Tag Archives: Neil Patrick Harris

Celebrities For and Against Trump

Since I last wrote about the presidential election in this blog (which was August), too much craziness has happened to keep up. Suffice it to say that those who thought Donald Trump would turn into a serious-minded candidate were wrong. As polls show him losing big to Hillary Clinton, the unhinged billionaire is going off … Continue reading Celebrities For and Against Trump

The Day Joe Biden Said No and Chris Rock Yes

Maybe there’s no need to have Hollywood and Washington D.C. mixed up even more than it is, but I can’t help fusing two news stories of the day. Vice President Joe Biden stood in the Rose Garden, flanked by his wife Jill and President Barack Obama, to announce that he was not going to run … Continue reading The Day Joe Biden Said No and Chris Rock Yes

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

SOMETHING BIG WAS LEFTOVER. Recruited by the world’s most successful inventor, Flint Lockwood and his friends return to their island where a habitat of living food animals has formed. A contrived sequel if there ever was one, but considering how crazy the first movie was – why not? The filmmakers are having a lot of … Continue reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

They Will Win Oscars This Sunday

Red carpets are being rolled out, female stars are deciding which fashion giants to promote, and big Oscar statues outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles are getting their last golden polish. The 87th Academy Awards will take place this Sunday and I feel confident that host Neil Patrick Harris will do an excellent job. After … Continue reading They Will Win Oscars This Sunday

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

PREPARE TO GET SERVED.   When an aspiring inventor comes up with a machine that turns water into all kinds of foods, he accidentally makes it so powerful that it shoots up into the sky and creates a cheeseburger rain over his island; fun at first, the machine becomes dangerous. A wacky adaptation of a … Continue reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Gone Girl

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT ‘TIL IT’S GONE GIRL.   When his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears in what looks like a kidnapping, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is a suspect and a subsequent five-year anniversary treasure hunt turns into a mix of incriminating clues and confusing question marks. Gillian Flynn does an excellent job adapting … Continue reading Gone Girl

The 7 Most Recent Oscar Hosts Rated

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting next year’s Academy Awards. Anyone who has seen him helm the Tonys or the Emmys knows that this is good news. I’ll soon get to why, but let us first kick off a list of who’s hosted the past seven years and how they merit:   2008: Jon Stewart – This was … Continue reading The 7 Most Recent Oscar Hosts Rated

A Million Ways to Die in the West

BRING PROTECTION.  Arizona, 1882; sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) due to a lack of ambition and courage, but a newcomer (Charlize Theron) in town tries to help him win her back. MacFarlane’s second directing effort reunites the same writers who made Ted (2012) so funny, but results this time … Continue reading A Million Ways to Die in the West

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

The Emmy Race Right Now

Behind the Candelabra ruled last night at the Creative Arts Emmys, scoring eight awards. Bob Newhart, Melissa Leo, Carrie Preston and Dan Bucatinsky picked up guest acting Emmys for their appearances on The Big Bang Show, Louie, The Good Wife and Scandal. Neil Patrick Harris, who did such a good job of hosting the Tony Awards, received an Emmy for that. … Continue reading The Emmy Race Right Now

The Muppets

THEY’RE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK.   On a visit to Los Angeles, two brothers who are huge fans of the Muppets realize that the old studio closed down years ago… and now the showbiz gang are in danger of losing everything, including their name. The first Muppet movie in 12 years wisely, cleverly and disarmingly … Continue reading The Muppets