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

Deborah J. Mitchell

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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) | Lights-Camera-Jackson’s (LCJ) 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2014

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

December 17, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

By Jackson Murphy
If you didn’t go to the movies a lot this year, you missed the on-screen domination of Kevin Hart. The combined grosses of Ride Along (co-starring Ice Cube), About Last Night, and Think Like a Man Too totaled nearly $250 million domestically. And he also had time for numerous talk shows, awards show appearances, and his very popular Real Husbands of Hollywood fake reality show.
“Alright, alright, alright, already” was exactly what Emmys presenter Jimmy Kimmel said about the “quote of the year” from Dallas Buyers Club star Matthew McConaughey. The Best Actor winner across the board and Emmy nominee for his TV turn on HBO’s critically-acclaimed True Detective also added an honest effort in Interstellar to his ’14 resume.
Simply put, we “Let it Go” a lot. First, the breakout song from Frozen catapulted Idina Menzel to phenomenon status. But it was the now infamous “Adele Dazeem” flub by John Travolta on the Academy Awards that took Menzel’s fame to new heights. And the Wicked star received another Tony nomination for new musical If/Then. It’ll be tough for her to let 2014 go.
The world was bright and “Happy” with the insanely catchy song by Pharrell Williams and his trademark brown hat. However, like most pop songs with a hook that gets stuck in your head, it was just a matter of time before no one wanted to be “Happy” anymore.
Shailene Woodley revamped the page-to-screen genre. Best-selling young adult books Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars both became surprise box office smash hits, with Woodley the focus of the praise, particularly for her emotionally powerful performance in “Stars.”
Many were skeptical that Jimmy Fallon could successfully take over The Tonight Show hosting duties from Jay Leno, but that’s exactly what he’s done. He’s number one in the ratings and on social media, as Fallon has figured out the secret to internet domination: Stage two to three wacky, celebrity-related events (songs, games, videos, skits) on his show every night and post them online.
The Comeback King: Michael Keaton made a noticeable return in the summer of 2010 with Toy Story 3 (as the voice of Ken) and the comedy The Other Guys. But this year, with larger roles in RoboCop, Need for Speed, and a career-defining performance in Birdman, Keaton is back on the A-list.
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It’ll be tough for Angelina Jolie to top her 2014. She starred as Disney’s Sleeping Beauty villain with heart in Maleficent, brought the late Louis Zamperini’s life story to the big screen as director of Unbroken, continued her important humanitarian work around the world, and finally got married to Brad Pitt.
J.K. Simmons is 2014’s Cinderella story: going from comedic character actor, co-star of The Closer, and Farmers’ Insurance spokesman to Best Supporting Actor frontrunner for his stunning work as the brutal music teacher in the indie drama Whiplash.
And finally: The title of Entertainment Weekly‘s profile on Chris Pratt was “From Zero to Hero.” His popularity skyrocketed this year, transitioning from a sidekick role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation to blockbuster movie star. As the voice of Emmett in The LEGO Movie and as Star-Lord/Peter Quill in the year’s biggest film, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt has become one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities. Starring in Jurassic World, out in next June, should help keep Pratt flying high.
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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

Deborah J. Mitchell

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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) |”The Name Is Bond…James Bond.” Ranking Titles…Bond Titles

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December 12, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz

Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz

By Jackson Murphy

Sony Pictures has announced that the 24th installment in the 007 series will be titled Spectre. Returning James Bond, Daniel Craig, will be joined by Ralph Fiennes and new villain Christoph Waltz (a perfect casting choice), along with returning director Sam Mendes (who helped earn 2012’s Skyfall two Oscars and a total of five nominations). Spectre hasn’t begun shooting, even though the release date is a mere 11 months away on November 6, 2015.
So, to mark the occasion, here’s my ranking of all 24 James Bond movie titles (the titles only) from best to worst:
 1. Thunderball
 2. You Only Live Twice
 3. Tomorrow Never Dies
 4. Dr. No
 5. The Man with the Golden Gun
 6. For Your Eyes Only
 7. Casino Royale
 8. GoldenEye
 9. The Spy Who Loved Me
10. Skyfall
11. The Living Daylights
12. From Russia with Love
13. Goldfinger
14. License to Kill

