Movie Review: RICHARD JEWELL

RICHARD JEWELL movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Nina Arianda Writer: Billy Ray, based on the article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner and the book SUSPECT by Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen Director: Clint Eastwood Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 13, 2019 On July 27, 1996, Richard Jewell, a security guard working a concert at Atlanta, Georgia’s Centennial Park during the Olympic Games, noticed an unattended backpack. Colleagues thought Jewell was overreacting, but the bomb squad was called. The backpack indeed contained several pipe bombs. Jewell participated in […]Read On »

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CAMPING: Co-creator Jenni Konner on new HBO comedy series – Exclusive Interview

CAMPING - Season 1 Key Art | ©2018 HBO

HBO’s Sunday-night half-hour comedy CAMPING is based on a British series of the same name, which was created by Julia Davis. Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, who both serve as executive producers on the new edition, adapted the American version for HBO. Jennifer Garner stars as ultra-controlling Kathryn McSorley-Jodell, who plans a group camping trip to celebrate the fortieth birthday of mild-mannered husband Walt (David Tennant). The excursion brings out the worst in everyone. Konner, who was also a executive producer on HBO’s GIRLS with Dunham (the two ended their creative partnership earlier this year), directed several episodes of CAMPING, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman Writer: Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 12, 2018 After a brief prologue, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE starts out like the set-up to a joke, with an out-of-the-way motel standing in for a bar. A priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and a really cranky young woman (Dakota Johnson) all walk into the El Royale. This is not a comedy, though the crime drama has its […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BABY DRIVER

BABY DRIVER movie poster | ©2017 Sony/TriStar

Rating: R Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, CJ Jones, Jon Bernthal Writer: Edgar Wright Director: Edgar Wright Distributor: Sony/TriStar Release Date: June 28, 2017 BABY DRIVER has pretty much wall-to-wall music, and almost that much action to go with it. The tale of a very talented, reluctant young driver (Ansel Elgort) working for a crime boss, BABY DRIVER plays like a friendlier version of a Quentin Tarantino movie with more car chases and fewer words. The driver, who calls himself Baby, almost immediately gets a chance to show his stuff, chauffeuring three […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MILLION DOLLAR ARM

MILLION DOLLAR ARM movie poster | ©2014 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Darshan Jariwala, Tzi Ma Writer: Thomas McCarthy Director: Craig Gillespie Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 16, 2014 Based on a true story (photos of the real people involved and a postscript indicate the verifiable facts), MILLION DOLLAR ARM tells the story of what happens when a pair of U.S. sports agents, desperate for a new angle, hit upon the gimmick of popularizing baseball in India by bringing two young Indian athletes to America to try out for the major leagues. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Christina Hendricks talks MAD MEN Season 5

Christina Hendricks in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "The Other Woman" | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

MAD MEN has its fifth-season finale tonight on AMC. Created by Matt Weiner, the series about the careers and personal lives of Madison Avenue advertising executives has won Emmys and viewer loyalty One of the other things MAD MEN has done is made a sex symbol and fashion icon of Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Holloway Harris. Over the seasons, Joan has risen from being a secretary to, this season, a partner in the firm. Hendricks, born in Tennessee and raised in Idaho, acquired a cult following for her role as the many-named con woman Saffron on FIREFLY and was […]Read On »

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Interview: Jared Harris on his MAD MEN exit

Jared Harris in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Commissions and Fees" | ©2012 AMC/Jordin Althaus

Alas, Lane Pryce. The intriguing if not always sympathetic character on AMC’s MAD MEN, a tamped-down financial whiz who turned his back on his bosses back in England to join with the upstart leadership of the breakaway new ad agency made more than a few mistakes that came back to haunt him. After three seasons on MAD MEN, Pryce made a statement to his erstwhile colleagues in Sunday’s episode “Commissions and Fees” – by hanging himself in his office. Actor Jared Harris, who has played Pryce Seasons Three through Five of MAD MEN, knows how to keep a secret. He […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Marc Blucas gets NECESSARY ROUGHNESS on his new USA series

Marc Blucas in NECESSARY ROUGHNESS - Season 1 | ©2011 USA Network/Justin Stephens

In USA Network’s NECESSARY ROUGHNESS ,  psychotherapist Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) is in charge of seeing to the mental health of the pro football players on the Hawks football team, as well as treating other individuals in the sports world. However, the sanest person on the scene often seems to be Hawks trainer Matthew Donnally, played by Marc Blucas. Matthew actually gets Dani her job as team therapist after they sleep together – following this, Dani can’t date Matthew due to professional conflict of interest. Matthew is therefore less than pleased when he notices sparks between Dani and team fixer Nico […]Read On »

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