Repost | Ready4Air (Film) | For The Holidays: A Fresh Batch From Benedict Cumberbatch

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December 30, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

 

Photo: Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Co.)

Photo: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Co.)

By Jackson Murphy

Last year, the British actor with the great name—Benedict Cumberbatch—was in five high-profile movies: August: Osage County (alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts), Star Trek Into Darkness (as you know who), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (as the voice of the dastardly dragon), and Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave. His only film that was both a critical and financial bust was the biopic The Fifth Estate, in which he starred as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Now, with a trio of new big films coming out over the holidays, Cumberbatch could be a contender to earn a second consecutive LCJ (Lights-Camera-Jackson) Movie Award nomination for Actor of the Year.

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In The Imitation Game, which opens in limited release on November 21, Cumberbatch plays mathematician Alan Turing, whose defying actions have a major impact during World War II. The Weinstein Company drama just won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, officially putting it in the awards season derby. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong co-star. We’ll also be hearing a lot from Cumberbatch as he returns to voice Smaug (and play Necromancer) in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, opening December 17. But an even more buzzed-about voice-over performance will be as the secret agent wolf, Classified, leader of the North Wind crime-fighting organization, in DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar. The action comedy doesn’t open until November 26, but this two-minute clip clearly showcases Cumberbatch’s comedic talents.

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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.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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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) | Handicapping this Summer’s Main Event

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May 8, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy

Going into Summer ’13 there was a clear Mega-Weekend Box Office battle: Memorial Day Weekend, which featured the heavyweight showdown of “Fast & Furious 6” vs. “The Hangover: Part III” (with the animated adventure “epic” as the wannabe contender). “Fast 6” went-on to crush “Hangover 3” and all competitors, making nearly $120 million over the four day period.

It’s a little more difficult to pick this year’s spotlight Summer match-up. There are two (2) films opening on the same day and in the same class when it comes to this Summer’s box office potential. But I think I found it.

The date: Friday, June the 13th. In this corner – DreamWorks’ animated sequel, “How to Train Your Dragon 2“. And in this corner – Sony’s highly anticipated comedy sequel, “22 Jump Street”. And if you’re assuming “Dragon” is a lock to win, this breakdown will show that the race could actually be a lot closer than you might think.

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2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon” opened to a solid $44 million, and finished with an outstanding $218 million, showing it had repeat business with families. “Dragon 2” has a lot in its favor: It’ll be the first animated release in over a month (the previous being “Legends of Oz” on May 9), has a familiar title, is following an excellent original installment and is building solid buzz thanks to a great trailer. However, because kids in many parts of the country don’t get out of school until the following week, a relatively slow opening followed by a big second week is quite possible.

Two years ago “21 Jump Street” proved to be a critical and box office hit, with a $36 million open and $138 million domestic total. The carry-over momentum will help “22” tremendously. Also in its favor: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are even bigger draws now than they were when the original was released. Plus, the college student/young adult audience is always looking for a funny, smart and raunchy over-the-top comedy, and this one could deliver.

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It will all come down to last-minute marketing and reviews, and while it won’t be a runaway, “Dragon 2” is my pick to win the weekend with somewhere around $70 million (which will be a welcome blessing for a struggling DreamWorks), while “22 Jump Street” should take-in close to $60 million.

Is there a chance that these two could flip those numbers? Absolutely. But one thing’s for sure, since Hill stars in both, he’s guaranteed to be the biggest winner of them all.

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Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

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.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

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
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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. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (TV) | With Close To Two Dozen Films Released Weekly, Which Ones Should We Review?

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May 7, 2014 | Posted in Social TV, TV Production | By

 

Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Nick Vlagas & Debbie Mitchell

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Photo Credit: Nick Viagas & Debbie Mitchell

As I gear up to tape our 19th episode of Arise On Screen, I am excited about this week’s show. Today, I’m laying out the top portion of the script for this Saturday’s show. Included in the program is our “A” block, which includes the show intro, box office winners of the previous week, and the latest movie news both before and behind the cameras. In the meantime, Mike Sargent, Arise On Screen host and film critic, structures the second half of the program, the “B”-“D,” which includes the movie review segments.

