Movie Review: NIGHTMARE ALLEY

NIGHTMARE ALLEY movie poster | ©2021 Searchlight Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, David Strathairn, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins, Holt McAllany, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Beaver Writers: Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham Director: Guillermo del Toro Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: December 17, 2021 NIGHTMARE ALLEY is a beautifully-made, hypnotic Depression-era thriller. William Lindsay Gresham’s novel was previously adapted for the big screen in 1947, with Tyrone Power in the lead. This time around, Bradley Cooper essays the role of Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, the antihero at the center of […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Actor Leland Orser gives the scoop on Season 3 – exclusive interview

BERLIN STATION | © 2018 EPIX

In Season 3 of BERLIN STATION, which begins Sunday December 2 on Epix, it’s six months after the events of Season 2. The Berlin station of the CIA sends two of its officers, Leland Orser’s Robert Kirsch and Richard Armitage’s Daniel Miller, to Estonia for a bit of diplomacy. Things take some drastic turns, and before you can say “Ukraine,” it looks like there may be open war between Russia and Estonia. Orser, who has played Kirsch since BERLIN STATION began, is a native of San Francisco. His other credits include RAY DONOVAN, SE7EN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, ER, […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Actor Leland Orser on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Leland Orser in BERLIN STATION - Season 2 | ©2017 Epix

In Epix’s BERLIN STATION, in its second season on Sunday nights, Leland Orser plays CIA operative Robert Kirsch. In Season 1, a mission went bad, Robert’s fellow operative, Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans), turned out to be leaking secrets to the German press, and Robert’s boss and good friend Steven Frost (Richard Jenkins) was fired from the agency. This season, there’s a new head of station, BB Yates (Ashley Judd), who develops a different kind of relationship with Robert as the Berlin station tries to prevent a neo-Nazi terrorist attack. At the same time, Robert’s adolescent son Noah (Brandon Spink) comes […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Showrunner Bradford Winters talks Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

BERLIN STATION - Season 2 - Key Art | ©2017 Epix

By the end of the first season of Epix’s crackling espionage drama BERLIN STATION, the C.I.A. office of the title was in chaos. Top spy Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage) had been shot and badly wounded, station chief Steven Frost (Richard Jenkins) had been jailed (though later released) and fired, and operative Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans) turned out to be leaking information to the press and was on the run. At the start of BERLIN STATION’s second season, beginning Sunday, October 15, one of the big questions would seem to be how all of those characters can find their ways back […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Creator Olen Steinhauer talks Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

BERLIN STATION - Season 1 | © 2016 Epix

Olen Steinhauer is a successful novelist (the Milo Weaver series, YALTA BOULEVARD QUINTET) who decided to write a television series. BERLIN STATION is the result. The Epix series, now in its first season Sunday nights and renewed for a second, takes place at the title C.I.A. location. Richard Armitage, Rhys Ifans, Michelle Forbes, Leland Orser and Richard Jenkins star as some of the operatives circling one another while someone is leaking information. ASSIGNMENT X: Did you start BERLIN STATION as a novel and then decide to make it a TV series instead? OLEN STEINHAUER: No. Actually, I started it as […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Leland Orser on Epix’s espionage drama – Exclusive Interview

Leland Orser in BERLIN STATION - Season 1 | ©2016 Epix

In Epix’s Sunday-night espionage drama BERLIN STATION,  which has just been picked up for a second season, Leland Orser plays Robert Kirsch. Kirsch is the C.I.A.’s Deputy Chief of Station, working sometimes at odds under station chief Steven Frost, played by Richard Jenkins. Orser, originally from San Francisco, is a prolific performer who appears in a wide variety of films and television, including the two most recent seasons of RAY DONOVAN, along with SE7EN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, ER, 24 and all three TAKEN movies. ASSIGNMENT X: Robert Kirsch seems a little ambitious and adversarial … LELAND ORSER: He […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Richard Jenkins on new EPIX series – Exclusive Interview

BERLIN STATION poster | ©2016 Epix

Richard Jenkins has a long, impressive resume that include an Emmy win for his lead actor turn in OLIVE KITTRIDGE and an Oscar nomination for his supporting work in THE VISITOR. A smattering of the Illinois-born actor’s other film credits include SILVERADO, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, WOLF, STEP BROTHERS, LET ME IN and CABIN IN THE WOODS. Jenkins is currently working for director Guillermo Del Toro in THE SHAPE OF WATER. However, until now, Jenkins has only been a regular in one series, HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER. Epix’s BERLIN STATION, which premieres Sunday, October 16, has brought Jenkins back to […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: BONE TOMAHAWK

BONE TOMAHAWK poster | ©2015RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Sid Haig, Zahn McClarnon Writer: S. Craig Zahler Director: S. Craig Zahler Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment Release Date (Blu-ray/DVD): December 29, 2015 Movie Westerns are still being made, but the old cowboys-and-Native Americans subgenre is no longer very active, for what can be hoped are obvious reasons. BONE TOMAHAWK gets around those reasons with one of the great gifts that horror provides – when it’s not acceptable to depict a whole group of human beings as bloodthirsty monsters, use actual bloodthirsty monsters. BONE TOMAHAWK […]Read On »

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TROPHY WIFE star Bradley Whitford talks his many loves – Exclusive Interview

Bradley Whitford stars as Pete Harrison on TROPHY WIFE | © 2014 ABC/Michael Ansell

In ABC’S TROPHY WIFE, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, Bradley Whitford plays Pete Harrison, a well-to-do Los Angeles attorney who is on his third marriage to beautiful, buoyant – and younger – Kate, played by Malin Akerman. Pete has kids two kids (Bailee Madison, Ryan Lee) with uptight first ex-wife Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) and a young son (Albert Tsai) with free-spirited but anxious second ex-wife Jackie (Michaela Watkins), so it’s all one big complicated family. Whitford is a film and TV veteran, whose credits include starring roles in THE WEST WING, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP and THE GOOD […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JACK REACHER

JACK REACHER movie poster | ©2012 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall, Joseph Sikora, Jai Courtney Writer: Christopher McQuarrie, based on Lee Child’s novel ONE SHOT Director: Christopher McQuarrie Distributor: Paramount Release Date: December 21, 2012 As modern star-driven thrillers go, JACK REACHER is pretty good. Tom Cruise stars as the title character, a former military policeman who went off the grid after leaving the army, only to surface when a fellow former soldier is believed to have gone on a shooting rampage The opening of JACK REACHER creates some stomach-churning tension, as it involves a sniper […]Read On »

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