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Second Opinion – Stronger (2017)

Stronger, 2017.

Directed by David Gordon Green.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr, Nate Richman, Lenny Clarke, Carlos Sanz, and Clancy Brown.

Synopsis:

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

On 15th April 2013 two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Stronger focuses on the story of Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) who underwent a double above the knee amputation after being caught in the blast.

Stronger is not an easy film to watch. From the off the tension builds to almost unbearable levels as Jeff heads to the finish line and it’s an agonising eternity before the bomb goes off. A standout scene is when Jeff is having his bandages removed for the first time.
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‘Stronger’ Review

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Lenny Clarke | Written by John Pollono, Jeff Bauman | Directed by David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green drifts yet further from his Pineapple Express and Your Highness frat comedy legacy with this safe and reverent adaptation of the true-life story of Jeff Bauman, a young Bostonian who lost his legs in the marathon bombing of 2013. You may not be familiar with the tale, but the film’s title will give you an idea of the direction of travel.

Excitement builds for the big race. Jeff (Jake Gyllenhaal) heads to the finish line to cheer his on-off girlfriend, Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Suddenly, two bombs explode, maiming the crowd with a rain of shrapnel. Jeff loses his legs. With the help of his family and Erin, Jeff begins his recovery: the traumatic aftermath, the recovery of memories, and the gradual move toward prosthetics.

It’s an all-American story,
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Movie Review – Stronger (2017)

Stronger, 2017.

Directed by David Gordon Green.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, and Lenny Clarke.

Synopsis:

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Stronger is the real-life story of 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing amputee survivor Jeff Bauman who went on to walk again while becoming a symbol of resiliency in the process, but director David Gordon Green (Our Brand is Crisis, Pineapple Express) wisely doesn’t go the route of depicting the man turned inspirational celebrity overnight at a saint. It’s actually quite the contrary, as the film is unflinching in its earnest portrayal to highlight the negative characteristics of the person. After all, still prospering or not after a terrorist attack, Jeff was human, and all humans have their own flaws.
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Jake Gyllenhaal is Oscar worthy in “Stronger”

For the last few years, it has almost felt like a waiting game with Jake Gyllenhaal and the Academy. He has an Oscar nomination, but has been snubbed a few times since then, most notably for Nightcrawler. On Friday, Gyllenhaal turns in one of his very best and most awards friendly performances yet with Stronger, a biopic that manages to subvert the expectations of the genre. Films too often become standard issue when dealing with this sort of subject, but that’s not the case here. It’s damn near perfect and, at least in this writer’s humble opinion, 2017’s best movie to date. It’s a triumph. The movie is a biopic of Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal), one of the many affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He’s a lovable schlub, someone who his on again off again girlfriend Erin Hurley (Tatiana Maslany) adores but can’t rely on.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 75 Pairs of Passes to ‘Stronger’ With Jake Gyllenhaal

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Stronger” starring Jake Gyllenhaal based on the inspiring true story of the Boston Marathon bombing!

Stronger,” which opens on Sept. 22, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown and Lenny Clarke from director David Gordon Green and writer John Pollono based on the book of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Stronger” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases
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'The West Wing' Cast Will Reunite at Atx Fest

This year's Atx Television Festival lineup has just gotten even more awesome: The cast of "The West Wing" is one of several new additions now set for a reunion at the event.

Atx Fest announced its updated lineup on Thursday, and the most exciting name is easily "The West Wing," NBC's political drama that ran for seven seasons and racked up multiple Emmy wins (and stole viewers' hearts) from 1999 to 2006. Creator and original showrunner Aaron Sorkin is set to appear, as are the following cast members: Bradley Whitford (Josh), Dule Hill (Charlie), Joshua Malina (Will), Richard Schiff (Toby), and Janel Moloney (Donna).

