Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top Ten American Genre Programs Of 2016.

This list is a little different since this details shows by season and network in the USA and does not treat a program as a complete product like a feature film since a season of a TV show is just a part of a larger whole as opposed to feature films, including franchise motion pictures. 

1) Game Of Thrones: Season 6 (HBO)

2) Westworld: Season One (HBO)

3) American Crime Story: Season One (FX)

4) The Walking Dead: Season Six (AMC)

5) Daredevil: Season Two: (Netflix)

6) Stranger Things: Season One (Netflix)

7) The Man In The High Castle: Season Two (Amazon)

8) Luke Cage: Season One (Netflix)

9) Gotham: Season Two (Fox)

10) Star Wars: Rebels: Season Two (Disney XD)

Happy New Year Again Everyone And Thank You.

(C) Copyright 2016 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Friday, December 30, 2016

My Top Ten Feature Films Released In The States For 2016.

I do not believe a film can be summarized  into a letter, number or amount of stars and tomatoes. When I write a review, I write a review and you can read them here by going through the archives or simply see them for yourself and make up your mind, which I always encourage regardless if you agree with my choices or not. 

Despite being a top ten list I do not believe any film should be number one because that cheapens cinema in my opinion. So regardless of where these films show up, ten is equal to one as far as I am concerned. These are my recommendations basically and I tend to gravitate toward more arthouse films than big budget bonanza films, but you will see a few big budget films here too. My tastes are varied despite being a reviewer of Genre Entertainment. So now that my explanations are out of the way, here are my top ten feature films released theatrically in the United States in 2016 and in no particular order.

1) The Witch

2) Captain America: Civil War

3) Doctor Strange

4) The Neon Demon

5) The Warus

6) High-Rise

7) Deadpool

8) Hacksaw Ridge

9) 10 Cloverfield Lane

10) Snowden

Happy New Year and thank you.

(C) Copyright 2016 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

We'll be away possibly until after the holiday.

Next week I am going to be away because I have to have surgery. I am not sure if I will be back before the holidays. So I want to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and many blessings and happiness in the new year too. Thank you.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Holidays! Give The Gift Of Reading.

Happy Holidays everyone. From now until 12am (ET) on January 2, 2017, my second book First Mover. First Maker now includes a free Kindle Digital Copy when you purchase the paperback for $7.50 brand new direct from via the Matchbook program. Individually the digital version has a suggested retail price of $2.99. Buy the paperback, get the Kindle version for free. That is a great deal. Please note again, this offer expires on 12am (ET) on January 2, 2017. Give the gift of reading everyone! Thank you.





Los Angeles (December 6, 2016) – Today, The Game Awards announced that its 2016 broadcast set new records for live viewership and social conversation. Continuing its digital-first approach to distribution, the Game Awards 2016 show featured highlight moments includingHideo Kojima receiving the industry icon award, Michael Phelps presenting Best eSports Player award, and performances by Run the JewelsRae Sremmurd, and the soundtrack of Doom.


The Game Awards 2016 aired live across a record number of screens and platforms including Twitch, the first live 4K event broadcast on YouTube, Twitter Live, Facebook Live, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Steam, IGN, GameSpot, NicoNico in Japan, Tencent in China, and Next VR.  


Live viewership results for December 1, 2016 are as follows: 

·         The Game Awards 2016 live viewership was up 65% YOY to 3.8 million live streams across the 2.5 hours of the program + pre-show.  This is up from 2.3 million live streams in 2015, and 1.9 million live streams in 2014. In addition to significant viewership gains on most distribution partners, The Game Awards distribution in China accounted for nearly a million additional live viewers. You can watch the full Chinese broadcast, in partnership with Tencent, here:

·         On Twitter, #thegameawards was the #1 worldwide trend throughout the entire broadcast, eclipsing Thursday Night Football.  Usage of #thegameawards hashtag was up 50% year-over-year, generating 5.2 million tweets around The Game Awards and related conversation. (Source: Twitter)

·         Snapchat: In just 24 hours, The Game Awards Snapchat Live Story was seen by over 5 million unduplicated unique users around the world. (Source: Snapchat)

·         VOD Performance: In the first 24 hours after initial airing, direct VOD clips from the show were seen over 15 million times across Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, with the live playback of the full show generating another 4 million additional views on YouTube, Facebook and Tencent.


Watch the full show in 4K on YouTube at:


Monday, December 5, 2016

Jan 3 PBS: By Sidney Lumet - American Masters S31 premiere+new interview

THIRTEEN's American Masters Kicks Off Season 31 with Exclusive U.S. Broadcast Premiere of By Sidney LumetTuesday, January 3 on PBS
Exclusive interview with Treat Williams, star of Lumet's Prince of the City, andEmmy-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski follows the documentary
Prolific and versatile filmmaker Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) made 44 films in 50 years, earning the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement after four Oscar nominations. Considered a quintessential New York filmmaker, Lumet frequently used New York City's urban mettle to infuse his films with a realism and intensity that kept audiences in suspense while prodding them to consider their own morality. In American Masters: By Sidney Lumet, he tells his own story in a never-before-seen interview shot in 2008 by late filmmaker Daniel Anker and producer Thane Rosenbaum. With candor, humor and grace, Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being. Launching Season 31, American Masters: By Sidney Lumet premieres nationwide Tuesday, January 3 at 8 p.m. on PBS(check local listings) and features a new, exclusive interview with Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-nominated actor Treat Williams, who starred in Lumet's Prince of the City, afterward.

Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story, Loving) weaves Lumet's personal stories and commentary with scenes from his films to create a portrait of one of the most accomplished, influential and socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. Clips spanning his canon, from 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Prince of the City, The Verdict, and many more, reveal the spiritual and ethical lessons at the core of his work.

Looking back over his career, Lumet speaks intimately about the experiences that informed his work, which he loved. His Depression-era, working-class Lower East Side beginnings as a child actor with his father in Yiddish theater, on Broadway, and his gradual transition to directing live TV, informed the stories he chose and his ability to translate important stage works into film, such as The Sea Gull, The Fugitive Kind and Long Day's Journey into Night. In clips from these films, American Masters: By Sidney Lumetunderscores Lumet's own journey: his relationship with his father mirrored in Long Day's Journey into Night, Daniel, Running on Empty and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

Marching for workers' rights in the 1930s, standing up to McCarthy-era blacklist interrogation and finding ways to employ his blacklisted friends, Lumet developed an appreciation for people who question authority. His movies often featured characters fighting for justice, standing up to the crowd and questioning personal responsibility. First and foremost a storyteller, Lumet's strongly moral tales captured the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling with essentials: how does one behave to others and to oneself?

"Sidney Lumet started in theater, learned about directing in television and made a career in film," said Michael Kantor, American Masters series executive producer. "His work is legendary, and Nancy Buirski and her team were able to pull insights from the 14-hour goldmine of an interview and couple them with Lumet's remarkable work to create a deeply insightful master class for the ages."

"It was my job to distill what I felt were the crucial threads, the story Lumet most wanted to tell," said Buirski. "What our film reveals is a man whose life experiences infused his movies with a sense of fairness and conscience, and whose strong moral code, conscious or not, found expression in his art."

By Sidney Lumet had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival and was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film will be available on digital video on demand and DVD/Blu-ray from FilmRise in early 2017.

Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards - including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special - 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. To further explore the lives and works of masters past and present, the American Masterswebsite ( offers streaming video of select films, outtakes, filmmaker interviews, educational resources and In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive: previously unreleased interviews of luminaries discussing America's most enduring artistic and cultural giants as well as the American Masters Podcast. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.

American Masters: By Sidney Lumet is a production of Augusta Films and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC's American Masters in association with RatPac Documentary Films, Matador, and Anker Productions, IncNancy Buirski is director and producer. Christopher Donnelly is producer. Anthony Ripoli is editor. Michael Kantor, James Packer, Brett Ratner, Bobby Kondrat, and Jack Turner are executive producers. Scott Berrie, Joshua Green, Thane Rosenbaum, and Robyn Yigit Smith are producers.

Funding for American Masters: By Sidney Lumet is provided by Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation and the Keren Keshet Rainbow Foundation.

Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Vital Projects Fund, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Lenore Hecht Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, and public television viewers.

Friday, December 2, 2016

TBS Heads into Final Space with New Animated Comedy from Olan Rogers

TBS Heads into Final Space with New Animated Comedy from Olan Rogers

Series Produced by Conan O'Brien's Conaco
And New Form, in Association with Turner's Studio T

Preview Available at

Turner's TBS has greenlit the new animated series Final Space, an interstellar comedy created by independent filmmaker, actor, comedian and entrepreneur Olan Rogers. Slated to launch in 2018, Final Space is being produced by Conan O'Brien's Conaco and New Form, in association with Turner's Studio T. Rogers and creative partner David Sacks will write the episodes, executive-producing them along with O'BrienDavid KissingerLarry Sullivan and Jeff Ross of Conaco and Kathleen Grace, Melissa Schneider and Matt Hoklotubbe of New Form.

Part of TBS's continued push into animation, Final Space is a serialized intergalactic space saga about an astronaut named Gary and his adorable, planet-destroying friend, Mooncake. The series will follow their adventures as they embark on a quest to unlock the mystery of "Final Space," the place where the entire universe ends.

"Olan pitched us Final Space voicing all the characters and dancing around the conference room," said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. "It was kind of like a comedic Moon – genuinely funny and oddly heartfelt. We bought it in the room. So did other networks. We're glad he chose us. XO."

Rogers created a short, seven-minute pilot for Final Space funded by New Form and released as part of their Incubator 3 Series in April. The short quickly caught the attention of O'Brien, who then invited the Nashville-based filmmaker to Los Angeles to bring Final Space to TBS. In addition to this new series, Rogers sells apparel through Olan Rogers Supply and recently celebrated the grand re-opening of his Nashville shop, The Soda Parlor.

Final Space marks the 10th new comedy series to be added to the TBS slate since the network began an extensive and highly successful brand evolution in January. TBS's unprecedented string of hits launched this year includes Angie TribecaThe DetourWreckedPeople of Earth (also from Conaco TV), Search Party and the buzz-generating late-night powerhouse Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

On the animation front, Final Spacejoins a slate that includes TBS's iconic hit American Dad!, which is currently in its 12th season on Monday nights, and Tarantula, a dark comedy about the residents of a seedy hotel, scheduled to launch in 2017.

The Handmaid's Tale First Look Photos

Long before The Hunger Games gave readers a female protagonist to hope for in a dystopian futuristic nightmare, there was The Handmaide's Tale, one of the most frightening depictions of life in a post apocalyptic religious totalitarian society ever to be published. is proud to share these first images from the upcoming HULU series adaptation of this important and truly terrifying novel.


Synopsis: The drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd and O-T Fagbenle. 
Crew: The Handmaid's Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. Executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson and Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken. MGM will serve as the international distributor for the series.