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Mike determines the movies to be reviewed and knows the release dates of films well in advance. Most of the time, release dates land on Fridays, and he attends the advanced screenings to review the movies prior to the show. Our guest cohosts must see the movies in order to be a part of our lively reviews. On average, between one and two dozen  movies are released each week in theaters.

So how does our show decide which movies to review?

Arise On Screen, Host/Film Critic Mike Sargent with film critics Justine Browning and Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Photo Credit: Nick Vlagas & Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent with film critics Justine Browning and Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas & Debbie Mitchell

Mike Sargent says: “The release dates are set the previous year but they are not written in stone. They can change from month to month.” Each week, Mike tries to review two big movies that people want to see and at least one documentary, one indie film with a potential studio interview, and one film that has a more global or foreign feel.

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Sargent says, “A documentary can be an indie film, but we like to have on independent narrative film.” Mike can screen a film anywhere from a few days to weeks in advance. In rare cases, he will screen a film months in advance.

“If they have me see a film that far in advance, they either want me to give a quote on it, or get an early reaction or spread the word. Most films have ‘long lead’ screenings, which are ideal for magazines and periodicals that are produced months in advance.”

A good example is the new James Cameron underwater 3D film, Deep Sea Challenge, which is scheduled to be released on August 8.  Mike viewed the film last week. He said it is very good.

When it comes to the movies Mike reviews, he says if given the choice, he will always lean towards a film starring, produced, or directed by a person of color in any of those categories.

His weekly choices fit right into the Arise On Screen brand, which is a glance at filmmaking from a global perspective, both in front and behind the scenes.

As for now, it is time for me to get back to work. Saturday’s show is waiting.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
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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. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | A Series of Summer Superhero Sequels

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April 29, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

By Jackson Murphy

The eagerly-anticipated release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is finally here, kicking-off the 2014 Summer Movie Season and a new group of superhero blockbusters. Joining Spidey are X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23), Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8).

Audiences are anxious to see how this latest chapter in the “Spider-Man” saga stacks-up against its predecessor. Personally, I don’t think “2” needs to do a whole lot to be better than the 2012 reboot. In general, some superhero sequels have been outstanding, while others failed to connect with fans:

Back in Time with Batman and Superman

Before Christian Bale and Henry Cavill, there was Michael Keaton and Christopher Reeve. The original “Batman” and “Superman” films are considered classics, while their sequels were disappointments, led by the mid-90s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

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X Marks the Spot

X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) were both HUGE successes for Marvel. The only thing they both suffer from are awkward titles.

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The Original Spider-Man

When it comes to director Sam Raimi’s original “Spider-Man” trilogy, Spider-Man 2 (2004) was a Fourth of July smash, while Spider-Man 3, which opened the summer 2007 season, was the least liked by critics and the weakest performer at the box office.

Nolan Nails It

Director Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins set the stage for 2008’s mega-hit The Dark Knight, which won two Oscars, including one for the late Heath Ledger’s incredible performance as The Joker. Four years later, Nolan followed up with The Dark Knight Rises, which I genuinely liked but consider to be slightly overrated.

Does modern Marvel reign supreme? Robert Downey, Jr. is fantastic as Tony Stark in The Avengers and all three “Iron Man” movies. But diehard Marvel fans were generally let down by 2010’s Iron Man 2 and last summer’s Iron Man 3. I have a difficult time naming a favorite in the series. All three films are solid, but not extraordinary. When it comes to the “Captain America” series, The Winter Soldier is much stronger than The First Avenger, while Thor: The Dark World was equally as dull as the 2011 original.

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Other past entries in the world of Superhero Sequels include bombs Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Kick-Ass 2, as well as disappointments Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Nonetheless, comic book and superhero fans generally flock to these films no matter what, because the build-up and anticipation is so strong. And the general public will follow, as long as the follow-ups provide the thrills and excitement we’ve come to expect from these blockbuster movie events. As always, it’ll be interesting to see which ones deliver this summer.