More actors are expected to join the panel (after all, you can't call it a proper "West Wing" reunion without President Bartlett and C.J. Cregg, a.k.a. Martin Sheen and Allison Janney), which also includes director Thomas Schlamme. The participants will gather in honor of the
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‘The West Wing,’ ‘Rescue Me,’ ‘Ugly Betty’ Casts to Reunite at Atx Television Festival

‘The West Wing,’ ‘Rescue Me,’ ‘Ugly Betty’ Casts to Reunite at Atx Television Festival
The Atx Television Festival is beefing up its busy line-up with a number of cast reunions and freshman panels. The cast of Aaron Sorkin’s hit political drama, “The West Wing,” will be reuniting for a panel discussion dubbed “The West Wing Administration” at the Austin, Texas-based fest.

The panel, which marks the 10th anniversary since the series finale, will feature Sorkin, director and executive producer Thomas Schlamme and cast members Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff and Janel Moloney, with more to be announced.

Another show hitting a 10-year mark is “Ugly Betty,” which premiered in 2006. Cast members including America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Becki Newton, Michael Urie, Ashley Jensen, Ana Ortiz, Tony Plana, Mark Indelicato, Vanessa Williams and Rebecca Romijn will be part of a reunion panel on the closing night of the festival.

Ferrera will also participate in a panel for her current NBC show “Superstore,
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Jimmy Fallon Jokes About His Many Accidents During Boston Appearance: 'I Had a Great Trip'

Jimmy Fallon Jokes About His Many Accidents During Boston Appearance: 'I Had a Great Trip'
Jimmy Fallon knows he has a reputation for being prone to accidents.

So when the Tonight Show host headed to Boston on Saturday to perform at the Td Garden, he didn't hesitate to mention – or rather, sing about – the recent spill that landed him in the emergency room.

"I was just here two weeks [ago]. I had a great trip!" Fallon joked at the 21st annual Comics Come Home event. "I stayed at a lovely hotel. You may have heard heard of it – Mass General?"

Wearing jeans and a camel-colored sweater, the comedian explained what happened last month at Harvard University,
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Check out the trailer for Lazarus Rising

A trailer has arrived online for director John Depew’s upcoming crime thriller Lazarus Rising, which stars Mike Pfaff, Devon Ogden, Adoni Maropis, Eric Roberts, C.Thomas Howell, Lenny Clarke, Cedrick Stewart, Sal Rendino and Sean Carmichael. Check it out below…

A hit man on the run and a woman with a secret try to evade teams of assassins headed by the lethal and relentless Mr. Gray.

Lazarus Rising is expected to arrive later this year.
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Sundance 2015: ‘Call Me Lucky’ channels its rage into comedy, compassion

Call Me Lucky

Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

USA, 2015

Comedian and activist Barry Crimmins is a very simple man. He has but two humble objectives in his life; “Overthrow the United States government and close the Catholic Church.” Bobcat Goldthwait’s assured documentary, Call Me Lucky, spends half its running time paying homage to Crimmins’ invectives and the other half illuminating their painful source. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking, and life-affirming stuff from a director who continues his evolution into a serious filmmaker.

Like Lenny Bruce and George Carlin before him, Barry Crimmins wasn’t afraid to add some substance to his stand-up comedy routine. He championed the Boston-area comedy boom in the ‘80s, leading to an increased awareness of stand-up comedians that continues to this day. Perhaps it’s not a stretch to say there would be no Seinfeld or Louie without Crimmins’ efforts back in the day. A ferocious performer
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TV Review: ‘Sirens’

TV Review: ‘Sirens’
Rescue Me” enjoyed a long run on FX, but Denis Leary apparently wasn’t quite finished with it. So he’s essentially taken the comedic half of the show’s fire-department antics and (with some help) transformed it into “Sirens,” a moderately amusing and decidedly raunchy USA half-hour about paramedics. Based on a U.K. series itself derived from a book, the show has a surprisingly long creative pedigree for that fairly simple premise, inasmuch as so many gags hinge on penises and porn. All told, it marks a departure for USA less for the show’s genre than its tone.

