On screen

Review: Bullock entertains as a ruthless campaign operative

Written by JOCELYN NOVECK
AP National Writer
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:53

They say timing is everything — or at least a whole lot. And on several fronts, the George Clooney-produced “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant, has absolutely perfect timing.

This season’s hottest films, from big to small

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:38

At the movies this season. — PHOTOS: Courtesy/WiG

The Blockbusters

NBCUniversal launching online comedy service for $4 a month

Written by Tali Arbel,
AP Business writer
Saturday, 17 October 2015 08:14

Such comedy classics as 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' will be featured on Seeso, as well as TV comedies and original productions.

NBCUniversal’s latest effort to target millennials is coming: An online video service focused on comedy that costs $4 a month.

Review: ‘Steve Jobs’ plays man versus machine

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Sunday, 11 October 2015 16:22
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Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. —PHOTO: Courtesy

When is someone going to open a window in Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs? Alas, wrong operating system.

Kenosha native Al Molinaro, best known for role in 'Happy Days,' dead at 96

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:04
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Kenosha native Al Molinaro, best known for his roles as Murray the cop on The Odd Couple and malt shop owner Al Delvecchio on Happy Days, died Friday at age 96.

Sophia Loren: Retire? Never!

Written by LEANNE ITALIE
Associated Press
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 09:52

Some things about the film business have changed for actresses in the more than five decades since Sophia Loren was first discovered, and some things have stayed exactly the same.

Take pay equity, for instance, and the reality that worthy actresses sometimes make less than their male counterparts.

Nielsen says 15.8 million watched Democratic debate

Written by The AP Thursday, 15 October 2015 07:21

They aren't quite Trump numbers, but the 15.8 million people who watched the Democratic presidential debate on CNN was still the biggest TV audience ever for a Democratic debate.

The Nielsen company said the Oct. 13 debate audience exceeded the 10.7 million people who watched Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama debate on ABC in April 2008.

Entertainment briefs
Hillary does ‘SNL’ and more

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:57

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon, left) opened up to Val (the real Hillary Clinton) on Saturday Night Live’s season premiere Oct. 3.
— Photo: NBC UNIVERSAL

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton appeared on the season opener of Saturday Night Live as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for, ahem, Hillary Clinton (played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon).

Laverne Cox to star in ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ remake

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 October 2015 18:57

Cox in June 2014. —PHOTO: Sachyn Mital via wikimedia.org

Laverne Cox has signed to star in a remake of the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic flick that’s still shown in midnight screenings throughout the English-speaking world. A twisted homage to B-grade sci-fi and horror films, Rocky Horror is the longest running movie in history.

Review: Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ casts a gothic spell

Written by By JAKE COYLE
AP Film Writer
Monday, 19 October 2015 14:00

The most pressing threat in Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror “Crimson Peak” isn’t the ooze-filled cauldrons of dead souls in the basement of the old Victorian mansion, nor the plotting, black-clad sister (Jessica Chastain), who serves a bitterly poisonous tea.

It’s the ever-lurking possibility that, at any moment, the lush, ornate tapestry of Del Toro’s film might swallow its performers whole.

Review: 'Malala' is a gripping story, eloquently told

Written by Stephen Farber,
The Hollywood Reporter via AP
Monday, 12 October 2015 04:32
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Many people know the basic elements of the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But He Named Me Malala retells that story in a deft and affecting way. Director Davis Guggenheim, who made the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and the controversial Waiting for Superman, does some of his most heartfelt work in this tribute to Malala and her entire family.

Three decades on, UWM’s LGBT Film Festival focuses on families in flux

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 08 October 2015 10:16

‘From This Day Forward’ shows Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Oriental.
—PHOTO: Courtesy

The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary and festival director Carl Bogner is looking forward to the biggest program in recent memory. Over 11 days, he and UWM’s Peck School of the Arts will bring more than 30 feature films and shorts programs to the city, all centering around LGBT themes — but many not defined exclusively by those themes.