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
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Good grief, I had no idea that Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas remade this movie back in
Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!
On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk
Successful character actor, Richard Joseph Libertini, has passed away at the age of 82. According to his obituary, Libertini died January 7, 2016, after a two year battle with cancer.
This son of Italian immigrants found success on stage and the silver screen. His first TV appearance was a guest role on the Marlo Thomas sitcom, That Girl, in 1970. He had a recurring role as Joe Sutonni, on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, in 1976. He also recurred as "The Godfather," on Soap, in 1977.
We like to celebrate the movie tough guys of the ’70s here at We Are Movie Geeks and at Super-8 Movie Madness. We’ve posted Top Ten lists to tie into Super-8 shows featuring Charles Bronson (Here), Clint Eastwood (Here), and Lee Marvin (Here). This month we’re going to honor the #1 top money-making star for five consecutive years – 1978 – 1982 – Burt Reynolds. On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants
Lily Tomlin starred in the original movie, directed by Carl Reiner, as a dying millionaire who tries to transfer her soul into a younger woman. Things go awry when she actually transfers herself into the body of her attorney (Steve Martin). The remake would flip the premise, having the man's soul enter the body of a woman.
Back in April 2007, we reported that New Line Cinema was developing this remake as a starring vehicle for Queen Latifah. DreamWorks picked up the remake rights out of turnaround last year.
No production schedule was given at this time.
All of Me was released September 21st, 1984 and stars Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Richard Libertini, Dana Elcar,
Sure, there have been some recent revivals -- notably "La Bete," "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Born Yesterday" -- and one-person shows such as "Ghetto Klown" and "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short," but new comedies, where no one dances, no one sings and we hang on wordplay, are pretty rare.
There's a reason. It's really hard to be funny.
But the three names behind "Relatively Speaking" -- Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, each of whom wrote original one-act plays for the show -- pull people into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
It's a fun night, and the comedies improve with each one. Coen's "Talking Cure" is about a mailman (Danny Hoch) who went postal and his subsequent sessions with a psychiatrist (Jason Kravits).
It's this one, in particular, where John Turturro's direction is most obvious,
Doctor Who’s David Tennant has a new gig. He’ll follow in the footsteps of Gillian Anderson and Alan Cumming by serving as host for a series of Masterpiece Theatre presentations on PBS. Tennant will preside over the Masterpiece Contemporary entries beginning October 25.
Night Stalker’s Gabrielle Union will have a recurring role on ABC’s upcoming Flashforward.
Mutant X’s Lauren Lee Smith joined CSI last season as Riley, but she’s now exiting the show.
Hugh Jackman will sing as The Greatest Showman On Earth, that master of ballyhoo and humbug, P.T. Barnum, in an original movie musical being charted by 20th Century Fox. Jenny Bicks is scripting. Expect Jenny Lind, Tom Thumb, Jumbo, the Fiji Mermaid and a three-ring circus worth of more! Of course, Cy Coleman’s Tony-winning Broadway musical Barnum already
Most are pretty good and some are great. Pick your favorite and give it to your Blu-Ray pop.
“Inside Man” will be released on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009.
The other five titles were released on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009.
“Children of Men”
Photo credit: Universal Synopsis: “No children. No future. No hope. In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, Clive Owen portrays an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former love, played by Julianne Moore to escort a
A mysterious death draws Sam and Dean to a town full of old-school magicians. Their investigation leads them to Charlie, Jay and Vernon, three friends who were famous magicians in their day but have now been replaced by flashier, younger magicians. One of them has made a deal to acquire real magical powers, but the price was extremely high. Sam and Dean must figure out a way to reverse the spell before others are harmed.
Guest stars lined up in the episode are John Rubenstein, Barry Bostwick and Richard Libertini as Charlie, Jay and Vernon respectively.
On other news, the show has cast Kurt Fuller ("Desperate Housewives
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the appearance of a young female ghost (guest star) in an abandoned house, but things become more complicated when a family moves in.
