Movie Review: THE POST

THE POST movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Alison Brie, Jesse Plemons Writers: Liz Hannah and Josh Singer Director: Steven Spielberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 29, 2017 A 1970s-set drama about a newspaper in Washington, D.C. may not sound like the feel-good movie of the year. However, for those who felt 2017 was the epitome of an absurdist political nightmare, THE POST may bring perfect holiday cheer. While Watergate ultimately got the bigger press – think ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (which this […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 29: The We Make the Golden Globes Good Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s podcast, we talk about Sunday night’s Golden Globe nominations. LA LA LAND won all the awards, but Meryl Streep won the night. We’re going to talk about our favorite and least favorite moments of the show, and share how the winners affect our Oscar picks, because we take our Oscar predictions VERY SERIOUSLY. Then Smith talks about the ridiculous exercise of giving awards to artistic achievements as though they were trophies at the end of a baseball season. You can’t score LA LA LAND or MANCHESTER BY THE SEA like box scores. He’s got some interesting […]Read On »

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MAKE IT POP: Megan Lee discusses the new Nickelodeon show – exclusive interview

Erika Tham, Megan Lee and Louriza Tronco star in MAKE IT POP | © 2015 Nickelodeon

In Nickelodeon’s comedy/musical series MAKE IT POP, in first-run every weeknight at 7 PM through May 1, Megan Lee plays Sun Hi. Sun Hi is a prep school student with a vlog and dreams of stardom. To this end, Sun Hi enlists her roommates Jodi (Louriza Tronco) and Corki (Erika Tham), plus their composer classmate Caleb (Dale Whibley), to join her in forming a pop music group called XOIQ. A Southern California native, Lee has been acting since she was ten, performing in a slew of commercials, as well as TV series (DISNEY GET CONNECTED, CRASH) and feature films (ANITA […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INTO THE WOODS

INTO THE WOODS movie poster | ©2014 Walt DIsney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Christine Baranski Writers: Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on their stage musical Director: Rob Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2014 Not to name names, but transferring stage musicals to the screen can be risky business. This is especially true when there are magical elements in the original, because what looks splendid done live can look either cheesy (if copied from the stage) or jarringly […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Julianne Nicholson goes down THE RED ROAD

Julianne Nicholson in THE RED ROAD | ©2014 Sundance Channel/James Minchin

In Sundance TV’s limited series THE RED ROAD, Julianne Nicholson plays Jean Jensen. Jean is married to sheriff’s deputy Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson), is the mother of two daughters and lives in a small town in the Ramapo Mountains, where the citizenry coexist with the Native American tribe whose community is up the hill. Jean is so ashamed of her schizophrenia that she’s pretended to have a drinking problem, but her secret starts to come unraveled after she is involved in a hit-and-run. Her husband Harold winds up conspiring to cover up the incident with lately-returned ex-con and former high […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY movie poster | ©2013 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham Writer: Tracy Letts, based on his play Director: John Wells Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: December 27, 2013 AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY won the 2008 Best Play Tony for its debut Broadway performance, and it’s easy to see why – Tracy Letts’ script is well-constructed and cumulatively devastating. The film version, with a screenplay adapted by Letts and directed by John Wells, opens the play up somewhat by giving us some of the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE HOUR creator Abi Morgan talks Season 2

Ben Whishaw in THE HOUR - Season 2 | ©2012 BBC America/Kudos/Joe Martin

THE HOUR is back for a second season on BBCA America. It’s now 1957 and we’re back in the offices and studios of the British news program “The Hour,” where producer Bel (Romola Garai), anchorman Hector (Dominic West) and journalist Freddie (Ben Whishaw) have all reconvened ten months after the harrowing events of the first season. Writer/producer Abi Morgan created THE HOUR, and also wrote the screenplay for last year’s feature film THE IRON LADY, which earned Meryl Streep another Best Actress Oscar for playing Margaret Thatcher. Morgan is present at the party BBC America is throwing for the Television […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including THE DARKEST HOUR

THE DARKEST HOUR | © 2012 Summit 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: THE DARKEST HOUR – This is an interesting take on the alien invasion/apocalypse genre from producer Timur Bekmambetov (who directed WANTED as well as the awesome NIGHTWATCH series). Set in Moscow, two friends try to get their Internet business off the ground but get shafted instead. They […]Read On »

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And the Oscar winners for The 84th Annual Academy Awards are …

Producer Thomas Langmann accepts the award for Best Picture for THE ARTIST at the 84th Annual Academy Awards | ©2012 A.M.P.A.S.

While the 85th Annual Academy Awards was short of surprises (or for that matter an truly engaging telecast), it did have Billy Crystal returning as host for the ninth time). Although he played it safe, and came dangerously close to crossing the line at others, he still provided a polished sheen that kept the proceedings afloat. Should he have been funnier? Probably. Was he better than James Franco and Anne Hathaway last year? Definitely, yes. However, the Oscars are really about the winners, so without further ado, here is the master list of who got what including the slam dunk […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE IRON LADY

THE IRON LADY movie poster | ©2011 The Weinstein Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Harry Lloyd, Alexandra Roach, Iain Glen, Anthony Head, Richard E. Grant Writer: Abi Morgan Director: Phyllida Lloyd Distributor: The Weinstein Company Release Date: December 30, 2011 There are a number of reasons to see THE IRON LADY. Foremost, as one might expect, is Meryl Streep’s phenomenal performance as Margaret Thatcher, both at the peak of her power and in her later dementia. Streep doesn’t do an impersonation of the well-known public figure. Instead, she makes internal sense of every action shown here, whether she is cajoling the shade of her husband […]Read On »

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