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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' is a Slow Burn to Something Spectacular (Hopefully)

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ is a Slow Burn to Something Spectacular (Hopefully)

I’m mad at The Hunger Games franchise the same reason why everyone else is mad at it. Why did they HAVE to split the final book in the teen dystopian extravaganza into two books? Yes, I know that they want to capitalize on its rabid fanbase and success, but splitting...
ICYMI: Watch Eddie Redmayne Talk About Meeting Stephen Hawking While Playing Him in 'The Theory of Everything'

ICYMI: Watch Eddie Redmayne Talk About Meeting Stephen Hawking While Playing Him in ‘The Theory of Everything’

My video interview adventures continue with Eddie Redmayne for his latest film, The Theory of Everything. He’s getting tons of Oscar buzz for his portrayal of smarty pants Stephen Hawking. I interviewed him for Paste Magazine and didn’t make too much of a fool of myself: Eddie Redmayne talks ‘The...
Netflix's 'Marco Polo' Avoids Yellowface, Creates Jobs For Asian American Actors

Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo’ Avoids Yellowface, Creates Jobs For Asian American Actors

I’m not going to give a snap judgment to the forthcoming Netflix original series Marco Polo, a show that follows the historical traveler’s adventures while he spent time in Kublai Khan’s neck of the woods in 13th century China. Seeing that this is Netflix’s first foray into fantastical original programming...
TV Moment of the Week: 'The Dudleys' on 'Saturday Night Live'

TV Moment of the Week: ‘The Dudleys’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Woody Harrelson‘s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live was probably one of the most entertaining of the season, but his participation in the ever-changing-because-of-what-people-are-saying-on-social-media faux CBS show The Dudleys was simply the best. The sketch is funny as much as it is true of the creation of a TV show...
'Beyond the Lights' is the Only Love Story of 2014 to Not Make Me Gag

‘Beyond the Lights’ is the Only Love Story of 2014 to Not Make Me Gag

On Wednesday night, I was faced with a dilemma: do I watch a screening of Beyond the Lights or Dumb and Dumber To. In one hand we have a movie by celebrated director Gina Prince-Bythewood, a director that can be classified alongside Robert Townsend, Spike Lee, and John Singleton as...
I'm Lovin' Me Some Anita Antoinette on 'The Voice'

I’m Lovin’ Me Some Anita Antoinette on ‘The Voice’

This season of The Voice is…how should I put this? A tad bit boring. It’s nice to have Gwen Stefani and Pharrell joining bro BFFs Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — more the “Happy” MC than the Harajuku white girl. When she took the stage and did an impromptu performance...
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New 'Insurgent' Trailer Has a Short-haired Shailene, a Burning Floating House, and One of the Judds

New ‘Insurgent’ Trailer Has a Short-haired Shailene, a Burning Floating House, and One of the Judds

The new trailer for Divergent: Insurgent trailer came out today and I have no idea what the hell is going on in it. I never read any of the Divergent books so maybe that’s why I’m totally confused. However, I did watch the first movie…but I’m still confused. Didn’t Tris’s (Shailene Woodley) mom (Ashley Judd)...
Movie Moment of the Week: Anne Hathaway in 'Rachel Getting Married'

Movie Moment of the Week: Anne Hathaway in ‘Rachel Getting Married’

I really want to like Anne Hathaway. I really do. But her recent performance in Interstellar didn’t really help. Every time I think it’s time for me to buy a ticket on the Anne Hate-thaway train, I try to think back to the times when I actually enjoyed her: Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada,...
Trailer of the Week: '21 Years: Richard Linklater'

Trailer of the Week: ’21 Years: Richard Linklater’

Fans of the indie/blockbuster/cult favorite filmmaker Richard Linklater can finally rejoice with this celebration of the trailblazing auteur in 21 Years: Richard Linklater co-directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood. From Dazed and Confused to A Scanner Darkly to School of Rock to his coming of age opus, Boyhood, the documentary takes us on a...
'Big Hero 6' Will Bring an Overwhelming Amount of Comic Book Joy Into Your Life

‘Big Hero 6′ Will Bring an Overwhelming Amount of Comic Book Joy Into Your Life

One thing I didn’t expect while watching Big Hero 6 was the big smile of child-like wonderment and the snorty adult laughs that I had during the movie. And when I was not doing either of those, I was slouching in my chair trying my best to hold back tears. The animated feature proves itself...
I Can't Talk About 'Interstellar' Without Sounding Like An Idiot

I Can’t Talk About ‘Interstellar’ Without Sounding Like An Idiot

During game four of the World Series, I was at my friend’s place enjoying the San Francisco Giants annihilate the Kansas City Royals. My friends had decided to take a shot of Jameson every time the Giants scored. They ended up scoring 11 runs to the Royals’ disappointing 4. Needless to say, my friends were...
Podcast of the Week: The Nerdist Podcast with Rose McGowan Episode 579

Podcast of the Week: The Nerdist Podcast with Rose McGowan Episode 579

Ever since I saw Scream I’ve been fascinated with Rose McGowan. From Jawbreaker to Charmed to Planet Terror to her days of walking the red carpet with Marilyn Manson in something that is close to a dress, there’s this mystique about her that tantalizes me. It lures me in and I just want to get...
'Nightcrawler': An Instructional Guide For Any Sociopath Wanting to Break Into Broadcast Journalism

‘Nightcrawler’: An Instructional Guide For Any Sociopath Wanting to Break Into Broadcast Journalism

What do you get when a sociopath pursues the American dream? You get Nightcrawler. I didn’t know exactly how to feel when I walked out of the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy. There’s a lot of things to think about. My knowledge of Nightcrawler didn’t go beyond what I was hearing through the grapevine about...
'Horns' Is Probably One of Those Movies That is Better As a Book That I Will Never Read

‘Horns’ Is Probably One of Those Movies That is Better As a Book That I Will Never Read

It is quite annoying when people say, “The book was so much better” when they walk out of a movie that was based on a novel. I have some qualms about that because 1.) The movie and book are two separate entities. Sure, they are linked by characters and plot, but the movie is more...
'Gilmore Girls' Has a Major Asian Problem

‘Gilmore Girls’ Has a Major Asian Problem

I’ve been binge watching Gilmore Girls in a controlled environment and I am surprised in how much I enjoy the show. At first I thought, “What the hell is the big deal about a show that follows a mother and a daughter?” That question is what has been holding me back for 14 years (it’s...
Marvel Announces a Lot of Stuff, Internet Freaks the F*ck Out

Marvel Announces a Lot of Stuff, Internet Freaks the F*ck Out

Jesus christ. Our Marvel homeboy Kevin Feige just announced a bunch of shit at their super mysterious press conference/announcement/fanboy-stravganza in L.A. That shit includes a bunch of release dates that they are just throwing around willy nilly: Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016), Guardians of the Galaxy II (May 5, 2017), Thor: Ragnarok (July 28, 2017),as...
Song of the Week: 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift Performed by Kelly Clarkson

Song of the Week: ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift Performed by Kelly Clarkson

I should be ashamed that I like “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, but I’m not. I am very open about loving that hook. Swifty certainly knows how to pen lyrics that infest your ears for days on end. But Kelly Clarkson is known for doing unofficial covers of songs at her live performances and...
Trailer of the Week: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Trailer of the Week: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

I wanted to be the last person on the internet to post the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron so here it is! And here are some reactions birthed from my Twitter feed: Avengers fans: I don't get it. Why make a whole movie out of it? Can't they just tell us how old Ultron...