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Interview: Michael Imperioli, director of The Hungry Ghosts

Earlier today, Disc Dish had a chance to speak with Michael Imperioli (The Lovely Bones)—late of TV’s The Sopranos and Life on Mars and currently keeping the streets of urban Michigan safe in Detroit 1-8-7– about his film 2009 The Hungry Ghosts, which is available on DVD from Virgil Films and is currently streaming on Hulu.com.

Written and directed by Imperioli, the movie follows 36 hours in the lives of a group of spiritually bereft New Yorkers including, among others, a hard-living New York City call-in radio show host (Steven Schirripa, Open Season 3), his high-voltage wife (Sharon Angela, TV’s The Sopranos) and a grungy downtown gabber just out of rehab (Nick Sandow, Frame of Mind). Oh, and there’s also a lot of cocaine, booze, gambling, stripping and sex.

The Hungry Ghosts is a horrible descent into the urban maelstrom for some, another typical Tuesday night for others,
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[Contest] Win Acclaimed War Documentary ‘Restrepo’ on Blu-ray!

Restrepo is currently one of the highest reviewed films of the year, sitting at 97% with nearly 100 reviews on RottenTomatoes and recently garnered as a final selection for the documentary Oscar category. We have partnered with Virgil Films & Entertainment and National Geographic Entertainment to give away three Blu-ray copies to our readers!

For a chance to win one of the three Blu-rays just fill out the form below by 11:59 Pm Est on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010. We will select the winners at random and you will be notified by e-mail. One entry per household. No purchase necessary. Winners must live inside the U.S. Shipping to a P.O. box is not permitted. Check out more info regarding the film as well as a trailer below, after the submission form. Good luck!

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Presented by Virgil Films & Entertainment and National Geographic Entertainment

From Directors Tim Hetherington And Sebastian Junger

The Award-winning Documentary
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This Week on DVD: Toy Story 3, Winnebago Man, The Pacific

Considering that Toy Story 3 is now one of the highest grossing movies of all time (#4 to be exact), I think we can safely say that it is by far the biggest DVD / Blu-ray release of the week. But that doesn't mean there aren't some other things worth checking out. The hilarious and touching documentary Winnebago Man is finally out on DVD this week, along with Neil Marshall's gory period epic Centurion and HBO's The Pacific mini-series. On Blu-ray, we've also got the massive 25th Anniversary Edition release of The Goonies, Highlander 1 and 2, The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Bridge on the River Kwai. All this plus complete series sets of The Larry Sanders Show and Beverly Hills 90210! What will you be buying or renting this week? Toy Story 3 [1] (+ Blu-ray [2]) Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales [3] (+ Blu-ray [4]) Centurion [5] (+ Blu-ray [6]) The Hungry Ghosts [7] Clint Eastwood: 35 Films,
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This Week In DVD: November 2nd

Join us each week as Rob Hunter takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. And remember, these listings and category placements are meant as informational conversation starters only. But you can still tell Hunter how wrong he is in the comment section below. This week sees five Buy recommendations! And all but one of them are decades old! Insane I tell you, insane! Anyway. Titles out this week include Centurion, the HBO miniseries The Pacific, the uncut version of the absurdly entertaining The Visitor, The Hungry Ghosts, reissues of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Goonies, and more. Click on any of the titles below to magically head over to Amazon.com and pick up the DVD. And don’t forget to check out Neil Miller’s hilariously titled This
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Heather Graham Sends Out the "ExTerminators," "The Goonies" Return and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"ExTerminators" (2010)

Directed by John Inwood

Released by Image Entertainment

Also appearing on VOD, Heather Graham, Amber Heard and Jennifer Coolidge team up to launch a service that will permanently wipe away your exes from your address book (and life) under the cover of Coolidge's bug extermination business in this comedy from cinematographer-turned-director John Inwood.

"Bad Ass" (2009)

Directed by Adamo Cultraro

Released by Well Go USA

A hitman (Tom Sizemore) has a change of heart when his latest job leaves the nurse of an aging mob boss as the prime suspect in Adamo Cultraro's feature debut. Frank Stallone co-stars.

