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“Waiting for ‘Superman'” adds another large donor to pledge drive

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Paramount Vantage has made it clear that Davis Guggenheim’s education-system-in-peril documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’” is an important component of their end-of-year release schedule. Which is why we’re proud to report good news like the item we received this afternoon. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt officially joined the WaitingforSuperman.com “Pledge Progress[...]

Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” closing this year’s New York Film Festival

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Organizers of the 48th Annual New York Film Festival announced the full slate of films scheduled to screen during the multi-day event, and the big news out of Manhattan has to be the selection of Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” as the festival’s closer. Eastwood’s film stars Matt Damon in[...]

Steve Nash premiering Terry Fox doc at Toronto

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Terry Fox’s incredible story has been told numerous times on film, and rightfully so. The Canadian runner who’d lost a leg to cancer, embarked on a cross-country foot race across Canada to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. His journey was cut short after health concerns[...]

Jeff Bridges eyes first official photo for Coen Brothers’ “True Grit”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Few films in this year’s still-developing Oscar race could go from “dark horse” to “frontrunner” in the blink of an eye. Unless that eye has a patch over it. I’m referring to the dark patch worn by Jeff Bridges’ character in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit,” a[...]

Bruce Springsteen documentary about “Darkness” sounds more than promising

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: One film on my “Must See” list for the Toronto International Film Festival this year is “The Promise,” Thom Powers’ documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen’s classic rock album “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” I’m not even a big Bruce fan, though I’ve enjoyed a bunch[...]

“Tillman Story” loses its appeal with the MPAA

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Following up on a story we ran earlier this week, it turns out “The Tillman Story” lost its appeal with the MPAA to downgrade from an R rating to a PG-13. As reported, the film is being penalized for its “excessive” language. Director Amir Bar-Lev said in a[...]

TRAILER PARK: New clips for “How Do You Know,” “Dagenham”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: A lot of new regarding potentially engaging fall pictures hitting the Hollywood News radar this morning. This post offers up two trailers which are worth a look. The trailer for James L. Brooks’ “How Do You Know” played before my “Eat, Pray, Love” screening this week, so it’s[...]

Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” confirmed for Toronto, London film fests

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: For those who had lingering doubts as to whether or not Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” had any intentions of entering the 2010 Oscar race, this news should put them to rest. Boyle’s drama, about mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco) and the hours he spent trapped under a[...]

Weinsteins to fight MPAA over “Tillman Story” rating

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev and producer John Battsek will appear before the Motion Picture Association of America’s Classification & Rating Administration board in Los Angeles this morning to argue against the R rating applied to their upcoming documentary, “The Tillman Story.” Directed by Bar-Lev (“My Kid Could Paint[...]

Ryan Murphy will direct Mark Ruffalo in “The Normal Heart”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: One of the things I appreciated about “Eat, Pray, Love” was Ryan Murphy’s solid direction, so it’s encouraging to learn he’s moving on to another engaging premise with an excellent actor in tow. Murphy will helm an adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical work about the[...]
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