Tony Bennett @ 90: A (Still) Golden Oldie

NUP_173865_0002.jpgAt the age of 90, legendary singer Tony Bennett continues to perform all over the world. Tuesday night some of the biggest celebrities celebrate the beloved crooner’s birthday with the NBC special Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come.

Bennett still has a great voice and stage presence and still is one of the most engaging musicians that the music world has ever seen. Bennett told us he is pleasantly surprised that at the golden age of 90 he still is performing and enjoying it.

Don’t miss Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come Tuesday night 9/8c on NBC

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Peter Berg Talks Family Experience Behind ‘Patriots Day’

PD_11488_R_CMark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg’s passion for non-fiction narratives is on display with Patriots Day. Centering on the Boston Marathon bombings and the capture of the two men responsible for the tragedy, the picture also gives an insightful look at the resilience and strength of the Boston denizens.

With Lone Survivor, Deep Horizon, and Patriots Day, Berg and Wahlberg have been determined to honor the families whose lives are portrayed in these projects.

“This is the third film we’ve done where people have died and we’ve had a lot of meetings with family members of people who’ve lost their children,” said Berg. “Women who’ve lost their husbands, children who’ve lost their parents. This is obviously a very intense experience and it inspires us to have these meetings and tell these stories. We also are very sensitive to not crossing lines and making sure, at the end of the day, when we show the film, because we’ve shown the film to all these family members, that when the lights come up, there might be tears but there’s also hugs and the acknowledgement that we did what we said we were going to do. And that they’re happy that the film was made.”

Click on the media bar to hear why three of the people who died in the Boston Marathon were not portrayed in the film (they were honored, however in the end credits)

Patriots Day, co-starring Michelle Monaghan and J.K. Simmons, opens in select cities December 21.

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DVD Spotlight: ‘Little Men’ Is A Brooklyn Tale With Bite


Director Ira Sachs, whose subtle storytelling and visual acumen was on display with 2014’s Love Is Strange, once again tells a New York tale with Little Men. The picture, blessed with nuanced performances from a talented ensemble, is now out on DVD via Magnolia Home Entertainment.

The plot centers on Jake (Theo Taplitz), an introverted 13-year-old whose family (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle are his parents) move from Manhattan and into his late grandfather’s Brooklyn residence.

Jake strikes up a friendship with Tony (Michael Barbieri), a gregarious and charismatic teen who has designs on acting (Jake is a budding artist). Their friendship takes a different turn after Tony’s Chilean mom Leonor (Paulina Garcia) battles over rent issues with Jake’s dad. Leonor claims that she had a special deal with the grandfather. Jake’s dad, who’s a struggling actor, wants the extra revenue even if it may cost his son a good friend.

The wonder behind Sachs’ work lies in his ability to craft poetry and, more importantly, a lived-in truth behind his characters’ respective journeys. Though well versed in cinematic technique, Sachs isn’t a flashy artist who shoots his scenes for a purely visceral effect. Moviegoers craving for a bit of intimate and well crafted storytelling should definitely gives this title a shot.

During our interview with Sachs, the filmmaker talked about the precision and balance that came along with shaping the universe of Little Men.

Bonus features on the disc include the featurette “The Making of Little Men” Casting sessions with Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz (both actors are excellent in the film), and the theatrical trailer.

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To Benedict Cumberbatch, ‘Sherlock’s’ Quality Isn’t Sheer Luck

Benedict CumberbatchOne of the best shows on television is returning. Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, begins its fourth season January 1 on PBS. The series continues its high quality of suspense and humor, as the adventures of the beloved classic literary detective continue.

Not many can pull off the reinvention of a beloved character like the series currently does. Although Cumberbatch’s plate seems to always be full, he still loves returning to Sherlock. Cumberbatch still maintains he still gets excited reading the scripts and goes on to say how great it is to see the show evolve. (Click on the media bar below to hear Benedict Cumberbatch)

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Jimmy Kimmel Gives His ‘Big Fan’ A Spin

143316_3228-900x600Do you ever think you know as much about your favorite celebrity than the star knows about themselves? If you do, then you will enjoy the new ABC game show Big Fan. In the show, contestants compete against a celebrity and answer trivia and biographical questions about the star.

Jimmy Kimmel, who produces the series, explains where the idea for the show got started which was on his late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. He goes on to say how the segment evolved into the a game show.

Big Fan premieres January 9 on ABC.

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