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.

Learning to dance like James Brown

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:20

Photo: D. Stevens/Universal Pictures Chadwick Boseman, as James Brown in the new film Get on Up, a biopic based on the life of the Godfather of Soul.

Choreographer Aakomon “AJ” Jones was given 30 days to teach actor Chadwick Boseman to dance like the inimitable James Brown. The task would have been less challenging if Boseman had ever danced professionally.

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). 

'Sharknado 2' a hilarious must-see treat

Written by By FRAZIER MOORE,
AP television writer
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:24

Don’t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I’ll be ready.

You might as well batten down the hatches, too. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (which, if you hadn’t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic) premieres Wednesday (9 p.m. EDT).

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.

‘Downton Abbey’ back on Jan. 4 for season 5

Written by The AP Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:24

“Downton Abbey” will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, “Sherlock,” is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said.

“We will have to wait to know when it’s finished and available,” Kerger said of the mystery starring Benedict Cumberbatch. “Whenever it comes, we’ll put it in a wonderful place.”