February is Black History Month, and to help celebrate, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting a Tribute to the 86-year old Sidney Poitier at their C lassic Black Film Festival. Lucky St. Louis movie buffs will have the opportunity to view eight vintage Sidney Poitier on the big screen. Every Thursday in February, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting two Poitier films at St Louis Cinemas Galleria (630 St Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, Mo 63117).
- Tom Stockman
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones, Rosario Dawson and Brendan Fraser, in a story of an incredible path to find love, Gimme Shelter, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video On Demand April 29 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers, High School Musical franchise) stars in the heart-wrenching, inspirational drama Gimme Shelter, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video On Demand April 29th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the true life stories of Several Sources Shelters founder Kathy Difiore and some of the pregnant teen shelter residents, the gripping tale follows the courageous Agnes "Apple" Bailey who fights against »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Super Bowl, a national holiday celebrating America’s twin loves of football and capitalism, is a time to embrace the art of TV advertising, even when the game’s lousy.
Yet while there’s still ample romance surrounding the image of the creative ad exec, Madison Avenue has been given a free pass for its role in the gradual breakdown of TV’s traditional ecosystem.
Sure, it’s now customary to watch the Super Bowl in part to admire those little 30- and 60-second masterpieces, but advertisers are largely forgiven for their inability to conjure spots people feel compelled to watch most of the time.
The digital video recorder is about 15 years old (imagine, TiVo and ReplayTV would be teenagers), and while it took longer than some analysts anticipated, the technology has clearly rewritten the rules of viewing. Initially built around a simple formula — free entertainment, in exchange for »
- Brian Lowry
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.
There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.
Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but »
- Dave Roper
CBS comedy juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory” easily toppled Fox’s “American Idol” in their first head-to-head encounter of the season Thursday, a night that also saw slippage for Fox’s “Rake” in its second outing.
The Eye won the night in key demos, also getting a strong performance from “Elementary” to close the night. NBC improved its standing with another “Saturday Night Live” clips show, while ABC remained limp on the night without its popular “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Big Bang Theory” was the night’s No. 1 program in adults 18-49 (5.1 rating/15 share), total viewers (18.9 million) and other key demos with its first episode in three weeks; it was down about 10% from that Jan. 9 installment. Thursday’s half-hour, featuring guest star James Earl Jones, beat Fox’s “American Idol” head-to-head in just about every category — from kids and male teens »
- Rick Kissell
Review Juliette Harrisson 31 Jan 2014 - 13:33
This week's episode of The Big Bang Theory meditates on childhood and adulthood. Here's Juliette's review...
This review contains spoilers.
7.14 The Convention Conundrum
The central male characters in The Big Bang Theory have always seemed somewhat contradictory to outsiders. As Penny frequently observes, although they obviously maintain high level jobs at the university, they also engage in activities she associates with childhood – dressing up, playing with dolls and reading comic books. Obviously, those of us immersed in the geek community know that there’s nothing especially childish about cosplay and RPGs, action figures or graphic novels, but that is undeniably how they are perceived by the outside world. In this episode, the tension between a willingness to embrace the fun aspects of childhood and the long, slow, uncertain process of becoming an adult is explored to brilliant and often hilarious effect.
The three strands »
Warning: We're about to run down the biggest TV moments from Thursday night. If you don't want to be spoiled on a particular show, skip to the next! The Big Bang Theory: You know your show has made it when not one, but two Star Wars actors guest star as themselves. James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) appeared on the CBS hit's Comic-Con-centric episode when, after failing to score tickets to the big nerdfest, Sheldon decided to start his own convention, one Jones was happy to be a part of, surprisingly enough. (And Jones and Parsons' comedic chemistry was so ridiculously charming and fun, so we're hoping Jones returns to make good on that trip to »
James Earl Jones: Tony- and Emmy Award-winning actor, the voice of Darth Vader ... and sitcom guest star extraordinaire?
With Thursday's (Jan. 30) episode of "The Big Bang Theory," it's safe to say Jones has proven himself a powerful comedy performer. Playing himself, the legendary actor has a hysterically raucous night on the town with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) after the nerd sets out on a mission to form his own comic book convention.
