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Exclusive: Meat Loaf Talks Beautiful Boy

Exclusive: Meat Loaf Talks Beautiful Boy
The Celebrity Apprentice star chats about his small but important role in Shawn Ku's powerful new drama

Grammy-winning vocalist, actor, and rock deity Meat Loaf recently finished a stint on NBC's hit reality series Celebrity Apprentice, and this Friday, he can be seen in Shawn Ku's powerful new drama Beautiful Boy, starring opposite Michael Sheen.

Though appearing in the film for just a few scenes, Meat Loaf plays the pivotal role of a hotel manager whom Michael Sheen opens up to after carrying the grief of a recent tragedy that has torn his family apart. The father's only son has commited a horrific school shooting, killing a number of students as well as taking his own life. And its through Meat Loaf's character that Michael Sheen is able to unleash the tidal wave of emotion that has been building up inside of him.

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Ledes hooks trio for whistleblower pic

NEW YORK -- Freshly minted Tony Award winner Frank Langella, Elliott Gould and Laura Harring will star in Richard Ledes' corporate thriller On the Hook.

Langella, who won a Tony on Sunday night for his role as Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, will play an energy company whistleblower who hires a private eye (Gould) to protect him from killers and tell his story. Harring plays his jazz singer ex-girlfriend.

The indie feature is produced by Linda Moran and Rene Bastian for Belladonna Prods. from a screenplay by Alan Didier-Weill and Ledes. It will shoot beginning in New York next week and wrap July 27, accommodating Langella's theater schedule.

Hook is Ledes' sophomore feature. He wrote and directed the comedy A Hole in One starring Michelle Williams and Meat Loaf, which received a limited theatrical release last year.

Langella starred in the Sundance Film Festival entry Starting Out in the Evening, which was just acquired by Roadside Attractions for theatrical release in November. Gould appears in Warner Bros.' Ocean's Thirteen. Harring starred in David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. and will appear in the upcoming films Bitter Grapes, Nancy Drew and Love in the Time of Cholera.

Langella is repped by Innovative Artists.

Tribeca's '04 film outing adds premieres, panels

Tribeca's '04 film outing adds premieres, panels
NEW YORK -- The 2004 Tribeca Film Festival will take place May 1-9 in lower Manhattan, featuring an expanded slate of activities including several feature film premieres, the Family Festival, outdoor events and panels, organizers said at a news conference. Festival executive director Peter Scarlet -- flanked by co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, New York Gov. George Pataki, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Julian Schnabel, Empire State Development Corp. chairman Charles Gargano and John Hayes, chief marketing officer at sponsor American Express -- outlined Friday what he called a tasting menu of features and documentaries that will make premieres during the festival, including DreamWorks' Shark Tale, United Artists' Coffee & Cigarettes, Showtime's Cavedweller, Screen Media Ventures' The 24th Day, Beech Hill Films' A Hole in One and the docu The Beauty Academy of Kabul.

Williams' part for 'Hole in One' not brain surgery

Williams' part for 'Hole in One' not brain surgery
Dawson's Creek star Michelle Williams is set to star in the indie comedy A Hole in One for writer-director Richard Leeds. Set in the early 1950s, the privately financed Hole centers on a young woman named Anna Williams, who is convinced that she needs a lobotomy, a common surgical procedure to treat depression during that time. Anna meets a doctor who will perform the surgery; at the same time, she is trying to get out of a relationship with her abusive boyfriend, Billy (Meat Loaf), who is trying to convince her not to have the surgery. Billy coerces his friend, a Korean War veteran, into posing as a doctor, only to see the two of them fall in love. Tim Guinee, Louis Zorich, John Tremblay, Robb Wells and Jonathan Watton round out the cast.

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