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Morning Meme: "The New Normal" Tackles "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," Considering Aaron Johnson's Johnson, and Does a Photo Hint At John Barrowman's "Arrow" Character?

Rod 2.0 has video from this week's L.A. Complex, which has closeted rapper Kaldrick King coming out after an emotional scene with his dying father. "And when I finally found someone that I thought I could love and love me back, it made me hurt them. ... I have wanted to die because I could not be who I wanted to be. Who you wanted me to be. But I couldn't be." "None of these lies I told made me stronger. None of the secrets I kept made me happier. My name is Sean Duggan. Aka Kaldrick King. Aka The King of California. I'm gay."

Logo has dropped their 2007 documentary about Paris Hilton from their lineup in response to her "gay men are disgusting" comments.

MTV Geek wonders if men are being sexually objectified in super hero movies, in a counterpoint to the way that women are portrayed in the comics,
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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Written by: Derek Connolly

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Mark Duplass

Safety Not Guaranteed is the title of director Colin Trevorrow's recent film. But it's also, at the core of the movie's plot, a warning in a want ad that seeks determined time travelers.

Satisfaction isn't guaranteed either. Just like the principal characters may or may not journey through the 4th dimension, find a better world or even achieve a sense of belonging with a fellow human being, audiences may not take to this quirky offering's resolution.

It doesn't mean that Safety Not Guaranteed makes for a bad afternoon. It's hard not to warm to its flawed characters and their crackpot dreams. They have all the pitiful attraction of a box full of sick puppies.

And charm — my, how Safety Not Guaranteed just seethes with charm.

What the flick lacks is any conclusion
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'Father Of Invention' Is A Thing Starring Kevin Spacey & Camilla Belle

Fact: This movie sounds a lot like the Michael Douglas/Evan Rachel Wood father-daughter indie dramedy King Of California.

Fact: I need to leave my house more.

The Father Of Invention is a terrrrrible pun. It follows "Kevin Spacey [as] Robert Axle, an eccentric inventor turned ego maniacal infomercial guru, who loses it all when one of his inventions maims thousands of customers. After eight years in a maximum security prison, Axle is ready to redeem his name and rebuild his billion dollar empire. But first, he must convince his estranged 22-year old daughter... to let him live with her and her quirky, over-protective roommates." [Deadline]

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Weekly Film Music Roundup (June 17, 2011)

Three new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

Expected to top the weeekend box office is the comic book adaptation Green Lantern directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Saarsgard and Mark Strong. The film’s music is composed by James Newton Howard. A soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score has been released by Watertower Music. For audio clips and more information, visit our soundtrack announcement.

Also opening wide is Mark Water’s family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll and Angela Lansbury. The movie’s score is written by composer Rolfe Kent. A soundtrack album with Kent’s score will be released by Varese Sarabande on June 28, 2011. To find out more about the soundtrack, visit our previous article.

Opening in around 600 theaters is the dramedy The Art of Getting By directed by Gavin Wiesen and starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts.
See full article at Film Music Reporter »

First Trailer for Sci-Fi Drama Another Earth

The first trailer for co-writer and director Mike Cahill's (not to be confused with the Mike Cahill that directed King of California) new movie, Another Earth, is now online. Described by Cahill as "part sci-fi, part complex love romance, and 100% poetry meets science," the movie debuted to acclaim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition division, with a reviewer for THR declaring it "science fiction at its best."

Next Showing:

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William Mapother | Brit Marling | Another Earth
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's Return to the Big Screen

He couldn't stay away from the silver screen for long. After being King of California for nearly eight years, Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to take on a new role. Schwarzenegger is currently working on a deal with Lionsgate for a screenplay titled The Last Stand, and according to insiders, he's not far from committing to the project. Schwarzenegger would play the main character of the story, a small-town sheriff who tries to stop a drug lord from fleeing to the Mexican border. Screenwriter Andrew Knauer wrote the original spec script. Knauer eloquently described the concept to Hollyscoop...
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Michael Douglas to Receive Icon Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Michael Douglas is set to receive the Icon Award on Thursday, January 13, at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). The actor will get his award following a screening of "Solitary Man." The Icon Award is given to an individual who has created a great body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement.

Festival Director Darryl Macdonald called Douglas an "American treasure" and is "deserving of celebration."

