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AFI Fest Can Be a Mixed Bag for Oscar Hopefuls

AFI Fest Can Be a Mixed Bag for Oscar Hopefuls
With early November being prime real estate for the annual movie awards season, you might think the AFI Fest would be a vital springboard into the Oscar race. But the blunt truth is that the event hasn’t been much of a lucky charm.

Over the past decade, films that have gone to the fest looking to establish a wave of support, only to more or less crash on the rocks, include Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Edward Zwick’s “Defiance” and “Love & Other Drugs,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” to name a few.

This year, the festival — which kicks off Nov. 5 — boasts three compelling world premieres in opening night, centerpiece and closing night slots, respectively: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” Peter Landesman’s “Concussion
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'Vikings' invade London to promote LoveFilm launch

LoveFilm has brought the Vikings back to London as part of a promotional stunt for its new Us TV series.

Vikings, which launched on History in the Us, will be available for UK TV fans on LoveFilm from May 24.

Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, In Treatment), Katheryn Winnick (Love and Other Drugs) and Travis Fimmel (The Beast) star in the action drama.

The show is described as a tale of warfare, sex, bloodshed, ambition, family and brotherhood, and all nine episodes will be available at once for LoveFilm subscribers.

As part of today's promotional stunt (May 16), LoveFilm sailed a 35-foot Viking longboat, complete with 15 Viking raiders, down the River Thames.

Simon Morris, Chief Marketing Officer at LoveFilm, said: "Geneticists say there's a bit of Viking DNA in all of us so we're delighted to give our members the opportunity to indulge in first class entertainment and feast on the story of their ancestry.
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Casting: Johansson, Breslin, Patinkin, Tang

Chef

Scarlett Johansson has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's "Chef" for Aldamisa International. Shooting begins early July in Los Angeles.

The story follows a chef (Favreau) who loses his job and starts up a food truck. Robert Downey Jr, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Cannavale also star. [Source: Screen]

Peste

Abigail Breslin ("Zombieland," "The Cll") has landed the lead role in Mark Ponderai's contagion thriller "Peste". Shooting begins in September.

Barbara Marshall's deals with a plague that sweeps through a town and forces a girl’s family to make a devastating decision. [Source: Screen Daily]

Wish I Was Here

Mandy Patinkin ("Homeland") and Josh Gad ("Love and Other Drugs") joined the Zach Braff-directed indie drama "Wish I Was Here". Braff helms from a screenplay he co-wrote with his brother, Adam J. Braff.

Braff plays a 35-year-old an actor who is struggling to provide for his family. When his ailing father
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Win! Fantastic ‘Suits’ DVDs & Books!

To celebrate the release of Suits: Season 2 on DVD, we’ve got some great prize packs to giveaway that include Seasons 1 of & 2 Plus the book ‘The Art of the Loophole‘ by Nick Freeman to giveaway – More info on that one here! The slick and stylish boys are back for another series of the sharpest and wittiest legal drama as Suits: Season Two arrives on DVD from 13th May 2013 from Universal Pictures (UK).

From the Producers of The O.C, Suits: Season Two stars Gabriel MacHt (Love and Other Drugs, The Spirit) as the ruthless Harvey Specter, and sees the return of his competitive co-workers; Patrick J. Adams (Lie to Me, Ghost Whisperer) as Mike Ross; Rick Hoffman (Mentalist, CSI Miami, Numb3rs) as Louis Litt; Gina Torres (Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries) as Jessica Pearson; and Meghan Markle (Remember Me, Horrible Bosses) as Rachel Zane.

The boys are back
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Will Smith Lines Up 'The American Can' Again With Ed Zwick, Flips Through Papers From Black List 'The Accountant'

It seems Will Smith is getting jiggy with it, cinematically speaking. Though he's a major box office star, the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is super choosy and generally averages about one movie per year. But it looks like he's ready to get much busier. Earlier this week he replaced Ben Affleck on Warner Bros. con man romantic comedy "Focus," and now two more projects are dropping into his lap. The first one has actually been around for a while. Entitled "The American Can," way back in 2009 "The Blind Side" director John Lee Hancock signed up to direct (he co-wrote the script too, but he has since moved on) with Smith to star. Two years later, Smith was going to produce the movie instead, and was eager to get Denzel Washington for the lead role. Now, two more years on, the actor is back in the starring role and has Ed Zwick ("Love And Other Drugs,
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History Renews Vikings For 10 Episode Second Season

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As of yesterday, Donal Logue wasn’t certain of his future on Vikings (or, led one to believe same anyway), but today the show has been renewed for a second season. Logue (interview coverage soon), who plays the Viking King, may still be uncertain, I suppose, because who knows where the show is going, but the curiosity of timing was rather interesting.

The trials of Ragnar and clan have proven a solid venture as far as ratings are concerned, and the show not only has established a loyal viewership, but has managed strong ratings from critics.

