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One Good Fella

posted by Corine Gatti

Jersey Girl, the Body Guard, and Goodfellas–Mike Starr always plays a wise guy. The graduate of Hofstra University’s latest role is the comedy Dancer and the Dame, a film about a police officer (Billy Gardell) demoted to the desk after a failed bust, and later paired with a police dog as a partner.

Starr’s character (Poochareli) is a mob associate from Chicago, but this New Yorker may be tough to crack on film, but in reality is positive, supports his wife, who is a doctor and serves on medical missions, and is the kind of guy you can have a beer or coffee with.


Starr was in Chicago when he read the script for Dancer and the Dame.

“I soon as I heard that Billy Gardell and a couple of my friends were in it, I said I love to be involved. It’s a fun script, the people involved were really good, and really positive people. I am kind of like the Red Herring in the film, which I am used many times,” Starr said, who enjoyed the filming location in Monroe, Louisiana. “I am kind of the linchpin in dealing with the real bad guy.”

Mike-StarrAfter Starr and other members of the crew landed in Houston, the weather was so bad they had to drive seven hours get to the set, and “actually it was a big adventure, and a lot of fun,” Starr laughed, adding it was a “pleasant movie to be involved in, too.”


Being involved and supporting his wife of 11 years is important to Starr.  His wife was a musician and went into medical school and is a pediatric heart surgeon. She’s volunteered in Uganda, Africa, Central America and China.

Compassion and laughter also keeps Starr looking the same after years in the business.

When Starr was at the Goodfellas anniversary celebration people mentioned he didn’t age.

“I said it’s because I laugh all the time.” So when the grandfather of five was asked if he could start giving health tips—Starr was on-board.

Starr will be busy  will be honored at the Hoboken, New Jersey Film festival in May 29 held in Middletown, NY, and going to his newest grandchild’s christening.  Also look for him on Ed Burns and Stephen Spielberg’s new series, Public Morals on TNT.

“It’s an exciting time,”  Starr admitted, and is enjoying the ride as one of the good guys.

Check out Dancer and the Dame here.


Fox Bids ‘American Idol’ Farewell

posted by Angela Guzman

American IdolAfter 15 seasons, Fox has decided to cancel American Idol. Since Simon Cowell’s departure in 2010, ratings have continued to decline. Despite the 11 million viewers still watching the series, Fox has commented that the costs and salaries for the cast are too expensive to keep going – even though it is reported that the judges took a salary cut to return for the 15th season.

Over the past year, Fox has found new found success with scripted programs like Empire and Gotham. Therefore, the network is not as dependent on American Idol for ratings.


While American Idol is famous for discovering chart-topping artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert – it has been nearly a decade since an award winning artists has emerged.

The series has received as many as 31.1 million viewers in 2006 when Carrie Underwood was discovered. And there is no doubt that American Idol will be remembered as one of Fox’s greatest series – especially considering the copycat shows that emerged after Idol’s success. Without Idol’s fame and fortune there may have been no Voice, X-Factor, or Lip Sync Battle.


Taya Kyle Tells Her Story in ‘American Sniper’ DVD Extra Exclusive

posted by lwhite

americansniper2Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle discusses the bond she and her husband shared and how the couple was challenged by the separation caused by his frequent military deployments in this exclusive clip from the DVD extras of the Oscar-nominated film, “American Sniper”.

Directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood, “American Sniper” is based on the fascinating life of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was far more to his life story than being the most successful sniper in American military history.


“American Sniper” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19. Warner Bros. is donating $1 from every sale –up to 1 million– to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides support programs and services for wounded veterans. Don’t miss out on a chance to own the best film of the year and to make a difference in the lives of those who served our country well.

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Also, in honor of our military this Memorial Day, we are giving away DVD copies of “American Sniper” and a copy of Taya Kyle’s book American Wife. One lucky grand prize winner will also receive a box set of Clint Eastwood movies! To enter, leave a special “Thank You” to our military and their families in the comments below. Winners will be chosen at random by May 20th. Good luck!


Watch the Latest VLog from the Set of ‘SPECTRE’

posted by Corine Gatti

spectre-B24_SU_09794_rgbHey Bond junkies, get ready for the latest video from 007’ and, “SPECTRE “set for release in November. The footage will focus on a car chase with the elite Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 in Rome. What makes this action so intriguing?  There are only 10 Aston Martin’s in the world, including what you see in the clip.

“I love the idea of this fantastic car being in a one-on-one battle with another incredible car from Jaguar, which is similarly extraordinary actually. So it’s a cat-and-mouse game through the night time streets of Rome, at great speed, between two of the fastest cars in the world,” Director Sam Mendes said.


Daniel Craig returns as James Bond for the 24th Bond film. The story will pick up where the “SkyFall” chapter left when Bond receives a case found by forensics at the “Skyfall” house.

The SPECTRE, a terrorist’s organization is looking for world domination, and the origins are finally revealed in a cryptic message. Click here to see footage.


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