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Marrakech Film Festival '11: Forest Whitaker Will Direct & Star In Ugandan Child Soldier Tale 'Better Angels'

8 December 2011 11:24 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Forest Whitaker isn't just an actor with thirty years experience in front of the camera, or an Oscar-winning movie star, but in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he also managed to carve out a second career as a director, debuting with the immensely successful "Waiting To Exhale" before going on to helm the Sandra Bullock vehicle "Hope Floats" and Katie Holmes-led "First Daughter." It's been some time since Whitaker stepped behind the camera, but The Playlist caught up with the actor yesterday at the Marrakech Film Festival, where he's being honored for the wide-ranging achievement of his career, and the actor/director told us he's finally set to warm up his director's chair again, with not one, but three different projects on his dance card, including one he previously hadn't revealed. Whitaker told us that he's planning on spending much of next year directing a project that explores an issue close to his. »

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Michael Bay Learns No Pain No Gain with Transformers 4

7 December 2011 8:13 AM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

It had been indicated that Transformers: Dark of the Moon was going to be It for Michael Bay and Shia LeBeouf and yet Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman (the parent company of Transformers movie studio Paramount) and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner have both said Transformers 4 was in the works. It looks like they've found a way to lure Bay back for the fourth installment: greenlight his passion project.

Pain and Gain is a dark comedy true crime story about Miami bodybuilders who got embroiled in an extortion ring which escalates into a kidnapping that went wrong. It's a project Bay has been trying to get off the ground for sometime and it looks like Paramount promised to do it if he'd come back for T4. Dwayne Johnson is in early talks for one of the roles.

Actors and directors often make these compromises. The most notable example is when Sandra Bullock »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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New interview with Carmen Moore, new projects for Meg Tilly, Ryan Robbins and Mike Dopud & some general updates

27 August 2011 2:56 PM, PDT | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

Let's start with the writers this time.

Jane Espenson wrote an article about Torchwood for BBC.co.uk that provides some info about the creative process behind Miracle Day. You can read it here.

Mark Verheiden tweets that he is back in the Falling Skies writers' room. Caprica co-creator & new Fs showrunner Remi Aubuchon confirms that Verheiden will be on staff for season two as a consulting producer. (Yes, Remi Aubuchon has joined Twitter.)

Race Bending has a fantastic new interview with Carmen Moore. She talks about Blackstone, playing Fidelia in Caprica, how she got cast in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (she will likely be a regular if B&C gets picked up) and some of her other projects, both old (Andromeda) and more recent (Two Indians Talking).

You can read the partial transcript here or listen to the whole interview below.

Carmen Moore is a veteran Canadian television and film actress from Burnbay, »

- fanshawe

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Eye on Emmy: Parenthood's Mae Whitman Says, 'My Career Path Hasn't Led Me Wrong Yet'

20 June 2011 12:14 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Mae Whitman is a force to be reckoned with. Just 23, she has a resume that boasts nearly two decades’ worth of solid acting experience, including countless movies (Hope Floats, the upcoming Perks of Being a Wallflower), tireless voiceover work (it runs in the family), and abundant television gigs (In Treatment and, of course, Arrested Development). She is that rarity, a bona fide child star success story.

Will Whitman’s moving turn as troubled Amber on NBC’s Parenthood finally garner her some recognition for her undeniable range and high-caliber performances? Possibly. But what’s truly important to the actress is the role itself. »

- Megan Masters

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Laura Ziskin obituary

15 June 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood producer who helped break the male stranglehold

Laura Ziskin, who has died aged 61 from breast cancer, was an influential and widely liked Hollywood producer who presided over the breakthrough films of stars including Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Kevin Costner. She demonstrated an aptitude for shaping commercial hits, such as the Spider-Man movies, alongside riskier projects.

As a producer with a contract at Sony and the former president of Fox 2000 (a specialist division of 20th Century-Fox), she was one of the first generation of women, along with Sherry Lansing and Amy Pascal, to occupy positions of power in a male-dominated industry. "There are a good dozen women producers consistently working in features, making movies," she said in 1998. "Not one-offs, not one movie every 10 years, but consistently making movies. This is quite a change, a revolution."

Ziskin was born in the San Fernando Valley, California, and graduated in 1973 from the »

- Ryan Gilbey

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'Good Christian Belles' video preview: 'Mean Girls' meets 'Hope Floats' in Darren Star's ABC soap

17 May 2011 3:50 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The former title "Good Christian B*tches" really would've been perfect for "Good Christian Belles." Alas, we are not censors/ABC and have no input in these decisions.

