April 16, 2014

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Rooney Mara in “Tanner Hall” trailer, images

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Anchor Bay sent us assets for its upcoming teen drama “Tanner Hall,” a film that stars Rooney Mara (“The Social Network”) Brie Larson and Georgia King as a student in an all-girls boarding school.
The trailer is below:

Directors Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg appear to have come up with a delicate, difficult coming-of-age story with hints of a darkness laying beneath the surface. The film has been around since 2009, which might explain the presence of Amy Sedaris and Chris Kattan. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival that year, but now will be distributed by Anchor Bay on Sept. 9.
We also have a few images from the film, including the poster. What do you think? Will you check it out?

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Jacqueline Bisset Hoping Money Can Be Found to Complete Hopper’s Final Film

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
hollywoodnews.com: Jacqueline Bisset is awaiting word on the fate of “The Last Film Festival” — Linda Yellen’s big-screen comedy in which she stars with Chris Kattan and the late Dennis Hopper, which, she reveals, “We still haven’t quite finished. We still need more money to finish it. It’s a pity. They’re just struggling with the end of it, hoping someone comes forward. It’s Dennis Hopper’s last film, and it’s fun — really pretty funny.”
Bisset, who has the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” coming up Dec. 11, tells us that the cancer that took Hopper’s life in May was not apparent when they worked together. She adds, “I was actually an admirer of Dennis for years as a painter and photographer” — in addition to his work as an actor and filmmaker.
“He was such a fascinating character, a gentlemanly person to work with, a sensitive personality. I hope we find some angel who’ll find the money to get the film finished. With the recession, everyone is suffering,” she notes.
Bisset inhabits a world of wealth and 19th century elegance in her persona as the imposing Isabella Crawford, in “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.”
Continuing the character she first played in The Hallmark Channel’s hugely successful 2008 “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving” — drawn from Louisa May Alcott’s short story — Bisset and on-screen granddaughter Catherine Steadman this time find themselves in Ireland for a tale of money, manners and romance.
“I think my character has more aspects in this film than the first one,” comments the British actress, who was often hailed as the thinking man’s sex symbol back when she graced such films as “Bullitt” and “The Deep.” “In the first film I was pretty uptight. I get to sort of explain myself a little bit now. I still get to be a little bossy, but I mean well and I’m trying very hard to to have everything messed up. My rapport with the character of Tilly, the granddaughter, has grown, as she’s definitely thinking for herself and not following politely. She’s taken on some quite ballsy atittudes, in fact. She’s fallen in love with two men at the same time. One of them, she doesn’t quite know his motives — but I do,” adds Bisset with a laugh.
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14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival unveils line-up

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, has unveiled its line-up of finalists for this year’s festival, founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu announced today. The programming includes features, documentaries and shorts from around the world.
The Hollywood Film Festival, which takes place October 22-25 at ArcLight Cinemas, will open on Friday, October 22, with the feature “RECONCILIATION: MANDELA’S MIRACLE,” a sensitive documentary about how Nelson Mandela saved his country from bloody civil war and dismantled the system of apartheid through the spirit of reconciliation. The documentary was directed by Michael Henry Wilson and stars FW De Klerk, Zindzi Mandela, Clint Eastwood, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Francois Pienaar and The Springboks.
This year’s lineup includes “THE 5TH QUARTER,” a film by Rick Bieber that is based on real events in 2006 and stars Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell, and Ryan Merriman; “BENEATH THE BLUE,” directed by Michael D. Sellers and starring Paul Wesley as a young Naval officer who is assigned to “recover” a dolphin that has disappeared from the Navy’s Marine Mammal program; “BLACK, WHITE AND BLUES,” a film by Mario Van Peebles that stars Michael Clarke Duncan, Tom Skerritt, Kiele Sanchez, Taryn Manning, Luke Perry, and Morgan Simpson; “BROTHER’S JUSTICE,” directed by David Palmer and Dax Shepard, and starring Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold, Nate Tuck, Bradley Cooper, and David Koechner; “FORT MCCOY,” a film by Kate Connor and Michael Worth that stars Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Lyndsy Fonseca, Andy Hirsch, Camryn Manheim, and Seymour Cassel, and is based on the true story of Kate Connor’s grandparents when they lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during WWII — a coming-of-age story, a romance and the journey of one man struggling to find his worth in a war that does not want him; and “WILD TARGET,” a film by Jonathan Lynn that stars Emily Blunt, Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, and Rupert Everett. It is the story of Rose, a beautiful, quick-witted con-artist, who makes a killing selling fake paintings. But when she scams an art loving gangster, he sets Europe’s most efficient and expensive assassin on her tail.
For comedic artists around the world, Hollywood has always been the final stop and the festival continues to spotlight those burgeoning cinematic masters of laughs in the second year of the Hollywood Comedy Film Festival, curated by entertainment journalist Anthony D’Alessandro.
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David Spade just one of many ‘SNL’ alums in Farleys’ ‘Hollywood & Wine’

HollywoodNews.com: Ever since becoming a Hollywood commentator on “Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update, David Spade has always been embraced by audiences for his biting sense of humor.
It’s a character that has resonated throughout his career: Being the sassy guy in such sitcoms as NBC’s “Just Shoot Me” and CBS’ “Rules of Engagement.”
Spade continues to shine in the comedy “Hollywood & Wine” making its World Premiere at the Hollywood Film Festival on Saturday, October 23 at 7 p.m at the Hollywood ArcLight Theater. Buy tickets here.

