We all have guilty pleasures. For some of us, it’s HGTV’s do-it-yourself home improvement shows. For others, it’s marathoning sitcoms like Arrested Development or Modern Family on online sites like Netflix from the comfort of our beds. And still for others, it’s the romantic entanglements found in old soap operas that keep us replaying them time after time. Well, earlier this year, Prospect Park’s The Online Network revealed that they would be rebooting two of our most loved soaps: All My Children and One Life to Live. And Wednesday, the network announced all of the cast members participating in both shows.
For All My Children, the following stars have been announced as members of the cast: Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster, Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler, Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery, Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald, Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler, Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery, Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney, Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin, David Canary as Adam Chandler, Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre, and Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson. Previously announced members include Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard, Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard, Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward, Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin, Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo, Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt, and Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater.
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And this is who you can expect to see on One Life to Live: Robert Gorrie as Matthew Buchanan and Laura Harrier as Destiny Evans. These stars join the previously announced members (Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth, and Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning). Recurring actors include: Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans, Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel, and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel.
New 30-minute episodes of both series will be launching each day of the week on Hulu.com, where content generally can be viewed for free. The episodes will also be available on iTunes.
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The 2013 Critics Choice Movie Awards were chock full of wonderful surprises, including two for a wonderfully surprised Ben Affleck. The actor/director, who was notably snubbed for an Oscar nomination earlier in the day, walked away with the CMMA for Best Director and his film Argo won Best Picture. A stunned Affleck jokingly opened his speech with "I'd like to thank the Academy..."
The other big winner of the night was David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, which won four awards, including Best Comedy and its stars Jennifer Lawrence (who won three awards total at the ceremony) and Bradley Cooper who both won in their respective Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy categories. The film won the most CCMAs, which could give it some momentum going into the Oscars. Its biggest rival Lincoln, had record-breaking 13 CCMA nods, but only won three for Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Score.
Other highlights of the ceremony, which was hosted by entertainment maven Sam Rubin, included an emotional Best Actress winner Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) who gave credit to director Kathryn Bigelow and a charming moment by Best Young Actress winner Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) who read her speech off her cell phone. Check out the full list of the 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards below. BEST PICTUREWINNER: ArgoBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MisérablesLife of PiLincolnThe MasterMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty BEST ACTORBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookWINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJohn Hawkes – The SessionsHugh Jackman – Les MisérablesJoaquin Phoenix – The MasterDenzel Washington – Flight BEST ACTRESSWINNER: Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark ThirtyMarion Cotillard – Rust and BoneJennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookEmmanuelle Riva – AmourQuvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern WildNaomi Watts – The Impossible BEST SUPPORTING ACTORAlan Arkin – ArgoJavier Bardem – SkyfallRobert De Niro – Silver Linings PlaybookWINNER: Philip Seymour Hoffman – The MasterTommy Lee Jones – LincolnMatthew McConaughey – Magic Mike BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSAmy Adams – The MasterJudi Dench – SkyfallAnn Dowd – ComplianceSally Field – LincolnWINNER: Anne Hathaway – Les MisérablesHelen Hunt – The Sessions BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESSElle Fanning – Ginger & RosaKara Hayward – Moonrise KingdomTom Holland – The ImpossibleLogan Lerman – The Perks of Being a WallflowerSuraj Sharma – Life of PiWINNER: Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild BEST ACTING ENSEMBLEArgoThe Best Exotic Marigold HotelLes MisérablesLincolnMoonrise KingdomWINNER: Silver Linings Playbook BEST DIRECTORWINNER: Ben Affleck – ArgoKathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark ThirtyTom Hooper – Les MisérablesAng Lee – Life of PiDavid O. Russell – Silver Linings PlaybookSteven Spielberg – Lincoln BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYWINNER: Quentin Tarantino – Django UnchainedJohn Gatins – FlightRian Johnson – LooperPaul Thomas Anderson – The MasterWes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise KingdomMark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYChris Terrio – ArgoDavid Magee – Life of PiWINNER: Tony Kushner – LincolnStephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a WallflowerDavid O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYLes Misérables – Danny CohenWINNER: Life of Pi – Claudio MirandaLincoln – Janusz KaminskiThe Master – Mihai Malaimare Jr.Skyfall – Roger Deakins BEST ART DIRECTIONWINNER: Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set DecoratorThe Hobbit – Dan Hennah/Production Designer; Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set DecoratorsLes Misérables – Eve Stewart/Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set DecoratorLife of Pi – David Gropman/Production Designer; Anna Pinnock/Set DecoratorLincoln – Rick Carter/Production Designer; Jim Erickson/Set Decorator BEST EDITINGArgo – William GoldenbergLes Misérables – Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris DickensLife of Pi – Tim SquyresLincoln – Michael KahnWINNER: Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor BEST COSTUME DESIGNWINNER: Anna Karenina – Jacqueline DurranCloud Atlas – Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves GayraudThe Hobbit – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard TaylorLes Misérables – Paco DelgadoLincoln – Joanna Johnston BEST MAKEUPWINNER: Cloud AtlasThe HobbitLes MisérablesLincoln BEST VISUAL EFFECTSThe AvengersCloud AtlasThe Dark Knight RisesThe HobbitWINNER: Life of Pi BEST ANIMATED FEATUREBraveFrankenweenieMadagascar 3ParaNormanRise of the GuardiansWINNER: Wreck-It Ralph BEST ACTION MOVIEThe AvengersThe Dark Knight RisesLooperWINNER: Skyfall BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIEChristian Bale – The Dark Knight RisesWINNER: Daniel Craig – SkyfallRobert Downey Jr. – The AvengersJoseph Gordon-Levitt – LooperJake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIEEmily Blunt – LooperGina Carano – HaywireJudi Dench – SkyfallAnne Hathaway – The Dark Knight RisesWINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games BEST COMEDYBernieWINNER: Silver Linings PlaybookTedThis Is 4021 Jump Street BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDYJack Black – BernieWINNER: Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookPaul Rudd – This Is 40Channing Tatum – 21 Jump StreetMark Wahlberg – Ted BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDYMila Kunis – TedWINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookShirley MacLaine – BernieLeslie Mann – This Is 40Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIEThe Cabin in the WoodsWINNER: LooperPrometheus BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMWINNER: AmourThe IntouchablesA Royal AffairRust and Bone BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREBullyThe Central Park FiveThe ImposterThe Queen of VersaillesWINNER: Searching for Sugar ManWest of Memphis BEST SONG“For You” – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Act of Valor“Learn Me Right” – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – BraveWINNER: “Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall“Still Alive” – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive“Suddenly” – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables BEST SCOREArgo – Alexandre DesplatLife of Pi – Mychael DannaWINNER: Lincoln – John WilliamsThe Master – Jonny GreenwoodMoonrise Kingdom – Alexandre Desplat Louis XIII Genius Award: Judd Apatow [Photo credit: Photo Credit: Tiffany Rose/WireImage] More: ‘Lincoln’, ‘Les Misérables’ Lead 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards Nominations2013 Golden Globes: 'Lincoln,' 'Argo' Lead Movie Nominations. 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The latest movie in the Step Up franchise aims for a politicized message behind all the flashy moves but it could do with a lot less plot and a lot more dancing. In Step Up Revolution the Miami dance group "The Mob" takes to the streets (and other random locations) to perform intricately choreographed routines with their own DJ a camera guy who uploads their videos to YouTube and a graffiti artist who leaves their signature behind. It takes at least that much effort just to get hipster New Yorkers to ride the subways without any pants on once a year; it's hard to believe that The Mob could pull off their elaborate schemes without getting caught but that's the magic of movies.
The Mob represents the more diverse working class side of Miami a young multiracial group of friends who create incredible works of art that disappear before they get shut down. One of the Mob's leaders Sean (Ryan Guzman) earnestly explains to newcomer Emily (Kathryn McCormick) that the group's reason is to give a voice to the voiceless or to be happy or to dance or something. It's not really clear but they have a lot of fun and look amazing doing it.
Once Sean and his friends find out that a greedy developer plans to raze their neighborhood to make way for another South Beach-style hotel monstrosity they have a reason to rally but until then they're just trying to win a cash prize by getting clicks on YouTube. The typical Step Up twist is that Emily is the developer's daughter. Mr. Anderson (Peter Gallagher) doesn't approve of Emily's love of dancing or other frippery and he certainly wouldn't approve of her hanging out with the people causing such mayhem in the streets of Miami.
