If you’ve played Injustice, you’ve likely only seen glimpses of this character in one of the level transitions; however, it would appear that is no longer the case as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC (more…)
Today STARZ has released an all new video featurette with a first look at four new characters that will be introduced in the second season of the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons,” premiering (more…)
Yesterday saw the biggest event in Hollywood commence at the Hollywood & Highland Center. What event do I speak of? The Oscars, of course! Hosted by hilarious talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, the show had (more…)
In addition to the many film selections that featured at this year’s DCIFF, the event also had workshops as well as seminars available to its attendees. Each headlined by prominent figures working today in the film industry, the workshops and/or seminars touched on various facets of the movie-making process (i.e. acting, (more…)
Yesterday saw the world premiere of DCIFF Selection, BLOOD & CIRCUMSTANCE, the first feature film (more…)
Today, day 4 of the DC Independent Film Festival (to be exact), will see the world premiere of BLOOD & CIRCUMSTANCE, a psychological mystery adapted from the novel (of the same name) by Frank Turner Hollon. Co-Written and directed by accomplished cinematographer Tim Gordon, the film tells the story of (more…)
Even though the number of homicides are significantly down in DC from where it once was perhaps a few decades ago, violence is still an ongoing issue that exists. In fact, acccording to a statistic found currently (more…)
Starting Wednesday, the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) will once again commence for its sixteenth year in the nation’s capitol; complete with a brand new set of films, seminars, and workshops . Launched (more…)
Perhaps best known as one of the original panelists of VH1′s “Best Week Ever” and as the character, Chad, the token white roommate from the Chappelle’s Show “Mad Real World” sketch, Christian has continued to be a staple not just on television but also in the stand-up scene. In light of the comedian’s (more…)
For three weeks straight, audiences have continued to ride (pun intended) with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart’s action/comedy, RIDE ALONG. Directed by Tim Story, the film has sat atop the box office throne for the past three weeks, grossing more than $90 million. Though some of that success can be attributed to this film’s stars, a great deal of (more…)
The Lego Movie isn’t the story of Ole Kirk Christiansen; a Danish toymaker whose plain plastic building bricks were first made of wood. As interesting as that story is, The Lego movie is another mis-marketed, 3D, CGI-fest that should’ve been a movie that is definitive of a generation. The premise is a flimsy as a Lego city mat causing the film to drag on a bit. However, one shouldn’t let a strong script or developed plot dissuade you from seeing this yourself. The level of detail is astounding and dare I say, physically unbelievable; and that’s just in the Warner Brothers’ logo.
Science Channel has been named the official broadcast partner of the inaugural 2014 BREAKTHROUGH PRIZES, a one-of-a-kind global event which rewards and recognizes some of the greatest minds in the science world. Join celebrities from Hollywood and the world’s greatest thinkers as they pay tribute to the most magnanimous minds in (more…)
Looking for ideas for Valentine’s Day weekend? Well, perhaps you can make a date night seeing a stand up comedy show! In a few weeks time, comedian Christian Finnegan will arrive at DC’s very own DC Improv comedy club. Perhaps best known as the token white roommate, Chad, on the infamous “Mad Real World” sketch on Chappelle (more…)
Writer/Speaker Kambri Crews Performing Memoir BURN DOWN THE GROUND At The People’s Improv Theatre 1/24 & 2/1
This Friday and next Saturday, writer/ speaker Kambri Crews will be performing solo show adaptations of Burn Down To The Ground. Based on Crews’ memoir of the same name, the memoir follows: her upbringing as the hearing daughter of two deaf parents, the rampant dysfunction of her rural Texas childhood, and the searing (more…)
The Los Angeles Times, over the weekend reported that Paramount Studious will be going all digital. They will be the first major movie studio to distribute its movies to theaters in a digital only format. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be the last 35mm film from Paramount to be distributed, while The Wolf of Wall Street will be the first of many that is only available to theaters digitally. I could set a precedent that would make it pretty tough for smaller, independent theaters to screen movies without upgrading to the expensive, current projection systems.
