December 02, 2016

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“Jason Bourne” brings back Matt Damon to the franchise

Almost every A-list actor seems to have a franchise these days. In the case of Matt Damon, his is the Bourne series, of which he’s starred in three of the four outings (only missing The Bourne Legacy). On Friday, Bourne is back in Jason Bourne, with Damon back as well, alongside filmmaker Paul Greengrass. After a successful trilogy for Damon in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, he and Greengrass, who helmed Supremacy and Ultimatum, left for other interests. They’re in the fold again though, making this a summer action blockbuster that’s been hotly anticipated. Saw the film earlier this week and while I wasn’t blown away, I suspect fans of the franchise will be satisfied. Jason Bourne is made for them, after all.
The movie is a continuation of the franchise, with Jason Bourne (Damon) living off the grid and mostly unconcerned with the world of espionage. He’s still haunted by his actions, but is trying to move on. When an old ally returns to the fold with information about his past, along with a revelation about his father, Bourne is active once again. This attracts the attention of the director of the CIA (Tommy Lee Jones), as well as a tech analyst (Alicia Vikander) who sees an opportunity in bringing him in. From there, it’s action, spy work, and Bourne doing what he does best. Green grass directs and co-writes with Christopher Rouse (also the editor), while the rest of the cast includes Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Vincent Cassel, Ato Essandoh, Gregg Henry, Vinzenz Kiefer, Scott Shepherd, Julia Stiles, and more. Barry Ackroyd once again provides the cinematography, while the score comes by way of the duo of David Buckley and John Powell. Obviously, this is a showcase for Damon, who wears the character like an old glove by now.
Personally, this one didn’t really hit for me like the others have. That’s not to say that this is a bad movie, just a flawed one, with a strange lack of passion behind it. I’d never accuse anyone of doing something just for the money, but in a lot of ways this appears like a paycheck job for Damon, Greengrass, and the like (Jones and Vikander especially are given very little to do). That may not be the case, but that’s just how it comes off, with the feel of a product, as opposed to an […]

‘Sexting’ Premiere at 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival – Oct. 23

Hollywoodnews.com: Join us at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival. The festival will be screening the premiere of the short film ‘Sexting’ starring Julia Stiles at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood.
‘Sexting’ premieres on Sunday, October 23rd at 2:00 p.m.
About ‘Sexting’: Fed up with her relationship with a married man, a young woman decides to meet his wife for coffee.
To purchase tickets go here.
To read more about this film and others at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival go here.

Cast and Crew of ‘Sexting’:
Director: Neil LaBute
Producer: Tim Harms
Writer: Neil LaBute
Cast: Julia Stiles, Marin Ireland, Jamie Anderson
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Julia Stiles, America Ferrera in a comedic “Disaster”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: When does breakfast turn into potential Armageddon? We’re going to have to check out “It’s a Disaster” to find out.
The literal-titled comedy just added Julia Stiles and America Ferrera in a movie about “four couples who meet for Sunday Brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end,” according to a release. Todd Berger will direct from his own script, and will feature members of the comedy troupe The Vacationeers, including Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace, Blaise Miller, and Berger, himself.
“It’s a crazy story and I was convinced Julia and America would think I’m crazy too, but I’m thrilled they get my sense of humor. I’m excited to have them on board,” said Berger.
From the release:
Julia Stiles’ most recent project is Showtime’s critically acclaimed series DEXTER, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Over the years, Stiles has made her mark on the big screen starring in the BOURNE Trilogy opposite Matt Damon (THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM); the Shakespearean film adaptations HAMLET, O, and TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU; THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS; SAVE THE LAST DANCE, David Mamet’s STATE & MAIN, and MONA LISA SMILE.
America Ferrera is best known for her fearless portrayal of Betty Suarez on ABC television’s hit comedy UGLY BETTY, a role that earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen awards. Ferrera’s other screen credits include David Ayer’s upcoming END OF WATCH opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, THE DRY LAND, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, LORDS OF DOGTOWN, HOW THE GARCIA SISTERS SPENT THEIR SUMMER, UNDER THE SAME MOON, and both parts of the THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS.

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Michael C. Hall gets major praise from Julia Stiles

HollywoodNews.com: There were rumors about an affair between ‘Dexter’ costars Julia Stiles and Michael C. Hall, but while the rumors were denied, it does not mean they do not think highly of each other.
Stiles recently opened up about what a pleasure it has been to work with Hall, states Hollyscoop. “He’s terrific, all my scenes are with him. He’s just a really inspiring actor,” Stiles revealed about the joy of her job.
She also added that working with him probably made her an even better actress: “He is so sweet and it was great.”
Do you think something has gone on between these two?
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Michael C. Hall divorce: Julia Stiles not involved

