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The Zookeeper's Wife review – Jessica Chastain drama is wildly inconsistent

The true story of a couple helping Jews at the Warsaw Zoo during the second world war has moments of power but also suffers from an uneven script

My favorite moment in Mel Brooks’s Spaceballs is when George Wyner explains the villains’ dastardly plan and Rick Moranis turns directly to the camera and says “everybody got that?” I was reminded of this during The Zookeeper’s Wife when Jan Zabinski, the zookeeper (Johan Heldenbergh), explains to his wife, Antonina (Jessica Chastain), how they can use the tunnels and shelters in their now empty zoo to aid Jews trying to escape the Warsaw ghetto. Hearing his plan, she nods, gives a faraway look and says: “A human zoo.”

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New NCIS Season 13,Episode 3 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS" episode 3 of season 13. The episode is entitled, "Incognito," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff go down as a marine murder prompts an undercover operation involving Bishop and Tim as a married couple, and more. In the new, 3rd episode press release: Bishop And McGee Go Undercover As A Married Couple To Investigate The Murder Of A Marine Who Was Killed Hours Before Meeting Gibbs About A Possible Case, On "NCIS," Tuesday, Oct. 6. Press release number 2: After a Marine is found murdered in Quantico hours after calling Gibbs to discuss a possible case, Bishop and McGee will go undercover as a married couple to run surveillance on a Marine Lieutenant and his wife. Guest stars feature: Bart Johnson (Marine Lieutenant Dean Hudson), Stephanie Koenig (Lauren Hudson), George Wyner (Randall Worthington
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Re-Viewed: Spaceballs, Mel Brooks's classic Star Wars spoof

Re-Viewed: Spaceballs, Mel Brooks's classic Star Wars spoof
When Spaceballs premiered in 1987, four years after Return of the Jedi and with no other Star Wars films on the horizon, critics said director-writer-star Mel Brooks had waited too long to make it and that Lucas's trilogy was too easy a target. Audiences seemed to agree - the film only did moderate box office, taking just $38m on its Us run (with a reported budget of $22m) and finishing 31st in the list of hits for that year. However, it subsequently became a cult favourite on video, Laserdisc and DVD, and was popular enough to receive the full-blown 25th Anniversary treatment (complete with Mel Brooks commentary) on Blu-Ray in 2012.

Needless to say, Spaceballs wasn't Mel Brooks's first foray into parody - he had enjoyed enormous success with his previous films and had already targeted Westerns (Blazing Saddles), horror movies (Young Frankenstein), silent movies (Silent Movie), Hitchcock thrillers (High Anxiety
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Mel Brooks Wants to Make 'Spaceballs 2' with Rick Moranis

Mel Brooks Wants to Make 'Spaceballs 2' with Rick Moranis
With the anticipation growing by the day for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters in December, the buzz surrounding this highly-anticipated space adventure may have planted the seeds for a sequel to everyone's favorite Star Wars parody, Mel Brooks' 1987 classic Spaceballs. The 88-year-old filmmaker was recently a guest on Adam Carolla's podcast Take a Knee, where he teased possible plans for Spaceballs 2, which was actually mentioned in the movie Spaceballs itself. Here's what he had to say below.

"Maybe I could do another musical, maybe I could do another movie. I was thinking about Spaceballs the other day. In Spaceballs, in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says 'Do you think we'll ever meet again?' and I say 'Well, I don't know... maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.' And I'm thinking now, if I
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DVD Review: "Dogs" (1976) Starring David McCallum; Special Collector's Edition From Scorpion Entertainment

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The good folks at Scorpion Entertainment have done it again by producing first rate special collector's DVD and Blu-ray editions of a film that most critics dismissed as second rate at the time of its initial release. In this case, the film is "Dogs", which was unleashed (if you pardon the pun) on theaters in 1976, an era in which audiences went mad for movies about animals waging war on humanity. The modestly-budgeted production was shot in southern California on the outskirts of San Diego, with some key scenes filmed at Southwestern University. Directed by Burt Brinckerhoff, who went on to become a popular director of hit TV series, the film is set in an unnamed college in an unnamed town in an unnamed state. Suffice it to say that the area is fairly rural and the townspeople all seem to have connections to the local university.  A bearded,
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Retired at 35

Network: TV Land

Episodes: 20 (half-hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: January 19, 2011 -- August 29, 2012

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: George Segal, Johnathan McClain, Josh McDermitt, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jessica Walter, Marissa Jaret Winokur, George Wyner, Peter Bonerz, Christine Ebersole, John Ross Bowie, and Danneel Ackles.

TV show description:

While visiting his parents at a retirement home in Florida, successful New York executive David Robbins (Johnathan McClain) decides that he's had enough of the rat race. He drops everything and moves in with them in an attempt to reconnect with them, re-evaluate his life, and live the dream of retirement that so many others spend a lifetime chasing.

