Kevin James became a household name back in 1998 starring as the loveable starring on the CBS hit series King of Queens which ran for nine seasons. When King of Queens ended in 2007, James went off to have a successful film career and did not return to the small screen until he found the right series. For James that project was Kevin Can Wait, a show which reunites him with CBS.

With Kevin Can Wait, James proves he’s one of the best comedic actors on all of television. Though his TV  return was very smooth, at first he it was a surreal experience for the actor. He had flashbacks from his King of Queens days and felt different - but different in a very good way! (Click on the media bar below to hear Kevin James)

Don’t miss Kevin Can Wait Monday nights 8/7 on CBS.

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A melange of style, substance, and talent, Bruno Mars is easily one of music’s brightest stars, and his new album 24K Magic debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. The album is a worthy successor to his 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox and the hit single “Uptown Funk,” and it wouldn’t be a surprise if 24K Magic surpasses the success of his earlier work.

Mars took his swag, Tommy Hilfiger tuxedo, and eye-catching fur coat to The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Though Mars is definitely a show stopper, he may be outdone by the telegenic models that appear on the program. Though they probably can’t replicate Mars’ to die for dance moves, these ladies aren’t bad with their lip sync stylings, as evinced with their rendition of of “24K Magic” below:



The North American leg of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic tour begins July 15 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs Monday, December 5 on CBS (10/9c).

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MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI

Now playing in select theaters, Mifune: The Last Samurai is a documentary that spotlights the legendary career of Toshiro Mifune. Narrated by Keanu Reeves, the feature contains interviews with past Mifune collaborators as well as directors Steven Spielberg (he directed Mifune in 1941) and Martin Scorsese. Oscar winning director Steven Okazaki directs the film, and one would assume this was a dream project for the filmmaker.

“I saw my first Mifune film when I was about 12 years old,” said Okazaki. “The community center in Venice, Ca. ran a 16mm print. They had a crummy, noisy project and a king size bed sheet as a screen. I remember the final scenes from Seven Samurai vividly. And then my mother was a big Japanese film fan so we went to the Toho La Brea to see the Mifune releases.”

Okazaki was impressed with Reeves’ work in the cinephile centric documentary Side By Side, and adding the actor to the project, coupled with receiving support from Mifune and director Akira Kurosawa’s families, were integral to the documentary’s creative success.

“There is just an everyman quality that Mifune had. Mifune didn’t have handlers or agents around him all the time and Keanu Reeves likewise doesn’t take himself too seriously,” said Okazaki, whose previous directing credits include Black Tar Heroin: the Dark End of the Street and Living on Tokyo Time. “He’s not protected by an entourage. He just rolls up to the sound recording place on his motorcycle and says, ‘Let’s get to work.’ I thought that would somehow fit. Luckily, we have been getting great responses to the narration.”

By showcasing the intricate working relationship between Mifune and Kurosawa, Mifune: The Last Samurai also delves into the importance of artistic collaboration and continuing that journey through thick and thin (the pair made 16 films together). It’s a partnership that isn’t lost on Riki Mifune, the late actor’s grandson.

“Since I’m also in the film production business, I have a lot of opportunities to see the Mifune films,” said Riki Mifune. “Some of the films, I’ve seen multiple times especially the ones that I really like. Also, a lot of the film directors I work with compare their work to the Kurosawa films. So if the director is trying to portray a strong female character, he would compare her to the princess to the Throne of Blood. Since I was young, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to see his films and regarding my favorite films, they would be the Kurosawa films. For example with Yojimbo, there is not a single scene that bores you. It’s always exciting and the story is always moving forward.”

Whether you’re a cinephile who’s enamored with Mifune’s work or a neophyte to Japanese cinema, Mifune: The Last Samurai is a well crafted and inspired documentary which should steer you down a highly immersive cinematic path.

Mifune: The Last Samurai opens in Los Angeles, CA (Laemmle-Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre) and Cambridge, MA (Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema) on Friday, December 2. On December 9, the documentary hits the Landmark Theatres in San Francisco, CA and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, CA.

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patriots-day-teaserMark Wahlberg, who earlier this year starred in Deepwater Horizon, is back with another true story. Patriots Day centers on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the city wide hunt for the terrorists. The project re-teams Wahlberg with Peter Berg, the director behind Deepwater Horizon and Lone Survivor.

