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Jerry O'Connell Joins Katie Holmes in The Secret Movie

Tri-g and Savvy Media Holdings announced today that Jerry O'Connell and Celia Weston have signed on to star alongside Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas in Andy Tennant's The Secret Movie. Joe Gelchion's Tri-g, Matthew George's Savvy Media Holdings and Robert Katz under his Shine Box banner recently boarded the film to produce, alongside Robert Cort Productions, Illumination Entertainment and Covert Media.

Producers include Robert Cort, Rhonda Byrne, Paul Hanson, Matthew George, and Robert Katz and Joe Gelchion, who's banner Tri-g is fully financing the film. Covert Media is handling international sales which continue through the Afm this week. Principal photography begins today in New Orleans.

The Secret Movie centers around a hard-working young widow with three children who hires a handyman to fix her house during a terrible storm. As the handyman grows closer to the family, he shares his philosophy of believing in the power of thought to create what we want,
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Unusual Craven Film: Sentimental 'Music' Is Superlative Streep Show

'Music of the Heart' cast: Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of filmmaker from whom one would expect a syrupy motion picture about a determined violin teacher who wins the hearts and minds of her inner-city school students. Yet Craven is the man responsible for Music of the Heart, a film utterly devoid of slashed faces, lethal stabbings, and deadly fingernails. Instead, this distaff version of Mr. Holland's Opus – with touches of To Sir with Love – offers loads of sentiment, some classical music (violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves), plenty of bad pop tunes, and a superb performance by Meryl Streep as a
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Interview: Emmy-nominated composer Michael Price on scoring 'Sherlock'

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Interview: Emmy-nominated composer Michael Price on scoring 'Sherlock'
Poznan, Poland— Michael Price gets around. The British composer leaves Poznan today after being one of the featured speakers at the Transatlantyk Festival, a week-long event dedicated to film, music, and cuisine, to head straight to Los Angeles for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday (16). Price is nominated for the first time for Outstanding music composition for a miniseries, movie or a special (original dramatic score) for “Sherlock,” the BBC series he composes music for with David Arnold. Price apprenticed with a number of composers, but he also worked as a music editor for years, on such films as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Love Actually,” and “Nanny McPhee.” I hopped in a car with Price to interview him on our way to Transatlantyk’s closing gala. You started as an assistant for the late composer Michael Kamen ("Brazil,""Band Of Brothers," "Lethal Weapon," "Mr. Holland's Opus"), who
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StubHub setting up its own concerts starting in Los Angeles next month

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StubHub setting up its own concerts starting in Los Angeles next month
New York (AP) — You can soon buy concert tickets from StubHub for shows produced by StubHub. The company, which helps brokers and fans buy and sell tickets on its website, announced Wednesday it will sell tickets to concerts that it will produce. It has five shows planned so far featuring "emerging acts" and will launch its first self-produced concert May 18 in Los Angeles. The performer will be announced next week. StubHub is getting involved in a business dominated by Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and its Ticketmaster subsidiary. Aeg is also a big player in concert promotion and ticketing of concerts at its own venues like the Staples Center in Los Angeles through its ticketing arm, Axs. Michael Lattig, StubHub's chief marketing officer, said ticketing its own concerts is not a "one-off" project. "This is about doing something that we can repeat and continue to bring around the country and deliver
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Trailer for Richard Linklater's Epic Coming-of-Age Film Boyhood

Boyhood was truly a very cool and unique movie going experience. I had a chance to see it up and Sundance earlier this year, and I loved it. The film is seriously the most epic coming-of-age film ever made. It comes from director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused) who cast a young six year old boy in 2002. he then shot the film over the course of 12-years, which has never been done before. It follows the lives of the boy, his sister, and his divorced mother and father played by Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Here's an excerpt from the review I wrote for it:

A movie like this might be considered a coming of age story, but it's really kind of a coming of life story. There's so much that happens in the course of a person's life, so many twists and turns and crazy emotions.
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Nebraska Boy Flies Like Iron Man, Thanks to Make-a-Wish (and 4 More Inspiring Stories)

Five inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week's list)1. Max Vertin, the Iron Boy of NebraskaMax Vertin has Duchenne muscular dystrophy but that didn't stop him from deploying his superpowers on Tuesday, reports Kusa. Thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the 8-year-old Nebraska boy visited an indoor wind tunnel, which simulates skydiving conditions, and flew like his favorite superhero, Iron Man. Emulating his hero was just the beginning. Max received a surprise visit from the armored billionaire genius, who was decked out in his full red and gold costume. He presented Max with his very own Iron Man suit.
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Anchor Management

Anchor Management
On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero,
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'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Doofus-Duo Comedy Classic

Just as Rufus (George Carlin) predicted, Bill and Ted have had a profound influence on our culture. Maybe not as the rockers who would inspire a utopian global society by the 27th century, but look at how many other dumb-duo movies there have been since the release 25 years ago this week (on February 17, 1989) of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- there's "Dumb and Dumber," "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Dude, Where's My Car," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Dick," and all of Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob" offerings, for starters. Plus, "Bill & Ted" launched a franchise and made a leading man out of Keanu Reeves.

