There's been a lot of talk about what the movie of the summer will be. A few weeks ago, everyone seemed to be in agreement, for the most part, that that movie was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But it looks like Marvel Studios has hit another home run... make that a Grand Slam with their latest offering, Guardians of the Galaxy.
For her documentarian directorial debut, actress/comedian/activist Whoopi Goldberg chose the late comedy legend Moms Mabley. Goldberg’s doc, Moms Mabley: The Original Queen of Comedy (HBO Home Entertainment) begins with the premise that Mabley, who died in 1975 at 81, had a profound impact on Goldberg, and then proceeds to give examples of comedians and others on whom her effect was equally great.
If you didn't see 2011's terrific reboot of the classic Planet of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's not necessarily required viewing to enjoy or follow the story of the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The new film takes place ten years after the events of the first movie -- and the opening title sequence helpfully fills in the details of the simian flu which has decimated humankind -- and now finds the band of intelligent apes (created by the same virus that killed the humans) living peacefully in San Francisco's Muir Woods. It's been at least two winters since they've last seen a human, so they assume everyone is now gone.
I am a Melissa McCarthy fan… to a point. She really burst into stardom with her scene-stealing role in Bridesmaids and her TV series Mike and Molly. (She was also a bright spot on the almost forgotten Samantha Who?) She had an impressive first-time hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, where she showed a real range of characters from her patented obnoxious slob to a Mae West-style old-time movie star.
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