Of all the segments I have done for the TODAY show in the last 3 years, this was by far the most challenging and visually dynamic one I’ve done. The concept is simple: discuss three cultural topics, under 5 munutes, on three stages with three hosts. It sounds like an obstacle course, right? Lol. From what I was told, these types of segments have been done before but with THREE contributors. The fact that TODAY producers allowed me to do all three means they have tremendous trust in me which I highly appreciate them for it. Also, I found out it was the first time they were testing out the new format so whatever you see here has never been done before on their show. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity and for actually pulling it off!
Creed was one of the surprise hits of 2015, and successfully revitalized the Rocky franchise in an unexpected way. While Sylvester Stallone stole the show as an aging Rocky training a protégé, it was Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Johnson character that positioned himself to continue the series. That means that in some sense Rocky will continue, though it will do so through a new character. Coming Soon, which tends to have up-to-date information on release dates in addition to its regular film news, has said that there’s a tentative November 2017 release date for Creed 2 (which may or may not feature Stallone in a major role).Read More
On this ninth episode, I talk about Tom Cruise’s new movie ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ with my good friend Mike Sargeant as we tackle Tom’s career, his longevity and our opinions on why he doesn’t seem to want to collaborate with another A-List actor (3:20). We also review Broadway’s new family feel-good musical Holiday Inn (24:46) as well as take a look at Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar (21:34), and I ask a New Yorker what he’s seeing, listening and downloading (27:43), plus, we recap the most important pop culture news you might have missed this week.Read More
Denzel Washington stars in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures’ THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.
It’s been a while since I’ve done these, but we’re back on track. It’s mid-September, past Labor Day and you know what that means… it’s Oscar season time. The Fall Preview of films is really Oscar films testing the waters. TFF was the kickoff and the NYFF starts next week. Also, this week we see more female directors taking charge. Get ready for the next couple of months!Read More
I’m watching the Olympics last night as Usain Bolt bolted by all his so-called competitors, including Justin Gatling, and right after his win, NBC aired a TV trailer spot for the film Hidden Figures. The movie stars Taraji P. Henson and tells the incredible untold true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the 1960s where they served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. What most stood out to me was my reaction… it was bizarre to see a prestige period Hollywood movie about accomplishedblack women at the highest levels. And you know why…? Read More
If you’re a movie buff, which I know some of you are, you should really watch this 30m show on NY1 called – Talking Pictures On Demand. I was a guest for the second time and it really breaks down with a fine tooth comb the new releases and movies that are currently “on demand”. We reviewed “The Duel” starring Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson, “Len and Company,” “Green Room” and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Demolition,” amongst others. Plus, a look at the brand-new Ghostbusters reboot. Click video above to have a look!
It’s Friday and for those of you just getting to know me, there is a Spanish-language version to me. I do a weekly Spanish-language Movie and Broadway segment on NY’s Telemundo 47. So why don’t we flip into Spanish? Si le gusta consumir sus noticias de cine y Broadway en español, entonces ‘Viernes de Estrenos’ es para usted. Esta semana les traigo 3 películas, una de Simón Bolivar. Veame cada jueves a las 10am por Telemundo 47 NY.
When one says the name Rob Reiner, plentiful thoughts of superlatives comes to mind, but what most people associate the name Rob Reiner with is his character Michael ‘Meathead’ Stivic from “All in the Family” and for his romantic-comedy classic “When Harry Met Sally,” at least for this writer. A further look into Reiner’s cinematic oeuvre and you’ll slowly understand how the tag of living legend might apply.Read More
Superhero movies are at an all time high and it seems Hollywood can’t stop making them. The latest venture into cinematic superheroes is Marvel’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The first teaser trailer debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, introduced by Cumberbatch himself. It looks like a solid entry, but we all said the same thing about Ant-Man. Read More
Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’
The 1-4-0: #BatmanvSuperman is an important film that must be seen, but regrettably, it’s difficult not to be left with mixed emotions. Though flaws exist, the immensity of the characters and the significance of the film outweigh any negatives.Read More