Interview: Elias Koteas on CHICAGO P.D. Season 1

Elias Koteas in CHICAGO P.D. - Season 1 | ©2014 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE was such a hit of the 2012-2013 season that it took barely a year for it to launch a spin-off, CHICAGO P.D., Wednesday nights at 10 PM. The two series share characters and authentic Chicago locations, as well as executive producer Dick Wolf. On CHICAGO P.D., Elias Koteas plays undercover detective Alvin Olinsky, a master of blending into the background. Koteas, a native of Montreal, studied acting in New York. He had an early role as a skinhead in John Hughes’ SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. Since then, he’s been in a number of notable feature films including […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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Interview: THE AVENGERS’ Mark Ruffalo Hulks Up over Joss Whedon

Mark Ruffalo star as the Hulk in THE AVENGERS | (c) 2012 Zade Rosenthal/Marvel

At the risk of printing a big spoiler, Mark Ruffalo would like to make known what his most memorable moment was during the filming of THE AVENGERS. In playing Dr. Bruce Banner, who when angry turns into the formidable huge green Hulk, it would seem that Ruffalo has plenty of moments to choose from. At a press conference to promote the film, Ruffalo’s cohorts Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man, and Chris Hemsworth, who portrays Thor, both cite the scene when all the superheroes are together for the first time. Ruffalo, however, has a different moment. “Mine was […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Geraldine James, Joely Richardson, Yorick Van Wageningen, Goran Visnjic, Donald Sumpter Writer: Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson Director: David Fincher Distributor: Sony Pictures Release Date: December 20, 2011 Anyone who has read Stieg Larsson’s novel THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, the first installment in the late writer’s “Millennium Trilogy,” will recognize nearly all of the characters and plot developments. True, Steven Zaillian’s screenplay condenses some details, but on the whole, this English-language adaptation (a Swedish version was made in 2009) […]Read On »

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