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Honor Roll 2011: "Another Happy Day" Star Ellen Barkin

30 December 2011 8:12 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

And you thought your family was dysfunctional?  Wait till you see the crew Sam Levinson has assembled for "Another Happy Day" in his first outing as writer/director of a feature film.  Levinson - and let's get this out of the way - is the son of filmmaker Barry Levinson.  Ellen Barkin not only stars in and produced "Another Happy Day" - she made her debut some thirty years back in Sam's dad's first feature "Diner." Honor Roll is a daily series for December that will feature new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-persons of some of the year's most notable cinematic voices. Today we're revisiting an interview with Ellen Barkin who gave a career best turn in the Sundance winner "Another Happy Day." An item to make Page Six drool, Barkin - 57 - is also the romantic partner of Levinson fils - 26. At Sundance some wag photographed her »

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Elijah Wood: 'I was thrilled to play Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit'

22 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Since Lord of the Rings, the actor has avoided big-budget epics. But now he's reprising his hobbit role and starring in a lavish Treasure Island adaptation

Is that the Ring? Around the ring finger of Elijah Wood's right hand is a band of silver with strange lettering on it – probably Elvish. As a reward for his lead hobbiting services in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson reportedly gave Wood the original Ring. And he still wears it. Doesn't he?

"No. This is Hebrew, " he says, twirling the ring around his finger. "I know, it has a kind of a similar look to it."

Oh.

"I do have the Ring, but it's not inscribed, and it's gold. But I don't think it's real gold – gold-plated. But, no, I don't wear it. I keep it in a little box." Not on a chain around his neck? "I carried it for a long time, »

- Steve Rose

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Elijah Wood: 'I was thrilled to play Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit'

22 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Since Lord of the Rings, the actor has avoided big-budget epics. But now he's reprising his hobbit role and starring in a lavish Treasure Island adaptation

Is that the Ring? Around the ring finger of Elijah Wood's right hand is a band of silver with strange lettering on it – probably Elvish. As a reward for his lead hobbiting services in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson reportedly gave Wood the original Ring. And he still wears it. Doesn't he?

"No. This is Hebrew, " he says, twirling the ring around his finger. "I know, it has a kind of a similar look to it."

Oh.

"I do have the Ring, but it's not inscribed, and it's gold. But I don't think it's real gold – gold-plated. But, no, I don't wear it. I keep it in a little box." Not on a chain around his neck? "I carried it for a long time, »

- Steve Rose

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Anastasia Griffith To Co-Star In BBC America’s Drama Series ‘Copper’

12 December 2011 7:01 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Anastasia Griffith, who recurs on ABC’s Once Upon A Time, has landed a co-starring role in BBC America’s first scripted series, drama Copper. The 10-episode series, from Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, is produced by Canadian-based Cineflix Studios. Co-created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos, Copper centers on an Irish cop operating in the immigrant communities of 19th century New York, a role that has not been cast yet. British actress Griffith, repped by Paradigm, Untitled and UK’s Ken McReddie Assoc., will play his wife. Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson and Cineflix’s Christina Wayne are executive producing the series, which is slated to begin production at the end of January. Griffith, who plays a woman locked into a love triangle with Snow White and Prince Charming on Once Upon A Time, also has been recurring on USA’s Royal Pains. She previously co-starred on NBC’s Trauma and FX’s Damages. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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New Shows from Tom Fontana, J.J. Abrams and Neve Campbell

8 December 2011 7:23 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In the past few days, several new shows have been approved and it’s a bit hard to keep up, so here’s a catch up.

A&E has decided to work with Tom Fontana, who previously was the showrunner for Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street. The new show stems from a really intriguing premise. It is tentatively called The Box and will focus its half-hour episodes entirely on a police interrogation. The Box intends to take all the drama that surrounds a typical cop drama and unfold it closer to real time in the interrogation room. As Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and Bio Channel “The Box takes the most thrilling scene of a crime procedural and puts it at center stage in a unique format.”

If the show is picked up, then Arvin Brown, who has worked on NCIS and The Closer »

- Jay D.

