Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Patrice O'Neal Dead At 41: Stars, Comics React On Twitter

The comedy world lost another giant today as Patrice O'Neal has died at 41. Support for that popular stand-up comedian and frequent "Opie & Anthony Show" contributor continues to be overwhelming already, with fellow comics, stars, authors along with other celebs taking to Twitter to talk about their reminiscences of O'Neal as well as their condolences for his loss. See what everybody from Jesse Glover to Sarah Silverman needed to say about Patrice's passing in present day exclusive edition of Twitter-Wood. @JimGaffigan RIP Patrice ONeil. Undeniably brilliant. -Jim Gaffigan ("Super Military") @BrianLynch RIP Patrice O'Neal. Amusing individual. -John Lynch ("Hop") @SarahKSilverman RIP Patrice O'Neal. You've made us laugh til we cried. -Sarah Silverman ("The Muppets") @DonaldGlover f--k.....among the funniest and wisest comics ever. Relaxation in Peace Patrice O'Neal. -Jesse Glover ("Community") @michaelianblack Ah, s--t. I did not know him however i respected him. RIP Patrice O'Neil. -Michael Ian Black ("Wet Hot American Summer time") @PattonOswalt Yes, I am serious. And incredibly, very sad. #RIPPatrice -Patton Oswalt ("Youthful Adult") @thebrianposehn F--k, I'm so sad. Just awoke towards the news. We lost an execllent comic along with a sweet guy, Patrice ONeal. My ideas are together with his family. -John Posehn ("5 Year Engagement") @ThatKevinSmith I shared some air & some air time using the guy on O&A & he was always funny & thoughtful. Patrice - He'll be skipped: http://t.co/6k7yZ2Rl -Kevin Cruz ("Red-colored Condition") @sethmeyers21 RIP Patrice O'Neal. Each day spent watching clips of him on-lines are each day wisely spent. -Seth Meyers ("Saturday Evening Live") @bobsaget Patrice O'Neal. So damn funny and thus wise and the like a huge heart. -Bob Saget ("Entourage") @denisleary Patrice O'Neal. Among the funniest males whatever person walked this earth. RIP. -Denis Leary ("Amazing Spider-Guy") Leave your reminiscences of Patrice O'Neal within the comments section as well as on Twitter.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Update: Repetition Defends Miley Cyrus Stoner Comments As Sarcastic

First Launched: November 27, 2011 10:46 PM EST Credit: Getty Images La, Calif. -- Caption Miley Cyrus reaches The 53rd Annual Grammy Honours held at Staples Concentrate on February 13, 2011 in La, CaliforniaMiley Cyrus received fire on Sunday carrying out a video showing the actress/singer joking about smoking marijuana at her special birthday made the models online. However, a repetition for Miley notifies Access Hollywood the 19-year-old stars remarks were in jest. The dessert will be a joke and Miley have been sarcastic, a repetition for Miley told Access on Sunday. It's being completely removed of context. Inside the video (acquired with the Daily), Miley is seen laughing with pals before saying because of revelers for just about any cake featuring the facial skin of reggae icon Bob Marley, saying, You understand youre a stoner once your pals lead you to a Bob Marley cake you understand you smoke a lot of f***in weed. Formerly Sunday, Kelly Osbourne, who place the birthday celebration for your former Hannah Montana star, was quick to safeguard her friend, taking to Twitter to see fans the dessert and subsequent comments were simply making light of Mileys highly-marketed salvia incident this season. Let me make something very apparent after Miley Cyrus salvia incident we started calling her bob miley just like a JOKE! Kelly Tweeted on Sunday. The dessert appeared to become a Tale! It will make me sick that Miley Cyrus so referred to as pals would sell her out and lead people 2 believe she's somebody that she's not! U males if Miley Cyrus is not recording/filming/touring she's works everyday how could she possible fit everything in if she will be a stoner! #think, she added. Copyright 2011 by NBC Universal, Corporation. All rights reserved. These elements is probably not launched, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Regency Acquires Aron Eli Coleite Pitch Hellbent

