Philadelphia Autism Cares Foundation’s Race for Resources

Suburban Philadelphia Families Support the Autism Cares Foundation’s Race for ResourcesWhen parents are first given a diagnosis of autism for their young son or daughter it can be frightening. There can often be a myriad of emotions, unanswered questions, and a hunger for just the right services and programs to make sure their child thrives […]

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Phantom of the Opera Returns to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music

Spectacular Phantom of the Opera Returns to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music Interview with Swing and Dance Captain Adryan Moorefield There are some love stories that are timeless, and the spectacular current production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” is definitely one of them. The much-anticipated, triumphant return of this lavish and opulent […]

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Stunning Cinematic Treasures Offered at the 26th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival

Stunning Cinematic Treasures Offered at the 26th Annual Philadelphia Film FestivalIn keeping with the tradition of cultivating, showcasing, and nurturing films, from near and far, the 26th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival offers an array of memorable cinematic treasures. The much-anticipated event, which runs through October 29, has a staggering number of offerings: 92 features, 18 […]

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Dina and Scott’s Romance in ‘Dina’ – an Award-Winning Documentary

Director Dan Sickles’ Wild Ride With “Dina” His Award-Winning Documentary When director Dan Sickles was a boy he met a remarkable young woman named Dina, who despite a myriad of difficulties, would later transform his life, and the lives of other who crossed her path in his new award-winning documentary that proudly wears her name. […]

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Music Man Mike DelGuidice Shines in the Spotlight

Mike DelGuidice is a music man, a family man, and an overall fortunate dude. The extremely-talented 46-year-old musician writes his own music, put together the popular Billy Joel cover band, “Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot,” and performs with the band to loyal, and enthusiastic, audiences around the nation and beyond. In a nutshell, life is […]

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‘The Stray’ Director Mitch Davis on Family, Faith and Film

A mysterious mutt comes into the lives of a stressed-out family and helps each member overcome insurmountable odds in the charming new movie, The Stray. Mitch Davis was an overworked father working as a Hollywood studio executive, and despite considerable career success, his marriage and family were splintering apart. That was until one day in […]

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‘Addy & Uno’ The First Family Musical About Disability

(PCM) Five child-like puppets, each with specific disabilities, are opening our eyes to how friendship and caring for one another can truly change our world. “Addy & Uno,” a fresh new off-Broadway musical playing at the 14th Street Y Theater in New York City from Sept. 2 through Sept. 24, boldly, and affectionately tackles some difficult […]

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Simply Barbra’s Broadway Starring Steven Brinberg Comes to New Hope

(PCM) For all of us who love Barbra Streisand, and there are countless numbers of us, it is more than thrilling to share an intimate evening filled with her music and memories. That’s why performer Steven Brinberg has for many years attracted audiences, large and small, and now his show is coming to an intimate club […]

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The Buddy Holly Story Rocks New Hope and Philadelphia!

(PCM) From the moment the curtain rises in New Hope and Philadelphia, it is so easy to fall in love with John Dewey in the title role in “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” After the summer of 2016’s record-breaking run at the Bucks County Playhouse, nearly the entire cast has returned to the playhouse and is […]

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Have the Time of Your Life During the Current Tour of Dirty Dancing

(PCM) When Jennifer Mealani Jones was a young girl growing up in Maryland, she wanted to do everything that her brother did; including baseball, gymnastics, and dancing. The now 25-year-old professional performer believed that dancing was her destiny, since her mother’s side of the family was doing the Hawaiian Hula, and her father’s side was Salsa […]

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Head to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to Uncover New Cinematic Treasures

(PCM) It is clearly the time to enter the world of cinematic treasures by heading to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, now in its 16th year, and running through April 30. There is a great deal to shout about at this year’s festival, including several world premieres, riveting documentaries, nearly 100 feature films, special screenings, Gala […]

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Exclusive Interview With Lea Michele! ‘Intimate Evening’ Tour Kicks Off In Philly!

