no_escapeOpening in theaters later this week, NO ESCAPE is a throw-back to the Saturday matinee-style international thrillers that used to keep 13-year-old boys out of the summer heat and stuffed with concession stand treats. Centered on an American family relocated to an unnamed south-east Asian country as part of the dad’s employment, the situation almost immediately turns dire when local dissidents attempt a governmental take-over and no one, it seems, is safe from danger. Critics will undoubtedly accuse NO ESCAPE of being overly exploitive and sensationalistic but there’s no denying that certain set pieces will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Directed by JOHN ERICK DOWDLE (who co-wrote the script with brother DREW DOWDLE), the film is headlined by unlikely action stars OWEN WILSON and LAKE BELL, who are not complete strangers to dramatic roles but are far more famous for their work in light comedies. More comfortable in the genre is supporting player PIERCE BROSNAN, as a partying ex-pat drawn into the firestorm.

At the recent junket to promote the film, we sat down with LAKE BELL, who freely admits she’s new to the action genre but tells us she had some good reasons for wanting in on NO ESCAPE. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

NO ESCAPE opens in theaters August 26.

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fear-the-walking-dead-posterMaking it’s much anticipated debut tonight with a special 90-minute episode, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD is a spin-off/prequel to what is being hailed as the most popular show on television, AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD. Set in Los Angeles and taking place just as the mysterious outbreak begins, the story is centered on a somewhat dysfunctional family as they try to come to terms with what has, as yet, been given no definition or explanation.

With the promise to deliver answers not provided in the original series and featuring a cast that includes KIM DICKENS, CLIFF CURTIS, ALYCIA DEBNAM-CAREY, FRANK DILLANE, ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ and LORENZO JAMES, hope is high that FTWD will improve over the course of its first season six-episode arc.

Created by DAVE ERICKSON and THE WALKING DEAD’s ROBERT KIRKMAN, this new show is (for our money) a welcome addition to the original series mythology. Addressing an appreciative audience earlier this summer at SDCC, ERICKSON gave some insight into the genesis of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

A special 90-minute episode of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD debuts tonight on AMC followed by the return of super-fan CHRIS HARDWICK’s panel discussion TALKING DEAD.

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NUP_169192_0300.JPGThe first season of the critically acclaimed USA Network series Mr. Robot comes to a close Wednesday evening (10/9c). Created by Sam Esmail, the series may be set in modern day New York but its paranoid vision of technology and national security also paints a not so sunny picture of our future.

The hero of the series is Elliot Anderson, a morally complex hacker whose journey came to a head with last week’s shocking penultimate episode, as Elliot’s history with Mr. Robot was revealed (this is a spoiler-free post!).

The great news is that Mr. Robot has already been renewed for another season, and in the media bar below Ramek talks about the long map that is spread out for the series, a narrative that goes even beyond season two. Christian Slater also chimes in and adds that the show is headed into an even more “twisted” direction:

For the Top 5 reasons to Binge Watch Mr. Robot, please check out this Find Your Seen post.

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angela-bassett-ahs-freak-showNominated for 19 Emmy Awards, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW is second only to HBO’s GAME OF THRONES (24 noms) when it comes to this year’s Emmy race.

Created by RYAN MURPHY and BRAD FALCHUCK for FX, the hit anthology series surprised almost nobody with mentions for Outstanding Limited Series, acting nods to ANGELA BASSETT, JESSICA LANGE, DENIS O’HARE, FINN WITTROCK, SARAH PAULSON and KATHY BATES as well as several creative arts and tech awards.

Set to air on September 20th, The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by ANDY SAMBERG and will, presumably, trumpet the way for the October 7, fifth season return of AHS (this one sub-titled HOTEL) to FX.

At the recent TCA press tour, we chatted with ANGELA BASSETT about her work on AMERICAN HORROR STORY and her theory on the success of the show.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL debuts on FX October 7.

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dannyelfmanConsidered by many to be a contemporary holiday classic, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a beautifully mounted stop-motion animated musical telling the story of how Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, discovers (and then comes to understand the concept behind) Christmas Town.

Created by TIM BURTON, the film is a stylish combination of the beautiful and the bizarre directed by HENRY SELICK and featuring the voice talents of CHRIS SARANDON, CATHERINE O’HARA, WILLIAM HICKEY, GREG PROOPS and PAUL REUBENS. With music and lyrics by longtime BURTON collaborator DANNY ELFMAN (who also provided the singing voice of Jack Skellington), the movie has all the elements of a perennial favorite.

We caught up with ELFMAN recently on the red carpet at Disney’s D23 Expo and he talked about the original response to the film and how NIGHTMARE became the biggest surprise of his career.


