University hosts OCU Week at the Museum

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The OCU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host “OCU Week at the Museum,” from Sept. 9-14 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the museum for free (OCU ID is required for entry). Currently, the museum is featuring the exhibit: “Gods and Heroes: […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 12

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A&E is planning a documentary series about the Wahlberg brothers.  The show, entitled Wahlburgers, will give a behind-the-scenes look into a hamburger restaurant that Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg opened in their hometown of Dorcester, Massachusetts.  The series will premiere on A&E on January 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm.  For more information, click here. Anna Karenina director […]

Bizarre, sloppy editing ruins ‘The Grandmaster’ for critic

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic The Grandmaster is probably a wonderful movie, but I wouldn’t know. I didn’t see it. Instead, I saw a brutally butchered version of Wong Kar Wai’s action masterpiece. For its U.S. release, 22 minutes were cut, scenes were rearranged, and unnecessary details were added to adjust the film for American […]

Entertainment news round-up for Sept. 5

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Variety has selected its 10 Actors to Watch list for 2013.  Highlights include Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color), and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis).  Profiles of the 10 actors will appear in print on October 8.  For the rest of the list, click […]

The Great Gatsby fails to impress critic

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic The best parts of The Great Gatsby happen when Baz Luhrmann goes full Luhrmann.  If you’re familiar with his previous work (Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet, for example) you know what I mean by “full Luhrmann”:  flashy, campy, and with absolutely no regard for realism or historical context. Unfortunately, […]

Entertainment news round-up for Sept. 3

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Fox has announced the judging panel for the network’s upcoming season of American Idol.  The panel will consist of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr.  Former Idol judge Randy Jackson will serve as the show’s “in-house mentor,” replacing Jimmy Iovine.  For more information on Idol’s upcoming season, click […]

Critic finds classic Vietnam film painfully honest

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Full Metal Jacket hurts.  It is physically painful to watch.  And yet, for the full 116 minutes of its runtime, I couldn’t look away from the screen.  By turns coldly horrifying, sickly funny, and deeply tragic, it’s a vicious gut-punch of a movie that more than deserves its iconic status. […]

Before Midnight takes audience on an emotional journey

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Only a truly brave filmmaker can put unlikeable characters onscreen and get away with it. Luckily, Richard Linklater is just such a filmmaker, and his Before Midnight benefits greatly from it. With help from co-writers and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, he creates a film that is by turns […]

Alan Arkin cast in ‘Million Dollar Arm’

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By Amanda Ack Alan Arkin has joined the cast of Disney’s upcoming baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm.”  Jon Hamm will also star in the film. For more information on the project, click here.

Jim Carrey to star in ‘Ricky Stanicky’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Jim Carrey is set to star in Summit Entertainment’s upcoming “Ricky Stanicky.”  Steve Oedekerk will write and direct the film. For more information on the project, click here.

Julian Sands joins ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” actor Julian Sands has joined the cast of “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.”  The film is Richard Alfieri’s adaptation of his play of the same name. For more information on the project, click here.

Anne Hathaway in talks for ‘Interstellar’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar.”  Hathaway would star opposite Matthew McConaughey. For more information on the project, click here.

Zoe Saldana in talks to join ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Zoe Saldana is in negotiations to join the cast of Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  Saldana would play “Gamora.” For more information on the project, click here.

Mads Mikkelsen, Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson join ‘Kung Fu Panda 3′

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Mads Mikkelsen, Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson will lend their voices to DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming “Kung Fu Panda 3.”  Returning actors from the franchise’s previous films include Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and and Seth Rogen. For more information on the project, click here.

Dan Stevens in talks for ‘Swallows and Amazons’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic “Downton Abbey” actor Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Charles and Thomas Guard’s upcoming “Swallows and Amazons.”  The film is based on Arthur Ransome’s book of the same name. For more information on the project, click here.

Liam Hemsworth to star in ‘The Raven’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Liam Hemsworth is in final negotiations to star in Ricardo de Montreuil’s upcoming “The Raven.”  The film is based on de Montreuil’s short film of the same name. For more information on the project, click here.

Layoffs underway at Disney

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Disney has begun laying off around 150 employees at Walt Disney Studios.  The company plans to rely more on its Marvel, Pixar, and LucasFilm banners. For more information, click here.

Allison Janney in talks for ‘Tammy’

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By Amanda Ack Allison Janney is in negotiations to join the cast of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s upcoming “Tammy.”  Janney would play McCarthy’s mother. For more information on the project, click here.

Richard Linklater in talks to helm ‘A Walk in the Woods’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Richard Linklater is in negotiations to direct “A Walk in the Woods,” a film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s travel memoir of the same name.  Robert Redford is set to produce and star in the picture. For more information on the project, click here.

Leonardo DiCaprio to produce HBO’s ‘Gorbachev’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce HBO Films’ upcoming “Gorbachev.”  Mikhail Gorbachev himself has served as a consultant on the project. For more information, click here.

Kellan Lutz to star in ‘Hercules 3D’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Kellan Lutz has signed on to play the lead role in Renny Harlin’s upcoming “Tarzan 3D.”  The film will begin shooting in Bulgaria next month. For more information on the project, click here.

Queen Elizabeth receives honorary BAFTA

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic The British Academy of Film and Television Arts honored Queen Elizabeth with an honorary award at a ceremony on Friday.  The organization honored Queen Elizabeth for her support of filmmaking in the UK. For more information, click here.

Omar Sy joins ‘Candy Store’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic French actor Omar Sy has joined the cast of Stephen Gaghan’s upcoming action-thriller “Candy Store.”  Sy will play the film’s villain. For more information on the project, click here.

‘Gatsby’ soundtrack revealed

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic The soundtrack list for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming “The Great Gatsby” has been released.  The movie will feature songs by Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey. For the full tracklist, click here.

Legendary film critic passes away

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Film critic Roger Ebert died on April 5.  He was 70 years old. For more information on Ebert’s life and career, click here.

Jessica Chastain signs on to ‘Crimson Peak’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Jessica Chastain is the latest addition to the cast of Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming “Crimson Peak.”  Other actors in the film will include Emma Stone, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Charlie Hunnam. For more information on the project, click here.

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