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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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Collider Goes to Dinner With Mike Judge

21 December 2009 8:20 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There are two sides to Mike Judge in Hollywood. There’s the TV star, who took a ton of heat but came out as one of the most daring and biting voices of satire in the 1990’s with Beavis and Butthead, and the successful maistream animator with a thirteen season run of the folksy and engaging King of the Hill. Then there’s the film director, who was cajoled into the theatrical Beavis and Butthead Do America, but has worked in live action ever since. He made two films for 20th Century Fox to see them abandoned theatrically, only for both 1999’s Office Space and 2006’s Idiocracy to now be regaled as cult classics. His most recent film, 2009’s Extract did not set the film world afire (Extract is now available on DVD and Blu-ray), but it showed a less biting Judge doing what he does best: everyday life comedy. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Roadside Sees Nothing Fake with 'The Joneses'

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Never going overboard with the film inventory (they have Happy Tears and The Good Guy prepped for next year), the distributor are getting ready for Spring with Derrick Borte's The Joneses. - Roadside Attractions are grabbing some Afm headlines with a post-tiff sale pick-up (which are trickling in about a one sale per week rate). Never going overboard with the film inventory (they have Happy Tears and The Good Guy prepped for next year), the distributor are getting ready for Spring with Derrick Borte's The Joneses. The pic which received its world premiere at Tiff and I was too tired to see at the scheduled crack of dawn screening I had pegged it for, should logically should receive an April or May play date. Borte pulled from his own experiences working in the advertising industry to come up with the original idea. The Tiff description below gives us »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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At Tiff: The Joneses

15 September 2009 8:30 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

At a glance, The Joneses seems like a can't-miss and must-miss proposition all at once: Filmmaker Derrick Borte's feature debut. A cast comprising Demi Moore as David Duchovny as the parents of a mysteriously affluent and happy exurban family (with next door neighbors played by Glenne Headly and Gary Cole). Ben Hollingsworth and shirt-allergic starlet Amber Heard as their kids. A semi-secret first-act plot twist and oddly vague plot details beyond that. Potential bidding-war fodder or gimmicky letdown. And after all that, The Joneses did wind up missing -- but only by this much. »

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A&E's 'The Cleaner' raises the Roof for the finale, Sept. 15

14 September 2009 8:42 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The cast and crew of the A&E hit series, "The Cleaner," have paid it forward by giving their time and efforts to help others. The season two finale of "The Cleaner" will air Sept. 15th at 10p/9c on A&E. The finale will see William (Benjamin Bratt) help an old friend (Richard Lewis), who chooses heroin and speed over his wife (Annabelle Gurwitch) and two kids, commit to getting clean. Meanwhile Pk (Whoopi Goldberg) attempts to wrangle some of the other addicts William has helped recently for a surprise party in honor of William's ten-year-sober birthday. Guest stars include Gary Cole, Janina Gavankar, Steve Landesberg, Paul Schulze, Jeanette Brox, Michael Beach, Dionysio Basco and Joy Bisco. »

- April MacIntyre

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New The Cleaner Season 2 Finale Sneak Peek!

10 September 2009 2:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A&E has provided us with a two-minute sneak peek and a five-minute sneak peek from the upcoming Season 2 finale of The Cleaner, which airs on Tuesday, September 15 at 10 Pm Et on the A&E Network. Click below for these extended sneak peeks at the season finale entitled Trick Candles.

William (Benjamin Bratt) must help an old friend (Richard Lewis), who chooses heroin and speed over his wife (Annabelle Gurwitch) and two kids, commit to getting clean. Meanwhile Pk (Whoopi Goldberg) attempts to wrangle some of the other addicts William has helped recently for a surprise party in honor of William's ten-year-sober birthday. Guest stars include Gary Cole, Janina Gavankar, Steve Landesberg, Paul Schulze, Jeanette Brox, Michael Beach, Dionysio Basco and Joy Bisco

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Extract

5 September 2009 4:05 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Extract

Directed by: Mike Judge

Cast: Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig

Running Time: 1 hr, 30 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: September 4, 2009

Plot: An odd story about a young business owner who gets word he may finally be able to sell his extract company. Trouble ensues when an uncanny accident sends one of Joel’s (Bateman) employees to the hospital for, uh, losing something important. The aftermath of the incident forces him to re-think his plans, and re-examine the life he thought had been so mind-numbingly drab to begin with.

