Movie Review: THE LAZARUS EFFECT

THE LAZARUS EFFECT | © 2015 Relativity Media

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger Writers: Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater Director: David Gelb Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: February 27, 2015 Don’t let the PG-13 rating scare you away. THE LAZARUS EFFECT is a perfectly good horror movie, and if its various ideas all have their roots elsewhere, the filmmakers have brought them all together in a way that feels fresh and eerie. At a college-funded lab in Berkeley, a small team of youngish scientists works on covert experiments that have the ultimate goal of making it easier for paramedics to […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the HER Los Angeles Premiere

Joaquin Phoenix at the Los Angeles Premiere of HER | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures held the Los Angeles premiere of HER on December 12th at The Directors Guild of America. It was a small premiere with the stars and a few guests. Half of the photographers were outside and the rest of us inside, and since it was such a cold night I was happy to be inside the lobby. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde (who is pregnant), Matt Letscher, and Director Spike Jonze. Joining the stars of HER were guests, which included: Flea, Simon Helberg, Dawn […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUSH

RUSH movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino Writer: Peter Morgan Director: Ron Howard Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 20, 2013 RUSH describes both the motion of the Formula One race cars at the center of this film, and the emotion their drivers get when racing them. It does not describe the pace of the film, although RUSH proceeds at a smooth pace, nor the sensation most of the audience will experience, albeit it’s perfectly watchable. For much of the 1970s, there was a rivalry both on-track and off (the professional rivalry 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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Exclusive Photos from THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE World Premiere

Steve Carell at the World Premiere of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Recently Warner Bros. Pictures held the World Premiere of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Just like most of the premieres held in Hollywood fans lined up across the street from the theatre hoping that the stars would come over to sign autographs, take pictures with them. You can always tell when someone big arrives as the fans scream. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, Jim Carrey, David Copperfield, Michael Bully Herbig, Luke Vanek, Joshua Erenberg, Jessica McClain, Mason Cook, Ron Ostrow, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BUTTER

BUTTER movie poster | ©2012 Radius/The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Yara Shahidi Writer: Jason Micallef Director: Jim Field Smith Distributor: Radius/The Weinstein Co. Release Date: October 5, 2012 Satire is a particularly tough form of parody, and political satire is even tougher. Timing may not be everything, but there’s no question that having a point of reference that is still fresh in people’s minds is important. BUTTER is therefore handicapped by being too late to the table, but it might still salvage itself if it had something new to say. Instead, it tries […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WORDS

THE WORDS movie poster | ©2012 CBS Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, Nora Arnezeder, J.K. Simmons, Lee Sternthal Writers: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal Directors: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: September 7, 2012 No one can fault THE WORDS for ambition, either as a film itself or in its eagerness to examine exactly what ambition means. It therefore gets points up front for being a film that wants to look at why people do what they do, even when their actions wind up putting them at odds with the results they ultimately […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the IN TIME Los Angeles Premiere

Amanda Seyfried at the Los Angeles Premiere of IN TIME | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Regency Enterprises celebrated the Los Angeles Premiere of IN TIME, October 20th at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood. The concept makes me think of the 1976 film LOGAN’S RUN, which starred Michael York and Jenny Agutter where life ended at 30 in the Carousel. In IN TIME, people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year. But if you have the money you can buy your way out of the situation and have a shot at immortal youth. Fans lined the street and screamed as the stars of the film arrived in what looked […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN TIME

IN TIME movie poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer, Johnny Galecki Writer: Andrew Niccol Director: Andrew Niccol Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: October 28, 2011 On the upside, IN TIME has a great premise and its, well, timing couldn’t be better, what with its heartfelt sentiments that the super-rich are draining life from the poor hitting the screen right as Occupy Wall Street is in the streets. On the downside, director/writer/producer Andrew Niccol is so intent on his message that he sidesteps a lot of the potential inherent in his science […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the COWBOYS & ALIENS premiere

Harrison Ford at the World Premiere of COWBOYS & ALIENS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures held the premiere of COWBOYS & ALIENS at the San Diego Civic Theatre on July 23rd, as part of ComicCon. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Sam Rockwell, Abigail Spencer, Adam Beach, Walton Goggins, Ana de la Reguera, Keith Carradine, Jon Favreau (Director/Executive Producer), Steven Spielberg (Executive Producer), and Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Producers). Joining them were guests, which included: Yvonne Strahovski, Johnny Galecki, Andy Serkis, Zoe Kazan, Charlie Day, Rick Baker, Grant Bowler, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Nina Dobrev, Gillian Jacobs, Calista […]Read On »

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