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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'House Of Games'

3/6/2015 12:20pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'House Of Games'
With the only average conman flick "Focus" slowly fading from sight, it felt time to bring out the big guns in the confidence game – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s picture was the debut of one of the greatest writers of all time who it turned out was also one hell of a director. Taking on the subject of the con in a very matter of fact minimalist style, this one also showcased some of the finest and freshest talent to hit the silver screen. Watch your wallet and trust no one in the…"House Of Games!"

Psychiatrist Margret Ford is a woman with little in her life but work. Da...

Joe Mantegna on 'Criminal Minds' Finale, Revisiting 'Glengarry Glen Ross'

5/17/2013 12:05pm EDT
Criminal Minds
Joe Mantegna is one of the great actors in show business. Whatever the medium or the genre, he always delivers an outstanding performance. On television, he's best known as Special Agent David Rossi on CBS's long-running procedural Criminal Minds. Mantegna joined BFTV yesterday to discuss next week's double-length Criminal Minds season finale and what it's been like for him to bring Rossi to life for the last six years.

"It's a two hour episode," the actor said of Wednesday's final installment. "It's like a little movie in a way. We're able to pull out all stops and devote our energy, our ...

'Top Gear' (US) Recap: 'Dangerous Cars' (3.03)

2/28/2012 10:05pm EST
Top Gear
In this week's Top Gear, Adam, Tanner and Rutledge take their lives in their own hands again, driving three allegedly dangerous cars: the Ford Pinto, Suzuki Samurai, and Chevy Corvair.

Rutledge gets the potentially flaming Corvair, while Adam gets a chance to blow himself up in the Pinto, and Tanner has to drive the unturnable Samurai, all of them en route to (what else?) a demolition derby. "I don't feel like there's a huge amount of inherent danger in the car," Rutledge says, while Adam agrees "There's good and bad in everything in life." At least our guys are optimistic in the ...

Behind The Wheel Of History's 'Top Gear'

2/14/2012 1:00pm EST
Top Gear
"American Top Gear."

It's a phrase that's struck dread in the hearts of many for years. Fans of the hit BBC series - those of us sitting at home with our Jeremy Clarkson books and 'I Am The Stig' T-shirts, and yes, I am one - have heard rumblings about a US import and almost immediately worried one would go south (see: the American adaptation of Coupling, etc.) Yet after a false start (a busted NBC pilot hosted by Adam Carolla), History Channel made the concept a reality two years ago.

And guess what? It's not a nightmare. In fact, it's pretty good.

The cynics - and yes, I was one - are ...

Review: 'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th And Drive In Opposite Directions (Video)

6/23/2011 10:12am EDT
Cars 2
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 'Cars 2' is the new 3D wonder from director John Lasseter. John and his crew at Pixar have once again proven why they are the best at what they do.

To really enjoy this film, you have to put aside any ideas that cars can't talk, can't have friends and girlfriends, can't experience human emotions and can't be killer spies. (Something the other half of Two Jews On Film, John my husband, wasn't able to do).

Anyway, the story goes like this...Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the snazzy, red, highly acclaimed racing car. After winning four Pisto...

Jon Hamm To Join 'The Simpsons'

7/21/2010 8:09am EDT
Jon Hamm
Mad Men star Jon Hamm is to voice an FBI agent character on The Simpsons.

The actor will lead a sting operation against Joe Mantegna's character Fat Tony on the upcoming episode.

The Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean tells, "Jon's a gruff FBI man... He has no patience for Homer."

And Hamm's Simpsons debut might lead to more appearances on the show - because the Mad Men star was a big hit. Jean adds, "You gave him one note and he immediately did 12 great things with it. He was really funny. And handsome. He had it all."

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Rockin' and Reelin': Seven Spectacular Movie Concerts

7/7/2009 10:00am EDT
School of Rock
Pull out your lighter, turn up the volume, and get ready to throw up the horns. This jammin' compilation is my top seven compilation of climactic movie concerts. Why seven? Seven is a nice odd number.

When I first decided to form a list of top movie concerts, I thought having a wealth of film knowledge would help me out. Sitting down to draft the list however, I found myself at a loss for ideas. I couldn't see the forest for the trees, and plots sat jumbled together in my head.

After thinking for a few days and taking a stroll through my neighborhood Blockbuster's going out of bu...

