Music vid wunderkid Jonas Akerlund directs Justin Timberlake in William Rast commerical spots. Enjoy Part 1 of the behind-the-scene below -
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Music vid wunderkid Jonas Akerlund directs Justin Timberlake in William Rast commerical spots. Enjoy Part 1 of the behind-the-scene below -
IFC Films acquired Madonna's feature film directorial debut - Filth & Wisdom - which was originally envisioned as a short film and they've released the first official trailer. The film is co-written and directed by Madonna.
Filth & Wisdom: Andriy Krystiyan, or A K for short, has come to England from the Ukraine. A K is a philosopher (at least that's what he claims to be), a poet, and an authority on all aspects of life. At the same time, he is following his grand plan to become an international star. Global stardom is how A K describes the goal that he and his band Gogol Bordello are pursuing with their particular brand of boisterous gypsy punk. For the time being, however, he makes ends meet by performing role play in women's clothing for straight married men. A K shares a flat with two young women named Juliette and Holly. Juliette dreams of being a kind of Florence Nightingale of the developing world. She is currently working behind the counter at the local drug store run by Sardeep, the Indian chemist. Holly is a trained ballerina. Her big dream is to dance with the Royal Ballet. So far she hasn't been able to earn a single penny with her dancing, and continues to 'polish' her skills as a pole dancer at Beechman's Exotic Gentleman's Club.
Madonna is repped by Bryan Lourd and Rick Hess @ Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Filth & Wisdom hits theaters starting on October 17, and check IFC for the full theaterical release schedule.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Benjamin McKenzie shooting an ensemble television pilot - Police / LAPD - on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Police is an NBC drama set among the cops and detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department, and the cast includes Regina King, Kevin Alejandro, Michael McGrady, Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Tom Everett Scott and Arija Bareikis.
The Police pilot began shooting on September 23 and is scheduled to complete shooting on October 14, and directed by Christopher Chulack.
Benjamin McKenzie is repped by Michael Cooper @ William Morris Agency.
Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw and Emma Thompson attend their premiere of director Julian Jarrold's Brideshead Revisited at Chelsea Cinema in London, England. Brideshead Revisited was released in the United States on July 25.
Brideshead Revisited: Charles Ryder becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte, and then his sophisticated sister, Julia. The rise and fall of Charles’ infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
We love introducing our readers to new, cool discoveries, and we got advance word on a new, kick-ass forum - Film Festival Lounge (FFL) (created by Los Angelenians), check it out - now - and participate: They rate us, now let's rate them!
The Film Festival Lounge is designed to allow filmmakers to communicate openly and honestly about festival experiences for the benefit of other filmmakers, as well as for festival organizers interested in hearing the raw truth about their festival. As festival-goers ourselves we've noticed that the favorite topic of discussion among filmmakers at festivals – is other festivals. Whether happy or horror stories, filmmakers love to gossip, vent, and brag about swanky swag, hospitality, treatment of short filmmakers vs. features filmmakers, lost tapes, destroyed prints, mind-boggling parties, networking opportunities, quality of film selections, great food, high submission fees vs. no submission fees, et cetera.
Of course, festivals do change year after year – one year they offer hotel rooms, the next year tents; one year the parties are incredible the next year budget cuts move them to grandma's basement – but more often than not, last year's filmmaker is the best source of information for this year’s festival.
So please… spill all and help guide your fellow filmmaker while giving kudos or critique to festival organizers who rarely hear the real truth directly from us (that'd just be dumb!). And next time you get accepted or wish to apply to a festival stop here first to get the real scoop for what’s headed your way.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Omar Benson Miller, Rob Brown, Justin Martin, Dennis Quaid and Darrin Dewitt Henson attend their premiere of director Gary Fleder's The Express at the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The Express is based on the life of college football superstar Ernie Davis, who, in 1961, became the first black man to win the Heisman trophy. He went first in the NFL draft, but didn't play after being diagnosed with Leukemia.
The Express comes in theaters on Friday, October 10.
Synopsis: The true story of Ernie Davis, two-time All-American running back for Syracuse University who led his team to the national championship in 1960. In 1961, he became the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy. Later that year, he was the first pick in the NFL draft. But Davis never got the chance to play professional football, he was diagnosed with leukemia during the summer of 1962 and died nearly a year later.