(PCM) Songstress Lea Michele has made an indelible mark on Broadway, on the hit television show “Glee” and she is now celebrating her new music and much-anticipated upcoming tour. The remarkable 30-year-old singer and actress, best known for portrayal of Rachel Berry on the award-winning show “Glee,” kicks off her limited Intimate Evening with Lea Michele’s […]

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Exclusive Interview With Anthony Chan Star Of Philly Broadway Series ‘The King And I’

(PCM) When Anthony Chan thinks of the many children who play his siblings in the Philly Broadway Series production of “The King and I,” he gets a wide smile on his face. The 24-year-old Chan is playing the part of the King’s eldest son, Prince Chulalongkorn in the current production at the Academy of Music, from […]

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Exclusive Interview: Adam Langdon is Stellar in ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

(PCM) Spending an evening with Adam Langdon in the leading role for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” is truly a transformative experience for the senses. The 24-year-old actor from Brooklyn began his thrilling national tour in September, portraying 15-year-old Christopher Boone, a boy who learns and communicates differently than many of us […]

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Director Tim Burton Shines In The Film Big Eyes

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(PCM) Tim Burton is a bit like the characters he creates in his movies – whimsical, highly animated, and quite appealing in a quirky kind of way and larger-than-life.

His latest movie, Big Eyes, opens to much anticipation on Christmas Day.

During a recent chat in Manhattan, Burton’s hair and beard were a bit scraggly, and he spoke with his hands waving in the air. It is clear: he is passionate about three aspects of his life: his films, his art and his family.

Among his unique movies, most with a strong cult following, are, Batman, Batman Returns, Mars Attacks, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Big Fish, and Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Burton has creatively directed from his vivid imagination numerous darkly-themed children’s movies, including: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Read more

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Halloween Tales From Sleepy Hollow’s Neil Jackson

(PCM) Just in time for Halloween, is British actor Neil Jackson, talking about a modern take on a classic piece of literature – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Neil Jackson has appeared in the films Quantum of Solace, Alexander, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Push, and numerous TV series. He has a double bill on the Fox TV Series Sleepy Hollow. In the modern-day version, Sleepy Hollow’s Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the nation’s founding fathers. This is the tale of an unsuspecting modern-day Ichabod Crane, who was thrust through time and focuses on a lean, lanky and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt, the town rowdy, to marry 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the beautiful daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. Jackson currently plays the characters of Abraham Van Brunt and the Headless Horsemen, who embarked on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow, and this was just the first of many horrors to seep into the town. Suspending some disbelief and with some camera magic and trickery, some … Continue reading

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Real Housewives Of New Jersey Star Jacqueline Laurita Connects With Other Caring Moms

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Frank and Linda Kuepper of the Autism Cares Foundation are joined by Jacqueline Laurita and her son, Nicholas, at a recent event in New Jersey.

(PCM) As a reality TV star, Jacqueline Laurita is accustomed to high drama, but off-camera is when the reality of motherhood stirs the most emotions in her life.

Laurita, of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, (RHONJ), is the mother of a five-year-old son, Nicholas, who was recently diagnosed with autism.

Since that first moment that his mom saw Nicholas struggle with speech and socialization issues, she began a tireless search to find answers: therapists, teachers, activities and groups that would improve his life.… Full Story

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Time Out Of Mind: Richard Gere Interview

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While we can image Richard Gere as a dashing leading man, a stern corporate mogul, or other dramatic forces in the movies, a downtrodden guy does not quickly come to mind.

It also seems surreal that people never noticed the Hollywood star on the streets of New York for the film shoot because they never looked at him. They easily mistook Gere for a man who was down on his luck and living in the streets.

For his latest role in Time Out of Mind, Gere plays the role of George, a homeless man forced onto the streets who tries to connect with his estranged daughter. From director Oren Moverman, the haunting new film is about a man who allows the world around him to take center stage, and for he to simple be a part of it all.

