MARS: JiHae gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

MARS - Season 2 Key Art |©2018 National Geographic

MARS has its second season premiere on National Geographic Monday, November 12. The series, executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is an unusual blend of scripted drama and documentary footage as it tells of the first colony on Mars. Actors portray scientists and colonists, whose adventures are intercut with interviews with real scientists and astronauts. Documentary coverage of clashes between science and industry in areas like the Arctic Circle are contrasted with similar imagined conflicts on the Red Planet. JiHae (pronounced JEE-hay) portrays twin sisters Hana and Joon Seung. Hana is an American pilot and systems engineer on […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the World Premiere of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke at the World Premiere of LucasFim’s SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

LucasFIlm’s held the World Premiere of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY on May 10th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It was a huge premiere with Hollywood Boulevard closed from Highland to Orange to accommodate the stars and guests. The movie is the coming of age of Hans Solo finding his purpose in life before becoming the STAR WARS most ironic and adored maverick. Originally played by Mark Hamill this Hans Solo introduces Alden Ehrenreich into the STAR WARS Universe. Seen walking the carpet, were the stars of the film, which included: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, […]Read On »

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INFERNO highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Jan. 24, 2017

INFERNO | © 2017 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. INFERNO – The third film in THE DA VINCI CODE universe reteaming Ron Howard and Tom Hanks for another adventure involving symbologist Robert Langdon. This time Langdon gets wrapped up in a conspiracy involving DANTE’S INFERNO and he has lost his memory leading him to team with a doctor (played by ROGUE ONE’s Felicity Jones) that tries to help him recover his memories and retrace his steps. Along the way he discovers not only was he complicit in helping the conspiracy gain traction but not everything about […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INFERNO

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster Writer: David Koepp, based on the novel by Dan Brown Director: Ron Howard Distributor: Sony Release Date: October 28, 2016 With INFERNO, star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are back for their third go-round with historian Robert Langdon, hero of 2006’s THE DA VINCI CODE and 2009’s ANGELS & DEMONS. All three films are adapted from Dan Brown’s novels. In quality, the film INFERNO sits somewhere between its two predecessors. Neither as much fun as DA VINCI CODE nor as completely silly as […]Read On »

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IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: Composer Roque Baños on scoring the seas – Interview

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If you madly hunt for great composing talents the world over, chances are you’ll hear the particular, vast melodic abilities of one Roque Baños. Hailing from Spain where he’d notably engage in the Spaghetti Western pastiche of 800 BULLETS,  the artistic classicism of GOYA IN BOURDEAUX and the bad cop antics of TORRENTE among the numerous movie he’d score in his home country, Baños first caught American ears with his romantically twisted crime stylings for 2000’s SEXY BEAST and the Herrmann-esque doom of 2004’s Theremin-possessed  THE MACHINIST. It’s been a long, prolific journey to our shores over the years before […]Read On »

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Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 2 – The Warm

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl in RUSH | ©2013 Imagine Entertainment

It’s time to re-evaluate what happened at the Toronto International Film Festival by dividing up the films into three categories. So here are the winners, losers and something in-between so just for fun I’ve broken them down into buzz terms, HOT, WARM and COLD. Part 2: THE WARM (BUZZ+CRITICAL REACTION+AUDIENCE COMMENTS) THE FIFTH ESTATE Warts and all Julian Assange / WikiLeaks story starring Benedict Cumberbatch. CONSENSUS: While it’s nice to see Bill Condon (GODS AND MONSTERS) not directing another TWILIGHT movie this was a mixed bag. Most applauded that he asked more question than he answered and praised Cumberbatch’s layered […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUSH

RUSH movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino Writer: Peter Morgan Director: Ron Howard Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 20, 2013 RUSH describes both the motion of the Formula One race cars at the center of this film, and the emotion their drivers get when racing them. It does not describe the pace of the film, although RUSH proceeds at a smooth pace, nor the sensation most of the audience will experience, albeit it’s perfectly watchable. For much of the 1970s, there was a rivalry both on-track and off (the professional rivalry is […]Read On »

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TCA 2012 News: Showtime talks about its CONQUEST series with director Ron Howard

Ron Howard attends AMERICAN FILM MARKET 2011 - Day 1/ ©2011 Getty Images/Alexandra Wyman - used by permission

While director Ron Howard has been interested in television for awhile (his shelved adaptation of Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER was to span both movies and a TV series), he’s now moving his attention to helm a new Showtime series called CONQUEST. To be written by Jose Rivera the series will focus on Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes and his battles with Aztec empire ruler Moctezuma II. At the Showtime TCA 2012 Press Tour, Nevins spoke about the project. “It’s in the very early stages of development,” Nevins says. “On the one hand, it’s been talked about for many years, and […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE GREAT ESCAPE – Season 1 – “Escape from Alcatraz” – Series Premiere

RIch Eisen is the host of THE GREAT ESCAPE - Season 1 - "Escape from Alcatraz" | ©2012 TNT/John Nowak

Host: Rich Eisen Network: TNT, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 24, 2012 Just when you think every reality show concept has been done to death, along comes something refreshing like THE GREAT ESCAPE, TNT’s uber-successful attempt to get in the reality game. With executive producer Ron Howard and Brian Grazer behind-the-scenes (alongside THE AMAZING RACE executive producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri), they’re off to a, well, great, start. Mixing in elements of THE AMAZING RACE and FEAR FACTOR, the series is pretty simple in concept, but elaborate and expansive in execution. Three teams of two are taken […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the J. EDGAR World Premiere Opening Night Gala of the AFI FEST 2011

Leonardo DiCaprio at the World Premiere of Clint Eastwood's J. EDGAR, the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures J. EDGAR was the Opening Night Gala of the AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. Clint Eastwood directed J. EDGAR from a screenplay by Dustin Lance Black and stars Leonardo DiCaprio in title role. The film explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth. For almost 50 years J. EDGAR was the face of law enforcement in America, but he was often swayed by the dark side of power that could of destroyed his image, his career and his life. AFI is celebrating its 25th year as a program […]Read On »

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