Editor | Peter Bowen
New York Times picks Somewhere's Stephen Dorff for the Holidays
Posted October 30, 2010
In the New York Times’s holiday movie section, Karen Durbin singles out the actors to watch this winter in her article “Meaty Roles for Actor to Chew On.”
We are thrilled to see that one of the five performances of note for Ms. Durbin is Stephen Dorff's in Somewhere:
Stephen Dorff is nothing if not versatile, with roles that include the so-called fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe, in Backbeat, an evil vampire kingpin in Blade and the transsexual beauty Candy Darling in I Shot Andy Warhol. But Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere (Dec. 22) doesn’t just give Mr. Dorff an actor’s dream breakout — the lead in a high-profile, high-prestige film — it also brings him close to home.
The American comes to DVD, On-Demand and More on December 28
Posted October 26, 2010
So you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas or Hanukah. Sorry about that. But the good news is you can treat yourself to George Clooney as The American a few days later. Anton Corbijn’s international thriller, which Roger Ebert gave his highest grade of four stars, comes out on Blu-Ray™, Dvd, Digital Download And On-Demand on December 28, 2010. In the film, Clooney plays a professional gun maker and occasional killer who escapes to a rugged Italian mountainside village, hoping he can escape destiny by doing one last job. Clooney is joined by a sexy European cast that includes Violante Placido and Thekla Reute. The DVD extras include deleted scenes, feature commentary from Anton Corbijn and best of all a nearly half hour featurette “Journey To Redemption: The Making Of The American.”
Red Carpet coverage of Sofia Coppola and Elle Fanning at ELLE
Posted October 19, 2010
Elle Magazine corralled many of Hollywoods best and brightest for their 17th Annual Women in Hollywood bash at The Four Season Hotel in Beverely Hills. Elle TV covered the red carpet, including talking to Honoree Sofia Coppola and the star of her upcoming film Somehere, Elle Fanning.
Somewhere’s Sofia Coppola is Elle Red Carpet Fave
Posted October 18, 2010
In her slide show “Red Carpet Buzz: Women in Hollywood Edition,” Elle’s Krista Soriano showcases the many stylish turns that writer/director Sofia Coppola has made on the red carpet. Especially of note is her look at the 2010 Venice Film Festival (where her film Somewhere won the Golden Lion). What did Elle loved about Sofia’s choice of a Louis Vuitton resort 2011 dress? “The director of the film chose an understated black version of the lemon dress presented at Louis Vuitton's resort show, the same brand for which she designs bags.” Click through on the site and see other great Sofia red carpet moments.
Annette Bening Honored at Mill Valley Film Festival
Posted October 18, 2010
On October 14, the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival in California honored Annette Bening (who recently received Oscar-worthy notices for her role in the Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids are All Right) with a Mill Valley Film Festival Award and Tribute. (See her entrance in the above photo from Tommy Lau). The love in the room was evident from the standing ovation she received, and the 90-minute Q&A session Ms. Bening did with the audience. Chris Wright at Stark Insider reported that the ever gracious Ms. Bening took the opportunity of her own ceremony to acknowledge the people who have helped her: “Throughout the evening, she asked people in the audience to stand up for acknowledgement, such as her Yoga teacher, Bonita Bradley, whose breathing techniques helped Bening control her voice…”
Focus Production Prez feeds kids
Posted October 15, 2010
Melanie Grayce West in the WSJ.com in “Sowing and Reaping” reports on extra-film related work of John Lyons, the President of Production for Focus Features. In addition to putting together multimillion deals for Focus films, Lyons is “leading an effort to raise $2 million to launch New York's first Edible Schoolyard Academy, at P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School in Gravesend, Brooklyn” According to the WSJ, "Mr. Lyons has committed $50,000 to the local initiative and serves as its founder and board chairman," and uses his influence in the film world to encourage others to help out. The moedel for the programs comes from the Edible Schoolyard program started in Berkeley, CA by famous chef Alice Waters Lyons wants to "make sure that these gardens are up and running, supported financially and that we provide some infrastructure training and management so that people can perpetuate them year in and year out."
Hanna Wows New York Comic Con
Posted October 11, 2010
Last weekend, if you were lucky enough to nudge elbows with Captain America, Princess Leia or ninjas drinking diet Pepsi, you would have also gotten a sneak peak at two scenes from Joe Wright’s fairy-tale assassin movie Hanna. Wright and two of his stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) and Eric Bana (her father) showed up to present a couple clips and exchange hilarious quips about fighting each other on set. The packed hall was pretty much blown away, if you can judge by the massive gasp expelled by it at the end of one of the clips, by the projected scenes. Wright admitted to EW’s Adam Markovitz this fantastical action pic is not what audience might expect from him: “Everyone thinks I’m all classical music and period films…It was very exciting to get the gloves off. I really enjoyed all the action stuff. It’s like pure filmmaking.”
Focus Exec Linda Ditrinco honored as Humanitarian
Posted October 07, 2010
We are pleased to announce that Linda Ditrinco, executive VP and general sales manager for Focus Featues, is not only a talented executive, but a humanitarian as well. This year she will be awarded the humanitarian award from the Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens. The club’s president Su Robotti explained, “It is indeed a great honor to pay tribute to such a caring and dedicated individual as Linda Ditrinco. … With our close ties to the New York area, this year’s honor is extra-special, as Linda represents all that is great about New York City.” Indeed her extra care and concern is shown in her support of such groups as City Harvest of NYC, New York City Rescue Mission, NYU Medical Center, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Variety- The Children’s Charity. All we can say is thank you and congratulations.