Richard’s “Reelside” column is in the new issue of “Movie Entertainment”!
“December brings with it the expectation of gifts. Presents, often wrapped in silver and gold, are exchanged at Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa but the month brings a different kind of expectation in Hollywood. Forget the silver. In December Hollywood is only interested in one thing, award gold. To qualify for the Academy Awards any movie must play in theatres by the end of the calendar year so typically December is a goldmine of Oscar-bait movies. This year is no different…” Pick up the December issue of “Movie Entertainment” to read the whole thing.
“‘Often filmmakers now aren’t emphasizing the fact their films are Canadian because there’s a stigma attached,’ lamented film critic Richard Crouse, who says another obstacle is that Canada’s film industry lacks a star system. ‘Our stars are our politicians, not our movie actors,’ he says…” Read the entire Movie Entertainment “Oh, Canada! Our Home and Native On-Screen Land” article by Michael D. Reid HERE!
“Recently moviefone.com asked, “Is April the new October?” Their question had nothing to do with a change in the weather or the fact that April is the seasonal equivalent to October in the Southern Hemisphere but with the number of horror films set be released in the fourth month of the year. Perhaps it’s the relentless rain or maybe it’s because taxes are due but April is now the most terrifying month on the calendar, in the theatres anyway…” TO READ THE WHOLE THING CHECK OUT THE MAGAZINE ON STANDS NOW!
This month while friends and family sing Happy Birthday to August babies Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot, jazz icon Tony Bennett, rapper Kurtis Blow and Baby Spice, cinemas are celebrating music history with a spate of tuneful movies.
In Ricki and the Flash Meryl Streep plays a mother trying to make amends after choosing rock and roll over her family. The Oscar-winning actress, who sings Tom Petty’s American Girl and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance in the film, practised guitar for six months in preparation for the shoot. Director Jonathan Demme reports that after one take, “Meryl had shred so fiercely, a little blood had spattered on her baby blue dress.”
Straight Outta Compton is the legendary album by gangsta rap group N.W.A, released August 8, 1988 and now it’s also the title of a biopic that documents the group’s beginnings and turbulent history. TO READ THE WHOLE THING CHECK OUT THE MAGAZINE ON STANDS NOW!
“There is much to smile about in June. If you happen to live in the Northern Hemisphere it’s the month with the longest daylight hours of the year. If you’re a Gemini or Cancer, Happy Birthday! If you’re a dad, Happy Father’s Day! If you’re a movie fan, the month promises laughs-a-plenty.
“Fans of Family Guy know what to expect from Ted 2, Seth MacFarlane’s sequel to the raunchiest teddy bear movie ever made. As the writer and voice behind Peter Griffin, MacFarlane pushes the limits of what’s acceptable on TV. Now imagine that without a network censor looking over his shoulder. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ted 2. Mark Wahlberg returns—it’s the first time ever he’s appeared in a movie original and sequel—as John Bennett, Ted’s best friend and enabler.
“After 96 episodes on television Entourage is making the leap from small screen to big. Vincent Chase and his posse, Eric, Turtle, and Johnny Drama promise the same laughs the TV show delivered but not everyone was excited about the movie. Grant Elliot says he was a fan of the series “when it was good” and started a Kickstarter campaign to make enough money to bribe the show’s creator Doug Ellin to NOT make the movie…” TO READ THE WHOLE THING CHECK OUT THE MAGAZINE ON STANDS NOW!
Richard’s column “Big Screen/Small Screen” in the April issue of “Movie Entertainment”!
In Hollywood real life power couples come in all shapes and sizes. There’s the Red Carpet ready Angelina and Brad, the jet setting George and Amal and for nostalgic types, Bogie and Bacall. This year April is offering up several new and different high-octane reel life duos on the big screen.
Based on the romance between Euphemia Gray and art critic John Ruskin, Effie Grey teams Dakota Fanning and Greg Wise in a real life May – December love affair that titillated Victorian England. Effie was a child of twelve when the twenty-something Ruskin dedicated the novel The King of the Golden River to her. They eventually walked down the aisle, but the marriage was never consummated and ended in divorce and social ruin for Effie.
Shot partly on location at the Palace of Versailles, The Moon and the Sun pairs Pierce Brosnan and Bingbing Fan in a story about one man’s search for immortality. The movie was inspired by Vonda N. McIntyre’s novel, which beat out George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones to win the 1997 Nebula Award for science-fiction and fantasy writing.
The former James Bond plays the Sun King, King Louis XIV of France, whose 72 year reign is the longest of any monarch of in European history, but he wants more. His quest for eternal life leads him to steal the life force of a mermaid, played by Fan, but her beauty and gorgeous singing raise ethical questions among the King’s courtiers… To read the rest pick up “Movie Entertainment” magazine’s April issue on stands now!
Richard’s column “Big Screen/Small Screen” in the January issue of “Movie Entertainment”!
“This New Year, while many of us are taking down the Christmas tree, packing away the ornaments and wondering how we packed on ten pounds over the holidays, Hollywood stars like Liam Neeson, Chris Hemsworth and Johnny Depp are packing punches. They’ll be running and jumping, throwing hands and kicking, shooting and stabbing and generally causing mayhem on the big screen. In Taken 3 Liam Neeson returns as Brian Mills a former “preventer” for the US government. A specialist in black ops, he was an undercover agent who contained volatile situations before they got out of control. The first two times around Mills used his “particular set of skills” to rescue his family from kidnappers. This time around he has to save himself and his family when he is accused of murder…” To read the whole thing pick up a copy of “Movie Entertainment” on stands now!
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The phrase “Fun for the whole family” takes on a new meaning around Christmas time. The kids are on winter break, grandma and grandpa have come to visit and Cousin Ethyl still has last year’s gravy stains on her Christmas sweater. How do you keep everyone entertained once the gifts are opened, the eggnog is all gone and everyone is sick of turkey leftovers?
You go to the movies. Grandma might not enjoy the drug-fuelled excesses of Joaquin Phoenix’s latest, Inherent Vice and at 142 minutes Exodus: Gods and Kings is probably too long for young attention spans, but there are a couple of films opening in theatres the whole clan can enjoy.
Produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith the new version of Annie is “a modern re-imagining of a beloved musical…” Read the whole thing in the December issue of Movie Entertainment magazine on stands now!
This Christmas season Irish actor Chris O’Dowd is on a search for identity.
In two separate projects airing in December on HBO Canada and the Movie Network the charming comedian plays a fish out of water; men whose lives have been turned upside down.
In the improvised series Family Tree he’s the thirty-something Tom Chadwick. Recovering from getting fired and being dumped, he inherits a mysterious box of “bits and bobs” from a dead great aunt. Among the old photos and clothing are hints to his genealogy. “It peaks his interest,” says O’Dowd, “and he has so much time on his hands he decides to explore his family tree.”
Directed by mockumentary master Christopher Guest, and co-starring a cast of comedy vets like Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr. and Fred Willard, it’s a lighthearted look at Tom’s journey, from England to California, in pursuit of his roots and life’s meaning.
The movie The Sapphires sees O’Dowd on a different trip…
Pick up a copy of the magazine at a newsstand near you to read the whole thing!