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The TLC network is making a movie about some of the 800,000 condolence letters that were sent to the widow of former President John F. Kennedy after his 1963 assassination.
“Letters to Jackie” will air this fall, as the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s killing approaches on Nov. 22.
The film revisits the aftermath of the assassination to examine the former first lady’s role in helping the nation through its grief as she suffered through her own.
Twenty celebrities will read the letters, including Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, Betty White and Michelle Williams.
Hundreds of clean water supporters will gather on the Hudson River for the annual Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball on April 16 to honor Mark Ruffalo with the “Big Fish” Award for inspiring communities to raise their voices for a sustainable future. The evening will feature award presentation by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and a special musical performance by Grammy award-winning artist Lyle Lovett as Riverkeeper and its supporters celebrate the power of the grassroots movement for clean water and sustainable energy. Funds raised will benefit Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate.
Riverkeeper has been on the front lines of major environmental issues for more than four decades, consistently working to ensure that every New Yorker has the right to clean, safe swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. Riverkeeper is a member-supported, watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.
“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy is in New York scouting locations for his highly anticipated film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning “The Normal Heart.” But, Murphy said, keeping settings authentic is a challenge. “We’ve been to all the historical places,” he told us of the ’80s-set story about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. “A lot of them just aren’t there anymore.” The film starring Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer begins shooting in June after a long road, including decades with Barbra Streisand as a potential director and, “every actor of their day” cast — from Richard Dreyfuss to Annette Bening. “Larry’s a survivor, and he’s fought for 25 years to get this movie made,” Murphy said, with his producer Jason Blum. “He never gave up. And HBO was the only place in town who could have made this movie.” He’ll film from June to July then break to allow his actors to lose weight, including muscle-bound Bomer who will dramatically drop 35 pounds for his role.
Originally scheduled to be released in theaters on June 7th, 2013, Lionsgate Entertainment has moved it up one week to May 31st.
The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.
FBI Special Agent Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic?
As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman.
Joss Whedon attended the ninth annual Glasgow Film Festival as part of the European premiere tour of his take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and the very last question of the Q&A was specifically about whether or not he could see Ruffalo’s Hulk get his own film.
“Yes. But it would be very, very hard. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favour would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.”
Five members of the blockbuster Marvel superhero franchise will appear on stage at the Dolby Theater on February 24.
The next time the Avengers assemble, it will be in tuxedos, not spandex.
Academy Award show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Wednesday morning that five members of the blockbuster superhero film will present at this year’s Oscars. The actors — Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Evans — were part of a team that helped the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers earn over $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office.
Four of the five presenting members have been nominated for Oscars previously, with Downey Jr. and Renner boasting two nominations apiece. Jackson was a co-star in this year’s best picture-nominated Django Unchained.
The Avengers, which marked the culmination of the first phase of an expansive, multi-franchise comic movie universe built by Disney, is nominated at this year’s Oscars for best visual effects.
The 2013 Oscars are being hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Previously announced presenters include last year’s Oscar winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer.
We’re still more than two years away from the release of Marvel’s The Avengers 2, but don’t think they’re not hard at work on it already. Writer/director Joss Whedon told MTV he is already hammering away at the script.
“I’ve done the outline, I’m writing the script now and so the script should be done in a couple of months. I’m pretty excited about it, I have to say.”
When asked what approach he’s taking to the script, whether it’s a bigger template than the previous film, Whedon offered these grim words:
“Don’t go bigger, go deeper. The grand thing is that all of these people have met so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain.”
Whedon also spoke about the upcoming television series, Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., which begins very soon (“We start shooting a week from Tuesday.”) and he offered some insight into what the show will be like.
“You’ve got to bring a little bit of spectacle to it. It’s gotta be bigger than your average cop show, but at the end of the day it’s about the peripheral people, it’s about the people on the edges of the grand adventures. The whole point of this show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter. So it’s about people who don’t have super powers. There will be some people with powers, there will be effects, the spectacle of Science Fiction story telling, but all played on a very human/small level.”
And as we know, Whedon is functioning as a creative consultant exclusively for Marvel Studios and lending his talents to the other films (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy) if they need it and it seems there hasn’t been one that needs his attention more than others.
“It’s been pretty equal, I read all the scripts and I give notes on everything. I’ll look at cuts when they’re ready to show me. I’ll talk to diectors if they want to, I try to make myself useful without being intrusive, but I’ve gotten to sort of be a part of all of them and that’s a dream job for a kid like me.”
Marvel’s The Avengers 2 will hit theaters on May 1, 2015, and while the cast is currently unconfirmed, its very likely to again include Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.
The Incredible Hulk and the leader of 10,000 Maniacs are getting together to protest fracking. Actor Mark Ruffalo and singer Natalie Merchant are leading a group to Albany this Wednesday to register their anti-fracking feelings with Governor Andrew Cuomo.They’re planning an all out campaign to appear at Cuomo’s State of the State Address. You can read about it at www.nyagainstfracking.org.”Fracking” has become a hot button issue, especially in New York and Pennsylvania, along what’s known as the Marcellus Shale. Actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski have been drawn into the war because of their new movie, “Promised Land.” The documentary, “Gasland,” was the first to address the dangers of fracking in farm lands. My own thought, is you don’t fish in your own pond. It’s as simple as that. Both Ruffalo and Merchant live in the area, so it’s important to them.
Here’s what they say:
The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo.
We’ve never needed your voices more than now. On November 29th, the Department of Environmental Conservation took the reckless step of releasing draft rules and regulations that would sanction the process of fracking in New York State, thus setting the clock ticking on a decision-making process that, absent our intervention, could lead to permits in early 2013. Never mind that the environmental impact statement (sGEIS) that is supposed to serve as a scientific foundation of those regulations has not been released to the public. Never mind that the unfinished health “review” that is supposed to sit at the heart of the sGEIS is shrouded in secrecy. Never mind that the work of the health study is being carried out by three outside experts who are contracted for a mere 25 hours–three days–of their time. Never mind that Governor Cuomo said NO to New York’s own physicians and scientists who have demanded a transparent, comprehensive health impact assessment.
Let’s tell the Governor that everything about this process is wrong: it is backward, undemocratic, hasty, and irrational. A secret, 25-hour health review? Shockingly inadequate. An industry-influenced sGEIS? Fatally flawed. And cart-before-the-horse rulemaking? Un-fracking-believable.
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Fresh off some much-deserved awards buzz for his work in this year’s The Sessions, character actor John Hawkes is looking to tackle another real-life role. Variety reports that Hawkes is set to replace Mark Ruffalo as jazz pianist Joe Albany in the indie drama Low Down. Commercials director Jeff Priess is set to make his feature film debut on the project, which tells the story of Albany’s life from the perspective of his 11-year-old daughter, Amy. The musician found success early in his career playing with the likes of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Charles Mingus, but later struggled with heroin addiction.
The film will apparently tell the story of Amy’s unconventional childhood “with a talented but strung-out father in the shadowy world of cocktail bars and transient hotels.” Ruffalo had been set to play Albany but was forced to drop out when the production was pushed and caused scheduling issues. Filming will begin in March 2013.
The second wave of nominees for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards have been announced. The 2012 Teen Choice Awards will be airing live on Sunday, July 22nd at 8:00 on Fox. If you’re between the ages of 13 and 19 and would like to cast your vote, you can visit the Teen Choice website here.
Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers
Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers
Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers
Choice Movie: Hissy Fit
Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers
Choice Movie Villain
Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers
Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Male
Chris Evans, The Avenges
Choice Summer Movie: Action
Choice Summer Movie Star: Male
Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers
Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female
Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers