On the Red Carpet with Will Smith

On Thursday, Nov. 20, Will Smith visited Cleveland to premiere his new movie, “Seven Pounds.” View my full report from the red carpet below.

Please periodically check out my You Tube channel.  I’ll be adding more video reports, which will also appear on this blog.

Check out my article about Smith’s visit to Cleveland at The Trades.


Bond’s Torment – Scribe Robert Wade Talks “Quantum”


The talented writing duo of Robert Wade and Neal Purvis has become a staple of the Bond franchise. After penning “Casino Royale,” perhaps the best Bond movie in recent memory, they have high expectations to fulfill with Bond’s latest adventure.

With “Quantum of Solace” making its U.S. release today, I had a chance to ask Wade about the storytelling approach employed in this new release. He stressed that “Quantum of Solace” is a continuation of “Casino Royale” especially in terms of exploring Bond’s raw emotional state.

“There was no way [Bond] could just emerge from ‘Casino Royale’ and be smooth and unruffled off the bat in the next picture,” Wade commented. “Also, the concept of the next film being ‘part 2’ of ‘Casino’ was implicit early on in our development of ‘Casino Royale’ both continuing Bond’s emotional journey, and learning more of the enemies ranged against him behind the scenes in ‘Casino Royale’.”  Continue reading

Lizzy Caplan – A Bad Robot?

J.J. Abrams (left) Lizzy Caplan (right) © Paramount Pictures

J.J. Abrams (left) and Lizzy Caplan (right) ©Paramount Pictures

I recently spoke with actress Lizzy Caplan about her upcoming role in HBO’s True Blood.

Being that Caplan is a self-professed and outspoken fan of Lost, I asked her if she would be interested in joining the show or guest starring on it at some point.

“That’s one that’s impossible to turn down,” she said of the ABC phenomenon. “Lost is one of the most innovative shows out right now.” Continue reading

Cloverfield Actress Lizzy Caplan Talks New Media

Lizzy Caplan is probably best known for her role in “Cloverfield,” which documented a group of people on the run from a monster in New York City through the lens of a handheld camera. When I spoke with her for an interview at The Trades, she credited the enormous popularity of the film partly to the way in which it appeals to the “You Tube generation” (a term which she admittedly hates). “It’s a very current film,” she said. “It’s drawing on all the stuff we deal with now.”

Caplan added, “Everybody has a camera, and it’s this generational thing where everybody thinks that their videos are worth showing to the public. A lot of times, there’s a million terrible You Tube videos that are pointless.”

More importantly, Caplan expressed her opinion that “Cloverfield” reflects the capacity of citizen journalism. “I think [the movie] struck a chord with people, because if there were to be some huge, terrible disaster – whether it be a real disaster or a monster attacking the city – there would be some excellent footage. We’re prepared to document anything that happens.” Continue reading

Academy Voters…Why So Serious?

Warner Bros. hopes award show audiences will be clapping their hands for "The Dark Knight."

Warner Bros. hopes award show audiences will be clapping their hands for "The Dark Knight."

I guess Bruce Wayne just isn’t happy with his fast cars, fortune and cool bat gadgets. Now, he wants an Oscar. To make sure he gets it, Warner Bros. will re-release “The Dark Knight” in January to make sure award voters don’t forget how Batman saved Gotham from the psychotic Joker this past July.

Perhaps the Joker will have the last laugh, though, because he may be the one who ultimately covets Oscar gold. Continue reading

5 Fun Ways to Indulge Yourself this Fall

Now that Labor Day is over, the unofficial start of fall is upon us. If you’re looking for some fun ways to indulge yourself this autumn, here are five must-have items.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play  (Wii)

In many parts of the country, it won’t be long before golfers retire their clubs until spring. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play on Wii proves so addictive that you might just enjoy playing on the virtual links more than the real thing. Plus, unlike an expensive country club membership, the game only costs $49.99. At $59.99, the Xbox 360 version is also a great buy. Check out my review at The Trades.




Coldplay, Viva la Vida Tour Tickets

Photo by Stephan Craneanscki. © Capitol Music Group.

Fresh off the success of the chart-topping album Viva la Vida, Coldplay has embarked on a global tour that includes stops everywhere from Cleveland, Ohio to Manchester, England. The energy the band brings to a live show is a guaranteed treat for both die-hard and casual fans of this British-rock quartet. Continue reading

New Fast & Furious Trailer

The new HD trailer for next summer’s “Fast & Furious” film is online. It is formulaic and features mostly what you’d expect – fast cars, explosions and beautiful women. That said, the first film in the franchise was one of those guilty pleasure movies that I must admit I really enjoyed. Just from watching the trailer, “Fast & Furious” feels like more of a legitimate sequel to that first film than the disappointing “2 Fast 2 Furious” or the totally bogus “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez will all be back. Therefore, the tag line in the trailer says it all: “New Model. Original Parts.”

“Fast & Furious” revs onto the big screen on June 5, 2009.