Alex Kecskes

Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of film reviews and celebrity interviews for a wide variety of online and print outlets. He has covered red carpet premieres and Comic-Con events for major films and independent releases.

SOA Heads Full Throttle into Season 7

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Sons of Anarchy’s Season 6 delivered what it had to, putting the Men of Mayhem in constant jeopardy with unpredictable plot twists, satisfying paybacks, and the violent demise of two major characters.

While we expected Tara (Maggie Siff) and Gemma (Katey Sagal) to eventually settle their scores, the brutal rage that Gemma dispensed in Tara’s demise was a surprise. Tara had been igniting that fuse repeatedly since the season began, then burning all her bridges along the way. While slowly morphing into another Gemma, the transition was too little, too late to give Tara the foresight she needed to stay clear of her executioner. Clearly, Gemma’s actions will be hard to forgive, pushing her into the unsympathetic character column. It will be interesting to see the mea culpas the writers put her through to gain some semblance of contrition for her tragically misguided final act in Season 6.

We’ll miss the tug of war between Tara and Jax, although we knew their relationship was doomed from the start. While Tara gave Jax the center he needed to at least try to “fly right,” Tara’s demise on the heels of Opie’s brutal death will surely take Jax in the “Clay” direction as Season 7 unfolds.

The Shakespearean feud between Clay (Ron Perlman) Jax (Charlie Hunnam) came to a head with predictably somber overtones as Jax executed his “father,” underscoring the episode’s suggestively icy Aon Rud Persanta title.Jax’s offing of Gaalan (Timothy V. Murphy) and his stateside lackeys was also expected, as the two clearly despised each other.

Jax (Charlie Hunnam)  & Gemma (Katey Sagal)
Jax (Charlie Hunnam) & Gemma (Katey Sagal)

Gaining increasing sympathy and likeability is Nero (Jimmy Smits). Teaming up with SAMCRO was good news-bad news for Nero, nose-diving his once lucrative semi-legit enterprise while providing an emotional uplift in a relationship he needed with Gemma. Will he go to the dark side with the MAYANS? Or will Gemma and the love for his son continue to pull him toward redemption?

One of the more interesting and troubled characters is Juice (Theo Rossi). Having snuffed out the life of a woman with a pillow, then killing Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) to save Gemma for Tara’s murder, Juice will have some serious issues to work through.

Guest stars lit up SOA, adding ferocity, tension and smart confrontations that were a delight to watch. Donal Logue’s loose canon lawman Lee Toric pulled out all the stops in avenging his sister’s murder. CCH Pounder’s DA Patterson was calculating and cool, punctuated by a mano a mano sit down with Jax to hash out a deal that would eventually fall apart. And then there’s Walton Goggins, whose Venus Van Dam rivaled the best performance we’ve seen since To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.

What will Season 7 reveal? Will Gemma escape Jax’s wrath? Will SAMCRO get out of the gun running business and go “legit”? Will Jax survive prison? Will SAMCRO survive? The Season 7 premier is just days away.



Interview with LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS Director Zach Lipovsky

Zach Lipovsky
Director Zach Lipovsky
Director Zach Lipovsky

The film franchise that’s delighted a growing fan base over the years—Leprechaun—was rebooted to Leprechaun: Origins. Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Andrew Dunbar), Sophie (Stephanie Bennett), David (Brendan Fletcher) and Jeni (Melissa Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality. In this roundtable interview, director Zach Lipovsky reveals how he approached this rendition of the classic horror tale to make it fresh, current and unique. Read more

Interview with TV writer/producer Jane Espenson

Jane Espenson
Jane Espenson
Jane Espenson (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

A prolific and highly creative writer, Jane Espenson has worked on both situation comedies and serial dramas. She was writer/producer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and shared a Hugo Award for penning the episode “Conversations with Dead People.” She served as co-executive/executive producer for the series Caprica, wrote an unforgettable episode of Game of Thrones, and joined the writing staff of Torchwood. She is currently consulting producer and writer on Once Upon a Time, and has co-written and produced her first independent original web series with co-creator Brad Bell, entitled Husbands. I recently sat down with Jane to discuss her past and present involvement in the shows we love to watch.

You are an absolute wizard with words. How do you develop a scene or sequence?

Jane Espenson: First off, you want a really detailed outline. When Brad and I write together, we both have very similar instincts, but Brad really forces me to think about what each character wants in a scene. It’s weird because while I have more writing experience, I’ll sometimes fall in love with a funny line and Brad will say, “no this has to be on scene and on point.” I think the trick is to know that there’s always another joke. You almost have to write the line not funny first, and make sure it’s saying exactly what you want it to say. You can always find a funny way to say that thing. It’s so easy to fall in love with the funny, but you can be subtle and still have it be a joke. So don’t write the joke first, write the scene first.

When you were writing for Buffy, there was teen angst, humor, and horror—how did you balance all those things and still make it work?

JE: I didn’t always do that balancing act so perfectly. My second script was called Gingerbread, which had a lot of horror elements in it. I wrote it as if it were a flat-out comedy and Joss (Whedon) pointed out that you have to balance them. So I learned how to do that. To a certain extent, the director does a lot of that work for you. You can write a scene with a lot of funny lines and have it be terrifying. As long as it’s directed with a certain look, feel and pace, the horror will come through. The comedy will do the job of making you realize these characters are joking, that they’re not really scared. Like, when do you make a joke like that to raise your spirits? When you’re really scared. So there are many different ways to use humor. You can find a good balance without having to throw any jokes out the window.

One of my favorite Buffy episodes was Hush. Were you involved in that episode?

JE: I was there when it was written, and I remember Joss saying, I’ve always wanted to do this gag where someone’s looking out the window at something really far away, and you’re leaning in trying to see what they’re seeing and IT’S RIGHT HERE! He had so much fun writing that episode. It was the same thing with the musical, Once More, with Feeling.

Ok, so you’re now involved with Game of Thrones. What can you tell us about that?

