April 24, 2014

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Peter Facinelli to co-produce Whitey Bulger film

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Just days after fugitive Massachusetts mob boss Whitey Bulger was captured after more than 15 years on the run, it was announced that actor/writer/producer Peter Facinelli (“The Twilight Saga” films, “Nurse Jackie”) will co-produce a film adaptation of “Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob,” a book by Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas. In what seems like a well-timed coincidence, Facinelli Films ironed out the final details of the deal with Brookstreet Pictures just days (if not hours) before the notorious mobster was found in Santa Monica. Facinelli and his producing partner Robert DeFranco had purchased rights to the book some nine months before.
The film is expected to tell the story of Bulger’s rise to power and the events leading to his disappearance. Said Facinelli to The Wrap, “We’d like to get it going as quickly as possible. We have a script and everything ready.”
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James Cagney’s ‘White Heat’ to be part of Academy’s “Oscar Noir” series

HollywoodNews.com: “White Heat” (1949), featuring the return of James Cagney to the gangster genre that made him a star, will be screened as the final feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side” on Monday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The film will be introduced by writer, producer, director and five-time Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson.
“White Heat,” which stars Cagney as Cody Jarrett, a mother-obsessed escaped convict, was directed by Raoul Walsh from a screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. It received an Academy Award® nomination for Writing – Motion Picture Story (Virginia Kellogg).
At 7 p.m., the Warner Bros. cartoon short “Golden Yeggs” (1950), starring Daffy Duck, and footage from the 1975 dedication of the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters building and Samuel Goldwyn Theater will be screened as part of the evening’s pre-feature program.
“Oscar Noir” featured 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which were nominated in writing categories. “White Heat” is the last screening in the series, but there will be a special encore presentation of “The Maltese Falcon,” plus recap highlights from the series, on Monday, September 13.
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ACT Against Violence partners with thriller “Last Day on Earth”

HollywoodNews.com: Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Deborah Hoffman, immediately took interest in the film “Last Day On Earth,” in which her daughter Tara Shayne stars, after reading the script. Dr. Hoffman says “I believe the subject content of this film is a perfect springboard for alerting the public on a larger scale about the need for early education in preventing bullying and violence among youth, as I have seen first hand in the correction system, the devastating effects violence has on both the victims and the perpetrators.” She continues: “‘Last Day on Earth’ provides a socially relevant platform stressing the need for tolerance and anti-violence in the 21st century.”
Producer and actress Kristen Dalton (“The Departed” and “The Perfect Family”) also stars in this highly anticipated coming of age sci-fi thriller, “The Last Day on Earth,” along with Justin Hanlon (“W hore”/”The Inner Circle”), Tara Shayne (“Drama Kings”), Justin Deeley (“Couples Retreat”), Christina Corigliano (“Devolved”) and Bellamy Young (“Mission Impossible III”/”Dirty Sexy Money”), and introducing 14 year old Franny Hocking, was primarily shot in Los Angeles.
Established actress Kristen Dalton along with fellow producers, Jesse Uram, Ryan Finnerty (who also co-wrote) with writer/director Uri Niv, present an edgy and indie psychological sci-fi thriller that follows the tortured mind of Miles Bennell (Hanlon) a mentally unstable high school student, who witnesses a meteor shower late one night. After visiting the impact site of a meteorite, Miles suspects that his schoolmates, specifically the popular kids that bully him regularly (Deeley and Corigliano), are being taken over and transformed into something alien and terrifying. With the pressing threat of a full-scale invasion, Miles desperately tries to save Emily (Shayne), his classmate crush, as his mind quickly begins confusing reality with delusion.
Producer Dalton says: “Our team is very excited to welcome the partnership with ACT, as they are an important national organization for adults and children. This is such an intense, and amazing story, thanks to a wonderfully written and edgy script by Ryan and Uri which we feel will resonate with today’s break-neck pace of uncertainty and desire to fit in, be accepted, and be a part of a society, that, at times feels hostile and disconnected, for kids and adults alike.”
Writer/Director Uri Niv comes from a long line of filmmakers; his parents have won prizes at both the Cannes and Berlin film festivals. After completing his three year service in the Israeli Defence Force, Niv [...]

