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14 items from 2012

Morning Brew - Fri. Oct. 19: Sara Gilbert celebrates Spirit Day, Cynthia Nixon says no "Sex and the City 3"

19 October 2012 8:26 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: Morning BrewAmber HeardSara GilbertThe TalkChristine QuinnIMDbThe Fosters

Good morning and Happy Spirit Day!

Everyone everywhere is wearing purple in the name of Lgbt pride and acceptance. So if you see someone on the street today wearing a shade of violet, I advocate going up and giving them a hug. Here's Sara Gilbert over at The Talk on why she'll be wearing a purple tie today on the show.

For the record, I'm wearing purple pants today.

In the web series Squaresville's season finale, Zelda comes out to her friend Esther and things get weird.

If you like this episode, check out the rest of the season at youtube.com/SquaresvilleSeries.

Amber Heard was all smiles at the Guess Girl Fragrance Launch recently. I bet she smells like loveliness.

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty

Michelle Tea talked with The Rumpus about starting her own Sister Spit Press. She's a Renaissance »

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Gossip Girl Sneak Peek: Start Typing!

3 October 2012 5:53 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

In a new sneak peek from the season premiere of Gossip Girl, we see the beginnings of the Chuck-Blair sex scene that's been teased in previous promos, followed by Dan and Georgina in Europe, brainstorming their next move.

Clearly, she's calling the shots.

When you enlist Georgina Sparks, you play by her rules. Technology means hackers, she notes, so she has secured an old school typewriter for Dan's latest literary masterpiece. Then she promptly tells him to start typing.

Watch the scene from "Gone Maybe Gone" below:

 Gossip Girl Season 6 Premiere Clip - Under the Tuscan Sun

If you haven't seen them and are interested, check out our Gossip Girl Season 6 premiere spoilers page. The episode is worth the wait. Also, there are two additional clips floating around this morning:

A snippet of a scene that comes not long after the above exchange, and ... A quick but fun moment from the following episode, »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (Steve Marsi)

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Under the Tuscan Sun Blu-ray Review

26 July 2012 11:45 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool checks out the Under the Tuscan Sun Blu-ray!

The Set-up

An American writer (Diane Lane) decides to radically change her life when she buys an Italian villa on a whim while on vacation.  

Directed by: Audrey Wells

The Delivery

Under the Tuscan Sun is supposed to be a comedic drama about finding yourself when life throws you a curveball. Instead, it's a cautionary tale about about an impulsive, irrational woman who makes her problems worse, and eventually decides that true happiness is learning to give up and settle for what you have.

Fans of this film, and the book it is based on, will probably strongly disgree, but I found myself continually annoyed and frustrated by Frances, the lead character played by Diane Lane. Even worse, her character is based on Frances Mayes, who wrote Under the Tuscan Sun based on her real-life experiences. Watching this film, »

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Win 4 Blu-ray movies: Phenomenon, Step Up, Under the Tuscan Sun & Horse Whisperer!

24 July 2012 7:03 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Here's your chance to win four Blu-rays from Touchstone Home Entertainment!

The great folks at Disney/Touchstone Home Video have partnered with us for another great giveaway! This time, one reader will win four hit films that just hit Blu-ray for the first time: Phenomenon, Step Up, Under the Tuscan Sun, and The Horse Whisperer! Read on about each of these great films, and then find out how to enter!


Starring: John Travolta

This entertaining character drama is a great film, featuring outstanding performances from John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick, and Forest Whitaker. George (Travolta) is a regular guy, until a flash of light gives him incredible mental powers. Click here to read our review!