EXCLUSIVE: New Regency closed a mid-six figure deal for Hellbent, a thriller pitch that will be written by Aron Eli Coleite. Erwin Stoff and Michael Green will produce and New Regency CEO Brad Weston took it off the table as two other bids mobilized. It’s described as a prison escape movie with supernatural elements. Hellbent is the second deal in a month for Coleite, whose science fiction/drama spec script The End was recently bought by Warner Bros. That film focuses on three completely different storylines that are interconnected by the fact that the players in each one are trying to reconcile the fact that the world is going to end. There is a veteran broadcaster in London, a 16-year old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a devoted family man in Shanghai. They each try to make peace with their lives before an interstellar event ends the world in just six hours. Coleite works with Green on the ABC series The River, and they previously worked together on Heroes. “We were eager to get in business with the new configuration of New Regency, and Brad really got the pitch and has had success with genre movies,” Stoff said. “That made it the right place for the pitch.” The scribe’s repped by CAA, Green by WME and 3 Arts.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Open Road nabs U.S. rights to 'Outrun'

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the romantic action comedy"Outrun,"starring,written and co-directed by Dax Shepard. Cast included Kristen Bell, BradleyCooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Joy Bryant and Ryan Hansen. David Palmer co-directed with Shepard. Theannouncement was madeFriday by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films. Exclusive Media Group acquired international rights to "Outrun," currently in post-production, during the American Film Market earlier this month. Producers are Andrew Panay, Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey. Shepard plays an ex-getaway driver living under an assumed identity in central California. He agrees to break the rules of his witness protection and drive his girlfriend (played by Bell) to Los Angeles so that she can land her dream job. When the authorities and his former gang (led by Cooper's character) learn he is back behind the wheel, they hit the road to chase him down. Open Road plans to open "Outrun" next year but hasn't set a date. Contact Dave McNary at dave.mcnary@variety.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Connie Britton Adopts Baby Boy

Connie Britton American Horror Story's Connie Britton has adopted a baby boy.Britton returned home from Ethiopia a week ago with 9-month-old Eyob after a three-year adoption process, People reports.Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton preview American Horror Story's upcoming scares"I am thanking my lucky stars every day," says the 44-year-old actress.Before her role on the FX horror drama American Horror Story, Britton played Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Megan Fox Channels Bette Davis in Smoldering New Armani Campaign (Video)

Megan Fox's serious film career has already established a bit of the nose dive since her peak moment in Transformers. And so the shateringly beautiful brunette has made a decision to select laughs. Her next role -- a cameo -- is at Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator and he or she features a role (again, unknown) in Judd Apatow's That Is Forty with Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Emmy champion Melissa McCarthy and John Lithgow.Throughout these photos within the set, she's wearing leather shorts together with a black tshirt. What? Perhaps you have expect a business suit? Ultimately watch out for Megan revisit the silver screen, here's a review of her smokin' new Armani Beauty Video through which she cranks as much as full smolder with an Bette Davis effect. We heard that Megan paid out visit toVeterans' Home of California on Veterans Day. She must have made plenty of vet's tickers go pitty pat. Here's wanting the medics had the defrib unit close by. PHOTO GALLERY: View Gallery Bette Davis (1932-2011) Fashion Jason Segel Judd Apatow Leslie Mann Megan Fox Melissa McCarthy Paul Rudd Sacha Baron Cohen Giorgio Armani

Friday, November 11, 2011

'The Adventures of Tintin': Never-Before-Seen Footage Promises Lots of Action (Video)

