GODFATHER OF HARLEM: Co-creator Paul Eckstein on new Epix gangster drama – Exclusive Interview

GODFATHER OF HARLEM - Season 1 | ©2019 Epix

Epix’s new Sunday-night series GODFATHER OF HARLEM chronicles the life and times of Ellsworth Raymond “Bumpy” Johnson, played by Forest Whitaker, during the 1960s. Bumpy was a fascinating, paradoxical real-life figure, a gangster who not only kept order but actually helped the citizens in his Harlem neighborhood. More, Johnson had people like black revolutionary Malcolm X (played in the show by Nigel Thatch) and Baptist pastor/congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (played by Giancarlo Esposito) in his circle. GODFATHER OF HARLEM creators Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (also creators of the series NARCOS) had dealt with Robinson’s story before in the […]Read On »

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New Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for this week

CABIN IN THE WOODS 4K | © 2017 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. JUST SHOOT ME: THE COMPLETE SERIES The comedy that was set in the offices of a fashion magazine that chronicled not just the daily grind or the misadventures but all of the relationships going on. There’s the snooty former model, the average looking good writer, the creep, the bumbling boss and the arty photographer. It seems like a run-of-the-mill sitcom but actually it worked and it stayed on the air for 148 episodes and seven seasons. This set collects every episode in one nice package but you […]Read On »

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NARCOS: Pedro Pascal gives the scoop on Season 2 – interview

NARCOS | © 2016 Netflix

Season 2 of Netflix’s hit NARCOS launches in its ten-episode entirety Friday, September 2. The fact-based series chronicles the home and professional life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, played by Wagner Maura, and the efforts of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to bring him down. Real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena are played by, respectively, Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal. Born in Chile and raised in the U.S., Pascal enjoyed a healthy career in theatre and television before gaining international cult status for his performance as the magnetic Oberyn Martell in Season 4 of GAME OF THRONES. […]Read On »

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OF KINGS AND PROPHETS: exclusive interview with the producers of the ABC series

Olly Rix stars as David in OF KINGS AND PROPHETS | © 2016 ABC/Trevor Adeline

Most people, regardless of their religious backgrounds or lack thereof, have heard some version of the Biblical story of David vs. Goliath. There’s much more to it than that, however, and now executive producers Chris Brancato, Jason Reed and Reza Aslan have come together to dramatize the tale as a weekly series in ABC Network’s OF KINGS AND PROPHETS, Tuesdays at 10 PM. Olly Rix stars as David, the shepherd who wins the favor of King Saul (Ray Winstone) and eventually becomes King of the Israelites himself. Brancato, whose writing/producing credits include THE X-FILES, FIRST WAVE, HANNIBAL and NARCOS, Biblical […]Read On »

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NARCOS: Composer Pedro Bromfman on scoring the new Netflix series – Interview

NARCOS soundtrack | ©2015 Lakeshore Records

Whether it’s a desperately poor person or the most sophisticated (and seditiously entertained) movie and TV watcher, nothing represents the ruthlessly swift, or successfully doomed path to the good life like The Drug Lord. Whether real or imagined, these captains of illegal industry represent the ultimate in charisma, cunning and seduction, everything it takes to keep enemies close, maintain armies of devoted followers and addict the public to your supply. From Mexico’s “El Chapo” to Cuba’s imagined Tony Montana, Latin America has been a hothouse region from which these enthralling villains have emerged, which makes Brazilian composer Pedro Bromfman especially […]Read On »

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