Daily Archives: April 24, 2013

Wait Wait…the NPR news quiz is coming to a cinema near you?

You might think that putting the venerable NPR news quiz “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” on the big screen, in movie theaters all over the country the night of May 2, would just be a way of celebrating its 15 years … Continue reading

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Shocking News: A “Pitch Perfect” sequel is in the works.

OK. I kid. The teensy-budget big screen answer to “Glee!” did over $200 million, in box office, VOD, etc. receipts. So naturally Universal would like a little more of that, if you please. Can’t imagine a 2015 film that would … Continue reading

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Next Interview: Got questions for Winona Ryder?

I think the only time I’ve ever talked with her was WAY back when she did “Night on Earth” for Jim Jarmusch and they brought it to the NY Film Festival. Yeah, that was in the last century. Tabloid years, … Continue reading

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Hollywood increasingly kowtows to the lucrative, anti-democratic Chinese market

Here’s another story summing up the latest Chinese affronts to artistic freedom in the somewhat artistic world of the cinema. For years, Hollywood has been reluctant to deliver Chinese villains, to place big screen wrongdoing in Chinese hands. Think back … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Arthur Newman”

Lots of people want to escape their past. Wallace Avery wants to escape his present. Which he does, pretty much before the opening credits are over in “Arthur Newman.” That’s to be his new name. Plainly, he’s given it some … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Pain & Gain” is a bit too Michael Bay for its own good

Once you’ve destroyed Pearl Harbor and let robots rampage across the Earth a few times, your whole idea of a buddy picture has got to be warped. Elephantiasis sets in, even on a caper comedy with daft characters and silly … Continue reading

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