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Two Independent Films To Check Out: 'Rams' & 'Standoff'

2/4/2016 12:10pm EST
Movie Reviews: 'Rams' & 'Standoff'
Families in trouble is the theme of today’s two film reviews which cover such matters in two very different ways. From sadness and self-loathing to clashes amongst the stubborn, all those related by blood must come together to defeat something bigger below. So check out the new encapsulated reviews for "Rams" and "Standoff" below!

Title: "Rams"

Stars: 3 1/2

Genre: Drama

Cast: Sigurdur Sigurjonsson, Theodor Juliusson

Director: Grimur Hakonarson

Rating: R

Running Time: 93 Minutes

Release Company: Cohen Media Group

Website: www.cohenmedia.net/films/rams

Even though it’s somew...
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These Celebs' Kids Wound Up On The Wrong Side Of The Law

10/27/2015 4:12pm EDT
Thanks To Some Poor Life Choices, These Kids With Famous Parents
Let’s face it. In the end? In the final analysis? You DON’T want to be the child of a celebrity. Sure, you grow up in the lap of luxury and enjoy privileges that that the rest of us can only dream, but the pitfalls can -- and usually are -- much worse.

Imagine having to live up to the career standard set by your world-famous, multi-millionaire parent?

Imagine having your every mistake, false move or indiscretion trumpeted across all the blogs and tabs?

Imagine if -- heaven forbid -- you’re not as blessed with the great looks of mom and dad?

That’s pressure. And that kind of pressure can...
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Should ‘Hannibal’s’ Third Season Have Followed The Books So Closely?

8/30/2015 10:06pm EDT
Hannibal TV Series
That’s it, folks. Hannibal’s over. It’s been a good run (phenomenal, really) and there are roughly 800,000 questions I’ve got after witnessing “The Wrath of the Lamb’s” final blood orgy of a cliffhanger (a literal cliffhanger, no less). But here’s the question that I think is most pressing:

Should Hannibal have clung so closely to Thomas Harris's novels this season?

This year’s been quite the departure from Hannibal season past. Those first two years started with the obvious broad strokes Thomas Harris provided (characters, settings, etc) and built their very own framework. The more exact...
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‘Hannibal’ Recap: ‘The Number Of The Beast’ Is Total Nightmare Fuel

8/23/2015 10:55pm EDT
Hannibal TV Series
Hannibal’s always maintained a very delicate balance. One chunk of the show maintains that snail-slow art film vibe where characters spout mystical-sounding metaphors at each other. And then the other chunk produces some of the nastiest, most stomach-churning gore on TV.

“The Number of the Beast is 666…” last night’s second-to-last (sob) episode of Hannibal, felt like one of the first times the show really whiffed on that balance. This hour felt slow, right? Like, ponderously, upsettingly slow? At least until the last fifteen minutes or so, when the Red Dragon started rippin' lips and turn...
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‘Hannibal’ Recap: Love, 'Hannibal' Style

8/16/2015 10:21pm EDT
Hannibal TV Series
You know what I could use a little more of in Hannibal? Hannibal. I love this show as much as the next rabid fan who hung on through appalling ratings and a switch to Saturday night, but the "Red Dragon" storyline, so far, has been very light on the actual Dr. Lecter.

Which kind of makes sense. Hannibal’s in custody throughout the entire “Red Dragon” story, and Will and Hannibal aren’t on great terms right now (especially after the whole whoops! Kinda sent Dolarhyde to murder your whole family thing), so Hannibal has so very little impact on the story.

I expect this is why we’ve seen so m...
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'Hannibal' Recap: A Serial Killer Falls In Love

8/9/2015 6:49am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
Shame on you, Hannibal. Shame on you for actually making me feel something like empathy for the Red Dragon. This guy shoots families in the head, and prances around doing nude Tai Chi, a la the bad guy in Die Hard 2.

And yet "...and the Woman Clothed in the Sun" actually made me feel for the guy. His relationship with Reba (I'm not sure if Hannibal's ever actually given us her name, but rest assured, it's Reba) is progressing and it's almost likable. In a weird, serial killer way.

Dolarhyde takes Reba to the zoo to pet a tiger. The entire sequence was this beautiful mixture of touching an...
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'Hannibal' Recap: The Red Dragon Is... A Real Dragon?

8/2/2015 6:53am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
Holy crap. Hannibal is on a roll- last week's "premiere" of the Red Dragon storyline was top-notch, and our second our, "And the Woman Clothed with the Sun…" (so long, food-based episode titles) hasn't lost a speck of momentum.

This whole "cop show" thing really gels with Hannibal, as much as I enjoy formless modern art European vacation TV.

