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Thursday
Aug232012

Pink's First Movie Will Debut at Toronto Film Festival

VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Pink's new album The Truth About Love will hit stores Sept. 18, but some fans will get to see her very first movie 10 days before that.  The movie, Thanks for Sharing, will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8.

The movie, in which Pink is billed under her birth name, Alecia Moore, is described as a "comedy drama" about a group of people who join a support group for sex addicts.  Pink plays Dede, one of those sex addicts, who starts a relationship with Neil, another member of the group, played by Josh Gad.  The movie also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins.  The festival's programmer describes Pink's performance as "charming."

Earlier this year, Pink told Cosmopolitan magazine that while making the movie, she was intimidated by Gwyneth Paltrow on set, but was able to get through her big movie debut because she totally understood her character.  "It's not like I was playing the girl next door; she's a sex addict," Pink says of Dede.  "I was on lots of drugs as a teenager and had friends die of overdoses, so addiction isn't a foreign concept.  I get that."

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Jennifer Aniston Requested Topless Scene Be Removed from New Film

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- You won't see Jennifer Aniston's breasts in her new film, Wanderlust. She went topless for a scene in the comedy, opening Friday, but a source tells TheWrap.com that Aniston demanded that it be pulled from the film in deference to her co-star and boyfriend, Justin Theroux.

In the scene, Aniston reveals her chest to TV news cameras. The version that made the final cut shows Aniston topless from behind, with her bosoms censored on TV news broadcasts.

A rep for Aniston denies the actress insisted that the nude version be removed from the movie, telling TheWrap.com, "The scene is how it was always supposed to be." A spokesman for Wanderlust studio Universal says, "The scene was shot a bunch of different ways, and we have the best possible version."

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Friday
Feb172012

‘Act of Valor’: A Hollywood Mission for Real Navy SEALs

Tooga/The Image Bank(NEW YORK) -- An upcoming movie in which Navy SEALs perform covert operations and stage daring assaults may seem like just another Hollywood action thriller, but this time, there’s a twist: The men seen in uniform are real active-duty Navy SEALs.

Act of Valor, due out on Feb. 24, began as a recruiting video for the SEALs. While the plot is fictional, it’s as close to the truth as you can come. Scenes of high-impact surprise assaults are based on real life missions.

“Very strange to go from real world missions where the consequences are as high as there can be in anything in the world to one where you get to walk away from it,” said Lt. Commander Rorke, who stars in the film.

Only first names of the seals are being revealed in the movie.

Rorke has been a SEAL for 13 years, and his experiences with his fellow SEALs offers a firsthand look into how these stealthy commandos operate. In one scene, the SEALs are preparing to grab a hostage and move silently underwater, unseen, until they are ready to make a move.

“Anytime we’d go to film something there’d be a preexisting training opportunity that we’re doing with regular Navy aircraft service vessels, subservice vessels and so on,” Rorke said.

Filmmakers Scott Waugh and Mike “Mouse” McCoy spent two years working around SEAL deployments in order to get the real guys in their movie.

“These men are so complex, such a complexity of character, that it would be really hard for an actor to authentically portray them, and [we thought] it would be better to see if we could just get the real guys to do it,” Waugh said.

“You’re going to see some things in this film and you’re going to say, ‘No way that guy goes through that,’ but it actually happened, so we didn’t create any fantasy elements there,” McCoy said.

Being portrayed in an unrealistic fashion was a dealbreaker for the SEALs. They said if they were going to star in a Hollywood movie, they wanted control over scenes they thought had gone too Hollywood.

“The fact of the matter is, there’s certainly plenty of swearing in the teams but in a mission, it’s a lot more calm and collected, and disciplined,” Lt Commander Rorke said. “So in Act of Valor, you’re going to see during a gunfight, very calm and tempered communication and that’s the way it really happens.”

For an extra shot of danger and adrenaline, the SEALs wanted -- and got permission -- to use live ammunition in their weapons, a first film in nearly 75 years. Rorke said he and his fellow SEALs didn’t need a lot of extra coaching in acting out their roles.

“There were a lot of time we didn’t need to rehearse anything because we’ve done it a thousand times,” he said. “We called in aircraft for fire, we called in boats to help us on fire support and, and talk to one another on missions where bullets are flying. So it wasn’t it wasn’t new for us in that part and that made it a lot of fun.”

Critics of the film worry that Act of Valor will reveal too many tactics of an organization where one of the best weapons is surprise. Eric Greitens, a former SEAL, wrote a book about his experience in the Navy and said it was “critical” that most things about the way SEALs operate remain a secret.

“That’s essential to the safety of the SEALs themselves, and it’s essential to our ability to conduct operations in the future,” he said.

So while the film does offer a glimpse into the lives of these dedicated warriors, viewers will just have to imagine how the next real-life raid will go down.

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Friday
Feb102012

Movie Review: ‘Safe House’

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There’s this incredible moment in Safe House when…THE CAMERA STOPS @#$%& SHAKING!

It is simply incredible how a perfectly good, gratuitously violent, well-acted action flick can be ruined by the decision to make this movie feel as if you’re watching it while doing 60 MPH in a Big Wheel on a dirt road littered with gravel. Seriously?

As for the plot, well, read the preceding paragraph -- that’s really all you need to know.

