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Ted 2 - Super Bowl TV Spot


With the marriage between Ted (Seth Macfarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) having gone off and the honeymoon over, the couple want to have a baby. But, as best-friend John (Mark Wahlberg) realises, there might be a bit of a problem with that plan. The problem stems - primarily - from Ted being an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Ted, however, has a plan. He knows that he needs to get a sperm donor, so he and John break into the house of Tom Brady - American football Quarterback for the New England Patriots. The problem is, he wakes up before they can do what they planned, and hilarity ensues. 

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Ted 2 - Teaser Trailer


Ted (Seth Macfarlane) is getting married. The next thing the couple have on their to-do list post honeymoon, is start a family together, for which Ted's best friend John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is going to be a sperm donor. After a series of mishaps and incidental accidents, Ted discovers that he is unable to start a family in such a way until he can prove before a court of law that he is a person. In case you didn't know, Ted is an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Ted and John now have to embark on a hilarious adventure through the US legal system as they battle left and right to prove that not only does the brash and crude bear have a soul, but that he is just as human as, well, humans. 

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November Man Review


Very Good

Even though it never feels believable, this twisty spy thriller has such a quick pace that it's consistently entertaining. Packed with surprising revelations, the movie makes terrific use of shady American espionage agencies and villainous Russians, as well as a former James Bond. As with most of these kinds of films, it's also far too violent and edited in such a way as to make the action almost incomprehensible. But there's a sense of breezy fun to the film that keeps us watching.

It's been five years since CIA operative Peter (Pierce Brosnan) retired from active service, but his old friend Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) needs his help. So he heads to Moscow to intercept an operative with whom he has a past, and everything goes spectacularly wrong. He ends up in a face-off with his former protege David (Luke Bracey), a current CIA spy who is now ordered to eliminate his mentor. But there's life in Peter yet, and he manages to keep one step ahead of David, travelling to Belgrade to intercept a young woman, Alice (Olga Kurylenko), who is the key to a major operation that centres on a dodgy Russian politician (Lazar Ristovski). Chased by American spies and Russian thugs, Peter and Alice make a run for it.

Director Roger Donaldson has been making slick political thrillers since 1987's No Way Out, and he knows how to divert the audience's attention from plot holes and contrived action by simply never pausing for breath. He also packs the scenes with characters who bristle with snarky attitude, making them far more interesting than the usual action movie line-ups. Brosnan is clearly having a great time charging through each scene, nodding continually to his 007 history while playfully adding spark to his banter with Bracey, who just about keeps up with the "we know each other too well" interaction. And Kurylenko dives in with gusto, vamping it up gleefully as a woman with a lot of secrets.

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Los Angeles Premiere Of 'The November Man' At TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Bill Smitrovich - Los Angeles Premiere of 'The November Man' at TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 13th August 2014

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The November Man Trailer


During his CIA days, Peter Devereaux was an exceptional tutor in his field. He taught his pupil David Mason well - teaching him the dangers of having loved ones around them and instilling in him the responsibility that comes with taking someone's life with a single shot. Several years on, a retired peter returns to the agency in a bid to protect a witness named Alice Fournier. The case is extremely personal to him, but things get even more personal when he finds himself fighting against David as the government face combat over the election of the new Russian president. Peter is about to find out just how good a teacher he has been.

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The November Man Trailer


Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent and a brilliant tutor, who taught his ex pupil the responsibility of taking a man's life and warned him of the dangers of having loved ones in his life. Now, though, that pupil is an incredibly skilled spy with skills that even match those of Devereaux's, and the pair have been forced to fight against one another in a lethal mission that sees only the top CIA operatives in combat over the forthcoming new Russian president. Does Devereaux still have the skills to bring the mission to a swift conclusion? Or is his former protege now stronger than his guide has ever been?

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22nd Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala Held At The Beverly Hills Hotel

Bill Smitrovich Sunday 26th February 2012 22nd Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala held at The Beverly Hills Hotel

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At 'The Rum Diary' Premiere Held At The LACMA Bing Theater - Arrivals

Bill Smitrovich - Bill Smitrovich, Los Angeles, California - at 'The Rum Diary' premiere held at the LACMA Bing Theater - Arrivals Thursday 13th October 2011

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Freelance journalist Paul Kemp decides one day that's he had enough of the hectic lifestyle that the early 1960's New York brings. He moves to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean to take a job at a rundown local newspaper, 'The San Juan Star', run by the equally run down Lotterman.

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The Paley Center For Media Annual Los Angeles Gala Honoring Mary Hart And Al Michaels At Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Bill Smitrovich, Al Michaels and Mary Hart - Tuesday 30th November 2010 at Paley Center for Media Beverly Hills, California

Bill Smitrovich, Al Michaels and Mary Hart
Bill Smitrovich, Al Michaels and Mary Hart
Bill Smitrovich, Al Michaels and Mary Hart

'1 Voice' Benefit For The Motion Picture Home At Renberg Theatre At The Village

Bill Smitrovich and The Village Tuesday 5th October 2010 '1 Voice' Benefit for the Motion Picture Home at Renberg Theatre at The Village Los Angeles, California, USA

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Bill Smitrovich and The Village

Flash Of Genius Trailer


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Flash Of Genius Review


Very Good
Did you ever wonder who fine-tuned the technology behind the intermittent windshield wiper?

Neither did I until I caught Marc Abraham's Flash of Genius, a sober biopic with a surprisingly destructive core that recounts how casual inventor Bob Kearns deciphered how one could pause a perpetually sweeping wiper blade, then fought the Ford Motor Company for proper credit.

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Life Goes On: Season One Review


Good
Life Goes On was a high-minded late-'80s family show that was scheduled as early Sunday evening counterprogramming to 60 Minutes. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone kept watching 60 Minutes, and the show never found a large audience. What those Mike Wallace fans missed was a sometimes heartwarming, sometimes lachrymose dramedy that aimed to break new ground by featuring a victim of Down Syndrome as a regular cast member.

The middle-class Thacher clan includes dad Drew (Bill Smitrovich), Mom Libby (Patty LuPone struggling to hold her Broadway theatricality in check), teenager Becca (Kellie Martin), older sister Paige (Monique Lanier), and in the most important role, Chris Burke as Corky, the teenager with Down's. The problems the Thatcher family face on a weekly basis tend to be of a mundane nature, but they're made more interesting when viewed through the Corky prism. Corky struggles with schoolwork as he is mainstreamed into Becca's 9th-grade class. Corky gets bullied. Corky has a crush. Corky goes to the Special Olympics. Corky gets a babysitting job. Corky witnesses a crime. Family meetings, group hugs, and pleas for understanding seem to be a daily occurrence.

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Fail Safe (2000) Review


Very Good
CBS -- of all places -- remade the original, masterful Fail-Safe, a cautionary tale about nuclear war, jammed full of big name movie stars (check out that cast!), and shot in black and white from Walter Bernstein's original screenplay. It's a very faithful remake, even though the production values (it's shot on video) are atrocious. It's a fabulous original film and a worthwhile redo -- but it comes about 20 years too late. Why waste time remaking a tale about nuclear war with the Soviet Union -- a country that no longer existed -- in this millennium? Still, it's worth a look if you're a fan of the original.
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Ted 2 - Super Bowl TV Spot Trailer

Ted 2 - Super Bowl TV Spot Trailer

With the marriage between Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) having gone off and...

Ted 2 - Teaser Trailer

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The November Man Trailer

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The Rum Diary Trailer

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