MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM: Creator Eliot Laurence and EP Kevin Messick on new witchcraft series – Exclusive Interview

Amalia Holm as Scylla, Jessica Sutton as Tally Craven, Taylor Hickson as Raelle Collar, Ashley Nicole Williams as Abigail Bellweather, Demetria McKinney as Anacostia, and Lyne Renee as General Sara Alder in MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM | ©2020 Freeform/Frank Ockenfels

In Freeform’s MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM, premiering Wednesday March 18, history is different. At the Salem witch trials, the witches – real magic users – made a deal with the authorities to fight for their causes in exchange for freedom. In the present, witches are the main branch of the U.S. armed forces (the same is true of other nations). Those born with magical abilities, overwhelmingly women, are conscripted when the come of age and sent to military schools like Fort Salem to learn how to weaponize their supernatural gifts. Those who do well go on to military college; those who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ZOOLANDER 2

ZOOLANDER 2 | © 2016 Paramount

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Cyrus Arnold, Kristen Wiig Writers: Justin Theroux & Ben Stiller and Nicholas Stoller and John Hamburg, based on characters created by Drake Sather & Ben Stiller Director: Ben Stiller Distributor: Paramount Release Date: February 12, 2016 Ben Stiller’s epically airheaded supermodel character Derek Zoolander, created by the actor and his then-writing partner, the late Drake Sather, began life in the ‘90s in sketches created for the VH1 Fashion Awards. In 2001, ZOOLANDER got his own movie, with the character jockeying for position with fellow male supermodel Hansel, played by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGO MOVIE

THE LEGO MOVIE | © 2014 Warner Bros

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day Writers: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, based on Lego Construction Toys Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 7, 2014 THE LEGO MOVIE, which takes a host of Lego figures, vehicles, structures and environments and deposits them in a story in 3D animation, has some very good jokes. It also has a message that gets repeated in various forms throughout […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

ANCHORMAN 2 - THE LEGEND CONTINUES movie poster | ©2013 Paramount Pictures

Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Director: Adam McKay Release Date: December 18, 2013 Distributor: Paramount Pictures It’s a given that it’s getting harder to create funny mainstream comedies with the bar so heavily skewed in the direction of lowest common denominator crass, potty humor. That kind of humor is the easy way, but something like ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES does things the hard way, trying to create a world filled with word play, crazy situational comedy and some actual satirical moments thrown […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Scheer on THE LEAGUE Season 5

Adam Brody and Paul Scheer in THE LEAGUE - Season 5 - "The Bachelor Draft" | ©2013 FXX/Matthais Clamer

For its first four seasons, THE LEAGUE, the half-hour comedy created by Jackie and Jeff Schaffer, was a staple for FX Network. Now FX is moving THE LEAGUE to its new outlet FXX for the show’s fifth season, which debuted Wednesday September 4 at 10:30 PM, following fellow FX transfer IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, which is now on FXX Wednesdays at 10 PM. Asked about the move, Paul Scheer, who plays THE LEAGUE’s much-bullied Andre, quips, “I was just happy that FXX isn’t a p**n channel. For a little bit, I was confused we’d be there.” Scheer, a native […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Los Angeles Premiere

Jeremy Renner at the Los Angeles Premiere of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Paramount Pictures held the Los Angeles Premiere of HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS on January 24th at the TCL Chinese Theatre (formally Grauman’s) in Hollywood. Expecting rain the red carpet was tented just in case. Walking the carpet were the stars of the movie, which included: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Derek Mears, Peter Stormare, Pihla Viitala, writer/director Tommy Wirkola, Producers: Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick, composer Atli Orvarsson and Monique Ganderton (stunt double for Famke Janssen). Joining them were guests, which included: Grant Bowler, Marley Shelton, Rick Yune, Zoe Bell, and Stephanie Corneliussen. HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS […]Read On »

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CD Review: CASA DE MI PADRE soundtrack

CASA DE MI PADRE soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

It’s one thing to do a clever spoof of an inane genre, but it’s a whole other feat to pull off a soundtrack that’s at once the real musical deal (en Espanol no less) while letting the listener know its tongue is firmly planted in its ear. Will Ferrell’s hilarious “Mexican” movie pulls this feat off on all fronts, particularly with this song/ score compilation that leads with the one-two punch of having Kris Kristoferson’s narration jump into Christina Aguilera’s full-blast title ballad. The earnest, well-produced tune jokes keep on coming, from El Puma’s Spanish spin on “A Whiter Shade […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY

Olivia Wilde at the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY | © 2010 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Pictures held the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY, presented by NOKIA on December 11th at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The setup for TRON: LEGACY was amazing…blue carpet…neon backgrounds and girls dressed in white costumes greeting the stars and guests as they arrived. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde (HOUSE), Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Michael Sheen, Anis Cheurfa, Beau Garrett, Sirinda Swan, Yaya DaCosta, Elizabeth Mathis, Justin Springer (co-producer), screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, director Joseph Kosinski, and Daft Punk (original music). Joining them were […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MEGAMIND

© 2010 DreamWorks/MEGAMIND movie poster

After the success of this summer’s super-villain animated feature DESPICABLE ME, it was a big question mark if the similarly themed DreamWorks animated comedy MEGAMIND was going to pale in comparison. Thankfully that’s not the case. MEGAMIND exists in its own animated universe spearheaded by hilarious and cheeky vocal work by Will Ferell and Tina Fey. They take the material and elevate it by transcending the animated universe by delivering a great overall movie that takes the superhero genre and spins it on its head.

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