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This week’s episode of Covert Affairs (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Et on USA) continues the search for the Postman and puts Auggie (Chris Gorham), who’s in a new relationship with Hayley (Amy Jo Johnson), in the field in Paris to approach an asset with whom he has an emotional history. Annie (Piper Perabo), meanwhile, tags along as his handler and finds herself cozying up to someone as well for the sake of the mission.
Combine their efforts with the revelation that the woman Calder (Hill Harper) has been sleeping with is an escort, and it’s shaping up »
- Mandi Bierly
The ratings for Covert Affairs have been dropping each season for awhile. Will they keep falling this year? Will they drop so low that the USA series is cancelled or, will it be renewed for a sixth season? Stay tuned!
On Covert Affairs, operatives Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) and Auggie Anderson (Chris Gorham) work together in the CIA's Domestic Protection Division (Dpd). The show's cast also includes Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher, Hill Harper, and Nicholas Bishop.
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Last week’s “Covert Affairs” saw Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) and Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop) succeed in capturing terrorist Borz Altan, but now the pair have a bigger problem: how to get Borz — and themselves — safely out of Venezuela.
Variety has an exclusive sneak peek at tonight’s episode, “Unseen Power of the Picket Fence,” in which Annie and Ryan have a slight difference of opinion about their next move…
Elsewhere in the episode, Joan (Kari Matchett) works with Arthur (Peter Gallagher) and his new co-worker, Caitlyn Cook, to extract their fellow operatives, and Calder’s (Hill Harper) clandestine affair takes on a new dimension.
- Laura Prudom
Warning: If you have yet to watch Tuesday’s season premiere of Covert Affairs, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, read on…
Covert Affairs trades in secrets, and on Tuesday’s Season 5 premiere, Annie Walker was holding onto the biggest one of all: what she was doing when she was Mia for four months. Even Auggie couldn’t get the truth out of his ex.
On top of it all, Annie seems to have hit a hiccup. While on a pursuit, the CIA agent had to stop to calm herself during “an episode” with an injection.
Below, executive producers Matt Corman »
When Covert Affairs returns on June 24 (USA, 10 p.m. Et), season five picks up four months after Annie (Piper Perabo) shot and killed Henry Wilcox. She’s ready to come back to work, but no one at the agency—including Auggie (Christopher Gorham)—knows where she’s been.
“This is a show about secrets. But up until this point, Annie hasn’t really had a secret that she’s harboring from the folks that she works with at the CIA,” co-creator Matt Corman says. “It’s another layer.”
Viewers will get their first clue as to what Annie’s hiding in the season premiere, »
- Mandi Bierly
“Covert Affairs” returns to USA with its season five premiere on June 24, and the Dpd is a markedly different place following the events of the season four finale. After killing the traitorous Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin), super spy Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) has been Mia for four months, leaving her former lover and handler Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham) in the dark about her movements. When she finally resurfaces, the CIA has more than a few questions about her time out in the cold, but Annie’s answers may not be forthcoming, leading to friction between the troubled operative and her agency.
Variety spoke to executive producers Chris Ord and Matt Corman about the secrets Annie may be hiding, her on again/off again romance with Auggie, and the new love interests the pair may acquire over the course of the season. Read on for more.
Last season took Annie down »
- Laura Prudom
Each year since its inception, the Cinetopia International Film Festival has grown by leaps and bounds. This year finds the festival expanding even more into the Metro Detroit area, which means some of the best films from around the film festival circuit will be available. Unfortunately, that also means you may be forced to make some hard choices. I’d be willing to wager it’s nearly impossible to see all of the films that will be screened across the ten Cinetopia venues for this year’s festival, which means you might need a bit of guidance when planning your festival experience. The Cinetopia staff has been offering their Top 5 Picks throughout the past month, so I thought it was time to jump in the ring myself. Below are the five movies you should not skip at this year’s festival.
- Dane Jackson
The third annual Champs-Elysées Film Festival, created by producer, distributor and exhibitor Sophie Dulac, in association with Turner Classic Movies, will take place during the week of June 11th – 17th in Paris.And this year, among the some 60 films that will be screened, will be a special selection of independent African-American films, including Tommy Oliver’s 1982, with Hill Harper and Wayne Brady, The Magic City by filmmaker R. Malcolm Jones starring Keith David, Jenifer Lewis and Erika Alexander, and the documentary American Promise by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson (pictured above).All the festival screenings will take place at the theatres that line the »
To mark the release of CSI NY season 9 on 12th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
The elite team of CSI specialists reprise their roles as; Gary Sinise is back as Detective Mac Taylor and more determined than ever; Sela Ward is Mac’s assistant and confidante Jo Danville; Carmine Giovinazzo and Anna Belknap are husband and wife team Danny and Lindsay Messer; Hill Harper returns as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes; Eddie Cahill is hardcore homicide Det. Don Flack; Robert Joy is chief medical examiner Dr Sid Hammerback; and A. J. Buckley is back as Adam Ross.
The stage is set for the final season and after his recent brush with death, Mac (Sinise) returns to crime solving and is wasting no time turning up the heat on New York’s bad guys. The season starts with the team investigating the link between the death of »
Stars: Ami Dolenz, Andrew Robinson, Soleil Moon Frye, J. Trevor Edmond, Hill Harper, Alexander Polinsky, Mark McCracken, Steve Kanaly, Gloria Hendry | Written by Constantine & Ivan Chachornia | Directed by Jeff Burr
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings was originally released in the UK at a time when I was heavily getting into horror yet was, legally, still too young to rent 18-rated titles from the local video shop (a shop which to this day I credit with the formative years of my movie tastes). It was also at a time when Jeff Burr was being hailed, at least in some corners of the UK and Us horror press, as the future of the genre. After all, he had helmed the fan-favourite Vincent Price-starring horror anthology From a Whisper to a Scream and then the very successful sequel The Stepfather 2, before hitting the “big time” as director on the third film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. »
- Phil Wheat
As was covered in our previous article about the event, the First Time Fest gives new filmmakers the opportunity to get their film established and distributed so that their efforts may be recognized for their future works. With the winner receiving full distribution of their film from Cinema Libre Studios as well as support on their future projects. All filmmakers received expert advice from filmmakers who had trouble getting their start and the special winners would also receive a trip to Scandinavia, because why not? The closing night ceremony was held at the 42West Nightclub in New York City and featured the filmmakers in the competition as well as Julie Taymor getting honored for her cinematic contributions.
