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The lives of 200 men will change in an instant when their name is called by the commissioner; entering them into the NFL. It isn’t any different in the other team sports. Hockey, basketball and baseball all go through the same dog and pony show. The actions of the team’s General Manager can potentially make or break a season.   It’s a truly thankless job. Operating mostly behind the scenes, GMs around the league go largely unnoticed; until the team performs poorly. The draft brings hope to players and fans alike. The hope that a bad team can turn things around with a good draft and free agency, keeps loyal fans coming back each season. With the divide between the best and worst teams in the NFL widening, the draft may be more important than ever.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier loses some of its charm that made the first movie so successful. The snappy banter has been turned up a notch in The Winter Soldier, but it is a very different movie. Superhero flicks like Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, tried too hard to be edgy and gritty. Others like Iron man 3 and The Wolverine were awash of pretty colours and high octane action, but little substance in the story.

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For the first time since the Avengers in 2012, a superhero movie has seamlessly blended the frenetic pacing and over the top action that we’ve come to expect of these movies ; with a story that is fluid and dare I say relevant story of the morality of freedom.

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Capping off my coverage of this year’s DC Environmental Film Festival, I spoke with filmmaker Ben Hamilton and producer J.J. Kelley about their film, THE MEANING OF WILD.  Set in one of our nation’s wildest landscapes, the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska, the documentary follows filmmaker Ben Hamilton (who is also the film’s cinematographer) as he travels by boat, plane, kayak and foot to capture and (more…)

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Are tourists destroying the planet — or saving it ?  This is the question posed by 2014 DC Environmental Film Fest Selection, GRINGO TRAILS From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, the docmentary shows the unanticipated impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment, tracing (more…)

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As stated on other occasions, one film that has generated quite a bit of negative buzz has been the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES  film (also known as the TMNT Reboot).  Whether it has been in regards to set photos, alleged plot points, or movie stills, (more…)

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Patrick Stewart & James McAvoy star as Charles Xavier/ Professor X in XMEN: DAYS OF FUTRE PAST

Just last week Sony Pictures released the newest trailer to its highly-anticpated Marvel superhero film set to release in May.  Perhaps in an effort to not to be outdone by the studio, today 20th Century Fox has released the latest trailer to its own Marvel superhero sequel known as X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (which, (more…)

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Jamie Foxx as Electro in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

This summer will see many superheroes take on their respective villainous counterparts; particularly, with the characters adapted from Marvel Comics.  Kicking off the summer season in May, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 will see the return of Sony/Columbia Pictures’ rebooted SPIDERMAN franchise.  In (more…)

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This past weekend I attended the 2014 Standard of Living Community Awards and took the opportunity to speak with a few of the event’s honorees.  Put together by Kappstone Media, the purpose of the event was (more…)

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Today Arena Stage has announced the full cast of its hit musical revue,   “Smokey Joe’s Café—The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.”  Set to kick off next month, the show will feature an impressive cast, including a (more…)

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Last summer Kappstone Media put together a unique black tie event (with a host of high-profile guests) for the purposes of raising money for diabetes research.  Not to be outdone by what it accomplished that year, (more…)

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Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens and one blood-thirsty demon from the netherworld in KNIGHTS OF BADASSOM.  Starring Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”, THE STATION AGENT), Steve Zahn (“Treme”, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, DEAD SILENCE) and Summer Glau (“Arrow”, “Terminator: (more…)

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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…)

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Today RADiUS-TWC has revealed a trailer for new heist film called THE ART OF THE STEAL.  In the spirit of other ensemble heist films, the film follows Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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Writer/Director Ron Judkins on the set of his film, 2014 DCIFF Selection, FINDING NEIGHBORS.

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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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Christian Finnegan  Photo: Kyle Makrauer

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…)

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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…)

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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.

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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…)

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Christian Finnegan   Photo: Kyle Makrauer

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…)

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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.

..Going the way of the MiniDisc (Thanks Sony)

..Going the way of the MiniDisc (Thanks Sony)

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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…)

Movie Review – The Nut Job

January 17, 2014

I'll give him credit for making the most of his 15 minutes of fame.

I’ll give him credit for making the most of his 15 minutes of fame.

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…)

golden_oscars-300x224 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…)

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