Still, as often as you've traveled back in time and revisited the "Excellent Adventure," there's probably still plenty you don't know about the movie, including where it was filmed (hint: Not in San Dimas, California), which historical figures almost found their way into the film,
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Octavia Spencer, Danny Glover Join Cast Of Ya Novel 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' Film Adaptation

The busy Octavia Spencer and Danny Glover have both booked roles in the film adaptation of the Ya novel The Great Gilly Hopkins, written by author Katherine Paterson, which will star relative newcomer Sophie Nelisse, in a tale about a wisecracking 12-year old who is moved repeatedly from foster home to foster home, outwitting them all, until she meets her match in Maime Trotter (who will be played by Kathy Bates). Spencer, Glover, Bates and Nelisse will be joined in the film's cast by Glenn Close, with Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus, The Mighty Ducks) directing. The project is being packaged and presented at the European Film Market in Berlin (which...
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'The Book Thief' Sophie Nelisse Joining Glenn Close for 'Gilly Hopkins'

After making a splash with a fantastic performance in The Book Thief, young Sophie Nelisse has lined up a new adaptation, this time of a book geared towards kids. Variety has word that Nelisse will lead The Great Gilly Hopkins, an adaptation of the Newbery Award-winning book of the same name by Katherine Paterson. The book follows a wisecracking, gum-chewing 12-year-old named Gilly (Nelisse), moved from foster home to foster home, outwitting them all. But when placed in the home of Maime Trotter, the most unorthodox foster mom yet (Kathy Bates), Gilly fights her way out, but her life takes an unexpected turn. Nelisse will also be surrounded by some impressive talents like Glenn Close, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer. They'll all be directed by Stephen Herek, who's heyday was in the 90s with films like Mr. Holland's Opus, The Three Musketeers and 101 Dalmatians (which saw Close as Disney's iconic
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Sundance '14 Review: Ethan Hawke's Boyhood - 12 Years in the Making

In a surprising Sundance twist, director Richard Linklater's long-awaited film, Boyhood, was the last one added to the film line-up at the festival. It quickly became one of the most anticipated films. For those of you not familiar with Linklater's work, he directed Before SunriseBefore Sunset, and Before Midnight, all of which starred Ethan Hawke. Well, years ago Hawke teamed up with him for this very ambitious film project that turned out to be pretty incredible.

What makes this movie so unique is the fact that is was shot over the course of twelve years! It follows the lives of a boy, his sister, and his divorced mother and father. It was quite spectacular watching these kids and the parents grow up throughout the course of the film. Nothing like this has really ever been done before. The closest thing I can compare to is the Harry Potter
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Richard Dreyfuss Opens Up About His Battle with Bipolar Disorder

Richard Dreyfuss Opens Up About His Battle with Bipolar Disorder
Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, star of hit movies such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Mr. Holland's Opus, suffers from bipolar disorder. Dreyfuss, 66, first spoke publicly about his disorder in the 2006 documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. Since then, he's been sharing his personal struggles at conferences around the country to elevate the discussion on depression. "There's no shame in having depression," Dreyfuss told People at Thursday's Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon in New York City. "By telling my own story, I hope to help remove the stigma. It never should be something to hide.
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Rogen and Goldberg's Animated 'Sausage Party' To Take an R-Rated Stab at Pixar

I didn't report on the upcoming R-rated animated feature Sausage Party, which was announced recently as having been created by This is the End boys Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill and subsequently written by Rogen and Goldberg with Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and based on the synopsis and some new comments it sounds like we should be thinking Toy Story only with food instead of toys and R-rated instead of G-rated. The synopsis describes it as a raunchy animated movie about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Funny enough, but Goldberg adds to that telling MovieWeb, "Sausage Party is an existential mock-Pixar movie that we are about to make,
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"Sausage Party" Is A Mock Pixar Movie

"This Is the End" co-directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have been out doing the DVD & Blu-ray promo rounds for that comedy. In one interview, they spoke a bit about their recently announced animated comedy "Sausage Party".

The story follows a supermarket sausage who goes on an epic journey to get back to his isle before the 4th of July, and reunite with his pack of friends.

Goldberg tells Movieweb: "Sausage Party is an existential mock-Pixar movie that we are about to make, and we are very, very proud of it. Its our opus. Its like Mr. Holland's Opus! It's our take on a Pixar movie. It is very, very R rated."

Not that Goldberg has anything against Pixar: "I wish there were fifty Pixar movies every year. But listen, someone should take those motherfuckers down a notch. Those high and mighty bastards. We're mocking all animated movies, with a special eye on Pixar.
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Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Calls Sausage Party an R Rated Mock Pixar Movie

Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Calls Sausage Party an R Rated Mock Pixar Movie
The This Is the End Blu-ray and DVD are in stores today, and what better way to celebrate and promote the release of summer's funniest comedy than with more info about the next project from writing and directing duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen?

