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George of the Jungle

Brendan Fraser plays a Tarzan-like jungle-dweller, raised by gorillas, who rescues an heiress (Leslie Mann) from a lion and returns with her to San Francisco. Fraser is a delight as the oddball who swings into the trees rather than round them in the movie that deservedly finally made him a star. This entertaining Disney jungle farce is an old-fashioned delight, as a very decent cast try to out-grimace each other under director Sam Weisman's evident orders to go as far over the top as possible to win the laughs.
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NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off’ Adds Jewel As Judge, Nick Lachey Returns As Host

Four-time Grammy Award nominee Jewel has signed on as a new judge for the reality competition series for a cappella groups, joining Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds and returning host Nick Lachey. NBC recently greenlighted a fourth cycle of The Sing-Off which is set to air as a holiday strip over several nights later this year. The Sing-Off did solid business for NBC when it aired as a week-long strip in December 2009 and 2010, part of the network’s holiday programming. But when NBC slated it as a two-hour regular weekly series in fall 2011, it fizzled. Now it’s reverting back to that original format. The program showcases the country’s top a cappella groups who have dreams of walking away with the top prize – a recording contract and $100,000. The Sing-Off is produced by One Three Media (a Hearst/Mark Burnett company) along with Outlaw Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. Mark Burnett
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George of the Jungle

Brendan Fraser plays a Tarzan-like jungle-dweller, raised by gorillas, who rescues an heiress (Leslie Mann) from a lion and returns with her to San Francisco. Fraser is a delight as the oddball who swings into the trees rather than round them in the movie that deservedly finally made him a star. This entertaining Disney jungle farce is an old-fashioned delight, as a very decent cast try to out-grimace each other under director Sam Weisman's evident orders to go as far over the top as possible to win the laughs.
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‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’ still resonates after all these years

D2: The Mighty Ducks

Written by Steven Brill

Directed by Sam Weisman

USA, 1994, imdb

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The Mighy Ducks podcast or read Josh‘s extended thoughts about the film.

*****

For any critic, opinions about a particular piece of art are influenced by your life experiences.

I grew up loving hockey in general and the Montreal Canadians in particular. The first hockey game that I ever saw was “The New Year’s Eve Classic” on December 31, 1975 between the Red Army and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens out-shot the Red Army 38-13, but every Soviet shot was a planned dagger designed to confuse and destroy Montreal goaltender Ken Dryden, while Vladislav Tretiak batted away shots from every conceivable angle. The game, which many considered at the time to be the unofficial World Championship ended in a 3-3 tie.

Some call it “The Greatest Tie Game Ever Played
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Extended Thoughts on ‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’

D2: The Mighty Ducks

Directed by Sam Weisman

Written by Steven Brill

Starring Emilio Estevez and Kathryn Erbe

Making a good sports movie can be a difficult prospect, no matter what sport’s in the spotlight. Not everyone seeing your movie is an aficionado of the game. For every great baseball movie, someone may be in the audience and completely lost by whatever minutia is being presented to them. The same goes for basketball, football, and hockey movies. What’s more, if a filmmaker targets their sports movie specifically to die-hard fans of the game, they may find themselves at a bit of a loss when the movie sails over most people’s heads. I don’t deny that it’s potentially more difficult to target a movie about something so narrowly focused to a wide audience. But it’s something filmmakers should try.

This goes double for family movies.
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The Top 13 Guilty Pleasure Movies!

Let’s face it. We can’t hide it. We all have those movies that we like that others would shun. These are guilty pleasures: the ones that aren’t that great but we love for some reason or another. Here are mine. Be sure to list yours in the comments, if you’d like.

Last Action Hero (1993)

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O’Brien, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance

Director: John McTiernan/Writers: Shane Black and David Arnott

Here’s the thing: I will defend this movie’s concept till Doomsday. A movie about a kid with a magic ticket that gets pulled into an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie? Genius concept. Yes, the kid is annoying. Yes, the movie doesn’t reach the heights of a McTiernan/Black team-up as well as one might think. It’s interesting to note that McTiernan isn’t working as much
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The Sing-Off Returns to NBC Tonight

Below you can read the full press release from NBC regarding The Sing-Off's return to television.  In case you don't feel like reading through the whole thing, here's what you need to know about the a cappella singing competition show before it airs tonight at 8 Pm.

Season two of The Sing-Off will feature the same host and judges as season one; Nick Lachey is the host and Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Nicole Scherzinger (Dancing With the Stars) are your judges. This season, there will be ten groups competing for the title. There were only eight last season. The program will run for five nights. The first night is tonight, and the battle will continue on December 8, 13 and 15, and conclude December 20 (8-10 p.m. Et each night). 

The groups are as follows: Committed, Eleventh Hour, Pitch Slapped, Groove For Thought, Jerry Lawson & Talk Of The Town,
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Sam Weisman and Zuzanna Szadkowski

Zuzanna Szadkowski had always imagined a certain career path for herself: character parts, lots of theater, very little television. "I thought I was a theater actor and TV was for, like, 20-year-old girls who are blond and size 2," she says, chuckling. "I didn't think that was a place where I would find employment."All that changed when Szadkowski met teacher-director Sam Weisman, who was brought in to helm one of her Mfa classes at Harvard University's American Repertory Theater Institute. "He was very different from the other faculty we had," she recalls. "He has almost like X-ray vision: He can see the way that you work, and he can talk to you and make changes in your process in a very precise way. It resonated with me because he helps you see how you're perceived, gets you out of your head, and gives you direct advice."Some of the advice
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Head of the Class

Actors including Tobey Maguire, Jason Alexander, and Carla Gugino talk about the teachers who helped them hone their skills. Larry Moss and Jason Alexander Jason Alexander's wife, Daena E. Title, first introduced him to acting teacher Larry Moss, who told the budding actor, "You are very, very good. And I could make you much better." David Legrant Fortunately for actors such as Tobey Maguire, Danny Glover, Bernadette Peters, and Steve Martin, David Legrant stuck with his passion: teaching generations of actors the craft he knows and loves. Sam Weisman and Zuzanna Szadkowski Zuzanna Szadkowski had always imagined a certain career path for herself: character parts, lots of theater, very little television. All that changed when Szadkowski met teacher-director Sam Weisman. Howard Fine and Carla Gugino Fans often express amazement at Carla Gugino's ability to capture such a wide range of personas, but Gugino credits her longtime acting teacher, Howard Fine,
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