JE: I just wrote one episode of Game of Thrones in season 1. It was an amazing experience. They needed a freelancer. They hadn’t hired a staff yet—now they have a staff of writers. So I came in to write one. It was a great scene where Daenerys eats the horse’s heart and her brother is killed by molten gold. They gave me the best chapters of the book. I was thrilled.

Were you always a fan of shows like Game of Thrones?

JE: Absolutely. I really like sci-fi and historical dramas. I’ve never been a huge fan of things like Lord of the Rings’ sword and sorcery. To me, Game of Thrones feels more like historical fiction, like reading about ancient England—and I love that.

So you’re permanently on staff for Once Upon a Time. Can you talk about that a little bit?

JE: I can’t talk about what’s going to happen, but I can tell you that it’s a great job. We’re doing Frozen this season. Everyone at every level wants to do Frozen right, including the people at the very top. There will be no effort spared to make sure that we’re doing justice to Frozen.

The Miller’s Daughter episode, where Rumple teaches young Cora to spin straw into gold was sensual and mesmerizing. How did you approach that?

JE: I loved writing that episode! It was a little bit of a wink at the movie, Ghost.

When a director says, I want you to write this scene or this sequence, how do you approach that?

JE: InTV, we have a different director every week so we’re sort of their bosses. We write the episode, then we’re introduced to the director and we tell the director how we see the scene playing out. The director may or may not employ storyboards— often they’re just used for action sequences. In TV, you have to do everything very quickly. The person who first gives me instructions is the head writer—usually the person that created the show. On Husbands, it’s Brad. He’ll say, “I want this scene to have a certain feeling.” So I’ll write it, tailor made to have that feeling. Then we’ll meet with the director and tell him to shoot it to incorporate that feeling. So it all comes down to the writer.

So what’s going on with Husbands?

JE: My friend, Brad approached me with this idea to do an online sitcom. We started playing around with the concept and we ended up with the idea of same sex newlyweds. They don’t want to get a divorce, since it’s bad for the cause. They got married too soon and it’s about how they’re going to make it work. It’s so clearly a throwback to shows like I Love Lucy and Ned and Stacey—that sort of accidental marriage—which is a staple of romantic comedies. To employ that into an entirely new world of gay marriage seemed natural and a no-brainer. So we made it. And by making it, we were able to demonstrate that there was an audience for it.

Are you a dialog writer or an action writer?

JE: I can do both. What I don’t do great is structure. Dialog is probably where Brad and I both do best. Our strengths and weaknesses are about the same. I don’t like thinking about, should we play this reveal so the audience is ahead of us? Or is this a better act break than that one?” I don’t care; I just want the lines to be good.


Interview with the Cast of The Last Ship

Last Ship cast
The Last Ship Cast
The Last Ship Cast

Based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley, TNT’s The Last Ship stars Eric Dane (Tom Chandler) as commander of the USS Nathan James, a guided missile destroyer forced to deal with a pandemic virus that has killed most of the earth’s population. Other cast members include Rhona Mitra (Dr. Rachel Scott), a paleomicrobiologist frantically searching for a cure; Adam Baldwin (CDR Mike Slattery, the ship’s confrontational XO); Charles Parnell (as CMC Hugh Jeter); Travis Van Winkle (as Lt. Danny Green) and Marissa Neitling (Lt. Kara Foster, Lt. Green’s love interest). In this roundtable interview, I posed the following questions to cast members who revealed their likes and challenges in working on this exciting new series.

What’s it like being the commander of a guided missile destroyer?

Eric Dane: I love being saluted. You haven’t lived till you’ve been saluted, man. Long hours, heavy workload, but I enjoy it.

Eric Dane
Eric Dane

How did you prepare for the role?

Dane: I put the uniform on—very literally. You put that uniform on and 90 percent of the work is done. You walk a little taller, you stand a little straighter. We have great writers. I found that if I just keep in mind the things that I have to keep in mind, follow the process that I have as an actor and say the lines, things work out. I haven’t modeled this character after anybody. I haven’t found any inspiration from any other characters; I just try to play the moment and keep it as truthful as possible.

Will the show go into more of Tom Chandler’s backstory?

Dane: My family’s in the woods with my father in his cabin, isolated from the virus, or so I think. We come in contact with them later on in the season. Chandler has to make sure that the choices he makes are not colored by the fact that all he wants to do is get back to his family. He has to make decisions based on the greater good of the mission.

Rhona Mitra
Rhona Mitra

You have this long title—paleomicrobiologist—did you research the technical aspects of this role? Doctor Scott certainly sounds like she knows what she’s talking about.

Rhona Mitra: For my own personal reasons, I’ve been involved in the study of the world’s neurotoxins. For the past two years, I’ve been learning how the human race has been impacted by the pandemics that seem to be appearing everywhere. Everything from the problems with water and fracking to GMOs. I’m interested in the remediation to these problems. When this project came along, I had been doing a lot of physical action roles, so it was a lovely opportunity to explore a more cerebral character. It allowed me to talk to virologists and paleomicrobiologists.



Your ship is involved in some highly technical stuff. Did you have to bring yourself up to speed on Navy jargon and tech details?
Adam Baldwin:
Yes, to a certain degree, but we have to speed it up a bit. We have to rely on our writers and technical advisors to give us things that are technically accurate and not too much of a mouthful to recite for the storyline. We’ve taken some tours of the ship, but these guys train for years on these things. It’s very humbling to be among these professionals.


You’re the perfect CMC. How did you prepare for the role?

Charles Parnell: We got prepped by going into the Navy dining hall on the first day. As we were seated, in walked all of our real life counterparts. We talked for a while over lunch and they then took us aboard and walked us through the ship with “their eyes,” so I know what I’m looking at, what I’m concerned with and where things are.


In portraying the leader of a Naval Mountain Warfare Unit, did you undergo any special training in weapons and tactics?