Announced last month, Sausage Party is a new animated comedy written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir, from a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Jonah Hill, and it will be directed by Conrad Vernon.

The story follows a Sausage who gets lost from his pack of friends, and must make it back to his home on the shelf before the Fourth of July weekend. In talking with Evan Goldberg about the home release of This Is the End, he revealed more info about this raunchy look at the life of supermarket snacks, calling it his answer to Pixar's reign as the leading
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Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Talks This Is the End

Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Talks This Is the End
Evan Goldberg Talks This is the End, available now on Blu-ray and DVD

Was This Is the End the funniest movie of the summer? Definitely. Will it end up being the funniest movie of the year? It will be a close race, that's for sure. What sounded like a vanity project for some of this generation's biggest and brightest stars actually proves to be one of the most inventive, scary, and downright hysterical comedies of all time. Its this millennium's Ghostbusters, and it finds Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and James Franco all living in a house together, trying to survive the apocalypse.

The film marks the directorial debut of writing partners Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who brought us the now classic Superbad and its equally iconic follow-up Pineapple Express. We recently caught up with Evan to talk about the evolution of the film,
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Movie Characters Who Should Meet

Movie Characters Who Should Meet
Superman and Batman are meeting, so why can't the rest of our favorite movie characters? It's not only superheroes who are capable of joining forces, you know.

We've rounded up a dozen pairs of characters with striking similarities or differences that would make for excellent movie collaborations. Time to get to work, screenwriters of the world.

Let us know whose universes you'd like to see collide in the comments section below.

Veronica Sawyer ("Heathers") and Regina George ("Mean Girls")

The Bride ("Kill Bill") and Lara Croft ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider")

Dr. Frankenstein ("Young Frankenstein") and Dr. Emmett Brown ("Back to the Future")

E.T. and Wall-e

Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels ("Tootsie") and Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire ("Mrs. Doubtfire")

Annie Wilkes ("Misery") and Nurse Ratched ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest")

Glenn Holland ("Mr. Holland's Opus") and Dewey Finn ("School of Rock")

Agent Clarice Starling ("The Silence of the Lambs
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TV Casting Round-Up: 'Hannibal,' 'Bates Motel,' 'Fringe' and More

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TV Casting Round-Up: 'Hannibal,' 'Bates Motel,' 'Fringe' and More
Lot of small-screen casting news in the last week. Let's take a look.

Bates Motel - A&E's Psycho "prequel" just added Keegan Connor Tracy (Final Destination 2) as a recurring character. She will play Miss Watson, Norman's teacher and advisor.

Witches of East End - Lifetime's Witches of Eastwick adaptation has added two rcurring guest stars. Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks; Sleepwalkers) will play Wendy, the sister of the show's matriarch Joanna (played by Julia Ormond.) She is a witch who likes to take the form of a cat. Glenne Headly (Mr. Holland's Opus) will play Penelope, the non-witch mother of Dash Gardner, fiance of Joanna's daughter Freya. (It's Lifetime; did you expect anything less than a soap opera?)

Hannibal - The NBC series has added Gina Torres (Firefly, Suits) as a recurring character. She will play the wife of FBI agent Jack Crawford, a role filled by Laurence Fishburne - her real-life husband.
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Two More Cast Additions to Lifetime's Witches of East End

Two more familiar faces are joining the cast of Lifetime's pilot "Witches of East End," and we have the scoop on whom they belong to. Read on for the details.

THR reports that both "Twin Peaks" alum Madchen Amick and Mr. Holland's Opus co-star Glenne Headly have joined the drama pilot based on Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling novel. Maggie Friedman, who shepherded ABC’s witch-themed "Eastwick," wrote and will executive produce "Witches of East End" with Erwin Stoff for Fox 21 and 3 Arts.

Rachel Boston plays Ingrid Beauchamp, who is described as "cautious, quirky, smart, and unaware of how beautiful she is." When the pilot begins, Ingrid and her wild younger sister, Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), don’t know that they’ve been witches since birth. They lead uneventful lives in a quiet secluded Long Island town of North Hampton, but when Freya becomes engaged to newcomer Dash Gardiner (Patrick Heusinger
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"The Good Wife" Recap: Soft-Serve Sexuality

I've never been a juror, and I've never wanted to be. This is because I'm a human being. But I admit that after watching Sunday's episode of The Good Wife, I'm curious about testing my 12 Angry Men mettle. The jury played a bizarre and hokey part in Sunday's case, and despite myself, I kinda loved it. If being a jury foreman means submitting folded-up notes to a judge that ask (essentially), "Pssst, why isn't the witness wearing her engagement ring? She A Tramp?", then I'm obviously in. The Good Wife, you just hatched a dream for me.

It was (grim) business as usual at Lockhart & Gardner yesterday, but I still came away from The Good Wife with a handful of notable observations. Here we go.

I forgot that Maura Tierney is frightening.

Yet again, The Good Wife's casting choice for a guest role is inspired. I'll always cherish Maura Tierney from Newsradio,
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