The July 20th Plot on Hitler's life is one of the most heroic, but least known episodes of World War II history. Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg returns from Africa to join the German Resistance, and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler's once he is dead. But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation's government--he must kill Hitler himself.
Valkyrie hits theaters on Friday, December 26.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Chuck Palahniuk, Bijou Phillips, Jennifer Grey, Zac Posen, Scott Weiland, Paz De La Huerta and Sam Rockwell attend the premiere of writer and director Clark Gregg's Choke at Sunshine Cinema in New York City.
Choke opens in theaters on Friday, September 26.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
MGM studios / United Artists have released the first look of director Bryan Singer and actor Tom Cruise's Valkyrie one sheet (poster) that'll be going up in theaters next week.
You can download a high resolution version of the image here, and Valkyrie hits theaters on Friday, December 26.
Synposis: The July 20th Plot on Hitler's life is one of the most heroic, but least known episodes of World War II history. Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg returns from Africa to join the German Resistance, and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler's once he is dead. But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation’s government--he must kill Hitler himself.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Dana Delany, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan grace the cover and pages of TV Guide in a vintage, pin-up motif and promote their new Season at their press conference at Universal Studios in California. The Season 5 of Desperate Housewives premieres on Sunday, September 28 @ 9pm.
TV Guide vintage-motif issue hits newsstands on Thursday, September 25.
On Desperate Housewives season 5 by creator Marc Cherry: The idea for the five-year jump on Desperate Housewives really came from the executive producers of Lost. I'm actually doing something unheard of in Hollywood. I'm giving credit where credit is due.
We didn't need to do this, we wanted to do this. It's given us all a new lease on life. We're treating the season premiere like a pilot, as if we're meeting these women all over again.
For those of you who tune in to our season premiere and aren't absolutely thrilled with what we've come up with, I have a suggestion: Send your complaints to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the executive producers of Lost. After all, they’re the ones to blame.
Director George Tillman Jr.'s biography film - Notorious - is based on the life of rapper Christopher Wallace / Biggie Smalls / Notorious B.I.G. and stars Jamal Woolard (Christopher Wallace), Angela Bassett (Voletta Wallace), Derek Luke (Sean "Diddy" Combs), Anthony Mackie (Tupac Shakur), Antonique Smith (Faith Evans) and Naturi Naughton (Lil Kim), and hits theaters on January 16, 2009. Fox Searchlight Pictures released Notorious trailer below -
Notorious centers on the life of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G, from his beginnings as a Brooklyn crack dealer to East Coast hip-hop sensation.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Meg Ryan graces the cover and pages of InStyle October issue to promote her new film - The Women. The issue hits newsstand on Friday, September 26, and The Women is in theaters now.
On her marriage: I felt like I was doing something really good for myself by leaving that marriage. But I was doing it in a gale-force headwind.
On Dennis Quaid: Dennis was not faithful to me for a long time, and that was very painful. I found out more about that once I was divorced.
On co-star Russell Crowe: I think he took a big hit. But Russell didn't break up the marriage. He was definitely there at the end, but it wasn't his fault. I was a mess. I hurt him too at the end. I couldn't be in another long relationship, it wasn't the time for that. So I got out.
On being labeled: My time as a scarlet woman was really interesting. As painful as it was, it was also incredibly liberating. Now I was utterly free. I didn't have to care about what people thought. I have gotten to do what I guess I secretly wanted to do. Be totally under the radar and live my life. I've been famous for a long time, and these years there's been a great lull. So it has been me throwing a backpack on, traveling a lot—it's been fantastic.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Pilot Sarah Lemmon (31 - Anaheim Hills, CA), co-pilot James Bland (52 - Carlsbad, CA), Chris Baker (29 - Studio City, CA) and Charles "Che" Stills, who lost their lives during learjet plane crash on Friday night / Saturday morning returning from Travis Barker and DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) gig - performing for about 10,000 people near the University of South Carolina.
