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THE HATEFUL EIGHT Review — Hatefully Yours, Q.T.

By James Mandell Great-lookin’ trailer, ain’t it, along with all them thar Golden Globe nominations? Lisa and I found ourselves at the glittery Cinerama Dome premier for this flick, and Harvey Weinstein himself took the podium to introduce the director, telling the story of QT’s impassioned pitch to them, which included his insistence on filming…

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THE REVENANT Review — It Will Make You Shiver

Brutal and punishing, intriguing and mesmerizing, The Revenant stands alone in its sheer mastery of the medium. While you might not be able to say you enjoyed it, you can’t help but be in awe of it. And although it’s a man against nature wild western, a genre that is not among my favorites, in my…

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Somebody Please Save This Glamorous Hollywood Mansion!

Update: Yahoo Real Estate just reported on the final price of this grand old mansion: “The order listed it in September at about $5.5 million, then reduced the price by half a million in November. The property entered contract in early December – and a couple of weeks later, the Christmastime sale closed at $4,250,914.”…

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My Critics Choice Nominations — Did STAR WARS Make the Cut?

You’ve probably been hearing a lot of announcements lately about awards nominations and winners; Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review, not to mention the city specific critics organizations like L.A. New York, Chicago film critics, etc. And you might have noticed one glaring omission: Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Jon Hotchkiss' Adorable Puppies — Home Sweet Television Network

Jon Hotchkiss' Adorable Puppies — Home Sweet Television Network

This may look like your typical Sherman Oaks home with a drought tolerant yard, but something more lurks behind that wrought iron gate. Owner Jon Hotchkiss, a TV veteran with 14 Emmy nominations to his credit, has created his own TV network here. He fetchingly calls it Adorable Puppies Inc., and has everything he needs to shoot, produce, edit and…

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CREED Review — It's a Knock Out!

Knock me over with a feather, I have to admit Creed is one of the best family films of the year. And I thought it was going to be a cheesy attempt to revive Rocky for a new generation. Creed goes far beyond reviving the franchise — it gives birth to a new one that I think it will connect with viewers just…


Movie Lairs and How You Can Live in Them

Oh those crazy Brits! A fun company called, which sells unique costumes and holiday garb that you can’t necessarily find on a quick trip to the Amazon, has come up with the ultimate super hero real estate guide. “Whether you’re a villain or a hero, you need a base camp that’s as brilliant or badass…

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THE DANISH GIRL Review — Not Buying Into the Hype

Get ready for a review unlike any other. I’m giving The Danish Girl my “Emperor’s New Clothes” award this year, because it covers the politically correct issue du jour — transgenderism, and there’s so much heavy hitting talent involved that many critics are afraid to criticize it or see the film’s flaws. Most members of the…

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Star Wars Force 4 Fashion Recruits Haute Designers for Charity

In all my days as a film critic, I don’t think there’s ever been a more all engrossing, highly anticipated film than the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens. Now even high fashion designers are getting into the spirit, collaborating with Bloomingdale’s on a charity project entitled “Force 4 Fashion,” which gives all us couture cultists…

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