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Homicide's Jon Polito Dead at 65

Homicide's Jon Polito Dead at 65
Jon Polito, whose myriad TV credits included the role of Det. “Steve” Crosetti on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street, died on Thursday. He was 65.

Director John McNaughton shared the news via Facebook, saying: “Very sad to learn that my dear friend and collaborator, Jon Polito, has passed away…. Jon and I worked together in TV starting with episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, some pilots and Masters of Horror. He appeared in over 100 films, countless TV episodes and on Broadway. Jon was a born actor and will be deeply missed by his legion of friends, fans, family
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Project Almanac Review

Director: Dean Israelite

Cast: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-d’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner, Amy Landecker, Gary Weeks

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 106 minutes

Synopsis: After discovering his late father’s camcorder, genius David Raskin (Weston) is shocked to see his current teenage self in a video from his own 7th birthday party. He and his friends soon discover his father’s research into time-travel.

Found footage does time travel in this teen focused MTV film from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. That’s probably inspired an awful lot of groaning, and it’s not hard to understand why. Found footage has been abused by the film industry as an excuse for cheap films that yield great returns. We’re long past the point where anybody might mistake it for real, actual footage. The Blair Witch Project is one thing, but convincing people that time-travel exists? It’s not going to happen.
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Spencer Stars In "Murder She Wrote" Reboot

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help") is set to play the new look Jessica Fletcher in NBC's planned reboot of the "Murder, She Wrote" franchise.

Spencer would succeed Angela Lansbury in the role which was essentially a 1980s American spin on Agatha Christie's famed Miss Marple character. Jessica 'J.B.' Fletcher character was a middle-aged widow and successful author of detective fiction who resided in the sleepy town of Cabot Cove.

She sported a seemingly endless collection of relatives and friends, and traveled extensively. In each episode she would solve at least one murder (sometimes several) after the police prove incapable of doing so.

The series ran twelve seasons from 1984 through to 1996, and was followed by several telemovies with the last airing in 2003. It remains one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in history. At its height, it pulled in up to 23 million viewers a week,
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Devastating Trailer & Poster Pull Up At ‘Fruitvale Station’

Written and directed by debutant Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station is the Sundance Award-winning true-life drama starring rising actor Michael B. Jordan. The Chronicle co-star headlines as Oscar Grant, a 22 year-old man about to celebrate the New Year, and who is desperate to be a better father to his young daughter. However, what happened on that fateful day in Oakland, California, brought shame on the city and local Police Force following the shocking events captured on digital cameras and cell phones.

Check out the first trailer, poster and official plot synopsis below:

This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve,
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Television Actor Dunham Dies; worked with Soderbergh, Spielberg, Stone

Stephen Dunham dead at 48 Best known for his roles in the television series Dag, What I Like About You, and Hot Properties, Dunham died of a heart attack in Burbank on Monday, Sept. 17.

The Boston native (born in 1964) had turned 48 a mere three days earlier. Among his other television appearances were those in the series Oh, Grow Up, The Chronicle, D.O.T.S. Last year, he guested in the popular Hot in Cleveland. Dunham movies In addition to his TV work, the actor was featured in about a dozen films, almost invariably in minor supporting roles. Those include The Mummy (1999), with Brendan Fraser; Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed Traffic (2000), with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Benicio Del Toro, and Michael Douglas; Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002), with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Walken; and the comedy Monster-in-Law, starring Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan,
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Silvio Horta To Develop Comedy Series For Fox Based on Texts From Last Night Blog

Exclusive: Just when we thought the trend of comedies based on blogs and Twitter feeds was cooling off, it’s back! Fox has tapped Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta to develop a half-hour comedy based on the infamous blog Texts From Last Night. Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV are producing. Fox has been high on the Web property. The network, Happy Madison and Sony TV first took a stab at developing a comedy based on the Web site two seasons ago with Steve Holland as the writer. Last season, it was redeveloped with different writers, Marc Abrams and Michael Benson. Now a new take will be written by Horta, who had been looking to branch out into half-hour comedies after creating 2 sci-fi dramas, The Chronicle and Jake 2.0 and a dramedy, ABC’s Ugly Betty. The user-generated Tfnl blog posts “regrettable,” often embarrassing text messages usually sent late at
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'Ugly Betty' exclusive: Ep Silvio Horta on the show's missteps, the media and surviving Fridays

"Ugly Betty," just like its title character, has had to prove itself over and over since its debut in 2006. Viewed as breakout hit in its first season, the show has since suffered at the hands of critics, sagging ratings and a disastrous move to the fabled Friday night death slot.

