Friday, October 28, 2011

Iranian Actress Released From Prison

Hollywood Rallies Against Irans Draconian Choices Against Filmmakers And Stars Marzieh Vafamehr, the Iranian actress who was simply sentenced with a year jail time and 90 lashes for turning up inside the government-banned film My Tehran Available, remains released from prison, according to Amnesty Worldwide. In line with the human rights organization, her sentence was reduced to three several days and her lashing sentence was overturned she was released Monday. The film, an Australian production that wasn’t stated to become seen in Iran but hit the subterranean community, stars Vafamehr becoming an actress who's banned from working onstage by Iranian government physiques. It shows Vafamehr without any headscarf, together with other Iranian youthful people prone to undercover raves, smoking hashish and having sex before marriage. Meanwhile, the present rash of harsh action against filmmakers in Iran has brought towards the incarceration of three BBC documentary helmers and sentences for worldwide acclaimed company company directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof including jail, a stop from making movies and restrictions on departing the country. Panahi’s sentence was recently upheld. Amnesty also mentioned Iranian director Mojtaba Mir Tahmasb remains jail time after helming the documentary This Is not A Film, which chronicled Panahi’s house arrest and was smuggled to France to debut within the Cannes Film Festival. (The filmmakers’) ongoing detention demonstrates the Iranian government physiques desperate efforts to stifle any type of dissent,” Amnesty Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui mentioned.

Hot Trailer: Mission: ImpossibleGhost Protocol

Vital Pictures has launched a complete length trailer for Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol, the 4th installment from the franchise which was once left for dead after Tom Cruise’s acrimonious departure in the studio. Cruise and Qq Abrams created the film and set together again the pieces also it appears like they’ve place the money on screen. The final film was launched 5 years ago. Could it be me, or does Cruise appear not have aged each day? Kaira Bird directed the film and Jeremy Renner continues to be put into the cast.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Lessons of Fall TV: Comedy Is King

This article originally appeared in the Nov. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.our editor recommends'New Girl': Behind the Scenes of Fox's New Comedy10 TV Shows Canceled Faster Than 'The Playboy Club'Fall TV Preview 2011: 10 Fresh Faces To KnowFall TV Preview 2011: The New ShowsThe Sorry State Of '2 Broke Girls': Racism and Lame Sex Jokes Five weeks into the new television season, and a consensus has emerged: Comedy is king. Whatever has sent viewers to the tube in search of a laugh -- the dire economy and stubbornly high unemployment or simply the cyclical nature of primetime programming trends -- a preponderance of freshman shows getting full-season orders have been sitcoms. Fox and CBS, the Nos. 1 and 2 networks, quickly ordered full seasons of New Girl and 2 Broke Girls, respectively. NBC followed suit with Whitney and Up All Night. ABC already has given Suburgatory a full-season order, and Tim Allen's pricey Last Man Standing -- which bowed to strong ratings Oct. 11 and brought men to the female-skewing network on a night when Fox had Game 3 of Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series -- is a shoo-in to score a pickup. PHOTOS: Fall TV's 12 Most Anticipated Shows Conversely, only three dramas have made the cut: ABC's campy soap Revenge and CBS' J.J. Abrams/Jonathan Nolan drama Person of Interest and Unforgettable, starring Poppy Montgomery. NBC also has ordered additional scripts of the Maria Bello starrer Prime Suspect. But none of the new dramas has been burning up the ratings charts, and ABC canceled its ill-advised reboot of Charlie's Angels while NBC axed its derivative The Playboy Club after three episodes. Of course, not every comedy the networks threw at the wall stuck. CBS' critically excoriated How to Be a Gentleman was shunted to Saturdays, where it aired for a week before getting yanked. And a Twitter campaign by star Hank Azaria did Free Agents no good; NBC pulled it after four episodes. PHOTOS: Fall TV Preview 2011: 10 Fresh Faces To Know SHOW BY SHOW 2 Broke Girls:The Michael Patrick King comedy benefited from a massive Two anda Half Men lead-in (nearly 30 million viewers) for its premiere, but it's also winning its regular time slotfollowing How I Met Your Mother. New Girl:The comedy gave Fox its best fall sitcom bow in 10 years and returns Nov. 1 after theWorld Series. The X Factor:It might not draw the 9 demo American Idol averaged last season, but a 4-plus rating is worth singing about. Revenge:With ratings that earned it a full-season order, the soapy thriller is a bright spot on ABC's fall drama slate. Person of Interest:It's holding its own in the tough 9 p.m. Thursday slot, but the Abrams/Nolan drama is far from the barset by NCIS. STORY: The Hollywood Reporter's 10 Showrunners to Watch Terra Nova:Steven Spielberg's epic dinosaur drama came with a big budget and high expectations, making its 3-plus rating something of a disappointment. Last Man Standing:The Allen comedy was down double digits for its second episode Oct. 18, but it still snagged a solid 3 rating in the demo. Whitney:The Thursday night comedy has managed to outrate Community and Parks and Recreation, but ratings have been in free fall since itsbig Sept. 22 bow. Prime Suspect:Despite ratings nearly as low as Playboy Club's, NBC honcho BobGreenblatt is committed to making the highbrow drama work. RATINGS SCORECARD*: Fox gets a foothold this fall, while fourth-place NBC continues to sink. Fox: 2.4 rating [+21% from 2010] CBS: 3.3 [no change] ABC: 2.7 [-4%] NBC: 2.5 [-14%] Uni: 1.6 [no change] CW: 0.9 [-25%] *Source: Nielsen, most-current ratings in 18-49 demographic Related Topics Terra Nova The X Factor New Girl 2 Broke Girls Revenge Up All Night

