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Entries by Mike Ryan from 08/2012

Jay Roach, 'The Campaign' Director, On The Possibilities Of A Fourth Austin Powers

Posted 08.01.2012 | Entertainment

Jay Roach has a lot to say about American politics, even if he does downplay his role. Roach, whose directorial debut was a little movie called "Austi...

'Total Recall' Vs. 'Total Recall': Is The 1990 Film Better Than The 2012 Film?

| Posted 08.02.2012 | Entertainment

This Friday, "Total Recall," a movie about a man named Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) who learns that he's a spy (or is he?) while undergoing a memory...

'Total Recall' Is Pretty Much 'Attack Of The Clones'

| Posted 08.02.2012 | Entertainment

On Wednesday night, while watching the press screening of Total Recall, I couldn't help but get the feeling that I had seen this movie before. Now, ...

'Total Recall': An Obsessive Chat

| Posted 08.03.2012 | Entertainment

Right now, as this is typed, a remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1990 quasi-classic Total Recall is playing in theaters. This remake is also called Total R...

Steve Carell, 'Hope Springs' Star, On 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues' and His Favorite Scene From 'The Office'

Posted 08.06.2012 | Entertainment

Steve Carell has a well-deserved reputation for being a nice guy. He should really get more credit for being shrewd about the roles that he chooses as...

Zach Galifiankis, 'The Campaign' Star, On Why He Liked It Better When He Was An Underground Comic

Posted 08.06.2012 | Entertainment

"I have a love-hate relationship with the entertainment business." This statement from Zach Galifianakis didn't particularly surprise me when I met wi...

'The Bourne Legacy': What Happens After The Title Character Is Ditched?

| Posted 08.06.2012 | Entertainment

A bit lost in the fact that Matt Damon does not appear in the latest Jason Bourne movie, The Bourne Legacy, is that Jason Bourne does not appear in ...

'The Bourne Legacy': Will It Lead To Intelligence Loss? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 08.08.2012 | Entertainment

The Bourne Legacy, a movie that does not feature a character with the last name "Bourne" in it, opens this weekend. Instead of Matt Damon as Jason B...

Worst August Movies: Was 1996 The Worst August Ever?

Posted 08.08.2012 | Entertainment

There has been a lot of talk about how great the summer of 1982 was for movies. And, boy, it really was. (Among the 1982 summer releases were "E.T...

'Red Dawn' Poster: How Many Regime Changes Have Been Attempted Since 'Red Dawn' Went Into Production?

Posted 08.09.2012 | Entertainment

Earlier today, the poster for the not-at-all-anticipated remake of "Red Dawn" was released. The original "Red Dawn," released in 1984, presented a ni...

Remember This? 'It's Your Move'

| Posted 08.10.2012 | Entertainment

"Remember This?" is a recurring feature on HuffPost Entertainment, resurrecting pop-cultural artifacts that haven't enjoyed the spotlight for quite ...

Dolph Lundgren, 'Expendables 2' Star, On Drago, The Next He-Man & Almost Running For Parliament

Posted 08.12.2012 | Entertainment

There's a running joke in "The Expendables 2" about Dolph Lungren's character having a degree in chemical engineering, which draws laughter from the a...

'ParaNorman': The Movie You May Not Be Planning To See, Though You Should

| Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment

I worry for ParaNorman. Judging by the buzz, it sounds like you may have little interest in seeing ParaNorman. If that's your mindset -- if you thin...

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, 'ParaNorman' Star, On 'Kick-Ass 2' And His Mixed Feelings Toward McLovin'

Posted 08.14.2012 | Entertainment

It has been five years since "Superbad" gave Christopher Mintz-Plasse his first movie role. To date, Mintz-Plasse has starred or lent his voice to 13 ...

'The Expendables 2': Back When Each Actor Was Most Expendable

Posted 08.14.2012 | Entertainment

This weekend, Sylvester Stallone and company return to action in the sequel to "The Expendables" -- conveniently titled "The Expendables 2." There's b...

Anna Kendrick, 'ParaNorman' Star, On Her Yearly 'Lord Of The Rings' Marathon And Why 'Twilight' Was Her 'Day Job'

Posted 08.14.2012 | Entertainment

"I happen to be a huge 'Lord of the Rings' fan. I do an annual marathon of the extended editions." I've heard Anna Kendrick mention this before, b...

Remember This? 'Midnight Madness': An Obsessive Chat

| Posted 08.15.2012 | Entertainment

"Remember This?" is a recurring feature on HuffPost Entertainment, resurrecting pop-cultural artifacts that haven't enjoyed the spotlight for quite ...

'The Expendables 2': How Is That Arnold Schwarzenegger Comeback Going So Far? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 08.16.2012 | Entertainment

Way back in 2010, a movie starring Sylvester Stallone (Rocky II, Antz) came out called The Expendables. This movie turned out to be successful. As a rare treat, we are now being given the chance to see the further adventures of the characters from The Expendables in what is called "a sequel." The name of this "sequel," opening on Friday, is The Expendables 2. As a service to you, we ask and answer every question that you could possibly have about The Expendables 2.

'The Avengers 2': Another Interview With A Chitauri Warrior

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Entertainment

As the doldrums (doldrums!) of August push ever onward, ever forward -- what are we in, the 70th day of this month now? -- it becomes more and more of a struggle to find something interesting to say about the movies. "Why don't you write something about The Avengers 2?," someone suggested. Trouble is, we don't know much about The Avengers 2, apart from who's directing it and when it's coming out. So! Since I'm supposed to write about The Avengers 2 -- even though I have nothing to say about The Avengers 2 -- maybe this is a good time to check in with our old friend, Chitauri Warrior.

'ParaNorman': The Ten Most Unabashedly Positive Reviews

Posted 08.17.2012 | Entertainment

"ParaNorman"! Seemingly out of nowhere, this little gem of a movie comes along to break us out of our -- partially heat induced, partially whiskey ind...

Tony Scott, The Maker Of Moments

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment

Over the next few days, we'll certainly learn more and more about why Mr. Scott made the decision that he made - reports are already surfacing that he had inoperable brain cancer. But, I always assumed that the man who made the first movie that my father and I both enjoyed together had more left. I just always assumed there would be another Tony Scott movie coming. And now, knowing that there won't be, makes me incredibly sad.

'The Expendables 2': Pages from Lost Movie Novelizations

| Posted 08.21.2012 | Entertainment

Sometimes, movies are based on books. Sometimes, novelizations are written to promote a movie. Sometimes, no books at all are written at all: We're here to fill in that gap.

Mike Birbiglia, 'Sleepwalk With Me' Star, Discusses Pretty Much Everything

Posted 08.21.2012 | Entertainment

"He is wearing a blue button down with a red t-shirt under," was the description I received from Mike Birbiglia's publicist. Which was nice, but proba...

David Koepp Explains Why He Left The Sequel To 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

Posted 08.22.2012 | Entertainment

Kind of lost in the news that the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" would go a different direction thematically -- directly affecting Kristen St...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 'Premium Rush' Star, and Director David Koepp Discuss This 'F-cking Nightmare' Of A Shoot

Posted 08.23.2012 | Entertainment

At the end of "The Dark Knight Rises," (spoiler alert ahead) Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character has been given the keys to Batman's armory, which, as a ...