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Film Review: ‘Blind’

Film Review: ‘Blind’
In 1996 Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore starred in “The Juror,” an uninspired thriller (with the unfortunate ad line “There is no defense”) in which she played a single mom blackmailed by his Mafia hitman into swaying the jury she’s on, lest he kill her son. Both actors had just passed the crest of their brief big-screen stardom, though that wasn’t necessarily evident at the time, even if “The Juror” certainly didn’t help keep them at the top.

Two decades later, Baldwin is something of an institution — albeit mostly for TV comedy, not a path one would have anticipated back then — while Moore, though she’s worked sporadically, feels like a missing person in any recent pop-culture census. The difference in their career arcs can be attributed to many things, an obvious one being Hollywood’s greater willingness to grant a second act to male stars who’ve aged out of their initial hunkdom, as
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A gilded cage by Anne-Katrin Titze

Demi Moore as Suzanne Dutchman in Michael Mailer's Blind: "It's a film about perception."

Michael Mailer and producer Jennifer Gelfer discuss the selection of Demi Moore's wardrobe with costume designer Evren Catlin (Liz W Garcia's One Percent More Humid starring Juno Temple, Maggie Siff, Julia Garner, Alessandro Nivola), Dylan McDermott's character not covering up a tattoo, what is real and what isn't, and why Blind (which has a screenplay by John Buffalo Mailer) is not Disney or Nicholas Sparks (Message In A Bottle, A Walk To Remember, The Notebook, Nights In Rodanthe, Dear John, The Longest Ride).

Alec Baldwin stars as Bill Oakland in Blind Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Bill Oakland (Alec Baldwin), a novelist and professor who lost his wife and his eyesight in a crash, meets Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore) whose husband Mark (Dylan McDermott) was sent to prison for insider trading. She has to
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Sense and sensibility by Anne-Katrin Titze

Blind director Michael Mailer with producer Jennifer Gelfer and Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Kim of Orlin

In the past few months, Alec Baldwin has starred with Diane Lane in Eleanor Coppola's Paris Can Wait (which has its UK première at the Edinburgh International Film Festival), had an Unbound conversation with Anna Sale at the Bam Howard Gilman Opera House for the book launch of Nevertheless: A Memoir, continued to portray Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, and is now appearing opposite Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott in Michael Mailer's Blind (with a screenplay by John Buffalo Mailer), which will shortly be seen on the big screen.

Producer Jennifer Gelfer who is currently directing her first film The Second Sun joined Michael Mailer and me at the end of last year for a Blind conversation at Cafe Orlin in New York's East Village.

Alec Baldwin as Bill Oakland: "Alec really trained hard.
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Blind Trailer Stars Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore And Dylan McDermott

In 1996, Moore and Baldwin starred in The JurorDemi Moore played a single mother picked for jury duty for a mafia trial and Alec Baldwin was a mobster sent to intimidate her.

Twenty years later, the two are in another movie together Blind.

Catch the trailer now.

A novelist blinded in a car crash (Alec Baldwin) which killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife (Demi Moore) of an indicted businessman (Dylan McDermott).

Directed by Michael Mailer, Blind is written by John Buffalo Mailer from a story by Diane Fisher.

The Vertical Entertainment film opens in theaters July 14th.




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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Sony Pictures is acquiring the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” the World War II drama written by Tom Hanks, Deadline reports. Hanks will also star in the film, which will be directed by Aaron Schneider (“Get Low”), and produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

In the film, Hanks plays George Krause, the commander of a Navy destroyer called the Greyhound. Sony acquired the rights to the film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

Read More: Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

-Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to action film “Rally Car,” starring Keanu Reeves. The film will be directed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2,
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Berlinale: Alec Baldwin Starrer ‘Blind’ Goes to Vertical Entertainment

Berlinale: Alec Baldwin Starrer ‘Blind’ Goes to Vertical Entertainment
North American rights to “Blind,” a romantic drama starring Alec Bladwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott, have been picked up by Vertical Entertainment, with a late summer/early fall release date targeted.

