Movie Review: ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

ANCHORMAN 2 - THE LEGEND CONTINUES movie poster | ©2013 Paramount Pictures

Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Director: Adam McKay Release Date: December 18, 2013 Distributor: Paramount Pictures It’s a given that it’s getting harder to create funny mainstream comedies with the bar so heavily skewed in the direction of lowest common denominator crass, potty humor. That kind of humor is the easy way, but something like ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES does things the hard way, trying to create a world filled with word play, crazy situational comedy and some actual satirical moments thrown …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Rachael Taylor talks 666 PARK AVENUE

Rachael Taylor in 666 PARK AVENUE SOUTH - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

The Drake Building where much of 666 PARK AVENUE takes place looks like a luxury New York address, but don’t be fooled. Ghosts show up and kill people, some residents come back from the dead, while others get eaten by the walls. The building’s owners, Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) and Olivia (Vanessa Williams) Durant, seem to have more power than even wealth and political influence can convey. And yet innocent, in-love Jane Van Veen, played by Rachael Taylor, and Henry Martin, played by Dave Annable, accept the offer to become the building’s new managers. Dave quickly starts to be taken in …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HOP

HOP - Blu-ray | ©2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: James Marsden, the voice of Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, the voice of Hank Azaria, the voice of Hugh Laurie Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch, based on a story by Paul and Daurio Director: Tim Hill Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 While Santa Claus has the market cornered on movies made on his life, the Easter Bunny, the second most important children’s holiday icon, has not been overly exploited as it could have been. Aside from the classic Rankin-Bass stop motion animated productions in the early 1970s (THE EASTER BUNNY …Read On »

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Movie Review: STRAW DOGS

STRAW DOGS movie poster | ©2011 Screen Gems

Stars: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland, Walton Goggins, Drew Powell, Rhys Coiro, Billy Lush Writer: Rod Lurie, based on the screenplay by David Zelag Goodman and Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel THE SIEGE AT TRENCHER’S FARM by Gordon Williams Director: Rod Lurie Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: September 16, 2011 In 1971, director/co-screenwriter Sam Peckinpah made a heavily controversial splash with STRAW DOGS, an adaptation of the Gordon Williams novel THE SIEGE AT TRENCHER’S FARM. Dustin Hoffman starred as an American academician who moves to a rural village in England …Read On »

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Movie Review: HOP

HOP movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: James Marsden, the voice of Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, the voice of Hank Azaria, the voice of Hugh Laurie Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch, based on a story by Paul and Daurio Director: Tim Hill Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 1, 2011 Pixar’s made their mark, Dreamworks Animation has their brand and even Blue Sky has a decent track record with their ICE AGE movies. Who would have figured that Illumination Entertainment housed at Universal would be the new cool animated kid on the block? With last year’s DESPICABLE ME and the …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: HOP World Premiere at Universal Studios Hollywood

Russell Brand and E.B. at the World Premiere of HOP | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment held the World Premiere of the live action/CG-animated comedy HOP at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27th. HOP is from the creators of DESPICABLE ME. Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred O’Hare (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny’s teenage son E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand). E.B. headed to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band and now Fred must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world’s worst houseguest, both will learn what it …Read On »

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