Emmy-winning actor Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) stars in Mr. Selfridge, a new Masterpiece series on PBS about the larger than life American entrepreneur/impressario who created a retail revolution in early 20th century London. The store he created, Selfridges, is still known for […]
This week’s release, “The Sapphires,” tells the story of a 60’s girl group from Australia that toured Viet Nam to perform for American military. It is based on a play written by Tony Briggs, the son of one of the […]
My gallery of Easter movies includes “Ben Hur,” several different movie versions of the life of Jesus, a couple of choices just for kids, and a classic musical named for a classic song, Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade.” There’s something for […]
I love the Post Peeps Competition! Every Easter, the Washington Post invites people to submit dioramas populated with the irresistible pink, yellow, and blue confections. Many relate to the news (this year’s entries included Peep tributes to Zero Dark Thirty […]
A very conventional story of a 60’s Australian girl group gains extra power from its context and setting in this fact-based story set to the beat of Motown soul. Co-written by the son of one of the real-life singers and […]
The author of the Twilight series was showing signs of running out of ideas around the middle of the second volume, and this latest story shows more evidence of the pressure of producing a new series than anything approaching inspiration. […]
The two popular soap operas cancelled by ABC in 2011 are back at last! The Online Network (available on Hulu and iTunes) will have new episodes starting on April 29. Fans should know that “All My Children” is leaping five […]
As big, dumb, action and explosions and “hell, yeah, ooyah” movies based on toys go, this one is a lot of fun. Jon M. Chu, director of two of the “Step Up” movies and producer of the third knows how […]
You love movies, and love to read about those intriguing indies that somehow never make it to your local multiplex. You’d like to see them in a theater, not on a laptop. A company called Tugg has the answer. You […]
This summer’s Pixar release, Planes,is an airplane saga “inspired by the world of ‘Cars,’” with Dane Cook as Dusty, a plane who dreams of competing in a big air race. It will star: · Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” Alexander […]
I was utterly captivated from the first moment of these magical opening credits. This sequence welcomes us into the world of the man who will become the Wizard and the magic he will encounter.
The American Bible Challenge returns for a second season on GSN, featuring host Jeff Foxworthy and musical co-host Kirk Franklin. It airs Thursdays at 9 (8 central) I had a chance to speak with one of this season’s teams, the […]
The original “Star Trek” series is free on Hulu this week and Slate has a great list of the essential episodes everyone needs to see. But — what, no tribbles?
I am too young to have watched Groucho Marx’s famous game show, “You Bet Your Life” when it originally aired, but I loved watching the reruns late at night when I was in college. The story of how those shows […]
Wayne Blair is an actor who starred in the live theatrical version of “The Sapphires,” the true story of three sisters and a cousin who became a successful girl group in 1960’s Australia. He directed the feature film based on […]
If you act fast, you can get some great bargins at Turner Classic Movies. Films like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Captains Courageous,” “They Died With Their Boots On,” “Captain Blood,” “Maltese Falcon,” “Mr. Skeffington,” and “Blackboard Jungle” are […]
Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story. Thousands of years before people talked about “learning styles,” the Seder included many different ways of telling the story, […]
Trailers are so accessible these days that we sometimes overlook the power of a really great movie poster. I like this list of the greatest movie posters of all time because it is a great reminder of some iconic images and […]
Charlie: A Toy Story will be out next week, but I have an early copy to give away. It’s the story of 10 year-old Caden and his best friend Charlie, a golden retriever. They visit Caden’s father Jack at his […]
Tina Fey and Paul Rudd seem perfect for each other. The characters they play in this movie are not as persuasive. Fey is so much better than the adorkable rom-com role assigned to her here and Rudd is capable of […]
I think we can all agree that at least in some respects all children are Neanderthals. It is the grand challenge of parenthood to civilize these sometimes savage little creatures by teaching them language, manners, and keeping safe. And some […]
Be sure to check out this exclusive clip from the new “Les Miserables” DVD/Blu-Ray release. Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-rayTM · Les Misérables Singing Live: The star-studded cast and production team discuss how the daunting challenge of singing live […]
One of this year’s biggest summer releases is Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim,” a big, big, big summer action movie. It was the delightful “Be Kind Rewind” that established the term “Sweding” for home-made, frankly cheap but wholehearted and joyful […]
I’m a huge fan of character actors and always try to feature them in my reviews. I highly recommend the documentary shown on showtime about male character actors called “That Guy….Who Was In That Thing.” So I was really glad […]
I love the work of Carter Goodrich, an artist and illustrator who has worked on films like “Despicable Me” and “Hotel Transylvania.” I was delighted to see that he has made his sketches for this week’s release, “The Croods,” available […]
One of my favorite Disney movies is out in a glorious new Blu-Ray/DVD release this week, Mulan and its sequel, Mulan II. “Mulan” is a gorgeously hand-animated film based on a traditional Chinese folktale about a girl who dresses as […]
Really looking forward to this one, featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Beyoncé, Aziz Ansari, Christoph Waltz, and Colin Farrell.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with movies starring some of the greatest stars in movie history. If you haven’t seen all of these, you deserve a pinch! 1. Maureen O’Hara — the fiery red hair was made for technicolor and she […]
Today is March 15, the day Julius Caesar was famously told to beware. Here is a scene from the Joseph Mankiewicz movie, starring Marlon Brando, James Mason, Sir John Gielgud, and Louis Calhern.
