Movie Review: FROZEN II

FROZEN II movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown, Jason Ritter Writer: Jennifer Lee, story by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck & Marc E. Smith & Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Directors: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Distributor: Disney Release Date: November 22, 2019 Disney’s new animated feature FROZEN II doesn’t require knowledge of 2013’s FROZEN, though that won’t hurt. The first film’s main voice cast – Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad – returns for this tender, often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking and surprisingly deep sequel, set five […]Read On »

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THE GOOD PLACE: D’Arcy Carden chats about all things Janet and the final season – Exclusive Interview

D'Arcy Carden as Janet in THE GOOD PLACE - Season 4 | ©2019 NBC/Andrew Eccles

THE GOOD PLACE, the NBC comedy now in its fourth and final season on Thursday nights, may be the most arced half-hour on network television. Created by Michael Schur, THE GOOD PLACE started as what seemed to be a story about one woman, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), thinking she’d mistakenly been sent to the Good Place (i.e., Heaven) after death. Spoiler alert: it turned out that Eleanor was in an experiment of the Bad Place, run by the demon Michael (Ted Danson). Over three seasons, Michael, Eleanor and Eleanor’s three fellow experimentees – philosophy professor Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), […]Read On »

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ABBY’S: Executive producer Michael Schur chats about his new comedy and Season 4 of THE GOOD PLACE – Interview

Executive producer Michael Schur | ©2019 Universal Television/Evans Vestal

NBC’s Thursday-night comedy ABBY’S stars Natalie Morales as a military veteran who opens her own bar. But not just any bar – Abby’s is a proudly unlicensed establishment that’s under a canopy in the backyard of Abby’s rental home. It’s a big hit with the neighbors. New landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin) at first freaks out when he sees Abby’s, but Abby and her customers soon bring him around. Created by Josh Malmuth, ABBY’S has the distinction of being one of the very few television comedies ever shot for a live audience outdoors, rather than on a soundstage.  Michael Schur is […]Read On »

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SAUSAGE PARTY highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Nov. 8, 2016

SAUSAGE PARTY | © 2016 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. SAUSAGE PARTY – The whole idea behind SAUSAGE PARTY is a bit disturbing, that food is actually conscious and reacts to how we, well, devour them. Like I don’t want to know about my bread loving getting spread with mustard and then at the same time get eaten in extreme pain. Luckily, it is all in good, filthy and dirty-talking fun with a host of funny people including Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, James Franco, Danny McBride and more. Obviously this is a very […]Read On »

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THE GOOD PLACE: Director Drew Goddard chats new NBC comedy – interview

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THE GOOD PLACE, per NBC’s new Thursday-night comedy – which has a special premiere on Monday, September 19 – is where you go after death if you’ve been a wonderful person. Turns out that, in life, humans are graded by deed, and only the top percentage make it here. How good is the good place? So good that Ted Danson in his most kindly mode plays Michael, the being in charge. Kristen Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop, who actually wasn’t so good while alive. She’s here through a clerical error, but now desperately trying to be good so no one finds […]Read On »

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

FROZEN | © 2014 Disney Home Video

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: FROZEN – What can be said about Disney’s FROZEN that hasn’t already? It is a great animated flick that appeals to all ages with catchy songs, two strong female leads and loveable side characters that really adds up to a tremendous effort. I know of many kids […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FROZEN

FROZEN movie poster | ©2013 Disney

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Josh Gad, Ciaran Hinds, Alan Tudyk Writer: Jennifer Lee, story by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and Shane Morris, inspired by THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen Music and Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Directors: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: November 27, 2013 A consistently delightful animated feature, action-packed, beautiful to watch and studded with strong show tunes, FROZEN harks back to the Disney classics like THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. FROZEN ventures further from its source […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HOUSE OF LIES’ Ben Schwartz talks Season 2

Ben Schwartz as Clyde Oberholt in House of Lies | (c) 2013 Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME

HOUSE OF LIES, Showtime’s dark comedy about a team of ruthless management consultants, is now in its second season, Sunday nights at 10 PM. In the series created by Matthew Carnahan, Ben Schwartz plays team member Clyde Oberholt, who envies boss Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle, who is also one of the show’s producers) and would like to seduce colleague Jeannie van der Hooven (Kristen Bell). As a performer, Bronx native Schwartz is also a member of the comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade and has a recurring role as Jean-Ralphio on PARKS AND RECREATION, as well as voicing the animated hero […]Read On »

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Interview: Ben Schwartz builds a HOUSE OF LIES

Episode 102

Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES, now in the midst of its first season Sundays at 10 PM and already renewed for next year, is based on a memoir by real-life former management consultant Martin Kihn. In the series, Don Cheadle plays Marty Kaan, the leader of a group of corporate management consultants whose vocabulary of head-spinning slick-speak can dazzle clients into ignoring the b.s. raining down upon them. Marty’s minions include Kristen Bell’s Jeannie Van Der Hooven, Josh Lawson’s Doub Guggenheim and, last but not least, Clyde Oberholt, played by Ben Schwartz. Schwartz, who recurs on NBC’s PARKS AND RECREATION as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BIG MIRACLE

BIG MIRACLE movie poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, Amaogak Sweeney, John Pingayak, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, Kathy Baker, Tim Blake Nelson Writers: Jack Amiel & Michael Begler, based on the book FREEING THE WHALES by Thomas Rose Director: Ken Kwapis Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 3, 2012 A movie that is pretty much equally friendly to whales, whale hunters, Greenpeace and big oil sounds like a) something that can’t exist and b) would be pretty spineless if it did. Surprise – BIG MIRACLE, loosely based on an actual incident, manages to accomplish all of this and […]Read On »

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