Tag Archives: Ron Howard

In the Heart of the Sea

EXPERIENCE THE TRUE ENCOUNTER THAT INSPIRED THE MYTH MOBY DICK. In 1850, author Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw) hears the story of how the whaling ship Essex encountered a huge, aggressive albino sperm whale thirty years earlier and was sunk. The real-life drama that inspired the great American classic ”Moby-Dick” doesn’t live up to its epic … Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea

The Death of a Man Who Made Us Laugh

In the interview above, from the Archive of American Television, Garry Marshall talks about creating one of the most iconic TV shows ever made, Happy Days (1974-1984). Marshall died two days ago at the age of 81 and tributes poured in from all over Hollywood. No wonder. He had a very prolific career. GARRY MARSHALL Rest … Continue reading The Death of a Man Who Made Us Laugh

The New Spider-Man Turns 20

A while ago, I congratulated “Billy Elliott” himself, Jamie Bell on his 30th in a blog entry. Today, we’re saying happy birthday to another young Brit who’s also played Billy Elliott. Tom Holland is 20 years old today and he had a minor breakthrough as Billy on stage in 2010, after having played a friend of … Continue reading The New Spider-Man Turns 20

After New Hampshire Comes… Johnny Depp

It’s the day after the Democratic and Republican New Hampshire primaries and the time has come to take a deep breath and see where we stand now. Since I last blogged about the campaigns, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely won Iowa and decisively lost New Hampshire, while her Democratic rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders … Continue reading After New Hampshire Comes… Johnny Depp

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

The Link Between Frost and SNL

Sir David Frost passed away last Saturday on a cruise ship at the age of 74. A legendary newsman, Frost became the high-profile television interviewer whose standard every pretender would try to follow. The most successful though would be comedians. A few highlights from Frostie’s career: David Frost made his name on The Week That Was, … Continue reading The Link Between Frost and SNL

Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.   When producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard decided to turn the story about the ill-fated 1972 Apollo 13 mission into a movie, they found a lot of support from NASA. The space agency, likely eager to exploit the goodwill surrounding the rescue of the mission’s three astronauts, even … Continue reading Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

The Dilemma

TWO BEST FRIENDS. NOTHING COULD COME BETWEEN THEM… OR COULD IT? Best friends Ronny and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Kevin James) are working on a business deal that’s crucial to their firm when Ronny suddenly one day sees Nick’s wife (Winona Ryder) kiss a strange man. Director Ron Howard’s first comedy since Ed tv (1999) is … Continue reading The Dilemma

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

The Da Vinci Code

SEEK THE TRUTH. When American symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) arrives in Paris for a lecture, the police need his help to interpret mysterious symbols surrounding a dead body found in the Louvre. The novel and its “revelations” kicked up a storm among Christians, but this adaptation won’t. Talky and overlong, it is hardly a labor … Continue reading The Da Vinci Code

Angels & Demons

THEY HAVE COME FOR THEIR REVENGE. As the Pope dies and the College of Cardinals gathers to elect his successor, the mysterious Illuminati society seems hellbent on destroying the Vatican, and symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) becomes involved in the crisis. The sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006) moves a little faster and has impressive action sequences; … Continue reading Angels & Demons