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The Resurgence of Divergent

October 30, 2015

Dystopian films based on wildly popular young adult books seem to follow a pattern. In March, the resurgent movie franchise Divergent will lumber into theaters with the second installment named Insurgent. Can't you already hear the delighted squeals of fans everywhere, like when the residents of Whoville all shouted at once so Horton could hear them? Like The Hunger Games before it, the films are coming out yearly and the last book will be split into two glorious films that are just right for raking in piles of cold, hard cash--and I don't mean Johnny Cash, although he is also cold and hard, rest his rockin' soul. If you've seen the trailer for Insurgent, you know that many, many reality-bending action-packed scenes with heroine Tris are being packed into this film like herrings in a tin c... Continue Reading...

Wahlberg, Johnson Buddy Up in “Pain and Gain”

October 30, 2015

"Pain and Gain" is a movie starring Mark Wahlberg that is based on a series of investigative articles in 1999 written by Pete Collins for the Miami New Times about the Sun Gym Gang. Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) decides he has to make his move before he's destined to wearing sweatpants to work every day. He's a physical trainer who takes steroids and dreams of having an easy life.  He and partner Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) undertook a kidnapping that didn't go as planned. Tony Shalhoub, of "Monk" fame, plays the kidnappee, Victor Kershaw. Dwayne Johnson, who used to be The Rock when he was a professional wrestler, comes on the team with Lugo and Doorbal as an enforcer, but he's committed to non-violence.   "Pain and Gain" has ample doses of both pain and gain, but it specializes in... Continue Reading...

“The Company You Keep” is Packed with Stars

October 30, 2015

Most films, it seems, rely on a couple A-list actors to hold it together. Supporting roles go to lesser known or unknown actors, probably for budget reasons. "The Company You Keep," which stars and was directed by Robert Redford, has a cast that's packed with a very impressive list of actors. Of course, Redford is an attraction unto himself. Anything with his name attached is usually gold. Maybe that's because he surrounds himself with great talent.   The Company You Keep boasts the talents of Julie Christie, whom Al Pacino called "the most poetic of all actresses." Other cast members include veterans Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Shia LaBeouf and Sam Elliott, whose unmistakable voice is used in lots of TV ads.  The flick is about a former member of the radical 70... Continue Reading...

"Scary Movie 5" Buzz Leads Up to April 3rd Premiere

October 29, 2015

The volatile combination of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan makes "Scary Movie 5" the most anticipated and the most dreaded movie of the year. The pratfalls and gags air on the big screen for the first time on April 3, 2013, at the world premiere in Hollywood. Those familiar with this unique comedy-horror brand know that the rebooted "Scary Movie 5" will be like no other film in the series. People are buying tickets to the "Scary Movie 5" premiere and the after-party to see the film and the star-studded action.    So far, Lindsay Lohan has threatened to sue Dimension Films for an unapproved probation joke that appeared in the trailer. She also refused to kiss Charlie Sheen during filming because his mouth was too gross. Apparently he wasn't offended, because a few weeks later he... Continue Reading...

Behind-The-Scenes at the Premiere of "The Company You Keep"

October 29, 2015

"The Company You Keep" is an obvious sleeper that's just beginning to rouse American audiences. For months if not years, fans and film critics have been waiting for "The Company You Keep" to make its official U.S. debut. Movie premiere tickets for "The Company You Keep" are now on sale for the April 1st debut and after-party, which is taking place in the always-glamorous New York City. The wait for this film has been excruciating, and the distribution agreement may have been part of the problem. Corporate contracts aside, "The Company You Keep" has a gripping based-on-a-book-and-real events story and a phenomenal ensemble cast led by Robert Redford and the impetuous Shia LaBeouf.  Trailers for the film have been teasing fans since August 2012, and the film made two premieres in Septe... Continue Reading...

Zucker/Proft Partnership Good for Comedy Fans

October 29, 2015

If you’re a fan of comedy films, then you’re probably a fan of David Zucker and Pat Proft and their occasional collaborations. These two comedy giants have been bringing the funny for decades—all the way back to the 70’s and the old “Smothers Brothers Show.” Proft wrote material for Cher, Bob Hope and Ringo Starr too. Zucker was the director of such classics as “Kentucky Fried Movie.” He was also a writer for “Airplane!” and the producer on “Scary Movie 3” and, now, “Scary Movie 5.” Proft and Zucker have written together on the “Naked Gun” trilogy. Together they wrote “Scary Movie 5.”  It was a stroke of genius to get Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan to be in the film. Both were,... Continue Reading...