Ready4Air (Film) |Hollywood Struggles To Find A Comedy : Lights-Camera-Jackson Says “I’m Not Laughing”

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December 14, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

 

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Photo courtesy: 20th Century Fox

By definition, a comedy is “intended to make an audience laugh”. “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig goes by a very similar standard, tweeting, “A comedy’s a film whose #1 goal is to make people laugh. If that wasn’t the filmmakers’ top goal, it’s not a comedy.”

2015 didn’t supply many pure movie comedies. The video game adventure “Pixels” and Feig’s own “Spy”, starring the Queen of the Modern Comedy, Melissa McCarthy, are essentially Action Comedies. Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” also contained romantic, and even some dramatic, elements. “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Ricki and the Flash” benefited from music throughout to keep their light tones. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” had a positive, light-hearted energy for the first two-thirds but an emotional final act. Technically, it’s a “dramedy”.

The smartest “Comedy” of the year was “The Intern”, starring an excellent Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway at her career best. Similar in story and execution to “The Devil Wears Prada” ten years ago, “The Intern” didn’t have a lot of laughs but the premise, situations, and likable leads kept me smiling nearly the entire time. It’s good-hearted and quite moving. But, if “The Best Comedy of the Year” Award needs to go to the film that provided the most laughs, it’s clearly “Ted 2”, which greatly exceeded my expectations. Runners-up include the updated remake of “Vacation” and Jack Black’s “Goosebumps”.

A film that certainly IS NOT a comedy is “The Martian”. But because star Matt Damon makes a handful of wisecracks to the camera while he’s stuck on Mars, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has accepted Ridley Scott’s big-budget, blockbuster, all-star, sci-fi, space, action/adventure into the Best Comedy category for the Golden Globes. Traditionally it’s not unusual for a touch of humor to be infused into more serious films to ease the dramatic tension. A few recent examples of this include “The Descendants”, “Philomena” and “Saving Mr. Banks”. “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” are two other examples, and you may recall, the Golden Globes qualified them as comedies as well. And they’re allowing “Joy,” director David O. Russell’s third collaboration with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, also to be considered a comedy, even though many who’ve already seen the late December release say it’s clearly a drama.

And J-Law’s a lock for a nomination. Lily Tomlin’s character in the 78-minute “Grandma” is a bit wacky though the movie mostly doesn’t try to make you laugh. Nonetheless, she and Lawrence will likely fill two of the five Lead Actress in a Comedy or Musical slots – taking positions away from the much more deserving Hathaway, McCarthy, Schumer and/or Streep.

One of the worst mistakes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ever made was with 2011’s “My Week with Marilyn”. While I’m glad Michelle Williams was recognized with a statue for her performance, watching the Marilyn Monroe character physically and psychologically suffer was NOT FUNNY. That movie was NOT a comedy in any possible way.

Deciding which category films should be submitted into has become a major game for studios and PR agencies, as they try to push their films and stars into the categories where they think they have the best chance of winning, not where they truly belong. You also see a lot of category abuse between the Best Actor/Supporting Actor categories. No one is playing along with this charade more than the Globes though the Critics Choice Movie Awards fell into the trap last year. When they named “The Grand Budapest Hotel” the year’s Best Comedy, over real members of the genre – “Birdman” (a legit dark comedy) and the highly entertaining “22 Jump Street”.
One thing’s for sure: when I fill out my Critics Choice ballot next week, “The Martian” won’t be anywhere on it, whether it’s considered to be a Comedy, Drama, Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, Foreign-Language, Documentary or Animated film.

Thanks, Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson With Your Ultimate 2016 Animated Movie Guide

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November 22, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

 

"The Angry Birds Movie" - Courtesy Sony/Columbia

“The Angry Birds Movie” – Courtesy Sony/Columbia

By Jackson Murphy

I seem to make this statement every year, but it does seem like we’re about to enter one of the biggest, and potentially best years in the history of Animated Movies. The crowded 2016 line-up already includes more than a dozen features with a variety of appealing storylines. Headlining the group are a trio of highly-anticipated sequels. DreamWorks Animation has chosen a rather interesting, January 29th release date for “Kung Fu Panda 3”. This threequel picks-up right where 2011’s “KFP 2″ left off, as Po reunites with his actual father and meets an entire colony of pandas who he must now train for battle. Disney/Pixar’s”Finding Dory” will be released a whopping 13 years after “Finding Nemo”, on June 17th. I’m staying cautiously optimistic. Pixar could certainly knock this one out of the park, but the script has to be superb, with a tremendous emotional punch, to match expectations.

And just a month later, on July 22nd, is “Ice Age: Collision Course”. Based on the teaser screened before “The Peanuts Movie”, this fifth installment is taking things to a new “frontier”, as Scrat has, somehow, ventured into the future. Disney Animation took a break in 2015 (following the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6”) to focus on two ’16 projects. “Zootopia” (Mar. 4) is an “animals with human characteristics” comedy. And “Moana” (Nov. 23) is set in beautiful Hawaii and stars, Dwayne Johnson. Will Lilo & Stitch be making cameo appearances?

Illumination Entertainment’s “The Secret Life of Pets” (July 8) has had its humorous teaser trailer play in front of every family film since “Minions” in July. The studio has also just announced “Sing” for Dec. 21. The story centers around an animal music competition and features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Seth MacFarlane. The concept sounds fun, and Universal, the film’s distributor, is reporting that 85 songs will be used in the film. Yes, that’s not a typo. McConaughey also leads Focus Features and Laika’s latest, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, a stop-motion adventure out Aug. 19.

While Sony Pictures Animation hasn’t confirmed a 2016 film as of yet, Sony/Columbia is distributing two releases. “The Angry Birds Movie” (May 20) is based on the online game series that, I guess, is still popular. And Seth Rogen and his pals star in a raunchy animated comedy called “Sausage Party” (Aug. 12).

And finally, three others that could be hit or miss: “Norm of the North” from Lionsgate looks less than promising (and a Jan. 15 open doesn’t help). “Storks,” from Warner Bros., is currently scheduled for a prime Sept. 23 release. And “Trolls”, starring those iconic toys (and the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick) is DreamWorks’ second ’16 film, due out Nov. 4.

Thanks, Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson asks Double Trouble for Awards Contenders?

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November 15, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

 

Cate Blanchett in "Truth" (l) and "Carol"(r) Photo courtesy: Sony Pictures/The Weinstein Co.

Cate Blanchett in “Truth” (l) and “Carol”(r)
Photo courtesy: Sony Pictures/The Weinstein Co.

