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Rich and the movies: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' review

By Ohio.com Published: July 31, 2015
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Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels checks in with his thoughts on Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Can the Tom Cruise action franchise keep pace with the more popular Fast and Furious films?

 

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Want to bet on LeBron's future? Here are some odds

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 27, 2015

From an online gambling-info site:

With reports surfacing that LeBron James will be taking his talents to Hollywood after apparently reaching a deal with Warner Bros., speculation is on the rise that the 1996 film Space Jam, which starred the greatest basketball player of all time*, Michael Jordan as well other NBA greats, will get a reboot with James in the lead role. LeBron has been getting good reviews in his acting debut while playing a fictionalized version of himself in the summer comedy hit, Trainwreck, currently playing in theaters around the nation. With fans across the country looking for answers, the best and newest online source for unbiased gambling reviews, OnlineGambling.lv** (www.onlinegambling.lv) posted odds on what to expect after the news broke of the LeBron James and Warner Bros. partnership!

“Whether they love him or hate him, LeBron James sparks interest from fans and those looking for him to fail alike,” stated OnlineGambling.lv spokesperson Allan Kingsley Jones. “Even news of a possible Space Jam reboot has sparked interest on our site. While taking his talents from city to city seems to be becoming a pattern for LeBron, it will remain to be seen whether he should keep them to the hardwood.”

Analysts at the Website OnlineGambling.lv posted the following odds on LeBron James and Warner Bros.:

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New "Gotham" teasers

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 24, 2015

This one is especially cool.

 

This one is OK but I like the other one more.

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"Entourage: The Movie" releases on digital, disc coming

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 24, 2015

The official word about the slightly-seen, poorly reviewed continuation of the TV saga:

The boys are back! “Entourage The Movie” will arrive onto Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “Entourage The Movie,” the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning HBO series, reunites the hit show’s original cast led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. The film will be available early on Digital HD starting on August 25.

 

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Home Box Office, “Entourage The Movie” also stars Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment as father and son Larsen and Travis McCredle. The returning cast from the series includes Perrey Reeves as Ari Gold’s wife, “Mrs. Ari;” Emmanuelle Chriqui as Sloan, Eric’s on-again/off-again love interest; Debi Mazar as Vince’s publicist, Shauna; Rex Lee as the ever-faithful Lloyd; and Constance Zimmer as Ari’s colleague Dana Gordon. Emily Ratajkowski and champion UFC fighter Ronda Rousey appear as themselves in the film.

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NBC sets Ed Sheeran special for Aug. 16

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 24, 2015

The official word: Chart-topping singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran gives television audiences a front row seat to his sold out summer headlining shows at London’s Wembley Stadium in a one-hour NBC special, titled “Ed Sheeran - Live at Wembley Stadium,” airing Sunday, August 16 (8-9 p.m. ET).


“Ed Sheeran - Live at Wembley Stadium” shows the global superstar performing his biggest hits, including his breakthrough Grammy-nominated single “The A Team” and worldwide #1 smash “Thinking Out Loud,” as well as a one-of-a-kind duet with Sir Elton John. “Ed Sheeran - Live at Wembley Stadium” also features unseen documentary footage with exclusive access that captures the build up around Sheeran’s historic record-breaking shows at the iconic venue, where he played to 240,000 fans across three memorable, sold-out nights.


“I can't say that performing at Wembley Stadium was a ‘dream come true,' because I honestly thought it was out of reach and didn't think it was possible,” said Sheeran. “But with each tour, the venues continued to grow and it became something of a challenge to see how far we could take it, how big we could go and still deliver a show that connected with the entire audience. It really doesn’t get any bigger than Wembley in my mind and it was an honour to join the select few that have headlined there. It’s definitely a personal milestone and I’m so glad to share this special moment with all of my fans.”


Sheeran is a six-time Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum singer-songwriter. At only 24 years old, the British artist has already become a global phenomenon. His latest album “x” (pronounced multiply) has gone to #1 in 14 countries around the world, including the United States and his native United Kingdom, where it was both the biggest and fastest selling album of 2014. “x” was nominated for Album of the Year at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and features a trio of platinum hits -- “Sing,” “Don’t," and his chart topping smash “Thinking Out Loud" -- as well as his latest single "Photograph." An acclaimed live performer, Sheeran has played countless sold-out shows all over the globe, including a three-night stand at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and four nights at London’s O2 Arena. His current worldwide tour returns to North America this fall, highlighted by his biggest stateside show yet, taking place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on September 25.

