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Spectre, the 24th entry in the official James Bond feature film franchise that has spanned over 50 years and counting, closes its end credits with the line familiar to fans over many years: “James Bond Will Return.” Normally, this would leave us with a sense of excitement and anticipation over what Bond’s next film adventure would be, but as I read this just before leaving the theater, after watching the fairly rote film before it, I just had a sense of weariness and even wondered whether James Bond should return. The Bond films will go on, of course, if only … Continue reading
Fantasy film lovers will certainly remember Joanne Whalley from her star-making turn in the 1988 Ron Howard-directed, George Lucas-produced Willow. Over 25 years later, Whalley is back in another historical fantasy type of project, this time a series based on the classic poem Beowulf. If you’re into Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, it’s worth a look, as Whalley told me in a recent interview that, “we have it all. It’s quite an epic.” Part of what gives the series its epic look is its filming location. “It’s the northeast coast,” Whalley said, “so Northumberland. It’s so beautiful and so untouched. It’s wild. … Continue reading
Recently, at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, John Travolta was on hand to discuss FX’s new series American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which debuts Feb. 2 (and in which Travolta gives an amazing performance as attorney Robert Shapiro). Travolta was at the press tour the day after FOX presented a panel for its Grease Live musical event. Of course, Travolta is also legendary for playing Danny in the famed movie adaptation of Grease (pictured), so, naturally, myself and others in a small scrum of reporters at an FX party were wondering if Travolta was going to tune in to … Continue reading
What’s new on Netflix February 2016 is Judd Apatow’s new comedy series Love; a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel film; the long-awaited debut of Fuller House; a new Hannibal Buress special and more! Here’s what is new on Netflix February 2016, and what is leaving the streaming service. NEW ON NETFLIX FEBRUARY 2016 NETFLIX ORIGINALS Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado — Available Feb. 5 Cooked — Available Feb. 19. Author Michael Pollan and filmmaker Alex Gibney, and an all-star cast of directors and cinematographers, bring us this documentary miniseries that examines the primal human need to cook. Love Season 1 — Available Feb. 19. Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley … Continue reading
No Donald Trump in tonight’s Fox News GOP debate, but you can still watch him this evening if that’s your thing
In case you missed it, frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination Donald Trump has pulled out of the latest GOP debate, airing tonight on Fox News Channel (FNC) live beginning at 9pm ET. Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace will moderate what will be the final Republican presidential primary debate before next week’s Iowa caucus. The debate, held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, will also be presented live on FOX News Radio, FOX News Mobile and FOXNews.com. Megyn Kelly’s appearance at the debate seems to have spurred Trump’s refusal to participate, and this stems way back … Continue reading
Recently, at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Sarah Rafferty, who plays Donna Paulsen on USA Network’s hit drama Suits, which returns for its Season 5 winter premiere tonight (Jan. 27). As the remaining six episodes of Suits Season 5 kick off with the episode called “Blowback,” Mike (Patrick J. Adams) — following his arrest for conspiracy to commit fraud — finds himself at the center of an investigation led by a ruthless government prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anita Gibbs (new recurring guest star Leslie Hope), that threatens to bring down the … Continue reading
Netflix’s documentary series Making a Murderer and its subject, Steven Avery, still have viewers buzzing over Avery’s guilt or innocence, as well as authorities’ handling of his case and the filmmakers’ decision to leave some evidence out of the film. Not only is the series still going strong on Netflix, but other networks are now looking at the case, including some of the usual suspects you might expect: true-crime channel Investigation Discovery, which airs a special this weekend, and NBC’s Dateline franchise. Dateline NBC: “The State of Wisconsin vs. Steven A. Avery” airs Friday, Jan. 29, at 10pm ET on NBC. The one-hour special promises … Continue reading
I can still remember sitting in my sophomore homeroom on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when our school’s principal came on the intercom system to inform us of the tragedy that had occurred when, 73 seconds into its launch, the space shuttle Challenger abruptly burst into flames and broke apart, killing all seven crew members. Among the deceased was Christa McAuliffe, a social studies teacher who was supposed to be the first American civilian in space. Thirty years on, the image of the Challenger disaster has become embedded into the psyches of most Americans who are old enough to remember the … Continue reading
The Grease: Live Official Soundtrack Album will be available digitally Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7pm ET/PT, coinciding with the start of the three-hour live event on FOX. A special pre-order at the iTunes Store has launched, and includes the option to download Jessie J’s rendition of “Grease (Is the Word),” the classic tune written by Barry Gibb. In addition to the digital release, Target has the exclusive CD package with four bonus tracks, which will be released on Friday, March 4. More from FOX: “The GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album features the show’s cast performing classics from the original stage musical, written … Continue reading
While those unfamiliar with the books may dismiss Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, as “Harry Potter for adults,” those who have become obsessed with the works know otherwise. And they should be pleased with Syfy’s series adaptation of the books, which begins Jan. 25. The concept of the series does sound Harry Potter-esque — it is set at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. Here, Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and other 20-somethings soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real, and poses grave danger to humanity. … Continue reading