Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Spiderman Homecoming | © 2017 Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine Writers: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, based on the comic books created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: July 7, 2017 SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is, it can be argued, the most fun Spider-Man movie so far. This is the third retelling in the past fifteen years, after the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MARTIAN

THE MARTIAN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Cena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, Benedict Wong Writer: Drew Goddard, based on the novel by Andy Weir Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 2, 2015 Director Ridley Scott is an acknowledged master of the visual arts, but the words “charming” and “intentionally funny” don’t usually spring to mind to describe his works, especially those set largely in outer space (ALIEN and PROMETHEUS are not generally cited as sources of warm fuzziness). THE MARTIAN changes […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the MAGIC MIKE XXL World Premiere

Channing Tatum at the World Premiere of MAGIC MIKE XXL | ©2015 Sue Schneider

The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures MAGIC MIKE XXL was held at the TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California on June 25th. Opening the premiere were guy dancers who proceeded to entertain the press like “Chippendale” dancers. After they finished the stars started to walk the carpet. From the film the stars, which included: Channing Tatum (Star/Producer), Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks, Carrie Ann Hunt, Crystal Hunt, Gilbert Saldivar, Reid Carolin (Producer/Writer), Gregory Jacobs (Director/Producer), Alison Faulk (Lead Choreographer) and Teresa […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MAGIC MIKE XXL

MAGIC MIKE XXL poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, Donald Glover, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks Writer: Reid Carolin, based on characters created by Reid Carolin Director: Gregory Jacobs Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 1, 2015 MAGIC MIKE XXL is an example of a sequel that improves on the original. In 2012’s MAGIC MIKE, we met the title character (Channing Tatum) and his cohorts at a Miami male strip club. The film registered as one of the least hysterical stories ever told about people who remove their clothes for a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LAZARUS EFFECT

THE LAZARUS EFFECT | © 2015 Relativity Media

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger Writers: Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater Director: David Gelb Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: February 27, 2015 Don’t let the PG-13 rating scare you away. THE LAZARUS EFFECT is a perfectly good horror movie, and if its various ideas all have their roots elsewhere, the filmmakers have brought them all together in a way that feels fresh and eerie. At a college-funded lab in Berkeley, a small team of youngish scientists works on covert experiments that have the ultimate goal of making it easier for paramedics to […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 5 – “Repilot” / “Introduction to Teaching” – Season Premiere

COMMUNITY - Season 5 Key Art | ©2014 NBC

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong Writers: Dan Harmon & Chris McKenna, Andy Brobrow (“Introduction to Teaching”) Directors: Tristram Shapeero (“Repilot”), Jay Chandrashekhar (“Introduction to Teaching”) Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: January 2, 2014 First of all, let’s all breathe a sigh of relief that COMMUNITY is back and under the helm of creator Dan Harmon. The short story, he was fired at the end of Season 3 and replaced in Season 4. While the cast was still nimble and great at times (and there […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 4 – “Conventions of Space and Time”

Donald Glover and Danny Pudi in COMMUNITY - Season 4 - "Conventions of Space and Time" | ©2013 NBC/Vivian Zink

Stars: Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong Writer: Maggie Bandur Director:  Michael Patrick Jann Original Telecast: February 21 2013 Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights I keep coming back to the reconstituted COMMUNITY without creator Dan Harmon at the helm, and the third week in, and I’m still not sold that this is the same show I once loved. COMMUNITY created its own DOCTOR WHO-like show within the show called INSPECTOR SPACETIME which has slowly become a major player in the actual show. Naturally, the new showrunners thought […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 4 – “History 101” – Season Premiere

Donald Glover as Troy, Alison Brie as Annie, Danny Pudi as Abed, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, Ken Jeong as Sen?or Chang, Gillian Jacobs as Britta, Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Chevy Chase as Pierce in COMMUNITY - Season 4 | ©2013 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Stars: Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong Writer: Ben Wexler Director: Tristram Shapeero Original Telecast: February 7, 2013 Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights While it’s no secret that COMMUNITY creator Dan Harmon was unceremoniously fired last season just after the show was renewed, the unfortunate part is that with Season 4, it’s clear he was the glue and “voice” of the show that kept it together. His unique point of view and strange sense of humor kept COMMUNITY alive and well. Even when it had an uneven […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC talks COMMUNITY Season 5 possibilities, the move to Fridays and the recent showrunner changeover

Joel McHale in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Biology 101" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

With COMMUNITY  getting new showrunners, only a 13-episode commitment and a new timeslot on Fridays, the question remains – how committed is NBC to the ground-breaking and highly original series? At today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt discussed the COMMUNITY situation and what’s happening with NBC’s comedy slate in general “I think we’re going to transition with our comedy programming trying to broaden the audience and broaden what the network does,” says Greenblatt. “Those Thursday comedies [30 ROCK, PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE), which the critics love and we love, tend to be a bit […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Digital Estate Planning”

Giancarlo Esposito in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Digital Estate Planning" | ©2012 NBC/Trae Patton

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Writer: Matt Warburton Director: Adam Davidson Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 17, 2012 COMMUNITY has done its fair share of interesting episodes, including stop-motion Christmas specials and alternate reality exploring board games. This first of the final three episodes for season three, “Digital Estate Planning” takes us to yet another place that COMMUNITY hasn’t been before, the 16-bit frontier. Basically the whole gang is taken to a warehouse by Pierce (Chevy Chase) where they are met by […]Read On »

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