Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan Talk About MUDBOUND 


I was equally nervous and happy to meet Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul! And if you’re a fan, you’ll be happy to know that she is fantastic as a strong matriarch in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound.” Carey Mulligan is also memorable as a fellow strong matriarch Laura McAllan. I sat down with both Blige and Mulligan for this behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Mudbound.” Netflix is releasing the film on streaming and selected theatres on November 17.



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Garrett Hedlund Talks About MUDBOUND 


Garrett Hedlund is far, far away from “TRON: Legacy.” The actor has been slowly proving to everyone that he has some acting chops and they’re on full display in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” where the actor stars as the bruised Jamie McAllan. The picture above was taken during the film’s after-premiere party and the actor was so sweet and nice that when he saw me the following morning, he gave me a great big hug!

In this interview, we talked about his interest in making the film, working with Jason Mitchell (who plays his friend in the film), and his inspiration for “Mudbound.”



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Director Dee Rees Talks About MUDBOUND 


In “Mudbound,” Dee Rees (“Pariah”) created a movie that’s emotionally rich with well-drawn characters. It is definitely Oscar-worthy! I sat down with Rees and met her the night before at an after-premiere party and we talked about her interest in making the movie, adapting Hillary Jordan’s novel, and casting Mary J. Blige in the role of Florence Jackson.



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“Murder on the Orient Express” (2017) Movie Review 


Yet another “Murder on the Orient Express” is upon us. Based on Agatha Christie’s iconic novel, this one stars Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot who also moonlights as the film’s director. The star-studded cast includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley.



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"Ang Larawan" Movie Review -- Why You Have to See This Powerful Filipino Musical 


From the award-winning director, Loy Arcenas, comes the beautiful elegy of a movie, "Ang Larawan." The star-studded cast is headed by Joanna Ampil (Candida) and Rachel Alejandro (Paula). The film will be the opening night movie of the upcoming CINEMATOGRAFO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Click here to buy tickets, and here to go to the film's official website.

Here's my movie review of "Ang Larawan" as seen on The Filipino Channel's Balitang America:



Here's the film's official synopsis:

This story set before World War II in Intramuros tells of the plight of sisters Candida and Paula Marasigan, daughters of high-profile painter Don Lorenzo Marasigan.

Since Don Lorenzo has not produced a single painting for a long time, the family is in financial trouble. The unmarried sisters have had to rely on their seemingly more successful brother Manolo and sister Pepang. Their siblings urge Candida and Paula to sell the house.

To have a source of income, the sisters take in a boarder, Tony Javier. Meanwhile, Don Lorenzo becomes a recluse. The painter’s self-portrait fetches a high sum as it attracts the curiosity of many individuals which include pretentious art critics, bonafide journalist and family friend Bitoy Camacho, Senator Perico who asks the sisters to donate the portrait to the government and Tony who tries to convince Candida and Paula to sell it to an American.

Larawan is an ode to the passing of the world of truth and beauty and a celebration of the tenacity of the spirit amidst the rise of materialism and consumerism.

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