Set in Chicago, the series focuses on a trio of EMTs: Johnny (Michael Mosley), who is in the process of redefining his relationship with his girlfriend Theresa (Jessica McNamee); buddy Hank (Kevin Daniels), who is both gay and black, and gets most of the best lines; and Brian (Kevin Bigley
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Celebs tweet about World Series champs Boston Red Sox

Celebs tweet about World Series champs Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are the World Series champs, after beating the St. Louis Cardinals in four out of six games. Some very famous BoSox fans, and Massachusetts natives to boot, took to Twitter to celebrate. Check out what The Office cast members, a Dancing with the Stars host, a director, some New Kids on the Block, and some celebs threatening to grow out of control beards, had to say below.

Rescue me star Denis Leary caught himself and and comedian/co-star Lenny Clarke on the jumbotron:

Actual screen grab – Lenny Clarke Game Six http://t.co/3dLgR81esa— Denis Leary
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Rock Icons Unite For Boston Concert

Rock Icons Unite For Boston Concert
Boston -- The song "Come Together" their rallying cry, performers at a benefit concert for victims of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing had thousands of people cheering for a city that has pulled together to overcome adversity.

Veteran rockers Aerosmith helped close the 5 1/2 hour Boston Strong Concert on Thursday. After an energetic run through hits, such as "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion," they were joined on stage by 1990s boy band New Kids on the Block and other performers for the Beatles classic.

The Boston Strong Concert had residents jamming to songs from the Dropkick Murphys, Boston and other musical acts and even laughing at a joke about the capture of a bombing suspect.

The concert kicked off with the rock band Boston playing songs including its 1970s hit "More Than a Feeling."

"Tonight, we are all Boston," lead singer Tommy DeCarlo declared to a crowd of thousands of people,
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Are You There, Chelsea?

Network: NBC

Episodes: 12 (half-hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: January 11, 2012 -- March 28, 2012

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Laura Prepon, Lenny Clarke, Lauren Lapkus, Jake McDorman, Mark Povinelli, Ali Wong, and Chelsea Handler.

TV show description:

This sitcom follows the life of twenty-something Chelsea (Laura Prepon), an opinionated and unapologetic cocktail waitress. Her life revolves around her work at Jerry's Ultimate Sports Bar in New Jersey. She's surrounded by a unique group of friends and co-workers like Rick (Jake McDorman) the handsome bartender, fellow waitress Olivia (Ali Wong), and quick-witted Todd (Mark Povinelli).

Chelsea and best friend Olivia recently moved in with sweet Dee Dee (Lauren Lapkus), Chelsea's polar opposite. Chelsea's dad (Lenny Clarke) has both a big personality and a big mouth, and her sister (Chelsea Handler) is a conservative new mom.
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Are You There, Chelsea?: Cancelled, No Season Two

It's closing time for Chelsea and her pals. NBC has decided to cancel the low-rated sitcom Are You There, Chelsea? after 12 episodes and one season.

Based on a book by Chelsea Handler, Are You There, Chelsea? follows the life of an opinionated and unapologetic young woman (Laura Prepon) who lives life to the fullest as a cocktail waitress. She's many things to many people -- friend, daughter, sister, and sexually dynamic "advanced drinker." Others in the cast include Lenny Clarke, Lauren Lapkus, Jake McDorman, Mark Povinelli, Ali Wong, and (occasionally) Chelsea Handler.

The sitcom had a decent start -- registering a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.18 million viewers -- but things went downhill from there.

  Subsequent episodes of Chelsea saw big drops in the ratings and, over the course of the season, went as low as
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Snuffed Out: TV Series That Were Gone Too Soon

The fate of Gcb, one of our favorite new shows, will be decided in the next few weeks, and right now, there's a 50/50 chance it'll survive. If it does get canceled, at least it'll instantly become a member of what we'll call the Arrested Development/Freaks & Geeks/Firefly club. Shows that were canceled before their time, and have gained cult status since they left the airwaves.

All of those programs have rabid enthusiastic followers, and in the case of Firefly and Arrested Development, that fan enthusiasm has directly led to big screen resurrections.

