May 04, 2014

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Confusion over Kate Hudson marriage rumor

HollywoodNews.com: Kate Hudson is believed to be married to Matt Bellamy after her mom, Goldie Hawn, gave an interview where she commented that her daughter had married an English rocker.
However, there is now a rumor that it isn’t even true as Hawn just uses that language as she always has with her beau, Kurt Russell, as she calls him her husband even though they never married, states UsMagazine.com.
It is now believed that Hudson didn’t secretly marry the father of her second son, but that Hawn just had a slip of words.
Do you think she is married or not?
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Tarantino and Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse” Blu-ray a giddy, gory treat for fans

Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com stays on top of the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases so you know which films are worth your time and money. This week, we review:
“Grindhouse: Two-Disc Collector’s Edition”
Every once in a while, a Blu-ray arrives that furthers the format and (hopefully) convinces a few more film fans to upgrade their systems so they can enjoy the highest-quality presentation. Francis Ford Coppola’s restored “Godfather” trilogy comes to mind, as does the five-disc complete set offering every possible cut of Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” Those are must-owns for any collector. So is the new “Grindhouse.”
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s retro double feature offered fans a time machine of sorts, an experiment in exploitation cinema that produced two intentionally dated, extremely gory grindhouse films surrounded by bogus trailers and clever marketing materials. The directors attracted a fair share of A-list friends for the fun, from Bruce Willis and Josh Brolin to Kurt Russell. On a side note, I would watch as many “Stuntman” Mike films as Russell wanted to make. I love him in that role. He’s the most alluring serial killer we’ve seen on screen in years.
As for the Blu-rays, they manage to make the intentionally grainy visual presentation pop in ways that weren’t exactly possible on the big screen, when “Grindhouse” opened in theaters. The quality audio presentation also amplifies all of the scratches and drags the director’s added to dirty their modern films. That same audio elevates Tarantino’s “Death Proof,” which concludes in a symphony of motor engines that must be experienced in digital, high-def audio. For the first time, the “Grindhouse” Blu-ray brings the grindhouse experience into your own house.
Plus, “Grindhouse” pairs the two films on Blu-ray for the first time, finally recreating Tarantino and Rodriguez’s double-feature intentions. The fake trailers are here (though “Machete” isn’t so fake anymore, not that the movie actually exists). A ton of supplements are included. I’ll feature them below.
These movies aren’t necessarily my taste. Once you get past the shock value, the cleverness of the homage fades (in my opinion). I do love the second half of Tarantino’s “Death Proof,” but again, that’s mainly due to Russell’s maniacal turn as a vehicular psychopath. But I’ve seen enough Blu-ray conversions to know that the “Grindhouse” treatment is something special, and fans of the movie and these directors should be ecstatic.
Bonus features on the “Grindhouse” Blu-ray include:
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“Planet Terror” feature [...]

Quentin Tarantino roast postponed following Menke’s passing

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A planned roast of Oscar-nominated director Quentin Tarantino which scheduled for Friday in New York City has been postponed due to the unexpected passing of Tarantino’s frequent editor, Sally Menke.
A Friars spokesperson said that plans were immediately altered when Tarantino met with the group and requested “out of respect for the sad loss” to put the event on hold, the Hollywood Reporter writes. In a statement, Friars Club executive director Michael Gyure expressed “deep sadness for Mr. Tarantino’s loss.”
Menke, an Oscar-nominated editor who worked on Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds,” was found dead early Tuesday after hiking in Los Angeles’ extreme heat. Menke was 56.
The Hollywood Reporter says a new date for the roast will be announced soon. Samuel L. Jackson planned to act as roast master, while Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Neve Campbell, Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell and more were expected to attend.
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Kurt Russell to star in Don Handfield’s ‘Touchback’