The … Read more

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Director David Dobkin Talks To PCM About ‘The Judge’

(PCM) The dramatic new film, The Judge, tackles major issues: the complex relationship of fathers and sons, hidden truths, and whether or not you can go home again.

In the hands of a less masterful director, The Judge, might be cliché. But director David Dobkin, (Wedding Crashers, and Shanghai Knights), was up to the challenge… and then some.

JudgeTheThe Warner Bros. film, which opened on Friday, October 10, begins with a well-written script, evoking a powerhouse of emotion, and also portrayed by a stellar cast.

Henry “Hank” Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.), is a successful lawyer, who returns to his hometown of Carlinville, Indiana, for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer, (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murdering a local man he once sentenced, who was recently released from prison.

Hank, trying to adjust again to small-town life and reacquainting with his long lost high … Read more

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Ben Affleck Gets Highly Dramatic for His Role in Gone Girl

Gone-Girl-Poster(PCM) Playing the role of a husband is not too much of a stretch for Ben Affleck, who has been happily married for nine years to actress Jennifer Garner and raising three young children.

Although in his latest film, a thriller called “Gone Girl”, he is a beleaguered crime suspect in connection with his missing wife’s murder.

During a recent chat for Gone Girl, which opens Friday, October 3, he looked a bit tired and as if he was fighting a cold. But he still had an easy banter with his film co-stars, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris.

The world premiere of “Gone Girl” took place on opening night as the gala selection of the 52nd New York Film Festival, which runs until October 12.

In Gone Girl, Nick’s wife, Amy, played by the lovely Rosamund Pike, has disappeared on her fifth wedding anniversary and their lives become the … Read more

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Taylor Swift Talks Her Role In “The Giver” And More!

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taylor-Swift3Taylor Swift is stretching herself in all of her creative endeavors.

The award-winning country singer currently plays the role of Rosemary in The Giver, which is based on a best-selling young adult novel of the same name.

The Giver is the haunting story of Jonas, (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, but colorless world, of conformity and contentment. It is a world without love, pain, or emotion, and it is portrayed in black and white.

As Jonas begins to spend time with The Giver, played by Jeff Bridges, who is the sole keeper of all of the community memories, he quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of the community’s secret past.

He learns about The Giver’s daughter Rosemary, played by Swift, a piano player, who perished under the weight of all of the secrets. The new film, … Read more

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Richard Armitage Interview – Into The Storm

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(PCM) In the span of just a few hours, a city is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones. One of the heroes in the film is played by Richard Armitage.

Armitage, best known for his role as Thorin Oakenshield, in the epic Hobbit trilogy, plays the role of Gary Fuller, and single father of two sons and high school vice principal, was drawn to the role of the everyman facing extraordinary circumstances.

While most people seek shelter, the storm chasers are a different breed – this is a very human story about how far they will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. It is also an action-packed disaster movie, with a family in the middle, and a great deal of heart.

The summer movie … Read more

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Family Time with Kate Hudson in Wish I Was Here

KateH(PCM) When Kate Hudson sees a movie as a labor of love, she jumps right in, especially when the writer/director is a close friend like Zach Braff.

Such is definitely the case with Wish I Was Here, a thoughtful and meaningful film about family, and not having regrets in life.

The entire film was truly a labor of love for Braff, who for years had been yearning to tell this story that he wrote with his brother, Adam, and he also stars in and directed.

In fact, the movie was financed by his own money and support from 47,000 fans who bought T-shirts and other memorabilia. Once Braff had the money in hand he went after his “dream cast” of old pal Kate Hudson and new friend Mandy Patinkin.

The movie from Focus Features opens Friday, July 18, in several cities (including Philadelphia) and around the country on July 25.… Read more

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Keira Knightley Has Found Her Voice in the Charming Film ‘Begin Again’

BeginAgain0(PCM) Keira Knightley is known for donning corsets in period dramas and winning over the hearts of her suitors in romantic comedies.

