MOVIE OPENINGS – October 31, 2008


Director: Mickey Liddell
Stars: Haley Bennett, Chace Crawford 
Studio: Freestyle Releasing

The Plot: Molly Hartley (Bennett) looks to put her troubled past behind her with a fresh start at a new school, where she sparks with one of the most popular students (Crawford). But can her secrets stay buried, especially as she learns more about the horrific truth that awaits her once she turns 18?



Director: Kevin Smith 
Stars: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks
Studio: Weinstein Company, The

The Plot: Lifelong platonic friends Zack (Rogen) and Miri (Banks) look to solve their respective cashflow problems by directing and starring in their own adult film.

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Shield’ star Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins plays Detective Shane Vendrell on FX Network’s The ShieldWalton recently spoke about the final season of the hit series, and how he hopes his character will end up.

(Media Blvd)

Best Way to Sell a Movie: Pretend Like It’s Dirty


Kevin Smith must be the most genius marketer on earth. His new $25 million movie got a 700-word story in theWall Street Journal on Thursday, the day before its release. It was probably the most effective advertising a guy could ask for, especially since it was free.

The WSJ story suggests that Smith's new movie, "Zack and Miri Make A Porno" is too hot for most media outlets to touch. Fox refused to run a 30-second spot for the movie, according to the report; the MPAA banned a promotional poster for being too risqué and  15 newspapers and several television stations and cable channels refused to run commercials that used the word "porno."

But this is probably part of Smith's grand plan to promote the bejesus out of a movie that was pretty pricey to make. Smith also claimed that the MPAA forced him to take down a video promo online because it failed the ratings test. "I guess since the teaser was so, shall we say, racy… a rating was in order," Smith wrote. The announcement outraged geek movie bloggers who rushed to Smith's defense, and got the movie a whole lot of free publicity.



BEHIND THE SCENES TV: Angelina Jolie on ‘The Changeling’

Joaquin Phoenix: Retiring from Movies at Age 34?

Say what? Joaquin Phoenix dropped quite a shocker at a benefit for Paul Newman's camps for kids Monday, announcing his plans to quit acting. 

"I want to take this opportunity ... to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor," the two-time Oscar nominee told Extra at the San Francisco event. "I'm not doing films anymore." 

His rep confirmed the retirement to Extra


Clint Eastwood says Angelina Jolie is ‘too beautiful’

Clint Eastwood has said Angelina Jolie's career has been hampered because she is too beautiful.

Eastwood, 78, is the director of Jolie's upcoming film Changeling.

The movie veteran said Jolie's talents are easily overlooked because of her "gorgeous face" and a face he describes as "the most beautiful face on the planet."

He said: "People sometimes can't see past that, to her talent. She's on all these magazine covers, so it's easy to overlook what an amazing actress is underneath."

The Dirty Harry star compared the mother of six to Meryl Streep.

(Telegraph UK)

Hollywood has long looked overseas to make movies


Kirk Douglas knows all about "runaway production" to foreign locales.

Sitting on a striped couch in the living room of his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by paintings by Balthus, Vuillard and other modernist masters, the screen legend can still feel the sting of betrayal 50 years later.

After an arduous day of shooting boat-rowing scenes for "The Vikings" (1958) in Norway, Douglas decided to reward the locals who served as oarsmen with a party featuring a burlesque show, starring himself and castmates Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

The extras ate the food, drank the booze, laughed, applauded and yelled for more.


James Franco gains directing skills


James Franco may be best known for his acting, but fans will have to make do with him being behind the camera in the near future.

The Pineapple Express star picked up this year's Breakthrough Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival's Awards Gala held in Beverly Hills.

But James explained how he's balancing working in movies whilst learning to direct: "I'm in film school in New York and I did just finally finish my first short."

The actor laughed when asked if he'd like to win a Breakthrough Director Award next: "Maybe, I don't know. A little down the road, maybe!"

Over the summer, the actor graduated from UCLA having studied English literature. The actor admitted he tried to stay away from the Hollywood spotlight for a while.

"I kind of tried to sneak away and they pulled me back in," he said.

After previously confessing to being disappointed by some of the movies he was making, James admitted he's been proud to return with Pineapple Express and his new movie Gus Van Sant's Milk.

"It's been nothing but great the past year," he said. "I got to do two movies that I'm very proud of and I was just happy that I was not ashamed of them and they actually turned out to be really good.

"I can honestly say to people that they should go out and see it - and mean it."


Acting teacher Milton Katselas dies

Milton Katselas, the charismatic acting teacher to the stars who also directed for stage and screen, died of heart failure Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 75.

Katselas founded the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school in 1978 and coached actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Gene Hackman and George Clooney.


M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Devil’ gets its due

M. Night Shyamalan is making a deal with the "Devil."

The helmer's three-film financing/production partnership with Media Rights Capital, the Night Chronicles, is launching with the supernatural thriller "Devil."

John and Andrew Dowdle will direct and executive produce a script by Brian Nelson ("30 Days of Night") based on an original Shyamalan story. The project will be the first feature Shyamalan has written or produced without directing.

(Hollywood Reporter)

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