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'Homicide' execs developing A&E half-hour cop drama

8 December 2011 4:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A&E is developing a new half-hour cop drama with the producers of Homicide: Life on the Street. Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson will reunite on The Box, which will take place largely within the confines of an interrogation room. Two scripts, planned to be written by Fontana, have been ordered by the cable network, according to Deadline. Each episode of The Box will focus on a small ensemble of detectives and their interactions with a key suspect or witness. "The Box takes the most thrilling scene (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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A&E Buys Cop Drama With A Twist From Tom Fontana And Barry Levinson

7 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A&E Network has teamed with Homicide alums Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson for The Box, a half-hour cop drama that takes place largely within the walls of the interrogation room. The cable network has ordered two scripts from the project, which will be written by Fontana. The Box features a small ensemble of detectives as they interrogate the key suspect or witness in a case. The spine of each half-hour episode will be the verbal dance between cop and suspect in “the box,” with the complete story of the crime, the investigation and the legal hurdles woven into and around the interrogation. The project expands on a key element from Homicide, where plots often pivoted on what the series called “The Box,” a sterile, rectangular interrogation room where suspects were brought in for questioning. “The Box takes the most thrilling scene of a crime procedural and puts it at »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Tom Fontana Teams With A&E on Half-Hour Drama

7 December 2011 12:54 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- A&E is teaming with veteran showrunner Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street) on a half-hour drama about police interrogations. The Box will feature a small ensemble cast and harks back to Fontana's roots as s playwright with each episode will explore one interrogation. The project is in the early stages of development; A&E has ordered two 30-mintue scripts. If picked up to series, The Box will be produced by Arvin Brown (NCIS, The Closer), George Stelzner and Fontana and his producing partner Barry Levinson through The Levinson/Fontana Company. “The Box takes the most thrilling scene of

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Gotti Movie Is Back On Track

2 December 2011 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

John Travolta's Mafia movie about the family of notorious mobster John Gotti is back on track after producers secured funding for the film.

Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father was put on ice in October due to financial issues, sparking fears director Barry Levinson would have to postpone shooting, which is scheduled to begin in January.

But he's now confirmed filming will go ahead after the movie's producers resolved their money problems.

Levinson tells E! Online, "I think we've got the money sorted out now. It's coming together."

Travolta will play New York mob boss Gotti, who died in prison in 2002, alongside his wife Kelly Preston, as Gotti's daughter Victoria, and Ben Foster, as the gangster's son and heir John Gotti, Jr. »

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John Travolta's Mafia Movie Not Sleeping With the Fishes

1 December 2011 5:45 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

John Travolta should start working on perfecting a thick New York Mafioso accent. It sounds like cameras will finally roll on the much talked-about John Gotti movie... "I think we've got the money sorted out now," Gotti: Three Generations' writer and director Barry Levinson told me last night at BAFTA La's Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "It's coming together." Travolta is set to star as Gotti, the late Mafia crime boss who was nicknamed "the Teflon Don," alongside Ben Foster as his son and real-life wife Kelly Preston as his daughter, Victoria. "It's not just him, but John Gotti Jr.," Levinson said. "The dynamic that is »

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Happy Feet Two (And The Hobbit!) Interview – Elijah Wood

29 November 2011 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last week I got to sit down with Elijah Wood to chat about his new movie, Happy Feet Two. It so happened that the first question asked at the round table lead nicely into The Hobbit so this interview starts with a lot of Hobbit information on filming and what we can expect but mainly what Elijah felt when he returned to the set. He was such a nice bloke and I could have spoken with him for hours. I wanted to get more information from him about his memories from Back to the Future Part II but that will have to wait for another day!