Travis Van Winkle: We did have a couple of days of weapons training. I have Navy Seals watching everything I do. They help align me with what I’m doing mentally. It’s beautiful to have. They tell me how to hold my gun, how to navigate with my gun, how to load it, shoot it, even how to look through the scope. And then they’ll watch the takes and go, “okay, I loved it, but don’t do that, do this.” As much as it’s uncomfortable sometimes and I mess up, they steer me on the right path. As we got into the season, I’d get it right more often and they’d say, alright! These guys have such mental, emotional and physical endurance through training; they can handle anything and kill you 15 different ways, yet they’re the gentlest human beings.

So what’s going to happen with your character?

Van Winkle: My leadership ability is really challenged. And I let things get in the way of my service and my responsibility. What happens the rest of the season, as much as I’ve lost touch with what my duty is, I also feel I’ve lost the respect of some of my crew members who don’t know what I’ve done. Inside, I know I’ve been jeopardizing their lives. I regain my trust, and it’s that climb throughout the season to once again become the leader I know that I am, and that I’ve lost touch with. So you’ll see that slowly develop. You’ll also see the push-pull of trying to have a relationship that’s forbidden on the ship.


Wired Café Offers Relaxing Respite from Comic-con for Press, Guests and VIPs

Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn).


Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn).
Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn) at WIRED Cafe

WIRED hosted its 7th Annual WIRED Café at Comic-Con from July 24-26th, 11am – 5pm daily at the Omni Hotel terrace, just steps from the convention center. The invite-only oasis was the preferred hot spot where VIPs, press and top talent went to relax and escape the Comic-Con rush.

The day party kept the “Game of Thrones” beer flowing. By the second day, “Game of Thrones” star Isaac Hempstead-Wright proclaimed his love for the party and all that is Comic-Con. “I love it here,” Wright said on Friday. “I want to live here.” Also doing selfies with guests and VIPs was Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn).

Other celebs who hung out at the party included Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”), Sir Benjamin Kingsley (“Ender’s Game), Lucas Till (“X-Men: First Class”), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (“Mortal Kombat”) and “Sharknado” director Anthony C. Ferrante. Cocktails, Wi-Fi, interviews, business transactions, and cool gadgets were on the menu this year. HBO, American Airlines, and Ben & Jerry’s sponsored the café, which featured Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for GOT beer floats, a DJ and interesting interactive booths and artists.

Last Ship Party on USS Midway Draws Celebs and Comic-Con Fans

CraveOnline Presents: Crave Conquers The Con
CraveOnline Presents: Crave Conquers The Con
CraveOnline Presents: Crave Conquers The Con
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Evolve Media’s CraveOnline Media ( conquered the Con with TNT’s The Last Ship party.  On Friday, July 25, guests boarded the USS Midway, which was decked out for the huge event for partygoers to enjoy cocktails, games, and most notably, performances by MGMT and Grimes, as well as an aerial show and fireworks.

Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev
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Guests immersed themselves into the world of The Last Ship—TNT’s hit new post-apocalyptic series about the crew of a Navy destroyer searching for the cure to a global pandemic. Guests ventured through the similarly themed Science Lab, where footage from the show was viewed, practiced their laser-tag skills in the Laser Maze targeting intruders who threaten the cure. For a select group, refuge was taken in the TNT-hosted VIP Hangar Bay Lounge. If you covered the event as press, you were granted quick access to the party. Others had to wait in a long line.

Celebrities in attendance included Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Paul Wesley (Vampire Diaries), Shane West (Salem), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Skrillex (musician), Travis Van Winkle (The Last Ship), Julie Benz (Defiance), Grant Bowler (Defiance), Lucas Till (X-Men), Charles Michael David (The Originals), Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob), Luke Barnett (The Amityville Haunting),, Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals), Keahu Kahuaniui (Teen Wolf), Maitland Ward (Girl Meets World), Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge), and many more

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Genesis Rodriguez
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Nina Dobrev rushing into the CraveOnline party said she couldn’t wait to see MGMT perform; but not before stopping for selfies with some fans on her way in.

Vampire Diaries recently divorced star Paul Wesley sneaking in and out of the CraveOnline and Comic-Con party on the USS Midway hand-in-hand with new girlfriend, The Original’s star, Phoebe Tonkin. The new couple was joined by Phoebe’s The Originals co-star Charles Michael Davis who affectionately planted a kiss on his model girlfriend Katrina Amato on the red carpet. Salem’s Shane West arrived among a sea of fans—the first star to arrive to the CraveOnline party.  As he made his way through the hangar, Skrillex posed with giddy fans for one big group photo.

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Last Ship Party line
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Sabotage. Arnie is Back with a Team to Back him Up

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sabotage DEA crew
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sabotage DEA crew
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sabotage DEA crew

Helmed and co-written by David Ayer, Sabotage is a testosterone filled, high-body-count romp of an action flick that seeks to remind us what we liked about the undisputed badass of biceps. While not taking center stage, Arnold Schwarzenegger dishes out what we expect of him, plus a bit of nastiness we haven’t seen since Terminator. A little grey around the temples and a wider girth that comes from too much gemütlichkeit, Arnie plays cigar-chomping DEA agent John “Breacher” Wharton.

Mileaged by hard drinking and years of unappreciated police work, Breacher’s still got the chops and cojones to head up a team of neo misfits with colorful names like “Monster” (Sam Worthington), “Grinder” (Joe Manganiello), “Sugar” (Terrence Howard), “Neck” (Josh Holloway), “Tripod” (Max Martini), “Smoke” (Mark Schlegel) and “Lizzy” (Mirelle Enos). Their mission: raid a cartel safe house to rip off $10 million in drug stash. Trouble is, the cash disappears and the top DEA brass smell a rat, but they have no proof so they re-instate the entire team.

Turning on a dime, the plot kicks into high gear as Arnie’s compadres get snuffed out in ways that remind us of the Hostel flicks. Is it the cartel? A mole in the team? When we discover who it is, we also learn a dark secret that prompted them to steal the cash. If you can follow the pretzel storyline and forgive the thin narrative and occasional “Jumping the Shark’ action scenes, this popcorn flick is what it is—an E-ticket ride.

