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Watch: Director Delivers Shocking Message On Gun Control

Watch: Director Delivers Shocking Message On Gun Control
Film director Dan Rush is testing out a stark new public service announcement on gun control. A draft copy of the video shared with The Huffington Post shows a teenager buying a gun from a vending machine outside a school. "It's Too Easy" flashes across the screen.

Rush is showing the video to gun control groups including Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The spot is a reaction to the Senate's failure to pass an amendment offered by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-w.Va.) to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales.

Rush wrote and directed the 2010 film starring Will Ferrell entitled "Everything Must Go."

Watch the video above.
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Streaming for Your Pleasure: Comedians Gone Serious

Article by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt

Welcome to the latest installment of Streaming for Your Pleasure. In this series I look at films currently Streaming on Netflix that fit into a specific topic. This week I’m looking at comedic actors that attempt to reinvent themselves as serious actors. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but in the end you have to at least respect the attempt of someone trying new things. Listed are films that are successful enough to garner your attention for a watch or two. Feel free to list you thoughts, opinions, or ideas in the comment section below

Buried

Directed By: Rodrigo Cortes,

Written By: Chris Sparling

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jose’ Luis Garcia Perez, and Robert Paterson

Synopsis: While on a job in Iraq, civilian contractor Paul Conroy is attacked and kidnapped, then awakens to find himself buried alive in the middle of
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Irish American Will Ferrell to star in 'Flamingo Thief' (IrishCentral)

Will Ferrell has been confirmed to star in 'Flamingo Thief,' which writer Michael LeSieur ('You, Me and Dupree') will adapt from the novel by Susan Trott. In the new flick, Ferrell will star as Tim Forrester, a lawyer who becomes obsessed with stealing flamingo figurines after his wife leaves him. Variety reports that Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld will produce, but no director has been confirmed for the project yet, but it's understood the producers have already commenced their search. LeSieur's script appeared on the 2011 Black List event, which Ferrell previously headlined in 2008 for Dan Rush's script 'Everything Must Go.' Ferrell next appears in the Spanish-language comedy 'Casa de mi Padre,' and he also stars opposite Zach Galifianakis in Jay Roach's political comedy 'Dog Fight.' Wearing his producing hat, Ferrell recently produced 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,' as well as the Sundance pics
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Will Ferrell is the Flamingo Thief

Variety says Will Ferrell will star in Flamingo Thief, an adaptation of Susan Trott’s dramedy novel of the same name at Red Hour Films.

Ferrell stars as Tim Forrester, a lawyer who gets obsessive about stealing figurines of pink flamingos after his wife leaves him.

You, Me and Dupree writer Michael LeSieur has adapted for the screen but no director is yet set. Flamingo Thief ended up on the 2011 Black List.

Red Hour principals Ben Stiller and Stuart Confeld are producing with Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment after Erica Steinburg brought the property to the Indie outfit.

As well as his outrageous comedies, Ferrell is often drawn to these kind of melancholy dramedies. He recently starred in Everything Must Go, another indie project like this about a man who was suffering after his wife left him and was based on Dan Rush’s 2008 Black List screenplay.

Ferrell next stars in said
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Good Films you missed – 13 Assassins, The Skin I Live In, Tree of Life, Warrior

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com:This is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.

13 Assassins

Like pretty much all Magnolia titles in the last few years, the majority of the film’s initial profits came from their OnDemand services, with Takashi Miike’s truly epic samurai drama
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Competition: 'Everything Must Go' Blu-ray giveaway *Closed*

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To celebrate the home release of Will Ferrell's latest comedy Everything Must Go (2010) - starring Ferrell, Rebecca Hall and Christopher Jordan Wallace - we have Three Blu-ray copies of Dan Rush's dark comedy to give away to our lucky readers. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook fans, so if you haven't already, head over to facebook.com/CineVueUK, 'Like' us, and then follow the instructions below.

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Everything Must Go Blu-ray Review: Another Dramatic Success For Will Ferrell

Long after the dust settles on his career, Will Ferrell will probably be best remembered as the star of Anchorman, or for his perpetual manchild routines in Talladega Nights or Step Brothers or Old School, and his more serious roles like the excellent, underrated Stranger Than Fiction will no doubt take a back seat.

Everything Must Go is a melancholic, bittersweet portrait of man who has lost everything: a relapsed alcoholic, he loses his job at the outset, and subsequently discovers that his wife has left him over his drinking and an implied incident of adultery at a work convention – he is a man cut out of life, in the process of being erased, and unable to fight for his own survival.

