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Giveaway: Win a @MagnoliaPics DVD prize pack + autographed poster of Ceremony, signed by Max Winkler

Max Winkler’s Ceremony was one of the best movies to play last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. What makes it so cool is that it’s Winkler’s feature film debut and it premiered at one of the most prestigious film festivals to date.

Here’s where it gets better: we’ve teamed up with the good folks over at Magnolia Pictures to give our readers a chance to winner a poster of Ceremony signed by Winkler and a DVD prize pack containing these titles: Two Lovers, Life Before Her Eyes, Answer Man, The Burning Plain, Finding Amanda and No End In Sight.

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Signed Poster By ‘The Extra Man’ Stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano; Three Magnolia DVDs

Chicago – In this edition of the HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, one lucky winner will clean up with three DVDs from Magnolia Pictures for the movies “The Great Buck Howard,” “What Just Happened” and “Finding Amanda” plus a full-size poster for “The Extra Man” signed by filmmaker Shari Springer Berman and stars Kevin Kline and Paul Dano!

The Extra Man” stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly. “The Great Buck Howard” stars John Malkovich, Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt and Steve Zahn. “What Just Happened” stars Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Catherine Keener, John Turturro, Robin Wright and Stanley Tucci. “Finding Amanda” stars Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Maura Tierney and Steve Coogan.

To win your free DVDs and poster courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is answer a question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.
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Giveaway: Win an autographed The Extra Man poster and DVDs from @MagnoliaPics

To celebrate the release of The Extra Man, we’ve teamed up with the nice folks over at Magnolia Pictures to give our readers a chance at winning some awesome swag. Here’s what we have: a full-size poster signed by filmmaker Shari Springer Berman and stars Kevin Kline and Paul Danoand; a DVD bundle including the following Magnolia DVD titles: Finding Amanda, What Just Happened and The Great Buck Howard.

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Real-Life Girl from 'Finding Amanda' Sues Writer-Director Uncle

Real-Life Girl from 'Finding Amanda' Sues Writer-Director Uncle
If you're making a loosely autobiographical film, just how much privacy should the people in your life expect? That's the question about to be answered by a Los Angeles court now that Alix Daily is suing her aunt and uncle, Leslie and Peter Tolan, and Capacity Pictures for the mental and emotional distress she's suffered by being featured as a character in Peter Tolan's film Finding Amanda.

The movie, which was released in 2008 and starred Matthew Broderick and Brittany Snow, loosely chronicles Tolan's trip to Las Vegas to take part in an intervention to help convince his niece, who had become a prostitute, to go to rehab.

Daily alleges that Tolan -- who also directed -- did little to hide the fact that it was based on her life. Court documents claim that "much of the dialogue, facts, and events really happened," and the character of Amanda "looked, dressed,
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Denis Leary on Ben Rapelisberger and Rescue Me

Ranting standup comedian Denis Leary has found success on the long-running firefighter show Rescue Me. With the final two seasons in the can and season six set to air in June, Leary is going back standup for charity gig. For the second year in a row, Leary will host an 11-city comedy tour with Rescue Me costars Lenny Clarke and Adam Ferrara. Starting May 22 in Atlantic City, a portion of proceeds go to the Leary Firefighters Foundation. It also gives Leary a chance to rail on some of the recent news stories.

“One of the things, obviously, we’ll be talking about is the Catholic Church and Ben Roethlisberger,” Leary said in a conference call with the media. “Just the idea of talking about Ben Roethlisberger, athletes who are criminally involved in illegal pursuits, that alone could probably give me ten minutes of material. I think we can safely say whatever night you come,
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Jessica Alba, America Ferrera, Alicia Keys among stars named Tribeca jurors

The juror panel at the Tribeca Film Festival is going to look like the red carpet at a major Hollywood premiere.

Several celebrities, including Jessica Alba, Whoopi Goldberg, Aaron Eckhart and Brooke Shields, were asked to serve on the six competitive festival categories. They will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in their respective categories at the Tff Awards Night Party, which will be held on April 29. The 2010 Tribeca Festival runs from April 21 to May 2 in New York City.

“This year’s jury features the same impressive range and depth as our films playing in competition. They are distinctive and accomplished storytellers, artists and entrepreneurs from the worlds of film, theater, culture, fashion, television and new media – all of whom share a passion for film, a thirst for discovery and a spirit of independence,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Here’s a list of all
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Jessica Alba among Tribeca jurors

Jessica Alba among Tribeca jurors
The Tribeca Film Festival announced Tuesday morning the 35 jurors for its six competition categories.

Filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, journalists and media figures such as Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Cheryl Hines, America Ferrera, Alicia Keys, Zach Braff, Hope Davis, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will participate on the juries.

"This year's jury features the same impressive range and depth as our films playing in competition," fest co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. "They are distinctive and accomplished storytellers, artists and entrepreneurs from the worlds of film, theater, culture, fashion, television and new media -- all of whom share a passion for film, a thirst for discovery and a spirit of independence."

Winners in the world narrative, world documentary, New York narrative, New York documentary, narrative short and documentary and student short film categories will be announced at the awards night party April 29. Together, the six juries will award $130,000 in cash and prizes,
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Twilight Years

Not long ago, Peter Facinelli went to meet with "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua on a new project. Though Facinelli has been in the business for more than 15 years and has played a wide variety of characters, he is probably best known as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the adoptive father to a brood of gorgeous vampires in the "Twilight" film series. Carlisle is described as eternally young and so good-looking he practically makes nurses faint in his wake, and it's not hard to see why the actor who got his big break as the hotshot jock in "Can't Hardly Wait" was the perfect choice for the role.But when Facinelli sat down with Fuqua and his producer, he made an offbeat suggestion. "I said, 'You know who I'd really love to play?' " he recalls. "They assumed I was talking about the lead role, for whom they were pursuing huge names.
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Matthew Broderick Stars in the Bittersweet Comedy “Wonderful World” Premiering as a Sneak Preview on HDNet Movies

HDNet Movies presents a special Sneak Preview of the movie “Wonderful World“, starring Matthew Broderick Wednesday, January 6 at 8:00 p.m. Et.

Critics are raving about “Wonderful World”. The Hollywood Reporter says,

Matthew Broderick delivers his best screen role in quite a while.”

And, Paul Fischer of Dark Horizons says that,

“Wonderful World is one of the most beautiful movie surprises of the season. A masterful, deeply human and emotive work featuring a stunning performance by Mathew Broderick.”

A bittersweet comedy about families, friends and a frivolous fight against corporate institutions, Matthew Broderick (Finding Amanda, The Producers) plays Ben Singer, a failed children’s folk singer, a newly unemployed proofreader and an every-other-weekend dad to his young daughter (Jodelle Ferland), who prefers pretty much anything to listening to her dad’s pessimistic ramblings.

Matthew Broderick, Wonderful World

Struggling in all aspects of his life, Ben’s only comforts come from
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Magnolia Finds Its a 'Wonderful World' with Broderick

Making for their second "Matthew Broderick" vehicle in as many years, Magnolia have picked up the rights to helmer Josh Goldin's debut film. A Tribeca entry earlier this year, Wonderful World is being pegged for a Vod and then theatrical 2010 release. - Making for their second "Matthew Broderick" vehicle in as many years, Magnolia have picked up the rights to helmer Josh Goldin's debut film. A Tribeca entry earlier this year, Wonderful World is being pegged for a Vod and then theatrical 2010 release. Last year Magnolia bought/released Peter Tolan's Finding Amanda - a feature that was toplined by Broderick. In this sometimes moving dark comedy, Broderick plays Ben—a failed children’s folk singer and less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. Deeply cynical, Ben’s sole pleasure in life is derived from chess games with his Senegalese roommate Ibou. When Ibou is suddenly struck ill and
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Insert Caption: The Answer Man

Welcome back to another edition of Insert Caption -- the game where you provide the answers to questions we never asked! Last week we dabbled in a little bit of wizardry and asked you to provide us with a fantastical caption for a photo from Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince. Congrats to our one grand prize winner for handing us a caption that was too hot for Hogwarts!

1. "Although it was an honest request, Ron decided to leave his helmet on before asking Hermione if she would like to help him find his snitch." -- Lilli H.

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This week we're searching for answers with Jeff Daniels in The Answer Man (previously titled Arlen Faber, due in theaters on July 24th), which follows a reclusive author of spirituality books who's approached by a single mother/recovering addict seeking answers and a little help from a
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'Rachel Getting Married' Sweeps 2009 Prism Awards in Film

Winners of the 2009 Prism Awards have been announced Thursday, April 23, at the Beverly Hills Hotel and "Rachel Getting Married" topped the feature film category, grabbing two kudos presented by the nonprofit Entertainment Industries Council. The Jonathan Demme-directed drama has nabbed Best Film prize as well as Best Performance in a Feature Film for its leading lady, Anne Hathaway.

