TCA News: Dustin Hoffman talks about the LUCK of doing the new HBO series

Dustin Hoffman in LUCK - Season 1 | ©HBO/Steve Schapiro

One of the biggest coups in TV this year comes from HBO that nabbed actor Dustin Hoffman to star in LUCK, the gambling drama created by David Milch and directed by Michael Mann. At HBO’s TCA session for the series which debuts January 29, Hoffman admitted he didn’t know what to expect joining a TV show for the first time. “I was expecting [to shoot] 20 pages a day,” says Hoffman. “I was expecting an atmosphere that, you know, was like making movies on cocaine or something, but it’s the opposite. We did the best we could with as much […]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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Exclusive Photos: From KUNG FU PANDA 2 Los Angeles Premiere

Jack Black and Po at the Los Angeles Premiere of KUNG FU PANDA 2 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

DreamWorks Animation held the Los Angeles Premiere of KUNG FU PANDA 2 at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 22nd. They had a huge before party with games and food that the stars and guests attended. Each attendee was giving a black gift bag filled with stuff, although I’m not sure what was in the bag! Fans lined the open area opposite from the press to get autographs and take pictures, and waited until Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrived; which since Jolie and Pitt love their fans, they signed many autographs. Before the premiere started a paper […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KUNG FU PANDA 2

KUNG FU PANDA 2 teaser poster | ©2011 Dreamworks

Rating: PG Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, Michelle Yeoh Writer: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger Director: Jennifer Yuh Distributor: Dreamworks Animation Release Date: May 26, 2011 In a summer filled with lots of sequels, it’s not that easy to pick and choose which ones will be hits and which will be misses. KUNG FU PANDA 2 is one of the hits in my book. This animated sequel from Dreamworks picks up pretty much where the last movie left off. Po (Jack Black) is the Dragon Warrior and he fights for […]Read On »

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CD Review: LITTLE FOCKERS soundtrack

LITTLE FOCKERS soundtrack (c) 2010 Varese Sarabande Records

It’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of Randy Newman, even for Randy Newman, given the diminishing returns of the sequels to the undeniably great MEET THE PARENTS. And while the third time isn’t a charm for the at-times amusing LITTLE FOCKERS, composer Stephen Trask certainly does his darndest to make things funny. Given his broadest comedy to score for his fourth pairing with director Paul Weitz after their clever work with IN GOOD COMPANY, AMERICAN DREAMZ and THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT, Trask makes the wise choice of stepping into Randy Newman’s shoes at first. It’s a nice job of […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: RAIN MAN

RAIN MAN - Blu-ray | ©2011 MGM Home Entertainment

Stars: Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino Writers: Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow, based on a story by Morrow Director: Barry Levinson Distributor: MGM Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 Director Barry Levinson is one of the most underrated directors – EVER. His ability to hone in on small moments within big scenes and keep multiple conversations going by various character and still make a scene engaging is unparalleled. He honed his craft on such character pieces as DINER, TIN MEN and AVALON, but with RAIN MAN, he took his quirky skills to the next level and delivered an Oscar […]Read On »

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