Let's take a look at the 12 best and funniest moments from "The Convention Conundrum."
1. That entire cold open was perfect. With Sheldon, Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) anxiously anticipating the release of Comic-Con tickets for sale in a makeshift war room in the guys' living room, Penny's (Kaley Cuoco) reaction was hilarious: "You guys are a whole lot of weird before coffee."
2. Alas, tickets sell out immediately, driving the guys to despair. "Aw, »
In the last seven years, The Big Bang Theory has been a haven for geeks. While there are those that have been critical of the writers for playing on stereotypes of nerds, they provide interesting and comical discussions on current scientific theories and discoveries, as well as referencing so many fandoms that many of us are a part of, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, comic books and their respective movies, Firefly, Dungeons & Dragons and so many more. Even more, the producers have lined up talent from so many of these films, programs and comics (dare I say, the greatest of these is the recurring role of Wil Wheaton), as well as some of the leading scientists of our time. So without further ado, I present here, for your approval, my wish list for future cameos for The Big Bang Theory.
10. Mark Hamill
With the announcement that both Carrie Fisher »
The CW announced several pilot orders. That included making the Flash pilot official, plus iZombie from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and they also released further details about the Supernatural spin-off. Based on a Vertigo comic, iZombie follows a zombie who can pass for human if she devours brains. However, the brains she eats also give her the person’s memories, which helps her solve mystery cases. Meanwhile Supernatural: Tribes will be set in Chicago where hunters and monsters clash.
Hannibal continues to draw amazing guest stars with its second season. Justified alum Jeremy Davies will appear as a suspect in two episodes while Chris Diamantopoulos will play the social worker who works with Davies’ character.
Fox has ordered a 10th season of Bones. While there was talk recently about the tenth season being the final one, that seems to have dropped since Fox last looked at the ratings. »
- Lyle Masaki
Just what brings the nerd and Darth Vader into orbit? After the guys can't get Comic-Con tickets, Sheldon decides to host the first annual Sheldon-Con. While trying to recruit Jones, he and the acting legend wind up spending a wild night together -- one that includes a run-in with a baseball bat-wielding Carrie Fisher. (A baseball bat? Leia would be so disappointed.)
Check out Sheldon's introduction to Jones above, a first-look at Fisher and her bat below and be sure to tune in to see how it all shakes out on Thursday.
"The Big Bang Theory" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS.
The ultimate punchline to the nuclear satire of "Dr. Strangelove"? As absurd as Stanley Kubrick's imaginative black comedy about World War III seemed when it opened 50 years ago this week (on January 29, 1964), it all turned out to be true.
Everything in the movie that the Pentagon said couldn't happen in real life -- from Air Force officers launching nuclear strikes without Presidential approval, to the Ussr being ready to respond with an automated doomsday system of its own -- actually could have happened. The safeguards really were as flimsy as Kubrick and his screenwriters imagined them to be. (Which begs the question: How safe are we now from a nuclear apocalypse?)
That's just one reason -- albeit the most chilling one -- that Kubrick's 50-year-old comedy holds up shockingly well today. But there are many other reasons that the aftershocks of "Dr. Strangelove" continue to have an impact.
- Gary Susman
In the episode, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) decides to organize a convention after failing to get tickets to San Diego Comic-Con and somehow finds himself having a crazy night with James Earl Jones. Now, how that encounter leads to the one you see above in an exclusive photo, we can’t say. Judging by that bat, however, we can pretty much guess that Fisher isn’t too happy to see Jones — or Sheldon, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
‘Gimme Shelter’ is a magnetic and magnifying adventure in the most touching and disturbing wanderings of human wretchedness. Based on inspiring true events, the plot revolves around the courageous story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless teenager. Apple is forced to flee her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson), and is simultaneously turned away by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), finding herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival. In the depths of despair, she meets a compassionate stranger (James Earl Jones), who leads her to unprecedented support in a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers, run by the humanitarian Kathy [ Read More ]
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The story, Gimme Shelter centers on Agnes “Apple” Bailey played by Vanessa Hudgens. The film is based on the true-life story of a sixteen year old living with her drug addict/prostitute mother June Bailey (Rosario Dawson). Apple grows up never knowing her father, moving from foster home to foster home, in and out of the system, dependent upon a mother that cannot keep it together. She holds onto her one and only letter from her rich, Wall Street father Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser). Where he refers to his daughter as the apple of his eye, hence she chooses to be called Apple.
