Lee Gates (George Clooney) is an outlandish financial pundit for FNN. Much like his real life counterpart CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Gates give ‘can’t miss’ stock tips daily on his show Money Monster. However, the stock market is a gamble. Winners are celebrated regularly as geniuses, while losers plunge into bankruptcy. One of Gates’ pick, that was such a sure winner “you could bet your savings” was Ibis Clear Capital. The advice was sound, the logic was clear but the tip failed miserably. Reported as a “computer glitch” by Ibis, their new rapid trading algorithm proved fallible and with it Ibis’ stocks nearly flatline; losing somewhere in the vicinity of $800 million. While it’s c’est la vie for Gates, one of the bigger losers of the day, a disgruntled investor named Kyle (Jack O’Connell) sneaks on set and holds the Crew of Money Monster hostage.
Searching for ‘answers’, Kyle calls shenanigans on the ‘glitch’ and forces Gates into a vest rigged with explosives. While Ibis Clear Capital tries to maneuver through this PR nightmare, unfolding live around the globe; the man at the center of it all is suspiciously AWOL. Ibis’ CEO Walt Camby (Dominic Cooper). The search is on to find the elusive Camby while at the FNN studios, Gates and his long time producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) continue to negotiate with the desperate Kyle.
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Working as a Hollywood ‘Fixer’ is a thankless but necessary job. For Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) solving every problem involving Capitol Studios, is all in a day’s work. The big production on set is “Hail, Caesar”, starring Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). The sword and sandals epic (akin to Ben-Hur) that is eerily similar to the 2016 Sony release ‘Risen’, is nearly finished. The final scene, where Baird gives his final monologue remains to be shot and Baird is nowhere to be found. Abducted by a group known only as ‘The Future’, Mannix must produce a ransom of $100k. That’s only the beginnings of his troubles.
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We first meet Frank Walker (George Clooney) as a boy (Thomas Robinson) at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The endless possibilities of tomorrow were on display for all to see. In a competition for inventors of all ages, Frank is unceremoniously dismissed by a pompous judge (Hugh Laurie); though Athena (Raffey Cassidy) takes interest. But, interest in what exactly? Secretly, Athena gives Frank a pin and tells him to follow closely. He does ; and whizzes and bangs later, Frank steps out into the unknown. A similar thing happened to Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), in the present. She’s the daughter of a NASA engineer (Tim McGraw) who is about to be laid off, pending the decommission of the space shuttle program. When some of her late night activism lands her in hot water with the local authorities, Casey also discovers a pin similar to Frank’s. Continue reading “Movie Review – Tomorrowland”
Aside from this little indie film named The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Gravity is the only other film this fall that is a must see. There are so many questions surrounding this movie, Gravity doesn’t give much away in the trailers. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are the only on screen actors while a handful of others lend their voices including Ed Harris. I’m not going to debate the authenticity of the the science in the movie. Personally, I don’t care. Overall it leads to a wholly satisfying experience that is enhanced by the 3D experience.
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It’s a rare occurrence for me to get excited for a big budget movie these days. With a few exceptions of course, 2013 hasn’t lived up to the hype created by it’s trailers that oversell the product. However the trailer for Gravity, the new film from Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, seems promising. With the underrated Children Of Men from 2006 and the 2004 film Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban in his credits, Cuaron is one of those directors that carefully chooses his films.
In Gravity, the premise is simple. Two astronauts are caught in a shower of debris that cripples their shuttle and threatens their lives. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney stars as the only two characters in the film. Watch the newest trailers here for “Drifting” and here for “Detached”. After a year of delay and 3d post production conversion, Gravity with land in theaters on October 4 in IMAX 3D and other large format 3D theaters.
The 2012 Oscars just happened. Would you like to know who the winners are? Well, we’ve got them for you!!!
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Right off the heels of the Oscars Nominations announced yesterday morning, Bravo releases a press release promoting George Continue reading “Clooney To Appear on Inside The Actor’s Studio”
There’s a show on the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs. It’s where the host takes on the positions of individuals who have to crawl through dirt and grime, work for endless hours, and at the end of the day they go home filthy. Now that show deals with physical labor positions. But if you focus on the gist of what that show is about and take away the physical aspect, it kind of sounds a lot like politics right?
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Bill Clinton. Howard Dean. John Edwards. Barack Obama. All these men, two successful at becoming POTUS and two not, somewhere did something to make their followers lose some faith in them. Be it infidelity, messing up one’s momentum or in President Obama’s case maybe not doing all the things the way everyone wants them has made at one time or another young people essential lose some hope, innocence and become more cynical. This is a major theme in the The Ides of March, the new film directed by George Clooney and starring himself and Ryan Gosling.
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