By Jackson Murphy

Could having two spotlight movies backfire for some actors and studios as we approach Awards Season?

Cate Blanchett is currently experiencing this problem, as the praise she’s receiving for her lead actress performance in “Carol” (Opening in Limited Release Nov. 20) is overshadowing her work in “Truth”. The CBS News biopic with Blanchett as producer Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as anchor Dan Rather has received mixed reviews from critics and is being largely ignored by audiences who simply aren’t interested in this story.

Seth Rogen does the best acting job of his career as Steve Wozniak in “Steve Jobs”. Rogen doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but he’s part of a couple of fiery debates with Michael Fassbender’s Jobs, and it’s impressive to watch his commanding presence in a rare, dramatic role. And it’s a much-needed comeback for Rogen, nearly a year after “The Interview” debacle. But Supporting Actor nomination buzz for Rogen could completely go away with the release of the raunchy holiday comedy “The Night Before” in two weeks. If the film is as bad as the trailer, the awful reviews will bury Rogen’s awards season chances. Meantime, Fassbender is receiving high praise for his “Steve Jobs” performance, but that likely means his other late-year Lead Actor role, in “Macbeth” (limited open on Dec. 4), will not be in the awards conversation. Folks at the always (extremely) competitive Weinstein Co., which is distributing “Macbeth”, won’t be pleased about that, and could campaign Fassbender against himself.

And then there’s Pixar. The studio didn’t release a film last year, but it has two 2015 efforts. “Inside Out” was a critical and box office darling when it opened in June, and it’s considered to be a lock in all the Animated Feature competitions. If “The Good Dinosaur” (opening Nov. 25) is as good as it appears, it should make it on everyone’s ballots as well.

However, two Pixar movies in the same category may simply be too much for some voters to handle. The competition for slots is strong, with “The Peanuts Movie” and “Shaun the Sheep Movie” both worthy and the R-rated, stop-motion drama “Anomalisa” also considered to be a lock. Indies such as “Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet” and Studio Ghibli’s final feature “When Marnie Was There” will also get strong consideration. And finally, “The LEGO Movie” was thought to be a guaranteed Oscar nominee (and winner) last year, and we all remember what happened. This category is completely unpredictable.

Thanks, Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4ir (Film) |Lights-Camera-Jackson on The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Hits A Milestone: (EXCLUSIVE)

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November 7, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

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By Jackson Murphy

If you are like me (and, if so, we’re in the minority), you stay to the end of the credits of every movie you see. Not only does this practice mean you occasionally get rewarded with a bonus scene (aka “Easter Egg”) that the moviegoers who leave early miss, but there are also traditional features in the closing credits that all diehard film fans should want to check out. One of those is the seal from the Motion Picture Association of America, with a corresponding number that goes with it, signifying that this film has been submitted to the MPAA for an official rating. But, if you’re part of the millions of movie fans who don’t stick around and haven’t been paying attention, you’ve missed an exciting milestone: the MPAA’s 50,000th movie.

I first started going to movie theaters 12 and a half years ago. My first film was “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” in May 2003. After doing a little research, I’ve learned that it was MPAA #39,825. Since that day I’ve been watching that number steadily increase, heading toward the 50,000 mark. As 2015 began, we were in the early/mid-49,000 range. Over the last few months the final countdown began: “Bridge of Spies” (No. 49967), “Our Brand Is Crisis” (No. 49992) and “Steve Jobs” (No. 49998). [Note: those three films were not released theatrically in that order.]

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And now it’s official! The MPAA has reviewed and handed-out seal #50,000, to the indie “Chloe & Theo”, starring Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”- No. 49529, “Black Mass”- No. 49620) and Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino. The dramedy was just released on DVD.

The association hasn’t made a big deal about this publicly (in fact, the MPAA declined a request for an interview for this story). But after years of rating controversies (including a few recent ones from Weinstein Co. releases), this should be deemed one of their prouder achievements. The organization has served the movie industry and the public for 93 years as the official and (mostly) reliable source for film ratings, so (to me) this milestone is worth celebrating.

Do yourself a favor – the next time you go to a movie stay until the end of the credits and check-out the MPAA seal number. Sometimes, after a really bad film, it’s the most interesting part of the night.
Thanks, Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) |Lights-Camera-Jackson on A24 Leading the Independent Pack

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October 31, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

 

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By Jackson Murphy

When movie studios are evaluated at the end of 2015, Universal (“Jurassic World”, “Furious 7”, “Minions”) and Disney (“Avengers”, “Inside Out”, “Star Wars”) will clearly receive top honors for having the biggest box office success. But, when it comes to Quality Films over the course of the year, the award will likely go small, independent A24.

You may not have heard of the name, and you may not have seen many of their films, but this studio has broken through in 2015 and is about to break through in a major way this Awards Season and into 2016. Prior to this year, A24 was best known as the distributor of “Spring Breakers” (starring James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens), the Shailene Woodley high school drama “The Spectacular Now”, the outstanding Tom Hardy indie “Locke” and the solid crime drama “A Most Violent Year”, which earned Jessica Chastain a Golden Globe nomination in 2014.

The studio’s 2015 roster is very impressive: “While We’re Young”, a mid-life crisis comedy with Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, was not widely seen this spring, but it received mostly positive reviews. “Ex Machina”, from writer/director Alex Garland (“28 Days Later”), is a bold sci-fi thriller starring Oscar Isaac, Domnhall Gleeson and one of this year’s “it-girls”, Alicia Vikander. Critical praise and theater expansion helped it become the studio’s highest-grossing release to date in the US ($25.4 million). “Amy” is a frontrunner for Best Documentary Feature honors. This powerful look at late singer Amy Winehouse is genuinely sad and consistently fascinating. “Mississippi Grind”, a low-budget gambling drama that debuted on DirecTV Cinema before heading to theaters, features two top-notch performances from stars Ben Mendohlson and Ryan Reynolds.

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And A24 is also behind two of the absolute best films of the year: “The End of the Tour” is a pitch-perfect, two-man drama with Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel at their finest. Segel’s Supporting Actor buzz is well-deserved. And then there’s “Room”, the heart-pounding and heartbreaking story of a woman held captive in a backyard shed for seven years, the last five with her young son. Brie Larson is a lock for multiple Best Actress nominations, and nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay deserves to be included in Supporting Actor discussions as well.

