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Peter Sarsgaard to play villain in ‘Magnificent Seven’ remake

There are some changes to the lineup of the MGM/Sony remake of classic western “The Magnificent Seven.”  Peter Sarsgaard will sign on as Bartholomew Bogue, the brains behind a group of outlaws terrorizing a small town. The 1960 version was itself a remake of an Akira Kurasawa film “Seven Samurai.”  Hollywood’s version included Steve McQueen, more »

Beyond “Trainwreck”: Amy Schumer lines up deal for second movie

Amy Schumer’s huge year will continue next month with her first movie starring role, in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck.” Apparently things are looking good enough for that one that Schumer is already set for a second movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Schumer will star and also co-wrote an “an untitled mother-daughter comedy.” One of the more »

Blu-ray Review: Turn: Washington’s Spies: The Complete First Season

American history is packed with amazing stories, and the Revolutionary War is no exception. In fact, there’s a little known section of history that deals with espionage, given some sanction by then-General George Washington. Our friends out at Anchor Bay sent over a copy of  AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies: The Complete First Season” for us more »

Popcorn in Your Browser is dead after just a couple of days

There’s a reason why movie piracy hasn’t been either as widespread or disruptive as piracy in such areas as music or even pornography: Doing it is hard, and time-consuming, and not everyone knows how to do it. Popcorn Time has been talked up as a legitimate challenger, but it still hasn’t gained anything resembling the more »

All hail the Doof: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” it’s all about the guitar guy

There’s a whole lot that’s awesome about “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from the non-stop action to the masterful filmmaking to the subtle feminist slant that’s driven some of the world’s worst people into frightened apoplexy. But undoubtedly, the movie has a breakout character, and his name is Coma, the Doof Warrior. You know who I’m more »

Fin: The worst oral history ever, Weiner explains it all and the return of Suey Park

I’m sure there’s a theoretical oral history that I could conceivably be less interested in reading than one of “The Human Centipede,” but I just can’t think of one right now. “Oral history,” yuk (Vulture) See, Matthew Weiner did it right: He gave one interview, and only one, a few days later, explaining the finale more »

Movie Review: “Tomorrowland”

When I was a wee lad there were two summer movies that I distinctly remember being genuinely excited for during the early 1990’s. Not surprisingly, both films were under some sect of the Disney logo, which meant that the mouse-eared machine was fully loaded and ready to unload action figures and fast food tie-ins at the rabid public. In more »

DVD Review: “Snapshot”

What a bizarre movie, careening among various different genres and tones. “Snapshot,” a direct-to-DVD release from director Eric Etebari. What appears to start off as a “Blow-Up” for the digital area becomes about eight other different movies by the end. It’s a thriller, then a dark comedy, then a sappy tale of family reconciliation, and more »

Movie Review: “I Am Big Bird”

I love Big Bird. You love Big Bird. But how much do you know about Big Bird? “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” tells us all of that and much more: In less than 90 minutes, it’s a reasonably complete history of the big Bird character and the man in it. Spinney, now more »

Ed Zwick in talks to direct ‘Jack Reacher’ sequel

How long can Tom Cruise keep headlining action movies? As long as they keep pulling in more than $200 million worldwide. “Jack Reacher” did just that in 2012, and Deadline reports that Paramount wants Ed Zwick to direct the sequel, working with Marshall Herskovitz to rewrite an existing script. This would reunite the team behind more »

The Davies’ sibling rivalry will be front and center of the new Kinks biopic

Music fans, especially those versed in the original British Invasion of the ’60s, know two things about The Kinks. First, their main songwriter, Ray Davies, is right up there with Lennon and McCartney in crafting some of the era’s most endearing and creative pop of all time, and second, he can’t stand his brother Dave. more »

David Simon returns to HBO in August with ‘Show Me a Hero’

If you’re a lot more interested in seeing a David Simon-created TV show than reading Simon’s blog post, I have some good news: Simon’s new miniseries project is coming to HBO in August. Simon, the creator of The Wire and Treme, will present Show Me a Hero, a mini-series about a true-life fight over low-income more »