Exclusive Interview: HEMLOCK GROVE star Penelope Mitchell on the Netflix series

Penelope Mitchell in HEMLOCK GROVE - Season 1 | ©2013 Netflix

In Netflix’s thirteen-episode series HEMLOCK GROVE, now available in its entirety, the title town is beset by a series of bloody murders. Those in the know about supernatural doings think it could be the work of a werewolf, but with human experiments at a local laboratory and the possibility of vampirism, who can say what’s really going on? Penelope Mitchell, a young Australian actress, plays one of HEMLOCK GROVE’s central characters. She sits down at Pasadena’s Langham Hotel to talk about her character’s place in the scheme of the series scheming, turmoil and general mayhem. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you […]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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Exclusive Interview: TOTALLY BIASED’s W. Kamau Bell talks Season 2

W. Kamau Bell stars in TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL | (c) 2013 Matthias Clamer/FX

TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL is now in its second season on FX, Thursdays at 11 PM. The talk show, executive-produced by Chris Rock, features Bell’s distinctive progressive viewpoint on a variety of political and social issues, along with guests including George Takei, David Allen Grier and Reggie Watts. At a party thrown by Fox/FX for its talent and the Television Critics Association,Bell moves to a slightly quieter part of the venue to talk about Season 2. AX: Were you surprised or just gratified when TOTALLY BIASED got picked up for a second season? BELL: I was gratified. I […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DJANGO UNCHAINED

DJANGO UNCHAINED poster | ©2012 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christophe Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson Writer: Quentin Tarantino Director: Quentin Tarantino Distributor: Columbia Pictures/The Weinstein Company Release Date: Dec. 25, 2012 If you’re old enough to remember crazy indie ‘70s Westerns, or at least have seen them on video or at revival houses, you understand the kind of movie experience writer/director Quentin Tarantino is addressing with DJANGO UNCHAINED. As with everything Tarantino does, there’s a sense of film history/film commentary, as if a friend is sitting next to you saying, “Remember this movie? Remember this moment in this movie? Wouldn’t it […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER star Ato Essandoh looks back on Season 1 and talks DJANGO UNCHAINED

Ato Essandoh in COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC America/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

Actor Ato Essandoh (pronounced Ah-toe Eh-SAN-doh) hails in real life from Schenectady, New York, so he has his home state in common with his character Dr. Matthew Freeman on BBC America’s original drama series COPPER, which has just been renewed for a second season. In 1864, with the Civil War still raging, an African-American medical doctor draws suspicion from a lot of whites, while Freeman’s continuing association with two fellow Union Army veterans, Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), who is the cop of the title, and Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid), draws unease even from Freeman’s loving wife Sara (Tessa Thompson). Essandoh, […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Slash Fiction”

Mark Sheppard in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Slash Fiction" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Kevin McNally, Sean Owen Roberts, John Patrick Stuart, Kim Rhodes, Shaun Smith Writers: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: October 28, 2011   SUPERNATURAL has done some crazy things in its time, but would an episode called “Slash Fiction” really be about what the title implies? For those unfamiliar with the term, “slash fiction” refers to fiction written by fans about a particular TV series or film or book, with the specific premise of that fiction in getting two […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GUARD

THE GUARD movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan Writer: John Michael McDonagh Director: John Michael McDonagh Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: July 29, 2011 In Ireland, the police are known as “the garda,” pronounced “guard,” hence the title of the film. Writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s film takes place in a small coastal town in Connemara in the west of Ireland, where Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) can get away with a good deal of irreverence and petty larceny. This seemingly puts him on a collision course with straitlaced FBI Special […]Read On »

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