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MOVIE REVIEWS: 30 MINUTES OR LESS

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

You’ve got to figure that the filmmakers behind 30 Minutes or Less were just asking for it when they came up with that title. Critics have pounced on it with glee (that’s another movie they’ve pounced on; see Glee: The 3D Concert). For example, Ann Horniday in the Washington Post: “Would that 30 Minutes or […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FINAL DESTINATION 5

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Horror movies rarely receive positive reviews, and the fifth Final Destination movie is no exception. (The previous four didn’t fare much better.) Mike Hale refers to a line in the movie in which a character remarks, “It’s just that I’ve seen this before.” Hale calls the line “too depressingly true to be funny.” Likewise Betsy […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE

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Fans of the TV series will come down hard on movie critics who have come down hard on Glee: The 3D Cconcert Movie. Kyle Smith of the New York Post is prepared for the abuse. Commenting on a line in the movie in which one Glee cast member tells the audience, “Stand up for what […]

THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORIALLY BLASTS FAIR GAME

December 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One month after it was released, Summit Entertainment’s Fair Game has become fair game for the Washington Post. Generally regarded by conservatives as a bully pulpit of the left, the Post editorially accused the filmmakers of engaging in “Hollywood myth-making.” It went on: “Hollywood has a habit of making movies about historical events without regard […]

BRISTOL ET AL LIFT RATINGS FOR DWTS FINALE

December 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The season finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars shoved aside NBC’s Sunday Night Football last week as the results show attracted a whopping 24.2 million viewers and the final performance show drew 23.7 million. Helped by the controversy over the weekly return of Bristol Palin despite low marks by the judges and flak from […]

ASK A SILLY QUESTION — GET A SILLY COLUMN

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Washington Post TV columnist Lisa deMoraes made fun of one of her fellow critics attending the TV critics summer “tour” in Beverly Hills, CA, where TV program execs discuss their plans for the fall. At a news conference for CBS’s Nina Tassler, one reporter, referring presumably to the decision by ABC’s Steve McPherson to quit, […]

“WORLD NEWS” PRODUCER “FRUSTRATED” AT BEING NO. 2

June 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC’s World News executive producer Jon Banner has acknowledged that he is “deeply frustrated” that the news program with Diane Sawyer at the helm has made such slow progress in overtaking NBC Nightly News, anchored by Brian Williams. This season, the program has averaged 7.6 million viewers versus NBC’s 8.8 million. Banner, who is quoted […]