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How Basil Hoffman Inspired Us at Afm (Guest Blog)

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How Basil Hoffman Inspired Us at Afm (Guest Blog)
The lobby bar at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, California, during the week of the American Film Market is not for the faint of heart. Imagine the Mos Eisley bar scene from “Star Wars.” Replace the aliens and black marketeers with producers and distributors. Cantina creatures and the willowy gauze of Jedi robes? Think more Rite Aid sunglasses and Nordstrom Rack knock-offs. Those hushed conversations were not about planetary uprisings. They were about projected residuals. And, amidst this sea of cacophony sat not Yoda … no. Serenely holding court was actor Basil Hoffman. Impeccably dressed and coifed, Basil’s presence was an energy,
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Rio, I Love You Review

Rio, I Love You is the third in the “Cities of Love” series begun with “Paris, Je T’Aime” (“Paris, I Love You”), which bring together famous directors and stars to create a series of little romantic stories around one city. The city getting the love-letter this time is Rio, home of the upcoming Olympics. However, despite its impressive list of directors, there is little to impress in “Rio, I Love You.”

Rio, I Love You boasts a more impressive line up of directors that the last one, “New York, I Love You,” but nonetheless continues the series decline in quality from the first one. Directors include Paolo Sorrentino (“Youth”), Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”), and Sang-Soo Im (“The Housemaid”), among others, but none of them shine in this mixed-up film. Rather than having the stories start and end clearly, as in the first two films, several stories make false
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Watch: ‘Rio, I Love You’ Trailer Makes You Fall for Brazil

Watch: ‘Rio, I Love You’ Trailer Makes You Fall for Brazil
Harvey Keitel is a priest in Brazil in the trailer for “Rio, I Love You.”

The new trailer for Screen Media’s U.S. release of “Rio, I Love You” features Keitel asking “What is love, Felicia?” as part of a massive cast that includes Jason Isaacs, Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro, Basil Hoffman, Vincent Cassel, Fernanda Montenegro, Wagner Moura and Roberta Rodrigues.

The trailer is replete with voiceovers such as “I know what it is to have my heart broken” and “Real love — where does it come from?”

John Turturro — the only U.S. director on the project — directs himself and Vanessa Paradis in one of the 10 segments. Brazilian filmmakers include Carlos Saldanha, Fernando Meirelles, Jose Padilha and Andrucha Waddington. Im Sang-soo (Korea), Stephan Elliott (Austrialia), Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) and Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico) are among the helmers.

Rio, I Love You” opens in New York on April 15 and in Los
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Berlin: John Turturro, Vanessa Paradis Go to ‘Rio, I Love You’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: John Turturro, Vanessa Paradis Go to ‘Rio, I Love You’ (Exclusive)
John Turturro and Vanessa Paradis have joined the anthology film “Rio, I Love You,” the third in the “Cities I Love” series.

U.S. and international sales are being handled by WestEnd Films, which has a promo reel at Berlin. Warner Bros. is handling in Latin America, including Brazil.

Turturro directs himself and Paradis in a one of the 10 segments and is the only U.S. director on the project.

Brazilian filmmakers include Fernando Meirelles, Jose Padilha and Andrucha Waddington. Other directors who have completed segments for the film include Korean Im Sang-soo, Aussie Stephan Elliott, Paolo Sorrentino and Guillermo Arriaga and Nadine Labaki.

The film’s stars include: Harvey Keitel, Emily Mortimer, Basil Hoffman, Vincent Cassel, Jason Isaacs, Fernanda Montenegro, Labaki, Wagner Moura, Rodrigo Santoro, Roberta Rodrigues, Tonico Pereira, Claudia Abreu, Bruna Linzmeyer, Laura Neiva, Land Vieira, Michel Melamed and Marcio Garcia.

Labaki’s segment, starring Keitel, was shot
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Watch a 3 Geezers movie clips with J.K. Simmons & Randy Couture

Watch a new film clip from the 3 Geezers comedy on J.K. Simmons and Randy Couture. Michelle Schumacher directs the Gravitas Ventures comedy which opens on May 22nd, 2013 and also includes Basil Hoffman, Lou Beatty Jr., Anthony Cummings, Tim Allen, Mike O’Malley, Kevin Pollak, Scott Caan, Sam Raimi, Breckin Meyer and Fernanda Romero. Follow actor J Kimball (Simmons of Juno, Spider-man, Up In The Air) as he researches what it's like to be old for a role in an upcoming movie. When he meets the residents at The Coconuts Convalescent Home, he quickly discovers that his perceptions of the elderly may be off from reality. After being on the wrong end of some pranks, J enlists the help of his Hollywood friends (Allen, Caan, Meyer, Couture, Pollak) to turn the tides. Mayhem ensues.
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First Look: Randy Couture in a Clip From 3 Geezers!

ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at a new clip from the comedy 3 Geezers! featuring Randy Couture. You can watch it in the player below. The May 22 release also stars J.K. Simmons, Basil Hoffman, Lou Beatty Jr., Anthony Cummings, Tim Allen, Mike O'Malley, Kevin Pollak, Scott Caan, Sam Raimi, Breckin Meyer and Fernanda Romero. Follow actor J Kimball as he researches what it's like to be old for a role in an upcoming movie. When he meets the residents at The Coconuts Convalescent Home, he quickly discovers that his perceptions of the elderly may be off from reality. After being on the wrong end of some pranks, J enlists the help of his Hollywood friends (Tim Allen, Scott Caan, Breckin Meyer, Randy Couture, Kevin Pollak) to turn the tides. Mayhem ensues.
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3 Geezers Clip - Kevin Pollak Channels Christopher Walken!

Gravitas Ventures has sent along a new 3 Geezers! clip where Kevin Pollack channels Christopher Walken int he comedy which opens in limited areas on May 22nd, 2013. It's hysterical! Gotta love Walken. Randle Schumacher, Eric Radzan and Michelle Schumacher wrote, with names like J.K. Simmons, Basil Hoffman, Lou Beatty Jr., Anthony Cummings with Tim Allen, Mike O’Malley, Scott Caan, Randy Couture, Sam Raimi, Breckin Meyer and Fernanda Romero also forming the cast. Follow actor J Kimball (J.K. Simmons of Juno, Spider-man, Up In The Air) as he researches what it's like to be old for a role in an upcoming movie. When he meets the residents at The Coconuts Convalescent Home, he quickly discovers that his perceptions of the elderly may be off from reality. After being on the wrong end of some pranks, J enlists the help of his Hollywood friends (Tim Allen, Scott Caan, Breckin Meyer, Randy Couture,
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3 Geezers! movie trailer - J.K. Simmons, Tim Allen in Gravitas comedy

Watch the trailer for 3 Geezers!, starring J.K. Simmons, Basil Hoffman, Lou Beatty Jr., Anthony Cummings with Tim Allen, Mike O’Malley, Kevin Pollak, Scott Caan, Randy Couture, Sam Raimi, Breckin Meyer and Fernanda Romero. Gravitas Ventures distributes the comedy which opens on May 22nd. Michelle Schumacher directs from the script by Randle Schumacher, Eric Radzan and Anthony Cummings. Follow J Kimball (J.K. Simmons of Juno, Spider-man, Up In The Air) as he researches what it's like to be old for a role in an upcoming movie. When he meets the residents at The Coconuts Convalescent Home, he quickly discovers that his perceptions of the elderly may be off from reality. After being on the wrong end of some pranks, J enlists the help of his Hollywood friends (Tim Allen, Scott Caan, Breckin Meyer, Randy Couture, Kevin Pollak) to turn the tides. Mayhem ensues.
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Twilight's Booboo Stewart at book signing for The Pineville Heist, will star in big-screen adaptation

Booboo Stewart is saying farewell to the Twilight franchise - and its devoted fanbase of Twihards - after appearing as heartthrob werewolf Seth Clearwater in three of the hit films.

You can see his last performance with the hunky wolfpack, alongside Taylor Lautner, in concluding chapter The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, now in cinemas.

So what's next for the actor and his fans? Among Booboo's upcoming projects is Lee Chambers' action thriller The Pineville Heist, in which he is set to play the lead.

Chambers wrote the award-winning screenplay with Todd Gordon and then decided to turn it into a novel first. The big-screen adaptation is in the funding stages and set to shoot in Canada in 2013.

Lee and Booboo held a book signing for The Pineville Heist at Book'Em Mysteries in Pasadena, California, on November 18, and some pictures from the event are included here.