Now, the 29-year-old leading lady has something new to offer – a singing voice that is turning heads. In fact, the film’s soundtrack was recently released and it is already sought after by both film and music lovers.

During a recent chat on a hot and humid summer day in Manhattan, Knightley was upbeat, bubbly, laughing, and thoughtful, when she talked about getting into character, chilling out, singing lessons, romance, her co-stars, and more.

Knightley was picture perfect in a powder blue and gray pleated dress with a full skirt and Peter Pan collar, and three-inch silver stilettos. Her hair was braided and piled on top of her head in a bun. Her make-up and wine lips showed off her flawless complexion.

Her latest movie, Begin Again, from … Read more

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Lighting Strikes Again for Clint Eastwood in the film version of Jersey Boys

(PCM) Who would have imagined that four pals from New Jersey could make music history and then have a Broadway show and a movie musical made about their lives.1JerseyBut that’s exactly what happened with The Four Seasons and who better than to take theater, film, and music lovers on this glorious ride than director Clint Eastwood. The film version of Jersey Boys opens on Friday, June 20.

Jersey Boys, the story of the trials and triumphs of  The Four Seasons, is accompanied by the toe-tapping hit pop songs that influenced a generation, including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Dawn, Rag Doll, Bye Bye Baby, Who Loves You, Lightening Striking Again, and many more.

Clint Eastwood does a masterful job of directing the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys.

The movie transports us back in time with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; … Read more

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Hugh Jackman Is Flying High On X-Men: Days Of Future Past

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(PCM) Going back in time is always a way to open your eyes to the infinite possibilities and changes in your destiny. Having Hugh Jackman as your tour guide, is a big plus.

His latest heroic endeavor is the film X-Men: Days of Future Past, a huge, dramatic, and provocative story that is propelled by richly conceived characters.

Jackman’s Logan/Wolverine is at the centerpiece of the riveting film, which opens on Friday, May 23. The film from 20th Century Fox, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is a visual power-house; a feast for the eyes.

During a recent warm and rainy day at a posh hotel in Manhattan, Jackman, showed up without his “claws and weird hair,” but he was in top form. He was charming, friendly, amusing, and had a great banter with Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

With many X-Men and Wolverine films behind him, Hugh … Read more

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New York Giants player Justin Pugh’s Mom Found the Recipe for Success

Justin-Pugh-mom1(PCM) One sure-fire recipe for success is to have an ample supply of caring and supportive mothers – just ask New York Giants starting offensive tackle, Justin Pugh.

In fact, his mom and the mom of his best friend since first grade, Jake Lerner, have provided those perfect ingredients. And that helped Justin and Jake, find just the right nourishment to make their lofty dreams come true.

“My dream has always been to play in the NFL,” says the 23-year-old Pugh. “So I tell every child who looks to me as a role model, to follow his or her dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.… Full Story

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Loving Mom Teaches Acceptance during Autism Awareness Month

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When Kristin Arniotis’ son, Billy, who has autism, was four years old she was sitting at home one day thinking about his “quirky” behaviors and started to write them down.

Unlike many other observers of her son’s behaviors — looking at objects closely with his eyes and memorizing tons of facts – his loving mother saw the positive side to autism — a neurological and developmental disorder than can affect speech, socialization and various behaviors.