Kevin Farley and John Farley keep their wits about them as a bunch of mafia hitmen in “Hollywood & Wine”
Similar to Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups,” “Hollywood & Wine” assembles an all-star cast of “SNL” alums including Chris Kattan, Norm MacDonald, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz. Chazz Palminteri, Pamela Anderson, Vivica A. Fox and Jeremy London also headline.
The comedy which follows a burgeoning actress, Diane Blaine (Nicky Whelan), and her dilemma as she’s mistaken for superstar Jayme Stephens was co-directed by Matt Berman and Chris Farley’s brother, Kevin. Farley, along with his brother John, have been making their mark lately in independent comedy cinema as directors, writers and producers.
Chris Kattan plays Diane’s boyfriend who shoulders her problem as she’s pursued by a mobster kingpin Geno Scarpacci (Palminteri). Norm MacDonald stars in a knee slapping turn as a Clint Eastwood-John Huston type filmmaker whose prestigious career has taken a 180 into porn.
Both Farleys star in “Hollywood & Wine” and also have another short at the festival “Winner: Best Short Film” which is showing in the Shorts Program 9 on Sunday, October 24 at 3 p.m. Buy tix here.
In “Hollywood & Wine,” Spade plays a late night talk show host Harvey Harrison, whose character isn’t that far from the blunt commentator he portrayed on “Weekend Update” and on Comedy Central’s “The Showbiz Show” — a host who adores the company of sexy, female guests.
Quips Spade to Ask Men about how his onscreen life begins and never fades, “I think a lot of (playing Dunbar) came out of my role on ‘Just Shoot Me’. And that spilled over into real life because, since my character dated models on the old show, it blurred into reality that David Spade dates models.”
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Will Forte signs off ‘SNL’ on a strong note

HollywoodNews.com: Will Forte, who has been on “Saturday Night Live” for the last seven seasons, is leaving the show.
Forte was best known on the show for the character he took to the big screen: MacGruber, a knock-off of ‘80s TV action star “MacGyver.” “MacGruber,” an economically priced comedy, bombed at the May box office making $8.5 million. Other Forte “SNL” alter egos include Tim Calhoun, a soft-spoken political candidate and Jon Bovi, a member of the Bon Jovi “opposite tribute band.”
In an e-mail message through his spokesperson, Forte was extremely gracious to the show’s producer Lorne Michaels: “After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from ‘S.N.L.’ to pursue new opportunities. He is eternally grateful to Lorne and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years.”
Forte is an alum of the Groundlings sketch comedy school who amped his showbiz resume as a story editor on “Third Rock From the Sun” and “That ‘70s Show” before joining “SNL.”
The New York Times had the news.
Weeks before the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” it is typical for the show to make new cast hires and fires. However, for many of the show’s respected vets’ exits in the past, i.e. Molly Shannon and Chris Kattan, “SNL” often gives them a ‘send-off’ episode at either the mid season or finale point.
Often, those actors, like Forte, who thrive on “Saturday Night Live” are those who create staple characters, typically whose ‘catch-phrase’ alter egos can be branded on T-shirts and mugs, i.e. Dan Aykroyd’s Coneheads, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s “Wayne’s World” hosts.
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Be Discovered in Hollywood – Hollywood Film Festival 2010 Call for Action

Hollywoodnews.com: The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival, presented by Starz, final “2010 Call For Entries” for all of its categories and genres including features, documentaries, shorts, animation, drama, comedy, and horror. The Hollywood Film Festival will run from October 20 to 25 at the state-of-the-art ArcLight Cinemas, in Hollywood. The Festival will be capped off by the annual prestigious Hollywood Awards Gala on October 25, which lauds both annual and career achievements of Hollywood’s emerging and established talents.
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“In recessionary times, when funding for independent films is sparse and distribution acquisitions are tight, a festival run is more crucial than ever for the exhibition of promising cinematic works,” said festival founder Carlos de Abreu, “We at the Hollywood Film Festival continue to provide an A-plus platform in the world’s movie capital for burgeoning filmmakers to showcase their passion projects before their friends, film lovers, and the industry at large.”
The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival will continue to offer moviegoers a full schedule of tributes, Q&A panels and a diverse schedule of works from around the globe.
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“It has been an honor for Starz to be the major sponsor over the past few years of the Hollywood Film Festival,” said Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president, programming for Starz. “The Festival continues to grow each year, and we look forward to seeing the current crop of film entries for 2010.”
As is tradition, the Hollywood Awards Gala ceremony will launch the awards season, honoring those artists and filmmakers who are bound to leave a long lasting impression in the months to come. Last year, the Hollywood Awards recognized such films as The Hurt Locker, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and Up well in advance of their major Oscar wins. In the last 7 years, a total of 65 Oscar® nominations and 21 Oscars® were given to films showcased and/or to the nominees and honorees of the Hollywood Awards.In addition, the festival will launch its first Human Rights Symposium on Saturday, October 24, which includes the screening of a documentary highlighting the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a symposium on ‘Ending Violence Against Women’ in the Congo, plus the presentation of an award to the winner of the ‘Come Clean 4 Congo’ contest.
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Hollywood Film Festival 2010 extends call for entries

