Movie Review: MOLLY’S GAME

MOLLYS GAME movie poster | ©2017 STX

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, Graham Greene Writer: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: STX Release Date: December 28, 2017  MOLLY’S GAME is the theatrical film directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the screenplay, based on Molly Bloom’s autobiographical book. Sorkin created THE WEST WING and THE NEWSROOM, won an Oscar for his screenplay for THE SOCIAL NETWORK and is widely considered one of the best screenwriters working today. While it’s not all that he does, Sorkin has written a number of fact-based, somewhat biographical […]Read On »

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GET SHORTY: Actress Megan Stevenson on new Epix series – Exclusive Interview

Megan Stevenson in GET SHORTY - Season 1 | ©2017 Epix/Ryan West

The television series adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s GET SHORTY is in its first season (and renewed for a second) Sunday nights on Epix. Chris O’Dowd plays small-time gangster Miles Daly, anxious to win back his wife and young daughter (aka “Shorty”). When a quality movie script, THE ADMIRAL’S MISTRESS, falls into his hands, Miles thinks this may be his ticket to stability. Down-on-his luck producer Rick (Ray Romano) doesn’t realize what he’s taking on when he gets into business with Miles. Megan Stevenson’s character, studio executive April Quinn, doesn’t know about Miles’ shady life either, though she gets an inkling […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 30, 2016 To the terms “super,” “powered,” “mutant,” “meta-human,” “Inhuman” and “magical,” we can now add “peculiar.” In MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is has the same meaning as those other words popularized by the likes of DC, Marvel and especially the HARRY POTTER franchise. MISS PEREGRINE doesn’t have the consistent sense of wonder that HARRY managed to achieve, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PROGRAM

THE PROGRAM | © 2016 Momentum Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace Writer: John Hodge, inspired by the book SEVEN DEADLY SINS by David Walsh Director: Stephen Frears Distributor: Momentum Pictures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): March 18, 2016 THE PROGRAM begins with a lone cyclist on a paved mountain road, clouds billowing to one side of the cliff as he determinedly pushes forward. This is a fitting introduction to seven-time Tour de France winner/disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong, as played here by Ben Foster. For those who weren’t paying much attention at the time, Lance Armstrong survived cancer in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

THOR: THE DARK WORLD poster | ©2013 Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Chris O’Dowd Writers: Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat Director: Alan Taylor Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios Release Date: November 8, 2013 THOR: THE DARK WORLD begins with Anthony Hopkins as Odin, King of Asgard, providing a voiceover preface with enough exposition to make us worry that the story has stopped in its tracks before it has even begun. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: FAMILY TREE co-creator Jim Piddock chats about the HBO comedy

FAMILY TREE poster | ©2013 HBO

In HBO’s FAMILY TREE, Sundays at 10:30 PM, Chris O’Dowd stars as Tom Chadwick, a 30ish man at loose ends who decides to track down his relatives, a quest that takes him from England to America. FAMILY TREE was created by Christopher Guest (known for his improvisational comedy films including A MIGHTY WIND and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, and for being one of the members of Spinal Tap, as well as being an actor) and Jim Piddock. Both men serve as executive producers on the series; Guest also directs, while Piddock costars as Mr. Pfister. Piddock, who originally hails from Kent, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EPIC

EPIC movie poster | (c) 2013 20th Century Fox/Blur Sky

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfriend, Christoph Waltz, Beyonce Knowles, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler Writers: James V. Hart & William Joyce and Dan Shere and Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember, based on Joyce’s book THE LEAFMEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS Director: Chris Wedge Distributor: 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Release Date: May 24, 2013 The word “epic” implies a sense of grandeur and a sense of history – either we’re witness to incidents that have their roots in a complex series of events stretching back years, even centuries and/or we’re […]Read On »

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News: Christopher Guest gives the scoop on HBO series FAMILY TREE – TCA 2013

Chris O'Dowd in FAMILY TREE - Season 1 | ©2012 HBO

Writer-director Christopher Guest has made a career out of doing his quirky, mockumentary comedies like BEST IN SHOW and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION and now he’s bringing the same aesthetic to television with the new HBO series FAMILY TREE. Co-created with Jim Piddock, the two of them have fashioned a story about Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd) who decides to pursue his family roots that will take him from the U.K. to America. “This is different, obviously, because it’s done specifically for television,” says Guest while speaking at the Winter Cable TCAs. “When I approached Jim to help me work on this, […]Read On »

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