15. The World Is Not Enough
16. Diamonds Are Forever
17. Die Another Day
18. Spectre
19. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
20. Octopussy
21. Quantum of Solace
22. A View to a Kill
23. Moonraker
24. Live and Let Die
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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

Deborah J. Mitchell

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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) | Jackson Murphy Lands Exclusive Interview With Gregg Alexander

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November 21, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

Gregg Alexander. Photo credit: billboard.com

Gregg Alexander. Photo credit: billboard.com

By Jackson Murphy

We haven’t heard much from Gregg Alexander, former lead singer of the pop group New Radicals, since he left the band in 1999. The musical drama Begin Again marks Alexander’s notable return to the spotlight as co-writer of awards season Best Original Song frontrunner “Lost Stars” (performed by Adam Levine). In this LCJ interview, Alexander talks about making the film, putting the fantastic soundtrack together, and his future in the movie industry. You can listen to the interview here.

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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

Deborah J. Mitchell

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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) | The Inside Story of “Foxcatcher” (VIDEO)

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October 31, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

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E. Max Frye with Jackson Murphy. Photo credit: Jackson Murphy.

E. Max Frye is the Emmy-nominated screenwriter of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He and Dan Futterman (Oscar-nominated for 2005’s Capote) co-wrote the Steve Carell/Channing Tatum sports drama Foxcatcher, which hits theaters on November 14. But as Frye explains in this LCJ interview, the two never actually worked together on the film. He also talks about director Bennett Miller (Moneyball) recruiting Tatum, the year-long delay in the release of Foxcatcher, and the awards season ahead.

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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.

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) | Morgan Freeman : The Supporting Actor of Our Lifetime

Morgan Freeman and Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises"

September 9, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

Morgan Freeman and Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Morgan Freeman and Christian Bale in “The Dark Knight Rises”

By Jackson Murphy

Morgan Freeman is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, with more than 100 credits over a career that is celebrating it’s 50th year. Three of Freeman’s five Oscar nominations were in the Best Actor category (“The Shawshank Redemption”, “Driving Miss Daisy”, and “Invictus”). But in the last 15 years or so, Freeman has gone from being the star of his films to playing key supporting characters who tend to pull a story together. And his presence in a cast always makes a terrible movie a little less terrible.

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In “Dolphin Tale 2”, opening Friday, Freeman reprises his role from the 2011 original, scientist Dr. Cameron McCarthy. It seems like Freeman has been playing a lot of different types of doctors lately, sharing the screen with Johnny Depp in “Transcendence” and Scarlett Johansson in “Lucy”. Freeman has even coined a phrase: “Mankind Is Not Ready for This”, both on the big screen and on his Science Channel show, “Through the Wormhole”.

Some of Freeman’s most memorable performances are as God in “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty”, as well as the debonaire Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. Other notable supporting roles were in the action comedy “Red”, Tom Cruise sci-fi adventure “Oblivion”, “Wanted” alongside Angelina Jolie, “Street Smart” (his first Oscar nomination), David Fincher’s “Se7en”, Ben Affleck’s “Gone Baby Gone”, 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen” and “Now You See Me”, and Freeman’s Oscar-winning work in Clint Eastwood’s boxing drama “Million Dollar Baby”.

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Another title Freeman justly deserves is “The Narrator”. His distinctive, showcase voice is just as famous as his face. 2005’s “March of the Penguins” got it started, and since then he’s been behind two IMAX nature documentaries: “Born to Be Wild 3D” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”. Freeman has also narrated the updated “War of the Worlds” and “Conan the Barbarian” films, and brought Vitruvius to life in this year’s animated blockbuster, “The LEGO Movie”. When you hear that voice you immediately think class and quality, which is why he’s in such demand for commercial voice-over work as well.

After a half-century of acting roles, narrations, iconic characters and memorable quotes, the great Morgan Freeman shows no signs of letting-up. And that sounds good to me.

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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

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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) | It’s Quiet At The Movies This Labor Day Week-End

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly in "Begin Again"

August 29, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

 

Pierce Brosnan in "The November Man"

Pierce Brosnan in “The November Man”

By Jackson Murphy

Once again, Labor Day Weekend is a bare one at the movies, with just two new releases, neither of which will light up the box office. They are Relativity Media’s Pierce Brosnan action film “The November Man” and Universal’s horror/thriller “As Above, So Below”. Because of this, other studios are trying to take advantage and attract audiences looking to play catch-up over the four-day holiday.

