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Love and Mercy; Inside Out; Infinitely Polar Bear -- Mental Health in the Age of Cinematic Violence

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Fighting re-animated dinosaurs, threatening creatures from the future and all manner of the undead may be somewhat of a diversion. But more useful and in these cases more entertaining, as well, are those films which provide clues for dealing with our real life, daily challenges!

ReThink Review: Love & Mercy -- Mental Illness on the Beach

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

What I appreciate about Love & Mercy, the fantastic new film about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, is its assertion that true musical genius is an ineffable gift -- and potentially a curse -- bestowed upon the rare few.

Why We Love Brian Wilson's Melodies (and Matzo Ball Soup)

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

After seeing the new movie, Love & Mercy, we'll never hear The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" the same way again.

15 Minutes With John Cusack and Brian Wilson

Jon Steely | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Steely

As I settle in for the interview session, Brian Wilson takes a seat next to John Cusack. It's a beautiful thing to witness: two brilliant American artists sitting side-by-side, ready for the questions to roll.

John Cusack's Obama Is 'Worse Than Bush' Comments Taken Out Of Context

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment

Don't believe the headlines. In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Beast to promote his new film "Love & Mercy," John Cusack said that, in som...

An Interview with Director Bill Pohlad of 'Love & Mercy' - The Beach Boys' New Biopic

The GypsyNesters | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
The GypsyNesters

A new music biopic was featured at the AARP Movies for Grown-Ups Film Festival in Miami. The movie delves deeply into the troubled life of Brian Wilson, the creative genius behind The Beach Boys, from a compassionate and compelling point of view.

Movie Review: Maps to the Stars -- Cul-de-sac

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Writer Bruce Wagner's script for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even darker examination of the worship of the superficial that is Hollywood life.

Erin Whitney

Why There's So Much Incest In 'Maps To The Stars' | Erin Whitney | Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment

"Maps to the Stars" is a nauseating ride through the conniving, narcissistic and (literally) incestuous world of modern day Hollywood -- at least as i...

Jackie Chan's 'Dragon Blade' Trailer Was Made To Go Viral

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.29.2014 | Entertainment

Who needs historical accuracy anyway? The trailer for Jackie Chan's new movie "Dragon Blade" was made to win the Internet, which it did by blowing ...

The Lost Art of the Mix Tape

Peter Csathy | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Csathy

A few days back, my wife and I watched the John Cusack movie "High Fidelity." Classic movie for any music lover for many reasons -- not the least of which is that it unleashed hilarious Jack Black to the world.

'Say Anything' Series Scrapped

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 10.07.2014 | Entertainment

UPDATE: According to, "Say Anything" will not go to series following complaints by Cameron Crowe on Twitter. EARLIER: A r...

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Monday, Sept. 8

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If I were going to generalize about this year's Toronto International Film Festival based on the films I saw Monday, I'd tell you that it's a great year for dramatic films based on true stories.

Alaska Serial Killer's Victim Exhumed

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 11.04.2014 | Crime

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The remains of an unidentified victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an An...

David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars" At Cannes: The Transmission of Family Trauma?

Karin Badt | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Midway during the conference, David Cronenberg interjected: "My movie is not only about the movie business. I could have set it in any place where people are desperate, greedy. Wall Street, for example. It is not only about Hollywood. To say so would be shortchanging the movie."

The Bag Man Bags the Violence and the Comedy

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.07.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Cusack and De Niro are the old pros in this movie and are compelling in each and every scene. They are also able to create the humor even when the situation is deadly. Da Costa jumps right into the midst of things and does her part with flair and ease.

Salinger Documentary by Shane Salerno, a Revealing Homerun

Carole Mallory | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Shane Salerno succeeds in solving the riddle of J.D. Salinger's reclusive behavior. Salinger chose to be a recluse when it suited his needs. Folks int...

Taking on Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Alice Eve Is One Tough Cookie Who Doesn't Crumble

Michael Bialas | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Alice Eve doesn't own an Academy Award -- yet. But the striking British beauty who stood out in frothy romantic comedies such as She's Out of My League, Starter for Ten and The Decoy Bride, has shown that potential after pushing the lightweight fare aside to take on meatier roles with emotional heft.

'Salinger' Doc Takes Kitchen-Sink Approach

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment

"Reclusive." Is that an adjective, or is it actually part of J.D. Salinger's name? The word has been used so often to describe the famous writer, one ...

John Cusack Had A Run-In With His Stalker Last Night

Posted 09.04.2013 | Celebrity

John Cusack's Miami mansion was met with a home invader Tuesday evening. TMZ reports that 45-year-old Elizabeth Pahlke, who allegedly has a "serious ...

Musical-Cinematographic Soups for Hungry Easy Listeners

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
Ombretta Di Dio

From "Pretty in Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs, to "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel -- these songs are responsible for at least a good 80 percent of my delusions, high hopes and questions about existence (John Cusack with a boom box on his head, anyone?)

Popcorn Preview: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Leslie Sisman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Cast includes: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), David Banner (Street Kings), Mariah Carey (You Don't ...

Review -- Lee Daniel's The Butler ...Just a Minute

Carole Mallory | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

While stars abound as pop ups in cameos, this story is not about celebrity, but ideals. It is about the gruesome spilling of blood unfortunately necessary to arrive at the pinnacle of the civil rights movement -- a black president.

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

WIN $1,000: Celebrate The Everyday Hero In Your Life (SWEEPSTAKES)

Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact

Throughout our history books and daily news headlines alike, it’s easy to spot whom our heroes are in the world. But what of those who operate on...

Cate Blanchett as Tragic Hero: Woody, Women, and Williams

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.22.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"Jasmine was a gift of a role," said Cate Blanchett at the New York premiere of Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's new movie.