HBO’s Girls - What’s All The Fuss About?April 20, 2012


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Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s reviews: Girls (HBO), produced by Judd Apatow.


GIRLS
Young Women on the Verge of Life

By Jean Tait

 

Being in your twenties can be difficult. You’re supposed to be all grown up, but you are still making childish mistakes. You’ve made your first, tentative steps into the real worlds of employment and relationships, but it certainly doesn’t feel safe or comfortable. This is the world of “Girls.” And it’s a pretty realistic world as opposed to the usual TV world in which women can afford Manolo Blahniks, even on a cop’s salary.

 


Don’t get me wrong, these “Girls” are young women of privilege. They’ve gone to excellent schools and they’ve been supported by parents who, while not in the top 1%, are hardly poverty-stricken. Lena Dunham, the creator/writer/director/star of the show is annoyingly funny as her character’s parents (the always wonderful Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari) tell her that after two full years out of college, they are cutting her off financially. You will want to slap Hannah (Dunham) and cheer for her mother. Then when Hannah goes to a job interview that starts off really well, but you see the exact moment she blows it, you will want to rescue her, and slap the dope interviewing her.

Side rant: When will someone give Becky Ann Baker her own sitcom??? It was great to see her play a mom who is not as sappy as the mom she was stuck playing on “Smash,” but seriously, all you folks in tv land, she’s capable of shouldering something more than just a three-line mother role! End of rant.

 


Lena Dunham / GIRLS (HBO)

The extraordinarily talented Dunham has created a cast full of such richly realistic characters, full of contradictions and awkwardness. And finally: sex on screen that is embarrassing and real. No perfect moments of airbrushed loveliness and perfectly-timed climaxes, sans cellulite and that always extra elbow, just real people not knowing the right thing to say or the exact right place to put their hands, but yearning for connection. How refreshing is that?

There has been a lot of fuss that this show is only about white girls.

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New Movies On Demand Preview: March 2013March 01, 2013


New Movies On Demand Preview: March 2013

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

March Movies On Demand - Awards Season!

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson

It’s March team! You know what that means? Nothing! Because March is the absolute worst month of the year. Seriously does anything even happen in March? I had to Google Saint Patrick’s Day to make sure it is in fact in March. It is! So there’s that. Also, hilariously enough, I uncovered some extra special knowledge on the fun holidays in March that are pretty much unknown to most everyone. There’s Employee Appreciation Day, National Pig Day, Worship of Tools Day, and my personal favorite Multiple Personality Day. You and Sybil can finally have that quality time you’ve been craving!

And what better way to celebrate all of these delectable holidays that watching some Movies on Demand. Nothing says Extraterrestrial Abduction Day quite like a nice Movie on Demand.

Happy celebrating!

 
 
 
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY- Premiers March 19
Hobbits, and wizards, and dwarves, and everything that’s good in the world! All wrapped up in a delicious Tolkien package. It stars every awesome British actor that has ever graced the silver screen, and is a truly epic fantasy that completely lives up to its name. This film should be watched immediately and then over analyzed on extremely zealous Internet fan sites.
PG-13, Adventure, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Same Day as DVD, Weeks Before Netflix & Redbox, Available in 3D

LES MISERABLES- Premiers March 22
Perfect if your story topic of choice is revolution and prostitution! This film also features the gorgeous Anne Hathaway in her heartbreaking Oscar winning performance as the tragic Fantine. An extra bonus is the added treat of ogling the delicious man candy that is Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit. Not to mention it’s one of the most groundbreaking cinematic achievements of the year, and completely deserves all of the accolades it receives.
PG-13, Musical, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix & Redbox

THIS IS 40- Premiers March 22
This witty Judd Apatow comedy stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in a ridiculously great spin-off from the mega hit KNOCKED UP. Playing the two best supporting characters in cinematic history, Rudd and Mann tackle the hardships of parenting while still remaining hopelessly flawed. Let the hilarity ensue!
R and TV-MA, Comedy, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Same Day as DVD, Weeks Before Netflix & Redbox

