April 20, 2014

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Adam Sandler adds vintage rap star to comedy cast

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Adam Sandler’s latest comedy, “I Hate You, Dad,” simultaneously got a little hotter and whole lot cooler.
The comedian has added “Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester (pictured) and pop-rap icon Vanilla Ice to his expanding cast. Andy Samberg and James Caan already are part of the ensemble, according to Variety.
The plot finds Sandler moving in with his grown son (Samberg) on the eve of the son’s wedding. Trouble brews when the disgruntled dad begins fighting with the bride-to-be (Meester).
Variety reports that Ice “will play an old friend of Sandler’s character.”
“I Hate You, Dad” begins filming in June. It’s targeting a Summer 2012 release. Good. We’ll need that much time to get used to the idea that Sandler’s old enough to play Samberg’s father in screen.
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James Caan Lends His Voice as ‘Jalapeno’

hollywoodnews.com: James Caan, the Academy Award-nominated actor and Chairman of Openfilm.com, spices up his recent Internet foray by lending his voice as “Jalapeno,” a suave and debonair chili pepper, who is spicy but not at all a hollow-peno, in the wildly successful web series “The Annoying Orange.” Caan’s counterpart and the core character in the lighthearted webisode is an energetic citrus with zest for telling jokes and doing tricks on his fellow vegetable and fruit friends. “The Annoying Orange,” created by Dane Boedigheimer for Gag Films, is a web series sensation that has juiced its competition for viewers. Since its debut in October 2009, the series has accumulated more than 200 million views, making it one of the top 10 most subscribed channels on YouTube. James Caan’s appearance is the series’ first by a famous Hollywood actor.
Last year, Caan entered the online media world by agreeing to lead Openfilm.com, a burgeoning online independent film community. Since then, he has become increasingly intrigued with cutting edge platforms for film, television and social media and finding ways for young talented filmmakers to use these new tools to get their films made and seen by mass audiences.
“It’s amazing what the Internet can do for independent artists,” said Caan. “The studio movies of today are mostly grand productions. For those people who want to make smaller, more character-driven stories for the big screen, the Internet offers incredible opportunities for them to gain initial exposure and momentum for their films.”
Caan added that Openfilm’s goal is to reach as many filmmakers and film lovers as possible and to make great, original feature films from its Get It Made competition. After learning about “The Annoying Orange” and its viral popularity Caan wanted to join the fun and be part of the sizzling series that reaches audiences of all ages.
Caan’s performance as “Jalapeno” on “The Annoying Orange” can be seen on www.openfilm.com on Saturday, December 18, 2010.
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OSCARS Honor Robert Duvall, Francis Ford Coppola at the Governor’s Awards‎

hollywoodnews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 2010 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood®, CA, Saturday, November 13. Pictured here at the event (left to right): Oscar®-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy, Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall, Honorary Award recipient Eli Wallach, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Francis Ford Coppola, Previous Oscar-nominee Talia Shire, Previous Oscar-nominee James Caan, Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola and Two time Oscar®-winning actor Robert DeNiro.
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‘Hawaii Five-O’s’ Scott Caan watches movies but not television

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Just judging from the trailers, the energy and cast chemistry, it seems fairly certain that the new version of “Hawaii Five-O” is going to be a big hit.
Scott Caan plays Det. Danny Williams opposite Alex O’Loughlin who is Set. Steve McGarrett. Lost alum Daniel Dae Kim is Det. Chin Ho Kelly and Grace Park plays Kona Kalakua.
When a group of us chatted with Scott at the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour, I asked him if he got any tips from his father, James Caan, who had made the transition from films to television in NBC’s “Las Vegas.”
“I’ve never seen an episode of ‘Las Vegas,’” Scott admitted. “I just never have. I watch movies. When I was a kid I did [watch TV]. I know that there’s great television out ther., I keep myself pretty busy so I don’t have a ton of time watch TV. There’s a lot of things I want to do and accomplish. There’s not enough hours in the day to watch TV.”
Well, let’s hope viewers won’t be too busy to watch his show. I don’t think they will.
Scott, whose movies credits include “Ocean’s Eleven” and its two sequels as well as “Into the Blue” and “Friends With Money,” wasn’t easily convinced to do the series even though he had dabbled in television with a recurring role on “Entourage.”
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Adrien Brody attaches himself to Kaye’s “Detachment”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Adrien Brody has accepted the lead in Tony Kaye’s “Detachment,” Which chronicles three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher.
Brody isn’t the only Oscar winner in Kaye’s “class.” He’ll join Marcia Gay Harden in a faculty populated by Christina Hendricks, William Peterson, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner and James Caan.
Brody will play Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher who roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment.
Production began on July 25, in New York.
Paper Street Films producer Austin Stark adds, “Director Tony Kaye’s vision of the American public school system is poignant and unique, and we are thrilled to be working with such a talented cast in bringing this important story to the screen.”
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New Details On The New Hawaii Five-O