Kevin Mazur / Wire Image & AP Photo / Brett Flashnick
We wish Travis Barker and DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) a quick recovery, and God bless Sarah Lemmon, James Bland, Chris Baker and Charles Stills and rest in peace.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
McCain's Economic Advisor Co-Authored What May Become Second Great Depression
New York Times contributor Bill Gruver wrote an op-ed piece hailed as brilliant by Jim Cramer tonight on Mad Money. It goes to the heart of the current Wall Street crisis: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, which essentially removed the market safeguards put in place by the Glass-Steagal Act of 1933—which was enacted to prevent another Great Depression. Well guess what—another Great Depression!
The Gramm in Gramm-Leach-Bliley is none other than Senator Phil Gramm, AKA "This Is a Nation of Whiners" Gramm, AKA "Mental Recession" Gramm, AKA John McCain's chief economic advisor. If you want to hear his catch phrases one more time, check this out:
The other cause, according to Cramer, was the Fed not lowering the interest rate when it should have in January. This caused his famous January 17th meltdown. He lost it, but we now know for good reason. He saw this coming.
And according to him, the tailspin isn't over yet. His advice tonight was to sell a fifth of the stock you own as soon as you can. He does not expect the rally today and yesterday to last and the massive government bailout that prompted it will only help for so long. It stopped a complete crash from happening in two days, but we could still see one a month from now.
Basically, put your money in gold and shotguns. This will get ugly.
Jason Stürmer is a (RR) contributing writer.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Photog Miko Lim shoots Danity Kane singer and UC Irvine attendee Aubrey O'Day for Complex October issue rhetorically titled - 'The Classy Issue'. Here are some excerpts from her candid interview:
On what people think when they see her in tabloids and blogs: —that I’m a ho, a dumb blonde girl.
I (reporter) wouldn't necessarily say that: No, let's address it, because that's what everybody says.
Do you feel at all responsible for building that sort of persona on Making the Band: You don't build your persona on reality TV. They build your persona on reality TV. I just learned to stop wanting to control it. Hey, they need the bad girl of the group, and no one else is going to take that role.
So you stepped in: Out of this group of women, I am definitely the most daring. I would be the natural pick for the badass. This is the truth about me—I'm just really real. I have friends that are drag queens in sex shows, and I have friends that are very religious and conservative. I don't judge people. The one thing that you could do to upset me is to be judgmental or make close-minded comments.
You mean, like all tabloids and blogs: If I have to be ridiculed and called a whore and the party animal and the dumb girl for the rest of my career, I'm OK with that. Because I love who I am. You’re going to have to interpret me however you're going to interpret me.
Do you think people interpret you as a player: Totally, and somebody that has sex a lot, too. Honey, I'd be in a much better mood right now. [Laughs.] Definitely misconceptions. I've only been with, um…my boyfriends.
To read more about Ms. O'Day and salivate over her hot pix, visit Complex.
Aubrey O'Day is repped by Drew Elliot @ Media Artists Group.
Speed Racer star Emile Hirsch graces the cover and pages of Nylon Guys to promote his role as activist Cleve Jones in director Gus Van Sant's film - Milk.
On Director Peter Care's The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys: I had no idea how to play the part. I didn't understand the dialogue. I didn't understand the character. But the casting director really believed in me. It's funny because people now say, 'That's such a natural performance', but in my mind that performance is the one most influenced by other actors.
On Picking Projects: I give a f—, but I don't give that much of a f—. I'm still going to throw in some goofy s—. I don't want to get too precious.
On Director Gus Van Sant's Biofilm - Milk: I just had such a wonderful time. It's such a great ensemble. Speed Racer was such a highly controlled performance environment that I found, honestly, a little frustrating at times just because it's so hard when you're on the green screen and it's all about, 'Bat this eyelash a little bit here.' On Milk, it was just a free-for-all and we were all going nuts.
To read more on The Mudge Boy Emile Hirsch, visit NylonGuysMag. And Milk hits theaters on Wednesday, November 26.
Hirsch is repped by Shani Rosenzweig @ United Talent Agency (UTA).
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
On tour, Madonna broadcasts her single - 'Get Stupid' - commentary video which highlights newsmakers: Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, John McCain, Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Mike Huckabee, Adolph Hitler, Ayatollah Khamenei, Robert Mugabe, Kim Jong Il, Dalai Lama, Al Gore, Gandhi and Michael Moore.