HollywoodNews.com: As ‘Dexter’ star Michael C. Hall moved forward with a divorce from costar Jennifer Carpenter, it was questioned if anything was going on with another costar that may have caused the divorce.
Julia Stiles has reportedly commented that she has played no part in the former couple’s separation and divorce, states UsMagazine.com. She has reported that she has enjoyed working on the show, but prefers to stay out of their private lives.
The actress did want to set the record straight on the affair rumors, but prefers to keep her life private.
The couple is reportedly amicably splitting at this time and have been separated for some time now.
Do you think Julia Stiles has any part in the split?
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Dexter Stars And Producers Preview Season Five

By Fred Topel
HollywoodNews.com: Showtime unveiled the fifth season of Dexter for the Television Critics Association today at their fall press tour at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. The show picks up right where they left off last year, with the shocking reveal that Trinity (John Lithgow) had murdered Rita in the bathtub before Dexter got to him. Michael C. Hall gets to play Dexter exploring grief for the first time in his fictional life.
“What’s interesting is this idea of atonement, this idea that Dexter is forced through what’s written into these situations that he has to step into waters that he never anticipated stepping in,” Hall said. “It starts out subterranean but there is some sort of appetite to address his maybe not even consciously acknowledged sense of guilt or remorse or need for atonement. The circumstances in his life offer him an opportunity to do that in a way he doesn’t create consciously.”
Chip Johanessen is joining the Dexter team as an executive producer. He sees Dexter’s new developments as a reinvention of sorts. “He had this origin story that was the discovery of season one,” Johanessen said. “When he was three years old, he saw his mother chopped up. He was born in blood. He now has this adult origin story, the way he brought his wife into this horrible mess that it’s turned into which is very relatable, the way we melt down our own existence. That event at the end of four, it’s not the story of season five but it filters through.”
Julie Benz has been reported to reappear as Rita for season five. She will not be an imaginary vision like Dexter’s father. That’s Harry’s own territory. Clips of the new episode still show Rita in the bathtub, but that’s not Benz’s only cameo. “You’ll be seeing her more than dead in the bathtub for sure,” Johanessen said.
New guest stars will be helping Dexter through the grieving process. Peter Weller, Julia Stiles and Johnny Lee Miller have roles this year. “Peter Weller was part of the original pitch to Showtime,” Johanessen said. “He’s going to be a big problem for Dexter especially in the back part. We called him Weller when we conceived him. Then we had to change the name when we got the guy we wanted. He’s an ex-cop, cocaine cowboy era cop who gets into trouble and ends up posing a […]

Oscar hopeful ‘Hurt Locker’ hits DVD

By Sean O’Connell
Every Tuesday, new DVD and Blu-ray titles are reaching retail shelves and Redbox outlets ready for you to rent. HollywoodNews.com stays on top of the latest releases so you know which films are worth your time and money. This week, we recommend:
The Hurt Locker: An Oscar frontrunner, as well as one of the best-reviewed films from 2009, Kathryn Bigelow’s adrenalized “The Hurt Locker” follows a close-knit band of bomb diffusers as they toil in war-torn Iraq. Jeremy Renner’s unforgettable as suicidal bomb technician Staff Sgt. William James, while Bigelow earns credit for milking tensions and ratcheting up the thrills. Summit Entertainment’s new “Locker” DVD comes with an audio commentary track, a “Behind the Scenes” feature and an image gallery.
Moon: Duncan Jones’ impressive feature-film debut strands a lonely astronaut (Sam Rockwell) at a sterile lunar headquarters and gradually messes with his reality – as well as ours. Jones is David Bowie’s son, and “Moon” proves he inherited his father’s gift for storytelling, as well as his fascination with (and fear of) outer space’s solitude. Look for multiple interviews, a visual-effects reel, conversations from the Sundance Film Festival, two audio commentary tracks (Jones appears on both) and a traditional “Making of” clip on the new “Moon” DVD.
In the Loop: A war spoof worthy of Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove,” the UK import “In the Loop” recalls “The Office” (and its British predecessor), except instead of selling harmless paper products, the incompetents placed in positions of power are declaring war in the Middle East. The humor in “Loop” is witty and dry, and the cast – which includes James Gandolfini and Anna Chlumsky – embraces director Armando Iannucci’s rat-a-tat pacing. Deleted scenes and a “Making of” round out the thin bonus features.
The Brothers Bloom: Con artist brothers played by Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody target Rachel Weisz’s reclusive (and wealthy) mark in Rian Johnson’s clever and quirky “The Brothers Bloom.” Sometimes goofy yet always original, “Bloom” marches to the beat of its own drum, yet Weisz is fantastic and most will enjoy not only the rhythm but the ride. DVD extras include a commentary track, storyboards, deleted scenes and a “Making of” reel.
10 Things I Hate About You: We’re still saying goodbye to Heath Ledger, this time by revisiting one of his earliest performances. In this loose adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” Ledger plays a rebel hired by […]