Who’s It For? Fans of Jason Bateman’s career turn around. This guy may be a one-note sort of actor, but like his young counterpart on Arrested Development Michael Cera, this is one note Mike Judge hopes we don’t mind hearing/seeing yet again.

Expectations: Will Extract do for Ben Affleck’s fledgling acting career what Tropic Thunder »

- Chris De Salvo

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'Extract' Writer/Director Mike Judge Thrives On A Balance Between Irony And Absurdity

3 September 2009 9:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It’s a special thing when you see a great movie not knowing anything about it ahead of time. When my girlfriend and I ducked into a dank shopping mall movie theater to see “Office Space” back in 1999, we weren’t expecting anything special. I didn’t know that it was going to be one of the single best comedies made in the past twenty years. I also didn’t know it was made by the same dude who created “Beavis and Butthead.” Even after seeing it so many times, I can’t cram both efforts under the same creative umbrella.

Much of the humor in “Office Space” humor comes from the same place as “Beavis and Butthead,” especially the duo's big screen episode, “Beavis and Butthead Do America.” Watching the interplay between socially retarded morons and exasperated individuals with common sense is funny; it's the foundation for much of Judge's comedy. »

- John Constantine

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The Five Best Films Based on Comedy Sketches

1 September 2009 2:07 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Stretching a brief comedy sketch into an 80-plus minute feature is not a task for the timid, as the process of fleshing out quick, self-contained bits is rife with inherent risks -- the two main ones being that such an endeavor usually makes little sense and can spoil the original joke. Yet despite these pitfalls, a select few have succeeded where so many others fail, managing to retain the core aspects of their source material while creating developed narratives that expand upon their original conceits in ways that are smart and silly. While only two of the below five might actually qualify as "classic" (though feel free to argue otherwise), our choices for the five best films born from TV sketches all show a willingness to push boundaries and indulge in random flights of fancy in the service of goofy humor, a daring that can be attributed to inspired comedians recognizing, »

- Nick Schager

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Interview: Jeremy Piven Delivers ‘The Goods’ on Chicago Red Carpet

19 August 2009 3:04 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the midst of a new season of ‘Entourage’ on HBO, actor Jeremy Piven walked the red carpet during the Chicago premiere of ‘The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,’ the newly released comedy in which he plays a lead role.

HollywoodChicago.com was there, and got some bonus Q&A action with the director of The Goods, Neal Brennan, and Jeremy Pivens notable acting teacher mother, Ms. Joyce Hiller Piven.

Jeremy Piven, star of ‘The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard’

This long-time character actor broke through as a lead character six TV seasons ago, playing the unforgettable Ari Gold, super-agent for the characters of ‘Entourage.’ Expanding his film career, he plays Don Ready in The Goods, and talks about the filming experience.

Jeremy Piven Walks the Red Carpet at the Chicago Premiere of ‘The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard’ on August 13, 2009.

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The boys are back in town - Entourage: The Complete Season Five coming to UK DVD

14 August 2009 3:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I am soooo addicted to the latest series of Entourage which is currently playing out on ITV2 in the UK, and on HBO in the States. The last season of the hit show, the one where it all seems to go wrong for Vinnie Chase, is hitting UK DVD shores next month, and we have the info!

Click on past the jump to get more info on the release, which shores on the 14th September.