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

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.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

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
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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. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Could this be a Record-Breaking May at the Box Office?

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April 24, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy 

This time last year, I wrote a blog predicting box office totals for each of the major May films. The closest result (I was only off by $4M) was “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which grossed just under $229 million. Combined, the eight films made over $1.4 billion domestically. But that total could actually be surpassed this May. Time to tackle the month again and see how the numbers add up.

Here are my picks May’s 10 wide releases:

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

(PG-13) Spidey’s back with a new set of foes to face. I’m expecting big things, both from the film itself and from ticket sales. If the film that kicks-off the all-important Summer Movie Season disappoints, it could mean we’re in for a rough 4 months. Don’t think that will happen. Opening Weekend Prediction: $125M; Total Gross Prediction: $290M – May 2

“Neighbors”

(R) I’ve already seen this raunchy Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy, and it’s very uneven. Nonetheless, those who’ve enjoyed Rogen’s films in the past (including last Summer’s “This is the End”) should happily shell-out $$ for this one. OWP: $35M; TGP:$90M – May 9

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“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”

(PG) Advertised as the sequel to “The Wizard of Oz”, this will be the first big animated film in a month. However, it comes from a very small studio (Clarius Entertainment) and looks it. Still, “The Nut Job”, which opened in January, was sub-par and still grossed $65M. “Oz” may follow the same road. OWP: $20M; TGP: $60M

“Moms’ Night Out”

(PG) This family comedy starring Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins looks downright terrible. Going up against  “Spider-Man” and “Oz”, this doesn’t have a chance. OWP: $10M; TGP: $25M

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“Maleficent”

(PG) Angelina Jolie stars as the title villain in this Disney prequel to “Sleeping Beauty”. In the right hands and with the right script this could be the perfect match. But since the film’s rated PG, how dark and scary/violent can it be? OWP: $60M; TGP: $155M – May 30

“Godzilla”

(PG-13) Marks an eagerly anticipated return of the classic monster to the silver screen. Godzilla is, by definition, both a popcorn and Drive-In movie. OWP: $75M; TGP: $180M – May 16

“Million Dollar Arm”

(PG) Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) stars in this Disney baseball drama about a sports agent who hoping to turn some Cricket players into MLB pitchers. Kevin Costner’s NFL “Draft Day” hasn’t connected with audiences, and I’m not confident this will either. OWP: $15M; TGP: $45M

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

(PG-13) While “The Wolverine” and “X-Men: First Class” were disappointments when compared to the original three “X-Men” movies, this latest in the series combines both sets of characters into one super, superhero movie. Diehard fans have been waiting for this origin backstory for a long time, and it looks like it should deliver. OWP: $120M; TGP: $275M – May 23

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“Blended”

(PG-13) It appears that Adam Sandler has a chance to hit a new, all-time low with this “comedy”, co-starring Drew Barrymore. But there are a ton of Sandler fans out there, though having “X-Men” as direct competition could be a fatal blow. OWP: $30M; TGP: $95M

“A Million Ways to Die in the West”

(R) Seth MacFarlane follows-up “Ted” with this wacky, adult, comedy Western. The trailers are downright awful. How many millions will be made? Not nearly as many ($218M) as the pairing of Mark Wahlberg and his Teddy Bear. OWP:$30M; TGP: $85M

If my projections are close we’ll fall just a little short of last year, with a $1.3 billion total. It’ll be very interesting to see how it all plays out.

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, 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.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

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
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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. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Let The 2015 Oscar Award Campaigns Begin

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April 18, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Yes, it’s only the middle of April, but it’s never too early to begin analyzing this year’s awards season. As summer rolls in, studios will be unveiling trailers for anticipated contenders. Some, however, have jumped the gun with early marketing campaigns, hoping for some lasting promotional success. These five films have made good first impressions:

Get On Up

Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson in 42) plays the iconic James Brown in this biopic life story. The musical drama re-teams The Help director Tate Taylor with stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Looks like a major hit. August 1

