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Film Producer David Bergstein Arrested In $26 Million Fraud Case

Film Producer David Bergstein Arrested In $26 Million Fraud Case
David Bergstein, the high-flying producer, financier and philanthropist, has been arrested by the FBI and charged with defrauding investors out of more than $26 million. His executive producer credits include Accidental Love, Father Of Invention, and last year's box office dud In The Heart Of The Sea, but none of the investors he's charged with swindling appear to have been involved in the movie business. According to an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court…
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Marissa Jade’s ‘Destiny: Queen of Thieves’ in the Works as Movie

Marissa Jade’s ‘Destiny: Queen of Thieves’ in the Works as Movie
Marissa Jade’s comic book “Destiny: Queen of Thieves” is in development as a movie with Ken Barbet directing, Variety has learned exclusively.

Erik Sudberg has signed on to write the script. Jeffrey D. Erb of Framelight Productions will produce the film. Sudberg’s credits include “Behind the Stars: The Bernie Brillstein Story” and the thriller “Red Sequin.”

Jade gained notice as a regular on the sixth and final season of Vh-1’s “Mob Wives” and via publication of Idw Media’s “Destiny: Queen of Thieves,” based her look and attitude. She has also appeared on shows including “Gossip Girl,” “The Good Wife,” and “Law & Order,” as well as movies like “Elf.”

The film rights were optioned by Framelight from Jade and her comic book collaborators G. Tippet, C.J. Henderson and G.W. Fisher.

“Destiny: Queen of Thieves” focuses on a female master thief who lives in New York City. When
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DVD Release: Flowers in the Attic (2014)

DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014

Price: DVD $14.98

Studio: Lifetime/Lionsgate

LIfetime’s 2014 version of V.C. Andrews’ best-selling horror novel, Flowers in the Attic, scored the network its best ratings since 2012.

The TV movie tells the story of four siblings who lose their peaceful life after their father dies and their mother abandons them at grandma’s mansion. Problem is, grandma wants to keep a dark, family secret and to do that, traps the siblings in her attic.

Heather Graham (Father of Invention), Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist) and Kiernan Shipka (TV’s Mad Men) star in the film, which had 6.1 million viewers when it debuted.

Critics weren’t completely bowled over by Flowers in the Attic, though, giving it only 47% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. That was a vast improvement of the 1987 adaptation of the book, which critics gave only 14%.

The DVD comes with the featurette, “Behind-the-Scenes With Cast and Crew.”

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: At Any Price

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 27, 2013

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Zac Efron (The Lucky One) and Dennis Quaid (The Long Riders) are at odds in the family drama movie At Any Price.

Quaid and Efron play father and son. Quaid’s Henry wants to bring Efron’s Dean into the family’s lucrative farming empire to help build it further. Dean, however, dreams of a career in car racing. But when the business gets involved in a high-stakes investigation, Henry and Dean are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens their family’s livelihood.

The R-rated film was co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) and also stars Kim Dickens (Footloose), Heather Graham (Father of Invention), Clancy Brown (John Dies at the End) and newcomer Maika Monroe.

At Any Price was released in theaters, but not many, grossing less than $1 million. The movie got mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers,
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Second Peeples Trailer

Lionsgate has released the second trailer for the upcoming comedy, Peeples. Audiences will see that trying to respect family boundaries can sometimes be an epic failure. Get ready to laugh your heads off while experiencing the chaotic, hilarious, and crazy things that can happen when meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time. The film, directed and written by Tina Gordon Chism, stars Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, and Diahann Carroll. Peeples comes to theaters May 10th, 2013. Here’s the synopsis for Peeples Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons...

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Open Road

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013

Price: DVD $Tba, Blu-ray $Tba

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Camilla Belle (Father of Invention) looks for a new life in drama movie Open Road.

Belle plays Angie, a free-spirited Brazilian artist who leaves her past behind her to journey around the country in search of happiness. Along the way, she makes a connection with an aging drifter, a handsome cop and his sympathetic sister. As Angie learns to care for her new friends, she’s torn between the freedom of her nomadic life and the joy of becoming part of a community that loves her.

The coming-of-age film was directed by award-winning Brazilian director Marcio Garcia and also stars Andy Garcia (City Island), Juliette Lewis (Sympathy for Delicious), Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed) and John Savage (Bereavement).

Open Road wasn’t screened in theaters in the U.S., debuting on DVD and Blu-ray instead.

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Brett Ratner Among Tribeca Film Festival Jurors

Brett Ratner Among Tribeca Film Festival Jurors
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off for the eleventh time starting Wednesday when "The Five-Year Engagement" premieres, and festival organizers have just announced the star-studded jury for this year's edition.

