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Michelle Monaghan Expecting First Child

2 June 2008 4:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Made of Honor star Michelle Monaghan and her husband Peter White, a graphic designer, are expecting their first child, People has learned exclusively. Monaghan's rep Jennifer Allen, who confirms the news, says, "They are very excited." Monaghan, 32, is due in late fall. The Mission: Impossible 3 beauty started dating White after the two met in a New York bar, and the couple married in August 2005. At the Made of Honor premiere in New York in April, Monaghan told People that children were "in our future, for sure." "I love children and it's something that I've always wanted, to be a mother and have kids, »

- Elizabeth Leonard

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Tribeca '08: James Mottern on "Trucker"

5 May 2008 7:19 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Stephen Saito

[For complete coverage of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, check out Ifc's Tribeca page.]

It's typical to assume when you sit down with a director that they have a love of film, but in James Mottern's case, his enthusiasm for the medium is infectious. When asked why he cast the perennially underrated Michelle Monaghan as the lead in his first film, "Trucker," he'll simply ask in return, "Did you see 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'?" That leads to a conversation about the little-seen 2005 drama "Winter Solstice" and the way Monaghan caught his eye in the background of a scene, and the next thing you know, you're talking about the way her eyes crossed in a segment for "North Country." That attention to detail is what might also be most impressive about Mottern's nuanced directorial debut, which premiered at this year's the Tribeca Film Festival. Though he'll rattle off his influences and the films he loves from the 1970s with reckless abandon, »

- Stephen Saito

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Monaghan Gets Trucking License For New Film

29 April 2008 6:58 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Michelle Monaghan was so determined to look the part of a long-distance hauler in new film Trucker she insisted in learning how to drive a juggernaut.

The pretty star was an unlikely choice to play the gritty lead in the low-budget film and she told producers she'd only sign up if she passed her trucking license test.

Monaghan says, "If I wasn't able to get my license, I wasn't going to do the movie, because, for me, it was such an essential part of the movie. I didn't want to fake it.

"It really takes a lot of muscle, so I worked out for a couple of weeks, doing weights for arms... It needed to look believable that I was driving a truck." »

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Tribeca announces line up for 7th edition

11 March 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A streamlined lineup, and some restructuring in the ticket pricing means that the Tribeca film festival folks are fine-tuning a festival which is slowly leaving the learning curve stages. With today's PR release, the 7th edition once again showcases global efforts, has tons of titles up for grabs and many of those titles and filmmakers are unfamiliar to me since about half of the 145 films are by first time directors. Scroll below to see the complete list of offerings: Films that I've heard of prior to include, from the World Narrative comp we have Shane Meadows' latest entitled Somers Town. The project which initially was supposed to be a short film until it ballooned into something bigger, we have Michelle Monaghan's taking on duel roles as producer and actress in a family drama called Trucker.     Notable new works from the "Encounters" section include legends Melvin Van Peebles and Robert Drew, »

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