Melissa McCarthy to play Tinker Bell

Yes, dear reader, Melissa McCarthy has accepted the role of Tinker Bell, but don’t readjust your expectations for Peter Pan Live yet – this is for a fresh take on the classic children’s story hatched from the fertile mind of Shawn Levy, says an exclusive from Deadline. McCarthy will  star and also produce. From Deadline: more »

Big “Pitch Perfect” news: Sequel trailer, and a 9/11 conspiracy theory

The original “Pitch Perfect,” the first-ever hit movie about a cappella singers, was one of those big movies that really snuck up on people back when it came out in 2012. The sequel, due in the spring, isn’t likely to do the same- it’s actually much-awaited. This time around, there’s a huge Entertainment Weekly cover more »

Blu-ray Review: The Expendables 3

It’s perhaps one of the strangest new action movie franchises to emerge in some time, taking the biggest names in eighties action movie and bringing them forward 30 years later. Our friends at Lionsgate sent out a copy of the newest entrant in the package–”The Expendables 3″–for us to review, and for those who thought more »

The future is scary, and shaky: Paul Greengrass eyes “1984″ movie 

Big Brother is watching. But he can’t tell what’s going on, because of the blurry, unfocused shakycam. That scary, unsettling sight may be heading to a theater near you, with the news that director Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips,” “The Bourne Supremacy”) is looking to direct an adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984,” which was published in more »

Samsung jumps into mobile video with Milk Video

Samsung Mobile has announced the arrival of Milk Video, a video discovery service that’s exclusive to Samsung’s own Galaxy devices. Content partners at launch include Condé Nast, Funny Or Die, Red Bull, Vevo and VICE. The introduction of Milk Video follows that of Milk Music, earlier this year. According to the company: “The promise of more »

Fin: Sony drops Steve Jobs, Maryland governors on “The Wire,” and get more depressing, Charlie Brown! 

Since Sony’s electronics division spent much of the 2000s competing with Steve Jobs- and losing badly- it never made much sense that the Aaron Sorkin-written Jobs biopic would be released by Sony’s movie studio. Now, that’s not happening either; Sony has become the latest person/entity of many to wash its hands of the film, following more »

Movie Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″

Well, it’s official. Katniss Everdeen is no longer playing around. She is now fully immersed in the battle against President Snow and his Capitol cronies. She is putting all of her efforts into making sure he pays dearly for all the pain and suffering he’s caused all of the poor people in the districts. She has more »


Movie Review: “Happy Valley”

(Note: This review of “Happy Valley” ran last month during the Philadelphia Film Festival; it opens this week.)  No, the stereotypes aren’t true. Penn State fans and supporters, as a rule, aren’t uneducated rubes. They’re also not rabid moral cretins, blinded by their loyalty to football and to Joe Paterno and still in denial about more »

Movie Review: “Foxcatcher” 

“Foxcatcher” is a beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, generally well-written film about a fascinating true-life story. So why does it seem to have a big empty hole in the middle of it? Directed by Bennett Miller of “Capote” and “Moneyball” fame, “Foxcatcher” tells the story of the lead-up to the murder, in 1996, of Olympic wrestler more »

DVD Review: The Taking of Deborah Logan

Dealing with aging loved ones can be a trial for anyone, but as “The Taking of Deborah Logan”–a copy of which our friends out at Millennium Entertainment sent out for review–there’s always a way to make it worse, especially when evil gets involved. “The Taking of Deborah Logan” follows Mia Medina, PhD candidate, who’s just more »

Nielsen to rate streaming shows for the first time 

Ever since Netflix started airing original programming, we’ve had an inkling that House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are popular and well-watched, mostly because, well, it seems like they are. There’s a lot of word of mouth, Netflix talks them up a lot, and there’s always up for awards. But in all more »

Fin: The two mothers of Chris Messina, the rules of Sexiest Man Alive and Happy Valley zombies

Chris Messina is currently on two shows, The Newsroom and The Mindy Project. On the former show, his mother is Jane Fonda, on the latter, it’s Rhea Perlman. I’m wondering how two women so different could have possibly fathered the same son. Although I love that ‘Mindy’ has already established that Dan Hedaya- Nick Tortelli!- more »