"Centurion" (2010)

Directed by Neil Marshall

Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

Following "Doomsday," Marshall returns to Hadrian's Wall in England for the story of surviving group of Roman soldiers in 117 A.D., including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Liam Cunningham among their ranks, who defend
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Virgil Hungry for Imperioli’s “Ghosts”

Virgil Films and Entertainment has picked up North American rights to “The Hungry Ghosts,” the directorial debut of thesp Michael Imperioli. Movie will have a limited theatrical release this summer ahead of VOD and cable broadcast, to be followed by a DVD in August. Produced by Diane Crespo, Stefan Schaefer and Victoria Imperioli, pic preemed at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2009. Written and directed by Imperioli, film follows the lives of five New Yorkers. Cast includes Steven Schirripa, Aunjanue Ellis, Nick Sandow, Sharon Angela and Emory Cohen.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118019236.html?categoryId=13&cs=1
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Michael Imperioli to star in 'Foreclosure'

Michael Imperioli to star in 'Foreclosure'
Michael Imperioli has been cast as the lead in writer-director Richard Ledes' horror-thriller "Foreclosure."

The former "Sopranos" star joins Wendell Pierce, Bill Raymond, Jeff Burchfield, Meital Dohan, Brandon Gill, Spencer List, Tristan Laurence Perez, William Stone Mahoney and Roger Robinson in the creeper.

With a tagline of "ghosts don't move out," "Foreclosure" sets its action in a nearly empty, economically depressed neighborhood block, amid the real-life context of the mortgage crisis where so many homes are bank-owned.

Ged Dickersin ("City Island") is producing the project, which Ledes will begin shooting in Queens next week.

"Michael Imperioli is a great actor with a deep understanding of filmmaking," said Ledes. "Like a jazz ensemble, I can't imagine a better artist to join the two cats with whom I've had the privilege to work previously and who are back for 'Foreclosure': Wendell Pierce and Bill Raymond."

Reppedby UTA and Tmt Entertainment Group,
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2115

Here are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2115.

Animal Kingdom Rated R For violence, drug content and pervasive language. Release Date: Tba 2010 Boy Next Door Rated PG-13 For brief sexual content. Dark Crossing Rated R For violence including a rape, language, drug content and some sexuality. Death At A Funeral Rated R For language, drug content and some sexual humor. Release Date: April 16, 2010 The Hungry Ghosts Rated R For sexuality, drug use, language and some disturbing content. Last Night Rated R For some language. Release Date: , 2010 Louis Rated R For some sexual content. Road Train Rated R For bloody violence and gore, language and a scene of strong sexuality. You can always stay up-to-date on all the latest updates to our database right here.
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iPad, A Missing iPod And The New Season Of 'Lost' In Today's Twitter-Wood

iPad, A Missing iPod And The New Season Of 'Lost' In Today's Twitter-Wood
Whatever you think of the specs, it's nice to finally be able to refer to the iPad in one word instead of qualifying Apple's new product title as "unofficial," and Twitter-Wood is using it all over the place, even if some citizens thing the device sounds like a feminine care product.

Meanwhile, one product you should definitely check out (to carry over the Don Rickles theme from yesterday) is a signed Mr. Potato Head figurine. Twitter linkmaster extraordinaire Lee Unkrich posted a link to Rickles' Toy Story character along with a few other items being auctioned off to raise money for Haiti, so give them all a look. And while you're at it look at which "Mad Men" actor lost his iPod, whether or not the Olympics will impact "Lost" and which kid star from "The School of Rock" got a picture with Adam Lambert. I'm @brianwarmoth, and this
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Roy Disney, 'Avatar' And Copenhagen In Today's Twitter-Wood

Roy Disney, 'Avatar' And Copenhagen In Today's Twitter-Wood
Roy Disney's death today was big news in Twitter-Wood, where a lot of folks have been affected by his work and commitment to animation over the course of their careers. It's certainly appropriate that "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich was among the first to post his condolences.

And speaking of animation, Danny DeVito made it onto the guest list for the "Avatar" premiere tonight, and took a picture of his excitable foot to prove it. His "Twins" co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger posted

pic, too, from over in Copenhagen where he's meeting with folks for the U.N. Climate Summit. You can click through all of those tweets after the jump where you'll also find out who may have cut actress Jenna Stern off and which musician/director is working on a new FunnyorDie.com sketch. It's all in the Twitter-Wood report for December 16, 2009.