Thirty-nine celebrities -- of various levels of fame and awards kudos -- make up the six juries, with producer Irwin Winkler ("Goodfellas") serving a jury president.

Among those selected by Tribeca this year: Patricia Clarkson, Hugh Dancy, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz, Michael Moore and Olivia Wilde. Also on the list: Brett Ratner. The controversial big-budget director will serve on the Documentary and Student Short Film Competition jury along with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley, among others.

“We are honored to have this accomplished group dedicate the time and care it takes to view and discuss the films in competition this year,” Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement.

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Tribeca Film Festival And Tribeca Film Institute Announce Juries

It’s a star-studded list that includes some interesting, and surprising, names, which is just what you’d expect from the Tribeca Film Festival. The juries have been announced, and you could hardly got a more varied mix.

Juries Announced For 2012 Tribeca Film Festival And Tribeca Film Institute Programs

Academy Award-Winning Producer/Director Irwin Winkler To Serve as Jury President

Patricia Clarkson, Hugh Dancy, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Whoopi Goldberg, Susannah Grant, Kellan Lutz, Michael Moore, Mike Newell, Brett Ratner, Susan Sarandon, Olivia Wilde, and Shailene Woodley are among the Jurors

The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by founding partner American Express, today announced its jurors – a diverse group of 39 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers, writers and producers, acclaimed actors, respected critics and global business leaders. Irwin Winkler has been named President of the Jury. The Jury will be divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films,
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Big Law Firm Sues Over Film Financing Finder's Fees

Big Law Firm Sues Over Film Financing Finder's Fees
The law firm of Akin, Gump is suing a film executive whom is claimed to owe at least $2 million as a finder's fee for helping line up hundreds of millions of dollars in studio loans as well as distribution for the film, Father of Invention, starring Kevin Spacey.  The defendant is Mark Manuel, who allegedly had some bright ideas how Hollywood could take advantage of immigration laws for funding. According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday: "In early 2008, Manuel sought to arrange $100 million plus loans to major film and television studios

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What to Watch: ‘Father of Invention’

Father of Invention is a 2010 film starring Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, and Heather Graham; the film was released by Anchor Bay and has just been put out in the States. The story follows Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey), who was an inventor/T.V. personality that was thrown into jail for eight years due to creating a faulty product that maimed customers. After being released from prison, he comes back to a family who has abandoned him due to his past, selfish actions. Robert’s relationship with his ex-wife is not as important to him as is his relationship with his estranged daughter, Claire (Camilla Belle); Claire is not willing at first to give her father a chance, but after some thought, takes him in to live with her and her roommates. As Robert tries to regain his feet in the world, he learns the importance of being a father as
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Review: 'Father of Invention' A Mere Fabrication Of A Better Film

There is a great idea at the heart of Trent Cooper's "Father of Invention," which makes it all the more disappointing to take in a film that circles the drain precariously before plunging downward with vigor. Kevin Spacey steps into the shoes of lead Robert Axle, a former millionaire inventor, whose genius lies in an ability to combine two ordinary items into one--a pepper spray camera that blinds your would-be attacker while taking a picture. He plies his wares with a showman's craft in infomercials that piggyback on a legacy of successful combinations. However, after one of his devices causes…
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Father Of Invention – The Review

Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey) was once the invention king. He could go on television and make any one of his products an instant success… That is, until he ended up in prison for 8 years. Now, Axle is forced to live with his daughter Claire (Camilla Belle), who is extremely bitter with him for always putting his inventions first, because all of his money is gone. Starting from the bottom, Robert feels the need to work his way back to the top, and regain the career he once had.

Although Father Of Invention had a great cast, and a few good parts, a big chunk of it dragged on. They made the story way more complicated than it needed to be. As some of you know, my biggest pet peeve is when they drag movies out just to make them a certain length that they feel is acceptable. This movie could
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What to Rent: New DVDs This Week

Captain America: The First Avenger Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers, a weakling who participates in a government experiment that transforms him into super soldier Captain America. Armed with his newfound powers, he fights on behalf of the Us Army to stop German forces - all while finding the time to romance soldier Peggy Carter (Haley Atwell). The film has all the perks of a superhero movie, like intense fight and chase scenes, plus a relatable story about an underdog that's touching without being sappy. DVD extras include deleted scenes and featurettes, including a behind-the-scenes look at Chris Evans's transformation into a superhero. 78% Father of Invention After serving a prison sentence for selling an exercise product that caused bodily harm, inventor and infomercial personality Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey) finds his once foolproof pitches are out of step with the latest technology. He struggles to rebuild his fortune hawking his latest product,
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Exclusive: Trent Cooper Talks Father of Invention, Next Film

