9 PM and already renewed for a second season, the U.S.S. Nathan James is far from home base when a worldwide pandemic wipes out eighty percent of the planet’s human population. Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew, plus a scientific team headed up by Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra), are trying to find a cure while evading infection and hostile forces. THE LAST SHIP, based loosely on a novel by William Brinkley, comes from executive producer Michael Bay, who even directed parts of the pilot. Show runner […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

TRANSFORMERS AGE OF EXTINCTION movie poster | ©2014 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller, Peter Cullen (voice), John Goodman (voice), Ken Watanabe (voice), Robert Foxworth (voice), John DiMaggio (voice), Mark Ryan (voice), Reno Wilson (voice) Writer: Ehren Kruger Director: Michael Bay Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: June 27, 2014 The fourth film in the series based on the Hasbro toys, the TV series spawned by the toys and now the three previous TRANSFORMERS movies, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION runs 137 minutes. To be clear: there are plenty of movies that run longer and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eric Dane commands THE LAST SHIP on TNT

Eric Dane in THE LAST SHIP - Season 1 | ©2014 TNT/Michael Muller

Probably not many people go from being a respected doctor to a U.S. Navy commander, but that’s where Eric Dane’s acting career has taken him. After the San Francisco native’s character Mark Sloane died on GREY’S ANATOMY, the actor was cast as U.S. Navy commander Tom Chandler in TNT’s THE LAST SHIP. THE LAST SHIP, which premieres on TNT Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM, takes us aboardChandler’s destroyer just as a deadly plague sweeps the globe.Chandler must deal with eager but rebellious scientists who want to research and cure the disease, crew members who would rather go back to […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan chats about stunts and violence – Part 3

Mark Ryan (Gates) in BLACK SAILS - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Part 3 of our exclusive interview with Mark Ryan, who plays the quartermaster Mr.Gates on Starz’s new pirate drama BLACK SAILS, he discusses the show’s blend of invention and history, his upcoming autobiography and the new golden age of television. AX: In terms of the violence in BLACK SAILS, did you guys have a sword master? As someone who has been a sword master – on KING ARTHUR and Bob Anderson’s assistant on FIRST KNIGHT – did you get to do any swordfighting? MARK RYAN: There was a stunt team that did most of the swordfights. I would have […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan gets his sea legs – Pt. 1

BLACK SAILS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 Starz

Mark Ryan is – and has been – quite a few things. He’s an author, a creator of two Tarot decks (THE GREENWOOD TAROT and THE WILDWOOD TAROT), writer and composer of a musical version of WUTHERING HEIGHTS and a former member of the British Special Forces. He was Bob Anderson’s assistant sword master on FIRST KNIGHT and sword master on KING ARTHUR. As an actor, Ryan originated the role of Magaldi in the premiere West End production of EVITA, then moved up to playing Che, was the first known Saracen Merry Man in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD and voiced Bumblebee […]Read On »

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CD Review: PAIN & GAIN soundtrack

PAIN & GAIN soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

Michael Bay’s career has been based on brain-frying excess, mainlining images of sweaty biceps, barely-fitting bikinis and joyful violence upon the popcorn eating masses. In the process, he’s encouraged his composers to pump the volume to 11 with rampaging walls of muscular rock-fueled orchestras. But where Bay has often been righteously lambasted for being lame-brained in his stylistic choices, the multiplex king now reveals his over-the-top fetishes as the ultimate act of artistic subversion as he plays the amped energy of murderous adrenalin junkies in PAIN & GAIN and in the process encourages his musical confidant Steve Jablonsky to deliver […]Read On »

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Interview: Todd McFarlane on SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE | (c) 2013 PBS

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is a three-hour documentary on comic books and the culture they’ve created that airs Tuesday October 15 on PBS. Documentarian Michael Kantor says, “We made this series so that no parent would ever throw out their kids’ comic books again. This series is not just for comic book geeks – it’s funded both by the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, and it contextualizes the stories of comic book superheroes within the greater history, that of the Great Depression, World War II, the congressional witch hunts of the 1950s, the Watergate […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PAIN & GAIN

PAIN AND GAIN movie poster | ©2013 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on magazine articles by Peter Collins published in the Miami New Times Director: Michael Bay Distributor: Paramount Release Date: April 26, 201 The movie PAIN & GAIN touts itself as a true story, based on a series of news articles by Peter Collins that originally ran in the Miami New Times 1999-2000, about events that occurred (primarily in Miami) from 1994 through 1996. After reading the articles, one comes to the conclusion that this […]Read On »

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PIRANHA 3DD Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

PIRANHA 3DD | (c) 2012 Weinstein Company

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: PIRANHA 3DD – I will be honest (as I am usually in this column, maybe too much for some of you), I totally loved the first PIRANHA. Now, it wasn’t because I got to interview the entire cast and get this-close to Kelly Brook. OK, I lied […]Read On »

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