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The Boxtrolls

The latest stop-motion animated collaboration from Focus Features and Laika (who’ve scored Oscar nominations with Coraline and ParaNorman) is practically a lock for a nod, off of its funny, inventive and quite memorable teaser trailers. September 26

Gone Girl

The just-released debut preview of The Social Network director David Fincher’s drama is incredibly intriguing. Based on the book by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the screenplay), Ben Affleck stars as a man on a desperate search for his missing wife. But did he actually kill her? October 3

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Interstellar

So far, only a brief teaser has been released for Christopher Nolan’s space mystery. But we do know that recent Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway will be looking for seconds, and they’re joined by Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon. Plus, there are limitless possibilities for stunning, Nolan-esque visual effects. November 7

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Unbroken

Angelina Jolie goes back behind the camera for the true story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was captured by the Japanese during World War II. An inside look aired on NBC during February’s Winter Games. I’m sure Jolie is thinking gold. December 25

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen executive producer Debbie Mitchell and teen film critic Jackson Murphy.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

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.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

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

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. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Summer Movie Season: I Am On the Fence About These Films

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
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April 11, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy

As the summer movie season approaches, there are several films (based on their trailers) that look quite promising. These include Get On Up, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Maleficent. But there are others that, frankly, could go either way: a solid hit or a complete disaster.

Here are my Top 5 cautiously optimistic summer releases:

Neighbors

Last year, Seth Rogen teamed up with all his Hollywood buddies for This Is The End. The first half was brilliant, and then it quickly became just another typical raunchy and forgettable comedy by the end. Now, Rogen’s back with Zac Efron for another hard-R comedy about parenting and an annoying group of fraternity brothers who move in next door. Potentially could be very funny or misguided and way too over-the-top. (May 9)

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane’s first big screen effort, 2012’s Ted, proved to be comedy gold. Now, before the return of the crazy bear next year, MacFarlane is directing himself, along with Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron, in this spoof on classic westerns. Kinda has a Land of the Lost vibe (one of Will Ferrell’s good but not great comedies). I’m worried the repetitive theme of the title will get old fast. (May 30)

Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this sci-fi action thriller version of Groundhog Day. They play soldiers who keep waking up on the same day–Judgment Day–only to lose the war against the aliens every time. Now, they have to figure out why this keeps happening and how they can stop it. I like these two very much, but this is another case where the unique plot may get tiresome quickly. And how many sci-fi movies can Cruise honestly keep doing? (June 6)

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s a Marvel superhero movie with a fantastic cast. But it seems like this one may try to balance uneasy laughs with intense action. Already, the trailer is offering mixed results. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) joins Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) as part of the latest group to join the Marvel cinematic universe. Bradley Cooper actually voices a raccoon, and Vin Diesel plays a large tree trunk. Avengers: Age of Ultron may not come fast enough. (August 1)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The fifth big-screen version of the “Heroes in a Half-Shell” crime fighters is yet another reboot. Michael Bay has producing credit and his former Transformers leading lady, Megan Fox, is April O’Neil. The turtles themselves are CGI (in this case the G stands for Giant), and they’re clearly not as “cute” as the earlier versions. Is the old fan base, and new generation of kids watching the Nickelodeon animated series, ready to shell-out cash to see yet another Turtles adventure? (August 8)

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

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.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

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

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.  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. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (FILM)|Christian Themed Movies : The Competition Doesn’t Have a Prayer

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March 28, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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One of 2014’s early trends: Christian-themed movies. Last month, producer Mark Burnett released a film spinoff of his TV miniseries, “The Bible“, with “Son of God“, which has grossed over $55 million to date (and not surprisingly won the Sunday Box Office on its opening weekend).

While “Divergent’s” $54.6 million open took most of the box office headlines last weekend, also making news – the independent film, “God’s Not Dead“. From Freestyle Releasing, this PG-rated religious drama opened in only 780 theaters but captured 4th-place, with $9.2 million, and a per screen average of nearly $12,000. That’s more than double the PSA of “Muppets Most Wanted“. Audiences took to social media after seeing the film in mostly sold-out shows, with testimonies of “tears”, “chants” and “standing ovations”.