Instead of trying to change her son, Kristin saw the potential of what his behaviors could be. From these observations, a small yellow paperback book with a big heart was born.… Full Story

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Ty Burrell Loves Being A Patriarch In The Adorable Mr. Peabody & Sherman

(PCM) Ty Burrell is thoroughly invested in his fatherly role – both at home and at work. A doting father of two young daughters and a TV dad in Modern Family, he is starring as an unusual doggie daddy in an irresistible new movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman. A well-loved … Continue reading

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Philip Seymour Hoffman has tragically died at age 46; his legacy of acting excellence endures

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a celebrated screen, stage and television actor, who died way too young after an apparent battle with drugs – clearly another Hollywood success story turned into a tragedy. One of the most admired performers of his generation, who was widely acclaimed for his work, he will … Continue reading

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A Candid Chat With Zac Efron about his romantic comedy That Awkward Moment

With his youthful good looks, baby-blue eyes, and friendly demeanor one might expect Zac Efron to be resting on his boy-next-door image. But that is just not the case with That Awkward Moment, his latest turn from Focus features which opens on Friday, Jan. 31. The appealing movie is a … Continue reading

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Vanessa Hudgens is Emotionally Stunning in Gimme Shelter

(PCM) Vanessa Hudgens takes us with her on an emotional roller coaster ride in her latest dramatic film, Gimme Shelter, and shows us that clearly she is not a little girl any more. In fact, with her stunning portrayal of a pregnant, homeless, teenager forced to flee her abusive mother … Continue reading

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Being Charmed By Amy Adams in American Hustle

(PCM) One might think we would be tired of Amy Adams she has been in so many movies lately. But that would be a wrong assumption – she is simply delicious to watch. Her most recent role is in American Hustle as a British con woman, Sydney Prosser, who teams … Continue reading

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Mark Wahlberg’s Riveting Survival Plan

(PCM) Bravery and survival are the two keys to understanding Mark Wahlberg’s stunning performance in Lone Survivor, the riveting new movie survival, heroism and more. The movie, which will officially open on Christmas Day, is about a Navy SEAL who survives are brutal combat mission that takes the lives of … Continue reading

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The Women Film Critics Circle Picks 2013 Top Awards

(PCM) The Women Film Critics Circle Picks Philomena, Enough Said and Before Midnight to Receive its Top Awards. The three films chosen to receive top awards from The Women Film Critics Circle, are diverse in nature, but all have one common theme – they have great heart. Philomena, starring Judy … Continue reading

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Audiences Roar With Laughter for Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster Movie Musical

From the moment Seth Rudetsky watched Hair, his first Broadway musical as a young boy, he knew he was completely smitten and that love affair continues to this day. Now, Rudetsky a writer, actor, and afternoon Broadway host on Sirius XM radio, is coming together with old pals and new friends, all extremely talented actors, singers and dancers, for Disaster! A 70s Movie Musical, and the results are nothing short of hilarious. Disaster is running off-Broadway at the St. Luke’s Theatre with an open run and tickets that are on sale through the end of January. The show literally transports audiences back to the 70s, with such favorite tunes as … Continue reading

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Best Kept Secret on PBS

A Teacher of Newark Autistic High School Students Unlocks Many Secrets Special education teacher Janet Mino is truly an unsung hero who uses patience, kindness and love to inspire her autistic high school students in Newark, New Jersey. For more than 20 years she has guided and nurtured dozens of … Continue reading

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Rose McGowan Keeps Her Father’s Legacy Alive By Shining A Light on Rare Lung Disease

Rose McGowan faced a difficult challenge several years ago when she sat at her father Daniel’s bedside while he was dying from a rare lung disease. The actress, best known for her role on the TV show Charmed and subsequent movies, was her father’s support person, sharing his passion for … Continue reading

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Rose Byrne Discusses Defending Her Family in the Riveting Insidious: Chapter 2

(PCM) Rose Byrne appears to be a bit of a chameleon these days – changing cities, film genres and seasons – quickly and easily. In her latest movie, Insidious: Chapter 2, she battles supernatural powers to protect her family, and does it extremely well. The 33-year-old actress splits her time between New York and Australia, does films and TV shows in the comedy, horror, and drama genres, and loves exploring the sights and sounds of summer and winter in Manhattan and Sydney. When it comes to work Byrne easily moves between the horror films of Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2, to her work on the award-winning cable TV drama Damages … Continue reading