Step Up

Starring: Channing Tatum

A street thug (Tatum) joins a dance team at an arts high school. You know, that guy from the Magic Mike stripper movie. Check out our review of the Blu-ray right here! »

- feeds@themoviepool.com (Victor Medina)

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Contest: Win The Horse Whisperer, Phenomenon, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Step Up on Blu-ray

5 July 2012 12:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has just debuted The Horse Whisperer, Phenomenon, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Step Up on Blu-ray for the first time today, July 3. With the 4th of July holiday upon us, we felt it was proper to celebrate our nation's freedom by giving away free Blu-ray discs to our readers. These prizes will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

The Horse Whisperer: 15th Anniverary Edition Blu-ray

Phenomenon Blu-ray

Under the Tuscan Sun Blu-ray

Step Up Blu-ray

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

If you already "Like" MovieWeb, just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

The Horse Whisperer

Relive every heartwarming moment of The Horse Whisperer, presented for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring new digital »

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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'Barbarella,' 'God Bless America'

3 July 2012 7:35 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Barbarella" What's It About? Jane Fonda stars as Barbarella, an interstellar agent who's sent on a rescue mission, spanning the cosmos. Along the way, she encounters a variety of extraterrestrial beings and learns several new modes of seduction. See It Because: It's a camp classic, no doubt, but the new high-def version celebrates the movie's swinging '60s visual design -- and gives us a crystal-clear presentation of Jane Fonda at her galaxy-spanning hottest. Watch an Exclusive Clip from "Barbarella" - Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "God Bless America" What's It About? Bill Murray's younger brother Joel stars as Frank, a terminally ill man who takes his nothing-to-lose scenario and decides to clean up society. Aided by the crazy 16-year-old Roxy, he goes "Taxi Driver" on annoying reality TV debutantes, media loudmouths and people who text in the theater. See It Because: The movie's director, »

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This Week It's all about New DVD and Blu-ray Release Dates

3 July 2012 6:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This week's new titles are a bit lackluster, but if you scroll down to the new DVD and Blu-ray release dates I'm sure some of you will be excited to see The Cabin in the Woods is on its way, but what I have my eyes on are the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection (buy now) and the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (buy now). That "Classic Monsters" collection seems incredibly impressive with new restorations of your favorites and, of course, who doesn't want early Indy on Blu-ray while we use the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Blu-ray as a Frisbee. Before you check out the new releases, here's some Universal Monster restoration love: God Bless America This is a film I'm actually interested in seeing, but I'm not exactly in a rush to do so. I like the idea of ridding the world of all its ills, and »

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Blu-ray Release: Under the Tuscan Sun

20 June 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: July 3, 2012

Price: Blu-ray $20.00

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Diane Lane (Secretariat) shines in the romance Under the Tuscan Sun, a movie we’re happy to see gets its Blu-ray debut.

In the 2003 film, Lane plays a just-divorced writer who goes on a bus tour vacation in Tuscany in an attempt to get out of a funk. Captivated by the Italian countryside, she buys a crumbling villa there hoping it will be the start of a new, better life. With an oddball crew repairing the house, Lane tries new things and new loves.

Under the Tuscan Sun was directed and written by Audrey Wells (Guinevere), based on the best-selling book by Frances Mayes.

The PG-13 movie, which was nominated for a production design Golden Globe award, also stars Sandra Oh (Rabbit Hole), Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland), Raoul Bova (The Tourist) and Vincent Riotta (Nine).

The feel-good movie, »

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The Walt Disney Studios To Release 30 Iconic Films On Blu-ray In 2012

17 April 2012 3:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

To satisfy consumer demand and serve the growing base of Blu-ray. households, The Walt Disney Studios today announced plans to add more than 30 popular and iconic films to its ever-expanding Blu-ray. library.  Each film selected for release has been fully digitally remastered, with dirt and anomalies cleaned to a pristine level, offering viewers optimum high definition picture and sound quality of some of their favorite films.

The films selected for release appeal to families, film-lovers and collectors with a wide-breadth of Live-Action, Animated, Romance titles that range from Beaches to While You Were Sleeping and Pocahontas to The Santa Clause. Many are celebrating special 10th, 15th and 20th Anniversary Edition releases, many are Academy Award®-Winning Films like Dead Poets Society, Evita, Dick Tracy, and many are back by popular demand including Hocus Pocus, Adventures in Babysitting, and The Color of Money.

