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The Debate Is On: 1994’s ‘Speechless’ Shows Us Politics Can Have A Heart?

The Debate Is On: 1994’s ‘Speechless’ Shows Us Politics Can Have A Heart?

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‘Speechless’

This week, our resident movie reviewer, Jeremy Morrison, is back at it again in the white Vans to review another one of Olive Films most exciting new releases, “Speechless.” First, let’s take a walk down memory lane with a quick synopsis:

Can speechwriters on opposite sides of the political fence find love and happiness in the heat of an election season? This is the comic premise of Speechless, starring Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise) as Kevin Vallick and Julia Mann – Republican and Democratic speechwriters (respectively) and romantic sparring partners. Add to the mix Kevin’s ex-wife (Bonnie Bedalia, Die Hard) and Julia’s self-absorbed former fiancé (Christopher Reeve, Superman) and the stage is set for screwball comic hijinks in the tradition of His Girl Friday and the political savvy of TV’s The Good Wife.

Speechless, directed by Ron Underwood (City Slickers) from a screenplay by Robert King (TV’s The Good Wife) co-stars Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and Charles Martin Smith (The Untouchables).

The cast: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Ernie Hudson, Christopher Reeve, Charles Martin Smith, Bonnie Bedelia

J-Mo Says:

With election season racing upon us faster than memes of bears stealing Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar, SPEECHLESS is a fun reminder that staffers for the average politicos have feelings too. A quaint romantic comedy starring Michael Keaton and Geena Davis, SPEECHLESS is another misplaced gem coming your way through Olive Films. The folks over at Olive have settled into a cool groove of finding and releasing films that have been relegated to the bargain bins of yesteryears past.

I’m not sure where it falls in the list of greatest Michael Keaton or Geena Davis films, but after all these years the film still holds its charm and serves as a friendly reminder that opposites attract in even the most unusual of settings.

The performances are strong across the board. Though the disc is yet another bare bones release, I can’t recommend this flick enough. Tune in for Keaton and Davis, stick around for Christopher Reeve. Especially his stellar calf muscles.  — Jeremy Morrison, Film Geek

Check out this film and a plethora of other amazing releases from Olive Films via their official website — www.olivefilms.com.

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim

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THE REVENANT: Two Official Posters Debut For Upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy Flick

THE REVENANT: Two Official Posters Debut For Upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy Flick

New Regency and 20th Century Fox have debuted two official posters for THE REVENANT! Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and directed by Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Check out the theatrical posters below and weigh in with your thoughts.

THE REVENANT comes to theaters limited release December 25 and wide release on January 8, 2016!

Synopsis: Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel). < REVENANT_LEO-2015-1 REVENANT_TOM-2015-2

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THE REVENANT: New Trailer Released For The Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy Flick

THE REVENANT: New Trailer Released For The Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy Flick

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New Regency and 20th Century Fox have debuted a NEW trailer for the upcoming film, THE REVENANT! Directed by Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu, ‘The Revenant’ stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass who endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy).

The film is slated to hit  theaters in limited release December 25 and wide in January 2016!

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Chris Moneymaker & Director Douglas Tirola Talk ‘All In – The Poker Movie’

Chris Moneymaker & Director Douglas Tirola Talk ‘All In – The Poker Movie’

Chris Moneymaker is one of the biggest names in the world of professional poker. Being a household name wasn’t something he had anticipated when he first set foot on the casino floor back in 2003. It was then that the mild-mannered accountant hailing from Nashville, Tennessee quickly found his world turned upside down when he won the $2.5 million first prize at the televised World Series of Poker. It was a moment in time that he will never forget and one that gave birth to the worldwide poker phenomenon that continues to grow at an ever increasing rate! After seeing Moneymaker’s win and being a fan of the game for years, director Douglas Tirola set out to tell the story of poker’s renaissance over the past ten years. The film follows the movement of a game once played only by grandparents and teenagers unable to get a date on Friday night to a nationally televised sport played by millions, on a weekly basis in casinos, basements, and online. It has become an activity so hip that even Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Tobey Maguire, and Matt Damon have a regular game! The amazing results of his journey as a filmmaker can be seen in “All In – The Poker Movie,” which opens in theatres across the country and will be available on DVD on April 24, 2012! The film’s extensive research, archival footage, and interviews with today’s poker celebrities, as well as social commentators such as Ira Glass and Doris Kearns Goodwin, making this the definitive exploration on this worldwide cultural phenomenon. Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with poker legend Chris Moneymaker and director Douglas Tirola to discuss the film, how it came about, the challenges involved with bringing such a detailed documentary to the screen and what the future may hold for the greatest game ever played!

