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12 items from 2008


Inside Fangoria Graphix with ComicMix

7 November 2008 12:12 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

"Honestly, we don’t really fit anywhere.  We’re kind of our own animal.  We’re the Goth kid in the back of class, like Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club..."

ComicMix goes inside the rebirth of Fangoria's comic line with Associate Editor Troy Brownfield. They hit Troy with the hard questions about Fangoria magazine, the comics, past controversy, and more. Click here to read the article. »

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IFP hands out $130K at Indie Filmmaker Awards

18 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

IFP handed out $130,000 in cash and in-kind prizes Thursday at its annual Independent Filmmaker Awards.

Joseph Cashiola received IFP's inaugural $50,000 Independent Filmmaker Lab Finishing Grant for his feature directorial debut, the drama "A Thing as Big as the Ocean."

Other awards at the ceremony hosted by Ally Sheedy and Kevin Corrigan included the $10,000 Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant given to Dia Sokol for her feature debut, "Sorry, Thanks." The Adrienne Shelly Foundation and Artists Public Domain funded the prize.

The $10,000 Kodak Grand Jury Screenwriting Prize went to Benjamin Bates for his "Walrus Eating Baloney," one of 150 works-in-progress in Independent Film Week's current Project Forum.

Another feature in the lineup, "The Promise of Freedom," earned filmmaker Beth Murphy the $10,000 Fledgling Fund Award for Socially Conscious Documentaries.

Eight other filmmakers won Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants. All winners were assigned producers as mentors, and each of the winning projects will be assigned a producing mentor. »

- By Gregg Goldstein

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Exclusive Clip: 'Harold'

15 September 2008 12:15 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Cinematical has just received this exclusive clip from Harold (watch it after the jump), which arrives on DVD tomorrow. Starring Spencer Breslin and Cuba Gooding Jr., Harold follows a balding geeky teenager who, of course, is tortured by his fellow classmates for looking the way he does (watch the clip and you'll see what I mean). However, Harold eventually befriends the school's janitor (Gooding) who helps him deal with the teasing. In the clip, Harold storms out of his house to deal with a group of menacing neighborhood kids after their ball lands in his yard. This kid gives "13 going on 60" a whole new meaning. Harold also stars Nikki Blonsky, Ally Sheedy, Dave Attell and Rachel Dratch, and it hits shelves on DVD tomorrow.

Watch the clip after the jump ...Filed under: Comedy, Fandom, Home Entertainment, Movie Marketing, Trailers and Clips

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- Erik Davis

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Exclusive Clip for Harold

11 September 2008 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Below from the studio we have an exclusive clip for Harold.Meet Harold. He’s 13 and just moved to a new school.  That can be tough on a teenager, especially if he’s bald. 

Now Harold (Spencer Breslin) will try and win the hearts and minds of his fellow students with a little help from his family (Ally Sheedy), new friends (Nikki Blonsky) and the janitor (Cuba Gooding Jr.). Harold will be in DVD Stores September 16th.

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J.C. Penney Brings The Breakfast Club Back

27 July 2008 4:00 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The bosses of U.S. department store J.C. Penney have brought The Breakfast Club back - more than 20 years after Brat Packers Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy spent a Saturday in detention together.

The chain has shot a series of TV and cinema ads, in which young actors recreate scenes from the hit John Hughes 80s movie.

The ads promote five new teen clothing brands on sale at the company's stores, and target parents kitting their kids out for the new school year.

The commercial also features a new cover of Simple Minds' hit Don't You (Forget About Me), which was written especially for the 1985 movie. »

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Opening This Week: Dot-com days, period magicians, Eddie (sigh) Murphy

15 July 2008 4:59 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

This week finds the U.S. Army bringing war games to a whole other level, a '60s sex icon getting an exposé, Ron Perlman returning as the defender of small fluffy kittens everywhere and Eddie Murphy taking cinema egotism to new heights.

"August"

After the warm reception his first feature "Xx/Xy" received at Sundance in 2002, director Austin Chick returned to the snowy slopes of Park City to debut his sophomore effort, which seemed to impress our own Matt Singer when he saw it in January. Assembling an noteworthy ensemble that includes the likes of Robin Tunney, Naomie Harris, Rip Torn and David Bowie, Chick follows Tom and Josh Sterling (Josh Hartnett and Adam Scott, respectively), two brothers desperately trying to right the sinking ship of their failing dot-com company in the weeks leading up to the devastating September 11th attacks.

Opens in New York.

"Days »

- Neil Pedley

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Harold

10 July 2008 10:27 PM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

Not many movies have a hero who receives a lap dance and participates in a climactic go-kart race. But not many movies revolve around a 13-year-old who resembles and acts like a middle-age man - Jason Alexander's George Costanza, if you want to get specific.