Madonna / YouTube
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Transformer 2: Revenge of the Fallen star Megan Fox graces GQ cover and pages, and poses for Terry Richardson to promote her new film - How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.
On being famous: I've done one movie. And it's not a movie I want to stand on as far as acting ability goes. I mean—I'm not going to win an Oscar anytime soon. I’m not Meryl Streep.
On Miley Cyrus' and Vanessa Hudgens' Web photo: I would never issue an apology for my life and for who I am. It's like, Oh, I'm sorry I took a naked, private picture that someone ... sold for money. ... You shouldn't have to apologize. Someone betrayed Vanessa, but no one's angry at that person. She had to apologize. I hate Disney for making her do that.
On Disney politics: They take these little girls, and they put them through entertainment school and teach them to sing and dance, and make them wear belly shirts, but they won’t allow them to be their own people. It makes me sick.
To read the full article and see Fox's hot pictorial, visit GQ.
Director Robert B. Weide's How to Lose Friends and Alienate People opens Friday, October 3.
Monday, September 15, 2008
On bad news on Wall Street from Lehman Brothers, Merryll Lynch, AIG, and now Hewlett Packard has caused a 500 point drop in the Dow — the largest drop since 9/11. If you want insight into how knowledgeable the two great crowd-pleasers of the campaign are on the crisis, compare a speech Barack Obama made in March...
With a speech Sarah Palin made today:
One talks at length about details, one sounds like she's talking to five-year-olds. And if you want to hear what John McCain said, he just repeated his favorite slogan, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong."
Jason Stürmer is a contributing writer for (RR)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The bad news is that Karl Rove, aka "That ad is so sleazy it's Rovian" Rove, mentioned Sunday that McCain went "one step too far" in his ads attacking Obama.
The good news is that all is forgiven, Mr. McCain. Just check out this SNL sketch I found on YouTube: "Shall I Luffa Your Back?"
Friday, September 12, 2008
Architect Zaha Hadid's pavilion mobile art was commissioned by Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld as a touring museum, traveling across cities - Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Moscow, London & Paris - worldwide and curated by Fabrice Bousteau. The Chanel mobile art'll house pieces by 20 contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, Asia, Russia and Latin America.
The next stop will be at Rumsey Playfield in New York from October 20 to November 9.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Director Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie in The Changeling. In 1928, Jolie's Christine Collins of Los Angeles reported her nine-year old son, Walter, as missing. In the midst of charges of corruption and negative publicity, the Los Angeles police department was desperate for a positive P.R. boost from solving the case. After much searching, they finally found a boy in DeKalb, IL claiming to be Walter, and returned him to his mother. But it wasn’t really him. This immutable fact galvanized Collins on a quest to find the truth and a battle against authorities that threatened to tear her life apart.
The Changeling opens in theaters on Friday, October 24.
As many of you know, Sarah Palin has been off-limits to reporters since the announcement of her VP pick by McCain. Tonight is part 1 of her first sit down interview, and it's on ABC tonight at 11:30. You may also read the transcript and some video snippets online right now on the ABC News website. Trust me, it is very revealing of who could be our next vice president and, potentially, our president. Charles Gibson asks some hard-hitting questions.
Also, there's a fresh snippet of the interview on YouTube, which could serve to distance her from Bush, but not in a good way...
Update: Sarah Palin, in her send-off speech today to her son and his Iraq-bound brigade, linked 9/11 to Iraq, a view since discarded by Bush and the rest of the informed world.
Jason Stürmer is a staff writer.
Senators Obama and McCain were in New York City today to participate in a forum on national service and to show their respect at ground zero. As he was in the area, Obama went on Letterman and had a great interview. Obama mentioned how great Letterman's speech was on his first show after the attacks. And I just so happened to find that video on MyspaceTV:
So here's to all the heroes on that day, and all the days afterwards, and all the days before.
Jason Stürmer is a Staff Writer at (RR) and lives in California.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Michael Ealy, Valentina Cervi, Laz Alonso, Derek Luke, Omar Benson Miller and Pierfrancesco Favino bring writer James McBride and director Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna to 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and pose for publicity photos at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, Canada.
Miracle at St. Anna opens in theaters on Friday, September 26.