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For those who may not know, how did poker enter into your life?

Chris Moneymaker: Basically, I liked being in the casinos. I liked playing Blackjack and betting on sports, so that is basically where it started and where my interest started to develop. The problem was, every time I went to the casino, I was broke! That gets old after a while! [laughs] I saw people sitting in the back corner, whose average age was about 80 years old. It was a bunch of old guys who seemed a little grumpy and mean but they sat back there all day long. I wanted to know what was going on. They were playing poker. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I could sit back there, enjoy my time at the casino, have a few beers and actually walk out with a little bit of money and not be broke all of the time. That is what really started it for me. From there, I figured out that you could play online poker with Poker Stars and I was off!

How did life change for you after that huge win at the World Series of Poker? I imagine it turned your world upside down.

Chris Moneymaker: It did and in a way that was far more than I had even thought that it could. I won the tournament on a Saturday night, flew home Sunday and I was back at work on Monday morning. Everybody was amazed that I was there! I was 27 years old at the time and I had won $2.5 million. After you pay taxes, I paid my dad and everything else, I realized that I wasn’t going to retire on that money. Poker at the time wasn’t what it is today. It wasn’t something you could go out and make a profession out of, so my plan was to go back to work and be that everyday guy who just had a little bit better bank account! That was the plan and was sorta what happened for eight months. Then I got second in the World Poker Tour and poker was really starting to take off. I was starting to get a lot more appearances and I found I was starting to make money outside of sitting at the poker table. Basically, one day my boss came in and said, “If you don’t quit, we are going to fire you! There are better places out there in the world for you than sitting behind this desk doing accounting work. It just doesn’t make sense for you to be here.” That is when I decided to become a full-time poker player. Being a poker professional just means that you don’t have to have a job, there isn’t necessarily a day where you wake up and say, “I’m going to be a poker pro!” You just start playing more and more. That is what I started doing and I have been doing it ever since. It has been great as I have been able to travel the world, meet celebrities, meet families and play in really fun games which most people don’t get the opportunity to play in! Overall, it has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.

A lot of what helps to fuel the global poker boom and excite fans was your personality and mystique. Was that something which came as a surprise as well?

Chris Moneymaker: Yeah! When I won, I honestly didn’t think anything of it. I didn’t think the world of poker was going to change much. First of all, I am a little bit of a nerd and back then I was a bit of a degenerate gambler, so I didn’t think I would strike a chord with that many people or that people would sorta see themselves in me. In my youth, I played a lot of video games and I had friends but I wasn’t the most popular kid in school, so it was a little shocking to me that so many people were relating to me and sort of got my story. That was really shocking to me. The poker boom itself was something that took me by surprise from way out of left field. I like to think I am a relatively smart guy but I never saw that coming! [laughs] I never thought I would see 800 players go to 8,000 and I never thought the Internet would blow up like it did. There were huge surprises all the way around.

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We are talking today about “All In: The Poker Movie.” With poker being as big as it is these days, it is surprising to me it took so long for someone to focus on the poker industry in film form. How did the initial idea for the film come about?

Douglas Tirola: We are a documentary film company and we are always looking for new ideas. The idea initially came about when we had been thinking about poker because we had been hired by a very successful Wall Street trader to film the biggest poker tournament in New York City, which was to have somewhere between 500 and 1,000 people. That event introduced us into the world of poker. Of course, I knew the movie “Rounders” and right around the same time, when we were traveling, I was on a Jet Blue plane and I saw Chris Moneymaker’s win. I started to notice, after that, how much poker there was on television. The idea was really to tell the story, I think the term people use now is “the tipping point story,” of how poker had this huge renaissance. We wanted to tell the story of how it went from something thought of in regard to old people or something teenage boys who can’t get dates did to something that you now associate movie stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and George Clooney doing. I think we were interested in it both as a game, which I played as a kid, and the cultural impact it has had on society.

What drew you to the art of filmmaking, Doug?