Just announced today, Radius-TWC has secured the North American rights to the upcoming Timo Tjahjanto/ Gareth Evans collaboration titled THE NIGHT COMES FOR US. Marking the duo’s second collaboration together, the action thriller is currently (more…)
The Nut Job is based on the 2005 short film Surly Squirrel in which a squirrel and his friend, a mouse conspire to steal a lone slice of pizza from the trash. Across the street from the park, a bank robbery is about to start. The human and animal police attempt to catch the bandits who have made off with the loot. The original short film isn’t for the target audience of The Nut Job, which is it’s most appealing quality. Mild language, realistic use of gunfire and a squadron of pidgeons that strafe the bandits, both human and animal alike with machine gun like fire of anal justice; Surly Squirrel felt like an Adult Swim short. (more…)
The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced earlier today. The overwhelming majority will speculate and gamble on winners and losers of individual categories. For me there’s a disconnect between The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the general public, when it comes to determining who’s the best of the year. Many films that only reach the Art-house theaters in major cities receive award nominations, while giant robots and an Iron Man ruled the box office. I’m not arguing that just because a movie is popular, makes it a best picture nominee automatically. I’m lobbying for it to be taken into consideration. (more…)
Aside from the souped-up cars and superheroes that dominated the box office in 2013, another familiar genre which raked in major bucks were animated films; in fact, one of the biggest films of 2013, second only to IRON MAN 3, was DESPICABLE ME 2. Co-directed by Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud, the animated sequel to the 2010 hit, which continued the adventures of Gru, his three girls, and his Minions, took in more than $900 million worldwide.
In order to gain some insight into the film’s success, I recently spoke with the sequel’s composer, Heitor Pereira, to discuss what he felt (more…)
With the Golden Globes only hours away, there are many films (as well as television shows) up for multiple awards. However, one film that has a chance to make a splash at this year’s ceremony is the film, NEBRASKA. Nominated for 5 Golden Globes, the unique “dramedy,” directed by 2-time Oscar winner, (more…)
Today, thanks to a new trailer, we have a glance at director Christopher Nolan’s latest, the sci-fier INTERSTELLAR. The film, which stars the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway (just to name a few), tells the story of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered (more…)
Following a deadly storm, two beautiful young sisters are left to support their family – and carry on a gruesome tradition – in WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, the acclaimed new masterpiece from director Jim Mickle. The gripping, unnerving and ultimately (more…)
One of the few video games franchises that have stood the test of time has undoubtedly been the Super Mario Bros. franchise. Created more than 20 years ago, the franchise has seen numerous incarnations (in that time) in various forms of media (from games to movies). Now, Evan Daugherty, the writer behind the 2012 blockbuster SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN, has put a new spin on the typically kid-friendly franchise with four short films called THE (more…)
There have been various details heard concerning the plot of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Reboot set to release this coming summer. So much so, that there has been an uproar among fans concerning how the reboot will “reimagine” the lore/mythos of the turtles. However, if some (more…)
2013 Virginia Film Festival EXCLUSIVE: Interview with FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED Director, Alan Berliner!
Poet. Translator. Critic. Teacher. These are but a few words which highlight the life and career of the late Edwin Honig. In his latest film, FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, Alan Berliner, provides a more intimate portrait of the poet (his cousin), as he (Edwin Honig) battles through the ravages of memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease. Shot over the course of five years, Berliner, through visits with Edwin (as well as ex-wife, his kids, and his students), documents the (more…)
This weekend, the city of Charlottesville will be taken over by the 26th Annual Virginia Film Festival! Created back in the late 1980s, the Virginia Festival of American Film (renamed The Virginia Film Festival) was endorsed by the state’s Department of Economic Development and adopted by the University of Virginia. The intent was twofold: to stimulate economic development by encouraging film production in Virginia and increasing (more…)
This weekend will see Alexandria play host to the 7th Annual Alexandria Film Festival. Launched back in 2007, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts created the festival with a two-fold mission:
- To establish Alexandria as a venue for creating, exhibiting, and experiencing film by reaching out to local, national, and international filmmakers.
- To foster awareness of the cultural and educational value of cinema among Alexandria’s diverse and influential audience.
Last year, the festival had a lot of variety to offer in the way of films; in fact, last year the festival featured more than 40 films from 18 countries. (more…)
Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive parts factory, a brick plant, and a thriving middle class. Flash forward to present day, and that reality is a distant memory, thanks to those same said factories now being closed. Now that these sources of the town’s prosperity have faded away, the town’s population has slowly begun to dwindle and drug use has become more common. Despite these troubles, a glimmer of hope may be found within the walls of the town’s school. The subject of which is addressed in the basketball (more…)