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The Best D-Day Movie You Never Saw

Posted on 06/6/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentSeventy years ago, 150,000 Allied troops stormed ashore at Normandy. Within hours they had secured a beachhead, and 11 months later Hitler’s Third Reich was in ashes. The largest military operation in history has naturally inspired lots of movies — some classic, some less so. The current edition of AARP The Magazine offers a good list of D-Day movies. It’s headed, of course, by Daryl Zanuck’s 1962 mega-production, The Longest Day. No D-Day movie list I’ve ever seen, though, includes …

MFG Weekend Movie and Video Preview: June 6

Posted on 06/5/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentTom Cruise finds himself stuck in a time loop, and a Hollywood agent discovers that time is not on his side. That can mean only one thing… It’s time to check out this week’s new movies! Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise stars as a soldier who dies in a battle against space aliens, only to find himself in a time loop that plops him back into that same fateful day over and over again. It’s a Twilight Zone-worthy scenario that …

‘Supermensch’ Starts Off a Summer of Documentaries

Posted on 06/4/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Theaters June 6) Austin Powers star Mike Myers tries documentary filmmaking with a fond look at one of his oldest friends, Hollywood superagent Shep Gordon. Actually, it seems that Gordon is just about everybody’s oldest friend: He’s the ultimate people person, a guy who got where he is by collecting, repaying and cashing in what he calls “coupons” — favors, acts of kindness and professional courtesies. It’s hard to argue with his results: …

Bob Newhart: TV’s Favorite Shrink Returns on DVD

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhen Bob Newhart decided to do a sitcom after more than a decade of standup comedy, he had one nagging worry: “I didn’t know if people would accept me as a psychologist,” he says. In fact, he adds, he wasn’t sure audiences in 1972 would be comfortable with the whole concept of psychology. “At that time, people didn’t really accept psychologists,” he says “They’d say, ‘Why are you going to talk to a psychologist? Talk to Mrs. Murphy, she knows …

CNN Summer Series ‘The Sixties’ Debuts May 29

Posted on 05/23/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentLet’s just proclaim Tom Hanks America’s Official Historian. The first TV program Hanks ever produced was the monumental miniseries From Earth to the Moon (1998).  His G.I. dramas Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010) remain the definitive World War II miniseries. And now he’s the executive producer of CNN’s ambitious attempt to crystalize the most turbulent decade of the past half-century, the 10-part documentary series The Sixties. CNN has made a few episodes available to the press for …

Roseanne Raises The Bar For New Comics

Posted on 05/22/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentRoseanne Barr, who tonight debuts as a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, would rather be at home on her Hawaii macadamia nut farm, eating food from her garden and seeing her grandkids off to school. Now there’s a sentence you would never have expected to read back in the days when Barr was the hell-raising, tabloid-dominating, reigning queen of the TV sitcom. But here she is, after taking a red-eye flight back to LA to promote the new show, already …