Foresight Unlimited is selling international rights at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Blind,” directed by Michael Mailer, is the story of a novelist (Baldwin) who’s blinded in a car crash that kills his wife. He has an affair with the neglected wife (Moore) of an indicted businessman (McDermott) and rediscovers his passion for writing.

The deal was negotiated by Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical, and CAA, which reps Baldwin, Moore, and McDermott.

Blind” was produced by Martin Tuchman, Mailer, Diane Fisher, Pamela Thur, and Jennifer Gelfer. John Buffalo Mailer wrote the screenplay, with story by Diane Fisher.

Executive producers are Alan Helene, Alessandro Penazzi, Scott Kluge, Baldwin, Mallory Schwartz, Mark Damon, Tamara Birkemoe, Terry Allen Kramer,
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Vertical Entertainment strikes North American deal on Foresight's 'Blind'

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Vertical Entertainment strikes North American deal on Foresight's 'Blind'
Romantic drama stars Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore.

Vertical Entertainment has picked up North American rights to the romantic drama and European Film Market (Efm) sales title Blind starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, and Dylan McDermott.

Foresight Unlimited will introduce the title to international buyers in Berlin today [Feb 9].

Vertical has earmarked a late summer or early autumn release for the story about a novellist who loses his sight in a car crash that kills his wife and embarks upon an affair.

Michael Mailer directed Blind from a screenplay by John Buffalo Mailer based on a story by Diane Fisher.

Martin Tuchman, Mailer, Fisher, Pamela Thur and Jennifer Gelfer served as producers and Alan Helene, Alessandro Penazzi, Scott Kluge, Baldwin, Mallory Schwartz, Foresight’s Mark Damon and Tamara Birkemoe, Terry Allen Kramer, Khuloud Kelly Rabadi, David Moscow, and Johnathan Gray served as executive producers.

Michael Mailer Films produced the film in association with Ampm Enterprises, Tremendous Entertainment, Haymarket
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Out of sight by Anne-Katrin Titze

Alec Baldwin with director Michael Mailer at the Blind sneak preview hosted by the Lycée Français de New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After our conversation on Matthew Barney's River Of Fundament at Cornelia Parker's Alfred Hitchcock Psycho inspired Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Roof Garden, John Buffalo Mailer, the screenwriter of Michael Mailer's Blind, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott, met me for lunch at Narcissa and we started with Mike Nichols and a Gay Talese smile.

Blind screenwriter John Buffalo Mailer greets Narcissa the cow Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Suzanne Dutchman (Moore) is trapped in a life of luxury she cannot really appreciate. She refines her style around an emptying soul. Her leather-coat wearing, Queens-born husband Mark (McDermott) adores her and considers her his possession. "Keep that ring on your finger! You hear me?" When he is sent to prison for insider trading,
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Oh, give me a home by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Jingoist and Blind screenwriter John Buffalo Mailer Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cremaster and Drawing Restraint 9 (with Björk) mastermind, Matthew Barney, adapted Norman Mailer's Ancient Evenings to create River Of Fundament. Cornelia Parker staged The Maybe with Tilda Swinton at MoMA and now her Alfred Hitchcock Psycho inspired Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) is on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Roof Garden - the perfect setting for a John Buffalo Mailer on Norman Bates, Houdini, Steven Spielberg and Sam Mendes on Gay Talese's The Voyeur's Motel, Michael Mailer, Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott conversation.

Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, James Toback, Elaine Stritch, Debbie Harry, James Lee Byars, Lawrence Weiner, Salman Rushdie, Luc Sante, Cinqué Lee, Jonas Mekas, Fran Lebowitz, Dick Cavett, Jeffrey Eugenides, Aimee Mullins and Sam Nivola are among the River Of Fundament dwellers. Buffalo Mailer, Milford Graves and Lakota Chief Dave Beautiful Bald Eagle reincarnate as Norman I, Norman II...
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Mark Damon’s Foresight Boards Alec Baldwin-Demi Moore Drama ‘Blind’

Mark Damon’s Foresight Boards Alec Baldwin-Demi Moore Drama ‘Blind’
Exclusive: Mark Damon's Foresight Unlimited has picked up international sales rights on Michael Mailer's drama Blind, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Mailer directed and produced alongside Diane Fisher, Jennifer Gelfer, Pamela Thur and Martin Tuchman. Foresight's Mark Damon and Tamara Birkemoe exec produced alongside Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz. Foresight Unlimited and CAA are repping U.S. rights. Penned by John Buffalo Mailer (Wall Street: Money Ne…
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Efm projects to include Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin

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The Efm dance card is filling up as Sierra/Affinity announced it will launch sales on the Ethan Hawke assassin thriller 24 Hours To Live, while Foresight Unlimited arrives with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore as illicit lovers in the drama Blind.

Fundamental Films is fully financing 24 Hours To Live and produces with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures.

Second unit director Brian Smrz will direct the story of a hitman who gets a chance of redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily after he is killed on the job.

Zachary Dean wrote the screenplay based on an original script by Ron Mita and Jim McClain. Iwanyk, Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao and international president Gregory Ouanhon are producing.

Fundamental FilmsGary Glushon and Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will serve as executive producers.

Michael Mailer directs Blind, in which Alec Baldwin plays an author who lost his wife and his eyesight
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Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore & Dylan McDermott Team For Michael Mailer-Helmed Indie ‘Blind’

Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore & Dylan McDermott Team For Michael Mailer-Helmed Indie ‘Blind’
Exclusive: Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott are starring in Blind, an independently funded drama that Michael Mailer is directing, and he’s producing with Diane Fisher, Jennifer Gelfer and Pamela Thur. John Mailer wrote the script from a story by Fisher. Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz are exec producers. The film, just getting underway in New York, is the story of a novelist (Baldwin) who was blinded in a car crash that killed his wife. Several years later, he…
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Stately Holmes by Anne-Katrin Titze

Mr. Holmes himself, Ian McKellen, Star Trek star George Takei and, in the rear, John Buffalo Mailer Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Miramax and Roadside Attractions celebrated Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes with a premiere screening at the Museum of Modern Art, hosted by Ian McKellen and Laura Linney with Hiroyuki Sanada, executives Howard Cohn, Zanne Devine, Steve Schoch, Eric D'Arbloff and producer Anne Carey.

Laura Linney channeling Gene Tierney in Otto Preminger's Laura with Ian McKellen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze The last time I spoke to Ian McKellen was at David Hockney's symposium on Vermeer's use of Optics when he was starring on Broadway with Helen Mirren and David Strathairn in August Strindberg's Dance of Death. Condon directed McKellen's Oscar-nominated performance in Gods and Monsters as Frankenstein director, James Whale.

Guests included The Wolf Of Wall Street screenwriter, Terence Winter, who expressed his awe of Sherlock Holmes. Actors Bob Balaban,
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The garden of delights by Anne-Katrin Titze

A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Gail Egan, Peter Gregson and Ellen Kuras Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

From Julie Taymor's premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, attended by Helen Mirren and Anne Hathaway, who had just finished performing in Taymor's Grounded, to Livia Firth's fashion event, where Alan Rickman stopped by, we end our week in New York with A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, with Helen McCrory, Jennifer Ehle, Stanley Tucci, Paula Paul, and Rickman as Louis Xiv.

