Roger Birnbaum

The Vow

9th February 2012 -

 Movie Review

Inspired by a true story, this film is watchable mainly because of the extraordinary events, which are genuinely involving and moving. Although typically, Hollywood has ramped up the emotions while avoiding subtlety at all costs.Goofy...

Footloose

13th October 2011 -

 Movie Review

A surprisingly faithful remake of the iconic 1984 hit, this crowd-pleasing romp finds some intriguing present-day resonance without pushing it too hard. Instead, it centres on the interpersonal drama and exhilarating dance moves.After his mother...

007 To Return To Screen In 2012

12th January 2011 -

 News

It still doesn't have a title and only a few months ago rumors were flying that the script was not up to snuff, but the producers of the James Bond movies said Tuesday that "Bond...

Mgm Won't Have To Fund The Hobbit After All

7th January 2011 -

 News

MGM has handed over foreign distribution of the two The Hobbit movies to Warner Bros. in exchange for Warners' putting up the entire $530-million production budget for the movies, the Los Angeles Times reported today...

Mgm Emerges From Bankruptcy Protection

21st December 2010 -

 News

Leo the Lion roared back to life on Monday as MGM said that it had emerged from bankruptcy protection with $500 million to fund new movies and television shows. The company is now owned by...

The Tourist

9th December 2010 -

 Movie Review

This is a thoroughly offbeat concoction from the gifted filmmaker behind the acclaimed The Lives of Others: a rather goofy action comedy that deflates the suspense by telling us pretty much everything from the start.Elisa...

Court Approves Mgm's "Prepackaged" Bankruptcy

3rd December 2010 -

 News

A federal bankruptcy court in New York has approved the so-called prepackaged bankruptcy of MGM that effectively makes the historic studio's lenders its new owners and lifts Spyglass Entertainment founders Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum...

Icahn A Lion Tamer?

4th November 2010 -

 News

Activist investor Carl Icahn may be turning out to be a more influential figure in the resurrection of MGM than earlier reports had indicated. According to today's (Thursday) New York Post , besides securing for...

Mgm Submits "Pre-packaged" Bankruptcy

3rd November 2010 -

 News

MGM finally filed its "pre-packaged" bankruptcy plan today (Friday), following years of struggle to lift itself out from under a debt load that it occurred when its owners acquired it from investor Kirk Kerkorian in...

Icahn Makes New Move In Mgm Gambit

28th October 2010 -

 News

Continuing to play a fascinating game of high-stakes chess, activist investor Carl Icahn on Wednesday made his third offer within a week to MGM debtholders. Icahn said he would pay 50 cents on the dollars...

Icahn Sweetens His Deal For Mgm

27th October 2010 -

 News

Given widespread reports that MGM's largest creditors prefer the deal offered by Spyglass Entertainment that would convert their debt into 95 percent ownership of a new company headed by Spyglass chiefs Gary Barber and Roger...

Mgm -- Going Out Like A Lamb?

8th October 2010 -

 News

MGM would appear to be the latest media company to fall into bankruptcy after being sold to owners who paid too much for it in a leveraged buyout ($4.8 billion) and then discovered that they...

Lenders Give Mgm Another Reprieve

16th September 2010 -

 News

Talk about "forbearance!" For the seventh time, MGM lenders on Wednesday agreed to allow MGM to put off interest and principal payments until Oct. 29 while Spyglass Entertainment and its backers finalize plans to take...

Leap Year

26th February 2010 -

 Movie Review

Neither funny nor original enough to really register, this breezy little film will only really entertain those who haven't seen very many rom-coms, and therefore can't predict every single scene. Although the cast members just...

The Hottie and the Nottie

10th May 2008 -

 Movie Review

The Hottie and the Nottie is a clichéd film that manages to be both predictable and offensive. That's OK, people who rent The Hottie and the Nottie won't be looking for high art or a...

Underdog

18th December 2007 -

 Movie Review

Someone needs to send an exorcist over to the Disney Studios, PDQ. The House of Mouse needs a ghostbuster to purge its demonic tendencies toward remaking classic cartoons and other 2D animated properties into shoddy...

Balls Of Fury

30th August 2007 -

 Movie Review

The humor of a game like ping-pong is the outright laziness and inaction that goes into it. It's a sport designed for drunken high-school parties, frat-house basements, and stoners who need to do something while...

Rush Hour 3

10th August 2007 -

 Movie Review

For all the talk of his beguiling cameo as a police chief, Roman Polanski shows up in Rush Hour 3 for exactly two scenes for about two minutes. In fact, the French police have absolutely...

Evan Almighty

22nd June 2007 -

 Movie Review

In hindsight, Bruce Almighty was the death knell for the Jim Carrey we know and love. This isn't completely a bad thing: Rurning away from manic comedy allowed Carrey to do the best acting of...

The Invisible

14th May 2007 -

 Movie Review

The trailers for The Invisible ask, "How do you solve a murder when the victim is you?" This indeed poses several mysteries, but not the ones the trailer-makers have in mind. First, there's the question...

The Lookout

30th March 2007 -

 Movie Review

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a soft baby face and a lanky frame, so it's easy to see why, Eight years after Third Rock from the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You, he can still...

Stay Alive

28th March 2006 -

 Movie Review

It's a horror plot so surefire that you wonder why it hasn't been done before: Young people play a mysterious new videogame and start to die, one by one, in grisly scenes mimicking their game...

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

6th January 2006 -

 Movie Review

The classic Monte Cristo sandwich is a rich confection -- almost inedibly so -- composed of layered ham, turkey, swiss cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, and crusty bread, all battered in egg and fried in hot grease....

Memoirs of a Geisha

21st December 2005 -

 Movie Review

The only thing which director Rob Marshall doesn't throw into Memoirs of a Geisha is a torch song in which the heroines can lament their sad fates; it might have been an improvement if he...

Simon Birch

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

One scarcely knows where to begin to elucidate the tragic story of Simon Birch, but suffice it to say that Simon is a 12-year-old dwarf imbued with an astonishing sense of morality and heroism that...

Holy Man

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Pop quiz. You're Eddie Murphy, a popular comedian who makes about a decade of bad movies. You then do a remake of a Jerry Lewis classic and you're back in the swing of...

Rush Hour

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

I'll be the first to admit that I didn't used to like Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker. I have never seen either of them in a movie I liked -- until now. Rush...

Rush Hour 2

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

I enjoyed the original Rush Hour, the 1998 action comedy that grossed more than $250 million worldwide. Through its central characters, played by Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, the film provided audiences with a...

The Perfect Score

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Ocean's Eleven meets The Breakfast Club as six ambitious high school seniors hatch a plot to steal the answers to the SAT and advance with ease to the colleges of their choice.For the record, I...

A Low Down Dirty Shame

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Question of the day: why is there such an appeal to brainlessness?One hypothesis, that we spend our working hours thinking and want to relax and thus not think in latter hours appears to hold water...

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