Monday, July 6, 2015

Movie Review: ‘Amy’ Is An Absorbing Look At Tragic Star

By Preston Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS)

“I don’t think I’ll be famous,” Amy Winehouse remarked in 2003. “I don’t think I could handle it.”

She was half-right, but more than she knew.

This month marks four years since Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning at the far-too-young age of 27.

Amy, director Asif Kapadia’s absorbing documentary about the Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter, makes you feel the loss — quite acutely, at times — all over again.

Employing archival footage and contemporary interviews with every major figure in Winehouse’s life, including her ex-husband, Blake Fielder, and her parents, Janis and Mitchell Winehouse, Amy traces the ascent of the fiercely talented and willful Winehouse from rebellious teenager to global superstar.…

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Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore Meets Bree Newsome

Larry Wilmore interviewed Bree Newsome, the woman who took down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state Capitol grounds. And yes, as Bree had hinted on her Twitter account, the two of them enjoyed some nice Southern-style mint juleps together.

“Once I got up there and grabbed it,” she said, recounting her experience to the adoring Nightly Show crowd, “it was like, ‘Yes — take me to jail!'”

Jon Stewart paid tribute to a man who has been with him all throughout his run on The Daily Show: Donald Trump, who has provided so much material over the years.…

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O.J. Simpson As The Terminator? Schwarzenegger Looks Back On Getting Iconic Role

By Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (TNS)

LOS ANGELES — The plot of Terminator Genisys, the latest in the dystopian series about man vs. machine, suggests history can be changed with a tweak of the timeline. If James Cameron hadn’t been so insistent in 1984 that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the perfect person to star as the killing machine in The Terminator, the franchise would have had a very different look.

When Schwarzenegger met with Cameron to discuss the low-budget sci-fi film, the actor wanted to play Kyle Reese. He’s the good guy human sent from the future to protect Sarah Connor.…

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