Richard Donner Doesn’t Want His Movies Rebooted

153During the 1970’s 80’s and 90’s, Richard Donner was one of Hollywood’s most successful directors, having directed box office hits like the Lethal Weapon films, The Goonies, the 1976 version of The Omen, and Superman.

The Omen was remade a few years ago, and is once again being remade for television to be aired on Lifetime. Last year, the Superman franchise was rebooted, and there are rumors that a Lethal Weapon reboot with Thor’s Chris Hemsworth cast as Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson) son  is in the works. The thought of revisiting those classics might excite some film buffs, but Donner is less pleased to see those reboots in the pipeline. We spoke to Donner a few years ago, and he told us that the original movies should be left alone – especially Lethal Weapon. He also explained why he thinks TV is now producing better quality projects than the big screen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Richard Donner)

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‘The Lunchbox’ Is Cinematic Food For The Soul (Blu-Ray Review)

The Lunchbox Out on Blu-ray Combo pack and digital on July 1, The Lunchbox centers on a lonely accountant (Irrfan Khan) who exchanges notes to a frustrated housewife (Nimrat Kaur) amidst the hectic city life of Mumbai. Their correspondence begins over an error in the usually efficient lunchbox delivery system (the woman’s daily lunch was initially supposed to be sent to her husband but instead went to the accountaint), and they gradually bond by sharing their respective dreams and troubles.

The picture is directed by first time filmmaker Ritesh Batra, and the storyline is adied by excellent performances by the leads and photography work from talented cinematographer Michael Simmonds (he lensed the overlooked 2012 drama At Any Price).

Fans of Life of Pi should remember Irrfan Khan, and hopefully the film will continue the acting momentum of the magnetic Nimrat Kaur, who gives a heartfelt performance as the housewife whose heart is always in the right place.

Special features on the Blu-ray include an audio commentary from Batra, who breaks down all technical challenges (and subsequent triumphs) he encountered during the making of the movie. To check out our in-depth Blu-ray review of The Lunchbox, check out the post on our sister site Deepest Dream.

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The Kids Are Alright With Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Famous Foul Mouth

152Culinary mogul Chef GORDON RAMSAY is almost as famous for his notorious temper and occasional foul mouth as he is for his twenty-some restaurants and roster of popular TV shows.
But the GORDON RAMSAY we see on HELL’S KITCHEN and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES is not necessarily the same man in his everyday life.

A father of four kids as well as the patient host of the runaway hit MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, RAMSAY is apparently a pro at masking his ‘bad boy’ persona when around the wee ones.

During our recent interview, RAMSAY was asked how his own kids respond to the occasional outburst and he was quick to explain that the kids are alright.

MASTERCHEF airs tonight on Fox
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR returns to Fox later this year

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With ‘Murder In The First’ Steven Bochco Is Back On The Beat Where He Belongs

151Currently airing on TNT, MURDER IN THE FIRST is a police procedural that follows the course of one case over a seasonal 10-episode arc. Taking the leads are TAYE DIGGS and KATHLEEN ROBERTSON as a pair of San Francisco homicide detectives doing their best to balance their own personal baggage with solving a pair of murders that seemingly have nothing to do with each other but ultimately cross paths. Co-created by crime drama godfather STEVEN BOCHCO and newcomer ERIC LODAL, MURDER IN THE FIRST is classic ‘cop drama’ form and is reminiscent of such iconic shows as STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, NYPD BLUE, HILL STREET BLUES and, maybe even, DRAGNET. But the show it most brings to mind is BOCHCO’S own MURDER ONE, a police procedural that debuted 20 years ago and concentrated on solving one case over the course of a 22-episode season. Thought to be ahead of its time, the series lasted just two seasons.

At a recent press conference to introduce the new show BOCHCO addressed references to his earlier program. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
MURDER IN THE FIRST airs Monday nights on TNT.

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Legendary Funnymen Were Craig Ferguson’s Role Models

150Craig Ferguson, the host of the CBS late night talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, can also be heard as one of the voices in the hit family animated film How To Train Your Train Dragon 2. Ferguson is one of the funniest people working in television and film today.

Aside from being a successful talk show host, Ferguson has also had major success as a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. Not many have the comedic abilities that Ferguson has. We spoke to Ferguson and asked him which funnymen he has looked up to.

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