‘Modern Family’ and HBO’s ‘Temple Grandin’ sweeps list of Emmy winners of 2010

The 2010 Emmy winners list is complete. Among the 2010 Emmy winners list is Modern Family, the 2010 Emmy winners for Outstanding Comedy Series, and the show that took home the most Emmy Award this year. Combining the Creative Arts Emmy's with the Primetime Emmy's that they won, Modern Family won a total of six 2010 Emmy's. That was the most for any show that was honored this year. The mini-series The Pacific led the overall awards with eight wins, while Temple Grandin won seven awards in the categories for made for television films. It was an amazing two weeks for all three projects, but Sunday night belonged to Modern Family.

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Movie Producer Joel Silver Faces Money Crunch In Hollywood

Movie Prodoucer Joel Silver has produced some of the biggest action hits of the last 20 years, including the 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Matrix' movies. Accustomed to big budgets and huge egos, Silver now faces the music along with the rest of Hollywood as movie budgets get cut and producing deals are scarce.

JOEL SILVER stands on the Warner Brothers lot and points to the remnants of a house where he filmed parts of four “Lethal Weapon” movies. “We blasted a toilet out of that window,” he says, smiling proudly. “Over there, we drove a car straight into the living room.”

Ah, the glory days.

Behind Mr. Silver, the flamboyant producer of some of the biggest action hits of the last 30 years, is the modest set for one of his current films, an R-rated comedy with no stars, almost no budget and — for now — no title. Not that Mr. Silver was ready to call the production small. “It’s a little movie, but it’s a big little movie,” he says.

And therein lies Mr. Silver’s challenge: How does a larger-than-life, free-spending producer fit into a movie business that has been tightening up — and cutting some of its more grandiose characters down to size?

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Google to launch pay-per-view movies on YouTube

The Financial Times reports that Google will launch the service first in the United States, but in its talks with studios has emphasized the "international appeal of a streaming, on-demand movie service pegged to the world’s most popular search engine and YouTube, according to several people with knowledge of the situation," the FT said.

"Google and YouTube are a global phenomenon with a hell of a lot of eyeballs — more than any cable or satellite service," one executive "with knowledge of the plans" told the FT. "They’ve talked about how many people they could steer to this?.?.?. it’s a huge number.”

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Machete – movie was 15 years in the making

Machete - a movie that is as dangerous as it is explosive upon watching it.

Danny Trejo, the craggy-faced, tough-guy character actor who has appeared in almost 200 movies and TV shows, was in the middle of an autograph session in London in 2007 with director Robert Rodriguez to promote the release of Grindhouse when he encountered an unusually devoted fan.

``This guy came up to me and lifted his shirt, and he had a huge tattoo of [me as] Machete on his back,'' recalls Trejo, who usually plays a villain who gets blown away by the hero. ``He asked me to autograph it and then said he was going to have my signature permanently tattooed. That's when I turned to Robert and said `You better make this movie, and you better make it good.' ''

At that time, Machete -- the story of a Mexican Federale who fights corruption and drug dealers with the eponymous blade -- wasn't a real film. Rodriguez had directed a fake trailer for the movie that was shown during the three-hour Grindhouse, an epic homage to 1970s exploitation pictures. Grindhouse was a disappointment at the box office, grossing $25 million worldwide.

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Upcoming Avatar DVD makes waves with 16 minutes of new footage

The Avatar DVD is already out on release. However it doesn't have any special features worthy of mention. The special edition DVD (and Blu Ray) comes out in November and will contain many extra special features that director James Cameron himself supervised.

In November, you can buy a box set with all the bells and whistles. It’s got like forty-five minutes of unfinished deleted scenes that exist in a supplement where you can just play the scenes individually.

But it’s all a big negotiation with the studios; how much money do they want to spend on these sort of revisionist versions of the movie?

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Venice Film Festival Gambles on Youth, Movie Mavericks

What the Venice film festival lacks in star power this year it hopes to make up for with an unusually young list of directors and the appearance of some of Hollywood's more enigmatic figures.

With the irrepressible Quentin Tarantino heading the jury that hands out the coveted Golden Lion at the end of the September 1-11 event, it is fitting that mavericks and misfits more than movie royalty look set to steal the headlines.

"In a way Venice can still hold itself up and say 'we've got the edgier American people coming, as you have Vincent Gallo and Monte Hellman, for example," said Jay Weissberg, film critic for trade publication Variety who is based in Italy.

"It makes it look as if they are holding up the art side of cinema."

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NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS – Aug 27, 2010

TAKERS

Director: John Luessenhop
Stars: Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon
Studio: Screen Gems

The Plot: A hard-boiled detective (Dillon) gets in between a group of bank robbers and their plan to make away with a $20 million bounty.

THE LAST EXORCISM

Director: Daniel Stamm
Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr
Studio: Lionsgate

The Plot: A troubled evangelical minister (Fabian) agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew, where a possessed young (Bell) brings him face to face with the devil himself.

MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT

Director: Jean-François Richet
Stars: Vincent Cassell
Studio: Music Box Films

The Plot: Jacques Mesrine (Cassel) returns to the suburbs of Paris after serving in the Algerian War. Seduced by the allure of wealth and and mentored by a veteran criminal (Depardieu), Mesrine embarks on what will become a legendary life of international crime and fame

CENTURION

Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko
Studio: Magnet Releasing

The Plot: Roman soldiers led by Quintus Dias (Fassbender) raid an enemy camp in an effort to save a captured general (West). Soon, the Romans will find themselves hunted by a group of Picts -- the Empire's more formidable enemies -- and their best shot at surviving the hunt is in the hands of a tracker (Kurylenko) bent on revenge.

‘Takers’ movie takes heist-like planning to reach movie screens

The movie Takers arrives on screen this weekend. It might make a little dent on the box-office despite a stellar, all round cast to sell the movie to the public. But like any movie, the behind the scenes story toward its production took a long time before issues were resolved, among them the availability of director John Luessenhop.

So when filmmaker John Luessenhop told Screen Gems five years ago that his 4-year-old son was gravely ill and that he needed to drop everything to care for him, Luessenhop could reasonably assume that the studio would find a new director for "Takers." Luessenhop was about to start filming just as his son suffered a seizure and stopped breathing.

But in a town notorious for its heartlessness — Disney once fired its production head while she was in a labor and delivery room with her partner — Sony's genre film label refused to ditch Luessenhop, and waited three years as the lawyer-turned-director cared for his son.

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INTERVIEW: Director Eli Roth on exorcisms

Since coming on to the horror film scene fifteen years ago with "Cabin Fever," filmmaker Eli Roth made a name for himself in the genre with the "Hostel" franchise. An occasional actor, he got a chance to shine last year as the infamous "The Bear Jew" in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds."

Roth sat down with Reuters to discuss his latest producing effort, "The Last Exorcism," which opens in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. The film is about a minister who lets a documentary crew film his last exorcism. A non-believer who has swindled plenty believers in the past, he is unprepared for what he encounters.

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Making of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’


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