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Robbing Johnny’s Cold March Album Review

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Band: Robbing Johnny; Members: John Murrell – Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar and Songwriting; Pat D. Robinson – Vocals, Lyrics and Harmonica; Jordan Brooks – Drums, Percussion and Piano; John Mahoney – Bass and Vocals; and Evan Harris – Guitar Album: ‘Cold March’ Living as an outsider who’s bravely trying to assimilate into a seemingly exotic […]

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'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie

'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie
By the time Cameron Crowe made Singles in 1992, the 35-year-old director was already a decade into his career's second act. A former journalist for Rolling Stone, he'd pivoted towards the movies after adapting his book about going undercover at a Los Angeles high school – Fast Times at Ridgemont High – for the screen in 1982. And his directorial debut, Say Anything... (1989), proved that he had a knack for capturing teen spirit.

Crowe, however, wanted his audience to grow up with him, so for his follow-up movie, he turned his attention to twentysomethings.
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Blu-ray Review – Barton Fink: Special Edition (1991)

Barton Fink, 1991.

Directed by Joel Coen.

Starring John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, and Jon Polito.

Synopsis:

Barton Fink has been reissued by Kino Lorber in a new Blu-ray edition that doesn’t say “Special Edition” anywhere on the packaging but basically is one (hence the use of “(Special Edition)” on their site and here). The print has been improved a bit since the previous Universal release, and Kino commissioned some new interviews that are included here, along with eight deleted scenes.

“I thought it was a strange film,” actor John Turturro recalls in the new 14-minute interview on this Barton Fink (Special Edition) Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. As Coen brothers movies go, this one veers a bit into David Lynch territory as it tells the satirical story of a Broadway playwright seduced by Hollywood’s siren call during the 1940s.

Fink (Turturro) arrives in Los Angeles,
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Frasier: Season 12? NBC Would Like a Revival But...

NBC is already reviving Will & Grace, but about their other popular sitcoms? Recently, network chairman Robert Greenblatt spoke with TVLine about possibly bringing Frasier back.The sitcom starred Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane, a Seattle-based radio therapist who lives with his retired policeman father (John Mahoney). The cast also included David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, and Dan Butler, The show ran for 11 seasons before ending in 2004.Read More…
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Glenne Headly Remembered: ‘She Was a Total Perfectionist’

Glenne Headly Remembered: ‘She Was a Total Perfectionist’
Glenne Headly was a very serious actress with a gift for comedy. That’s how Anna D. Shapiro, artistic director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Co., remembered the theater’s longtime ensemble member, who died Friday at the age of 62.

“Glenne was a very, very serious actor and one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever worked with,” Shapiro told Variety. “She was a total perfectionist and she was obsessed with the science of acting comedy…She would focus on what it was that made something true, and by that uncovering why it was funny.”

Headly joined the famed Chicago theater company in 1979, five years after it was founded by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry. Even after Headly moved to the West Coast to work in movies and TV, she maintained a regular presence in Steppenwolf productions through 2005. She won Chicago’s local Joseph Jefferson Awards for her
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Glenne Headly Remembered: ‘She Was a Total Perfectionist’

Glenne Headly Remembered: ‘She Was a Total Perfectionist’
Glenne Headly was a very serious actress with a gift for comedy. That’s how Anna D. Shapiro, artistic director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Co., remembered the theater’s longtime ensemble member, who died Friday at the age of 62.

“Glenne was a very, very serious actor and one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever worked with,” Shapiro told Variety. “She was a total perfectionist and she was obsessed with the science of acting comedy…She would focus on what it was that made something true, and by that uncovering why it was funny.”

Headly joined the famed Chicago theater company in 1979, five years after it was founded by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry. Even after Headly moved to the West Coast to work in movies and TV, she maintained a regular presence in Steppenwolf productions through 2005. She won Chicago’s local Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work in productions of “Say Goodnight, Gracie
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Betrayed

Costa-Gavras sets his focus on right-wing political terror in the American heartland, where FBI agent Debra Winger finds farmer Tom Berenger at the head of a clan of murderous white supremacists. Our friends and neighbors! Betrayed Blu-ray Olive Films 1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 127 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, Betsy Blair, John Mahoney, Ted Levine, Jeffrey DeMunn, Albert Hall, David Clennon, Robert Swan, Richard Libertini. Cinematography Patrick Blossier Film Editor Joële Van Effenterre Original Music Bill Conti Written by Joe Eszterhas Produced by Irwin Winkler Directed by Costa-Gavras

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Filmmaker Cost-Gavras occupies a high roost where political activism is concerned. His most popular films 'Z', Stage of Siege, The Confession and Missing put strong values before wide audiences in the Nixon and Reagan years, when few major filmmakers would go near such touchy subjects. 1988's Betrayed is
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Stream this in the summer: 'In Treatment'

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Stream this in the summer: 'In Treatment'
In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. In lieu of a summer rewind this year, I wanted to offer up primers of shows you can stream, whether an older series available in full(*) or something current you can catch up on before its next season begins. So far, I've done a few current shows in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Halt and Catch Fire, and Rectify, plus completed shows in United States of Tara and Flight of the Conchords. (*) Note: with these picks,
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Revisiting New York romantic comedies of the 1980s

Aliya Whiteley Jan 10, 2017

Sigourney Weaver, Cher, Harrison Ford and more join our celebration of the New York romantic comedy...

