At the movies: *Skyfall*

At the movies: *Skyfall*

Skyfall Official movie site Action/adventure drama (2012), rated PG-13 Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris Written by: Robert Wade, John Logan, and Neal Purvis, featuring characters created by Ian Fleming Directed by: Sam Mendes Synopsis, via RottenTomatoes.com: In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal […]

At the movies: *Argo*

At the movies: *Argo*

Argo Warner Bros. (official movie website) Drama/Supense, 2012 (rated R) Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin Written by: Chris Terrio Directed by: Ben Affleck Synopsis, via RottenTomatoes.com: Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling […]

GIVEAWAY: Celebrate TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’s 50th Anniversary at a Movie Theater Near You!

GIVEAWAY: Celebrate TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’s 50th Anniversary at a Movie Theater Near You!

I don’t do giveaways here very often, but when Harper Perennial invited me to host one for this very special event, I couldn’t say no! You’ve read the book…now see it come to life on movie screens nationwide! For one day only, on Thursday, November 15th, select movie theaters nationwide will show the award-winning film version of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, in a special TCM Event Series screening in honor of […]

At the movies: *The Campaign*

At the movies: *The Campaign*

The Campaign official movie site (Facebook page) Comedy, 2012 (rated R) Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine La Nesa, Sarah Baker Written by: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell Directed by: Jay Roach Synopsis, via RottenTomatoes.com:When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: […]

At the Movies: the Spider, the Bat, and the Summer of Superheroes

At the Movies: the Spider, the Bat, and the Summer of Superheroes

During the past decade or so, the “summer movie season” that once began on Memorial Day weekend–as does almost everything else “officially” summer, despite the fact the season doesn’t officially start before June 20th–has shifted its opening to early May, and superheroes have had a lot to do with that. 2012 has been a particularly “super” season at the movies, starting with Marvel’s The Avengers (which I saw three times), and hitting critical mass this […]

At the movies: *The Avengers*

At the movies: *The Avengers*

Marvel’s The Avengers official movie website Action/adventure, SF/fantasy (2012) Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo Written by Joss Whedon and Zak Penn Directed by Joss Whedon Synopsis, via RottenTomatoes.com: Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an […]

The Show Goes On: the Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Part 2)

The Show Goes On: the Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Part 2)

When we last saw our tour group at the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour, we were on our way out of the “Midwest” and about to visit a working soundstage, which is where most interior filming happens. Some of that does get done on the back lot too, though. These are two different kinds of interior sets used on the back lot. The one on the left is a “facade,” and on film you’d see […]

That’s Show Biz: The Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Part 1)

That’s Show Biz: The Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Part 1)

Unless you live in the middle of it, you might not realize how little of the work associated with “Hollywood” is actually done in Hollywood, California. (Conversely, I work in Hollywood at a job that has nothing to do with “Hollywood.”) Last Saturday, Tall Paul and I visited one of the places where Hollywood’s work has been done for more than eight decades: Warner Brothers Studios in beautiful downtown Burbank. You may have done the […]

At the movies: *The Artist*

At the movies: *The Artist*

The Artist (official movie site) Comedy/drama, 2011 (rated PG-13) Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo Written and directed by: Michel Hazanvicius Synopsis, via RottenTomatoes.com: Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the […]

At the movies: *The Descendants*

At the movies: *The Descendants*

The Descendants official movie site 2011, Drama/Comedy (PG-13) Starring: George Clooney Drected by: Alexander Payne Written by: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash Adapted from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings Synopsis, via RottenTomatoes.com:From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and […]

Magic on Wilshire Blvd.: Whimsic Alley at CBSLA.com

Magic on Wilshire Blvd.: Whimsic Alley at CBSLA.com

Until the new Harry Potter attraction opens at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2015, Hogwarts-craving locals can make their way to Whimsic Alley. This popular outlet for all things Harry Potter has moved from its original home in Santa Monica to a roomy new location at 5464 (and ¾) Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. In addition to an expanded sales area, the new store features an event space modeled on Hogwarts’ Great Hall (although its windows […]

At the movies: *Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol*

At the movies: *Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol*

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol  (official movie site) Mystery/Suspense, Action/Adventure (2011), rated PG-13 Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg Directed By: Brad Bird Written By: Josh Applebaum, André Nemec Synopsis, via RottenTomatoes.com: This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No […]

At the movies: *Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows*

At the movies: *Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows*

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows official movie site Mystery/Suspense (2011), rated PG-12 Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law Directed by: Guy Ritchie Written by: Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney Synopsis, via RottenTomatoes.com: Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor James Moriarty-and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may […]

At the movies Double Feature: *The Muppets* and *Hugo*

At the movies Double Feature: *The Muppets* and *Hugo*

To be honest, sometimes I prefer seeing “family” films without the younger members of the family. Tall Paul’s kids were with their mom this weekend (although they spent Thanksgiving Day with us), and he and I went to the movies on Saturday and Sunday. Partly for that reason, I didn’t end up spending as much time reading as I expected to during my four days off, but one of the movies was based on a […]

At the movies: *Crazy, Stupid, Love*

At the movies: *Crazy, Stupid, Love*

Crazy, Stupid, Love Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone Rated PG-13  Warner Bros. – Drama, Romance, Comedy Directed By: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Written By: Dan Fogelman Studio summary, via RottenTomatoes.com: At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, […]