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80s Fueled Family Fun | Review of ‘Despicable Me 3’

By Cynthia Ayala

“Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.” — IMDB

Fun and zany probably sums it up best. Despicable Me 3. Sure, the original will always be the best because it was original, but the heart isn’t lost from the original. The story expands as the story has the group discover a whole new family member. Turns out Gru has a brother, it’s Dru. Dru has the hair, and money, and a mansion. Talk about sibling rivalries. But he reveals some hidden secrets to the family legacy.
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Steve Carell Shines in this Frightening Role | Review of ‘Foxcatcher’

By: Cynthia Ayala

When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave. Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont’s mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont’s erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete’s already shaky self-esteem.

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Despicable Me 2 | Movie Review

image Directed By: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud

Screenplay By: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio

Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan & Ken Jeong

The former villain Gru, now father of three girls, simply wants to lead a semi-normal family life as he puts his villain days behind him. But when a secret weapon is stolen, the Anti-Villain League recruits him and teams him with one of their own putting him undercover to solve the mystery and recover the weapon.

Hilarious and adorable. This movie was just as good as the first one with a different story that follows Gru and he continues to be a father to three young girls. But as a single father and as a bachelor who is reluctant to date, the girls are still without a mother, making for a very heartfelt movie.

The way the plot progressed and the way that the movie was done was great. It was, like already stated, hilarious. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to find and stop a villain who has stolen a top-secret developmental serum that has evil side effects. Gru who was once the villain is now the person who has to stop the villain, and his minions are of no help whatsoever. Nevertheless, those minions, they are just too adorable!

What this movie had additionally was the amount of heart in it. There was as much as there was in the first movie, progressing off of what was already there and established in thefirst movie, but then developing even more so in this movie to build the dynamic between the characters and show just what a family is really made out of.

Simply adorable and heartfelt. Oh and the attacking chicken, yeah that was great. ★★★ (A)

Community’s Gillian Jacobs Joins Elizabeth Banks For Walk Of Shame

By: Eric Eisenberg

gillian_jacobs_34557Elizabeth Banks may soon be doing the Walk of Shame on the big screen, but at least she will have a best friend to help her through the experience. Gillian Jacobs, best known for playing Britta “The Worst” Perry on the critically acclaimed NBC series Community has signed on to join Banks in the upcoming Steve Brill comedy and will be playing the main character’s close bud.

According to THR, the movie, which Brill also wrote, is about a “high-strung news anchor” (Banks) who is having the worst day of her life. After a drunken night and a short trist with a stranger, the character wakes up the next morning to find herself locked out without her wallet, phone or car. What’s worse, she has an incredibly important job interview to get to and must travel across the city of Los Angeles to make it time. The trade doesn’t mention how Jacobs fits into the plot, but presumably she will be a person who Banks goes to looking for help. Last week it was reported that James Marsden would be in the film as well along with Willie Garson (Sex and the City). Brill most recently directed a segment of the omnibus comedy Movie 43, which will be out in theaters next month, but before that his last feature directorial effort was 2008’s Drillbit Taylor with Owen Wilson.

In addition to her work on television, Jacobs has been keeping busy on the big screen as of late as well. This past summer she played a part in the apocalyptic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but has The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell, the horror comedy Milo, the dark laugher Teddy Bears and the Paris, Je T’aime spoof Cleveland, I Love You wrapped and looking to be released in 2013. She is currently filming the thriller The Lookalike, which co-stars Justin Long.

Source: Cinema Blend


Anthony Michael Hall Joins Steve Carell And Channing Tatum In Foxcatcher

By: Eric Eisenberg

anthony_michael_hall_33495Anthony Michael Hall is an actor who has undergone a pretty impressive transformation over the course of his career. While he started out as a teen playing geeks and nerds in John Hughes movies, as he aged he grew to a strong size and is now almost unrecognizable to his fans from the 80s. Also, unlike some of his Brat Pack cohorts, he has kept his acting career going, taking roles in movies like The Dark Knight and television shows like Community and Warehouse 13. And now he’s found a place in the next movie from Academy Award nominated filmmaker Bennett Miller (Moneyball).

Variety has gotten word that Hall has joined the cast of the true life thriller, which already stars Steve Carell, Mark Rufallo, Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller. The script was written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman and tells the story of John du Pont, an heir to the du Pont chemical fortune and paranoid schizophrenic who, after building a wresting training center called Team Foxcatcher on his estate, shot and killed Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. Carell will be playing the role of du Pont, Ruffalo will portray Schultz, and Tatum will be Schultz’s brother, Mark. The trade says that Hall has signed on to play John du Pont’s assistant.

Hall recently wrapped production on a new thriller called Friend Request and also has a role in Sexy Evil Genius, the sci-fi comedy starring Seth Green, Katee Sackhoff and Michelle Trachtenberg. That film does not yet have a release date.

Source: Cinema Blend

Mark Ruffalo Joins Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher

Mark Ruffalo Joins Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher imageThings are currently looking really good for Mark Ruffalo. In addition to getting extremely positive early reviews for his performance as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, he’s just landed a role in the next film from Academy Award-nominated director Bennett Miller.

