Movie Review: ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD

ONCE UPON A TIME ... IN HOLLYWOOD movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Margaret Qualley, Julia Butters Writer: Quentin Tarantino Director: Quentin Tarantino Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: July 26, 2019 Watching ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD, it’s easy to understand why writer/director Quentin Tarantino made the film. The 1969 setting gives Tarantino not only permission but a mandate to recreate the look and pop culture of the times. Since Tarantino is a filmmaker who loves his MANNIX and TV cigarette commercials, he’s absolutely in his element, and there’s a contact high from the sense of fun with this. Tarantino has […]Read On »

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HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITION EDITION highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for May 9, 2017

HEAT | © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week (or perhaps a week ago). HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITIVE EDITION There are a few movies that just do it for me. RONIN is one because I love the mash-up for characters all doing shady dealings in Europe. HEAT is one of Michael Mann’s best work because it has multiple players doing a variety of heinous crimes and brings together two actors that were (at the time) the top of their game in Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Now, how both of these actors perform today is an […]Read On »

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THE FLASH: Jesse L. Martin on Season 3 – interview

Jesse L. Martin in THE FLASH | ©2016 The CW

THE FLASH begins its third season on The CW Tuesday, October 4. Since the Flash, aka Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), just altered the past in the second-season finale to save his mother, there’s no telling what the present will be like. This includes Barry’s relationship with his erstwhile foster father, Central City police detective Joe West, played by Jesse L. Martin. Martin, originally from Virginia, is famous to Broadway theatergoers for his stint in the original cast of RENT; he reprised his role in the film version. Martin is probably best known to television viewers for playing another police detective, […]Read On »

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GRANDFATHERED: Executive producer Dan Fogelman talks new John Stamos comedy – Interview

John Stamos in GRANDFATHERED - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Robert Trachtenberg

In Fox Network’s new half-hour comedy GRANDFATHERED, premiering Tuesday at 8 PM, John Stamos plays a wealthy, handsome Los Angeles restauranteur who is shocked to find out that not only does he have a grown son, portrayed by Josh Peck, from his one serious girlfriend (played by Paget Brewster) way back when, but the son has a baby daughter of his own. Instant parent and grandparenthood! Dan Fogelman is one of the executive producers on GRANDFATHERED alongside Chris Koch, series creator Daniel Chun and star Stamos. Fogelman previously created the alien half-hour comedy THE NEIGHBORS and his medieval musical GALAVANT […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GROUND FLOOR star John C. McGinley is the Boss

John C. McGinley in GROUND FLOOR - Season 1 | ©2013 TBS

In TBS’s new half-hour comedy GROUND FLOOR, Thursdays at 10 PM, Brody (Skylar Astin) is an up-and-coming San Francisco broker who falls for Jennifer (Briga Heelan), who works in the building’s maintenance department. More than skyscraper floors separate them – Brody’s boss Mr. Mansfield, played by John C. McGinley, doesn’t think any of his people should be fraternizing with the help. GROUND FLOOR was co-created by Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins. Lawrence also created the NBC comedy SCRUBS, where McGinley spent eight years as acerbic Dr. Perry Cox. The actor, originally from New York City, began his bigscreen career with […]Read On »

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Interview: PHIL SPECTOR writer-director David Mamet on the HBO film

Al Pacino in PHIL SPECTOR | ©2013 HBO/Phillip V. Caruso

Even by the extreme standards of outrageousness in rock ‘n’ roll history, Phil Spector’s story stands out – the man went from visionary record producer to murder suspect accused of killing his girlfriend, Lana Clarkson. David Mamet has written, produced and directed the HBO drama PHIL SPECTOR, which premieres Sunday at 9 PM. Starring Al Pacino as Spector and Helen Mirren (who took over the role when Bette Midler had to stop one week into filming due to health problems) as his attorney Linda Kenney Baden, the film deals with Spector’s first murder trial. Speaking to the press at the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE NEIGHBORS creator Dan Fogelman on his ABC series

Ian Patrick, Tim Jo, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Isabella Cramp, Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Clara Mamet, Max Charles in THE NEIGHBORS - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s freshman comedy series THE NEIGHBORS, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, the Weaver family, headed up by mom Debbie (Jami Gertz) and dad Marty (Lenny Venito), move to an idyllic-looking suburban development – that turns out to be entirely populated by aliens stuck on this planet after they’ve lost their ability to return to home planet Zabvron. The aliens take their names from human sports celebrities, so the Weavers’ next-door neighbors – and tentative new friends – are dubbed Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundouye). The results are multiculturalism at a wider range than mere terrestrial folks […]Read On »

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News: Al Pacino talks about PHIL SPECTOR and playing the iconic and tragic figure – TCA 2013

Al Pacino and Helen Mirren in PHIL SPECTOR | ©2012 HBO

After tackling Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Al Pacino returns to the cable network portraying another real life figure – famed music producer Phil Spector. Written and directed by David Mamet, the film focuses on his trial for murder of actress Lana Clarkson. And while speaking with the press via satellite at the Cable 2013 TCAs for HBO, Pacino says it was an interesting process immersing himself into the school of Spector. “With today’s world you have all this footage on characters you play,” says Pacino. “I would sit for hours just looking at Phil talking […]Read On »

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Interview: Cliff Curtis goes CIA on MISSING

Cliff Curtis in MISSING - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

A mother in search of her kidnapped son can be formidable. A mother in that situation, who also used to be a CIA field agent, can be the proverbial unstoppable force. Certainly, that’s the case with Ashley Judd’s MISSING character Rebecca Winstone, who has raised her son Michael (Nick Eversman) alone ever since the death of Nick’s father, Rebecca’s husband and fellow CIA agent Paul Winstone (Sean Bean, see in flashbacks throughout the series). Naturally, the CIA isn’t too thrilled with the idea of one of their own, albeit retired, deploying her Agency skills around the globe. European station chief […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the JACK AND JILL World Premiere

Katie Holmes at the World Premiere of JACK AND JILL | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Recently Columbia Pictures held the World Premiere of JACK AND JILL at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood. Since JACK AND JILL is about a twin brother and sister (portrayed by Adam Sandler), there were lots of twins that walked the red carpet from young to old. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Adam Sandler (who is also theProducer/Screenwriter), Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Allen Covert (also Executive Producer), Rohan Chand, Elodie Tougne, David Spade, Steve Koren (Screenwriter/Executive Producer), Gary Valentine, Billy Blanks, Michael Irvin, Bill Romanowski, Jordan and Justin Fagundes, Dennis Dugan (Director) and […]Read On »

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