On the Rise Actors-Turned-Directors in Hollywood

This Oscar season has seen films from actors-turned-directors like Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Denzel Washington (Fences), and Clint Eastwood (Sully) enter the conversation with a big splash. This weekend, Peter Berg (Patriots Day) and Ben Affleck (Live by Night) add to the list of established actors taking a turn behind-the-camera to tell the stories they’re passionate about. With more and more actors signing deals to direct their first and second features, Zach decided to take a look at the actors on-the-rise as filmmakers in Hollywood for the MovieMob.

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Drunken Office Christmas Party Cooking

Need some fun recipes to bring to your office’s holiday party? Zach and Chris cook up some Office Christmas Party-inspired treats infused with different alcohols guaranteed to turn up the spiciness for your festivities. Follow along with the video to learn how to make Grinch Jalapeno Poppers, Reindeer Snack Mix, and a Spiked Holiday Punch.

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Top 5 Amy Adams Movie Roles

Amy Adams is among the most versatile and widely lauded actors of her generation. From smaller roles in Catch Me If You Can and Talladega Nights to Oscar-nominated work in films like The Fighter and Enchanted, Adams has exhibited her dynamism in variety of parts and genres. With her return to theaters this weekend in Arrival, Zach felt implored to run down the Top 5 Amy Adams Movie Roles for MovieTickets.com’s MovieMob while attempting to determine what qualities define a great Amy Adams performance.

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A Week at the New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival’s in town, a cinephile’s dream, and Zach’s on the scene to check out the movies, explore the Lincoln Center, and stalk celebrities. Catch all of Zach’s NYFF antics for MovieTickets.com’s MovieMob, including a surprise Natalie Portman appearance, the outside of the Closing Night red carpet, and a look at the Convergence selections for this year’s VR and interactive section of the festival.

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Zach I Gotta Ask Q&A 2

Zach’s back answering more #ZachIGottaAsk questions submitted through Twitter for the MovieMob! Check out the answers to more fan-submitted movie questions including… What movies playing the New York Film Festival is Zach most excited to see? Will the 120 fps 3D showcased in Billy Lynn‘s Long Halftime Walk be the future of films? How should films fans react to the release of The Birth of a Nation given the rape allegations made against the filmmaker and star Nate Parker?

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8 Scariest Rooms in Horror

Starring Kate Blanchett as a mother who unleashes horrors from the attic of her family’s new home, The Disappointments Room lands in theaters this weekend to give audiences a new reason to be afraid of dark attics. Given the potential for terror hidden behind a door in this new film from director DJ Caruso, Zach decided to count down the 8 Scariest Rooms in Horror Flims (aka DON’T GO IN THERE!!) for MovieTickets.com’s MovieMob. Which James Wan, Wes Craven, and Stanley Kubrick nightmarish visions landed on the list?

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In Defense of Remakes

With Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Seven, Pete’s Dragon and more all in theaters this summer, anti-remake rhetoric is at a fever pitch; however, many outraged film fans overlook not only the tangible benefits that a remake provides to fans of the older iterations, but the historical legacy of remakes as a form of re-interpreting a story with more modern context. In this MovieMob feature, Zach defends the concept of Hollywood remakes good and bad, while arguing for the sociological understanding that can be gained by holding remakes side-by-side with one another.

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