Del Toro NOT directing “Haunted Mansion” but is moving on to horror

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As news flies out of Comic-Con at a furious rate, certain things can get mixed up. So here’s a bit of clarification.
Guillermo Del Toro, famed director who abandoned “The Hobbit” for projects unknown, will NOT be directing that “Haunted Mansion” for Disney. He’s merely acting as the writer/producer on the project, a fact that was confirmed by a Disney press release.
So what film will Del Toro next direct? He told attendees at the “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” panel at Comic-Con that it will be another horror project, but he declined to provide details, according to FirstShowing.net. He did reveal that he would begin filming it next May.
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Pete Hammond joins the HollywoodNews.com Team

HollywoodNews.com: We are very excited to announce that Pete Hammond has joined the HollywoodNews.com team of over 25 reporters and contributors. He will be writing a new blog titled This Week in Movies.
Click here to read Pete Hammond’s first article, “This Week In Movies – ‘Inception,’ ‘The Kids Are All Right’”

Hammond is a writer, producer, movie critic and film expert whose commentary on the entertainment industry has appeared in numerous publications and on air interviews including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, OK Magazine, NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Evening News With Brian Williams on MSNBC, the CBC, BBC, Bravo, E!, AMC, Canada AM and the KTLA Morning Show.
Click here to read Pete Hammond’s first article, “This Week In Movies – ‘Inception,’ ‘The Kids Are All Right’”
Currently, Pete is the film critic for Boxoffice Magazine and Boxoffice.com as well as Backstage Magazine. Pete is also a regular contributing columnist for The Los Angeles Times/ The Envelope, where he writes the insightful NOTES ON A SEASON blog. Pete also secures the films and hosts the extremely popular KCET Cinema Series which has been selling out regularly for the past ten years. He is also the instructor for UCLA Extension’s Sneak Preview Winter Session where he shows films prior to release and interviews filmmakers.
Additionally, for the past fifteen years Pete has been Contributing Editor writing over 500 reviews for the best selling Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide.
Most recently, Pete was a regular on-camera presence interviewing celebrities on Biography Channel’s series, Famous. Peter also served for four years on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences representing writers.
Pete’s previous writing positions include awards season commentary on a regular basis for HollywoodWiretap.com as well as a contributor to Variety where he wrote numerous articles on the Cannes Film Festival, AFI Fest and the annual Awards season. He was also a film critic for Maxim Magazine / Maxim Online and Hollywood.com.
Prior to being a film critic, Pete was a full time consultant to the AMC Network. Before AMC, he worked on numerous shows including Coordinating Producer for Access Hollywood, Extra and Entertainment Tonight where he oversaw their movie coverage. Pete also was a talent producer for the Martin Short Show as well as a writer and segment producer for the final two years of The [...]

Hollywood Insiders’ Views Mixed on Mel Gibson’s Future

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: The questions continue as to whether Mel Gibson’s latest deranged diatribe will cost him what’s left of his movie star career. We decided to take a straw poll of industry insiders, and the result was absolutely…mixed.
“Yes,” answered one major producer simply.
“I think it will be career-altering, not career-ending. He doesn’t have Ed Limato to help him this time,” pointed out another producer, referring to Gibson’s revered agent and friend of decades, who died July 3.
(Update: The Wrap confirmed today that William Morris Endeavor is no longer representing Gibson.)
A veteran Hollywood publicist told us, “I think it’s really a sad thing. He seems to be two guys, doesn’t he? No, it won’t end his career. That degree of stardom is a high citadel, hard to shake. He’s made good movies, he brings a lot to his movies. How many people can say that?”

Nicole LaPorte of The Daily Beast smartly pointed out in her “Why Mel Will Get Away With It” piece on the website a few days ago that Gibson is still worth almost a billion dollars and has an entertainment empire in his Icon Productions. He has the power to produce his own films and even distribute them through a theater chain he recently bought in Australia. On top of that, his words will have less impact in some parts of the planet than at home.
Then there’s Bill Maher’s suggestion on Twitter that Gibson “has to own being the biggest a—— in the world…There’s an audience for that — embrace it, Mel — walk toward the dark”
“He alienated so many people with his anti-Semitic statements a few years ago,” noted a series actor, “I don’t think he recovered from that. I have to say, it’s dirty pool to tape a private conversation and then leak it to the tabloids.”
True, Gibson still has plenty of residual ill will from his anti-Semitic tirade to California Highway Patrol officers back in 2006 when he was arrested for drunk driving. Now hurling the N-word, along with profanity-laden verbal abuse toward his highly-estranged girlfriend and mother of his latest child, Oksana Grigorieva, in the audio clips that came out last week, he’s alienated yet more of his audience. Grigorieva’s accusations of domestic violence made things all the worse.
An Access Hollywood poll [...]

