Movie Review: WELCOME TO MARWEN

WELCOME TO MARWEN | © 2018 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Eiza Gonzalez, Gwendoline Christie, Janelle Monae, Merritt Wever, Leslie Zemeckis Writers: Robert Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 21, 2018 WELCOME TO MARWEN is the story – sort of – of real-life artist Mark Hogancamp. In 2000, when he was thirty-eight years old, Hogancamp was set upon and beaten by five men. Hogancamp was injured so severely that he was in a coma for nine days. When he woke, his brain damage was such that he had no memory of most of his life before […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FLIGHT

Flight | (c) 2012 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Denzel Washington, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly, Dane Davenport, Nadine Velazquez Director: Robert Zemeckis Writer: John Gatins Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: November 2, 2012 You can see what the principals of FLIGHT – star Denzel Washington, director Robert Zemeckis and writer John Gatins – are going for and why they think it might work. The concept is both ambitious and admirable: tell a story of a man battling with addiction through the lens of the kind of exciting event that, in other hands, would take up the entire movie. Washington’s “Whip” Whitaker is neither a loser rolling […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Actor Greg Ellis sails into PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

Greg Ellis at the World Premiere of HOP | ©2011 Sue Schneider

In the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films, the attention (per the title) is on the pirates. However, His Majesty’s Navy is usually on the scene. Greg Ellis’ character Theodore Groves, one of the naval officers in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END (he wasn’t in the second film), is now back in the latest installment, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. The actor, who hails from Lancashire, England, talks exclusively with ASSIGNMENT X about his adventures on the cinematic high seas. ASSIGNMENT X: Have you been going […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: MARS NEEDS MOMS World Premiere

Seth Green, Ryan Ochoa, Mindy Sterling and Elisabeth Harnois at the World Premiere of MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Pictures held the World Premiere of MARS NEEDS MOMS on March 6th at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. When nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds that his mom (Joan Cusack) was nabbed by Martians he decides to go on a quest to save her. What do the Martians want with his mom? They are planning to steal her mom-ness for their own young, but Milo wants her back as he finds out how much he really needs her. After Milo stows away on spaceship, he finds himself taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARS NEEDS MOMS

MARS NEEDS MOMS movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon Writer: Simon Wells & Wendy Wells , based on the story MARS NEEDS MOMS by Berkley Breathed Director: Simon Wells Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 11, 2011 MARS NEEDS MOMS is the latest CGI offering from Walt Disney and Image Movers Digital (who were responsible for the performance capture films THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL).  I have had to warm to the slick almost real style of motion capture animation. Sometimes it really works for me, and other times it’s so natural/unnatural […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARS NEEDS MOMS actor Kevin Cahoon gets a kick out playing a sidekick

Wingnut (Kevin Cahoon) in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

In the new Disney 3D CGI animated feature MARS NEEDS MOMS (which opens Friday nationwide), the film employed the pain-staking performance capture technique used on such films as POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. For actor Kevin Cahoon, it was a process he relished as he plays a Martian character called Wingnut – the sidekick to Gribble (Dan Fogler) who doesn’t quite understand the idea of what being a sidekick is supposed to be. With a performance that’s largely physical, rather than verbal, Cahoon spoke with ASSIGNMENT X about the process and how his Broadway stage work came into […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview MARS NEEDS MOMS and screenwriters like Wendy Wells too

Ki, Milo and Gribble in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

MARS may need moms, but it also needs moms who also happen to be screenwriters. MARS NEEDS MOMS screenwriter Wendy Wells took her child-rearing experiences and along with co-screenwriter/director Simon Wells brought a fresh new take to the standard 3D CGI kid’s film. In adapting Berkeley Breathed’s children’s book, the story took on a whole new life, expanding the universe, aging things up a bit and uncovering even more comedy in the process. The film was also done in the same “performance-capture” technique that’s been previously used by director Robert Zemeckis on THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: It’s all in the family for CASTLE stars Susan Sullivan and Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn in CASTLE - Season Three - "Anatomy of a Murder" | ©2010 ABC/Jordin Althaus

Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), mystery writer extraordinaire, is enjoying his third season of crime-solving on ABC’s Monday-night hit CASTLE. Castle is able to beguile most women – even Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), the prickly NYPD detective he follows around for inspiration, is beginning to fall for him. But there are two females Castle can’t sneak anything past – his much-married Broadway actress mother Martha Rodgers, played by Susan Sullivan, and his bright teenaged daughter Alexis, played by Molly Quinn. They keep Castle honest and allow him to show enduring love and loyalty in his home life, even as he has […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: BACK TO THE FUTURE – 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY

BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY - Blu -ray

It’s hard to believe it was only five years ago when Universal released all three BACK TO THE FUTURE films remastered for DVD with loads of bonus features and retrospectives. Now, it’s time for a Blu-ray reissue with BACK TO THE FUTURE: 25th ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY and if you thought the first set was great, this one blows it out of the water.

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