A Little Chaos director Alan Rickman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Kathleen Turner, Christian Slater, Cornelia Guest, William Ivey Long, Lilly Englert, David Siegel, Fred Schepisi, Gay Talese, Theodora Woolley, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Katrina Eugenia, John Buffalo Mailer, Ann Curry, Diane Sawyer, America Olivo, Christian Campbell, Lisa Falcon, Wendy Whelan. Thomas Matthews, Chuck Scarborough, Meredith Ostrom, Ashley McDermott, Jennifer Creel, and Oksana Jager were among those attending the
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Norman Reedus stars in Hello Herman

The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus stars in the film adaption of John Buffalo Mailer’s “Hello Herman” – which is directed by Michelle Danner, Artistic Director at Edgemar Center of the Arts and one of the most successful acting coaches in Hollywood. The film is currently available on On Demand and iTunes, and is based on the play of the same name. Reedus is joined in the film by Martha Higareda and newcomer Garrett Backstrom. In a press release, Danner stated: “’Hello Herman’ is the story of a teenager who, out of confusion and rage, carries out a high school shooting that mirrors the tragedy of Columbine. Certain members of the media only heighten the tragedy by sensationalizing it and
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release information for The Frozen Ground, details on the film version of Hello Herman, starring Norman Reedus, multiple trailers, impressions of Zombie Massacre, and much more:

The Frozen Ground Theatrical Release Details: “The Frozen Ground is inspired by the incredible true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to pile up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) reveals key information about the case, Halcombe is finally
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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (June 3-7, 2013)

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (June 3-7, 2013)
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.

The Internship

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

“Google Crashers” must have been the high-concept pitch for “The Internship,” which reteams “Wedding Crashers” stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson for a round of markedly less ribald shenanigans, this time as two washed-up Willy Lomans trying to reinvent themselves as tech-sector whiz kids. “The Social Network” it isn’t — nor does it try to be — but this big-hearted underdog comedy from director Shawn Levy is, much like its two leads, exceedingly affable and good-natured despite being undeniably long in the tooth. Low-key pic faces its own generation-gap standoff at the summer box office, where it opens just five days ahead of the more buzzed-about hipster doomsday farce “This Is the End” — a reminder that much has changed in American screen comedy in
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Hello Herman | Review

Missed Targets: Danner’s Film After-school Special Fodder

Reveling in the fact that it was made before the latest rash of mass shootings, including 2012’s Aurora, Colorado’s theater massacre, Michelle Danner’s ungainly sophomore effort, Hello Herman still fails to have a timely edge or any other quality of merit, for that matter. Rather, this poorly constructed social issue film is fitted for the same destiny as one of its characters as is outlined by the main protagonist in the film, a footnote to a rather lengthy list of unremarkable footnotes. That’s not to diminish the profound tragedy that is the result of such horrific violence, and exploring the how and the why of these incidents is of paramount importance. While Danner avoids exploitative tactics, her film, unfortunately lacks any kind of elegance or finesse, instead bluntly bludgeoning its audience with the obvious, exuding all the grace of high school theatrical production.
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Authentic Adds Two New Managers to Its Growing Roster

Authentic Talent & Literary Management is expanding its Brooklyn-based firm by adding longtime Wme agent Sean Elliott and manager Stuart Wrede. Wrede will help Authentic grow its above-the-line representation business and work with clients to develop and produce projects for TV, film and new media. His clients include Brad Carpenter (Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie), John Buffalo Mailer, whose feature Hello Herman will be released June 7, and director Voula Wolf Duval (currently prepping to the feature Trophy Wife). Wrede previously served as the head of development for Barry Levinson before moving into the representation world at Cinetic Media. “I was drawn to Authentic because I was blown away

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See The New Trailer and Poster For Hello Herman Starring Norman Reedus

Check out the new poster and trailer for director Michelle Danner’s Hello Herman. The film, which has its world premiere screening this weekend at the Hollywood Film Festival (at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood), will open in theaters February 2013. Hello Herman features Norman Reedus & Garret Backstrom and explores themes concerning bullying.

The film is about a sixteen year old (Garrett Backstrom) who makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban high school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, journalist Lax Morales (Norman Reedus). “I want to tell my story on your show.” Lax, haunted by his own fateful past and the loss of his love Isa Luz (Martha Higareda), now sits face to face with Herman. As he helps Herman to explore and understand his demons Lax must finally face his own.

Hello Herman stars Norman Reedus
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