Movie Review: CLEMENCY

CLEMENCY movie poster | ©2019 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce, Richard Schiff, Michael O’Neill, Vernee Watson, Danielle Brooks Writer: Chinonye Chukwu Director: Chinonye Chukwu Distributor: Neon Release Date: December 27, 2019 CLEMENCY, written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, is a movie we haven’t exactly ever seen before. There are certainly innumerable character studies, and plenty of movies about death row. But there aren’t many (if any) others from the point of view of the prison warden, and we haven’t met onscreen any wardens like Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). Bernadine is thorough and dedicated to carrying out her job by the book. […]Read On »

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CONFIRMATION: Wendell Pierce talks the HBO film – exclusive interview

CONFIRMATION | © 2016 HBO Home Video

Wendell Pierce stars as Clarence Thomas in HBO’s telefilm CONFIRMATION, which is Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for Kerry Washington’s performance as Anita Hill. In the fact-based CONFIRMATION, scripted by Susannah Grant and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, we see what happened during Thomas’ 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, when Hill came forward to say that the judge had sexually harassed her when she had previously worked as his assistant. Most people know the outcome of those events, but the controversy remains, years later. Pierce, who costarred in the film […]Read On »

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CONFIRMATION: Rick Famuyiwa discusses the Clarence Thomas hearings – exclusive interview

Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas in CONFIRMATION | © 2016 HBO

Rick Famuyiwa (whose feature helming credits include DOPE and THE WOOD) is the director of HBO’s new film CONFIRMATION, premiering Saturday night, April 16. CONFIRMATION is a drama, written by executive producer Susannah Grant, about the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Clarence Thomas, played in the film by Wendell Pierce. Lawyer Anita Hill, played in CONFIRMATION by executive producer Kerry Washington, came forward at the time to testify that Thomas had sexually harassed her when she previously worked for him. Famuyiwa gives an exclusive interview to Assignment X about his take on this controversial chapter in American history. […]Read On »

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RAY DONOVAN creator Ann Biderman talks Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN - Season 2 | ©2014 Showtime/Brian Bowen Smith

In Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, now in its second season Sundays at 9 PM and renewed for a third, Liev Schreiber stars as the title character. Ray is a Boston-born Hollywood “fixer” who is okay with using blackmail and violence on behalf of his clients. But the turmoil of Ray’s job is nothing compared with his family conflicts. He and wife Abby (Paula Malcomson) have both had affairs, their two teenaged children (Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby) are in rebellion and Ray’s brothers (played by Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok and Pooch Hall) all alternately depend on and resent their oldest sibling’s take-charge […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Michael J. Fox and Betsy Brandt in THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore, Conor Romero Writer: Sam Laybourne, created by Will Gluck & Sam Laybourne Director: Will Gluck Network: NBC, Thursdays nights Original Airdate: September 26, 2013 (at 9 PM) First, viewers should note that THE MICHAEL J. FOX show premieres in a one-hour block at 9 PM with two episodes, “Pilot” (reviewed here) and “Neighbors,” before settling into its regular Thursdays at 9:30 slot next week. Everybody knows what a biographical drama is, but this season, network TV is having a mini-boom in biographical comedy. There’s THE GOLDBERGS, about the […]Read On »

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