A little bit “Goodfellas” and a little bit “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” this is a life-in-a-day story about aging criminals. Unlike Ferris, these guys have had too many days off and are very happy to return to their old haunts […]
Two television programs with almost-identical themes premiered in the fall of 2006. They were both behind-the-scenes shows about the writers and performers on a late-night topical sketch comedy series. One was an hour-long drama from “The West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin, […]
Jane Austen’s beloved story of the headstrong Elizabeth Bennett and the arrogant Mr. Darcy is one of the most popular and influential books ever written. Pretty much any story that involves a couple who battle until they fall in love […]
“Beautiful Creatures” is the supernatural love story based on the best-selling books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stoh, in theaters February 14 for Valentine’s Day. Alice Englert plays Lena, who has great powers and must decide on her sixteenth birthday whether to […]
Tillman the Skateboarding Dog, who surfs and snowboards, too, rolls onto the Hallmark Channel in the new original series “Who Let the Dogs Out,” premiering Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C). “Who Let The Dogs Out” is the story […]
The last of the WWII-era singing trio The Andrews Sisters died today at 94. Patty Andrews was the middle of the three singing sisters whose close harmonies were part of the soundtrack of the 1940’s (and many, many films set […]
My very favorite series for kids has a new release, Stone Soup…and Other Stories from the Asian Tradition from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. Scholastic takes the very best in children’s literature and makes them into DVDs that gently animate the original […]
I always enjoy the surveys from Criticwire, and this one was especially fun. The question: What is the worst movie sequel ever made? I expected to see “Batman and Robin,” “Grease 2,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Speed 2,” and “The Whole Ten […]
Fans of “Project Runway” will be happy to hear that popular judge Nina Garcia, editor of Marie Claire and best-selling author, now has her own web series about fashion and style. “Decoding Style,” a ten-episode makeover web series available on AOL On […]
British TV specialist Acorn has the first complete collection of Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries starring James Warwick and Francesca Annis as the lively detective duo; Agatha Christie’s Poirot & Marple Fan Favorites Collection featuring 11 […]
Here’s a sneak peek at the Super Bowl commercial for one of the movies I am most excited about right now:
The new “House of Cards” series on Netflix starring Kevin Spacey is a remake of the brilliant original series from the BBC about a diabolical and ruthlessly ambitious politician. Both are worth watching.
The delightful animated film Hotel Transylvania comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week and I am excited to have a wonderful prize package to celebrate its release. The lucky winner will receive a copy of the DVD/Blu-Ray, a bag, […]
I always look forward to a new movie from the Coen Brothers (“Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Big Lebowski”), but this one has me especially excited because it stars one of my favorite actors, Oscar Isaac, reuniting with […]
The most popular television show in the world has a gorgeous new DVD/Blu-Ray release this week, Season 3 and some marvelous extras: – Downton Abbey Behind the Drama – Shirley MacLaine at Downton – The Men of Downton – […]
Nothing like this has ever been attempted before! Tonight, when Elton John plays on a Yamaha Disklavier piano, every touch of his fingers will be replicated at other Disklaviers around the world, and you can watch. His actual piano keystrokes […]
Julie Andrews, who played Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” appears with Maria herself, who was born this day in 1905.
Doesn’t this look mind-bendingly amazing?
I am delighted with the news that J.J. Abrams will direct the new Disney-produced “Star Wars” movie. The man behind the “Lost,” “Fringe,” “Felicity,” and “Alias” television series has shown himself to be adept at being true to established franchises […]
James Daily writes intensive, witty, and very astute analyses of the legal issues raised in feature films. I love his piece on the 5-foot long contract between Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves in “The Hobbit.” Here’s a sample on the very […]
Once upon a time, a brother and sister were left in the woods by their father. They came upon a house made of candy that turned out to be owned by a witch, who used it to lure children and […]
There is something splendid about seeing fine actors at the top of their game, still nailing it — in a movie about older performers, still nailing it. Last year, it was Maggie Smith in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” On […]
Notre Dame football player Manti T’eo says that he was the victim of a heartless hoax. He thought he had a girlfriend who died of cancer. But no such person existed. Although he told people he had seen and spoken […]
My new book is out in paperback! 101 Must-See Movie Moments is available on Amazon for $12, but I have three autographed copies to give away. It’s 101 brief essays on great moments in neglected movies (like “Miss Tatlock’s Millions,” “The […]
“Abel’s Field” is the story of high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis), left motherless by tragedy, abandoned by his father, and under enormous pressure to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. When […]
The Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Moonrise Kingdom” is available online, and, as Wes Anderson fans might expect, it is gorgeously illustrated and filled with rich detail. Well worth a look and a download.