Nick isn’t necessarily an innocent victim – the film in fact takes great effort to say that he is at fault for almost everything that goes wrong for
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DVD Review - Everything Must Go (2010)

Everything Must Go, 2010.

Directed by Dan Rush.

Starring Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Peña, Laura Dern, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Rosalie Michaels, Glenn Howerton and Stephen Root.

Synopsis:

After losing his job and his wife, an alcoholic holds a yard sale in an attempt to start over and meets a new neighbour who may be the key to his return to form.

This film wasn’t supposed to be surprising. We all knew Will Ferrell was capable of this. Come on. Stranger than Fiction was only five years ago, we can’t have forgotten the incredible pathos he brought to the role of Harold Crick. The man aced that film without so much as an improv-session or a poop joke, and we respected him that much more for broadening his cinematic horizons.

Now Everything Must Go demands even more drama. We won’t call Will Ferrell’s character here a ‘serious’ role,
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DVD Review: 'Everything Must Go'

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★★★☆☆ Loosely based on a short story by Raymond Carver, Dan Rush's Everything Must Go (2010) follows the fortunes of an alcoholic salesman, Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), who loses both his job and his wife on the same day. Nick is a high-powered salesman but his frequent lapses, drunken antics, and the weeks he’s had to take off in recovery have taken their toll. The film opens with Nick being fired after sixteen years of service and presented with a Swiss Army penknife as his leaving present, which he promptly sticks into the tyres of his boss' Mustang.

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

The Princess of Montpensier; The Tree of Life; The Way; X-Men: First Class; Everything Must Go

It would be easy to dismiss The Princess of Montpensier (2010, Studiocanal, 15) as little more than a handsomely appointed costume drama, with its period setting, romping horses, masked balls, dashing duels and lush scenic detours through leafy woods and remote castles. Yet 70-year-old director Bertrand Tavernier's vibrant adaptation of Madame de La Fayette's 1662 romance is a deceptively seductive affair which discreetly addresses issues of class, gender, religion and honour with wit, verve and ease.

Mélanie Thierry is Marie de Mézières, the eponymous heroine with an undying passion for the earthy Duc de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), who finds herself bartered into a marriage of convenience with the woefully reliable Prince de Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). While her unloved husband is away fighting the Huguenots for Charles IX, it falls to Lambert Wilson's tortured Comte
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Win: Everything Must Go On Blu-ray, We Have 3 To Give Away

Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell, comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 31st October. The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Laura Dern and Michael Pena, and to mark its release we have 3 Blu-rays of the film to give away!

Directed by Dan Rush and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, Everything Must Go tells the story of Nick Porter (Ferrell) a man who sells “salesmanship” for a living, but the days of being on top of his game are long gone.

After delivering an inspiring presentation to his sales staff, Nick is summarily fired for falling off the wagon one last time.

He returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line – or more accurately, on the lawn.

To
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Win Everything Must Go on Blu-ray

  • HeyUGuys
Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell, comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 31st October. The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Laura Dern and Michael Pena, and to mark its release we have 3 Blu-rays of the film to give away!

Directed by Dan Rush and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, Everything Must Go tells the story of Nick Porter (Ferrell) a man who sells “salesmanship” for a living, but the days of being on top of his game are long gone.

After delivering an inspiring presentation to his sales staff, Nick is summarily fired for falling off the wagon one last time.

He returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line – or more accurately, on the lawn.

To
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Everything Must Go – review

Will Ferrell plays it straight as a bitter alcoholic in Dan Rush's finely observed adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story

The novel long preceded the short story, and in his celebrated history of the short story Walter Allen calls Walter Scott's "The Two Drovers", written in the early 19th century, the first fully achieved example of the genre. It is a more difficult form to master, as well as being generally less lucrative; journalists who've made a name writing for newspapers seek publishers' contracts to write novels rather than try their hands at short stories.

Paradoxically, perhaps, short stories are better suited to the cinema than novels are, whether they conclude with O Henry-style twists in the tail or Chekhovian epiphanies to be absorbed. John Huston, who took on both The Bible and Moby-Dick in his prime, had his two greatest late successes with film versions of classic stories,
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This week's new films

Sleeping Beauty (18)

(Julia Leigh, 2011, Aus) Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll. 101 mins

The outer limits of the service industry are explored in this strange anti-fairytale, as a student submits her unconscious body to the desires of sagging, wealthy old men. There's no prospect of a prince coming in any sense. Bravely elusive and surreally detached in the manner of Kubrick or Buñuel, it's occasionally spellbinding.