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Conflicting ideaologies clash in Mike Bartletts 13.A National Theater presentation of the play in 2 functions by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Thea Sharrock.Ruth - Geraldine James John - Trystan Gravelle Stephen - Danny Webb Mark - Adam James Rachel - Kirsty Bushell Amir - Davood Ghadami Edith - Helen Ryan Sarah - Genevieve Reilly Dennis - Nick Sidi Ruby - Sophistication Cooper Milton/ Jadie - Rose HobsonConflicting generational ideologies, the corruption of energy, political disaffection versus. the requirement for belief, war versus. pacifism, the points of interest and challenges of free-market capitalism ... Everything and much more is audaciously presented, compared and chewed in "13." The intellectual plate-spinning of playwright Mike Bartlett (U.K. hit "Cock," bowing Off Broadway early in the year) could be as pleasing, however, if ambition did not so clearly outstrip dramatic achievement. Twelve quickly introduced, apparently disconnected figures -- from tired charitable organisation worker Rachel (nicely finish-of-tether Kirsty Bushell) to Ruth, the Conservative Pm (Geraldine James), to lawyer Mark (Adam James) -- all seem to be discussing the same bad dream. Their fascinatingly surreal linkages with each other advise a pending crisis within this near-present-day dystopia, rising to some peak as all twelve, voluntarily or otherwise, come under the sway of political prophet John (Trystan Gravelle). He seems as though from nowhere and evolves a Christ-like presence of unencumbered goodness. His huge following made through the Internet intends the federal government, particularly because it stands poised to invade Iran over its nuclear weapons policy. Exercising the hyperlinks between your disparate figures gives momentum up to the more effective first half. So how exactly does the God-fearing wife from the U.S. politico squeeze into the image? What is the link between the atheist academic and also the Pm? Yet when the connections are created, they neglect to deepen. Puzzlingly, as though not fully in control of his structure, Bartlett also changes stylistic tack, shedding the greater surreal tone within the less strong other half and climbing down rather to some standard-problem debate having a mind-to-mind of conflicting ideologies across a table between your prophet and also the Pm. Worse, anybody even vaguely conversant with conspiracy thrillers can smell the inevitable routing from the idealist miles-off. Even though intelligence from the writing isn't uncertain, the theatrical texture wears thin since the diffuse ideas remain underdeveloped. Bartlett is not assisted by Thea Sharrock's fitful production. Her awkward, effortful crowd moments are unconvincing and although she gives clearness towards the mix-cut tales, there is a draining insufficient cumulative energy. Moment by moment, the stars illuminate their individual situations. Adam James brings piercing emotional precision towards the lawyer who cracks up underneath the realization that his all-consuming rage is actually fond of themself. And Geraldine James survives the caricature of her high-heels and upswept-hair costuming to breathe existence into implausibly isolated Ruth. Taking its signal from Tom Scutt's mainly black set strangely lit by Mark Henderson, Sharrock's bleak staging is within thrall to some giant, gradually spinning black cube in the center from the stage that indicates a metaphor whose meaning remains vague. More awkwardly still, its constantly turning surface serves to underlines Bartlett's uncharacteristic insufficient decision about his play's feeling of direction. His questions regarding the character of excellent and evil nowadays are bold but a level bigger real question is introduced to light through the drably staged coda where the conclusions towards the tales from the twelve are trotted by the stars inside a straight line. Why did not the National's literary management persuade Bartlett to consider a play of these potential through a minumum of one more major draft?Sets and costumes, Tom Scutt lighting, Mark Henderson seem, Ian Dickinson music, Adrian Johnston production stage manager, Laura Flowers. Opened up, examined March. 25, 2011. Running time: 2 Hrs, 50 MIN.With: Matthew Barker, Nick Blakeley, Katie Brayben, Natasha Broomfield, Martin Chamberlain, Sioned Johnson, Barbara Kirby, Esther McAuley, Lara Rossi, Zara Tempest-Walters, John Webber, Shane Zaza. Contact David Benedict at