Jay Sullivan‘s new book, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, is the story of his experience as the only man living in a Kingston, Jamaica convent, helping to care for 250 orphan boys. It is a beautifully written […]
Argentinean writer-director Juan Solanas has created a work of bracingly singular imagination that is sheer visual pleasure, with some mind-bending ideas and a deeply romantic sensibility. We are told by Adam (Jim Sturgess) that throughout the universe, there is only one solar […]
Everyone on screen seems to be having a blast, but this story of rival magicians in Las Vegas is not as much fun for the audience. It wants to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but there’s really nothing […]
It’s the ultimate fan dream come true! The fans of the Kristen Bell television series Veronica Mars have come together on Kickstarter to raise more than $2 million to make a feature film. I love the thank you note from Kristen […]
St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and one way to celebrate is to watch one of these great movies from or set in Ireland: 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the […]
Fashion savvy models with Down syndrome are auditioning on March 15 to star in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s (GDSF) May 8th Be Beautiful Be Yourself Gala, a high-style fashion show and fundraiser taking place at the Ritz Carlton in […]
The trailer for Joss Whedon’s new version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is spectacular. It will be out in June. In the meantime, enjoy Kenneth Branagh’s more traditional version, with Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, and Michael Keaton.
“The Music Man” is my all-time favorite musical, so I was especially intrigued by this great blog post by Bob Elisberg about the “lost song” from the show. It is hard to imagine that a musical that seems so organically […]
I held out longer than most but am now among the many whose enthusiasm for “Glee” has wavered. But you know I loved this week’s tribute to classic songs from movies. The “Top Gun”/”Risky Business” mash-up was fabulous. And I […]
Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin, stars in “Return to Nim’s Island,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere on Friday, March 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). “Return to Nim’s Island” kicks off Hallmark Channel’s new […]
The LA Times has a great article by Rebecca Keegan about the challenges of casting actors in period movies because of changing body types and choices. With his concave cheekbones, lanky build and grooved brow, Daniel Day-Lewis replicates Abraham Lincoln more accurately than the […]
A prequel to one of the most beloved films of all time is a daunting challenge, but Disney’s prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” manages to balance respect for the original with some fresh and appealing insights into the story. […]
Greedy Lying Bastards is a documentary that takes on two problems — the pernicious impact of industry on the environment and the effect of those changes on communities and the even more pressing problem of the pernicious impact of a […]
The Cowsills were the real-life 1960’s singing group that inspired “The Partridge Family,” a top recording group made up of a mother and her children, ages 8-19. Their crystal harmonies and upbeat songs like “The Rain, the Park, and Other […]
“H2O” is the delightful Nickelodeon series about three teenage girls who gain special powers after a visit to a mysterious island. And I have copies of the whole first season to give away, with a special bonus — a 90-minute […]
Bob and Larry bring humor and wisdom to a classic story sure to delight kids and their families in The Little House That Stood, an Easter-themed story inspired by “The Three Little Pigs” and the parable of the wise […]
This week’s release of the prequel, “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a good reason to take another look at what may be the greatest family movie of all time, the classic MGM musical version of “The Wizard of Oz,” […]
This faith-based drama stars two top performers who give its fact-based story the sweetness and spirit that is sometimes lacking in the heartfelt but uneven script. Lynn Collins (“The Merchant of Venice,” “John Carter”) plays author Samantha Crawford, who is […]
The New York Times has a very sweet article about how the most successful director in Hollywood acts as a sort of fairy godfather to other directors, giving them advice about cinematic storytelling. Mr. Spielberg, 66, is considered the most […]
On Etsy, you can find floor plans of the homes of movie and television characters by Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde that are works of art in themselves. Look at the homes of Will and Grace, Carrie Bradshaw, Dexter, the Golden Girls, Monica, Rachel, […]
I am a huge fan of “Separated at Birth” and especially appreciate its respectful portrayal of Deaf culture. Tonight’s episode, which deals with the pending shut-down of a school for the deaf, is all-ASL (with subtitles). Not to be missed. […]
This one looks every bit as adorable (and as unrelated to the book) as the first one.
Here is how much my family loves the brilliant and hilarious singer/songwriter/story-teller Bill Harley. Even though we played and played and played his music until we all knew it inside out, we would still sit in the driveway until the […]
One of the most popular movies of 2012 is out on DVD this week and I have one copy to give away. The Intouchables is a French film (with subtitles) based on the true story of a friendship between a […]
Thanks to the editors at Beliefnet for inviting me to write about our Movie of the Month, The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” is both more and less than a movie. In one sense, it […]
Every family should sit down together to watch CNN’s follow-up to the documentary, “Bully,” March 3 and 9 at 10 Eastern.
The classic noir mystery/romance Laura is just out on Blu-Ray, and it is magnificent. It has one of the all-time great movie twists, so I won’t give much away except to say that it stars the exquisitely beautiful Gene Tierney, […]
“I have only one thing in common with Martin Scorsese,” I confided to Ben Mankiewicz. “We both pretty much keep Turner Classic Movies on all day.” Mankiewicz, who introduces many of the films on TCM, was in town for a special […]
One of my very favorite writers on film is Leonard Maltin so I was delighted to see his new essay on the use of classic or obscure older songs in new movies. Classic songs and selections from what’s now called […]