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The Simpsons Video: Homer Meets Sytycd's Cat Deeley — Plus: A Classic '90s Character Returns to Springfield

13 March 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The search for a new Duffman on Sunday’s The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) brings a bevy of familiar voices to Springfield — including one not heard on the show in more than 20 years.

RelatedThe Simpsons First Look: Cat Deeley Gets Animated! Plus: The Sytycd Host Shares an Lol Seacrest Zinger!

TVLine has an exclusive first look at the episode, offering a behind-the-scenes peek at Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) and Stacy Keach (Full Circle) getting into character; Deeley plays herself, while Keach once again plays the great H.K. Duff.

Bonus scoop (not in the video): »

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[Re-release] Toy Soldiers Blu-ray Review

11 February 2015 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.

Starring: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff, R. Lee Ermey, Denholm Elliott, Louis Gossett Jr.

Running Time: 111 minutes

Certificate: 15

Hitting cinema screens in 1991 Toy Soldiers was the directorial debut of Daniel Petrie Jr., and it’s finally making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD. Graced with the cult classic title, the film delivers a balance of action, adventure and a hint of comedy. There are some off the wall moments, but it all adds to the charm of a 90s teen movie.

Set in The Regis School, or “Rejects” School as it’s known by its misfit students, is the last stop boarding school for rebellious teens. Dean Parker (Louis Gossett, Jr.) manages to keep these disorderly boys in check, with the exception of Billy Tepper (Sean Astin) and his friends; Joey (Wil Wheaton), Snuffy (Keith Coogan), Ricardo (George Perez), Hank (T.E. Russell), and »

- Ciham Messouki

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2015 Sundance Diary: ‘Listen to Me Marlon,’ ‘Pervert Park,’ ‘Seoul Searching’ & Festival Wrap-Up

9 February 2015 9:25 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Park City, Utah – This is the last batch of Sundance reviews I’ve got to offer. A tad late, but I couldn’t let these films go uncommented on, especially with their special offerings for those who seek them out. I hope that each of these films finds an audience.

Aside from “Listen to Me Marlon” (which will be debuting on Showtime soon), I have also recommended both of these films for the third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, the next fest for your radar, which takes off May 1-7, 2015 at the Music Box Theater.

Nonetheless, below are reviews for documentaries “Listen to Me Marlon” and “Pervert Park,” along with a take on a personal favorite, the narrative film “Seoul Searching.” After that, you’ll find a brief recap of my Sundance experience, along with very brief words on a few other movies I saw.

Listen to Me Marlon

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Toy Soldiers’ Blu-ray Review

25 January 2015 2:41 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Sean Astin, Louis Gossett Jr., Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff, R. Lee Ermey, Denholm Elliott, George Perez, T.E. Russell, Shawn Phelan, Michael Champion, Mason Adams | Written by Daniel Petrie Jr., David Koepp | Directed by Daniel Petrie Jr.

Regis High School, an exclusive prep school for delinquent teenage boys, becomes the target of a terrorist attack from Columbian drug lord and terrorist Louis Cali, who has travelled to the Us to free his drug kingpin father. With a team of ruthless mercenaries, Cali invades Regis High School in an attempt to capture the son of the federal judge presiding over his father’s trial. As Cali takes the students hostage, the FBI and Us Army remain helpless. Within the school, however, is a group of rebellious and mischievous students, led by Billy Tepper and Joey Trotta, who decide to put their expertise in avoiding authority to good use. Now »

- Phil Wheat

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How Whiplash kills the cheesy pupil-mentor genre stone dead

11 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jk Simmons is generating awards buzz as a terrifying music teacher whose scenes with Miles Teller’s young drummer are like ‘two boxers in the ring

Jk Simmons on Whiplash: ‘The whole macho thing you develop at puberty never goes away’

Watching Whiplash, the story of the antagonistic relationship between a drumming prodigy and his ferociously demanding conservatory music teacher, almost the last thing on your mind is music. Although almost three-quarters of the film moves to the sound of drums, the images in one’s mind veer more towards drill sergeant movies, sports flicks and cult initiation rites. It could as well be called Squarebash as Whiplash, so often does the relationship between Jk Simmons’s unforgiving professor and Miles Teller’s whimpering pupil resemble that between R Lee Ermey’s splenetic Marine Corps drill instructor and Vincent D’Onofrio’s useless grunt in the opening act of Full Metal Jacket, »

- John Patterson

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