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How to polish your screenplay: notes from Mahindra–Sundance Screenwriters Lab

12 April 2012 10:39 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Vikas Chandra was selected for the inaugural edition of Mumbai Mantra—Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India for his script ‘Toothache’. He, along with seven other screenplay writers, participated in a 5 day- workshop in Lonavla. Vikas Chandra sums up his learning from the workshop in this article:

 Your donkeys are not carrying enough load! 

In the beginning I had no clue on how to prepare or even what to expect from the lab. Worse, I was gripped with the fear that in no time I would be exposed as a writer!

I expected to be bombarded with questions I had no answers to, at least not at that moment. With such apprehensions, I approached my first session, which was with Audrey Wells.

Thankfully – nothing of the above happened.

We started talking about the central character in my script. Why did I choose my protagonist? What do I like about her? »

- Vikas Chandra

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News: Disney Plans Big Blu-ray Year

16 March 2012 11:29 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Beaches, The Horse Whisperer, The Rescuers and Father of the Bride are among a string of catalog movies that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will debut on high-definition Blu-ray in 2012.

The studio plans to add more than 30 films to its Blu-ray library, each fully digitally remastered and cleaned from dirt. Many will be anniversary editions.

Here’s the list of what’s coming and when:

Father of the Bride

May 15

Father of the Bride

Bringing Down the House

June 5

The Color of Money



June 19

Sister Act


July 3

The Horse Whisperer

Under the Tuscan Sun


Step Up

Home On the Range

Treasure Planet

The Rescuers


Adventures in Babysitting

Grosse Pointe Blank

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

The Rescuers

High Fidelity

Ed Wood

Judge Dredd

Ghost of the Abyss 3D

Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure


The Tigger Movie

The Aristocats

Pete »

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Mumbai Mantra launches Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2012

14 March 2012 1:01 AM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment division of the Mahindra Group, is  collaborating with Sundance Institute for the inaugural Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2012. Eight feature film projects have been selected through a rigorous evaluation process of submissions from Indian screenwriters from around the world . These Screenwriting Fellows will have the opportunity to work intensely on their feature film scripts with the support of Creative Advisors (established Screenwriters and Directors) in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with the Creative Advisors, the Screenwriting Fellows will engage in an artistically demanding process that offers indispensable lessons in craft, a fresh perspective on their work and a platform to fully realize their material.This year.s Screenwriting Fellows who will go through an immersive five day workshop (March 11-16) at a Club Mahindra Resort are: .    Charudutt Acharya (Sonali Cable Centre).    Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita, »

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Anusha Rizvi, Shonali Bose among 8 selected for Mahindra Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab 2012

11 March 2012 10:31 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab 2012 announced eight feature-film projects for its inaugural edition. Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui’s Opium and Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar’s Margarita, With a Straw are two of them.

The selected 8 Screenwriting Fellows will get an opportunity to develop their works under the guidance of Creative Advisors at a workshop for 5 days from March 11-16, at Club Mahindra Resort in Lonavala.

The selected 8 projects are:

Charudutt Acharya (Sonali Cable Centre)

Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita, With a Straw)

Vikas Chandra (Toothache)

Rajnesh Domalpalli (Avani)

Prashant Nair (Umrica)

Anusha Rizvi & Mahmood Farooqui (Opium)

• Ajitpal Singh (Manjhi)

Kartik Singh (Public School).

The group of Creative Advisors include Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams), Marcos Bernstein (Central Station, Foreign Land), Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Contact),Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna), Shekhar Kapur (Bandit Queen, Elizabeth), Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, Eve’s Bayou), Anjum Rajabali (Rajneeti, »

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'Under the Tuscan Sun' Villa Goes on the Market (Exclusive)

1 March 2012 6:46 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The villa that was featured in the 2003 movie Under the Tuscan Sun -- which fed filmgoer fantasies of buying and restoring an Italian countryside villa -- is being sold by a couple who owns a Sonoma winery for 9.5 million euros. The film -- based on the best-selling 1996 Frances Mayes memoir of the same name -- starred Diane Lane as a recently divorced San Francisco writer who decamps for Tuscany, acquires a dilapidated villa in the town of Cortona and sets forth renovating it. After its appearance in the film, the 16th-century house was purchased in 2006 by current

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