Nate Jackson

Sept. 15, 2011 | 6:50 a.m.

‘Family Guy’ celebrates 10th anniversary with free theater screenings

“Family Guy” fans can think big Thursday night at the AMC Century City 15 in Los Angeles. In celebration of the show’s 10th anniversary, Fox is spotlighting the Griffin household — Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Brian and Stewie — with a 10-city, one-night-only, exclusive midnight viewing of an exclusive episode as well never-before-seen footage, trivia and giveaways. The other cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Seattle. Tickets for the Southern California event are free on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved at The new epsiode that will be screened is called “Lottery Fever,” which finds the Rhode Island family struggling to stay grounded after finding themselves holding a winning ticket. The especially subversive 2009 episode “Road to Multiverse” will also be screening, having been picked for the occasion by fans voting via Facebook. The screenings […]
Sept. 14, 2011 | 11:51 a.m.

‘Deadliest Warrior’: Vampires and zombies out for blood

What happens when a show founded on the science of hypothetical battles between knights, ninjas, gangsters and centurions swaps swords and guns for fangs and claws? Fans of Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” series are likely to find out Wednesday when the show, in the second half of the 2-1/2-hour season finale, will pit vampires versus zombies in a bloody battle to the death. Airing at 9 p.m. PDT, the two classic horror movie monsters will spar to determine who has the bigger, badder bite and more skull-crushing strength. On a visit to the set of the season finale earlier this year, hosts Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Geoff Desmoulin and medical expert Dr. Armand Dorian were busy trying out an arsenal of mechanically propelled limbs and sharp-toothed animals (and reptiles)  designed to mimic the damage supposedly inflicted by both sides. “Every nerd […]
Jan. 03, 2011 | 6:29 p.m.

‘The Cape’: James Frain behaving badly after ‘True Blood’ and ‘Tron: Legacy’

With the new NBC series “The Cape,” actor  James Frain is starting off the new year in villainy — but that’s a familiar mode for the 42-year-old British actor after his leering bloodsucker work on “True Blood” and digital henchman duty in “Tron: Legacy.” Frain was a scene-stealer on “True Blood” as the depraved, unhinged vampire Franklin Mott and he brought a sinister, sycophantic vibe to the “Tron” sequel as Jarvis, the evil underling  who tries to curry favor with the film’s bad guy, CLU, even as he plots his own path to power. Now, with the Sunday night premiere of “The Cape,” the actor takes on a full-blown super-villain as Chess — a billionaire by day, psychotic killer by night. “It’s a sophisticated idea of someone who doesn’t have superpowers but has a very focused strategy,” Frain said of Chess, who is a master strategist and manipulator and, like a […]
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