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Entries by Mike Ryan from 11/2012

New 'Star Wars' Trilogy 20 Things We Want In 'Episode VII'

Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment

The seventh, eighth and ninth chapters of the "Star Wars" saga will be a reality starting in 2015. One of the biggest complaints about the prequels (a...

John C. Reilly, 'Wreck-It Ralph' Star, On How 'Talladega Nights' Changed His Career

Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment

John C. Reilly has enjoyed one of the most fascinating career shifts of any actor working today. Once know for dramatic roles -- Reilly appeared in "B...

Marc Webb On Jamie Foxx Possibly Playing Electro In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': 'He's Electrifying'

Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment

On Thursday, Variety reported that Jamie Foxx is in talks with Sony to star in "The Amazing Spider Man 2" as Electro, the film's villain. Shortly afte...

Marc Webb, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Director, On Jamie Foxx, J. Jonah Jameson and Returning For The Sequel

Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment

Marc Webb wasn't exactly brimming with confidence over the prospect of directing "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" when I last spoke to him. "You know, I wan...

Is 'Flight' Secretly Pro-Cocaine Use? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 11.02.2012 | Entertainment

Today, assuming your local movie theater has electrical power, you have the opportunity to see a movie called Flight. Denzel Washington (Virtuosity)...

'SNL' Scorecard: Louis C.K. Was, For Better Or Worse, Louis C.K.

| Posted 11.04.2012 | TV

Louis C.K. has developed the reputation that he's only happy when he's in charge and on last night's show, at times, that seemed evident. When he was comfortable, he was electric. When he wasn't comfortable, he broke character.

Sam Mendes, 'Skyfall' Director, On Bringing Humor Back To James Bond & Flirting With The Idea Of Casting Sean Connery

Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment

Sam Mendes faced two big challenges when he set about making a new James Bond movie. The first was to re-energize a franchise that had just been reboo...

'SNL' With Louis C.K.: Relevancy Poll Week 6

| Posted 11.05.2012 | TV

Only nine segments aired on the Louis C.K.-hosted "Saturday Night Live." What's even more remarkable is that a grand total of five sketches were killed after dress rehearsal. So it goes without saying (but I will anyway, for some reason) that airtime was at a premium this week. On to the sixth Relevancy Poll of the season we go ...

Sally Field, 'Lincoln' Star, On Politics And Looking Back On 'Smokey And The Bandit'

Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment

It's kind of odd to think that, before this year, Sally Field hadn't appeared in a movie since the little-seen 2006 drama "Two Weeks." Thankfully, Fie...

'Skyfall': Is It The Best James Bond Movie Of All Time? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 11.08.2012 | Entertainment

James Bond returns to theaters after a four-year hiatus in this weekend's new release, Skyfall. Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens) returns for his thir...

Harrison Ford's Complicated History With Han Solo

Posted 11.08.2012 | Entertainment

Harrison Ford's relationship with Han Solo, the character he played in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, is what you might call ... complicated. He's ...

'SNL' Scorecard: Anne Hathaway Channels Her Inner 'Les Miz'

| Posted 11.11.2012 | TV

Anne Hathaway deserves to be mentioned in the pantheon of the other "current great 'SNL' hosts" like Jon Hamm, Emma Stone and Justin Timberlake. But, the material this time around was not as consistently strong as her last two appearances.

'SNL' With Anne Hathaway: Relevancy Poll Week 7

| Posted 11.12.2012 | TV

Jason Sudeikis said goodbye to his interpretation of Mitt Romney on Saturday night. He seems to have a renewed energy that he was missing the last two seasons. It's a shame that this will be his last.

Michael Sheen, 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' Star, Talks About His New Mustache

Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment

It's kind of hard to upstage a "Twilight" movie -- especially when you consider the gossipy baggage that has come along with the YA franchise of late....

Joe Johnston Doesn't Rule Out Directing 'Star Wars'

Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment

In the never-ending online debate to find a new "Star Wars" director, a name that has been surprisingly muted -- at least comparatively -- is Joe John...

'Saturday Night Live': Origins Of The Sloppy Swish And Mokiki, Explained By Taran Killam

Posted 11.14.2012 | TV

On this past week's "Saturday Night Live," a rather strange pre-taped short aired titled "The Legend of Mokiki and the Sloppy Swish." In the segment, ...

Guillermo Del Toro, 'Rise of the Guardians' Producer, On 'Pacific Rim' & The Movie He Almost Made With Charlie Kaufman

Posted 11.14.2012 | Entertainment

Since the last time Guillermo del Toro directed a film (2008's "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army") he's been attached to a lot of projects that never came t...

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': A Running Diary

| Posted 11.15.2012 | Entertainment

A year ago this week, I had never seen a Twilight movie. Then I liveblogged three Twilight movies and kept a running diary of my experiences at a sc...

'SNL' Scorecard: Jeremy Renner Was Not Bourne To Host 'Saturday Night Live'

| Posted 11.18.2012 | TV

Unfortunately, this week's "SNL" was just off from the start. An almost shockingly boring cold open followed by Renner's monologue with technical glitches, set a tone that never fully recovered.

'SNL' With Jeremy Renner: Relevancy Poll Week 8

| Posted 11.19.2012 | TV

Yeah, the Jeremy Renner-hosted installment of "SNL" certainly wasn't the strongest effort of the season. And no cast member had a truly outstanding ...

Josh Peck, 'Red Dawn' Star, On The Frustration Of His Movie Being On The Shelf For 3 Years

Posted 11.19.2012 | Entertainment

In 2008, Josh Peck, star of the Nickelodeon series "Drake & Josh," earned positive reviews for his performance in the coming-of-age drama "The Wacknes...

Suraj Sharma, 'Life Of Pi' Star, Introduces Himself To The Rest Of The World

Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment

Suraj Sharma's debut film was no easy task: Not only does he play the title character in "Life of Pi," he has to share most of his screen time with on...

Uggie From 'The Artist': Murderer

Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment

Remember Uggie? You know, that lovable Jack Russell terrier who won our hearts in last year's Oscar winner, "The Artist"? Oh, yes, you remember now. H...

'Red Dawn' Vs. 'Red Dawn': Is The 1984 Film Better Than The 2012 Film?

Posted 11.21.2012 | Entertainment

On Nov. 21, 2012, a movie titled “Red Dawn” was released into movie theaters. On Aug. 10, 1984, another movie with the title “Red Dawn” was re...

Will 'Les Misérables' Virgins Enjoy The Movie?

| Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment

I had always thought of Les Misérables as something that was (A) kind of complicated, (B) beloved by a lot of people and (C) impossible for me to catch up on at this point in my life. It would be like deciding all of a sudden, "You know, maybe it's time I took up polo."