April 23, 2014

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“Other Guys” Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg on drinking scenes, tension, and shooting Derek Jeter

By Sean O’Connell
Our coverage of “The Other Guys” press conference — with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, director Adam McKay, Eva Mendes and Michael Keaton — continues this morning as we edge closer to the film’s Aug. 6 release date.
Don’t be surprised if the comedic chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg is the second element audiences focus on when leaving “The Other Guys.” That’s only because top of mind will be an unexpectedly arresting visual sequence dropped in the middle of the film that conveys a night of drinking in a rowdy pub, with Ferrell and Wahlberg getting progressively more drunk and sequences getting progressively more bizarre.
“That was actually shot in pre-production,” said McKay after joking that Wahlberg actually took over the camera and shot the entire sequence.
“We were supposed to just do stills of these guys drinking at the bar, like off of a digital camera. And as we approached it, we were just like, ‘Oh, that’s kind of boring. We’ve seen that done before.’ We had just seen that video, the Philips one of the clowns fighting the police that was circulating on the Internet for a while. (Watch it here!) Oliver Wood, our DP, and I just loved that, and so we decided to take a crack at a low-budget version of it. And we just sort of did it by the seat of our pants. We had no idea if it was going to work. And uh, yeah. I think that was all pulled together in about 5 days, that whole thing, which was crazy.”
The interplay between the movie’s leads, however, is crucial to the film’s success, and Ferrell does a nice job squeezing laughs out of Wahlberg’s perpetual frustrations. When Ferrell was asked if it’s normal for comedians to watch each other’s backs on set, the funnyman surprised a few of us with his answer.
“Um, no,” Ferrell said with a straight face (though he was obviously joking). “I feel like it’s more important to be really cutthroat on a set and not have your back for each other. That provides a certain tension. It makes for a horrible work environment, but boy, does it pop on screen!”
Speaking of popping, Wahlberg gets to pop a cap in famous New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter … ideal for the self-proclaimed Red Sox fan. When asked if he had any input into the humorously violent scene, Wahlberg joked, “No, but [...]

“Harry Potter” Exhibition Has Frightening New Addition

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: If you happen to be visiting Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the Ontario Science Center and begin to feel the happiness draining from all around you, there’s a perfectly logical reason for it. The exhibition, which opened at the center in April and will remain in Ontario until August 22, has added a 10-foot tall Dementor to the traveling exhibit.
Dementors, for those of you muggles who know nothing of the Harry Potter world, are magical beings whose sole purpose is to drain all others of any happy thoughts, even going so far as to suck out your soul. Harry Potter fans first encountered the creepy creatures in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and then saw them again (slightly re-vamped) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition has been open to the public since Spring 2009, featuring more than 200 costumes, props and other artifacts items taken directly from the film sets and put on display for Potter fans everywhere. The exhibit debuted in Chicago, then traveled to Boston before moving to our neighbor up north. The next location for the traveling exhibit has not been announced yet, but with the Exhibition closing out in Canada in less than a month, an announcement should be made very soon.
For more information on the exhibit, you can visit the official website.
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Jimmy Eat World announce North American Tour

HollywoodNews.com: Jimmy Eat World have been releasing a handful of updates to fans over the past weeks, including the album cover art and track list for their upcoming album, “Invented,” due out in stores on September 28.
The band has just announced the dates for their North American Tour, and assures fans that they aren’t boycotting Arizona, just that details for that date will be released soon.
Below is the full list of dates to support the new album:
9/21 – Atlanta, GA / Center Stage
9/22 – Asheville, NC / The Orange Peel
9/24 – Sayreville, NJ / Starland Ballroom
9/25 – Virgin Mobile FreeFest Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/29 – Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern
9/30 – San Francisco, CA / Warfield Theatre
10/1 – San Luis Obispo, CA / SLO Veterans’ Auditorium
10/3 – Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre
10/4 – Omaha, NE / Sokol Auditorium
10/5 – Milwaukee, WI / Pabst Theatre
10/7 – Chicago, IL / Riviera Theatre
10/8 – Royal Oak, MI / Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/9 – Columbus, OH / Newport Music Hall
10/11 – Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory
10/14 – New York, NY / Terminal 5
10/15 – Boston, MA / House Of Blues
10/17 – Toronto, CAN / Kool Haus
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‘The Social Network’ and its secret club settings

