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Monday
May272013

Could Reese Witherspoon or Scarlett Johansson Play Hillary Clinton?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- An upcoming movie about the law school years of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is drawing interest from a roster of A-list actresses, according to one report.

The Independent reports that the movie, Rodham, which is due out in 2016, has attracted a bevy of actresses interested in playing the 26-year old Clinton, including Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson.

“They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position,” Rodham director James Ponstoldt told the Independent.

The film recounts Clinton’s days as a promising law school student at Yale Law School in the 1970s.Some of the film’s more risqué elements, including its depiction of the burgeoning relationship between Clinton and a young University of Arkansas Assistant Law Professor Bill Clinton emerged when a copy of the screenplay was obtained by the Daily Beast earlier this month.

With a proposed release date that will correspond with the 2016 presidential election, during which some hope Clinton will be a candidate, the film project has garnered a much interest.

“Regardless of peoples’ political affiliation or how they feel about Hillary Clinton, you don’t find people who question the quality of her intelligence or her drive. I want a wonderful actress who could embody that,” Ponstoldt said.

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Friday
Jun102011

Sarah Palin's Documentary to Go Nationwide July 15

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin's documentary is coming soon to a theater near you.

ARC Entertainment, the publicity firm behind The Undefeated, announced Friday that the film that chronicles Palin's curtailed term as governor of Alaska, will open in AMC theaters across the country on July 15. Cities and regions featuring The Undefeated include Dallas, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Fla., Atlanta, Orange County, Calif., Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City.

In a statement released by ARC, a co-founder of the production company behind the film compared The Undefeated to the Rocky movies, with Palin filling in for the fist-swinging Sylvester Stallone.

"We are thrilled that AMC will give The Undefeated a national theatrical release this summer," said Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans. "The documentary is made to be seen on a big screen. With its story of a small-town girl who, against all odds, rises to the pinnacles of American government, the film plays with all the drama of a Rocky picture, only with a woman as the central figure and with politics instead of boxing."

Select media organizations, including ABC News, have screened the two-hour-long film. In addition to chronicling Palin's growing up and governorship, it features soundbites from her critics and gruesome video, including war footage and a scene in which a pack of lions hunts down and devours a zebra. Filmmaker Stephen Bannon called it an "amazing American story of American grit." He told reporters he aims to "drive a stake in the heart of 'Caribou Barbie,'" and portray Palin as equally smart and savvy as the best politicians.

The Undefeated will face tough competition opening July 15 -- it's the same day that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II comes out. But AMC, which operates 24 of the 50 highest-grossing theatres in the country, stands behind their gamble.

"AMC is committed to providing distinct content to diverse audiences across the United States," Nikkole Denson-Randolph, AMC's vice president of specialty and alternative content, said in ARC's press release. "We are proud to consistently offer a wide variety of product to our guests."

The Undefeated may undergo major edits before it hits theaters. Politico.com reported Thursday that the film's more graphic content -- including profanity, mostly from interviews with Palin's celebrity detractors -- will likely be removed to allow a final cut to receive a more family-friendly PG-13 rating.

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Tuesday
Mar012011

Chris Dodd to Head MPAA, Follow in Jack Valenti's Footsteps

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Five-term Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd left office in January, but it didn’t take long for him to decide he’s not ready for retirement.

The 66-year-old lawmaker has accepted a new job as the chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, making him the top lobbyist for Hollywood in Washington.

The MPAA represents U.S. filmmakers internationally, administering the film rating system and pushing for more stringent copyright protections for producers and efforts to combat piracy.

Dodd replaces Dan Glickman, who stepped down last year, and follows in the footsteps of Jack Valenti, who led the MPAA for 38 years after serving as a special adviser to President Lyndon Johnson.  He’ll start in his new role on March 17.

Before retiring from Congress, Dodd chaired the Senate Banking Committee that drafted landmark financial reform legislation and led the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during the height of the health care overhaul negotiations.

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