This week: Will and Hannibal coalesce, Dolarhyde makes a friend, Abigail does serial killer prep work in flashback. Not much, as far as story goes (only two episodes into the Red Dragon stuff, Hannibal can afford to stop and savor things). But two mom...
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'Hannibal' Recap: Hannibal Behind Bars

7/26/2015 7:06am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
Ahh, another Saturday Hannibal. It's a little awkward to upend your Saturday night plans to watch serial killers carve innocent families to pieces, but if NBC's exiling everyone's favorite killer to the doldrums, to the doldrums we shall follow.

And so much has changed since last Saturday. "The Great Red Dragon" continues after a three year time jump. Will is happily married and has a stepson. We don't see much of them together, but he genuinely seems like a standup, normal dad.

I'm guessing that'll change now that Will's done his lightbulb-swinging-in-front-of-the-camera "this is my desi...
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Last Night's 'Hannibal' Was The Freakiest. Thing. Ever.

7/19/2015 6:42am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
"Digestivo"- an alcoholic drink served at the end of a formal, multi-course Italian dinner. Sometimes it's grappa (brandy made from grapes), sometimes it's limoncello (lemon liquor). Typically, the digestivo is meant to help digest (well, duh) the massive pile of food you just consumed.

Oh, and in case you didn't get the memo (thanks for the short notice, NBC), Hannibal airs on Saturday night from now on, and for the rest of the season. Saturday night is where TV shows are dumped and left to die. And Hannibal will almost certainly not get that season four, but now there's a movie in the ca...
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'Hannibal': 'Dolce's' Last Ten Minutes Are Absolutely Insane

7/10/2015 7:10am EDT
'Hannibal' Recap: Did Hannibal Just Eat A Main Character's Brain
"Dolce"- it means sweet, literally, but in a more appropriate context it's also "dessert."

Yep, it's already dessert time on Hannibal. Because, in case you didn't realize, our Italian dinner is only going to take up half the season. Season Three is really two movie/book adaptations in two parts- episodes one through seven are Hannibal the 2001 film (which we'll put a cap on next week with "Digestivo"), and the last six hours are a take on Red Dragon.

That our Italian dinner party is ending is signified two ways. One, by actually transporting all our protagonists out of old Italia. And two...
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'Hannibal': Which Major Character Did Hannibal Kill This Week?

7/3/2015 6:31am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
"Contorno": A side dish, typically some kind of vegetable and typically served alongside the secondo (that is, the meat dish). Can be served hot or cold, raw or cooked, but never on the same plate as the meat.

Odd choice of title, isn't it? In much the same way that "Secondo" the episode didn't quite feel like the TV equivalent of hearty steak, "Contorno" is rich and filling and, appropriately, rare to the point of bloody. So much more than a little dish of broccolini, don't you think?

Ok, I'll put the food metaphors away for a while. But seriously- what a knockout hour of TV. Hannibal's ...
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'Hannibal' Kills Off One Character, Resurrects A Few More

6/26/2015 8:56am EDT
'Hannibal' Recap: Three Mutilations And A Funeral
"Aperitivo": A pre-dinner drink (and sometimes a pre-dinner snack, too- something small like olives or a nibble of cheese) meant to open up your appetite and get you hungry for dinner.

Yes, it's hard to dwell on prosecco and munchies when Hannibal has just been cancelled by NBC, but no worries. Bryan Fuller and his team are already hard at work securing a new home for everyone's favorite consumer of human flesh. Besides, worrying won't get us anywhere- not when there's Hannibal to discuss!

So let's discuss.

"Aperitivo" is very much an aperitif for our season-long Italian meal. It's an en...
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'Hannibal' Recap: Hannibal Gets A Very Vague Origin Story

6/19/2015 8:04am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
"Secondo": the main course. Either meat or fish (or plenty of both), and typically the heaviest part of any multi-course Italian meal.

Curious, isn't it? We're only three episodes into Hannibal's third season, yet we've already hit the main course. At least as far as the episode-title menu is concerned. You'd think, then, that "Secondo" would be a particularly critical outing for Hannibal (or have a certain meatiness, at least).

Not really. "Secondo" is the same measured, dreamy Hannibal we've seen all season. Not that that's a bad thing, of course.

And "Secondo" does build on a certain ...
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'Hannibal' Gets Bloody... And A Little Romantic

6/12/2015 9:50am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
"Primavera": pasta in a light sauce of garlic, oil and parmesan cheese (plus cream, on occasion), cooked with plenty of fresh green vegetables.

But "Primavera" also means "spring" in Italian. And it's a painting by Botticelli, which Hannibal once used as the inspiration for a human corpse tableau. Of course, "Primavera" is also the title of our second "Hannibal" of the season.

