Movie Review: CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2019)

CHARLIE'S ANGELS movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Nat Faxon, Chris Pang, Luis Gerardo Mendez Writer: Elizabeth Banks, story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn, based on the TV series created by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts Director: Elizabeth Banks Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 15, 2019 CHARLIE’S ANGELS by now has a history way out of proportion to its overall quality. First, it was a TV series that ran for five seasons, from 1976 through 1981, launching the careers of Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Tanya […]Read On »

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BLUNT TALK actors Timm Sharp and Dolly Wells on new Starz series – Exclusive Interview

BLUNT TALK - Season 1 | © 2015 Starz

BLUNT TALK, Starz’s new half-hour comedy Saturdays at 9 PM, concerns a news program anchored by Walter Blunt. Patrick Stewart stars as Walter, who has a lot of idiosyncrasies and issues. Then again, so do all of his colleagues, including his senior producers, Celia, played by Dolly Wells, and Jim, portrayed by Timm Sharp. Wells recently was seen in the second season of DOLL AND EM, the HBO comedy she co-created, produced and starred in with best friend Emily Mortimer; the English actress has previously been a regular in STAR STORIES, CAMPUS, SPY and SOME GIRLS and is in the […]Read On »

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BLUNT TALK: The scoop on Season 1 – exclusive interview

Patrick Stewart stars as Walter Blunt in the Starz series BLUNT TALK | © 2015 Starz/Justina Mintz

In Starz’s new Saturday-night half-hour comedy BLUNT TALK, premiering August 22 at 9 PM, Patrick Stewart stars as news host Walter Blunt. Walter wants to use his show to help the American people, but he needs a lot of help himself. For one thing, Walter keeps winding up on the news – for example, a tryst with a young lady in his car winds up with Walter hitting a police officer. Walter relies hugely on his loyal staff – especially manservant Harry (Adrian Scarborough) and producer/manager Rosalie (Jacki Weaver). Jonathan Ames, who previously created BORED TO DEATH for HBO, is […]Read On »

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Interview: Gary Janetti gets VICIOUS with new PBS Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi comedy

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in VICIOUS artwork | ©2014 BBC / PBS

In the comedy VICIOUS, premiering its first season on PBS Sunday, June 29, at 9 PM, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen play, respectively, Stuart Bixby and Freddie Thornhill. Stuart and Freddie are a gay couple who have been together for fifty years. They love one another dearly and insult each other – and anyone else in the vicinity – incessantly. This very British series was created by American Gary Janetti, with Mark Thornhill. Janetti has written and produced on FAMILY GUY and WILL AND GRACE. After a Q&A session PBS holds on VICIOUS for the Television Critics Association […]Read On »

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Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST poster | ©2014 Fox/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore. Omar Sy, Evan Peters Writer: Simon Kinberg, story by Jane Goldman & Simon Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 23, 2014 If you’re going to make an installment of a film franchise that potentially erases the continuity of previous endeavors, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST demonstrates how to do it with not only style but real urgency. Don’t just randomly drop time travelers into the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE HOLLOW CROWN reworks Shakespeare for four new PBS films

Rory Kinnear in GREAT PERFORMANCES: THE HOLLOW CROWN - RICHARD II | ©2013 PBS/BBC

THE HOLLOW CROWN, on PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES beginning Friday September 20 at 9 PM and continuing for three Fridays thereafter, consists of four new films of William Shakespeare’s histories HENRY II, starring Ben Whishaw in the title role, and HENRY IV PART I, HENRY IV PART II and HENRY V, starring Jeremy Irons as Henry IV and Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal/Henry V, with Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff. Other notable cast members include David Bradley (Walder Frey on GAME OF THRONES), Lindsay Duncan, David Morrissey (the Governor on THE WALKING DEAD), James Purefoy (of THE FOLLOWING), Patrick Stewart, David […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: LIFEFORCE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

LIFEFORCE Blu-ray | ©2013 Scream! Factory

Rating: R Stars: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda May, Patrick Stewart Writers: Dan O’Bannon & Don Jakoby based on the novel SPACE VAMPIRES by Colin Wilson Director: Tobe Hooper Distributor: Scream! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Release Date: June 19, 2013 After the success of POLTERGEIST, director Tobe Hooper was poised for studio stardom. However, instead of parlaying that success into something substantial, he opted to helm 1985’s listless LIFEFORCE. Based on the Colin Wilson novel SPACE VAMPIRES, the movie itself should have been epic. It deals with a crew of astronauts entering Haley’s Comet and finding life […]Read On »

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES is one of the Blu-ray and DVD picks this week

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides | © 2011 Disney Home Entertainment

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 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES – Yeah, times have changed. No longer is Keira Knightley or Orlando Bloom involved but really the first three films were all about Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and this fourth installment of the action franchise delivers him in spades. […]Read On »

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CD Review: GNOMEO AND JULIET soundtrack

Gnomeo and Juliet soundtrack | ©2011 Walt Disney Records

There might not be a kitschier combination than the pairing of garden gnomes and Elton John, or in the case of GNOMEO AND JULIET, a more unexpectedly winning one. For when you add up the soothing, soulful sound of the 70’s pop-rock icon with the orchestral bells and whistles that composer James Newton Howard is duty-bound to deliver for the plaster faerie figures, you end up with a musical confection only slightly less eccentric than the classic song mash-ups of MOULIN ROUGE– made far less maddening here by the fact that it’s only Elton John’s immortal tunes that are being […]Read On »

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Profile: Elton John brings the beat to GNOMEO & JULIET

GNOMEO AND JULIET | ©2011 Miramax Films

Elton John considers life an extraordinarily unpredictable adventure with no necessary time line of events to meet. You just take it as it comes to you. For example, he was in his mid forties when he assumed a new career in composing and producing songs for such musicals as THE LION KING and BILLY ELLIOT. And now at the ripe old age of 63 he and his long time partner David Furnish just adopted twin boys. The proud papa couldn’t be more excited to share his newest venture. “It’s fantastic,” he admits. “I love the smell of nappies and diapers. […]Read On »

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