Movie Review: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT movie poster | ©2018 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley Writer: Christopher McQuarrie, based on the TV series created by Bruce Geller Director: Christopher McQuarrie Distributor: Paramount Release Date: July 27, 2018 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT is one of the best entries in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily saying much, so let’s put it another way. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT is actually entertaining. It moves briskly, it has at least one sequence with helicopters that shows us something new, and it puts […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR TREK BEYOND

STAR TREK BEYOND | © 2016 Paramount

Stars: John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba Writers: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung, based on STAR TREK created by Gene Roddenberry Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Paramount Release Date: July 22, 2016 STAR TREK BEYOND is one of those franchise movies that is so completely bound to its specific film universe that it feels kind of like a big, long episode of a TV series. Except it doesn’t feel like a big, long episode of any of the TV iterations of STAR TREK, originally created by Gene Roddenberry, that […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Knepper corners MOB CITY and the end of CULT

Robert Knepper in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Banana Split" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, running on TNT in two-hour blocks Wednesdays at 9 PM, executive producer/director/writer Frank Darabont has adapted John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR as a drama about the struggle between righteous cops, renegade officers and outright mobsters in 1940s Los Angeles. Some characters, like LAPD Chief William Parker (played by Neal McDonough) and gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), are historical figures. Others, including troubled police detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and female lead Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) are Darabont’s creations. Robert Knepper’s character Syd Rothman, a hit man and lifelong friend of Siegel […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray/DVD release party

J.J. Abrams and Simon Pegg at the celebration for the DVD release of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Paramount Pictures recently celebrated the release of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray and DVD release with a party at the California Science Center. The party was extra special as it took place beneath of wings of the Historic Space Shuttle Endeavour, but unfortunately the press (except for a select few) were anywhere near it. The white carpet was set up in the park area. Walking the carpet were the stars of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, which included: J.J. Abrams (Director), Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Alice Eve (Dr. Carol Marcus), Peter Weller (Admiral Marcus), Bruce […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS poster | ©2013 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller, Alice Eve Writers: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof, based on characters created by Gene Roddenberry Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Paramount Release Date: May 16, 2013 Giving any kind of plot summary of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS runs more than the usual risk of spoilers. What can be said? Well, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the very dedicated crew of the Enterprise extricate themselves by the skin of their teeth […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN movie poster | ©2011 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (motion-capture): Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Writers: Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish, based on the comic book series by Herge Director: Steven Spielberg Distributors: Paramount/Columbia Release Date: December 21, 2011 THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is a curious sort of film. Based on the comic book series by the Belgian writer/artist Herge (real name Georges Prosper Remi, 1907-1983), the motion-capture adventure gives dimensionality to the look of the original artwork, but relies on a kind of Boy’s Own Adventure sensibility that seems a little thin by contemporary standards. Director Steven […]Read On »

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YOUR HIGHNESS is one of the Blu-ray and DVD picks this week

YOUR HIGHNESS | © 2011 Universal 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 YOUR HIGHNESS – By all intents, YOUR HIGHNESS should be a complete disaster. Yet, it is at times hilarious. At times completely disgusting. At times not too shabby in the action department. Take Danny McBride’s Kenny Powers from EASTBOUND AND DOWN as a complete wimp and plop […]Read On »

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CD Review: PAUL original soundtrack

PAUL original soundtrack | © 2011 Universal

After showing his deadly serious Bond action grooves were a slam-bang fit for the buddy cop tribute HOT FUZZ, David Arnold now finds his background blasting aliens for INDEPENDENCE DAY comes in just as handy for a far nicer E.T. named PAUL– his second satirical film homage score for actor-writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. If there’s a recipe to this duo’s winning movie-movie formula, it’s walking a fine line between spoofing their source material and just going with their unabashed love of it. Ditto David Arnold right from the start with a winking 50’s sci-fi Theremin and a dark […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: PAUL American premiere

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the American Premiere of PAUL | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures held the American Premiere of PAUL on March 14th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Who is PAUL?  A fugitive…a celebrity…a slacker…a joker or just an alien. While two British comic-book geeks are traveling across the U.S. they encounter an alien outside Area 51. PAUL (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out for the last 60 years on the secret military base. When PAUL discovers he’s been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town, a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PAUL

PAUL movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Kristen Wigg Writers: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Director: Greg Mottola Distributor: Universal Release Date: March 17, 2010 It’s rare a comedy comes around that’s as delightfully original and laugh-out loud funny as PAUL. Written by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (who have previously teamed up as actors in SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ), it’s a very meta-take on what would happen if two geeky nubs came across an actual alien while traveling cross-country in America. In this case, those nubs are English – Graeme […]Read On »

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