LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa on the Season 6 premiere – Exclusive Interview – Part 3

Tom Ellis as Lucifer in LUCIFER - Season 5 - "It Never Ends Well For the Chicken" |©2020 Netflix/John P. Fleenor

LUCIFER’s sixth and final season – now streaming on Netflix with all previous seasons – had some new challenges. Among these was how to keep in line with the show’s procedural format now that detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) and her consultant (among other things) Lucifer (Tom Ellis) had left the police force, in anticipation of Lucifer becoming God. Co-executive producer Mike Costa wrote the LUCIFER Season 6 premiere, “Nothing Ever Changes Around Here.” The episode has Lucifer and Chloe going to the Magic Castle (a real establishment in Hollywood) to see magicians perform, only to get caught up in […]Read On »

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TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: Effects makeup artist Todd Tucker on new Leatherface movie – Exclusive Interview

Todd Tucker from Illusion Industries for TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE | photo courtesy Todd Tucker

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE just premiered its newest incarnation on Netflix on Friday, February 18. It’s directed by David Blue Garcia from a screenplay by Chris Thomas Devlin, from a story by Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, based on characters created by Kim Henkel & Tobe Hooper. This TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is a direct sequel to the 1974 original, directed by Tobe Hooper. It takes place in a very small, mostly empty town in Texas, where young entrepreneurs bring in a busload of investors to revitalize the place. They are unaware of one very significant remaining resident – Leatherface. Within the […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa on Season 6 character motivations – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

LUCIFER Season 5 Key art | ©2021 Netflix

LUCIFER is now running all of its six seasons on Netflix. In Part 2 of our exclusive conversation with LUCIFER co-executive producer/writer Mike Costa centers on the character of LAPD detective Daniel Espinosa, played by Kevin Alejandro. Dan is Costa’s favorite character. Ex-husband of Chloe (Lauren German), father of their young daughter Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) and frenemy of Lucifer (Tom Ellis), Dan has wound up on the wrong side of decisions. When he was murdered, Dan also wound up in Hell. Even with Lucifer’s command that Dan’s soul was not to be tortured, Dan was kept in Hell by his […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa talks about the end of the series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

LUCIFER - Season 5 Key Art |©2020 Netflix

LUCIFER wrapped its six-season run – the first three on Fox, the last three on Netflix, where all seasons are now available – on September 10, 2021. This multi-part interview with LUCIFER co-executive producer/writer Mike Costa is extremely spoilery, but by now, we’re hoping that readers have had time to catch up with the series climax. ASSIGNMENT X last spoke with Costa in the middle of LUCIFER Season 5. The series, developed for television by Tom Kapinos, based on the DC Comics by Mike Dringenberg and Sam Kieth, based on the character created by Neil Gaiman for Vertigo (got all […]Read On »

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CALL THE MIDWIFE: Actress Jenny Agutter on new season – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne in CALL THE MIDWIFE | ©2021 PBS

CALL THE MIDWIFE has just begun airing its tenth season in the U.S. Sundays on PBS (check local listings for exact airtimes), with the previous nine seasons currently available on Netflix. The series runs on the BBC in England. Based on the memoirs of real-life midwife Jennifer Worth and adapted for British television by Heidi Thomas, CALL THE MIDWIFE is set at Nonnatus House, a residence for Anglican nuns and lay practitioners who work as midwives in London’s East End. Each season takes place in a new year. Season 10 begins in 1966, when Nonnatus House is facing funding troubles, […]Read On »

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WITCH HUNT: Actress and executive producer Elizabeth Mitchell on new movie and OUTER BANKS – Exclusive Interview

Elizabeth Mitchell | photo courtesy Elizabeth Mitchell

WITCH HUNT, which opens theatrically on October 1, is a movie set in an alternative present. In director/writer Elle Callahan’s magical dystopia, witches and witchcraft are real. However, they are being lethally suppressed by the U.S. government. Any woman found to be a witch is burned at the stake. Anti-witch propaganda has made much of the population believe that all magic is evil. Elizabeth Mitchell plays Martha, a woman who has opened her Southern California home as an underground railroad station for witches seeking safe haven in Mexico. This doesn’t sit well with Martha’s moody teen daughter Claire (Gideon Adlon), […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET: PART THREE – 1666

FEAR STREET - PART THREE: 1666 | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson Writers: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak and Kate Trefry, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 16, 2021 FEAR STREET: PART THREE – 1666 concludes the FEAR STREET trilogy of films, based on R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET books. All three FEAR STREET movies are directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak, who here shares screenplay credit with Phil Graziadei and Kate Trefry. Viewers wanting resolution for the characters and curse we first encountered in […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Kevin Alejandro digs deeper into the new season of the Netflix series – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Kevin Alejandro in LUCIFER - Season 3 - "Chloe Does Lucifer" | ©2017 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

LUCIFER is now streaming its first five seasons on Netflix, with a sixth and final season coming later this year. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Kevin Alejandro, who plays LAPD Detective Dan Espinosa on LUCIFER and has directed four episodes, we talk about the episode “Daniel Espinosa: Naked and Afraid,” written by Mike Costa, adjusting to LUCIFER’s stop-and-start history, and more. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve previously talked about doing ride-alongs with real law enforcement personnel for your roles playing police. In terms of playing law enforcement, what is the most valuable thing you’ve learned? KEVIN ALEJANDRO: It’s to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET: PART TWO – 1978

FEAR STREET - PART TWO: 1978 | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Gillian Jacobs, Jordana Spiro, Brandon Spink, Chiara Aurelia, Marcelle LeBlanc, Eden Campbell, Ted Sutherland, Michael Provost, Drew Scheid, Jacqi Vene Writers: Zak Olkewicz and Leigh Janiak, story by Zak Olkewicz and Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 9, 2021 FEAR STREET: PART TWO – 1978 is, as its title suggests, a sequel to FEAR STREET: PART ONE – 1994, released a week earlier. Both films are part of the FEAR STREET trilogy, concluding […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE

GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, Ralph Ineson, Adam Nagaitis, Michael Smiley Writers: Navot Papushado & Ehud Lavski Director: Navot Papushado Distributor: STX Films/Netflix Release Date: July 14, 2021 GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE is an action movie that stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, and Ralph Ineson, and introduces a capable young performer, Chloe Coleman. Do we really need to know more than that to persuade us this is worth seeing? For those who want more information, GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE takes place in one of […]Read On »

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