For the Best Film title, "Rachel" beat out strong contender, award season favorite "The Wrestler", among two other nominees, "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" and "Finding Amanda". Meanwhile, Hathaway who has been nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe for this recovering alcoholic role triumphed over Matthew Broderick, Ryan Phillippe, Brittany Snow and even Mickey Rourke.

Honoring film and television projects that depict mental-health and substance abuse issues, Prism Awards also hailed "Stop-Loss" as Best Feature Film - Mental Health. This war drama movie from director Kimberly Peirce overshadowed the three other nominees, "The Black Balloon
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Brittany Snow Joins Walks

Brittany Snow and Emmanuelle Chriqui in front of the camera? Sounds like a lot of hotness. Snow will star alongside Chriqui as well as RZA, Jessica Szohr and Rumer Willis in Walks.

Brittany Snow for Walks

To be directed by Eric Amadio off a script he wrote, Walk takes place in the world of underground street art, the story centers on a circle of young New Yorkers coming together for the homecoming of a convicted graffiti artist.

Snow has been a busy girl. She recently wrapped Black Water Transit and a Gossip Girl spinoff pilot. She was last seen in the wide releases Prom Night and Finding Amanda. If you were at Sundance, you might have also saw her in The Vicious Kind.
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Brittany Snow Goes Underground

Despite her perfect pop princess looks, Brittany Snow has always been willing to take on some varied roles, from the newbie stripper in Finding Amanda to an abused girl in the yet-to-be-released On the Doll. And even though she'll be starring in an upcoming Gossip Girl spinoff, she's not afraid to get down, dirty and indie once again. Snow will star alongside RZA, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jessica Szohr and Rumer Willis in Walks, a drama set in New York's underground world of street art. Variety reports that Eric Amadio will direct his own script for the film. Amadio's previous film was the romantic comedy he made on a shoestring, After Sex, and he grew up in Los Angeles, so it'll be interesting to see his take on the grungy New York art scene. Good thing he's got Snow, who's proving herself again and again to be a pretty fearless actress.
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Prism Award nominations unveiled

Prism Award nominations unveiled
Sony Pictures Classics' relationships drama "Rachel Getting Married" and Paramount's military drama "Stop-Loss" were among films attracting nominations Wednesday from the Prism Awards, which honor noteworthy depictions of substance abuse and mental health issues.

"Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Office," "Mad Men" and "Law & Order: Svu" were among TV series nominated.

Winners will be announced April 23 at a ceremony set for the Beverly Hills Hotel. The nonprofit Entertainment Industries Council produces the Prism Awards.

"All one has to do is watch the evening news to see how tough times are affecting the American psyche," Eic chief Brian Dyak said. "Increased risk of substance abuse and mental health concerns is a reality, which dictates that we as an industry must rise to the call to be an industry of character and respect for our viewers."

ABC earned 11 nominations to top companies attracting nominations in an array of TV categories.

A list
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Finding Amanda DVD Review

Finding Amanda is a pleasant little indie by Rescue Me Co-creator and sometimes actor Peter Tolan. Based on his personal experience as a guy that likes to gamble, Finding Amanda follows Taylor Peters (Matthew Broderick), a television writer/producer with a lingering addiction problem as he goes to Vegas to find his niece Amanda played by hottie Brittany Snow, who has apparently fallen into some addiction problems of her own… ok, maybe a little prostitution too. He must then take her home to a swanky Malibu rehab center.
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On DVD Today: September 16, 2008

DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed One quick note since a release date has not yet been announced, Blu-ray.com tells us Fox will release The X-Files: I Want to Believe as its first Blu-ray title with Bd Live features. The feature will be called "The X-Files Dossier" and will allow users to create a special-agent avatar that can browse through Agent Dakota Whitney's case files on clairvoyance and post their own notes and theories. Viewers will also have the ability to help Agent Drummy solve several forensic challenges. These challenges are expected to be posted weekly for first few weeks of release. In addition to the above mentioned Bd-Live and BonusView features, the disc will also include an interactive timeline featuring more than 80 video clip segments from the franchise's archives. Now to today's titles... Blood Simple (Director's Cut) Here it is, the only DVD releasing this
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Spin-ematical: New on DVD for 9/16

There's a slew of new releases hitting shelves this week. Some are flashy, some are sweet, and some you should be ashamed if you spend your hard-earned money on them. As Peter said last week, we're still working out kinks in the new format, so weigh in below with your thoughts.

