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Danny Strong: Rebel With a Cause

On this edition, I talked to actor/screenwriter/producer Danny Strong. He is making his directorial debut with “Rebel in the Rye” starring Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson and Kevin Spacey. Author J.D. Salinger leads a reclusive lifestyle after the success of his popular and controversial novel “The Catcher in the Rye.”

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Doctor Who: Steven Moffat Teases Season, New Companion and Begins The Long Goodbye!

The man behind the last several season of Doctor Who is hanging up his sonic screwdriver – not that he’ll be less busy, with another franchise (Sherlock) to take up with if he can find the time.

As his time on Doctor Who comes to a close, Moffat gets to introsuce a new companion and bring back one of The Doctor’s earliest and most deadly classic foes – the Mondrasian Cybermen.

In the following interview, Moffat reflects on his time on the show; talks about what made Pearl Mackie perfect for Bill, and how much fun it’s been working with Peter Capaldi,.

Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 15th (9/8C).

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Doctor Who: Matt Lucas Talks Nardole’s Development, The New Companion and More!

Doctor Who S10 – Episode: 1 – Nardole (MATT LUCAS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

As a companion to The Doctor, Matt Lucas’ Nardole is only slightly less new than Bill Potts.

Nardole is something of a cipher – hiding the fact that he’s not entirely dim (he can fly the TARDIS, people!) behind the alien equivalent of an ‘aw, shucks’ demeanor, he is quite capable of keeping The Doctor from isolating himself post-tragedy (see: The Husbands of River Song), and turning high drama to perfect silliness (or vice-versa) with a single line.

In the following interview, Lucas holds forth on the new season of Doctor Who, The Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts, and more.

Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 15th.

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Doctor Who: Pearl Mackie On Being The New Kid In The TARDIS!

Doctor Who S10 – Episode: 1 – Bill (PEARL MACKIE) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

Pearl Mackie is The Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts, in season ten of Doctor Who.

In the following interview Mackie talks about being the new kid on the block/in the TARDIS; working with Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and learning to deal with the unique situations that being a companion puts her in.

Doctor Who Returns to BBC America Saturday, April 15th (9/8C).

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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi Talks New Companions, Final Season!

Doctor Who S10  – Episode 1 – The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

Peter Capaldi’s last season as The Doctor on the timey-wimey sciience-fiction series Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 15th (9/8C).

The 12th Doctor will be breaking in a new companion before he regenerates, and the show’s showrunner, Steven Moffat will hand the reins to Life on Mars veteran Chris Chibnall.

In the following interview, Capaldi talks about The Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), his slightly less new companion, Nardole (Matt Lucas), and teases the 10th season premiere.

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Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins’ Essential Evening

Now that Moonlight — based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by MacArthur Genius Grant winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney — has swept the Indie Spirit Awards, clearing a path for possible Oscar® wins at the 89th Academy Awards®, here’s a look back to a recently held event with Barry Jenkins, the film’s director. Continue reading Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins’ Essential Evening

Actor Michael Pare & director John Fallon chat about “The Shelter”

 

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In The Shelter, directed by John Fallon, homeless vagrant Thomas Jacob (Michael Paré) seeks shelter for the night when he discovers an abandoned two-story home.  With an open door and lights on, it seemed like the perfect place to stay for the night, and sneak out undetected.   Once inside, his past comes to haunt him and he soon realizes that he is not alone. There’s a supernatural force in the house and it won’t let him leave. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place but will he survive the ordeal?  During the screening of The Shelter in Beverly Hills earlier this week, I had the opportunity of chatting with actor Michael Pare and director John Fallon about the film, which is currently out on video on demand and screening in select theaters.

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Director Courtney Hunt chats about Lionsgate “The Whole Truth”

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Gabriel Basso & Keanu Reeves in The Whole Truth

In The Whole Truth, Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso) is charged with murdering the wealthy Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi), his father.  Family friend and defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) takes on this personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Renée Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Together with new colleague Janelle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Ramsey reveals the dark side of Boone to the court and they fight to reveal the whole truth about Mike’s innocence.  Of course, uncovering the truth is not as easy as it seems. Directed by Oscar nominated director Courtney Hunt and written by Rafael Jackson, we realize that uncovering the truth is not as easy as it seems.  Check out incredible interview with director Courtney Hunt as she chats about compelling film The Whole Truth that opened in theaters today and available On Demand now.

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Hollywood Insider: Greg Grunberg Talks Geeking Out!

Greg Grunberg - Geeking Out _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/AMC
Greg Grunberg – Geeking Out _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/AMC

As some one who started reading comics more than six decades ago and quickly got into science fiction, horror, and mystery movies and TV shows, I find today’s pop culture to be something I could never have even dreamed about even fifteen years ago.

Greg Grunberg, creator of AMC’s Geeking Out (and co-host with the always unfiltered Kevin Smith) is a man after my own heart – and Geeking Out seems to be a dream come true for him. Follow the jump for his take on what the show is all about.

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One Last Bite: Bitten Stars and Executive Producer Talk Final Season!

BITTEN -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, Greyston Holt as Clayton Danvers, Greg Bryk as Jeremy Danvers -- (Photo by: Matt Barnes/Syfy)
BITTEN (Photo by: Matt Barnes/Syfy)

Bitten (Syfy, Mondays, 11/10C) begins its final season this week and series stars Laura Vandervoort, Grek Bryk and Greyston Holt and Executive Producer J.B. Sugar took a bit of time to chat with a group of bloggers/journalists about it.

In a few cases, the simplest questions sparked the most interesting answers as the four talked about what’s ahead and reminisced about their time on the series. Occasionally, because there were so many participants, the transcriber lost track of which voice belonged to which actor, so there are a few comments ascribed to ‘Male.’

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The X-Files Chris Carter Says It’s ‘An Interesting Time To Tell an X-Files Story!’

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After nine seasons, two movies and a hiatus of almost fourteen years, The X-Files (Mondays, 9/8C) are back with six new episodes (four now).

On Friday, Chris Carter spoke with a group of journalist/bloggers to talk about why now is the right time for the show to return, what the deal is with a broken up Mulder and Scully and getting the band back together.
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