Packed with the glitz and glamour of Tinstletown this DVD marks your VIP pass to the world of Vince Chase, a hot young actor in modern-day Hollywood and his entourage. Loosely based on the life of Mark Wahlberg and drawing on the experiences of industry insiders, the series hilariously illustrates both the heady excesses of today's celebrity lifestyle, as well as the difficulty of finding love and success in the fast track of showbiz. Cast »

- Paul

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Entourage: Preview of Episode 6.4 "Running on E"

1 August 2009 10:30 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

On tonight's episode of Entourage, Vince (Adrian Grenier) tries to search for ways to amuse himself after finding out that production on his next film is delayed. Meanwhile, Andrew (Gary Cole) finally heeds Ari's (Jeremy Piven) advice to break it up with Lizzie. When he tells Ari, however, he's still a little suspicious so he has Lloyd (Rex Lee) keep an eye on him anyway.

Elsewhere on "Running on E," Drama (Kevin Dillon) auditions actresses to play his new love interest on "Five Towns," while Jamie-Lynn takes Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) shopping for back-to-school clothes (he announced his plan to go to business school in the last episode), while a bored E (Kevin Connolly) is still unsure of how to react on things.

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- editor@buddytv.com

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Spoiler Guy – Entourage Spoilers for August

15 July 2009 1:33 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

HBO's Entourage returned this week and was consistently awesome.  I'm convinced that Entourage will never die, it is just too cool for death.  The premiere kicked off a bunch of new threads withe the Entourage getting pulled in all sorts of directions.  Eric is thinking of moving out, everybody's wondering why Drama even has his own house since he's always at Vince's, and Vince has a big premiere and needs his license for a new movie. Llyod is determined to get a promotion, and Ari is prepared to put him through weeks and weeks of hazing to get it.  Sadistic douche.  Now here is a look at the episodes coming up next month.

Entourage Episode #70:  “Running on E” – Sunday, Aug. 2 (10:30-11:00 p.m. Et/Pt)

With production on his next film delayed, Vince (Adrian Grenier) searches for ways to amuse himself.  Andrew (Gary Cole) tells Ari (Jeremy Piven »

- SpoilerGuy

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3 New Entourage Season 6 TV Spots

30 June 2009 10:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have three brand new TV spots for the upcoming sixth season of Entourage, which premieres on Sunday, July 12 at 10:30 Pm Et only on HBO. Click below to watch these new TV spots and read below for information on this all new season.

When season five of Entourage ended last year, Vince was on the verge of ending a prolonged career slump, thanks to an offer to star in Martin Scorsese's next movie. Now, with "Gatsby" about to open, he's a hot property once again - but is it time for the rest of the crew to finally step out of his shadow? The Emmy-winning HBO comedy series Entourage kicks off its 12-episode sixth season Sunday, July 12 10:30p.m. Et/Pt at its new time, with episodes debuting immediately following the new HBO comedy series Hung.

From executive producer and creator Doug Ellin, and executive producers Mark Wahlberg, »

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Benjamin Bratt and Warren Boyd Talk The Cleaner

25 June 2009 7:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The star of the A&E series and the real-life inspiration for the show talk about the show's new season

With basic cable networks getting into the swing of original programming, like AMC and its dual powerhouse shows of Breaking Bad and Mad Men, the A&E Network figured it was time to get back into the original programming business. Last year, A&E debuted The Cleaner, the network's first original series in over six years. This powerful series, which stars Benjamin Bratt, struck a chord with viewers and AMC brought the series back for a second season, which just kicked off on Tuesday, July 23 at 10 Pm on A&E. One of the reasons the show was brought back was the frank manner in which the series approaches substance abuse.