Gimme Shelter begins with the audience hearing Apple talking to herself, stating that she is not afraid, she is not scared. She is mustering up the courage to leave her deadbeat mother and is determined to find a better life. She starts this out with an incredible hacking off of her hair. »
- Betsy Russo
She became a star thanks to the High School Musical series and then went onto break out of the Disney mold by taking on more serious roles in films like The Frozen Ground and Spring Breakers. However, nothing will prepare you for how far Vanessa Hudgens goes to portray Apple Bailey in Gimme Shelter.
Written and directed by Ronald Krauss, the film follows Apple as she escapes from her abusive mother June (Rosario Dawson) and searches for her father, Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser), who is now a Wall Street banker with a family of his own. But when April discovers she is pregnant, she ends up running away from Tom and later finds a place to stay at a shelter for pregnant young women.
Hudgens completely disappears into this role to the point where you can’t even recognize her at all. She gained 15 pounds, cut off most of her hair, »
- Ben Kenber
Directed by: Ron Krauss
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: January 24, 2014
Plot: When a runaway pregnant teen (Hudgens) is rejected by her previously absent biological father (Fraser), she finds a new place to live.
Who’S It For? If you’re curious about what Vanessa Hudgens looks like trying to win your drama kudos, Gimme Shelter is worth a look. Similarly, if you like easygoing bottlings of spirit-lifters, Gimme Shelter has your prescription.
Can you judge a movie by the weepy Celine Dion song that plays during the credits? For Gimme Shelter, a tale of a pregnant teen lost in the “system,” such is about half true. Not at all related to the Rolling Stones song which is a phrase also never uttered in this story, Gimme Shelter is a clash of sincerity and insincerity, »
- Nick Allen
Gimme Gimme: Krauss Returns to Human Interest Woes in Latest Effort
Writer/director Ron Krauss returns to the human interest vein that defined his last outing as director, 2010’s Amexica with a based on a true tale of woe, Gimme Shelter. Working with a notably high profile cast this time around, there’s certainly a genuine sincerity with the presentation at hand, which unfortunately can’t gracefully override its more manipulative moments in a tale that surely inspires empathy but works only because it is granted the ability to conclude with a rosy-tinted fairy tale glow.
Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) is a homeless, pregnant teenager on the run from her drug addicted and abusive mother (Rosario Dawson). With no one to turn to, she seeks out the assistance of her estranged father (Brendan Fraser), who is now raising a second family with his new wife (Stephanie Szostak) and has »
- Nicholas Bell
In Gimme Shelter, Vanessa Hudgens plays Agnes “Apple” Baily, a teenager who’s spent most of her life being passed around (and sometimes abused) by foster caretakers and her drug-addicted mother, June (Rosario Dawson). Apple finally decides to run away from home and contact her biological father – Wall Street broker Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser) – in the hope that he will support her long enough for her to land on her own two feet, get a job and start living on her own.
However, when it turns out that Apple is pregnant and Tom disagrees with her decision to keep the baby, the former takes off, eventually getting in an accident and landing in the hospital. There, she meets the kindly Father McCarthy (James Earl Jones), who convinces Apple to ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
In director Ronald Krauss’ “Gimme Shelter,” a pregnant 16-year-old flees her down-and-out abusive mother and rich, abortion-pushing father to find salvation in a home for unwed mothers. Whenever the film concentrates on the teen’s interactions with the various authority figures who successively betray her, it remains comparatively compelling, thanks largely to Vanessa Hudgens’ standout perf. But once she is rescued by a priest and taken to a shelter, the film is hamstrung by its fidelity to real-life inspirational models. Delivered by a name cast (Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones), the pic’s pointedly pro-life message should attract like-minded auds.
After furiously shearing off her long hair and escaping the clawing embrace of her drugged-out mother (Rosario Dawson, extremely convincing), Apple (Hudgens) makes her way to the palatial New Jersey digs of the father she never met, thrown to the ground twice en route — once by an irate cabbie, »
- Ronnie Scheib
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