Sarah Rafferty Talks “Gratifying” Acting Life With ‘Suits’

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The big question on this season’s Suits centers on which person actually ratted out Mike (Patrick J. Adams), thus placing him behind bars and in a big heap of trouble. Finding out the identity of the betrayer, however, will not be easy as the series’ narrative is partly built on a foundation of secrets.

“It’s hard to keep track at this point of who knows what or how they might now it,” says Sarah Rafferty, who plays Donna Paulson, one of the firm’s most strong willed employees. “We can guess that some people might have a rough idea, but it’s the motivation that’s kind of hard for me to figure out.”

Rafferty admits that the cliffhanger from season five was a total shocker, and she credits the show’s writers for taking a big risk in the narrative and creating “good television.”

Along with entertaining loyal viewers with its consistently compelling storylines, Suits has obviously impacted Sarah Rafferty’s career. Check out the media bar below to hear Sarah Rafferty talk about her initial dreams of being a working actress and how her work in Suits has been a gratifying experience.




Suits returns with a batch of new episodes starting January 27.


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Critics’ Choice Awards Gets “Bingeworthy” for Sunday Show

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The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, takes place on Sunday, and the program is putting an inclusive spin to its festivities by enabling fans to vote for the “Most Bingeworthy Show.” Nominees for the category include Empire, Friends, Game of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black, Outlander, and The Walking Dead.

Scheduled presenters on the Critics’ Choice Awards include Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Shiri Appleby, Kate Beckinsale, Mary J. Blige, Orlando Bloom, James Corden, Bryan Cranston, Bryce Dallas Howard, Khloe Kardashian, Fred Savage, John Stamos, Sharon Stone, Liv Tyler, Constance Wu, and Constance Zimmer. Silicon Valley’s T.J.Miller hosts the festivities, which will be broadcast live on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN on Sunday, January 17 (8 pm et/ 5pm pt). Entertainment Tonight’s Samantha Harris and Kevin Frazier and Fandango’s Dave Karger will also be on hand to host the Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live show on A&E (7 pm et/4 pm pt).

With 13 nominations under its belt, Mad Max: Fury Road should grab its share of awards. The Revenant, however, has a ton of momentum, and it’s a favorite to win Best Film and earn Leonardo DiCaprio a Best Actor honor.

For information on how to vote for the “Most Bingeworthy Show,” check out the video below.

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‘Band of Robbers’ Captivates With Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn Tale

tomhuck1It takes moxie to craft a story inspired by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but co-directors/siblings Adam and Aaron Nee are not lacking in confidence with their latest feature Band of Robbers. Mixing a deft blend of humor and surprisingly nail biting drama, this film absolutely hits the mark, and fans of the Coen Bros. and Wes Anderson’s work should be pleased.

Fresh out of jail and ready to start a normal life, Huckleberry Finn (a refreshingly understated Kyle Gallner) is sucked back into the crazy capers and schemes of best friend Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee, in a scene stealing performance). They’ve been looking for long lost treasure that was reportedly buried somewhere within their town, and though Tom’s a police officer and Huck’s an ex-con, this dream of glory and riches hasn’t died. Matthew Gray Gubler and Hannibal Burress are Joe and Ben, two inept and innocuous dudes who are part of this ragtag team.

Tom’s latest criminal operation has its share of hurdles, as his new partner on the force (Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist as Becky Thatcher) and brother Sid Sawyer (Eric Christian Olsen) are both by the book police officers. Since these band of robbers are clueless beyond belief, chances are Johnny Law will be hot on their trail. Making matters worse is Injun Joe (Stephen Lang), a stone cold killer who also has eyes on the treasure. One sequence, which centers on a fateful encounter between Injun Joe and an intimidated Joe (Gubler), is just as tense as anything you’d see on No Country For Old Men.

Though Adam and Aaron Nee wear their influences proudly on their sleeves, Band of Robbers doesn’t swim in derivative waters. Gallner and Nee have an innate chemistry which makes Huck and Tom’s lifelong friendship feel absolutely real, and thankfully the film’s fable tinged flourishes doesn’t lead us into outlandish realms. Tom’s accidental courtship of Becky Thatcher is also fun to watch, but considering most of the storyline has our heroes in danger, their romance is understandably pushed to the side.

The Nee brothers throw a gumbo pot of cinematic ingredients into their narrative, and it’s easy to tell, thanks to their collaboration with cinematographer Noah Rosenthal, that they know how to craft a visually arresting movie. The good news is the directors pack their film with both style and content. At the heart of Band of Robbers is the story of two men who cling to their childhood dreams, even in the face of probable tragedy. Growing up is hard to do, but somewhere along the road, a different treasure will hopefully cross our path. Until that day comes, Band of Robbers won’t steer you wrong.

Band of Robbers is now playing in select theaters and is available On Demand.

During this week’s CinemAddicts, Anderson Cowan and I had differing views on Band of Robbers. To listen, check out the podcast on iTunes.

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‘The Witch’ Teaser Trailer Weaves A Bewitching Spell

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One of February’s most anticipated releases is the horror/thriller The Witch, a project which first gained momentum at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Writer/director Robert Eggers won the Best Director Prize at the fest, this 92 minute film, set in 1630 New England, should garner a solid audience with its compelling tale.

When an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation to set up stakes on a plot of land on the edges of a forest, an evil force may have descended upon one of his children. Teenage girl Thomasin (newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy) is accused of witchcraft, and though she denies the charges, members of her family are questioning her assertions.

With the overlooked Western Slow West and the New York drama A Most Violent Year under their belt, A24 has churned out first rate cinematic fare, and hopefully The Witch continues their hot streak (A24’s sunshine noir Cut Bank, starring Billy Bob Thornton and John Malkovich, is also worth a look).

With pinpoint editing, haunting images, and memorable lines (“You reek of evil!”), the teaser trailer is simply fantastic. Check out the teaser trailer below to The Witch and tell us what you think!



The Witch opens nationwide February 19.

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‘CinemAddicts’ Reviews ‘Moonwalkers’ & ‘Band of Robbers’

moonwalkers2On our second episode of CinemAddicts, we review two films that are worth checking out when they come out this Friday – Moonwalkers and Band of Robbers.

Moonwalkers centers on Kidman (Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman), a mentally unstable CIA agent who travels to London to find director Stanley Kubrick. The government wants Kubrick to shoot film footage of a faked moon landing just in case their astronauts do the job, but thanks to a misstep by Kidman, everything goes awry. Now it’s up to him and an inept (but well meaning) band manager named Jonny (Rupert Grint) to make sure the operation gets back on track.

Band of Robbers, directed by Aaron and Adam Nee, is an inventive and engaging re-imagining of the Huckleberry Finn (Kyle Gallner) and Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee) story. Fresh out of jail, Huck (Gallner) simply wants to find a family and lead a normal life, but Tom’s (Nee) continued insistence of finding a long lost treasure entices Huck back into the “band of robbers” fold. Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) and Hannibal Burress also star as part of Tom Sawyer’s crew, with Eric Christian Olsen playing Sid Sawyer (both Tom and Sid are police officers).

This week’s CinemAddicts also features my take on the new film Ride Along 2, Anderson Cowan reviews the Bobcat Goldthwait directed documentary Call Me Lucky, and I offer up my thoughts on the Blu-ray release of Straight Outta Compton.

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