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The Hollywood Reporter has started releasing their fantastic awards season roundtable interviews and today comes their screenwriters edition, which includes John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), Danny Strong (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and Jonas Cuaron (Gravity) along with George Clooney and Grant Heslov for The Monuments Men, even though that film was recently pushed into 2014 although having them along for the ride certainly proves worth it. As they run the gamut of topics the one that gets the most attention is the line between fact and fiction, beginning with Strong's screenplay for The Butler, which I already got into the facts of the matter earlier this year. Cuaron is asked about those that question that accuracy of Gravity and Ridley is questioned about 12 Years a Slave, but it's Clooney that really gets passionate about the subject. After Strong gives his answer regarding the changes to The Butler, »
- Brad Brevet
Like Bryan Singer over at X-Towers, David Ayer is a director who likes to take a refreshingly lo-fi approach to publicising his movie, with Twitter and Instagram to the fore. Fury, a World War 2 tank movie that's got us dusting off our old copies of Kelly's Heroes and Battle Of The Bulge, is taking shape on Ayer's Twitter feed. Here's a new batch of stills showing the titular Sherman and its crew of battle-weary tankmen in action on location in Oxfordshire. Written and directed by Training Day scribe Ayer, Fury is an intriguing departure from his previous, more urban terrain. His handheld cop thriller End Of Watch, depicting Los Angeles as an urban battleground, was a highlight of 2012. We're looking forward to seeing what he does with a bigger budget and more toys.Brad Pitt stars as an Us Army sergeant nicknamed Wardaddy, commanding a five-man beast of a vehicle »
Sneak Peek more footage from The Weinstein Company documentary production of director Shane Salerno’s "Salinger", that "...contains an unprecedented amount of unseen footage, photographs and biographical information on the 'notoriously' reclusive 'Catcher in the Rye' author..."
The trailer opens with a photographer apparently stalking the late author outside a post office, waiting in his car for a 'good shot' with a long telephoto lens mounted on a camera, hoping to "get" the reclusive author, who valued his privacy above all other concerns and requested others to respect that as well.
Neverthless, the TWC release quotes Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher at Simon & Schuster (who will release a companion book "The Private War Of J.D. Salinger", written by Salerno and David Shields, September 3, 2013) demanding respect from anyone who has seen an advance screening of the film, or read the book, stating, "There are two kinds of people in the world – blabbermouths and confidants. »
- Michael Stevens
This documentary portrait of the reclusive Catcher in the Rye author manages to come up with some interesting new titbits, but doesn't radically change our view of the author
• Five new Salinger books on the way
• Read Tom Shone on summer blockbusters
"If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies," declared Holden Caulfield. Not so his creator who nursed youthful dreams of being an actor and liked nothing better, later in life, than to curl up in front of John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, or his personal favourite Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, in which Ronald Colman crash-lands in the Himalayas and stumbles across the secret of eternal youth. The perfect Salinger combination: enlightenment plus milkshake.
That the famously retiring author was engaged in a lifelong pursuit of the same, whether in his work or with women, is the contention of a new documentary, »
- Tom Shone
Sneak Peek the first trailer from The Weinstein Company documentary production of director Shane Salerno’s "Salinger", that "...contains an unprecedented amount of unseen footage, photographs and biographical information on the 'notoriously' reclusive 'Catcher in the Rye' author..."
The trailer opens with one of the film-makers apparently stalking the late author outside a post office, waiting in his car for a 'good shot' with a long telephoto lense mounted on a camera, hoping to "get" the reclusive author, who valued his privacy above all other concerns and requested others to respect that as well.
Neverthless, the TWC release quotes Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher at Simon & Schuster (who will release a companion book "The Private War Of J.D. Salinger", written by Salerno and David Shields, September 3, 2013) demanding respect from anyone who has seen an advance screening of the film, or read the book, stating, "There are two kinds of people »
- Michael Stevens
At first glance, George Clooney’s credits as a writer-director — Good Night, and Good Luck., The Ides of March — and a producer —- Syriana, The American, Argo, etc. — don’t seem to have much in common, except a political edge and a sheen of old-Hollywood class. But in 2011, when Clooney was trying to find his next project with his writing and producing partner Grant Heslov, he picked out a subtle trend in his own work that he was eager to buck.