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“Chef”, the indie ensemble romantic comedy about a struggling chef looking to re-invent himself, was released by Open Road in May and spent six weeks in the Top 10. Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) stars and directs the film. And he brought together an impressive ensemble which includes Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt and Robert Downey, Jr. It’s a solid comedy with several qualities on its menu which make it worth recommending.

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly in "Begin Again"

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly in “Begin Again”

And “Begin Again”, from Focus Features, is a musical dramedy about a producer who loses his job (Mark Ruffalo), and then finds talent in a New York City songwriter (Keira Knightley). The songs, particularly “Lost Stars” performed by both Knightley and “Maroon 5” singer Adam Levine (in his first acting role), are terrific. Co-starring Catherine Keener, Mos Def, and Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), “Begin Again” is predictable, but in a refreshing sort of way.

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Hoping to start some early Awards Season buzz, and make some extra $$$ at the box office, both films are being re-released nationwide starting this Friday and are worth checking-out before time runs out on Summer ’14.

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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.

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

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) | A Summer Film Festival Filled With Classics

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs

August 1, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.

By Jackson Murphy

One of the perks of being on summer vacation is that I get to catch up on some classic films–many considered to be among the greatest in the history of cinema–that I’ve never had the time and/or opportunity to see. Here are five I’ve screened thus far as part of the LCJ Personal Summer Film Festival 2014:

Broadway Danny Rose – Woody Allen’s black-and-white tale of a theatrical manager on a one-day adventure with the girlfriend of his popular client is a sweet, old-fashioned comedy. Allen and Mia Farrow have terrific chemistry and the final few minutes are simply perfect.

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Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Considered to be one of the best comedies ever made, Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 World War II farce was certainly daring and groundbreaking for its time. Peter Sellers is quite good in his multiple roles. It’s not one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, but it’s satisfying and engaging (and the Wes Anderson connection is undeniable).

Moonstruck – Cher won the 1987 Best Actress Oscar for her electric performance as an engaged widow who stumbles upon a man who could be the true love of her life (played by Nicolas Cage). Olympia Dukakis and a pre-Frasier John Mahoney are the supporting cast standouts in this charming, highly likeable romantic comedy.

North by Northwest – Director Alfred Hitchcock’s complex and brilliant thriller involving a case of mistaken identity that quickly escalates into much more is spellbinding. Loads of twists and tension. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint are incredibly natural together. Films like this simply aren’t made anymore. Hitchcock gold.

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The Silence of the Lambs – Contrary to what the Academy thought, I still don’t believe this deserved the 1991 Best Picture honor over Beauty and the Beast. But Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are fantastic, especially in their powerful, iconic scenes together. Suspenseful and gritty throughout.

Still on the ’14 Festival agenda: Rain Man, Apollo 13, Kramer vs. Kramer, and more. I need an Endless Summer.

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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.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

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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) |Winners And Losers: Analyzing the Summer Box Office (So far)

Angelina Jolie and the cast of Maleficent

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

Neil Patrick Harris and Seth MacFarlane in "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

Neil Patrick Harris and Seth MacFarlane in “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

By Jackson Murphy

The general belief is that the summer 2014 box office is down significantly from previous years. And the numbers prove it. Back in April I wrote a blog on the big May releases. In it I predicted that while the May 2013 films grossed more than $1.4 billion domestically, the 2014 crop would have a slightly lower $1.3B total. Since nearly all the May movies have run their courses in theaters, the fact is that the 11 big movies that opened that month (including the indie comedy “Chef”) will not even reach $1.2 billion.

The Biggest Losers from May include Seth MacFarlane’s western comedy disaster “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, which made only $42.7 million, or less than one-fifth of “Ted”‘s domestic haul, as well as the animated flop “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”, with a very poor $8.5 million. Adam Sandler’s “Blended” also did much worse than his previous comedies, with just $45 million. Some could even argue that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” should be in this category since it barely crossed the $200 million mark (I expected closer to $300M). And even “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, while the second-biggest installment in the franchise, didn’t wow with just over $230 million.

