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The Living Daylights 30th Anniversary (U.S.) – The Modern Bond Becomes Nostalgia

Timothy Dalton was the first introduction of a new James Bond in my lifetime. Yet it wasn’t a big deal to nine-year-old Franchise Fred because I just couldn’t understand the plots of movie...

The Lost Boys 30th Anniversary: A Goonies Adventure With Teeth

There are some moments in a young cinephile’s life that will never be repeated. You’ll never have another first time at a movie theater, and the first time my parents let my friends and I sit in a mov...

San Diego Comic Con Roundtable: Cress Williams IS Black Lightning

Cress Williams IS Black Lightning. Williams plays Jefferson Pierce, the superhero with powers of electricity. Williams greeted fans for the first time at The CW’s Black Lightning panel at San Diego Co...

San Diego Comic Con Roundtable: Ashleigh Murray and Madelaine Petsch on Riverdale Season 2

Ashleigh Murray and Madelaine Petsch were big discoveries on Riverdale. Murray plays Josie, a sassy modern take on the musical lead singer of The Pussycats. Petsch was a magnificent bitch as Cheryl Bl...

Comic-Con Roundtable: KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse on Riverdale Season 2

The CW series Riverdale reinvented Archie Comics as a dark mystery. Season one left Archie and Jughead in a dark place, with Archie’s father (Luke Perry) getting shot, and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) going...

How The Simpsons Movie Ensured The Simpsons Will Run Forever

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since The Simpsons made a movie. They had already been on the air 18 years and newer shows like South Park and Beavis and Butt-Head beat them to cinemas....

San Diego Comic Con Roundtable: China Anne McClain On ‘Black Lightning’

Black Lightning won’t even be on the air until 2018, so Comic-Con was an early chance to talk to the cast of The CW’s next superhero show. Black Lightning is part of the DC Comics franchise, but also ...

San Diego Comic Con Roundtable: Melissa Benoist on Supergirl Season 3

I was really floored by Melissa Benoist at Comic-Con. I have been privileged enough to interview her from the premiere of Supergirl through its two seasons so far, but I never imagined the star of the...

'Transformers: The Last Knight' (2017) - Summer Box Office Preview

Franchise Fred News: Akiva Goldsman’s Transformers Writers Room Is Closed

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura stayed a bit after the American Assassin press conference to chat with me more. I’ll save the Mitch Rapp story for September when that film releases, but as the produce...

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