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Guess Who…

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

In what 1986 movie was this then teen star seen in, along side Matthew Broderick?  


Photo Credit: Raydene Selinas,


When they see this they’ll weep again

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

SPOILER ALERT: Kids react to ending of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”




A Reality Star Does it Again: LC’s Craft Project Gone Wrong

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

A still from the craft video Conrad’s team took down from YouTube.

Former Laguna Beach ‘star’ Lauren Conrad, destroys Lemony Snicket books for a craft.


Roeper’s Under the Radar Picks

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Time now for my list of the 5 Best Films Almost Nobody Saw. I’m not ranking them in any particular order BECAUSE YOU NEED TO SEE ALL OF THEM!


Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine are the most unlikely and the most intriguing matchup of the year so far in “Bernie.” Based on a true story, this quirky, darkly funny film by Richard Linklater tells the story of a charming oddball and the rich widow he befriends and kills, and no, I didn’t give anything away. The movie story really begins after the widow is dead.


Seth Rogen does his best dramatic work and Michelle Williams continues her string of memorable performances in “Take This Waltz.” This is an authentic, funny, sometimes heartbreaking slice of life. Sarah Silverman does excellent work as Rogen’s sister, an addict with a sharp tongue.


Yet another unlikely pairing: Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” Maybe it was that unwieldy title or the potentially off-putting premise of the world actually coming to an end, but for whatever reasons, this film found virtually no audience. And that’s a real shame, because this was a hilarious and surprisingly touching home run.


Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks had genuine chemistry in “People Like Us,” but they weren’t a romantic couple, they were brother and sister, though only one of them knows it for much of the story. Great work from Michelle Pfeiffer as Pine’s mother, and Olivia Wilde as his girlfriend. And one of the best screenplays of the year.


Finally there was the bawdy, hilarious, sublime “Hysteria,” based on the true story of the invention of…the vibrator. There should have been a lot more buzz about this movie. I don’t know why audiences didn’t plug in. It would have given them such a release. OK. I’ll stop now.


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Producer/Director Tony Scott’s Legacy

Monday, August 20th, 2012
Nearly every tribute to Tony Scott mentioned “Top Gun” first–but for me Mr. Scott’s most influential, most entertaining and most enduring legacy will always be:
You’re so cool.
You’re so cool.
You’re so cool.

That’s what Patricia Arquette’s Alabama writes on a napkin to let Christian Slater’s Clarence know exactly how she feels in the Quentin Tarantino-scripted “True Romance,” Scott’s wickedly funny, blood-saturated, eminently quotable cult classic from 1993.

This is the movie that gave us Brad Pitt as the bound-to-the-sofa stoner who hollers after his roommate, “Get some beer! And…some cleaning products.”

The movie that gave us Val Kilmer as Elvis in the mirror, advising Clarence at key moments his harrowing journey.

The movie that gave us one of the great politically incorrect showdowns in movie history, with Dennis Hopper delivering an unspeakably offensive monologue about the Moors to Christopher Walken in an effort to goad Walken into killing him before Hopper can be tortured into revealing information about his son Clarence’s whereabouts.

“I’m the anti-Christ,” Walken tells Hopper. “You got me in a vendetta kind of mood. You tell the angels in heaven you never seen evil so singularly personified as you did in the face of the man who killed you.”

The dialogue is pure Tarantino. The staging of the scene, the tension in that trailer as Hopper realizes he’s dead as the dead-eyed Walken tells him his broken nose is “as good as it’s gonna get,” the perfect pacing, the lighting, the camera angles–that’s brilliant teamwork, led by the director.

It is one of the many near-perfect scenes in “True Romance,” which features everyone from James Gandolfini to Samuel L. Jackson to Gary Oldman in key supporting roles. Whether it’s Clarence rescuing Alabama from her pimp in a violent shootout, stone-faced gangsters trying to extract information from the stoned and amused Floyd, Gandolfini’s evil henchman Virgil trying to end Alabama, or that final standoff with the pillow feathers flying everywhere as the bodies pile up, this is a movie with one indelible image after another–images we’ve seen replicated in dozens of films over the last 20 years.

When your work duties include watching a couple hundred films every year, nearly every day someone will ask you, “What’s your favorite movie?” or some variation thereof. Last year, an actress who has been in a dozen movies asked me, “What movie posters do you have hanging in your office?”

I told her I have a few different workspots, featuring artwork from “The Godfather,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Goodfellas.”

But there’s only one movie represented in both my work and home offices.

“True Romance.” It’s so cool, it’s so cool.

It’s so cool.

Jason Statham Talks ‘Expendables 2’ Fight Scenes

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012

VIRAL VIDEO: 1992 ‘Throwback’

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Roeper’s Report Card: Best of the Year (so far)

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

It’s been a particularly strong year for comic book movies, including two blockbusters that were instant classics of the genre. My pick for the Best Comic Book Movie of the Year is a tie between “Marvel’s the Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The latter is a more substantial piece of work with more impressive performances, but for what it was trying to be, “The Avengers” was just as successful. In the wrong hands, an All-Star superhero movie could have gone horribly wrong, but thanks to that terrific cast and a breezy, action-filled storyline, “The Avengers” clicked on all cylinders.

The most polarizing movie so far this year is “Prometheus.” I’m still sifting through the hundreds and hundreds of Comments I’ve received after I gave Ridley Scott’s alien epic a rave review. I loved the intricate plot, the stark and beautiful visuals, the nods to other sci-fi classics, the great work by Michael Fassbender and company. Many theater-goers loathed every inch of this film. I’m not saying the haters were wrong and I’m right, but the haters were mistaken and I wasn’t.

My pick for Best Action Movie is “The Grey.” Joe Carnahan’s man against wolves adventure was a bloody prose poem with far more depth and character development than you might expect from such a story. It’s too bad they never even consider films such as this for awards, because Liam Neeson gives a trophy-worthy performance.

In the category of Best Adaptation That Could Have Gone Horribly Wrong, how about “The Hunger Games.” The books were wildly imaginative, but turning those images into literal images was a real challenge. To the general delight of the legions of hardcore fans, that challenge was met every step of the way.

Let’s wrap it up with my pick for the Best Comedy: “The Five-Year Engagement.” Jason Segal and Emily Blunt are two of my favorite actors, and they click beautifully in this smart, original comedy about a couple that makes the big commitment but can never seem to find their way to the altar. I’d love check in with these characters in a few years for a sequel called “The Five-Year Anniversary.”


Sneak Peek: THE MASTER

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Weinstein Company

A portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Limited Release: September 14, 2012

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