Holistic P.I. ‘Dirk Gently’ on DVD
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—“Dirk Gently,” a quirky BBC comedy about a private detective in the vein of “Bored to Death” and “Monk,” makes its U.S. debut on DVD Tuesday. Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) plays the wild-haired title character who relies on “holistic” sleuthing methods— [...]
Keeping ‘Company’ With Nick Nolte
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—To paraphrase Forrest Gump, interviewing Nick Nolte is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’ll get. Such was the case at a recent press conference with the 72-year-old “Prince of Tides” and “The Thin Red Line” star, where he was exp [...]
‘Room 237’ Worth Checking Out
By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic The fascinating “Room 237” provides a forum for the oddball opinions of five fanatics who have taken a little too much of a shine to “The Shining.” Although it becomes hard not to wonder if some of the rambling interviewees ac [...]
Orianthi Releases Third Solo Album
By MICHAEL HIXON Special to Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Australian guitarist/singer/songwriter Orianthi made her big U.S. breakthrough in 2009, when she played lead guitar for Carrie Underwood at the 51st Grammy Awards. Michael Jackson’s musical director Michael Bearden then contacted her  [...]
Saoirse Ronan At Core of Sci-Fi Thriller
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Saoirse Ronan is growing up. The 18-year-old Irish actress (best known for her Oscar-nominated turn in 2007’s “Atonement”) plays her first big romantic role in “The Host,” the latest adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer novel into a movie. Ronan’s characte [...]
Morgan Freeman Takes Charge in ‘Olympus’
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Morgan Freeman knows something about authority figures, having played a number of them over the years, including a school principal in “Lean on Me,” a brigadier general in “Outbreak,” the U.S. president in “Deep Impact” and the Almighty himself in two [...]
Butler Serves Up Action on ‘Olympus’
(EDITORS: PLEASE NOTE THAT OBSCENITIES HAVE BEEN ASTERISKED) By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Gerard Butler may be a Scottish by birth but having made his success as an actor here in America, the “300” star appears to have adopted a certain amount of patriotic pride on this side of t [...]
‘This is 40’ Now Available on Blu-ray
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features There’s a moment in Judd Apatow’s comedy “This is 40,” the spinoff to “Knocked Up,” where Leslie Mann (Apatow’s real life wife and the stalwart star of the movie) is driving home, having just confirmed she is pregnant again at the ripe old age of 39. Upset with [...]
Gomez and Hudgens ‘Spring’ Forth
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—You can’t walk past a newsstand or flip past a TV talk show without seeing former Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez or Vanessa Hudgens touting their new movie, the edgy and definitely R-rated “Spring Breakers.” Like previous Mouse House alums Britney  [...]