Movie Review: SEVENTH SON

SEVENTH SON | © 2015 Universal

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou Writers: Charles Leavitt and Steven Knight, screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the novel THE SPOOK’S APPRENTICE by Joseph Delaney Director: Sergei Bodrov Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 7, 2015 One can walk into SEVENTH SON knowing absolutely nothing about it and deduce within the first 10 minutes that A) it’s an adaptation of a young adult (YA) fantasy novel and B) that it was put together by people who don’t know how to tell one adaptation of a YA fantasy novel from another. The first […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE LORD OF CATAN and more – PART 2

Fran Kranz at the Los Angeles Premiere Screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING | ©2013 Sue Schneider

In addition to THE LORD OF CATAN, Kranz worked with more of his DOLLHOUSE friends on the feature film LUST FOR LOVE, which recurs on VoD and is currently available on iTunes. Kranz stars opposite Dichen Lachman (DOLLHOUSE, LAST RESORT), who also produced, in the low-budget independent romantic comedy. Other DOLLHOUSE personnel appearing in the film include Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie, Felicia Day and Maurissa Tancharoen. ASSIGNMENT X: At one point did Dichen Lachman come to you and say, “Would you like to do a movie where the budget is a buck-ninety-five?” FRAN KRANZ: My God, is it that much? […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from PACIFIC RIM Los Angeles Premiere

Charlie Hunnam at the Los Angeles Premiere of PACIFIC RIM | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures presented the Los Angeles premiere of PACIFIC RIM, a Legendary Pictures/DDY Production, and a Guillermo del Toro Film on July 9th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The premiere was in the middle of the street with fans lining the street and the carpet went through the Hollywood and Highland Complex and up to the main stairwell, which fans also lined up to get autographs and photos of the stars as they arrived. Walking the black carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WORDS

THE WORDS movie poster | ©2012 CBS Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, Nora Arnezeder, J.K. Simmons, Lee Sternthal Writers: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal Directors: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: September 7, 2012 No one can fault THE WORDS for ambition, either as a film itself or in its eagerness to examine exactly what ambition means. It therefore gets points up front for being a film that wants to look at why people do what they do, even when their actions wind up putting them at odds with the results they ultimately […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA - THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER movie poster | © 2010 20th Century Fox

For those who take the pace, wit and generally immersive atmosphere of the HARRY POTTER films for granted, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is the latest example of the fact that making family-friendly fantasy is not as easy as it looks. The third of the films based on C.S. Lewis’ CHRONICLES OF NARNIA follows characters introduced in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and its sequel, PRINCE CASPIAN. Siblings Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley), now in their teens, are waiting out WWII at the home of their aunt and uncle; older siblings Peter and Susan are in America with their parents. Edmund and Lucy miss their days of adventure in Narnia and are coping with annoying, resentful younger cousin Eustace (Will Poulter), who can’t understand why they keep nattering on about an imaginary country. Then a painting on the wall comes to life and Edmund, Lucy and Eustace are all transported to a Narnian ocean, where they are rescued by a vessel captained by now-King Caspian (Ben Barnes). Caspian is happy to see his old friends again – he and his crew are off to find what became of seven missing lords. There’s an evil mist, a dark island, temptations and some deus ex machina up ahead.

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