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DC's The New Gods Movie Brings in Chasing Mavericks Writer

DC's The New Gods Movie Brings in Chasing Mavericks Writer
When news broke last week that A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay was going to direct The New Gods for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, it was revealed that the studio was searching for a screenwriter, and they have now found one. Writer Kario Salem has been tapped to write the script, working closely with Ava DuVernay to craft the narrative for this story, which will not be part of Warner Bros.' Dceu lineup. No production schedule or release date has been given at this time, although it seems likely that this will be Ava DuVernay's next film.

The New Gods was created in 1971 by Jack Kirby for DC, after the legendary writer and artist left Marvel following a dispute. The New Gods were part of a massive Fourth World saga that spanned a number of different comic book universes, although The New Gods were by far the most popular.
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‘Reach Me’ Review: Crowdfunding Gone Horribly Wrong

The majority of Reach Me writer/director John Herzfeld‘s credits involve television, from TV series like Rob Lowe’s Dr. Vegas to TV films such as 1997’s Emmy-nominated Don King: Only in America. He’s done a bit of film work, notably 15 Minutes and 2 Days in the Valley, both films with enormous, famous casts that follow the lives of many supporting characters – falling in line closely with his latest. More importantly, he’s buds with Sylvester Stallone, who helped him crowdfund this project. In the movie, a mysterious author (Tom Berenger) has written a self-help book, entitled “Reach Me,” that’s found its way into the hands of many unsuspecting Californians, slowly changing their lives and bringing them together in ways they could not have imagined. Its themes are relevant to all: freed inmates (Kyra Sedgwick), rich rappers (Nelly), and the journalists who pursue its elusive author (Kevin Connolly and Sylvester Stallone). The book will cause
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Sylvester Stallone Has a New Ensemble in Latest 'Reach Me' Trailer

Over the summer, before Sylvester Stallone returned to the big screen with his action star goons in The Expendables 3, we got a look at a completely different kind of ensemble movie in the form of Reach Me. The drama looked like Crash 2.0 as it focuses on a motivational book written by a mysterious man (Tom Berenger) which goes viral and quickly gains popularity, inspiring a journalist (Kevin Connolly), his editor (Sylvester Stallone), a former inmate (Kyra Sedgwick), a hip-hop mogul (Nelly), an actor (Cary Elwes) and an undercover cop (Thomas Jane) and more to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears. If that sounds cheesy already, wait until you see this melodramatic trailer. Watch? Here's the latest trailer for John Herzfeld's Reach Me from Deadline: Reach Me is written and directed by John Herzfeld (2 Days in the Valley, Don King: Only in America). The drama follows
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Sylvester Stallone Stars in 'Crash' Style Drama 'Reach Me' Trailer

"You're a fingerpainting. Be a masterpiece." If The Expendables 3 just isn't your cup of tea with Sylvester Stallone teaming up with a bunch of his action veteran friends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Jet Li and Kelsey Grammer for some reason, then maybe you'll want to check out Reach Me. This film also features Grammer along with Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Connolly and more with a story that calls back to the Best Picture winning Crash. The film is a drama featuring an ensemble cast as a group of people who end up all being connected by a self-help book written by a mysterious author. This first trailer is just overflowing with melodrama, and it's not good at all. Watch? Here's the first trailer for John Herzfeld's Reach Me from YouTube: Reach Me is written and directed by John Herzfeld (2 Days in the Valley, Don King: Only in America
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Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Nelly star in Reach Me: Watch trailer

Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Nelly star in Reach Me: Watch trailer
A trailer for the upcoming film Reach Me has been unveiled.

Lauren Cohan, Thomas Jane, Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Kevin Connolly, Kelsey Grammer and Tom Berenger lead the cast of the ensemble drama.

Ryan Kwanten, Nelly, Kyra Sedgwick, Danny Aiello and Cary Elwes also have supporting roles in the story of people from disparate backgrounds who are drawn together by a self-help book.

However, the football coach-turned-author who wrote the self-help book has become a recluse following his success.

Reach Me has been written and directed by John Herzfeld, whose previous credits include 15 Minutes and Don King: Only in America.

The movie will hit cinemas on October 24 in the Us.
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Ving Rhames Gave His Golden Globe To Jack Lemmon; What If That Happened At The Oscars?

