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To Sing and Die in L.A.

18 December 2009 8:27 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn from Stale Popcorn here to share some thoughts on 2004, the current year of retrospective here at The Film Experience.

Two of my favourite films from 2004 share Los Angeles as a setting. One is about a serial killer driving around the streets in a taxi while the other is about lesbian musicians trying to catch a break. So the similarities pretty much end there. I like to imagine that they filmed right around the corner from each other and that they accidentally caught each other on film. Hiding in the background.

The first title I speak of is Michael Mann's Collateral. Perhaps the best pure thriller of the decade, the film is noteworthy for many reasons. First and foremost there is the decade-topping cinematography by Paul Cameron and Dion Beebe. Truly an awe-inspiring piece of camerawork there, don't you agree? Expressions like "I've never seen that on screen before »

- Glenn Dunks

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Interviews: Armand Assante, Lori Petty, Richard Roeper at the 2009 BMAs

3 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The 2009 Best of the Midwest Awards, at Rockit Bar and Grill in Chicago on December 1st, had many notable attendees. Actors Armand Assante and Lori Petty, along with film critic Richard Roeper, were among them.

The 2009 BMAs celebrate the best of the Midwest Independent Film Festival, and stars, directors and the film press mingled at the awards event. HollywoodChicago was there, and scored interviews with Emmy Winner Armand Assante, Lori Petty, Best Director at the BMAs and featured in “A League of Their Own” and local celebrity critic Richard Roeper. Also lending some perspective was the producer of the Best Feature, Steven A. Jones of “The Merry Gentleman.”

Armand Assante, Actor, Emmy Winner for the Miniseries “Gotti

The veteran character actor, who first made a big splash in 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” continues to smolder the screen with his distinctive style and look. He just wrapped up another Chicago-based film, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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BMA Winners Announced at 2009 Midwest Independent Film Festival

3 December 2009 3:43 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The 2009 Best of the Midwest Awards were given out on Tuesday night, part of a huge celebratory event at the Rockit Bar and Grill in downtown Chicago, capping another successful year at the Midwest Independent Film Festival.

Festival Director Mike McNamara was the Master of Ceremonies, giving out nine awards for the best of the 2009 season. The Midwest Independent Film Festival convenes Every first Tuesday of the month throughout the year, and showcases films directly associated with the Midwest area.

Best Feature Winner ‘The Merry Gentleman.’ Left to Right – Producers Steven A. Jones and Paul Duggan, Exec Producer Tom Bastounes, Midwest Indie Festival Director Mike McNamara at the BMAs in Chicago, December 1st, 2009.

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Local Chicago legends Richard Roeper and Erich “Mancow” Muller hilariously roasted each other as part of the presentations, special guests included Armand Assante, John McNaughton (director of “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Top 7 Films Directed by Actors Turned Directors

30 October 2009 4:34 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

The old joke is that all actors want to direct.  Though it’s maybe not true of all, I still had plenty to choose from in making this list.  The directors on this list all started life as actors, some still are, but I’d argue that they’re better known as directors.  This month, two well known actresses have tried their hand at direction, Drew Barrymore with Whip It (which was a great movie, I have no idea why it did so badly) and Natalie Portman doing a segment of New York I Love You.  Who knows, maybe one (or both) has a second career around the corner.

7. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

Directed by John Cassavetes

Recap: A portrait of family in crisis when a woman (Gena Rowlands) goes mad and her husband (Peter Falk) tries to understand it.

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- Megan Lehar

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Movies We Love: A League of Their Own

28 October 2009 2:53 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A League of Their Own (1992) There's no crying in baseball! Synopsis When WWII steals all our base-running-capable men, one junk food magnet has the foresight to realize that women can also pick up a bat and play the game. Jon Lovitz does some "acting!" and recruits a crew of women who will come together to form the four teams of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League including two sisters who form the heart of The Rockford Peaches. While they form the heart, Tom Hanks forms the gut. Why We Love It It is rarer and rarer that a movie like this is even made. I'd even go far to say that they don't make 'em like this anymore, but that would sound cliche, and you'd think I'd be able to come up with something more original. Well, I can't. But the point still stands. Director Penny Marshall has made a movie that's funnier than most comedies and »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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Baseball Films - A Lineup of Undeniable “Hits”

14 October 2009 8:25 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

In 1982, I remember hoisting little Mike Sopocy on my shoulders after we’d won the Little League Championship Tournament in Schaumburg, Il. In those days, baseball wasn’t just something I participated in during the summer when we were off school, it was a life - complete with its own culture, vernacular and a dedication that continues to fuel my competitive juices.

This week, professional baseball teams from 4 metropolitan cities gather in a variety of arenas to determine who will go head-to-head in the final test of baseball greatness - The World Series - an event that always unveils itself in the crisp days of October.


There’s something about baseball that drives everyone. Whether it’s using baseball-riddled colloquialisms to describe your success or failure level on a workplace task; to describe how fast time is going during an event; or even how far you are along in a whimsical teenage physical relationship, »

- Mike Wilkerson

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Weekly DVD & Blu-Ray Chopping List 10/13/2009

10 October 2009 11:19 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.

Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, October 13, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List. It's another Big week, with Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell hitting the market, along with some long-awaited classics including The Stepfather, Hardware, and more.