HollywoodNews.com: Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter of David Fincher’s upcoming film “The Social Network” about the creation of Facebook, received an inside look at Harvard’s private student clubs while researching the feature.
Sorkin adapted Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires” about Facebook pioneers Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin for the film. Thanks to Mezrich, Sorkin got to see what life was like at the Ivy League school’s men-only clubs, which are a crucial part of the film’s setting.
Page Six had the story:
“Saverin — who later sued Zuckerberg over credit for co-founding Facebook — was a member of Harvard’s Phoenix Club; Zuckerberg wanted to be a member but never got in. Twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, members of the prestigious Porcellian Club, hired Zuckerberg to develop their social-networking Web site, ConnectU. Zuckerberg instead developed what is now Facebook.”
In addition to interviewing the clubs’ members, Sorkin witnessed certain taboo rituals, i.e. the “[bleep] truck” that would deliver girls from all-girls’ schools around Boston to Harvard parties. A hazing ritual for Phoenix Club included prospective members being judged on how gorgeous their dates were.
At the Porcellian house, Sorkin and Mezrich observed the building’s ‘mirror system,’ which lets members on the inside observe pedestrians on the street without their knowledge.
“The Social Network” stars Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg and Rashida Jones, and bows at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 24.
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The Spill Canvas to release digital-only “Formalities” album

HollywoodNews.com: After the release of their “Abnormalities” and “Realities” EPs earlier this year, The Spill Canvas is about to treat their fans to some new music on a new full-length album “Formalities,” out July 27th. A digital-only release, “Formalities” will feature favorite tracks from both EPs, a few special acoustic versions and, of course, new material.

The full album can be purchased for a special low price of 7.99, with tracks available a la carte for fans who may already own the EPs.
The Spill boys are on tour with the Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot until mid-August.
Below are the tour dates:
07/21/10 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
07/22/10 Saratoga, NY – SPAC
07/23/10 Buffalo, NY – Darien Lakes
07/25/10 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/27/10 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/28/10 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
07/30/10 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
07/31/10 Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon
08/02/10 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
08/03/10 Baltimore, MD – The Pier Six Pavilion
08/06/10 Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook Amphitheatre
08/07/10 Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
08/09/10 Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre
08/10/10 Charlotte, NC – Uptown Theatre
08/13/10 Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Empire Fair
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The Dirty Heads continue to make Billboard history

HollywoodNews.com: The Dirty Heads are not only the first independent label artists to have a #1 song at alternative radio for 11 weeks in a row but the laid back group out of Orange County is also the first independent label artists to go #1 on Billboard’s all format rock songs chart in history! The song that has taken the group to new limits is “Lay Me Down” featuring Rome of Sublime with Rome on Executive Music Group.
Catch the Dirty Heads on tour this summer:
July 20 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
July 21 Innsbrook Pavilion – Glen Allen, VA
July 22 Amos Southend – Charlotte, NC
July 23 Masquerade Music Park – Atlanta, GA
July 24 St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
July 25 Sunset Cove Amphitheater – Boca Raton, FL
July 27 The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA
July 28 Superpages.com Amphitheatre – Dallas, TX
July 30 The Beach at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV
July 31 Pacific Amphitheatre / OC FAIR – Costa Mesa, CA
Aug 07 National Orange Show – San Bernardino, CA
Aug 13 Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH
Aug 14 Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Aug 15 Musikfest at Sands RiverPlace – Bethlehem, PA
Aug 17 Mid Hudson Civic Center – Poughkeepsie, NY
Aug 19 Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
Aug 20 Kool Haus – Toronto, ON
Aug 21 Kool Haus – Toronto, ON
Aug 22 Metropolis – Montréal, QUE,
Aug 24 Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
Aug 25 Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 26 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
Aug 27 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 03 Republik – Calgary, AB
Sep 04 Sonic Boom Festival – Edmonton, AB
Sep 08 Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
Sep 10 Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre at Tower City – Cleveland, OH
Sep 11 WRZX XFEST – Indianapolis, IN
Sep 12 WXEG XFEST – Dayton, OH|
Sep 18 Tempe Beach Park – Tempe, AZ
Sep 21 House of Blues – Houston, TX
Sep 23 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
Oct 02 Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 03 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 06 Paramount Ballroom – Seattle, WA
Oct 07 Roseland – Portland, OR
Oct 08 McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
Oct 09 Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
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Mark Wahlberg Trains For and Helps To Cast “The Fighter”