Included on the A24’s early 2016 lineup is the horror film “The Witch”, that’s already generating buzz. Hollywood is filled with a lot of independent studios – some make it, while most struggle to survive. In just four years, A24 has proven, that not only do they belong, but that they’re an important player in the industry.

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Thanks Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson on Locking-In One Oscar Category Now

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October 24, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

Jennifer Lopez Photo courtesy: Sony

Jennifer Lopez
Photo courtesy: Sony

By Jackson Murphy

This year’s Oscar voters, particularly the nominating committee, will have a more difficult time than ever evaluating the many performances in the four acting categories and narrowing them down to just five. The same amount of frustration will surely go into Best Director, Best Animated Feature, Best Picture and several others. But I’ve got a slam-dunk idea that would take the pressure off of determining one category.

Over the past few years, the Oscars have been so gung-ho about star-power, especially with the musical performances, that live versions of these nominees for Best Original Song would certainly create interest and attract viewers. So here is my “Dream Playlist” for Oscar Night. (Members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Hollywood Foreign Press Association should also take note for their respective Original Song categories):

“Feel the Light” is an emotional tune from the DreamWorks Animation comedy alien space “Home”. Sung by superstar Jennifer Lopez, she (and all the visuals) would absolutely light-up the stage.

Similarly, there’s “Flashlight”, a hit finale from “Pitch Perfect 2”. It’s performed by 18-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, an Oscar nominee for 2010’s “True Grit”, so she’s already well-established with The Academy. Young people would tune-in for this.

Spotify has already unveiled the latest James Bond theme, for “Spectre”, titled “Writing’s on the Wall”. While it doesn’t have anywhere near the power-punch of Adele’s “Skyfall”, Sam Smith has millions of fans, and he’d deliver live on Oscar night.

“See You Again” is, surprisingly and yet not surprisingly, the early frontrunner for the trophy. This tribute number to “Furious 7” ‘s Paul Walker from Wiz Kahlifa and Charlie Puth has been on the radio (and stuck in our heads) for months. It’s moving and perfectly fits with the film’s final scenes.

And finally – the voting members simply have to answer this question: “Wouldn’t you love to see three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and music legend Rick Springfield rock-out on the Oscars stage?” If so then “Cold One”, from the music dramedy “Ricki and the Flash” (they perform the uptempo version during the closing credits), needs to get a nomination. It’s unlikely Streep will be up for Best Actress for “Ricki”, and her Supporting Actress chances for a small role in “Suffragette” are, at this point, pretty slim. A year without Meryl as part of the Academy Awards just wouldn’t feel right. Put her on live with a guitar in her hands? Now, that’s an Oscars-worthy moment.

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Thanks Jackson!

 

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Happy National Boss’s Day: Americans Choose Their Favorite Bosses on Film

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October 16, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

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Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

October 16 is National Boss’s Day, so if you have a boss, who you love or hate, today is the day to honor them.  Americans chimed in to honor their favorite and not so favorite bosses of film in a recent  nationwide survey of 1,000 adults conducted by OnePoll for 1-800-Flowers.com in honor of National Boss’s Day.

Memorable film bosses include George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the leader of a gang of casino thieves in Ocean’s 11; Darth Vader, the Jedi gone bad as voiced by James Earl Jones in the first Star Wars trilogy; and Tony Stark, the billionaire businessman turned superhero played by Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. Love Downey as Tony Stark!

While we all love and want a good boss there is just something so special about a bad boss. One of my favorite bad bosses on film is Meryl Streep as fashion maven and nasty boss Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. Whenever the movie is on television I watch it for not only for the fun clothes but Streep’s efficient but nasty glares and one liners including this one she utters to an underling as she tells an underling: “By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.” Love it!!  In the survey, Streep’s performance ranked second in the category of bad bosses on film.

Another one of my favorite films, Elf starring Will Farrell and featuring  bad boss Ed Asner as Santa Claus came in at No. 5.  Among dramatic film bosses, Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather is No. 1 with Al Pacino as son Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II as — what else? — No. 2.

When we go back to famous bad boss one liners Streep’s Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada line I mentioned earlier  was No.1  ad in third is Sigourney Weaver as Katherine Parker, Melanie Griffith’s conniving boss, in Working Girl: “Never burn bridges. Today’s junior prick, tomorrow’s senior partner.”

“We always remember bosses who have inspired us throughout our career,” says Chris McCann, president of 1-800-Flowers.com. Whether mischievous like Willy Wonka or coercive like Don Corleone, the most memorable bosses are often colorful people who leave a lasting impression,” says McCann. “They might not always be so easy to deal with, but they do make life more interesting.”

Happy National Boss’s Day!

Courtesy: Nationwide survey of 1,000 adults conducted by OnePoll for 1-800-Flowers.com 

Top funny TV bosses

1. Sam Malone (Ted Danson), Cheers
2. Lou Grant (Ed Asner), The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3. Angela Bower (Judith Light), Who’s the Boss
4. Philip Banks (James Avery), The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
5. Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Friends
6. Michael Scott (Steve Carell), The Office
7. Larry Tate (David White), Bewitched
8. Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), Modern Family
9. J. Peterman (John O’Hurley), Seinfeld
10. Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), 30 Rock

Top funny movie bosses

1. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
3. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4. Felonious Gru (Steve Carell), Despicable Me
5. Santa Claus (Ed Asner), Elf
6. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), The Proposal
7. Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), Horrible Bosses
8. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers), Austin Powers
9. Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman), 9 to 5
10. Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), 101 Dalmatians

Top dramatic movie bosses

1. Don Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather
2. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather: Part II
3. Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 11
4. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Star Wars
5. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Iron Man
6. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), Schindler’s List
7. John Milton (Al Pacino), The Devil’s Advocate
8. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Wall Street
9. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), X-Men
10. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), American Gangster

Top movie bosses we would most like to work for

1. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. Santa Claus (Ed Asner), Elf
3. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Iron Man
4. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), The Proposal
5. Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), Horrible Bosses
6. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
7. Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 11
8. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
9. Walter Burns (Cary Grant), His Girl Friday
10. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), The Wolf of Wall Street

Scariest movie bosses

1. Don Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather
2. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather: Part II
3. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Star Wars
4. Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), 101 Dalmatians
5. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
6. John Milton (Al Pacino), The Devil’s Advocate
7. Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) in A Christmas Carol
8. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Wall Street
9. David Harken (Kevin Spacey), Horrible Bosses
10. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers), Austin Powers

 

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson on Space: The “Finest” Frontier?

