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“DOPE” (REVIEW & TRAILER)

June 18th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Dope is “dope”; a fast moving comedy crime drama that takes you into the hood of LA and treats you to a story of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The nicely directed characters, equally good acting and satisfactory camera work combines indie magic with an exciting script. The movie won the audience award at Sundance and will delight moviegoers across the US. Other than a few flaws in production value you wouldn’t know the movie was made with a low budget. Read more…

Love & Mercy (Film Review by Alyn Darnay)

June 4th, 2015 No comments

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Review by Alyn Darnay
Directed by: Bill Pohlad
Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

“God only knows what I’d be without you” is a very familiar lyric. It’s from a song on The Beach Boys 1966 “Pet Sounds” Album. It’s a seminal tune from the unfettered genius of the group’s leader and songwriter Brian Wilson, arguably one of the most important figures in American popular music. This extraordinary Biopic paints an unconventional portrait of Wilson as the mercurial singer/songwriter he is, whose abilities came at astonishing high personal cost. Whither you’re a Beach Boys fan, or just know the music, or you’re discovering it here for the first time, you’ll find this intimate examination of Wilson’s life and creative process truly fascinating in Love & Mercy.

Here’s The Storyline:

Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in LOVE & MERCY

Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in LOVE & MERCY

The film is about two distinct time periods in Brian Wilson’s life, both being told simultaneously, the 1960’s and the 1980’s respectively; major turning points for him. In the 60s, young musical savant Wilson (Dano) is riding the crest of extraordinary success after hitting big with a series of hit records when he’s struck by a panic attack. As the attacks increase and his grip on reality slowly unravels he stops touring with the band and dedicates his life to creating the ‘best album ever made’, “Pet Sounds”. At the same time in the 80’s, middle-aged Wilson (Cusack) is a broken, bewildered, and befuddled man under the psychological, pharmacological and legal control of shady therapist, Dr. Eugene Landy (Giamatti). When a chance meeting with Cadillac saleswoman Melinda Ledbetter (Banks) sets his restoration and rebirth on a collision course with reality, a fight to save his life begins.

John Cusack as Brian Wilson and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda

John Cusack as Brian Wilson and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda

Love and Mercy is engaging on many levels, and they all work wonderfully. I particularly loved the vision of Paul Dano’s interaction with the ‘clueless’ studio musicians as he struggled to get his ideas on tape, and I can’t say enough about John Cusack’s sterling performance either (probably his best ever) as a shattered shell of a human being, it’s a must see. Then there’s director Bill Pohlad’s unique ability to move seamlessly back and forth between two realities, it’s so vivid and interesting you can’t help but get involved in the story. Additionally, there’s the beautiful Elizabeth Banks’ Melinda (Brian’s second wife), she plays her so well, and she’s such a sweetheart that all you want to do is hug her.

This is deeply satisfying pop biopic, rife with everything a film about a musician can hold. Even the music is superb; it’ll keep you tapping your foot as it moves from familiar tune to familiar tune. And as if all that isn’t enough, after all is said and done and finished, up pops the real Brian Wilson like the icing on a sweet cake singing his heart out at the piano. What more could you want from a film?!!

The real Brian Wilson surrounded by the cast of Love & Mercy

The real Brian Wilson surrounded by the cast of Love & Mercy

So, my take, “God only knows what American pop music would have been without Brian Wilson” I recommend you see this film, its release is small so you’ll have to look for it, but it’s well worth the search.

Rating: 4-1/2 Stars (out of 5) “Love & Mercy” is Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, drug content and language) Running Time: 2 Hrs

Music Highlights

April 21st, 2015 No comments

“Anything Goes” National tour coming to Broward Center for The Performing Arts

April 21st, 2015 No comments

Mychal Phillips as Erma and Ensemble in the National Tour of ANYTHING GOES. Photo Credit Jeremy Daniel2011 TONY AWARD® FOR BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
NATIONAL TOUR TO MAKE ITS FORT LAUDERDALE PREMIERE AT THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
MAY 5 – 17, 2015
Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 17, 2015. The national tour of ANYTHING GOES, the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece, will make its Fort Lauderdale premiere Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a limited two week run.
Tickets are available at the Box Office at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, visit www.browardcenter.org or call 954-462-0222. ANYTHING GOES will play at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts May 5 through May 17, 2015. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 954-660-6307.