Mel Gibson’s future rides a fine line

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: The questions continue as to whether Mel Gibson’s latest deranged diatribe will cost him what’s left of his movie star career. We decided to take a straw poll of industry insiders, and the result was absolutely…mixed.
“Yes,” answered one major producer simply.
“I think it will be career-altering, not career-ending. He doesn’t have Ed Limato to help him this time,” pointed out another producer, referring to Gibson’s revered agent and friend of decades, who died recently.
A veteran Hollywood publicist told us, “I think it’s really a sad thing. He seems to be two guys, doesn’t he? No, it won’t end his career. That degree of stardom is a high citadel, hard to shake. He’s made good movies, he brings a lot to his movies. How many people can say that?”
Nicole LaPorte of The Daily Beast smartly pointed out in her “Why Mel Will Get Away With It” piece on the website a few days ago that Gibson is still worth almost a billion dollars and has an entertainment empire in his Icon Productions. He has the power to produce his own films and even distribute them through a theater chain he recently bought in Australia. On top of that, his words will have less impact in some parts of the planet than at home.
Then there’s Bill Maher’s suggestion on Twitter that Gibson “has to own being the biggest a—— in the world…There’s an audience for that — embrace it, Mel — walk toward the dark”
“He alienated so many people with his anti-Semitic statements a few years ago,” noted a series actor, “I don’t think he recovered from that. I have to say, it’s dirty pool to tape a private conversation and then leak it to the tabloids.”
True, Gibson still has plenty of residual ill will from his anti-Semitic tirade to California Highway Patrol officers back in 2006 when he was arrested for drunk driving. Now hurling the N-word, along with profanity-laden verbal abuse toward his highly-estranged girlfriend and mother of his latest child, Oksana Grigorieva, in the audio clips that came out last week, he’s alienated yet more of his audience. Grigorieva’s accusations of domestic violence made things all the worse. An Access Hollywood poll showed 72 per cent of moviegoers saying they’ll pass on future Gibson films, while others – such as [...]

BBC’s ‘Torchwood’ acquired by Starz Entertainment

HollywoodNews.com: BBC’s “Torchwood” has just been acquired for U.S. television rights by Starz Entertainment. The next installment will feature 10-episodes and stars from the previous versions of “Torchwood” (John Barrowman, Eve Myles) will return for the new version.
President and CEO of Starz, LCC, Chris Albrecht said, “We’re committed to programming exceptional television that is entertaining, imaginative and provides a premium TV experience, and by any measure the new concept for ‘Torchwood’ fits that mandate. I’ve been part of successful partnerships with Jane Tranter and the BBC previously, and I’m very much looking forward to working with them again.”
EVP of BBC Worldwide Productions, Jane Tranter, added, “‘Torchwood’ has attracted remarkable attention and loyalty in both the UK and U.S., and in this new partnership with Starz, the next chapter will not only reward our current fans, but also introduce new viewers to the most impressive installment yet. Chris Albrecht and his team are committed to delivering quality premium programming to their subscribers, also a core attribute of the BBC, and we are excited to be working with them as the ‘Torchwood’ adventure continues.”
“Torchwood” is a drama that puts extraterrestrial threats into a very real world, and asks how humanity deals with the danger – while fighting mankind’s darkest instincts. The series’ previous three seasons aired on BBC America in the U.S. and garnered record-breaking ratings for the network. Created by visionary writer/producer Russell T Davies, “Torchwood” has to date been located primarily in Cardiff, Wales. The new series will allow Davies and his writing team to tell a more explosive and global story, one that takes advantage of the unlimited narrative opportunities of a premium television service like Starz.
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‘The Hurt Locker’s’ Mark Boal to participate in Campus MovieFest

HollywoodNews.com: “The Hurt Locker’s” Mark Boal is having a great year. Not only did his film win the Academy Award, but it’s picked up a handful of other awards as well.
Now the writer/producer will be one of many participants at the 2010 Campus MovieFest (CMF) International Grand Finale. CMF will host student filmmakers from across the globe for four days and provide them with a variety of events that include screenings, worksohps, concerts, and networking opportunities.
Co-founder of CMF stated, “Newcomers to our audience will be blown away by the level of creativity and talent on college campuses. With the energy and excitement of Wynn Las Vegas as a backdrop, we are looking forward to an amazing weekend and an incredible showcase of college films, music, and special guests.”
Below is a full list of all the participants: Michael Giacchino (Academy Award® winning composer of Up, and an Academy Visiting Artist), Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, Big Fan), Mark Boal (Academy Award winning writer/producer, The Hurt Locker), Brett Ratner (director, X-Men: The Last Stand), Donald Petrie (director of Grumpy Old Men, Miss Congeniality), Thomas Ackerman A.S.C. (cinematographer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Beetle Juice), Marcos Siega (director of Vampire Diaries), Paul Sommers (director of photography, Vampire Diaries), Daniel Petrie, Jr. (writer of Beverly Hills Cop), Oded Fehr (The Mummy, Resident Evil), Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (writers, Despicable Me, Horton Hears a Who!), PJ Bloom (music supervisor for Glee, Nip/Tuck), Tim Dowling (writer, Role Models), Ben Mankiewicz (TCM), John Ortiz (Fast & Furious, American Gangster), Sam Eigen (EVP, Shoreline Entertainment), Saschka Unseld (Technical Layout Director, Pixar), and more.
The festival takes place at the Wynn Las Vegas from June 10-13th.
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