A Primavera can be many things. Just like Will Graham can be just as many. "Everything that can happen, happens," he muses in his hospital bed (part profound wisdom, part medication high, no doubt). Meaning, there a...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Boyz N The Hood'

11/14/2014 1:30pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Boyz N The Hood'
The season of high caliber dramas and various Oscar contenders is vastly approaching, so we’re gonna focus for the next little while on stunning work from the past that warrants gold statue praise – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s thoughtful and moving drama is a tale of life’s struggles from the personal experience of its first time filmmaker. It goes beyond the stereotypes and misconceptions to show what life is like for folks living in South Central Los Angeles. Bold, brash and brave as hell, we salute the 1991 John Singleton debut outing…"Boyz n the Hood."

Tre Sty...
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News Anchor Apologizes For Samuel L. Jackson Gaffe

2/11/2014 5:05pm EST
Samuel L. Jackson
News anchor Sam Rubin has released an apology after he confused Samuel L. Jackson with Laurence Fishburne.

On Monday the anchor was interviewing Jackson when he congratulated the actor for "his Super Bowl commercial," which led Jackson to believe he was being mistaken for Fishburne. Jackson then went on a humorous tirade, saying he was "the other black guy with a commercial."

Rubin said in a statement he may have been referencing a Captain America: Winter Soldier commercial from the big game, which features Jackson as Nick Fury, but he still owns up to his mistake. He writes, "We start...
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The Top Buzzy Films At Sundance 2014

1/16/2014 2:03pm EST
Boyhood
With the Sundance Film Festival starting today, we decided to take a look at some of the most anticipated films set to make an appearance. Expect to hear from many of these films in the coming year, whether it is a wide release or awards talk.

Boyhood - Richard Linklater proves he's in it for the long haul. Boyhood follows exactly what the title implies, but Linklater made the film over 12 years and used the same cast to reveal the true effects of aging.

Camp X-Ray - Kristen Stewart and Guantanamo Bay add up to one controversial film. Stewart stars as a guard that strikes up a friendship ...
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Amy Adams Dazzles At 'Man Of Steel' Premiere - See Pics Of Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe & More!

6/11/2013 1:00pm EDT
Amy Adams
Amy Adams rocked the star-studded world premiere of "Man of Steel" at Lincoln Center in New York City on Monday night. The actress wore a strapless black dress with lace side paneling. Her red hair hung to her shoulders in silky waves.

Adams unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Lois Lane two times before finally landing the part of Clark Kent's love interest in the new film. A version starring Matt Bomer was never made, while 2006's "Superman Returns" featured Brandon Routh as the titular character and Kate Bosworth as Lois.

"Man of Steel" centers on a young man with extraordinary po...
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Laurence Fishburne Wins Restraining Order Against Alleged Stalker

1/8/2013 11:29am EST
Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne has obtained a restraining order against a man who allegedly turned up at the actor's Los Angeles home on New Year's Day and demanded he move out of the property.

Anthony Francis claimed he owned the house and suggested the Fishburne family was living there illegally.

Francis, who was released from prison on Christmas Day after serving time for cyber-stalking and making criminal threats, allegedly called police late last month to tell them he was the owner of The Matrix star's home.

He reportedly left a note at the property stating, "You are to leave this house imme...
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Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix And The Best Music Biopics Ever

5/8/2012 3:03pm EDT
Andre 3000
According to the Irish Film and Television Network, Andre 3000 is headed to Ireland to begin production on the Jimi Hendrix biography film All Is by My Side. Where will it stack up among these great music biopics?

The Jacksons: An American Dream followed the Jackson 5 (with a focus on Michael) as the group dealt with their fast rise to fame and Michael's solo career. The two-part miniseries was seen by almost 40 million households in 1992.

Ray, the biography of Ray Charles, earned Jamie Foxx a deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004. Sadly, Charles died months before the premi...
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Check Out 'Contagion' On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & Download Jan. 3

1/1/2012 6:56am EST
Contagion
In "Contagion" Steven Soderbergh presents a look at what happens when an infectious disease threatens humanity through varied viewpoints from an ensemble cast, including Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, and Kate Winslet.

The film opened at number one in September with $23.1 million.

Jude Law fears scenes from the film could be played out in real life. He is convinced there is a "very high likelihood" of an imminent worldwide pandemic.

Earlier this year he told Britain's Daily Express, "Well, the truth of the matter is I think it's going to hap...
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'The Help' Tops List Of 2012 SAG Film Nominees

12/14/2011 10:22am EST
The Help
The Help has been tipped for glory at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after receiving four nominations.

The movie will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.

