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NEWSTALK 1010: THE ENTERTAINMENT COURT IS IN SESSION!

Richard joins the hosts of NewsTalk 1010’s “The New Rush” with Reshmi Nair and Scott MacArthur for a new segment called “Entertainment Court.” Each week Richard serves as the judge, Reshmi and Scott the jurors, and we render a verdict on the week’s biggest pop culture stories.

This week we ask, Was the Woody Allen interview a public relations misfire for Alex Baldwin? Why does Ted Cruz hate the Muppets? A gold medal for Ninja Warrior skills? Is this the reality televisionizing of the ancient Olympic Games?

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

CP24: MOVIES AND TV SHOWS TO WATCH THIS CANADA DAY WEEKEND!

Just in time for Canada Day, Richard joins CP24 to have a look at Canadian movies and television shows coming to VOD and streaming services.  Today we talk about “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love,” the Netflix documentary about Leonard Cohen’s muse, the return of The Kids in the Hall on Amazon Prime and the Crave documentary “Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

CFRA IN OTTAWA: THE BILL CARROLL MORNING SHOW MOVIE REVIEWS!

Richard sits in on the CFRA Ottawa morning show with guest host Matt Harris to talk the new movies coming to theatres including “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” the tiny mollusk with a huge heart, “The Forgiven,” a drama of privilege and wealth and the period rom com “Mr. Malcolm’s List.”

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON: 4 STARS. “poignant, part absurd and all wonderful.”

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” is part poignant, part absurd and all wonderful.

In the new film, now playing in theatres, the resourceful, one-googly-eyed sea shell with a pink pair of shoes, voiced by Jenny Slate, searches to find community after a family upheaval. Marcel may be a one-inch mollusk, but his experience of loss, grief and joy feels more human and authentic than most films starring, you know, actual humans.

In this shell’s eye view, we learn that Marcel lives in an Airbnb, once the home of an unhappily married couple, now a stop-over for tourists. When they split, Marcel’s extended family disappeared, possibly taken accidentally in the couple’s rush to leave the house and their relationship behind.

Marcel and his grandmother Connie (Isabella Rossellini) remain, finding resourceful and often hilarious ways to survive and thrive in the mostly empty house.

When recently separated filmmaker Dean (Dean Fleischer-Camp, who directs and who co-created Marcel with Slate) and his curious dog move in, Marcel finds a friend and collaborator. Dean is taken by Marcel’s mix of curiosity (Have you ever eaten a raspberry?) and acumen and begins to document life in the Airbnb in a video he intends to post on YouTube. “It’s like a movie,” Marcel explains to Connie, “but nobody has any lines and nobody even knows what it is while they’re making it.”

As the video goes viral, Marcel wonders if this newfound fame can help him track down his family.

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” is shot documentary style, with beautiful stop-motion animation to bring Marcel and Connie to life. The star of the show is Slate’s heartfelt vocal performance, at once childlike and wise. Marcel is a singular character. Adorable, it’s as if he just wandered over from a Pixar movie, bringing with him personality to spare but also a level of self-awareness and empathy rarely played out on such a high level in family movies. It may be big screen entertainment about a mollusk, but it feels personal and intimate.

Rossellini brings warmth to Connie, in a performance that feels like a grandmother’s hug. Comforting and wise, and just a little bit forgetful, she is Marcel’s anchor and mentor. “Marcello, let’s forget about being afraid,” she says. “Just take the adventure.”

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” takes a silly premise, one that could sit on the shelf next to other kid’s talking-creatures movies, and elevates it with a sense of humanity and the transformational power of friendship.

This one-inch-tall character punches way above his height.

COMING SOON: “THE TERMINAL LIST” STARS CHRIS PRATT AND TAYLOR Kitsch!

Coming soon to the Richard Crouse Show, the stars of the Amazon Prime psychological action thriller “The Terminal List.” Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch join Richard to discuss getting into the role of an unreliable narrator and what they learned from the show’s Navy Seal consultants!

TORONTO STAR: Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ still inspires with its ideas of freedom

Three-quarters of a century after it’s release, Richard writes about the enduring appeal of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” its romantic literary vision of the United States and the transformative liberty of the motor vehicle for the Toronto Star.

“‘On the Road’ is a love letter to America,” said Doug Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and the authorized biographer for Kerouac…” Read the whole thing HERE!

CTV NEWS AT SIX: NEW MOVIES AND TV SHOWS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND!

Richard appears on “CTV News at 6” with anchor Pauline Chan to talk about the best movies and television to watch this weekend. This week he has a look at the third season of “The Umbrella Academy” on Netflix, the animated Crave werewolf series “Supernatural Academy,” the psychological thriller “Chloe” on Amazon Prime and the big screen biopic “Elvis.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!  (Starts at 37:36)

NEWSTALK 1010: THE ENTERTAINMENT COURT IS IN SESSION!

Richard joins the hosts of NewsTalk 1010’s “The New Rush” with Reshmi Nair and Scott MacArthur for a new segment called “Entertainment Court.” Each week Richard serves as the judge, Reshmi and Scott the jurors, and we render a verdict on the week’s biggest pop culture stories.

This week we ask, Should we abandon the practice of naming institutions after famous people and politicians? Will we permit Brad Pitt to retire from the screen? Is Kraft ruining our collective childhoods by changing the name of a beloved comfort food?

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

RICHARD HOSTED THE CANADA-WIDE MARATHON SCREENING OF “OBI-WAN KENOBI”

Richard hosted the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Marathon in Toronto yesterday with finale episode screenings and a Q&A with director Deborah Chow and Hayden Christensen live streamed in Cineplex theatres across the country. Who knew Hayden could hold his breath for two-and-a-half minutes?