The film means something extra special to Wahlberg, who is from Boston. The actor told us he put pressure on himself to make the film as accurate as he could and he wanted to represent the city in the best way possible. He also wants to show the world what “Boston Strong” represents. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mark Wahlberg)



Patriots Day opens nationwide in theaters January 13, 2017.
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The Big Bang Theory, now in its 10th season, continues to be one of the best comedies on television. The chemistry with the cast is among the best on television. Actors Jim Parson (Sheldon Cooper), Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) and Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) have formed an inextricable bond, and their comedic talents shine through with the show’s first rate dialogue. Simon Helberg credits the show’s talented writers for making that magic happen among his fellow cast members. (Click on the media bar below to hear Simon Helberg)

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday nights 8/7c on CBS.

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Nominees for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards have been announced, as the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) showed their love for the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone headlined musical La La Land. The feature, directed by Whiplash filmmaker Damien Chazelle, scored 12 nominations including Best Picture and Actor/Actress (Gosling, Stone). Arrival and Moonlight were close behind, as both films received 10 nods.


T.J. Miller returns as the host for the Critics’ Choice Awards, which airs on A&E Sunday, December 11 (8 pm et/pt).


Here’s the full list of nominations (full disclosure - I’m a BFCA member):


BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Lion

Loving

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Sully

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Tom Hanks – Sully

Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ACTRESS

Amy Adams – Arrival

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Emma Stone – La La Land

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala AliMoonlight

Jeff BridgesHell or High Water

Ben FosterHell or High Water

Lucas HedgesManchester by the Sea

Dev Patel Lion

Michael Shannon Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola DavisFences

Greta Gerwig 20th Century Women

Naomie Harris Moonlight

Nicole Kidman Lion

Janelle Monáe Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea


BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS


Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea

Alex R. Hibbert Moonlight

Lewis MacDougallA Monster Calls

Madina NalwangaQueen of Katwe

Sunny Pawar - Lion

Hailee SteinfeldThe Edge of Seventeen

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

20th Century Women

Fences

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight


BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Yorgos Lanthimos/Efthimis Filippou – The Lobster

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Jeff Nichols – Loving

Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Luke Davies – Lion

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Eric Heisserer – Arrival

Todd Komarnicki – Sully

Allison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures

August Wilson – Fences

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Stéphane Fontaine – Jackie

James Laxton – Moonlight

Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals

Linus Sandgren – La La Land

Bradford Young – Arrival

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival – Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte/André Valade

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig/James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock

Jackie – Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery

La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Live by Night – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

BEST EDITING

Tom Cross – La La Land

John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge

Blu Murray – Sully

Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon - Moonlight

Joe Walker – Arrival

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Colleen Atwood – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Consolata Boyle – Florence Foster Jenkins

Madeline Fontaine – Jackie

Joanna Johnston – Allied

Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship

Mary Zophres – La La Land

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hacksaw Ridge

Jackie

Star Trek Beyond

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

A Monster Calls

Arrival

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Jungle Book


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Finding Dory

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

The Red Turtle

Trolls

Zootopia

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Captain America: Civil War

Deadpool

Doctor Strange

Hacksaw Ridge

Jason Bourne

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Benedict CumberbatchDoctor Strange

Matt DamonJason Bourne

Chris Evans Captain America: Civil War

Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War

Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad

Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange

BEST COMEDY

Central Intelligence

Deadpool

Don’t Think Twice

The Edge of Seventeen

Hail, Caesar!

The Nice Guys

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY


Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship

Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris

Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters

Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

10 Cloverfield Lane

Arrival

Doctor Strange

Don’t Breathe

Star Trek Beyond

The Witch

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Elle

The Handmaiden

Julieta

Neruda

The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

BEST SONG

Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – La La Land

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Trolls

City of Stars – La La Land

Drive It Like You Stole It – Sing Street

How Far I’ll Go - Moana

The Rules Don’t Apply – Rules Don’t Apply

BEST SCORE

Nicholas Britell – Moonlight

Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival

Justin Hurwitz – La La Land

Micachu – Jackie

Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion

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runthetide1Director Soham Mehta makes his feature directing debut with Run The Tide, a drama centering on Reymund (Taylor Lautner), a young man who’s raised his brother Oliver (Nico Christou) for much of his lifle.

