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Josh Brolin Loves Making Marvel Movies Just as Much as Prestige Drama — and It’s Not About The Money

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Josh Brolin Loves Making Marvel Movies Just as Much as Prestige Drama — and It’s Not About The Money
In 1989, Josh Brolin starred in the ABC western series “The Young Riders.” Then recently married with a kid, the 21-year-old actor began attending AA meetings while shooting on location in Tucson. There he met fireman Danny Martin, who would become his close friend of three decades.

“He introduced me to an incredible community [of firefighters] that I am still very close with,” said Brolin. “I just spent a lot of time with firefighters since my early 20s. I love the ribbing, I love that you have to man up. They challenge you and if you can’t hang you won’t hang, they won’t let you hang.”

So Brolin was extremely skeptical when director Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) approached him with a script about the famed Granite Mountain Hotshots — the heroic Prescott, Ariz. fire crew that battled the Yarnell Hill fire in 2013 and tragically lost 19 members (many of whom Martin knew
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TV Executive Michael Ogiens Dies at 69

TV Executive Michael Ogiens Dies at 69
Michael Ogiens, a longtime CBS programming head and exec producer of TNT’s “The Lazarus Man,” died in his sleep on May 25. He was 69.

Ogiens began his executive career with CBS in Los Angeles, where he was born, and went on to spend 14 years with the company. As the VP of daytime programs, Ogiens was in charge of production on games and soaps such as “The Price Is Right’ and “The Young and The Restless.”

After a promotion to VP of daytime and children’s programming, Ogiens’ career gained traction and he soon made the change to vice president of programs and the primetime slot. In this role, Ogiens was integral in reigniting east coast production in New York. This effort included shows such as 1984 comedies “Kate and Allie,” “Charles in Charge,” and 1985 drama “Foley Square.” Ogiens also presided over the development of the shows “My Sister Sam” and “Designing Women” after he relocated back to Los
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New Blu-ray Releases: The Conjuring, The Internship, The Way Way Back, Before Midnight and more

October 22nd’s new Blu-ray and DVD releases include include The Conjuring, The Internship, The Way Way Back, Before Midnight, Only God Forgives, Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics and Dead in Tombstone. This week also see Blu-ray releases for catalog titles The Uninvited (Criterion Collection), The Vincent Price Collection, John Cassavetes: Five Films (Criterion Collection) and the Bruce Lee Legacy Collection. Music fans will find plenty to love with the release of Viva! Hysteria, 25: Live, Brave Enough: Live at the Variety and the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. TV on DVD releases includes Primeval New World: Complete Series, The Young Riders: Season 2 (Gift Box), and Nikita: The Complete Third Season. Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based
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This Week on Blu-ray/DVD: The Conjuring, The Internship, The Way Way Back, Before Midnight and more

M&C has added cover art and details for this week's Blu-ray and DVD releases - which include The Conjuring, The Internship, The Way Way Back, Before Midnight, Only God Forgives, Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics and Dead in Tombstone. This week also see Blu-ray releases for catalog titles The Uninvited (Criterion Collection), The Vincent Price Collection, John Cassavetes: Five Films (Criterion Collection) and the Bruce Lee Legacy Collection. Music fans will find plenty to love with the release of Viva! Hysteria, 25: Live, Brave Enough: Live at the Variety and the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. TV on DVD releases includes Primeval New World: Complete Series, The Young Riders: Season 2 (Gift Box), and Nikita: The Complete Third Season.
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The successful career paths of 7 Hollywood child stars

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Odd List Np Horton 3 Apr 2013 - 05:30

With the arrival of Spring Breakers imminent, Nick looks at seven former child stars who've gone on to enjoy film careers as grown-ups...

Making a name for yourself while young is definitely an appealing way to get into the acting business, for pushy parents and wannabe stars alike. The pros are obvious – fame and fortune at a young age, established links with the industry, and an early chance to make your mark. But for many, being a child star is the only thing they know, and once adulthood comes around, there goes the career.