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Coming in October: "Unauthorized" movies about "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 23, 2015

The official word:  Ah, the 1990s. Sideburns, frosted tips, slap bracelets, fanny packs and, of course, the launch of two shows that made television history -- Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place. In a Lifetime “throw back-to–back” weekend event, The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story premieres Saturday, October 3, at 8pm ET/PT and The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story follows on Saturday, October 10, at 8pm ET/PT. The movies are the latest in Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Story” film franchise and revisit two of the decade’s most iconic programs and reveal what transpired behind the scenes during the cast members’ rise to fame.

 

An international pop culture phenomenon, Beverly Hills, 90210 ruled the ‘90s television landscape and reigned as the top teen show for nearly a decade during which Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling became household names. The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story reveals the roller coaster ride behind the show’s first four seasons, highlighting the drama between cast members and producers both on and off-set as they journeyed together from near-cancelation to unparalled fame and success.

 

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LeBron, Warner Bros. make deal. Is a "Space Jam" reboot next?

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 22, 2015

The official word: LeBron James, basketball star, international icon and one of the world’s most popular sports figures, and his company, SpringHill Entertainment, are partnering with Warner Bros. Entertainment, the global entertainment leader, in an unprecedented agreement spanning all areas of content creation. The deal will see James’ creative footprint touch all areas of the Studio, with plans for projects in television, film and original digital content. The announcement was made today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. in collaboration with Maverick Carter and LeBron James, co-Founders, SpringHill Entertainment.

“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, Maverick Carter, and SpringHill Entertainment,” said Tsujihara. “The combination of LeBron’s global media presence and Warner Bros.’ unmatched production and distribution expertise is a big win for fans everywhere. We’re excited to welcome LeBron and Maverick to the Warner Bros. family and look forward to partnering on incredible projects that will connect with consumers across a variety of platforms.”

“Connecting with my fans and telling meaningful stories have always been my passion. In everything I’ve done, from Nike commercials to ‘Uninterrupted’ and ‘Survivor’s Remorse,’ it’s always about connecting with people of all ages and providing unique content they can all enjoy,” said LeBron James. “And I’ve always loved movies, which makes Warner Bros. the ultimate partner to help us continue to push the envelope. I can’t wait to see what we come up with.”

SpringHill Entertainment, the entertainment and content company created by James and business partner Maverick Carter, develops creative content across a wide variety of platforms including digital, documentary and feature films, and scripted and unscripted TV. SpringHill’s growing project portfolio includes Disney XD’s inspirational series “Becoming,” the Starz’ breakout scripted comedy “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Uninterrupted,” the multimedia platform for unfiltered athlete content hosted on Turner digital platform Bleacher Report, and an upcoming primetime game show for NBC.

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Video: Two Guys Talkin' about celebrity breakups

By Ohio.com Published: July 22, 2015

Our two guys wonder how the little folk can stay married if the celebs can't?

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Discuss: an international list of the best American films

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 21, 2015

"Citizen Kane," bumped from the top spot on the Sight & Sound list by "Vertigo," is number one on this list of the 100 best. The top 10:

10. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
9. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
8. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
7. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
6. Sunrise (FW Murnau, 1927)
5. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

The results were based on the opinions of 62 international critics "from daily newspaper reviewers, magazine critics, bloggers and broadcasters to authors of book-length academic criticism and the final Top 100 was calculated via a simple point system (10 points for each #1 pick, 1 point for each #10 pick). The criteria was simple: any film made by a U.S. studio or funded in some way from an American source qualifies as an “American film”. The director of the movie did not have to be born in America and the film did not have to be made in America. In fact, 32 films on the list were directed by film-makers born outside the US, reflecting America’s immigrant identity." 

 

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MTV Video Music Award nominees

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 21, 2015

The telecast will be on Aug. 30. Miley Cyrus is hosting. Here's the list:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé – “7/11”

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

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