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Best Of 2013 - Top Five Male & Female Performances

January 3rd, 2014 12:15pm EST
Top Five Performances
Jason Coleman's Top Five Male & Female Performances

I am very happy for this particular acting "best of" list this year, mostly because notable films that didn’t make it to my Top Ten still had some memorable performances.  So even though movies like "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Frances Ha" didn’t make the final film cut, the acting work within is lovingly highlighted here.  From oddballs to slaves, sassy ice cream truck workers to sexy hustlers here are my..."Best of 2013 - Top Five Male & Female Performances."

Ladies first this year!  

 

1. Jess Weixler - "Free Samples...
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Interview: Filmmaker Quentin Dupieux On 'Wrong Cops,' Music As A Character And The Fichtner

December 20th, 2013 11:20am EST
Wrong Cops
Releasing one film a year that is five-star memorable is a feat for sure, but having two masterworks within a twelve month period that both sport high marks is insanity.  But that’s the whole vibe of indie filmmaker Quentin Dupieux, an auteur who prides himself on creating original work that boggles the mind at a record pace.  Whether it be the trippy tire from hell flick "Rubber" or the mesmerizing cult fav "Wrong" (also released this year!), Dupieux is a talented filmmaker not to be ignored.  His latest five-star opus titled "Wrong Cops," takes its roots from "Wrong" and then goes the com...
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William Fichtner Talks About Playing Shredder In 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

October 27th, 2013 9:24am EDT
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The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is unlike previous incarnations.

William Fichtner, who is set to play villain Shredder in the latest take on the classic comic book franchise, has revealed the 2014 reboot will be very different compared to the lighter, "cartoon"-like films released in the past.

He said: "It always had sort of a bouncy cartoon feel to me, which is great, that's why it was appealing. [But] that's not this movie. It's not like any 'Mutant Ninja Turtles' thing you've ever seen before. It's freaky, they're cool, and they're mutants and they look awesome. It's tough an...
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Review: Quentin Dupieux's 'Wrong' A Five-Star Mix Of Weird And Wonderful

March 29th, 2013 4:27pm EDT
Wrong
There’s nothing like a cohesive flick that tells a straightforward story and sets a tone of simple right from the get go.  Then there’s "Wrong."  Turning normal on it’s ear, Quentin Dupieux’s follow up to his potential ridden first outing "Rubber" is a five-star mix of weird and wonderful that’s most assuredly an acquired taste.  But for those who appreciate it’s askew vision, "Wrong" is a welcome distraction from the mundane.

Dolph Springer is living in a world that’s as upside down as the man himself.  He has deep and too close conversations with his intense neighbor, calls a local pizza...
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Actor William Fichtner Talks Oscar Worthy Turn As Master Chang In New Film 'Wrong'

March 29th, 2013 10:39am EDT
Wrong
As one of the most cool and versatile character actors working today, William Fichtner has been put into many different categories.  We’re adding one more – Oscar contender.  In his new film "Wrong" (currently available VOD and hitting theaters March 29 from Drafthouse Films) Fichtner embodies the complex character of Master Chang, a scarred face spiritual lost soul who seeks fulfillment by kidnapping animals to re-strengthen the loving bond between pet and owner.  It’s a role as strange and wonderful as the film itself, which is writer/director Quentin Dupieux’s follow up to his equally od...
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Oscar Hype Starts Early, Academy Awards Launches Trailer With Billy Crystal (Video)

January 6th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Academy Awards Launches Trailer With Billy Crystal
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to be excited to have Billy Crystal back as host for the 84th Academy Awards as they have launched a trailer in conjunction with Funny or Die. Eddie Murphy was originally named the host but quit back in November after his friend Brett Ratner resigned as show producer while making a homosexual slur during a question-and-answer session to promote Tower Heist.

Nonetheless, the Academy couldn't be happier to have Crystal back for his 9th time as host. The trailer features Crystal and celebrity cameo appearances by Robin Williams, Josh Duham...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Drive Angry'

May 31st, 2011 11:00am EDT
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Just the sexual and sensual ooze of luscious Amber Heard is enough to snare any red-blooded movie fan. But add in some fast cars, bitter dudes from hell and 3D effects that put you in the heart of the action and you’ve got a must see movie. We’re checking out the spectacle that is "Drive Angry" (out May 31 on Blu-ray 3D, 2D and DVD from Summit Entertainment!) with a look at the flick and features in high gear – start your engines!