ABC unveiled its fall 2011-12 line-up on Tuesday, May 17, and "Sex and the City" executive producer Darren Star's "Good Christian Belles" made the cut for midseason. Our immediate thoughts after watching clips from the pilot? 1. Kristin Chenoweth is going to steal every single scene she's in, and 2. This is "Mean Girls" for the older crowd. Naturally, we already love it.

Leslie Bibb stars as Amanda Vaughn, a former high school "mean girl" who is forced to return home after her marriage ends in scandal. Amanda has changed over the last 20 years and as her old classmates -- Carlene Cockburn (Chenoweth) included -- reacquaint themselves with the new Amanda, will they welcome her with open arms or seek revenge? Sure, it kind »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Good Christian Belles' video preview: 'Mean Girls' meets 'Hope Floats' in Darren Starr's ABC soap

17 May 2011 3:50 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The former title "Good Christian B*tches" really would've been perfect for "Good Christian Belles." Alas, we are not censors/ABC and have no input in these decisions.

ABC unveiled its fall 2011-12 line-up on Tuesday, May 17, and "Sex and the City" executive producer Darren Starr's "Good Christian Belles" made the cut for midseason. Our immediate thoughts after watching clips from the pilot? 1. Kristin Chenoweth is going to steal every single scene she's in, and 2. This is "Mean Girls" for the older crowd. Naturally, we already love it.

Leslie Bibb stars as Amanda Vaughn, a former high school "mean girl" who is forced to return home after her marriage ends in scandal. Amanda has changed over the last 20 years and as her old classmates -- Carlene Cockburn (Chenoweth) included -- reacquaint themselves with the new Amanda, will they welcome her with open arms or seek revenge? Sure, it kind of »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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First Review for ‘The Tree of Life’ Brings Comparisons to ’2001′ & Spielberg; Production Notes

29 April 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With less than a month to go before Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life hits theaters, the first official review has landed, and it is quite positive. Sprouting from the French site Les Echos du Cinéma, we have a translation below from an IMDb user. They praise the film for its natural performances and beauty, but call out its Christian tones. It can be viewed below, followed by extensive production notes from All Things Shining. There are a lot of interesting tidbits in there, so I encourage you to read on.

In related news, the French distributor EuropaCorp have announced (via Blu-ray.com) a July 15th release date for the Blu-ray of The Tree of Life. No region coding is known yet, but that seems wildly early and highly unlikely. We’ll update the story if we hear any sort of confirmation or correction. For now, check out the review and productions. »

- Jordan Raup

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A Good Reason to Be "Bitter" This New Year and More New DVDs

5 January 2011 1:45 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Bitter Feast"

Directed by Joe Maggio

Released by Mpi Home Video

When a food critic ("Humpday"'s Justin Leonard) takes a butcher knife to the restaurant of a celebrity chef (James LeGros), the chef plots the ultimate revenge in this gory satirical thriller from director Joe Maggio. (My review from the Los Angeles Film Festival is here.)

"Case 39"

Directed by Christian Alvart

Released by Paramount

2010 is probably a year best forgotten by Renee Zellweger, who not only appeared in the execrable "My Own Love Song," which went straight to Netflix, but also this thriller that was filmed in 2006, but didn't see a release until last fall. Zellweger stars as a social worker whose latest case involving a child (Jodelle Ferland) that she believes is a victim of abuse leads to something far more terrifying. Bradley Cooper and Ian McShane co-star.

"Catfish »

- Stephen Saito

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This Week on DVD: Dinner for Schmucks, Machete, Catfish

4 January 2011 11:55 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Now that we've hit the January doldrums, it's a fine time to catch up on some movies on DVD and Blu-ray. This week Robert Rodriguez serves up his campy low budget action flick Machete starring Danny Trejo, along with new high-def releases of his Mexico Trilogy including El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. If that's not your cup of tea, there is also the summer comedy Dinner for Schmucks starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd and the Eli Roth-produced horror flick The Last Exorcism, plus Renee Zellweger thriller Case 39, Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl starring James Franco, and the much talked about documentary Catfish. You can also catch up on previous seasons of Big Love and The Ricky Gervais Show before the new ones premiere on HBO later this month. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? Dinner for Schmucks [1] (+ Blu-ray [2]) Machete [3] (+ Blu-ray »

- Sean

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Hope Floats (Blu-ray)

3 January 2011 9:57 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr, Gena Rowlands

Director: Forest Whitaker

The Scoop: (1998) In a case of art not just imitating but actually predicting life, Bullock plays a happily married woman whose life comes crashing down when her husband’s infidelity is suddenly revealed on national television. In “Hope Floats,” though, Bullock gets a second chance at love in the form of Connick. Just think, if only Whitaker were directing Bullock’s real life, she’d be guaranteed a happy ending!

Rated PG-13, 114 min. | Watch the trailer »

- NextMovie Staff

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