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Archive for August, 2013

Comedian Loni Love

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Loni at the ‘Roe and Roeper Show’



Actors talk ‘Mortal Instruments’

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Sinkhole Swallows Giant Trees in Seconds

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

NEW TRAILER: ‘The Counsellor’

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

REVIEW: ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ mean and uninspired, will just bum you out

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Jim Carrey played this character in this movie, and he was troubled by the violent content only after the fact?

Flashback: About six weeks ago, Carrey tweeted, “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence … I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

Of course we all share Carrey’s grief over the horror of Sandy Hook — but it’s fair to ask why he was OK with doing “Kick-Ass 2” when so many other real-world slaughters, from Columbine to Virginia Tech to Fort Hood to Aurora, Colo., had already taken place.

Perhaps Sandy Hook was the final straw for Carrey. Maybe he’ll never participate in another violent film for the remainder of his career…


Actor Dick Van Dyke OK: Jokes After Car Explodes

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

REVIEW: ‘Jobs’ a system overload for Ashton Kutcher

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Like many a reviewer, I am typing my thoughts about “Jobs” on an Apple computer that quite likely would not exist without the visionary genius of Steve Jobs.

The keyboard on my Macbook Air is the springiest, liveliest, loveliest, most wonderful keyboard I’ve ever known, easily handling my rapid-fire pounding of 90 words a minute, and yes I’m boasting about how fast I can type and yes, my experience with keyboards extends all the way back to actual typewriters.

I could go on and on about my love-hate-but-mostly-love relationship with Apple products —but we are here to talk about the movie about the man who co-founded the company and became a mythic figure to millions before his untimely death in October of 2011.

This is the cinematic equivalent of the Power Mac G4 Cube: nice to look at and interesting in some ways, but ultimately underwhelming…



REVIEW: ‘In a World …’: Lake Bell finds her voice as director

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

In a world where independent, low-budget films would be just a figment of the imagination, Lake Bell would be cruising along with a nice but unspectacular career as the unconventionally beautiful, wisecracking best friend in big-screen romantic comedies, maybe the second-lead detective on a TV show.

Fortunately for Bell and for us, we don’t live in that world, so a talented actress who gets third or fifth or seventh billing in mainstream fare such as “What Happens in Vegas,” “It’s Complicated” and “No Strings Attached” has the opportunity to showcase her triple-threat talent in one of the funniest, smartest and most winning comedies in recent years.

“In a World…” is a reference to the movie trailer catchphrase made famous by the late, great Don LaFontaine, whose “Voice of God” was heard on hundreds of movie trailers and in countless TV ads. (Late in his career, LaFontaine appeared onscreen in those hilarious commercials for GEICO insurance.)



RAW VID: Black Bear Naps in Florida Home

Monday, August 19th, 2013



Marvel Short: ‘Agent Carter’ Clip

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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