TIM BURTON’S NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is available on DVD, BLU-RAY and Digital HD.

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sw-7-fa-posterDue in theaters later this year, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the highly-anticipated seventh installment in the undeniably iconic STAR WARS film series originally seen in theaters in 1977. Directed by J.J.ABRAMS, the film’s cast will feature JOHN BOYEGA, DAISY RIDLEY, ADAM DRIVER, OSCAR ISSAC, ANDY SERKIS, DOMHNALL GLEESON and MAX VON SYDOW as well as the reunion of original cast members HARRISON FORD, MARK HAMIL, CARRIE FISHER, ANTHONY DANIELS, PETER MAYHEW and KENNY BAKER. Needless to say, this could be the ultimate fanboy holiday gift.

We recently managed to catch up with ABRAMS on the red carpet at Disney’s D23 Expo and, despite his usual penchant for keeping mum on the specific details of upcoming projects, he did talk a little about what he’s most excited for STAR WARS fans to see in THE FORCE AWAKENS.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens in theaters December 18.

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dp-huluAs evidenced by this summer’s TCA press tour, 2015 can justifiably be referenced as the new ‘golden age of television’. Unfortunately, the abundance of content combined with the myriad of delivery systems and streaming platforms almost guarantees that some very enjoyable shows stand the chance of falling through the cracks. With that said, one of the best shows you’re probably not watching this season is Hulu’s DIFFICULT PEOPLE, a scripted half-hour comedy produced by AMY POEHLER and starring JULIE KLAUSNER (who created the show) and BILLY EICHNER as struggling comics who see everyone else’s success as a personal affront and spell bitchy (as well as bitter) with a capitol B.

In addition to consistently smart writing, the series boasts a supporting cast that includes ANDREA MARTIN, GABOUREY SIDIBE, COLE ESCOLA, JAMES URBANIAK and DERRICK BASKIN as well as an amazing number of celebrity cameos.

At a recent TCA press conference to promote the show, EICHNER and KLAUSNER talked about why the streaming platform HULU is a good home for the kind of pop-cultural humor demonstrated in DIFFICULT PEOPLE. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

New episodes of DIFFICULT PEOPLE stream Wednesday nights on HULU.

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NUP_167925_0566.jpgWhether it’s for gambling or one night stands, Las Vegas is dubbed Sin City for obvious reasons, and the new NBC series The Player raises the stakes on a completely different level.

The world’s richest and most powerful individuals bet on a high stakes game which hinges on a player’s (Philip Winchester) ability to stop a crime before it happens, and aiding our hero’s quest is a mysterious dealer named Cassandra King (Charity Wakefield). King’s employer is Johnson, an amoral boss whose only concern is the bottom line.

“My character being the technical whiz, she’s been in Intel for years,” says Wakefield. “She’s very guarded at the beginning, but she’s very intelligent and she has a very complicated computer network. She’s able to compute statistics very quickly, work out when a crime will occur and she’ll make odds on when the crime be successful.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Charity Wakefield talk about the “moral dilemma” that rests behind all the action.

The Player debuts September 24 on NBC (10/9c).

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survivors_remorse_ver2Returning tonight for its second season on STARZ, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE is a half-hour dramedy centered on the close-knit family of a young man who finds overnight fame and fortune after being signed to play pro basketball for a team in Atlanta. Clearly aimed at an adult audience, the series doesn’t shy away from fairly graphic (by TV standards anyway) depictions of sex, drugs and (in at least one instance) domestic violence.

Created by MIKE O’MALLEY, the series lists Basketball legend LeBRON JAMES as one of its many executive producers and features a cast that includes JESSIE USHER, RONREACO LEE, ERICA ASH, TEYONAH PARRIS, TICHINA ARNOLD and MIKE EPPS.

Probably best described by Entertainment Weekly as ‘ENTOURAGE for basketball’, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE is a solid, smart satire of today’s professional sports world and, at a recent TCA press conference to promote the show, O’MALLEY spelled out what he sees to be at the core of the series. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

Season two of SURVIVOR’S REMORSE begins tonight on STARZ.

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znwaStraight Outta Compton is a bonafide hit having earned over $75 million at the box office in less than a week. The film has won over audiences and critics alike. The movie centers on the beginning and rise of N.W.A and tribulations of what the group had to deal in the 1990s. Considered the progenitors of the gangsta rap genre, N.W.A. is now one of the most legendary groups in hip hop history.

Long before he was a worldwide movie star, Ice Cube was a founding member of N.W.A. and he lent that experience as a producer of Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube says it was a dream come to not only make the movie but to also have his son O’Shea Jackson, Jr. portray him in the film.

Click on the media bar below to hear Ice Cube elaborate on his Straight Outta Compton experience.

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