It's not an Oscar moment - I should've remembered to post this when the Golden Globes were handed out - but it's still an awards moment worth sharing, and one that I'm not sure everyone is aware of. In short, Ving Rhames won a Golden Globe award in 1998 for Best Actor in a TV Mminiseries for his performance in HBO's Don King: Only in America. At the ceremony, Rhames, in tears over his win, called fellow nominee Jack Lemmon (nominated for 12 Angry Men as Juror #8) to the stage. And after Lemmon joined him, Rhames said, "I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I'd like to give this to you," and handed his Golden Globe trophy to Lemmon, who was...
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The 5 Golden Globe Moments I Still Think About

I can't wait for the Golden Globes. As I like to say, the best Golden Globes drinking game is the Golden Globes. Home viewers can pretend they're detached and cynical, but they're not nearly as detached and cynical as everyone sitting at the Golden Globes. Here's a quick jaunt back through five moments I still think about, brought to you by the esteemed Hollywood Foreign Press.

1. Elizabeth Taylor announcing -- ahem -- "Guh-laaaaaad-ee-ehh-tor" as Best Picture

You know I love and appeciate Elizabeth Taylor like a post-accident Montgomery Clift, but even I had to laugh at the magic of her presence at the 2000 Golden Globes. (Yes, it was technically in 2001, but I think proper awards etiquette dictates that we name ceremonies by the year they honor. We're clear?) A discombobulated Liz read the teleprompter wrong, stared off at producers and asked, "Whaaaat?" and finally read Best Picture like she'd just discovered gold at Sutter's Mill.
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Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, and Terry Crews Join Reach Me

Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, and Terry Crews Join Reach Me
Seraphim Films Productions, in conjunction with Paradox Entertainment, announced today that they are producing Reach Me, which is on its third week of filming under the sunny skies of Los Angeles, California. John Herzfeld (2 Days In The Valley, 15 Minutes) wrote and is directing the film. The cast includes Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Thomas Jane, Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, Nelly, Danny Aiello, Terry Crews, David O'Hara, Omari Hardwick, Lauren Cohan, Elizabeth Henstridge, Cary Elwes, and Ryan Kwanten.

Rebecca Chaney is producing along with Cassian Elwes, who had this to say about working with John Herzfeld.

"I've been dreaming about working on this project with John Herzfeld for 10 years, and this dream has finally come true. I couldn't be more honored to work with John and my producing partner, Rebecca Chaney."

Reach Me is an uplifting ensemble comedy/drama about a dozen fractured characters whose lives intertwine and eventually collide
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'Slumber Party Slaughter' to Screen at The Boston International Film Festival (Biff)


The Boston International Film Festival (Biff) will be screening Slumber Party Slaughter, on Saturday April 14 at 5:30pm. AMC/Loews Boston Common, 75 Tremont St., Boston, Ma 021084.

Actors Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Heat, and Hawaii Five-0), Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds), Michael Bowen (Cabin Fever2), and Jarrod Bunch (Don King: Only in America, Good Time Max) will be attending the Boston International Film Festival for the Slumber Party Slaughter screening.

Check out the trailer below the details.

From The Press Release:

Horror feature directed by Rebekah Chaney stars Tom Sizemore, Ryan O’Neal, Robert Carradine, with Tyler Jacob Moore and Stephanie Romanov

Attending the festival screening, Sat. 4/14 @ 5:30pm, Rebekah Chaney (director), Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, Hawaii 5-0), Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds), Michael Bowen (Cabin Fever 2), Jarrod Bunch (Don King: Only in America).

Showing support for the film,
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Slumber Party Slaughter Screening in Boston to Bring Out Stars

Movie screenings are fun. Movie screenings with special guests are even better. And when Tom Sizemore is on the guest list, you know it's going to be a blast! He headlines a panel of celebrities scheduled to attend Boston International Film Festival's screening of Slumber Party Slaughter.

The screening will take on Saturday, April 14, read on for all the info. Also in attendance will be other stars of Slumber Party Slaughter, Robert Carradine, Michael Bowen, Jarrod Bunch and the film's writer/director Rebekah Chaney. Take a look at the trailer below, and if you're in the Boston area this weekend, go see Sizemore and the rest of the Slumber Party Slaughter crew.

