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Movies: 'Adjustment Bureau,' 'Take Me Home Tonight,' 'Rango'

Friday, March 04, 2011

Movie Date co-host and Newsday movie critic, Rafer Guzman gives us his take on the weekend's releases: the conspiracy theory romance “The Adjustment Bureau,” which stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; the eighties-themed romantic comedy “Take Me Home Tonight,” which stars Topher Grace and Anna Faris; and the new animated feature “Rango,” in which Johnny Depp stars as a lizard cowboy. 

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Oscars: The Day After Hollywood's Big Night

Monday, February 28, 2011

"The King's Speech" took home best picture and three other trophies last night at the 83rd Academy Awards. Meanwhile, "Inception" also won four awards, mostly in technical categories. Other memorable moments included an exasperated Melissa Leo dropping the "f-word" while accepting her Oscar for best supporting actress, and co-host James Franco appearing on stage in a dress.

If you missed last night's broadcast, don't fret. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and co-host of The Takeaway Movie Date Podcast with Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer, are here to help with their Oscar hangover cure: a hearty mix of the winners, losers, and surprises that will be heating up YouTube and the water cooler conversations today.

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Movie Date: Oscar Picks

Friday, February 25, 2011

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen share their Oscar predictions and preferences for the big five categories — supporting actress, supporting actor, lead actress, lead actor, and picture. They also throw in a wild card category that they both admit they know nothing about.

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Movie Date: Rafer and Kristen's Oscar Picks

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Oscars are this Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and all week long, we’ve been gearing up for the big night, interviewing nominees and blogging about the awards show. And even before their nominations were announced, we were sitting down with Melissa Leo, Colin Firth, and Danny Boyle. Today we'll make our final bets on the weekend's winners and losers.

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Movie Date: Paranormal Teen Romances

Friday, February 18, 2011

Each week, Rafer and Kristen spar about the movies they think you should or shouldn't see. This week, they ponder whether the new paranormal teen romance film "I Am Number Four" is the new "Twilight" or just a substandard rip-off. And it's one of those rare times when they're actually in agreement.

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Movie Date: The Many Talents of Justin Bieber

Friday, February 11, 2011

This week, Kristen and Rafer talk about "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," and about whether or not either of them are Beliebers after seeing the new doc.

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Best (and Worst) Super Bowl Commercials

Monday, February 07, 2011

Most of us prefer to fast-forward through TV commercials in our everyday lives. But on Super Bowl Sunday, the ads are almost as hyped as the game itself.

Featuring celebrity endorsements, special effects, and the kind of humor that pushes the envelope, Super Bowl ads have the potential to become iconic, and our digital age, viral. Not surprisingly, this also means the price of a commercial is high. For this past weekend’s game, companies paid approximately three million dollars per thirty second spot. (Check out some of the ads after the jump.)

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Movie Date: Revolutionary Films

Friday, February 04, 2011

In honor the people in Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere who have been rising up, Kristen and Rafer share their favorite movies that celebrate the revolutionary spirit.

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Movie Date: What's Wrong with this Year's Oscar Nominations

Friday, January 28, 2011

The biggest movie news of the week, and the second biggest movie news of the year, happened this week: The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards. Kristen and Rafer size up the field of Oscar contenders, how "The King's Speech" became the favorite and why "True Grit" was redeemed. And Kristen laments the lack of diversity in this year's lineup.

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Where is the Diversity in This Year's Oscar Nods?

Friday, January 28, 2011

When the Oscar nominees were announced on Tuesday, Takeaway producer, Kristen Meinzer noticed that they were — by her measurements — the least culturally and racially diverse in over a decade. Kristen is here with Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host for the Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, to discuss race and the Oscars.

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Movie Date: How 'No Strings Attached' Works in Real Life

Friday, January 21, 2011

Whenever Kristen and Rafer watch a movie together, they keep their opinions a secret from each other until the podcast. But that's hard when they bring along their friends, as they did with this weekend's big movie, "No Strings Attached," starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The friend Kristen brought is in a real "friends with benefits" situation and Kristen talks about how the movie's story compares with her real life.

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Movies: 'No Strings Attached,' 'The Way Back' and 'The Company Men'

Friday, January 21, 2011

We just collectively cringed at Ricky Gervais on the Golden Globes, and we’ll be watching the Academy Awards before we know it, on February 27th. In the meantime, we’re watching movies that probably won’t bring home any statuettes this time next year; but this weekends films may provide us with a little guilty pleasure.Takeaway Movie Date Podcast co-hosts Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer talk about these new releases.

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Movie Date: Who Should Win The Golden Globes?

Friday, January 14, 2011

This Sunday, awards season officially kicks off with The 68th Annual Golden Globes. Will "The Social Network" beat "The King's Speech"? Can Natalie Portman trump Michelle Williams? Kristen and Rafer debate who they think will win and should win.

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Golden Globes Preview: From Red Carpet to Acceptance Speech

Friday, January 14, 2011

This Sunday, awards season officially kicks off with The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. eastern time on NBC. Also known as the happiest awards show in Hollywood, the Globes is an event where alcohol is served throughout the night, TV stars and movie stars mingle, and comedies and dramas are given equal recognition. But in addition to the misbehaving, winning, and losing, what else should we be keeping our eyes on at this year’s ceremony?

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Movie Date: Can Actors Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

The new backstage celebrity drama "Country Strong" hits theaters Friday, and the big question on everyone's mind is, can Gwyneth Paltrow actually sing?

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'Country Strong': Can Gwyneth Paltrow Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

This week’s big movie opening is a back-stage country music drama called "Country Strong." It stars Gwyneth Paltrow as hugely popular country singer named Kelly Cantor. Kelly is battling alcoholism, competition from a younger singer, low self esteem, and a fractured relationship with her husband and manager played by Tim McGraw. The big question, of course, is: Does Paltrow give a convincing performance as a country music star? And for that matter, is it ever a good idea for actors to sing in their movies?

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Movie Date: 2011 Film Resolutions, What We'll See and Not See

Friday, December 31, 2010

Highlights include a discussion about Mel Gibson's new puppet movie, a disagreement over Russell Brand and thoughts on the new "Green Lantern."

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Movies You'll Be Talking about in 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 is coming to an end and a whole new year of news and culture awaits us. All week long, we've been talking with big thinkers about what they’re anticipating, from new music to world events. Today we take a look at the movies you'll likely be talking about in the year ahead.

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Movie Date: High Brow and Low Brow Options for Christmas Weekend

Friday, December 24, 2010

This week, Rafer and Kristen talk about two of Christmas weekend’s big openers: “True Grit” and “Little Fockers.” Not surprisingly, they disagree on the merits (and shortcomings) of both films.

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Christmas Movie Picks: Choosing Between 'True Grit,' 'Little Fockers' and 'The King's Speech'

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for the movie industry. If you're still undecided about which movie to see, resident movie buffs Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer size up "True Grit," "Little Fockers" and "The King's Speech."

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