"The Martian"starring Matt Damon
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October 2, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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“The Martian” starring Matt Damon
Photo Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

By Jackson Murphy

In 2013’s “Gravity”, Sandra Bullock played a rookie astronaut who, in less than 90 minutes, alone and against all odds, did everything she possibly could to get back home. In 2014, Bullock’s haircut was then styled for Anne Hathaway, who joined space explorer Matthew McConaughey on a groundbreaking “Interstellar” adventure from the mind of Christopher Nolan. Midway through Matt Damon showed-up and nearly killed McConaughey. But he survived (alright, alright, alright!) However, he still had to face his biggest test: getting back home. And I still don’t understand that film’s final few moments.

This year’s blockbuster space movie (because, apparently, it’s become an annual thing) is “The Martian”, starring Mr. Damon. And here’s the tagline on the film’s poster: “Bring Him Home.” That’s right, after a Mars mission goes wrong and all the other astronauts leave the planet thinking that Damon’s character is dead, he wakes-up. And so the others decide, again all odds, to go back and try to rescue him. Jimmy Kimmel is sure to either love or hate “The Martian” depending on how it ends.

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It’s clear that Hollywood is more in love with exploring space than anyone currently working at NASA. And the connection between the Cinema and celestial exploration has been around since movies began. Among the highlights – “2001: A Space Odyssey”, which is still considered one of the (if not the) greatest sci-fi movie ever made, “E.T.”, one of my all-time favorites, and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

But this triple-header of similar Awards Season go-getting, astronaut-saving movies is a bit unique. I’m not sure if “The Martian” will earn Visual Effects Oscar honors, as “Gravity” and “Interstellar” did (it could end-up battling the latest in another space saga – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – for that statue). But maybe we’ve seen the last “astronaut in peril” film for a while. Next time, he/she can just “phone home.”

Thanks Jackson!

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Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson Interviews ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Director

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September 25, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Jackson Murphy with Hotel Transylvania 2 director Genndy Tartakovsky

By Jackson Murphy

The animated comedy Hotel Transylvania was released in 2012, and it quickly became Sony Pictures Animation’s highest-grossing domestic film of all-time. No surprise that a follow-up was ordered, with Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky checking back in for Hotel Transylvania 2. In this LCJ Q&A, I talk with Tartakovsky about making the all-star sequel, working with co-writer (and voice of Dracula) Adam Sandler and the legendary Mel Brooks, and I tell him why he may want to book a return trip to Romania.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson Finds No Saving Grace In ‘Grace of Monaco’

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August 28, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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The Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the Academy Award-winning movie star who became royalty when she married Monaco’s Prince Rainier (Tim Roth), was originally supposed to open in November 2013 as a prime awards season contender. It aired on Lifetime in May 2015.
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By Jackson Murphy

It’s one of the wackiest movie rollercoaster stories of the decade. The Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the Academy Award-winning movie star who became royalty when she married Monaco’s Prince Rainier (Tim Roth), was originally supposed to open in November 2013 as a prime awards season contender. One of director Olivier Dahan’s previous works, La Vie en Rose (2007), earned Marion Cotillard a Best Actress Oscar. But the studio behind Grace of Monaco, The Weinstein Company, felt the film needed more time to be completed, deciding to push it back to a spring 2014 release. Interestingly, Vanity Fair magazine still spotlighted Kidman and the movie in their December 2013 issue.

Normally when a film is taken out of awards season, that’s not a good sign. But that January TWC was able to secure Grace as the opening night selection at the Cannes Film Festival, an incredibly prestigious honor. However, the spotlight proved to be rather harsh, as Grace was booed by the crowd and reviews posted online were nothing short of disastrous–many describing it as unintentionally funny, campy, and/or just plain awful. Based on that reaction, Harvey Weinstein shelved all plans for a US release.

So when news broke in April that Lifetime was set to air Grace of Monaco in May, the entertainment industry was aghast. More critics reviewed (and universally trashed) it. The TV ratings were never announced. But just when everyone thought this was the last anyone would ever hear of Grace of Monaco, the film, shockingly, received a 2015 Emmy nomination for Outstanding TV Movie. I had it on my DVR for months, not sure if I’d ever get around to watching it. But the nomination convinced me that I had to watch it. And this week I did.

And you know what? It’s as bad as advertised. The story is really dull and the editing is rough. The score is out of place, loud, and distracting, and even though Roger Ashton-Griffiths is only in a few scenes as Alfred Hitchcock, his performance brings down the entire cast. Kidman does sparkle in some appropriate moments, and while her pivotal closing speech is strong, we didn’t need the ultra close-ups of her face.

And yet, I would love to see Grace of Monaco win the Emmy on Sunday, September 20. Online reaction (which was hysterical when the nomination was announced) would be priceless. I’m expecting host Andy Samberg to make at least one reference to the princess story turned nightmare in his opening monologue and maybe keep it as a running joke all night.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson’s Early Awards Season Preview: Best Actress

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August 21, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Jennifer Lawrence stars in Joy, which is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day.
Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

By Jackson Murphy

The Best Actress competition for the upcoming awards season is already taking shape, with The Weinstein Company getting the campaigning off to an early start, pushing Helen Mirren for her performance in the spring release Woman in Gold. Going for her 20th career Oscar nomination, fellow Hollywood royalty member Meryl Streep is receiving some buzz for her current work in Ricki and the Flash, as is Lily Tomlin, who plays the title character in the 79-minute comedy Grandma, which opens this Friday in limited release. And there are a lot more female favorites on the way:

9/18 – Emily Blunt (Sicario)
10/2 – Julianne Moore (Freeheld)
10/16 – Brie Larson (Room), Cate Blanchett (Truth)
10/23 – Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)
10/30 – Sandra Bullock (Our Brand Is Crisis)
11/6 – Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
11/13 – Angelina Jolie Pitt (By the Sea)
11/20 – Cate Blanchett and/or Rooney Mara (Carol), Julia Roberts (Secret in Their Eyes)
11/27 – Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
12/11 – Maggie Smith (Lady in the Van)
12/25 – Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Practically every woman in this lineup has either previously been nominated for or won an Academy Award. It’s a powerhouse group to say the least and will make the slots even more competitive to grab.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson: Hollywood’s 5 Biggest Summer 2015 Box Office Bombs

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August 14, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Ted 2 is one of the five biggest summer 2015 box office bombs.
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By Jackson Murphy

There may be a few more flops before Labor Day arrives, but none worse than these five biggest summer 2015 box office bombs:

1. Ted 2 If you had told me that this sequel to the 2012 comedy giant would make less than 40% of the original’s domestic gross, I would’ve thought you were nuts. But released on the heels of Jurassic World and Inside Out, Ted 2 simply didn’t attract nearly the same audience as the original, making only $80 million domestically. How come? Well, the reviews were generally mixed (though I think it’s much funnier than the first film), and Seth MacFarlane’s reputation has been on the decline since his Oscars hosting gig and last year’s complete bust, A Million Ways to Die in the West.

