April 23, 2014

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Robert De Niro may only direct three more movies

HollywoodNews.com: Robert De Niro’s directing credits in the future are limited.
The legendary actor revealed that directing takes a lot of energy out of him and that there’s probably only three directing projects left in him. To date, he only has two films as helmer: 1993’s “A Bronx Tale” and 2006’s “The Good Shepherd.”
Even though he is a highly lauded and respected actor, De Niro confesses that it’s not easy getting a film off the ground in Hollywood.
“It’s an uphill battle… The creative part, that’s difficult enough. But the fun stuff is all the other stuff that goes with it: people; the input from studios, and all the people who have to justify their jobs; and the money; and is this actor going to get more, or they’re not right for it.
“It’s a lot you’ve got to field. A lot coming at you.”
Digital Spy was following the news.
De Niro will headline “Stone” which bows on October 8.
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Michael Douglas attends ‘Wall Street 2′ premiere in New York

HollywoodNews.com: Although he is battling stage 4 throat cancer, Michael Douglas still showed up at the New York premiere of ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.’
The actor walked the red carpet and posed for pictures in support of the film, reports UsMagazine.com. While Douglas did not speak with reporters, his costars had nothing but great things to say about him.
“When he came to set … he was dealing with a lot, but never was it, ‘Woe is me.’ Ever,” Shia LeBeouf said of the legendary actor and how he has learned from Douglas’ strength in dealing with this hard time.
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Clint Eastwood on Superman, 007 offers: ‘That’s not for me’

HollywoodNews.com: He’s been Dirty Harry and the Man With no Name, but Clint Eastwood was almost – James Bond and Superman.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the legendary actor, whose next directorial title “Hereafter” bows in October, reveals that he passed on both offers as he felt they didn’t jive with his dramatic sensibility.
After Sean Connery left the 007 franchise following 1971′s “Diamonds Are Forever,” Eastwood received a call.
“I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role,” he said. “But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.”
And if Warner Bros. had their way, it would have been Clint in tights, not Christopher Reeves.
“I can remember, and this was many years ago, when [Warner's President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened,” says Eastwood.
“This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me’. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.”
IMDB describes the plot of “Hereafter” as “A supernatural thriller centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.”
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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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Dennis Hopper interviews Twilight’s Kristen Stewart: from the Interview Magazine archives

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Following today’s news of legendary actor Dennis Hopper’s death, here is something from the archives: a little-known conversation between the veteran actor and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart done for Interview Magazine.
“Why in God’s name did you want to do this?” Kristen asks just seconds into her phone conversation with Hopper. “You have no idea how cool this is for me.” Hopper—not only an actor and director but also an accomplished photographer and writer—had a decades-long relationship with Interview Magazine. “Well, you’re a really good actress,” replies Hopper. “And my daughter is your biggest fan, so I thought, what the hell? [laughs] I usually don’t do this, either.”
And so progresses the interview—in the typical style of Interview Magazine, it manages not to feel like one at all. Stewart is positioned as the reverent ingénue, Hopper as the seasoned mentor. Similar to the dynamic achieved in the Sundance Channel’s “Iconoclasts” series, the dichotomy is at once of the utmost relevance, but not.
The article is rich with the kind of talk you seldom see from Stewart and a side of Hopper you may not have expected. My main advice is to go read the interview yourself. Despite talk of Kristen’s hostility toward her public, and antagonism toward the attention her stardom affords her, the way she tackles the topic of celebrity with Hopper may cause you to see her in a different light.
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