Movie Review: OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY poster | ©2016 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney B. Vance, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Karan Soni Writers: Justin Malen & Laura Solon & Dan Mazer, story by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore and Timothy Dowling Directors: Josh Gordon & Will Speck Distributor: Paramount Release Date: December 9, 2016 In comedic terms, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY is in the genre of THE HANGOVER and HORRIBLE BOSSES, both movies with multiple ties to this film. OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY isn’t as funny as the original entries in those series, but it’s way better than […]Read On »

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COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE star Liza Lapira – exclusive interview

Liza Lapira as Leslie in COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE | © 2016 Michael Becker/FOX

In Fox Network’s new half-hour comedy COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE, Sunday’s at 8:30 PM, Cooper (Jack Cutmore-Scott) and his two roommates, plus their pet pig, try to navigate life after college. Cooper’s older brother Josh (Justin Bartha, of the HANGOVER movies) teeters between exasperation and envy of his sibling’s adventures. Then there’s Josh’s wife Leslie, played by Liza Lapira. Lapira’s career has spanned TV comedies (TRAFFIC LIGHT, DON’T TRUST THE B**** IN APARTMENT 23, SUPER-FUN NIGHT), playing law enforcement in one-hour drama (DEXTER, NCIS, BATTLE CREEK) and genre (DOLLHOUSE, the features CLOVERFIELD and REPO MEN). At the same […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Ian Anthony Dale on MURDER IN THE FIRST

Ian Anthony Dale in MURDER IN THE FIRST - Season 1 | ©2014 TNT/Doug Hyun

In TNT’s MURDER IN THE FIRST, Mondays at 10 PM, the San Francisco police homicide squad works on a number of cases, but always circles back to the investigation of the murder of a young woman who worked for a super-wealthy entrepreneur (Tom Felton). Ian Anthony Dale plays Detective Jim Koto. This is hardly Dale’s first go-round as law enforcement – he and fellow MURDER IN THE FIRST actor Taye Diggs previously played police partners in the series DAY BREAK. The Minnesota native also starred in the science-fiction series THE EVENT, has a recurring role on HAWAII FIVE-0 and appeared […]Read On »

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Interview: EDGE OF TOMORROW composer Christophe Beck stays alive with his first sci-fi score

EDGE OF TOMORROW | ©2014 Warner Bros.

In the two or so decades since Christophe Beck followed Howard Shore and Mychael Danna as one of Hollywood’s most valuable Canadian composing imports, the burly, bearded and bespectacled musician has become an exemplar on how to incorporate a pop-rock sensibility into an old school, and often orchestral talent for melody. It’s a hummable talent that’s made him a go-to guy for teen hijinks (THE PERFECT MAN, A CINDERELLA STORY), rhythmically swooning romance (GUINEVERE, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN), talking animals (GARFIELD, THE MUPPETS) and thoroughly R-rated bad boy behavior (THE HANGOVER, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) – all before really hitting […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HANGOVER PART III

THE HANGOVER III movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy Writers: Todd Phillips & Craig Mazin, based on characters created by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore Director: Todd Phillips Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 23, 2013 Back in 2009, THE HANGOVER – a comedy about a Vegas bachelor party gone astoundingly wrong – was a surprise hit. The movie was actually hysterically funny, because two of the main characters were desperately trying to figure out how they got into such dire straits, and the third had levels of strangeness that were only […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From THE HANGOVER PART II Los Angeles Premiere

Bradley Cooper at the Los Angeles premiere of THE HANGOVER PART II | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures, A Green Hat Films Production presented the Los Angeles Premiere of THE HANGOVER PART II on May 19th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Hollywood Boulevard was closed between Highland and Orange to accommodate the fans, and all the press. The “black carpet” had HANGOVER printed on it and where I was standing they had big red letters stating the same. In THE HANGOVER PART II, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu remembers the disastrous bachelor […]Read On »

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Fresh Clip: Check out the new THE HANGOVER PART II trailer

THE HANGOVER PART II poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Finally, a better look at the hotly anticipated THE HANGOVER PART II which arrives in theaters May 26, 2011. Following on the heels of the surprise summer sequel THE HANGOVER, the latest installment starring Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis and Ed Helms hews closely to the formula that made the original work – namely a drunk night out where our trio of losers can’t remember what happened. This time, they wake up in Thailand. Todd Phillips once again returns to the director’s chair. Check out the first look at the theatrical trailer below.

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Movie Review: DUE DATE

©2010 Warner Bros. DUE DATE movie poster

When two teams of writers work on a project, it’s generally not good news. Such is the case with DUE DATE, a road trip comedy blessed with the intense, intelligent presence of Robert Downey, Jr. and Zack Galifianakis as mismatched travelers, but lacking hilarity in either premise or details.

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