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Movie Review – Brian Banks (2019)

Brian Banks, 2019.

Directed by Tom Shadyac.

Starring Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Tiffany Dupont, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd, Dorian Missick, Xosha Roquemore, Matt Battaglia, and Morgan Freeman.

Synopsis:

A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.

Wisely, Brian Banks begins immediately following the decade-long wrongful imprisonment sentence that derailed the titular real-life figure’s likelihood of becoming a star in the NFL. Unfortunately, the film still finds time to show us superfluous details like what really happened and how solitary confinement was both punishment and therapeutic for Brian (there is even a mentor played by an uncredited Morgan Freeman giving spiritual advice). None of this would be a problem if the segments didn’t feel like exposition dumps more than anything, but at the very least the acting is strong throughout,
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‘Brian Banks’ Review: Aldis Hodge Shines, But This Half-Baked Drama Does Not

There are few actors who could make the receipt of a Facebook friend request feel as cataclysmic as Aldis Hodge does during the unexpected turning point of Tom Shadyac’s fact-based drama “Brian Banks.” As the eponymous lead, Hodge is tasked with carrying the weight of a story that seems too wild and strange to be real: a heartbreaking tale of false accusations and wrongful convictions that literally hinges on an odd olive branch extended via social media. Hodge sells it, just as he sells the rest of an otherwise chintzy film, a Lifetime movie-like drama that falls short of engaging with the many thorny issues it dramatizes.

In the early aughts, Long Beach native Banks was a promising high school football player who committed to playing at USC when he was just a junior. While Banks is a straight arrow with his eyes firmly fixed on his athletic future,
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Aldis Hodge & Greg Kinnear in First Full Trailer for 'Brian Banks' Film

"How did you survive it?" "Almost didn't..." Bleecker Street has debuted the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Brian Banks, the latest from director Tom Shadyac, his first feature since making Evan Almighty in 2007. This premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, and just played at the Cleveland Film Festival earlier this month. The controversial film, based on a true story, is about a 16 year old football player who All-American high school football star who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, sent to prison after going through the broken legal system. Aldis Hodge stars as the titular Brian Banks, with a cast including Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd, Tiffany Dupont, Sherri Shepherd, Matt Battaglia, Xosha Roquemore, Dorian Missick, and Dean Denton. This looks an upsetting, poignant film lead by the very talented Aldis Hodge. Here's the first
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 25)

1970: ABC aired the final episode of The Best of Everything.

1984: All My Children's Tad was celebrated at his bachelor

party. 1996: Days of our Lives' Sami and Austin married.

1998: One Life to Live's Bo grieved his son, Drew."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1967: On Dark Shadows, while Willie Loomis remained in a coma, Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) attempted to hypnotize David Collins (David Henesy) to stop his prying into Barnabas' (Jonathan Frid) affairs.

1970: ABC aired the final episode of The Best of Everything, a short-lived ABC daytime soap opera that had only
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Exclusive: Heather Locklear Tells the President to 'Go to Hell' in 'Too Close to Home' Sneak Peek!

Exclusive: Heather Locklear Tells the President to 'Go to Hell' in 'Too Close to Home' Sneak Peek!
We cannot get enough Heather Locklear!

The 55-year-old actress slays as the first lady in Too Close to Home, and this week episode is no different.

Watch: Tyler Perry's 'Too Close to Home' Brings Heather Locklear Back to TV in Guest-Starring Role

Only Et has an exclusive look at Wednesday's episode of the soapy TLC drama, where Locklear's character isn't afraid to put the president (Matt Battaglia) in his place -- though she clearly has something up her sleeve. Locklear holds her own in a fiery Oval Office confrontation as the president tries to identify a White House mole.

"Maybe it's your whore from Alabama," she says, savagely bringing up his affair with the show's protagonist, former White House staffer Anna (Danielle Savre). "She can't keep her lips or her legs closed."

