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Crowd-Pleasing Hits Pepper Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s Resume

Crowd-Pleasing Hits Pepper Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s Resume
Brett Ratner’s rise through the directorial ranks as a helmer of consistent studio hits was swift and immediate. A veteran of the music-video world, his feature debut, “Money Talks,” became a low-budget success in late summer 1997, and would cement his strong relationship with actor-comedian Chris Tucker.

Chris helped me get my job on ‘Money Talks,’ ” Ratner says. “When the original director left the project, Chris apparently said to the producers that he knew this ‘cool white boy named Brett Ratner’ and that’s how it happened. I knew I could work with Chris and that it would be a lot of fun. ‘Money Talks’ made sense because I had come out of music videos, and it fit with what I had learned. It happened very fast. I was 26 when I got ‘Money Talks,’ and I’d done over 100 music videos, but back then, you had to do commercials and
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Miley Cyrus Lol Pictures

M&C has added several production stills from the Miley Cyrus film Lol - on DVD July 31st from Lions Gate Home Entertainment. (From left to right) Ashley (Ashley Greene, left), Janice (Lina Esco, left center), Emily (Ashley Hinshaw, center), Lola (Miley Cyrus, right center) and Lloyd (Tanz Watson, right) star in Lol. Photo: Mika Cotellon. Kyle (Douglas Booth) and Lola (Miley Cyrus) star in Lol. Photo: Peter Sorel. Lola (Miley Cyrus) and Anne (Demi Moore) star in Lol. Photo: Peter Sorel. Demi Moore stars as "Anne" in Lol. Photo: Peter Sorel. Miley Cyrus star as "Lola" in Lol. Photo: Peter Sorel. Lola (Miley Cyrus) and Kyle (Douglas Booth) star in Lol. Photo: Mika Cotellon. (From left to right) Top
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DVD: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos

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DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012

Price: DVD $19.95

Studio: Cinema Libre

The lives, careers and friendship of legendary Hungary-born cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond are examined in the 2008 documentary No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos,

László Kovács (r.) and Vilmos Zsigmond focus on their work in No Subtitles Necessary.

Both survivors of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Kovács and Zsigmond immigrated in poverty to America in the late 1950s, helping each other up the ladder out of the underbelly of Hollywood all the while holding onto their dreams. After ten years of no-budget toil, Kovács’s camera broke Hollywood’s rules with Easy Rider, directed by Dennis Hopper. Suddenly in demand, he recommended Vilmos to both Peter Fonda and Robert Altman, where Zsigmond poured his “poetic realism” into Fonda’s 1971 The Hired Hand and Altman’s 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The two cinematographers quickly became the go-to camera guys of the New Hollywood, ultimately yielding some 140 credits between them,
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TV Review: Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke Define ‘The Chicago Code’

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Chicago – Is Rahm Emanuel taking notes? “The Chicago Code,” premiering on Fox TV on February 7th, exposes the underbelly of cops, bad guys and political corruption characteristic of the Windy City, and also has an intriguing cast and storytelling style.

Television Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jennifer Beals leads the way as Chicago police superintendent Teresa Colvin, whose honesty and dedication made her the youngest and first female top cop in the city’s history. Jason Clarke is Jarek Wysocki, a gritty street level detective who was once Colvin’s partner, and who has a reputation for no-nonsense policing. One of his main characteristics is that he can’t seem to tolerate new men, including his latest partner Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria). Overseeing them in city government is the powerful Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo).

Superintendent Colvin is suspicious of Gibbons, and tries to form a task force to root out his misconduct. When the
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Seven and The Player Blu-ray Reviews

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Seven, or Se7en (if you want to be like that) is now an all-timer. Upon release it was hailed pretty quickly, there’s already a BFI book on the film, The Criterion Collection put it out on laserdisc, and there was a super-special edition DVD released. And now the Blu-ray release is a big deal (this has been the year of Fincher on Blu-ray, with Fight Club, this and Alien 3 coming by the end of the year). This could be the last major release of the title (until the next format), and it is the sort of film that rounds out a collection. While The Player is one of Robert Altman’s biggest box office triumphs and one of his most crowd-pleasing films with an insider look at Hollywood. Both have hit Blu-ray, and my reviews of both follow after the jump.

