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Andrea Bocelli: Cinema premieres Friday, November 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS If you need a boost after Black Friday shopping — or are just a fan of the sounds of the cinema — the PBS arts series Great Performances invites you to celebrate some of filmdom’s best-loved songs with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in a soaring special filmed Sept. 18 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Andrea Bocelli: Cinema reunites Bocelli with legendary music producer David Foster, who arranged the concert, and features actors John Travolta, Ryan O’Neal, Ali MacGraw, and Andy Garcia joining Bocelli onstage to speak about the films from which the songs are culled. Bocelli will … Continue reading
This holiday week, Hallmark Channel offers up a healthy serving of original holiday films. The network will premiere five festive flicks over five consecutive nights in what will hopefully become a Thanksgiving TV tradition. Each of the holiday-themed romantic comedies begins at 8pm ET/PT and is part of the network’s Countdown to Christmas Thanksgiving Week. Actress Candace Cameron Bure not only stars in Saturday’s A Christmas Detour, but she also serves as the five-night event’s emcee. “I kind of pop in, in between the breaks, to check in on the viewers, and I’m setting up each movie,” she says. “I’m hoping … Continue reading
On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 23-29 American Ultra Mike seems to be an ordinary guy who enjoys indulging in the “high life,” but there is more to him than meets the eye. When the government who trained him targets him, it becomes apparent that the combination of being high and the training he’s received make him extremely hard to handle. Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace (R, 1:36) 11/24 No Escape American businessman Jack Dwyer moves his family to Southeast Asia, where they quickly find themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising. As they frantically seek a … Continue reading
Legendary actress Maureen O’Hara passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 95. To remember her illustrious film career, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember O’Hara on Nov. 20 with a 24-hour film tribute featuring many of her most memorable roles. TCM Remembers Maureen O’Hara — Friday, Nov. 20 (All Times Eastern) 6am: Jamaica Inn (1939) – A young woman on the British coast stumbles onto a ring of bloodthirsty scavengers. 7:45am: The Deadly Companions (1961) – To make amends for killing a man, a Civil War veteran accompanies his corpse through dangerous territory. 9:30am: Spencer’s Mountain (1963) – A … Continue reading
When former WCW and WWE superstar Bill Goldberg read the script for “Check Point,” he knew it was something he wanted to be a part of. The movie set for release Memorial Day 2016 surrounds a vagrant who discovers a sleeper terrorist cell in a small town. A team of unlikely heroes go into action to fight the enemy within their own country. Along with Goldberg as T.J., the eclectic cast also includes Kenny Johnson (“Bates Motel,” Sons of Anarchy”), William Forsythe, (“The Rock,” “Raising Arizona”) Michelle Lee (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Pacific Rim”) and more. Like … Continue reading
On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 16-22 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – American agent Napoleon Solo and Russian agent Illya Kuryakin will need to work together to try to stop a nuclear bomb from falling into the wrong hands. Could this team be the start of a new elite government agency? Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander (PG-13, 1:56) 11/17 Meru – In this documentary, three renowned climbers navigate nature’s harshest elements and their own complicated inner demons to ascend Mount Meru, the most technically complicated peak in the Himalayas. Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker (R, 1:30) 11/17 We Are Your Friends … Continue reading
In Trainwreck, Amy Schumer, (who wrote the screenplay for the film) plays a young, commitment-phobic career woman who finally meets a “nice guy” — one who challenges her long-held beliefs about the impossibility of monogamy. While listening to The Howard Stern Show during his commute one day, Judd Apatow found himself intrigued by young stand-up comedian Amy Schumer, whose hit Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer premiered in 2013. The longer that he listened, the more Apatow was fascinated by her dark humor. Eventually, Apatow reached out to Schumer and suggested that they meet. “I couldn’t sleep the night before,” … Continue reading
In Self/less, director Tarsem Singh explores the consequences of taking one life so that someone else can live forever. Billionaire businessman Damian Hale (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) is a powerful force — a corporate genius who runs things from his NYC seat of power. When he receives a terminal cancer diagnosis, Hale is determined to access a radical medical procedure, “shedding,” that will give him the chance to beat his destiny. The twist? His consciousness will be transplanted into the body of another person (played by Ryan Reynolds), in theory, an artificially grown human designed for this purpose. The … Continue reading
On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 9-15 Mr. Holmes (pictured below) Sherlock Holmes is a legend, but as with any legend there have been embellishments on some of his mannerisms. This story has Holmes trying to correct some of those points while revisiting a case he never solved. Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker (PG, 1:44) 11/10 Self/Less One wealthy man seems to have found a way to transcend the cancer that is taking his life. He undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of another. Where did that body come from and what other … Continue reading
On Demand DVD New Releases: Nov. 2-8 Inside Out (pictured below) Go inside 11-year-old Riley head and experience what she does. After a big move to San Francisco, some of Riley’s memories begin to fade. The characters representing familiar feelings (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear) that manage the memories need to help her return to her joyful and happy self. Voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black (PG, 1:34) 11/3 Vacation Like a chip off the old block of his father, Rusty Griswold decides to take his family across the country for a visit to the infamous Walley … Continue reading