Adam West: TV’s Batman dead at 88

Adam West, best known for starring as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the campy television series, has died of leukemia at the age of 88. The West family posted a statement on Facebook. It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news…Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him.…

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INTERVIEW: Jim O’Heir talks Middle Man, Parks and Recreation

Actor Jim O’Heir spoke to me early this afternoon in a phone call lasting nearly 15 minutes.  Our conversation covered Parks and Recreation, Middle Man, and baseball.  He is currently starring in Middle Man, playing in select theaters this weekend. Thanks for joining Solzy at the Movies today.  How are you doing? Jim O’Heir:  Good. When I last interviewed you two years ago, you were starring in the final season of Parks and Recreation and…

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Baywatch is A Complete Waste of Time

Baywatch had so much riding on it but it just couldn’t live up to the original series. Directed by Seth Gordon, Baywatch stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, with David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. The critics were not what brought down the movie.  It was just poorly executed.  No disrespect to the cast–they are all talented–but some things are just better left untouched.  Given the horrible…

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Megan Leavey: Kleenex Not Included

Megan Leavey is based on a true story about the war hero and her dog, Rex.  If your eyes aren’t watering by the final frame, you’re watching the wrong film or you simply don’t have a heart.  Take it from me, you’ll want to bring some Kleenex. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from a screenplay written by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt, Meagan Leavey stars Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford,…

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INTERVIEW: Josh McDermitt talks Middle Man and The Walking Dead

Actor Josh McDermitt, who also stars in AMC’s The Walking Dead, spoke to me late this morning in an interview as he promotes Middle Man.  The indie film opens in select theaters this weekend. Thanks for joining Solzy at the Movies today.  How are you doing? Josh McDermitt: I’m doing awesome.  You doing alright? Yeah, hanging in there.  What attracted you to the role of T-Bird in Middle Man? Josh McDermitt:  It’s something completely different…

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SXSW not pulling out of Austin despite pressure from U.S. Senators

Two United States senators have called on SXSW co-founder Roland Swenson to move the festival out of Texas in response to the passage of SB4. Senators Robert Menendez and Catherine Cortez Mastro sent their letter to Swenson yesterday.  They bring up a valid point with Texas being the home to a large festival that combines film, music, technology, etc. The Senators write: Throughout its 31 years, SXSW has been a beacon of consistency, standing with…

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Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins not signed for sequel

It was reported today that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has not yet signed on for the film’s sequel. I would expect that this will change soon and also come with a hefty pay raise following the film’s opening weekend.  Wonder Woman is expected to smash Tom Cruise’s The Mummy at the box office this weekend. With actress Gal Gadot playing one of the DC trinity, she has options in her contract for appearing in…

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Middle Man: Comedy can be Killer

Parks and Recreation alumnus Jim O’Heir displays his range in the indie film, Middle Man, due out in select theaters this weekend. Written and directed by Ned Crowley, Middle Man stars O’Heir, Andrew J. West, Josh McDermitt, Anne Dudek, and Tracey Walter. Everybody who is anybody has a dream of being famous.  For Lenny Freeman, he wants to be a stand-up comedian even though he’s simply not funny.  After his mom dies, he heads out…

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Wonder Woman Lives Up to the Hype

With the release of Wonder Woman, the female heroine created by William Moulton Marston, finally got her long-overdue origin story on the big screen. Directed by Jenkins, Gal Gadot leads a cast that includes Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugen Brave Rock, and Saïd Taghmaoui.  Jenkins directs from a screenplay written by Allan Heinberg.  The story was written by Zack Snyder…

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The Hunter’s Prayer is A Different Kind of Thriller

The Hunter’s Prayer provides for a subversive take on the thriller genre as a hit man decides to go against orders and protect his mark.  Instead of providing us with a traditional thriller, this one is completely character-driven. Directed by Jonathan Mostow, the film stars Sam Worthington, Odeya Rush, Allen Leech, Amy Landecker, Martin Compston and Verónica Echegui.  Based on the novel by Kevin Wignall, the screenplay was penned by John Brancato and Michael Ferris.…

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