Here's the rest of the press release:

The Festival will devote an evening to the Oscar® winning actor and producer, as part of its Talking Pictures: The Contenders Series, which focuses on the films and the actors that are emerging among the front-runners leading up to the Academy Award nominations. The tribute will include the presentation of its Icon Award, a selection of clips from his films, an on-stage conversation with Douglas and Variety.s Peter Bart and a screening of Solitary Man.
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Sundance 2011 U.S. Dramatic Competition: Braden King, Sean Durkin and Jeff Nichols Among the 16 Selected

Let me toot my own horn a bit. Of the 16 selected films out of 1,102 submissions, I accurately predicted 12. Out of the four that didn't fly on my radar we find American New Wave 25 selected Sean Durkin, who will make it back to back years in Park City. He featured the marvelous, creepy Mary Last Seen there, and would start lensing Martha Marcy May Marlene in the summer...but my thinking was he was Cannes-bound with this one...he may still be, but Sundance is world preem launching pad for the pic. Sam Levinson's debut film, which formerly went by "The Reasonable Bunch" and now has a conflict of interest with the Aussie film by the same title (The Loved Ones) has plenty of star wattage -- but I think the real reason to be buzzed about the film in young actor Ezra Miller who broke out in Afterschool and
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On 8/23 First Look Studios hosts the first social media press day with Werner Herzog, director of My Son,My Son, What Have Ye Done. And Y'all can be a part of it!

First Look Studios is hosting the first press day exclusively conducted within social media platforms with the acclaimed director, Werner Herzog, on behalf of his September 14, 2010 DVD release of My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

Herzog will respond in real-time to questions tweeted to the First Look Studios’ twitter account, 1stlookstudios, with his responses posted on the First Look Studios’ Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstLookStudios

With this social media press day, First Look Studios is transforming the traditional press junket into an event where key press, bloggers and Fans can participate directly with talent in a this interactive medium.

TheTwitter press day will take place on Monday, August 23rd from 8-10:30 Am Pst. Werner will be answering Press tweets from 8-9:45 Am Pst. The video answers will then be uploaded to First Look Studios YouTube page.

All of you guys can send tweet questions to Werner on Monday,
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An Open Letter To Ashley Greene And Kellan Lutz, Who Think They’re Worth $8 Million

Dearest Ashley Greene and Kullan Kellan Lutz,

Well look at that - Kellan, I spelled your name wrong in my open letter to you! I’d apologize except that I think it’s a perfect example of how insignificant you are. I’m a massive Twi-dork and I sometimes forget your name. So why then do you guys think your irrelevant asses deserve $4 million for each Breaking Dawn movie?

Look dudes, I get where you’re coming from. You’re part of a mega-franchise, with the second installment, New Moon, raking in $140.7 million in its opening weekend alone. So sure, $4 million (or $8 million, if Breaking Dawn is split into two movies) doesn’t seem like that much compared to how much the Twilight franchise makes (and how much Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are reportedly earning). But let’s be realistic here.

Ashley, you were a waitress at
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Happy birthday to 'Twilight' star Ashley Greene!

Today, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse star Ashley Greene turned twenty-three years young! Greene, who has developed into a bit of a fashionista, comes from Jacksonville, Florida, and portrays "Alice Cullen" in the Twilight series. In 2005, Greene played a small part in Punk'd followed by Crossing Jordan in 2006. Before being cast in Twilight, Greene worked on MADtv, Desire, and King Of California. Greene is presently filming The Apparition. Her recent film Skateland debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and her film Warrior (with Twilight co-star Kellan Lutz) w ...
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'Twilight' Vamp Zeroes in on Her Own Supernatural Horror

'Twilight' Vamp Zeroes in on Her Own Supernatural Horror
Ashley Greene's cinematic path hasn't been gradual. It all started with a couple one-ep stints on a few shows, a gig on a quickly vaporized show called Desire, time as a McDonald's customer in King of California, an uncredited moment on Shark, and playing Kim #4 in Otis. Then everything changed. She put on the superstylish clothes, added a pixie hop to her step, and starting divining the future on the Twilight series. Now she's got a handful of movies under her belt, and is circling her next starring gig.

Risky Biz Blog reports that Greene is looking into the ghostly side of supernatural life. The actress is in talks to star in The Apparition, Dark Castle's latest supernatural horror that will, most likely, wrench her out of sparkles and overprotective families. Written and to be directed by Todd Lincoln, the story focuses on a couple in college who are
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Douglas in "Solitary"

Millennium Films has set Michael Douglas will play a car mogul in Millennium Films' "Solitary Man." According to reliable sources, Jenna Fischer, Susan Sarandon and funnyman Danny DeVito are in negotiations to co-star in the film. Direction is by duo David Levien and Brian Koppelman from the screenplay written by Koppelman with production rumored to begin sometime in November in the Big Apple. Douglas plays a man who owned a chain of car dealership who is left with a desimated marriage and career. Producing are Steven Soderbergh and Paul Schiff with Joe Gatta, Trevor Short, Avi Lerner, Moshe Diamant and Danny Dimbort in executive producer positions. Douglas was last in the Mike Cahill indie dramedy "King of California" alongside Evan Rachel Wood. He's in post-production phase for Mark Waters' "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Additionally, he leads the cast of Amber Tamblyn,
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Deauville lines up heavweight tributes

Deauville lines up heavweight tributes
PARIS -- The 33rd annual Deauville Festival of American Cinema will pay tribute to Michael Douglas, Sigourney Weaver and Sidney Lumet, whose latest movie, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, will have its world premiere at the event, organizers said Monday.