From the Press Release

The Boston International Film Festival (Biff) will be screening Slumber Party Slaughter, on Saturday April 14 at 5:30pm atAMC/Loews Boston Common, 75 Tremont St., Boston, Ma. Attending the festival screening will be the film's director,
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Weeds’ Mary-Louise Parker Nabs Movie Role

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Fans of Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker have cause to celebrate. A new movie role has been announced for the actress. Her Weeds character is no stranger to crime, and her new character may be a little bit of the same. The drama is called Jamesy Boy.

Joining Parker are Ving Rhames and James Woods for the Trevor White directed and co-written project. This is White’s feature film debut. Shooting starts March 4th in Baltimore, Maryland. The lead role of James was won by newcomer Spencer LoFranco.

James is based on a real life teenager by the name of James Burns. He goes from life in a street gang, to a stint in a scary maximum-security prison populated with the worst kind of criminals. Believe it or not, it is in prison where James bonds with a convicted murderer. Are you thinking this story is just a tad like Shawshank?
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Hugh Grant Takes The Lead In The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

An Aardman Production For Sony Pictures Animation Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen Also On Board

Culver City, Calif. – Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to
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Ving Rhames To Star In Comedy Central's 'Black Jack', Lifts Pilot's Contingency

Exclusive: Ving Rhames has been tapped to play the title character in Comedy Central's pilot Black Jack, lifting the contingency on the project. The single-camera comedy, directed and executive produced by Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green, hails from Rough House, Green's production company with Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly. Written by Michael Starrbury, it centers on Black Jack (Rhames) who, after 20 years as the most kick-ass special ops agent the Us government has had on its payroll, finally goes too far and is de-commissioned. Comedy Central picked up the pilot last month contingent on finding the right actor for the lead. Green, Starrbury, McBride, Hill and Reilly are exec producing. This is the second time Rhames, repped by Innovative and Kramer Management, would play the title role in a series, following his starring turn on USA's Kojak remake in 2005. He also played the title character in
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Curtis Hanson Will Direct Mavericks

Curtis Hanson set to direct MavericksVariety reports that Walden Media has picked Curtis Hanson to direct the surfing film Mavericks.

The story is based on a script from Brandon Hooper (who is also producing). It follows the late Jay Moriarity and his dream to ride the iconic Northern California break known as Mavericks. It is as this point "where winter swells bring in treacherous waves the size of five-story buildings."

Moriarity practiced for over a year under the tutelage of mentor Frosty Hesson. The two of them forged a unique relationship that ultimately transformed both of their lives. His story is an inspiration to fellow surfers around the globe, who've coined the phrase, "Live like Jay."

Moriarty passed away in 2001 in a diving accident in the Maldive Islands.

Kario Salem (Don King: Only in America) penned the first draft of Mavericks.

Walden Media wants to get this movie into production
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Yup, Helmer Hanson Hanging Ten on “Mavericks”

Walden Media’s tapped Curtis Hanson to direct surfing drama “Mavericks,” with Brandon Hooper and Jim Meenaghan producing. Story, based on Hooper’s script, centers on the late Jay Moriarity and his quest to ride the iconic Northern California break known as Mavericks, where winter swells bring in treacherous waves the size of five-story buildings. Moriarity trained for more than a year under the tutelage of mentor Frosty Hesson, and in the process the two forged a unique relationship, ultimately transforming both of their lives. His story remains an inspiration to surfers around the globe, who’ve coined the phrase, “Live like Jay.” Moriarty died in 2001 in a diving accident in the Maldive Islands. Kario Salem (”Don King: Only in America”) penned the previous draft of “Mavericks.”
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Salem in HBO ring with Crusades mini

Salem in HBO ring with Crusades mini
HBO is back in business with writer Kario Salem, who won an Emmy for penning the channel's 1997 biopic Don King: Only in America.

Salem is developing a miniseries about the Third Crusade, the 12th century clash between Islam and Christianity, told through the eyes of their respective leaders, Saladin and Richard the Lionheart.

"This is not some dry historical costume drama," Salem said. "This is a personal story. I think it of it as a medieval gangster epic."