The Broadway in Fort Lauderdale 2014-2015 subscription season is made possible with the

generous support of Bank of America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association in association with The Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Emma Stratton will star as Reno Sweeney with Brian Krinsky as Billy Crocker. The principal cast also includes Tracy Bidleman as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Stephen Mark as John, Rachelle Rose Clark as Hope Harcourt, Michael R. Douglass as Elisha Whitney, Roy Flores as Luke, Kenny Francoeur as Purser, Richard Lindenfelzer as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Drew Martin as Captain, Mychal Phillips as Erma, and Dennis Setteducati as Moonface Martin.
The ensemble includes Willie Dee, Patrick Heffernan, Jamie Mills, Kaylee Olson, Gabriella Perez, Lexie Plath, Michael Santora, Bryan Seastrom, Katie Wilson Stewart, Annie Wallace, Boe Wank, and Bradley Allan Zarr.
Winner of the 2011 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical, ANYTHING GOES sails to The Broward Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Sean McKnight and Jennifer Savelli. McKnight and Savelli will recreate the original direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall, who won the 2011 Tony Award® for Best Choreography. Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s production, The New York Times calls it “a zesty new revival with knockout numbers and white-hot dancing” while the AP exclaims that it’s, “so delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely!”

Filled with such all time-show stopping hits as “Blow Gabriel Blow,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You”, and, of course, the title song, ANYTHING GOES features music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. The creative team includes music direction by Robbie Cowan with additional orchestrations by Bill Elliot, original scenic design by Derek McLane coordinated by James Kronzer, original costumes by Martin Pakledinaz coordinated by Jimm Halliday, lighting design by Anthony Pearson and sound design by David Bullard.
ANYTHING GOES, the 1934 musical comedy about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise is “a daffy, shipshape romp!” – Variety. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.
ANYTHING GOES is produced by NETworks Presentations.
For more information, visit www.anythinggoesthemusical.com
The performance schedule for ANYTHING GOES at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is:
Tuesday, May 5 at 8pm Wednesday, May 6 at 8pm Thursday, May 7 at 8pm Friday, May 8 at 8pm Saturday, May 9 at 2pm Saturday, May 9 at 8pm Sunday, May 10 at 1pm Sunday, May 10 at 6:30pm
Tuesday, May 12 at 8pm Wednesday, May 13 at 2pm Wednesday, May 14 at 8pm Thursday, May 15 at 8pm Friday, May 16 at 8pm Saturday, May 17 at 2pm Saturday, May 17 at 8pm Sunday, May 18 at 1pm
ANYTHING GOES
May 5 – 17, 2015
All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing into Fort Lauderdale. Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s production, The New York Times hails it a “musical-comedy joy” and USA Today calls it “glorious and exuberant!”
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “so delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely!”
Tickets start at $34.75*
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312
For tickets visit www.browardcenter.org; by phone 954-462-0222Emma Stratton as Reno Sweeney and the company of ANYTHING GOES. Photo Credit Jeremy Daniel

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Arrives Onto Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray 3D and DVD this April

April 8th, 2015 No comments

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” arrives onto Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack (Steelbook), 2-Disc Blu-Ray (Steelbook), 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, and 1-Disc DVD this April from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Arrives Onto Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray 3D and DVD this April

Review: 'Singles': EW review

April 2nd, 2015 No comments

In honor of Record Store Day, Cameron Croweâs lo-fi 1992 touchstone Singles gets a Blu-ray upgrade with lots of extras. Letâs not talk about Tinder

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Review: 'Singles': EW review

Why Liam Neeson's dadsploitation films shut out women

April 1st, 2015 No comments

Taken created a genre of action films starring older male protagonists. Why are they all men? Because in movies, women still aren’t allowed to take vengeance on behalf of others – they have to be victimised first At this point, the thing that Pierre Morel, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen created with Taken , and what Liam Neeson gave his shovel-shaped Gaelic face to, has become its own genre …

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Blu-ray reviews: The Sound of Music, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, My Girl and Top Five

March 18th, 2015 No comments

A pair of radically different comedies, a slightly obscure coming-of-age film and a legendary musical are my top picks in Blu-ray home entertainment this week. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Rated PG, $29.98) — Ben Stiller's dopey night watchman Larry Daley concluded …

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Blu-ray reviews: The Sound of Music, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, My Girl and Top Five

Watch Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour DVD Teaser

March 17th, 2015 No comments

Miley Cyrus will release a DVD of her international Bangerz Tour next Tuesday and has now released a teaser video to ramp up fans' excitement. …

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Movies opening this week: March 15

March 15th, 2015 No comments

What movies are opening this week.

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Movies opening this week: March 15