Of course, the transition doesn't go as smoothly as he expects. The move prompts his parents Alan (George Segal) and Elaine Robbins (Jessica Walter) to make an unexpected life
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Trouble with the Curve Blu-ray and DVD Arrive December 18th

Trouble with the Curve Blu-ray and DVD Arrive December 18th
All's fair in love and baseball as Trouble with the Curve arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on December 18 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. Featuring an all-star cast, Trouble with the Curve offers a poignant look at a father and daughter brought together by baseball.

Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven), Oscar nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter, Doubt, Junebug), and Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Friends with Benefits) star in Trouble with the Curve, which marks the feature film directorial debut of Eastwood's longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz.

Trouble with the Curve will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in high definition on Blu-ray, and in standard definition on DVD. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly
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Giveaway: Win Big from Trouble with the Curve!

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Giveaway: Win Big from Trouble with the Curve!
An old man losing his eyesight. A young woman regaining the respect of her father. Trouble with the Curve, the new drama from longtime Clint Eastwood collaborator Robert Lorenz, finds the iconic actor stepping in front of the camera without taking the helm for more than a decade. A critically acclaimed and award-ready look at aging and family relationships, Trouble with the Curve also stars Amy Adams as a daughter trying to reconnect with her talent scout father on a road trip during baseball season. Despite some of his recent questionable public appearances, we remain devoted Clint Eastwood fans, so we couldn't pass up this chance to celebrate the Hollywood legend. We're holding a cool Trouble with the Curve contest, in which fans can take home plenty of branded memorabilia. We've got hats, T-shirts, and a sports duffle bag that will come in handy on your next scouting trip. Even neater,
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Episode Recap: The Mentalist - 3.18: "The Red Mile"

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Because it's been such a long time between new episodes, I nearly didn't know there was a new episode even on this week. Thanks, March Madness. At any rate, I was gleeful to see that Lisbon (Robin Tunney) still has her awesome, and Jane (Simon Baker) seems to remember that she's actually his friend. And look! Recurring character that I actually like – Dr. Steiner (George Wyner). The beauty of the great rolling hills of California are marred with the dead body of Timothy Hartley, who's been inconveniently shot in the stomach and had his throat cut. Also unfortunate, Coroner Dr. Steiner is on hand – yes, he's the same coroner who has shown up in a couple other episodes, and immediately ignites Jane's "mock" reflex – and despite Lisbon's warnings Jane's ready to start screwing with the guy. He even hides a note on the dead body for the express purpose of confounding the poor Doctor.
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Photos – House 7.01 “Now What?”

The seventh season of House premieres on September 20 and Fox has released promo photos and a synopsis for the premiere, which you can view below.

You can also view three sneak peeks from the premiere that we just posted.

House And Cuddy Call In Sick On The Season Premiere Of “House” On Monday, September 20, On Fox

In the aftermath of last season’s emotional finale in which House and Cuddy admitted they had feelings for each other, as Season Seven begins, they are exploring the ramifications of those feelings and attempting to make a real relationship work. Meanwhile, due to a colleague’s illness, Princeton Plainsboro is left without a neurosurgeon on site, threatening the hospital’s accreditation as a Level 1 Trauma Center. As the team attempts treatment to get their sick colleague back to work, they discover there is more to the illness than they originally suspected and turn to House for direction.
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Sneak Peeks – House 7.01 “Now What?”

The new season of House premieres on September 20. We just posted promo photos from the upcoming season premiere and now Fox has released three sneak peeks for the episode, which you can view below.

House And Cuddy Call In Sick On The Season Premiere Of “House” On Monday, September 20, On Fox

In the aftermath of last season’s emotional finale in which House and Cuddy admitted they had feelings for each other, as Season Seven begins, they are exploring the ramifications of those feelings and attempting to make a real relationship work. Meanwhile, due to a colleague’s illness, Princeton Plainsboro is left without a neurosurgeon on site, threatening the hospital’s accreditation as a Level 1 Trauma Center. As the team attempts treatment to get their sick colleague back to work, they discover there is more to the illness than they originally suspected and turn to House for direction. Instead,
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Who's Been Invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?

135 filmmakers and executives have been invited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to join its ranks. Recent Oscar nominees and winners such as Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz have been invited to join; but even "Saw's" Tobin Bell and "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana received invites.

New members will be "baptized" in an invitation-only reception in September at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills.

Here's a complete list of the 2010 invitees:

Actors

Tobin Bell -- "Saw," "The Firm"

Vera Farmiga -- "Up in the Air," "The Departed"

Miguel Ferrer -- "Traffic," "RoboCop"

James Gandolfini -- "In the Loop," "Get Shorty"

Anna Kendrick -- "Up in the Air," "Twilight"

Mo'Nique -- "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," "Phat Girlz"

Carey Mulligan -- "An Education," "Public Enemies"

Jeremy Renner -- "The Hurt Locker,
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Top Ten: New Academy Members 2010

it's not Tuesday but it's time for a Top Ten anyway... as this is yesterday's news already!