Miracle at St. Anna is the story of four African-American soldiers who are members of the U.S. Army as part of the all-black 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II. They experience the tragedy and triumph of the war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.
Aaron Yoo, Rafi Gavron, Alexis Dziena, Kat Dennings and Michael Cera bring director Peter Sollett's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist to Toronto International Film Festival and pose for photos at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, Canada.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist opens in theaters on Friday, October 3.
Michael Cera's Nick frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and a vague ability to play the bass. Kat Dennings' Norah is questioning pretty much all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming the first date in a romance that could change both their lives.
Kirsten Dunst graces the cover and pages of Harper's Bazaar October 2008 issue to promote her new film - How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. It's directed by Robert B. Weide and adapted by screenwriter Peter Straughan from Toby Young's novel.
In the film, actor Simon Pegg's Sidney Young is a smalltime, bumbling, British celebrity journalist who is hired by an upscale magazine in New York City. In spectacular fashion, Sidney enters high society and burns bridges with bosses, peers and superstars.
On Acting: When you spend your entire life as a child actress, being told where to go and where to stand, you're performing constantly for people. It definitely breeds the kind of person who's dependent on other people's approval. If I'd trusted myself and listened to myself all the times that I ignored myself, I would have been fine. But everyone has to learn their lesson, and now I've got it.
On Seeking Treatment For depression @ Utah's Cirque Lodge: I don't want to go into too much detail because I give a quote and then it's blogged about for the rest of my life on the Internet. But she does say, I'm great.
On Her Future Plans: I can't wait to have kids one day. I want to have kids and a farm with lots of animals on a lake.
Harper's Bazaar hits newsstands on Tuesday, September 23. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People opens in theater on Friday, October 3.
Anne Hathaway graces the cover and pages of W October 2008 issue to promote her starring role in Sony Pictures Classics and Director Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married. Debra Winger and Rosemarie DeWitt co-star and it's written by Jenny Lumet.
When Anne Hathaway's Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rosemarie Dewitt's Rachel, she brings a long history of personal crisis and family conflict along with her. The wedding party's abundant cast of friends and relations have gathered for an idyllic weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym - with her black-comic one-liners and knack for bombshell drama-is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.
On Personal Issues: As soon as I found out about the arrest, I had to get on a plane to Mexico to do a press tour for Get Smart. And then I spent a week in shock at a friend's house. And then I had to go back and do more press, and I haven’t stopped since.
On Her Friends: It's a situation where the rug was pulled out from under me all of a sudden. But just as suddenly, my friends threw another rug back under me. One said, Go stay at my house. And Steve Carell (Get Smart co-star) stepped up for me during an interview when someone asked a question (about it). He said, At some point you're going to have to talk about this time in your life. You don't have to do it this week. I'll take care of anything that comes your way. I've been shown such kindness.
W hits newsstand on Tuesday, September 23. Rachel Getting Married opens in theaters on Friday, October 3.
Sarah Palin As The Vice President With A Chance of Becoming America's President Is Ridiculous
Oscar Nominee Matt Damon had the courage to address the absurdity of Sarah Palin as Vice President and the chance of her becoming the President of the United States of America. Mind you, our very own Jason Stürmer touched on this very point in previous (RR) blogs. There's a chance John McCain could die as the President and this naughty-school teacher, Sarah Palin would lead the free world. I say no thanks, Sarah Palin, and please return to your duties as Alaska's Governess.
Well said Mr. Damon, and congrats on being Patriotic by answering the Associated Press' inquiries. And for all of the haters, don't hate on Matt Damon or threaten to boycott his films (in this Bush/Cheney recession reign), he's an American-husband, -father, -son, -brother and tax-payer who's entitled to give his opinion when asked by the Associated Press.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Photog Edward Duarte shot us on his iPhone during NYC Fashion Week, while we wait for our table at Caracas Arepa Bar. To check out Ed's extensive work @ duartephoto.com, click below -
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Caracas Arepa Bar is located @ 93 1/2 East 7th Street in New York City, New York .
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Idris Elba, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Thandie Newton, Gerard Butler, Toby Kebbell and Jeremy Piven bring director Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla to Toronto Film Festival and pose for publicity photos at the Sutton Place Grande Hotel in Toronto, Canada.