We're hoping Gcb gets a renewal, but while we wait, let's take a look at a few other shows throughout the years that were unfairly snuffed out, and picture ... what might have been.

Pushing Daisies

ABC (October 3, 2007 – June 13, 2009)

Featuring a stellar cast, including Lee Pace, the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth, and Anna Friel as Dead Zooey Deschanel, Pushing Daisies
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"Are You There, Chelsea ?": Being Bad Never Felt So Good

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"Are You There, Chelsea?" is the new NBC comedy series, created by Dottie Zicklin and Julie Ann Larson, based on author Chelsea Handler's 2008 best-selling book "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" :

"...outspoken 'Chelsea Newman' and her circle of working-class twenty-something friends in New Jersey are observed through the narration of Newman, based on the life of TV host Chelsea Handler, when she was in her twenties..."

Debuting January 2012, cast includes Laura Prepon, Jake McDorman, Lauren Lapkus, Lenny Clarke, Ali Wong, Mark Povinelli and Chelsea Handler.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Are You There Chelsea ?"...
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Are You There, Chelsea?: Cancel or Keep It?

NBC hasn't been having much luck with their new shows this season. Will their latest sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea?, be the exception or is it also destined to be cancelled?

Are You There, Chelsea? follows the life of twenty-something Chelsea (Laura Prepon), an opinionated and unapologetic cocktail waitress. Her life revolves around her work at Jerry's Ultimate Sports Bar in New Jersey. She's surrounded by a unique group of friends and co-workers like Rick (Jake McDorman) the handsome bartender, fellow waitress Olivia (Ali Wong), and quick-witted Todd (Mark Povinelli).

Chelsea and best friend Olivia recently moved in with sweet Dee Dee (Lauren Lapkus), Chelsea's polar opposite. Chelsea's dad (Lenny Clarke) has both a big personality and a big mouth, and her sister (Chelsea Handler) is a conservative new mom.

The series got off to a stellar start (by NBC standards
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'Are You There, Chelsea?': Dot-Marie Jones Meets Chelsea In Jail

'Are You There, Chelsea?': Dot-Marie Jones Meets Chelsea In Jail
NBC established its new "funny women" block of comedy for Wednesday nights by transplanting "Whitney" from Thursdays to serve as the lead-in to Chelsea Handler's new semi-biographical sitcom "Are You There, Chelsea?" (Wed., 9 p.m. Est on Bravo). While it hasn't been too well-received by critics, including HuffPost TV's own Maureen Ryan, audiences got their first chance to see Laura Prepon as Chelsea Newman and Handler as her pious older sister.

The premiere quickly established what kind of person Chelsea is, with audiences meeting her drinking and quickly getting a DUI. There was some fun to be had with Dot-Marie Jones ("Glee") as a cellmate that Chelsea, in a moment of panic, perhaps bonded too closely with. That joke came around full circle again at the end.

The bulk of the episode took place in either Chelsea's new apartment with her best friend Olivia (Ali Wong) and their dippy
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'Are You There, Chelsea?': Dot-Marie Jones Meets Chelsea In Jail

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'Are You There, Chelsea?': Dot-Marie Jones Meets Chelsea In Jail
NBC established its new "funny women" block of comedy for Wednesday nights by transplanting "Whitney" from Thursdays to serve as the lead-in to Chelsea Handler's new semi-biographical sitcom "Are You There, Chelsea?" (Wed., 9 p.m. Est on Bravo). While it hasn't been too well-received by critics, including HuffPost TV's own Maureen Ryan, audiences got their first chance to see Laura Prepon as Chelsea Newman and Handler as her pious older sister.

The premiere quickly established what kind of person Chelsea is, with audiences meeting her drinking and quickly getting a DUI. There was some fun to be had with Dot-Marie Jones ("Glee") as a cellmate that Chelsea, in a moment of panic, perhaps bonded too closely with. That joke came around full circle again at the end.

The bulk of the episode took place in either Chelsea's new apartment with her best friend Olivia (Ali Wong) and their dippy
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