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But we’re not done yet. This weekend comes “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky’s eagerly-anticipated “Noah“. The Biblical-pic has already received much criticism from Catholic groups because of its apparent inaccurate interpretation of the classic story. Nonetheless, with an A-list cast of Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins (and the fact that it’s the biggest release of the week), “Noah” is expected to dominate the box office.

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And then, just in time for Easter, the family drama “Heaven Is For Real”, is set to open Wednesday April 16. Based on a true story and best-selling book, Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly (“Flight“) star as the parents of a little boy, who has a near-death experience and then awakens, claiming to have gone to Heaven. Church groups will likely be buying-up tickets and selling out theaters all around the country, much as they did for “Son of God“.

So, does God = big box office? We’ll have a better idea in a few months, but so far so good. And still to come: director Ridley Scott’s latest, “Exodus“, which is due out December 12th.

Holy Moses!

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

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.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

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Twitter: @LCJReviews

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

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.  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. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

 

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Ready4Air (Social TV) | In The Movie Critic’s Corner With Arise “On Screen”

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January 7, 2014 | Posted in Social TV, TV Production | By

 

On Screen Host, Mike Sargent in studio set Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

On Screen Host, Mike Sargent in studio set
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

In yesterday’s Ready4Air post I mentioned a new project that I’m working on. It’s the launch of another show on Arise TV, called “On Screen” and it’s very different from the one hour daily talk show I worked on last summer. It is a half hour magazine program where the host and film critic Mike Sargent, reviews the latest films to hit the screens in 2014. Mike is a seasoned radio personality and has appeared as a guest on numerous programs over the years. However, this is his first time in the television host hot seat, hosting his own show, and being a part of a show he also helped create.

Each week Mike will be joined by a co-host. Together they will give viewers their take on new films, backstage access and interviews with the hottest filmmakers and celebrities in Hollywood as well as the world of independent films.

I asked Mike about the new show and this is what he had to say about bringing it to life  “Having hosted numerous radio shows I look forward to the challenge and experience of hosting a weekly film review show where we cannot only cover what Hollywood puts out but shift the focus to filmmakers of color and give them the much needed exposure they deserve on the world stage.”

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On Screen Host  Mike Sargent with International film critic Chiara Spagnoli Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

On Screen Host Mike Sargent with International film critic Chiara Spagnoli
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Yes, movies!  Everyone loves a good movie and there is so much to talk about. We shot the pilot last weekend with international film critic Chiara Spagnoli as guest co-host.

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On Screen Host, Mike Sargent and Filmmaker Melvin Van  Peebles Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

On Screen Host, Mike Sargent and Filmmaker Melvin Van
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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Also in the studio for an interview was legendary filmmaker, actor, director and composer Melvin Van Peebles. Peebles is best known for creating the acclaimed film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song ” in the 1970’s, which opened the door for a new breed of filmmakers and African American films. And for those you don’t know, Melvin is also the father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles. As they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree!

I asked Mike what is the biggest difference between hosting a radio show versus a television show? He said,“For a film review show you can actually see not just hear the films and filmmakers we are interviewing. It lends itself to the medium. In television less is more.”

EP, Debbie Mitchell in Arise Control Room Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

EP, Debbie Mitchell in Arise Control Room
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

For myself, it was great to be back in the control room.  So friends have asked me if there’s anything different about this show launch?

A few of things. First, the show is 30 minutes long and is filled with different taped elements including movie clips trailers and sound bites. The program relies heavily on videotape and photos to keep the program moving along but is completely driven by Mike’s extensive knowledge of movies, his personal opinions and reviews of the films for the week. Mike creates engaging dialogue and chemistry on camera with his co-host, which is a unique skill.

Since I’ve never actually given birth, I can only imagine that the pain of launching a new show is similar to the pain of having a baby. Once the delivery pain is over you are ready to sign up and have another baby. I feel the same way about launching a show. Once I have forgotten the pain and craziness of the start-up, I am ready to sign up and do it all over again.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

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.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or 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.comIf all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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