Category Archives: Film Surf Report

Film Surf Report: Time To Tell The Origin Stories of #001-006 Before Another Bond Cocktail Is Shaken And Not Stirred

      Santa Monica, CA — The Next James Bond?  Pass. While I have enjoyed the Sam Mendes/Daniel Craig era of Bond, I am ready for something completely different (as Monty Python might say).  And, it’s not Tom Hiddleston even though … Continue reading

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Film Surf Report: Nia Vardalos is Hollywood’s Greek Screenwriting Goddess

Burbank, CA — Nia Vardalos conquered Burbank Saturday speaking to a ballroom filled with aspiring writers attending The Great American Pitch Fest. Head cold and sniffles, be damned. The former Box Office Girl at Second City has a great Origin … Continue reading

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Film Surf Report: Suddenly, Everyone Is Fighting! Super Heroes Work Out Their Issues

Santa Monica, CA — The theme of the year for Super Hero Franchise Films is Conflict. Batman is going up against Superman.  Captain America and Iron Man seem to be at war.  The X-Men are at it again, but this … Continue reading

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Film Surf Report: 2017 Looks To Be The Year of Disney (And Its Franchises)

Santa Monica, CA — Looking at the big franchise films slated for release in 2017, one headline jumps out at me:  Disney (including LucasFilm, Marvel and Pixar) is gonna have a boffo year at the box office with at least nine guaranteed … Continue reading

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Film/TV Surf Report: Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women Days Of Future Past

Santa Monica, CA —  When Entertainment Weekly published last week’s magazine featuring four of Hollywood’s most accomplished actresses/producers, I had a sense of Deja Vu. I felt like I had seen this cover before.  And, I had….30 years ago, on Life Magazine: … Continue reading

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Film Surf Report: Mark Your Calendars for 2016

Santa Monica, CA — Mark your calendars. Now that we’ve all seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens multiple times, we are ready for More. Here are this year’s Franchise Films not to be missed.  And yet, I fear there may be one … Continue reading

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Film Surf Report 2015: Year In Review (Franchise, Franchise, Franchise!)

Santa Monica, CA — Make no mistake dear Readers, FRANCHISE is the word in Hollywood these days and for most days to come.  Expect more Avengers, Mad Max and yes, Terminators. The highest grossing film of 2015 is a little indie called … Continue reading

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Film Surf Report: Carrie Fisher Kicked Butt — The Star Wars Sequel I Always Wanted to See: Princess Leia, Evil Jedi

       Santa Monica, CA — In preparation for the release of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I recently re-watched the original trilogy of films as well as The Force Awakens. The Star Wars Movie I’ll Never … Continue reading

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Film Surf Report: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity Wars & Phase Three Explained!

  https://s-static.ak.facebook.com/connect/xd_arbiter/44OwK74u0Ie.js?version=41#channel=f1329036b2b61bd&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fsurfinghollywood.wordpress.com              Santa Monica, CA  — The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) begins and, presumably, ends with the capture and use of those darn Infinity Stones, heretofore, glimpsed in Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, The Avengers, Thor: … Continue reading

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Film Surf Report: Summer Sequel & Super Hero Fatigue Sets In…Amy Schumer & Ian McKellen To The Rescue!

   Santa Monica, CA — While I’ve enjoyed Fast & Furious 7, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2, and Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World, Terminator: Genesys and those darn Minions, a generalized cinematic fatigue is setting in, and … Continue reading

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