2. Aloha This is why movie reviews still matter. A romantic dramedy with a cast of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin would’ve opened to at least $20 million if it weren’t for the absolutely awful early reviews. Aloha has a lot of problems, but it’s not a terrible film. The fact that it only made $21 million is incredible, to say the least.

3. Fantastic Four 140 characters can drastically change the destiny of a film. Director Josh Trank’s tweet blaming 20th Century Fox for re-cutting Fant4stic (and making a mess of his “fantastic story”) ignited a firestorm of negative buzz, resulting in one of the worst opening weekends for a Marvel product ever. I guess we all finally learned how to defeat superheroes.

4. Tomorrowland Disney. George Clooney. The Incredibles director Brad Bird. Intriguing story based on the Mouse House’s own theme park attraction. So what went wrong? Well, it’s just not a good film, and even with the PG rating, the target audience wasn’t kids or families. In fact, I’m still not sure who Bird intended this movie for. And by the time he and Disney realized their marketing plan was all wrong, it was too late.

5. Pixels Even though Adam Sandler wasn’t the (main) marketing tool (the classic video game characters dominated the TV ads), Sandler has to get much of the blame for this action comedy not being a winner. Having “Sandman” attached to any project these days pretty much means certain death. The PG-13 rating also didn’t help.

Honorable Mentions: No 4th of July fireworks for Magic Mike XXL or Terminator Genisys, as their respective studios learned that these sequels were completely unnecessary. And even though Ant-Man and Spy did okay, compared to previous Marvel movies and Melissa McCarthy/Paul Feig collaborations, the results for both were underwhelming.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson: Diablo, Ricki, Meryl, And ‘The Flash’

Diablo Cody attends the "Ricki and the Flash" photo call during Summer Of Sony Pictures Entertainment 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun on June 16, 2015, in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Entertainment)

August 7, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Diablo Cody attends the Ricki and the Flash photo call during Summer Of Sony Pictures Entertainment 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun on June 16, 2015, in Cancun, Mexico.
Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Entertainment
Photo courtesy of Sony TriStar

By Jackson Murphy

Diablo Cody’s latest screenplay turned star-studded film is the Meryl Streep movie, Ricki and the Flash. Streep plays a longtime rock singer and negligent mother who reunites with her dysfunctional family. The film also stars Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield, and Streep’s own daughter, Mamie Gummer. Cody won an Oscar in 2008 for writing Juno, the quirky teen dramedy directed by Jason Reitman, which starred Ellen Page.

In this edition of the “LCJ Q&A,” I talk with Cody about working with Streep (including their surprising pitch dinner), her musical inspirations for Ricki, and the women who have been “rocks” in her life.

Ricki and the Flash opens nationwide on Friday, August 7.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson: Tom Cruise In (And Out Of) Control

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July 31, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Tom Cruise is in control of his career in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
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By Jackson Murphy

The release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation marks the latest in a recent string of Tom Cruise success stories. Sure, his personal life has been a bit of a mess and under attack by the tabloid media for years, but, unlike others who have experienced career highs and lows, Cruise has been able to maintain his high A-list movie-star status.

Cruise received a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for appearing in five minutes of the Ben Stiller action comedy Tropic Thunder. His 2010 film Knight and Day with Cameron Diaz wasn’t a box office smash, but it was one of his best comedic turns (and one of the most fun films of the year).

For 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (directed by The Incredibles‘ Brad Bird), Cruise, himself, climbed the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Paramount used the stunt as their main marketing tool for the movie, and it worked as M:I4 made nearly $700 million worldwide.

The big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages was a flat-out bomb in 2012 and panned by most critics. But Cruise’s wild, fearless performance as rocker Stacee Jaxx was the best thing in the movie, and his image wasn’t harmed one bit by being associated with a disaster. And last year’s Edge of Tomorrow, in which Cruise co-starred with Emily Blunt, earned him a Critics’ Choice Best Actor in an Action Movie nod, a spot on my Top 10 Films of 2014 list, and was number one on Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the “Critically Underrated Gems of 2014.”

Now, with M:I5, Cruise has taken things up a notch yet again. A recently released video shows that Cruise actually performed the film’s showcase airplane scene (again, Paramount’s key marketing tool). In fact, he did the scene EIGHT TIMES! With positive reviews already pouring in, along with some strong buzz, Rogue Nation is a lock to be one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, which will keep Tom’s career cruising right along.


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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson: ‘Pixels’ World Premiere A Blast

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July 24, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Jackson Murphy with Pixels star Adam Sandler
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By Jackson Murphy

Last Saturday night, I had the chance to cover the world premiere of the action comedy Pixels at the Regal E-Walk theater in New York City. A huge Pac-Man balloon hung from the top of the theater; only strong ropes prevented it from eating all the power pellets (and people) below on a packed 42nd Street. Meantime, a giant Centipede hung out on top of the tent covering what was actually a custom-made black carpet, which featured Blinky and the other famous Pac-Man ghosts. And there were Q-Bert and Donkey Kong displays, as well as actual, working Pac-Man and Space Invaders machines. It was a classic video gamer’s dream setting.

The stars first walked that outside carpet, in 80-plus-degree weather. I was located inside the air-conditioned theater lobby (thank goodness!) and was able to grab many of the celebs before they went into the screening.

A few stars I spoke to quickly off-camera were Jane Krakowski, who appreciated my congratulations on her Emmy nomination for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and comic actor Richard Kind, who said I was very kind to acknowledge his great work as Bing-Bong in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) didn’t stop, and neither did Kevin James, who scooted down the carpet, hugging the far wall, with his back turned to the action to avoid all the reporters.

However, I did talk with many of the big stars of Pixels, including an extremely nice Michelle Monaghan. She actually took five minutes after coming in from the heat to reapply her makeup before chatting with me and others. Veteran actor Brian Cox was hysterical, though he declined my request to give me his best Pac-Man “Waka Waka” impression. Others were more than happy to play along.

