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From Burnt to Burns

Two years meets the time required to be considered a flashback, right?

Regardless of the rules of the social media protocol, it does for today’s installation of Flashback Friday.

A favorite blooper interview (not a blooper reel, but a full-fledged blooper interview) of Jimmy’s Daily Planet is from a couple years ago. Actors Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, and Bradley Cooper are promoting their 2015 film Burnt with Willie Geist of NBC’s TODAY Show. While the movie is beautifully (and deliciously) shot with an intriguing story, there are occasional pops of cringe-worthy soundtrack selections and dialogue cooked from over-priced self-immortalization. And this is the fault of the writing and producing, not the acting. Still, despite these flaws unmistakenly burned around the edges and partly into the main story, there’s a great, entertaining movie in Burnt that leaves us all striving to one day afford to eat at the fictional Adam Jones at the Langham. 

Luckily, we can experience the real chemistry (and improvisational comedic chops) of actors Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, and Bradley Cooper.

If there’s a funnier food dish than Wienerschnitzel said in perfect German, please let me know.

Happy Flashback Friday! 

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Luke is Skywalking the Line Between Good and Bad?

Why wasn’t this clip from a Mark Hamill interview attached to the first teaser trailer for The Last Jedi?

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s clear as a glass of water that Star Wars is kind of a big deal. Even if you aren’t a fan, the cultural impact of Star Wars has and will cross your path somehow, someway. If you follow Jimmy’s Daily Planet (thank you if you do!), then you saw the very first teaser trailer for The Last Jedi last Friday just minutes after 12:00 p.m. ET right here on this blog immediately after it debuted and was officially posted online. The teaser trailer appropriately followed a Last Jedi panel discussion at the 40 Years of Star Wars celebration.

Writer and director Rian Johnson and superstar producer Kathleen Kennedy knew how to treat their audience.

The Last Jedi teaser trailer is awesome. And in the Star Wars mania surrounding this trailer, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) recently did a joint interview with ABC News. The teaser trailer revealed limited details while the aforementioned interview, well, just watch below.

That’s what you call the second teaser trailer for The Last Jedi.

It’s a Wonderful…Friendship

Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life go together like America and apple pie. Now add in a friendly bond that spans 7-decades and your understanding of the holiday spirit may very well be redefined in a great way.

It’s a Wonderful Life has its ideal combination of rough moments and endearing moments, which is a magical formula in Hollywood and in real life. Maybe this is why the black and white film is so beloved seventy years after its theatrical release in the era of Blu-ray? This film, a favorite among many for countless different reasons, proves that new isn’t always better and that we must remember that the past is not always so distant.

That sentiment is certainly the case with the children from It’s a Wonderful Life. A recent sit-down on the Today Show illustrates and confirms one of our hopes with any movie: That the cast really did get along and that there was/is a special bond between the actors and actresses.

Listen carefully for any bells ringing…

Merry Christmas!

With Kevin, Your Home is Never Alone

With Christmas less than a week away, that means we need get ourselves into the right head space for what this holiday represents, along with making certain that we’re respecting each others’ personal space.

What do I mean?

Christmas-themed movies are one of the great traditions of my family and likely yours. Celebrating Christmas at Church on Christmas Eve (at home or abroad) is always a wonderfully powerful experience, followed by Christmas morning brought to you by wrapping-paper-gone-wild. Growing up, we all have our favorite movies we watch at Christmas time. Rest assured, many of these will be featured in the coming days.

Speaking of which, let’s kick things off with a beloved favorite of mine (and hopefully of yours as well). Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a classic and the following is a classic scene to bring back all those fantastic nostalgic memories of Kevin McCallister pulling unforgettable pranks with help from his trusty “Talkboy.”

That scene always slaps me silly with laugh-out-loud laughter.