Movie Review: PUSS IN BOOTS

PUSS IN BOOTS movie poster | ©2011 Dreamworks Animation/Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris, Constance Marie Writers: David H. Steinberg, Tom Wheeler, Jon Zack, Brian Lynch, based on the story by Charles Perrault Director: Chris Miller Distributor: Paramount/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: October 28, 2011 PUSS IN BOOTS is aimed squarely at everyone who grinned when Antonio Banderas turned up as the voice of the Zorro-like cat in SHREK 2 and stuck around for the sequels. PUSS is actually a prequel to SHREK et al, providing a back story for its furry orange hero. Although the new movie borrows a […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – “Razer” – Series Finale

Summer Glau in THE CAPE | ©2011 NBC

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott, Vinnie Jones, Martin Klebba, Izabella Miko, Anil Kumar, Elliott Gould, Grant Bowler Writers: Tom Wheeler & William Wheeler Director: David Straiton Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 28, 2011 It’s impossible to blame the makers of THE CAPE for the distinctly not-final feel of the series finale, “Razer” (spelling is correct). They weren’t expecting their order to get cut from thirteen to ten, let alone having the aired order pared down to nine. As a result, “Razer” sets up some major questions that creator Tom […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE CAPE star Vinnie Jones sheds his skin

Vinnie Jones in THE CAPE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

In NBC’s THE CAPE, which has its finale tonight at 9 PM, the masked but non-superpowered hero must contend with several villains including Scales. What dock boss Dominic Raoul, aka Scales, may lack in social manipulation skills, he makes up for in sheer toughness (and has somewhat reptilian skin to go with the nickname). When the character is meant to be immediately intimidating, it helps to cast an actor like Vinnie Jones, the English former footballer turned actor who has played a lot of gritty types in films like his debut, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, SNATCH, X-MEN: THE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE CAPE creator Tom Wheeler creates TV’s latest hero

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 - "Dice" | ©2011 NBC/Trae Patton

NBC’s THE CAPE airs its final episode tonight, Feb. 28 at 9 PM as it follows framed Palm City police officer Vince Farraday, played by David Lyons. In order to clear his name and get back to his wife and young son, Faraday must clean up his hometown by assuming the identity of comic book superhero the Cape. Alas, the series didn’t bring in the kinds of ratings that would allow it to remain in its competitive Monday night slot. However, THE CAPE’s creator Tom Wheeler is happy to share the series’ origin story with us. [Editor’s Note: This interview […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1- “Dice”

David Lyons and Mena Suvari in THE CAPE - "Dice" | ©2011 NBC/Justin Lubin

Given that THE CAPE’s hero Vince Faraday (David Lyons) is heartily upset about being separated from his wife (Jennifer Ferrin) and young son (Ryan Wynott) – whose sulks about Dad’s absence are driving Mom to tears – and he’s stuck helping his carnival protectors with their crimes, it stands to reason he isn’t exactly crazy about the man who got him into this mess: our main villain Peter Fleming, aka Chess (James Frain). In the episode “Dice,” Vince is unsurprisingly unhappy when his advisor Orwell (Summer Glau) points out that Vince will never get home if Fleming dies, since Vince’s only hope of redemption is proving that Fleming, not Vince, is really Chess. When gorgeous Tracy, aka Dice (Mena Suvari) appears on the scene, Vince is put in the truly aggravating position of having to protect Fleming from the vengeful, brilliant young woman.

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Exclusive Interview: Summer Glau protects THE CAPE

Summer Glau in THE CAPE | ©2011 NBC

On NBC’s new series THE CAPE, hero Vince Faraday (David Lyons) can do amazing things with the title object, but he’d still be unlikely to survive without the guidance and assistance of Summer Glau’s Orwell, a mysterious young woman whose martial arts abilities are as impressive as her considerable computer skills. Glau is no stranger to the world of genre television and film. After playing the trapped spirit of a Russian ballerina in an episode of ANGEL, she was cast as the troubled, but super-powered River Tam on Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY, a role she reprised in the feature SERENITY. Glau […]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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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – ‘Pilot’ – Series Premiere

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season One | ©2011 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott Writer: Tom Wheeler Director: Deran Serafian Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: January 9, 2011 In all of the recent incarnations of TV superheroes, some sort of powers have come into play. The rights to BATMAN being tied up as they are at another studio, writer Tom Wheeler has come up with a new completely human hero, the Cape, who fights crime in fictitious Palm City. Of course, the Cape wasn’t always the Cape. He started out, and remains in his heart, Vince Faraday (David Lyons), loving […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: John Wirth puts on THE CAPE and reveals what Season 3 of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES would have been

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

In the new superhero series THE CAPE (which debuts tonight on NBC at 9:00 EST), David Lyons stars as Vince Faraday, a loving family man and police detective whose honesty gets him framed and left for dead. Unable to resurface publicly for fear that his wife and son will be harmed, Vince is taken in by a circus-cum-criminal enterprise run by magician Max Malini (Keith David). Besides sheltering Vince, Max teaches the newcomer how to wield a surprisingly versatile cape, as well as other sleights of hand that are very useful when reinventing oneself as a crime fighter based on […]Read On »

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