Check out my full report from the Pixels red carpet, which includes an appearance by my buddy Josh Gad, his pal and costar Affion Crockett, Miss Universe Paulina Vega, and a memorable exchange with The Sandman–Adam Sandler: PIXELS PREMIERE

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson On What We Learned From Comic-Con 2015

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July 17, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Star Wars actors Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford attend Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel at Comic-Con on July 10, 2015
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By Jackson Murphy

Here are a few things we learned from Comic-Con this year:

It’s Not Movin’ Any Time Soon

As much as Anaheim and Los Angeles are dying to host it, the mayor of San Diego officially announced that his city is keeping Comic-Con through 2018.

Bill Murray is Classic

Appearing for the first time at Comic-Con to promote his upcoming dramedy Rock the Kasbah, the Oscar nominee spent much of his time praising Miley Cyrus, who sings on his upcoming Netflix Christmas Special. The entire second half of that sentence is very weird.

You Can’t Disappoint the Fans

Comic-Con marked the first public appearances of Ben Affleck–following the announcement of his split with wife Jennifer Garner–and Harrison Ford, since his plane crash in March. After making his way to his seat, Ford addressed his injuries by saying, “I feel good…I just walked here.”

If It Weren’t For the Movies…

TV, music, video games, and even comic book news all take a backseat to the motion picture studio presentations. Newly-released footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as surprise celebrity appearances, dominated headlines and social media.

To Be There or Not to Be There?

I’m sure attending Comic-Con is nothing short of incredible. And I hope to pull it off one of these years. Imagine getting to see Hollywood’s biggest stars and exclusive clips and trailers from upcoming movies, interacting with the masses–many who have camped-out for days to attend events–and picking up cool merchandise.

But, thanks to the Internet, and because every major entertainment outlet now covers what, not long ago, was considered a “nerdfest,” practically everything newsworthy that happens ends up (very quickly) online. This year’s best example is the Batman v Superman trailer. So if you didn’t snag a ticket in time or don’t think you’ll ever be able to make it in person, now, more than ever, you can still experience and enjoy Comic-Con without actually attending Comic-Con. But it’s gotta be more fun to be there.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson On Awards Season Buzz In The Summertime

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July 10, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Photo courtesy of TriStar Pictures

By Jackson Murphy

Critical darling Boyhood was released in the middle of a crowded summer 2014, but the groundbreaking drama kept the attention of moviegoers and critics all the way to and through awards season, earning four Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, three Golden Globes, and an Oscar for Patricia Arquette. So far this summer, there is some awards season buzz.

There have been only two candidates for possible major awards season honors: A long-shot for Best Picture consideration, mostly in the minds of its diehard fan base, is the wild action/adventure Mad Max: Fury Road. The other is Disney/Pixar’s animated Inside Out. Not only are Best Animated Feature and Original Score nominations in the forecast, but Best Picture buzz has emerged as well.

However, there are several more potential candidates that will be released from now until Labor Day: Woody Allen’s latest dramedy, Irrational Man, with Joaquin Phoenix and Hollywood’s “it-girl” Emma Stone, opens in limited release on July 17. One week later, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a struggling boxer in the drama Southpaw. Gyllenhaal was nominated for the Critics’ Choice, SAG, and Golden Globe Best Actor awards last year for his incredible performance in Nightcrawler, but with Southpaw, he could get his revenge over being snubbed by the Academy.

And then there are the ladies: Meryl Streep will be going for Oscar nomination number 20 as rock singer Ricki Rendazzo in Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash (August 7). Original screenplay consideration is also a possibility for Juno‘s Diablo Cody. And as the title character in Grandma, Lily Tomlin is already receiving some serious buzz. She stars in this comedy, which comes out in limited release on August 21.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson On The Best And Worst Of 2015…So Far

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July 8, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Lily James and Cate Blanchett in Cinderella, one of the best films of 2015 so far
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By Jackson Murphy

We’re halfway through 2015, so it’s time to rank the Best and Worst Movies of 2015 so far. A few notes to begin:

Paddington, which opened in the U.S. on January 16, was released overseas in 2014 and is copyrighted as a 2014 film. It was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards (the British version of the Oscars). Therefore, it will not be on my Best List, though it’s clearly one of the best films I’ve seen this year.

Mad Max: Fury Road: I STILL haven’t seen it! I’ll take care of that this week, and will let you know if it makes either list.

THE BEST

1. Cinderella – Disney’s live-action version of their animated classic is a sweeping, sweet, and surprisingly serious adaptation. Credit goes to director Kenneth Branagh. Lily James is an excellent Cinderella, and Cate Blanchett makes a terrific evil stepmother.

2. Ted 2 – I laughed so hard and so often watching this all-star comedy sequel to the 2012 hit. Director, star, and cowriter Seth MacFarlane throws so much at the screen and nearly all of it works. Yes, a lot of it is vulgar, but no more than any of the other recent raunchy comedies–and this one is actually funny.

3. Ex Machina – This sci-fi thriller from writer/director Alex Garland (28 Days Later) is unique and bold, with the year’s smarter script. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) gives a standout performance.

4. San Andreas – This disaster film about a catastrophic earthquake mixes fun action and serious themes extremely well. Dwayne Johnson and Paul Giamatti are great, and the visuals are Oscar nomination-worthy.

5. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – It’s not as funny as it should’ve been, but the second big-screen adventure starring TV’s animated titan is unpredictable, daring, completely wacky, and, most importantly, entertaining.

Honorable Mention: Escobar: Paradise Lost – Based on the life of ruthless drug lord Pablo Escobar, Benicio Del Toro is captivating as Escobar and John Hutcherson gives a career-best perfomance as a Canadian surfer who gets drawn to the dark side.

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THE WORST

1. Get Hard – A Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy should’ve been gold. Instead, this film (which feels like it didn’t have a script) often doesn’t even try to be funny.

2. Mortdecai – Another disaster for Johnny Depp, this time as a bumbling Brit who gets caught up in a poorly-constructed and executed caper.

3. Jupiter Ascending – Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis make a terrible pair. And it’s fortunate this film didn’t cause costar Eddie Redmayne to lose the Best Actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything.

4. Chappie – A sci-fi A.I. flick that’s both sappy and really crappy.

5. Hot Pursuit – Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara’s over-the-top action comedy is a hot mess.

Honorable Mention: Big Game – Samuel L. Jackson plays the president saved by a kid in this cornball action film from Finland. At least, like the hero, it’s really short.

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Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | #Repost-2015: The Summer For Ladies And Laughs

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July 2, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Melissa McCarthy stars in Spy, opening June 5, with Jason Statham and Jude Law.
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This post was first published on April 17, 2015.