While the script won’t win an academy award, it does dole out some drinking-buddy barroom one-liners that have proven indispensible in Arnie action flicks. And even though his motely crew are a tad on the cardboard side, burying themselves in their respective roles, Sabotage does “square peg” everyone where they should be as cast. One thing to keep in mind is that the blood and gore flow pretty freely in this film.


An Interview with Falling Skies’ Scarlett Byrne (Lexi)

Interview with Falling Skies’ Scarlett Byrne
Interview with Falling Skies’ Scarlett Byrne
Interview with Falling Skies’ Scarlett Byrne

Best known as Pansy Parkinson in the final three Harry Potter films, Scarlett Byrne joins TNT’s increasingly popular sci-fi series Falling Skies. In season 4, Byrne plays an older Alexis Glass-Mason (Lexi), a mysterious young woman with special powers and an unusual connection to the alien invaders. As a new series regular, Byrne’s Lexi is a pivotal role that underscores the entirely different look and feel of the show’s fourth season. In this one-on-one interview, Byrne provides some interesting clues as to what Falling Skies fans can expect in season 4.

So you went from a witch in Harry Potter to a half alien in Falling Skies. What attracted you to the role of the older Lexi?

Scarlett Byrne: It’s been quite a mix of characters for me. First off, Lexi is very cool. There’s really so much to her. She’s definitely not one-dimensional. She has a lot of layers. At the very beginning, she’s very complex. There’s a lot to know and understand about her. As an actress, it was fun and interesting getting to know more about her. Her character has developed so much. She’s supposed to be this child, but she’s grown very rapidly and she has these powers. All this really attracted me to the role, far more so than just playing an average, normal character.


Falling Skies Team
Falling Skies Team

Were you a follower of Falling Skies?

Scarlett: It’s interesting because when the show was first being advertised in London, I remember recording the first couple of episodes. I watched them but then I stopped. It wasn’t until this all came about that I remembered watching the show. Then I totally binged watched season one through three in the first two weeks before we started shooting, and I was totally hooked.

The whole white hair blowing in the wind and Lexi’s mysterious demeanor suggests she’s got some terrible alien secret. Can you give us a clue as to what that might be?

Scarlett Byrne--Lexi
Scarlett Byrne–Lexi

Scarlett: That verges on spoiler territory, sorry.

So how much of Lexi is human and how much is alien?

Scarlett: I can’t really break it down into what percentage Lexi is human and alien. Throughout the season, she really struggles to become more human. I think it’s not until she hangs out and spends time with the 2nd mass and her friends and family that she becomes more in touch with her human side. The alien side does take over at times. Throughout the season, she’ll have this message of peace and unity, and she really wants everyone to believe and understand her message. But at the same time, she’s just as confused as everyone else in terms of trying to get people to understand where she’s coming from. There’s this two-sided thing where she has her dad, her mom and her brother saying, “what’s going on, what are you all about?” All she wants to do is impart this message that if you follow her, everything will be okay.

Scarlett Byrne --Lexi
Scarlett Byrne–Lexi

Does Lexi know what’s going on with her?

Scarlett: She does. But it’s definitely a learning curve. She’s really innocent and naïve about what she has. She’s like a child. She has this ethereal feel to her. She doesn’t speak like everyone else. At the same time, she’s trying to fully understand what she’s capable of and what she’s meant to do.

Do you get to read the scripts two or three episodes out?

Scarlett: We get the script for the upcoming episode a couple of days before the read through. When I flew to Vancouver, we talked about my character and where she was going. I found out where she would end up, but I had no idea what was going to happen to her in the middle of the season. There are some big surprises and I hope the fans enjoy her character because it will definitely be fun.

Does Lexi have any connection to the Volm? To the Espheni?

Scarlett: She does have a relationship with the Espheni, but not too long. In the second episode, we see her meeting with an Overlord. If you watch the second episode, I’m sure you’ll be thoroughly surprised and pleased, I hope.

Seychelle Gabriel (Lourdes) Falling Skies
Seychelle Gabriel (Lourdes) Falling Skies

Can you give us a hint about what happens between Lexi and Lourdes?

Scarlett: I can tell you about the relationship, but not what happens between them. Lexi and Lourdes have a very special relationship. More than any other character, Lourdes has definitely changed the most. She’s now back in touch with her more spiritual side, but not how she was in the previous season. A lot of this has to do with Lexi, her cause and her message. Lourdes is definitely her number one follower, her right-hand woman, and she feels she has to protect Lexi. She birthed her and was there for Lexi from the very beginning. And, of course, Lexi saved Lourdes from those alien eye worms. So they have this special connection and they love each other. Lourdes is the only character throughout last season who never questioned Lexi about who she is and what she was doing.

Will Lexi have a love interest?

Scarlett: No. The way I see Lexi is that she’s like this child and there’s nothing sexual about her. That’s not what she’s about. She’s more about the message and where she’s coming from.

Season 4 of FallingSkies premieres Sunday, June 22 at 10/9c


Words and Pictures plays Scrabble with a palette of emotions

Words and Pictures
Clive-Owen & Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)
Clive-Owen & Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)

Clive Owen’s Jack Marcus is a published poet long on laurels and currently short on inspiration. He’s settled for cocooning his creativity in teaching English at Croydon, at an elite New England prep school. Helping to further douse his creative juices is his penchant for imbibing and becoming an embarrassing drunk. Yet we see his creative inner child bubble to the surface in word games he plays with his fellow teachers.

Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)
Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)

Helping to shift Jack’s creative life out of idle is Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche). Strong willed, opinionated and independent, she makes an unconventional entrance as an Italian-born figurative abstract painter and Croyden’s newest faculty member. Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, “the Icicle,” as she is known by her past colleagues, initially lives up to her name as she chides her students and Jack with the same standoffish wit.

The intellectual sparing between Jack and Dina is fun to watch as they battle over the supremacy of words vs. pictures. The battle takes on mega proportions as the two teachers enlist their respective students to take part in a school competition for the winning medium. When Jack’s boozing threatens to cost him his job, and he damages Dina’s abstract painting in a drunken stupor, the movie’s big downer has us wondering if Jack is truly finished.

