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Abby Singer, a veteran production manager and assistant director and a DGA member for more than 60 years, died this morning of cancer and old age at the Motion Picture & Television Country House in Woodland Hills. He was 96. Singer got his start working as an assistant for Harry Cohn’s right-hand man Jack Fier at Columbia Pictures in 1949 after a stint in the Navy and moved on to Universal in 1957 to work in TV. He eventually landed at Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker’s Mtm Productions, where he oversaw such series as Rhoda, Phyllis, The Bob Newhart Show, Wkrp In Cincinnati, The White Shadow, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere. His last film as unit production manager was on 1997′s Family Plan. He later taught at the American Film Institute Conservatory. But Singer’s name is known to film and TV crews everywhere for a production shot that came to »
- PATRICK HIPES, Managing Editor
This weekend's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," a feature-length, 3D animated film from DreamWorks Animation, is already notable in the sense that it's the first film based on characters from the classic series "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" that doesn't look like it's going to be a huge financial disaster.
The spritely story of time traveling dog Mr. Peabody (this time voiced by Ty Burrell) and his "pet" human Sherman (Max Charles) is adapted from the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," and was directed by Rob Minkoff (it's his first animated feature since a movie we've never heard of called "The Lion King").
With "Frozen" finally exiting theaters and "The Lego Movie" losing some of its staying power, it looks like "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," a brightly colored, lively movie that will probably rake in some big box office. The premise is appealing and a number of parents »
- Drew Taylor
There are so many congratulatory statements I want to make to FX at this time about The Americans. However, since space is limited and I need to maintain some semblance of an objective slant on this recap, I'll just say this: Please, FX, don't ever put The Americans up against Scandal (which returns from its winter hiatus February 27th on ABC). I don't think my nervous system could handle having to choose between two Washington, D.C.-based dramas filled with sex, intrigue and costumes I covet on a daily basis. »
"The Americans" is back for a second season. I reviewed the start of season 2 yesterday, and I have thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I change the world with a hug... "It's just hard. This job, this life. Gets to you in ways you wouldn't think it would." -Philip So, no, "The Americans" is not fooling around as it begins the new year. After a brief stop at the cabin where Elizabeth recovered from her gunshot wound, "Comrades" gets its hands dirty in a rush, with Philip executing two Afghan freedom fighters, then taking out the poor busboy with the misfortune to be there for the one mission where the Kgb's amazing wig technology fails. And with that, Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg send their audience three very important messages: 1)"Stop asking why the wigs don't come off, because when they do, innocent busboys die!" 2)"This »
- Alan Sepinwall
Review by Sam Moffitt
“Lots of folks get the hemrods Bill! You know my Mama had the hemrods…and my sister had the piles! You get them piles in your ass and can’t take a shit you in big trouble, that’s right! That’s right! Anybody who eats has got to take a shit! You get the hemrods or the piles and can’t take a shit you got’s to put a repository in your ass so’s you can take a shit!”
The previous statement is part of an actual conversation I overheard years ago, in the 1980s in fact, in St. Louis, when I worked as a police dispatcher. The unit was the Federal Protective Service and these words were spoken by Officer Earl Berry Jr., one of the more colorful characters I have encountered in my life. Yes he really did say all that, »
- Movie Geeks
5 items from 2014
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