Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jonathan Demme

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Very sad news today...

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar winning director, producer and screenwriter and screenwriter, has died at age 73.

Born in Baldwin, Long Island, Demme has had one of the great filmmaking careers of his era, rising to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986) and Married to the Mob (1988). He won his Oscar for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and later helmed the acclaimed films Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008), along with many seminal documentaries such as the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, and Neil Young: Heart of Gold. 

Like more than a few iconic directors Demme cracked into features making exploitation films for Roger Corman, directing such films as Caged Heat, Crazy Mama and Fighting Mad for Corman’s New World Pictures. His first breakthrough was Melvin and Howard, not a box office hit but a film that was critically acclaimed. He established his eclectic, energetic style with Stop Making Sense, followed by the manic Something Wild, the Spalding Gray monologue Swimming to Cambodia and the New York comedy Married to the Mob. 

Demme followed that with The Silence of the Lambs, one of the last films for Orion which was released in February and was the rare film to win all five major categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay for Ted Tally, Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins & Best Actress for Jodie Foster –even though the studio didn’t have a ton of money to spend on a campaign, and horror is almost always overlooked by the Academy. Demme followed with Philadelphia, an early film that focused on the hypocrisy and prejudice surrounding the AIDS crisis, which won the Best Actor Oscar for Tom Hanks, who starred alongside Denzel Washington.

He directed some great films, was highly respected as a director, and beloved for his ability to work so well with actors and creative teams on each of his projects.

He will be missed.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All the Kingsman

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The first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle was released today...

It's definitely got a bigger all-star cast (including Colin Firth's character who died in the original), but still looks as crazy fun as the first one.


The movie opens on September 22nd.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Erin Moran

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Very sad news over the weekend...

Popular actress Erin Moran, a mainstay on TV from the late '60s to the mid-'80s and best known for her kid-sister role in the sitcom "Happy Days," has died. She was 56.

Moran was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Richie Cunningham, who was played by Ron Howard, a child actor who is now a famed director.The show aired from 1974 to 1984. It was set in 1950s Milwaukee and was a big hit with a catchy theme song and memorable characters such as The Fonz, played by Henry Winkler.

Moran played the same character in the early 1980s in "Joanie Loves Chachi," a short-lived spinoff with her "Happy Days" co-star Scott Baio continuing his role as Chachi Areola. She made regular appearances on the series "Daktari" in the late '60s and "The Love Boat" in the '80s. She made guest appearances on TV shows such as "The Waltons," "My Three Sons" and "Gunsmoke."

She had been the subject of tabloid reports that she and her husband were living in a trailer in Indiana since losing her home to foreclosure in California. While other cast members continued to act or direct, acting work dried up for Moran.

She definitely had a rough time after the 80's and it's sad that she wasn't able to get the help that she needed to turn her life around later in life. I'm sure she did the best she could with what she had available.

She will be remembered and missed.

Friday, April 21, 2017


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FOX ordered a new season of 10 more episodes of the The X-Files to air later this year or early next year.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Snap shot

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A behind-the-scenes effects video for Man of Steel was recently released. In it, they explain how they planned a lot of the complex battle scenes, including the one where Superman has to kill Zod...

It always amazes me how they can film something as simple as two people against a green screen and, after the effects are added, it becomes this vast realistic landscape with amazing visual scope.

Nice work, folks.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Recess is for babies

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The trailer for the third season of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was just released...

"Thumbs are for hitchhiking and being Fonzie."


Can't wait until the new season becomes available on May 19th!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

It's time

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The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released today...

This looks pretty exciting and, obviously, takes place immediately after The Force Awakens.

Can't. Wait!!

The movie opens on December 15th.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Our only hope

As part of the Star Wars celebration that kicked off today in Orlando, a very special tribute to Carrie Fisher was presented...

I'm not crying....YOU'RE crying.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


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A new Transformers: The Last Knight trailer was released today....

Even though each of these films seems to be just like the previous one, I do have to give the studio some props....they really do a good job of keeping these movies visually entertaining.

Dialogue and any attempt at telling a story really just get in the way at this point.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A friend from work

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The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok was just released...

That looks Hela awesome!

The movie opens November 3rd.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Anger Issues

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A couple new trailers were released over the weekend. The first is for War for the Planet of the Apes...

It looks as intense as the previous sequels, with even more ape-hating-man-hating-ape action.

This film swings into theaters on July 14th.

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We also got a new Mummy trailer....

This was definitely a better trailer than the previous one and gives you a bigger vision of the overall story, which is nice.

She's a very angry Mummy for sure.

