THE GREAT AMERICAN READ: Actor/writer Wil Wheaton talks favorite books – Exclusive Interview

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PBS brings back THE GREAT AMERICAN READ on Tuesday, September 11. Hosted by Meredith Viera, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ premiered back in May. The series aims to discover “America’s best-loved novel” by means of viewer opinion. To date, two million people have voted, narrowing the list down to one hundred titles. With eight episodes rolling out on successive Tuesday nights, the season finale on October 23 will reveal the top vote getter. (Those interested in voting can do so via pbs.org/greatamericanread, hashtag voting on Twitter and Facebook, an SMS app, and by phone. Actor/author Wil Wheaton is one of the […]Read On »

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Celebs come out and support event for Democrat Jess Phoenix – Exclusive Interviews

Jess Phoenix attends "Ignite for Science with Jess Phoenix" Political Fund Raiser at the IgnitedSpaces Penthouse, Hollywood, CA on March 26, 2018 | Photo Courtesy and ©2018 Eugene Powers

Jess Phoenix is running as a Democrat for Congress in California’s CA-25 district, which covers parts of northern Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Phoenix has three other Democratic opponents, Bryan Caforio, Katie Hill and Mary Gallant. All want to unseat Republican incumbent Steve Knight. There are several differences between Phoenix and the other candidates. For one, Phoenix is an actual climate scientist. For another, her fundraising events tend to be populated by fan-favorite celebrities. At one such gathering, Phoenix and some of her supporters talked with Assignment X about why they think it’s important to have people who understand […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 10: The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Edition

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</iframe Hey there, dorks. In honor of the 50th anniversary of STAR TREK, we are going to boldly go where this podcast has never gone before: over the two-hour mark. We have put together an epic STAR TREK-themed episode for this week’s episode of “Dorking Out.” In our first two segments, Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, the authors of the best book we’ve ever read about STAR TREK and the inner workings of Hollywood, “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years,” join us to talk about all things STAR TREK, […]Read On »

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THE EXPANSE: Showrunner Naren Shankar chats about Season 1 – exclusive interview

Thomas Jane stars as Detective Josephus Miller in THE EXPANSE | © 2016 Steve Wilkie/Syfy

In Syfy’s THE EXPANSE, in its first season Tuesdays at 10 PM, humanity has spread across the solar system without getting any more humane. A distress call from a missing young woman entangles the crew of the ice-hauling spacecraft Canterbury in both a murder mystery and political intrigue that could lead to interplanetary war. Show runner Naren Shankar, one of THE EXPANSE’s executive producers, has lots of experience in the science-fiction genre, with writing/producing credits that include STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, THE OUTER LIMITS, FARSCAPE and GRIMM. He also spent nearly ten years as a writer/executive producer on CSI. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Madchen Amick casts a spell on WITCHES OF EAST END

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In Lifetime’s new series WITCHES OF EAST END, Sundays at 10 PM, Madchen Amick plays Wendy Beauchamp, one of the title characters. The playful Wendy, who has nine lives and can shapeshift into a black cat, senses danger for her more straitlaced sister Joanna (Julia Ormond). This prompts Wendy’s first visit to Joanna in a hundred years. Wendy’s arrival coincides with Joanna’s daughters Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston) learning of their magical legacy. Amick, who originally hails from Sparks, Nevada, got her first screen role on a 1989 episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Since then, she’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 6 – “Dreamworld”

Stana Katic and Lisa Edelstein in CASTLE - Season 6 - "Dreamworld" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  David Grae Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 30, 2013 If you  have ever watched a TV show or movie that dealt with a topic you know particularly well, and groaned repeatedly when the writers messed up details that if they’d only bothered to do a modicum of research wouldn’t have been messed up, then you’ll understand how I reacted to the “Dreamworld” episode of CASTLE. You see, some years ago, I co-wrote a book on poisons for […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 6 Premiere – “Valkyrie”

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 6 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Rob Hanning Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 23, 2013 So we were left hanging at the end of last season, with Castle (Nathan Fillion) down on one knee, proposing marriage. Fade in on “Valkyrie” with Beckett (Stana Katic) thrilled that he proposed. It’s CASTLE, of course it’s not clear cut. Turns out she was afraid he was trying to break up. But here’s where it gets good. Instead of being a jerk about her new job and insisting […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LeVar Burton on PERCEPTION, READING RAINBOW and STAR TREK

LeVar Burton hosts READING RAINBOW | photo courtesy LeVar Burton

In PERCEPTION, now in its second season on TNT, Tuesday nights at 9 PM, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuroscientist who helps the FBI solve cases. Daniel actually has neurological and psychological issues of his own that cause him to see imaginary people, among other things. LeVar Burton plays Dr. Paul Haley, Daniel’s longtime friend who is a cultural anthropologist and the dean of the college where Daniel teaches. Paul adds levity to what can be otherwise very serious situations. Burton, born in Germany and educated in Southern California, has spent three decades involved with the children’s educational […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the 39th ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS PRESSROOM

Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg at the 39th Saturns Awards | ©2013 Sue Schneider

After the 39th Annual Saturn Awards arrivals while the stars and guests went into the ballroom for dinner and the award show the press headed back to the pressroom to wait for the winners and the presenters to come on back to pose with their Saturn Award. Walking through the press room was: Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Womark, Zev Foreman, Danny Elfman, Katie Leclerc, Israel Broussard, Sam J. Jones, Julie Adams, Don Handfield, Ellen Green, Jeff White, Keith David, Drew Roy, Doug Jones, John Savage, Joe Kaplan, Al Kaplan, Allison Abbate, Wayne Brady, William Friedkin, Shane Black, Abigail […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 Finale – “Watershed”

Nathan Fillion as Castle in CASTLE | (c) 2013 ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Andrew W. Marlowe Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: May 13, 2013 I simply do not understand why the producers of CASTLE seem to feel the need to jerk their viewers around with this constant will they/won’t they game between Castle (Nathan Filion) and Beckett (Stana Katic). They spent four season playing with getting the two together – not only taking a miserably long time, but doing it in the most excrutiating way. Then they spent a good chunk of last season […]Read On »

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