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Review: Anchored by strong performances, 'The Interview' earns three stars out of four

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film writer
Sunday, 28 December 2014 09:18

James Franco and Seth Rogen in 'The Interview'

The Interview is already assured of cinematic infamy. It will go down in history as the satire that provoked an authoritarian dictatorship, roiled Sony Pictures in a massive hacking attack and prompted new questions of cyber warfare, corporate risk-tasking and comedic audacity.

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

Written by WiG Saturday, 18 October 2014 07:15
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Neil Patrick Harris, left, with husband David Burtka and their twins

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscar show live on ABC TV on Feb. 22, 2015.

‘G.B.F.’ director Darren Stein says gay best friends are a must-have for today’s woman

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 09 February 2014 15:53

Gay filmmaker Darren Stein takes us back to school with his campy and colorful new comedy G.B.F. This is familiar territory for Stein, who also directed Jawbreaker, the classic 1990s Mean Girls precursor.

G.B.F. (“gay best friend, for the uninitiated) cranks up the homo high school hi-jinx with a story about an unintentional outing and the resulting chaos that ensues. Narrator Tanner (Michael J. Willett) transforms from invisible man on campus to the dude in demand as he navigates the choppy waters of the high school shark tank.

'Selma' is a historic film that throbs with today

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Thursday, 25 December 2014 11:19

To say Ava DuVernay’s Selma feels relevant is a mammoth understatement. It’s altogether animated, propelled and enlivened by its contemporary urgency. Selma is a history lesson that throbs with today.

Review: Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' catchy but uneven

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP National write
Sunday, 22 June 2014 07:21

You don’t have to be middle-aged, or even an adult, to know songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” Sure, they’re ’60s-era hits by The Four Seasons, but they’ve become such pop culture fixtures that even youngsters who’ve never heard the name Frankie Valli could surely croon a few bars in his signature falsetto.

Should his and her Oscars be done away with?

Written by LYNN ELBER,
AP writer
Saturday, 26 January 2013 07:12

Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren need affirmative action to snare one of Hollywood’s favorite accessories, an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy?

In a society tilting steadily toward gender neutrality, the separate-but-equal awards that divide actors into one camp and actresses into another have the whiff of a moldy anachronism.

Ruffalo, Tatum and Carell shine in 'Foxcatcher'

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP National writer
Saturday, 15 November 2014 08:30

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell

Let’s start with a plea.

Now on video
Film explores Joni Mitchell’s heart and music

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:46

Joni Mitchell

Girls Like Us, the biopic about Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King is in development, with Taylor Swift cast as Joni (could you die?). At the same time  Beautiful: The Carole King Musical  is currently running on Broadway. So what could be a better time for the SD Blu-ray release of Joni Mitchell’s Woman of Heart and Mind + Painting With Words and Music. Combining the 2003 PBS American Masters doc  Woman of Heart and Mind  with the 1998 CBC-produced concert film Painting With Words and Music on one Blu-ray would be inspired any time.

Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables’ is relentless

Written by CHRISTY LEMIRE,
AP writer
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 19:30

Tom Hooper’s extravaganza – big-screen telling of the beloved musical “Les Miserables” – is as relentlessly driven as the ruthless Inspector Javert himself. It simply will not let up until you’ve Felt Something – powerfully and repeatedly – until you’ve touched the grime and smelled the squalor and cried a few tears of your own.

It is enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle.

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