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Julia Stiles Looks Back at ‘Wicked’ and Ahead to ‘Riviera’

Julia Stiles Looks Back at ‘Wicked’ and Ahead to ‘Riviera’
In the early 2000s, Julia Stiles was a teen movie superstar with lead roles in such sleeper hits as “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Save the Last Dance.” But her first mention in Variety came with the edgy indie drama “Wicked” (then titled “The Second Wife”), in which she played a teenager out to seduce her widowed father. Twenty years later a very grown-up Stiles is headlining the glitzy thriller “Riviera” from Sky Vision and creator Neil Jordan that world premieres at Mip.

What are your memories of working on “Wicked”?

I think I was 16 when we made it. It was my first lead role, it was pretty exciting. It was the first time I got to go to California. Michael Steinberg, the director, was really lovely and we’ve stayed friends since then. It was my first foray into being a working actress, but it was a weird moment in time. I
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‘There’s Something About Mary’ Producer Sets Four Projects

‘There’s Something About Mary’ Producer Sets Four Projects
Veteran producer-author Frank Beddor, whose credits date back to “There's Something About Mary,” has launched Automatic Publishing and is developing a quartet of film, TV and theater projects, Variety has learned exclusively.

Beddor, who authored “The Looking Glass Wars” series, has signed a distribution deal with Publishers Group West. He has several writers, composers and producers attached for the spinoff projects.

The projects include “Hatter Madigan,” which is being developed as an animated children’s show with former Marvel Head of Animation Eric Rollman; “The Looking Glass Wars,” which is in the works as a Broadway musical with composer Ryan Oliver Scott and playwright-tv writer Jon Caren; Eric Laster’s murder mystery “Static” is being developed with “Con Man” producer Pj Haarsma for digital; and “Spectrum,” the fictional TV show at the center of the “Con Man” series, will get its own TV show.

Beddor, who had been a high-level freestyle skier,
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‘There’s Something About Mary’ Producer Sets Four Projects

‘There’s Something About Mary’ Producer Sets Four Projects
Veteran producer-author Frank Beddor, whose credits date back to “There’s Something About Mary,” has launched Automatic Publishing and is developing a quartet of film, TV and theater projects, Variety has learned exclusively.

Beddor, who authored “The Looking Glass Wars” series, has signed a distribution deal with Publishers Group West. He has several writers, composers and producers attached for the spinoff projects.

The projects include “Hatter Madigan,” which is being developed as an animated children’s show with former Marvel Head of Animation Eric Rollman; “The Looking Glass Wars,” which is in the works as a Broadway musical with composer Ryan Oliver Scott and playwright-tv writer Jon Caren; Eric Laster’s murder mystery “Static” is being developed with “Con Man” producer Pj Haarsma for digital; and “Spectrum,” the fictional TV show at the center of the “Con Man” series, will get its own TV show.

Beddor, who had been a high-level freestyle skier,
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Exclusive: Interview With Patrick Muldoon Of “Spiders 3D”

Exclusive: Interview With Patrick Muldoon Of “Spiders 3D”
Completing our trio of exclusive interviews with the stars and director of Spiders 3D, comes an interview with Patrick Muldoon, a man known to many as Zander Barcalow from Starship Troopers. We start at the beginning, from his days loving Star Wars, Rocky and Brando, to what role he gets recognized for most (he also starred on Melrose Place, Days Of Our Lives, and other hit shows), to upcoming projects, his love of arachnids (he’s also been in Ice Spiders), and his working relationship with director Tibor Takacs (who directed Ice Spiders). Here we go! Stay tuned to the end of the interview for three all new, spiffy stills from the film that is out on VOD Right Now.

FM: What movies and TV did you grow up watching and loving? What made you want to be an actor?

Patrick Muldoon: I didn’t watch a lot of movies growing up.
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Emmys 2012: Giancarlo Esposito Dishes New Info About ‘Breaking Bad’ and His Upcoming Series ‘Revolution’

By Rachel Bennett

Television Editor & Columnist

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It’s rare that a television character literally goes out with a bang, but — spoiler alert — that’s precisely what happens to Gustavo “Gus” Fring, restaurant owner by day and drug kingpin by night, on the season four finale of AMC’s masterful Breaking Bad. It is a moment no less shocking than the one in The Wizard of Oz in which the Wicked Witch of the West melts away, but one that elicits quite different emotions once it sinks in. Everyone wanted the Wicked Witch to be eliminated; after all, she had tormented Dorothy and her little dog Toto, among many others, and it was about time. Gus, too, was a character who tormented the lives of those around him, particularly the show’s protagonist Walter and his sidekick Jesse. But when Gus finally gets his comeuppance, the reaction among viewers is not
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Indie Horror Review: The Absent and Not Being Fully There

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*Full disclosure: a screener of this film was provided by Sage Bannick.

Director: Sage Bannick.

Writers: Ari Bernstein, Damon Abdallah, and Sage Bannick.

