Movie Review: GLASS

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Release Date: January 18, 2019 GLASS is the third in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy about men with unusual abilities. This began with 2000’s UNBREAKABLE, which starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a seemingly ordinary security guard who discovers that he’s nearly indestructible after surviving a train crash. In the course of figuring out who he is and what he should do, David befriends Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson). Elijah has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OCEAN’S 8

OCEAN'S 8 movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden Writers: Gary Ross & Olivia Milch, story by Gary Ross, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 8, 2018 OCEAN’S 8 might be called a spinoff rather than a sequel of the OCEAN’S 11 franchise. The Ocean here is Debbie (Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny Ocean (the character played in the earlier films by George Clooney). Newly paroled from a five-year prison stint, Debbie […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE POST

THE POST movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Alison Brie, Jesse Plemons Writers: Liz Hannah and Josh Singer Director: Steven Spielberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 29, 2017 A 1970s-set drama about a newspaper in Washington, D.C. may not sound like the feel-good movie of the year. However, for those who felt 2017 was the epitome of an absurdist political nightmare, THE POST may bring perfect holiday cheer. While Watergate ultimately got the bigger press – think ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (which this […]Read On »

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Eryn Krueger Mekash on make-up for CULT – Season 7- Exclusive Interview

AMERICAN HORROR STORY - CULT poster | ©2017 FX

AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Tuesdays on FX, is now in its seventh season. The series, created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk, has an anthology format, with each new season telling a different story, and a repertory cast of actors who come back in different roles, year after year. AMERICAN HORROR STORY has dealt with a haunted house, an alien-and-Nazi-plagued mental institution, rival witches’ covens, a small-time circus freak show, a hotel owned by a vampire and inhabited by the spirit of its serial killer builder and a menacing small town. This season, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT, deals with a married […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REBEL IN THE RYE

REBEL IN THE RYE movie poster | ©2017 IFC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Hope Davis Writer: Danny Strong, inspired by the book J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE by Kenneth Slawenski Director: Danny Strong Distributor: IFC Release Date: September 8, 2017  Writing is a solitary activity that, unlike some others (bicycling, mountain climbing, even painting), is extremely difficult to make watchable. In bringing the early life of CATCHER IN THE RYE author J.D. Salinger to the screen, REBEL IN THE RYE writer/director Danny Strong deftly surmounts the challenges of the subject matter. Inspired by Kenny Slawenski’s biography J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE, Strong gives us […]Read On »

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REBEL IN THE RYE: Danny Strong on his directorial debut – Exclusive Interview

Director Danny Strong and actor Nicholas Hoult in REBEL IN THE RYE | ©2017 IFC

Danny Strong is no stranger to fact-based material. He won Emmys for writing and being one of the producers of GAME CHANGE, the HBO film about the John McCain/Sarah Palin White House run. Before that, Strong, who hails from Manhattan Beach, California, was nominated for an Emmy for writing the HBO movie RECOUNT, about the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Strong and Lee Daniels together created the Fox hit EMPIRE, which returns for its fourth season later this month; Strong directed three episodes of the series. On the feature side, Strong wrote the screenplays for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART I […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Sterling K. Brown & Anthony Hemingway – exclusive interview

Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden in THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON | © 2016 FX

In FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, which concludes Tuesday, April 5, Sterling K. Brown plays prosecution team member Christopher Darden. The Missouri-born Brown, who appeared earlier this year in the film WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT and was a regular on ARMY WIVES, is known for his arcs on SUPERNATURAL as Gordon Walker and on PERSON OF INTEREST as Cal Beecher. While discussing playing the increasingly frustrated and disillusioned Darden, Brown is joined by Anthony Hemingway, who directed five episodes of THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON. AX: What was your impression of the trial at the time […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Sarah Paulson on playing Marcia Clark – exclusive interview

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON | © 2016 Fx

In FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, Sarah Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark, who is both horrified and astonished to see what seems at first to be a slam-dunk murder conviction mutate into a media circus and a referendum on gender, race and class. At more or less the same time that Paulson was working on AMERICAN CRIME STORY, she was also working on her fifth season of FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY – playing a different character each year, she’s gleaned three Emmy nominations for the series. Both series come from executive producer Ryan Murphy. Florida […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Courtney B. Vance on playing Johnnie Cochran – exclusive interview

Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran in THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON | © 2016 FX

FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, Tuesdays at 10 PM, is a ten-episode drama about the famous ’90s court case that had racism, sexism, celebrity and courtroom game-playing on full public view. One of the more memorable participants in those events was the late defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, who epitomized the combination of canny strategy and showmanship. Whatever Cochran privately thought about Simpson’s innocence or guilt, he saw the case as an opportunity to spotlight police abuse of African-Americans. Cochran is portrayed in the miniseries by Courtney B. Vance. Vance, a veteran of stage (Tony winner […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Larry Karaszewski – exclusive interview

The infamous white bronco chase during THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON | © 2016 FX

In 1994, if you were alive, in America and had access to the news, you knew that former football star O.J. Simpson was accused of killing his wife, Nicole Simpson Brown, and her friend Ronald Goldman. You probably also knew about the highly-publicized trial that ensued. FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY is a 10-episode exploration of the trial and the events surrounding it, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, John Travolta as defense lawyer Bob Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer as Simpson’s friend and attorney Robert Kardashian and Courtney B. Vance […]Read On »

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