Now if you haven’t acquired a post awards season hangover yet then you obviously haven’t been keeping up like you should and can fix that by watching these Best Picture nominees On Demand this month:

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 – Premieres 3/2
PG-13, Romance, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
same day as DVD

THE INTOUCHABLES – Premieres 3/5
R, Comedy, François Cluzet, Omar Sy
same day as DVD

PLAYING FOR KEEPS – Premieres 3/5
PG-13, Comedy, Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel
same day as DVD

RED DAWN – Premieres 3/5
PG-13, Action, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
same day as DVD

WRECK-IT RALPH – Premieres 3/5
PG, Family, voices: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman
same day as DVD, available in 3D

LIFE OF PI – Premieres 3/12
PG, Adventure, Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS – Premieres 3/12
PG, Animated, voices: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin
same day as DVD, available in 3D

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY – Premieres 3/12
PG, Fantasy, Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov
same day as DVD, available in 3D

ZERO DARK THIRTY – Premieres 3/19
R, Thriller, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke
same day as DVD

IMAX: TO THE ARCTIC – Premieres 3/26
G, Documentary, narrated by Meryl Streep
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox, available in 3D

KILLING THEM SOFTLY – Premieres 3/26
R, Thriller, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini
same day as DVD

LINCOLN – Premieres 3/26
PG-13, Drama, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones
same day as DVD

PARENTAL GUIDANCE – Premieres 3/26
PG, Comedy, Billy Crystal, Bette Midler
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox



Also be sure to check out my favorite top Movie On Demand for February and the Oscar winner for Best Picture ARGO. Be amazed as Ben Affleck metaphorically tells The Academy to Argo F**K themselves!
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LeBron James Produced SURVIVOR’S REMORSE Airs On StarzOctober 13, 2014


LeBron James Produced SURVIVOR’S REMORSE Airs On Starz

Rich Paul, left, Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, Mike O'Malley, LeBron James, Carmi Zlotnik (Phil Long/Invision for Starz)

Starz has teamed up with NBA superstar LeBron James to create “Survivor’s Remorse,” a comedy based on James’ personal experiences as a basketball phenomenon.

 

 

Karen Civil, Tom Werner, LeBron James, Johnny Manziel and Maverick Carter. (Photo by Phil Long/Invision for Starz Entertainment/AP Images)


 The six episode series follows Boston native Cam Calloway, played by Jessie T. Usher (WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL). Cam has just signed a multimillion dollar contract with the unnamed Atlanta basketball franchise. Young and excited, Cam throws down money on a high-rise condo, a truck for his high school coach, and everyday expenses for his uncle, played by Mike Epps (THE HANGOVER III), and sister, played by Erica Ash (SCARY MOVIE 5).

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Cassie (Tichina Arnold), M-Chuck (Erica Ash), Missy (Teyonah Parris), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


 The series really picks up when Cam and his cousin/agent Reggie, played by RonReaco Lee (MADEA GOES TO JAIL), are confronted with a scandal that could destroy everything they’ve built. Cam’s mother, played by Tichina Arnold (MARTIN), just before leaving her smaller Boston home to go live with Cam, gives away a bunch of stuff to people in the hood. Marcus, played by Mo McRae (LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER), owes money to some gangsters and comes across a video tape of Cam getting high and spewing racial profanities and an old notebook of Cam’s, filled with sexual drawings.

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Reggie (RonReaco Lee), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


 Cam doesn’t want to forget where he came from. Reggie wants him to distance himself from the problems that weigh heavily on Cam’s mind. Cam feels guilty that he can’t solve every issue that someone from his past faces.

This is LeBron James’ second foray into entertainment. The 29-year-old just filmed TRAINWRECK, a comedy directed by Judd Apatow, staring some of Hollywood’s funniest people, is due July 24, 2015. 

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