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Backlot: The buzz on Detroit's latest movie productions

By Corey Hall

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Transformers 3  Director: Michael Bay  Starring: Shia Lebeouf, Josh Duhamel The buzz: Every schoolboy knows that Detroit's city motto is "If you seek a pleasant postindustrial apocalyptic wasteland, look around you." No one has taken this slogan more to heart than mega-budget schlock-ma...[MORE]

The family guy: How Ice Cube stayed relevant beyond gangsta, from AK raps to chasing a raccoon

By Corey Hall

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Screens, Film

It has been 20-plus years since Ice Cube busted straight outta Compton, alongside his notorious "Gangsta Rap" crew N.W.A, and scandalized the media and electrified corners of the burbs far beyond the imagining of South Central L.A. But that was then. Dude has long since found star power ...[MORE]

Backlot: On and off local movie sets, staring Demi Moore, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Jackman

By Corey Hall

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Real Steel  Director: Shawn Levy  Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly  The buzz: Mr. tap-dance Wolverine himself stars as a down-on-his-luck pilot for a 7-foot-tall robot boxer. Filming for this mega-scale sci-fi farce has been taking place all over the area, including semi-urban Troy and the w...[MORE]

Couch Trip: Yeah? Well, you try watching 57 movies in 123 hours with no sleep

By Corey Hall

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: Screens, Video

A Million in the Morning Decon Inc.  As someone who watches an unholy amount of movies, I can attest that all-night viewing marathons are a better idea than they are a reality. My butt numbs and my mind gets soggy after five or six flicks, so I can't imagine the brain damage endured by the contes...[MORE]

The great movie resale!: As Hollywood strip-mines the 1980s, can we expect a big-screen version of 'BJ and the Bear'?

By Corey Hall

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Screens, Film

You don't have to wear sunglasses at night to notice the flood of old-school chestnuts — such as The A-Team and The Karate Kid — at your nearest multiplex. Everything '80s is totally rad and gnarly-to-the-max in Tinseltown these days, with such cash cows as G.I. Joe and Transformers help...[MORE]

From Marvel to Revelation: Keeping up with the sprawling cast of Iron Man

By Corey Hall

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Iron Man  Thanks to Robert Downey Jr.'s charm, Slurpee ads and a surprise colossal 2008 summer mega hit, Marvel comics' durable Iron Man has broken into the top flight of superhero celebrity. Now even the layman on the street is vaguely familiar with old shellhead's résumé: Tony Stark...[MORE]

Happy to rock Detroit: Comedian Kathleen Madigan on Dennis Miller, Leno, farming and beer

By Corey Hall

Published: 5/5/2010

Types: Culture

After years of constant climbing, the very funny Kathleen Madigan is finally one of the biggest names in stand-up comedy, packing houses nationwide, and putting up pure mileage numbers that'd make a trucker blink. She's also a constant presence on TV. She has had her own stand-up specials, roasts, b...[MORE]

Real to reel: The Detroit International Film Fest debut gives up everything essential in film, local and beyond

By Corey Hall

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Since opening last fall in a former Cass Corridor school building, the incredibly ballsy Burton Theatre has become a boon for the film-starved downtown landscape, and this week's inaugural Detroit Independent Film Festival is further proof that cinema obsessives finally have something new to freak o...[MORE]

Rip a new ...: Joel Hodgson talks Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and its new live spinoff

By Corey Hall

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Though he created the '90s cable cult smash Mystery Science Theater 3000, an innovative show that finally gave millions of fans an open excuse to heckle the movie screen, Joel Hodgson remains a humble Midwestern kid, just some dude named Joel, not too different from you or me. After a brief flash of...[MORE]

Crazy from the heart: How Scott Cooper wrote his directorial debut Crazy Heart — specifically for Jeff Bridges

By Corey Hall

Published: 1/20/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Scott Cooper's life is changing every second, but you could hardly tell. He's facing the press at a swank metro Detroit hotel suite and he's calm, leaning to casual. After years slogging it out as a working actor, he made his directorial feature debut with Crazy Heart, featuring a stunning Jeff Brid...[MORE]