The festival's only other world premiere will be Ben Affleck's Gone, Baby, Gone, the tale of two private dicks on the trail of a missing 4-year-old starring Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris.

A selection of Douglas' films will be aired as part of his tribute, including his latest picture King of California.

More than 120 movies will unspool during the 10-day festival, which takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 9 in the Normandy beach resort.

About half of these will make up a new section titled "American Nights", which will see 240 hours of movies screened around the clock in a 100-seater theater for the duration of the festival. Genres covered will include Westerns, film noir, horror and comedy.

Among new Hollywood fare showcased at Deauville will be Matt Damon starrer The Bourne Ultimatum and Western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which stars Brad Pitt, both movies that will transfer in from Venice.

First Look buys pic fit for a ‘King’

  • As part of a serious refocus in acquistions, the folks at First Look picked up one more Sundance selection. Mike CahillMichael Cahill
[/link]’s directorial and screenwriting debut was produced by Alexander Payne, Michael London, Avi Lerner and Randall Emmett. The King of California is a dark comedy that stars Michael Douglas as a father who returns home after being released from a mental institution, much to the chagrin of his beleaguered 16-year-old daughter (Evan Rachel Wood). She reluctantly embarks on one of her father's long string of crazy schemes: a plan to unearth gold buried by Spanish missionaries in California....
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First Look mines Sundance gold with 'King'

PARK CITY -- As the Sundance Film Festival winds to a close, First Look Pictures acquired North American rights to "King of California" for slightly less than $3 million Thursday night, sources close to the negotiations said.

A dark comedy from first-time screenwriter-director Mike Cahill, "King" stars Michael Douglas as a father who returns home after being released from a mental institution, much to the chagrin of his beleaguered 16-year-old daughter Evan Rachel Wood). She reluctantly embarks on one of her father's long string of crazy schemes: a plan to unearth gold buried by Spanish missionaries in California.

A First Look representative confirmed that the studio was in negotiations for rights to the project, produced by Alexander Payne, Michael London, Avi Lerner and Randall Emmett.

According to a source involved in the deal, the Weinstein Co., Lionsgate and ThinkFilm circled the film after its world premiere Wednesday night at the Eccles Theatre. One factor that gave First Look the edge, a source said, was that the studio's CEO Henry Winterstern read the script and was tracking the project because of his previous position as CEO at Capital Entertainment, where he once expressed interest in getting involved in the production.

Sundance sets its musical tour

Sundance sets its musical tour
NEW YORK -- Donovan, Terence Blanchard, Ron Sexsmith, Jill Sobule and Simon Townshend are some of the artists bringing music to next month's Sundance Film Festival, where organizers will hold a series of concerts and related panels.

Film directors Justin Theroux (Dedication), Tom DiCillo (Delirious), Andrew Wagner (Starting Out in the Evening) and Mike Chaill (King of California) will participate in a round-table discussion Jan. 24 with such composers as Blanchard, Peter Golub, Adam Hollander, Dave Robbins and Anton Sanko on the creative process of film scoring.

Later that day, Victor Krauss, Keb Mo, Michael Penn and Blanchard will perform in a special music showcase.

The special music events, sponsored by Sundance Institute's Film Music Program and music publisher BMI, also will include the "Sundance Celebrates Music and Film" and Film2Music, exploring the cinematic and music mediums.

In what has become a Sundance tradition, the fest's Music Cafe will host afternoon performances programmed by ASCAP, featuring such artists as Sobule with Julia Sweeney, A Fine Frenzy, Sexsmith, Donovan and Townshend throughout the festival.

Sundance sets its musical tour

Sundance sets its musical tour
NEW YORK -- Donovan, Terence Blanchard, Ron Sexsmith, Jill Sobule and Simon Townshend are some of the artists bringing music to next month's Sundance Film Festival, where organizers will hold a series of concerts and related panels.

Film directors Justin Theroux (Dedication), Tom DiCillo (Delirious), Andrew Wagner (Starting Out in the Evening) and Mike Chaill (King of California) will participate in a round-table discussion Jan. 24 with such composers as Blanchard, Peter Golub, Adam Hollander, Dave Robbins and Anton Sanko on the creative process of film scoring.

Later that day, Victor Krauss, Keb Mo, Michael Penn and Blanchard will perform in a special music showcase.

The special music events, sponsored by Sundance Institute's Film Music Program and music publisher BMI, also will include the "Sundance Celebrates Music and Film" and Film2Music, exploring the cinematic and music mediums.

In what has become a Sundance tradition, the fest's Music Cafe will host afternoon performances by such artists as Sobule with Julia Sweeney, A Fine Frenzy, Sexsmith, Donovan and Townshend throughout the festival.

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