Weta Digital Ltd. Vital Pictures on Thursday launched a brand new "sneak look" at its approaching movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Key from the Unicorn, from director Steven Spielberg and producer Jackson.our editor recommendsSteven Spielberg, Peter Jackson's 'Adventures of Tintin' to shut Out AFI Fest (Exclusive)Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's 'Adventures Of Tintin' Opens Solid No. 1 Overseas'The Adventures of Tintin': What James Cameron Demonstrated Spielberg and Jackson9 Things You Must Know About 'The Adventures of Tintin' The studio states the clip, launched soon after the film closed the AFI Fest in La, features "never-before-seen footage" from the movie, which uses motion capture and CGI animation. PHOTOS: 'The Adventures of Tintin' U.K. Premiere Blue Carpet Arrivals Tintin was modified in the legendary -- a minimum of outdoors the U.S. -- comic series by Belgian artist Herge. The little one-friendly film begins when Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) finds out one ship having a secret leading him, with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) at his side and also the villainous Sakharine (Difficulties) in pursuit, on the round-the-world mission to locate a shipwreck known as the Unicorn. The 30-second clip promises lots of action, with Tintin starting on his mission via pretty bumpy rides by boat, motorcycle and plane. PHOTO: Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret from the Unicorn' Spielberg and Jackson lately spoken towards the Hollywood Reporter for any cover story about the building of the film, which used condition-of-the-art three dimensional motion capture techniques. Spielberg stated he first optioned the privileges in 1983 but wasn't satisfied the first script could be "palatable for that rabid global fans."In 2004, he requested Jackson's Weta Digital effects house to produce Tintin's dog Snowy, causing the remarkable collaboration between your two. THR COVER STORY: Steven Spielberg and Jackson: The Leaders Behind 'The Adventures of Tintin' The film, the first inside a suggested trilogy, is going to be launched within the U . s . States on 12 ,. 21. It's already opened up overseas. Andy Serkis Steven Spielberg Difficulties Jackson The Adventures of Tintin Jamie Bell

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tillman directs 'Miles Davis'

Producers have attracted on George Tillman Junior. to develop and helm "Miles Davis," an approaching biopic in regards to the influential jazz music artist. Helmer and producer Tillman ("Soul Food," "Faster," "Well-known,Inch "Barbershop") will base the film round the 2006 book "Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Information on Miles Davis," composed by Davis' boy, Gregory Davis. Film follows Davis' existence, including his battles with substance abuse, together with the progression of his legendary body at work. Supporting figures prone to are available in the pic include Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Gil Evans, Michael Jackson and John Coltrane. Nick Davis Raynes and Ged Dickinson partner to produce the film with Davis Raynes Prods. in colaboration with Condition Street Pictures. A period of time for "Miles Davis" is not set. Contact Gordon Cox at gordon.cox@variety.com

And a Broadway goddess

Director Walter Bobbie and David Ives flank Nina Arianda. At Tuesday's opening of David Ives' "Venus in Fur," Manhattan Theater Club's Lynne Meadow trumpeted the fact that the play is the first by the prolific scribe to open on Broadway.But the comedy starring Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy is still, like a lot of others by Ives, an adaptation -- in this case of a 19th century erotic novel that led to the coining of the term "sado-masochism."Indeed, Ives has become the go-to guy for comic adaptations lately with a string of updates of Moliere, Corneille, Regnard and others."The story is always the hardest thing," he said at BB Kings. "When you adapt, someone just hands you a great story. They've done three-quarters of the work for you. All you have to do is run with it."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Armie Hammer on Clint Eastwood's Directing Style: 'I Thought We Were Just Rehearsing That'