Clive-Owen & Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)
Clive-Owen & Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)

There is one moment where Words and Pictures takes on the familiar Dead Poet’s Society mantra of molding students—but it’s not one of Jack’s students, but Dina’s. Through a bit of tough-love guidance, Dina forces her protégé (Valerie Tian) to elevate her talent to a new level.

Words and Pictures succeeds in drawing us in with its lead performers, but the story could have more fully exploited their talents by delving deeper into the lives of these two flawed characters.


An Interview with Stage Fright’s Allie MacDonald

Allie MacDonald in Stage Fright
Allie MacDonald in Stage Fright
Allie MacDonald in Stage Fright

Written and directed by Jerome Sable, Stage Fright features an ensemble cast led by Allie MacDonald (as Camilla Swanson), a teen eager to follow in her mother’s (Minnie Driver) footsteps and become a Broadway star. Stuck working in the kitchen of a “Glee-like” performing arts camp, Camilla manages an audition for the summer musical showcase and lands the lead role. The dead bodies begin to pile up in rehearsals—and during Camilla’s climactic scene—as a masked killer exacts revenge for the murder of Camilla’s mother. Known for House at the End of the StreetandThe Barrens, MacDonald displays exceptional range and talent in Stage Fright. In this one-on-one interview, she reveals the challenges she faced in playing the lead role in this surprisingly unconventional musical.

What drew you to the role of Camilla?

Allie MacDonald:  I did a lot of musicals. I liked the director and I thought the script was hilarious, so I auditioned for the role.

What was your audition like?

AM: I did a few scenes and performed a couple of songs. I met with the director and got the part.

Some have called Stage Fright, Glee with knives. How would you characterize this mixed genre film?

AM: Yeah, I would say that it’s like Glee meets Scream. I think it’s kind of hard to define this film because it is so different—and strange. There haven’t been a lot of movies that have combined so many different genres.

Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith in Stage Fright
Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith in Stage Fright

You have a nice singing voice. I understand you grew up around musicals. How did that help you in Stage Fright?

AM: Just being able to sing and being familiar with musical theater. I did a little bit of dance training when I was younger, so that helped with some of the choreography. My dancing would have been a lot worse if it weren’t for that choreography training.

How would you contrast your performance in Score: A Hockey Musical with Stage Fright?

AM: Score was different because it was my first movie and I had no idea what I was doing. And because Noah (Reid) was the lead in Score and I was a supporting actor, so I approached it in a different way. When I did Stage Fright, I had a better idea of what I wanted to do to prepare for the role. It was my first leading role, so there was a lot of pressure, but then I realized that as long as I showed up, prepared and read the lines, I’d be okay.

What drives Camilla to take the lead in the “The Haunting of the Opera,” the same play her mother would have starred in?

AM: I think it was Camilla’s fate. She’s lived this very sheltered life. I think she believes it’s her destiny to take over and become this musical star—like her mother. But she has no idea how, because she’s stuck working in this kitchen. So when they announced she got the lead in the play, it’s fate.

What was it like playing with a huge ensemble cast of singers?

AM: It was fun because all of the other cast members are so talented.Jerome (Sable) is really good at spotting new talent.He picked a bunch of kids—musical theater people—who didn’t have a lot of film experience but totally nailed it.John (Buchan) and Jason (Knight) did a great job in casting the film. I always felt like a bit of an outsider because my character is not part of the camp’s initial show ensemble. I liked it that way because it fit my character.


Allie & Meat Loaf
Allie & Meat Loaf

The film walks a fine line between musical, horror and comedy. How did you approach your character?

AM: It’s not hard because my character is who she is and the movie spans all these different genres. For Camilla, it’s the world she’s living in. It wasn’t hard to portray Camilla because I like all these genres. I prefer genre films to mainstream films. I’ve done indies, comedies, horror and musicals. That’s kind of where I’m getting my work and it’s what I enjoy doing. So it just comes naturally to me.

What’s your favorite genre?

AM: I really like comedies. And films from the Cohen Brothers. Have you ever seen Raising Arizona? I really love that movie. I also like shooting horror, which is strange because you have to do a lot of screaming and it’s kind of traumatic, but I like it. It’s kind of a release.

What did you think when you saw all the slasher parts in the script?

AM: I thought it was great. And when I saw it filmed, I thought they did a great job– like when a main character gets his foot cut in half.

What’s next for you?

AM: I’m doing some auditions in LA. But as far as upcoming films, I can’t really talk about that at this point. In my downtime, I write and record my own music. I play the guitar and sing.


Interview with Bob Morley & Devon Bostick of “The 100”

Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos & Devon Bostick (Katie Yu/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2014 WBEI. All rights reserved.)
Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos & Devon Bostick (Katie Yu/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
© 2014 WBEI. All rights reserved.)

Based on Kass Morgan’s novel and developed by Jason Rothenberg, The 100 chronicles survivors of a devastating nuclear war who have taken refuge aboard the “Ark,” a space station orbiting the Earth. Forced to reduce their population due to ever dwindling resources, Ark leaders eventually resort to “floating” (killing) anyone committing a crime. Juvenile offenders (those under 18) are imprisoned, even for minor infractions. The series begins when 100 juveniles deemed “expendable” are sent to Earth to test its habitability. The first half of the series is essentially Lord of the Flies meets Lost. The second half will unify the 100s as they confront the Grounders (survivors of the initial nuclear holocaust).

The 100 stars Eliza Taylor (Clarke) and Bob Morley (Bellamy) as the series’ earthbound de facto leaders; Thomas McDonell (Finn) as Clarke’s initial crush; Devon Bostick (Jasper) as the hapless tech nerd who bravely rescues the reckless Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia); the tough, tech savvy Lindsey Morgan (Raven); Paige Turco (Abby), the Ark’s chief scientist; and Isaiah Washington (Jaha) the Ark’s chancellor. In this roundtable interview, stars Bob Morley and Devon Bostick reveal the challenges and rewards that come with bringing The 100 to eager fans.

So, Bellamy is a bad ass and gets into a lot of trouble.

Bob Morely: He’s a great character to play and to play around with.

