Andre Benjamin finds a new rhythm in Hendrix biopic

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Friday, 26 September 2014 06:46

Andre Benjamin was uniquely qualified to play Jimi Hendrix in the film “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” and not just because his colorfully cosmic style has long owed something to the ‘60s icon.

The film, written and directed by “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley, is a portrait of Hendrix in 1966 — a then somewhat aimless 24-year-old playing backup guitar — finding himself as a frontman and being elevated by the blues-rock scene of Swinging London. As the often reticent half of hip-hop duo Outkast, Benjamin, too, knows something about the psychology of a performer discovering his onstage swagger.

Tina Fey, Jason Bateman have off-screen chemistry, too

AP Entertainment Writer
Friday, 19 September 2014 10:34

In the new big-screen adaption of the best-selling Jonathan Topper novel “This Is Where I Leave You,” Tina Fey and Jason Bateman portray siblings with tight ties that bind.

Just minutes after sitting down with the actors recently as they promoted the sprawling ensemble dramedy, opening today, it was clear that Fey, 44, and Bateman, 45, had developed a real-life rapport, as well. A sampling:

Our progressive, alternative guide to the Milwaukee Film Festival

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:49

Freedom Summer. — PHOTO: Courtesy Milwaukee Film

There’s no film festival guide WiG could produce that’d be more comprehensive than the catalog provided by the festival team itself. So instead, we’ve burrowed down through that comprehensive list of films and found a selection of Gazette favorites.

MMoCA launches expanded fall film series

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:36

Venus in Fur, screening Oct. 15 in Madison. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Spotlight Cinema series returns at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall with the Madison premieres of eight acclaimed documentary and narrative features.

Paula Deen documentary to tell her side of downfall

Written by J.M. HIRSCH,
AP Food Editor
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:39

Former Food Network star Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it.

Deen has been working on a documentary about herself and her downfall — triggered in 2013 by her acknowledgment that she'd used a racial slur in the past — but it will only be available to subscribers of her new website, the Paula Deen Network. Recipe content on the site will be free, but viewers will need to pay $9.99 a month to view videos.

More recommendations for the Milwaukee Film Fest

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:43

Need more Milwaukee Film Festival suggestions than our main guide gave you? Here’s another half-dozen films coming to Milwaukee screens in the next few weeks, each with progressive and alternative angles we think are worth highlighting.

Tickets for the sixth Milwaukee Film Festival are $10, $9 for seniors, $8 for Milwaukee Film members and $6 for children 12 and under. You can pick up individual tickets or packages at any of the theatres’ box offices, 414-727-8468 or

UWM presents 11-day LGBT film festival

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:46

Blackbird opens the LGBT Film/Video Festival. — PHOTO: Courtesy

For the past four years, organizers of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival have given audiences an embarrassment of riches, packing a daunting number of films into a single weekend in October.

‘Love Is Strange’ is an understated but tender film

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:23

Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in Love Is Strange. — PHOTO: Courtesy

A gay couple together for almost four decades are separated — at least physically — by factors beyond their control in Love Is Strange, the latest tender and meandering exploration of human relationships from indie darling Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue). 

Hulu plans series based on Stephen King's '11/22/63'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:21

The internet TV service Hulu plans to stream a nine-hour series based on Stephen King's time-travel novel about the Kennedy assassination.

Hulu announced its plan for "11/22/63," produced by King and J.J. Abrams, on Sept. 22.

Milwaukee Film ‘experiments’ with sixth annual festival

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:52

A scene from Stray Dog. — Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee Film

Presenting 275 movies over 15 days, the sixth annual Milwaukee Film Festival is certainly ambitious in its cinematic scope.

Sneak peek of some major fall releases

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff reporter
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:38

New this fall in theaters…


Hear (and watch) women roar on new fall TV shows

AP TV writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:55

"The Good Wife," "Homeland," "Scandal," "Nurse Jackie" and, well, "Girls" are just a few current shows that put women front and center.

And this fall, even more women are stepping up.