RockNRolla hits theaters on October 8.
Ralph Fiennes, Keira Knightley and Dominic Cooper bring director Saul Dibb's The Duchess to 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and posed for promotional photo at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, Canada.
The Duchess hits theaters on September 19.
The Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer, was determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink and outwit most of the aristocratic men who surrounded her. She helped usher in sweeping changes to England as a leader of the forward-thinking Whig Party. But even as her power and popularity grew, she was haunted by the fact that the only man in England she seemingly could not seduce was her very own husband, the Duke. And when she tried to find her own way to be true to her heart and loyal to her duty, the resulting controversies and convoluted liaisons would leave all of London talking.
Director Saul Dibb is repped by Charlotte Kelly @ Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd.
Monday, September 08, 2008
I'm dead tired from NYC fashion show weekend trip, so the post will be light today, but I wanted to share the early buzz and reviews for Mickey Rourke and Director Darren Aronofsky's The Westler. The film won the Golden Lion at 65th Venice Film Festival and was picked up by Fox Searchlight for December 2008 distribution. Congratulation to Aronofsky, Rourke and the rest of the Wrestler team. So enjoy the clip below -
Variety: Talk about comebacks. After many years in the wilderness and being considered MIA professionally, Mickey Rourke, just like the washed-up character he plays, attempts a return to the big show in “The Wrestler.” Not only does he pull it off, but Rourke creates a galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes its place among the great, iconic screen performances. An elemental story simply and brilliantly told, Darren Aronofsky’s fourth feature is a winner from every possible angle, although it will require deft handling by a smart distributor to overcome public preconceptions about Rourke, the subject matter and the nature of the film.
The Hollywood Reporter: Rourke dispenses with all vanity to plumb the depths of this well-meaning but severely damaged man. Tomei delivers one of her most arresting performances, again without any trace of vanity. Wood’s part is smaller, but she captures the scalding anger of a woman neglected for most of her life.
The deal was brokered on Fox Searchlight's side by Senior Vice President of Acquisitions Tony Safford and Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O'Brien. Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which packaged the film, is handling the North American rights. Darren Aronofsky was represented by CAA and Carlos Goodman.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Enjoy director Gus Van Sant's new trailer for his upcoming bio-film - Milk -
Milk opens in theaters on Wednesday, November 26.
Update: World Premiere on 29th of October 2008 (San Francisco)
In select theaters on 26th of November 2008 (USA) and everywhere on 5th of December 2008 (USA)
Germany : 29 October 2008
Russia : 4 December 2008
Australia : 29 January 2009
España : 6 February 2009
Romania : 13 February 2009
Hungary : 19 February 2009
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Rex Lee and Jeremy Piven celebrate Doug Ellin and Mark Wahlberg's Entourage season 5 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
The first episode of Season 5: Fantasy Island premieres on Sunday, September 7.
Icon Stylist Rachel Zoe of The Rachel Zoe Project and Liv Tyler attend Samsung Imagination Icon's Series Premiere Event The Red Thread: The Inspiration & Passion of Valentino Garavani at the Grace Building in New York City.
The Rachel Zoe Project premieres Tuesday, September 9 on Bravo channel.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
You're Missing All the Fireworks
If you're not watching the political convention coverage, you are missing the most interesting thing on television right now. The DNC was spectacular for its historic and well-choreographed nature, while the RNC is turning out to be just as spectacular—the way a fireworks truck plummeting off a cliff is spectacular. There is one long shot for the Republican ticket this time around: Sarah Palin's speech. If it's a speech that can rival one of Obama's, that will surely help. With only two months left until November 4th, we need to get to know the Republican VP nominee and we need to get to know her fast.
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press
In other news, Barack Obama may upstage McCain on day of his nomination. Earlier in the day on Thursday Bill O'Reilly will interview Obama. This kind of 'eclipse' move on McCain's day in the sun may cross the line as far as political etiquette, but knowing that the staunchly conservative Fox News is also willing to upstage the Republican nominee by giving his opponent face time is certainly revealing. McCain did campaign during the DNC, but on Obama's day the only thing he put out was an ad congratulating Obama. Whether you think it crass or just good strategy, you can't miss the interview equivalent of fire meeting ice.
