Author: Andrew Parker

Review: Live from New York!

No television show in history – outside of the nightly news – has tapped into the pulse of the American people like Saturday Night Live. Since its early years with a notably stacked cast of famous actors about to become overnight sensations, Lorne Michaels’ sketch comedy show – pitched initially as 60 Minutes meets Monty Python – became the first and last word in American political and social satire. From the tumultuous post-Vietnam and Watergate era, rife with easy targets, to a heartfelt and uneasy post 9/11 healing period for its beloved host city of New York, the sometimes...

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Friendship and family: RJ Cyler and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon talk about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

While filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon paces his adjacent hotel room bedroom completing a telephone interview with someone deeply taken by his latest film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (opening exclusively in Toronto on Friday, June 12, 2015 and expanding across Canada throughout the summer), actor RJ Cyler and I relax on some couches in the next room resisting the urge to take a nap near the end of a long day of work. Cyler good naturedly chats about how he’s never had to do press for something this huge before, and jokes about how he wants to save...

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Saturday night fever: Bao Nguyen and J.L. Pomeroy on Live From New York!

Unless you’ve been living in some sort of bunker that keeps you shielded from all pop culture related news and information, it would be hard to forget that 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of one of television’s most hallowed institutions: Saturday Night Live. From its inception in the 1970s as a counter culture curiosity with a stacked cast of soon to be megastars (Belushi, Chase, Radner, Murray, Aykroyd), the brainchild of Canadian producer and comedic mastermind Lorne Michaels has consistently become one of the world’s go-to sources for satirical interpretations of current events and trends. Probably no single program...

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Review: Spy

Following a horrendously botched CIA operation in Bulgaria to retrieve a nuclear bomb that’s about to hit the international black market – one that leaves the agency’s most capable spies’ identities exposed – it’s up to untested desk jockey Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) to get close to the spoiled, but lethal brat (Rose Byrne) who’s trying to sell the device to the highest bidder. Driven by the desire to prove herself in the field and almost constantly having her cover blown by a jealous, alpha male, rogue agent with a bizzaro deathwish (Jason Statham), Susan foregoes the orders of...

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Review: Love & Mercy

One of the most iconic musical minds to ever gain famous (and infamous) mainstream notoriety, troubled Beach Boys maestro Brian Wilson spent almost all of his adult life battling mental illness, drug addiction, and an ambitious, creative impulse that left most of his bandmates and family members puzzled and confused. At the height of his personal troubles, Wilson would attempt to forge his own path, but his mental condition and personal relationships would deteriorate to a point where he would willingly place himself under the constant, watchful eye of a shady self-help guru with few tangible qualifications and ulterior...

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Review: Entourage

Picking up almost exactly where the successful bro-fest HBO series left off, the big screen porting of Entourage finds pretty boy megastar Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) once again single and this time ready to direct his first feature. His agent, turned studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is more than willing to oblige Chase’s dreams. When the film goes over budget, gets too ambitious for its own good, and Vince starts getting cagey about his “art,” Ari has to stop the son of his film’s financier (an admittedly awesome Haley Joel Osment) from reporting back that the project is...

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Review: Survivor

Recently recruited by the U.S. State Department office working out of London, Kate (Milla Jovovich) has been cited as being one of the best passport security office workers in the world. When she begins questioning workers with specific knowledge of pharmaceutical gasses making strange trips to the US, her immediate superior (Robert Forster) tells her not to worry about it, but her head boss (Dermot Mulroney) stands by her convictions to his uptight, constantly shouting boss (Angela Bassett). Turns out, Kate has stumbled on a massive homegrown terror plot – to be carried out by a mysterious, shadowy assassin...

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