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Entries by Mike Ryan from 09/2012

'Battleship': 5 Most Awesomely Absurd Passages From The Novelization

Posted 09.04.2012 | Entertainment

Last week, the overlooked morsel of brilliance known as "Battleship" was released on Blu-ray. At this point, I can only assume that you own a copy and...

'Argo' At TIFF: Ben Affleck's Comeback Is Complete

| Posted 09.06.2012 | Entertainment

What Ben Affleck has done with his career is quite remarkable. I mean, sure, there have been reclamation projects before -- even George Burns foun...

Karl Urban, 'Dredd 3D' Star, On 'Star Trek' And That Time He Didn't Marry Nicole Kidman

Posted 09.07.2012 | Entertainment

It's shockingly evident that Karl Urban has an "interview mode," which is quite different than his "normal human being mode." When I met Urban on Frid...

Rian Johnson, 'Looper' Director, On 'Breaking Bad' And The Problem With 'Star Wars'

Posted 09.07.2012 | Entertainment

Back in May, Rian Johnson -- who's currently at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting "Looper," a movie that he wrote and directed -- par...

Amy Adams On 'The Master' & Why It's Not About Scientology (Or Maybe It Is)

Posted 09.09.2012 | Entertainment

Amy Adams has received three Oscar nominations in her career thus far, but she gives what is arguably her greatest performance in "The Master." That m...

Colin Firth On The Thrill Of 'Saturday Night Live' & The Price Of Fame

Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment

When I met Colin Firth at his hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival, he immediately apologized for being, in his words, "fried" from je...

Colin Farrell & Martin McDonagh on 'Seven Psychopaths' And Why Farrell Didn't Read The Reviews For 'Total Recall'

Posted 09.11.2012 | Entertainment

After the box office disappointment of "Total Recall," it's nice to see Colin Farrell re-team with his "In Bruges" director Martin McDonagh so quickly...

Chris Evans, 'The Iceman' Star: 'Am I A Good Person? I Think I'm A Good Person'

Posted 09.11.2012 | Entertainment

What you're about to read is a conversation between two exhausted human beings, both of whom have participated in one too many interviews during the T...

Joss Whedon On Why 'Much Ado About Nothing' Made 'The Avengers' A Better Movie

Posted 09.12.2012 | Entertainment

"I was much happier shooting 'Much Ado' than I've ever been." It's somehow both surprising and unsurprising to hear Joss Whedon say this about his...

Richard Gere, 'Arbitrage' Star: Please, Someone, Cast Him In A Science Fiction Movie

Posted 09.13.2012 | Entertainment

Somebody, please cast Richard Gere in a science-fiction movie! Sure, it's hardly the first genre that comes to mind when you think of the suave, intel...

Genndy Tartakovsky, 'Hotel Transylvania' Director, On The Disappearance Of His Version Of 'Star Wars: Clone Wars'

Posted 09.14.2012 | Entertainment

Genndy Tartakovsky's Emmy-winning version of "Clone Wars" never happened. At least, that's what LucasFilm would want you to believe, focusing instead ...

Paul W.S. Anderson's 'The Master: Retribution'

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Entertainment

Both Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Retribution are currently out in theaters. These two men, as director...

'SNL' Scorecard: Seth MacFarlane Really Likes To Do His 'Family Guy' Voices

| Posted 09.16.2012 | TV

Seth MacFarlane hosted the first "SNL" since 2010 to feature new cast members at the start of the season -- Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong (Kate McKinnon joined the cast late last season) -- and he was ... fairly excellent. The last time "SNL" premiered after the Olympics we were unfortunate enough to get Michael Phelps as host.

'SNL' With Seth MacFarlane: Relevancy Poll Week 1

| Posted 09.17.2012 | TV

Always following in the footsteps of "SNL" Scorecard, the "SNL" Relevancy Poll now kicks off its season as well. Remember, the Relevancy Poll is less about pure performance as it is a combination of buzz and airtime from Saturday night's show -- an opening show that featured three brand new cast members and, somehow, nobody got shut out. It also featured a casting decision that will change the balance of power on the show for one recently promoted repertory player, at least for a good part of the season.

'Indiana Jones' Blu-Ray: 7 Things We Learned From The Behind-The-Scenes Feature

| Posted 09.18.2012 | Entertainment

As with the Star Wars Blu-ray discs, most of my anticipation for watching the Indiana Jones Blu-ray set gravitated toward the deleted scenes. Unfort...

'Trouble With The Curve': How Much Sap Can Be Mined Out Of This Movie? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment

After a four-year hiatus, Clint Eastwood (Firefox) returns to acting with the baseball-themed movie, Trouble with the Curve. In Trouble with the Cur...

7 Movies For Getting Over A Breakup

| Posted 09.20.2012 | Entertainment

It seems that music playlists dominate the "breakup" genre. (If you're reading this from 1992, please insert the work "mixtape" in place of "playlis...

'SNL' Election Special Scorecard: Mitt Romney In The Satirical Crosshairs

| Posted 09.20.2012 | TV

It was perfect timing for "SNL" to have a chance to weigh in on the Mitt Romney "47 percent" scandal while it is still very much in the news cycle and the "SNL" seized the opportunity to kick off the Thursday installment.

Michael Bay, 'Transformers 4' Director, On The Struggles Of 'Pain & Gain'

Posted 09.21.2012 | Entertainment

It's a little strange to listen to Michael Bay complain about how difficult it was to get his next feature film, "Pain & Gain," financed and produced....

'SNL' Scorecard: When In Doubt, Have Joseph Gordon-Levitt Take His Shirt Off

| Posted 09.23.2012 | TV

Joseph Gordon-Levitt did an admirable job with what he was given, but it's painfully obvious that the Thursday night primetime special took a lot of the political punch out of the show -- a political punch that was sorely needed.

'SNL' With Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Relevancy Poll Week 2

| Posted 09.24.2012 | TV

The airtime wealth was spread around so much in Week 2 (well, except for Aidy Bryant who, two weeks in, has still only had one short scene) that there wasn't a clear, dominating cast member. Which, yes, is refreshing.

Remember This? New Kids On The Block's 'Tonight'

| Posted 09.24.2012 | Entertainment

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

Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Bruce Willis, 'Looper' Stars, Separated At Birth?

Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment

In the new time-travel thriller "Looper," Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, respectively, play the younger and older versions of a man named Joe....

'Looper': Is Rian Johnson's Film Super Duper? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment

In the new time-travel thriller Looper, Bruce Willis (Mercury Rising) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) both star as Joe, an assassin who must kill his older self when he comes back from the future. Did that last sentence confuse you? Is Looper one of the best movies of the year? As a service, we ask and answer every question that you could possibly have about Looper.

SNL Scorecard, Weekend Update Thursday Edition: Nasim Pedrad's Personal Plea

| Posted 09.27.2012 | TV

In 2008, these specials brought out guests like Bill Murray and Will Ferrell. In other words: It truly felt like an event. This year? It really felt no different than anything that aired on the Saturday night show.