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‘Road to the Altar’ Tries Sweepstakes For Launch Buzz

When you've got it flaunt it, right? Mwg Entertainment the multi-platform digital studio behind web series My Two Fans and now wedding comedy Road to the Altar, has done an impressive job lining up some household-name sponsors for its projects. Altar is boasting wedding-friendly consumer brands Pier 1, iRobot, Panda Express and Blackberry signed on for the series. The 10-episode series, directed and co-written by Annie Lukowski, stars Jaleel White (Urkel on Family Matters) and Leyna Weber (who also co-wrote) from As the World Turns as a young couple, Simon and Rochelle, pulling together their wedding with a faux-reality TV crew in tow. The couple makes all the expected stops around town to find the perfect vendors for the wedding - florists, valets, wedding dresses, etc. And that's where the veteran TV guest stars come in to shine—Kym Whitley (The Parkers), Rodney Perry (Who’s Got Jokes?), Susan Floyd (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
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Stowe out in 'Raines' for NBC series

Madeleine Stowe has been tapped to star opposite Jeff Goldblum on NBC's midseason series Raines. In other casting news, Brooke Burns and Earl Billings have joined Judy Greer in ABC's comedy pilot Miss/Guided. Raines, from NBC Universal TV Studio, centers on Michael Raines (Goldblum), an eccentric, brilliant cop who talks to dead victims who help him solve his crimes. Stowe will play a shrink whom Raines is forced to go see. Their relationship is described as "a battle of wits." This past development season, Stowe starred in Fox's drama pilot Southern Comfort. On the screen, she was most recently seen in the CBS telefilm Saving Milly. Stowe is managed by Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and the Schiff Co.

FILM REVIEW - 'One False Move' By Duane ByrgeTwo Los Angeles homicide detectives and a small-town Southern sheriff team up to track down a trio of desperate drug dealers in "One False Move,'' part western, part noir thriller, part road picture, part down-home potboiler.

FILM REVIEW - 'One False Move'  By Duane ByrgeTwo Los Angeles homicide detectives and a small-town Southern sheriff team up to track down a trio of desperate drug dealers in
Brutally graphic, with an unfliching, hard-consequences finale, "One False Move'' will rivet Jim Thompson fans -- it's in that intense, unsparing tradition -- but its quick-trigger and rub-your-nose-in-it squalor are likely to hold only the most minuscule of movie audiences. Plugged with riveting textures and coarsed with raw contradictions, the film will likely fare well in its special space on the video shelf.

The film opens with a nauseatingly vivid drug murder in Los Angeles -- two dealers, accompanied by a coked-out woman, wipe out an innocent family. They're a scary group, a pathologically violent white-trasher Billy Bob Thornton), a clinically cold, black genius (Michael Beach) and a desperate, whacked-out mulatto with the nom de streets of Fantasia (Cynda Williams).

With a bundle of coke, they blast out of Los Angeles, heading to Houston to unload the stuff, with an eventual destination of Star City, Ark., where Fantasia grew up and, in her rattled drug delirium, yearns to return.

They don't exactly leave the scene of the crime without clues, and it's not long before the LAPD figures out their destination, sending two veteran homicide investigators (Jim Metzler, Earl Billings) on their trail. Up ahead, they've alerted the Star City sheriff, a local-yokel lawman nicknamed Hurricane (Bill Paxton) who's thrilled by the chance to do some big-time stuff.

Cross-cutting between the events of the chase and the dirtwater Arkansas burg where Hurricane is whetting his chops for action, director Carl Franklin has cranked up an unnervingly tight-triggered film. Screenwriters Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson's scenario never relents from the out-of-control nature of the trio's bad acts.

The performances are chock-full with hard mettle. Thorton is rivetingly vile as the explosive dealer, while Beach's portrayal of his methodical accomplice is cunningly powerful. As Fantasia, Williams is the film's most sympathetic character, soundly limning the horrific downspin of an abused woman who keeps coming back for more.

Paxton as the good-ole-boy, backwoods lawman, gets to this grit of his inner fires, revealing the dark flecks in his good-guy/white-hat persona.

The technical credits are tough and crisp. Top marks, especially to Peter Yaycock and Derek Holt's score: a raw swirl of blues and hard roads.


I.R.S. Releasing

A Carl Franklin Film

Producers Jesse Beaton, Ben Myron

Director Carl Franklin

Screenwriters Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson

Executive producers Miles A. Copeland III, Paul Colichman, Harold Welb

Executives in charge of production Toni Phillips, Steven Reich

Director of photography James L. Carter

Production designer Gary T. New

Editor Carole Kravetz

Costume designer Ron Leamon

Music Peter Haycock, Derek Holt

Sound mixer Ken Segal


Dale "Hurricane" Dixon Bill Paxton

Fantasia/Lila Cynda Williams

Ray Malcolm Billy Bob Thornton

Pluto Michael Beach

Dud Cole Jim Metzler

McFeely Earl Billings

Running time - 114 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

(c) The Hollywood Reporter

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