Bob Morley
Bob Morley (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Is that what drew you to the script?

BM: When I read the pilot, which I thought was great, I really wanted to play Bellamy. He was cool and I like playing the bad guy. Bellamy has an edge and that’s what drew me to the script. As the series progressed, they’ve allowed me to explore his psyche. I can get really involved in the character, which is exactly what you want in a job, a character that’s stimulating, and Bellamy definitely does that for me.

Bellamy is also defined by three primary female relationships—Clark, Octavia and now Raven. He’s being pulled in all different directions.

BM: True. In episode 6, we were introduced to another strong female character that defined who he is as a person. Having to look after his sister for his entire life is a responsibility no other kid on the Ark had to deal with. It’s the only way he’s learned to look after and protect someone. So that relationship is very different from the one he has with Clarke. And Raven is just so sassy. He can’t really do anything with her. She does whatever she wants. I think she’s a really cool character and Bellamy thinks so too. Let’s not forget that Bellamy is maybe six years older than the other kids. So his perception may be a bit different when it comes to romance. He’s a bit older, but it doesn’t mean he’s above it.

They all challenge you, yet they follow you because you’re the tough guy.

BM: I found it so funny when I read the scripts, that all these minions can’t have an opinion that this guy’s an idiot. Can’t anyone see that? I always feel bad about that, and about Bellamy’s little henchmen, because it never ends well for them. He really doesn’t have many guy friends.

Where do you see your character going? How will he change?

BM: The show just becomes so expansive. The world really opens up. There’s the external battle with the elements and his internal battles. But I think Bellamy really matures internally. He has to look within himself because he’s always seen himself as a monster. Those kind of demons come back to haunt him, and he has to face them at some point. Once that comes out, he’ll have a different perspective of the world, and his role as one of the leaders in the group. The world gets bigger in every episode and sometimes I wonder, how the hell are they going to do this?

(Devon Bostick joins us)

We hated to see you being dragged through that jungle.

Devon Bostick: Yeah, it was a lot of head bumping, rocks and mud. But it was fun. You gotta get down and dirty on this show.

Devon Bostick
Devon Bostick (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Have you and Richard been comparing notes on who suffers the most?

DB: I saw Richard go through some serious stuff—like when he was being hung, the mud was actually manure. So he was literally being dragged through shit. It was disgusting. I had to go home, take a shower and watch a light-hearted comedy. You see stuff on the show that’s just ridiculous. I got speared in the chest, punched in the face, big bruise on my eye. I’m just trying to stay alive. But I’m happy to have a bruise. As long as it’s not another spear, I’m good.

So what’s happing next with Jasper?

DB: Jasper’s going on another wild excursion with Bellamy—to find Octavia. He overcomes his fear, because he has to, since he loves her so much. He doesn’t really care about death anymore, because she’s out there and she means so much to him. He’s got to have her back. For him, there’s no point in living if she’s gone. So we see him face the fear he’s been bottling up since he got speared and releasing it into the forest. He has this sort of mental breakdown due to post-traumatic stress and a lot of anger in being stressed. He’s tired of being afraid and living in fear. He lets that out, saying, if you’re going to spear me, do it—I’m tired of being terrified. So he goes through that. And later, he’ll have to step up and fight the good fight to protect what’s his, and to defend the base from dangers both inside and out.

How do you get into the emotional aspects of the role?

DB: It’s interesting. I love where we work in the rainforest of Vancouver. It’s so beautiful but you’re really in it—the environment you’d be in as a survivor. And that really helps you kind of ease into that world. I like to do things on the fly. I’m like Jasper. I like to try something different.

Is Jasper “team Bellamy” now that he’s hooking up with Octavia?

DB: We’ll see a bond between Bellamy and Jasper. They both have this drive to protect Octavia and that will bring them together a little bit. And since Bellamy is such a commanding guy, Jasper and the others will realize they need him when times get really dark. But Japer’s definitely “team Clarke” for moral reasons. She obviously has the human race’s best interest at heart.

Jasper’s a likeable guy. We’re always rooting for him.

DB: He likes everyone. Just don’t spear him again.

Do you think you’d take the risks your character takes in the same situation?  

DB: I think so. I love Jasper because he uses logic. He’s afraid, as he should be. But when he does take action, it’s for the right reason, and I think that’s something I’d do too. He’s always got someone’s interest at heart, which makes him kind of stupidly courageous, in that he goes into a Grounder-filled jungle. I think I’d follow his footsteps. They‘re logical and based on emotion and caring for people.

Will we get a backstory that reveals why Jasper is the way he is?

DB: I don’t think we’ll see his full backstory yet. His drive is for Octavia and she represents kind of what he wants to be. She’s wild and does whatever she wants, and that impresses and excites Jasper. He wants to be part of her world. Most motivations are for the girl and that’s all he really has. He grew up in a prison cell, and we’ll see their first interaction on the Ark later on in the show.

What do you think about Raven? She’s not part of the original group sent down for “criminal reasons.”

DB: I don’t know if Jasper has anything against Raven or feelings about her. The fact that Raven’s down now turns Jasper’s attention to how Finn is doing, more so that Raven’s presence. Jasper’s thinking, so, dude, you got two girls now—what do you do? Jasper regards Finn as this sort of rock star, since Finn was a space walker and you use a lot of oxygen to do that. Anytime Finn’s around, he’s kind of star struck but keeping it cool.

Do you see the scripts ahead of time? Are you allowed some leeway?

DB: It depends. Sometimes we get them a week before, other times, two days before. If the scripts don’t feel comfortable, the writers are accommodating. If it just sounds stupid, we’ll say, Jason, can we cut this line?


















