Hollywood’s Biggest Morning

Oscar nominations morning is actually really fun, despite the ungodly hour. For years, I’d cover the nominations from the Academy on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills alongside all the other reporters and producers. Everyone’s in a good mood, if a bit bleary-eyed, buzzing on a combination of caffeine and expectation. This morning, I rolled out […]

Studio 11 LA — Anchorman 2, Saving Mr. Banks, August: Osage County

Lots of big end-of-the-year releases in theaters now, including the much-anticipated sequel “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Lauren Sivan and I whip out the big up-dos to discuss. Watch the video here

What the Flick?! — Saving Mr. Banks

It’s an infomercial by Disney, for Disney, about Disney. Alonso, Matt, Ben and I review the cheery and self-congratulatory “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is (knda-sorta) about the making of “Mary Poppins.”

On Gravity, All Is Lost and the Allure of Solitude

Is “All Is Lost” “Gravity” on a boat, or is “Gravity” “All Is Lost” in space? The proximity of the release of these two films — which surely will rank among the year’s best — offers an intriguing juxtaposition. Where would you rather be stranded: floating in the middle of nowhere in the stars, or […]

Captain Phillips

Sony Pictures Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance abuse. Running time: 134 minutes. Three stars out of four. There’s a scene at the end of “Captain Phillips” in which Richard Phillips, the all-business captain of an American cargo ship that’s been invaded by Somali pirates, […]

What the Flick?! — Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks gives a powerful performance in the tense and bloody “Captain Phillips,” based on the true story of Somali pirates who invaded an American cargo ship in 2009. Ben and Alonso liked this movie better than I did on What the Flick?!