Four new episodes remain of the first season, though you’d be hard-pressed to tell that from History’s show page, and the next episode is going to be a real high point of the show. Ragnar and the Earl will finally lock horns in the more vikingly sense, and it’s going
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Judy Greer Joining 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' as Chimp Lover

Though you may not know the, Judy Greer has undoubtedly crossed your path in one of her many film and TV appearances. Greer is quite the talented character actress appearing in the likes of The Descendants recently, not to mention films like 13 Going on 30, Love and Other Drugs and Jeff Who Lives at Home. You've probably also caught her on "Arrested Development" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and now she's stepping up into blockbuster territory. Vulture has word that Greer has landed a role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and she's actually the first new cast member to take on an ape role. More below! While Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Keri Russell have all enlisted in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, Greer just revealed that she will be playing Cornelia, a female chimp who will serve as a love
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Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde to Lead Endless Love Remake

After an extensive casting search, the leads have been set for director Shana Feste’s (Country Strong) remake of the 1981 film Endless Love. Variety reports that Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) will star in the pic, which centers on a passionate relationship between two teenagers. Franco Zeffirelli’s original film starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt and was based on the novel of the same name by Scott Spencer, but it’s unknown how closely Feste’s take will follow the plot of either of those iterations. Feste rewrote the script originally penned by Josh Safran, and Scott Stuber (Ted, Love and Other Drugs) is producing. Pettyfer and Wilde were cast after a number of screen tests, with Brenton Thwaites, Sarah Bolger, and Olivia Cooke reportedly in the running as well. Pettyfer was last seen in 2012’s Magic Mike and also starred in I Am Number Four and In Time,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Les Miserables (2012)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 22, 2013

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) 2012 Les Miserables is the latest adaptation of the timeless stage musical, which is based on Victor Hugo‘s classic novel.

Hooper loaded up the movie with a bunch of big stars. Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) as Jean Valjean, the 19th century man who’s being hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe, The Next Three Days). Valjean’s decision to care for Cosette (Amanda Seyfried, Letters to Juliet), daughter of factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs), changes their lives.

The film also stars Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland) and Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn).

Both Jackman and Hathaway were nominated for Oscars for their performances, Jackman as a leading role and Hathaway as supporting.
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Meet Three New Vikings Characters In First TV Spots

The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in Vikings, a new nine-part scripted series premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (Et) on History®. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.

These 3 new TV spots will give a deeper dive into some key Vikings characters and one that will leave viewers thirsty for more.

Rollo (Clive Standen), Ragnar Rothbrok’s impulsive, wild and carefree brother whose loyalty is at times questionable but his skills as a warrior are formidable.

Athelstan (George Blagden), a young and innocent Christan monk whose world is turned upside down by the shocking culture brought on by the Vikings.

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), a design genius and close friend of Ragnar’s who helps the charismatic Viking fulfill his dreams of discovering new
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Movie Review - A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012)

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, 2012.

Directed by Roman Coppola.

Starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Katheryn Winnick, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Synopsis:

A 1970s graphic designer is thrown into psychological turmoil when his girlfriend breaks up with him.

Upon discovering compromising pictures of Charles Swan III (Charlie Sheen) with other women, a distraught Ivana (Katheryn Winnick) leaves with the slam of a door. In an effort to throw away the collection of shoes left behind by his ex-girlfriend, the hapless and stressed out Charles ends up with his car in the swimming pool of a record producer.

Taken to a hospital for examination, Charles is visited by his sister Izzy (Patricia Arquette) and her two sons, his best friend Kirby Star (Jason Schwartzman), and his business manager Saul (Bill Murray). As he waits for the doctor (Dermot Mulroney) to arrive with the test results,
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A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III Review: Sheen’s Still Got It, But The Script’s A Mess

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

It doesn’t take a Holmesian level of deduction to realise that the titular protagonist of Roman Coppola’s second feature isn’t a million miles away from the troubled star who plays him; for all intents and purposes, the headcase calling himself Charles Swan III (or Charlie, as his friends refer to him) might as well be Charlie Sheen, who no doubt saves money on therapy bills by working through some of his personal issues on screen here.

Swan is a hotshot graphics designer in the 1970s, and when his girlfriend Ivana (Katheryn Winnick) dumps him, his life crashes down around him. Caught between two extremes – of wanting to win Ivana back and vowing never to speak to her again – Charles meanwhile seeks counsel in his friend Kirby (Jason Schwartzman) and manager Saul (Bill Murray), and tries to contend with nagging health issues, as well
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New Vikings Poster

Check out the new poster for Vikings.

Featured is Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. Covering Ragnar’s face is the bold Vikings logo that captures the spirit of the Viking culture. The two sides of the “V” represent multiple dimensions of the Vikings culture – Family/Life and Violence. Take a closer look; it is layered with great storytelling detail.

Left Side Of “V” – The left sides tells us the softer, lesser-known aspect of Vikings – Family & Life.

*The upper section is a nod to their craftsmanship/technological advances

*The middle section represents brotherhood and unbreakable bonds

*The lower section represents Growth & Life

Right Side Of “V” - The right side of the “V” tells a different story.