In addition,
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Breaking: SAG Anti-Merger Members File Lawsuit Against Screen Actors Guild

Update, 12:45 Pm: The Screen Actors Guild issued a response saying, in part: “We believe that this suit is completely without merit and we will vigorously defend all claims in court. We are confident that our actions are appropriate and consistent with the law and our own rules of procedure.” Full statement posted below. Breaking… Exclusive 11 Am: (Click here for .pdf of lawsuit) A number of Screen Actors Guild members filed a lawsuit today asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop SAG from calling for a vote on the proposed SAG-aftra merger. The suit claims that the SAG Board has breached its fiduciary duties to conduct an actuarial impact study detailing the effects of the proposed merger on SAG membership pension and health benefits. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California. The members filing suit are: Martin Sheen, Edward Asner,
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Breaking: SAG Anti-Merger Members File Lawsuit Against Screen Actors Guild

Update, 12:45 Pm: The Screen Actors Guild issued a response saying, in part: “We believe that this suit is completely without merit and we will vigorously defend all claims in court. We are confident that our actions are appropriate and consistent with the law and our own rules of procedure.” Full statement posted below. Breaking… Exclusive 11 Am: (Click here for .pdf of lawsuit) A number of Screen Actors Guild members filed a lawsuit today asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop SAG from calling for a vote on the proposed SAG-aftra merger. The suit claims that the SAG Board has breached its fiduciary duties to conduct an actuarial impact study detailing the effects of the proposed merger on SAG membership pension and health benefits. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California. The members filing suit are: Martin Sheen, Edward Asner,
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The Artist | Advance Screening Austin, TX

Smells Like Screen Spirit & The Weinstein Company invite you to RSVP for passes to our special advance screening on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 7:00 Pm in Austin TX. Synopsis: In 1929, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and, what's more, it seems Peppy feels the same way. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress. The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George's career begins to fade while Peppy's star rises. Golden Globes - Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) Golden Globes - Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) - Jean Dujardin Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actress - Bernice Bejo Golden Globes - Best Director - Michael Hazavicius Golden Globes - Best
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To Flirt or Not to Flirt

Everyone flirts differently. That's the first thing you need to know if you choose the action "to flirt," whether in an audition scene or a performance. Consider the ways different actors flirt, says Los Angeles acting coach Scott Sedita, one of my go-to people for commonsense advice about acting.George Clooney has a confident, ironic flirt, with a glint in the eye. Kim Cattrall's flirt is sexually charged. Justin Long's is shy; Michael Cera's is awkward and self-effacing, like Woody Allen's. Angelina Jolie's is seductive. You can flirt coyly, teasingly, comically, innocently, any which way. I've noticed that some people appear to be flirting simply by lowering their voice and speaking in hushed, confiding tones.Ultimately, though, you must flirt in your own personal, honest way within the circumstances of the script and with the qualities of the character you're playing. Hopefully, what comes out
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Los Angeles and New York Acting Schools and Coaches

The following is a list of Los Angeles-area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches organized by category and alphabetically.Each of the entries contains the following information, if applicable: name of teacher or school; address; phone and fax numbers; email address and/or website; average number of students per class; whether beginning, intermediate, or advanced students are taught; whether auditing is permitted; whether a work/study program is offered. Descriptions of the class, school, or coaching are provided by the instructor of institution and edited by Back Stage.Schools of teacher who have been omitted may contact, in writing, Listing, c/o Back Stage, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 6th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036, so that we may include you in our next list.  Acting Technique/Scene StudyAARON McPherson STUDIOWest Hollywood, CA aaron@aaronmcphersonstudio.comwww.aaronmcphersonstudio.com310-918-5335Class size varies, 12 max. for auditioning class, 40 max. for scene study; day
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Los Angeles Acting Schools & Coaches

The following is a list of Los Angeles-area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and acoaches organized by category and alphabetically.Each of the entries contains the following information, if applicable: name of teacher or school; address; phone and fax numbers; email address and/or website; average number of students per class; whether beginning, intermediate, or advanced students are taught; whether auditing is permitted; whether classes are ongoing or by sessions; any special emphasis used in classes or coaching; whether a work/study program is offered. Descriptions of the class, schoool, or coaching are provided by the instructor or institutions and edited by Back Stage.Schools or teachers who have been omitted may contact, in writing, Listings, c/o Back Stage, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 6th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036, so that we may include you in our next list.Acting Technique/Scene StudyAARON McPherson STUDIOWest Hollywood, CA aaron@aaronmcphersonstudio.comwww.aaronmcphersonstudio.
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When Men Age

Recently, casting director Amanda Mackey told Back Stage that the key to casting the leads in "The Men Who Stare at Goats" was finding actors who could age believably, since the film spans several decades. Of course, such opportunities are few and far between; mostly you'll be cast close to your own age.But there is much to be learned from playing characters older than yourself when the chance arises. Also, once you are in fact older, there's much to value in your newfound understanding of how to play certain roles. To hear older actors' perspectives on aging and how it affects their craft, I made a few calls. This column will talk about how men face the issue. We'll have a companion column about women in February.Lear at 60Austin Pendleton played King Lear nine years ago, when he was 60, and he says now he'd love to revisit it.
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