AMPAS used to hide their membership roster like the vote tallies but in the information age, they've opened up. Now we get to see the whole list of new invitees each year. I wonder how they keep they're membership around 6,000 given how many people they invite annual. Maybe enough people reject the offer, stop paying their dues, or pass from this mortal coil each year to balance it out?

You can read the full list of recipients at Indiewire, but as is the Film Experience tradition, we like to pinpoint the newest (potential) members whose future ballots we'd most like to see. So let's have at it.

New Academy Member Ballots We Most Want To See

10 Bono & The Edge (music)

They're two separate people but we'd like to imagine them filling out their ballots together inbetween sets.
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See Who’s Made The List As AMPAS Offers New Membership To 135

On Friday (June 25, 2010) the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy.s roster of voting members.

.The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them..

The 2010 invitees are:

Actors

Tobin Bell . .Saw,. .The Firm. Vera Farmiga . .Up in the Air,. .The Departed. Miguel Ferrer . .Traffic,. .RoboCop. James Gandolfini . .In the Loop,. .Get Shorty. Anna Kendrick . .Up in the Air,. .Twilight. Mo.Nique . .Precious: Based on the Novel .Push. by Sapphire,. .Phat Girlz. Carey Mulligan . .An Education,. .Public Enemies. Jeremy Renner . .The Hurt Locker,. .28 Weeks Later” Ryan Reynolds . .The Proposal,. .X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Latanya Richardson Jackson . .Mother and Child,
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Adam Sandler invited to join The Academy

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Sandler is gearing up for the release of his new film, “Grown Ups,” and has just been announced as one of 135 artists selected to join the Academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.

“The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held
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Resul Pookutty Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Pictures

Resul Pookutty Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Pictures
Oscar winner Indian sound recordist Resul Pookutty has been invited to join the coveted Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as a member. Along with Resul the invitation has been extended to 135 film professionals from around the globe that includes Christopher Walts (Inglorious Basterds) and Jacque Audiard (A Prophet). Resul was awarded an Oscar last year for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.

Members of the academy vote for the annual academy awards.

“The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since
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Mo'Nique, Mulligan among Academy invitees

Mo'Nique, Mulligan among Academy invitees
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 135 filmmakers and executives -- including such recent Oscar nominees and winners as Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz -- to join its ranks.

The Academy issued its annual invitation list Thursday.

The actor's portion of the list ranged from genre favorites like "Saw's" Tobin Bell to "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana, from "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, whose film credits include "In the Loop" and "Get Shorty" to rising leading man Ryan Reynolds, who's appeared in "The Proposal" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

An international sampling of directors made the cut: Among them France's Jacques Audiard, Argentina's Juan Jose Campanella, Denmark's Lone Scherfig and, from the U.S., Lee Daniels and Adam Shankman, the latter of whom co-produced the last Oscar show.

Oscar nominee "District 9" was well represented: Matt Aitken and Dan Kaufman
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TV Land greenlights George Segal sitcom

TV Land greenlights George Segal sitcom
TV Land announced has picked up to series "Retired at 35," ordering 10 episodes of the sitcom starring George Segal.

"Retired," which is set to debut in first-quarter 2011, becomes TV Land's second original sitcom pickup following the recently greenlighted "Hot in Cleveland."

"Retired" centers on David (Johnathan McClain), a successful young businessman who decides to leave the rat race of New York and move into his parents' (George Segal, Jessica Walter) Florida retirement home.

The cast also includes Josh McDermitt, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Casey Wilson, Christine Ebersole, Matt Champagne, George Wyner and Jere Burns.

"Retired" is executive produced by writer Chris Case as well as Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis.

"Cleveland," which stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, debuts June 16.
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TV Land Orders 'Retired at 35'

Exclusive: TV Land has picked up the pilot Retired at 35 to series. The multicamera sitcom starring George Segal and Johnathan McClain has received a nine-episode order in addition to the pilot for a launch in the first quarter of 2011. Retired follows David (McClain), a successful young businessman who decides to leave the New York rat race behind and move into his father Alan's (Segal) Florida retirement home. Co-starring on the show are Saturday Night Live alums Casey Wilson and Christine Ebersole, Jessica Walter, Josh McDermitt, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Matt Champagne, George Wyner, Jere Burns and Faye DeWitt. Retired hails from Reba [...]
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Ensemble Cast Gather for Retired at 35 Pilot

TV Land has rounded up an ensemble cast for multicamera pilot Retired at 35, including Johnathan McClain, Saturday Night Live alum Casey Wilson and veterans Jessica Walter and Christine Ebersole, joining previously cast George Segal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Retired at 35 follows David (McClain), a successful young businessman who decides to leave the New York rat race behind and move into his father Alan's (Segal) Florida retirement home. Wilson will play David's sister. Arrested Development alumna Walter will play David's mom, while Ebersole will play a potential love interest for Alan. Also cast in the pilot are Josh McDermott as David's best friend, Ryan Michelle Bathe as David's love interest, Matt Champagne as Amy's boyfriend, George Wyner as Alan's best friend as well as Jere Burns and Faye DeWitt.
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