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Unusual Craven Film: Sentimental 'Music' Is Superlative Streep Show

'Music of the Heart' cast: Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of filmmaker from whom one would expect a syrupy motion picture about a determined violin teacher who wins the hearts and minds of her inner-city school students. Yet Craven is the man responsible for Music of the Heart, a film utterly devoid of slashed faces, lethal stabbings, and deadly fingernails. Instead, this distaff version of Mr. Holland's Opus – with touches of To Sir with Love – offers loads of sentiment, some classical music (violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves), plenty of bad pop tunes, and a superb performance by Meryl Streep as a
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Interview: Emmy-nominated composer Michael Price on scoring 'Sherlock'

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Interview: Emmy-nominated composer Michael Price on scoring 'Sherlock'
Poznan, Poland— Michael Price gets around. The British composer leaves Poznan today after being one of the featured speakers at the Transatlantyk Festival, a week-long event dedicated to film, music, and cuisine, to head straight to Los Angeles for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday (16). Price is nominated for the first time for Outstanding music composition for a miniseries, movie or a special (original dramatic score) for “Sherlock,” the BBC series he composes music for with David Arnold. Price apprenticed with a number of composers, but he also worked as a music editor for years, on such films as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Love Actually,” and “Nanny McPhee.” I hopped in a car with Price to interview him on our way to Transatlantyk’s closing gala. You started as an assistant for the late composer Michael Kamen ("Brazil,""Band Of Brothers," "Lethal Weapon," "Mr. Holland's Opus"), who
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StubHub setting up its own concerts starting in Los Angeles next month

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StubHub setting up its own concerts starting in Los Angeles next month
New York (AP) — You can soon buy concert tickets from StubHub for shows produced by StubHub. The company, which helps brokers and fans buy and sell tickets on its website, announced Wednesday it will sell tickets to concerts that it will produce. It has five shows planned so far featuring "emerging acts" and will launch its first self-produced concert May 18 in Los Angeles. The performer will be announced next week. StubHub is getting involved in a business dominated by Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and its Ticketmaster subsidiary. Aeg is also a big player in concert promotion and ticketing of concerts at its own venues like the Staples Center in Los Angeles through its ticketing arm, Axs. Michael Lattig, StubHub's chief marketing officer, said ticketing its own concerts is not a "one-off" project. "This is about doing something that we can repeat and continue to bring around the country and deliver
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Nebraska Boy Flies Like Iron Man, Thanks to Make-a-Wish (and 4 More Inspiring Stories)

Five inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week's list)1. Max Vertin, the Iron Boy of NebraskaMax Vertin has Duchenne muscular dystrophy but that didn't stop him from deploying his superpowers on Tuesday, reports Kusa. Thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the 8-year-old Nebraska boy visited an indoor wind tunnel, which simulates skydiving conditions, and flew like his favorite superhero, Iron Man. Emulating his hero was just the beginning. Max received a surprise visit from the armored billionaire genius, who was decked out in his full red and gold costume. He presented Max with his very own Iron Man suit.
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On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero,
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'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Doofus-Duo Comedy Classic

Just as Rufus (George Carlin) predicted, Bill and Ted have had a profound influence on our culture. Maybe not as the rockers who would inspire a utopian global society by the 27th century, but look at how many other dumb-duo movies there have been since the release 25 years ago this week (on February 17, 1989) of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- there's "Dumb and Dumber," "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Dude, Where's My Car," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Dick," and all of Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob" offerings, for starters. Plus, "Bill & Ted" launched a franchise and made a leading man out of Keanu Reeves.

Still, as often as you've traveled back in time and revisited the "Excellent Adventure," there's probably still plenty you don't know about the movie, including where it was filmed (hint: Not in San Dimas, California), which historical figures almost found their way into the film,
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Octavia Spencer, Danny Glover Join Cast Of Ya Novel 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' Film Adaptation

The busy Octavia Spencer and Danny Glover have both booked roles in the film adaptation of the Ya novel The Great Gilly Hopkins, written by author Katherine Paterson, which will star relative newcomer Sophie Nelisse, in a tale about a wisecracking 12-year old who is moved repeatedly from foster home to foster home, outwitting them all, until she meets her match in Maime Trotter (who will be played by Kathy Bates). Spencer, Glover, Bates and Nelisse will be joined in the film's cast by Glenn Close, with Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus, The Mighty Ducks) directing. The project is being packaged and presented at the European Film Market in Berlin (which...
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'The Book Thief' Sophie Nelisse Joining Glenn Close for 'Gilly Hopkins'

