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Dwayne Johnson Reflects on Mental Health Battle and Mother’s Suicide Attempt: ‘Depression Doesn’t Discriminate’

Dwayne Johnson Reflects on Mental Health Battle and Mother’s Suicide Attempt: ‘Depression Doesn’t Discriminate’
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is promoting his latest tentpole “Rampage,” and he isn’t shying away from speaking about his personal battle with depression. The actor shared a message on Twitter on April 2 that read: “We all go through the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone.”

Johnson’s message linked to a story from The Express in which he explained how his own depression battle started after seeing his mother attempt suicide when he was only 15 years old. The actor thanked fans for the messages of encouragement in response to the article.

“She got out of the car on the Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic,” Johnson said. “Big rigs and cars were swerving out the way.
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Newswire: R.I.P. True Blood star Nelsan Ellis

Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing flamboyantly gay short-order cook/drug dealer/spirit medium Lafayette Reynolds on seven seasons of HBO’s True Blood, has died. According to Variety, Reynolds, who was 39, died of complications from heart failure.

Born in Chicago, and Julliard-trained, Ellis first broke into TV with a role on Fox’s short-lived crime drama The Inside, playing the tech guy for the show’s Rachel Nichols-led team of crimesolvers. After the series folded, Ellis made a turn into film, giving supporting roles in the Ernie Davis biopic The Express and the Jamie Foxx/Robert Downey Jr. vehicle The Soloist, before scoring a key role in Alan Ball’s campy vampire soap in 2008.

As Lafayette, Ellis presented one of the few True Blood characters who seemed fully clued-in to just how ridiculous Charlaine Harris’ world of repentant vampires, angry Maenads, and rampaging werepanthers actually was ...
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Meet the Composer of You're The Worst on FX!

FX's You're the Worst is currently one of the hottest sitcoms on TV (not to mention one of my personal favorites!). I got a chance to chat with the show's composer Adam Blau about his music writing process, some of his other projects and more. What can you tell us about your percussion expertise? How have you used that tool when scoring or arranging for films? I’ve had the chance to work on several films as a percussion arranger in a variety of styles. On scores like Mark Isham’s for The Express or Chris Beck’s for We Are Marshall, the composers wanted to use a drumline style incorporated throughout the score to evoke a collegiate/sports/marching band feel. I was brought in for those films as well as...

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Director Gary Fleder Signs With UTA

UTA has signed prolific TV and film director Gary Fleder. Fleder most recently finished directing his 17th television pilot. His previous projects include ABC Family’s drama pilot Guilt, The Art of More, which premieres next month for Sony/Crackle, as well as several episodes of the DirecTV series, Kingdom. On the feature side, Fleder has most recently directed Homefront, featuring Jason Statham, James Franco, and Kate Bosworth. His previous films include The Express, Runa…
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Sleepy Hollow's Nicole Beharie Bears Witness to Abbie's Big Episode — Plus: A Sneak Peek at Mama Mills' Debut

Sleepy Hollow's Nicole Beharie Bears Witness to Abbie's Big Episode — Plus: A Sneak Peek at Mama Mills' Debut
Sweet fancy Moloch, Ichabod, get your house in order.

If Sleepy Hollow‘s Nicole Beharie could intervene on behalf of her on-screen alter ego, she’d likely say something along those lines to Mills’ time-transplanted partner, whose focus as of late has been… shall we say, compromised?

“I think Abbie is the more proactive Witness this season. She’s the one who believes more and tries to actually get things done, where Ichabod seems to be thinking a lot about his family and [is] a little bit distracted,” Beharie says. “So, Abbie has to take it for what it is and
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Chadwick Boseman on 'Draft Day,' Sports Legends, and Becoming James Brown

Just four movies into his career, Chadwick Boseman has already played a football legend (Floyd "The Franchise" Little in "The Express") and a baseball icon (Jackie Robinson in "42"). Now, he's back in the game playing a fictional outside linebacker named Vontae Mack who hopes to be the Cleveland Browns' first draft pick in Ivan Reitman's "Draft Day." That puts him on the receiving end of some highly charged conversations with Kevin Costner as Browns general manager Sonny Weaver -- although all their scenes but one are over the phone.

So Boseman's played two sports greats while acting opposite the likes of Costner and, in "42," Harrison Ford -- where do you go from there? How about playing James Brown in the upcoming "Get on Up" or the Egyptian god of wisdom, Thoth, in 2016's "Gods of Egypt"? If you need a legend -- a real one or otherwise -- it
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Chadwick Boseman and Eddy Duquenne to Receive CinemaCon Kudos

Chadwick Boseman and Eddy Duquenne to Receive CinemaCon Kudos
Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to receive the Male Star of Tomorrow kudo at this year’s CinemaCon, the annual exhib confab hosted by the National Assn. of Theater Owners.