The film also earned nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Viola Davis, as well as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role thanks to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Trailing with three nominations was silent film The Artist and...
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Heather Graham Receives Career Achievement Award At Bahamas Film Festival

12/5/2011 8:24am EST
Heather Graham
Heather Graham was the toast of the Bahamas International Film Festival on Friday after landing the event's top prize.

The Hangover star was handed the Career Achievement Award, which has previously gone to Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, and Laurence Fishburne.

Festival bosses honored X-Men: First Class star Zoe Kravitz with the Rising Star Award, which is given to an actor or actress "whose noteworthy performances have put them on the path for elite and lasting stardom in the industry."
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Deep Cover'

11/4/2011 12:15pm EDT
Deep Cover
Well, movie geeks and gals it’s Friday once again and you know what that means – Forgotten Friday Flick time! So for those who want to balance the current comedy of Eddie Murphy and Harold and Kumar with a little thoughtful drama this week’s past pick is for you. A stylistic, edgy and all out impressive film about a careful cop who goes undercover and gets more than he bargained for. This week’s pick for a flick not to miss – Bill Duke’s 1992 cop/criminal opus..."Deep Cover."

“Those guys – after work they went home to their wife and their kids. And then one day on the street they...
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Jobless Charlie Sheen Is The Highest Paid Man On TV (See Who Else Made Big Bucks)

10/14/2011 10:00am EDT
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen has been named the highest paid actor on TV, despite losing his job on "Two And A Half Men."

The star had a public fall-out with the show's creator Chuck Lorre earlier this year following months of bizarre behavior and he was eventually fired in March.

Ashton Kutcher took over the lead role in the hit show, but Sheen still managed to top Forbes.com's recent rich list.

Sheen pulled in earnings of $40 million, making him the highest paid TV actor between May, 2010, and May, 2011.

He is followed by Ray Romano, who earned $20 million for his now axed "Men of A Certain Age."

S...
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TV on DVD: New 'CSI,' 'CSI: Miami' and 'CSI: NY'

10/6/2011 1:30pm EDT
CSI
The CSI franchise has become a mainstay on CBS - and likewise it's a fixture on DVD shelves. With the new seasons underway, the previous years of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY have arrived for you to add to your collection. Here's a look at all three new releases.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 11

The Show: Season 11 is Laurence Fishburne's third and last as Dr. Raymond Langston. I'm pretty sure that I'm in the minority here, but I liked Fishburne and thought he did a decent job while facing an audience that was and still is incredibly attached to...
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Theatre Talk: 'How The World Began' With Jarrett Sleeper

10/1/2011 1:00pm EDT
SCR
Jarrett Sleeper knows a thing or two about How The World Began. He gets to debate that very subject in South Coast Repertory's newest play.

Southern California may be known as the home of film and television, but it also has a vibrant theatre scene. In the same place where you look for your favorite stars, you can see quite a few names from TV and film right in front of you on stage. In recent memory, the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Alan Cumming and Michael Trucco have been found in our regional theatre scene.

At SCR in Costa Mesa, Catherine Trieschmann's How The World Began asks au...
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Ted Danson Gives His Thoughts On Joining The Cast Of 'CSI'

9/20/2011 4:00pm EDT
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
There’s no stopping the CSI juggernaut, not even the loss of the lead investigator. When Grissom (William Petersen) left, Langston (Laurence Fishburne) was there to lead the team. Now he’s left and D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) is leading the crime scene investigators of Las Vegas.

We’ve seen Danson get serious recently as Arthur Frobisher in Damages. He’s still most famous as a comedian, in Cheers, Becker and still Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored to Death. Danson left his Martha’s Vineyard summer home early to get to work on CSI and speak with the Television Critics Association about it thi...
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Review 'Contagion' - Two Jews' Are Immune To Soderbergh's Medical Thriller (Video)

9/8/2011 6:00pm EDT
Contagion
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: An international traveler reaches into the snack bowl at an airport bar before passing her credit card to a waiter. A business meeting begins with a round of handshakes. A man coughs on a crowded bus.

One contact. One instant. And a lethal virus is transmitted.

Great premise. Great beginning. But unfortunately, that's not enough to make a great film.

'Contagion' directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Scott Z Burns (The Informant) succeeds in showing us how fast a virus can spread. It also makes you think that becoming an agoraphobi...
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Fall 2011 Movie Preview: September

8/29/2011 12:00pm EDT
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The end of the year is always the most exciting time for true movie lovers as the studios release the films they hope to compete in the race for the many awards shows that will happen early next year. This September will have some decent films to choose from (namely "Contagion" and "Drive"), but with a greater amount of less-than-impressive fare than is normally seen. Either way, this first month in the awards season will have moviegoers flocking to the cinema nearly every weekend.

September 2

Apollo 18

This horror/thriller has been called “The Blair Witch Project” set in space, and the ...
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