TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: November 10, 2012 After last week’s hilarious episode with host Louis C.K., SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE struggles once again with returning host Anne Hathaway (this is her third time). Like her previous two stints, Hathaway is fantastic and very funny. In many ways she’s a stronger performer than the material she’s given and her ability to put herself out there and look ridiculous is part […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SKYFALL

SKYFALL movie poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures/MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan, based on the character created by Ian Fleming Director: Sam Mendes Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony/M-G-M Release Date: November 9, 2012 If pressed to define exactly what makes a James Bond movie a James Bond movie, as opposed to some other sort of spy thriller, not too many people would be able to give a specific response. SKYFALL, the newest installment in the chronicles of British secret agent 007, provides an answer. It may not be […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Bruno Mars

Nasim Pedrad and Bruno Mars in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 After a couple of really embarrassingly bad weeks on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, there’s a bit of a rebound with their latest episode hosted by singer Bruno Mars (who also served as musical guest). Again, the writing is a bit on the weak side, but when you have someone who is game and as talented as Bruno, even lackluster material suddenly comes […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate and Jason Sudeikis in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: October 13, 2012 After a strong start with a parody of this week’s Vice-Presidential debate, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE settled into a familiar pattern of overlong sketches and comedy bits that just don’t work. Once again Kate McKinnon rises to the top as one of the most promising new performers as the series relies heavily on Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis to wring laughs out […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAGIC CITY star Olga Kurylenko has the magic touch

Olga Kurylenko in MAGIC CITY - Season 1 | ©2012 Starz

In Starz’s new Friday night series MAGIC CITY, created by Mitch Glazer, Miami’s Miramar Hotel is where it’s all happening. Hotel manager Ike Evans, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, has thought his job was a dream, but with the return of his silent partner, gangster Ben “the Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston), it’s turning into a nightmare. Further complicating Ike’s life is his gorgeous new immigrant wife Vera, played by Olga Kurylenko. Kurylenko, who hails from the Ukraine, has been best known until now by U.S.audiences for her action roles in HITMAN and the most recent James Bond film QUANTUM OF […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Geraldine James, Joely Richardson, Yorick Van Wageningen, Goran Visnjic, Donald Sumpter Writer: Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson Director: David Fincher Distributor: Sony Pictures Release Date: December 20, 2011 Anyone who has read Stieg Larsson’s novel THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, the first installment in the late writer’s “Millennium Trilogy,” will recognize nearly all of the characters and plot developments. True, Steven Zaillian’s screenplay condenses some details, but on the whole, this English-language adaptation (a Swedish version was made in 2009) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong Writers: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John Le Carre Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 9, 2011 John Le Carre’s novel TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is one of the most revered espionage tales ever. Its protagonist George Smiley is the anti-Bond, a British secret agent who wears glasses, has a dodgy marriage and, though he’s no stranger to violence, spends less time dodging […]Read On »

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Composer Interview: Henry Jackman marks the spot for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Composer Henry Jackman | ©2011 Henry Jackman

As cool as it is to have your music pumping the extra kick-ass mile into the hugely enjoyable antics of non-powered, wannabe superheroes, there’s nothing quite like getting your musical mutant on by graduating to the big leagues of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, a score that marks a huge evolution for composer Henry Jackman. Starting his career as an innovator in England’s electronica world, Jackman’s equally impressive string arrangements for album producer Trevor Horn drew the attention of Hans Zimmer, a composer with the Magneto-like powers of irresistibly pulling in promising talent to his lair at Remote Control. It wasn’t long […]Read On »

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Comics Vs. Movies: Riptide of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – Things You Need to Know

Alex Gonzalez in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theaters! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving […]Read On »

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Comics Vs. Movies: Moira MacTaggert of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – Things You Need to Know

Rose Byrne in X-MEN FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theatres! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving […]Read On »

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