STAR TREK BEYOND Review — Pretty Damn Fabulous

STAR TREK BEYOND Review – by James Mandell

star trek beyond reviewThe thing about all those overblown special effects blockbusters is there’s only so much real estate you can appropriate when battling super villains and destroying multiple metropolises on Earth. So the folks at Bad Robot, after what can only have been exhaustive rounds of gathering focus group data, have moved the action to outer space, where a galaxy-class spaceship can breathe a little.

Everybody’s back in this latest iteration, but tragically, for the last time, given the bizarre circumstances of Anton Yelchin’s (playing Chekov) real-life crushed-in-his-Studio City-driveway death just a few weeks ago. Recent word is the producers have vowed never to replicate him again.

Meghan King Edmonds Flips – RHOC Star Rehabs Home

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Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds

That didn’t take long! Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds (31) and her former MLB center fielder hubby Jim Edmonds (46) recently listed their home in Newport Beach for $3,399,000,  just 13 short months after buying it for $2.8 million. I got the entire scoop while researching it for a feature on News Corp’s

I’m calling it a flip, since the Edmonds, with a little help from the rest of the RHOC cast, completely remodeled the five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom, Mediterranean Revival–style home, located in upscale Newport Heights. In one episode of RHOC, the housewives were seen wielding a power saw, hammers, and an ax at a “demolition party” to remodel the Edmonds’ kitchen. For once, it seemed liquor wasn’t involved—at least until they put away the power tools.


Absolutely Fabulous Review by Lisa Johnson Mandell   @HomeInHollywood

Absolutely Fabulous ReviewSweetie Darlings, if you don’t mind being called by that unique term of endearment, and if, in fact, it elicits fits of giggles and sends you running to the fridge for some bolly (champagne), you’re going to love this film. If you’ve spent any time in Great Britain during the past 20 years, you’ll also love this film. If you’ve never watched the British sitcom of the same name that ran erratically from 1992 to 2012, you’re going to be totally lost, but you might find Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, mildly amusing.

Celebrity Chef Home Listed for $10 Million

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Stunning celebrity chef home of Carlito Jocson,corporate executive chef and vice president of Yard House restaurants.

I’ve heard of the occasional multi-million dollar celebrity chef home located in Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Hills, Malibu and perhaps in the New Port Beach area, but color me surprised to find one listed for $10 million in North Orange County, in the sleepy little town of Yorba Linda.

That’s right, Yorba Linda, home of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Thanks to an article I was assigned by News Corp’s, I was made aware of the stunning Pinnacle House and the prominent builder/owner of this tasty celebrity chef home.

GHOSTBUSTERS Review — Busting Makes Me Feel Good

ghostbusters reviewGhostbusters Review by Lisa Johnson Mandell @HomeInHollywood

I so don’t get the controversy over this film. The 1984 original did indeed become iconic, but it’s certainly ripe for a reboot after 32 years. Don’t Batman, Superman and Spiderman get a little work done and then come back to plague us three or four times a decade? This fresh take on a comedy classic, starring some of the world’s greatest comediennes, is at least something we haven’t seen before. What’s so wrong about letting the girls have a go at it?

THE SECRET LIFE of PETS Review — Purrfect or a Dog?

The Secret Life of Pets ReviewKnow that this THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS review is written by a true animal movie expert. Staci Layne Wilson (@StaciWilson) is the author of the Animal Movies Guide, available on Amazon.

Movies about pets having secret lives is not new – it was done to great effect by Disney in the 1960s with That Darn Cat! and The Three Lives of Thomasina. While it’s more believable that a canny cat could pull off espionage, it’s the dogs that take center stage in the new animated feature The Secret Life of Pets, from Illumination Entertainment, the same people who bring you all things Minion. You will be reminded of this fact frequently throughout the film, starting with the amusing Minions short at the beginning, ala Pixar.

Own the Mommie Dearest Mansion — for Only $35 Million

Find out why the dated Mommie Dearest Mansion is listed for such a high price

Mommie Dearest Mansion

Just imagine all the fun you’d have reliving the famed wire hanger scene, or re-enacting that fiercely competitive mother-daughter swim competition in the very Mommie Dearest mansion where the epic Joan Crawford biopic starring Faye Dunaway was shot! The fame, the glory, the camp, can all be yours for a mere $35 million.

THE INFILTRATOR Review — Best Film of the Year So Far

The Infiltrator ReviewThe Infiltrator review by Lisa Johnson Mandell

I love a film that is so intense I have to remind myself throughout, “it’s only a movie, it’s only a movie–these are actors, and their lives are not really at stake.” I also found it necessary to remember that the movie is based on a published memoir, so at least one of the main characters lived through these harrowing situations. Such is the case with The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston, in his best work yet. And I thought he was unequaled in Breaking Bad and Trumbo!

THE BFG Review — Beautiful for Generations

The BFG ReviewThe BFG Review by Lisa Johnson Mandell with help from Julian Dans

I can tell you that The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s first big screen collaboration with Disney, is magical and wondrous and a total delight, but not being a member of the film’s intended demo, I think the words of my nine-year-old friend Julian Dans, carry a lot more weight. “My favorite book in the whole wide world is The BFG by Roald Dahl,” he said. “And my favorite movie in the whole wide world is The BFG by Steven Spielberg.”


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates ReviewI know what you’re thinking when you start to read my Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates review: This is going to be another raunchy Neighbors-type film, seeing that it stars Zac Efron, and is written by the same screenwriters, Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. “How could it not be the same ole, same ole?” I was wondering myself. So imagine my surprise when I LOL’ed all the way through. And we’re not just tiny titters–they were actually loud, pound-on-the-armrest guffaws. This is a damn entertaining summer comedy, the perfect counter programming to The Secret Life of Pets, which is being released on the same weekend.