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bachelor Pad's Krisily Kennedy: "I'm Bisexual"

Krisily Kennedy Bachelor Pad's Krisily Kennedy, who once competed for Charlie O'Connell's love on The Bachelor, has come out as bisexual. "I'm bisexual," she told Life & Style at Friday's GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles. Kennedy said she began dating women three years ago, and recently broke up with her girlfriend of a year. "I'm completely open to still dating men," she said. "For me, this is all very new, and I was very lucky to have had my friends and family behind me." Heroes' Zachary Quinto: I'm a gay man Now that she's open about her sexuality, Kennedy says she's ready to find love, whether it be with men or women. "I want to fall in love with anyone and I don't care who they are," she said. "I just want love. I want long-term commitment. I really want those things and if people open their hearts to it, you can find that with anyone." Just days after National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Heroes actor Zachary Quinto also recently revealed his sexuality.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

'Paranormal Activity' prone to scare up B.O.

'Paranormal Activity 3' is monitoring to debut around mid-$Thirty Dollars million in your area.Older men're likely to be released for Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich in 3d pic The Three Musketeers, distributed inside the U.S. by Summit. Paramount's third installment inside the "Paranormal Activity" franchise may haven't an issue ruling the weekend's worldwide B.O. with good-to-solid returns -- but a depressed domestic market could prevent it from frightening up blockbuster-sized B.O. inside the U.S. The weekend's other wide releases at greater than 1,000 locations, 3d "The Three Musketeers" and "Johnny British Reborn," are known as for modest Stateside openings. But both photos are specific more for the worldwide market, so U.S. returns will probably be gravy. Universal's "Johnny British" follow-up already has totalled a superb $91 million worldwide through Wednesday, while "Three Musketeers," from Constantin Films, is approaching $50 million in overseas grosses. "Johnny British" first first demonstrated in areas including Australia and Russia on Sept. 15 as well as, since has extended to 43 areas "Three Musketeers" presently is playing in 40 areas outdoors the U.S. In your area, inspiring sports drama "The Mighty Apple computer systems" launches within an aggressive 975 playdates via Quaker Media. Pic looks to make use of the belief-based aud, last provided by Sony's "Courageous." Though little marketing muscle, the film isn't likely to gross greater than $millions of through Sunday. Fox Searchlight's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," which just nabbed three Gotham Independent Film Honours noms, bows today at four locations. Stateside B.O. remains sluggish lately, with last weekend heading lower one of the weakest October frames ever. "Paranormal Activity 3," that's monitoring to debut round the mid-$30 millions in your area, may have better results overseas, due to a hefty day-and-date launch in 42 areas, including Australia, France, Mexico, Russia as well as the U.K. Componen apparently required to turn away auds at its fan tests of "Paranormal" held March. 18 in urban centers around the globe, including NY, London, Dallas, Chicago, Melbourne and L.A., which saw the greatest crowd worldwide, gathering as much as 2,260 fans. Under-25 auds -- "Paranormal's" core demo -- are actually especially sparse at Stateside plexes lately, which explains why monitoring services have "Paranormal 3" opening with underneath the $40.7 million of the predecessor. However, many B.O. experts the current teen B.O. monotony is principally product-related meaning anything better-than-expected for "Paranormal 3" will hinge round the franchise's recognition. Without Lionsgate's annual "Saw" offering, "Paranormal 3" could have a apparent playing area through Halloween. A year ago, "Paranormal 2" faced "Saw 3dInch within the second week. The first sort pic wound up cuming $84 million in your area. U's "Johnny British Reborn" isn't likely to attract a Stateside crowd, since recognition for star Rowan Atkinson lies mostly with overseas auds. The film is predicted to create inside the $4 million to $6 000 0000 range and was allotted at $45 million. Meanwhile, "The Three Musketeers," being distribbed inside the U.S. by Summit, should attract mainly older males, getting a possible family component lifting weekend grosses for the low double-amounts. Summit is bowing the film at roughly 2,200 3d locations. Summit will be based mainly on domestic theatrical to cancel out the company's P&Dedication round the film. In limited release, Kerbside Sights requires a somewhat aggressive approach with Wall Street thriller "Margin Call," bowing the pic a couple of days ago at 56 playdates as well as on VOD. Also debuting round the indie front, Cohen Media Group's "Oranges and Sunshine," toplining Emily Watson, opens at four. Contact Andrew Stewart at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Paul Master To Star In Thriller Hrs, Written And Also To Be Directed By Eric Heisserer