HollywoodNews.com: Freedom Films named Kurt Russell as the head high-school football coach in Writer/Director Don Handfield’s Touchback, which stars Brian Presley (“Home of the Brave”), Melanie Lynskey as his wife, (“Up in the Air,” “The Informant,” “Sweet Home Alabama”) and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti as his mother (“Obsessed,” “Smart People”). Marc Blucas (“Knight and Day,” “The Jane Austin Book Club,” “First Daughter”), Drew Powell (“Straw Dogs,” “1408″), Sarah Wright (“The House Bunny”), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (“Hung”) and Kevin Covais (“College,” “Labor Pains”) also star. Filming on “Touchback” begins this week in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.
Handfield and Freedom Films are thrilled to have Mr. Russell come aboard in the role of “Coach Hand.” “I am thrilled he responded to the material. He is an icon and brings a unique warmth, charm and strength to the character. I feel blessed to be working with such a legendary actor on my first film,” said Handfield.
“Touchback” marks Don Handfield’s feature directorial debut. “Don is a creative force, passionate, smart, and Freedom couldn’t be more pleased to embark on the journey of making this film with him,” states Presley who is also producing with Lisa Kearns of Freedom Films, Kevin Matusow, Carissa Buffel-Matusow, and George Furla.
Also joining the film is renowned football coordinator Mark Ellis of Sports Studio. Ellis has worked on many major sports action films of the past two decades including: “We Are Marshall,” “Invincible,” “The Rookie,” “The Longest Yard” and “Miracle,” which re-teams Ellis with Russell. “Touchback” also reunites Russell and Lahti for the first time since “Swing Shift.”
In “Touchback,” “Murphy,” played by Brian Presley, is a down-on-his-luck small town farmer and volunteer fireman whose glorious high school football days were cut short when he was critically injured during a playoff game. He often wonders “what if” and then is unexpectedly thrust from the present day back to that fateful instant that changed his life forever. But this time around “Murphy” has the choice to decide if he wants the life he has or the life that could have been.
“Touchback” is the first movie to go into production under a three-picture deal between Freedom Films and financier Palo Verde, a hedge fund founded in 2008 by Paul Ross & Tony Stacy. Presley is represented by Adam Griffin at Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment
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Interview: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes talk ‘The Other Guys’

By Sean O’Connell
HollywoodNews.com: Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg?
OK, so the “Saturday Night Live” veteran and the Oscar-nominated star of “The Departed” aren’t the first people you’d think to pair in an action vehicle. Unless, of course, you are Adam McKay, director of Sony’s upcoming action-comedy hybrid, “The Other Guys,” in which case the idea tickles you pink.
In the film, which opens Aug. 6, Ferrell and Wahlberg are NYPD officers with polar opposite personalities who must overcome their differences if they’re going to apprehend a white-collar criminal (played by Steve Coogan). The actors sat down with co-stars Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, and director McKay for an interview with a handful of journalists. HollywoodNews.com was there, and we’ve got the exclusive video of this “Other Guys” event.

“THE OTHER GUYS” INTERVIEW PART 1

“THE OTHER GUYS” INTERVIEW PART 2

“THE OTHER GUYS” INTERVIEW PART 3

“THE OTHER GUYS” INTERVIEW PART 4

“THE OTHER GUYS” INTERVIEW PART 5
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Jack Nicholson Tells Mike Nichols: “Even Oysters Have Enemies”

By Roger Friedman
hollywoodnews.com: Jack Nicholson showed up very late for Mike Nichols’ big AFI tribute last week in Hollywood—he’d been watching the Lakers, of course. Then Nicholson made everyone including Robin Williams—who later riffed on this—scratch their heads with his comments.
Nicholson said: ”This is so wonderful about what every one is saying about you. Remember, though, Mike: even oysters have enemies.” Jack tried to explain himself by adding: “I know you like animals a lot , that’s why I told the oyster joke.”
The rest of the A List stars who came out for director Nichols (pictured here with wife Diane Sawyer) were a little obtuse. You can see it all on June 26 on TV Land, but our pal Leah Sydney was there and sent along some of the bon mots from the show.
Some of the tributes were odd, others poignant or funny. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel made a surprise appearance to kick things off and sang “Mrs. Robinson” from the “The Graduate.” That alone would have been worth the price of the evening. Then an avalanche of stars rolled through Stage 15 at Sony Studios (the same place where Judy Garland once skipped down the Yellow Brick Road.)
Among the speakers were all the greats Nichols has directed on film plus a few famous friends: Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty and sister Shirley MacLaine, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Nora Ephron, Eric Idle, Emma Thompson, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, and Mary Louise Parker.
Nichols, by the way, counts Albert Einstein as a cousin, which of course was much fodder for jokes. Mike’s famous comedy partner Elaine May was the first to bring it up. She said: “Albert Einstein was a very sad man when he died because he hadn’t achieved a Combined Field Theory and that’s gotta be depressing. But if he’s watching tonight- he’s got to be immensely happy that he’s Mike Nichols’ cousin.” She added: “This is a very emotional night for me because 30 years ago I bought this dress for his first lifetime achievement award.”
Cher told the most revealing story of her own career, recalling that when she’d gone to see the trailer for “Silkwood” at a Westwood theater, the crowd clapped for Meryl Streep’s name, Kurt Russell’s name, but laughed when her own name appeaered on the screen. She left the theater crying, and called Nichols. [...]

