“A big jolly splatterfest” — Talking “Ash vs Evil Dead” with Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless

It was just past the first day of winter in New Zealand when I arrived at a location called Riverhead, just outside of Auckland, to begin watching the filming of the new Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead, which airs Saturdays beginning Oct. 31. Coming from the northern U.S., I didn’t find the weather to be quite what I was used to as “winter.” It was very pleasant: sunny, temps in the high 50s, low 60s Fahrenheit. The nice climate added to the loveliness of the filming location, a scenic pine forest. As a fan of the original Evil Dead […]

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“Blunt Talk” releases the full comic force of Sir Patrick Stewart

Whether he’s on the bridge of the USS Enterprise as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, leading heroic mutants as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, or performing on the classical stage, Sir Patrick Stewart is an imposing presence, bringing gravitas and authority to his roles. Providing the voices of Stonecutter Number One on The Simpsons and CIA deputy director Avery Bullock on American Dad!, and guest-starring as a slightly off-kilter version of himself on Ricky Gervais’ Extras, Stewart proved he can take that gravitas and flip it on its head. Stewart makes his biggest flip […]


Power Season 2: A race against time for Ghost to go legit

In Season 2 of the gritty, drug-dealer-who-wants-to-go-legit drama Power, James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) must double down on his drug business to save his nightclub, which is his only path to a legitimate future. But Ghost has betrayed some of his closest allies, including his best friend Tommy (Joseph Sikora). “I think it’s for the first time ever in Tommy’s life that he has ever thought, ‘Ghost might be out to get me.’ … He thinks that he might have gotten duped and dunked. So he’s heartbroken,” Sikora says. Ghost’s conflicting professional life is further complicated with his two women — […]

Sam Heughan deserves an Emmy for Outlander season finale

Outlander season finale recap: How to save someone who doesn’t want to be saved

Outlander season finale, episode 16 “To Ransom A Man’s Soul” (original airdate May 30, 2015) Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies both deserve Emmy consideration, as they translated the most horrifying and graphic material from the novel into one of the most scaring episodes we’ve ever seen on TV. Heugan left us jaw-dropped and pained as season 1 of Outlander came to a brutal and emotionally charged ending. The episode begins with the beating of drums and a marching-flute melody playing in the background as we see the British army gather outside Wentworth Prison. Inside the walls cameras follow the cracks […]

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Recap: Outlander episode 14 – what Claire is willing to do to find Jamie

Outlander “The Search” Episode 14 (original airdate May 9, 2015) The staff at Lallybroch is in a scurry preparing to search for their missing laird. Jenny is delegating the tasks with her newborn baby in arm. Ian (Steven Cree) is frustrated — recouping in a chair, with his arm in a sling — and demands to know what Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) plan is. “I intend to get my husband back,” she tells. Clearly, she can’t go alone and Ian knows it. He tries to take a moment to gather his strength, but the man lost his leg (his fake one […]

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Outlander Episode 13 recap: At what cost is “The Watch”

Outlander Episode 13 “The Watch” (original airdate May 2, 2015) The episode begins as if no time has elapsed, Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) in the foyer of Lallybroch with a gun pointed at his face by a group of bandits. Claire comes down the stairs and stares helplessly flanking one side of the room, Jenny comes around a corner and helms the other side. But it’s going to be a showdown “Taran put your gun down,” Jenny says. OK, so she knows the bloke. A good sign. “I found this scoundrel in here, Jenny,” Taran MacQuarrie (Douglas Henshall) tells. “He’s lucky […]

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Jack Randall exposed …Recap: Outlander Episode 12 “Lallybroch”

Outlander “Lallybroch” Episode 12 (original airdate April 25, 2015) Let’s start by saying there were plenty of visually stunning scenes in Episode 12 of Outlander — some beautiful (the cinematography of Scotland in this episode is breathtaking), some horrifying (the floggings) and some just downright nasty (Randall schlopping out his ballocks, OMG). The episode opens with lavish panoramics of the Scottish hills and seaside —simply beautiful. As the aerial views zoom closer to land we see Claire and Jamie on horse making their way to what we presume to be Lallybroch, Jamie’s ancestral home. Claire and Jamie playfully chat. Probably […]

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Recap: Outlander Episode 11 “The Devil’s Mark”

Outlander Episode 11 “The Devil’s Mark” (original airdate April 18, 2015) True friendships come to play in Episode 11 of  Outlander “The Devil’s Mark.” The episode starts with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) being thrown into some dark hole, left wondering where the hell they are. Geillis knows. It’s a thieves’ hole and they will be sharing these tight, cold quarters with a bunch of rats. “You only have yourself to blame for this,” Geillas tells Claire, believing that maybe it was Claire who brought the wardens to her house. So not the case. It’s that damn, […]

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Interview with Caitriona Balfe on Geillis Duncan, “she said @#$%ing barbecue”

Oh, I love Outlander’s Geillis Duncan. Wait, hold on, major spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Outlander, Episode 11 “The Devil’s Mark,” so stop reading. When I interviewed Caitriona Balfe earlier this year I had already screened this episode, one of my personal favorites from the second half of Season 1, where we chatted about the WTF-moment involving Geillis. OK, so who else adores actress Lotte Verbeek? As we witnessed the heated exchange between Claire and Geillis, with Geillis so desperatelly wanting to know the truth about Claire, it was surprising that Claire never caught on to why she was […]


Outlander Episode 10 recap: Oh wait, that’s Jamie down there

Outlander Episode 10 recap: “By the Pricking of My Thumb” (original air date Saturday, April 11): When we last left Claire and Jamie they had made amends with a steamy romp in front of the crackling fire, with an amusing vocabulary review to follow. They both ended up declaring the other their master, and Jamie vowing to never raise a hand to Claire ever again.  As Jamie readied himself to fetch them some food (all that sex leads to an appetite), Claire finds a wrapping of twigs and twine — very voodoo like looking, Blair Witch-style — under their bed. […]