"I have never seen a one-hour fictional drama that at its central focus, the exploration of a second chance when »

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Hardcore Intervention Returns! The Cleaner Season 2 Clips

8 June 2009 1:07 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Benjamin Bratt is back this month as “The Cleaner,” William Boyd – an extreme interventionist brought in when family members have done everything they can do to get a loved one off drugs and/or booze.  He’ll get you clean, or kill you.  It’s that simple.  Okay, maybe it isn’t – but it sure seems that way sometimes.  Bratt’s interpretation of Boyd is a man with unflinching dedication to his craft, approaching every case with purpose – a purpose that is, perhaps, reinforced by the shrieking of his own demons from the past.  It’s a drive that is intense, sometimes exruciating to watch, occasionally life altering, and always entertaining.

Here’s the lowdown on the first episode of The Cleaner season 2:

“Hello America”

William’s (Benjamin Bratt) former sponsor Pauline Kmec (Whoopi Goldberg) resurfaces when he is called to help an addict she currently sponsors.  Davis (Gary Cole »

- Jon Lachonis

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HBO's Entourage features guest stars Lil Wayne, Zac Efron and more

7 June 2009 2:54 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

High School Musical star Zac Efron will make a cameo on HBO and executive producer Mark Wahlberg's roman à clef comedy, "Entourage." Season six of Entourage is slated to premiere on HBO July 12, at 10:30 p.m. Other anticipated celebrity guest stars appearing as themselves include musician Lil Wayne, athletes Tom Brady and LeBron James and writer-producer Aaron Sorkin. Gary Cole, Autumn Reeser and Kate Mara are also slated to appear, playing a new group of agents and assistants who work with the Entourage boys. HBO previously announced that Zefron filmed scenes for the show's upcoming sixth season at the Beverly Hills Niketown store last week. Season six of Entourage is slated to premiere on HBO July 12, at 10:30 »

- April MacIntyre

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Zac Efron to Guest Star in Entourage

2 June 2009 10:37 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It seems that a hit HBO series is getting some new blood for guest stars this upcoming season. E! Online was able to confirm with HBO that Zac Efron will be a guest star on the upcoming sixth season of Entourage.

The site reported that Efron filmed scenes for the show this morning in Beverly Hills at a Niketown store. It wasn't clear what kind of a role he would be playing on the show, but it was said that none of the other Entourage cast members were at the shoot this morning.

The sixth season will premiere on July 12 and it was also said that other celebrity guest stars appearing as themselves this season include Lil Wayne, Tom Brady, LeBron James and TV producer Aaron Sorkin. Gary Cole, Autumn Reeser and Kate Mara have also joined the cast as new agents and assistants.

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The Cleaner Will Premiere Its Second Season on June 23rd

27 May 2009 12:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Season two of the hit A&E original scripted drama series The Cleaner, starring Benjamin Bratt, Grace Park, Amy Price-Francis and Esteban Powell premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 10Pm Et/Pt. The second season will feature thirteen one-hour episodes.

In its first season, on a weekly three telecast cume basis, The Cleaner averaged 4.2 million total viewers, 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49 in primetime, becoming the number one original drama in A&E history.

Inspired by the true story of real life "extreme interventionist" Warren Boyd, who also co-executive produces the series, The Cleaner stars Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who must balance his unwavering dedication to helping others get clean with an increasingly rocky personal life and the ghosts of his addictions. Banks and his teammates Akani Cuesta (Park) and Arnie Swenton (Powell) employ an unconventional - and often by any means necessary - approach to getting »

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Psych: The Complete Third Season Heads to DVD on July 21st

28 April 2009 9:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can relive the latest season of two offbeat detectives on DVD this July. Psych: The Complete Third Season will be released on DVD on July 21. This four-disc set will be available for $59.98 Srp and you can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The series stars James Roday and Dule Hill.

Fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) are cracking the case - and cracking up audiences everywhere - in all 16 Season Three episodes from the quick-witted detective series Psych. After earning a reputation for taking on the unusual cases that leave most sleuths scratching their heads, Shawn and Gus are in for more mayhem this season as they tackle mysteries that range from the decidedly abnormal to the hauntingly paranormal. Join guest stars Cybill Shepherd (The L Word), Gary Cole (Pineapple Express), Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin »

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