Options can become limited once you’ve gone past your cute sell by date (just ask Macaulay Culkin), so is it any wonder that Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson have decided to explode their child star image by starring in boundary pushing and very adult Spring Breakers?
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Phantom movie poster - Ed Harris stars in submarine thriller

First poster for Phantom, starring Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner This reminds me of Hunt for Red October, although the plot's different. Unfortunately for the film, that's the first thing readers will think of, and if they're big fans of Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin starrer Red October, will most-likely steer clear. The film opens March 1st, 2013 under the helm of writer and director Todd Robinson (Lonely Hearts, TV's "The Young Riders"). Also in the cast are Lance Henriksen, Jonathon Schaech, Sean Patrick Flanery and Jason Gray-Standord, so the names are there to secure some good home entertainment traffic. In Phantom, Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission
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Phantom movie poster - Ed Harris stars in submarine thriller

First poster for Phantom, starring Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner This reminds me of Hunt for Red October, although the plot's different. Unfortunately for the film, that's the first thing readers will think of, and if they're big fans of Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin starrer Red October, will most-likely steer clear. The film opens March 1st, 2013 under the helm of writer and director Todd Robinson (Lonely Hearts, TV's "The Young Riders"). Also in the cast are Lance Henriksen, Jonathon Schaech, Sean Patrick Flanery and Jason Gray-Standord, so the names are there to secure some good home entertainment traffic. In Phantom, Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission
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Best Supporting Actress Winner Melissa Leo

Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo.

I interviewed Melissa Leo in January of 2009 for her much-buzzed about (and Oscar-nominated) turn in "Frozen River," in many ways a fitting precursor to her Oscar-winning role as Mark Wahlberg's overbearing mother in David O. Russell's "The Fighter." During our talk, Leo was engaging, dramatic, and mercurial, much like her performance on the Oscars. She remains one hell of an actress, and we at The Interview congratulate her on this well-deserved win.

Melissa Leo: Many Rivers to Cross

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Alex Simon

Born and raised in New York City, Melissa Leo is one of those faces you always see popping up on the big or small screen at least once a year, and you invariably find yourself asking "Wasn't she in fill in the blank with a movie or TV title of your choosing" and you'd probably be right. A fiercely prolific
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'Welcome' Wagon

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There's no question Melissa Leo is a busy woman. In addition to appearing on the HBO series “Treme,” the Oscar nominee for “Frozen River” has no fewer than four films set for release in 2010. That includes “Welcome to the Rileys,” which premieres Friday, June 25, at the L.A. Film Festival. Yet the actor has taken the time to call from the New York set of “Mildred Pierce” to talk about her role in the drama, in which she and James Gandolfini play parents grieving over the loss of their daughter. She'll even be flying in to participate in a Q&A with Gandolfini following the Friday screening because, in her words, “There's nothing I wouldn't do for this film.”On her role:Leo plays Lois Riley, an agoraphobic who has sequestered herself in her Indiana home for eight years, following the death of her daughter. “My husband Doug, played by the great James Gandolfini,
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Jonah Hex Press Conference: Read or Listen to Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, Director Jimmy Hayward and Producer Andrew Lazar

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Usually press conferences suck. They’re almost always a waste of time. After all, when you’ve got a group of actors and filmmakers sharing a stage, you can never get a good rhythm going with any one person because as soon as they answer a question, it’s the next persons turn. This is why I’m happy to report the press conference for Jonah Hex was awesome. Unlike some that can be boring and filled with safe answers, Josh Brolin and Megan Fox were really open and honest about everything. Also, I never knew Brolin could be so funny, as he had the room laughing many times. And on top of that, Megan Fox quoted The Lord of the Rings message boards when answering if she felt the freedom to take liberties with her character as opposed to staying true to the comic books. My jaw hit the
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New Jonah Hex Trailer: It Could Still Really Suck, or It Could be Okay

But either way, this thing doesn’t look like it’s got greatness in it. Also, you gotta wonder what possessed Josh Brolin to decide he wanted to play a scarred cowboy bounty hunter in a movie based on a D.C. comic book. I don’t know, but he doesn’t strike me as the type who grew up reading comic books and have been dying to play one. I could be wrong, of course. Then again, anyone who knows Brolin’s filmography knows that this isn’t his first time playing a gunslinger — back in the early ’90s, he played a young Wild Bill Hickok on the TV show “The Young Riders”, so he’s not exactly new to the saddle, as it were. Still: Josh Brolin and Jonah Hex? Anyways, here’s a new trailer for the film, which is set to open next month, via the boys at IGN.
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TV producer, exec David Gerber dies

David Gerber, a seminal figure in American and international television for a half-century as a producer, studio executive, industry statesman and philanthropist, died Saturday at Los Angeles County-usc Medical Center. He was 86.

Gerber earned an Emmy (and six other Emmy noms), a Golden Globe, a Peabody award and a Christopher award -- not to mention honors from the American Film Institute, the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors and others -- by taking on serious, often controversial subjects.

He was a pioneer of multiracial programming and an industry innovator with such series as "Police Woman," "Batman," "Room 222," "thirtysomething," "In the Heat of the Night," "Medical Story" and dozens of TV movies, including his last longform effort, the critically acclaimed "Flight 93" in 2006.