Title: "Drive Angry"

Grade: 4 1/2

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner

Director: Patrick Lussier

Rating: R

Runtime: 105 minutes

Rele...
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Check Out 'Drive Angry' On 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD May 31

May 30th, 2011 7:00am EDT
Drive Angry
"Drive Angry" burns rubber onto DVD and Blu-ray as the high-octane action-adventure arrives May 31 in both 2D and 3D from Summit Entertainment.

Nicolas Cage stars as the undead felon, Milton, who breaks out of Hell to even the score with killers who murdered his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The film also stars Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, David Morse and Tom Atkins.

Directed and co-written by Patrick Lussier ("The Eye") and Todd Farmer ("The Messengers"), the filmmakers responsible for the skin-crawling "My Bloody Valentine" return to their action-thriller roots in Driv...
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Blu-ray Review/Interview: 'The Big Bang' Director Tony Krantz Talks Film Noir

May 26th, 2011 10:00am EDT
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Noir detectives, hot women who speak physics for pleasure and iconic actor Sam Elliott looking to pull back the curtain on God – is moviemaking great or what?! We’re taking a look at the new to DVD/Blu-ray stylish outing called "The Big Bang" (out now from the movie folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment!) starring Antonio Banderas as a private eye in search of a mysterious girl who gets a lot more then he bargained for. We review the flick and extras, followed by an insightful one-on-one Q&A with Director Tony Krantz – enjoy the alternative.

Title: "The Big Bang"

Grade: 4

Cast: Ant...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Drive Angry 3D,' 'Hall Pass,' & More

February 21st, 2011 1:23pm EST
Drive Angry 3D
I watched “The Fighter” last week, which was the final Best Picture Oscar nominee that I needed to see before the Academy Awards. Although I had heard mixed reviews of the David O. Russell drama, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the film.

Even though the story centers around a boxer, part of what makes it interesting is that there is less focus on the actual matches themselves and more on the main character Mickey Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) struggle to separate himself from the people trying to control his life: his mother (Melissa Leo), his brother (Christian Bale), and his ...
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Never-Before-Seen 'Prison Break - The Final Break' On DVD July 21; Win It!

July 8th, 2009 10:03pm EDT
Prison Break The Final Break DVD
Just when it seemed the cult favorite series was locked up for good, the unstoppable action is back as "Prison Break: The Final Break" escapes one last time exclusively on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 21 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. In the biggest Prison Break event ever, the all new, never-before-seen heart- pounding feature-length story picks up some time after the series finale with Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies) fighting for a normal life together. However, happily ever might not be in the cards for Scofield, as he is once agai...
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The Final Riveting Season Of 'Prison Break' Arrives On DVD June 2

May 28th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Prison Break
Experience the compelling, action-packed final chapter of the greatest escape on television as Prison Break Season Four is on the loose on DVD June 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This suspenseful final installment finds brothers Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller; The Human Stain, Underworld) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell; Blade: Trinity, Mission: Impossible 2) freed from the ruthless Panamanian prison and determined to seek justice against The Company - a corrupt organization responsible for destroying their lives. Learning that the only way they will truly be free...
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'Prison Break' Comes To An End This Spring

January 13th, 2009 2:46pm EST
Prison Break
The greatest escape on television comes to an end after four suspenseful seasons when Prison Break returns for the series' final episodes beginning Friday, April 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

"Prison Break" premiered in August 2005. The show was an immediate hit and followed Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) as he engineered a daring escape from Fox River Penitentiary to free his wrongly convicted brother Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) from Death Row. With the prison break a success, the brothers, along with six additional escapees, were part of a nationwide manhunt headed by FB...
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Mama Scofield Enters The Picture On 'Prison Break'

December 23rd, 2008 10:58am EST
Prison Break
It's fall finale time on "Prison Break," folks. Thus far, the season has been chock full of revelations, lies, betrayals, plot twists (both conceivable and far out) and of course, deaths. Plenty of deaths. Did the body count continue to climb in this final episode of 2008? Have we been provided with some answers, or just more questions? Most importantly, has T-Bag's facial hair changed for the third episode in a row?

Lincoln in Charge (of our days, and our nights)

Having been given his mission to reclaim Scylla by The General (Leon Russom), Lincoln finds himself in charge of ...
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Spiritual Visions And Company Men On 'Prison Break'

December 16th, 2008 11:14am EST
Prison Break
As we head towards the fall finale, things on "Prison Break" continue to heat up. Allegiances may have shifted (again), but Scylla remains the focus of nearly everyone's attention. When last we left our old friends, Michael (Wentworth Miller) had been taken in by The Company, and The General (Leon Russom) had struck a "bargain" (word of the day, right Pee-Wee?) with Lincoln (Dominic Purcell). The deal? If Lincoln and his friends are able to successfully return Scylla to The General, Big G will remove that nasty tumor from Michael's brain. Seems reasonable, right? Let's see if everyone...
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The Chaos Continues On 'Prison Break'

December 9th, 2008 10:54am EST
Prison Break
Say what you will about "Prison Break," but if there is one thing that it has not been these past few weeks, it's predictable. While the series has always been prone to wild plot twists, quadruple-crosses and plenty of violence, things have really elevated to another level ever since the gang got the best of The General (Leon Russom) a few episodes ago.