Boseman, who studied at the British American Drama Academy, made his feature debut in the football drama “The Express.” He further impressed audiences and critics in Warner Bros.’ sports biopic “42,” portraying the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. He’ll next star as James Brown in the film “Get on Up,” which is set to bow Aug. 1.

“From the moment Chadwick Boseman appeared onscreen as Jackie Robinson in ’42’ there was no doubt that he would be an actor to be reckoned with in Hollywood,” said Mitch Neuhauser, managing director for CinemaCon.

The confab also will honor Eddy Duquenne, CEO of Kinepolis Group, with the Global Achievement Award in Exhibition to be handed out March 24 during International Day. Kinepolis currently operates 23 multiplexes totaling 317 screens across Belgium,
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Oscar Too-Due List: Which never-nominated actors really deserve a nod?

Oscar Too-Due List: Which never-nominated actors really deserve a nod?
Not every great actor wins an Academy Award. (Rest in peace, Peter O’Toole.*) In fact, simply getting nominated for an Oscar or two might be the truer measure of excellence. There have been plenty of actors with as many Oscar statues as Paul Newman — one! — but few can hold a candle to his nine nominations, which represent a lifetime of brilliance.

But before an actor can pile up multiple nominations like Newman or O’Toole or Al Pacino, he or she needs that first nod. Sounds simple enough. Last year, four actors heard their name called for the first time,
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‘True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Gets Key Role In James Brown Pic ‘Get On Up’

‘True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Gets Key Role In James Brown Pic ‘Get On Up’
Exclusive: Nelsan Ellis has been set to play Bobby Byrd, James Brown’s longtime friend and musical collaborator in the Tate Taylor-directed Get On Up for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Imagine’s Brian Grazer is producing with Jagged FilmsMick Jagger. It’s a big role in the film behind Brown, who’s being played by Chadwick Boseman. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also star. Ellis is best known for playing Lafayette on the HBO vampire series True Blood. He was last seen on screen playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Lee DanielsThe Butler and his screen credits include The Express, The Soloist, Secretariat, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. He is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management. Universal will start production November in Mississippi. The script is by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman, and Victoria Pearman and Erica Huggins are also producing.
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Duncan Jones' Warcraft Movie Gets A Release Date

We've been hearing about a possible Warcraft movie for years and years, but only now does it look as though the project is actually going to become a reality. As part of their deal with Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures has announced today that the film based on the long running video game is now set to be released on December 18, 2015 - making it yet another big blockbuster addition to a year that is already confirmed to include major titles like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Jurassic World, the Terminator reboot, and many more. At this stage we know very little about the film's story, but the script is being written by Jones along with Charles Leavitt, whose previous credits include the football drama The Express and the Oscar-nominated Blood Diamond. Production on the movie likely won't begin until next summer, though the co-writer/director of the film
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Duncan Jones' Warcraft Gets A Release Date

We've been hearing about a possible Warcraft movie for years and years, but only now does it look as though the project is actually going to become a reality. As part of their deal with Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures has announced today that the film based on the long running video game is now set to be released on December 18, 2015 - making it yet another big blockbuster addition to a year that is already confirmed to include major titles like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Jurassic World, the Terminator reboot, and many more. At this stage we know very little about the film's story, but the script is being written by Jones along with Charles Leavitt, whose previous credits include the football drama The Express and the Oscar-nominated Blood Diamond. Production on the movie likely won't begin until next summer, though the co-writer/director of the film
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First Trailer for Homefront with Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder & Kate Bosworth

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Bringing the character of ex-police officer Phil Broker to life on the big screen, action/thriller Homefront boasts a script penned by the action legend himself, Sylvester Stallone, and will be hitting cinemas in just over two months.

Jason Statham is front and centre as Broker from Chuck Logan’s series of novels, and now the first trailer has launched over on Yahoo Movies.

A widowed ex-dea agent retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The only problem is he picked the wrong town.

James Franco stars opposite Statham as the antagonist, Gator, with Kate Bosworth, Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lefevre, Frank Grillo, and Clancy Brown completing the cast.

Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury, Kiss the Girls) is at the helm for his first feature since 2008’s The Express, with Stallone adapting Logan’s original novel of the same name.

With five novels in the series already in print,
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First Trailer For Homefront Stars Jason Statham And James Franco

Open Road Films has released the new trailer for the upcoming film Homefront starring Jason Statham and James Franco. In what’s sure to be a thrill ride and a half, the film is co-produced and written by the one and only - Sylvester Stallone.

Homefront is director Gary Fleder’s (The Express) action movie about a widowed ex-dea agent who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The only problem is he picked the wrong town.

Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Wiona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo, Homefront will be in theaters November 27.

