"Cars 2" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do Lightning McQueen and Mater Get? 


My expectations were low for Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 2.” The first film in the franchise, which was released in 2006, was my least favorite in the Pixar canon for it lacked the narrative magic that made the animation studio great.


Five years later, we are being treated to the sequel as Pixar celebrates its 25th anniversary. The studio should have chosen a different film to coincide with their twenty five years of excellence. “Cars 2,” the 12th Pixar film to be released, is a sequel that’s custom-built for grown-ups that will leave kids in the dust.

In the screening that I attended for “Cars 2,” you could hear adults snorting with laughter but nary a word nor a guffaw from the little ones. Some of them were crying, perhaps out of boredom, but their parents were too busy being entertained by Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). Read More...

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I Won Two Emmys! Yay! Thanks For All Your Support! 


Hi guys, just spreading the love! Yours truly became a two-time Emmy recipient last Saturday for the 2011 Emmy Awards (Pacific Southwest). I won for:

BEST NEWS PROMO -- QUAKE WEEK

BEST ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE -- PALM SPRINGS PLAYGROUND OF THE STARS
(Click here to see my Emmy-winning sweeps piece, "Palm Springs: Playground of the Stars!")



I am very happy, and truly feel wonderfully blessed! Once again, thank you for all your support!

Here's the video I made right after the 2011 Emmy ceremony which was held Saturday, June 18th, at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.



Once again, thank you for all the love! And I promise you, I will do a much better job moving forward :wink



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Woody Allen Announces Full Cast for Upcoming Film "The Bop Decameron," Will Shoot in Rome for First Time! 


Woody Allen, riding high with his fantastic film "Midnight in Paris" (currently at No. 9, a feat for a season cluttered with blockbuster films), has announced full cast for his latest film "The Bop Decameron."

The director will star in this one alongside Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi.

"The Bop Decameron" begins production on July 11 and will mark Allen's first time shooting in Rome. The film is produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, and is Allen's first movie to be financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film.

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R.I.P. Ryan Dunn, "Jackass" Star Dead at 34 


This is sad. I was just watching "Jackass 3.5" last night, and I woke up to this horrible news. "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn died early Monday morning in a car crash. He was 34.

According to reports, Dunn and another passenger died at 2:30 in the morning in West Goshen, Pennsylvania. The police report revealed that Dunn, driving a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, slammed into a tree. (Read the press release from West Goshen Police Department right here via Hollywood Reporter)

Hours before the crash, Dunn posted a photo of himself drinking. (Check out the picture right here)

I had the privilege of meeting Dunn last year for the "Jackass 3D" junket. He was very sweet in person -- which makes this horrible news of his death much sadder :sad

Farewell Mr. Dunn, thanks for the laughs!



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"Green Lantern" Shines Box-Office Light But Why Is It A Disappointment? 


"Green Lantern" debuted at the top spot landing at No. 1 with $52.7 million. But that's a disappointment according to many Hollywood insiders because:

1) Warner Bros. was hoping for at least, $55 million and above opening

2) "Green Lantern" cost $200 million, plus about $120 million for marketing -- a far trek to recoup its investment

3) The film is at the bottom of the recent superhero class; "Thor" opened with $65.7 million and "X-Men: First Class" debuted with $55.1 million

The film scored better with moviegoers, but many critics panned it. ("Green Lantern" movie review)

It will take a strong word of mouth, to help elevate "Green Lantern" for weeks to come.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Paramount Pictures' sci-fi tale "Super 8," fell to No. 2 with $21.3 million. The J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration has collected $72.8 million box-office total since it opened.

("Super 8" movie review right here, watch my "Super 8" interviews with Kyle Chandler right here, Elle Fanning right here, and the kids of "Super 8" right here)

But Jim Carrey's family comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins" flopped! The 20th Century Fox movie debuted at No. 3 with $18.2 million. ("Mr. Popper's Penguins" interview with animal trainer)

Rounding out the Top 5 are "X-Men: First Class" at No. 4 with $11.5 million, and "The Hangover Part II" at No. 5 with $9.6 million.

Here's the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of June 17:

1. "Green Lantern," $52.7 million ($17 million international).

2. "Super 8," $21.3 million.

3. "Mr. Popper's Penguins," $18.2 million.

4. "X-Men: First Class," $11.5 million.

5. "The Hangover Part II," $9.6 million ($21.4 million international).

6. "Kung Fu Panda 2," $8.7 million ($52.5 million).

7. "Bridesmaids," $7.5 million ($7.3 million international).

8. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," $6.2 million ($25.9 million international).

9. "Midnight in Paris," $5.2 million.

10. "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer," $2.2 million.

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