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Entries by Mike Ryan from 01/2012

Taran Killam: The Future of Saturday Night Live

| Posted 01.05.2012 | TV

After the 2005-2006 season of "Saturday Night Live," five cast members -- Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Finesse Mitchell, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz ...

Stellan Skarsgard on 'Dragon Tattoo,' Not Being Satisfied with 'The Avengers' and His 'Good Will Hunting' Scarf

Posted 01.05.2012 | Moviefone

There are certain actors that you meet during interview sessions that aren't concerned with "staying on message." Stellan Skarsgard is one of those ac...

It's OK to Like 'The Artist'

Posted 01.06.2012 | Moviefone

It's OK to like 'The Artist.' Really. Chances are, you haven't even seen 'The Artist' yet, but the general consensus from the Oscar cognoscenti (recen...

Jeremy Irvine, 'War Horse' Star, on the Guilt of Overnight Fame

Posted 01.06.2012 | Moviefone

Jeremy Irvine was a tree. Before landing the lead role in Steven Spielberg's Oscar fare 'War Horse,' Irvine was playing a tree in a play that featured...

Is the American Version of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Better Than the Swedish Version? (and 24 Other Urgent Questions)

Posted 01.06.2012 | Moviefone

If you or a trusted family member (probably from the Midwest -- I speak from experience) is literate, then, next week, a movie that you most likely al...

David Fincher on 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and Working on 'Return of the Jedi'

Posted 01.06.2012 | Moviefone

David Fincher is not happy with the trailer for his new movie, 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.' He feels it gives off too much of an 'Inception' vib...

'SNL' Scorecard: Charles Barkley's Mediocre Night

| Posted 01.08.2012 | TV

This was Charles Barkley's third time as host. He's had his memorable moments - like his Jay Mohr written 1993 monologue in which he plays basketball against Barney the dinosaur - and I'm sure that he's fun to be around, but, like most athletes, leaves something to be desired as a host. Last night was no different (But he is a lot better than most.)

What the New York Film Critic Circle Awards Mean for the Oscars

Posted 01.09.2012 | Moviefone

The New York Film Critics Circle handed out some awards on Tuesday. Well, not "handed out," per se, (they'll do that at a ceremony next year), but the...

'SNL' With Charles Barkley: Who Scored Big In Week 11 Relevancy Poll?

| Posted 01.09.2012 | TV

Last week, I wrote a piece about Taran Killam being the future of "SNL." So of course in the Charles Barkley-hosted episode, which featured 13 segments, Killam was barely seen.

Why I Write About Movies

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Moviefone

Here's why I think my opinions about movies are worth sharing: I care. A lot. I want movies to be good. When movies don't live up to their promise, it makes me sad -- or even mad. And since that feels genuine, and since I know I'm not the only one, I feel entitled to share that with you.

Let's Cast the 'Police Academy' Remake

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Moviefone

There is apparently going to be a remake of "Police Academy." Right now, there is an alternative universe in which, back in 1984, someone with sense said, "You know, we really don't need a second 'Police Academy' movie." In that alternative universe, it would be fun on a day in which a "Police Academy" remake gets a director, to make a list of what actors that we'd like to see in a "Police Academy" remake. For a few minutes, let's pretend that we're in that alternate universe.

Work It: Laugh Track Indicates Where You Should Have Laughed During Episode 2

| Posted 01.11.2012 | TV

I was fascinated by just how often the laugh track is activated, which is a lot. So I tried to put myself in the head of the person who activates the "Work It" laugh track. In the first 10 minutes of the second episode, the laugh track went off 56 (!!!) times.

'Contraband': 25 Questions

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Moviefone

This weekend, an actor named Mark Wahlberg ("Rock Star") unleashes his next calculated move on the American public, "Contraband." As a service, we a...

