Movie Review: OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY poster | ©2016 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney B. Vance, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Karan Soni Writers: Justin Malen & Laura Solon & Dan Mazer, story by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore and Timothy Dowling Directors: Josh Gordon & Will Speck Distributor: Paramount Release Date: December 9, 2016 In comedic terms, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY is in the genre of THE HANGOVER and HORRIBLE BOSSES, both movies with multiple ties to this film. OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY isn’t as funny as the original entries in those series, but it’s way better than […]Read On »

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WHIPLASH Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

WHIPLASH | © 2015 Sony Pictures 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: WHIPLASH – One of the first Best Picture films from the Oscars to come to video, this is the powerful tale of an up-and-coming drummer that gets drafted by a big league school for music to sit at the big boys table. Unfortunately, that comes at a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks Writers: Sean Anders & John Morris, story by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Sean Anders & John Morris, characters created by Michael Markowitz Director: Sean Anders Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 26, 2014 2011’s HORRIBLE BOSSES was a pretty funny if not always on-target riff on STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 suffers in part because it’s not organized as a riff on anything in particular, and partly because a notable portion of its […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Ben Schwartz Writer: Jonathan Tropper, based on his novel Director: Shawn Levy Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 19, 2014 There are some outstanding performances in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, which elevates the movie into something actually watchable, as opposed to a couple of good moments interspersed with scenes meant to be funnier or more affecting. The set-up is this: Mort Altman has died. His widow, the formidable therapist and best-selling author Hillary […]Read On »

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Interview with GROWING UP FISHER narrator Jason Bateman

Jenna Elfman stars as Joyce on GROWING UP FISHER | © 2014 Colleen Hayes/NBC

It’s a busy time for Jason Bateman. GROWING UP FISHER, the half-hour NBC comedy he executive produces and narrates, is in its third week on Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, and his feature directorial debut, BAD WORDS, which Bateman also stars in and produces, opens this Friday, March 14. In GROWING UP FISHER, young Henry (Eli Baker) is dealing with the friendly divorce of his parents, Mel (J.K. Simmons) and Joyce (Jenna Elfman). Bateman voices the older Henry, looking back at a time in his life complicated not so much by the parental split as by his father’s blindness, which is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the Hollywood Foreign Press Installation Luncheon

Colin Farrell at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annual Installation Luncheon | ©2013 Sue Schneider

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) held their annual Installation Luncheon on August 13th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This luncheon is to introduce the new officers and directors and the HFPA presented $1.6 million dollars in financial grants to film schools and non-profits and scholarship programs due to the success of the Golden Globes in January of this year. Theo Kingma, the new President of the HFPA welcomed the guests and announced the 2013 grant recipients. Eva Longoria was the emcee for this year’s luncheon. The grants were accepted by a list of star-studded actors, which included: Nicole Kidman […]Read On »

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A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD | (c) 2013 Fox 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: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD – Obviously going into this film you have to realize it is another DIE HARD movie with a protagonist that is quite the indestructible force. After four films of John McClane (Bruce Willis) battling the odds and bad guys and with […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT star Jeffrey Tambor talks Season 4

Jeffrey Tambor as George Bluth in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT | (c) 2013 Netflix

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, the comedy series created by Mitch Hurwitz about the dysfunctional Bluth family, ran on Fox for three seasons, from 2003 through 2006. Contrary to its title, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT has at last developed further, thanks in large part to nonstop demand from its ardent fans, with a new season of fifteen episodes released simultaneously on Netflix on May 26. The new season shows some incidents from multiple characters’ points of view. Jeffrey Tambor, who plays unstable patriarch George Bluth Senior, talked briefly after a Q&A event for the Television Critics Association about returning to a beloved role seven years […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DISCONNECT

DISCONNECT movie poster | ©2013 LG Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Theriot, Colin Ford, Jonah Bobo, Aviad Bernstein Writer: Andrew Stern Director: Henry-Alex Rubin Distributor: LG Entertainment Release Date: April 12, 2013 DISCONNECT is a film that will provide a lot of satisfaction – and ammunition – for those afraid to take full advantage of social media on the computer. No one can catalogue everything that might go wrong with talking and trusting people one hasn’t met in person, but writer Andrew Stern and director Henry-Alex Rubin come up with a solid list […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the IDENTITY THIEF World Premiere

Jason Bateman at the World Premiere of IDENTITY THIEF | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures held the World Premiere of IDENTITY THIEF on February 4th at the Regency Village Westwood Theatre. IDENTITY THIEF is about a businessman named Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) whose identity gets stolen. Traveling from Denver to Miami to confront the person, Diana (Melissa McCarthy) who has been living it up since stealing his identity. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, Eric Stonestreet, Mary-Charles Jones, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Brett Baker, Seth Gordon (Director), Jerry Eeten (Storywriter), and Craig Mazin (Storywriter/Screenwriter). […]Read On »

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