Paul Master continues to be drawn on to star within the publish-Hurricane Katrina thriller Hrs, which Peter Safran’s Safran Co is creating and financing. Eric Heisserer, that has written the scripts for brand new Line’s Nightmare On Elm Street redo, Warner Bros’ Final Destination 5 and Universal’s approaching The One Thing, authored the script and can make his directorial debut around the project, that is preparing for any March 2012 production begin in New Orleans. The topic few Hrs would appear to become a departure from Heisserer’s genre work: The film focuses on a parent (Master) who fights to help keep his newborn daughter alive inside a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina hits the town. Master most lately starred in Universal’s hit Fast Five and merely wrapped shooting the indie thriller Vehicle 19, that they also executive created and Safran Co also created. He's repped by UTA and Luber Roklin. Heisserer is repped by UTA and Artwork Entertainment UTA Independent Film Group, which packed the project together with Safran, is repping the film’s worldwide privileges.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Polanski's go back to NYFF

John C. Reilly and Jodie FosterMichael Barker and Tom Bernard flank Richard Pena and Rose Kuo. Anjelica Huston and Yasmina RezaShanyn Leigh and Abel Ferrara When "Carnage" opened up the 49th annual NY Film Festival on the wet Friday, it had been just the second film from helmer Roman Polanski to obtain a showcase within the fest -- the very first being "Knife within the waterInch in NYFF's initial outing, in 1963. The new sony Pictures Classics, however, is a much more regular presence. Together with "Carnage," SPC has four other films within this year's fest, and "Carnage" reps the distributor's eighth pic to spread out the annual event. SPC's Michael Barker reminisced about a number of individuals memorable tests, such as the 2000 bow of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." "The screening was such as the shot heard across the world," he stated. Additionally to Alice Tully Hall, where "Carnage" unspooled, the fest also offers the Film Society of Lincoln subsequently Center's recently completed, multi-venue Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center to exhibit photos. "The fest turns 50 the coming year, but in lots of ways it feels as though we are just getting began," stated the Society's Ann Tenenbaum. "I switched 50 this season, and should not the same myself, regrettably." Contact Gordon Cox at

Monday, October 3, 2011

Morning Grind: 'Arrested Development' Movie Totally Definitely Absolutely Probably Going to Happen in 2013

Zach Galifianakis wasn't the only comedy titan making news at the NYer Festival over the weekend. On Sunday, the cast of 'Arrested Development' and creator Mitch Hurwitz sat down with NYer television critic Nancy Franklin to discuss their beloved series, and when talk turned to the long-rumored feature film version, Hurwitz had an update. "We're 80 percent of the way to an answer," he said, before revealing that there are also plans to do a short-run television series to catch fans up on the lives of the Bluth clan during the last five years. All that needs to happen now is some studio cooperation and the usual cutting of red tape. Said star Jason Bateman: "There's business left to be done, but creatively we are all on board and have a very specific plan about how it would come out and what we would do and when we would shoot it. I think we're targeting next summer to shoot it." Later, Bateman tweeted that the film could get released in early 2013. As for the limited-run series, Deadline reports that Showtime and/or Netflix could be interested. Don't hold your breath or anything, but feel free to dance like a chicken as soon as possible. [NYT/ArtsBeat] The cast of 'Flight,' director Robert Zemeckis' first non-motion capture film since 'Cast Away' in 2000, is coming together nicely. Oscar winner Melissa Leo and James Badge Dale are in talks to join Denzel Washington, Bruce Greenwood and the already negotiating Don Cheadle in the film, which focuses on an alcohol and drug-addicted airline pilot (Washington), who becomes a hero after safely landing a malfunctioning aircraft. Leo would play an investigator trying to prove the pilot was negligent; Dale, a dying cancer patient. [THR] Director Gavin O'Connor loves to-the-point titles. The 'Warrior' director (who previously helmed 'Miracle') has attached himself to 'The Samurai,' about an international assassin on the lam with a woman and her child. Just a note, Gavin: drop the "the"; it's, cleaner. [Deadline] Excited about the entire 'Harry Potter' book series coming available via Pottermore later this month? Don't be: the AP reports that sale plans have been pushed to 2012. [AP] Moviefone's Mike Ryan was disappointed with the Melissa McCarthy-hosted episode of 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend, but not audiences: ratings were up four percent from the season premiere, and eight percent from the second episode last year. [Deadline] Can you guess Netflix's most-rented film ever? Hint: It's not 'Crash'! (That's No. 2.) [THR] Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The NYer

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