By Jackson Murphy

Action movies Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Terminator: GenisysAnt-Man, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Fantastic Four will likely dominate the summer 2015 box office. However, surprisingly, there are just as many comedies lined up between May and August that will be looking to attract audiences of all ages.

It’s an especially good time for female-led funny films, or ones specifically targeted to women. In May, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star in the road trip adventure Hot Pursuit, and Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson return for Pitch Perfect 2. And ladies, Bradley Cooper is back on the big screen, along with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams, in the all-star romance Aloha.

Melissa McCarthy’s latest with Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig is Spy, opening June 5. Early reviews have called this McCarthy’s best film yet. Magic Mike XXL will certainly bring in the female crowd over 4th of July weekend. Trainwreck, the first film directed by Judd Apatow since 2012’s This Is 40, will be an effort to make comedian Amy Schumer a household name.

And, as an aging rock star, Meryl Streep’s Ricki and the Flash is easily one of the most anticipated in the genre. Set for release six years to day after Julie & Julia (Aug. 7), Ricki could earn Streep her 20th Oscar nomination. With Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme and Juno writer Diablo Cody behind it, this is destined to be a winner.

But I predict the three most successful summer 2015 comedies (in order) will be Minions (the animated prequel to Despicable Me), Ted 2 (the sequel to 2012’s smash hit about that potty-mouthed teddy bear), and Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out–about a young girl and all the different emotions, represented as quirky characters, inside her head.

Let’s hope we get as many laughs as action thrills over the next four months.

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Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson. Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) | #Repost-Chef Helen Mirren Fights Over Food In ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

July 1, 2015 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Film | By

 

 Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey

Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey

This post was first published on July 4, 2014.

Two of my favorites things are getting together on the big screen: food and actress Helen Mirren. Mirren, 68, is putting on her chef’s hat in the new movie The Hundred-Foot Journey where she plays the top chef of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant in the South of France (Okay, three of my favorite things are getting together. LOL!). Mirren’s character, Madame Mally–described as “a chilly chef proprietress”–has major problems when a new restaurant opens a hundred feet from her establishment.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The owner of the new restaurant, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), is a culinary ingénue who was displaced, along with his family, from their native India.

Oprah Winfrey, Producer & Actress Helen Mirren-The Hundred-Foot Journey

Producer Oprah Winfrey and actress Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey

The movie The Hundred-Foot Journey is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Richard C. Morais. The film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, who you may remember working together in The Color Purple, Winfrey’s first big screen acting venture.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad movie with Oscar-winner Helen Mirren. A few of my favorites include, The Queen, Red, Red 2, The Debt, and Hitchcock, and I am definitely looking forward to this one. Can the two culinary neighbors find a recipe to get along? Speaking of recipes, below is one for Gratin Dauphinois courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures’ The Hundred-Foot Journey.

To see more great food, check out the movie when it opens nationwide on August 8.

Gratin_dauphinois

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 L / 1 1/2 qt milk
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pc bouquet garni
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 165 mL . 5 1/2 oz heavy cream
  • 1.2 kg / 2 1/2 lbs potatoes, firm-fleshed
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 120 g/4 oz grated Gruyere cheese
  • Unsalted butter, softened for gratin dish
  • Salt and pepper
Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 190 C (380 F).
  • Coat a deep, ovenproof dish with softened butter and reserve in the refrigerator.
  • Combine the milk, freshly grated nutmeg, bouquet garni, and garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a boil, remove it from the heat, and leave it to infuse for five minutes.
  • Meanwhile, wash and peel potatoes and slice them thinly, about 1/8” / 3 mm. Do not rinse the potatoes as the starch is needed.
  • Layer the potato slices tightly in the buttered dish and season each new layer with salt and pepper.
  • Stir the cream into the hot milk then pour through a fine mesh sieve onto the potatoes. Let rest for one to two minutes. The potatoes will absorb the liquid and the level will decrease. Top up with the remaining liquid. Repeat until all the milk mixture is used. Season the top and sprinkle generously with grated cheese. Cover the dish with a parchment paper and foil.
  • Place it in the oven to cook for one hour or until the potatoes are easily pierced with a knife.
  • Remove the foil and parchment paper and return the dish to the oven to brown until the surface is golden.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for five to 10 minutes before serving.
Enjoy!
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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

 

 

 

 

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Disney/Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’: The Animated Voice Of Our Time

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June 26, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar

By Jackson Murphy

Amy Poehler’s performance as Joy in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is her ninth animated character role in the last nine years. In 2007’s Shrek the Third, her Snow White joined Saturday Night Live pals Cheri Oteri (Sleeping Beauty) and Maya Rudolph (Rapunzel). 2008’s Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! featured Poehler as The Mayor’s Wife, part of a star-studded ensemble that included Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and ex-husband Will Arnett.

In 2009, Poehler voiced the sarcastic “Computer” in DreamWorks’ Monsters vs. Aliens and Chipette Eleanor in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. She returned for Chipwrecked in 2011, but Eleanor and the other Chipettes are reportedly not in this December’s The Road Chip, the fourth franchise installment. 2011 also brought us Poehler as Gretel in the Weinstein Co. sequel Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. She followed that by voicing the mother Homily in the American version of Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty in 2012. And she teamed up with Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Jenny for the Thanksgiving-themed comedy Free Birds in 2013.

To get herself into the complex and energetic character of Joy in Inside Out (a character she describes as a combination of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Mowgli from The Jungle Book), Poehler re-watched the Toy Story trilogy and studied Tom Hanks’s work as the proud and confident Woody, who always has to keep the entire toy team positive and on the right track. That prep work certainly paid off, as Joy is Poehler’s most ambitious and strongest voice performance to date.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | ‘Jurassic World’ And ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Contribute To Universal Domination

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June 19, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

By Jackson Murphy

Jurassic World‘s colossal $208 million opening weekend is already the fourth major triumph of 2015 for Universal Pictures. Not only has Universal never experienced a year like this at any time in its long and illustrious history, but it has the chance to smash the all-time, single-year box office record for any motion picture studio.

Fifty Shades of Grey dominated Valentine’s Day weekend and grossed nearly $170 million. Furious 7 opened to $147 million back in April and has now totaled $350 million. Pitch Perfect 2 surpassed the 2012 original’s take in its opening weekend and is up to $170 million. And now, thanks to complete Dino Domination, Jurassic World is on track to take in between $400 and $450 million by the end of the summer.