Elijah plays Mumbles in Happy Feet Two which hits UK cinemas this Friday, 2nd December. If you missed the interview with Robin Williams, you can catch up here. Tomorrow we’ll have an interview with Director George Miller so keep your eyes peeled for that. »

- David Sztypuljak

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TV highlights 29/11/2011: Money | America On A Plate | My Transsexual Summer | The Office: An American Workplace | Him & Her | True Blood

28 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Money | America On A Plate | My Transsexual Summer | The Office: An American Workplace | Him & Her | True Blood

Money

9pm, BBC2

What recession? In the world of wealth creation, there's no such thing as a lean period. In fact, the gullibility business is booming: for £600-£900 you too can be sold a ticket to a seminar and high-five complete strangers, all mutually assured of each other's imminent wealth. The first episode of this new series shows us both sides of the "passive wealth" divide – those like Maria, who will never have to work again, and those like Janis, who aspire to this condition. A satirical tone is present and correct, but even assuming you don't buy into the ethos, it's hard to sneeze at the numbers. Long story short? It's all about rental property. John Robinson

America On A Plate

9pm, BBC4

For rivals Pacino and De Niro in Heat, it's »

- John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Rebecca Nicholson, Phelim O'Neill, David Stubbs

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Ken Russell: Sex, Hallucinogenics, Visual Flair Altered States, Crimes Of Passion

28 November 2011 11:38 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Crimes of Passion Provocative, Controversial Director Ken Russell Dead at 84: Women In Love, Tommy, The Devils Valentino (1977) was another much-talked about biopic. (Perhaps not too surprisingly, decades later Ken Russell would write a positive commentary on a horrendously sensationalistic Valentino biography.) Reviews for the film starring Rudolf Nureyev as silent-film idol Rudolph Valentino were mostly negative. Audiences, for their part, opted instead for Stars Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Three years later, Russell went Hollywood with Altered States, a bizarre, philosophical, hallucinogenic sci-fier starring William Hurt as a scientist who undergoes genetic regression. Written by Oscar winner Paddy Chayefsky, with whom Russell clashed on the set, the costly Warner Bros. release was a major box-office disappointment. Another Us-based effort, the Belle du Jour-like 1984 sex drama Crimes of Passion, earned Kathleen Turner a Best Actress Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association »

- Andre Soares

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Blu-ray Release: Disclosure

23 November 2011 7:17 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: March 20, 2012

Price: Blu-ray $19.98

Studio: Warner Home Video

Sex in the office can be downer according to the 1994 movie Disclosure, which we’re happy to see finally get its high-definition Blu-ray debut.

In the film, married Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) is seduced by his boss, Demi Moore (The Joneses), but when he refuses, she files a lawsuit for sexual harrassment against him. While trying to deal with changes at the computer company where he’s a manager, Douglas must sort out the sexual harrassment case and try to keep his marriage together.

Donald Sutherland (The Eagle) also stars in the movie, which has pedigree behind the camera too: It’s directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam; The Natural) and written by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) based on a novel by Michael Crichton, who also brought us Jurassic Park, The Great Train Robbery, The Andromeda Strain and lots more. »

- Sam

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10 of the best films set in Las Vegas

16 November 2011 2:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Vegas was made for the movies. What a backdrop … and what a cast: everyone from Elvis to Sinatra, James Bond to Hunter S Thompson have starred in Sin City films, writes John Patterson

• As featured in our Las Vegas city guide

Ocean's Eleven, Directed by Lewis Milestone, 1960

"One for all – and all for Kicks!" The original Rat Pack movie: Frank, Dino, Sammy, Joey and their finger-poppin', all-drinking, all-smoking coconspirators are present and politically incorrect, alongside a Dames' auxiliary comprised, swooningly, of Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson. Eleven former paratroopers assemble to rob five Vegas casinos in a single night, carrying the loot away in garbage trucks. The cast filmed all day and schticked it up onstage at the Sands hotel nightly, so the movie has a tired, hungover feel to it, but the vanished Vegas of 1960 – the old Sahara and Riviera Hotels, and Bugsy Siegel's own Flamingo – shines forever on celluloid. »

- John Patterson

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Exclusive: Sam Levinson Talks Another Happy Day

15 November 2011 10:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Sam Levinson discusses his feature debut Another Happy Day, working with Ellen Barkin, and much more

As the son of acclaimed filmmaker Barry Levinson, Sam Levinson, naturally, grew up in the movie-making biz. He even appeared in a few of his father's films (Toys, Bandits, What Just Happened), before forging his own path as a writer-director. Sam Levinson makes his directorial debut with the fantastic family drama-comedy Another Happy Day, which opens in New York and Los Angeles November 18. I recently had the chance to speak with Sam Levinson over the phone about Another Happy Day.

