Category Archives: Movies

Director Lee Daniels

Making History Happen talks to Lee Daniels, director of such films as The Butler and Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

Daniels talks about working with producer Laura Ziskin on The Butler, known as the producer of Pretty Woman. The Butler was Ziskin’s last film. Daniels says that she “felt that there weren’t enough African-American films of substance, and that she wanted to make this her legacy.” “a phenomenal amount of research… I worked with Will Haygood, who wrote the article in the Washington Post about the butler’s family.”

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Ride Along reviewed

RU Instant Reaction Review reviews the new comedy Ride Along, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

The hosts call it “kind of a tricky movie… I don’t know that I convinced myself that it’s really endearing.” They say that “there are some things about the movie that I kind of liked about the movie,” but they “hated it overall,” saying that “nothing funny happened” comparing the plot to “about ten Scooby Doo movies and cut-and-pasted.” In the end, they call it “not actually funny, just silly and ridiculous.”

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Actor Andy Garcia

Actor Andy Garcia stops by Milling About to talk about his upcoming projects. His Daughter, Daniella, co-stars in the film At Middleton with him. Garcia says that she needed to audition herself, and that he could do no more that “put in a good word.” His other daughter is studying film as well.

He also talks about his work directing the upcoming Hemingway & Fuentes, for which he hired a professional boatbuilder to build a replica of Hemingway’s boat as well as “a Cuban fishing skiff from the 1940s and 50s.” He calls it a “beautiful boat” and says that they “actually needed to make it look worse than it is.”

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Grammys recap

Hampton Blu Radio talks about this year’s Grammy awards.

Host Stacey Brewer talks about how “many believe the Grammys are not hip to what’s going on today and are a little behind with certain things.” She talks about Beyonce’s performance of “Drunk In Love,” calling the performance “hot” but says that “reviews have still been mixed,” including accusations that Beyonce may have been lip-syncing. There have also been complaints from parents about the “sexiness” of the performance. She also addresses the controversy of rapper Macklemore beating critical favorite Kendrick Lamar in four categories.

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Academy Award winner Rita Moreno

Actress Rita Moreno won an Oscar in 1961 for Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story, also known for her role in Singin’ In The Rain. She’s also won Emmy, Grammy, and Tony awards, making her one of very few two have received all four major awards. This year she won the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award as well. Moreno stops by Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about her career.

Moreno talks about the experience of watching Singin’ In The Rain on a big screen with an audience, saying that “unlike many other films that come back, people sit there and yell and applaud after certain numbers… that’s not something that one associates with film.”

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The Oscars and awards season

The hosts of Movie Geeks United talk their predictions for this year’s Oscars.

They discuss the awards in general, specifically whether “great films” actually win Oscars, saying that “Argo wasn’t a great film; The Artist wasn’t a great film… The Hurt Locker wasn’t a great film; it was a significant film… the last film that won an Oscar that was a great film was the Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men.” They also point out Goodfellas losing to Dances With Wolves, as well as the danger of “awards fatigue” setting in before the Oscar.

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The best movies of 2014

Betty Jo Tucker and her cohosts count down their top ten movies of 2013. The Book Thief, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Philips, Lone Survivor, Blackfish, Rush, Mandela, Philomena, American Hustle, and 42 are all selected as favorites. Of Saving Mr. Banks, they say that it was “greatly entertaining, pleasant, funny… it reminded me of my good old days when Walt Disney was around” and a “clean film… there weren’t any explosions in it… it was just a pleasing family movie.” Gravity is called “the most captivating film of the year.

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Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Nyong’o made her film debut in 2013 with her role in 12 Years A Slave, but she’s already being honored with a Golden Globe nomination, with a fair amount of OScar speculation as well. Nyong’o stops by FilmGordon Radio to talk about landing the role.

Nyong’o, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, “auditioned three times in three different states” for the role. She calls the experience of working on the film “an education that I didn’t even know I needed “so glad that I got to take this time period so personally… I’m forever changed by this experience.”

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