Douglas Tirola: Originally, I was going to school and I was going to be a college professor. I was going to be one of those guys that had summers off and only taught classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I ended up applying to graduate school where I got into Columbia University for writing. I ended up taking a filmmaking class as an elective and a teacher offered me a job on a movie. I met a lot of great people through that movie, which was a movie a lot of people don’t know, “State of Grace” with Gary Oldman and Sean Penn. Immediately I said, “I love filmmaking!” I love the whole process of making films and the camaraderie and sense of community which you encounter on these movie sets. I went from a situation where I could conceivably work the least amount of hours possible as a college professor to a job where you are working 12 to 16 hours everyday! It is the process that I love. I think we saw something in the poker players that reminds us a lot of filmmakers. I think their DNA is the same or there is a certain obsessiveness or lifestyle — a poker player’s lifestyle is certainly outside of the norm. Certainly, the work force that goes nine to five working in films, is not an average day for somebody. Somebody once said, “Filmmakers think of themselves as rock stars but they never took the time to learn an instrument.”

What was the biggest challenge in putting this film together?

Douglas Tirola: There were a lot of challenges. I think, initially, in the production the challenge was getting the time with the poker players that we wanted to have access to. The poker players are coming together at these tournaments, so on paper that is a great place, on paper, to say, “OK, we are going to go to Las Vegas because all of these people we want to talk to are going to be there.” However, these players are coming in from all over and the plane schedule is so intense and they don’t want to sit and talk after they have sat at the poker table for 12 hours. Finding that time and access was a big challenge initially. Then at the end of the process, the editing, there were so many good interviews and great people which we had talked to, cutting it all down to a manageable length was our biggest challenge. There were so many people and so many good things, you have to decide, “Should we have this person say it or that person say it?” Ultimately, we tried to include as many people as possible because it showed how diverse the landscape is in the poker world.

Chris Moneymaker

How do you perceive the world of poker changing in the coming years?

Chris Moneymaker: I think in the years to come, online poker will come back to the U.S. It’s just too big and I think the government is going to realize they can make a lot of money from it. I really believe that online poker will re-enter the U.S. market for that reason. It is already blown up worldwide. Anywhere you go in the world, it is taking off like a firecracker — Brazil, Spain, China, everywhere! Everywhere you go, people are playing on TV and I believe you will also see some sort of 24-hour poker channel emerge in the future. I also think that poker will become more of an accepted lifestyle and an accepted way of making a living than ever before. One thing for for sure, more and more people will be playing the game!

Is there anything you haven’t achieved in the world of poker that you still have a desire to accomplish?

Chris Moneymaker: When I think of poker, I don’t think of it in terms of accomplishments. It is a game I love to play and something that I do for a living. As long as I am making money and I am happy doing it, I definitely set goals but my goal isn’t going out and winning the main event again. My goal is to make the correct decisions every time I play. You control the things that you can and when you are playing in a poker tournament, things happen which are out of your control. So, the goal I like to set for myself is to make the correct decision every single time and I am happy with that!

What are the next projects on the horizon for both of you guys?

Chris Moneymaker: Next week, I get to go to Italy to play in a poker tournament. Then I have a couple of appearances in the beginning and end of April. Then I am headed to Monte Carlo. After that, I will probably take a month off before The World Series of Poker kicks off in late May, early June!

Douglas Tirola: Right now, our company is working on two projects. One is about bartenders in this era of the craft cocktail. I don’t know if you go out at all but there is a whole renaissance happening in the cocktail world and bartending is becoming something that you just don’t do between jobs but something that many people are leaning toward as a serious profession. The other movie we are shooting right now is the story of The National Lampoon from the magazine to “Animal House” to the “Vacation” films to the downfall and possible rebirth.

I really enjoyed “All In: The Poker Movie” and I was curious to see what advice each of you would give to someone considering making poker a career?

Chris Moneymaker: Make sure you have a backup plan! It is a tough way to make a living. It is fun to watch on TV but make sure you have a Plan B. Make sure you get a good education and have something else going for you before you try to go down the poker road because poker is changing a lot and it is getting more and more difficult every year. You have to stay on top of it and put the hours in and it is not easy. I have been playing with people who have played the same way for 20 years and they have never improved. They are never going to win. You have to evolve with the game!

Douglas Tirola

How about the advice you would give in regard to filmmaking, Doug?

