Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of August 4, 2015

CHILD 44 | © 2015 Lionsgate Home 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: CHILD 44 – This is an interesting thriller about Russia at the beginning of the Cold War and the years following World War II. Because Stalin believes that Russia is superior to other countries it is not susceptible to things such as homicide and evil doers. But […]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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Movie Review: LOOPER

LOOPER movie poster | ©2012 TriStar Pictures/Film District

Rating: R Stars: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt, Noah Segan, Pierce Gagnon Writer: Rian Johnson Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: TriStar Pictures/Film District Release Date: September 28, 2012 To say exactly which venerable time travel question LOOPER poses would be to give the game away. You’ll certainly know it when the film gets to it, but what’s especially cool is that writer/director Rian Johnson manages to come up with a new answer to the old moral conundrum. How we get there is a tale in itself. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), our protagonist and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COVERT AFFAIRS star Sendhil Ramamurthy becomes a different hero

Sendhil Ramamurthy in COVERT AFFAIRS - Season 1 - "Around the Sun" | ©2011 USA Network/Steve Wilkie

On USA’s COVERT AFFAIRS, now in its second season Tuesdays at 10 PM, Piper Perabo stars as Annie Walker, a relatively new CIA operative. One of her coworkers is more experienced espionage worker Jai Wilcox, played by Sendhil Ramamuthy. The Chicago native was already part of the NBC/Universal family due to his four years as Dr. Mohinder Suresh on HEROES, where his character was dealing with a lot of daddy issues even before he started to get scaly and super-strong. COVERT AFFAIRS allows Ramamurthy to do a number of things that HEROES did not – for starters, he gets to […]Read On »

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TV Review: COVERT AFFAIRS – Season 2 premiere – “Begin the Begin”

Piper Perabo, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Christopher Gorham and Peter Gallagher in COVERT AFFAIRS - Season 2 | ©2011 USA Network/Frank Ockenfels

Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Anne Dudek, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Peter Gallagher Writers: Matt Corman & Chris Ord Director: Kate Woods Network: USA, Tuesdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 7, 2011 When we last saw COVERT AFFAIRS heroine CIA undercover operative Annie Walker (Piper Perabo), she had just successfully completed a mission, but her also-spy boyfriend Ben Mercer (Eion Bailey) got shot during the process. Good news: Ben is recovering with Annie loyally at his side. Bad news: the military hospital where Ben is healing gets invaded by assassins, and Annie and Ben have to escape. In “Begin the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DOUG LIMAN talks about ‘FAIR GAME’ and ‘COVERT AFFAIRS’

FAIR GAME movie poster | © 2010 Summit

Doug Liman could be dubbed the “spy guy” of producer/directors. True, his first feature film as a director was SWINGERS and he’s delved into other genres with GO and JUMPER, but his helming of THE BOURNE IDENTITY and MR. AND MRS. SMITH indicate a predilection for the world of people pretending to be what they’re not. Currently, Liman’s latest feature as director/ producer is in theatres. FAIR GAME tells the story of real-life CIA agent Valerie Plame, played by Naomi Watts, whose cover was blown by American government officials to punish her diplomat husband Joseph Wilson, played by Sean Penn, […]Read On »

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