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Who determines how much we are worth in the wake of a tragedy? Kenneth Feinberg. Called upon by the United States during its most troubling dealings with oil spills, domestic terror attacks, or exposure to chemical warfare, Feinberg determines just at what cost it’s all worth.
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Directed by acclaimed German documentarian Karin Jurschick, “Playing God” brings you into the complicated, and at some times cruel, reality of compensation specialist Feinberg. The film examines past cases in which Feinberg has lent his expertise, such as handling the treatment of Vietnamese veterans suffering exposure to Agent Orange, families grieving over lost loved ones consequently from 9/11 or to what degree Bp will be held accountable for the largest oil spill in history.
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“Cruel justice, »
- Kerry Levielle
A version of this article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.
There’s no better time to reminisce about a great vacation than when you’re back at work trying to recuperate with a hot cup of coffee. That’s all part of the allure of the Starbucks collection of city-themed mugs. Well, that and you can pick them up in Starbucks locations around the world, from Qatar to Hong Kong to Tennessee.
The mugs — which come decorated with local flavors, sites, and monuments — have an avid fan base of collectors always looking for one more cup to add to their stockpile. »
- Travel and Leisure Staff
Another season, another batch of Amazon pilots – it's the gift that keeps on giving. In the spirit of a true democracy (feel free to add your own cynical popular-vote joke here), the streaming service will offer up a number of first episodes for maybe-possibly future shows. The audience gets to decide what series should get full orders. You may get the next Transparent; you may get a burning pile of trash. Regardless, it's the viewer who gives these would-be TV classics the thumbs up, thumbs down, or sideways-thumbs-across-the-throat gesture. You »
Lance Bass sacrificed watching Beauty and the Beast to hit up Sin City and check out the boy band’s “Larger Than Life” residency show at Planet Hollywood on Saturday, and fans were freaking out when the 37-year-old crooner got pulled on stage by Aj McLean during the group’s hit, “Shape Of My Heart.”
“I couldn’t believe it was happening -- I never thought I’d see my two favorites on one stage together!” enthused one fan after the show at the Axis Theater.
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“It was really great to see him and his husband having such a great time at the show, considering all the misconceptions about the whole Bsb/*Nysnc rivalry over the years,” added another concert-goer. “And Lance looked »
"...'Elektra' has tried to lie low, but she finds herself in the crosshairs of a dangerous force in 'Sin City'. A string of clues including high tech weaponry, kidnappings and assassins lead her to a game of chance more deadly than she ever expected. Can she outsmart this mastermind...or is she playing right into his hand?..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Elektra'...
- Michael Stevens
Star-crossed lovers find their place in the universe together when The Space Between Us lands on Digital HD May 2, and on Blu-ray™, DVD, and On Demand May 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Discover young romance and the beauty of Earth, starring Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game; Hugo), Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland; The Longest Ride), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight trilogy; the Harry Potter franchise), and Carla Gugino (Sin City; San Andreas).
Two worlds. One connection. Embark on an extraordinary mission through space to find love and experience our planet like never before in the romantic adventure, The Space Between Us, arriving on Digital HD on May 2, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand onMay 16, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Night Rises,Harry Potter), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo), Carla Gugino (Night At The Museum, “Wayward Pines”), Britt Robertson (A Dog’s Purpose, Tomorrowland), Bd Wong (Jurassic World, »
- Tom Stockman
Musical residencies are basically like a concert tour, except instead of the artist traveling the country (or world), the fans are all coming to them. An institution in Las Vegas (just take a look at Céline Dion and Britney Spears), this year’s lineup includes the Who, Mariah Carey, Backstreet Boys and Journey, among others. Here are the best new residencies to catch in Sin City this summer — and what to expect from them.