@OmarDoom: http://twitpic.com/ts6fd
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Michael Imperioli: An Original Portrait

To benefit Golden Bridge for Tibet, Michael Imperioli held a preview screening last week of his new film "The Hungry Ghosts." On behalf of 'Golden Bridge', Tibetan Lama Namkha Rinpoche spoke to an audience that included "Sopranos" family members Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler, and Lorraine Bracco among others. Michael Imperioli is unquestionably an enormously impressive and engaging actor. In fact, he's a great actor. With "The Hungry Ghosts" he adds writer/director to his resume and pulls masterful performances from Steven R. Schirripa, Sharon Angela, Nick Sandow, and Aunjanue Ellis. I asked Imperioli to sit for my Huffington Post portrait series, and to write a few words about his new film "The Hungry Ghosts". Timothy Greenfield-Sanders www.greenfield-sanders.com Portrait of Michael Imperioli (c)Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, all rights reserved. The screenplay of "The Hungry Ghosts" was written in the Fall of 2007 and by the Spring of 2008...
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Fuhgeddabout The Sopranos Movie, Already. Sheesh.

While attending the screening of his directorial debut “The Hungry Ghosts” in New York City, someone armed with an entertainment blog had the balls to ask “The Sopranos” veteran Michael Imperioli about the rumors surrounding a possible big-screen version of the popular HBO series. His answer, of course, was a resounding “No.” Of course, this mean absolutely nothing, as things change at the drop of a hat deep within the heart of the Great Hollywood Money Machine. The thing that bothers me the most about this particular piece of fleeting entertainment news isn’t the fact that the movie isn’t going to happen — it’s the fact that someone felt the need to inquire about “The Sopranos” when Imperioli was there to promote a completely unrelated project. Heaven forbid they ask questions that actually pertain to “The Hungry Ghosts.” Here’s an idea: When you’re hired to cover
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Rose McGowan’s New Dog And ‘Twilight’ Actor Peter Facinelli In A Bikini In Today’s Twitter-Wood

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 5-0 today that Al Franken won last year’s Senate election, and it didn’t take long for responses to start popping up in the Twitter-Wood feed, including reactions from Larry King and Graham Linehan. Magician and quick-witted thinker Penn Jillette also brought politics into his tweets, pointing out the relevance of his film “The Aristocrats” in a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision.

The conversations weren’t all political though. Rose McGowan showed off a shot a of the new dog she adopted and Demi Moore posted her own puppy shot of Ashton Kutcher rolling around on the set of his new movie “Five Killers.” Meanwhile, “Twilight” actor Peter Facinelli was just innocently trying on a bikini and Russell Brand kept to what he does best, lacing an apology to his neglected Twitter followers with dog-and-leg-humping imagery. You’ll find all of this
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‘Iron Man 2,’ Fred Travelena And Bernie Madoff In Today’s Twitter-Wood

Dive in, because I’ve got behind-the-scenes commentary from Jon Favreau, Ashton Kutcher, and Jeremy Piven in today’s handpicked crop of Twitter-Wood tweets. Favreau offers some praise up for Mickey Rourke’s work thus far in “Iron Man 2,” and Kutcher shares his thoughts on the foreign dubbing process for his new film “Spread,” while Piven points out the common links between his new movie “The Goods” and this summer’s box office success story “The Hangover.”