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Selena Gomez and Director Courtney Solomon Take a Thrill Ride in Getaway

(PCM) Actress Selena Gomez and film director Courtney Solomon enjoy taking risks – so it is fitting that their new action thriller is one heck of a roller coaster ride. Now 21, Gomez, best known for Wizards of Waverly Place and teen-oriented films, was looking for adventure in her next film, and Solomon, who also produced the movie, instinctively knew that she had just the acting chops to pull it off. In Getaway she portrays a complete stranger known only as “the kid” and ends up in the passenger seat of a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, riding along side Ethan Hawke’s character, a former race car driver, Brent … Continue reading

A Thrilling Chat with Eric Bana for the Film Closed Circuit

(PCM) Portraying a defense attorney in a high-profile terrorism case in the new film Closed Circuit required some real-life court-room drama for Eric Bana. To get into character Bana, an Australian TV and film actor, and his leading lady, Rebecca Hall, watched several actual criminal and civil cases in the UK play out in the courts, and became hooked on the real-life dramas before them. Bana and Hall spent a great deal of time at trials and on the set of the film with legal adviser Tim Owen to better understand the crucial specifics of the ins and outs of the British judicial process. Not only did he get to … Continue reading

Oprah Winfrey Gives Stellar Performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler

(PCM) It has been 15 years since Oprah Winfrey graced the silver screen, and her stunning performance as the wife of a presidential butler was worth the wait. Winfrey is considered by many to be the most powerful and influential woman in the world, because of her award-winning talk show, films and philanthropy. But despite this status and all her accolades, her director and co-stars say she is a true professional, has no diva or “control freak” traits and she was a sheer pleasure to work with on this film. She was intelligent, forthcoming, had great rapport with her co-stars, and was as warm and friendly as one could hope … Continue reading

The Irrepressible Sharon Stone is Stunning in Lovelace

(PCM) Sharon Stone has been away from films for several years and she was sorely missed. Her absence gave her time to be a more hands-on mother to her three sons, a role she said she truly relishes. Now, she is back in full force in one mother of an acting role in the powerful R-rated film Lovelace, which opens on Friday, August 9. In Lovelace she plays Dorothy Boreman, the domineering and un-nurturing mom of Linda Lovelace, who escaped her strict religious upbringing and became a porn star after falling for and marrying a charismatic hustler named Chuck Traynor. Eventually, Linda, played by Amanda Seyfried, took control of her … Continue reading

Jennifer Aniston’s Family Road Trip In We’re The Millers

(PCM) From the moment Jennifer Aniston stepped into her Keds sneakers to become a mom traveling across country in We’re The Millers, she had discovered the perfect fit. In the hilarious Warner Bros. comedy, which opens Wednesday August 7, Aniston portrays two roles: a cynical, down-on-her-luck stripper named Rose, and a wife and mom traveling with her family in a huge, shiny RV for a July 4th vacation to Mexico. Teaming up with funny man Jason Sudeikis for their third film, Aniston, 44, said she was attracted to We’re The Millers, and her character of Rose, because underneath the wild ride of this rather outlandish family road trip was a…Read more

Cate Blanchett is Stellar in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine

(PCM) Portraying a fragile woman whose socialite life has crumbled appears to have been easy for Cate Blanchett because she does this so gracefully. Best known for her roles in Elisabeth, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Aviator, the stunning 44-year-old actress says it was a challenging role, but she did not hesitate when Woody Allen called to ask her to star in his film Blue Jasmine. In the end, the role was quite daunting, but the finished film, which opened on Friday, July 26, and is a true triumph for the director, Blanchett and her co-stars. In fact, it took just a few short phone calls for…Read more

