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Awesome Con: Interview with Johnny Alonso

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Robin Lord Taylor and Johnny Alonso at Awesome Con. Courtesy of Johnny Alonso.

Earlier this month, I was in Washington, D.C., to cover Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman at Awesome Con. Prior to that fascinating panel, I wandered through the Exhibit Hall, passing by the autograph booths where many fans were lining up. I knew that actor Johnny Alonso would be at the convention, but it was a pleasant surprise to find him standing at one booth in particular. He and his camera crew were engaged in a friendly chat with Gotham actor Robin Lord Taylor!

“I decided to drop by and say hello. [I] wished him a happy birthday,” Alonso shared about his encounter with Taylor, who keeps generating a lot of buzz as Oswald Cobblepot. “So I said when are you going to get me back on the show?”

Fans of Gotham might see Alonso return as bass player Kazz, thanks to Taylor’s conversations with the writers about next season.

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Pat Cuadros and Johnny Alonso, Awesome Con. Credit: Pat Cuadros and Kevin Tan.

Alonso has other promising projects in full swing, both of which are under the direction of Derik Wingo and Kipp Tribble. Chronology, a film starring Billy Baldwin and Danny Trejo, already premiered in Poland. He’ll also start filming on Coffin 2 in Los Angeles this summer. The sequel marks the return of his shady character Trick.

For the full details on these updates and Alonso’s interest in The Walking Dead, be sure to view the entire Blogcritics video, courtesy of Kevin Tan.

This article was originally published on with minor edits here. The Youtube video of the interview is on my channel: Special thanks to Robin Lord Taylor, Johnny Alonso, Kevin Tan, and Tony Cuadros.


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‘Birdman’ Set to Swoop in at the Golden Globes

Welcome to 2015! It’s been quite a year in the world of television and film, but as new releases hit the streaming and cinematic venues, we still have unfinished business with award ceremonies concerning 2014. As such is the case, I didn’t want to finish out 2014 without seeing “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” an artistic triumph from co-writer and director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film leads in nominations for this year’s Golden Globes. It’s quite possible that “Birdman” will swoop in easily to take awards in most, if not all, of the following categories in which it’s nominated:

  • Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
  • Best Director – Motion Picture
  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
  • Best Original Score – Motion Picture

I imagine that every kid relishes that first time when he or she gets to join the rest of the family at the movie theater.  In my case, the year was 1992 and the film that my older brothers were dying to see was none other than “Batman Returns.” Maybe you weren’t absolutely terrified of Danny DeVito’s Penguin by the end, but it’s difficult to read the names “Birdman” and Michael Keaton without thinking of Tim Burton’s first and second “Batman” films. Read the rest of this entry »

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TV Review: ‘Gotham’ Delves into Wayne Secrets with ‘Viper’

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

In the fifth episode of “Gotham,” Jim (Ben McKenzie) and Bullock (Donal Logue) investigate a new street drug called Viper. It’s a serum that gives a person ridiculous strength, which suggests a precursor to the Bane arc in Batman lore. The storyline of a dangerous new drug is not new, but “Gotham” manages to pull off a fast-paced and straightforward chapter. Read the rest of this entry »

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TV Review: Alfred Goes Dark Knight in ‘Gotham’ Mid-Season Finale

Caution: This review contains spoilers on the mid-season finale.

The precarious case against Dick Lovecraft (Al Sapienza) crumbles in the mid-season finale of “Gotham,” sending a mad scramble across the city by several of the characters. It also shows another side of Alfred Pennyworth, giving Sean Pertwee (“Elementary” and “The Musketeers”) an opportunity to shine. An ex-Marine, he has to put his fighting prowess to use if he wants to save Bruce (David Mazouz) from a group of assassins that are targeting Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova). We’ve seen the butler’s protective and dark nature in slivers throughout this series, everything from his raspy and sarcastic threats to his straight-bladed knife. Alfred is rather like a spring as he’s always poised to strike despite that cool, polished, and sleek exterior. Read the rest of this entry »

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TV Review: ‘Harvey Dent’ Brings ‘Gotham’ Closer to War

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

We’ve known for a while that there’s a war brewing in “Gotham,” which introduced some new players into the mix. The first is Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto), who makes use of a two-headed coin in his bets with juvenile delinquents, offering them second chances. He’s also assisting Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) in moving the Wayne murder case along. There’s a new baddie as well, Dick Lovecraft (a reference to author H.P. Lovecraft, one might say); the millionaire (Al Sapienza) may have been behind the Wayne murders, as he had a feud with Thomas Wayne. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Gotham’ Takes Off With ‘Balloonman’

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) sees his problems multiply in tonight’s episode of “Gotham.” Detectives Montoya and Allen are tipped off by Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) about his role in “killing” Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). Speaking of the dearly departed, the future Penguin couldn’t stay away from Gotham for too long. He takes a job at a restaurant and is on track to become friends with Maroni, who is aiming for Falcone’s (John Doman) spot. This new development would derail Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) and Allen (Andrew Stewart-Jones), but it would set Falcone on Jim’s tail.

A second set of problems concerns Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), future Catwoman from last week. Jim doesn’t believe that she was at the scene of the Wayne murder until he finds the wallet she ditched from a robbery. Unfortunately, she escapes his supervision and her impending transfer to Upstate.

To add to Jim’s troubles, there is a new vigilante in Gotham, who targets (stereotypically) corrupt people including an investor, a cop, and a priest. (Are the references to investors and masked men intended to evoke comparisons to Wall Street and the Occupy Movement?) The victims are sent up into the sky via weather balloons. The perpetrator is dubbed “Balloonman” by the press and hailed as a hero. Gotham residents even ask Balloonman to help them take out their oppressors, like landlords.

Jim and Harvey trace the balloons to Davis Lamond (Dan Bakkedahl), who was spurred into action by the events concerning last week’s episode, even so far as to use the old juvie center as his base. The final encounter is gasp-worthy, momentarily leaving you breathless as Jim and Davis are pulled up by the balloon. As usual, Harvey is forced to correct his mistake (he strung up Davis) and save the pair. It remains to be seen whether “Gotham” will bring the two men towards friendship, but it’s certainly a small step in that direction.

It’s obvious that Jim is starting to feel worn down by his work. He loves Barbara (Erin Richards), but he seems guarded in how much he wants to share with her. It’s impossible to shield her from the darkness, because Cobblepot arrives at his doorstep. As I’ve said before, Cobblepot’s reappearance has come quickly, which will do much to keep the show interesting. Also, Barbara is keeping her own secrets from Jim: a previous (romantic) connection with Montoya, which definitely throws a new twist into the Batman lore. Usually the strain between Barbara and Jim emerges from something solely on Jim’s part like an affair or his work. Here, their relationship could go downhill because of things both of them are doing.

There’s a small segment on the future Dark Knight, as Alfred (Sean Pertwee) engages Bruce (David Mazouz) in sword stick fighting. Bruce is reluctant to fight, but he’s determined to find the truth about the death of his parents. Alfred insists that he leave it to Jim Gordon. Bruce’s interest in vigilantism is piqued by the movements of Balloonman and the question on the news, “Who will defend the people of Gotham?” Thankfully, Batman doesn’t model his methods (and costume) after Balloonman; he does far better.

“Gotham” airs Monday evenings on FOX at 8|7c.

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