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Jonathan Demme 1944-2017

Director Jonathan Demme died today, 73 years old. In the clip above, he and Paul Thomas Anderson (who’s a big fan) talk about the creative process behind Demme’s films at the 2015 Austin Film Festival. If you want to learn more about The Silence of the Lambs (1991), go ahead and listen. Born in Baldwin, New … Continue reading Jonathan Demme 1944-2017

Bill Paxton 1955-2017

It was quite a shock today for Hollywood and the rest of us to wake up and know that Bill Paxton has died due to complications following surgery. Judging from all the love for Paxton on Twitter, he was really popular in Hollywood. In the clip above from last summer’s Comic Con, he and Sigourney … Continue reading Bill Paxton 1955-2017

My Oscar Predictions 2017

The ad above shows Jimmy Kimmel explaining to us what it takes to win an Oscar. He’s hosting the show this Sunday for the first time and I’m sure he’ll deliver a solid performance. That’s what the Academy seems to be aiming for this year – I don’t think anyone’s eyebrows were raised at the … Continue reading My Oscar Predictions 2017

All Five Best Song Oscar Nominees 2017

This year, the category features a big Justin Timberlake hit… but is that enough to win? Let’s take a closer look at the five Original Song nominees: La La Land – This wonderful musical has two songs in the category. Personally, I think the score is at its best flowing freely through the film; standing on their … Continue reading All Five Best Song Oscar Nominees 2017

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2017

With an authoritarian man in the White House, it was unavoidable that this year’s Super Bowl ads would be political. There were also plenty of movie and TV trailers, but few of them offered any real surprises; we did learn when the second season of Stranger Things premieres (Halloween), but that was about it.  Let’s take a look … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2017

One Week with Trump: Enough Already

Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was full of impassioned, political speeches defying the despotic new President of the United States and the havoc he has wreaked the past week. Just watch the amazing clip above where the Stranger Things cast have gathered to accept the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama … Continue reading One Week with Trump: Enough Already

Donald Trump (or Bane) Takes the Oath

As Donald Trump was about to be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, Netflix premiered their first trailer for the upcoming season of House of Cards. Relentlessly pessimistic, it likely captures the mood of the civilized world and the majority of American voters who did not choose for this nightmare to descend on their country. … Continue reading Donald Trump (or Bane) Takes the Oath

What the 1948 Election Teaches Us About Trump’s Victory

When I was in Key West almost a year ago, I visited Harry Truman’s so-called Little White House, his winter residence in Florida, which is now a museum. I bought a book there, Zachary Karabell’s “The Last Campaign”. Published in 2000, parts of it made me think it might as well have been 1960 considering … Continue reading What the 1948 Election Teaches Us About Trump’s Victory

They Will Win Golden Globes 2017

The Golden Globes are already coming up. The show will be on NBC this Sunday and Jimmy Fallon debuts as host. It’s the year of the two Jimmys, as Kimmel is hosting the Oscars in late February. Solid, albeit not terribly exciting, selections.  Now here’s my predictions – category by category. FILMS: Motion Picture (Drama): Tough category. … Continue reading They Will Win Golden Globes 2017

The Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017