MAIN PICKS AND MISSES

Speed Racer (Pick)

Made of Honor (Miss)

The Love Guru (Miss)

The Babysitters (Miss)

INDIES ON DVD

Young@Heart, Finding Amanda, Harold, Snow Angels

BLU-RAY

Speed Racer, Hulk (2003), The Mist

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Kimberly Johnson to pen Capacity thriller

Kimberly Johnson, writer of Benderspink's upcoming woman-in-peril screenplay "Curve," is set to pen another female-led thriller for Capacity Pictures.

Plot details are being kept under wraps for the untitled feature, said to be in the vein of "The Usual Suspects" with a female character at the center. Capacity heads Wayne Rice and Richard Heller are producing.

The project will be the next out of the gate for Capacity. The company produced this summer's Magnolia Pictures release "Finding Amanda," starring Matthew Broderick, and recently completed production on the comedy "Housebroken," starring Danny DeVito.

Johnson, repped by Paradigm and manager Jill McElroy, wrote the Benderspink/Scatter Light Prods. "Curve" script while undergoing successful treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. The project has served as a calling card for the USC film school grad.
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Q&A: Peter Tolan

Q&A: Peter Tolan
Peter Tolan has applied his sardonic touch to "The Job" and "Rescue Me," the darkly comic TV shows he co-created with Denis Leary. Now, Tolan has a trio of new projects brewing: the ABC pilot "The Unusuals," which he is executive producing; the Showtime pilot "The End of Steve," which he is co-writing with Matthew Perry; and his semi-autobiographical directorial debut, "Finding Amanda," which hit theaters last Friday.

The Hollywood Reporter: "Finding Amanda" is a movie about a former alcoholic and drug dabbler who burns much of the money he earns as a television writer-producer on the races -- would it be misleading if they re-titled it "The Peter Tolan Story?"

Peter Tolan: [laughs] The original character name was Taylor Peters, and I ended up changing it to Taylor Mendon because I thought, 'I'm being a little obvious here.' I have been known to gamble in my day. I'm not a drinker, and I've never really taken drugs, but I wanted to make myself appear a little sexier.

Thr: What about the nature of the niece character, Amanda, who is making a living in Vegas as a 20-year-old prostitute? Is that pulled from your actual experience?

Tolan: My wife did get a call a couple of years ago from a family friend who had a child who was in trouble in Vegas. And in that moment of my wife saying, "Maybe Peter can go to Vegas and try to help out," I thought, 'Hey great, I get to go to Vegas.' In that moment, I thought, 'You are just a complete sick bastard.' That's how far into my own head I was with the gambling. In the next instant I thought, 'Well, that's a movie -- a guy who's that messed up.'

Thr: In what ways was finally directing your own material a more pleasurable Hollywood experience after all of the hired-hand rewrite jobs you've done?

Tolan: You don't control your studio work. You get rewritten, and you're not there saying, "Boy, I would do it this way... ." Nobody really wants to hear that. As a result, things go out with your name on it, and I think after a while people go, "Oh, he writes that." So I felt like I really had to make a movie and re-establish -- as the kids would say today -- my street cred, in terms of who I was in features. And I was completely energized by it like I hadn't been in years.

Thr: Does it feel as if you're at a turning point in your career?

Tolan: I would like there to be a new stage. I'm actually doing well writing these days. I'm going through a fertile period. And I feel good about my writing -- where I get into situations and I go, 'I know how to fix that.' As a result, I'm five seasons in on "Rescue Me," and this fifth season we're just on fire. The first six episodes are some of the best stuff we've ever done.

Thr: Do you feel like it's trending upward or downward in terms of the mechanics of getting good shows on the air and having control?

Tolan: Well, if you work in cable, it's fantastic. But the networks have gotten a lot more restrictive. And there are much fewer hours available for scripted programming. So the odds of getting on the air and staying there are much worse than they used to be. It's a real battleground.

Thr: Do you think it ultimately balances out?

Tolan: Yeah, cable has taken the mantle of that, especially in drama. Or drama of note. And I guess this is what the networks were meant to be -- they're meant to be all things to all men. Which was a great model that worked when there were three networks. Now it's just not possible anymore, and they're clinging to that idea. So you get very accessible programming that doesn't challenge too much. If you want to be challenged as a writer or as a viewer, you go to cable.
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