Movie Review: DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT poster | ©2018 Amazon Studios

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black Writer: Gus Van Sant, story by John Callahan and Gus Van Sant & Jack Gibson & William Andrew Eatman, based on John Callahan’s book Director: Gus Van Sant Distributor: Amazon Studios Theatrical Release Date: July 13, 2018  DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT is filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s biopic about the late cartoonist John Callahan (1951-2010), played here by Joaquin Phoenix. “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is the caption of one of Callahan’s most famous pieces, which shows a posse out in a desert […]Read On »

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HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo – exclusive interview

Michael Lombardo, head of programming at HBO | © 2015 HBO

Following a general question and answer session with the Television Critics Association, HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo took some time for an exclusive follow-up discussion. AX: This is Michael Lombardo on the State of the HBO Union. MICHAEL LOMBARDO: The State of the HBO Union? “’The Union is fine,’ Daniel Webster answered.” Things are good. I’m excited about the year. AX: A few years ago, you were saying you didn’t really like genre. LOMBARDO: It wasn’t my natural predilection, that is correct. AX: How do you feel about genre now? LOMBARDO: Here is what I’ll say. What I learned, […]Read On »

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THE BRINK: Showrunner Roberto Benabib discusses the espionage comedy – exclusive interview

Tim Robbins stars in THE BRINK on HBO | © 2015 Merie W. Wallace/HBO

In HBO’s new comedy THE BRINK, Sundays at 10:30, the world finds itself on the title precipice, with World War III a distinct possibility, thanks to warmongers in both the U.S. and Pakistan. Caught in the middle are an inept U.S. embassy aide (Jack Black) who finds himself in the thick of major espionage, a sensible driver (Aasif Mandvi) who is stuck at the aide’s side, a Secretary of State (Tim Robbins) who pays at least as much attention to his sex life as to his job and two bomber pilots (Pablo Schreiber, Eric Ladin) who unfortunately hit the wrong […]Read On »

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THE BRINK: Aasif Mandvi chats about the HBO series – exclusive interview

Aasif Mandvi stars as Rafiq in HBO's THE BRINK | © 2015 Merie W. Wallace/HBO

In HBO’s THE BRINK, Sundays at 10:30 PM, Aasif Mandvi plays Rafiq Massoud, driver to Alex Talbot (Jack Black), a singularly unqualified attaché to the U.S. embassy in Pakistan. Through a series of strange events, Jack and Rafiq find themselves in the position of trying to stop World War III. Mandvi, who originally hails from India, is also a writer and co-producer on THE BRINK. He’s known for his work as a correspondent on THE DAILY SHOW and has acted in a wide variety of films and television, including the series JERICHO, SPIDER-MAN 2, THE PROPOSAL, MARGIN CALL, MILLION DOLLAR […]Read On »

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THE BRINK star Jack Black discuss the new HBO series – interview

Jack Black stars in THE BRINK | © 2015 Merie W. Wallace/HBO

Jack Black, star of bigscreen comedies including SCHOOL OF ROCK, the voice of the hero in the animated KUNG FU PANDA franchise and one-half of the band Tenacious D, is making a leap into series television as a lead actor and producer with HBO’s THE BRINK. Created by Kim Benabib and Robert Benabib, THE BRINK, Sundays at 10:30 PM, is a satirical look at the possible start of World War III. Black plays U.S. State Department employee Alex Talbot, a low-level screw-up assigned to the American Embassy in Pakistan, where he constantly aggravates his better-educated local driver, played by Aasif […]Read On »

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DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX Highlights last week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE LORAX | (c) 2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX – Some of the adaptations of the DR. SEUSS children’s books have been pretty good (THE GRINCH) and pretty bad (THE CAT IN THE HAT), luckily THE LORAX is actually animated, which seems to always make things better. Here the basic plot elements […]Read On »

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CD Review: BERNIE soundtrack

BERNIE soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

Having assembled such varied soundtrack compilations as DAZED AND CONFUSED and BEFORE SUNRISE, Richard Linklater slices another winning piece of musical eccentricity. In the true-crime case of BERNIE, it’s from the big plate of his Texan soil, carving out a slice of home-fried country as opposed to the city SLACKER indie rock section. Jack Black has a new Tenacious D. album out. And if his diehard fans enjoy the singer’s hell-blazing approach to the ways of metal, they might even be more intrigued with Black’s subversively holy stylings as an effete funeral home manager with both a heart, and throat […]Read On »

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Film Fest: The Laughs Are On at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

2011 Los Angeles Film Festival poster

Dateline: Downtown Los Angeles Exactly why, you may wonder, would one need to attend a film festival in Los Angeles. Isn’t everyday a film day? Yes and no. Sure, any given day there might be a film premiere or a star appearance. But only the Los Angeles Film Festival offers such a magnificent mix of multimedia culture clash. It may be only the second year for the LA Film Festival in its new location—downtown’s glitzy steel and glass entertainment center known as L.A. Live—but it already seems as familiar as popcorn and butter. With most films showing at the Regal […]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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