Douglas Tirola: Well, I should say have a backup plan as well! [laughs] I think a lot of people get into filmmaking because they love movies but I think you have to decide why you want to do filmmaking. Do you really love the process? Do you love telling stories? Are you doing it because you like that sort of work on a day in, day out basis? Think more about the process than the final product and decide whether or not you are following this passion for movies because you like going to movies or because you love the process of making them. Those are two very different things. We spent years making this movie and all the while you are thinking of telling the best story that you can, not is this movie going to perform this way or perform that way. I think a lot of people like movies and that is why they go into it and they don’t think of what their day to day life is going to be like while working on movies. I think that is much different than what people think it is.

I will also give you my poker advice which is — listen to Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” which I have been told is not actually accurate poker advice! [laughs]

Thanks for your time today guys! We look forward to spreading the word on the film!

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Directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien Discuss ‘Solitary Man’

Directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien Discuss ‘Solitary Man’

Brian Koppelman and David Levien made a name for themselves in Hollywood penning stellar scripts for “Rounders,” “Knockaround Guys” and “Ocean’s 13.” This dynamic duo, who have been friends since childhood, have become two of Hollywood’s most sought-after screenwriters. Now, their march to cinematic greatness continues with their second directorial effort, “Solitary Man.” In the film, Michael Douglas stars as Ben Kalmen, a used car magnate who becomes a shameless, aging, self-destructive lothario set adrift on an rapid decent from perceived greatness after an irregular EKG turns his world upside-down. Kalmen ventures with his wealthy girlfriend’s daughter to her perspective college campus in order to use his friendship with the school’s dean to ensure her admission, as well as a opportunity to get his declining career back on track. After a brazen sexual encounter with the daughter, opportunities for redemption continue to pass him by and his choices threaten to ruin him for good. Michael Douglas’ performance jumps from the screen as he nails his performance with interactions with a number of high-caliber actors like Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jesse Eisenberg, Jenna Fischer, and relative newcomer Imogen Poots. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Koppelman and Levien to discuss their roots in the entertainment industry, the making of ‘Solitary Man’ and their upcoming projects!

You guys have been a dynamic duo for quite a while. How did you initially form that bond?

Brian Koppelman: We have been like brothers since we were 14 or 15 years old. We met on a cross country student bus tour. I was carrying, my idea of cool, a leather valise full of cassette tapes. Dave was the only one not put off by my geeky music fandom and we became friends.

David Levien and Brian Koppelman

How did you decide to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as opposed to going in a different direction?

David Levien: Our paths diverged for a little while after college. I went out to Hollywood and started working in the business. Brian had a successful career in the music business for a while but our goal was always to do movies. We had this shared sensibility, so we decided that we wanted to do a film together. We were looking around for the right arena to set a movie in, when Brian got taken to an underground poker club in New York one night. He lost all of his money but he smartly recognized that it was a great place to set a movie! He called me at 3 in the morning just to say, “Hey, I think I have the subject of this movie!” We started going to the clubs every night and playing cards. That is what ‘Rounders’ came out of and got us started.

As filmmakers, how difficult is it to get a film made outside the Hollywood system these days, like ‘Solitary Man?’

Brian Koppelman: That is a great question. Yeah, it is very difficult! We had a few things going for us. Obviously, the main difficultly was that it was a small story on Hollywood standards. It is about a character whose redemption doesn’t come easily, if it comes at all. Steven Soderbergh had read the screenplay early on and loved it. He sent it on to Michael Douglas. Once Michael agreed to be in it, it was a battle as it always is to get the money together to shoot and have enough resources. But once Michael and Steven were in, we knew that we had a movie! It is difficult every step of the way and we only had 26 days to shoot it, so if we wanted an actor other than Micheal for more than scale, we would have probably had to put our own money into the movie to get them. It was all worth it, you do anything you have to, to get these kind of movies made.

How did the script for ‘Solitary Man’ originally come about?