Word of the Day: Gas

Things pick up right where they left off last week, with Self (Michael Rapaport) needing a final chip for Scylla, a chip that Michael (Wentworth Miller) possesses. Last week Michael invited Self to "come and...
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Just Like The Good Old Days On 'Prison Break'

December 2nd, 2008 11:01am EST
Prison Break
Last night's episode of "Prison Break" was probably the most reminiscent of season 2's unpredictability and general awesomeness that we have seen all year. Folks, that says a lot. Self's betrayal has shaken things up in a major way, altering the relationships of most of the characters and institutions that we have come to know and love (or hate). Throw in a few double-crosses and a few more deaths, and we've got one heck of an episode.

Michael Rapaport, how could you?

The gang still can't believe that they were set up by agent Don Self (Michael Rapaport). While the rest of the...
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It's Plot Twists A Go-Go On 'Prison Break'

November 25th, 2008 11:40am EST
Prison Break
When we left off last week, Michael (Wentworth Miller) had finally gotten his hands on Scylla but ended up tripping a silent alarm in the process. As he sat the staring at the machine in awe, The General (Leon Russom) was making his way down with several armed men in tow. So how did Michael work his way out of that one? There's that and so much more today, on "Prison Break: The Recap!" Roll Credits.

The General Gets Outgeneraled

Last week, Michael seemed awfully foolish as he just sat there, mesmerized by Scylla, completely unaware of the fact that he had tripped a silent ala...
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Questionable Decisions Abound On 'Prison Break'

November 18th, 2008 11:22am EST
Prison Break
Things are starting to heat up on "Prison Break" as the ol' gang inches closer towards uncovering the secrets of Scylla. The double crosses will continue to pile up, and in true "Prison Break" fashion, the body count probably will as well. Before all that though, there is a matter of drilling. Lots more drilling.

Where is Tom Cruise when you need him?

Michael (Wentworth Miller) needs surgery (remember that massive tumor that he has growing on that freakishly genius brain of his?) and he is refusing to get it. Mahone (William Fichtner) tries to convince him to go get the tumor ...
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One Step Closer To Scylla On 'Prison Break'

November 11th, 2008 11:26am EST
Prison Break
With Termie out of the picture and The General thinking that everyone is dead, the gang on Prison Break has a little window in which to find Scylla before it is moved. Will they take advantage of this opportunity? Or will Bellick's death be in vain?

Mourning

Everyone is in a very somber mood after Bellick's sacrifice. It is kind of hard to believe that the level of grief the gang is feeling over Bellick's death is so high, as until quite recently he was despised by pretty much all of the major characters. Then again, these guys (and gal) have been through quite a lot together...
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Sad Times On 'Prison Break'

November 4th, 2008 12:18pm EST
Prison Break
The body count has been significant this season on "Prison Break," and last night it climbed even higher as two more major characters were lost, including one that has been around since the very beginning. Throw in a few more plot twists and you've got yourself one heck of an exciting episode.

From torturer to torturee

Picking up from where we left off, the gang has captured Termie (Cress Williams), and they are trying to coerce him into calling The General (Leon Russom) and telling the big dog that everyone is dead. That will allow them to break into The Company facility and ...
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A Long Expected Betrayal On 'Prison Break'

October 21st, 2008 10:54am EDT
Prison Break
This week on "Prison Break," the gang finally was subject to a long-expected (at least by viewers) betrayal by computer wunderkind/all around dirtbag Roland. While this plot development was hardly a twist, there were enough interesting tidbits, plot developments and action to keep things rolling and provide us loyal viewers with another exciting installment.

Those were the days…

We start off this week with an exciting flashback from Lincoln's past, back in his days of depravity. Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) and his companion have a job to do, and it involves brute force (hence why ...
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This Week on 'Prison Break:' Blood Feuds, Indecent Proposals... and Vegas!