The decade's best in film: Our critics pick the tip-top of the last 10

By Jeff Meyers, Corey Hall

Published: 1/6/2010

Types: Screens, Film

JEFF MEYERS If the '70s were under the influence of angry cynicism and artistic rebellion, the rah-rah '80s an era of blockbuster egos and muscular populism, and the '90s consumed by ironic navel-gazing and fear of technology, how do we summarize the aughties? Virtual reality, the fragmentation of ...[MORE]

The year in lists : From apocalyptic fetishes and doc-a-lots to teen-dream vampires and why no one will see the year's best movie

By Jeff Meyers & Corey Hall

Published: 12/30/2009

Types: Screens, Film

COREY HALL Bromance is in the air  The dude-bonding genre really flowered in 2009. So too bad that the genre's Babe Ruth, Vince Vaughn, hit a slump. Elsewhere, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel were the funniest buds since Bert and Ernie in I Love You, Man, The Hangover took ritual male bonding to absurd ...[MORE]

Guts or total derangement?: Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival

By Corey Hall

Published: 12/16/2009

Types: Screens, Film

As animation continues its long, slow slog out of the showbiz ghetto, and with Pixar masterpieces such as UP nabbing awards buzz and massive box-office receipts, it's nice to see that good-old perverts Spike and Mike are still working overtime to drag cartoons back to the gutter. The average toon in...[MORE]

Made in Detroit: You Can't Rent Here Anymore

By Corey Hall

Published: 12/9/2009

Types: Screens, Film

After nearly three decades behind a counter slinging snarky opinions and cult video rentals, the Thomas Video crew have shattered the space-time continuum by producing a movie themselves (Brainwater Enterprises). Directed by Ryan Meade, produced by and starring wiseacre store owner Jim Olenski and h...[MORE]

Groovy!: A musical version of Sam Raimi's sidesplitting horror flick bathes Ferndale in blood

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/28/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Be advised, things get messy in Evil Dead: The Musical, a wild night of theatrical chills and subversive musical thrills where the laughs are as plentiful as the gore. If the front three rows of patrons decked in plastic ponchos weren't a strong enough clue, several signs taped up in the Ringwald Th...[MORE]

From the Vaults: Al Pacino’s tour de force kicks it in the Cass Corridor

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Screens, Film

Stick it in!: This guy made a highly watchable feature comedy film on luck, couch change, Detroit blue-collar spirit and a chunk of his intestine

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Screens, Film

This is a simple story about a regular guy with a dream, a dream that cost him more than a hundred grand, 10 years of his life and 16 inches of his small intestine.  Stick It in Detroit is a labor of love in the purest sense, a sprawling chaotic comedy about a guy who discovers that his heart is wh...[MORE]

Capital offenses: Michael Moore talks up his new film, Reagan's destruction, Jimmy Carter and getting booted out of GM

By Corey Hall

Published: 9/30/2009

Types: Cover Story

Once again Michael Moore is on the outside looking in. Flint's prodigal son, and the world's most famous and controversial documentarian, is preparing to host an afternoon of private screenings and Q&A sessions for his latest film Capitalism: A Love Story, at the Riverfront 4 Theaters in the Ren...[MORE]

Bastardized bliss: Meyers and Hall pick Tarantino's brain

By Jeff Meyers & Corey Hall

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Screens, Film

Quentin Tarantino sure is an unpredictable bastard, isn't he? The Promethean video geek brain buzzing away in his massive forehead is continually charged, seeking new ways to delight and confound fans and critics. His latest is both a bare-knuckled spin on war flick tropes, while not really a war mo...[MORE]

Stay Sikh: Detroit director-doctor talks diversity, Ocean

By Corey Hall

Published: 8/5/2009

Types: Screens, Film

Ocean of Pearls is the feature film debut of writer-director Sarab Neelam, who also happens to be a practicing physician in the Detroit-area with a very full schedule. The film tells a somewhat biographical story of a young Sikh doctor struggling with staying true to his religious traditions in the ...[MORE]

In Memoriam: Eddie Murphy's Film Career, 1982-2009

By Corey Hall

Published: 6/17/2009

Types: Screens, Film

A once-dazzling and hilariously brilliant career was cut short this year, a victim of advanced, chronic lethargy and an incurable case of apathy. Eddie Murphy's film career rose meteorically in the early 1980s, when the gifted performer parlayed an electrifying stint on Saturday Night Live into a ...[MORE]

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