Interview with Lindsey Morgan & Eliza Taylor of The 100

Eliza Taylor  & Lindsey Morgan (Diyah Pera/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2014 WBEI. All rights reserved).
Eliza Taylor & Lindsey Morgan (Diyah Pera/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
© 2014 WBEI. All rights reserved)

Based on Kass Morgan’s novel and developed by Jason Rothenberg, The 100 chronicles survivors of a devastating nuclear war who have taken refuge aboard the “Ark,” a space station orbiting the Earth. Forced to reduce their population due to ever dwindling resources, Ark leaders eventually resort to “floating” (killing) anyone committing a crime. Juvenile offenders (those under 18) are imprisoned, even for minor infractions. The series begins when 100 juveniles deemed “expendable” are sent to Earth to test its habitability. The first half of the series is essentially Lord of the Flies meets Lost. The second half will unify the 100s as they confront the Grounders (survivors of the initial nuclear holocaust).

The 100 stars Eliza Taylor (Clarke) and Bob Morley (Bellamy) as the series’ earthbound de facto leaders; Thomas McDonell (Finn) as Clarke’s initial crush; Devon Bostick (Jasper) as the hapless tech nerd who bravely rescues the reckless Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia); the tough, tech savvy Lindsey Morgan (Raven); Paige Turco (Abby), the Ark’s chief scientist; and Isaiah Washington (Jaha) the Ark’s chancellor. In this roundtable interview, stars Lindsey Morgan and Eliza Taylor reveal the challenges and rewards that come with bringing The 100 to eager fans.

Lindsey Morgan (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Lindsey Morgan (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Will Raven realize that she’s now part of a “triangle” with Clarke and Finn?

Lindsey Morgan: Raven is not stupid. One thing I love about her is that she is so smart and quick. But right now, she’s blissfully ignorant and just loving being back with her man. The way this unfolds will be interesting because Raven’s not a girl that will immediately fly off the handle. She’s intense and will fight, but she also mulls stuff over. This love triangle won’t end the way most do.

As a take-charge kind of girl, how will Raven now try to communicate with the Ark?

LM: We’ve seen how they tried the flares, but that didn’t work. So they’ve come to the heartbreaking realization that they’ll have to find another way. So they’ll go back to the radio and try to work with that. The pod is helpful, too, because it’s another new ship they can use. So they’ll go back to the drawing board with Raven spearheading these new efforts.

Lindsey Morgan (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Lindsey Morgan (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

What do you like about playing Raven?

LM: I love how low maintenance she is (laughs), maybe because I’m lazy. Prior to this, my biggest job was being on a soap opera. I’d be in hair and makeup for two hours a day, every day. But playing Raven, I get to come in 30 minutes before a call, my hair’s a mess, I’m still asleep, and they just throw dirt on me and make my hair even messier, then they shoot the scene. But I also love how smart, independent and fierce she is. She’s always thinking, always building, always taking charge and being a leader.

There’s all this equipment and gear you seem to be so familiar with. Did you have to bring yourself up to speed on space technology?

LM: We do try our best to stay as true as possible to the current technology. When I was doing the pod scene, I was in this suit and I couldn’t hear anything the director was saying. They couldn’t tell me what to do once my helmet was on, so I had to do some research on what it’s like for an astronaut returning to earth. It gets so hot, and the pressure on you is enough to kill you. Many people died in re-entering the earth’s atmosphere—it’s so brutal. I’m always working with the prop master so I know what I’m doing.

Lindsey Morgan (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Lindsey Morgan (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Did you have to go through a space camp?

LM: I wish they would send me to the adult space camp. What we learn just depends on the day and what’s been written for us. In college, I took five astronomy courses, which I found very interesting.

How will Raven deal with Bellamy, since they’re both such strong personalities?

LM: Raven and Bellamy will have a very interesting relationship. They’ll butt heads but not at the same level as Clarke does. Raven never really had a family life, she was always on her own, looking out for herself. She cares and looks out for Finn. With Bellamy, it’s an interesting dynamic because he’s leading the whole pack. But Raven is such an asset to him in terms of leadership skills and tech knowledge, that they have to work together. While they initially start off on the wrong foot, there is this mutual respect. Just like Raven respects Clarke for her leadership skills. They have quite an evolution in their relationship.

What about Raven’s relationships with some of the other female characters?

LM: Right now, she has no clue about Octavia. They do have their first encounter. I don’t want to spoil it—but it will be interesting. They also have an intriguing evolution in their relationship.

What about the Grounders? Raven hasn’t encountered them yet, either.

LM: I think the Grounders will be something she’s least likely to interact with.

Will the quasi friendship Raven has with Dr. Griffin lead to something later in the season?

LM: It will continue the entire season because Raven never had a mother figure. Raven didn’t really care about anyone else except Finn, but now she has Abby and cares about Clarke.

(Eliza Taylor joins us)

Eliza Taylor (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Eliza Taylor (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Clarke may not have been born a leader but she appears to have risen to the challenge. 

Eliza Taylor: I don’t think she really had a choice. We’ve seen how her dad was, and her mum’s always getting into trouble—she’s in jail every other day. I think there are a few quiet moments where you see it’s getting to be a bit much for her. There’s a scene in episode two where she decides to find Jasper. She’s by herself and she has a panic attack. She’s over her head much of the time. What I like about her character arc is that she does eventually own it. She evolves in a really cool way—she gets stronger—and darker.

Eliza Taylor (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Eliza Taylor (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

What do you find most challenging about your role?

ET: Clarke’s such a strong female kick ass lead. I’ve never had the pleasure of playing that before. I’ve played the dumb blonde too many times. So this is really different for me. I think a lot of the physical stuff can be really challenging. There are many physically challenging stunts. And doing an American accent for the first time is interesting.

How will Clarke build the trust she needs from these characters, who now must become so dependent on each other for survival?

ET: I think that’s where the Lord of the Flies aspect comes in. They’ve all got their own agenda. Some do unite and trust each other; others just want to rebel, do their own thing, and not give a crap about anyone else. It makes for an interesting dynamic, since there are so many characters introduced throughout the series with different ideas on how things should be run.

Eliza Taylor (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Eliza Taylor (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Why do you think so many of the 100 are willing to trust Bellamy over Clarke?

ET: There are just so many who think they can do this all by themselves—typical teenagers, really. It’s something most teens can relate to. If you tell them not to do something, they’ll do it. But the good thing about the Grounders appearing is that it does turn their attention away from each other, which makes them come together as a group.