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Angels Vs. Demons: Fact Or Fiction?

The Vatican has condemned it. Readers around the world love it. And now we separate the fact from the fiction in Dan Brown’s controversial bestseller Angels & Demons. We examine the cutting-edge science of anti-matter and question the historical accuracy of theology, conspiracies, symbolism and cults as described by the The Da Vinci Code author. Includes bonus feature: »

- (James Zahn)

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Point Break Broken

10 September 2009 3:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Surf's out for the Point Break sequel - the film has been shelved.

Point Break Indo was due to shoot in Australia and Indonesia without the stars of the 1991 original, and Lori Petty, who appeared in the cult film, isn't surprised the film project has drowned without her, Patrick Swayze or Keanu Reeves.

She tells, "How can do they do a sequel and not put me, Keanu or Patrick in it? I mean, even a cameo - like a Where's Waldo kind of thing.

"(We could be) in the background somewhere. It would've sold, like, $10 million more tickets!"

Point Break Indo was to have been directed by Jeff Wadlow, who replaced Jan de Bont. The stars, Damien Walshe-Howling and Rick Otto, have been released from the project and allowed to seek other acting work, according to »

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Point Break Sequel Pretty Much Dead

10 September 2009 7:20 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Moviehole's Clint Morris has been on top of it when it comes to investigating the sequel nobody asked for, Point Break Indo. First Jan de Bont was going to follow up on Kathryn Bigelow's classic, then director Jeff Wadlow stepped in. Then we learned that neither Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze or Lori Petty had been contacted for a role, which made it sound more like one of those direct-to-dvd sequel things where you can't really believe the movies are related. And now, apparently because the forces of good and right in the world have intervened, the sequel is off entirely. Clint is reporting this morning that two "good-as-offiicial sources" confirmed that the production has fallen apart. It makes sense, really, given that we've heard so little about the film lately, and the production start date has been pushed back repeatedly. You'd think that with renewed interest in Bigelow's career »

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Yelchin, Lawrence join 'Beaver' cast

10 September 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence will play young lovers in "The Beaver," the new Mel Gibson starrer that Jodie Foster is directing for Anonymous Content and Summit Entertainment.

In the dark comedy written by Kyle Killen, Gibson stars as a depressed man who clings to a beaver hand puppet. Yelchin, who will play his son, recently appeared in "Star Trek" and "Terminator Salvation"; he's repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.

Lawrence stars in Guillermo Arriaga's "The Burning Plain" and recently finished shooting Debra Granik's "Winter's Bones."

Repped by CAA and 1 Management, she picked up an outstanding performance award at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 for Lori Petty's "Poker House." »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Lori Petty Gets Probation In DUI Case

4 September 2009 1:43 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Court records show actress Lori Petty will serve five years probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan says Petty entered the plea through her attorney and has already completed some of the terms of her sentence, which include alcohol abuse counseling.Petty was arrested May 30 after allegedly hitting a skateboarder with her car in the Venice Beach area.Petty's film credits include "Point Break," ''Tank Girl" and "A League of Their Own." The 45-year-old actress was not required to appear in court »

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'Tanked Girl' Lori Petty Pleads No Contest to DUI

4 September 2009 9:12 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Lori Petty just pled no contest to DUI with injury over her drunken driving arrest back in May -- the one in which she allegedly hit a skateboarder with her car.The other two charges -- having no proof of financial responsibility (no insurance) and ...

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Actress Petty Gets Probation For DUI Charge

3 September 2009 3:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tank Girl star Lori Petty has been sentenced to five years' probation after pleading no contest to a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

The 45 year old, who also played Madonna's teammate in baseball film A League of Their Own, was arrested in Venice, California in May after allegedly hitting a teenage skateboarder with her car.

She was initially charged with DUI with injury, DUI with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher with injuries, and driving without insurance, but the counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal, and the DUI charge reduced to a misdemeanour.

Petty's lawyer Blair Berk appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court last week (ends28Aug09) for the sentencing hearing.

The actress, who was not present, was also ordered to pay fines, undergo outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

The teenager she reportedly knocked down only suffered minor injuries, reports »

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Lori Petty To Get Five Years' Probation in DUI Case

3 September 2009 10:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Lori Petty, best known for her roles in Tank Girl and A League of Their Own, will plead no contest Friday to a misdemeanor DUI charge and serve five years' probation, according to a source close to the case. Petty, 45, was arrested last May after hitting a 14-year-old skateboarder while driving in Venice, Calif. The boy's injuries were minor. The actress will pay fines, receive outpatient treatment and attend AA meetings. A second DUI charge was dismissed as part of her plea deal. Petty will not attend the hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, but will be represented by her attorney, »

- Ken Lee

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Rt on DVD: From Hannah Montana's Hoedown to Last House on the Left

