Movie Review: SNOWDEN

SNOWDEN | © 2016 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant Writers: Kieran Fitzgerald & Oliver Stone, based on the books by Anatoly Kucherena and Luke Harding Director: Oliver Stone Distributor: Open Road Release Date: September 16, 2016 SNOWDEN, per its title, dramatizes the story of Edward Snowden, played here by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Moving between the years 2004 and 2013, the film uses a pivotal set of interviews as a framing device. Snowden starts out as a conservative young aspiring military man who gets recruited into the NSA. Snowden’s computer skills earn […]Read On »

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WAYWARD PINES: Melissa Leo on the new Fox series – Exclusive Interview

Melissa Leo in WAYWARD PINES - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/James Minchin

Melissa Leo won a Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in THE FIGHTER as Alice Ward, the real-life mother of prize fighter Mickey Ward, played in the film by Mark Wahlberg. Alice is a tough customer, which describes many of the characters played by the New York-born Leo, including her Baltimore police detective in five seasons of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS and her New Orleans flood survivor Toni Bernette in HBO’s TREME. “Tough” is perhaps the mildest way to refer to Leo’s Nurse Pam on Fox’s WAYWARD PINES, Thursdays at 9 PM. Adapted by Chad Hodge from the books […]Read On »

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WAYWARD PINES: Reed Diamond on the new Fox summer series – Exclusive Interview

Reed Diamond in WAYWARD PINES - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/James Minchin

In Fox’s miniseries WAYWARD PINES, Thursdays at 9 PM, Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) is understandably upset. Not only is he trapped in the title town, where people are executed over transgressions like referring to their lives pre-arrival, but he finds his partner/ex-lover Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) claiming she’s lived here for twelve years, even though she’s only been missing a few weeks. Morever, Kate says she’s been married for years to local toymaker Harold Balinger, played by Reed Diamond. Native New Yorker Diamond is no stranger to television or to genre. He was one of the starring […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from PRISONERS Los Angeles Premiere

Hugh Jackman at the premiere of PRISONERS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of PRISONERS on September 12th at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. PRISONERS  has an A-list cast, which includes an Oscar Winner, Oscar nominees and a Golden Globe nominee. Walking the carpet were the stars from the film: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Soul, Kyla-Drew Simmons, Aaron Guzikowski (Screenwriter), Producers – Broderick Johnson, Adam Kolbrenner, and Kira Davis. Guests at the event  included: Dennis Haysbert, Emile Hirsch, Carol Connors, Julius Tennon, Alfonso […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: James DuMont on LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

James Dumont at the Annual EYEGORE AWARDS opening night of Universal Studios HALLOWEEN HORROR NGHTS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Chances are excellent that you’ve seen James DuMont in something, or even many things. The actor, who was born in Chicago and raised both there and in New York City, has credits that include SPEED, LOIS & CLARK, PRIMARY COLORS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, SEABISCUIT and MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. At present, DuMontcan be seen on the big screen as Sherman Adams in LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER. The title character Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker, is fictional, loosely based on real White House butler Eugene Allen; Cecil’s wife Gloria, played by Oprah Winfrey, one of THE BUTLER’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the OBLIVION American Premiere

Tom Cruise At the American Premiere of OBLIVION | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures presented the American Premiere of OBLIVION at the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards are held in Hollywood on April 10th. It was a big setup with Hollywood Blvd. closed from Highland to Orange, fans on both sides of the street and in pens on the black carpet. The press was asked to check-in by 4:30 pm, because Tom Cruise who loves his fans was arriving early to sign autographs and take pictures with as many fans as he could. The spacecraft used in the film also was on display on the carpet. After Tom signed and posed […]Read On »

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TV Review: LOUIE – Season 3 – “Telling Jokes / Set Up”

Louie C.K. in LOUIE - Season 2 | ©2012 FX

Stars: Louie C.K. Writer: Louie C.K. Director: Louie C.K. Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: July 7, 2012 The second episode of the third season of LOUIE once again proves why the show is so brilliant and dry, weird and strangely honest. “Telling Jokes / Set Up” begins with Louie sitting around the table with his kids (his TV kids that is) and seeing how his young girls have their own ability to tell silly jokes that are quite funny in their own way. Then, the episode jumps to his stand-up discussing his kids in a lovingly affectionate way. That’s the […]Read On »

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The 83rd Annual Academy Awards – The Complete List of Winners

THE KING'S SPEECH wins Best Picture at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27, 2011 | ©2011 A.M.P.A.S.

There’s not much to say about the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, except that as much as they promised to be young and hip by hiring James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host, it was still the same old Academy Awards. Translation: few surprises, a dearth of actual laughs and predominantly canned speeches lacking any emotion or wit. That said, THE KING’S SPEECH took home the Best Picture title, while frontrunners Colin Firth won for Best Actor in SPEECH and Natalie Portman for Best Actress in BLACK SWAN. The full list of winners are below … Best Picture Iain Canning, Emile […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: from the Los Angeles Premiere of THE FIGHTER

Mark Wahlberg at the Los Angeles Premiere of THE FIGHTER | © 2010 Sue Schneider

Paramount Pictures held the Los Angeles Premiere of THE FIGHTER on December 6th at the Grauman’s Theater in Hollywood. As previously reported in the coverage of THE TEMPEST premiere, both were held the same day, and both across the street from each other. Heading over to the THE FIGHTER immediately after THE TEMPEST finished I was lucky not to have missed any of the stars attending THE FIGHTER premiere. THE FIGHTER is a true story of Dicky Ecklund, portrayed by Christian Bale, who was a former boxing hero that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness. His […]Read On »

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