Reymund’s mother Lola (Constance Zimmer) is a recovering drug addict whose stint in prison is over in two days, and she wants sole custody of Nico. Reymund refuses to accept these terms and he takes his brother on a spontaneous road trip to San Francisco to meet his ex-girlfriend Michelle (Johanna Braddy). Unbeknownst to Nico, Reymund plans to start an entire new life away from his once destructive mother.

Mehta, who explored the intricate dynamics of family and forgiveness in his acclaimed short film Fatakra, mines similar territory with Rajiv Shah’s screenplay (it’s a story that’s partly inspired from the writer’s own life). Run The Tide, however, is a much more ambitious undertaking, as the filmmaker had a ton of set-ups during the indie film’s relatively short production.”

“Many actors are used to having a certain environment that they work within and we weren’t going to have that,” said Mehta, who cites Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing as an early cinematic influence. “Everyone that came onto this film was on board with this indie construct. But yes, we had 19 locations to shoot over 22 days.”

Along with balancing the scope of his film on an indie budget, Mehta also took a few lessons from working with a talented ensemble (along with the aforementioned actors, Kenny Johnson does fine work as Lola’s concerned ex-lover).

“I really learned not to say too much,” said Mehta. “I realized that by saying just a little bit they could really change a lot with their performances. I tried to really see what I was getting and what they were already bringing with their roles and be prepared with answers to whatever questions they had. And then just find the right note - that one or two notes that could potentially unlock something.”

runthetide6The picture also marks the continued transition of Taylor Lautner to more adult oriented material. Though he’s flexed his physical skills in the Twilight movies and a couple of action driven projects (including last year’s Tracers), Run The Tide shows Lautner can deliver the goods with a pure dramatic performance. The actor’s chemistry with Christou is palpable.

Taylor and Nico did an excellent job of finding that relationship. That’s something that Taylor and I spoke about a lot early on,” said Mehta. “He started out as a child actor so he had a lot of patience and empathy for what Nico was stepping into. (We) were almost partners in getting the best out of Nico.”

Though some may view movies as just a form of entertainment, Mehta believes narratives like Run The Tide can take viewers to an entirely different place.

“I think what’s happening in America right now is a great counterpoint to what we thought was happening,” said Mehta. “It’s a moment of recognizing that . . . being able to tell these stories and kind of help people from different cultures and walks of life better understand each other is so critical.”

Run The Tide opens in select theaters Friday, December 2.


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Miss SloanJessica Chastain is in line for another Academy Award nomination for her role in the thriller Miss Sloane. Chastain plays a high powered lobbyist who is determined to win at any cost - even if it means compromising members of her own team. The film reunites her with John Madden, the director behind 2010 drama The Debt.

Chastain was tailor made for the role and couldn’t wait to make the film and be reunited with Madden. She was also fascinated by the political world that the narrative documented. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jessica Chastain)

Miss Sloane, co-starring John Lithgow and Sam Waterston, is now playing in limited release.

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORYStar Wars fans, the wait is almost over as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is upon us. There is a lot of excitement and anticipation for the film, not only for the fans, but for the cast. The film features a talented ensemble which includes Mads Mikkelsen, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland). and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), who plays the heroine Jyn Erso.

For many it would be a dream come true to headline a Star Wars film, and that seems to be the case for Felicity Jones who says it was a privilege to star in the beloved franchise. She goes on to say she felt a great responsibility not only being in a Star Wars film, but also playing a strong female character which she also took great pride in. (Click on the media bar below to hear Felicity Jones)


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters December 16.

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jackie55Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman (Black Swan) will be honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for performance in Jackie. The actress will receive the honor at the Film Awards Gala on January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Natalie Portman truly brings to life one of this country’s most treasured public figures in the acclaimed new film Jackie,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Portman delivers a transformative and deeply human portrayal of the former First Lady following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, one of the most challenging moments in our nation’s history. It is our honor to once again present the Desert Palm Achievement Award to actress Natalie Portman.

The actress previously received the award in 2011 for her work in Black Swan. Previous recipients of the honor include Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, and Naomi Watts.

Portman starred earlier this year in A Tale of Love and Darkness, a project which marked her feature directing debut. Jackie, co-starring Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwig, opens in select theaters December 9.




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