Their three-year goodbye tour is said to be nearing its end in April, but this summer, you can catch original members Pete Townshend and »
- Jami Ganz
Stars: D.C. Douglas, Carmela Hayslett, Tom Detrik, Tammy Jean, Tom Atkins, Michael Berryman, Lloyd Kaufman, Steve Blum, Bonnie Loev, Brian Anthony Wilson | Written and Directed by Christian Jude Grillo
I’ll freely admit there was a heavy dose of trepidation going into Apocalypse Kiss. You see I’ve had the “pleasure” of watching one of writer/director Christian Jude Grillo’s films (Deer Crossing aka Wasteland) before and it wasn’t the greatest of experiences… But just like you should never judge a book by its cover I feel you should never judge a filmmaker from just one film, even if that film was a complete shambles. Grillo’s previous effort was a backwoods thriller, a poor mans Texas Chainsaw Massacre if you will but this time out Grillo aims his sights higher, bringing us a dystopian vision of a city in ruin, controlled by corrupt politicians and evil corporations. »
- Phil Wheat
Escape Plan 2 is being directed by Steven C. Miller (Marauders), and will see Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of prison security expert Ray Breslin. Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson will also be reprising his role as Hush from the first movie, while Deadline is reporting that Jaime King (Sin City) is set to appear. Production is expected to get underway in the Spring.
Former WWE star Bautista is currently shooting Avengers: Infinity War, and has also recently signed on to the sci-fi thriller Hotel Artemis, where he’ll star alongside Jodie Foster. In addition to Guardians Vol. 2, he also has Blade Runner 2049 incoming this year. »
- Gary Collinson
Reverent and ridiculous in equal measure, Martin Koolhoven’s “Brimstone” is a wild pseudo-Western that trembles beneath the biblical weight of its comically grim story. Told with a steady tone that marries the anivine retribution of the Old Testament with the heightened slickness of a graphic novel, this gruesome carnival of debasement may be set in the lawless frontiers of 19th century America, but it might be more accurately located somewhere between Sodom and Gomorrah and “Sin City.” It’s the kind of movie in which an actor from “Game of Thrones” murders someone who’s taking a shit in an outhouse — the kind of movie in which a dying man, choking on a noose made out of his own intestines, still finds the spirit to tell his wife that he loves her.
Even after four discrete chapters (each of which is saddled with a subtitle like “Revelation” or “Exodus »
- David Ehrlich
Jessica Alba has some huge fans, even among the police department.
"On the weekends my friends and I, we hang out and sometimes we day drink," Alba shared, explaining how her friends keep things "very sophisticated" by drinking white wine out of a regular cups "because we don’t want our kids to know we’re drinking."
So, as the actress and her pals were enjoying their classy libations one weekend, she invited them to come into the front yard and check out her new car, to get their opinion on it -- which is, of course, exactly when the cops showed up.
"I was like »
Hgtv is headed to Sin City. Recently, the network announced their new series Flip or Flop Vegas will debut in April.A spinoff of Flip or Flop, the home improvement show will feature "contractor and Mma fighter Bristol Marunde and his wife, real estate agent and designer Aubrey, as they showcase their home renovation and flipping skills." The series is part of Hgtv's five new Flip or Flop spinoffs. The others will be set in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, and Texas.Read More… »
Burlesque: it’s more than just a Cher movie from a couple of years ago! That (okay, maybe not exactly that) is what Joe Manning’s new documentary “Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe” sets out to prove.
The new documentary, which follows twelve performers who get open and honest about this exotic art form, explores the world of burlesque and its growing popularity across the U.S. It invites audiences to get up close and personal with the people who combine striptease with modern dance, comedy, and even — wait for it — fire acts for a living.
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In our exclusive clip, performer Angelique DeVil talks about how dance “makes her alive.” It’s a neat example of how the film combines what happens on stage with a candid and personal interview, »
- Allison Picurro
Filmmaker Ramsey Denison wasn’t looking for a story when he headed to Las Vegas a few years ago, hoping to blow off some steam and kick back while on vacation. But as Denison and a friend were walking through a parking lot smack in the middle of Sin City, a shocking story found them.
That’s the starting point of Denison’s new documentary, “What Happened in Vegas,” which details the bizarre fallout and incendiary story that unfolded when Denison and his companion witnessed a group of Vegas police officers apparently abusing a handcuffed suspected in said parking lot. Denison immediately called the police to report the incident, a move that resulted in Denison himself being attacked by police and arrested.