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Statham and Franco Face Off: First 'Homefront' Trailer, Poster and Pictures

Homefront was adapted for the screen by Sylvester Stallone from Chuck Logan's book and focuses on a widowed ex-dea agent (Jason Statham) who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. He didn't choose the town well as a druglord (James Franco) threatens the peaceful community. Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth and Frank Grillo co-star. Today the first trailer, poster and a handful of pictures from the movie directed by Gary Fleder (The Express) have arrived ahead of the film's upcoming November 27 release. Yes, it's another R-rated Statham actioner and after watching about 60 seconds of the trailer it looks like some sort of Straw Dogs style approach to a common "undercover cop in a small town" kind of film. Could be good, I have my doubts, but we'll see. Check out the trailer and poster below and I've included the pictures on Page Two.
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Watch: It's Statham Vs. Franco In First Trailer For 'Homefront' Written & Produced By Sylvester Stallone

James Franco has done many, many things in his career as an artist/writer/actor/director, but he's yet to cross action movie villain off his list. Well, until now. Finally, the definitive answer who is tougher—Franco or Jason Statham—will be answered in "Homefront," which boasts Sylvester Stallone as both writer and producer. You've been warned. Directed by Gary Fleder ("Runaway Jury," "The Express"), who clearly loves blue filters, the movie is a lesson to respect your neighbours, because they might be meth cooking white trash hell bent on ruining your life after they break into your house and discover you're an undercover cop. Franco seems to be having fun as the almost-mustache-twirling villain, while Statham just goes around punching and kicking people, because that's what he does. And then we just sorta zoned out until we started wondering where Winona Ryder and Frank Grillo are. Also featuring Kate Bosworth,
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James Franco tangles with the wrong man in Jason Statham in new Homefront trailer

Trailer for Homefront. Written by Sylvester Stallone. It's not often you get to see such a happy James Franco as the villain, but here we go. The new trailer for Homefront is much better than I expected it to be, and the film directed by Gary Fleder, looks to deliver action, and thrills galore, mixed in with some pretty solid acting. Fleder's got quite a credit list on him, in both film and television, although mostly TV. Those include Imposter, Don't Say a Word, Kiss the Girls, the awesome Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, The Express and very effective Runaway Jury, among others. Homefront is an action movie about a widowed ex-dea agent (Jason Statham) who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The only problem is he picked the wrong town.
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McG to Direct Hunter Killer for Relativity Media

McG to Direct Hunter Killer for Relativity Media
McG has signed on to direct the languishing action adaptation Hunter Killer for Relativity Media. Antoine Fuqua and Gerard Butler were previously attached to direct and star, before they went on to make Olympus Has Fallen together.

The project is based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace, which follows a new submarine captain who must work with a Navy Seal unit to rescue the Russian president, and stop a rogue Russian general from starting World War III.

Jamie Moss (Street Kings), Arne Schmidt (The Express), and John Kolvenbach wrote the adapted screenplay, with Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe producing. No production schedule was given.

McG most recently directed This Means War for Fox and Three Days to Kill for Relativity Media.

Hunter Killer is in development .
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42 Star Chadwick Boseman Joins Draft Day

42 Star Chadwick Boseman Joins Draft Day
42 star Chadwick Boseman is in talks to join another sports-themed movie, Summit Entertainment's Draft Day.

Kevin Costner stars as the general manager of a struggling NFL team, who grapples with his personal and professional choices one day before the NFL draft. Chadwick Boseman will play the integral supporting role of a linebacker from Louisiana, whose entire livelihood depends on his selection in the draft. Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary, and Frank Langella are also attached to star.

Ivan Reitman is directing from a screenplay by Rajiv Joseph, which landed the top spot on the 2012 Black List. Ali Bell and Tom Pollock are producing alongside Ivan Reitman. Production is scheduled to begin next week in New York, where they will capture actual footage from this year's NFL Draft, before moving on to continue shooting in Cleveland.

Chadwick Boseman previously starred in The Express, and has had guest-starring stints on Justified and Fringe.
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Movie Review - 42 (2013)

42, 2013.

Directed by Brian Helgeland.

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, John C. McGinley, Alan Tudyk, T. R. Knight, Lucas Black, Andre Holland and Nicole Beharie.

Synopsis:

The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

Every year we get at least one or two inspirational sports films about a team or a player that has to overcome some kind of obstacle in order to succeed. A lot of these particular films deal with race as the obstacle our protagonist must overcome. Sometimes it works great, like in Remember the Titans, and other times it doesn't work quite so well, like in Glory Road. 42 is able to stand out among these kinds of sports films. It ends up being inspirational and a fitting tribute to Jackie Robinson.

The film shows us the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson,
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'42' (2013) Movie Review

You could take many approaches to telling the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. With 42, Warner Bros. and writer/director Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale) went for earnest over something that would have likely had critics chanting "Oscar bait!" This doesn't make the film any less appealing or diminish its overall quality, it simply gives it what you'd typically expect from a made-for-tv movie, but the execution and performances rise above such comparisons making it a well worthwhile watch and one that caused a lump to form in my throat for most of its duration. From the moment I first saw a glimpse of what 42 had to offer I knew there was very little this film could do to get it "wrong". The story is too good and baseball translates to the big screen better than any sport there is, offering so many moments of humanity,
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