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Madison tells the story of a woman (Roemer) who, after trying all traditional means to cure her mental illness, locks herself in her apartment for 30 days with no food, telephone or outside stimuli.
Conroy will play Dolly, Madison's mother and a religious zealot who has her own mental-health issues.
Manning plays Margaret, a fellow patient with sociopathic tendencies who resides at the psychiatric hospital with Madison. Patton plays Madison's loving but emotionally absent father.
Shooting is set to begin today in New Orleans.
Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard can add lifesaver to his resume after stepping in to help a choking journalist in a restaurant. The movie star was dining with Los Angeles magazine writer Margot Dougherty at the Four Seasons Hotel when she began choking on a piece of sushi. Howard, recalling a Heimlich maneuver scene in Mrs. Doubtfire, calmly took charge of the situation, folding his arms around the reporter and pumping her stomach to remove the blocked fish. Grateful Dougherty says, "He wraps his arms around me from behind, makes a fist at my solar plexus and gives two quick tugs. Bingo, I am breathing." When the gasping journalist asked her lunch guest how he learned about the Heimlich manoeuvre, the actor said, "I saw it on Mrs. Doubtfire. She saved Pierce Brosnan." »
Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard refuses to date women who don't use moistened tissue on visits to the toilet - as they are "not completely clean." The Oscar-nominated actor insists potential female suitors must not rely solely on toilet tissues in the bathroom, and even goes to the trouble of advising any partners to make the switch to baby wipes if they don't already use them. He tells Elle magazine, "If they're using dry paper, they aren't washing all of themselves. It's just unclean. So if I go inside a woman's house and see the toilet paper there, I'll explain this. And if she doesn't make the adjustment to baby wipes, I'll know she's not completely clean." »
Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard has found dating in Hollywood rough after getting snubbed by a string of hot women. The Oscar nominee has recently been linked with supermodel Naomi Campbell, but insists he was only looking after her at the request of mutual friend Quincy Jones. And he admits he has been forced to swallow his pride many times when it comes to chatting up ladies in Los Angeles. He reveals, "I tried to talk to Halle Berry for a bit. Didn't call me back. Tried to talk to Gabrielle Union. Didn't call me back, either." But Howard believes he hasn't been able to establish a new relationship because he still has feelings for his estranged wife Lori. He adds, "The only woman I really love is my wife. The hardest thing to do is to let go of somebody you really care about." »
How the Internet has changed the creative process, the life of a film and its distribution pattern were the topics discussed by a panel of notable Hollywood screenwriters at the first in a new speakers series hosted by Google on Monday night.
Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Lauren Greenfield (Thin), Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven), and Jim Uhls (Fight Club) spoke specifically to how they each use the Web's resources for development, how blogging communities now serve to promote films online and the impact of digital technology not only on a film's aesthetics but the industry at large to a mostly packed theater inside the Mann Criterion and close to Google's Santa Monica location.
"It used to be that reviews came out on Friday, then they were lining everybody's birdcage but now they're there forever," quipped Griffin about the power behind the interactive nature of blogging on the Net.
Brewer, whose 2005's "Hustle & Flow" garnered Terrence Howard an Academy Award nomination for best actor credited the social community aspect created through blogging as responsible for creating greater momentum for the film. »
PARK CITY -- The dropping temperatures at the Sundance Film Festival seem to be tempering the acquisition fever that usually accompanies the annual Utah confab. While acquisition executives are looking at a healthy number of films premiering at the event, no one title has sent any firm into an unreasonable bidding war.
That being said, a number of titles have been sold or are in the process of being sold to a wide array of distributors.
Although opening-weekend deals didn't reach the stratospheric heights of last year's $10.6 million price tag for Little Miss Sunshine or the $6 million sale of The Science of Sleep, or 2005's Hustle & Flow, which went for $9 million, they still retained some of the late-night negotiating hustle that has become a Sundance staple.
James C. Strouse's John Cusack starrer Grace Is Gone lived up to its prefest buzz, luring the likes of the Weinstein Co., Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics into an all-night bidding war. The Weinstein Co. nabbed worldwide rights to the movie for $4 million, closing the sale at 4:30 a.m. in co-seller Cinetic Media's Deer Valley condo.
Dan Klores' documentary Crazy Love marked the first sale of the festival, fetching mid-six figures from Magnolia Pictures for North American rights excluding television. The film tells the bizarre, half-century love story of Burt and Linda Pugach, a New York couple who got married decades after Burt spent years in jail for blinding Linda.
Negotiations also heated up Sunday afternoon on the George Ratcliff-directed Joshua, with multiple parties entering the talks. Fox Searchlight was among several distributors vying for the psychological thriller, which centers on a precocious child who wreaks havoc on his family. Although the deal hadn't closed by press time, Searchlight is almost certain to be the buyer. UTA and attorney Andrew Hurwitz are co-selling the project.
Despite repeated denials that they were buying the feature, sources said late Sunday that the Weinstein Co. »
6 items from 2007
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