17 August 2009 11:01 AM, PDT | Rotten Tomatoes | See recent Rotten Tomatoes news »

This week, get your Miley Cyrus fix with Hannah Montana's feature-length trip to the big screen (Hannah Montana The Movie), or do a complete 180-degree turn with the latest Hollywood horror remake (Last House on the Left). Director James Toback goes the documentary route with boxing's Iron Mike (Tyson), while David Lynch's daughter Jennifer continues the family legacy for eccentric thrills (Surveillance, starring Julia Ormond and Bill Pullman). Actress Lori Petty makes her directorial debut with a personal indie drama (The Poker House) while Tilda Swinton turns in a powerhouse performance as an alcoholic kidnapper (Julia). An '80s sci-fi gaming »

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Lori Petty directs her own story in "The Poker House"

21 July 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

For many of us, the name Lori Petty brings to mind the very happy memory of A League of Their Own.

And the very strange memory of Tank Girl.

Now Petty has emerged in a different kind of role: director. Her film, The Poker House, which premiered at last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, is in limited theater release this week and will be out on DVD August 18. (Thanks to @melsil for the heads-up.)

The Poker House, which Petty wrote with David Alan Grier, is a true coming-of-age story based on her own life. Agnes (Jennifer Lawrence) and her sisters Cammie and Bee grow up with their strung-out, hooker mother Sarah (Selma Blair), a pimp “dad” and a house filled with gamblers, criminals and johns.

Agnes, who is 14, raises her sisters and manages the household while still keeping up with her schoolwork and basketball team. Reviews describe Lawrence’s performance as “commanding, »

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Exclusive Video: Lori Petty and Selma Blair Invite Us Into The Poker House

17 July 2009 12:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actress-turned-director Lori Petty makes her feature directorial debut with Poker House, a period drama set in 1976 that explores a typical day in the life of a decidedly atypical teen named Agnes (Jennifer Lawrence). Some folks have the luxury of living each day to the fullest, but for Agnes every day is a grueling struggle for survival; her mother (Selma Blair) is strung-out on drugs, her home has been overrun by degenerates, and her only father figure is a pimp. For Agnes and her two younger sisters this particular day will be marked by both tragedy and triumph, but which will resonate most in the days and weeks to follow? We recently met up with Petty, as well as her two leading ladies Selma Blair and Jennifer Lawrence, to chat about the making of this coming of age drama. To watch our exclusive interviews, click on the video below:

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DVD news: Twilight’s Pattinson gets Haunted, Bleeding vampires, etc.

8 July 2009 6:28 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

E1 Entertainment sent along info a bunch of genre titles for October release, and one will warm the hearts of those who can’t wait for the Twilight sequel New Moon to get their Robert Pattinson fix. The Haunted Airman (pictured), a British TV movie the actor made in 2006, will receive its U.S. DVDebut from the company.

Streeting Oct. 13, Haunted Airman was written and directed by Chris Durlacher, based on Dennis Wheatley’s novel The Haunting Of Toby Jugg. Pattinson stars as Jugg, an Raf pilot who’s wounded, winds up in a wheelchair and is sent to a remote hospital in Wales to recover. There, he begins suffering strange visions and dreams that lead him to question his sanity. Warlock’s Julian Sands co-stars; the movie will be presented in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital audio, and no special features announced. Retail price is $24.98. Pre-Order yours here ($17.49 as of this writing).

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- (Michael Gingold)

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Lori Petty's Directorial Debut to Hit Screens on July 17

4 July 2009 1:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Hearing about a mixture of Lori Petty and David Alan Grier immediately brings to mind the wonderful '90s, when Petty was the tough-as-nails Tank Girl in a post-apocalyptic water-hungry world and Grier was one of the big names of In Living Color. But now the two have teamed up, and it's not for some quirky bit of comedy, but rather a super-heavy drama that's finally going to hit the big screen.

Variety reports that Phase 4 Films has picked up the U.S. rights to The Poker House, which just so happens to be Petty's directorial debut from a script she wrote with Grier. The Living Color alum stars with Selma Blair and Jennifer Lawrence in the story which can, simply and vaguely, be described as "a portrait of life in a poor small town in Iowa in 1976," as Variety says. But a little more specifically, it's the story of »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Phase 4 bets on 'Poker House'

1 July 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Phase 4 Films, the new theatrical, DVD and television distribution company founded by former Peace Arch Home Entertainment president Berry Meyerowitz, has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Lori Petty's "The Poker House."

The actress' directorial debut, "Poker," which she wrote with fellow actor David Alan Grier, is based on her teenage years and stars Selma Blair, Grier and Jennifer Lawrence in a portrait of poor, small town life in Iowa, circa 1976. Lawrence plays Agnes, the oldest of three sisters living in the "Poker House" -- a brothel, drug mecca and gambling oasis for local squatters. Blair plays her drug-addicted mother.

The film premiered at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival, where Lawrence won the Outstanding Performance award.

"Poker" will have a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on July 17 and will then be released on DVD in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 18.

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- By Gregg Kilday

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