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AFM 2011: It’s all in the name for ESCAPING THE RUSH filmmaker Brian J. De Palma

ESCAPING THE RUSH storyboard | ©2011 Brian J. De Palma

Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it helps when your name is Brian De Palma – that is Brian J. De Palma. The independent filmmaker was at the American Film Market 2011 pre-selling his film ESCAPING THE RUSH and says that having a similar name to CARRIE director Brian De Palma hasn’t totally hurt him over the years. “It sometimes gets people on the phone or they think it’s him joking around,” says De Palma. “I don’t know if it hurts or helps at all – it’s just a talking point sometimes.” Ten minutes of ESCAPING THE RUSH is complete and it …Read On »

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AFM 2011: THE LAST DRAGON star Taimak reunites with his co-star with I’VE SEEN THINGS

Taimak in I'VE SEEN THINGS | ©2011 Taimak

At the AMERICAN FILM MARKET 2011, writer-director and action star Taimak (aka Taimak Guarriello) was introducing buyers to a brand new film of his called I’VE SEEN THINGS which reunites him with his THE LAST DRAGON co-star Leo O’Brien The film has 35 minutes completed as a show reel and Guarriello was encouraged by friend Joel Eisenberg at EMO Films to come out to the AFM and meet distributors about potential completion funds. The experience has been a positive one for the filmmaker. “We did it on a small budget and I did basically everything,” says Guarriello. “Now it’s at …Read On »

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AFM 2011 Breaking News: The scoop on Dario Argento’s DRACULA 3D

Dario Argento's DRACULA 3D | ©2011 Film Export Group

Many have dipped into the Bram Stoker well in re-inventing the classic   fable, but now giallo master Dario Argento is taking his bite out of the vampire legend with his latest film – DRACULA 3D The film, shot in stereoscopic 3D, was teased to potential AMERICAN FILM MARKET buyers this year with a 30-minute show reel, and it definitely created a large amount of buzz at the 2011 event. With a look and feel of the old Hammer Films, this DRACULA features many of Argento’s stables – hardcore gore, sexy femmes and an unmistakable shooting style. Producer Roberto Di …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE TWILIGHT SAGA handprint and footprint ceremony

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Stephenie Meyer, Taylor Lautner and JImmy Kimmel at the TWILIGHT TRIO HANDPRINT AND FOOTPRINT CEREMONY | ©2011 Sue Schneider

November 3rd was a very crowded day on Hollywood Blvd. as Twilight fans took over the street to be at THE TWILIGHT SAGA HANDPRINT AND FOOTPRINT CEREMONY at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. I heard that fans were camped out the night before to get a good spot to see Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, and they were not disappointed. A few lucky ones got to be behind the stage, while others were in the middle of Hollywood Blvd. Jimmy Kimmel was the host of the event and introduced the lady that created the books, and started this vampire phenomenon…Stephenie …Read On »

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AFM 2011: It’s V for Victory Angel films at the AFM

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Every year at the American Film Market, which is held in Santa Monica at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel, new companies try to come up with a slightly altered business models to grow while also rewarding the filmmakers whose films they’re selling. Victory Angel Films is no different – spearheaded by filmmaker Brian Skiba, who created Victory Angel Films with the intent to find a way to navigate through the foreign market place without having to go to other foreign distribution channels. “We started off six or seven years ago as filmmakers and we had a movie that we knew …Read On »

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Movie Review: A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS movie poster | ©2011 New Line Cinemas

Rating: R Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Garces, Danneel Harris, Danny Trejo, Elias Koteas, Thomas Lennon, Amir Blumenfeld Writers: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg, based on characters created by Hurwitz & Schlossberg Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Release Date: November 4, 2011 Absurd, profane and more surreal than ever, those stoner best buds Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are back in A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS. There’s nothing misleading about the title – there’s tons of 3D, nearly all of the set pieces involve Christmas and the movie is …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Daniel Gillies gets a taste of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Daniel Gillies in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 2 - "Rose" | ©2011 The CW/Quantrell Colbert

The vampires on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, now in its third season Thursdays at 8 PM on the CW, have a lot to write about in their journals, particularly when it comes to their family relationships. From the start, we’ve had the complicated sibling relationship between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), both in love with the mortal Elena (Nina Dobrev). Last season, we met Daniel Gillies as Elijah, one of the Original vampires, whose brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is a half-vampire/half-werewolf hybrid. This might not be so bad if Klaus hadn’t killed the rest of the family and now keeps …Read On »

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Profile: Topher Grace sees THE DOUBLE

Topher Grace in THE DOUBLE | ©2011 Image Entertainment

In the new thriller THE DOUBLE, Topher Grace plays Ben Geary, a young FBI agent who is assigned to his dream case, tracking down the Russian assassin known only as Cassius. Ben is teamed with former CIA operative Paul Shepherdson, played by Richard Gere, who has been reluctantly dragged back into the field due to his expertise in this matter. Family man Ben and loner Paul would seem to be polar opposites, but they turn out to have a few things in common. Grace, a New Yorker by birth, got his feature film start in Steven Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC, then went …Read On »

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Profile: TRUE BLOOD star Stephen Moyer on THE DOUBLE trouble

Stephen Moyer in THE DOUBLE | ©2011 Image Entertainment

In THE DOUBLE, Richard Gere plays former CIA agent Paul Shepherdson, who is dragged back into the field when it looks like the presumed-dead Russian agent he was chasing has resurfaced to kill again. Topher Grace plays Ben Geary, an FBI agent who partners with Paul. Among the people they talk to is Stephen Moyer’s Brutus, an imprisoned KGB assassin who reveres the man the other two are seeking. Moyer, who speaks with his native English accent when not playing characters who hail from elsewhere, speaks with great affection about his best-known character, TRUE BLOOD’s gentlemanly Louisiana vampire Bill Compton. …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Declan O’Brien takes another WRONG TURN

WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS teaser poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

For a film franchise that got off to a less than stellar boxoffice start in 2003, WRONG TURN has proven to be one of 20th Century Fox’s steady DVD players and has resulted in two additional direct-to-DVD sequels over the years. Now, WRONG TURN 3 helmer Declan O’Brien (Syfy Channel’s SHARKTOPUS) returns to write and direct a prequel to the franchise with WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS. If you ever wondered how the cannibal crazies Three-Finger, Saw-Tooth and One-Eye got their appetite for death, destruction and flesh, then BLOODY BEGINNINGS hopes to shed some new bloody light on things. Hitting …Read On »

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