Here's what he had to say below.

First off, I just have to say that I really loved this movie.

Sam Levinson: Oh, thank you, man. I very much appreciate that, seriously.

It's been awhile since I've seen Ellen (Barkin) in a role like this. I was just blown away.

Sam Levinson: Yeah, »

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My favourite film: Beautiful Girls

3 November 2011 5:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In our writers' favourite film series, Michael Hann and family find solace in Ted Demme's flawed but incisive ensemble drama

• Not pretty enough? Post your own review of Demme's Beautiful Girls – or leave a comment in the thread

You could argue that Ted Demme's Beautiful Girls is little more than an artfully arranged array of Hollywood comedy-drama archetypes. High school reunion? Yes. Bunch of tight childhood friends on divergent paths? Yes. Plus you've got unattainable girls, commitment issues, and the need to make a big decision that will change everything forever. And there are the character archetypes, too: the smooth lothario whose life is really a sham, the deluded jerk, the square, the happy loser, the cool but not too cool guy we're set up to identify with, the kinda kooky but great girl we're meant to fall in love with, the sassy best friend, the glamorous outsider with the model looks. »

- Michael Hann

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Oren Peli's Ghost Town Film Underway

1 November 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There's still no sign of the long-gestating Area 51, but Oren Peli's next film, an untitled nature-run-amok project, has just started shooting in Eastern Europe.Peli was behind the original no-budget Paranormal Activity, which emerged, blinking in the light of box office glory, in 2009, and spawned a succesful franchise that's still ongoing. Area 51 followed, but since then Peli has preferred to act as producer (James Wan's Insidious; Rob Zombie's Lords Of Salem; Barry Levinson's The Bay) and leave the megaphone in someone else's hands.That remains the case with this new film: reports back in May suggested Untitled would be Peli's third as director, but it now emerges that Bradley Parker, an FX man with credits on Let Me In and Fight Club, is behind the cameras.The film, which for reasons unknown has lost its original moniker of The Diary Of Lawson Oxford, involves »

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Visualizing Emotion: John Seale talks about Peter Weir

30 October 2011 3:22 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats to Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Seale about his collaborations with filmmaker Peter Weir...

While directing episodes for Luke’s Kingdom (ABC, 1976), a miniseries chronicling the colonial hardships in the Australian Outback, filmmaker Peter Weir worked with a camera operator whom he decided to recruit for his next feature film. The creative partnership would span seven pictures and would result in John Seale evolving into an internationally acclaimed cinematographer.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), a turn of the twentieth century tale about a group of schoolgirls who vanish while exploring a mysterious rock formation, features Seale cleverly indicating the passage of time by rotating the camera 180 degrees as the girls make their way up a hill. What proved to be difficult was the handling of the enormous Pvsr sound cameras for the interior school scenes. “One was the tilt and crane down shot of the girls coming down the stairs, »

- flickeringmyth

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Movie News Wrap Up: October 29th, 2011

29 October 2011 6:47 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This week:

Travolta and Pacino’s Gotti film bites the dust; Will Smith is the $50 million man – at least on Independence Day; Charlie Sheen is Charles Swan III and Sean Penn as well as Robert De Niro team for The Comedian.

1. Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father has been “put on hold”. The film which was set to star John Travolta, Al Pacino, Kelly Preston and Ben Foster has apparently hit a major financial stumbling block. Producer Marc Fiore was unable to raise the cash to pay the film’s stars and the director, Barry Levinson. The film was set to start shooting in January, but almost no pre-production work had been done – a major no-no for a project of this type.

Gotti has had many problems since it was announced, an ...

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- Niall Browne

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