All posts by Alyssa Pando

Alyssa has had an unhealthy love, bordering on obsession, for TV and film for most of her life. She's a California native who loves writing, sushi, and giant dogs, in that order. For random musings and self-deprecating humor, follow her on Twitter @alyssapando!

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Upcoming CBS miniseries “The Dovekeepers,” from executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, has tapped Diego Boneta to star in the biblical era drama. “The Dovekeepers” is based on a historical novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman, and centers primarily on the actions of four women during the events at  Masada, where the Romans attempted to siege the Jewish fortress. Boneta will play a character named Amram, who Variety describes simply as “a man linked to two of the central female characters.” Boneta got his start acting on television, working onRead More
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So last week on “Pretty Little Liars,” we saw that total rando’ confess that he was Ali’s (Sasha Pieterse) kidnapper. When asked if it was really him who did it, Ali just says she doesn’t know and the girls aren’t happy with the fact that she didn’t give the police an outright “No.” Emily (Shay Mitchell) makes the brilliant mental leap that this is all probably A’s doing, but Ali thinks she can scare the guy into thinking he would actually go to jail over this and lead them straightRead More
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Jack Huston, one of the stars of HBO hit “Boardwalk Empire” recently finalized his deal to portray Wickham in the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Everyone knows Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice,” a story of class and romance against the odds of human nature. But as we flipped through its grubby pages in our high school literature and comprehension class, haven’t we all thought at one point or another: “Yeah. This could definitely use some zombies.” Playing Elizabeth Bennett is Lily James, a young woman withRead More
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The official trailer for Peter Sattler’s drama “Camp X-Ray” has been released. The gripping two minute trailer shows Kristen Stewart in her role as a Guantanamo Bay prison guard, and the unexpected ethical quandaries it presents. The story follows Stewart as Amy Cole, a young soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay. Surrounded by dangerous men and testosterone addled squadmates, she finds herself striking up an unusual friendship with a detainee named Amir (Payman Moaadi). Their relationship forces more strain on her perception of what is right and what is wrong inRead More
Screening Of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" Hosted By U2, Anna Wintour And Bob & Harvey Weinstein With Burberry
While it was looking as if Lupita N’yongo would join Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming boxing drama “Southpaw,” Deadline recently reported that Naomie Harris has signed on instead and will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. The story follows a welterweight champion (Gyllenhaal) who, despite cultivating a successful career, suffers from a crumbling personal and family life. Harris will play a social worker named Angela who works with Gyllenhaal’s character and his daughter. Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker also star.  Naomie Harris first gained attention when she joined the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films as theRead More
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We open on this week’s “Pretty Little Liars” with the girls being none too pleased with Alison (Sasha Pieterse). What, a girl can’t hire someone to break into her friend’s mom’s house in order to terrify her into believing a fabricated story she told the police about where she was when she went missing for two years without being called crazy? People these days. So judgmental. Ali is seriously like, “Why don’t you guys truuuust me? What did I do to deserve this?” Wild idea, just putting it out there,Read More
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We return to this week’s “Pretty Little Liars” after Hanna’s (Ashley Benson) drunken betrayal. Tsk, tsk. The girls are suddenly in some sort of choir and Detective Tanner thought it would be a good place to interrogate Alison (Sasha Pieterse) about Shana. It seems like A is still hot on their heels though: someone circled all of the As on Ali’s sheet music. That is ridiculously funny honestly A is getting so lame in his old age. Hanna is still a drunk mess, proved further by a beer can falling outRead More
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Deadline reports that HBO has officially given the greenlight to six-hour miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” and its leading man will be “Inside Llewyn Davis” star Oscar Isaac. Based on Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction novel regarding a citywide controversy over housing desegregation, the series follows Nick Wasicsko (Isaac), a young mayor cast into a racially charged political dilemma when he is ordered by a federal court to build a number of low-income housing units in the predominantly white neighborhoods of Yonkers, N.Y. In his struggle to carry out the task, hisRead More
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Who else but Tim Burton should direct a title with the phrase “peculiar children” in it? Variety reports that for his next book to film adaptation, Eva Green may play the titular character born from Ransom Rigg’s fantasy novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Burton’s penchant for recasting actors is well-known, (No word yet on whether or not Helena Bonham Carter will join but…you know) and Green previously worked with him as a lovelorn villainess in his horror-comedy “Dark Shadows.”  The story follows a teenager named Jacob who, after suffering from aRead More
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On this week’s “Pretty Little Liars,” we open on the hallowed halls of Rosewood high to see that Emily’s mom is back from Texas and is there to meet with one of Emily’s teachers. She tells Emily (Shay Mitchell)  to invite Alison (Sasha Pieterse) to dinner, along with the rest of the girls, saying she wants to be an actual helpful adult. When the girls meet to talk about it, I’m instantly appalled by Hanna’s (Ashley Benson) look. It’s so goth and her jeans are acid-washed and I’m just notRead More