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The Oscar Analysis

HOLLYWOOD—So it’s been a bit of time since the Oscar nominations were announced, which gives us plenty of time to finally decipher what took place on last Thursday. So first up both “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” lead this year’s pack of nominees with nine apiece. Bit of a surprise considering “Birdman” is a comedy and “Hotel” is...

“The Wedding Ringer” Feels Too Familiar

HOLLYWOOD—Kevin Hart has been labeled the new king of comedy, but has his funny reign come to a screeching halt? That depends on who you ask, there is no arguing he had a massive 2014, with break-out hit “Ride Along” and that success parlayed into many more projects.  His latest outing, “The Wedding Ringer” seems a bit too familiar in...

“Still Alice,” Devastating Portrait Of Alzheimer’s

HOLLYWOOD—I’ve argued that Julianne Moore might be one of America’s finest actresses’ who rarely receives the accolades she so deserves. I think all of that is about to change. Moore’s performance in the drama “Still Alice” is a revelation that sheds light on a disease that is crippling America. Moore portrays Dr. Alice Howland, a Columbia university linguistics professor, whose...

“Revenge” Recap: ‘Abduction’

HOLLYWOOD—Last week’s episode of “Revenge” took a turn for the worse, as frenemies Emily Thorne and Victoria Grayson found themselves on the receiving end of Malcolm Black’s reign of terror. In ‘Abduction,’ the ladies found themselves prisoners of Black’s plan to bring David Clarke out of hiding. Any guesses as to what David’s enemy is after? Precisely, you already...

“American Sniper” Stuns Box-Office

HOLLYWOOD—I’ve never seen the box-office explode with Oscar-bait, as much as I have seen this past weekend. Clint Eastwood’s war picture “American Sniper” shocked the box-office with a stunning $90.2 million debut. That’s the highest debut for the month of January, and a huge debut for an R-rated picture. I’m saying this now “American Sniper” is poised to capture the...

Ali Larter Gives Birth To Baby Girl

HOLLYWOOD—Actress Ali Larter, 38, and her husband, stand-up comedian Hayes MacArthur, 37, welcomed their second child together, a baby girl, on January 15. Larter announced the news of her child’s birth on her website on January 19. She wrote, “It’s a girl!  We couldn’t be more excited to share news of the arrival of Vivienne Margaret MacArthur on Thursday January...

Tig Notaro, Stephanie Allynne Engaged

HOLLYWOOD—Tig Notaro, stand-up comedian and writer, and her girlfriend Stephanie Allynne got engaged on January 1. Notaro shared the news on New Year’s Day through a Facebook post that read, “I have been officially engaged for 53 minutes and so far things are going pretty great.” The couple met in 2013 while on set for their film “In a World.”

“Boyhood,” “Birdman” Critics Choice Winners

HOLLYWOOD—An awards ceremony that doesn’t score the highest points in my book, the Critics Choice Awards was held on Thursday, January 15.  As a movie lover, there appears to be a level of groupthink with most critics that I just hate, so I will say I was a bit thrilled with some of the nominations for the Academy Awards. Surprises...

“Birdman,” “Budapest Hotel” Lead Oscar Race

BEVERLY HILLS—It’s the moment critics and movie lovers have been waiting for all year long: The Oscar nominations! Nominees were announced on Thursday, January 15 by AMPAS President Cheryl Boone-Isaacs, actor Chris Pine, and directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. For the first-time in Oscar-history, all nominees were announced live. Normally, only the contenders in...

“Taken 3” Is Action-Packed, Fun

HOLLYWOOD—We can all argue that the “Taken” franchise has made Liam Neeson the newest action-star on the planet. When the first flick exploded on the screen in 2008, it was a surprise hit at the box-office and a favorite for movie lovers. The tale chronicled an ex-operative and his hunt to track down his daughter who was kidnapped by...
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