New York has been celebrated so many times in movies. In the 1980s alone we had kids dancing on yellow taxis in Fame, the public library being haunted in Ghostbusters, and the ongoing visions of Scorsese and Allen, to name only a fraction of offerings. But I think that the romantic comedies that set their stories in the Big Apple during the 80s created a real and lasting charm about the city that can still be felt today.

Here's a look at three of those romantic comedies that highlighted different aspects of life in New York. When you watch them, nearly 40 years on, it's easy to feel a nostalgia for it all: the big hairdoes of the feisty heroines; the shoulder pads of the heroes; the Manhattan skyline with the World
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Why Frasier Deserves More Recognition

Edward Gardiner on why Frasier deserves more recognition…

If I asked you to think of a sitcom beginning with ‘F’ which first aired in the 90s, what immediately springs to mind? I’d wager about 90% of you are currently thinking “well it’s Friends, of course” – or at least would be had I not incepted you by writing ‘Frasier’ in the title. Whether you’d be thinking it in such a polite manner is also up for question.

And that’s fine, by the way. Friends is wonderful and brilliant, and completely deserving of its adoration amongst the 90s generation. This isn’t just a list of reasons Frasier is better than Friends, or, for that matter, The Simpsons or South Park or Seinfeld. This is simply a list of reasons Frasier is one of the greatest sitcoms ever to grace the small screen, and why more people need to watch it.
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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 30-21

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We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.

#30. Bull Durham (1988)

Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on
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Cameron Crowe Refuses To Rule Out Say Anything 2

With his latest effort, Aloha, failing to ignite at the box office, writer-director Cameron Crowe has been on the publicity trail – including giving an interview to Film School Rejects. During their conversation, the subject of Say Anything 2 – a sequel to his always popular debut movie – was broached, and Crowe had some surprising things to say.

Say Anything arrived in theatres in April 1989, and has remained an audience favourite ever since. Starring John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler, and Ione Skye as Diane Court, the story charts the development of their complex romantic relationship between High School graduation and Diane’s scheduled departure for college. Also starring John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Pamela Adlon, Jeremy Piven and Eric Stoltz, the film became legendary for its depiction of youthful infatuation, and made a bona fide movie star out of John Cusack – thanks to a brilliant performance, and a simple shot of him holding a boom box over his head.
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History Of Lawyers In The Movies Part II

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...

1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton
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Pitt Former TV Co-Star Kallsen Dead at 48, Emmy Nominee Meadows dead at 95, Oscar nominee Mankiewicz dead at 93

Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in the Movies

By Alex Simon

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman,
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'Say Anything' TV Show Shelved After Cameron Crowe Objects

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'Say Anything' TV Show Shelved After Cameron Crowe Objects
Just hours after we reported that director Cameron Crowe and actor John Cusack had expressed their displeasure with a Say Anything TV series in development at NBC, the network officially pulled the plug on the project.

Writer Justin Adler and producer Aaron Kaplan had been brought on to develop the show earlier this year, before NBC issued a script commitment plus penalty to the project last night. Deadline now reports that the writer and producer didn't realize Cameron Crowe had never been made aware of the project, and, after he voiced his objections to the series, they both pulled out. Legally speaking, the network could have moved forward, but the writer and producer dropping out and the breakdown of communication between the studio and Cameron Crowe lead to the studio ultimately killing the show.

Our earlier report revealed that efforts were made to bring Cameron Crowe into the loop, but that never actually happened.
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John Cusack and Cameron Crowe Object to 'Say Anything' TV Show

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John Cusack and Cameron Crowe Object to 'Say Anything' TV Show
Last night, Deadline reported that NBC is moving forward with a TV series based on the 1989 Cameron Crowe movie Say Anything, which will be written by Justin Adler (Better Off Ted, Samantha Who?). The project is set a decade after the events of the movie, although, thanks to the vocal objections of Say Anything director Cameron Crowe and star John Cusack, the project may now be in jeopardy.

A new Deadline report reveals that 20th Century Fox Television had planned to ask for Cameron Crowe's blessing to move forward with the show, but this never happened due to miscommunication between studio executives. Both Cameron Crowe and John Cusack first heard about the project last night, and took to their respective Twitter accounts to voice their disapproval, with Cameron Crowe even stating that he is trying to stop the show from happening.