October 7th, 2008 12:16pm EDT
Prison Break
The best season of "Prison Break" thus far was season 2. Sure, purists had a problem with it ("they're no longer in prison!); but as far as unpredictability, craziness, and sheer fun are concerned, it was unmatched. Well, that might all be about to change. Season 4 might have started off a little unevenly, but if the past few episodes are any indication, the journey to the season (and perhaps series) finale is going to be quite a trip.

Not So Strange Bedfellows

We left off last week with T-Bag (Robert Knepper), having just fled from a suspicious associate at Gate, frantically r...
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'Prison Break' Recap: Changing

September 30th, 2008 10:54am EDT
Prison Break
The great thing about "Prison Break" is that even when it does enter the occasional rut of repetition and predictability (and honestly, there aren't many shows that don't), things usually don't take too long to get back on track. That is why it was only a matter of time before the show broke away from the "card an episode" format and we received an exciting new installment that advanced several storylines.

A Day at the Track

Ok, so just because the card an episode formula from the past few episodes was not utilized this week does not mean that there were no cards involved. They ...
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'Prison Break' Recap: Breaking Into Federal Buildings In 30 Minutes Or Less

September 23rd, 2008 11:50am EDT
Prison Break
Thanks to fare such as "24" and "Prison Break," Monday night has become synonymous with over-the-top, illogical, nonsensical, but nevertheless eminently enjoyable escapist programming. Naturally, with an all new episode of "Prison Break" airing last night, that trend continued. And it was good. "Prison Break" good (which really is a classification all of its own), but there is one caveat. If there is one thing that "Prison Break" usually isn't, it's formulaic. However, in recent weeks, the hunt for the data cards has become just a little repetitive. Thankfully, there is enough jolly o...
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The Hunt For The Cards Continues On 'Prison Break'

September 16th, 2008 10:18am EDT
Prison Break
So what happened this week on "Prison Break?" Did the gang find another card? Did someone get killed? Were there any major plot holes? Was it entertaining? No need for suspense...the answer to all those questions is yes. You shouldn't be surprised. This is "Prison Break," after all.

The Obligatory MiSa Pandering

Things kick off this week with a tender little moment between Michael (Wentworth Miller) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies). They look longingly at boats and talk about how some day, they will sail away together. That's all well and good, except for one little problem...
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'Prison Break' Recap: Someone Dies, Lincoln Sweats, Michael Saves the Day

September 9th, 2008 10:29am EDT
Prison Break
Last week's lengthy, exciting, confusing and show-changing season premiere effectively (or ineffectively, depending on how you look at it) put the Sona storyline to rest and brought the action back to the U.S. New characters were introduced; both heroes and villains. There were awkward, inexplicable reunions, shocking losses, hasty exists, and of course the obligatory Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) brawl. So, how was the follow-up, now that the story arc of the season has been established? Pretty solid, even if it did lack an appearance from everybody's favorite Revlon Girl (Jodi Ly...
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'Prison Break' Premiere is Sloppy, Yet Satisfying

September 2nd, 2008 10:36am EDT
Prison Break
Ahh, the long awaited return of everyone's favorite over-the-top, unrealistic, yet incredibly entertaining television series. No, we're not talking about "24" folks (although Jack will be back soon enough), but rather its erstwhile Monday night partner in crime, the incomparable "Prison Break."

Last season ended abruptly thanks to that pesky strike, but those clever writers still managed to lay the groundwork for another spectacularly unrealistic year. What followed was a wildly uneven, yet ultimately entertaining premiere, which began as a muddled mess and by its conclusion had co...
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Prison Break: What to Expect This Season

August 29th, 2008 4:01pm EDT
Prison Break
Michael Scofield and his band of cons are back for a fourth season. As you ready yourself for the Labor Day premiere, we've got the lowdown on what to expect.

A series known for reinventing itself, Prison Break's new season is reframing the storyline once again. With brothers Michael (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) both out of prison, the duo wants payback. The show's location is moving from Panama to LA where the boys and their friends determine to take down The Company - the secret government organization that destroyed their lives.

The show's creators are t...
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'Prison Break' Season 3 Escapes On DVD Aug. 12; Win It!

July 22nd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Prison Break
Most men would think breaking out of prison once is hard enough. However, escaped convict Michael Scofield finds himself wrongly incarcerated, this time in a Panamanian Prison where there are no rules, no wardens and no escape.

In Prison Break Season Three, breaking-out on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc (BD) August 12th from Fox Home Entertainment, Scolfield, morally-deprived T-Bag, former-guard Bellick and FBI Agent Malone, must not only fight to survive but also plan the most dangerous prison escape yet. Deemed "gripping, gut-wrenching" (Dallas Morning News) and "one of TV's guiltiest pleasu...
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