"There would be takes that we did where I was under the impression we were shooting a rehearsal," admits 'J. Edgar' co-star Armie Hammer about Clint Eastwood's famously brisk directorial style, a statement that flies in the face -- just a tad -- of what was said at the 'J. Edgar' press conference in Los Angeles last week. "I've got this reputation of shooting one take, and it's a wonderful reputation to have, but it's hard to live up to," said Eastwood. "If you did, it'd be kind of shoddy, I think." Then again, Eastwood wasn't in the room when Moviefone spoke to Armie Hammer. In 'J. Edgar,' Hammer plays Clyde Tolson, J. Edgar Hoover's erstwhile second-in-command who, at least according to the film, also shared a romantic relationship with Hoover until the day he died. Moviefone spoke to Hammer about Eastwood's one-take reputation -- especially when compared to David Fincher, who Hammer just worked with on 'The Social Network' -- the fact that the real-life Hoover thought Hammer's great-grandfather was a spy, his preparation for 'The Lone Ranger,' why there are two Snow White movies in the works, and if people think that he has a real-life twin brother. I always find it funny the words that auto fill-in when I do research on someone on Google. Yeah, yeah... The second one that fills in for you is "shirtless." Oh, God. Jeeze. It could be worse? I mean, I wouldn't mind that, I don't think? Well, I mean, dude, you're better off. Trust me. I do find it fascinating that you went from a David Fincher movie to a Clint Eastwood movie, considering their directorial styles. As polar opposite as you can get. Absolutely. Is there any exaggeration there? Is Eastwood really like, "cut, print, let's move on"? There would be takes that we did where I was under the impression we were shooting a rehearsal. Or that the cameras weren't even on ... and that's what we used. Then, the flip side of that coin, getting to take 60 with Fincher and hearing him go, "No, I don't like it. Delete them all. OK, start over -- take one." Really? There were times that you really didn't think the cameras were on? Oh, yeah, definitely. At one point he was like, "OK, cut, print." And I was like, "Whoa, whoa, Clint, I had my sides in my hands, I thought we were just rehearsing that." Were there any scenes you wanted to do again and Clint wouldn't let you? Um... initially, when we first started, there were times I was like, "Please, can we do one more. I think I can do it better. Please, please, please." But, then, eventually, I fell into it -- just trusting Clint as much as everybody else trusted Clint. And I think it really paid off in spades. And I'm guessing after 'The Social Network' you never thought that you would ever ask, "Please, please, can we do one more?" [Laughs] But, you know what's funny? I got used to it. The sort of way that Fincher works -- the grueling amount of takes. And because it was my first experience doing a big movie, that was what I was sort of acclimated to. So when we started doing ['J. Edgar'], I was like, "I don't think we're working hard enough." Like, "It doesn't feel like we're drained. How come I'm going home when the sun's still up? What's going on?" See, that's interesting. So, coming from the Fincher mindset, did you just assume you would get at least a couple takes to work some stuff out with your character and have it figured out by take two or three? We didn't have that opportunity. Right. But was it really that big of a shock? Did you ever say, "Wait, we're really not doing that again?" Yeah. Oh, yeah. Oh, definitely. I mean, it was only a shock for the first day. Because, like I said, you get used to it and then, all of a sudden, you start to really appreciate it. It just becomes effortless filmmaking. You know, he's been doing it for so long, he's been able to strip all of the noise and extraneous riff-raff and crap out of the filmmaking process. What you have is a boiled down, simplified, elemental version of filmmaking. And it's amazing to be a part of it. What's your favorite Clint Eastwood movie? My favorite Eastwood movie? Oof. 