David Levien: We both grew up in New York and Long Island, specifically. There were a lot of men like this. There is no one person that the script is based on. This type of guy, the type who have a tremendous amount of business savvy, they think that it leads to a certain amount of authority in all other areas, was just fascinating. As a young kid, looking at these guys you believe that they have all the answers. As you get a little older, into your 30s and 40s, you start to realize that they don’t really. I started to wonder about hubris and power, people whose charm and ability to influence was so great that it perverted something essential about them. Then it was like, “How do you make that entertaining, funny and compelling?” The most rewarding thing has been that everywhere we have gone with the film, which started on two screens and ended up on 200 and there have been festivals, people come up to us and they say, “That was my dad up there!” or “That was my mother’s father up there!” or “That was my uncle and now I understand why he acted the way he did.” So, although it wasn’t based on one person, I think there are a lot of people out there that have aspects of Ben Kalmen.

You mentioned Michael Douglas, who plays Ben Kalmen and is in just about every shot in the film. How much of his own personality did he bring to the role as opposed to what was on the written page?

Brian Koppelman: From the moment that he showed up to talk about it, he had a complete understanding of the character. He didn’t draw any parallels to his own life. We never spoke to him about his personal experiences. It was always about the character and what the character was going through, yet he clearly had a very deep emotional understanding of the issues that the character was facing. He brought a complete command of the material and total professionalism. He really led by example and set a great tone. He made the whole thing possible to shoot in 26 days on a very high level.

You mentioned the time frame in which you had to shoot. Was that the biggest challenge in making this film or is there something else that stands out in your mind?

David Levien: When you are lucky enough to make movies for a living, like we do, we don’t really live in the place of taking off to challenges really. We wake up every day and are so glad that we get to do this and are able to tell these stories. There are challenges that come up every day but it is more about using the resources that you have and trying to tell the best story that you can within that framework.

David Levien and Brian Koppelman

You’ve worked with Steven Soderbergh several times before in different capacities. What was it like working with him as your producer?

Brian Koppelman: He is brilliant in whatever role that he is playing in a film. To watch him direct a movie is like watching a maestro in action and, as a producer, he is totally supportive. He has made enough movies and is secure enough that he doesn’t want to get into the business of the directors, he just supports the whole thing. He puts the movie first and has great ideas …

David Levien: We talk a bit about this on the commentary track of ‘Solitary Man’ on the DVD. We get into talking quite a bit about how Steven was helpful in the editing room and his various suggestions. He brought a real specificity, a filmmakers point of view that was very helpful.

How do you think you have evolved as filmmakers since your first film?

Brian Koppelman: That is definitely for someone else to say based on the work. But there is nothing like making your first movie to prepare you for making your first movie, unfortunately! By the time you are done, all the knowledge that you have gained is in you, so it is great to get to go and direct another movie to feel more experienced and ready for the challenge throughout the process.

Does directing get any easier as you move forward?

David Levien: Directing a movie is a job where even if you know exactly what you want to do, you never walk off the set saying, “Yeah! I nailed it! I am the best director in the world today!” There is always room to grow, so you just do your best every day. It is not a job that you can do perfectly, no matter what.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to aspiring scriptwriters or filmmakers?

David Levien: Sadly, the only advice is sorta the sage advice from the beginning of time. David Mamet said that, “People who make it in Hollywood are the people who refuse to go home.” I interpret that to mean that you have to take every day to move it forward. Write every morning. If you can’t write in the morning because you have to work, write at night. Surround yourself with talented people and don’t stop.

Brian Koppelman: Don’t let anybody else define the restrictions of the world for you.

You guys are attached to a lot of upcoming projects. What is next for you and will we see you behind the camera again soon?

David Levien: We are currently writing a project set in the world of online gaming, the off-shore web casinos in Costa Rica and places like that. That is a project for Leonardo DiCaprio’s company. That is one that we are writing, not sure about the directing aspect of that. We plan on directing again as soon as we find the project that is totally animating to us.

Well guys, our time is short. Is there anything you want to say to your fans before I let you go?

Brian Koppelman: Just thanks! We hope that everyone gets a chance to see the film that didn’t get to see it in theaters.

We will be spreading the word. I think it is a film that a lot of people will enjoy. The dialog in the film was fantastic and I wish you all the best!

Brian Koppelman: That’s awesome, man! Thanks so much!

David Levien: Thank you! We really appreciate it!

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‘Solitary Man’ is available on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 7th, 2010! Visit the official website for the film at www.solitarymanmovie.com.

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First Theatrical Poster For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’ Revealed!

First Theatrical Poster For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’ Revealed!

