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Joanna Bonaro’s Good ‘n Screwed Eyes Neglected TV Niche, 40-Plus Women

New Yorker Joanna Bonaro wrote, produced and stars in “Good ‘n Screwed,” a half-hour series about the trials and tribulation of a woman suddenly divorced and back in the dating pool. A self-confessed “Sex And The City” fan, Bonaro has cast a perfect tale for today directed at women over 40. The cast features Robert Funaro (“The Sopranos,” “The Sinner”) and Armen Garo (“Gotham”), with Suzanne H. Smart, Warren Bub, Lori Hammel, Deborah Unger and Ernest Mingione....

Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall Stick it to ‘The Judge’ (Video!)

Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Judge” is a tad predictable as courtroom dramas go, and god knows, we've seen a slew of those on the big screen over the years. But this is no Judge Judy, thanks to solid performances. Billy Bob Thorton plays a vengeful prosecutor with solid support from Vera Framiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard and “Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester....

Katie Holmes, Celebs Hit Marvel’s Superhero Extravaganza (photos!)

“Marvel Universe Live!,” a new arena extravaganza from Feld Entertainment, debuted last night (Aug 13) at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, bringing together Marvel top characters, from Spider Man to The Avengers and the X-Men. At the VIP pre-party, actress Katie Holmes was spotted with cancer kids from the Sunrise Day Camp in Wyandanch, NY. Also spotted in the crowd were “Jersey Boys” actor Donnie Kehr, Russian-gymnast Nastia Liukin and actress Irina Pantaeva, Miss Teen USA, K. Lee Graham and Miss USA, Nia Sanchez. Liev Schreiber, supermodel Karolina Kurkova, Boston Celtics player Rajon Rondo and former Gossip Girl “Kelly Rutherford” also made appearances. ...

Johnny Depp Transcends His New Sci-Fi Stinker, ‘Transcendence’

Johnny Depp remains one of the most puzzling and intriguing actors on the scene today. His latest film, “Transcendence,” won’t do a thing to change that perception. He delves into the science fiction mystery thriller with typical Depp intensity–profound, curious and 100 percent engaging. The movie marks the feature film directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Inception,” “Dark Knight”), who works with a stellar cast that includes Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cilliam Murphy, Cole Hauser and Morgan Freeman....

Carson Daly Comes of Age With Growing Role on ‘Today’ Show

When Carson Daly left MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) in 2002, he was something of a running-gag in the media. The show had run its course. Even “Saturday Night Live” had a skit lampooning TRL. “I’m Carson Daly and I’m a tool,” said the actor portraying him to hoots. Daly, 40, certainly introduced a gazillion music stars, including a young Christina Aguliera, but as with everything in TV, his time came and seemingly went....

Charlie Sheen Loses it in Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan' (watch!)

Charlie Sheen’s new movie, “A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III,” is as crazy as his real life meltdown. Instead of a rant-filled national “torpedo of truth” tour, fueled by tiger juice and goddesses, it all unfolds in his head. His best friend, Kirby, played by Jason Schwartzman and manager, Saul, played by Bill Murray, try to help. But it seems they do more harm than good. Patricia Arquette plays his long suffering sister Izzy....

Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit Scores' on Superior Direction (video)

I never read The Hobbit nor the “Lord of the Rings” series, but when the opportunity came to see a screening of “The Hobbit,” I jumped at the chance. I was dazzled not so much by the story, but by director Peter Jackson’s epic work. Elijah Wood, who appears briefly as Frodo, was good. But Martin Freeman in the titular role as the young Bilbo Baggins is spot-on, Gollum is brilliantly essayed by Andy Serkis....

Tom Hanks 'Cloud Atlas' a Moving, Evocative Oscar Contender (video)

Tom Hanks’ “Cloud Atlas” is a veritable whirlwind of clever coincidences; stories intertwine, characters appear, die and then re-appear. Everything is connected. How many movies take place in 1849, 1936, 1973, 2012, 2144 and the post-apocalyptic 24th century? Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, the film intertwines drama, mystery action and enduring love through a single storyline that unfolds over some 500 years. The cast includes Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou and Keith David, with Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant....

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' a Harrowing Tale Well Told, Well Acted

When actor Ben Affleck turned into a director of note with his brilliantly staged “The Town” two years back, audiences and Hollywood took note. It was a tense, tautly realized effort, with an exemplary cast. His latest effort, “Argo,” is another finely textured and nuanced story, with excellent performances by his coterie of actors. The movie is filled with excellent actors from John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston to Tate Donovan....

Clint Eastwood's 'Trouble With Curve' Is No Empty-Chair Speech (video)

Clint Eastwood’s Republican National Convention antics two weeks back put an uncomfortable magnifying glass on all his recent activities. But at 82, he hasn’t lost his marbles yet, judging by his new movie “Trouble With The Curve.” Strong performances by the always-enchanting Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake, plus stalwarts like John Goodman, Robert Patrick and Matthew Lillard, give the film great rhythm. It worked like a charm....

Will Ferrell's 'The Campaign' Could Be Summer Sleeper Hit

“The Campaign,” starring an outrageously funny Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, rivals last year’s comedy movie of the summer, “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” a sleeper film starring Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone. What I liked about “Crazy” was the taut dialogue–relevant and funny–great acting and great direction by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. “The Campaign” scores on all those factors. ...

J.J. Abrams' Sci-Fi Show 'Fringe' Gets New Life from Fox

Lost-wunderkund J. J. Abrams’ show “Fringe” has been nothing short of brilliant for almost of all its four seasons. Fox finally announced it’s renewing the epic show for a shortened-13-episode season. It was the right call. Truth be told, the current season has been its weakest yet, with a reveal of an alternate universe (always cause for concern!). Yet the acting by principals Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and, in particular, John Noble, is just off the charts....

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