By Scott Feinberg
hollywoodnews.com: I just stumbled upon several YouTube clips that feature Mark Wahlberg – the Oscar-nominated actor (‘The Departed’) and TV producer (‘Entourage’ and ‘In Treatment’) – during various stages of his preparation to play boxing great ‘Irish’ Micky Ward (1965-) in David O. Russell‘s ‘The Fighter’ (Paramount, 12/10), the 2010 film that I’m most excited about.
Wahlberg, who is also a producer on the film, regarded Ward as a one of his childhood heroes, and seems born to play the part – both men came out of rough neighborhoods in Boston, overcame personal problems, and went on to achieve international fame. Wahlberg, who will appear in a much lighter role this summer opposite Will Ferrell in ‘The Other Guys’ (Columbia, 8/6), was also recently the subject of an admiring New York Times profile . I really think that this might be his year.
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Mike Huckabee: Politicos Aren’t Dream Guests, Keith Richards Is

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
hollywoodnews.com: Keith Richards and Mike Huckabee? Well, that’s what the former Arkansas Governor cum Fox News personality would like to see. He tells us that the Rolling Stones’ guitar legend is at the top of his list of dream guests for his new daily “The Huckabee Show” that begins its six-week test run July 26 on seven Fox stations.
“If you can get that to happen, you get to be executive producer of the show,” declares Huckabee, who moonlights as a bass player with his Capitol Offense band. As far as political figures? “I’ve met most of the politicians in the country. I would hardly consider any of them dream guests,” he says.
Huckabee’s new show will be seen in New York, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa and Minneapolis-St. Paul — with prospects for a full network debut as early as the beginning of next year. The once and potentially future Presidential candidate, whose modus operandi precludes the strident contentiousness common among cable news personalities, says he’ll focus on issues with an emphasis on understanding and solutions.
“I have very strong clarion views on tough topics, but I respect people who have different views,” he stresses. “When I have discussions with people who don’t agree with me, that gives me traction to increase my understanding.”
Such was the case, according to Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, when he debated gay adoption with lesbian mom Rosie O’Donnell on her radio show.
“It was a good conversation,” he maintains. (She, at one point, said that hearing his views was “very painful.”) “Obviously, when it concluded neither of us changed each other’s mind. It’s a delicate, touchy subject. The net result is, she still disagrees with me, probably thinks I’m a Neanderthal. But we were not yelling and screaming at each other. I had Bill Maher on my show. I can’t think of anyone I disagree with more, and it was one of the better segments I’ve had. It was interesting to find out why he has such contempt for religion. I didn’t feel I had to argue with him. I consider my audience intelligent and mature enough to form their own conclusions.”
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Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ releases official trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Ben Affleck’s new film, “The Town,” has just released the official trailer for the film.
In the adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel “The Prince of Thieves,” Affleck would play a career thief who becomes smitten by the manager of a bank. The project would be based in Charlestown, Mass., a gritty blue-collar Boston suburb similar to the one that Affleck captured in his directorial debut, “Gone Baby Gone.”
Watch the new trailer below:
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Ben Affleck’s “The Town” posts full-length trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to his impressive 2007 thriller “Gone, Baby, Gone” is called “The Town.” Warner will release it in theaters on Sept. 17, but a full-length trailer has been posted online. Many of you will see it attached to Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” in theaters today. You also can check it out here.
Like “Baby,” Affleck’s “Town” is set in the decrepit neighborhood’s of the actor-director’s beloved Boston — specifically the downtrodden Charlestown area. Affleck plays a criminal who decides he wants out of the life after he falls for a woman his team has victimized (Rebecca Hall). Walking away isn’t so easy, though. It never is. Standing in his way is former partner in crime Jeremy Renner, as well as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm as the police officer desperate to bring Affleck’s crew to justice.
Affleck is a curious cat. His acting choices are sketchy, and sometimes lazy. But he showed incredible promise directing his brother, Casey, through “Baby.” Then again, he did have Dennis Lehane’s excellent source novel to work with, where “The Town” is adapted from a novel by Chuck Hogan. The cast looks solid — Chris Cooper, Blake Lively and Pete Postlethwaite fill in supporting roles. But a small part of me wishes Ben put Casey in the lead and stayed behind the camera.
Oh well. We shall see if “The Town” can rise to the level of “Gone, Baby, Gone,” or if it will be “Reindeer Games 2.” It opens Sept. 17.
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