The new release from the PBS series “The American Experience” is a three-part story called “The Abolitionists,” the story of the fight to end slavery in the United States. They were called radicals, agitators, and troublemakers. They thought of themselves […]
With all good wishes to the President, Congress, and the Senate! Check out the Washington Post’s interactive guide to all of the previous inaugurations.
What could be more fun than the first “Red?” Putting the band back together and adding Sir Anthony Hopkins!
Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive […]
I love Dolly Parton’s jubilent spirit. When she is asked if she minds being thought of as a dumb blonde, she just smiles and says, “Not at all, because I know I’m not dumb, and I know I’m not blonde!” […]
Happy birthday, Paul Stanley! The KISS Starchild superstar turns 60 tomorrow and the fans get the gift! Miniver Press is making Chris Epting’s ebook All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS: Life Lessons from the Hottest Band in […]
THE BIBLE is an epic 10-hour television series produced by Roma Downey (Touched By an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice) premiering on 3/3/13 on History Channel, and Blu-ray and DVD soon after. Downey plays Mother Mary and Emmy-winner Keith David provides voice-overs throughout. Oscar- and Grammy-award winning […]
Another January weekend, another dumb shoot-out. Last weekend, it was 1950’s Los Angeles. This week, it’s contemporary New York. It’s still about corruption, betrayal, and bang-bang. Co-producer Mark Wahlberg plays Billy, a cop exonerated after he killed a suspect because […]
The NRA should forget that ad about the Obama girls and use this movie instead. The entire storyline can be summarized in the words of NRA head Wayne LaPierre: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun […]
Tonight only, fans can get a VIP first-look at favorite scenes from “Safe Haven,” the new movie based on the best-seller by Nicholas Sparks. Moderated by Maria Menounos with Sparks, stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, and producers Marty Bowen and Wyck […]
The comprehensive public safety reform package proposed by President Obama today includes new programs and proposed rules to increase support for the mentally ill, restrict access to the most deadly weapons, and provide additional security through more funding for law […]
I’m honored to be included in New York Magazine’s round-up of the worst movies of 2012. You can see the full ballots of all of the critics, too.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today a one-of-a-kind campaign, VOICE YOUR CHOICE, allowing film enthusiasts to decide which classic films they would like to see digitally restored and transferred to Blu-ray for the very first time. The program celebrates […]
I’m back from Los Angeles and an amazing night of glamour and excitement at the Critics Choice Awards. All the star were there — from the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar Nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis to Daniel Day-Lewis, Stephen Spielberg, and Sally […]
(The holiday is next week, but tomorrow would have been Dr. King’s 84th birthday.)
For the first time in television history, a primetime drama will allow viewers to choose the ending of an episode in real time when CBS’s HAWAII FIVE-0 lets fans vote on CBS.com or Twitter during the East and West Coast broadcasts,Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 (10:00-11:00 […]
As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films and other resources for all ages. I highly […]
My book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments, soon to be published on paper, is already an ebook and for three days — January 13-15, it is available for free! You don’t need to have a Kindle to read it. You can […]
Cederick Tardy is the author of four books for mothers raising boys. He is also the founder of STRONG Inc., a nonprofit focused on Strengthening, Training and Redefining Our Next Generation. “I love movies about single moms because they often […]
I was thrilled to have a chance to write about one of the greatest movies of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Movie of The Month for Beliefnet’s Entertainment Corner. It is the rare case where a great book […]
It begins with heart-breaking audio of 911 calls from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A frantic woman who asks if she is going to die is soothed by the operator until she is suddenly gone and we […]
Bravo to blogger Liquorsnapper for this magnificent re-creation of Winterfell!