'The Outlaw Josie Wales'... Do you mean that he's directed or stared in? Either or, or both. The floor is yours. It would probably be -- I mean, 'Unforgiven' is just epic. And 'Josie Wales,' and, of course, 'Million Dollar Baby' is probably my most favorite recent one he's done. But I also love 'Gran Torino.' I don't know. Probably 'Unforgiven.' What did you know about Hoover before signing on for this film? I didn't know much. I knew sort of the stories that got passed around the family -- I mean, he really hated Armand [Hammer]. He didn't trust him. He thought he was a spy. So I grew up hearing all of that. So when I finally read the script it was more instead of, "Wow, this is crazy," it was more of, "My God, it's true!" For your character, Clyde Tolson, researching seems like a much more difficult task. There doesn't seem to be a lot out there. It was the easiest thing in the world for me because I took the lazy way out and hired a professional researcher. I didn't know you could do that. It's the same lady that I work with on every one of my projects. I told her, "Find me everything you can," and she did. I probably had over 6000 pages of research on Clyde Tolson, at least. Including every excerpt from a book that mentioned him even once. Everything. Every picture of him ever taken, including, but not limited to, pictures of him sleeping that J. Edgar took. I know you're probably being asked a lot about the makeup. But that looks like a lot of makeup. Well, I mean, it's not a little makeup, I'll tell you that. Was that difficult? Um... yes and no. It's difficult, but it helps, at the same time. It's difficult because you have a quarter inch of latex glued to your face with professional strength adhesive for 12, 13, 14 hours out of the day. And, effectively, you're putting on a mask, which will limit the amount of emoting that you can do with your face. So, to get that all across, you have to sit in the mirror and go, "OK, if I smile, I have to actually try and close my eyes and pull my cheeks back and I have to do all of this stuff," that you don't think about when you're not wearing a huge mask on your face. Has a stranger ever asked you where your twin brother is? Yes. That has happened to me. And it's, like, the biggest compliment that I can get. I mean, I'd rather someone come up and say that than anything else. Because then it's like, "Ah, we tricked you! We got ya!" Do you ever here from those guys? The actual Winklevoss twins? No. No, I never really heard from them. I met them once or twice through the course of making the movie. I mean, they're so drastically different than who I am and what I want to be that it's like, I almost just would rather hang out with my normal friends. So, 'The Lone Ranger' is on again? Yeah, we're on, dude. We're riding off into the sunset. That's an interesting role. How do you prepare to play The Lone Ranger? Well, my researcher is prepping again. She's looking up Texas Ranger lore and Texas history and locations that are in the movie that I want to know about. What the general population would know in the day -- how informed were they? How did they get their news? What sort of education would this guy have? All of those things. So, really, a lot of stuff. I'm excited about getting into it. You might want to stay away from the 1981 movie 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger.' [Laughs] Yeah, right! That was the real lame one. Yeah, yeah. Why are there two Snow White movies coming out next year? There are two Snow White movies coming out for the same reason that you remember back in the day there was 'Armageddon' and then 'Deep Impact.' You know, 'Andromeda Strain' and then 'Outbreak.' Like, all of those things. It's common because basically studios have no imagination in making the decisions. They go, "Oh, they just had success with that movie, so we'll do a movie like that." The pictures look nice. Those pictures aren't even recut. Like, those are just pictures that some guy took on stage. Wait until you see. I've seen little things that after Tarsem [Singh] has done his Tarsem magic on it, those pictures look drastically different. Don't think that's what it's going to look like. It's going to look so much cooler. You can contact Mike Ryan directly on Twitter. 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Monday, November 7, 2011