Silvio Horta, "Ugly Betty's" executive producer, will be the first to admit the show has had growing pains. Cuban-American Horta grew up watching Spanish-language telenovelas, such as "Betty la Fea," the show "Ugly Betty" was adapted from. After penning the screenplay for the box office hit, "Urban Legend," he moved into TV with the brilliant, but canceled series, "The Chronicle" on the then Sci-Fi network, and Upn's "Jake 2.0."

This week, "Ugly Betty" gets another chance to recapture its audience as part of ABC's primetime comedy block on Wednesday nights. We spoke to Horta about the challenges the show
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"Milk" Nominated for GLAAD Award for Best Film

"Milk" will duke it out with "Brideshead Revisited," "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," "RockRolla," and "Vicky Christina Barcelona" for the Outstanding Film (Wide Release) category for the GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Awards.

Ceremonies will be held March 28 in New York, April 18 in Los Angeles and May 9 in San Francisco.

Click Read More to see the complete list of nominees, and to find out where Tyra Banks was nominated under :happy

20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

Outstanding Film . Wide Release

Brideshead Revisited (Miramax Films)

Milk (Focus Features)

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (Columbia Pictures)

RocknRolla (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Film . Limited Release

The Edge of Heaven (Strand Releasing)

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (New Open Door Productions)

Save Me (First Run Features)

Shelter (Regent Releasing)

Xxy (Film Movement)

Outstanding Drama Series

Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

The L Word (Showtime)

South of
See full article at Manny the Movie Guy »

'Milk' among GLAAD nominees

'Milk' among GLAAD nominees
"Milk" picked up another nomination Wednesday as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced nominees for its 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Best picture Oscar nominee "Milk," from Focus, was included in GLAAD's outstanding film in wide release category, where it will compete with Miramax's "Brideshead Revisted," Columbia's "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," Warners' "RocknRolla" and the Weinstein Co.'s "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Among television contenders, the nominees for outstanding drama series are ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," Showtime's "The L Word," The N's "South of Nowhere," BBC America's "Torchwood" and HBO's "True Blood."

The comedy series nominees are ABC's "Desperate Housewives," ABC Family's "Greek," the CW's "Reaper," BBC America's "Skins" and ABC's "Ugly Betty."

The awards honoring media representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in 26 English-language and 15 Spanish-language categories. They will be presented at a series of dinners: March 28 at the Marriott Marquis in New York, April
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Columbia, Moritz to rescue 'Harry'

Columbia, Moritz to rescue 'Harry'
Columbia Pictures will remake the 1986 TriStar actioner Let's Get Harry, which Neal Moritz will produce through his studio-based Original Films. Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg is writing the remake with Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who worked together on the Rosenberg-executive-produced Showtime series Going to California. The original Harry stars Mark Harmon as an American engineer taken hostage and held for ransom in the jungles of South America along with an American ambassador. A group of men -- played by Robert Duvall and Gary Busey, among others -- set out to rescue him. The new version will center on a group of men going to rescue their buddy, who has been taken hostage, despite others urging them to forget it because he may not even be alive anymore. Moritz is producing the project, with Original executive Tania Landau overseeing. Columbia's Matt Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor are the executives on the project. Rosenberg, repped by CAA, has written such films as Kangaroo Jack, Con Air, Gone in Sixty Seconds and Beautiful Girls. Appelbaum and Nemec, repped by Endeavor, were most recently writers and producers on television's Fastlane. Other credits include TV's She Spies, The Chronicle and Profiler. All three writers are also repped by Offer Webber and Dern Llp.

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