2008 Tribeca Film Festival Spotlight: Redbelt

5/1/2008 4:12pm EDT
A few months ago, a rock 'em, sock 'em film called "Never Back Down" was released and broke the mold of fighter movies by becoming the first in a probable long line of box office productions featuring the fighting style of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Now comes "Redbelt",

a film that prides itself more on the characters internal conflicts more so than the external ones.

How the heck to do you make a fighting movie in which the fighting itself is secondary? By using a complicated plot, of course. We have Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a MMA instructor who teaches his stude...

Larry The Cable Guy Stars In 'Witless Protection,' In Theaters Feb. 22

12/28/2007 10:41am EST
Witless Protection
Larry the Cable Guy returns for another comic misadventure as a small town sheriff who unwittingly gets involved in a high profile FBI case in Lionsgate's new comedy, Witless Protection.

During a routine day spent patrolling his small town, Larry witnesses a beautiful, high-class woman, Madeleine, being held against her will by four mysterious, black-suited men. Recognizing the opportunity to save the day, Larry "kidnaps" her, only to learn that Madeleine is actually a key witness in a high-stakes Chicago crime case and her captors are FBI agents assigned to protect her.


Celebrity Birthdays, November 13

11/13/2007 3:00am EST
Chris Noth
Happy Birthday to O.C. native Rachel Bilson (1981), basketball player Ron Artest (1979), prolific NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde (1963), comedienne Whoopi Goldberg (1955), actor Chris Noth (1954), actor Joe Mantegna (1947), producer/director Garry Marshall (1934), and Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850; d. 1894).

Winners At Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards

9/17/2007 8:29am EDT
The Sopranos
Winners in major categories for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (in bold):

Drama Series: ''Boston Legal,'' ABC; ''Grey's Anatomy,'' ABC; ''Heroes,'' NBC; ''House,'' Fox; ''The Sopranos,'' HBO.

Comedy Series: ''Entourage,'' HBO; ''The Office,'' NBC; ''30 Rock, NBC; ''Two and a Half Men,'' CBS; ''Ugly Betty,'' ABC.

Miniseries: ''Broken Trail,'' AMC; ''Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; ''The Starter Wife,'' USA.

Made-for-TV Movie: ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,'' HBO; ''Inside the Twin Tow...

New Actors & Characters Join CBS This Fall In Regular, Recurring & Guest-Starring Roles

9/15/2007 9:00am EDT
Joe Mantegna
Following are the new actors and characters that will join CBS's hit series this fall in regular, recurring and guest starring roles.


Emmy Award nominee Joe Mantegna will join the cast of Criminal Minds starring as FBI Special Agent David Rossi, an original member of the Behavioral Analysis Unit who took early retirement to go on lecture and book tours, and has volunteered to return to the unit. Mantegna is scheduled to make his first appearance in the sixth episode of the season. "We are all Thrilled to have Joe Mantegna joining our family. He's an i...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 13

11/13/2006 3:00am EST
Chris Noth
Happy Birthday to O.C. native Rachel Bilson (1981), basketball player Ron Artest (1979), prolific NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde (1963), comedienne Whoopi Goldberg (1955), actor Chris Noth (1954), actor Joe Mantegna (1947), producer/director Garry Marshall (1934), and Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850; d. 1894).

CBS Announces Holiday-Themed Programs

11/11/2006 9:00am EST
The annual Christmastime visits of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman as well as the network television premiere of the hit theatrical comedy Elf, starring Will Ferrell, highlight CBS's festive holiday programming.

In addition to the yuletide animated classics, CBS will present the holiday specials "The 8th Annual A Home For The Holidays," featuring various musical performances, and "The 29th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson and Steven Spielberg.

CBS will also present holiday-themed episodes ...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 13

11/13/2005 3:00am EST
Chris Noth
Happy Birthday to O.C. native Rachel Bilson (1981), basketball player Ron Artest (1979), prolific NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde (1963), comedienne Whoopi Goldberg (1955), actor Chris Noth (1954), actor Joe Mantegna (1947), producer/director Garry Marshall (1934), and Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850; d. 1894).

IFP Announces Gotham Award Nominees

10/27/2005 11:43am EDT
The Independent Film Project (IFP) just announced the nominations for the 15th Annual Gotham Awards. Winners will be awarded at the ceremony on Nov. 30 in New York City. The nominees were selected by three separate nominating committees composed of critics and film programmers. Nominees for “Best Feature” are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, A History of Violence, Keane, and Me and You and Everyone We Know.

The annual Gotham Awards celebrate the authentic voices behind and in front of the camera in films made this year. By recognizing that the best films come from a place that is more fir...