The project would be a co-production between HBO and U.K.'s Channel 4, with executive producers attached who are longform veterans at HBO: Tony To (From the Earth to the Moon) and George Faber (Elizabeth).

"Tony has been there with me from the beginning on this," Salem said of To, whose credits also include Band of Brothers. Salem also has worked with HBO before, receiving an Emmy nomination for another biopic, The Rat Pack.

Salem is particularly enthused about offering a fresh angle on the storied life of Richard the Lionheart, best known from the classic The Lion in Winter.

HBO is no stranger to the sword-and-sandal genre, having finished work on two seasons of the series Rome, which returns to the channel next month.

Coach Carter

Coach Carter
Taking its cue from the life of Ken Carter, a California high school basketball coach who turned a team of underachievers into winners both on the court and in the classroom, Coach Carter essentially serves up nothing that we haven't seen countless times before in the Stand and DeliverLean on MeHoosiersRemember the Titans tradition.

But even though it adds very little to that well-traveled inspirational genre, it goes to show that you can hit all the usual posts and still manage to stand out from the pack if you've got a guy the caliber of Samuel L. Jackson on your team.

Thanks mainly to his considerable presence, Coach Carter works more effectively than expected, although, carrying the unnecessary weight of an almost 21⁄2-hour running time, it doesn't always move with the grace of a trained athlete.

The big question is how many people will come out and pay to see something that seems so familiar, however truthful the source or noble the intention. Obviously Paramount and Tollin⁄Robbins, the production team who has done well in this arena in the past with such movies as Varsity Blues and Radio, are hoping for big turnouts, but the picture will probably have its greatest payoff on video.

Directed with a sturdy efficiency by Emmy winner Thomas Carter (Don King: Only in America), who, incidentally, is not related to his subject, the film takes a straight-ahead approach in retelling the events that brought Ken Carter first cheers and then jeers in his efforts to turn around the members of the Richmond High Oilers.

When Carter Jackson) returns to the school he attended -- still holding a number of his old team's records -- it's late 1998, and things at Richmond High have definitely taken a turn for the worse.

As it turns out, Carter has more than the basketball championship on his agenda. Sure, he successfully turns his team into contenders who have an enviable undefeated record, but when his players fail to keep their part of the bargain on the academic front -- he had them all sign contracts -- he padlocks the doors to the gym and benches the entire team until their grades improve.

That decision causes an uproar among parents and teachers alike, attracting national news coverage and assuring Carter a place in the inspirational sports movie pantheon.

The script, credited to One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn and busy Tollins⁄Robbins scribe John Gatins (Hardball, Summer Catch), gets the job done without really ever breaking a sweat on the originality front.

Although director Carter, who did well by Save the Last Dance, occasionally allows the necessary element of tension to slacken and the movie never sufficiently builds to a crowd-rousing crescendo, he gets committed performances out of his young cast, including singer Ashanti, who makes an impressive acting debut as the pregnant girlfriend of one of the players.

But it's ultimately Jackson, with a winning combination of no-nonsense authority and quirky charisma, not to mention a love of flashy neckties, who breathes life into the film bearing his character's real name.

He makes Coach Carter a guy you'd like to meet, even though you could have sworn you've met him many times before.

Coach Carter

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures presents an MTV Films Tollin/Robbins production

A Thomas Carter film

Credits: Director: Thomas Carter

Screenwriters: Mark Schwahn, John Gatins

Producers: Brian Robbins, Mike Tollin, David Gale

Executive producers: Van Toffler, Thomas Carter, Sharla Sumpter, Caitlin Scanlon

Director of photography: Sharone Meir

Production designer: Carlos Barbosa

Editor: Peter Berger

Costume designer: Debrae Little

Music: Trevor Rabin

Music supervisor: Jennifer Hawks

Casting: Sarah Halley Finn, Randi Hiller


Coach Ken Carter: Samuel L. Jackson

Damien Carter: Robert Ri'chard

Kenyan: Rob Brown

Tonya Carter: Debbi Morgan

Kyra: Ashanti

Timo Cruz: Rick Gonzalez

Worm: Antwon Tanner

Junior Battle: Nana Gbewonyo

Jason Lyle: Channing Tatum

Maddux: Texas Battle

Principal Garrison: Denise Dowse

MPAA rating PG-13

Running time -- 140 minutes

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