I also rounded up a few thoughts from film folks about yet another entertainment industry death, comedian and impersonator, Fred Travelena, as well as Bernard Madoff’s sentencing today, and Denzel Washington’s latest post about Michael Jackson. You find all of these, a picture taken by “Buffy” actress Amber Benson at one of my local Chicago comic book shops, and much more in the Twitter-Wood update for June 29, 2009, after the click.
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Rotterdam Film Festival Opening Night Film

Cicala Filmworks, the New York-based production outfit behind IFFR’s opening film, The Hungry Ghosts is run by Stefan Schaefer and Diane Crespo. It is planning a Little Miss Sunshine-style comedy called Forth and Multiply. Sopranos star (and The Hungry Ghosts director) Michael Imperioli is expected to take a central role in the film, which is about a mother and two daughters at a transitional point in their lives. “It’s about fertility, love and loss,” Crespo (who will co-direct with Schaefer) says. The script is ready. Cicala is aiming to go into pre-production in the spring. This will be the second feature that Crespo and Schaefer have co-directed, after festival hit Arranged (2007), which was about the friendship between two women, one an orthodox Jew and the other a Muslim. Meanwhile, Cicala is looking to extend its working relationship with writer-actor-director Imperioli. Schaefer met Imperioli when they were appearing together in Icelandic film The Higher Force. Like Schaefer and Crespo, Imperioli is from a theatre background. He and his wife Victoria run Studio Dante, a theatre company in New York. Many of the actors in The Hungry Ghosts came from the company.

Rotterdam ‘09: The Hungry Ghosts By Jason Guerrasio

Opening this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival is Michael Imperioli’s directorial debut, The Hungry Ghosts, a gripping look at five New Yorkers all struggling to satisfy their physical and spiritual needs while facing down their own – and society’s – flaws. Best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Christopher on The Sopranos, Imperioli has over the course of his 20-year career worked with such top directors as Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee. He’s also built a sub-career as a screenwriter, having penned numerous episodes of The Sopranos and Lee’s Summer of Sam, which originally Imperioli was going to direct. For The Hungry Ghosts, the title of which comes from a Buddhist metaphor for people futilely attempting to fulfill...
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Rotterdam '09: The Hungry Ghosts By Jason Guerrasio

Opening this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival is Michael Imperioli’s directorial debut, The Hungry Ghosts, a gripping look at five New Yorkers all struggling to satisfy their physical and spiritual needs while facing down their own – and society’s – flaws. Best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Christopher on The Sopranos, Imperioli has over the course of his 20-year career worked with such top directors as Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee. He’s also built a sub-career as a screenwriter, having penned numerous episodes of The Sopranos and Lee’s Summer of Sam, which originally Imperioli was going to direct. For The Hungry Ghosts, the title of which comes from a Buddhist metaphor for people futilely attempting to fulfill...
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Rotterdam announces 14 competition titles

Rotterdam announces 14 competition titles
London -- The directorial debut of Montreal-based filmmakers Henri Bernadet and Myriam Verreault, the second film from Alicia Scherson and Peng Tao's sophmore outing "Floating in Memory" are among the 14 titles selected for the competition lineup at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Organizers said Wednesday that Bernadet and Verreault's "At West of Pluto" will open the competition section, while Scherson's "Tourists" will close the festival's 12-day run of Jan. 21-Feb. 1.

Other competitors for the event's Tiger Awards include movies from Turkey, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Rotterdam's long history with young Asian filmmaking is reflected by a half-dozen films from Asia, including productions from Japan ("Dark Harbour"), Korea ("Breathless"), Indonesia ("Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly") and Taiwan ("No puedo vivir sin ti") along with Tao's "Floating in Memory."

"The Strength of Water," a first film from New Zealand, and "Wrong Rosary," the first Turkish film ever to be included,
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Rotterdam 09: 14 titles announced to compete for Vpro Tiger award

Fourteen titles have been announced which are first and second features in competition for Iffr's top honor, the Vpro Tiger award. The Hungry Ghosts, the directorial debut of Sopranos actor and Goodfella's Spider (haha!) will be opening the fest. Simon Ellis's debut feature Dogging: A Love Story which we reported on here will also be playing. The story revolves around the risque sex scene that is dogging which I guess has to do with voyeurism. The list is a good mixture of film from all over the planet, but I have yet to go through the rest.

Check out the full list after the break. via Variety.

"At West of Pluto," Henri Bernadet & Myriam Verreault (Canada)

"Be Calm and Count to Seven," Ramtin Lavafipour (Iran)

"Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly," Edwin (Indonesia)

"Breathless," Yang Ik-june (South Korea)

"Dark Harbor," Takatsugu Naito (Japan)

"Dogging: A Love Story," Simon Ellis (U.
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