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DVD Release: Salvation Boulevard

DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2012

Price: DVD $26.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Pierce Brosnan is an evangelical pastor in the dark comedy Salvation Boulevard.

The formidable ensemble cast of Pierce Brosnan (The Greatest), Jennifer Connelly (Creation), Ed Harris (Man on a Ledge), Greg Kinnear (TV’s The Kennedys), Marisa Tomei (Cyrus) and Jim Gaffigan (Going the Distance) star in the 2011 dark comedy film Salvation Boulevard.

Set in the world of fundamentalist Christians and mega-churches, a former Deadhead turned born-again Christian named Carl (Kinnear) witnesses his evangelical pastor, Dan Day (Brosnan), accidentally shoot an atheist professor (Harris) in the head. Framed by the pastor and forced to run, Carl must now tangle with his wife (Connelly) and family, the devout mega-church followers, a Mexican crime lord and Pastor Day himself.

Directed and co-written by George Ratliff and based on Larry Beinhart‘s 2008 novel, Salvation Boulevard wasn’t received with that much enthusiasm
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Salvation Boulevard – The Review

A great cast wasted in Salvation Boulevard, a misguided and dreary excuse for a comedy that Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connely, Marisa Tomei, and Ed Harris all somehow signed up for. Did these fine actors even read the script or was the chance to goof on the hypocrisy of religious evangelicals too good to resist? Hell House was director George Ratliff’s 2001 documentary about a Texas church’s Halloween spook house that featured, instead of ghosts and goblins, suicide, date rape, incest, and botched abortions. For his narrative feature debut, Ratliff again targets Christians, a broad subject but a tricky one for satire especially when painted with an equally broad brush, and he fails miserably. Those anticipating a biting and funny satire of the God business need to look elsewhere.

Kinnear stars as Carl Vanderveer a reformed Deadhead who wanders stoned into the Church of the Third Millennium to
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Church Of God Sues Sony, IFC Films For Copyright Infringement

Here.s a change of pace. A filmmaker has angered a large religious group and is facing legal repercussions and it isn.t Kevin Smith! Instead, the Church of God reportedly is going after Sony Pictures, IFC Films and Comcast for copyright infringement because an image that looks identical to the church.s trademarked cross logo is being used in George Ratliff.s recently released comedy Salvation Boulevard. The film, which opened in limited release on July 15, stars Greg Kinnear as a former Grateful Dead fanatic who catches his evangelical preacher (Pierce Brosnan) in a compromising situation. Based on Larry Beinhart.s book of the same title, the movie co-stars Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connelly. According to a complaint obtained by TorrentFreak, the Church of God . which considers itself to be more than 6 million members strong around the globe . is accusing Sony Pictures, Mandalay Pictures, IFC Films and
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‘Salvation Boulevard’ Director George Ratliff on Losing His Religion

‘Salvation Boulevard’ Director George Ratliff on Losing His Religion
IFC Films Courtesy of Everett Collection A scene from ‘Salvation Boulevard

In his new film “Salvation Boulevard,” filmmaker George Ratliff tackles one of his favorite subjects: religion.

“It’s an obsession, much to my wife’s chagrin,” says the Texas-born filmmaker. “I promised her I wouldn’t do another religious movie after this, to avoid the box set. But never say never.”

Based on the novel by Larry Beinhart, “Salvation Boulevard” stars Greg Kinnear as Carl, a former Deadhead who
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Salvation Boulevard - Movie Review

Silly, predictable and as funny as the funny business of religion can be. Emerging director George Ratliff pulls one out of the hat with two great performances by Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan. In this hilarious poke at major organized religion the streets of America are paved with more gold than heaven itself, for the enterprising evangelical. The trick is to convert the magic of the pulpit into the magic of the profit and these protagonists may not be quite up to the challenge. The screenplay is based on the book by Larry Beinhart, the man responsible for the novel .American Hero.. Although you may not remember the book, it spawned the great political satire .Wag the Dog. starring Dustin
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Film: Movie Review: Salvation Boulevard

George Ratliff’s flip adaptation of Larry Beinhart’s mystery-thriller Salvation Boulevard is a misfire of the first order, starting with the way writer-director Ratliff and co-writer Doug Max Stone turn what could’ve been a provocative, gripping story into an over-the-top yukfest. Framed as a “satire” set in the milieu of upper-middle-class suburban mega-churches, Salvation Boulevard doesn’t seem to have any higher aspiration than illustrating how religious people can be hypocrites. (Gosh, who knew?) Greg Kinnear stars as a born-again Christian and former Deadhead whose faith is tested when he witnesses his pastor, Pierce Brosnan, “accidentally” shooting famous ...
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Director George Ratliff Interview Salvation Boulevard

