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Middle-Eastern Culture Collides w/ American ideology in Trailer for 'The Algerian' (In Theaters June 26)

Hannover House has set a June 26 theatrical release date in the USA for the award-winning political thriller, "The Algerian," which follows Ali (Algerian actor Ben Youcef) across the world from Algeria to New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as it's revealed that he's a sleeper cell part of an international plot.  The multi-layered plot revolves around the history and politics of a post 9-11 world, as well as the current turmoil in the Middle East, delivering a message of coexistence and tolerance.  Joining Youcef in front of the camera are Candice Coke, Harry LennixJosh Pence, Tara Holt, Said Faraj, Sharon Ferguson, Zuhair Haddad,...
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Carmel Film Festival to Screen ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Whiplash’

Carmel Film Festival to Screen ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Whiplash’
The Carmel International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 6th edition, which includes Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler,” Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” and Sundance winner “Whiplash.”

The film festival, running Oct. 15-19 in Carmel, Ca., will also include a tribute to “You’re Not You” actress Emmy Rossum and a DreamWorks Animation panel with the filmmakers of “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

“We’re excited about our film slate this year,” said Thomas Burns, festival president and founder, in the announcement.

This year’s fest is expected to draw over 24,000 attendees and will include over 120 features, shorts and documentaries.

More information can be found on the festival’s website.

Main program lineup:


The Homesman

• Whiplash

• 2 Days, 1 Night

• You’re Not You

The Sound and the Fury (Lee Caplin,2014)

• 10,000 Km

• Laggies

• 5 to 7

Force Majeure

• Learning to Drive

• Merry Friggin’ Christmas

• Catch Hell

• Dare to be Wild

Confessions of a Womanizer (Miguel Ali,
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L.A.’s Downtown Film Fest Highlights the Truly Independent

The upcoming Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (Dffla) is looking to promote minority performers. “We tend to lean toward films that have a multi-cultural theme, cast, crew,” Greg Ptacek, the festival’s co-director, told Backstage. “We’re an urban film festival.” The curtain goes up July 9 with the L.A. premiere of director Giovanni Zelko’s “The Algerian,” an international thriller shot both on location in Middle East and downtown L.A. The festival, which is held at venues throughout downtown, will screen about 100 films—three quarters of which are shorts of music videos. “Independent filmmakers used to, as their calling cards, make short films—and they still do, which is why we have four programs of short films—but increasingly a lot of them are making music videos,” Ptacek said. “We’re delighted to be the Los Angeles premiere platform for new videos by Sean Lennon and his band,
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Harry Lennix as General Swanwick in Man of Steel

You could read a ton of stuff on the production of Man of Steel but Variety’s Jeff Sneider has confirmed that Harry Lennix is the most recent cast addition and will portray General Swanwick in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot.

Gen. Stanwick character doesn’t seem to be familiar with Superman mythology from its roots so we can’t be sure what the role will require. According to /Film he’s probably one of the high ranking American military officials that will sooner or later kneel before Zod. Still, that leaves a lot of room for guesses. However, Commander Lock in Matrix sequels is joining recently added Christopher Meloni who’ll also portray a general in new DC Comics film adaptation.

However, it seems that Connie Nielsen’s cast for the role of Kal-El’s biological mother, Lara, has not been confirmed – Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe,
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Social Network’s Josh Pence Lands Role in The Dark Knight Rises

Josh Pence, who played opposite Armie Hammer as Tyler Winklevoss in The Social Network, has been confirmed as Ra’s Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan‘s new Batman pic.

It was all very hush-hush and behind close doors kind of stuff, although Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are returning to lead a caped crusading cast for a darknight Bruce Wayne’s squad, which includes Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cottilard.

The storyline has also been kept under wraps in the Batcave but Pence’s casting leaked Online. Ra’s Al Ghul was played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins, to be a preparation for a possible return of the allegedly dead character.

While the studio never confirmed Cottilard’s character, it has been rumored to be that of Thalia Al Ghul, the daughter of Batman’s mentor-turned-enemy.

According to sources Pence
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The Dark Knight Rises: Josh Pence joins 2012 Batman Cast

Josh Pence has been cast in The Dark Knight Rises. Josh Pence joins the cast of The Dark Knight Rises (2012) supposedly as a younger version of Ra’s Al Ghul, whom Liam Neeson played in Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan‘s third Batman film sees “Josh Pence, who played opposite Armie Hammer as Tyler Winklevoss in The Social Network (where Hammer’s face was superimposed on his)” joining a cast that already includes Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, and Marion Cotillard. Josh Pence presence in the film paves

the way for a possible return of the supposedly dead character. Also, while the studio never confirmed [Marion] Cotillard’s character, it has been rumored to be that of Thalia Al Ghul, the daughter of Batman’s mentor-turned-enemy.

Sources say Pence will appear in scenes that take place 30 years prior to the present story.
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Josh Pence Resurrects Ra's Al Ghul In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

It looks like Ra's al Ghul is immortal after all.

Well, not quite. While the brilliant supervillain enjoys eternal life via his occasional baths in the Lazarus Pit in the "Batman" comics and animated series, the Ra's al Ghul of Christopher Nolan's Gotham City is stuck in a more realistic world. So when Liam Neeson crashed the train at the end of "Batman Begins," there's a good chance that was the last we'd be seeing of Ra's al Ghul.

Unless, of course, we go back in time...

Heat Vision brings word that Josh Pence has signed on to play a young Ra's in "The Dark Knight Rises," appearing in a flashback sequence that takes place 30 years before the present Bat-story.

The presence of Ra's, whether he be young or old, only helps fuel the rumor that his beautiful and dangerous daughter, Talia al Ghul, will be making an appearance
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“The Social Network” cast at the Hollywood Awards Gala The Cast of David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” which include Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, Douglas Urbanski and Rooney Mara, were recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

About Jesse Eisenberg

Trained in theater and film, Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg) made his feature film debut in the 2002 independent film “Rodger Dodger,” in which he starred opposite Campbell Scott and for which he was nominated for a Gotham Award.

For his performance in “The Squid and the Whale” opposite Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels, Eisenberg received nominations for an Independent Spirit Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2009, he starred in “Adventureland” for director Greg Mottola and in “Zombieland” for director Ruben Fleischer. For these films, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award. Eisenberg has
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The cast of “The Social Network” to be honored at Hollywood Awards Gala The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that the Cast of David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, Douglas Urbanski and Rooney Mara, will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

Previously announced honorees for this year’s Hollywood Awards Gala include: Sean Penn for the “Humanitarian Award”; Sylvester Stallone for the “Career Achievement Award”; Annette Bening for the “Actress Award”; Robert Duvall for the “Actor Award”; Helena Bonham Carter for the “Supporting Actress Award”; Sam Rockwell for the “Supporting Actor Award”; Zach Galifianakis for the “Comedy Actor Award”; Andrew Garfield for the “Breakthrough Actor Award”; Mia Wasikowska for the “Breakthrough Actress Award”; Jennifer Lawrence for the “New Hollywood Award”; Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary for the
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