80s Cinema Flashback: Actor Peter Weller prepares for ‘Robocop’

‘True Grit’ teen actress Hailee Steinfeld never acted before

"True Grit" teen actress Hailee Steinfeld had no acting experience before her "Oscar-worthy" role in the 2010 adaptation of "True Grit". At just 14-years-old, the girl who plays "Mattie Ross" in the award-nominated film beat out 15,000 girls for the part and is in awe of critics' opinions of her Hollywood debut.

Time magazine movie critic Richard Corliss listed Hailee’s performance as one of the Top 10 in 2010 and says the Thousand Oaks, CA native “nearly steals the movie”.

Adding, "..Steinfeld is a striking, smiling, willowy teen who exudes a kind of naive chic. Onscreen as Mattie, she's all business, possessed of a willful poise that first infuriates and then impresses all those hard souls whose help she needs in fulfilling her mission. She delivers the orotund dialogue as if it were the easiest vernacular, stares down bad guys, wins hearts. That's a true gift."

After being nominated for sixteen awards for her role in "True Grit", the young Hailee says her award-winning experience is the best award of all. In addition to a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Supporting Actress, Hailee is stealing nomination favors in a multitude of regional film societies for her breakthrough debut in "True Grit".
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John Travolta to Play John Gotti in Mob Scion’s Movie

John Travolta to play John Gotti

John Travolta got an offer he couldn't refuse - the role of the late Dapper Don. John Gotti.

Thinking this could be the big role to net him an Oscar, the actor met with Gotti's son, "Junior" Gotti, to discuss the part and agreed to add it to a resume that includes roles as Vinny Barbarino, Tony Manero and Chili Palmer.

Gotti, who famously claimed to have left the mob life, has been working on a screenplay about his father for more than a year and appears close to bringing it to the screen. Sources close to him had previously speculated that Sylvester Stallone might get the part, but it appears that possibility has been rubbed out.

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INTERVIEW: Writer-Director John Wells on making ‘The Company Men’

John Wells has a dream job. For 15 seasons as a writer and producer, he masterminded the hit television drama ER and also been a guiding force behind The West WingThird WatchChina Beach and the current cable programs Southland and Shameless. He's won a long string of awards and currently serves as the president of the Writers Guild of America, West.

At first it might seem ironic that his latest project, the new filmThe Company Men, deals with the traumas associated with unemployment. Nonetheless, he can make viewers empathize with three high powered shipping firm executives (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper) who all lose their jobs the same way he could make the president of the United States seem human in The West Wing.

For a film that deals with misfortune, Wells has had a surprising amount of luck. His cast includes four Oscar-winners (Affleck, Jones, Cooper and Kevin Costner), and the film had a successful run at Sundance in 2010 and solid reviews this year. When he called me from Chicago two weeks ago, Wells sounded grateful for the reception for his feature directing debut, but he didn't seem to be taking anything for granted. I asked him if the cold weather in the Windy City had made him misty-eyed for his roots in Denver, and he replied, "I remember when misty-eyed was a good reason to have your eyes frozen to your head."

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Composer AR Rahman up for two Oscars for ‘127 hours’

AR Rahman 127 Hours Oscars

Indian composer AR Rahman has been nominated for this year's Academy Awards for his music on director Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours.

Rahman is nominated for Oscars for Best Score and Best Song, the latter being a collaboration with British singer Dido. The Oscars take place on 27 February.

Rahman is dubbed the Mozart of Madras, the city where he works.

He won two Oscars for his soundtrack to 2009's multi-award winning Slumdog Millionaire, another Boyle movie.

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‘The King’s Speech’ leads Oscar nominations

King's Speech lead Oscar nominations

The traditional has met the cutting edge in this year's Oscar race -- and, so far, the traditional is winning.

"The King's Speech," the moving period drama set in King George VI's England just before the start of World War II, dominated the Oscar nominations handed out Tuesday with 12 nods, including best picture, director, original screenplay and actor for Colin Firth's performance as the king who overcame stammering to lead his country. Right behind, in the nominations' major surprise: the Coen brothers' spirited remake of the classic western "True Grit" with 10, including best picture, director and actor.

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DSLR-shot movie ‘Like Crazy’ sells to Paramount for $4 million

This movie you are about to read about was shot on a $1700 Canon DSLR camera.

The first big sale at Sundance went down in an all-night bidding session, and the one walking away with "Like Crazy," the festival's hottest movie, is an unusual player on the indie scene: Paramount Pictures.

At the studio's celebration of its new Insurge Picture label (held just off Park City's Main Street Saturday night), a horde of ski-jacketed would-be party-people crammed the lobby outside a roiling, thumping venue.

While revelers pushed to the front of the line, the studio was across town trying to do the same for director Drake Doremus' heartbreaking long-distance love story about a young couple trying to stay together despite circumstances keeping them half-way around the world from each other.

Paramount chief Adam Goodman emerged from the bash with a cat-who-ate-the-canary smile, having heard praise about the movie all night from those who caught its Saturday afternoon premiere.

He had just made an offer. By dawn, his company had sealed the deal.

Sources close to the sale tell EW exclusively that the movie sold for $4 million -- a solid number for a Sundance pick-up.

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The first to see films: film festival gatekeepers

It sounded like a dream job: plop down on a couch, throw some popcorn in the microwave and spend your days watching movies.

That's what Christine Davila thought, anyway. The 32-year-old Los Angeles resident had spent years toiling as an assistant to a number of Hollywood producers before she finally got a shot at her ideal gig — working as a programming associate for the Sundance Film Festival, the annual independent movie mega-event that kicked off in Park City, Utah, this week.

Davila landed the job in 2008, and every year since, she's been paid to screen hundreds of hours of film for the festival's international section. From June to November, she has to meet a quota: watch 200 films. After viewing each, she fills out an elaborate "coverage" form — writing a synopsis of the plot, sharing her opinion on the film's production quality or storytelling, noting if any famous actors or directors are involved and ranking it overall from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. Her comments are used to help determine which movies make it into the prestigious festival.

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Kevin Smith goes on “Red State” Twitter rant

KevIN Smith Red State Sundance

Filmmaker Kevin Smith went on a two-a-half-hour Twitter rant Monday, defending his decision to handle distribution for his religious horror film "Red State."

In the profanity-laced messages, he denied that he misled distributors at a Sundance screening Sunday night when he promised to auction off his $4 million movie after its premiere, only to buy it himself for $20.

"In the Tweet that launched a thousand angry bloggers, I VERY specifically said "... I plan to pick my distributor in the room — auction style..." Then, EVERYONE ELSE said I was selling the movie. But I never said that. Very specific wording," his message began.

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The Cost of Making a Hollywood Movie

There is a common misconception that the average Hollywood movie makes a profit if its box office number exceeds its total production budget. Unfortunately, this is a myth and very far from the truth. Another myth is that movie studios turn a profit from box office revenue. This is usually not true as theatrical releases are as a whole an unprofitable business. In this post, I will attempt to shed some light on the cost of making a Hollywood feature film.

Click here and to find a breakdown of the total production cost for Spiderman 2.


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