Today is Mon December 22, 2014
17 Dec. 2014

Chaz Ebert on “Life Itself” and matters of love


Roger Ebert was one of my private heroes—he, through his work, made me believe I could pursue my love of films and entertainment.  I never got to meet him but, it was as if I did, even when catching glimpses from afar. When he passed away (April 2013), I felt as if a longtime friend […]

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15 Dec. 2014

SELMA’s Oyelowo inspired by King’s legacy


On the eve of a scheduled telephone interview with David Oyelowo (pronounced Oh-yellow-oh), star of SELMA–the acclaimed Ava Duvernay directed feature film—I pondered what could be made of the few precious minutes we would have to talk about his quintessential portrayal of the revered Civil Rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King JR, slain for confronting […]

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13 Dec. 2014

WFCC announces 2014 winners in film!


The Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2014 The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of sixty-five women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. We came together in 2004 to form the first women critics organization in the United States, […]

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12 Dec. 2014

KINKY BOOTS, high stepping til Dec. 28 SF’s Orpheum Theatre


My first introduction to KINKY BOOTS–the acclaimed musical production–was via the 2005 film starring Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), who delivered a most memorable portrayal as Lola. KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical, winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, an inspirational story that follows a struggling shoe factory owner […]

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12 Dec. 2014

79 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2014 OSCAR®


The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title: “It’s On Again” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Opportunity” from “Annie,” “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” “Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes,” “Immortals” from “Big […]

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12 Dec. 2014

Let the games begin!


323 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2014 BEST PICTURE OSCAR® Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, eligibility based on feature films that open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum […]

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12 Dec. 2014

Gospel great Smokie Norful featured on MOTOWN CHRISTMAS


MOTOWN CHRISTMAS IS #1 GOSPEL ALBUM  THIS WEEK!  First Release of Holiday Music from the Motown Brand in Over 40 Years! Motown Christmas, is a collaborative release from Motown Gospel and Motown Records, featuring soulful, inspired interpretations of seasonal classics. To date, Motown Christmas is the top-selling album on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, with more […]

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11 Dec. 2014

INHERENT VICE takes nostalgia to a new high


When I settled into a cozy seat for the screening of INHERENT VICE, it wasn’t obvious what would be presented on film–a mash up of TV crime detective dramas from the 60s and 70s.  Even further, the in-your-face reality of what life was like back then, particularly, how we looked—the attire, ridiculous!  Equal parts nostalgia […]

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11 Dec. 2014

SELMA’s drum beat


(L to R) Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo and Andre Holland in scene from SELMA, directed by Ava Duvernay The Christmas Day release of the anticipated Civil Rights Movement film, SELMA, directed by Ava Duvernay and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey is marching vigorously into the coveted awards season racking up Golden Globe nominations in several categories: ·         […]

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11 Dec. 2014

Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE: three things I like


The Cast: Chris Rock is a veteran performer when it comes to stand up comedy; his feature film cachet is improving, helped by this latest movie outing, TOP FIVE.  The surprise treat is the assorted cast he chose; to the degree that Rock made any of the casting decisions, Victoria Thomas (Ride Along, 42, Django […]

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