Kate Hudson not grossed out by mom having sex, but her own son might be.

Hollywoodnews.com: Kate Hudson, Oscar nominated supporting actress for “Almost Famous,” and enemy of Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston was never repulsed by her mom Goldie Hawn’s sex scenes with stepdad Kurt Russell.
Showbiz Spy heard Hudson explaining, “We always had a good perspective about sex. When you grow up with parents in showbiz who are loud and funny and the life of the party, you get pretty relaxed about that stuff.”
However Hudson thinks that her son Ryder, 5, with ex-hubby Chris Robinsin, might find her sex scenes “weird” in her forthcoming film “The Killer Inside Me.” (We should all hope he finds no joy in seeing his mom have sex. Those scenes are strictly reserved for single men who aren’t related to Hudson).
“I normally take him on the set with me, but not for that one,” she said. “‘Mummy is going to be naked on the bed, smoking and getting spanked in the next scene, honey!’
“I guess it will be weird for him when he does eventually watch it. I had to watch my dad die in films. I was 13 when I saw ‘Backdraft’ and I was bawling,” says the actress.
(Come to think of it — did Goldie and Kurt ever have any sex scenes? Hawn was respectable and never showed her assets, except her backside in the comedy “Protocol.”)

Exclusive: Michael Biehn digs up details about the making of ‘Tombstone’

By Todd Gilchrist
On April 27, Tombstone arrives on Blu-ray. The film, one of two competing efforts to chronicle the life of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, encountered almost historic problems when the film’s original writer-director, Kevin Jarre, was fired from the production, and replced by George P. Cosmatos. Thankfully, all of that behind-the-scenes drama ultimately had little impact on the film’s commercial success, not only beating Lawrence Kasdan’s Wyatt Earp to screens nationwide, but raking in a tidy $60 million at the box office.
Last week, in conjunction with its upcoming Blu-ray release, Hollywood News caught up with one of the film’s co-stars, Michael Biehn, to discuss the drama that swirled around the production. In addition to talking about the tone and atmosphere of that tumultuous set, Biehn explained how he approached playing the film’s most formidable villain, Johnny Ringo, and offered a few suggestions for which of his films he’d like to see released next in high definition.
Hollywood News: While was looking for some background information about your participation, I read that this was your favorite or among your favorites that you’ve ever done.

Michael Biehn: I’d say between this and The Terminator. I had more fun making Tombstone than any movie I think I’ve ever made. I had more fun making it, but as far as my favorite film that I’ve been in, I had a lot of fun doing Aliens too, but I think that between this and The Terminator, those are my favorite two films. But this was my favorite as far as having fun. It was such an incredible cast and there were so many interesting personalities on that set all of the time, and there was a lot of drama going on, not just in front of the camera (laughs). So it was a very interesting set. The guy who produced it and was down there a lot was Jim Jacks, and he was a guy that I just loved; I just think he’s the greatest guy. Working with [cinematographer] Billy Fraker was great, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I think it might be, from the standpoint of a great role, it’s either that role or Kyle Reese that are my two favorite roles – maybe even Johnny Ringo over Kyle Reese.
Hollywood News: Given the fights and firings and all of the stuff that happened, were you able to stay out of [...]