Drifters (Gli sfiorati)

A Fandango production in collaboration with Rai Cinema. (International sales: Fandango Portobello, London.) Produced by Domenico Procacci. Directed by Matteo Rovere. Screenplay, Laura Paolucci, Francesco Piccolo, Rovere, based on the novel by Sandro Veronesi.With: Andrea Bosca, Miriam Giovanelli, Claudio Santamaria, Michele Riondino, Asia Argento, Massimo Popolizio, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon.The trials and tribulations of attractive young Italians provide the photogenic subject for contempo comedy-drama "Drifters." Based on Sandro Veronesi's Rome-set novel, helmer Matteo Rovere's sophomore effort benefits from its media-friendly depiction of a new social group, the titular gli sfiorati -- just as long as no one remembers the book was actually published in 1990. Of more questionable value is the pic's incest storyline, likely to be downplayed in Italo distributor Fandango's marketing come the film's spring release. Overseas, the sibling-lust angle might assist material that's otherwise in danger of being too slight for successful export to foreign arthouses. Handsome, 30-ish Mete (Andrea Bosca) has an apartment in Rome's picturesque historical center, a stimulating (if unlikely) job as a handwriting analyst and an enviable, appropriately hedonistic social life. Less felicitously, his 17-year-old half-sister, Belinda (Miriam Giovanelli), to whom he's inconveniently attracted, has just moved into his living room. As Mete's father, Sergio (Massimo Popolizio), a soccer star-turned-sports pundit, belatedly prepares to marry Belinda's mother, Virna (Spanish-Italian actress Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), the two half-siblings negotiate their problematic intimacy boundaries. Written by Rovere, Laura Paolucci and Francesco Piccolo, the screenplay successfully juggles several elements, notably a funny subplot involving nutty man-eater Beatrice (Asia Argento, in a change-of-pace role that will earn her plenty more comedic castings). Meanwhile, a committed perf from Michele Riondino as Mete's real-estate-agent buddy Damiano can't disguise the stock-comedy aspect of this generic lothario character. In this follow-up to his 2008 teen drama "Un gioco da ragazze," Rovere succeeds in presenting sibling sex in a lighthearted context that never teeters into heavy issue-movie terrain; a framing device, which places the bulk of the action in the recent past, likewise helps auds accept what they might otherwise resist. However, the film's exploration of the "drifters," described by Mete's fellow graphologist and pal Bruno (Claudio Santamaria) as "a new unforeseen category," is less assured. This liquid, glancing form of existence, more an attitude than a specific demographic, probably won't be challenging the likes of Generations X and Y and for sociological supremacy. Tech credits are pro. Andrea Farri's score, confidently fusing orchestral and electronic elements, reps a major plus, and the sound mix is afforded some showily effective moments in one nightclub scene. Picture-postcard Rome locations do no harm, with Sergio and Virna's wedding in particular affording a pleasant whiz around the city in a vintage convertible, Colosseum and all.Camera (color, widescreen), Vladan Radovic; editor, Giogio Franchini; music, Andrea Farri; production designer, Alessandro Vannucci; set decorator, Cristina Del Zotto; costume designer, Monica Celeste; sound (Dolby Digital), Maricetta Lombardo; supervising sound editor, Gianluca Carbonelli; re-recording mixer, Marco Cappolecchia; visual effects supervisor, Rodolfo Migliari; line producer, Ivan Fiorini; assistant director, Matteo Albano; casting, Francesca Borromeo. Reviewed at London Film Festival (Cinema Europa), Oct. 26, 2011. Running time: 111 MIN. Contact the Variety newsroom at news@variety.com

