WESTWORLD: Co-creator Jonathan Nolan re-envisions the Michael Crichton classic – Interview

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The 1973 cult hit WESTWORLD, based on Michael Crichton’s novel, centers around an immersive amusement park where customers can play at being gunslingers among lifelike androids. Naturally, something goes wrong. Now WESTWORLD has been reinvented by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan for HBO, which is now running the first season on Sunday nights. The new WESTWORLD still takes place in a very realistic recreated Old West, where profoundly humanlike androids do whatever the guests want. There are indeed glitches. But this WESTWORLD, instead of jumping into the “technology gone wrong, must escape” scenario, instead asks what all of the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly, story by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Michael Crichton Director: Colin Trevorrow Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 12, 2015 There is a fair amount that is right with JURASSIC WORLD, starting with the excellent rendering of its main attraction, the dinosaurs. Animatronic and digital technology have both come a long way since the original 1993 JURASSIC PARK, which at […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review FUTUREWORLD

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Stars: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill Writer: Mayo Simon, George Schenck Director: Richard T. Heffron Suggested Retail Price: $19.97 With 1973’s WESTWORLD, writer/director Michael Crichton created an innovative sci-fi film about robots at an adult amusement park that malfunction. Many films have cribbed from this seminal sci-fi film, even though it has become a bit dated. Three years later, a sequel was hatched without Crichton with FUTUREWORLD, and surprisingly, it holds up quite well. The new Blu-ray release brings to life the film in high-definition with a story that is more INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS than WESTWORLD, and […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “A Vast and Fiendish Plot”- Season Finale

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Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Sara B. Cooper    Director: Ken Girotti          Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 “A Vast and Fiendish Plot” is the first season finale of BBC America’s new drama COPPER. Set in the Five Points slum area of New York in 1864, this ambitious series chronicles the lives of a group of policemen and the people that are part of their world and everyday lives. The series started with Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “Better Times are Coming”

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Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Sara B. Cooper    Director: Larysa Kondracki         Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 Well it had to happen sooner or later, COPPER has started to become one of those interminably slow moving period dramas that can’t seem to fill up an hour worth of content that keeps everything interesting and moving along. The series has spent the first season careening precariously close to that edge on and off depending on what the […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “Arsenic and Old Cake”

Kyle Schmid and Ato Essandoh in COPPER - Season 1 - "Arsenic and Old Cake" | ©2012 BBC America/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Kevin Deiboldt    Director: Jeff Woolnough        Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2012 Just when I think I’ve sort of figured BBC America’s COPPER out, they have an episode like “Arsenic and Old Cake”. There are some rather disturbing character shifts in this episode, but the main story and murder mystery is one that ends up being comical (and yes I am surprised as you that murder can be a laughing matter on […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “La Tempête”

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Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Brant Englestein    Director: Jeff Woolnough        Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 16, 2012 “La Tempête” the latest episode of COPPER, official starts the all out battle for rutting rights with Detective Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones). Last episode we saw how far Eva (Franka Potente) is willing to go to keep Corky all to herself, when she slashed the neck of one of her own prozzies, Molly (Tanya Fischer). But that was just the grubby […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “The Empty Locket”

Tom Weston-Jones and Dylan Taylor in COPPER - Season 1 - 'The Empty Locket' | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos   Director: Clark Johnson       Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2012 COPPER on BBC America is a series that has languid moments where you just simply sit and watch the pretty period pictures that go by on the television, and then there are moments where you are jolted forward because something shocking and often times graphic has happened and you are taken completely unawares. First up in “The Empty Locket”,  Detective Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) finally […]Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “In the Hands of an Angry God”

Anastasia Griffith in COPPER - Season 1 - "In The Hands of An Angry God" | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos   Director: Clark Johnson       Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2012 COPPER is still holding my attention, and sometimes that’s not the easiest thing in the whole wide world. I have a bad habit of getting up and doing other things when watching television programs that bore me, instead of sitting and faithfully watching every second of an episode. So far COPPER has held my attention, and I watch knowing that there might some subtle […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Franka Potente is the COPPER whore with a heart of gold … sort of

Franka Potente in COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

The new BBC AMERICA series COPPER is gaining critical and audience attention alike. The show set in New York in 1864 is a smart blend of period drama, police procedural, lots of action, and even some educational references. Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) is a man with a tragic past that includes a murdered daughter and a wife that has gone missing while he was off fighting in the Civil War. Even though Corcoran still has a wife out there somewhere, he has needs that more often than not are fulfilled by Eva Heissen played by the lovely Franka Potente […]Read On »

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