Real Steel (12A)

(Shawn Levy, 2011, Us) Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo. 128 mins

Can Jackman train a robot to fight while reconnecting with his estranged son and his old flame? Or will this family-friendly amalgam of Rocky and Transformers subvert the formula of every fight movie ever?

The Three Musketeers (12A)

(Paul Ws Anderson, 2011, Ger/Fra/UK/Us) Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich. 110 mins

The Resident Evil director delivers action spectacle by any means necessary. Forget 17th-century history; bring on the aerial warships!
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Everything Must Go Review

  • HeyUGuys
Will Ferrell is hardly the first actor who springs to mind as ideal casting for the role of an unemployed, beer-sozzled suburbanite whose life is in freefall, yet watching him in that very role here, an adaptation (or rather an “adding on”) of a short story from famed Us writer Raymond Carver, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else bringing as much conviction and such an understated beauty to the part.

This is the comedy superstar by way of Bill Murray in Lost In Translation, and even if the film has failed to connect to a similar-sized audience, state-side, to the one who flocked to see that Tokyo-set May to December romance, Ferrell’s second foray into (semi)serious territory (following 2005’s Stranger Than Fiction) delivers his strongest performance to date, and one of the year’s very best films.

Ferrell is Nick Halsey, a veteran salesman who is
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Down and flat out in Arizona

At times it was only nervousness about Will Ferrell's capability that kept me rooting for Everything Must Go. Ferrell has made his name playing overgrown boys (Step Brothers) and throwback narcissists (Anchorman, Blades of Glory), to the point where the possibility of seriousness seemed beyond him. But in writer-director Dan Rush's feature debut he hunkers down to his first straight role, or semi-straight, given that his large, ungainly body and piggy frown will always hold an inherent clownishness.
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Everything Must Go Review; Simple, Affable Tale Of Suburban Redemption

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

(Shaun’s review from last year’s London Film Festival re-posted as the film is released in the UK tomorrow)

Since ‘Stranger than Fiction’, it has seemed inevitable that Will Ferrell would have another stab at a serious role. The film was broadly well received but it didn’t quite reach the heights that perhaps it could, and so there must have been a niggling doubt that maybe he should give the whole drama thing another go. Particularly as the comedies were getting more and more derivative and less and less popular.

The drama that has landed on Ferrell’s doorstep is ‘Everything Must Go‘, a tale loosely based on a (very) short story by Raymond Carver called ‘Why Don’t You Dance?’ It centres on Nick Halsey, a sales executive and a former alcoholic. Except we join Nick as he is becoming an ex-sales executive
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Theatrical Releases: 'Everything Must Go'

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★★☆☆☆ Like the life of Nick Porter (Will Ferrell), the central character round whose mid-life crises Everything Must Go (2010) revolves, the directorial debut from Dan Rush ambles about with no real direction. Even solid - all be it brief - support from Laura Dern and a sympathetic performance from Rebecca Hall cannot save this tiresome study of broken relationships from wallowing in its own self-pity.

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UK Poster for Will Ferrell’s Everything Must Go

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G2 Pictures have just sent over the new UK poster for their latest movie, Everything Must Go which stars Will Ferrell in a film directed by Dan Rush. It also stars Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona, Frost/Nixon), Laura Dern (I am Sam, Jurassic Park) and Michael Pena (Shooter, Crash) and will be with us 14th October.

The film is based on a short story by Raymond Carver, and tells the story of Nick Porter (Ferrell) who sells “salesmanship” for a living, but the days of being on top of his game are long gone.

After delivering an inspiring presentation to his sales staff, Nick is summarily fired for falling off the wagon one last time.

He returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line,
See full article at HeyUGuys »

Lionsgate Has Friends With Kids

Company Acquires Jennifer Westfeldt.s Directorial Debut

Out Of The Toronto International Film Festival

Stellar Ensemble Cast Includes

Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig,

Maya Rudolph, Chris O.Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns

Santa Monica, CA (September 21, 2011) – Lionsgate today announced the acquisition of Red Granite Pictures. Friends With Kids, directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, following its debut screenings at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The announcement was made jointly by Steve Beeks, Lionsgate.s President and co-coo, Joe Drake, co-coo and Motion Picture Group President, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

The release will be handled jointly by Lionsgate and partner company Roadside Attractions, similarly to past collaborations such as Everything Must Go, and the upcoming Margin Call, with Roadside Attractions spearheading domestic theatrical distribution and Lionsgate handling all other U.S. rights including home entertainment and television.

Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland.s Red Granite Pictures
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