“I said, ‘You know, we tend to do a lot of cynical projects, and it would really be nice »
- Adam Markovitz
Tonight on MasterChef: The last person you’d think gets squeezed out of the top 10 like a spare macaron (look, I finally spelled it correctly, if we’re being all French about it) atop an overstuffed cookie box. Plus: Eva Longoria, the judges in wetsuits, a home cook who has Never Prepared Chicken, and a bully ready to rumble. Spoilers ahead!
Eliminated: Sweat Rag Lynn and Surprise Real Contestant Savannah
“Tonight it’s an A-list Mystery Box.” Maybe it’s a big cow, offered Savannah, a random woman they’d found on the street. Not exactly — it was actress Eva Longoria, »
- Annie Barrett
Guillermo del Toro needs to stop toying with my emotions. Every five seconds I hear about a new, awesome film he wants to make and I have this terrifying feeling that he’ll never get around to it. I still hold out hope for someday seeing At The Mountains Of Madness, but that’s been receding. Now we learn that del Toro plans at some point to film an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Oh, and he has Charlie Kaufman writing it.
Wait. Beg pardon? Charlie Kaufman, the guy behind Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is writing a script based on a Kurt Vonnegut novel? Apparently so. Del Toro recently mentioned the project to The Daily Telegraph, saying that he’d like to get the movie made:
The studio will make it when it”s my next movie, but how can I »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
On 6 June 1944, the Allies landed at Normandy and began an arduous and brutal campaign to push back occupying German forces across the Rhine, bringing an end to the most infamous brutal totalitarian empire of the 20th century. The battles fought across France and the Low Countries, from Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge, are recalled vividly.
The Fps genre is utterly drowning in WWII shooters to such an extent that some commenters have observed wryly that gamers ‘have now killed more German soldiers than the Red Army’. This illustrates an important truth: the Western Allies, for all their verve, valour and ultimate victory, were never threatened by more than (depending on the source) between one-fourth or one-fifth of the Wehrmacht (here referring to the entire military: principally the Heer (Army) and Luftwaffe). And by 1944, the latter was virtually wiped from the skies.
The vast majority of the troops »
- Jamie O Dea
Not only does a traditional concert honor America's military in general this year, it remembers one of its own.
Charles Durning was a Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated co-star of such projects as "The Sting," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Tootsie"; a recipient of a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for his World War II service; and a frequent participant in the National Memorial Day Concert. The 24th annual event will recall Durning - who died last Christmas Eve - during its PBS telecast Sunday, May 26 (check local listings).
"He's the reason I do the concert," longtime co-host and tireless military supporter Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds") tells Zap2it. "I did my very first one on his invitation. I knew nothing about it, and I did it partially as a favor to Charles because he was so passionate about it. And when I did it, it just spun my »
Hopefully you’ll get to spend plenty of time outdoors this weekend, soaking up the sun. But if rain (or laziness) keeps you inside, we’ve compiled the TV marathons playing this weekend to keep you occupied! Enjoy!
American Restoration, History, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Arrested Development, IFC 6:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. (Sunday)
Bridezillas, We Tv, 10 a.m. – 5 a.m. (Sunday)
Counting Cars, History, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 8 p.m.- 2 a.m. (Sunday)
Defiance, SyFy, 4 p.m.-6 a.m. (Sunday) – episodes repeated
Elvis movies, »
- Sarah Caldwell
Actor Steve Forrest has passed away at the age of 87. The brother of famed actor Dana Andrews, Forrest had a successful career in films and television. A WWII veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Forrest was discovered by Gregory Peck and appeared in numerous films including Flaming Star, Spies Like Us, The Longest Day, Heller in Pink Tights, North Dallas Forty and Mommie Dearest. He was also a proficient vocalist and golfer. On TV, Forrest enjoyed his greatest success, starring in the short-lived, but fondly remembered British adventure series The Baron. As the titular character in the 1965 show, Forrest played an American antiques dealer living in London who would secretly undertake dangerous international missions in the service of British Intelligence. Forrest also had the lead role in the 1970s hit TV series S.W.A.T. For more click here »
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If you don't have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend, get cozy on the couch (and set your DVR) because there are plenty of fun marathons happening.
Need to catch up on Season 1 of "Longmire" before the Season 2 premiere Monday, May 27? Want to re-live "Veronica Mars" Season 1? How about watching the entire series of "Arrested Development" (and reading our re-watch posts) before the new season is out on Netflix?