Exclusive: 'Too Close to Home': 'The Worst Is Yet to Come' as Heather Locklear Takes Alabama in Season 2 Promo

"Will you just
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Exclusive: Watch Heather Locklear's First Lady Tell the President to Call His Mistress on 'Too Close to Home'

Exclusive: Watch Heather Locklear's First Lady Tell the President to Call His Mistress on 'Too Close to Home'
No one puts the first lady in a corner, especially when she's played by Heather Locklear!

Only Et has an exclusive clip of Wednesday's episode of Too Close to Home, in which Locklear's first lady prepares to deliver her "counter-punch" to the president (Matt Battaglia) after catching him in an affair with Anna, a White House staffer (Danielle Savre).

Exclusive: Heather Locklear Slaps the President in 'Too Close to Home' Season 2 Premiere

"So, you've been calling her?" First Lady Christian asks her cheating husband, after thinking she nipped his affair in the bud.

"What are you talking about?" the president responds, trying to play it cool.

"Oh, play games with me. Make me angrier," the first lady replies. "I asked if you were talking to her. Have you been calling her?"

"Yes, I have," President Christian admits, fessing up to sending a secret service agent to protect Anna, who has returned
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Exclusive: Anna Refuses to Return to D.C. in 'Too Close to Home' Sneak Peek!

Exclusive: Anna Refuses to Return to D.C. in 'Too Close to Home' Sneak Peek!
Turns out, not even the most powerful man in the world gets what he wants all the time.

On Wednesday’s all-new Too Close to Home, Anna (Danielle Savre) is faced with a difficult decision when she receives a very personal phone call from the President (Matt Battaglia).

“So am I to understand that you’re ignoring me?” asks the commander-in-chief, whose scandalous affair with Anna was the reason she fled Washington and returned to her hometown of Happy, Alabama. “You know how that makes me crazy and you know what happens when I’m upset. Is that what you want, for me to be upset?”

Watch: Brody Discovers Another Admirer in 'Too Close to Home,' But It's Not What You're Expecting

Anna assures him that she’s fine, but steels her resolve when President tells her needs her “on the next plane to D.C.”

“I’m not going to D.C.,” she
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Heather Locklear Responds to Rehab Rumors: 'I Am Working on Tying Up Some Loose Ends'

Heather Locklear Responds to Rehab Rumors: 'I Am Working on Tying Up Some Loose Ends'
Heather Locklear is looking towards a fresh start in 2017.

In response to rumors that she had entered rehab for the fifth time, the 55-year-old actress gave a statement to Et, saying, "I am feeling great and am taking steps to enrich and better my life. Currently I am working on tying up some loose ends regarding certain issues so I can hit 2017 full steam ahead."

Watch: Tyler Perry Praises Heather Locklear's New 'Bad Girl' Role as She Makes Stunning Red Carpet Appearance

Locklear's drug-addled past includes a hospitalization in 2012 when a 911 call was placed from her home. At the time, a source told Et the Spin City star was "out of control."

"Heather became a different person on drugs," the source said.

Locklear had been in and out of rehab for years, but lately has been finding steady work and avoiding negative headlines.

Her next project is season two of Too Close to Home, which
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Exclusive: Heather Locklear Slaps the President in 'Too Close to Home' Season 2 Premiere -- Watch!

Exclusive: Heather Locklear Slaps the President in 'Too Close to Home' Season 2 Premiere -- Watch!
Locklear clearly doesn't forgive and forget.

Season two of Too Close to Home is almost here, and what better way to usher in a new season than with a good old fashion Heather Locklear b**ch slap?

TLC's soapy drama returns on Wednesday, and only Et has an exclusive first look at the show's new season -- featuring the same old Locklear. 

Exclusive: Heather Locklear Confronts the Other Woman in Icy Faceoff in TLC's 'Too Close to Home' Premiere

Last season of Too Close to Home saw Locklear's first lady take control after catching her husband, President Christian (Matt Battaglia) having sex with Anna (Danielle Savre), a White House staffer -- and it looks like she still hasn't forgiven him.

"I'm sorry, did I wake you?" the first lady says in the clip, after delivering a fierce slap to the side of the President's face.