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival, presented by Starz, has extended their “2010 Call For Entries” for all of its categories and genres including features, documentaries, shorts, animation, drama, comedy, and horror. The Hollywood Film Festival will run from October 20 to 25 at the state-of-the-art ArcLight Cinemas, in Hollywood. The Festival will be capped off by the annual prestigious Hollywood Awards Gala on October 25, which lauds both annual and career achievements of Hollywood’s emerging and established talents.
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“In recessionary times, when funding for independent films is sparse and distribution acquisitions are tight, a festival run is more crucial than ever for the exhibition of promising cinematic works,” said festival founder Carlos de Abreu, “We at the Hollywood Film Festival continue to provide an A-plus platform in the world’s movie capital for burgeoning filmmakers to showcase their passion projects before their friends, film lovers, and the industry at large.”
The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival will continue to offer moviegoers a full schedule of tributes, Q&A panels and a diverse schedule of works from around the globe.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM NOW
“It has been an honor for Starz to be the major sponsor over the past few years of the Hollywood Film Festival,” said Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president, programming for Starz. “The Festival continues to grow each year, and we look forward to seeing the current crop of film entries for 2010.”
As is tradition, the Hollywood Awards Gala ceremony will launch the awards season, honoring those artists and filmmakers who are bound to leave a long lasting impression in the months to come. Last year, the Hollywood Awards recognized such films as The Hurt Locker, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and Up well in advance of their major Oscar wins. In the last 7 years, a total of 65 Oscar® nominations and 21 Oscars® were given to films showcased and/or to the nominees and honorees of the Hollywood Awards.In addition, the festival will launch its first Human Rights Symposium on Saturday, October 24, which includes the screening of a documentary highlighting the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a symposium on ‘Ending Violence Against Women’ in the Congo, plus the presentation of an award to the winner of the ‘Come Clean 4 Congo’ contest.
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Hollywood Film Festival 2010 Call for Entries

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival, presented by Starz, announces their “2010 Call For Entries” for all of its categories and genres including features, documentaries, shorts, animation, drama, comedy, and horror. The Hollywood Film Festival will run from October 20 to 25 at the state-of-the-art ArcLight Cinemas, in Hollywood. The Festival will be capped off by the annual prestigious Hollywood Awards Gala on October 25, which lauds both annual and career achievements of Hollywood’s emerging and established talents.
“In recessionary times, when funding for independent films is sparse and distribution acquisitions are tight, a festival run is more crucial than ever for the exhibition of promising cinematic works,” said festival founder Carlos de Abreu, “We at the Hollywood Film Festival continue to provide an A-plus platform in the world’s movie capital for burgeoning filmmakers to showcase their passion projects before their friends, film lovers, and the industry at large.”
The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival will continue to offer moviegoers a full schedule of tributes, Q&A panels and a diverse schedule of works from around the globe.
“It has been an honor for Starz to be the major sponsor over the past few years of the Hollywood Film Festival,” said Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president, programming for Starz. “The Festival continues to grow each year, and we look forward to seeing the current crop of film entries for 2010.”
As is tradition, the Hollywood Awards Gala ceremony will launch the awards season, honoring those artists and filmmakers who are bound to leave a long lasting impression in the months to come. Last year, the Hollywood Awards recognized such films as The Hurt Locker, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and Up well in advance of their major Oscar wins. In the last 7 years, a total of 65 Oscar® nominations and 21 Oscars® were given to films showcased and/or to the nominees and honorees of the Hollywood Awards.In addition, the festival will launch its first Human Rights Symposium on Saturday, October 24, which includes the screening of a documentary highlighting the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a symposium on ‘Ending Violence Against Women’ in the Congo, plus the presentation of an award to the winner of the ‘Come Clean 4 Congo’ contest.
The Hollywood Film Festival is proud to continue the Hollywood Comedy Film Festival in its second year as curated by entertainment journalist Anthony D’Alessandro. Last [...]