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Exclusive: Trent Cooper Talks Father of Invention, Next Film
Comedy is hard, as the saying goes, but unshakably in the blood of writer-director Trent Cooper, whose latest film, the rangy ensemble farce “Father of Invention,” centers on a disgraced infomercial wizard, Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey), who gets out of prison and tries to start putting his life back together. Robert shacks up with his semi-estranged daughter (Camilla Belle) and her roommates, and gets a job working at a retail superstore, but finds his ex-wife (Virginia Madsen) remarried, and various attempts to secure start-up financing for a new idea stymied at every turn. ShockYa recently had a chance to talk one-on-one with Cooper, about his new movie, his feelings of warmth and affinity for...
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Father of Invention Exclusive: Trent Cooper on Kevin Spacey

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Writer-director Trent Cooper crafted a film in Father of Invention that was close to his heart. Cooper tells us in our exclusive interview, that as a father himself, he was drawn to a story of a man who did everything he could to provide for his daughter, even if it was at the sacrifice of actual time with the family.

Kevin Spacey plays an inventor in Father of Invention who has reaped millions off of his inventions and unmatched work ethic. The only thing is that he is never home and available mentally when he is home for his daughter. The movie’s story begins as Spacey’s character is getting out of jail. It seems that one of his inventions hurt thousands of people and he had to pay the price of eight years in prison.

When he gets out, he finds his wife has divorced him and taken all his money.
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New Release: 5 Days of War DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 29, 2011

Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: Anchor Bay

Rupert Friend lives to see another day--for now--in 5 Days of War.

Based on true events, the action-filled movie 5 Days of War tells the story of a group of people caught behind enemy lines during 2008’s devastating five-day war between Russia and the Georgia Republic.

Directed by Renny Harlin (The Long Kiss Goodnight), the film centers around an American journalist (Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as they are caught in the combat zone during the first Russian air strikes against Georgia. Rescuing Georgian schoolteacher Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Women in Trouble) from the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness — and document — the devastation from the full-scale crossfire and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians.
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JoBlo Podcast: The Thing Reviewed, TV Round-Up, Positive Cynicism

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Being Positively Cynical. Click above to Listen Now! Johnny Moreno and I check out the South park documentary, 6 Days To Air and scoff at the concept. We put this show together in 6 hours, bitches! From there I scope The Thing prequel and wonder why so little effort was made to separate the film from the '82 classic. Moreno checks out the Pixies documentary, loudQUIETloud and then I tell him about Kevin Spacey's beard in Father Of Invention. We also start...
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Father of Invention Movie Review

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Father of Invention Movie Review
Title: Father of Invention Director: Trent Cooper Starring: Kevin Spacey, Heather Graham, Camilla Belle, Johnny Knoxville, Virginia Madsen, Craig Robinson, John Stamos, Michael Rosenbaum, Anna Anissimova If one could entirely banish certain ideas for scenes from the minds of all screenwriters, then surely near the top of the list for such cinematic excommunication would be press conference confessionals, which at some point must have seemed really bold and original but by now almost without fail come across as lazy and pat — an entirely synthetic way to give an audience the feeling of a character-awakening conclusion without any of the heavy lifting that accompanies honest reflection. Such is the dispiriting end...
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Weekly Film Music Roundup (October 14, 2011)

Three new movies are opening wide this weekend:

Opening in most theaters is the remake of Footloose directed by Craig Brewer and stars Kenny Wormaid, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell. Atlantic Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the movie’s songs by artists including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown, The Smashing Pumpkins, Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes and Big & Rich. For audio clips and more information about the album, visit our previous article. The film’s score is written by Deborah Lurie and no separate score release has been announced.

Also opening wide is the horror prequel The Thing directed by Matthijs van Heijingen Jr. and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen and Joel Edgerton. Marco Beltrami has written the music for the film. A soundtrack album featuring Beltrami’s score has been released by Varese Sarabande earlier this week. For more information about the album and to
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Review: Father of Invention

Father of Invention Click here to read the review! "The tagline for the new Kevin Spacey comedy Father of Invention reads, “A world of ideas, A world of problems,” which rather efficiently sums up the quality of the film as a whole. Unforgivably predictable, an uneven tone, and stereotypically exaggerated supporting characters aped across the screen like a parade of baboons, positions this film as one of the worst father-daughter cautionary/sappy-on-the-back-end tales you’ll most likely stumble upon this year."
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