Salvation Boulevard is a tongue-in-cheek look at a charismatic, larger-than-life evangelical preacher, Pastor Dan Day (Pierce Brosnan), whose charm and real estate developments have captivated a small western American town. Carl (Greg Kinnear), a reformed Deadhead who has found salvation in Dan's Evangelical community, serves as one of the preacher's great examples of spiritual and moral transformation – that is until a late night confrontation with a best-selling atheist professor (Ed Harris) turns his new belief system upside down. We sat down last week at a round table interview with director George Ratliff to talk about the movie. Loosely based on Larry Beinhart’s comic novel of the same name, Salvation Boulevard is part devilish satire and part irreverent parable that pokes fun at religious hypocrisy. Ratliff told us how he set out to make a divinely wicked comedy about good people who do bad things in the name of God,
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Poster for Salvation Boulevard

Here is the poster for Salvation Boulevard directed by George Ratliff (Joshua, Hell House). The cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, Jim Gaffigan,Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connelly in the modern comedy based on the book of the same title by Larry Beinhart (Wag the Dog) "about Pastor Dan Day, a charismatic evangelical preacher (Pierce Brosnan) who has captivated a small western American town with his charm – and the promise of a sweet real estate development."

Here's an overview of the film:

Carl (Kinnear) "is a former follower – not of Christ, but of the Grateful Dead – who has since become "found" in Dan's Evangelical community, serving as one of the preacher's great examples of spiritual and moral transformation. But Carl's new belief system is turned upside down when he witnesses a sinful act that Pastor Dan's doughy henchman (Jim Gaffigan) aims to cover up.

In the meantime, Carl finds himself on the run,
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Exclusive: The Poster of Salvation Boulevard

ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at the new poster for Salvation Boulevard , opening in theaters on July 15. Salvation Boulevard is a modern comedy based on the book of the same title by Larry Beinhart ("Wag the Dog") about Pastor Dan Day, a charismatic evangelical preacher (Pierce Brosnan) who has captivated a small western American town with his charm . and the promise of a sweet real estate development. Carl (Greg Kinnear) is a former follower . not of Christ, but of the Grateful Dead . who has since become "found" in Dan's Evangelical community, serving as one of the preacher's great examples of spiritual and moral transformation. But Carl's new belief system is turned upside down when he witnesses a sinful act that Pastor Dan's doughy...
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Trailer for Religious Satire Salvation Boulevard Starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear

Director George Ratliff's adaptation of Salvation Boulevard was a reported crowd favorite when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. IFC Pictures and Sony soon picked up the movie's distribution rights and have finally released a trailer for the movie.

Based on the novel by Larry Beinhart (Wag the Dog), Salvation Boulevard stars a high profile cast that includes Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear and Ed Harris. A religious satire, Salvation Boulevard comes at a time when the proposed Rapture has been moved to October 21, so the July release date allows the movie to arrive with more than enough time before the (rescheduled) end.

Next Showing: Salvation Boulevard opens July 15

Link | Posted 5/24/2011 by Ryan

Ed Harris | Greg Kinnear | Jennifer Connelly | Jim Gaffigan | Marisa Tomei | Pierce Brosnan | George Ratliff | Isabelle Fuhrman | Larry Beinhart | Salvation Boulevard
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Trailer for the Religious Comedy/Thriller 'Salvation Boulevard'

Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear and Ed Harris in Salvation Boulevard

Photo: IFC Films I will actually be seeing the upcoming comedy/thriller Salvation Boulevard tomorrow afternoon in advance of its July 15 release from IFC as part of the Seattle International Film Festival.

The flick is co-written and directed by George Ratliff (Joshua) based on the book of the same name by Larry Beinhart ("Wag the Dog"), and centers on a former Deadhead turned born-again Christian (Greg Kinnear) who finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor. Starring alongside Kinnear the film is loaded with names including Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly, Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, Jim Gaffigan and Isabelle Fuhrman.

The trailer for the flick just debuted and I've added it directly below. Could be fun...
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Trailer Watch: Salvation Boulevard Stars Kinnear, Brosnan, Connelly, Tomei, Harris, Gaffigan

Trailer Watch: Salvation Boulevard Stars Kinnear, Brosnan, Connelly, Tomei, Harris, Gaffigan
Salvation Boulevard premiered at Sundance--one of the funnier pictures on display there--and was picked up by IFC. Check out the new trailer below. George Ratliff directs and co-wrote the adaptation based on Larry Beinhart's 2009 book (Beinhart also wrote American Hero, upon which 1997's Wag the Dog is based). Here is IFC's trailer for the religious comedy, starring Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jim Gaffigan. [Via FirstShowing]
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Salvation Boulevard movie trailer. Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear star