By Fred Topel
hollywoodnews.com: This week and next, all the networks are bringing out their big new shows for the Television Critics Association fall press tour. The first major show to present its stars for the media was CBS’s reboot of Hawaii Five-O. Alex O’Loughlin stars as Steve McGarrett, and Scott Caan is Danny “Danno” Williams.
“I love Jack Lord’s McGarrett,” O’Loughlin said. “I love Jack Lord’s hair. I love Jack Lord’s version. He started Blue Steel, the look that he did, none of which I could get away with today, 2010 on television. Look, our Steve McGarrett is different. He’s stoic in a lot of ways. He’s a military guy. There are a lot of areas where he is black and white, where he is very clear. The differences between Danny and Steve are apparent in every episode. Steve goes in one direction and Danny freaks out, ‘How can you possibly think it’s okay to go in that direction?’ Steve is constantly amused by Danny’s reactions.”
Caan’s portrayal of Danny, a tough, grizzled cop, might remind viewers of the characters his father, James Caan, played. That’s only natural. “You’re getting to see a little bit of my personality, and that’s a little of where I come from,” Caan said. “I think it’s a lot less conscious than that. I certainly don’t want to deliver anything like anyone’s delivered it. I think it’s just going to come out. The more things are written that are close to my behavior, the more I can bring to a part, it’s just going to be a coincidence that I’m going to sound like somebody I come from.”
In the very first episode, the new Hawaii Five-O tells you more about McGarrett’s background than the classic series. He returns home from a military operation to solve his father’s murder.
“My job is character,” O’Loughlin said. “That’s the only thing I have control over. That’s what I’ve been trained to do and enjoy doing. I came in and did the character work I always do. I found a lot of layers to this guy. The other difference is you learn a lot about our Steve McGarrett in the beginning, so I had a lot to work with, stuff about his father, his family, his estrangement from, his military background and the training he’s done. It takes a lot of perseverance to get through the Navy SEALS and be in the [...]

Luke Wilson’s ‘Middle Men’ releases new trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Luke Wilson’s new film, “Middle Men,” has just released a new trailer. The film is directed by George Gallo and also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, Jacinda Barrett, James Caan, Terry Crews, Laura Ramsey, Rade Sherbedgia, Kevin Pollak, Graham McTavish, and Kelsey Grammer.
In 1995, everyone had a VCR, music was sold in record stores, and the world-wide-web was a new found discovery. Businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) had the perfect life – a beautiful family and a successful career fixing problem companies. Then he met Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two genius but troubled men, who had invented the way adult entertainment is sold over the internet. When Jack agrees to help steer their business, he soon finds himself caught between a 23 year-old porn star and the FBI all the while becoming one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of his time. Witness a story so outrageous, you won’t believe it’s true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex… getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.
The film hits theaters on August 6th.
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Have Mercy: Sonny Corleone’s Kid Makes Good

By Roger Friedman
Sonny Corleone’s kid has finally done it: Scott Caan, son of “Godfather” actor James Caan, has made his own movie. And it’s pretty good.
Caan wrote and produced “Mercy,” which closed the GenArt Film Festival last night. IFC will release the film on April 28th, directed by Patrick Hoelke.Troy Garity, Erika Christensen and Wendy Glenn co-star.
What’s interesting about “Mercy” is that it’s a romantic comedy (with a little melodrama) told from the male perspective. Maybe this is a trend. Josh Radnor’s film “happythankyoumoreplease,” which was at Sundance this year, is similar.
“Mercy” is very romantic, and Caan–who couldn’t get released from shooting “Entourage” in L.A. to be at last night’s premiere–makes for a sympathetic hero. It doesn’t hurt that halfway through he adds his dad to the mix. When James Caan appears on the screen, the movie ticks upward immediately. You want to see what he’s going to do about all this mushy love stuff.
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