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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Exclusive Interview: VEEP creator Armando Iannucci chats about his HBO series

Julia Louise-Dreyfuss in VEEP - Season 1 | ©2012 Bill Gray

Writer/director/producer Armando Iannucci loves political comedy. The Glasgow-born hyphenate is also known for non-political comedy, including several series of ALAN PARTRIDGE shows starring Steve Coogan as an inept talk show host. However, a lot of viewers know Iannucci’s work from THE THICK OF IT, his satire of the British corridors of power, currently airing on BBC America. IN THE LOOP, the film based on THE THICK OF IT that Iannucci directed and co-wrote, was nominated for an adapted screenplay Oscar. Now Iannucci has come to HBO with the half-hour comedy VEEP, which airs Sunday nights on the premium cable network. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GAME CHANGE writer Danny Strong on Sarah Palin, politics and more

On the set of GAME CHANGE with screenwriter Danny Strong | ©2012 HBO

GAME CHANGE is an apt title for what happened in the 2008 election when John McCain, the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America, selected then-Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin as his running mate. Even people who see eye to eye on nothing else can agree that what followed was not quite like anything else that had ever happened on the national stage. The book GAME CHANGE by Time Magazine editor-in-chief Mark Halperin and political journalist John Heilemann encompasses the entire 2008 election, including the Democratic contest between then-Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The HBO film […]Read On »

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TCA News: Julianne Moore talks about playing Sarah Palin in HBO’s GAME CHANGE

Julianne Moore in GAME CHANGE | ©2012 HBO/Phillip V. Caruso

HBO is digging back into the well of the recent political past with their new movie GAME CHANGE based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin non-fiction book about the 2008 Presidential Race. Playing Sarah Palin, who ran for vice-president alongside John McCain, is actress Julianne Moore who went through a tremendous amount of research to get the performance right so it was real and grounded – and not a caricature. “The first thing I did was hire a vocal coach, because for me she has an incredibly idiosyncratic way of speaking and I really felt I needed to capture that,” […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: Donald Trump is not running for president (we hope)

Donald Trump in THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE | ©NBC/Virginia Sherwood

I don’t believe that Donald Trump is really running for president. If he was he would have already launched a reality show in which people compete to be his running mate. I think we can all agree that Gary Busey would totally win that one. Still, when people talk about Donald Trump running for president I cringe. Why? Because people are saying they would actually vote for him. Normally, something this ridiculous would make me laugh out loud like the time my friend tried to convince me that McDonald’s oatmeal is healthy – except I live in the state that […]Read On »

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TRON: LEGACY is one of the Blu-ray and DVD Picks this week

TRON LEGACY | © 2011 Walt Disney

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 TRON: LEGACY – This is a fun film. It has all the elements from the original classic but with current technologies used to create the special effects and the environments. It is like watching the classic but with a new coat of fresh pain. Jeff Bridges does […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: Bristol Palin RUINS America

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas on DANCING WITH THE STARS (11-22-10) |© ABC/Adam Larkey

Welcome to ASSIGNMENT X’s newest weekly column THE DORK SIDE written by Sonia Mansfield, which will tackle all things geek from a humorous perspective. Apparently, if Bristol Palin wins DANCING WITH THE STARS then the terrorists have won. That’s the impression I’m getting from all the media coverage anyway. There are a lot of things I don’t care about. My top 3 right now are JERSEY SHORE, 3-D movies and DANCING WITH THE STARS. Yeah, I said it. I don’t care about DANCING WITH THE STARS. Make sure to report me to the Pop Culture Police. I really don’t care. […]Read On »

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