Hugh Jackman is Truly Heroic As The Wolverine

(PCM) Hugh Jackman is truly enjoying getting physical as the hero in The Wolverine. In fact, the 44-year-old leading man, who is quite the charmer, performs heroic feats in the visually-stunning film complete with big explosions, martial arts and the actor being using his claws to dig in while being suspended from a bullet train. For fans around the world Hugh Jackman is a new kind of hero. He performs super-hero feats in work and at a home, and is simply amazing in the supercharged Fox summer blockbuster The Wolverine, which opens Friday, July 26. Jackman, a Golden Globe and two-time Tony Award winner, is still in body building condition…Read more

Kristen Scott Thomas Is Thrilling In Only God Forgives

(PCM) It is easy not to recognize the prim and demure British actress Kristen Scott Thomas in her latest film, the thriller with Ryan Gosling called Only God Forgives. From the moment we see the character, Crystal, a dragon-lady peroxide blonde, we know she is an uncomfortable force to be reckoned with. The movie is a forceful thriller about Julian Thompson (Ryan Gosling), an American expatriate living in Bangkok, Thailand, who runs a boxing club, which is actually a front for a massive drug smuggling operation. His brother Billy brutally murders an underage prostitute before surrendering to the Thai police. Their mother Crystal, played by Kristen Scott Thomas, arrives in…Read more

Being Nurtured By Toni Collette in The Way, Way, Back

(PCM) Toni Collette has been playing the maternal role on and off-screen for several years and she has gotten extremely good at nurturing others along the way. She has also come a long way since 1994, when she played an insecure young woman named Muriel, who won us over trying on bridal gowns and getting married walking down the aisle to Abba music. Collette, 40, has frequently played a mom her recent roles, including Little Miss Sunshine and About a Boy, and now her latest film, the lovely coming-of-age indie movie, The Way, Way, Back, which opened on Thursday, July 5. Today, she is an award-winning film and TV actress,…Read more

Sandra Bullock Is Smoking Hot In Her Buddy-Cop Comedy The Heat

(PCM) Sandra Bullock and her on-screen buddy Melissa McCarthy couldn’t be more incompatible. But their off-screen chemistry and friendship is sheer delight. In her latest buddy-cop film The Heat, Bullock plays FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, a stuck-up, ambitious, brainy, and intuitive young woman with no friends and family. In fact, for the buttoned-up, spanx-wearing, know-it-all woman, her sole warm relationship is with a cat, and the cat belongs to a neighbor. The Fox film The Heat opens on Friday, June 28, and is expected to be a summer blockbuster. This FBI agent gets paired (or rather mismatched) with Boston cop Shannon Mullins, played by the irrepressible Melissa McCarthy, a…Read more

HBO Documentary Miss You Can Do It Is A Real Winner

(PCM) Every now and then someone makes a documentary that is so inspiring that everyone who has even had a physical or emotional struggle in their lives needs to see it. Such is the case with the stunning and poignant new 74-minute HBO documentary Miss You Can Do It, premiering … Continue reading

A Tearful Farewell To Actor James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini single-handily changed the way the world thinks about mob guys. He also proved that a burly guy could be a gentle giant. The star of The Sopranos basically avoided the spotlight since the last season of the beloved show aired in 2007, but continued working in films. Mr. Gandolfini, who stunned Broadway, TV and film audiences with his extraordinary portrayals, died of an apparent massive heart attack while vacationing with his son in Italy on June 19. He was 51. The press-shy actor won three Emmy Awards for his stellar portrayal of mob guy Tony Soprano, a man trying to balance the mundane stresses of family life and…Read more

The Kindness and Genius of Marvin Hamlisch Endures

(PCM) Marvin Hamlisch passed away suddenly at age 68, and the worlds of music and musical theater are quite a bit darker because of it. And so is my world, as I remember the many times over the past 15 years that we spent together having lunch and talking about his creativity and passion. Mr. Hamlisch died on Monday, August 6, after a brief illness. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, from the moment we met in Boca Raton, Florida, and in subsequent interviews. When I think of that first meeting at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, I have to smile. Moments after greeting…Read more