T. Sean Shannon's "Harold" features a funny title performance by Spencer Breslin, older brother of the ubiquitous Abigail and a one-time child star himself (he played Bruce Willis' younger self in Disney's "The Kid"), more »

- By LOU LUMENICK

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"Variety," "Come Drink with Me"

3 June 2008 7:20 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Michael Atkinson

One of the pioneering wagon-train movies of the inaugural, New York-based independent film movement, predating Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise," Bette Gordon's "Variety" (1983) comes off in retrospect as a veritable time capsule of post-punk downtown coolness. Just read the credits: screenwriter Kathy Acker (experimental novelist), star/photog Nan Goldin (famed shutterbug and model for the Ally Sheedy role in "High Art" 15 years later), soundtrack composer John Lurie (of Jarmusch movies and The Lounge Lizards), cinematographer Tom Dicillo (director of "Living in Oblivion," etc.), producer Renee Shafransky (Spalding Gray's longtime girlfriend), co-star Luiz Guzman, bit players Spalding Gray and Cookie Mueller (veteran of John Waters's universe), production assistant Christine Vachon, and so on. Where is Cindy Sherman? The grungy vibe of "Variety" is itself a window on the past . only at the nascent launch of a Diy indie wave in the post-'60s period could you, »

- Michael Atkinson

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Sheedy Divorces Husband

28 May 2008 12:05 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Ally Sheedy is divorcing David Lansbury, her husband of 15 years.

The Breakfast Club actress, 45, and Michael Clayton star Lansbury, 47, are planning an amicable split and have already agreed to share custody of their 14-year-old daughter Rebecca.

Sheedy confirmed the split to the National Enquirer, saying, "Yes, it's true." »

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Not Another 'Teen' Documentary

22 April 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- At first glance, I roll my eyes. I've heard of this flick...the high school doc posing as a real-life, modern day Breakfast Club. Everybody knows that in reality, high school stereotypes aren't as simple as the handsome Letterman jacket athlete or the "pretty in pink" princess. In promotion of American Teen's upcoming release, they even put out a movie poster that's an exact replica of the poster used for the 1985 John Hughes hit. The pic, written and directed by Nanette Burstein, generated such a buzz at Sundance, it was swooped up by Paramount Vantage and is set for wide-release in July. So what's all the buzz about? As I watch the trailer, I'm introduced to the stereotypes one by one, hand-picked from Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Indiana. First we have the jock, the most well-known high school stereotype- he's attractive, cocky, popular and if you »

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Day Zero

31 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

This review was written for the theatrical release of "Day Zero".Glass Key

NEW YORK -- For some reason, themes revolving around the Iraq War seem to be defying the best efforts of serious-minded filmmakers. Such is the case with this debut feature effort from Bryan Gunnar Cole.

Depicting the inner conflicts of three men who have just received draft notices, "Day Zero" squanders the dramatic potential of its premise with a ham-fisted execution.

In this story set in the near future, said draft has been reinstated because of another terrorist attack that has killed thousands in Los Angeles.

The recipients are best friends George Rifkin (Chris Klein), a corporate lawyer on the fast track; Aaron Feller (Elijah Wood), a neurotic writer experiencing a creative block; and James Dixon (Jon Bernthal), a blue-collar cabbie with a hair-trigger temper.

Each copes with the news in a different way. Rifkin, whose beautiful wife (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a cancer survivor, attempts various methods to avoid serving, from pulling political strings to chopping off a finger. Feller, after some hapless attempts at living life to the fullest done at the suggestion of his condescending shrink (Ally Sheedy), eventually goes all Travis Bickle. And the heretofore commitment-shy Dixon suddenly finds himself getting into a relationship with a sweet schoolteacher (Elisabeth Moss).

The characterizations rarely rise above the level of cliche, with only Bernthal's Dixon exhibiting some interesting aspects. Robert Malkani's screenplay never achieves a consistent tone, veering from broad comedy (Wood's slapstick encounter with an exercise machine) to over-the-top histrionics (Klein shouting slurs in a gay bar). Most significantly, the friendship among the three wildly disparate characters never comes across as remotely credible.

As with so many similarly themed films of the last year, "Day Zero" demonstrates that good intentions don't necessarily result in good drama. »

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Day Zero

31 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Glass Key

NEW YORK -- For some reason, themes revolving around the Iraq War seem to be defying the best efforts of serious-minded filmmakers. Such is the case with this debut feature effort from Bryan Gunnar Cole.

Depicting the inner conflicts of three men who have just received draft notices, "Day Zero" squanders the dramatic potential of its premise with a ham-fisted execution.

In this story set in the near future, said draft has been reinstated because of another terrorist attack that has killed thousands in Los Angeles.

The recipients are best friends George Rifkin (Chris Klein), a corporate lawyer on the fast track; Aaron Feller (Elijah Wood), a neurotic writer experiencing a creative block; and James Dixon (Jon Bernthal), a blue-collar cabbie with a hair-trigger temper.

Each copes with the news in a different way. Rifkin, whose beautiful wife (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a cancer survivor, attempts various methods to avoid serving, from pulling political strings to chopping off a finger. Feller, after some hapless attempts at living life to the fullest done at the suggestion of his condescending shrink (Ally Sheedy), eventually goes all Travis Bickle. And the heretofore commitment-shy Dixon suddenly finds himself getting into a relationship with a sweet schoolteacher (Elisabeth Moss).

The characterizations rarely rise above the level of cliche, with only Bernthal's Dixon exhibiting some interesting aspects. Robert Malkani's screenplay never achieves a consistent tone, veering from broad comedy (Wood's slapstick encounter with an exercise machine) to over-the-top histrionics (Klein shouting slurs in a gay bar). Most significantly, the friendship among the three wildly disparate characters never comes across as remotely credible.

As with so many similarly themed films of the last year, "Day Zero" demonstrates that good intentions don't necessarily result in good drama. »

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