Archive for February, 2015:

Friday Box Office: FOCUS Opens in First with $6.4 Million; THE LAZARUS EFFECT in Second

After weeks of exciting box office news (both good and bad), February’s final new releases are proving a bit more pedestrian. Both Focus and The Lazarus Effect are expected to hit their debut projections this weekend, though neither appear to be setting audiences on fire. Of course, 2015 has already provided more than its share of big box office winners and losers. Among the former, American Sniper set records in January, although its initial release date puts it firmly in […]
February 28, 2015

Take a Break from Binge Viewing With ANIMAL HOUSE OF CARDS

No doubt some of you are almost done watching House of Cards Season 3 (I have yet to start the most recent batch of episodes so I'm avoiding spoilers like the plague) so I imagine you'll take kindly to the spot-on impression of Frank Underwood (Frank Underwood Jr. in this case) that Animal House of Cards provides. While I love the Netflix show, I have to admit that (at least in the first two seasons) the constant breaking of the […]
February 28, 2015

BLACK SAILS Season 2 Interivew: Toby Schmitz and Clara Paget

Season 2 of Black Sails is heading into its second half and secrets are being revealed. No spoilers in case you haven’t watched it yet, but last week dropped a pretty huge bomb about Captain Flint’s (Toby Stephens) past. In present-day Nassau, there is a lot happening with Jack Rackham (Toby Schmitz), Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Anne Bonney (Clara Paget) as well, though it’s a lot more subtle. Power is shifting as Bonney discovers the depth of her feelings […]
February 28, 2015

TOP 5: FOCUS, BLADE RUNNER 2, POWER RANGERS Short Film, PARKS AND RECREATION Finale, Oscars Recap

Now streaming on Netflix is director Lenny Abrahamson's beautifully strange music comedy/drama Frank. Inspired by co-writer Jon Ronson's time as the keyboardist for Frank Sidebottom's band, the film premiered at Sundance in 2014 (read Matt's review), received a limited U.S. theatrical release last August, and spurred this nifty live performance by its fictional band, The Soronprfbs, on The Colbert Report. The pic has enjoyed near universal acclaim but, like its subjects, has struggled to gain a foothold outside of its […]
February 28, 2015

SECRETS & LIES Review

Like NBC's The Slap, ABC's Secrets & Lies is based on an Australian miniseries whose American adaptation seems to be missing something in translation. It's not quiet as egregious, though, as Fox's Gracepoint, which was a much less compelling, shot-for-shot remake of the UK's Broadchurch (yet another crime series revolving around a child's death). But while the impulse to make these crime miniseries -- which likely have come from the success of True Detective's engrossing and finite storytelling -- is […]
February 28, 2015

Evan Peters Talks THE LAZARUS EFFECT and AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Now open in theaters is The Lazarus Effect. The film follows a team of scientific researchers attempting to extend life in dying patients. When one of the team members (Olivia Wilde) is killed tragically during an experiment, the rest of the group does the unthinkable and brings her back to from the dead. As in all Frankenstein-inspired stories, the act of playing god bears punishing consequences, and the woman who comes back is not the woman they knew. Directed by David Gelb (Jiro […]
February 28, 2015

Eoin Macken and Jill Flint Talk THE NIGHT SHIFT Season 2

The medical drama series The Night Shift is back for a second season on NBC, and the emergency room at San Antonio Memorial is as crazy as ever. Adrenaline junkie TC Callahan (Eoin Macken) is back at work after facing suspension, and after declaring his feelings for fellow physician Jordan Alexander (Jill Flint), they both have to navigate what that will mean, for each of them. During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Eoin Macken and Jill Flint talked about […]
February 28, 2015

ADVENTURE TIME Movie in Development at Warner Bros.

It seems like you’re either super into Adventure Time or think the show looks absolutely nuts. I’ve never seen a single episode, but the more I talk to friends who are fans of it, the more I lean towards giving it a shot. Plus, apparently now we’re getting an Adventure Time movie, so perhaps it’s vital that I finally jump into the Land of Ooo and try to wrap my head around the show's wide array of unusual characters. The news […]
February 28, 2015

INTO THE WOODS Deleted Scene: Meryl Streep Sings Original Song “She’ll Be Back”

When two Tony winners write an original song for an Academy Award-winning actress, you’d think it’d be the centerpiece of the film, but the song “She’ll Be Back” never even made it into the final cut of Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine wrote the song for Meryl Streep’s The Witch and while they did film it, it never followed the scene when Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) runs off with the Prince (Billy Magnussen) as originally intended. […]
February 27, 2015

Offical Bruce Lee Biopic in the Works From His Family

Bruce Lee Entertainment has announced an official biopic of the legendary martial artist and action star Bruce Lee is in the works. His daughter Shannon Lee will produce alongside Lawrence Grey (Hope Springs, Las Vegas) and Janet Yang (The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt). The film will be the first created with his family's full involvement in the production, and is aiming to be the definitive biopic of the iconic Chinese movie star. Shannon Lee said: "There […]
February 27, 2015