After making a splash with a fantastic performance in The Book Thief, young Sophie Nelisse has lined up a new adaptation, this time of a book geared towards kids. Variety has word that Nelisse will lead The Great Gilly Hopkins, an adaptation of the Newbery Award-winning book of the same name by Katherine Paterson. The book follows a wisecracking, gum-chewing 12-year-old named Gilly (Nelisse), moved from foster home to foster home, outwitting them all. But when placed in the home of Maime Trotter, the most unorthodox foster mom yet (Kathy Bates), Gilly fights her way out, but her life takes an unexpected turn. Nelisse will also be surrounded by some impressive talents like Glenn Close, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer. They'll all be directed by Stephen Herek, who's heyday was in the 90s with films like Mr. Holland's Opus, The Three Musketeers and 101 Dalmatians (which saw Close as Disney's iconic
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Richard Dreyfuss Opens Up About His Battle with Bipolar Disorder

Richard Dreyfuss Opens Up About His Battle with Bipolar Disorder
Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, star of hit movies such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Mr. Holland's Opus, suffers from bipolar disorder. Dreyfuss, 66, first spoke publicly about his disorder in the 2006 documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. Since then, he's been sharing his personal struggles at conferences around the country to elevate the discussion on depression. "There's no shame in having depression," Dreyfuss told People at Thursday's Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon in New York City. "By telling my own story, I hope to help remove the stigma. It never should be something to hide.
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Rogen and Goldberg's Animated 'Sausage Party' To Take an R-Rated Stab at Pixar

I didn't report on the upcoming R-rated animated feature Sausage Party, which was announced recently as having been created by This is the End boys Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill and subsequently written by Rogen and Goldberg with Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and based on the synopsis and some new comments it sounds like we should be thinking Toy Story only with food instead of toys and R-rated instead of G-rated. The synopsis describes it as a raunchy animated movie about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Funny enough, but Goldberg adds to that telling MovieWeb, "Sausage Party is an existential mock-Pixar movie that we are about to make,
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"Sausage Party" Is A Mock Pixar Movie

"This Is the End" co-directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have been out doing the DVD & Blu-ray promo rounds for that comedy. In one interview, they spoke a bit about their recently announced animated comedy "Sausage Party".

The story follows a supermarket sausage who goes on an epic journey to get back to his isle before the 4th of July, and reunite with his pack of friends.

Goldberg tells Movieweb: "Sausage Party is an existential mock-Pixar movie that we are about to make, and we are very, very proud of it. Its our opus. Its like Mr. Holland's Opus! It's our take on a Pixar movie. It is very, very R rated."

Not that Goldberg has anything against Pixar: "I wish there were fifty Pixar movies every year. But listen, someone should take those motherfuckers down a notch. Those high and mighty bastards. We're mocking all animated movies, with a special eye on Pixar.
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Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Calls Sausage Party an R Rated Mock Pixar Movie

Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Calls Sausage Party an R Rated Mock Pixar Movie
The This Is the End Blu-ray and DVD are in stores today, and what better way to celebrate and promote the release of summer's funniest comedy than with more info about the next project from writing and directing duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen?

Announced last month, Sausage Party is a new animated comedy written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir, from a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Jonah Hill, and it will be directed by Conrad Vernon.

The story follows a Sausage who gets lost from his pack of friends, and must make it back to his home on the shelf before the Fourth of July weekend. In talking with Evan Goldberg about the home release of This Is the End, he revealed more info about this raunchy look at the life of supermarket snacks, calling it his answer to Pixar's reign as the leading
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Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Talks This Is the End

Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Talks This Is the End
Evan Goldberg Talks This is the End, available now on Blu-ray and DVD

Was This Is the End the funniest movie of the summer? Definitely. Will it end up being the funniest movie of the year? It will be a close race, that's for sure. What sounded like a vanity project for some of this generation's biggest and brightest stars actually proves to be one of the most inventive, scary, and downright hysterical comedies of all time. Its this millennium's Ghostbusters, and it finds Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and James Franco all living in a house together, trying to survive the apocalypse.

The film marks the directorial debut of writing partners Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who brought us the now classic Superbad and its equally iconic follow-up Pineapple Express. We recently caught up with Evan to talk about the evolution of the film,
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Two More Cast Additions to Lifetime's Witches of East End

Two more familiar faces are joining the cast of Lifetime's pilot "Witches of East End," and we have the scoop on whom they belong to. Read on for the details.

THR reports that both "Twin Peaks" alum Madchen Amick and Mr. Holland's Opus co-star Glenne Headly have joined the drama pilot based on Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling novel. Maggie Friedman, who shepherded ABC’s witch-themed "Eastwick," wrote and will executive produce "Witches of East End" with Erwin Stoff for Fox 21 and 3 Arts.