Cracked has a marvelously entertaining compilation of six very popular locations that have appeared in a wild variety of films. Look at the cafe that appears in “Seinfeld” AND “Training Day” to the grand home that is a setting for […]
It seems like something from “The Jetsons,” but according to The Creators Project, these new technologies will help us literally see and make movies in new ways very soon, including 3D without glasses, laser projection for sharper, more high-contrast images, […]
Before the movie begins we all sit through those clever reminders to turn off our phones. But of course people who are inconsiderate enough to use their phones in a movie theater are not going to to pay attention. Minnesota’s […]
My favorite Elvis song is “Burning Love.” But I love to hear him sing gospel. Celebrate his birthday with a movie like “Blue Hawaii.” Or, even better, watch him in concert.
Letter from Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain“Zero Dark Thirty” is a leading contender for the Best Picture Oscar. Following her Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow began work on what she thought would be […]
AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS: Best Film: “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Screenplay, Original: Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Screenplay, Adapted: Chris Terrio – “Argo” […]
I’m proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society. This year’s awards are: Best Picture: “Argo” Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master” Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The […]
I’m thrilled to be attending the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday evening — be sure to watch it on the CW network at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) and see if you can glimpse me in my fabulous blue ball gown! And […]
It was a lot of fun to talk to “The Middle’s” Atticus Shaffer about his performance in “Frankenweenie,” which comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Shaffer provides the voice of Edgar “E.” Gore, the cheerfully ghoulish friend of […]
Pixar has created a wonderfully entertaining new website for “Monsters University,” its upcoming prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” It’s set up just like a real university website, with information about how to apply and a “student-produced” recruitment video.
The terrific Vitamin W website has a video reminding us that we can and must do better than the way women were portrayed on screen in 2012.
The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate in the thrilling new season of Downton Abbey. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, with its all-star returning cast and Oscar-winning guest star Shirley MacLaine as […]
January is traditionally the worst month of the year for movies, as the studios take a break from releasing their big, ambitious, awards contenders. That makes it a perfect time to read Roger Ebert’s series of books about the movies […]
I’m honored to be a part of the Internet Film Critic Society and pleased to announce our awards for 2012 (except for the “worst film” selection — I liked “Battleship!”) Best Drama: Argo Best Comedy: 21 Jump Street Best Horror […]
This week’s release of “Promised Land,” with Matt Damon and Frances McDormand as representatives of a natural gas extraction company trying to persuade residents of a farm community to permit drilling, should inspire viewers to find out more about the […]
I love the rules from a mom to her son about the use of his new iPhone, among them: 6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the […]
“Promised Land,” written by stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski is smart, sincere, and timely, well directed by Gus Van Sant and with thoughtful, intelligent performances by everyone, especially Frances McDormand (“Fargo”) and Titus Welliver (“The Good Wife”). It’s a […]
The Washington Jewish Film Festival starts today with a spectacular line-up of movies that reflect Jewish experience and culture. The opening night show is “Paris Manhattan,” a French film about a young woman obsessed with Woody Allen. Other highlights include the […]
Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners! Trouble With the Curve Cary V., Burlingame, CA Pitch Perfect Ann B., White Plains, NY Amanda J., Dahlonega, CA Sammie Y., Manassas, VA Julie R., Charlottesville, VA Ken W., Fishers, […]
Turner Classic Movies starts off the new year with a day of movies about angels and ghosts, including some of my favorites: “A Guy Named Joe” Spencer Tracy is a fighter pilot who is killed in action and returns as […]
Look at all that went into creating this amazing shot from “The Avengers.”
Happy new year! Some of the most anticipated movies of the new year include: January “Gangster Squad” Sean Penn plays 1940’s mobster Mickey Cohen and Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin are the cops who must be as ruthless as he […]