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4 of This Week’s Great Workshop Listings!

Don’t let Friday the 13th deter you from your work! Here are some workshops to improve your craft that you might’ve missed this week! Primary Stages Einhorn School Of Performing Arts Scene Study CLASSIf you’re looking for a bit more guidance with your theater performances, this workshop might be great for you. Work with “Bronx Bombers” Broadway actor Chris Henry Coffey to learn the right questions to ask about any new text, how to impress directors in auditions, and more. Sessions for this 8-week summer class begin June 20. Free Character Development WORKSHOPJoin acting coach Michael Luggio for a free workshop June 23. All levels of actors are welcome to come and receive specific feedback on their work. Be sure to submit your headshot and résumé, and prepare a one-to-two minute contemporary monologue to work on with Luggio. “Focus will be centered on character development and bringing truth to your choices,
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The Best Films of 2011

Making lists is not my favorite occupation. They inevitably inspire only reader complaints. Not once have I ever heard from a reader that my list was just fine, and they liked it. Yet an annual Best Ten list is apparently a statutory obligation for movie critics.

My best guess is that between six and ten of these movies won't be familiar. Those are the most useful titles for you, instead of an ordering of movies you already know all about.

One recent year I committed the outrage of listing 20 movies in alphabetical order. What an uproar! Here are my top 20 films, in order of approximate preference.

1. "A Separation"

This Iranian film won't open in Chicago until Jan. 27. It won the Golden Bear at Berlin and was just named the year's best foreign film by the New York Film Critics Circle. It is specifically Iranian, but I believe the more specific
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Blu-ray Review: Trust – Uncomfortable Thriller Suffers From Predictability

The notion of pedophilia on film is a tricky subject. Just how far do you go in representing something that 99.9% of the world’s population deems utterly reprehensible? David Schwimmer – in his second feature after the much more light hearted Run, Fatboy, Run – tackles this challenge with gumption in his psychological sexual thriller Trust. Whether you’re a fan of Schwimmer or not, he has a certain directorial flair and he handles his subject with tact. Released today on Blu-ray and DVD, our review follows.

Fourteen-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) is like any other teenager: she wants to grow up too quickly and spends her days trying to impress the popular girls at her school. At home, she spends her time chatting in online chatrooms. When she starts talking to a guy who claims to be another high school student, they become fast friends and Annie begins to consider Charlie (Chris Henry Coffey) her first boyfriend.
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Madeleine Zabel – Short Film Review

Madeleine Zabel is the story of an infamous, Lindsay Lohan-type young celebrity named Maddy Z, and a stressed out reporter named Elliot Snow (Chris Henry Coffey) attempting to capture her in a controversial light. Both characters are far from happy. As we can imagine, Maddy Z (Jenna D’Angelo) is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, juggling too many “projects” from her modeling and music to fashion. Elliot is worn out but determined, potentially risking his own relationship during this brief 10-minute phone interview with Maddy Z.

Written, directed, produced and edited by Chris Shimojima, Dp and editor of the acclaimed web-series Downsized, Madeleine Zabel tears away the makeup laden exterior of a fictional pop star and exposes the fragile, broken humanity that lies beneath. Jenna D’Angelo portrays the questionably talented, yet equally popular and criticized Maddy Z with a convincing range of emotions. She hides her true feelings until the end,
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Review: Trust DVD

Studio: Millennium | Director: David Schwimmer | Cast: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberator, Viola Davis, Noah Emmerich, Chris Henry Coffey

Release Date: 7/26/11 | Price: Blu-ray $29.99, DVD $28.98

Bonuses: none

Specs: R | 106 min. | Drama | 2.35:1 widescreen | DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1 | English and Spanish subtitles

Ratings (out of 5): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

Featuring a subject that one usually finds in made-for-Lifetime films, Trust is a surprisingly engrossing, well-crafted and finely acted drama that defies its initial movie-of-the-week categorization.

Clive Owen readies for action in Trust.

Directed by David Schwimmer (yep, Friends‘ Ross in his second theatrical feature following the 2007 comedy Run, Fatboy, Run), Trust tells the story of how a solid suburban family is affected after a 14-year-old girl (Liana Liberato) gets into an online relationship with a “friend.” She believes the friend to be a slightly older young man, but he turns out to be a a middle-aged man (Chris Henry Coffey
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Review: Trust

Trust

Stars: Liana Liberato, Chris Henry Coffey, Catherine Keener, Clive Owen | Written by Andy Bellin, Robert Festinger | Directed by David Schwimmer

Though he has to some extent established himself as perfectly capable of directing with his work on Friends and Simon Pegg rom-com Run Fatboy Run, a hard-hitting and serious drama about rape is perhaps not the first thing you might expect from goofy Ross Gellar himself, David Schwimmer. Before even a frame of film rolled, I had to tip my hat to the man for taking such a bold decision. It is pleasing then, that the film is of such high quality.

