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'Welcome' Wagon

24 June 2010 1:05 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

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, »

- By Jenelle Riley

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Jonah Hex Press Conference: Read or Listen to Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, Director Jimmy Hayward and Producer Andrew Lazar

15 June 2010 10:34 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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 »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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New Jonah Hex Trailer: It Could Still Really Suck, or It Could be Okay

26 May 2010 7:55 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

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. »

- Nix

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TV producer, exec David Gerber dies

5 January 2010 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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 »

- By Alex Ben Block

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