The actor is currently in talks for Foxcatcher, Miller’s follow up to last year’sMoneyball, according to Variety. As previously reported, the film is already set to star Steve Carell and Channing Tatum. The movie is based on the true story of John du Pont, heir to the du Pont fortune, who built his own wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher. Du Pont also happened to be a paranoid schizophrenic who murdered Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz. Carell will be playing du Pont and Tatum will portray Mark Schultz, David’s younger brother. Should he sign on Ruffalo will play the tragic David Schultz. Miller has been developing this project and will be working from a script by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Capote).

Depending on where the story begins this could either be a very big or very small role for Ruffalo. Following the murder, du Pont had a two-day stand-off with the police. If the story focuses on that end of the crime than Ruffalo won’t be hanging around for long, but if it goes back a few years and looks at du Pont’s relationship with Schultz then it could be much bigger. We’ll have to wait to hear more details.


Thursday Night TV (9 Feb 2012)

Thursdays @ 930PM EST on NBC

Hilarious!  The episode was simply hilarious, I really loved it, although again I found myself asking the same question every week, where is the kid?  I’m just saying.  Anyway it was still a good episode, I really loved it and I thought it was also realistic.  I mean you are comparing this new couple to a married couple that has been together for years.  It was good, not written cheesy but rather in a good way.  Decent writing, great acting and great chemistry between all members of this cast.  This show has a great thing going on.  Thursdays @ 930PM EST on NBC.

Thursdays @ 9PM EST on NBC

I still can’t believe that Dwight got a promotion.  But that is what made it all the more funny.  It was a funny though, had me laughing.  I don’t see why people are so hard on this show just because Steve Carell left, it’s still funny, and Andy is a great boss, he’s still Andy, it’s not like they replaced Michael with a copy which never works, they replaced him with someone who was already situated as a character.  It was great episode, the writing is still solid and still full of a lot of humor.  Thursdays @ 9PM EST on NBC.

Thursday Night TV (2 Fed 2012)

Thursdays @ 9PM EST on NBC

Andy is an awesome boss.  Angela’s baby is not her husbands.  Dwight??  Oh my heavens, I’m convinced it’s his, so convinced!  Anyway I love Andy as the boss, he’s pretty awesome.  Her husband is so gay as well.  Anyway it was pretty funny, how Jim and Pam tried to make everyone not be so upset with Jim.  It worked in the end, I have to admit it.  You know, Angela and Dwight are so made for each other.  This is a hilarious episode!  I love this show.  Thursdays @ 9PM EST on NBC.

Thursdays @ 930PM EST on NBC

Hey!  That’s the mayhem guy from the All-State commercials.  This was a good episode although it threw me off that the guy who is on those commercial….okay sorry, getting off topic.  Anyway this was a fun episode, but again the child as hardly present in it.  Why?  I thought this was a show about these two being new parents.  I still like the show, I just think it’s a hole in the story.  Thursdays @ 930PM EST on NBC.


Thursday Night TV (17 Nov 2011)

The OfficeI love this show.  Once again I love James Spader and I love the fact hat he is part of the cast.  James Spader is brilliant.  Andy (played by Ed Helms) makes a great manager.  I love him and he was the best choice after Michael (played by Steve Carell).  Erin (played by Ellie Kemper) is adorable and so impressionable, I really hope that she does not believe everything Dwight (played by Rainn Wilson) says.  Anyway I love this show and as always, this show has me laughing all the time.  Thursdays @ 9 PM EST on NBC.

Thursday Night TV (5 May 2011)

Vampire DiariesWicked good night here, but I was not pleased with what happened.  They were about to kill Klaus (played by Joseph Morgan), but no, Klaus saved himself by destroying the very reason why Elijah (played by Daniel Gillies) hated his brother.  Ugh!  And they had him!  Jenna (played by Sara Canning) died for nothing, as did John.  Poor Alaric (played by Matt Davis), he lost the woman he loves, again.  So mad that Jenna died, I really liked her.  Damon (played by Ian Somerhalder) better not die either.  Hopefully they will find a way to save him.  Anyway it was a good night and I despite the ending I loved the episode.  It was suspenseful and as always the acting was great.  Next week is the Season Finale so don’t miss it.  I won’t.  Thursdays @ 8PM EST on CW.


The OfficeHilarious!  As always.  it was so weird to see this episode and the opening credits without Steve Carell.  That didn’t stop the episode from being hilarious.  Will Ferrell is hilarious and so it the writing.  Got to love it!  I wonder who they are going to have replace Steve Carell.  I do hope however that he comes back just once more or tat everyone goes to his wedding.  That I know will be hilarious.  Anyway, great acting as always and I love how the show is written, great writing.  I love this show.  Only 2 episodes left of the seasonThursdays @ 9PM EST on NBC.


The MentalistAwesome night.  I loved how this episode mainly focused on Wayne Rigsby (played by Owain Yeoman) and his estranged relationship with his criminal father.  It was a great episode. Owain Yeoman has grown as an actor, I could see the pain in his face and the love he has for Grace Van Pelt (played by Amanda Righetti), it is so believable.  I loved it.  Generally speaking, I love the writing for this show, because I love how clever Jane (played by Simon Baker) is, he’s so witty and clever, I love it.  It’s a great show.  The acting, the story line, the basis plot line as well as the writing.  Great show, don’t miss it.  Thursdays @ 10PM EST on CBS.