Here is all your Memorial Day weekend programming, all times Eastern.
Friday, May 24
A&E: "Storage Wars" marathon, 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day
Animal: "Finding Bigfoot" marathon, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., "Invasion" premiere and new episode, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chiller: "The Twilight Zone" marathon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discovery: "Sons of Guns" marathon, »
Veteran actor Steve Forrest, who had more than 100 TV credits including starring on the mid-1970s police actioner S.W.A.T., died May 18 in Thousand Oaks. He was 87. The brother of actor Dana Andrews, Forrest made guest appearances on scores of TV shows and recurred on the original Dallas. He also played Lt. Hondo Harrelson on ABC’s 1975-76 police actioner S.W.A.T. — he had a cameo in the 2003 feature adaptation — and starred as John “The Baron” Mannering on the 1966 Cold War spy drama The Baron, the first color series on UK TV. Forrest, from Texas, was a sergeant in the Army and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He later moved to La and graduated from UCLA in 1950 with a theater arts degree. He went on to work as a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse, where he was discovered by Hollywood icon Gregory Peck, who cast Forrest in a »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Earl Morse had no idea that a casual question would end up launching him on a life-changing crusade. It was December 2004, and the physician assistant was chatting with some World War II veteran patients when the subject turned to the memorial in their honor that had just opened the previous spring in Washington, D.C. "I said to them, 'Have you been to see your new memorial?' " says Morse, 54, who was working at an outpatient clinic for veterans in Chillicothe, Ohio. "Sadly, none of them had been," says Morse, who still works as a full-time Pa for the Va and lives in Enon, »
- Anne Lang and Nicole Weisensee Egan
For nearly two decades now, Dana Carvey and Mike Myers have been bitterly divided by an ongoing feud—a Wayne’s World war that, like the Battle of the Bulge, also involved funny words for erections. Myers, it was gossiped, had tried to prevent Carvey from tagging along on the movie version of their popular SNL skit, worried he might be upstaged. That jealousy reportedly grew even more intense during actual filming, allegedly leading to Myers trying to minimize Carvey’s role in the sequel. Shortly thereafter, Carvey supposedly expressed indignation over Myers stealing his Lorne Michaels impression for Dr »
To celebrate the release of Company Of Heroes on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet on March 25th we have teamed up with Sega and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to release three copies of the action-filled World War II adventure on blu-ray.
Based on the popular Sega video game of the same name, Company Of Heroes the movie tells the pulse-pounding tale of an unlikely brotherhood of soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge, making a daring raid into the heart of Nazi Germany to stop Hitler from developing an atomic super weapon. Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan), Chad Collins (Lake Placid 2, Sniper Reloaded), Vinnie Jones (The Tomb, Snatch), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger, “Band of Brothers”), and Jürgen Prochnow (The Da Vinci Code, Das Boot) lead an all-star cast in the first full-length film based on the popular gaming series, which continues later this »
- Simon Gallagher
The highest rated strategy game of all-time is now this year’s action-filled World War II adventure as Company Of Heroes the movie charges onto Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet March 25th from Sega and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and we’ve got Three to give to you lucky folk on DVD!
Based on the popular Sega video game of the same name, Company Of Heroes the movie tells the pulse-pounding tale of an unlikely brotherhood of soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge, making a daring raid into the heart of Nazi Germany to stop Hitler from developing an atomic super weapon. Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Chad Collins (Sniper Reloaded), Vinnie Jones (Snatch), Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers), and Jürgen Prochnow (Das Boot) lead an all-star cast in the first full-length film based on the popular gaming series, which continues later this year with the eagerly anticipated release of the award-winning second installment, »
- Dan Bullock
The latest computer game to be turned into a movie is the best selling game from ‘Company of Heroes’. It’s a real-time strategy game in which you have to navigate your soldiers tanks across maps in order to defeat your enemies coming in at your front the opposite direction.
The new movie has a very Band of Brothers feel to it and actually has one character from that series playing the same role in the movie. Company of Heroes is released on DVD today and stars Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan), Chad Collins (Lake Placid 2, Sniper Reloaded), Vinnie Jones (The Tomb, Snatch), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger, “Band of Brothers”), and Jürgen Prochnow (The Da Vinci Code, Das Boot).
During the last major German offensive of World War II, a company of American soldiers is lost behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge »
- David Sztypuljak
Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start »
- Scott Patterson
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