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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…)


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…)

Knights of Badassdom

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…)


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 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…)

DaVinci's Demons 2014

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…)

Ellen DeGeneres Oscar Pic

Ellen DeGeneres Oscars Pic

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…)


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…)

bc-poster77Yesterday 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…)

Christian Finnegan Photo: Kyle Makrauer

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…)


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…)

lego movie


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…)

Christian Finnegan Photo: Kyle Makrauer

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…)


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)



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…)


Gru (STEVE CARELL) has a big talk with Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE), Agnes (ELSIE FISHER) and Edith (DANA GAIER) in Despicable Me 2.

Gru (STEVE CARELL) has a big talk with Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE), Agnes (ELSIE FISHER) and Edith (DANA GAIER) in DESPICABLE ME 2.

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 2Co-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…)


Around this time last year at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the show,  In The Middle Of No One, exposed sold-out audiences to the hilariously zany antics of double act, Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen, aka “The Pajama Men.”  Now, using their unique blend of wit, improv, and physical comedy, (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…)

Evan Daugherty on set of THE FOUR PLAYERS

Evan Daugherty on set of  THE FOUR PLAYERS

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…)

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