"I'm not a dream. I'm real," she
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Tyler Perry Says Backlash Against His TLC Show’s White Cast Members is ‘Reverse Racism’

Tyler Perry Says Backlash Against His TLC Show’s White Cast Members is ‘Reverse Racism’
Tyler Perry’s most recent television project, “Too Close to Home,” received backlash for having a predominately white cast. The filmmaker is known for creating projects that feature African-American actors and the change made some of his fans criticize his TLC show on social media.

Now, Perry is responding to those who have questioned his casting decisions by saying, “That’s totally reverse racism, because it was coming from African-American people,” he told The Associated Press.

“I don’t know if it was because they thought I should only be giving jobs to black people. Well, I think that’s ridiculous,” Perry added. “If you look at the hundreds of black people I’ve given jobs to and even the ones I’ve made millionaires, people of color, I just think it’s unfair.”

Read More: Tyler Perry Says He Still Has ‘Issues Getting Screens in White Neighborhoods’

Perry stated
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Too Close to Home: Season Two Renewal for Tyler Perry TLC Drama

Tyler Perry's Too Close to Home TV show has been renewed for a second season on TLC. The eight episode first season just premiered on August 22nd. The drama -- starring Danielle Savre, Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict, and Brooke Anne Smith -- is TLC's first scripted series.The Too Close to Home TV series' cast also includes: Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, and Curran Walters. Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa, and Justin Gabriel recur. Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia guest star.Read More…
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Too Close to Home: Season One Ratings

TLC has been airing reality shows for years but is now getting into the scripted series business -- with Tyler Perry. Will Too Close to Home draw big ratings like some of Perry's other scripted shows? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.On Too Close to Home, a woman from small town Alabama moves to Washington DC to start a new life and join the political scene. Following a major scandal, she retreats to the town and family that she'd been hoping to leave behind. The cast includes Danielle Savre, Brock O'Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict, Brooke Anne Smith, Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, Curran Walters, Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa, and Justin Gabriel. Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia are guest stars.Read More…
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Too Close to Home: TLC Sets Tyler Perry Drama Series Premiere

Deadline reports Tyler Perry's Too Close to Home TV show will premiere on TLC, Monday, August 22, 2016 at 9:00pm. Production began in Atlanta, back in June. An eight-episode drama, Too Close to Home follows a young woman from a working class family who achieves success in the "fast-paced D.C. political circuit." Too Close to Home is TLC's first scripted series.Too Close to Home stars: Danielle Savre, Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict, and Brooke Anne Smith. The Too Close to Home TV series cast also includes: Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, and Curran Walters. Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa, and Justin Gabriel recur. Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia guest star.Read More…
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Heather Locklear, Y&R's Kelly Sullivan Cast in Tyler Perry's New TLC Drama

Move over, Mellie — Heather Locklear will guest-star as a sly D.C. wife in TLC’s first scripted series Too Close to Home. In addition, Kelly Sullivan — currently haunting The Young and the Restless as Sage (R.I.P.) — has landed one of the leads, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The eight-episode drama — written, directed and produced by the indefatigable Tyler Perry — focuses on Heroes alum Danielle Savre’s Anna, a blue-collar Alabaman forced to return to her roots after starting over in the nation’s capital…
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‘Too Close To Home’: Tyler Perry TLC Drama Series Sets Cast; Heather Locklear To Guest Star

TLC has set the cast for its first scripted drama series, Too Close to Home, written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. Production began this week at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the premiere is slated for later this summer. Danielle Savre will star as Anna, while Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join as guest stars. Cast in other leading roles are Brock O'Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne Smith. Series regulars include Alpha Trivette
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Filming Wraps on Showtime’s Twin Peaks Revival, Full Cast Revealed

Showtime announced today that filming has finished on David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks revival series. Ahead of its 2017 premiere, the series’ complete cast—including returning actors as well as those who are new to the series—has been revealed.

