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Talking About Utopia: Starting Civilization (Almost) From Scratch!

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On Sunday, September 7th, FOX will present the first episode of a truly different unscripted series – one that the network is called a social experiment: Utopia. The idea of the series is to take fifteen would-be Utopians and isolate them someplace where they can hammer out an ideal (i.e.: utopian) society – then let them try to do it. Utopia is being aggressively scheduled and marketed – following Sunday’s premiere (8/7C), episodes will air on Tuesday, September 9th (9/8C) and Friday, September 12th (8/7C).

Earlier this week, I took part in a conference call Q&A session with Utopia’s Executive Producer, Jon Kroll, and FOX’s Executive Vice President of Alternative Entertainment, Simon Andreae to find out exactly what the show was about – and how things have going since the first fifteen Utopians were brought together.

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Bill Smitrovich chats about The November Man

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THE NOVEMBER MAN is the latest exciting international espionage film about ex-CIA operative Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan), who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself facing his former protege David Mason (Luke Bracey) in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.  He must protect witness Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko) who holds the key behind a decades old conspiracy.  This film premieres today, November 27, 2014 in theatres nationwide. Bill Smitrovich plays Hanley, the spy that encourages Deveureux to return to the force.  Bill chats with Eclipse Magazine about this exciting movie and his role as Hanley.

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Interview: Former Disney Star Ryan Ochoa Talks about his latest Project, Social Media and becoming an Adult


Ryan Ochoa was born on May 17, 1996 in San Diego, California, USA. The young star is best known for his hit Disney Show Pair of Kings (2010) and appearances on Nickelodeon’s iCarly.  Now he’s staring in RL Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend. I recently did an email interview where we talked about his latest flick, social media and his favorite TV show. Good thing this was an email interview I could have talked his ear off over my new obsession – ABC Family’s The Fosters, which he said was his favorite show. I can totally see him as a love interest for Sophia or Marianna – get on that Ryan!

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Legends’ Sean Bean Opens Up On TNT’s New Uncover Drama!

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The first episode of TNT’s Legends introduced us to Martin Odum, a star when it comes to building cover identities, or legends, for undercover operations. Then it hit us with a twist: a mysterious guy in a hoody told Odum that Martin Odum didn’t exist – Odum is a legend!

Recently Tiffany D’Emidio and I took part in a conference call Q&A with Legends’ star, Sean Bean. He talked about how he helped develop the character with series creator Howard Gordon – and what we might expect as we follow the show.

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Indy film director Nicolas Wendl talks about From The Woods at Comic Con 2014

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From Steven Spielberg to Martin Scorcese to Guillermo Del Toro, every great filmmaker has a story of how they started.  On July 24, Comic Con International Film Festival kicked off the start of the events by inviting a select group of independent filmmakers to discuss their film in a panel discussion.  One of these filmmakers was Nicolas Wendl, a young filmmaker who has had his films screened at the Cannes Film Festival three times already.  He talks about his film “From the Woods” with me and gives advice to other filmmakers who are pursuing their dream of moviemaking.

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Katherine LaNasa talks about Satisfaction

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USA Network’s Satisfaction is a drama that follows Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife Grace  (Stephaine Szostak) as they make unconventional choices to preserve their marriage.   It explores the statement, “What do you do when having it all is not enough?”  When Neil accidentally finds the phone of the male escort that Grace is secretly hiring to make up for feeling underappreciated, it sends him into the world of male escorts.  He cross paths with Adriana, the madam who runs the male escort service.  Katherine LaNasa plays this sexy madam and is here today to talk about her role and the show.

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Wilfred’s Elijah Wood on Ryan, Wilfred and Wrapping Up the Series!

WILFRED (Season Premiere, Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 pm e/p) -- Pictured: Elijah Wood as Ryan Newman -- CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

If there are two roles that have served notice more blatantly, that Elijah Wood is more than Frodo, they would be Sin City’s serial-killing Kevin and Wilfred’s (FXX, Wednesdays, 10/9C) Ryan – and Ryan has been around for considerably longer, taking advice from a dog, so probably more influential.

Now having finishing shooting the show’s fourth and final season, Wood spent some time talking with a group of bloggers/journalists about Ryan’s progress, saying goodbye to the sow’s family of cast and crew and having gotten to take Bear home with him – also, the Basement lives on!

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Diane Kruger Sheds an Early Light on Season 2 of The Bridge!

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The Bridge (FX, Wednesday, 10/9C) is an unusual series, taking, as it does, Mexican/American relations down to a two-city representative sample – a sample that is further deepened by the cities involved, Juarez and El Paso, not quite being typical cities of either country.

Then those relations are taken down to an individual level – El Paso Detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police officer Marco Ruis. She has Asberger’s, which makes things a bit awkward except for solving crimes; he’s an honest cop in a corrupt environment – also the source of some tension in his life.

Diane Kruger returns to The Bridge for the show’s second season, this week and recently took some time from shooting to chat with a group of journalists/bloggers. Though she was unexpectedly called back to set early, there was enough time for us to dig into season two.

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Jason Gann On Saying Au Revoir to Wilfred!

WILFRED (Season Premiere, Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 pm e/p) -- Pictured: Jason Gann as Wilfred -- CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

FXX’s Wilfred premieres its final season this evening (10/9C) and late last week, we had the pleasure of taking part in a conference call Q&A with series creator/star, Jason Gann.

Creatively, the series may have been a bit too far into the absurd to maintain a large audience, but it was always thought provoking and smart – something that continues, and remains hard to explain in a sentence (‘It’s about a depressed guy who gets life lessons from a selfish dog with a short attention span who is played by a guy in an obviously fake dog suit’ doesn’t even begin to capture the wonder and the weirdness that is Wilfred). Gann, as usual, was smart and genial – and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Wilfred reappear in some other incarnation at some nebulous point in the future. For now, it is what it is – and that is hugely entertaining.

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The Last Ship’s Adam Baldwin Is Just As Cool As You Thought He’d Be!


Adam Baldwin plays the second in command, Executive Officer (XO) Mike Slattery on Michael Bay’s new TNT series, The Last Ship (Sundays, 10/9C). Besides having a ton of genre cred (Day Break, Chuck, Firefly/Serenity), Baldwin brings a wealth of experience to the role from working with directors like Robert Redford and Stanley Kubrick.

When Baldwin took the time to speak with a group of journalists/bloggers recently, he proved to be a genial, intelligent and insightful interview. He is just as cool as you’d think he’d be.

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The Last Ship’s Rhona Mitra Is Not An Action Hero!

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Rhona Mitra brings a certain cachet to TNT’s The Last Ship (Sundays, 10/9C), the new series from Michael Bay as an actor with a wealth of genre experience (Strike Back, Doomsday, Stargate Universe). She plays a scientist, virologist Dr. Rachel Scott, who is on a classified mission on a U.S. Navy destroyer when a new virus strikes down 80% of the world’s population – and she might be able to find a cure.

Recently, Mitra spoke with a group of bloggers/journalist about working on the Michael Bay series (explosions!).

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