We'll see her rage into theaters on June 9th.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


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It was just announced that Joss Whedon will write/direct a solo Batgirl movie...

Batgirl is flying solo. The super-heroine is getting her own standalone movie from filmmaker Joss Whedon. Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe.

The Batgirl project will be the second movie from DC Films to star a female lead after Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” which opens June 2.

Whedon would be making a big move from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to its DC counterpart, having written and directed “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” for Disney-Marvel. He also created the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Firefly,” “Dollhouse,” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

This is very exciting news.

I enjoy just about everything that Joss Whedon has done, so far. He writes great characters (especially females) and always has an element of fun in his projects.

Can't wait to see how this all turns out!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What a world

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The new trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was released today...

It certainly looks visually amazing, which I always enjoy. Hopefully the story and action will keep up with the visuals.

The movie opens on July 21st.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


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A new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer was just released today...

It appears that Spidey has a detachable Spider-Drone on his chest now....crafty.

It also looks like Iron Man might have a larger role that initially thought.


Guess we'll find out all the scoopage when the movie opens on July 7th.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Justice League Trailer

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The Justice League trailer was released over the weekend...

It's a pretty good trailer, although it does appear to be as dark and CGI-y as the Batman v Superman trailer, so I'm hoping it's not going to be too shot-on-a-green screen looking in the theater.

But, I'm still looking forward to this and hope the story turns out to be lot better than Batman v Superman.

We shall see...

The movie opens on November 17th.

Friday, March 24, 2017

My plan

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I think this new Spider-Man: Homecoming poster pretty much sums up what I plan to do this weekend.

Just without the cool outfit and headphones.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fargo: Season 3

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The first full trailer for the new season of the FX series Fargo was released...

Like the others, this has a great cast (Ewan McGregor playing two characters, Carrie Coon from the Leftovers) and looks as dysfunctional as the first two seasons.

Can't wait!

The new season starts on April 19th.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Where's Rudolph?

Here is the Love, Actually reunion teaser for the upcoming NBC Red Nose Day special in May.

From an original script by the film’s writer-director Richard Curtis, the founder of Red Nose Day, the short film revisits the movie’s characters to discover what they’re up to in 2017. In addition to Grant, Lincoln and Neeson, cast members revisiting their roles from the movie are Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke and Rowan Atkinson. 

For the third year of Red Nose Day in the U.S., Americans nationwide wear their red noses and raise money and awareness to help children living in poverty in America and around the world. Red Nose Day has raised more than $60 million in its first two years since launching in the U.S. in 2015.

The short film will air May 25 on NBC as part of The Red Nose Day Special and March 24’s Red Nose Day in the UK on BBC1. 

Count me in, actually!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dark Tower

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The first poster for The Dark Tower was released today.

Looks very Inception-esque.

The movie opens on July 28th (same day as Atomic Blonde).

Thursday, March 16, 2017


As if waiting for the train in the middle of winter isn't challenging enough...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

American Gods

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A new trailer for the Starz upcoming series American Gods was released today....

There are a lot of famous faces in this too...

It’s actually hard to name every single god we get to see here, but it looks like at least Bilquis (Yetide Badaki), Czernobog (Peter Stormare), Zorya Vechernyaya (Cloris Leachman), Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber), Vulcan (Corbin Bernsen), Easter (Kristin Chenoweth), and Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) are all getting time. And, of course, Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) stands out from the pack, in terms of new gods.

It looks visually interesting and I do enjoy Cloris Leachman in anything. However, it does look pretty stabby, so that could be a challenge.

I'll see how the reviews are and then decide if it's worth getting Starz or just waiting for it to show up OnDemand.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

James Blonde

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Charlize Theron has two big movies opening up in the next few months and she appears to be kicking all kinds of ass in both of them. The first trailer is for Atomic Blonde....

It reminds me of the Bourne Identity movies...especially the one-shot fight sequences.

Looks pretty good and she's always awesome to watch.

Atomic Blonde opens on my birthday, July 28th.

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Charlize is also playing the villain in the new Fast and the Furious movie...

She is definitely causing just a "wee" bit of chaos for the car kids.

I'm sure lots of cars will go fast and crash and then other things will happen...and then it'll end.

Until the next sequel.

Regardless...I'm still going to see it.

The Fast and Furious 8 opens on April 14th.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Waiting for you

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A new Wonder Woman trailer was released over the weekend....

It's still looking pretty awesome, but I'm trying to keep my expectations low...just in case.

However...I still can't wait!!

The movie opens on June 2nd.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

GOT 7/16

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HBO finally announced when Season 7 of Game of Thrones would start...July 16th.

