FilmGordon Radio talks to Jenny Slate, star of the controversial new comedy Obvious Child. Slate has also appeared in Parks and Recreation and Bob‘s Burgers, as well as director Gillian Robespierre.
Of the movie, which focuses on abortion, they say that they “wanted to show a really funny, relatable leading lady on the big screen… we wanted somebody in a romantic comedy to be actually funny, empathetic, honest, to look and feel like yourself… it’s seeking authenticity in a character.”
David Worth, director of such movies as Kickboxer and Bloodsport, talks with Betty Jo Tucker about his new books Milestones in Cinema: 50 Visionary Films & Filmmakers and Zen & the Art of Independent Filmmaking: A Cautionary Tale.
Worth says that the books were inspired by “these were films and filmmakers that influenced me when I was growing up… thinking outside the box and doing things that were far outside the norm at the times they were working,” citing Citizen Kane, Intolerance, and Battleship Potemkin as touchstones that he would like to talk about to “the younger filmmakers.”
Move Geeks United talks about Michael Bay’s new Transformers: Age of Extinction. As the critics say, “never is the divide between critics and audiences more apparent than when a Transformers movie comes out. This is definitely the worst-reviewed movie of the year and also the highest-grossing.”
They admit that Bay “knows how to assemble striking images” but criticize him for being “a salesman” who sacrifices emotion and humanity in favor of advertisement and product placement. There are also some more direct indictments: “How do you have all that [budget] at your disposal,” they ask, “and make something this boring?”
Eddie Huang talks to emcee Jin, who made his name on BET’s 106 & Park participating in Freestyle Fridays, wherein he won seven consecutive freestyle rap battles. Huang was a fan of the show in college.
Jin, although he’s been divorced from freestyle battling for a while, saying that he’s “still in tune in terms of following the sport.” He talks about 106 & Park and how important it was to battling, saying that, when he was active, “it was a completely different culture… everyone who was into that culture was like, yo, we gotta watch that.”
Betty Jo Tucker talks about famous female comedians, including Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, and Gilda Radner.
Of Tina Fey, she commends “her ability as a performer” and says that “she also is a great writer… the first female head writer for Saturday Night Live.” They go on to call her “self-deprecating” and claim that “she doesn’t seem to know how much of a comedy genius she is,” which they concede adds to her “charm.”
RU Instant Reaction Review reviews Divergent, the new movie based on Veronica Roth’s series of young adult dystopian sci-fi novels.
The critics describe the film as “one of those vehicles that is clearly built for an audience that has read the book,” as well as wanting to “obviously wanting to fill the niche that The Hunger Games… and these other dystopian teen films do.” They were”confused by a few things, not having known the source materials,” but found it overall “kind of fun” but nonetheless “choppy and uneven.”
While you can see a sunburn on the skin, short-term damage to the eyes from UV exposure may be hard to see. Over the long-term, the sun can cause harm to your eye, and to your vision. There are ways to protect your eyes from the sun, just as your protect your skin with sunscreen. Turn into Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones to hear tips for how you can protect your entire body from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Tune in here.
Listen to The Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) and stay up to date on what’s new in politics, entertainment, literature and more. This week Tavis spoke with Andrew Dice Clay, one of the stars of the new Woody Allen movie, “Blue Jasmine,” along with Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. And that’s not all, check here to see who else came to TSN last week.
On Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, meet actor and woodworker Nick Offerman. He plays breakout character Ron Swanson on NBC‘s Parks and Recreation, but he’s also a long-time woodworker with his own company — the Offerman Woodshop. During the Craftsmanship segment, Frank welcomes Bean Products founder Chuck Blumenthal to the studio to talk about his environmentally sustainable and socially conscious small business specializing in bean bag chairs, pillows, and more! Tune in here.
Verses & Flow was nominated along with some pretty heavy hitters:
Variety Series or Special
“Black Girls Rock” (BET)
“Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later” (OWN)
“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)
“The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls” (OWN)
“Verses & Flow” (TV One)