Newcomers to the series include Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Jeremy Davies, Laura Dern, Sky Ferreira, Robert Forster, Meg Foster, Ashley Judd, David Koechner, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Matthew Lillard, Derek Mears, Sara Paxton, Ernie Hudson, Naomi Watts, Trent Reznor, The Walking Dead‘s Josh McDermitt, and many more.

Returning actors include Kyle MacLachlan, Ray Wise, Harry Dean Stanton, Alicia Witt, and more. Below, we have the official press release and full cast list:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – April 25, 2016 – Principal photography has concluded on the highly-anticipated new Twin Peaks for Showtime. And today, Showtime, David Lynch and Mark Frost are revealing a key piece of the mystery:
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The 'Twins Peaks' Revival Cast List Is Insane (and Insanely Long)

Showtime revealed the full cast list for its upcoming "Twin Peaks" revival, and it's nothing short of insane -- and insanely long.

The ensemble includes a whopping 217 actors -- yes, you read that right -- and amid all the returning faces, there are also a bunch of surprising, big-name newbies along for the ride this time around. (We've embedded the entire list at the end of this post.)

Original cast members that will be back include many previously-announced people, and the ensemble will feature the likes of Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, David Duchovny, Miguel Ferrer, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Ray Wise, Wendy Robie, Russ Tamblyn, and Catherine E. Coulson, among many others.

As for the newcomers, some of the bold names that stand out include Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Laura Dern, Jay R. Ferguson (a.k.a. Stan from "Mad Men"), Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters"), Ashley Judd,
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Big Names On "Twin Peaks" Cast List Of 217

The new "Twin Peaks" isn't slated to debut on Showtime until 2017, but a flurry of speculation about it happened last week with a tweet from Go For Locations indicating that filming had wrapped on the "first two seasons" of the series.

The episode count for the David Lynch-directed series was always in question, but that tweet suggested we'd be getting even more episodes than originally planned. Said tweet has since been deleted, so we'll have to wait to see how that pans out.

in the meantime in more official news, Showtime, Lynch and Mark Frost has released the official cast list for the new series with a whopping 217 names across the various episodes - a list that includes some real surprise big name inclusions such as Monica Bellucci, Michael Cera, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eddie Vedder, Ashley Judd, Ernie Hudson, Jim Belushi, Richard Chamberlain, Laura Dern,
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Exclusive Q&A with Roche Limit: Clandestiny’s Michael Moreci and Kyle Charles

They were startled to receive a distress signal from a supposedly decimated planet, but it was getting shot down by something on the surface of Dispater that really rattled the eclectic crew in the first issue of Roche Limit: Clandestiny. Taking place 75 years after the events of the five-issue Roche Limit series, this sequel storyline features new characters and fresh situations, but still retains the fantastic storytelling and gorgeous artwork of its predecessor. With Roche Limit: Clandestiny hitting comic shop shelves early next month, we caught up with writer Michael Moreci and artist Kyle Charles to discuss creating scares in space, returning to Dispater, the presence of androids, the possibility of a sixth issue in the Clandestiny story arc, and much more.

Your new comic book series, Roche Limit: Clandestiny, features a mind-bending mystery taking place 75 years after the events of the first Roche Limit story arc that wrapped up in February.
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Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #6 (of 6) Preview Pages

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It opens doorways to infinite scenarios of eternal torture, and in the sixth and final issue of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #6, readers can see three scary scenarios in which LeMarchand’s device works its wicked magic on those who would dare touch it or oppose its hellish holder, Pinhead. A hoarder, a doctor, and a mercenary have close encounters with the world’s deadliest puzzle box and its lethal horrors in our set of preview pages for the anthology comic book series’ sixth issue that hits shelves this Wednesday.

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #6 (of 6)

Authors: Christopher Sebela, Ben Meares, & Mark Miller

Artists: Matt Battaglia, Peter Bergting, & Carlos Magno

Synopsis: “The final chapter of this Hellraiser anthology arrives with perhaps its most shocking stories, as Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters) teams up with Matt Battaglia for a tale of a hoarder unlike any you’ve seen on reality TV.
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