Swedish muscle

Mikael MarcimainDirector Swedish TV and commercials director Marcimain is making his long-awaited feature debut with "Call Girl," a political thriller set in the late 1970s, starring Pernilla August, set for release in 2012. He made his name with the acclaimed miniseries "The Laser Man" and "How Soon Is Now?," a drama of Swedish youth in revolt during the turbulent era of 1965-76. He's known for his collaboration with Dutch cinemato-grapher Hoyte van Hoytema, who also worked with Tomas Alfredson on "Let the Right One In" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," and with David O. Russell on "The Fighter."Karzan KaderWriter-directorKadar's family came to Sweden from Kurdistan when he was 8, to escape the 1990 Iraq War. "Bekas," his graduation short from the Stockholm film school, took a silver medal at the Student Academy Awards this year, and won a prize at the Palm Springs Shorts Fest. Kader is now expanding the story into feature for Sonet Film. "Bekas" is about two brothers living on the street in Kurdistan, who dream up a daring plan to get to America, which they think is just across the border. Shooting in spring was interrupted by the Arab uprisings, but the cameras are now rolling again.Bill SkarsgardActor The latest in the acting dynasty -- fourth son of Stellan, brother of Alexander and Gustaf -- 21-year-old Bill Skarsgard is on his way to becoming a major Swedish star. Appearing alongside his father in crusader epic "Arn: The Kingdom at Road's End" convinced him that he wanted to follow in the family business, but it was his title role in "Simple Simon," Sweden's 2010 submission for the foreign-language film Oscar, which made his own name. His latest role is the lead in the World War II epic "Simon and the Oaks," based on a classic Swedish bestseller about a boy who befriends a Jewish refugee.Lisa AschanWriter-director When the Swedish Film Institute launched its Rookie program in 2009 to fund low-budget films by debut directors, the applicants were overwhelmingly male. So it decided that only women would be considered for the fifth and final Rookie project. That led to the selection of Aschan's "She Monkeys," about three teenage girls who perform horseback gymnastics. Pic premiered to acclaim at Berlin this year and won narrative feature at Tribeca. Despite its arthouse style, Aschan, who trained at the Danish Film School, describes "She Monkeys" as a Western, and is next planning a horror project.Babak NajafiWriter-directorBorn in Iran, Najafi moved to Sweden as a boy in the mid-1980s. He trained as a documentary director, and won the Stockholm festival's 1 km film scholarship in 1999 for his debut short "Rasten." After several shorts, he made his feature debut in 2010 with the drama "Sebbe," about a single mother and her son living on a tough working-class estate. Pic won the debut prize at Berlin, then best film at Sweden's Guldbagge awards. In a sharp change to a more commercial direction, he's now finishing "Easy Money 2," the sequel to the 2010 hit crime thriller.Malin BuskaActress With just a couple of previous shorts on her film resume, 27-year-old stage actress Buska was a revelation in Bjorn Runge's slice of Swedish miserabilism "Happy End." Critics raved about her performance as a cleaner who is beaten by her boyfriend, but whose life changes when a troubled young artist asks to paint her. Although the film went largely unseen by the paying public, the role has put her firmly on the industry's radar as a star in the making.Patrik AnderssonProducer Andersson began his career in various marketing and distribution roles at Nordisk, Sandrew Metronome, the Swedish Film Institute and the Stockholm Intl Film Festival. He was headhunted by St. Paul Film to move across into production as head of development, where he is building up the slate. He's also producing writer-director Lisa Langseth's sophomore drama "Hotel," following her Guldbagge script win for her debut "Pure."Gabriela PichlerWriter-director After film school in Gothenburg, Gabriela Pichler won for short at the 2009 Guldbagge awards for her graduation film "Scratches," which also took fest prizes at Munich, Karlovy Vary and Uppsala. Her feature debut, "Eat Sleep Die," is now in post-production. Written and directed by Pichler for Anagram Prods., it's the story of a young woman's fight to stay in her home village after the closure of the local factory makes everyone redundant. Pichler brings a strong storytelling instinct to the arty, political style associated with Gothenburg filmmakers.Liv MjonesActress After numerous stage and TV roles, including the SVT series "Bibliotekstjuven," 32-year-old actress Mjones made her feature breakthrough this year with the lead in lesbian romance "With Every Heartbeat" (aka "Kyss mig") directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining. She followed that with "Stockholm East," released in October, and she'll be discovered by a more mainstream audience next year in spy thriller "In the Nation's Interest," the latest installment in the Carl Hamilton franchise, Sweden's answer to James Bond.Erika Wasserman & Jesper KurlandskyProducers "Avalon," the second feature produced by Wasserman and Kurlandsky under their Fasad shingle, won the international critics discovery award at Toronto for its debut director Axel Petersen. Kurlandsky learned the ropes as part of Lukas Moodysson's team on "Mammoth," "Container," "Lilya-4-ever" and "A Hole in My Heart," with a variety of credits including cinematographer, casting director and art director. Now he and Wasserman, a former publicist, are closely associated with nurturing Sweden's new wave of arthouse filmmakers. Kurlandsky is next producing "Blondie," his second film with director Jesper Gandslandt, while Wasserman working on her second project with Henrik Hellstrom, "Hollows."STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Scandis fund femme visions | Business matters | Swedish muscle Contact the Variety newsroom at news@variety.com