As for the rest of it, Denzel Washington’s performance as CIA operative-turned-traitor Tobin Frost is as fine a performance as Washington ever gives, which is just about as good as you can get. Ryan Reynolds, as a young agent in charge of the safe house to which Frost is initially brought after turning himself in, makes up for the horror show that was Green Lantern.  And though some of the action sequences and hand to hand combat scenes are brutal, they’ll please any fan of stunt choreography.

Even so, the only way to truly enjoy Safe House is to bob your head while looking at the screen to offset the overzealous camera shake. The technique makes it seem as if director Daniel Espinosa was attempting to overcompensate for a weakness in the story, which ironically would’ve felt significantly more realistic and organic without the constant camera manipulation. Having said that, it’s always a joy to watch Denzel act, whether it’s through a shaky camera or a telescope.

Rating: Three out of five stars.

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Friday
Nov182011

Tyler Perry Defends Casting of Kim Kardashian in New Film

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tyler Perry says he's received a lot of complaints for casting newly-single reality TV star Kim Kardashian in his next film, The Marriage Counselor.

He addressed the Kardashian critics in a blog post on his website, writing, "Y’all gave me a new movie title, Tyler Perry’s 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**.'...LOL. Some of my ladies are upset. Ok, all jokes aside, can I have my say? Will you at least hear me out?"

Perry explained that the film focuses on a young married woman who works for a matchmaker and meets a man who "challenges everything in her life from her marriage to her husband to her faith."  Kardashian plays a co-worker.

He says he casted Kardashian before she announced in late October that she's divorcing husband Kris Humphries.  He recalls asking a producer for an example of someone who young people look up to.  The producer then showed him pictures taken by his daughter of several hundred young people waiting to enter one of Kardashian's retail stores.

Perry writes, "I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film."

He ends his blog entry by asking, "Because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God?  What is wrong with that??"

The Marriage Counselor is due out sometime next year.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov162011

Report: Michael Jackson's Estate Pitches Biopic

ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's estate is interested in telling the late singer's life story on the big screen.

Variety reports an executor of the estate is in early talks with Stripes and Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman's production company about producing and financing a film based on certain periods of the King of Pop's life.

Even if both sides reach a deal, Variety implies that production on the film would not get underway for a while, since the estate is keeping busy with Cirque du Soleil's recently launched, Michael Jackson-inspired touring show.

Jackson last appeared on the big screen in the 2009 concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It, which documented the rehearsals for his planned London concerts that were eventually cancelled due to his death. The film made over $72 million at the domestic box office.

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Monday
Oct102011

Steve Jobs' Life to Be Made into a Movie

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A movie based on the Steve Jobs’ biography written by former CNN chairman and Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson is reportedly already in the works.

According to Metro, Sony Pictures is negotiating for the movie rights to Isaacson's Steve Jobs, a book about the life and work of the late co-founder of Apple.

Isaacson’s book was originally set to be released on Nov. 21, but due to Jobs’ death the release date was moved to Oct. 24.  The biography features interviews with family and friends, as well as former colleagues and with Jobs himself.

There has been no word yet on casting for the movie.

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Thursday
Sep222011

Halle Berry Breaks Foot, Impacting Film Shoot

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Halle Berry broke her foot Wednesday while walking in Spain, where she's shooting a film titled Cloud Atlas, according to TMZ.com.

The actress was photographed leaving a hospital in a wheelchair, with her foot in a cast.

TMZ says the film crew will do their best to accommodate Berry in the coming days, including shooting scenes in which she is not needed.

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Friday
Jul292011

'Entourage' Movie Being Planned

Paul Zimmerman/WireImage(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- The eighth and final season of Entourage kicked off Sunday, but diehard fans can rest easy knowing that creator Doug Ellin says there are more stories to tell and that he’ll be doing so in an Entourage movie.

At the Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills Thursday Ellin said, “You know, it's been a challenging run to keep this going with this thing and I think if we're going to do something different it should be a movie.”

Ellin said he'll write the movie, but he has no idea yet what the storyline will be.

The show’s executive producer, Mark Wahlberg, is also pumped to make an Entourage movie, telling reporters, “I said if I had to finance myself, I’d do it.”

There are seven episodes remaining before the show ends, but don’t expect Ellin to watch the finale.  He says he may host a screening at his home, but he’ll be outside while people watch it.

As for the finale, Ellin acknowledges that there are always going to be some people who are happy and others who are not happy with how a show ends, but he’s not feeling any extra pressure, adding, “I tried my best.  I'm happy.”

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Monday
Jul182011

Drew Peterson's Lawyers Try to Shut Down Lifetime Movie About Him

PRNewsFoto/Lifetime(LOS ANGELES) -- Lawyers for Drew Peterson, the former Chicago police officer charged with murdering his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Lifetime on Wednesday in an effort to get them to shut down the TV movie about him, reports Deadline.com.

The movie, tentatively titled The Drew Peterson Story, aka Ladykiller, is currently in production and stars Rob Lowe as Peterson.

The lawyers claim Lifetime has no legal right to use Peterson's name, likeness or story without Peterson's approval.  In addition, they allege that the film defames Peterson because he has not been convicted of a crime.

Peterson has remained in jail since he was arrested in May 2009 and charged with murder in the 2004 bathtub drowning of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.  He's also a suspect, but hasn't been charged, in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.  Peterson maintains his innocence in both cases.

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