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There’s a “My Girl” video game …

by Michael Hunley. 0 Comments

... and it will crush your soul. If you're a Millennial or a lover of all things Richard Masur (and who isn't!?), then you're most likely familiar with the popular 1991 dramedy "My Girl," about a young girl's coming of age in the early '70s. It was a breakthrough performance for actress Anna Chlumsky (currently co-starring in the hilarious HBO comedy "Veep") and the first big film project for Macaulay Culkin after the success of "Home Alone." "My Girl" also featured — SPOILER ALERT — one ... read more

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Truly, Truly Outrageous News

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Nostalgia for pop culture from the '80s and '90s has been strong the past few weeks, first with the news that they're turning "Pretty Woman" into a Broadway musical (as long as there's a musical number called "It's Very Expensive" featuring the two snobby saleswomen, I'm OK with this) and then the announcement that two-thirds of the main cast in the comedy classic "9 to 5" was reuniting for a Netflix series (please, Dolly, allow them to have an episode set in Dollywood so you can make a cameo appearance). ... read more

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We are now in a world where the phrase “Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey” is not a joke

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The Oscars are over, just about everyone who was predicted to win won (I just got one wrong in my final Oscar predictions! *pats self on back*) and Matthew McConaughey can now be counted amongst other esteemed Oscar winners like Cuba Gooding Jr., Kim Basinger, Tatum O'Neal and Roberto Benigni. There's not much to say about the ceremony that hasn't been said before -- it was too long, too montage heavy, too self-congratulatory, too EVERYTHING. But I can't completely hate on this year's show, if ... read more

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Final Oscar Predictions Time

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The real star of the Academy Awards: the dude in the khaki shorts wheeling that giant Oscar.  (Photo from the Associated Press) The Oscars are finally here! All the precursor awards have been handed out, the never-ending campaigning and debating has been never ending, and we briefly learned that there's a song and a movie called "Alone Yet Not Alone." All that's left is the actual ceremony -- although, honestly, most of the categories have been sewn up for the past few weeks, and the Oscar ... read more

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There’s a “Bridges of Madison County” musical!?!

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While surfing through the Associated Press' entertainment articles recently, I noticed there was a review for a new play that opened on Broadway called "The Bridges of Madison County," and ... hey, wasn't that a best-selling book and hit movie back in the mid-1990s?! And ... wait ... hold up ... HOL'. UP. It's a musical, too?! THEY MADE A MUSICAL OUT OF "THE BRIDGE OF MADISON COUNTRY." At first I thought it might be a tongue-in-cheek production, like they did with "Xanadu" a few years back, ... read more

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Time to Check Back in on the Oscars

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Cate Blanchett, looking beautiful in an outfit that appears to have been made by Reynolds Wrap, arrives Monday at the Oscar nominees luncheon. (Photo courtesy Associated Press) It's been a while since I've made Oscar ranking predictions, and with less than a month to go until the ceremony, and the annual nominee luncheon held earlier this week, what better time than now? So here we go: PICTURE 1. “12 Years a Slave” 2. “Gravity” 3. “American Hustle” 4. "The Wolf of Wall Street" 5. ... read more

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At least Sally Hawkins got nominated

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Sally Hawkins finally got her Oscar nomination! (Photo courtesy of The Associated Press) Well, the Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and they were, as always, a mess. There were snubs (no love for "Inside Llewyn Davis") and surprises (way too much love for "August: Osage County" and "Wolf of Wall Street"), something called "Alone But Not Alone," and a whole bunch of nominations for "American Hustle," "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave." But if you're a regular reader of this blog, ... read more

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And so it ends … Final Oscar Nomination Predictions

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Cate Blanchett is better than you, and she knows it. Will she score a Best Actress nod tomorrow when the Academy Award nominations are announced? (Yes. Yes, she will.) (Photo courtesy of The Associated Press) Well, the Golden Globes were handed out on Sunday, the British Academy Award nominations have been announced, and every important and influential precursor award has had their say (including the most important of all, the Razzies!). So now I can safely make my final guesses at the Academy ... read more

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The Best Part of the Golden Globes …

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The endlessly endless Golden Globe Awards were last night, and while hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were once again perfection, there's no escaping the wackadoo-ness of the Globes. ("Brooklyn 99" is the Best Comedy on TV? ... OK.) The highlight of the night, though, was this comedic moment between an e-cigarette-smoking Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Reese Witherspoon as the former sat with the "cool kids" in the movie section (Louis-Dreyfus was nominated twice last night for her roles in the film "Enough ... read more

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Oscar Predictions Update: Less Than a Month to Go

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Despite some less-than-glowing notices from the critics and audiences, can Leonardo DiCaprio and "The Wolf of Wall Street" get noticed by the Academy Awards? (Photo courtesy of The Associated Press) The nominations for influential Oscar precursors like the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild (aka, the SAG Awards) have been announced, and all the eligible 2013 films have been screened and critiqued and berated by critics and bloggers alike, so we finally have a complete picture of what the ... read more

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