Dexter Fletcher – Director Taps into Elton John’s Life to Make Rocketman a Real-Life Musical Fantasy and Garner the Master Musician An Oscar Nom
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Dexter Fletcher – Director Taps into Elton John’s Life to Make Rocketman a Real-Life Musical Fantasy and Garner the Master Musician An Oscar Nom

by Brad Balfour Thanks to director Dexter Fletcher, Elton John’s successes and travails are transformed into the mega-pop star’s redemption song through the film Rocketman. Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25th, 1947, Elton went from being a shy child prodigy to outrageous stardom and survived. This English singer / songwriter / pianist / composer … Continue reading

Andrew Bowler – If He Could Turn Back Time
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Andrew Bowler – If He Could Turn Back Time

Andrew Bowler If He Could Turn Back Time by Jay S. Jacobs Andrew Bowler has spent most of the last decade thinking about time machines, and he’s not so sure they would be a good thing. The writer/director first started writing about them in about 2010, which led to the 2012 short “Time Freak,” which … Continue reading

Steve Emerson – Ain’t No Strings on Him
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Steve Emerson – Ain’t No Strings on Him

Steve Emerson Ain’t No Strings on Him by Jay S. Jacobs Kubo and the Two Strings is the first animated film to be nominated for Best Visual Effects since The Nightmare Before Christmas back in 1993.  However, Steve Emerson and his team at LAIKA never believed in taking the easy way out. Emerson actually started … Continue reading

Viggo Mortensen – Acclaimed Actor Gets Oscar Nom Leading Captain Fantastic
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Viggo Mortensen – Acclaimed Actor Gets Oscar Nom Leading Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen Acclaimed Actor Gets Oscar Nom Leading Captain Fantastic by Brad Balfour If anyone could relate to the character of Ben Cash – the focus of filmmaker Matt Ross’s feature Captain Fantastic – it’s Viggo Mortensen. The New York-born actor isn’t far removed, practically and philosophically, from his lead character’s situation as a bohemian … Continue reading

Rosamund Pike – United She Stands
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Rosamund Pike – United She Stands

Rosamund Pike United She Stands by Jay S. Jacobs It’s Sunday afternoon at the Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York. Actress Rosamund Pike has come down with a terrible cold. She has developed a case of laryngitis, her voice a hoarse croak, while on the road for a publicity tour for her film … Continue reading

Raoul Peck – Oscar Nominated Director’s I’m Not Your Negro Shows That Writer James Baldwin Wasn’t
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Raoul Peck – Oscar Nominated Director’s I’m Not Your Negro Shows That Writer James Baldwin Wasn’t

Raoul Peck Oscar Nominated Director’s I’m Not Your Negro Shows That Writer James Baldwin Wasn’t by Brad Balfour Director Raoul Peck is not your typical filmmaker. Even though he has established a solid set of credits such as making the 2000 documentary Lumumba or his fictional 2005 narrative, Sometimes in April, the Port-au-Prince, Haiti, born … Continue reading

Damián Szifrón – Argentine Director Unleashes Wild Tales, Gets Oscar Nom
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Damián Szifrón – Argentine Director Unleashes Wild Tales, Gets Oscar Nom

Damián Szifrón Argentine Director Unleashes Wild Tales, Gets Oscar Nom by Brad Balfour Opening this Oscar weekend, Argentina’s Best Foreign Language Feature nominee Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes), lined up with breaking news of the homeland. Boy has Argentina been in the spotlight lately. Ever a media subject, Pope Francis – the former archbishop of Buenos … Continue reading

Ava DuVernay – Returns the Struggle for Civil Rights to Selma
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Ava DuVernay – Returns the Struggle for Civil Rights to Selma

Ava DuVernay – Returns the Struggle for Civil Rights to Selma by Brad Balfour On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day, the film Selma is further in the spotlight because both director Ava DuVernay and lead actor David Oyelowo were not nominated for best director and actor Oscars respectively. Though the film was nominated … Continue reading

Still Alice (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Still Alice (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

STILL ALICE (2015) Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, Victoria Cartagena, Erin Drake, Shane McRae, Stephen Kunken, Seth Gilliam, Erin Darke, Daniel Gerroll, Orlagh Cassidy, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Maxine Prescott, Rosa Arredondo, Caleb Freundlich and Charlotte Robson. Screenplay by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash … Continue reading

Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Genova & Wash Westmoreland Stare Down a Debilitating Disease with Still Alice
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Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Genova & Wash Westmoreland Stare Down a Debilitating Disease with Still Alice

Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Genova & Wash Westmoreland Stare Down a Debilitating Disease with Still Alice by Jay S. Jacobs It is pretty much agreed that Julianne Moore is one of a handful of the finest actresses working in film. Therefore it is even more shocking that she has never won an … Continue reading