Somehow, that was only the beginning of the filmmaker’s bizarre journey, as he soon discovered that his police report was riddled with lies and that video showing »
- Kate Erbland
Carla Gugino uBio on ‘How I Became An Actor… by Uinterview Carla Gugino is an American actress. She is known for roles like, Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy, and Lucille in Sin City. She has also stared in multiple theater shows such as Desire Under the Elms and an off-Broadway production of Suddenly Last Summer. This Carla Gugino […]
The post Carla Gugino Bio: In Her Own Words appeared first on uInterview. »
- Catherine Valdez
Sneak Peek Marvel Comics' "Elektra" #1, written by Matt Owens and illustrated by Juan Cabal, with covers by Elizabeth Torque, Marco Checchetto, Pasqual Ferry, Bill Sienkiewicz, Keron Grant and Skottie Young, available February 22, 2017:
"...'Sin City' has a new player as Marvel's deadly assassin heads for the bright lights and dry heat of the 'Las Vegas Strip'. 'Elektra' is 'Running With the Devil' as the one-time ninja attempts to lose herself in a vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity.
"It's time for a fresh start. But when you have a past as tumultuous as hers, you can't outrun it for long. Her arrival hasn't gone unnoticed by the criminal element of Las Vegas either -- drawing the attention of none other than the villainous 'Arcade'. He's got his eyes on her.
"Can Elektra ever truly escape the vortex of violence that has consumed her life for so long? »
- Michael Stevens
Marvel’s deadly assassin Elektra Natchios’ brand new miniseries launches this coming Wednesday, and we’ve got a preview of Elektra #1 for you here; check it out…
Casino Battle Royale! Running from her tumultuous past, Elektra attempts to lose herself in a vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity: Las Vegas. But how long can a former ninja assassin really hope to escape the vortex of violence that encompasses her life…especially when there’s a new player in Sin City that has her in his sights for his newest game? Enter: Arcade.
Elektra #1 is out on February 22nd, priced $3.99. »
- Amie Cranswick
Even though the first color movies were made over 100 years ago, black & white lived on in Hollywood until the 1960s. The Academy Awards even had a category from 1939 to 1967 under Best Cinematography for black & white films, splitting the section in two. Even now, black & white is still a strong aesthetic / visual choice and some filmmakers use it effectively to tell stories. Some of my favorite recent black & white films are: Frances Ha, Ida, The Artist, Pi, Sin City, The Turin Horse, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, A Field in England, Escape from Tomorrow and Computer Chess. This new video essay from Jack Nugent looks back at film noir in the 40s & 50s to make the case for black and white, even today. It's worth a watch. Thanks to Film School Rejects for the tip on this. Original description from YouTube: "Black and white has a gorgeous look in film. »
- Alex Billington
There have been many television shows over the years that portray gambling and provide viewers with an amazing way to experience the thrills of playing casino games. The famous Entourage episode, titled Vegas Baby, is one of those great shows that will take viewers right into the excitement of Sin City. This exciting episode has plenty of fun, lots of laughs and tons of money being blown at the casino… namely by Ari! Vegas Baby has the characters outside of their normal element, but it is an episode that topped the charts.
The Vegas Baby episode is a typical episode that one would expect from Entourage, but it is one also that is steeped in laughs and entertainment. Most obviously in the setting of the ‘Drama’ and Ken escapade…
The Unique Drama and Ken Scene
As the Entourage characters pay a visit to Vegas in Vegas Baby, viewers will be »
- James Smith
A tepid farce that that combines the brevity of a one-act play with the lo-fi desperation of a student film, “The Party” is the kind of star-studded misfire that might only have made sense in the context of an artistic movement like Dogme 95, whose strict dictums could have explained its experimental zeal and excused its fundamental shabbiness. Of course, such formal recklessness is par for the course when it comes to the cinema of Sally Potter, a British dynamo whose work ranges from a radical adaptation of Virgina Woolf’s “Orlando” to an erotic Joan Allen drama that’s spoken entirely in iambic pentameter. But if the dazzling eccentricities of Potter’s previous films might help to prepare viewers for her latest trick, their intellectual rigor casts this new one in a strange and unflattering light. It’s different, yes, and made with conviction. But it also feels flimsy, hollow, »
- David Ehrlich
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