Taymor received the John Huston Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema for her career ever since she started with Titus, a Shakespearean adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins in the lead role. She continued to »
- Catherina Gioino
The second installment of the First Time Fest, the Second Time Around, took place in New York City from April 3rd to April 7th where ten first time filmmakers were able to showcase their films and possibly be in competition to receive distribution of their films by Cinema Libre Studios. Since its debut in March of last year, the First Time Fest has grown to honor and embrace first time filmmakers for their efforts in trying to make their first work and trying to get recognized in an ever difficult field of art.
Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward thought up of the idea for this type of film festival seven years ago when they realized that no other event had honored the first time filmmaker. Taking this idea in mind, they agreed to bring these newcomers to the field and give them advice as well as bring them closer to »
- Catherina Gioino
First Time Fest, a film festival that celebrates and supports first time filmmakers, wrapped up its second edition on April 7 with a closing night awards ceremony held at 42West nightclub. During the festival, besides Josephine Decker's psychological horror film Butter on the Latch (read my review here), I was able to catch three other great features. Tommy Oliver's 1982, set in Philadelphia in the titular year at the onset of the crack epidemic, is a semi-autobiographical and emotionally moving film featuring a great central performance by Hill Harper. Harper plays a man struggling to raise his daughter while dealing with his wife's raging crack addiction, and the film itself has beautiful visual textures and a realistic-feeling sense of its time and place. Rok Bicek's Class Enemy,...
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Love Steaks, directed by Jakob Lass is the First Time Fest (Second Time Around) Grand Prize Winner and Gesa Jäger, first time editor won Outstanding Achievement in Editing. Marieke Niestadt won Outstanding Achievement in Directing for Bittersweet.
Mona Fastvold's The Sleepwalker (Søvngjengeren) received two awards, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography to Zachery Galler and Outstanding Achievement in Scoring to the composing team of Kato Ådland and Sondre Lerche.
Outstanding Achievement in Writing goes to Yael Reuveny for her film Farewell, Herr Schwarz (Schnee Von Gestern) with Outstanding Achievement in Acting going to Hill Harper in Tommy Oliver's 1982. In addition, Oliver received the inaugural Scandinavian Locations Special Jury Prize at the celebration of first time filmmakers that took place in New York »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Tommy Oliver's directorial debut 1982 will screen this weekend at the New Voices In Black Cinema Festival in New York, starting at 6:45pm at Bam Rose Cinemas, as part of the BAMcinématek series. A Q&A with director Oliver and actors Hill Harper and Troi Zeeting will follow the screening. To preorder tickets, click Here.The biggest takeaway from 1982, writer-director Tommy Oliver’s debut feature film, is that Hill Harper should simply be getting more roles. With a decades-spanning career that includes recurring television parts on the now defunct CSI: NY and Soul Food, the 47-year-old actor and writer has had the fate of »
- Zeba Blay
The ActNow Foundation returns today, Thursday, March 27, running through Sunday, March 30th, with the organization's annual New Voices In Black Cinema Festival.Continuing their partnership with Brooklyn's BAMcinematek, the 4th annual festival features a mix of new and highly-anticipated feature length narrative, documentary, and short films, including some by NYC-based filmmakers! Festival highlights include: The NY premiere of director Tommy Oliver's 1982, starring Hill Harper, Wayne Brady, and Ruby Dee. The NY premiere of director James Richards' The Bicycle, set in Queens, NYC. The World Premiere »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
The 29th annual Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival on Sunday tapped “Noble” as winner of the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a feature made outside mainstream Hollywood.
The honor includes a Panavision camera package worth $60,000. Mark Huberman, who appears in the film, accepted the award for director Stephen Bradley. An honorable mention was awarded to Hill Harper for his performance in “1982,” directed by Tommy Oliver.
Documentary Film Award went to “Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo.” Director Matt Livadary and producer Erin Krozek accepted the award at the press conference and brunch at the Fess Parker Doubletree by Hilton Resort. “Queens” also received the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent.
The Nueva Vision Award for »
- Tim Gray
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for “12 Years a Slave.”
Bet and CBS lead TV nominees, with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC (15) and HBO (13). RCA leads the recording category with 10 noms, followed by Atlantic Records (eight) and Columbia Pictures (seven).
Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and some will be announced Feb. 21 during an awards ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced during a two-hour TV One telecast Feb. 22.
The nominees were announced during a press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena. NAACP Image Awards committee chairman is Leonard James and TV One prez-ceo is Alfred Liggins. Roslyn M. Brock is chairman of the NAACP. »
- Tim Gray
The 2014 NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Thursday (Jan. 9) at the Television Critics Association press tour by David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), Joe Morton ("Scandal"), Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool"), Bresha Webb ("Love That Girl!") and Gina Torres ("Suits").
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards airs live Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on TVOne.
The list of nominees:
Outstanding Comedy Series
· "House of Lies" (Showtime)
· "Modern Family" (ABC)
· "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
· "The Game" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
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