Trust introduces us to an all-too happy family. Middle child Annie (Liberato) is constantly glued to her laptop or her smartphone, chatting online. Her attention is mostly devoted to a friendly boy who claims to be twenty. Annie becomes concerned, but not scared off when Charlie (Coffey
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Schwimmer Puts His Faith In "Trust" - July 26, 2011

Canadian distributor Vvs Films will release the Millennium Entertainment Production "Trust", a dramatic thriller from director David Schwimmer, on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Downlaod and Video-On-Demand, July 26, 2011:

"...teenager 'Annie' (Liana Liberato) receives a laptop computer for her birthday from her parents, 'Will' (Owen) and 'Lynn' (Keener). Little do they realize that their seemingly innocuous gift would serve as a gateway-an unlocked door- through which a charming and manipulative man (Chris Henry Coffey) would enter Annie's world..."

Screenplay for "Trust" is by Andy Bellin, the author of "Poker Nation".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Trust"...
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Trust (review)

For a goodly while, it does feel, depressingly, as if Trust is going to morph into one of those luridly melodramatic made-for-Lifetime flicks gone theatrical feature thanks to the presence of a stellar cast. That director David Schwimmer (Run, Fat Boy, Run) appears to be wasting the intensity of both Clive Owen (The Boys Are Back) and Catherine Keener (Cyrus) is then both a relief -- this is not going to be Oh Dear God, No, Not My Daughter, No! -- and a pity: why cast these two marvelous and powerfully engaging actors if they’re not going to bring the drama? It’s all very low key as Owen and Keener stand aside as the parents of 14-year-old Annie (the excellent Liana Liberato) while she is seduced into terrible situation by an Internet stalker (Chris Henry Coffey, appropriately deeply creepy) who pretends to be something he isn’t. We
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New Release: Clive Owen movie Trust DVD and Blu-ray

First Look will release the dark drama Trust, starring Clive Owen (Duplicity), Catherine Keener (Cyrus) and Liana Liberato (The Last Sin Eater) on Blu-ray and DVD on July 26.

Clive Owen is looking for Trust.

Directed by Friends star David Schwimmer (the second movie he has helmed after 2007’s Run, Fatboy, Run), the independent film tells the story of 14-year-old Annie (Liberato), who gets into an online friendship with someone whom she believes to be close to her own age. But, it turns out that her online buddy Charlie (Chris Henry Coffey) is a middle-age man stalking the Internet in search of teenage girls to seduce, much to the shock and fury of Annie’s parents (Owen and Keener).

Also starring Viola Davis (Eat Pray Love) and Noah Emmerich (Fair Game), Trust just hit the theaters last week in a limited release and got positive reviews.

No special feaures have been
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Trust Review

Cautionary tales make for poor stories.  They prey on our fears rather than explore them and we can't do much afterwards other than say, "Yep.  I probably shouldn't sleep with danger."  Instead, the richer drama comes from the characters who find their way into such a tale and discover the real emotions rather than just hold up warning signs.  Trust is at its best when director David Schwimmer gives his film over to his wonderful lead actors and lets them play out the genuine heartbreak and anger that occurs when tragedy strikes.  Unfortunately, Schwimmer never seems to believe in his story enough to let the performances carry the day and instead resorts to cheap tricks and unnecessary hand holding which turns the film from a powerful family drama into an episode of To Catch a Predator. 15-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) has just received a new computer from her parents Will
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Film Review: Searing Performances Elevate David Schwimmer’s ‘Trust’

Chicago – There’s an unsettling potency to relationships that are born online. They take place entirely within the mind, which is capable of producing idealized images never to be equaled by reality. With the right stroke of keys, a savvy writer could potentially seduce a susceptible victim into emotional entrapment. That’s why the Internet is a predator’s playground.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

In light of recent rumors concerning Google’s plans for a facial recognition app, there couldn’t a more appropriate time for a film like “Trust” to be seen and discussed by families across America. A passing glance at the film’s premise may lead one to expect little more than a moralizing weepie destined for Lifetime, but such an assumption could not be further from the truth. This is a film of startling power and wrenching emotion, with several sequences that emit all the painful vulnerability of an open wound.
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Trust Movie Trailer

The trailer for David Schwimmer’s drama movie Trust is now online.

A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend (Chris Henry Coffey) is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter’s actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.

Catherine Keener and Liana Liberato in ‘Trust

Viola Davis, Noah Emmerich, Brandon Molale, Jason Clarke, Nicole Forester, Noah Crawford, Kevin Navayne, Jordan Trovillion, Laura Niemi and Robert Axelrod also stars.

Trust will hit limited theaters in the U.S. on April 1st, 2011.

Trust Poster
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