Movie Review: SAVING MR. BANKS

SAVING MR BANKS movie poster | ©2013 Walt DIsney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman Writers: Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith Director: John Lee Hancock Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 13, 2013 (limited); December 20, 2013 (wide) Something you realize very early on in SAVING MR. BANKS is that the filmmakers are very fortunate that Emma Thompson exists to play MARY POPPINS author P.L. Travers. As Mrs. Travers (as she insists on being addressed) is written in the screenplay by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, the woman is inconsiderate, heedless of […]Read On »


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Movie Review: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS | (c) 2013 Columbia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vasquez, David Warshofsky Writer: Billy Ray, based on the book A CAPTAIN’S DUTY: SOMALI PIRATES, NAVY SEALS, AND DANGEROUS DAYS AT SEA by Richard Phillips with Stephen Talty Director: Paul Greengrass Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 11, 2013 Even before Johnny Depp repeatedly set sail under the Disney flag, sea-going piracy in the popular imagination tends toward the sword-wielding, rum-swilling skull-and-crossbones proud individualists. Modern-day piracy is neither colorful nor romantic, but simply a scary, deadly business. […]Read On »


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JOHN DIES AT THE END Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

JOHN DIES AT THE END | (c) 2013 Magnolia 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: JOHN DIES AT THE END – Woman exploding into snakes. A meat monster coming to life from a freezer. A zombie looking for the axe that killed him. A flying moustache. A bratwurst phone. A mall of the dead. Ginormous hybrid machine creatures. This is just a […]Read On »


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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Martin Short

Martin Short and Paul McCartney in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

After a very rough patch of episodes, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE pulled out all the stops for its Christmas episode hosted by Martin Short with musical guest Paul McCartney. Following on the heels of the tragedy in the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, SNL made the cold opening a very classy and understated moment – they had the New York Children’s Choir sing “Silent Night”. No mention was made of the tragedy, but it was clear what this moment stood for. Very memorable. The rest of the episode was filled with an endless parade of big name cameos (Samuel L. Jackson, Alec […]Read On »


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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Jaime Foxx

Jamie Foxx and Jason Sudeikis in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: December 8, 2012 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE returns after a three-week hiatus, and the time away still hasn’t made the show any sharper or any funnier. Season 38 has turned into one of the worst seasons in some time and I still haven’t figured out why. Kristen Wiig and Andy Samburg leaving should not have killed the show’s momentum. They were good, but they weren’t […]Read On »


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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner hosts SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: November 17, 2012 The downward spiral of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE continues with this abysmal episode hosted by Jeremy Renner. While Renner is an amazing dramatic actor, doing live TV is not necessarily his strong suit, although when his piano failed to play during his monologue, he handled himself quite well until the problem was fixed. That said, most of the sketches were terrible this […]Read On »


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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: November 10, 2012 After last week’s hilarious episode with host Louis C.K., SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE struggles once again with returning host Anne Hathaway (this is her third time). Like her previous two stints, Hathaway is fantastic and very funny. In many ways she’s a stronger performer than the material she’s given and her ability to put herself out there and look ridiculous is part […]Read On »


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Exclusive Photos from the CLOUD ATLAS Los Angeles Premiere

Halle Berry at the Los Angeles Premiere of CLOUD ATLAS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures presented the Los Angeles Premiere of CLOUD ATLAS, a Cloud Atlas X-Filme Creative Pool Anarchos Production in association with A Company and ARD Degeto recently at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Fans lined the street of Hollywood from Highland to Orange, which was closed to traffic and as the stars arrived the fans screamed. Seen walking the black carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Keith David, James D’Arcy, David Gyasi, Xun Zhou, Zhu Zhu, Raevan Lee Hanan, Korbyn Hawk Hanan, Cody […]Read On »


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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Bruno Mars

Nasim Pedrad and Bruno Mars in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 After a couple of really embarrassingly bad weeks on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, there’s a bit of a rebound with their latest episode hosted by singer Bruno Mars (who also served as musical guest). Again, the writing is a bit on the weak side, but when you have someone who is game and as talented as Bruno, even lackluster material suddenly comes […]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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