The Absent is 4/10 high school drama, 4/10 slasher and 1/10 psychological thriller. Releasing on DVD March 15th through Passion River, The Absent is an eighty minute challenge upon the attention, with some tension coming from a teacher/student interplay. You see, Vincent is a science teacher with a crush on a young student, named Katie. Soon, characters are dying and motivations are not fully realized. An indie film with passion and ambition, The Absent just never becomes compelling.

Director Sage Bannick has stated that this film was shot in ten days: "on a shoestring budget." So right out of the starting block, this film is rushed. Most films require at least two weeks, excluding re-shoots. A film just cannot rise to any excellent quality, with such a short shooting schedule.
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Votd: Mark Romanek Music Video Career Tribute

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Votd: Mark Romanek Music Video Career Tribute
[1] Mark Romanek may not be in the top tier of feature directors just yet, but among music video directors, he's an icon. Remember the dark sultriness of Fiona Apple's "Criminal" video? Or the controversy surrounding Nine Inch Nails' "Closer"? How about the heartbreaking intimacy of Johnny Cash's "Hurt"? Those are just three of his best-known works. Romanek's other musical clients include artists as varied and notable as Madonna, Weezer and Jay-z. Revisit those videos and many, many others in this video of higlights by Romanek fan Nino Del Padre after the jump. [via Movie City News [2]] Watching these videos, it's obvious Romanek has a gift as a visual storyteller. He has an impressive flexibility that allows him to do vibrant and upbeat just as compellingly as he does still and uncanny. Romanek's won numerous awards for his work, including Grammys for Michael & Janet Jackson's "Scream," Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's Gone,
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Sibling Rivalry Brings Thrills in Sage Bannick's The Absent January 7th

The Absent is an independently shot and financed thriller from the westcoast of North America (Washington). The Absent was written and directed by Sage Bannick (Just Hustle) and the story involves a Cain and Abel styled plotline. One brother is released from prison and returns home, while a series of murders take place upon his return. Is he the culprit, or his vengeful twin brother?

The cast for this feature includes Bryan Kirkwood (Hellbent), Yvonne Zima (Long Kiss Goodnight), Vanessa Zima (Wicked), Denny Kirkwood (Never Been Kissed) and others. This film will have a limited theatrical release beginning in January, with a follow up on DVD March 15th. Check out the first exciting trailer for The Absent inside. More details are also below (theatre dates).

The film's synopsis is here:

The Absent centers on Vincent, a high school teacher forced to choose between career and a love affair with Katie,
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Vickers defends using 'Bridge' melody

Vickers defends using 'Bridge' melody
Diana Vickers has defended using "a snippet" of melody from 'Under The Bridge' on her upcoming single. The chorus of 'My Wicked Heart', which is released on November 7, borrows elements from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1992 hit. Vickers told Digital Spy: "That happened without even knowing! We had the song and it didn't have the 'My Wicked Heart' bit in it and then we put the vocal in and we were like, 'Why does it sound so familiar?'. "Then we realised it was because we were listening to 'Under The Bridge' the day before! We were saying, (more)
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Boggy Creek Filmmaker Charles B. Pierce Dies

Charles B. Pierce was a popular regional filmmaker who made his feature film debut as director, producer, and cinematographer for the 1972 docu-drama The Legend of Boggy Creek. The low-budget film dramatized the legend of a Sasquatch-like creature known as the Fouke Monster, that was reputed to terrorize the small town in Arkansas near Texarkana. Boggy Creek became a major hit on the drive-in circuit. Pierce also directed and wrote a 1985 pseudo-sequel, The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part II, and appeared in the role of Professor Brian C. `Doc’ Lockart.

Pierce was born in Hammond, Indiana, on June 16, 1938, and moved to Hampton, Arkansas, with his family as a child. He operated an advertising agency in Texarkana, and began working in films as a set decorator in the mid-1960s. He worked on numerous film and television productions including Chuck Jones’ animated feature The Phantom Tollbooth (1970), and the films Pretty Maids All in a Row
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L.A. theaters' spirits up despite recession

L.A. theaters' spirits up despite recession
The Los Angeles theater scene? It, too, has been buffeted by the economic downturn. The phrase "ticket sales are off 10%" rolls easily off the lips of playhouse administrators. But spirits and resolve remain determinedly high, and there is no talk of converting to dinner theater.

Bigger venues have responded by focusing more precisely on target audiences, stretching budgets as far and creatively as possible, tinkering with pricing strategies and compelling season-ticket campaigns, and using the Internet not only for sales but also for creating buzz on such social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter.

There's also luck of the draw.

The Pantages began selling season tickets to Broadway/L.A. in spring 2008, before the brunt of the financial collapse. Using a "Welcome Home to the Pantages!" theme, inviting back existing subscribers after two years of "Wicked," Broadway/L.A.'s parade of mainstream moneymakers through November lists "Rain," "Mamma Mia!
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