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Roeper Rundown: Celebrity Prom Dates

April 23rd, 2014

Win A Date with Patricia Arquette

April 23rd, 2014

(LOS ANGELES) March 22 , 2014 – The first-ever True Romance Fest, a thrilling two-day, outdoor screening and party at the world-famous Safari Inn of Burbank, Calif., where the movie was filmed, will take place on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 and the star of the film, Patricia Arquette, and her charity,, have added to the nostalgic fun by auctioning off a dinner-date with Patricia – 100% of the proceeds from this CharityBuzz auction will go to – a foundation to assist displaced children and families after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti though restoration and education by providing sanitary plumbing and compost infrastructure.

Twenty years after the unforgettable film True Romance, starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Brad Pitt, Dennis Hopper and James Gandolfini, hit theaters, the films very own Bronson Pinchot will host this exclusive overnight gathering for die-hard fans. This unique premier event will celebrate the classic film, written by the critically acclaimed Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott.


The weekend will begin on Friday with a kick-off party with Paul ‘Marty’ Bates and a night of karaoke, True Romance style! Saturday morning will feature a meet & greet and breakfast with actor Bronson Pinchot, and culminate with an outdoor sunset screening of the cult classic film. A Q&A with cast and crew will follow the screening. Guests can enjoy the “You’re So Cool” photo booth, DJ, food, drink, as well as a display of original movie props, including Clarence and Alabama’s wedding rings. Additional special guests are to be announced.

Hotel VIP packages and individual screening-only tickets are on sale now at

NEW CLIP: ‘Godzilla’

April 21st, 2014

TRAILER: ‘The Immigrant’

April 18th, 2014

Bob Saget in Studio

April 18th, 2014






The Good, the Bad & The Ugly: Johnny Depp/ Google Glasses/ Bob Saget

April 18th, 2014

NEW: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

April 15th, 2014

NEW: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

April 14th, 2014

Brazen Robbery: NYC Jewelry Shop Manager chocked, tied up, 54K items taken

April 13th, 2014

‘Under the Skin’: Brilliant mood piece about a fascinating femme fatale

April 13th, 2014

Weird. Brilliant. Stunning.

“Under the Skin” is by far the most memorable movie of the first few months of 2014. It’s as if the script for “Species” had landed on Stanley Kubrick’s desk and he had decided to transform it into a stark mood piece that drills into your psyche and will stay there forever.

This is what we talk about when we talk about film as art.

Scarlett Johansson plays the Woman Who Fell to Earth, an alien of some kind who literally assumes the human features of, well, someone who looks like Scarlett Johansson in a wig, tight jeans, camisole and fur coat. Calling herself Laura, she cruises Scotland in the sort of van favored by movie serial killers, hitting on young lads. (Johansson speaks in a British accent, the better to play the part of a damsel in semi-distress looking for directions.)

It seems important to Laura to know if these men have families or if they’re single and unattached. If they’re in the latter category, she invites them into her van and then into her house.

And that’s when things get really creepy and mesmerizing, with Laura taking off her clothes while walking slowly backward, and the latest hookup taking off his clothes while moving forward, and the score growing louder and ever more screechy and intense.

Does she murder the men? Are they being preserved for their organs to be harvested? Are they held in some sort of black, inky limbo, to be dealt with later? The authentic, docu-style look of the film gives way to dialogue-free, audacious, symbolism-laden visuals that might have some viewers heading for the exits. At times “Under the Skin” almost dares you to say, “What the …?” Suffice to say no good comes of accepting Laura’s invitation for a lift and climbing into her van…


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