Jimi

‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ Experience The Trailer

OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend. Ridley chose to create the project after he discovered the Hendrix song “Sending My Love to Linda,” about fashion model Linda Keith, who heard Hendrix perform in London in 1966 and played a key role in encouraging his career. The film has caused controversy as several of Hendrix’s friends, including Kathy Etchingham, have vocally decried the film as largely fictitious. This includes scenes depicting a fictionalized Hendrix violently and repeatedly beating Etchingham (played by Hayley Atwell). In interviews given recently, Etchingham describes Hendrix as a gentle man, and the time she spent with him some of the best years of her life. Continue reading

The Congress

‘The Congress’ Trailer Takes Us Into Immortal Stardom

More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema. Continue reading

The Battered Bastards

‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ Premieres on Netflix July 11th

The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball’s last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973, Hollywood veteran Bing Russell (best known for playing Deputy Clem on “Bonanza”) created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the legendary Portland Mavericks. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball. Tryouts for the Mavericks, which were open to the public, were filled with hopefuls who arrived in droves from every state in America, many of whom had been rejected by organized baseball. Skeptics agreed it would never work. But Bing’s Mavericks generated unprecedented success: they shattered attendance records, signed Kurt Russell – Bing’s son – as a player and team Vice President, produced the most successful batboy in baseball (filmmaker Todd Field), re-launched the controversial career of Jim Bouton, hired the first female general manager in Baseball, and inspired one of America’s beloved bubblegums – Big League Chew.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball is as much about the independent spirit as it is about baseball. The Mavericks’ in your face attitude was contagious to fans, and during their short reign, they – and Bing Russell – basically held up their middle finger to the sports establishment and said we’re playing this game on our terms, not yours. Continue reading

Trailer

The Deadly Old Timers Are Back In ‘The Expendables 3′

Expect explosions, clichés, and unbelievable scenarios and you won’t be disappointed. Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham), and the gang find themselves battling Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), a former co-founder of their team who has since gone to the dark side. Stonebanks had become a ruthless arms trader, whom Barney thought he had killed years ago. Now Stonebanks is not only alive, but wanting the ultimate revenge, and plans to take down The Expendables. Barney knows Stonebanks will be a formidable enemy, so he recruits old and new members in hopes of winning his most personal battle yet! The cast should be the best ever, with the addition of Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, and Mel Gibson…cue the explosions! Continue reading

Trailer for The Interview

James Franco and Seth Rogen take on Kim Jong-un in ‘The Interview’

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Continue reading

Orange Is the New Black - season 2

Guilty of loving ‘Orange Is the New Black’ season 2

Orange is the New Black - season 2

On a beautiful summer day, there are a million things we could all be doing, but some of us may choose to be in lockdown for the second season of Orange Is The New Black.  Sorry friends and family, but season one made me a junkie for this show, and Netflix just brought me my drug of choice! Continue reading

John Oliver - host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO

Looking forward to ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO

When I heard that Stephen Colbert would be taking over for David Letterman, I was both happy for him and completely devastated. I live for The Colbert Report. The nightly block of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report has become a staple for me. I can’t live with just one satirical news show! Thankfully, HBO handed us a little gift in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Continue reading

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 YEARS A SLAVE

For your consideration: 12 Years a Slave

Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 YEARS A SLAVE

12 Years A Slave will be a must-see film, not just in 2013, but for many years to come. You can expect this film to be shown in classes and universities from now on, not only for its historic value, but also for its excellence in the art of story telling and filmmaking. Is it brutal?  Yes, but much like Schindler’s List, it is a film that opens the uneasy door into history, and as they say, “you don’t know where you’re going, if you don’t know where you’ve been.”  Consider this film essential viewing. Continue reading

Robert Reich in  Inequality for All

For your consideration: Inequality for All

Robert Reich in  Inequality for All

Inequality For All is a documentary, but it feels more like a college lecture. A lecture well worth sitting through! Do you remember back in college when you would have one professor whose lectures you looked forward to? A professor that would not only enlighten you, but empower you? Well if politics, labor, and the economy are of interest to you, then Robert Reich, may be your favorite professor. Continue reading

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