Unbroken, Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, opened in theaters on Christmas. Beacon Journal pop culture reporter Rich Heldenfels gives his thoughts on it below.
Check out Rich's profile on one of the movie's stars, Stow-Munroe Falls High School grad John Magaro here.To read more or comment...
Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels checks out The Hobbit, which features spectacular action, beautiful landscapes and some good acting. But should a single novel been turned into three movies?
For a full review of the movie, click here.To read more or comment...
This is what I plan to say in my Friday print column. An updated portion is in bold type below.
Had a movie theater owner said his cinema was going ahead with showings of The Interview, I would have politely and respectfully said, “Are you out of the flippin’ mind?”
The comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as two guys out to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had its planned Christmas Day release abruptly cancelled on Wednesday amid concerns about North Korean-backed terrorist attacks on theaters showing the movie.
The cancellation followed the very public threat of an attack by a hacker group which had already successfully broken into the digital files of Sony Pictures, the studio behind The Interview. The hackers were thought to be tied to North Korea, and the U.S. government concluded there was a connection.
Rogen and Franco dropped public and TV appearances to promote the movie, and planned premiere in New York City was cancelled. Theater owners including Regal and Cinemark began dropping plans to show the film, with Regal in a statement citing “the wavering support of the film … by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats.”To read more or comment...
Here's a list of what is already planned for the day, May 2, 2015.
Free Comic Book Day 2015: Gold Comics
*Gold comics will be available at every participating retailer on May 2nd
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| DARK CIRCLE COMICS PREVIEW
BONGO COMICS| 2014 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL
BOOM! STUDIOS| BOOM! STUDIOS TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
DARK HORSE COMICS| FIGHT CLUB/ THE GOON/ THE STRAIN
DC COMICS| TBA
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT| BOB’S BURGERS
IDW PUBLISHING| TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0
IMAGE COMICS|SAVAGE DRAGON: LEGACY #1
MARVEL COMICS| SECRET WARS
TITAN COMICS| DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL
UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES|SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES
VIZ MEDIA/ PERFECT SQUARE| POKÉMON
Free Comic Book Day 2015: Silver Comics
* Silver comics are optional. Not all titles will be available at participating comic shops.
List below. Complete announcement and descriptions are here.
13 Lakes (2004)
Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Down Argentine Way (1940)
The Dragon Painter (1919)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The Gang’s All Here (1943)
House of Wax (1953)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)
Little Big Man (1970)
Luxo Jr. (1986)
Moon Breath Beat (1980)
Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976)
The Power and the Glory (1933)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
State Fair (1933)
V-E + 1 (1945)
The Way of Peace (1947)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
As you may know, Darlene Love has been performing her classic tune on David Letterman's TV shows since 1986 -- 21 times over those 28 years. (Letterman once called "Christmas" "the only rock and roll Christmas song I truly enjoy.") With Letterman stepping down on May 20, 2015, this Friday's telecast will be the last time Love does this on the show. In fact, this will reportedly be her last performance of the song on TV ever. Above is a mashup the network has done usiing clips of Love performances over the years. It's pretty nice, and it sent me to YouTube to look at complete performances through the years. A lot of hairdos, the aging of Dave, and mostly great singing. Some selections:
Here's her first performance, in all its simplicity.To read more or comment...
The official word: NBC has announced premiere dates for its burgeoning midseason schedule — dramas “The Blacklist,” “Allegiance, “Night Shift,” “A.D.” and “Odyssey,” event series “The Slap,” and comedies “One Big Happy” and “Undateable.”
As previously announced, Emmy Award winner James Spader and “The Blacklist” will return to the NBC schedule on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, immediately following the game. The series then shifts to its new timeslot beginning Thursday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m.
“The Blacklist” will serve as a lead-in to the new spy thriller “Allegiance” from writer-director George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”). “Allegiance” will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. beginning Feb. 5.
The eight-episode event series “The Slap,” written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Robin Baitz and executive produced by the team of Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black”) and director Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “Olive Kitteridge”), will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 12. The series stars Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton and Zachary Quinto.To read more or comment...
The official word: Golden Globe nominated actress Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire) and Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons have signed on to star in the second installment of MGM Television and FX Production’s Emmy and Award winning miniseries franchise Fargo, it was announced today by Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions and Steve Stark President, Television Production & Development of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Production will begin in Calgary in January 2015 and the 10-episode anthology miniseries is slated to premiere next fall on FX.
Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Noah Hawley (showrunner/writer), Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron all return for the second installment. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions. MGM Television serves as worldwide distributor of the series.
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This week, Beacon Journal pop culture reporter Rich Heldenfels talks about Glen Campbell, and the new documentary about him. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which details Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's, is impressive.
Read Rich's full review of the movie here.To read more or comment...