Kevin McCarthy Apologizes For Movie Mix-Up

Dear Friends,

Unfortunately, I made a mistake yesterday during my Oscar movie segment on “Fox & Friends.”

I mixed up my movies. I was discussing the category of Best Picture and saying that, out of the nine nominated films, you should at least see the following three: “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle.” I proceeded to say that “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” were the front-runners, but to not count out “American Hustle.”

I don’t read a teleprompter when I’m on “Fox & Friends,” and here’s where I made the mistake. My original talking points for “American Hustle” were focused around the votes splitting between “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” and how “American Hustle” won the SAG award for Best Ensemble. From there, I started talking about how “American Hustle” was produced by Harvey Weinstein and that he’s the best campaigner in the industry.

Unfortunately, I was confusing “American Hustle” with “Silver Linings Playbook,” which was a major Oscar contender last year with the same director (David O. Russell) and two of the same cast members (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence). I made the Harvey Weinstein argument last year when I talked about “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Please accept my apology for the on-air mix-up. The correction would be that Harvey Weinstein had NOTHING to do with “American Hustle.”

Thanks for reading the site and watching the reviews,

Kevin McCarthy

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Interviews

Kevin McCarthy sits down with the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, and Jena Malone, as well as director Francis Lawrence. Watch the Interviews

The Hunger Games

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Released: 2012

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Notes: 1) This review is from the perspective of someone who did not read the books.  2) The film was NOT shot in IMAX.  Therefore, don’t waste your money seeing it on the “fake” IMAX screens across the country.  Save yourself $3 and see it in on a normal screen.  3) The movie is NOTHING like “Twilight”!  I really dislike when people try to compare the two.  Just because they are both based on books means nothing.  The characters are much more rich and the story is much more interesting than anything “Twilight” could ever accomplish!”

»VIDEO: The Hunger Games Interviews

“The Hunger Games” masterfully transcends the teenage genre by opening a story intended for young adult readers to a much more mature adult audience.  At its core is an emotionally engaging love story on top of this sick, twisted and sadistic idea of having teenagers fight to the death until one survivor remains.  What Gary Ross does brilliantly is let the film breathe.  The first hour – all very entertaining character development – allows us as an audience to become emotionally engaged in the relationships between all of the characters; specifically Katniss and Peeta.  This is so important because once we enter the world of The Hunger Games, it is that first hour that allows us to become even more involved in the outcome.  Ross could have easily lost that emotional element in this violent arena but he keeps it going and that’s what ends up standing out the most in the end. Read the Full Review