Fred Topel

Inside Living Biblically with Johnny Galecki and the Cast

CBS’s new comedy Living Biblically premieres next week on CBS. In a sitcom with good values, Jay R. Ferguson stars as Chip Curry, a man who attempts to live his life according to the bible. It is the ...

Game Night Movie Review: They Got Game

I love a good high concept movie, but what makes Game Night work is that it’s a funny premise before the even higher concept part of it kicks in. The very nature of couples getting together and the co...

Army of Darkness 25th Anniversary: It Should’ve Been Called The Medieval Dead

I’d always loved movies but Evil Dead 2 was the first film that made me notice how filmmaking works, thus making Sam Raimi my first film school professor. One of the first horror movies I was brave en...

American Housewife Interview: Katy Mixon on the Season Finale

I ran into the American Housewife herself, Katy Mixon, at ABC’s Television Critics Association party. She acted like we were old friends and invited me to sit with her. Of course, we’d met before, but...

A Futile and Stupid Gesture Interview: Tom Lennon and Matt Walsh

A Futile and Stupid Gesture has a sprawling ensemble cast of comedians, and we interviewed two more. Matt Walsh plays National Lampoon editor Matty Simmons, later producer of Animal House and the Vaca...

Franchise Fred Interview: Black Lightning’s China Anne McClain on Getting Super Powers, Activism and High School

Superheroes run in the Pierce family on Black Lightning. Jefferson (Cress Williams) is the title Black Lightning, out of retirement to clean up Freeland. His older daughter Anissa (Nafessa Williams) h...

Search Interview: Writer/Director Aneesh Chaganty and Screenwriter Sev Ohanian

Search is quite a movie for a feature film debut. Not only is it a complex mystery full of twists and turns, but it all takes place entirely on a computer screen as David Kim (John Cho) tries to locat...

Blues Brothers 2000 20th Anniversary: Franchise Fred Still Disapproves

Today, Blues Brothers 2000 is regarded as one of the worst sequels ever made, and perhaps the most unasked for. Certainly, the box office and legacy bore that out, but as young Franchise Fred I gave i...

Accident Man Movie Review: Franchise Fred Approves

Were Accident Man not already based on a comic book, I would have said it was the perfect idea for a Scott Adkins franchise. Now I can see why it was the role he wanted to play his whole life. As hitm...

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