Rachel Boston plays Ingrid Beauchamp, who is described as "cautious, quirky, smart, and unaware of how beautiful she is." When the pilot begins, Ingrid and her wild younger sister, Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), don’t know that they’ve been witches since birth. They lead uneventful lives in a quiet secluded Long Island town of North Hampton, but when Freya becomes engaged to newcomer Dash Gardiner (Patrick Heusinger
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"The Good Wife" Recap: Soft-Serve Sexuality

I've never been a juror, and I've never wanted to be. This is because I'm a human being. But I admit that after watching Sunday's episode of The Good Wife, I'm curious about testing my 12 Angry Men mettle. The jury played a bizarre and hokey part in Sunday's case, and despite myself, I kinda loved it. If being a jury foreman means submitting folded-up notes to a judge that ask (essentially), "Pssst, why isn't the witness wearing her engagement ring? She A Tramp?", then I'm obviously in. The Good Wife, you just hatched a dream for me.

It was (grim) business as usual at Lockhart & Gardner yesterday, but I still came away from The Good Wife with a handful of notable observations. Here we go.

I forgot that Maura Tierney is frightening.

Yet again, The Good Wife's casting choice for a guest role is inspired. I'll always cherish Maura Tierney from Newsradio,
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Cs Video Interviews: Won't Back Down

We've all seen or heard about the cliché-ridden movies about a teacher who makes a difference whether it's Mr. Holland's Opus , Dead Poets Society , Freedom Writers and countless others, but there's something about Daniel Barnz's Won't Back Down that seems like it's coming out at just the right time to address very real problems in our current school system while setting out to be an entertaining movie rather than being preachy. The movie takes place in and around the Adams Elementary School in Pittsburgh where a concerned mother realizes her dyslexic daughter can't get the help she needs to read within the current public school system, so she starts putting together a plan to takeover the school with a group of teachers and try to turn things around. Last week,...
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Why 'Monsieur Lazhar' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Why 'Monsieur Lazhar' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Canada's moving Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film; a horror flick from the guy that brought you "The Blair Witch Project"; The Who's classic rock opera; a cool and brutal Scandinavian thriller; and the latest comedy from the director of "The Big Chill." #1. "Monsieur Lazhar" For better or worse, the teacher/classroom genre is a Hollywood staple. From "Dangerous Minds" and "Freedom Writers" to "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "Dead Poets Society," these films tend to follow a standard plot formula (and often reap considerable box office and Oscar nominations anyway). Quebecois import "Monsieur Lazhar" -- fresh off an Academy Award nomination for foreign language film -- manages to transcend the genre with a moving, realistic take on student-teacher relations. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the film follows Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), an Algerian...
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The 12 Hottest (Movie) Teachers

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Let's face it, most of us have been, as David Lee Roth once so eloquently put it, "Hot For Teacher."  And while we adore the earnest and inspirational wisdom of teachers in movies like "Dead Poets Society," "Stand and Deliver" and "Mr. Holland's Opus," that's not what we're talking about here.

If our favorite educators had looked like these 12 big-screen teachers ranked in the gallery below, we would have been happy flunking year after year just to keep watching them draw on the chalkboard.

Originally published June 20, 2011.
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Watch: Viola Davis & Maggie Gyllenhaal 'Won't Back Down' In 4 Clips From The Education Drama

With her performances in “Doubt” and “The Help” both garnering her deserved Oscar buzz, actress Viola Davis quickly attached herself to another awards season hopeful, the education-reform drama “Won't Back Down.” Apparently 20th Century Fox believes so too, and along with moving the film's release date from the spring to fall, they've released a number of clips showcasing Davis' acting chops as well.

Won't Back Down” follows two mothers, played by Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, struggling with the inner-city public school system in which they are deeply involved. Davis plays a teacher deeply impassioned about her job, while Gyllenhaal portrays a single mother who persuades parents around her for change while also tending bar and selling cars. “The Wire” star Lance Reddick shows up as head of a school board, while Rosie Perez, Ving Rhames, Bill Nunn, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste round out the supporting cast.

From the footage shown, director
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Here's 8 Great Teacher/Student Films, In Honor of 'Monsieur Lazhar'

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Here's 8 Great Teacher/Student Films, In Honor of 'Monsieur Lazhar'
For better or worse, the teacher/classroom genre is a Hollywood staple. From "Dangerous Minds" and "Freedom Writers" to "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "Dead Poets Society," these films follow a pretty standard plot formula time and time again (and often reap considerable box office and Oscar nominations anyway). But this weekend, Quebecois import "Monsieur Lazhar" -- fresh off an Oscar nomination -- transcends the genre with a moving, realistic take on student-teacher relations. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the film follows Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), an Algerian immigrant who is hired to replace a teacher at a Montreal elementary school who kills herself. Honest and sincere in a manner rare to its Hollywood counterparts, "Lazhar" is a powerful little film that effectively takes on a multitude of issues permeating today's society.  In honor of "Lazhar," Indiewire thought we'd offer 8...
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