Actor Turned Director Diego Luna Celebrates Cesar Chavez
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Actor Turned Director Diego Luna Celebrates Cesar Chavez

Actor Turned Director Diego Luna Celebrates Cesar Chavez by Brad Balfour Born on December 29, 1979 in Mexico City, Diego Luna Alexander lost his mother in a car accident when he was only two. Therefore, Luna became immersed in his father’s passion for entertainment. His father was Mexico’s most acclaimed living theatre, cinema and opera … Continue reading

The Wait (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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The Wait (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

The Wait The Wait is both gorgeously filmed and acted and annoyingly artsy at the same time.  A very loose variation on Samuel Beckett’s classic play Waiting For Godot, the film mostly hovers around three adult children in differing stages of mourning four their mother, who dies of an unspecified-but-apparently-long-term illness as the film begins. Soon after … Continue reading

About Time (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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About Time (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

About Time About Time is literally about time: time travel, to be exact.  But more to the point it is about love and family and embracing all the moments that are special in life.  The time travel aspect, while certainly intriguing, is at service to the storyline, it is not the whole thing.  The ability … Continue reading

Liv Ullmann – The Legendary Swedish Actress Recalls Life with Ingmar Bergman in Film and in Person
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Liv Ullmann – The Legendary Swedish Actress Recalls Life with Ingmar Bergman in Film and in Person

Liv Ullmann The Legendary Swedish Actress Recalls Life with Ingmar Bergman in Film and in Person by Brad Balfour One of the many things a benchmark film festival like the New York Film Festival can do is anoint a new documentary with the stamp of importance just by inclusion in the fest. Such is the … Continue reading

Stefan Ruzowitzky and Karl Markovics – A Director and an Actor Make an Authentic Holocaust Film out of The Counterfeiters
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Stefan Ruzowitzky and Karl Markovics – A Director and an Actor Make an Authentic Holocaust Film out of The Counterfeiters

Stefan Ruzowitzky and Karl Markovics  A Director and an Actor Make an Authentic Holocaust Film out of The Counterfeiters by Brad Balfour Just when you think everything that happened during the Holocaust has been chronicled, another film appears based on a true story that offers another look at that horrible experience in a way which … Continue reading

Julian Schnabel – Continues to Dive Into Filmmaking with The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
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Julian Schnabel – Continues to Dive Into Filmmaking with The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Julian Schnabel Continues to Dive Into Filmmaking with The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Brad Balfour Director Julian Schnabel comes to filmmaking under odd circumstances. Long before he made his first film, he was a world-class fine artist – the self-proclaimed lion of the New York art world – whose paintings and other works … Continue reading

Rachael Lawrence Doesn’t Really Mind Entering Her 30s
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Rachael Lawrence Doesn’t Really Mind Entering Her 30s

Rachael Lawrence Doesn’t Really Mind Entering Her 30s by Jay S. Jacobs Fame can come from lots of different directions. Rachael Lawrence is determined to meet it head on. A California-born-and-bred multi-hyphenate; Lawrence has spent the last decade or so working as a singer, songwriter, actress, director and producer. She has even been a popular … Continue reading

Alexander Payne – Staying Straight While Making Sideways
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Alexander Payne – Staying Straight While Making Sideways

ALEXANDER PAYNE STAYING STRAIGHT WHILE MAKING SIDEWAYS by Brad Balfour With Sideways, Alexander Payne really proves he’s a true contender, not just the creator of smart, snarky idiosyncratic comedies but solid filmmaker who tackled humanity with aplomb. In this humorous on-the-road buddy flick, leads Paul Giamatti (failed writer Miles Raymond) and Thomas Haden Church (former hot actor Jack) grapple with Jack’s … Continue reading

Joshua Malina – Hail to the Chief
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Joshua Malina – Hail to the Chief

Joshua Malina Hail to the Chief by Jay S. Jacobs There are lots of ways that people go about trying to get their first big break in acting.  Some people kill themselves working a minimum wage job while floating from audition to audition.  Some try other arts, like music or modeling, as an entrance. Some people sit on a stool in … Continue reading