Why do you think Clarke is drawn to the show’s male characters, rather than bonding to its female characters?

ET: She’s no nonsense. She wants to get things done, so she assumes a kind of bloke mentality. The women in the show never really come together. They have their own missions. It’s kind of a male dominated show. The women are strong headed and maybe they’re just too similar. But the Raven and Clarke relationship is really cool. Obviously they’re both in love with the same person, but they like and respect each other. That makes for an interesting dynamic, and you’ll see that in the coming episodes. Clarke realizes that there are more important things to do right now. She’s very good at compartmentalizing.

The stars of Legends press conference

Legends cast


Legends cast
Legends stars Tina Majorino, Sean Bean, Ali Larter and Morris Chestnut (photos by Alex A. Kecskes)

Based on Robert Littell’s award-wining spy novel, TNT’s new suspense-filled drama, Legends follows undercover agent Martin Odum (Sean Bean) working for FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division. Able to transform himself into a completely different person for each job, he begins to question his identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be. Legends also stars Ali Larter as special agent Crystal McGuire, who has a history with Martin; Morris Chestnut as Tony Cimarro, a smart, quick-witted and charming DCO agent; and Tina Majorino as Maggie Harris, the DCO team’s computer expert. In this press conference, executive producer/showrunner David Wilcox and key cast members reveal insights about the compelling new series.

David Wilcox, Sean Bean, Ali Larter and Morris Chestnut  (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
David Wilcox, Sean Bean, Ali Larter and Morris Chestnut (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

David Wilcox

Legends is about a special group of FBI agents who handle covert investigations. A “Legend” is an identity that is created by an undercover agent to help him infiltrate and go undercover. It’s a fully, deeply imagined life. In this role, Martin Odum is the best of the best. The DCO division is the tip of the spear in doing this deep cover investigative work. The questions about Martin’s real identity drive the mythology of the series. In the pilot, someone tells Martin that Martin Odum is a legend, that it’s not his real life. This launches Martin on a deep quest to discover what may actually be happening in his life, and if there is a grand conspiracy he needs to uncover. Ali’s character, Crystal, runs the DCO team. Tina’s character, Maggie is trained on every database you can imagine—NSA, DOD, FBI. She’s instrumental in creating the deep backstory of these legends, which become instrumental in saving Martin’s life. Morris’ character, special agent Tony Rice begins investigating a murder that he believes Martin may have committed. When you’re in these deep cover situations, you sometimes have to cross moral lines, so we’re not sure if Martin did commit the murder. When Rice investigates further, he realizes there may be a systemic corruption in DCO and eventually uncovers this large conspiracy.

Ali Larter
Ali Larter (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Were you able to adapt the fight training and choreography from previous roles, or did you have to learn a whole new skill set?

Ali Larter: I’ve been doing a lot of action and fieldwork. And I’ve had experience with guns in Resident Evil, Heroes and other projects, so I’m pretty comfortable with a Glock. It was interesting to work with these guys and learn to be smooth without tensing up. Everything is second nature. You have to be in your body, and really flow and focused. This week, I went from wearing an Herve Leger dress to a Haz-Mat suit with a gas mask. It’s all in a week’s work on Legends.

What people—real or make believe—did you draw from for your characters in Legends?

Wilcox: The characters were borne out of Robert Littell’s spy novel. Each of these deep cover identities are pre-existing legends—they have their own apartments, cars, wardrobe, contacts and friends. As a case comes into the FBI and is turned over to DCO, Martin can pick one of his pre-existing legends to organically infiltrate the group.

Sean Bean
Sean Bean (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)


Sean Bean: I read the book before we started the pilot. The characters are very interesting and fascinating. It helped me develop Martin, Lincoln Dittmann and Dante, the third character I play. Rather than just invent a character, there was at least someone I could refer to. It was a basis, an anchor, but the character eventually takes on a life of its own. It’s Martin’s total belief in each character that makes for a very interesting psychological drama. When his various characters collide, he thinks he can carry on and still retain himself, but sooner or later, it all comes down on him. And it filters though the department. He’s a good guy, but the people he’s working for are not dissimilar to other government organizations like the DCO.

Are you playing Martin as Martin playing someone else, or two characters at the same time?

Bean: I was playing three characters last week, which is fantastic for an actor. But sometimes, it gets a bit confusing for me too. Because it’s not really me that commits an act.

Wilcox: Martin doesn’t know where the bottom of this rabbit hole is, which makes him such an interesting hero. His greatest asset or the thing that makes him such an effective operative also tends to jeopardize his psyche and soul. If he commits a crime in Legends, does Martin Odum have to answer for it? What does the soul of a guy look like who steps into all these different shoes and identities? He can’t be responsible for what these other identities necessarily do.

Why do you always die in everything you’re in?

Sean (laughs): Yeah, I die a lot. But I think I have a rather long run in this one.

Wilcox: We don’t have any plans for his character’s death.

Where is the story based?

Wilcox: DCO is based in Los Angeles. But they’ll go where the stories take them—including overseas.

How closely does Legends follow the novel?

Wilcox: It’s rooted in the novel, but the stories and characters do deviate quite a bit.

Tina Majorino
Tina Majorino (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

How much of Cindy ‘Mac’ Mackenzie shows up in Maggie?

Tina Majorino: Mac is all computers. It started out as a hobby or a way for her to exact revenge on people and right certain wrongs. But for Maggie, there’s a conviction, a patriotism, a real need to participate in a solution. She’s highly trained and she’s chosen this as a life path. They’re two totally different mindsets and people. Mac has a sarcasm, a levity that Maggie doesn’t have. We’re still discovering who Maggie is at this point, but I don’t feel that she would go in the direction of Mac.

Morris Chestnut
Morris Chestnut (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

What will Tony play in this unfolding mystery?

Morris Chestnut: Right now, he’s having a good time in pursuing Martin Odum, trying to figure out the truth–is Martin really involved with this murder or is it part of a larger cover up within the DCO?

Legends Premieres Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)