Here is their promo video that went along with the announcement...


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Do Review

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The upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly features a first look at the Thor: Rangnarok cast, which includes Cate Blanchett (looking very un-Cate Blanchett-y) as the villain, Hela.

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Jeff Goldblum (looking very Flash Gordon-y) as the Grandmaster.

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Chris Hemsworth's Thor is wielding a new haircut (looking very why-don't-you-marry-ME-y).

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I guess even Gods need to get their hur did once in a while.

Thor: Rangnarok opens on November 3rd.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The gang's all here

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The cast of Will and Grace tweeted some pics from their first promo shoot for their new season of the show that starts production soon and will air sometime in the 2017-2018 TV season....

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Can't wait!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Deadpool 2 teaser

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A funny Deadpool teaser trailer was recently shared by Ryan Reynolds and also shown before Logan this weekend...

Watching him trying to change into his costume in the old phone booth (ala Superman) was hilarious.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Yo, Ho!

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A new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (geez, could they come up with a longer title?) was released today...

Well, it looks just like all of the other Pirate movies (plus ghost sharks!), so it'll probably make billions of jollars.

The movie opens on May 26th.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Guardians and Aliens

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A couple new trailers were released last night...the first, for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2...

Looks like they're keeping things light and action-y...just like the first one.

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Also, we got a new Alien: Covenant trailer....

Maybe it should have been called Jurassic Alien Park instead.

They certainly upped the alien quota compared to the disappointing Prometheus.

Well played.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strangely Fascinating

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The production company that created many of the special effects for the movie Doctor Strange released a demo reel today that showed just how much detail went into creating some of their crazy visuals...

I already loved the movie, but appreciate it even more after seeing that.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Bill Paxton

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Very sad news over the weekend...

Bill Paxton, the veteran actor who starred in Big Love and appeared in films like Aliens, Twister and Apollo 13, died Saturday following complications from surgery. He was 61. 

Before achieving marquee status in blockbusters like Apollo 13 and Twister, Paxton managed to transform his secondary roles into memorable turns, like his obnoxious older brother in Weird Science, his gabby police officer in Predator 2, the marine Hudson in Aliens and a sinister vampire in Near Dark. 

After appearing in a bit part as a punk in The Terminator, Paxton became a favorite of director James Cameron, appearing in small-but-memorable roles in that filmmaker's Aliens, True Lies, Titanic and the documentary Ghosts in the Abyss. Paxton was also one of only two actors - Lance Henriksen being the other - to be killed by a Predator, a Terminator and a Xenomorph from the Alien series. 

Following roles in Tombstone, Trespass, One False Move and Frank and Jesse, Paxton was cast to star in the 1995 blockbuster Twister, cementing his status from unforgettable character actor to leading man. Over the past two decades, the actor also starred in A Simple Plan, the Spy Kids series, Nightcrawler, Club Dread and Frailty, which he also directed. 

Paxton will likely most be remembered for his starring role of Bill Henrickson, a modern-day polygamist living quietly in the suburbs, in the HBO drama Big Love, a role which earned Paxton three Best Actor Golden Globe nominations. The series ran for five seasons.

He was always good and fun to watch in anything he was in...such a shame and so young.

He will be missed.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Twin Peaks Day

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In honor of the day that Agent Cooper first entered Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of Laura Palmer, Showtime has released two new posters for it's upcoming continuation of the series...

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Here is the clip of him first entering the town, reporting the day (today) and time of his arrival to Diane...

The new episodes start airing on May 21st.

Can't wait.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Just Kidding

This video compilation of the Best of Kristen Wiig is really funny. You forget how many great/hilarious characters she used to do on SNL...

I had forgotten about her Judy Grimes character. It's amazing how fast and clear she can speak her "Just Kidding"s and be so easy to understand.

The dialog is hilarious!

The video doesn't keep up exactly with the audio, so better to just listen to it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My only hope

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Today is going to be "fun" at the dentist....

Calgon, take me AWAY!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Solo Selfie

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The first photo from the new Han Solo movie was released today...

The first photo from the set of the still-untitled Han Solo film was posted Tuesday, and things are pretty cramped in the Millennium Falcon. 

From left to right you’ve got Woody Harrelson, co-director Chris Miller, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, co-director Phil Lord, Donald Glover, and, of course, Chewbacca. 

I didn't know Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was also in it.


The movie is scheduled to be released on May 18th, 2018.

Monday, February 20, 2017

We are ready

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Wonder Woman makes the cover of the April issue of Empire magazine, which features a story about the upcoming movie.

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The movie opens June 2nd.

I can't wait!