Take a peek at ‘Spy’

Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in 'Spy'
Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in ‘Spy’

Starring:  Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Nargis Fakhri and Peter Serafinowicz
Writer:  Paul Feig
Director:  Paul Feig

My name is Bond.  Jane Bond.  Or perhaps it should be changed to Maxine Smart.  Those are just two of the film franchises that many of the gags found in Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, can be traced to.  Spoofs are lots of fun when they are done well and this is no exception.

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‘Jurassic World’ sets box office record… or did it?

Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World
Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in ‘Jurassic World

The results are in.  Several sources, including www.boxofficemojo.com claim that Jurassic World, with its $204.6 million domestic gross has the second best opening weekend of all time at the box office.  Based on total grosses without accounting for inflation, or the number of screens involved, that’s true.  Only 2012’s The Avengers did better its first weekend.

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Christopher Lee dead at 93

Christopher Lee and Roger Moore face off in 'The Man With the Golden Gun'
Christopher Lee and Roger Moore face off in ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’

On June 7th, 2015, shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday in a hospital in Chelsea, England; Christopher Lee passed away.  As an actor he was best known for his work as “Saruman” in the film trilogies Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as “Count Dooku” in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and as the title villain in the James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun.

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‘San Andreas’ really shakes up the big screen

Art Parkinson, Alexandra Daddario, and Hugo Johnstone-Burt in ‘San Andreas’

Starring:  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Will Yun Lee, Archie Punjabi and Kylie Minogue.
Written by:  Carlton Cruse (screenplay) and Andre Fabrizio & Jeremy Passmore (story)
Directed by:  Brad Peyton

The disaster film genre came to major prominence in the 1970s, with Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno and Earthquake.   In fact, disaster films were around from the beginning of the 20th century, they just never reached the kind of commercial and critical success the aforementioned movies managed to achieve.  Airport garnered 10 Oscar nominations and a Best Supporting Actress Award for Helen Hayes.  The genre died out in the early 1980s and remained dormant until Titanic smashed all kinds of records in 1997.  2004’s The Day After Tomorrow brought home over one-half a billion in worldwide box office.

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