Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from PRISONERS Los Angeles Premiere

Hugh Jackman at the premiere of PRISONERS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of PRISONERS on September 12th at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. PRISONERS  has an A-list cast, which includes an Oscar Winner, Oscar nominees and a Golden Globe nominee. Walking the carpet were the stars from the film: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Soul, Kyla-Drew Simmons, Aaron Guzikowski (Screenwriter), Producers – Broderick Johnson, Adam Kolbrenner, and Kira Davis. Guests at the event  included: Dennis Haysbert, Emile Hirsch, Carol Connors, Julius Tennon, Alfonso […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Turtles All The Way Down” – Series Finale

Jason Isaacs in AWAKE - Season 1 - "Turtles All The Way Down" - Series Finale | ©2012 NBC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen, story by Killen, Leonard Chang, Noelle Valdivia Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 24, 2012 There’s two ways to look at the challenging NBC series AWAKE. On one hand, the network gave a greenlight to a challenging, original and incredibly high-concept police procedural that in any other NBC era it wouldn’t even make it past the pilot stage. On the other hand, you can view it as another missed opportunity – a chance to build and grow […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Guilty”

Laura Allen, Jason Isaacs and Dylan Minnette in AWAKE | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Howard Gordon & Evan Katz Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 15, 2012 I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when when I heard about the premise to AWAKE and how it was going to be able to sustain itself, in two different realities, week after week. Yet, here we are in Week 3, and the show continues to stay on the right path. It’s complicated, complex, but thoroughly engaging with a plot device that brings its […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dylan Minette, Jason Isaacs and Laura Allen in AWAKE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Jim Fiscus

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 1, 2012 With NBC struggling to find anything to jump start its anemic ratings, it bet big on SMASH with some okay results. Now they have AWAKE to potentially goose their struggling Thursday nights at 10:00 pm slot. A police procedural with a genre twist, AWAKE is a promising and interesting drama about a cop and loving husband Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) who gets in a horrible car crash with his […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “The Little Guy”

Dylan Minnette in AWAKE - Season 1 - "The Little Guy" | ©2012 NBC/Neil Jacobs

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen Director: David Slade Network: NBC, airs Thursday night Original Telecast: March 8, 2012 After establishing the very complex work of AWAKE where cop Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) finds himself living in two different realities – one where a car accident claimed his wife and one where the crash claimed his son, this second episode “The Little Guy” settles into a really nice groove. The concept could still be challenging for normal viewers, but this episode makes the conceit go down real smooth, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the PUSS IN BOOTS Los Angeles Premiere

Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, and Puss In Boots at the Los Angeles Premiere of PUSS IN BOOTS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

DreamWorks Animation held the Los Angeles Premiere of PUSS IN BOOTS on October 23rd at the Regency Theater in Westwood. Closing the street where the theater is located, the “beige” carpet, had backdrops that looked like sets from the film. Costumed PUSS IN BOOTS and Kitty Softpaws walked the carpet, plus before the premiere started Spanish dancers came down the carpet. Fans lined the street to see the stars and guests that attended this early Sunday morning premiere. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE THING World Premiere

Mary Elizabeth Winstead at the World Premiere of THE THING | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures held the World Premiere of THE THING at Universal Studios Hollywood AMC Citywalk Stadium 19 in Universal City on October 10th. THE THING is a prequel to a remake of an adaptation of the novella “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell Jr., published in 1938 and the 1982 film starring Kurt Russell. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kim Bubbe, Kristofer Hivju, Jonathan Lloyd Walker, Matthijs van Heijningen  (Director), Eric Heisserer (Writer), Gabrielle Neimand and David Foster (Executive Producers), Mark Abraham (Producer), […]Read On »

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