Step Up Revolution biggest misstep is trying to give the movie more of a hook than the franchise's typical Romeo and Juliet-style love story and tap into "the Zeitgeist" (I swear that's from the studio-provided press notes) of flash mobs. The film could have cut out most of the plot and characters and still have a completely intact film insofar as the point of the film is its multimedia dance routines. The sort of productions The Mob pulls off are more akin to carefully planned art installations or music videos in terms of scope; it would have been better to at least make that somehow feasible in terms of the storyline. Yes we are here for a spectacle and we surely get a spectacle but it needs to have some roots in reality.
The dance scenes are fun sexy and occasionally a little sappy but overall quite enjoyable for people who enjoy "So You Think You Can Dance" type of shows. Kathryn McCormick and Stephen "tWitch" Boss both appeared on "SYTYCD" and their costar Misha Gabriel is a classically trained ballet dancer turned pro back-up dancer for folks like Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. Guzman doesn't have a dance background but he is an MMA fighter who obviously took his training very seriously. The entire outfit is pretty damn entertaining to be honest.
As far as the 3D goes it makes most of Miami look overcast and grey. The extra zings added in to make sure we get our money's worth like sand flicking out at us or a breakdancer whose foot seems to be aiming for our face only serves to distract from the real show at hand. There is also an awful lot of ramping and generally spazzy editing tricks that look cheap. The screenplay by Amanda Brody is definitely not its strong suit.
Step Up Revolution is the cinematic equivalent of a trashy beach novel. It's embarrassing to be caught actually enjoying it and you'll forget about it almost immediately but it's a decent way to spend a summer afternoon.
Green Zone is a story we’ve already heard shot in a manner we’ve already seen and starring Matt Damon in a role he’s already played. Remember those WMDs that were never found in Iraq and later exposed to be the invention of a dubious and poorly-vetted informant? Remember the misguided and hideously botched attempt at establishing democracy after the fall of Saddam and the violent prolonged insurgency that ensued? If you’ve been away from the television for the past hour and somehow managed to forget any of these details Green Zone is here to remind you.
Damon plays Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller an Army weapons inspector whose frustration over repeatedly coming up empty in his search for Iraqi WMDs leads him on a quest to track down and expose the people responsible for leading him (and us) down that infamously bogus path. Though his hand-to-hand skills are a notch below Jason Bourne’s Miller’s single-mindedness moral certainty and permanent expression of square-jawed defiance — always threatening another “How do you like them apples?” rebuke — in the face of an insidious multi-level government conspiracy are essentially equivalent to those of Damon’s Bourne trilogy soulmate.
And like Bourne his most dangerous adversary isn’t found on the battlefront but rather within the government he once served so proudly. As Miller delves ever deeper into the Case of the Faulty WMD Intelligence Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) the duplicitous arrogant Defense Department bureaucrat in charge of U.S. operations in Iraq summarily relieves him of his post. (Hint: the better dressed a Green Zone character is the more sinister his ambitions.) But Miller remains undeterred and he goes rogue to locate the CIA informant “Magellan ” a formerly high-ranking Iraqi official whose supposed confirmation of Saddam’s nuclear ambitions served as the basis for U.S. invasion.
We know how the story ends. Green Zone’s pervasive overarching sense of deja vu is accentuated by director — and veteran Bourne helmer — Paul Greengrass who employs the trademark hand-held super-shakycam style which was so fresh and inventive in 2004 but now feels stale and predictable. (Admittedly my aversion to Greengrass’ approach was no doubt heightened by a previous night’s viewing of Roman Polanski’s excellent The Ghost Writer a political thriller as subtle and precise and finely tuned as Green Zone is ham-fisted and haphazard — and which also uses the phantom WMD controversy to far greater narrative effect.)
Green Zone culminates in essentially a violent footrace between Miller and the Army Special Forces as they scour a heavily-armed insurgent stronghold to find Magellan with Miller hoping to secure his potentially damning testimony before the Army can silence him for good. The climactic sequence for all I could tell was either shot in Damon’s backyard culled from Bourne trilogy deleted scenes or assembled from scattered YouTube clips. This punishingly chaotic often incoherent and ultimately exhausting approach to storytelling isn’t cinema verite; it’s dementia pugilistica.