AMERICAN MOST WANTED TIP ON MURDERED PUBLICIST HELPED COPS

John Walsh courtesy dbking (CC 2.0)

John Walsh courtesy dbking (CC 2.0)


John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted believes that a viewer’s tip led Beverly Hills detectives to a man they referred to as a person of interest connected to a sensational Hollywood murder.

Famed publicist Ronni Chasen was shot in her car as she returned home from a screening midnight, Nov. 16.

Last Saturday AMW ran a segment on Chasen.  This Wednesday cops served the suspect a search warrant but the man killed himself with a handgun.

Walsh later told the Los Angeles Times, “I believe they responded to a tip that we had passed on…BHPD reached out to us. We have been working closely with Beverly Hills (detectives).”

Neither Walsh nor Beverly Hills police are saying anything else.

“I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS” – LET GO OF THE OSCAR DREAM PLEASE, JIM CARREY

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I usually enjoy Jim Carrey, especially when he stars in slapstick comedies like The Mask, Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber. The Jim Carrey that is desperately looking for some sort of legitimacy as a dramatic actor does nothing for me – and I Love You Phillip Morris is an example Carrey screaming hard for serious attention.

The plot follows Steven Russell (Carrey), a cop who leaves his religious wife Debbie (Leslie Mann) to pursue his true calling as a gay conman. He gets sent to prison where he meets the love of his life, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor).

After Steven is sprung from the slammer, he works on – and succeeds – in getting his new partner, Phillip, released. Once they take up residence together, Steven turns back to his criminal ways to afford the affluent lifestyle to which he’s become accustomed. The fun is supposed to begin as Steven gets tossed back into the cooler and escapes repeatedly.

Problem is, I Love You Phillip Morris, is one big failure as it struggles to find its tone. Is it a comedy, black comedy, dramady or drama? The film never quite decides what it wants to be and as a result the characters become caricatures rather than well-rounded personalities.

The studio must have high hopes for this flick because I Love You Phillip Morris is being released in six theaters as a qualifying run for award season. Unless the entire voting Academy somehow lose their minds, this mess of a movie will probably instead drop off the roster of notable films under consideration for recognition.

Review Posted by Mari Cartel

NATALIE PORTMAN DIGS DEEP IN “BLACK SWAN” – STRIKES GOLD

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It’s not like Natalie Portman hasn’t had her share of impressive parts right from the start of her career in films like The Professional all the way up to her Oscar-nominated role in Closer. But, in Black Swan, the actress firmly establishes herself as an Academy Award caliber movie star.

In Black Swan, Portman stars as Nina Sayers, a ballerina who has finally gotten the role of her life, as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake. However, Nina appears to lack the gravity necessary for the Black Swan, which is a major component of the part. And it is her struggle to find that sultrier place within herself that seems to be driving her over the edge of sanity.

And it’s that balance between vulnerable Nina, the Swan Queen and the volatile Black Swan that makes Portman’s performance so stunning. The actress so wrenches sympathy without high-melodrama or false emotions that when her mind begins to warp, audiences want desperately to help snap her back to reality.

It will come as a surprise to no one when Portman gets recognition from the Academy for her work. After all, the buzz has already taken off and Portman’s performance will be hard to ignore coming voting time.

Black Swan is also arguably Director Darren Aronofsky’s best work. Unlike his previous pics, Pi and The Fountain, which were often confusing and painfully paced, Black Swan has a strong storyline with a forward movement.

Right now, Black Swan is only debuting in 18 theaters, but considering word of mouth has already increased that number from the two venues that were originally planned for the pic, it’s a good bet it’ll gain more theaters fairly quickly.

Review Posted by Mari Cartel

IN THEATERS – DECEMBER 3RD, 2010

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The Warrior’s Way follows the adventures of the world’s greatest swordsman who is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission. This is another visually stunning martial arts flick that delivers eye-popping stunts. The movie stars a number of notable actors including Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth and Danny Huston in what is a story of both vengeance and salvation.



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A funeral parlor employee and friends attempts to unravel a 10-year-old mystery that fractured their lives at the time in Dead Awake. As they dig deep into the facts they find themselves looking for the truth between the dead and living. The pic stars Nick Stahl, Rose McGowan and Amy Smart.

IN THEATERS – NOVEMBER 24TH, 2010

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Burlesque stars Christina Aguilera as Ali, a small town girl with a big voice, who heads to Los Angeles and finds a home as a waitress in a modern day burlesque club run by Tess (Cher) a flamboyant former a dancer. Ali’s dream is to perform in the club and with the help of a dancer (Julianne Hough), the stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and the host (Alan Cumming) she works her way up to the stage. Think Showgirls with a way better cast.


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Dwayne the Rock Johnson plays an ex-con who, after 10 years in the cooler, sets out to avenge his brother’s death (who was doubled crossed in the heist that got him tossed in prison) in the movie Faster. However, a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) and a hit man (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) are tracking him while he’s on his mission with his to-do list in hand.



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Anne Hathaway has come a long way since her Princess Diaries days and Love and Other Drugs is another example of how skilled an actress she is. Hathaway stars as Maggie Murdock, a free-spirited woman who isn’t looking to tie herself done. Enter Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), a pharmaceutical salesman, who charms the heck out of her. The pic is based on the popular memoir Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy.



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Tangled is a Disneyfied animated version of the classic fairytale Rapunzel (Mandy Moore). The story revolves around the longhaired teen who has been kept in a tower for her entire life. She falls for a commoner, a bandit named Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi), she teams up with him and heads into the outside world for the first time. The music is by Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin’s Oscar-winning composer, Alan Menken.

IN THEATERS – NOVEMBER 19TH, 2010

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I is the seventh installment in the Harry Potter franchise.

The adventure continues with Harry racing against time to destroy the Horcruxes that the mean and evil Voldemort has left behind. Problem is Harry has no idea where they are or how to obliterate them. His problems grow along the way when he discovers the existence of the three greatest powers in the world of wizardry…the Deathly Hallows.

Sure the kids are older, prettier and worldly…but that’s in perfect keeping with the spirit of the books. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint star.


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The Next Three Days stars Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks as John and Lara Brennan, a couple whose idyllic lives are turned inside out after Lara is accused of murder. She’s sent to prison and now three years later is becoming suicidal at the thought of never getting out of the slammer. So, her husband does what any decent man would – devises a plan to break her out…all for the woman he loves. Dumbest premise ever, with actors who have the ability to rise above the storyline.