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Angelina Jolie and the cast of Maleficent

Angelina Jolie and the cast of Maleficent

Angelina Jolie during the promotion of Maleficent

Angelina Jolie during the promotion of Maleficent

Technically, the only financial winner from May was Disney’s “Maleficent”. Released on the last weekend of the month, it’s still one of the Top 10 movies in America. Whether it was the ruthless marketing campaign, the PG rating, or Angelina Jolie as the combination of a heroin and villain, a $230 million cume was far more than anyone, including The Mouse House itself, likely expected. The Runner-Up is “Neighbors”, which on just an $18 million budget, ended-up with nearly $150M.

As far as the rest of the summer so far goes, “How to Train Your Dragon 2″‘s performance is another disappointment for DreamWorks Animation, as $160 million is far from the $220M total the original “Dragon” made in 2010. Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” will have a lot of work to do if it wants to match or beat the original’s $90M total. And “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, the only $100M open of 2014 to date, may still not out-gross 2014’s top two films, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (released in April) and “The LEGO Movie” (which opened in February).

On the bright side, “The Fault in Our Stars” is one of the summer darlings. The captivating romantic drama has raked-in more than $120M. And two films many predicted to be financial busts after their opening weekends, “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Tammy”, are successfully chasing $100 million. However, even though “22 Jump Street”‘s $180M+ is a huge accomplishment, way more the original, its triumph is being overshadowed by all the summer letdowns.

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And with six weeks of the season remaining, it looks like only one movie could change the atmosphere: “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The special IMAX 3D 17-minute preview of the film was a big success, and the buzz is ginormous. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it opens to more than $100M. The trailers and TV spots are funny, edgy, and action-packed. And Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon is on the verge of becoming a superstar. Hopefully, this unlikely band of superheroes can not only save the day, but the Summer 2014 Box Office as well.

Guardians Of The Galaxy cast at the at the Dolby Theatre premiere in Hollywood

Guardians Of The Galaxy cast at the Dolby Theatre premiere in Hollywood

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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) | The 10 Best Films Of The First Half Of 2014

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in "Edge of Tomorrow"

July 4, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in "Edge of Tomorrow"

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in “Edge of Tomorrow”

By Jackson Murphy

1. Locke
Tom Hardy gives a nomination-worthy performance in writer/director Steven Knight’s moving and effective psychological drama. The premise couldn’t be simpler: a man driving his car, talking to a variety of people on the phone, for 90 minutes. The result is a sophisticated, suspenseful, and multi-layered film with impeccable pacing and cinematography.

2. Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt give some of the best performances of their careers in this sci-fi action version of Groundhog Day. With the smartest script of the year, great plot swerves, and the perfect mix of humor, drama, and top-notch FX, it’s a must-see, maybe even twice.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The best Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster to date. Chris Evans returns as ‘The Star Spangled Man with a Plan’, alongside Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. Fine supporting work from Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, and Samuel L. Jackson.

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4. The LEGO Movie

A pure rush of fun from start to finish. Terrific ensemble voice cast includes Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Morgan Freeman. A wildly inventive, groundbreaking story that’s not afraid to take risks. The leader at the halfway point in the race for best animated film of the year.
5. Heaven is for Real
Based on the bestselling book and inspiring true story, Greg Kinnear is excellent as a pastor, loving husband and father of a little boy who tells him that during surgery he went to heaven. Bold, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.
6. How to Train Your Dragon 2
This sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2010 surprise hit is darker and more action-packed than the original. The visuals are extraordinary, with a true family dynamic at the core of an inspired script. Also a lock for Best Animated Feature consideration.
7. Muppets Most Wanted
Kermit and the gang return in this delightful musical comedy caper, alongside Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Modern Family star Ty Burrell. While it disappointed at the box office, it’s even funnier than the 2011 reboot.
8. The Fault in Our Stars
Shailene Woodley (Divergent) gives the best female lead performance of 2014 so far in this adaptation of the best-selling John Green novel about two teenage cancer patients who become involved in an unlikely romance. Smartly takes its time unraveling a highly emotional, lovely story.
9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
This action reboot based on the books by late author Tom Clancy is a whole lot of fun. Chris Pine (“Star Trek”), Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner join costar and director Kenneth Branagh in one of the best January releases in recent years.
10. 22 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their roles in this buddy-cop comedy based on the 80’s TV series. Not only consistently funny, but wildly clever in the ways it pokes fun at itself and all Hollywood sequels.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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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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