*It is about war, violence, death and conflict. It is shaped like the blade of a sword.
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Sarah Michelle Gellar back on TV – Goes From Ringer to Parenthood-Themed Comedy?

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Some people belong on television. In my humble opinion, Sarah Michelle Gellar is one of those people. With the moody CW soap Ringer dead and buried after just one season, is Gellar ready for her next come-back?

According to the new TV Line exclusive, there’s a new half-hour comedy in the works and it’s got Gellar’s name all over it. I’m glad, of course, but my initial concern is, a comedy? Really?

The series, which is as of yet untitled, is being developed over at 20th Century Fox TV, which boys and girls, was also home to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Oooo! I can’t get a feel for whether this is clean fun, or one of those sitcoms that would air closer to my bedtime. Still, it has a family centric plot. It details the crazy capers parents can get caught up in when their kids are not at home.
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Ben Mendelsohn Joins Gyllenhaal For ‘Mississippi Grind’

You may not recognise the name ‘Ben Mendelsohn’, but you’ll definitely recognise his face. He recently starred as the slimy businessman Daggett in The Dark Knight Rises, and he’s also popped up in the trailer for the Derek Cianfrance-directed The Place Beyond The Pines. Mendelsohn obviously knows how to pick his A-List co-stars (Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling) and he’s continuing on this streak by signing his name up for Mississippi Grind, opposite Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal.

The film – set to be directed by Half Nelson partners Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden – focuses on Gyllenhaal as a young, cocky gambler who befriends an older, debt-riddled gentleman, as they decide to travel across the South hoping to change their bad luck.

Gyllenhaal has proved he can tackle the lighter stuff (Love And Other Drugs), alongside his more serious roles in Donnie Darko, Brokeback Moutain and End Of Watch.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Eyes TV Return With Comedy Vehicle

Sarah Michelle Gellar Eyes TV Return With Comedy Vehicle
Sarah Michelle Gellar could soon be headed back to television. The actress, whose CW vehicle Ringer was canceled at the end of last season, is eying a comedy currently in development at 20th Century Fox TV. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Gellar is circling the role of a wife in the sitcom about what parents do while they're kids aren't at home -- as first reported by TVLine. Men at Work staff writer Shepard Boucher penned the spec script, and David Hemingson (Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) and Margaret Riley (Love and Other Drugs) are attached as EPs. Should

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Sarah Michelle Gellar starring in a comedy pilot

Sarah Michelle Gellar's TV return in "Ringer" last year didn't work out so well. But she's looking to get back on your screen next season, this time in a comedy pilot.

Gellar is attached to an untitled comedy set up at 20th Century Fox TV, TVLine reports. It's about parents and what they do when the kids aren't around. Gellar would play one half of the show's central couple.

The pilot is based on a spec script by Shepard Boucher ("Men at Work"). Comedy veteran David Hemingson ("Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23," "Just Shoot Me") and Margaret Riley ("Love and Other Drugs") are on board as executive producers.

It doesn't have a network home yet but will be shopped around in the next few weeks. The networks have already made most of their script purchases for the coming development season, but with Gellar attached this one could easily stir interest.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar may return to TV with new comedy

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Sarah Michelle Gellar may return to TV with new comedy
"Ringer" didn't work out for Sarah Michelle Gellar, but now she's planning her return to TV to try her hand at comedy.  The "Buffy" icon is in talks to star in an as-yet-untitled comedy being developed at 20th Century Fox TV. Not much of the plot has been revealed, but Gellar would play one half of a married couple who get into crazy situations along with their kids, according to TV Line.  Shepard Boucher ("Men at Work") wrote the spec script which will be executive produced by David Hemingson ("How I Met Your Mother") and Margaret Riley ("Love and Other Drugs"). The project will be shopped to the major...
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Exclusive: Sarah Michelle Gellar Plotting TV Return – and There's a Buffy Connection!

Exclusive: Sarah Michelle Gellar Plotting TV Return – and There's a Buffy Connection!
Sarah Michelle Gellar may be back on the small screen next fall as the star of a new half-hour comedy, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The potential (and currently untitled) series, which is being developed at 20th Century Fox TV (home of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), chronicles the hijinks parents get into while their kids are not at home.

Gellar would play the wife/mother.

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The actress — who attempted a TV comeback last year with The CW’s now-cancelled Ringer — became interested in the project after reading the Shepard Boucher-penned spec script.
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Anne Hathaway puts her best fashion foot forward in 2012

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2012 has been nothing but nice for Anne Hathaway.

After a couple of box office duds (see: One Day and Love and Other Drugs, or make that don’t see them), the congenial brunette is back on top in a big way. First there was her kick ass performance as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises that made us see her in a whole new light. And now Anne is closing out the year with a bang by starring in the big screen adaptation of the musical Les Misérables, complete with award noms. Not only is it a chance for her to showcase impressive singing chops, it’s a role Anne embraced inside and out with a near starvation diet to achieve her character Fantine’s poverty stricken body and completely cropping off her shiny mane. We applaud Annie for her commitment to her craft, when she does something she doesn’t half ass it.
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