Movie Review: KNIVES OUT

KNIVES OUT movie poster | ©2019 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, K Callan, Noah Segan, M. Emmet Walsh, Marlene Forte Writer: Rian Johnson Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: November 27, 2019 KNIVES OUT is at once the epitome of a modern drawing-room murder mystery, and a movie that turns some conventions inside out. There’s a murder, and there’s a mystery, but what we wind up trying to figure out isn’t exactly what we expected. Director/writer Rian Johnson obviously […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IMPERIUM

IMPERIUM | © 2016 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Sam Trammell, Tracy Letts Writer: Daniel Ragussis, story by Michael German Director: Daniel Ragussis Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere Release Date (theatrical and VOD): August 19, 2016 In some ways, IMPERIUM feels like a dramatized version of the monthly newsletter from the Southern Poverty Law Center. This approach has its pros and cons, with the balance tilted toward the positive. Domestic terrorism arguably doesn’t get nearly the attention it should from the news media, and consequently, dramatization of it lags behind as well. We can hope that at least that the real FBI gives domestic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KRAMPUS

KRAMPUS movie poster | ©2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler Writers: Todd Casey & Michael Dougherty & Zack Shields Director: Michael Dougherty Distributor: Universal Release Date (theatrical): December 4, 2015 While KRAMPUS is far from the first movie to use the mythic anti-Santa of legend as its villain, it’s arguably the best of the bunch, and indeed, up there with GREMLINS as a Christmas horror movie that deserves to become a tradition. Krampus, for those who’ve never heard of him, is a figure who possibly predates Christianity, but certainly showed […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HOSTAGES producers Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Rick Eid on their CBS series

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Burden of Truth" | ©2013 CBS/Jeff Neira

In CBS’s new series HOSTAGES, Mondays at 10 PM, Toni Collette plays noted surgeon Dr. Ellen Sanders, who is chosen to operate on the President of theUnited States (James Naughton). This is great news for Ellen, until she, her husband (Tate Donovan) and their adolescent son Jake (Mateus Sanders) and daughter Morgan (Quinn Taylor) are held captive in their own home by a small group led by renegade FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott).Duncan demands that Ellen let the president die during surgery – or her family will be killed. In the pilot episode, Ellen lets the president live, setting […]Read On »

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TV Review: HOSTAGES – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2013 CBS/Nicole Rivelli

Stars: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Rhys Coiro, Quinn Shephard, Mateus Ward, James Naughton Writers: Alon Aranya & Jeffrey Nachmanoff, original idea by Omri Givon Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff Network: CBS, Mondays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: September 23, 2013 It’s not right to compare every serialized TV thriller series to 24, but HOSTAGES makes such an analogy tempting, particularly to the previous series’ first season. There is the central story element, with a doctor being blackmailed by a rogue FBI agent, there’s the pacing, there are the twists. There are also conflicted people with guns […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the CBS / The CW / SHOWTIME TCA Party

The Originals Cast - Charles Michael Davis, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan, Leah Pipes, Danielle Campbell and Phoebe Tonkin at the CBS/CW/Showtime Summer 2013 Television Critics Party | ©2013 Sue Schneider

On July 29th a big party was held by CBS/The CW/Showtime for the Television Critics Annual Summer Press Tour at The Event, which is actually the upper parking lot where the department store Robinson’s/May in Beverly Hills used to be. Taking pictures before heading inside it was quite a turnout of stars from the three networks of their new shows and returning shows of the three networks CBS, The CW and Showtime. I probably missed a few as I went in as soon as the cast from the CW new show THE ORIGINALS, a spin-off from THE VAMPIRE DAIRIES walked […]Read On »

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Breaking News: HOSTAGES is a CBS experiment in shorter episode runs and a more serialized format – TCA 2013

HOSTAGES Season 1 poster art | ©2013 CBS

With the new CBS fall drama HOSTAGES, CBS is now embracing the concept of shortened episode runs and more serialized storytelling according to CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves. “HOSTAGES, more than anything else, is a very different kind of show,” says Moonves of the series a surgeon (Toni Collette) whose family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott). “We’ve generally avoided serialized shows in those shortened orders, although we watched with great interest at the success of, obviously, a 24. THE FOLLOWING did very well. So when the [Jerry] Bruckheimer people brought us […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FRIGHT NIGHT

FRIGHT NIGHT (2011) movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse    Writer: Screenplay by Marti Noxon Based on the story and film FRIGHT NIGHT by Tom Holland Director: Craig Gillespie Distributor: Touchstone Pictures & Dreamworks Pictures Release Date: August 19, 2011 I was too young to see the original FRIGHT NIGHT in theatres when it was released. I saw it like a lot of children of the 80’s, on VHS. I liked the original flick and thought it was fun and I had always loved Roddy McDowell, but I didn’t have any kind of deep attachment to […]Read On »

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