Discussing 'Milk'

Add Comment on December 08, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

During the middle of an interview to promote his new film Milk, actor Josh Brolin leans into the microphone and playfully whispers “I hate Sean Penn.” His energetic and comical vibe is equally matched by Penn moments later when he is asked if he had any hesitations portraying slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk because of his sexual orientation. Penn’s response, “No. I think it’s just Josh.” It’s obvious that the two actors are good friends and that they enjoyed working together depicting real life political adversaries Harvey Milk and Dan White. Most of the principal cast recently traveled to San Francisco to promote Milk which makes perfect sense since the story is set in the gay friendly city.

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'Bottle' Pours Into 'Son'

Add Comment on December 08, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

Director Randall Miller scored an independent victory this past summer when his wine harvest comedy Bottle Shock posted modest box office returns. Bottle premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and Miller decided to release the film independently, ignoring studios and doing everything himself. The success of Bottle Shock gave Miller the courage to do the same thing with Nobel Son, an ensemble thriller. ...

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'Slumdog' Named Best Film by WAFCA

Add Comment on December 08, 2008 by Phil Contrino

After being named the Best Film of 2008 last week by the National Board of Review, Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire has been given the same honor by the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association. The indie flick now has a lot of momentum heading into what will be a big week for awards. Both the New York Film Critics Association and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association will be announcing their winners and the Golden Globe nominations will be announced on Thursday. The complete list of WAFCA winners: Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire /Fox Searchlight

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2009 Sundance Announces Premieres, Other Categories

Add Comment on December 04, 2008 by BOXOFFICE Staff

The official press release: Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in the out-of-competition sections of Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight. Celebrating its 25th year, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. As previously announced, the Festival opens on January 15 in Park City with the world premiere of Mary and Max, a clay animation feature film from Academy Award-winning short film creators Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs.

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2009 Sundance Film Festival

Add Comment on December 03, 2008 by BOXOFFICE Staff

The official press release: Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 25th Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films in five out-of-competition sections to be announced tomorrow. The 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. "This year's films are not narrowly defined. Instead we have a blurring of genres, a crossing of boundaries: geographic, generational, socio-economic and the like," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival.

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Bollywood Meets Hollywood

Add Comment on December 02, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

Whether she is returning to her native India to participate in the latest Bollywood production or at home in Toronto navigating a sea of film scripts, actress Lisa Ray is grateful to be a working actress. Mostly known for her turns in the independent films Bollywood/Hollywood and Water, she explores the turbulent family dynamic of a forbidden love in her new film, I Can’t Think Straight. Ray considers herself lucky to have found such an interesting character to play when it’s hard enough just to get an actual film role.

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Supporting 'Frost'

Add Comment on December 01, 2008 by Phil Contrino

After working with several actors while performing the Frost/Nixon play, actor Michael Sheen was given a strong supporting cast to help him translate his role as David Frost from the stage to the bigscreen. Rebecca Hall ( Vicky Cristina Barcelona ) plays Caroline Cushing, Frost's love interest. For her role in the film, the 25-year-old actress approached the research process in the same way that many people in her generation would. “I did look at a lot of TV footage from the 70’s on YouTube," Hall admitted to B OXOFFICE.

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