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I am a freelance writer and lover of all things geek, chic, and Brit petite. Dr. Who? Love it. Tank Girl? Awesome. DC/Marvel Universe? Rock On! Follow me on Twitter at @anicho01 and check me out on Google Plus!

Is 'Trainwreck' The Best Comedy Of The Summer?

7/21/2015 7:44am EDT
'Trainwreck' Is A Hilarious Anti-Romantic Comedy
‘Trainwreck’ (starring Amy Schumer, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow) is the best film of the summer. The script is well written; the lead is well acted and the film is full of cameos/co-starring roles featuring comedy insiders (Tim Meadows, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Matthew Broderick). ‘Trainwreck’ is an anti-romantic comedy and commentary on the current post-Millenial focus on physical connection over emotional and intellectual ones.

‘Trainwreck’ follows Amy, a writer for a trendy lad magazine, as she juggles work responsibility with her father’s aging. Along the way, it...
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Does Marvel Make Ant-Man Cool?

7/17/2015 8:35pm EDT
Ant-Man
I had giant sized hopes for ‘Ant-Man,’ but this film was a series of failed expectations. It had everything going for it – everyman hero Paul Rudd as the lead; hilarious comedienne Judy Greer as a co-star; the hilarious screenwriters of ‘Hot Fuzz’ (Joseph Murray Cornish, Edgar Wright) and ‘Anchorman’ (Adam McKay) on staff; the same production team that oversaw previous Marvel hits - ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘; as well as the most imaginative director possible, Peyton Reed (check out his uber-ironic directing style in ‘Down With Love’). I figured that if anyone could make a one...
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Does ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Have The Magic Of The First Film?

7/2/2015 10:30am EDT
'Magic Mike XXL' Review: Fun And Heartwarming Despite The Flaws
Despite myself I enjoyed 'Magic Mike XXL.' While the dialogue's terrible, the acting's questionnable and, the writing's disjointed, I still left the movie feeling happy, bouyant and free.

'Magic Mike XXL' picks up where 'Magic Mike' ends with the men at their careers' end. As their looks decrease and their ages increase, what happens to a former stripper with no discernible skills or capabilities? Under the guise of a 'last hurrah' stripper convention road trip, the film's first half surrounds the men's need to grow including Big Dick Richie's (Joe Manganiello) quest for love, shaggy-haire...
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McCarthy Is Spectacularly Awesome In 'Spy'

6/5/2015 1:18pm EDT
Melisa McCarthy Is Spectacular In 'Spy' - Proves To Be The Stron
There are two things I love: comedy and good comedy. Luckily, 'Spy,' has both in spades. Directed by ‘Bridesmaid’’s Paul Feig and starring the eff-tacular Melissa McCarthy, ‘Spy’ asks what if Miss MoneyPenny stepped from behind her desk to save James Bond? Although '24' and ‘Chuck’ briefly touched on that, it doesn't hurt to re-visit it again. Like the parody homage films before it, 'Spy' is part 'Bad Boys' and part 'Hot Fuzz,' paying deference to the spy and action films before it, while establishing its own incredibly high action standard yet maintaining non-stop hilarious humour.

I love...
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Philly Comic Con 2015 is Coming - See Who Will Be There

5/5/2015 10:30pm EDT
Philly Comic Con 2015 is Coming
I love Philly Comic Con. Love It! I'm totally grateful to Wizard World for continuously returning to the area and putting up with the issues of the convention center.

Last year was awesome for multiple reasons. I interviewed the original hulk, Lou Ferrigno (who is as charming, gentlemanly, open and awesome as you'd expect), I was ignored by a power ranger, watched the amazing Matt Smith and Karen Gillan ('Doctor Who') chat British with each other, smiled as the awesome Nathan Fillion (who really is ruggedly handsome) and amazingly talented Alan Tudyk (who literally gave his own items away ...
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Are You Watching 'The Royals'?

4/26/2015 11:20am EDT
The Royals
No matter how ridiculous, insane and utterly unbelievable E's new drama, 'The Royals' is, it's still dirty sexy fun.

'The Royals' follows the fictional Henstridge monarchy led by Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) and the heir apparent, Prince Liam (William Moseley). You might know William better as King Peter in Disney's 'The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe.'

'The Royals' is an unabashed, oversexed mash-up of the contemporary British royal family with American celeb life thrown in. If you watched FOX's now-cancelled 'I want to Marry Harry,' and hoped/thought it was real, then this is for you.
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Early Preview: SyFy's '12 Monkeys'

11/9/2014 7:15pm EST
Early Preview: Aaron Stanford Mesmerizes In SyFy's '12 Monkeys'
Aaron Stanford electrifies in SyFy's reboot of Bruce Willis' 1995 action flick, '12 Monkeys.' It is rare in a pilot for an actor to hit a character so completely and so perfectly. However, in '12 Monkeys,' Aaron amazingly hits every single possible nuance, note and facet of his character from start to finish. He was great as nerdy hacker Birkhoff in 'Nikita,' but in '12 Monkeys,' he's mesmerizing. During New York Comic Con, I caught a sneak preview of the pilot episode.

At the basic level, '12 Monkeys' follows a post-apocalyptic earth in the year 2043. Desperate to avoid a population-reduc...
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'Robot Chicken' Remains Awesomely Irreverant

11/6/2014 9:15pm EST
Interview: 'Robot Chicken' Remains Awesomely Irreverant
Everytime I interview the 'Robot Chicken' cast, I wonder if there's ever anything new I can ask them and if there's anything new they can do, idea wise. Considering they've desecrated almost everything in our 80s childhood from Disney to Nancy Drew to Hasbro since 2005, is there REALLY anything else they can mock, satirize or defecate upon? According to 'Robot Chicken' writer, Breckin Myer, yes. Yes, there is. As long as TV continues to release new shows, companies release new toys and studios release new films like 'Guardians of the Galaxy' they will always, ALWAYS have new stuff. So, eff ...
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TNT's 'The Librarians' Is Your Next Guilty Pleasure!

11/5/2014 8:08pm EST
TNT - The Librarians
I am a major fan of the original made-for-TV movie series, 'The Librarian' including a post-'ER' Noah Wyle's surprising involvement and portrayal of the multi-degree nerdy slacker, Flynn. The 'Librarians' is a guilty pleasure, but it's a full-hearted pleasure. So, when I heard TNT planned on turning it into a series, OF COURSE I wanted to interview the cast at NYCC.

About the Show
The 'Librarians,' produced by Dean Devlin ('Leverage') and John Rogers ('Transformers'), surrounds an organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Library dedicated to protecting the world from mystical artifacts...
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Interview: SyFy's 'Bitten' Cast Bites Into the Big Apple

11/4/2014 1:15am EST
SyFy's 'Bitten' Cast Bites Into the Big Apple
Interviewing the cast of SyFy's 'Bitten' was one of my New York Comic Con highlights. I loved Kelley Armstrong's original novel 'Bitten,' which the TV show surrounds. The first season surrounds fledgling werewolf Elena (Laura Vandervoort) who avoids both the pack that 'raised' her and her longtime pack lover, Clay (Greyston Holt). Although bitten a decade ago, Elena prefers a human existence with her human lover, Philip, until a series of murders near her pack's home calls her back. The rest of the season features Elena's relationships with her fellow pack members including confidant Logan ...
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