Oscar-nominated ‘Whiplash’ star has been scary before

   January 22, 2015 10:07 am

The building buzz on J.K. Simmons’ Oscar-nominated performance in “Whiplash,” which opens Friday at Tinseltown in Summit Township, centers around how frightening his character is.   But I can still remember the first time the underrated actor came onto my pop culture radar. And he was scary then, too.   It was 1997, and I…

Slipknot headed for Erie in May

   January 20, 2015 9:43 am

Prepare for hell when Slipknot makes its way to town in late spring.   The Grammy-winning metal rock band announced a May 12 concert at the Erie Insurance Arena during the North American leg of its tour. Tickets go on sale Jan. 23 at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, the ECCCA website or by phone…

Gordon Lightfoot announces March concert in Erie

   January 16, 2015 2:20 pm

Longtime singer and songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is getting off the carefree highway for a quick stop in Erie this spring.   Lightfoot will perform on March 21, 8 p.m., at the Warner Theatre as part of his 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour.   Tickets, $40-$60, go on sale Jan. 23 at the Erie…

Oscar talk: Cooper, Streep, and the strange scenario for ‘Foxcatcher’

   January 15, 2015 11:58 am

Some reaction following this morning’s announcement of Academy Award nominations: ▀  Big momentum for the war drama “American Sniper,” and especially for Bradley Cooper. Cooper netted two Oscar nominations today: one for best actor and another for best picture (he’s one of its producers). He’s now scored acting Academy Award nominations three straight years (also…

2015 Oscar nominations announced today (FULL LIST)

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

   January 15, 2015 8:22 am

The nominations are in for the 87th annual Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris live on Feb. 22, 7 p.m., on ABC.   This year’s Oscar nominations were announced live this morning, 8:30 a.m. (ET), by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, directors Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams, and actor Chris Pine.   Here are the…

Madonna, AC/DC among 1st Grammy performers announced


   January 13, 2015 9:38 am

This year’s Grammy Awards event is shaping up to be an impressive mix of seasoned music veterans and a few emerging artists.   Eric Church, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Grammy winners Madonna and AC/DC are among the first announced performers for the annual music awards show held in Los Angeles. This will be the first time AC/DC,…

5 best moments of 2015 Golden Globes


   January 12, 2015 10:52 am

It was a tough call to spend Sunday night watching NBC’s Golden Globe Awards instead of “Downton Abbey.” But the annual awards gala gave movie fans plenty to think about before Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 15.   OK, so Gerry’s award predictions were, well, totally wrong. But in addition to a few pleasantly surprising wins — including best…

5 predictions for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards

   January 9, 2015 10:13 am

I can remember, from a time not too distant, when the Golden Globe Awards and its voting body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were basically nowhere on the radar of American movie and TV fans.   My how those times have changed.   The awards show, a 3-hour program airing live on NBC on Sunday…

Shake off the winter blues with these local film events


   January 8, 2015 2:50 pm

Let’s face it. Erie’s cold and snowy winters are kind of a bummer.   But it can also be a cool time for local movie buffs. Quite a few venues are gearing up for a fantastic film season with interesting new offerings — some of which will start screening this weekend.   Cinemark Tinseltown is launching a…

‘Selma’ poised for awards season

   January 7, 2015 10:14 am

“Selma” opens at Tinseltown in Summit Township on Friday, arriving just in time for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.   Director Ava DuVernay’s civil rights-era film scored four Golden Globe nominations, including one for best drama. NBC will air the Globes telecast live on Sunday night beginning at 8 p.m.   “Selma” examines a pivotal moment in…