Ken Watanabe – Cinematic Survivor
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Ken Watanabe – Cinematic Survivor

KEN WATANABE CINEMATIC SURVIVOR by Brad Balfour With Oscar-nominated Japanese actor Ken Watanabe playing General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima, director Clint Eastwood assured audiences that he employed a actor equal in stature to the commander who held the island of Iwo Jima for several weeks against overwhelming odds. The Battle of Iwo Jima … Continue reading

Edward Norton – Lifting the Veil
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Edward Norton – Lifting the Veil

Edward Norton Lifting the Veil by Jay S. Jacobs When you think of actor Edward Norton, chances are you think of gritty modern urban dramas – like Fight Club, American History X, The 25th Hour, The Italian Job, The People vs. Larry Flynt or Primal Fear.  The always interesting actor has been looking backwards in 2006, though, doing two straight … Continue reading

Factotum (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Factotum (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

FACTOTUM (2006) Starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Dider Flamand, Fisher Stevens, Adrienne Shelley, Karen Young, Tom Lyons, Dean Brewington, James Cada, James Michael Detmar, Kurt Schweikhardt, James Noah, Michael Egan, Terry Hampleman, Emily ‘Sophia Simone’ Hynnek, Tony Papenfuss, Lana Schwab and Sally Wingert. Screenplay by Bent Hamer and Jim Stark. Directed by Bent … Continue reading

The Brady Bunch – The Complete Final Season (A PopEntertainment.com TV on DVD Review)
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The Brady Bunch – The Complete Final Season (A PopEntertainment.com TV on DVD Review)

The Brady Bunch The Complete Final Season 1973-1974 (Paramount Home Video-2006) In this, its final season, the kids of The Brady Bunch are trying their darndest to keep it perky, but are as weary as the tired plots that sputter out as the series crawls to a close. However, don’t stick a fork in it yet – the … Continue reading

John Stamos – New Kid in ER
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John Stamos – New Kid in ER

John Stamos – New Kid in ER by Deborah Wagner Originally posted on December 10, 2006. For John Stamos, a two-episode gig on ER last season has turned into somewhat of a re-birth for his career.  Now a full time cast member, Stamos has breathed some new life and enthusiasm into the award-winning hospital drama; … Continue reading

Wilmer Valderrama – Unaccompanied
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Wilmer Valderrama – Unaccompanied

WILMER VALDERRAMA UNACCOMPANIED by Brad Balfour Miami-born actor Wilmer Valderrama has come a long way since his days as Fez, the quirky foreign exchange student who was often the butt of jokes on the popular TV series That ‘70s Show. The 26-year-old jovial, handsome charmer – known for gallivanting around with some of Hollywood’s hardest-partying starlets … Continue reading

The Rise of Kal Penn
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The Rise of Kal Penn

THE RISE OF KAL PENN by Brad Balfour For Kal Penn, doing Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj – the spin-off of National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (which starred Ryan Reynolds) — keeps him employed and laughing. But this wasn’t what the real Kalpen Suresh Modi was doing when he started out acting. At first he played secondary characters … Continue reading