Trailer for Salvation Boulevard, starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly and Isabelle Furman. George Ratliff (Joshua) directs from a screenplay he wrote with Douglas Stone, from the novel by Larry Beinhart. The comedy thriller opens July 15th in limited areas via IFC Films. Salvation Boulevard's story tells of a former Deadhead turned born-again Christian who ends up being on the run from fundamentalist members of his massive church who will do anything and everything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
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Salvation Boulevard movie trailer. Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear star

Trailer for Salvation Boulevard, starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly and Isabelle Furman. George Ratliff (Joshua) directs from a screenplay he wrote with Douglas Stone, from the novel by Larry Beinhart. The comedy thriller opens July 15th in limited areas via IFC Films. Salvation Boulevard's story tells of a former Deadhead turned born-again Christian who ends up being on the run from fundamentalist members of his massive church who will do anything and everything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
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Salvation Boulevard movie trailer. Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear star

Trailer for Salvation Boulevard, starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly and Isabelle Furman. George Ratliff (Joshua) directs from a screenplay he wrote with Douglas Stone, from the novel by Larry Beinhart. The comedy thriller opens July 15th in limited areas via IFC Films. Salvation Boulevard's story tells of a former Deadhead turned born-again Christian who ends up being on the run from fundamentalist members of his massive church who will do anything and everything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
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Dynamic Duo of IFC and Sony Get Some “Salvation”

IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions have partnered to pick up domestic rights to the religion satire “Salvation Boulevard” for about $1.5 million. Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei and Ed Harris star in the story of a duplicitous preacher, a former deadhead, a true believer, a security guard, an atheistic novelist and an antique handgun that collide in comedic ways. Director George Ratliff co-wrote the screenplay with Doug Max Stone; it’s based on the novel by Larry Beinhart. Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman and Celine Rattray produced along with Peter Fruchtman.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/risky-business/sundance-salvation-boulevard-sells-ifcsony-76462
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Sundance 2011: First Look At Salvation Boulevard

Here is the first look at Salvation Boulevard from writer/director George Ratliff which will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Boulevard is an adaptation of the Larry Beinhart novel of the same name which is about a mysterious murder that takes place in the backdrop of religious fanatacism. The film has a bunch of Oscar nominees/winners in a cast that includes, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jim Gaffigan.

Official Synopsis from Sundance:

Reverend Dan is a charismatic preacher who has captivated a city with his charm. Ex-deadhead and recovering hippie Carl is one of the loyal sheep in his flock. When an antique firearms accident does in an atheistic novelist and Dan’s controversial antagonist, Carl is called into service in the most unconventional way. The megachurch is cast into shadow, and a hellish storm begins brewing that could jeopardize its entire existence.
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Sundance Unveils 2011 Out-of-Competition Lineup

After announcing the 58 films in four categories that would be eligible for awards at Sundance, the film fest has now announced the next 57 movies to be screened this coming January. These 57 films are of course out of competition and will be included in Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. Most are big name projects from already established filmmakers and some have already made their way around film festival in 2010. The list includes Kevin Smith’s Red State, Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Submarine, I Saw the Devil (which had plenty of buzz at Tiff) and my most anticipated film of 2011, Hobo With a Shotgun.

Here is the full list:

Premieres

To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films.
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Sundance Completes 2011 Lineup With a Mix of Vets and Newcomers

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Sundance Completes 2011 Lineup With a Mix of Vets and Newcomers
Following yesterday's announcement of the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions, the Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the second part of their lineup, which includes the more starry-eyed Premieres section, the best-of-fests Spotlight section, the sure-to-be-culty Park City at Midnight section, the low-budget Next section, and the more experimental New Frontier section (an extension of New Frontier Program, the collection of video art installations which has already been noted here for playing James Franco's dramatic multimedia examination of "Three's Company.")

In addition to the return of filmmakers like "Chuck & Buck"'s Miguel Arteta, "Clockwatchers" director Jill Sprecher, Kevin Smith and "The Station Agent"'s Thomas McCarthy to Park City, the festival will also welcome less frequent or first-time Sundance attendees such as Hollywood types Al Pacino ("Son of No One") and Tobey Maguire ("The Details") and mumblecore alums Joe Swanberg ("Uncle Kent," which announced it's been
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Sundance 2011: Aha! So that's where all the movie stars were hiding!

Sundance 2011: Aha! So that's where all the movie stars were hiding!
Yesterday, when the 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced its full in competition line-up, a few eyebrows were raised about the somewhat surprising lack of star power in the year’s crop of films. Well, today, the festival announced its full out of competition slate, and a cavalcade of bold-faced tumbled forth. For one thing, from Jan. 20 through 30, 2011, Elizabeth Banks is going to be quite busy in Park City, Utah. Some highlights:

Ed Helms, Sigourney Weaver, and John C. Reilly in Cedar Rapids, about a small-town Wisconsin insurance salesman overwhelmed by the big city life at a regional insurance conference in Cedar Rapids,
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