Movie Review: CLEMENCY

CLEMENCY movie poster | ©2019 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce, Richard Schiff, Michael O’Neill, Vernee Watson, Danielle Brooks Writer: Chinonye Chukwu Director: Chinonye Chukwu Distributor: Neon Release Date: December 27, 2019 CLEMENCY, written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, is a movie we haven’t exactly ever seen before. There are certainly innumerable character studies, and plenty of movies about death row. But there aren’t many (if any) others from the point of view of the prison warden, and we haven’t met onscreen any wardens like Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). Bernadine is thorough and dedicated to carrying out her job by the book. […]Read On »

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MIXED-ISH: Gary Cole talks about the new BLACK-ISH spin-off and Richard Schiff on THE GOOD DOCTOR – Exclusive Interview

MIXED-ISH - Season 1 key art | ©2019 ABC

MIXED-ISH, a half-hour comedy created by Kenya Barris & Peter Saji, is a spin-off of BLACK-ISH, created by Barris. MIXED-ISH, which has its series debut on ABC Tuesday, September 24 at 9 PM (followed directly by the Season 6 premiere of BLACK-ISH), explores the ‘80s childhood of Tracee Ellis Ross’s BLACK-ISH character Rainbow (played in MIXED-ISH by Arica Himmel – Ross narrates as Rainbow’s adult self). Rainbow and her siblings have to move with their parents, black mom Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white dad Paul (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), from a mellow commune to racially conscious suburbia. Culture shock ensues. So do […]Read On »

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THE GOOD DOCTOR: Actor Richard Schiff chats Season 1 of hit new ABC series – interview

Richard Schiff in THE GOOD DOCTOR - Season 1 | ©2017 ABC/Stuart Pettica

HOUSE creator David Shore has a brought forth another drama about an unconventional physician. In ABC’s new Monday night series THE GOOD DOCTOR, Freddie Highmore stars as the title character, Dr. Shaun Murphy. Shaun is a brilliant young surgeon working on his residency, but he faces challenges internal and external due to the fact that he is autistic. Shaun’s mentor, Dr. Aaron Glassman, is portrayed by Richard Schiff. Schiff won an Emmy Award for his performance as Toby Ziegler on the long-running THE WEST WING. The actor, originally from Maryland, is also known for his work in a multitude of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Raphael Sbarge on MURDER IN THE FIRST and ONCE UPON A TIME

Raphael Sbarge in MURDER IN THE FIRST - Season 1 - "Who's Your Daddy?" | ©2014 TNT/Doug Hyun

Actor Raphael Sbarge had an interesting first half of 2014. He commuted back and forth between Vancouver, where he plays psychologist – and former cricket – Archie Hopper in ONCE UPON A TIME, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he plays Detective David Volk in TNT’s new series MURDER IN THE FIRST, created by Eric Lodal and the prolific Steven Bochco (NYPD BLUE, L.A. LAW and HILL STREET BLUES are a few of his other inventions). MURDER IN THE FIRST, which airs Mondays at 10 PM, takes place in San Francisco, where the murder of the assistant of a […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 9 – “The Spark in the Park”

Richard Schiff in BONES - Season 9 - "The Spark in the Park" | ©2013 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Pej Vahdat, Richard Schiff, Mark Derwin, McKinley Freeman, Cherami Leigh, McKayla Maroney, Laura Niemi, Bonnie Root, J. Michael Trautmann, Steve Monroe, Nancy Stone Writer: Emily Silver, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Chad Lowe Network: Fox, Fridays @ 8 PM Airdate: December 6, 2013 On BONES, many episodes are devoted to the brilliant but socially baffled Brennan (Emily Deschanel) learning how other people see the world. Few episodes are given over to people who share Brennan’s way […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – SEASON ONE – “The Lich Pt. 1”

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott, Dorian Missick, Martin Klebba, Tom Noonan, Anil Kumar, Glenn Fitzgerald, Richard Schiff Writer: William Wheeler Director: Karen Gaviola Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 14, 2011 THE CAPE generally does a good job of maintaining a sense of comic book integrity, balancing the genre’s conventions without tipping over into things that don’t work. However, in “The Lich Pt. 1,” a cliffhanger that will resolve next week, the attempt to do Fifties-style horror falls short. The reason for this is that unless the viewer hasn’t checked […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – SEASON 1 – “Scales”

Vinnie Jones in THE CAPE - Season 1 - "Scales on a Train" | &Copy 2011 NBC/Jordan Althaus

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain, Vinnie Jones, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott, Richard Schiff Writer: William Wheeler Director: Dennie Gordon Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: Jan. 24, 2011 There are times when more really is more, as handily proved by THE CAPE episode “Scales.” Why go with one bad guy when there can be two, or even three, with that last one creating terrible moral conflict for our hero? Yes, Vincent (David Lyons) is at odds with Max (Keith David) here, while a feud between Scales (Vinnie Jones) and Chess (James Frain) creates a surprising […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – ‘Tarot’

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

Wasting no time for its audience or its characters, “Tarot,” the second episode of THE CAPE gets into all kinds of mayhem in no time, as our hero Vince Faraday, aka the Cape (David Lyons), seems to get the drop on his arch-nemesis Chess (James Frain) – only to be felled by poison delivered by Cain, aka the Chef (Raza Jaffrey).

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