His miniseries included "George Washington," winner of a Peabody award; "The Lindberg Kidnapping Case"; "Nothing Lasts Forever"; and "Beulah Land."

In 1974, Gerber produced "Police Woman," the first successful
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Matt Damon & Josh Brolin In Talks For ‘True Grit’ Remake

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Variety is reporting that Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are in talks to join the previously announced Jeff Bridges in the Coen Bros.’ remake of the John Wayne classic, True Grit. On top of directing, the Coens have also written the script (as they do with virtually all their films) which is said to be more faithful to the original Charles Portis novel than the 1969 film.

Bridges was previously announced as being in talks to play U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (played originally by Wayne) and that appears to still be the case. If cast, Damon would play the lawman (called La Boeuf in the original, played by Glen Campbell) who teams up with Cogburn, while Brolin would play the man who kills a 14-year old girl’s father. The girl has yet to be cast.

Adding to writing and directing duties, the Coens will also produce True Grit alongside Steven Spielberg and Scott Rudin.
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Emmy-Winning Producer Frand Dies

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Emmy-Winning Producer Frand Dies
Battlestar Galactica producer Harvey Frand has died at the age of 68.

The star passed away on 23 July after he was hospitalised in Los Angeles with respiratory problems.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Frand began his TV career in the 1970s at NBC News but landed his first job as producer in 1982, working on Rock Hudson's series The Devlin Connection.

He went on to produce a variety of shows in the 1980s and '90s, including The Twilight Zone, The Lazarus Man, Strange World, and The Young Riders.

But he was most recognised for his work on the sci-fi hit Battlestar Galactica after signing on to the project in 2003. His work behind the scenes garnered him a slew of honours - he won a Peabody Award in 2005, an AFI Award in 2006 and an Emmy Award last year.

He picked up his second nomination for the prestigious ceremony earlier this month when the shortlist for the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced.

Paying tribute to Frand, studio executive Todd Sharp for NBC Universal says, "Harvey was the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain, the train engineer, the orchestra conductor, the school guidance counsellor. He was adored by executive producers and production assistants, studio and network, cast and crew."

Frand is survived by his partner of 32 years, Bill Bowersock, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

'Galactica' producer Harvey Frand dies at 68

Harvey Frand, an Emmy-winning producer who was the "man behind the curtain" on the Syfy hit "Battlestar Galactica," died July 23 in Los Angeles after a brief hospitalization for respiratory problems. He was 68.

Frand's series producing career began in 1982 with "The Devlin Connection," Rock Hudson's final series. Other credits include 34 episodes of the 1985-89 version of "The Twilight Zone"; "Beauty and the Beast"; "The Young Riders"; "The Lazarus Man"; "The Pretender"; and "Strange World." He produced more than 20 pilots and movies of the week.

Frand began on "Galactica" in 2003. For his work on the show, he earned a Peabody Award in 2005, an AFI Award in 2006 and an Emmy last year. This month, he was nominated for a second Emmy.

"Harvey was the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain, the train engineer, the orchestra conductor, the school guidance counselor," NBC Universal executive Todd Sharp said. "He was adored by executive producers and production assistants,
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The Candidate

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Josh Brolin is reciting a text message he received from Joel Coen in July. This was weeks after their film, No Country for Old Men, had won Joel and brother Ethan Oscars for writing, directing, and producing. It was months after the film was released to almost universal acclaim, redefining the Coens and launching Brolin as a serious leading man. And it was more than a year after the film premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival to a rapturous standing ovation. "Ethan and I recently reviewed your original audition tape," the message read, "and we think we've made a horrible mistake."Brolin lets loose an uninhibited laugh, something he does frequently. He is, after all, hitting the prime of his career at age 40. He has suffered through miserable auditions, an agent abandoning him, and the industry's general dismissal. Even when things started going well last year, with four high-profile films,
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Rethinking Your Career

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"How good did you do the scene? That was the goal," recalls Melissa Leo of her time at New York's Purchase College. "And after I left Purchase, like many conservatory-trained actors, my ambitions continued to be about doing good work. It was never about making the right moves or playing the game. I'm still trying to figure that out. I certainly never anticipated this," she says, gesturing at herself prominently featured on the poster for Frozen River, the new independent film that marks Leo's first starring role in a movie. Best known for playing Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Street and for her supporting role as wife to Benicio Del Toro's character in 21 Grams, Leo has worked fairly steadily for almost 30 years and is generally satisfied with her career. Still, she's had her share of reappraisals. So have actors Larry Keith, Robert Joy, Robert Foxworth,
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