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Television Academy Screening for 'Empire'

Danny Strong - Television Academy Screening for 'Empire' held at The Grove - Arrivals at The Grove - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 29th May 2015

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Special screening of 'Mad Men'

Danny Strong - Shots of a host of stars as they arrived and took to the red carpet for a Special screening of 'Mad Men' which was held at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 23rd March 2015

FOX TV's Empire premiere event

Danny Strong - FOX TV's Empire premiere event - Arrivals at ArcLight Cinerama Dome Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th January 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Review


Excellent

This four-part franchise, based on the Suzanne Collins novels, turns very dark with this strikingly bold third film, which once again makes the most of perspective to recount a parable about normal people rising up against oppression. This may be a sci-fi apocalypse, but the story is packed with present-day resonance and messy characters who are sometimes unnervingly easy to identify with. So while things get very grim in this chapter, it's still a hugely engaging film, packed with real-life humour and emotion. And it makes Mockingjay Part 2 unmissable.

The story picks up not long after the chaos of the Quarter Quell, when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) realised that she had been a pawn for a planned revolution that cast her as the iconic Mockingjay. Now in hiding, the rebels need her to assume the role publicly, but she has other concerns. So she makes a deal with rebel President Coin (Julianne Moore) and her sidekick Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) that she'll help them if they guarantee safety for the captured Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who has apparently been brainwashed so he can be used for propaganda purposes by the Capitol's President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Working with her old hunting buddy Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss takes on the Mockingjay role, locking horns with Snow as the rebellion grows in strength.

Once again, director Francis Lawrence vividly tells the story from Katniss' imperfect point of view. This is a teen consumed with anger and confusion, and she can't figure out why she's so inspiring to everyone who looks at her. But she's beginning to understand her impact and how she can use it to help the people she loves. This makes her heroism remarkably human, rather than the usual noble movie self-sacrifice. And Jennifer Lawrence brings so much depth to Katniss that the character transcends even the most jarring plot points. Her internal journey also makes this much more than yet another dystopian teen adventure.

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66th Annual Writer's Guild Awards - Arrivals

Caitlin Mehner and Danny Strong - The 66th Annual Writer's Guild Awards, held at the Edison Ballroom - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 2nd February 2014

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Jony And Marc's (RED) Auction - Arrivals

Danny Strong - Jony And Marc's (RED) Auction - Red Carpet Arrivals at Sotheby's - Manhattan, New York, United States - Sunday 24th November 2013

The Butler Review


OK

This is an strangely slushy movie from Lee Daniels, whose last two films (Precious and The Paperboy) bristled with unexpected life. By contrast, this star-packed drama uses a true story to trace the Civil Rights struggle from the 1950s to the present day. But it's been so fictionalised that it feels kind of like a variation on Forrest Gump.

Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) grew up on a Georgia cotton plantation, where the cruel master's kindly mother (Redgrave) taught him to be a house servant. Years later, he marries Gloria (Winfrey) and moves to Washington DC, where he gets a job in the White House as a butler to presidents from Eisenhower (Williams) to Reagan (Rickman). His job description is simple: "You hear nothing, you see nothing, you only serve." And yet as the nation grapples with its racist culture, he has a quiet influence on each leader who moves through the house.

Whitaker narrates the film in drawling flashbacks, while the story flickers between Cecil and his eldest son Louis (Oyelowo), an activist who is involved in every key moment in the Civil Rights movement. And their younger son (Kelley) is sent to Vietnam. So it's like a condensed version of late 20th century American history, made notable by the lively cast of cameo players including Marsden (as JFK), Schreiber (LBJ), Ellis (MLK) and Cusack (Nixon), plus Fonda as a lively Nancy Reagan.

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Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th Review


Terrible
At what point do self-awareness and flip irony double back and smack themselves in the face? The straight-to-cable Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th (it originally aired on USA Networks) is supposedly a parody of the teen horror genre, but considering the self-aware mockery of Scream, this film actually attempts to parody a parody. That is a daunting, thankless task which would require master parodists to pull it off. The makers of Shriek... are not those people.

Shriek's plot, as it were, is a stew of those from Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, centering around five students trying to avoid The Killer, a mysterious bungler in that now omnipresent Edvard Munch "The Scream" mask who knows embarrassing secrets about each of the students, including the fact that one student forgot to give her grandmother her laxative. Ha ha!

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Perpetrators of the Crime Review


Weak
William B. Davis, best known as Cancer Man on The X-Files, tries to make himself over as a comedic actor in this predictable tragicomedy, wherein three college kids kidnap the daughter of the wealthy Davis, only to discover they nabbed the wrong girl (played inexplicably badly by Tori Spelling). I'm not going to say it's awful, but I'm not going to recommend you waste 90 minutes on it, either.
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