Hell no !! “@readdreamwrite: .@johncusack Are you or @CameronCrowe involved with this series?
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Vivica A. Fox, LisaGay Hamilton, Neema Barnette & Others to be Honored at the Lady Filmmakers Festival.

This year's 6th annual Lady Filmmakers Festival will happen this Friday through Sunday in Beverly Hills. Lady Filmmakers Festival Extraordinary Women Honorees include Vivica A. Fox, LisaGay Hamilton, Neema Barnette, and Natasha Foster-Owens, Risa Bramon Garcia. Learn more about its exciting celebrity and film lineup below and learn how you can attend by visiting the festival website:

The festival will honor Natasha Foster-Owens, (Director, Production-hbo West Coast Production), with the 2014 Trailblazer Award, Actresses Vivica A. Fox and LisaGay Hamilton are in the Spotlight, Director Neema Barnette with the Moving Image Award, Risa Bramon Garcia with the Illumination Award. Ms. Foster-Owens, Ms. Garcia and Ms. Barnette speak on panels during the festival along with other distinguished industry experts in Television & Film. The festival boasts 6 feature films and 42 short films with several World, Us, West Coast, and La Premieres including “Night Vet” starring James Cromwell, Joanna Cassidy, Larry Miller & Irma P Hall; Opening Night Film “Redemption Trail” Starring LisaGay Hamilton, Lily Rabe, Jake Weber, and Hamish Linklater; “Today’s The Day” starring Danny Devito. Harvey Weinstein produced Operation Barn Owl. Special industry speakers confirmed so far are Joyce Cox (Avatar, Dark Knight, Great Gatsby, Men In Black III), Gary Sommerstein (Entertainment Lawyer), Elizabeth Bell, Andrew Sugerman (Premonition, Conviction), Louise Levison (The Blair Witch Project), Hammad Zaidi (Lonely Seal Releasing), Gil Cates Jr (Life After Tomorrow, Lucky, Job), Pam Dixon, Csa (Zorro, City Slickers, Gosford Park), Lance Still (The Golden Compass), Neema Barnette (Women Thou Art Loosed On The 7th Day, My Super Sweet 16 The Movie), Y. Shireen Razack (Rizzoli & Isles, Undercovers), Kerry Barden, Csa (Boys Don’t Cry, American Psycho), Natasha Foster-Owens (Director, Production-hbo West Coast Production), Sandra Avila (President of Avila Entertainment), Risa Bramon Garcia (Masters Of Sex, Twister, Speed). This year the festival will screen films from all over the world including the Czech Republic, India, Syria, UK, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany. 2009 - 2013 selected films were made by or showcased up-and-coming as well as celebrity filmmakers and actors including Courteney Cox, Laura Dern, Rita Wilson, Anna Paquin, Sharon Stone, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, Chris Evans, Bryce Dallas Howard, Danny Glover, Glenn Close, James Brolin, John Mahoney, Lilli Taylor, Barrie Osborne, David Lynch, Clancy Brown, Mel Rodriguez and Stephen Gyllenhaal, just to name a few.... Regardless of the films selected, one thing is certain -- this festival will highlight a variety of cultures and worldviews. "Lady Filmmakers is a festival where people of diverse backgrounds converge with common interests and goals. It’s a Film Festival that recognizes and celebrates the tremendous contribution of women to film and the importance in the collaborative spirit amongst men and women,” says Disalvo Viayra. One goal of the festival is to screen entertaining independent Us and international films to show people that they can enjoy Indie films just as much as the big blockbusters. The fest promotes artists and musicians, recognizes and empowers lady filmmakers, artists, and musicians from all ethnic, religious, and Lgbt communities. To qualify for the festival, films must have at least one woman in the role of writer, director, cinematographer, producer, editor, or production designer. . For more information on the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, bios on the festival organizers, instructions for submitting films or to become a sponsor of the festival, please visit our website.
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No God, No Master: The Sometimes Dry Story On Fighting Social Injustice

No God, No Master: The Sometimes Dry Story On Fighting Social Injustice
Over the past decade (or thereabouts; his work is almost invariably released in the U.S. years after being shot), writer-director Terry Green has made three films, the first of which, the John Mahoney–starring Almost Salinas, was self-distributed in 2003. That one's since been lost in the home-video ether, but the next two — Heavens Fall, from 2006, and No God, No Master, his newest work — indicate that Green is both a capable filmmaker and a clear history buff.

Green favors trailblazing public figures railing against social injustice: in Heavens Fall, it's Timothy Hutton's Samuel Leibowitz, a New York lawyer who travels to Alabama in 1933 to defend the Scottsboro Boys; in No God, No Master, it's U.S. Bureau of Investigation ...
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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 30-21

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We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.

#30. Bull Durham (1988)

Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on
See full article at SoundOnSight »
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