The first theatrical poster for for Christopher Nolan’s contemporary sci-fi action flick, Inception, has hit the web. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Inception hits theaters on July 16, 2010 at both conventional and IMAX venues.

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Spike TV’s “Scream 2009!” Award Winners Announced

Spike TV’s “Scream 2009!” Award Winners Announced

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The stars aligned last night (October 17th, 2009) for Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009!” The 4th annual event commemorating all things sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book will feature the hottest films, TV shows, comics, actors, creators, and icons who have influenced and shaped these genres.

The will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT). “SCREAM 2009” will also feature World Premieres from some of the most anticipated theatrical and television releases. Read on for the winners…

Most Anticipated Fantasy Film – Alice in Wonderland

Best Sci-Fi Actress – Megan Fox — Transformers 2

Break-out Performance Female – Isabelle Lucas — Transformers 2

Best Villain – Alexander Skarsgård — True Blood

Break-out Performance Male – Taylor Lautner – Twilight

Best Comic Book Writer – Jeff Jones

Best Comic Book Movie – Watchmen

Rock Immortal Award – Keith Richards

Best Horror Movie – Drag Me to Hell

Best Horror Actor Male – Stephen Moyer – True Blood

Best Horror Actor Female – Anna Paquin – True Blood

Best Director – JJ Abrams – Star Trek

Best TV Show – True Blood

Best Fantasy Movie – Twilight

Scream Mastermind Lifetime Achievement Award – George A. Romero

Comic-Con Icon Lifetime Achievement Award – Stan Lee

Ultimate Scream – Star Trek

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Spike TV Prepares For Star-Studded “Scream 2009!” Awards!

Spike TV Prepares For Star-Studded “Scream 2009!” Awards!

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The stars are aligned for Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009!” The 4th annual event commemorating all things sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book will feature the hottest films, TV shows, comics, actors, creators, and icons who have influenced and shaped these genres. “SCREAM 2009” will also feature World Premieres from some of the most anticipated theatrical and television releases. The show tapes on Saturday, October 17 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).

Continuing its tradition of presenting World Premiere footage, “SCREAM 2009” will feature “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner as he unveils exclusive footage from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” The show will also feature never-before-seen content from the upcoming “Star Trek” DVD release. “SCREAM 2009” will debut exclusive content from Martin Scorsese’s upcoming thriller “Shutter Island” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. “SCREAM 2009” will also show a sneak peek of the highly-anticipated new television series “V” with Elizabeth Mitchell.

As previously announced, “SCREAM 2009” will honor the godfather of the modern horror film, George Romero with this year’s Scream Mastermind Award. Quentin Tarantino has been tapped to present Romero with this prestigious honor. In addition, the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” including Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will be on hand to present the “Battlestar Galactica” cast reunion farewell tribute.

Fan favorites added to this year’s star-studded talent roster include Megan Fox, Tobey Maguire, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Carpenter, Eliza Dushku, Jackie Earle Haley, Jaime King, Sam Raimi, Eli Roth, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Elijah Wood, cast members from “The Vampire Diaries” including Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, stars of the upcoming “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” featuring Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia and John C. Reilly, “Drag Me To Hell” cast members Reggie Lee, David Paymer, Dileep Rao and Lorna Raver, along with previously announced talent featuring Stan Lee and the cast and creators of “Battlestar Galactica” and “True Blood.” Additional guest appearances will be announced shortly.

JJ Abrams’ sci-fi action-adventure “Star Trek” tops the “SCREAM 2009” list with 17 nominations including the categories of The Ultimate Scream, Best Science Fiction Movie, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Holy Sh*t Scene-of-the-Year and a nod in the all-new Fight-Scene-of-the-Year category. Comic book-inspired blockbusters “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Watchmen” each nabbed 13 nominations, big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s best selling novel “Twilight” received 10 nominations, while HBO’s vampire-themed television series “True Blood” garnered nine nominations. Fans can log onto scream.spike.com until Saturday, October 17 to vote for their favorites.

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New Poster For Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’

New Poster For Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’

Shutter Island is the latest outing from the legendary Martin Scorsese. The film was adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel and stars Leonardo Dicaprio, Leonardo Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer and Jackie Earle Haley. The film is slated for an October 2nd, 2009 release. Check out the latest promo poster for the flick below.

Official Synopsis:

Shutter Island the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.
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