Friday, November 4, 2011

Holly Robinson Peete Sounds Off on Kim Kardashian's Divorce: Kris Humphries 'Got Used'

It has been several months since The Talk fans have been able to hear Holly Robinson Peete sound off on the day's hot topics. But, that doesn't mean she doesn't have something to say when it comes to the big celebrity news of the week: Kim Kardashian's quickie divorce filing from Kris Humphries. And the actress doesn't feel sorry for the E! reality star.our editor recommendsHolly Robinson Peete Talks About Her Surprise Axing From 'The Talk'; What Went Wrong With Show'The Talk's' Holly Robinson Peete Lands 'Mike & Molly' RoleKris Jenner Under Fire for 'Good Morning America' 'Indian Giver' RemarkKim Kardashian's Divorce Exposes Her Ambition for Fame and Money, Say Brand Experts (Analysis)Related Topics•Kim Kardashian PHOTOS: 19 of Hollywood's All-Time Shortest Marriages "If a sex tape doesn't ruin your brand, how does a divorce ruin your brand?" Peete, 47, tells The Hollywood Reporterabout whether she believed the failed marriage would damage Kardashian's image. "It's not going to ruin her brand. It's going to be good for her brand. No one is thinking of her as this love-struck puppy. No one ever thought of that. They just wanted to see a wedding and they watched." "The conversation that, well, America is upset with her, because she has no respect for the covenant of marriage is silly," she continues. "This is all about money, and fame, and all those things. This is her brand. I think it's going to be totally fine. It's the next chapter. It's now who's she going to date next." PHOTOS: Inside Kardashian Inc. Peete, who has been married to former NFL player, Rodney Peete, since 1995, tells THR that she found herself hanging out with some pro basketball players and their wives over Halloween and they had plenty to say about the divorce news. "That's all those guys can talk about," she says. "And the gist of it was they just felt so sorry for him, because they know he just got so caught up in stuff. And I just feel bad that no one's talking about him, I really do. I feel terrible for that boy. They were saying that when you're known for marrying someone who has a sex tape out, that was all they can talk about, and how that isn't sexy right there." "I feel terrible for that boy," Peete, who begins her multiple episode guest role Monday on CBS's Mike & Molly, goes on to say. "I think he really loves her and he's young and he's not used to that type of world. I think he got used, I really do." PHOTOS: Hollywood's Top Earners Humphries released a statement soon after the divorce filing was confirmed saying it took him by surprise and that he'd like to still work on the marriage. Do you agree with Peete? What are your thoughts on the hand Kris Humphries was dealt in his relationship with Kim Kardashian? Tell us in the comments section below. Email: Jethro.Nededog@thr.com; Twitter:@TheRealJethro Related Topics Holly Robinson Peete Kim Kardashian Kris Humphries

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Project X Trailer Crashes In

A celebration can get out of control...A celebration featuring several pals which get quickly out of control. Sexy women, offbeat males and police participation. Given Todd Phillips' title inside the credits, you might be pardoned for believing that this is often a stealth trailer for your Hangover 3, but and it's also a promo for just about any new comedy Phillips signed onto produce with Joel Silver referred to as Project X. You'll be able to take a look at Apple.With Phillips and Silver gathering a cast of youthful up-and-comers including Thomas Mann, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper and Nichole O'Connor, along with ads director Nima Nourizadeh, the aim here appears to own visited apply the found footage genre with a madcap secondary school comedy. So, in several ways, it's type of The Hangover meets American Cake by way of Paranormal Activity. So... Parahormonal Activity, then?The plot finds three teens throwing whatever they hope is really a awesome special birthday, using the aim of creating themselves among their peers or just getting women really discover their whereabouts. In this contemporary era, it's even simpler than in the past for word from the party similar to this to spread, and very soon the situation is getting away . of control...There's not sure from the Uk release date yet, though we'd anticipate seeing it not extended following a US release on March 2, 2012.