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Entries by Mike Ryan from 10/2012

Wes Anderson, 'Moonrise Kingdom' Director, Reveals His Favorite Bill Murray Movies Not Directed by Wes Anderson

Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment

It's interesting to hear Wes Anderson explain what Bill Murray movies inspired him to cast the comedian-turned-urban legend in every film that Anderso...

Bruce Willis, 'Looper' Star, On 'Die Hard,' 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Hudson Hawk,' 'The Sixth Sense' and 'Moonlighting'

Posted 10.03.2012 | Entertainment

It was about 2:30 in the afternoon yesterday when my phone rang. The Caller ID was blocked, so I picked up the receiver and said, "Hello?" "I'm loo...

'The Princess Bride' 25th Anniversary: Cary Elwes Reflects On The Beloved Film

Posted 10.04.2012 | Entertainment

Considering how often "The Princess Bride" shows up on television, it might surprise you to learn that Cary Elwes hadn't seen the film in 25 years. Th...

'Frankenweenie's' Charile Tahan Explains What It's Like To Be Directed By Tim Burton

Posted 10.04.2012 | Entertainment

Charlie Tahan wasn't like most preschoolers. The 14-year-old star of "Frankenweenie" was into Monty Python and Tim Burton when he was 3, a far cry fro...

'Taken 2': What Do You Do If You're Taken To See 'Taken 2'? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 10.05.2012 | Entertainment

You hear the words echo in your head: "You're going to be taken ... to see Taken 2." Now listen carefully, because you don't have much time. Liam Neeson (Darkman) reprises his role as Bryan Mills, a former C.I.A. operative with an extraordinarily high percentage of immediate family members who can say, "I've been kidnapped at some point in my life." Will you make it through? Is there any chance that you will enjoy this experience? As a service, we answer every question that you could possibly have about Taken 2?

'SNL' Scorecard: Daniel Craig Really Wants You to Think He's Funny

| Posted 10.07.2012 | TV

As host of Saturday Night Live, Daniel Craig seemed raring to go -- he was practically screaming, "I want to prove to you that I am funny! No, really, I am!" Unfortunately, for the most part, the material just wasn't there.

Ben Affleck, 'Argo' Director and Star, On Pinpointing The Resurrection Of His Career

Posted 10.07.2012 | Entertainment

Ben Affleck doesn't blame you for losing faith in him during the "Gigli" era. "There definitely was a period," he says, "a run of movies that I got in...

'SNL' With Daniel Craig: Relevancy Poll Week 3

| Posted 10.08.2012 | TV

Aidy Bryant had a much better week than the previous two. But, still relegated to just a couple of backup roles. I am going to make a bold predictions by stating that, next week, Aidy Bryant will be nowhere near 14th on this list.

Ethan Hawke, 'Sinister' Star, On The Disappointment Of Post-'Reality Bites' Generation X

Posted 10.08.2012 | Entertainment

Back in the mid '90s, when I was in college, "Reality Bites" was a really hard movie to avoid. It was the Movie That Defined Our Generation. Even now,...

Ben Affleck On 'Boiler Room' & How It Plays A Role In 'Runner Runner'

Posted 10.09.2012 | Entertainment

Ben Affleck's career is back on the upswing thanks to this weekend's well-reviewed new thriller "Argo." Affleck stars and directs the film, which tell...

'Argo': Is It Ben Affleck's Best Movie? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment

On Friday, Argo, one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year -- and a bona fide Oscar contender -- will get released into a movie theate...

'Prometheus' & The Black Goo: Why Did David Poison Holloway? Damon Lindelof Explains

Posted 10.11.2012 | Entertainment

Damon Lindelof took some grief from the internet after "Prometheus," this summer's sort-of prequel to "Alien," left audiences with many unanswered que...

'SNL' Scorecard: Christina Applegate Should Host More Often

| Posted 10.14.2012 | TV

Christina Applegate was a terrific host because she blended into the cast and when that happens, "SNL" becomes a streamlined machine -- which it was last night. I'm already looking forward to when Applegate hosts again in 2031.

'SNL' With Christina Applegate: Relevancy Poll Week 4

| Posted 10.15.2012 | TV

I suppose it's not too surprising that a couple of the female cast members were going to have difficulty getting airtime considering how seamlessly Christina Applegate blended into the cast.

Ron Livingston, 'The Conjuring' Star, On 'Office Space' and How His Newscaster Sister Fought Back Against Bullying

Posted 10.17.2012 | Entertainment

Going to New York Comic Con, located in the Jacob K. Javits Center on the West Side of Manhattan, requires a certain time commitment. The closest subw...

'Taken 3': Here's Our Idea For The Plot

| Posted 10.18.2012 | Entertainment

"Taken 2", as we speak, is still the number one film at the box office. Based on this, it didn't take long for "Taken 3" to get the green light -- s...

'Alex Cross': Will Watching 'Alex Cross' Make You Cross? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 10.19.2012 | Entertainment

As you're reading this, a very bad movie that goes by the title of Alex Cross is playing in a theater somewhere near you. Alex Cross stars Tyler Perry (Star Trek) as the man who has his name in the title of this very bad movie. Is there any fathomable reason that you should spend the money that you earn working a job that you don't particularly care for just for chance to have some semblance of enjoyment in your free time (and food)?

'SNL' Scorecard: Bruno Mars Channels His Inner Justin Timberlake

| Posted 10.21.2012 | TV

Musical performers who are thrust into hosting duties have a, let's say, mixed history of success on "SNL." But, yeah ... maybe Bruno Mars (with a little help from Tom Hanks) really is the next Justin Timberlake.

'SNL' With Bruno Mars: Relevancy Poll Week 5

| Posted 10.22.2012 | TV

For the second week in a row, "SNL" featured only 10 segments. Factor in a dominating host and the presence of Tom Hanks and and it wasn't exactly the easiest week to get quality airtime.

'You Can't Do That On Television': An Obsessive Chat

| Posted 10.22.2012 | Entertainment

If you were an at least partially sentient child during the middle of the 1980s, You Can't Do That On Television became a staple of your daily routi...

'Starlog' Magazine: Crazy Movie Rumors Before The Internet

Posted 10.24.2012 | Entertainment

There was once a rumor, for an upcoming movie titled "The Empire Strikes Back," that Han Solo -- not known for his lightsaber skills -- would find him...

'Cloud Atlas': How Confusing Is 'Cloud Atlas'? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 10.25.2012 | Entertainment

This weekend, a nearly three-hour long movie called Cloud Atlas will open in theaters. Cloud Atlas is based on a book (that takes more than three ho...

'Iron Man 3': Yet Another Interview With A Chitauri Warrior

| Posted 10.26.2012 | Entertainment

Earlier this week, the much-anticipated trailer for Iron Man 3 debuted. Unfortunately, our requests to discuss the trailer with the star Robert Down...

Sarah Silverman, 'Wreck-It Ralph' Star, On 'SNL,' 'Mr. Show' And Why She's The 'Poorest-To-Famous Ratio Person, Non Scandal'

Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment

Do you remember when Sarah Silverman was a member of the "Saturday Night Live" cast? If you do, you're in a minority. It's hard to imagine Silverman g...

From An iPhone to CNN: The Life Of A Viral Hurricane Sandy Photo

| Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment

I write about movies, so I generally don't have much to say about natural disasters such as the hurricane that slammed the East Coast on Monday. And...