And that’s just the beginning. Ted 2 opens in less than two weeks. The 2012 original was Universal’s biggest moneymaker that year with close to $220 million. You’ve got to believe the Mark Wahlberg/Seth MacFarlane sequel will surpass that figure and could approach $300 million.

And then there’s Minions. Supervillain turned Superdad Gru’s little yellow assistants from the Despicable Me movies take center stage in their own film on July 10. Despicable Me 2 made $370 million in 2013. $400 million for Minions is certainly not out of the question.

When you add up these six movies (five of them being franchise sequels), you’re looking at over $1.8 billion (with a “B”) in the US alone. That’s a mind-blowing and potentially record-setting total. Currently, Disney in 2013 (with Iron Man 3 and Frozen leading the pack) and 20th Century FOX in 2009 (when Avatar made box office history, raking in $750 million alone) boast the biggest single-year studio totals for its top 5 releases.

Universal’s offerings following Minions don’t pack nearly the same punch, but do include awards contenders Steve Jobs and By the Sea, as well as comedies Trainwreck and Sisters. So the possibility of the studio having a $2.5 billion 2015 is very real.

And what a difference a year makes: Universal’s top-grossing film of 2014 was the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy Neighbors, which made $150 million. Indominus Rex’s weekend food bill is larger than that.

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson On Taking A Long Shot In Movie Marketing

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June 12, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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By Jackson Murphy

The NBA Finals have not only been a showcase for LeBron James and his underdog Cavaliers, but Hollywood studios are using the male-dominated ABC audiences to promote their upcoming films–in EVERY commercial break. No big surprise, right? Well, there is something a bit different and a bit shocking about this year’s movie marketing strategy.

Along with Jurassic World, Pixels, and Trainwreck (in which LeBron has a sizable role), which will all hit theater screens by the end of July, we’re seeing extensive ads for both the latest James Bond film Spectre and the Tom Hanks/Steven Speilberg thriller Bridge of Spies. Why is that unusual? Because both of those films won’t be released until the fall–Spies in mid-October and Spectre in early November, nearly five months from now!

I understand older NBA fans are the ideal demo for both “007” and spy movies, but I can’t imagine anyone watching these commercials (which, in some cases, are slightly edited versions of the theatrical trailers) and thinking, “I’ve got to make plans right now to see this movie…when it comes out IN NOVEMBER!” Promoting award season contenders in June is like pitching Christmas trees in July–we all know we’re going to go out and get one, but it’s the last thing on our minds at the moment. Get back to me when it’s 20 degrees and snowing.

In recent years, we’ve seen Hollywood push the start of the summer movie season to early May, and begin the holiday movie season in early November. So I guess this is simply a continuation of that trend. But with marketing budgets tightening and studios concerned more than ever with their bottom lines, you have to wonder if this strategy to heavily promote October/November releases in early June is going to be a MVP (Most Valuable Ploy) or a big loser.

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Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson On Using Star Power To Get You To Join “Entourage”

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June 3, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

By Jackson Murphy

HBO’s Entourage, which ran from 2004-2011, is coming to the big screen today with the long-awaited (at least for diehards) feature-length sequel. Warner Bros. is certainly hoping for the same success here as they enjoyed with HBO’s Sex and the City films in 2008 and 2010. However, the biggest name in the Entourage cast is Jeremy Piven, and although he’s a well-known actor and has won three Emmys for playing Ari Gold on the show, he’s certainly not a Sarah Jessica Parker-type A-list lead.

So WB has developed an interesting marketing strategy in order to drum up excitement, and they hope, ticket sales: filling the movie with celebrity cameos. The 30-second TV commercials highlight some of the actors who are part of the film cast, including MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and Entourage producer Mark Wahlberg.

However, the feature trailer takes this strategy way too far. Along with naming the main five characters (Vince, Eric, Johnny, Turtle, and Ari) there’s a list of practically every celeb cameo in the movie: Pharrell, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett, Liam Neeson (who flips the bird) and the 10 others mentioned with Rousey and Wahlberg. Outside of Wahlberg, the rest will likely only be in the film for 30 seconds or less.

This is a deceptive way to try to get people who have no history with the show and no interest in the film to maybe, just maybe, consider buying a ticket. However, for those who have been anticipating an Entourage movie for years, this gives away what could’ve been some of the film’s best surprises. If WB and HBO didn’t think there would be enough box office interest, they shouldn’t have made the movie. But now it seems like they’re scrambling to make up for a potentially big mistake by using star power from outside their own cast to try to generate buzz. Opening Entourage on a Wednesday is also risky, as the box office numbers could be remarkably low for a film, based on a niche TV series, that hasn’t been on in four years.

Bottom line: The Entourage movie could have a hard time being as successful as any of the fictional films that have been portrayed in the show.

 

 

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Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Say “Aloha” To This Cast!

Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone star in AlohaPhoto courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

May 29, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone star in AlohaPhoto courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone star in Aloha
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By Jackson Murphy

Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous writer/director Cameron Crowe has brought together, possibly, the best ensemble of the year for his new romantic dramedy Aloha, which hits theaters today. It’s Crowe’s first big-screen film since 2011’s We Bought a Zoo, a family drama that was so emotionally manipulative it made me emotional: angry.

I’ve been looking forward to Aloha since seeing the one and only trailer back in February. The highlight is a cast montage at the end, accompanied by the song “First” (by Cold War Kids), and Bill Murray’s voiceover about the future. It’s an early contender for “Trailer of the Year.”

Stars Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone have recently given the performances of their respective careers–he in American Sniper, she in Birdman. Alec Baldwin was quite good last year in the Julianne Moore Alzheimer’s drama Still Alice. Murray’s title role in St. Vincent, released last October, was his most noteworthy work since Lost in Translation. And his costar, young Jaeden Lieberher, is also in Aloha and reportedly helped convince Murray to take the role and join him in Hawaii for the film.

Rachel McAdams has been consistently good over the last several years, especially in Sherlock Holmes, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and the TV news rom-com Morning Glory, an overlooked gem that also released only one theatrical trailer. And let’s not leave out John Krasinski (Promised Land, TV’s long-running The Office) and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, HBO’s popular Eastbound & Down).

The promotional campaign for Aloha has been steady but unspectacular. Heaven knows Sony and Columbia Pictures need a hit, and it looks like there’s no chance this will be a total wipeout. Everyone would jump at the chance to take a trip to Hawaii with Cooper, Stone, and company, but will moviegoers choose to take a chance on Crowe this weekend over The Rock saving the planet from the worst earthquake of all time?

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Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson. Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

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