For full coverage, any cable news outfit will do.
Jason Stürmer is a Staff Writer, and currently resides in California.
Musicians Ryan Ross, Brandon Urie and Spencer Smith of the chart-topping band Panic at the Disco! celebrate their birthdays with Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz at Blush Boutique Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Milo Ventimiglia and Masi Oka meet fans to promote Heroes Season 2 DVD and Season 3: Villains at JB Hi Fi in Sydney, Australia.
Heroes Season 3: Villains episode titled The Second Coming premieres on Monday, September 22 on NBC.
There Are Simply Too Many Sarah Palin Scandals Today
I picked a hell of a day to start blogging. Poor Alaska's going to get raked over the coals this fall. Here's a rundown of everything going wrong...
And there's one not even covered in THAT list. This is the story of how Gov. Palin's down-syndrome child Trig was born:
"She was in Texas for a meeting of the National Governors' Association when she began leaking amniotic fluid and having contractions. Although she knew the baby had Down syndrome and was a month premature to boot, she didn't go to a local hospital. Instead she gave her planned speech later in the day as scheduled and then caught a flight from Dallas to Seattle where she took another flight to Anchorage. Then she and her husband drove 45 minutes to a hospital in her home town where the baby was born."
The bold is my own doing. After her water broke, she went from Dallas to rural Alaska to have the baby? I'm assuming for sentimental reasons? I hope this story isn't true, because it's utterly insane. Read the whole article at Electoral-Vote.com
This, the hurricane, and everything else... I never thought I'd say this, but I feel bad for the Republicans. They're not doing anything right, and they're having no luck. They're on their way to losing everything.
Jason Stürmer is a Staff Writer, and currently producing his debut play - Mailroom - in Los Angeles, California.
The August 2008 Vogue (India) issue depicting a 16-page spread of Hermès Birkin bag, Burberry umbrella and Fendi bib modeled by poor and regular Indian people is causing outrage from columnist Kanika Gahlaut of Mail Today. Gahlaut calls the 16-page of decadence - "not just tacky but downright distasteful" and "example of vulgarity".
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Sexy Quasi-Traitorous Vice Presidential Candidate Mother of Five About to Become Sexy Quasi-Traitorous Vice Presidential Candidate Grandmother of One
No, not Joe Biden. I'm speaking of course about the new mysterious Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Congratulations, Sarah. It's actually quite a heart-warming story. The quasi-treachery is another story, of course. One that is developing as we speak. And also, this definitely is not Sarah Palin's blog. Quit making fun of her, guys.
Jason Stürmer is the writer of the play - Mailroom.
Benicio del Toro promotes director Steven Soderbergh's Che: The Argentine and Guerrilla at ME Hotel photocall in Madrid, Spain. The Argentine and Guerrilla are two-part, biography films about Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and based on Jon Lee Anderson's Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life novel.
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Synopsis of The Argentine: Che Guevara and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the US-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Synopsis of Guerilla: Biographical film on the latter years of Che Guevara, a controversial South American revolutionary who was murdered by the Bolivian army in 1967.
Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Madonna and Gerald Butler attend director Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla premiere at the Odeon West End Leicester Square in London England.
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RocknRolla hits theaters on Friday, October 31.
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Monday, September 01, 2008
Sarah Palin Humps Alaskan Independence Party
Allow me to introduce myself: I am Reserve Result's new Staff Writer, Jason Stürmer. Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was a secessionist. And probably still is. The South—and Alaska—shall rise again!
Why do I think she's still a member? Because there's video of their vice chairman Dexter Carter advising members to "infiltrate" other parties.
He goes on to talk about how Alaskan school children give the thumbs up when Alaska is mentioned, and the thumbs down when America is mentioned. Someone's patriotism is in question, and it ain't Obama's. Too bad he's railed so hard against politicians questioning that sort of thing.
To really nail it home, here's a quote from the late founder of AIP:
"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."
For more information see Marc Ambinder and Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic fame, not to mention ABC News
By the way, this story isn't on CNN.com or MSNBC.com yet. You heard it hear first!
Jason Stürmer is currently producing Mailroom - a play based in Los Angeles.