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Milwaukee Film open call for entries for 2015 festival

Published Thursday, March 26

Attention, Milwaukee filmmakers. Milwaukee Film is now accepting entries for the seventh annual Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 8. For the fourth year in a row, the festival is offering free submission for all films and is promising to award at least $16,000 in cash awards this year.

"Jodorowsky's Dune" finds hope and success in a Hollywood failure

Published Thursday, March 26

By most definitions, director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the big screen in the mid-'70s was a failure. The filmmaker's furiously inventive and imaginative movie never made it to the big screen, but man ... what a trip it would've been, at least certainly judging by Frank Pavich's hypnotically fascinating documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre.

"'71": Punishment for its star, pulse-pounding thrills for its audience

Published Wednesday, March 25

I'm starting to get concerned about Jack O'Connell. First there was "Starred Up," in which he plays a violent prison inmate; then he starred in the two-hour beatdown-palooza that was "Unbroken." And now there's "'71," which doesn't even get five seconds in before it's punching O'Connell in the face and dragging him through mud. If he insists on essentially self-flagellating on screen, though, at least it's in the service of a quite good movie.

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WTMJ's Mike Jacobs announces retirement

Published Wednesday, March 25

Southeastern Wisconsin's NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV has announced anchor Mike Jacobs will retire at the end of May 2015, ending a nearly four decade run on the airwaves. Jacobs is the longest-serving TV news anchor in the Milwaukee area after starting his career in August of 1977.

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TV Tidbits: "The Office" turns 10 and it reminds me how much I miss it

Published Wednesday, March 25

Why, oh why did "The Office" have to end? The series celebrated it's 10th anniversary and as I saw former cast members tweet about it, it reminded me just how much fun I had watching the series on a weekly basis for nine seasons. Before I start binging, however, there's plenty of news to share.

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Street Corner Symphony singer is all about that bass at "Sing-Off" concert

Published Monday, March 23

For Adam Chance of Street Corner Symphony, the live show is the best place to get to see more than what was on television. The bass singer of the a capella group appeared on NBC's "Sing Off" and now he's a part of the national tour. The group takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Riverside in Milwaukee.

"Insurgent" rebels against originality and the audience's intelligence

Published Monday, March 23

If "Divergent" was like "The Hunger Games" took a brick to the head, then "Insurgent" plays like "The Hunger Games" got lost in a brick hail storm. The sequel doubles down on the idiocy, incoherence and creative kleptomania the first film struggled through. Part one made it palatable; part two makes it laughable.

"What We Do in the Shadows" - Meet some bloodsuckers that don't suck

Published Saturday, March 21

Vampires have gotten a bad rap over the last decade or so,but while the recent vampire trend has provided some pretty craterous, sell-out lows, it's also spawned a fair amount of impressive highs for the notorious neck-nibblers. For example: "What We Do in the Shadows," a hilarious New Zealand import that gushes goofy laughs like a comedy hemophiliac.

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Radio rankings back to the same with WMIL-FM on top

Published Friday, March 20

For a short period, as holiday music takes over the air, people shift and sample other stations. Now that we are back into a normal grove, things are back to where they were with WMIL-FM 106.1 at the top of the ratings.

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Neeson runs out of gas in "Run All Night"

Published Thursday, March 19

"Run All Night" has little interest in just simply delivering B-movie thrills; it wants to be taken seriously. It wants to be a drama about men - about fathers and sons, about the family we choose and the family we're stuck with - and sins and regrets. Unfortunately, more just results in less in "Run All Night," with the dour drama and B-movie action combining to make a movie that feels more like "Amble All Night" or perhaps "Dawdle Through Dusk."

TV Tidbits: Apple plans a service that might make you rethink cable Image

TV Tidbits: Apple plans a service that might make you rethink cable

Published Wednesday, March 18

This week, Apple plans to make you cancel your cable subscription. If that wasn't horrifying enough (at least for cable companies, that is) Wes Bentley is coming back to stir up more horror in "American Horror Story: Hotel," a couple of funny ladies and a former child star who once saw dead people join a sequel to IFC's "Spoils of Babylon" and a new teaser trailer for Fox's "Scream Queens" shows Emma Roberts and a demonic bubble gum bubble.

"Cinderella" proves sometimes classic stories are beloved for a reason

Published Monday, March 16

Sometimes, as it turns out, classic stories are considered classics for a reason: because they work. And when they're brushed off and told as well as "Cinderella," they work rather spectacularly, delivering that special joy of a familiar tale brought to refreshed life, a childhood staple given its youthful glow back.

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is, well, exactly that

Published Saturday, March 14

In the summer of 2012 - mere weeks after Marvel unleashed "The Avengers" - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" humbly unveiled its own super-team, albeit of delightful grayed British thespians. Three years later, the once pleasant franchise alternative has turned into a franchise itself. And while the returning parade of wrinkled Brits may not resemble your typical Hollywood sequel, the end result - disappointment - feels sadly all too familiar.

Riverside hosts a cappella

Riverside hosts a cappella "The Sing-Off" talent

Published Friday, March 13

A number of a cappella musicians from NBC's "The Sing-Off" will take the Riverside stage on Saturday, March 28 - including Wisconsin's own Cat's Pajamas as the 8 p.m. show's openers.