David Fincher’s Seven now has a 1080p transfer,
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New Chicago Extras Being Cast For Fox TV Cop Drama ‘Ride-Along’

Chicago – Chicago casting for new “Ride-Along” extras will begin in “a few weeks,” HollywoodChicago.com has confirmed with Chicago casting director Darlene Hunt of ExtraOrdinary Casting. The new Fox TV show, which is a Chicago-filmed cop drama premiering in mid-season 2010 to 2011, stars Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke.

“Ride-Along” on Fox with Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke.

Image credit: Peter Sorel/Fox

Hunt tells us she will be casting those who worked in the pilot with her for continuity as well as new faces of all ages. She casts a lot of “real” characters and says more “real” police would be ideal for “Ride-Along”. Children under the age of 16 need to be work permitted. This time around, Hunt is not conducting an in-person casting call. You must mail in your submission. To be considered for “Ride-Along” casting, mail a hard-copy photo to:

ExtraOrdinary Casting

P.O. Box 552

Westmont, Il 60559

You must
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Slideshow: 26-Image Gallery For ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ With Jackie Earle Haley

Chicago – This 26-image slideshow contains all of the official press images for Samuel Bayer’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” with Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton, and Lia D. Mortensen. It was written by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer. The film opens on April 30th, 2010.

Official Synopsis: “Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they’re all having the same dream—of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener’s glove with knives for fingers. And they’re all hearing the same frightening voice…

One by one, he terrorizes them within the curved walls of their dreams, where the rules are his, and the only way out is to wake up.

But when one of their number dies a violent death,
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Seth Rogen Delivers in Controversial, Hilarious ‘Observe and Report’

Rating: 4.0/5.0 Chicago – The hysterically misleading TV spots for Jody Hill’s “Observe and Report” make it out to look like another broad comedy that might even have a cute romance between stars Seth Rogen and Anna Faris. There’s nothing cute or predictable about “Observe and Report”. And that’s precisely why it works.

Those ads are like suckering family viewers into a Kevin Smith movie by advertising that he did a voice in the animated “Doogal” or pitching “Tropic Thunder” to the crowds that really liked that family-friendly Ben Stiller in “Night at the Museum”. Audiences have no idea what they’re in for.

Read Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Observe and Report” in our reviews section. Drug use, extensive frontal nudity, extreme violence, date rape - this is material that’s not for the faint of heart. If you were remotely offended by last year’s Rogen
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Slideshow: 23-Image Gallery From ‘Observe and Report’ With Seth Rogen, Anna Faris

Chicago – This 23-image slideshow contains the press images for Warner Brothers’ “Observe and Report,” starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, and Ray Liotta. Written and directed by Jody Hill, the film opens on Friday, April 10th, 2009.

Synopsis: “At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist. The master of his domain, he combats skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun.

Ronnie’s delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven by his personal duty to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn him a coveted spot at the police academy and
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2009 Warner Bros. Picture Preview: ‘Terminator Salvation,’ ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Friday the 13th,’ ‘Inkheart,’ More

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Chicago – Warner Brothers has released a slate of images from their entire 2009 schedule of films, the first half of which are included in a 25-image slideshow below. The second half of the 2009 Warner Brothers slate will be posted a week from today, January 19th, 2009.

This 25-image slideshow contains official press images and schedule information for the recently announced slate of films to be released by Warner Brothers Pictures in the first half of 2009 including new movies starring Brendan Fraser, Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johannson, Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Christian Bale, Jennifer Connelly, and Drew Barrymore.

These 2009 Warner Brothers Pictures include “Inkheart,” “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Friday the 13th,” “Under the Sea 3D,” “Watchmen,” “Observe and Report,” “17 Again,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” and “Terminator Salvation”. All films have images in the slideshow below.

The release dates, cast lists, and filmmaker information
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The 10 Most Anticipated Movies of Early 2009

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Chicago – Believe it or not, there are movies worth marking your calendar for between Oscar season and the big summer blockbusters of 2009.

Over the next few months, the buzz for films like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Star Trek,” “Angels & Demons,” “Terminator: Salvation,” “Night at the Museum 2,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Public Enemies,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “New Moon,” and Pixar’s “Up” is going to become absolutely deafening, but there are well over a hundred flicks hitting the multiplex before those box office juggernauts take center stage and, believe it or not, a handful are actually worth your time.

The first third of 2008 produced quality films in “Cloverfield,” “In Bruges,” “The Visitor,” “George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead,” “Snow Angels,” “Redbelt,” and “Paranoid Park”. Which, granted, was not an overwhelming display of memorable filmmaking, but the point is that
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