The brothers fail to get the family to leave, but when the son is kidnapped though the walls, they look to Sam and Dean to rescue the boy.
The episode after, airing on January 22nd, is called Criss Angel Is A Douchebag (sorry about the language, I didn’t name the episode).
Three aging magicians attend a magic conference and prove that they still have a few unbelievable tricks up their sleeves - but are they only illusions? Meanwhile Ruby tries to convince Sam to use a little magic of his own.
Catch up with favorites like Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), John Rubinstein (Day Break), Richard Libertini (Soap), Tasha Smith (Boston Common), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Bateman (Valerie's Family), Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Carlos Ponce (Lipstick Jungle), Jon Huertas (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Tamala Jones (One on One), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Dear John), Susan Sullivan (The Nine), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Laura Allen (The 4400), Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars), Esai Morales (Vanished), Brittany Robertson (Swingtown), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Charles S. Dutton (Threshold), Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers), Debbie Allen (Fame), Marisa Coughlan (Boston Legal), Kathleen Quinlan (Family Law), Rob Bogue (Oz), Josh Cooke (Big Day
Hunky Jay Jablonski plays Jake, a Polish-American fishmonger who meets Marisa (Cerina Vincent), an attractive Hispanic veterinarian he mistakenly thinks is Italian.
Jake is in a funk. Eight years after his ex-girlfriend Isabella (Marisa Petroro) dumped him, he's still trying to win her
While novice feature filmmaker Robert DeFranco has a nice directorial touch, particularly when it comes to the performances of his young, likable cast, the unsubstantial script (penned by DeFranco and Marc Palmieri) and its flatly generic dialogue serve as a major detriment.
Understandably on the hunt for the next Ben and Matt, Miramax has just picked up this trifle, but don't expect it to generate much boxoffice goodwill.
The picture, which could have just as easily been titled "Two Guys, Two Girls and a Pizza Parlor," looks in on Phil (Peter Facinelli) and Dennis (Dash Mihok), two best buddies who find themselves making good on their college graduation by working at Lombardo's, the neighborhood pizza joint.
Somewhat embarrassed by the fact that their lives are stuck in an adolescent rut, they spend most of the time contemplating their fates with similarly unmotivated friends -- when not ducking behind the counter every time people they know wander in for a slice and a soda.
While Phil finds himself constantly dodging the attentions of hopeful ex-girlfriend Deb (a hyper Jennifer Love Hewitt in a nice change-of-pace performance), Dennis pines for what might have been with Kristen (Gina Philips), the potential relationship he screwed up years earlier.
The cast, also including Richard Libertini as a kind, all-knowing street person and Matthew Lillard as a hot-headed salesman, is uniformly effective. One wishes there were better things for them to say and do.
While DeFranco and director of photography Mark Doering-Powell know their way around a camera with solid, unflashy results, whoever told young filmmakers to stick with what they know has dealt a serious blow to the power of good old-fashioned imagination. Limited by their own experiences and behavior, DeFranco and Palmieri have settled on a blandly agreeable thumbnail sketch, striking a chord that is ultimately more insular than universal.
CineTel Films presents
A Division I Entertainment production
Director: Robert DeFranco
Screenwriters: Robert DeFranco & Marc Palmieri
Story: Marc Palmieri & Denis Flood
Producer: David DuPuy
Executive producer: Christopher DeFranco
Director of photography: Mark Doering-Powell
Editor: Louis Cioffi
Music: Russ Landau
Deb Friedman: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Phil Marzano: Peter Facinelli
Dennis Nolan: Dash Mihok
Sal: Frank Medrano
Mr. P.: Richard Libertini
Adam Ginsberg: Matthew Lillard
Kristen Barrett: Gina Philips
Mr. Dupuy: Rick Rossovich
Running time -- 93 minutes
No MPAA rating
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