An Obsessive Discussion About 'Contraband' Between Mike Ryan and Cinemablend's Katey Rich

| Posted 01.13.2012 | Moviefone

This weekend, Mark Wahlberg invades your local Cineplex with a movie about smuggling called "Contraband." As it turns out, I think that "Contraband" has a lot of plot holes, and so does Cinemablend's Katey Rich. So we decided an obsessive discussion was in order.

Skyfall Photo: James Bond's Poolside Thoughts

| Posted 01.13.2012 | Moviefone

Earlier today, a new photo from the next James Bond film, Skyfall, was released. In the photo, James Bond is seen saving the world relaxing by his hotel pool. I have to know, as he sits by the pool, what is James Bond thinking?

SNL Scorecard: Not Even Harry Potter Could Save Daniel Radcliffe's Show

| Posted 01.15.2012 | TV


10 Things I Learned While Watching the Golden Globes

| Posted 01.16.2012 | Moviefone

Last night, like the rest of Earth's lost souls, I watched the Golden Globe awards. Like you, I was not nominated for a Golden Globe, yet still watc...

SNL With Daniel Radcliffe: Who Scored Big in Week 12 Relevancy Poll?

| Posted 01.16.2012 | TV

Wiig was everywhere this week, so, no surprises here! That's not to say that I enjoyed everything she did this week, but, yes, her presence was pretty undeniable.

Jim Carrey Birthday: Actor Turns 50; What's Your Favorite Carrey Moment (With the Help of Paul Scheer)

| Posted 01.17.2012 | Moviefone

On Jan. 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, James Eugene Carrey was born. Fifty years later, James -- better known to you as Jim Carrey -- is one of the biggest comedy stars in Hollywood (the middling returns for "Mr. Popper's Penguins" notwithstanding.) But what's his best contribution to cinema?

The Phantom Menace 3D: 6 More Posters That Focus on a Minor Character

| Posted 01.17.2012 | Moviefone

On Feb. 10, "Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace" gets re-released in 3D. There are many things about "The Phantom Menace" not to like: Jar Jar Binks, Jake Lloyd, the taxation of galactic trade routes. There is one thing that we all did seem to like: Darth Maul.

10 Similarities Between Red Tails And Star Wars

| Posted 01.18.2012 | Moviefone

"Red Tails" is a Lucasfilm production that's loosely based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a band of African-American pilots who fought in World War II. While watching the new film, it was hard not to notice that "Red Tails" is quite similar to another Lucasfilm production about a band of pilots who fought for the Rebel Alliance: "Star Wars." Just how similar is "Red Tails" to the original "Star Wars"?

An Obsessive Chat About Haywire Between Mike Ryan and's Matt Patches

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Moviefone

There is a lot going on in "Haywire," Steven Soderberg's new espionage movie about double-crossed government contractors. There's so much going on, in fact, that we decided an obsessive chat with's Matt Patches was necessary. (Spoiler alert, obviously.)

Moviefone is Headed to Sundance: 7 Films We're Looking Forward To Seeing

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Moviefone

Moviefone is headed to Sundance! Well, technically, I, along with my esteemed editor, Michael Hogan, are headed to the Sundance Film Festival. I'm equally excited and scared about this year's festival -- excited because there are a lot of movies that I want to see; scared because, as a first time attendee, I have zero idea what I'm doing. (If you happen to be at Sundance and you see a very confused looking person that's about to cry, that's me.) So, for the next few days, expect an onslaught of updates that will range anywhere from maniacal glee to raw terror.

Red Tails: 25 Questions

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Moviefone

As I type this, I'm on a flight to Park City, Utah, to attend the Sundance Film Festival. It's a very, VERY, bumpy flight -- headwind, turbulence a...

How to Do Everything Wrong During Your First Day at the Sundance Film Festival

| Posted 01.20.2012 | Moviefone

Things are going as well as expected for what is my first trip to the Sundance Film Festival. Which is to say, it's going very poorly. Ahead, here are some tips on how to have a terrible time during your first day at Sundance.