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‘Thelma & Louise’ Ride Back Into Theaters This August for 25th Anniversary!

‘Thelma & Louise’ Ride Back Into Theaters This August for 25th Anniversary!

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Twenty-five years ago, in one of the greatest road movies of all time, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon rode to everlasting fame as two women who embark on a crime spree across the American southwest in “Thelma & Louise” – and on August 21 and 24, they’re journeying back to more than 500 movie theaters across the country.

For two days only at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time, audiences can take the wild ride with Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) all over again in a special Thelma & Louise 25th Anniversary celebration, presented by Fathom Events, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Park Circus. This special two-day-only event also includes an exclusive all-new introduction from movie critic Ben Lyons.

Tickets for the “Thelma & Louise 25th Anniversary” can be purchased online beginning Friday, July 22nd, by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy this event in more than 500 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website. (Note that theaters and participants are subject to change.)

Directed by action master Ridley Scott (The MartianBlack Hawk DownGladiator) from an Oscar-winning screenplay by Callie Khouri, “Thelma & Louise” is an exhilarating, full-throttle adventure hailed as one of the best road movies of all time! Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as accidental outlaws on a desperate flight across the Southwest after a tragic incident at a roadside bar. With a determined detective (Harvey Keitel) on their trail, a sweet-talking hitchhiker (Brad Pitt) in their path and a string of crimes in their wake, their journey alternates between hilarious, high-speed thrill ride and empowering personal odyssey… even as the law closes in.

“There’s never been an on-screen pair quite like Thelma and Louise, and there’s never been a movie as fearless, exciting and provocative. ‘Thelma & Louise’ is as stunning, powerful and downright entertaining as it was when it was released 25 years ago,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said.

Originally released on May 24, 1991, “Thelma & Louise” received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Director (Ridley Scott); Best Actress in a Leading Role for both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis; Best Cinematography (Adrian Biddle); and Best Editing (Thom Noble), with Callie Khouri winning an Oscar for her memorable screenplay.

Movie fans also have the chance to win the Ultimate Road Trip adventure by posting a selfie with “Thelma & Louise” using the hashtag #ThelmaAndLouise25. Visit the “selfie-standee” in select movie theaters, and read the full contest details at FathomEvents.com/event/thelma-and-louise/more-info/sweepstakes.

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: 40th Anniversary Celebration To Be Highlighted By Re-Mastered Limited-Edition  Soundtrack

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: 40th Anniversary Celebration To Be Highlighted By Re-Mastered Limited-Edition Soundtrack

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40 years after movie audiences began singing along to such hits as “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Dammit Janet,” THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW fans can own a piece of history with the newly re-mastered ABSOLUTE TREASURES soundtrack. Due out July 31 on Ode Sounds & Visuals and distributed by The Orchard, the soundtrack will be available as a limited-edition red vinyl two-disc set, and CD and as a digital release, which includes a bonus track will be available on August 21.

The red vinyl was created to honor the film’s legacy and the devotion from fans to create something unique to celebrate this historic occasion.  “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has always had a mind of its own fueled by the insight and direction of its fans,” says producer, Lou Adler.

The influence of the cult classic, which has been entertaining movie audiences since its debut, now spans four generations.  “I recently heard a story about a man who went to see Rocky in the early 70’s,” says Adler.  “He later had a daughter who went to see Rocky in the 90’s, and she now has a son, who just turned 15, and is seeing Rocky in the 2000’s.  Proves that what I always said: ‘Rocky Horror is a family film.’  Because THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is generally screened at midnight, age is a factor.  But as tweens become teens, they come to be the next generation of fans.  THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is in a way a right of passage.”

The digital release of ABSOLUTE TREASURES will include the movie’s vocal version of “The Sword of Damocles.” According to soundtrack producer Richard Hartley, “There were two artists who recorded ‘The Sword of Damocles.’  Director, Jim Sharman and I were looking/listening for the ‘Glam’ rock sound of a Bowie and or a T. Rex.  We wanted a falsetto voice for Rocky, because after all he was just born.  The vocal performance in the film is that of an Australian singer.  It was recorded live on the set–I think on the 19th of December 1974. And that’s the version that’s in the film.  The one that has been included on soundtrack albums is the alternate take by one of the backing singers, which was used as something for the actor playing Rocky to mime to.”

**”The Sword of Damocles,” movie version, digital bonus track will be available on the ABSOLUTE TREASURES soundtrack at iTunes, Amazon and all digital stores, as well as available free of charge on The Rocky Horror Fan Club SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/rockyhorrorfanclub.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW–the longest distributed theatrical release in motion picture history–debuted as a London theatre production in June 1973.  The show came to America in 1974 with nine months of performances at Adler’s Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.  On September 26, 1975, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW held its U.S. premiere at the UA Westwood Theatre in Los Angeles.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW ABSOLUTE TREASURES track listing is as follows:

Science Fiction/Double Feature

Dammit Janet

Over At The Frankenstein Place

The Time Warp

Sweet Transvestite

The Sword of Damocles

I Can Make You A Man

Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul

I Can Make You A Man (Reprise)

Touch-A,Touch-A, Touch Me

Once In Awhile

Eddie

Planet Schmanet Janet

Planet Hot Dog

Rose Tint My World

A.  Floor Show

B.  Fanfare/Don’t Dream It

C.  Wild And Untamed Thing

I’m Going Home

Super Heroes

Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)

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Blu-ray Review: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry Star In ‘Cloud Atlas’ – Available May 14th!

Blu-ray Review: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry Star In ‘Cloud Atlas’ – Available May 14th!

Available on March 14th!

Available on March 14th!

Groundbreaking filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski have returned with one of their most profilic films to date. ‘Cloud Atlas’ is a remarkably beautiful film, an adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestseller of the same name, the film weaves us through six stories, each of which take place in their own unique era between the 19th and 23rd centuries.

The cast of this epic film features Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Susan Sarandon. All of these very talented actors appear in multiple stories of romance and defiance, spanning from the 19th century to the distant future. At it’s core, the film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.

Having read the source material and being a fan of it, I wondered how one might go about translating the lavish story in it’s pages to the silver screen. Through the years, many people have pointed to literally works such as ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ as being unfilmable novels. This was also the case with ‘Cloud Atlas.” However, what the filmakers have acheived with this picture is nothing short of remarkable and will certainly serve as a sign post to future directors on how to achieve their lofty cinematic ambitions.

Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski are certainly know for their outside-the-box thinking and shine in their most ambitious experiment in storytelling to date. The cinematography of John Toll and Frank Grieb is nothing less than stellar.

THE EXTRAS:

The Blu-Ray package for ‘Cloud Atlas’ includes seven short documentary-style extras that delve into the world of the film. Having watched them after our iniital viewing of the film, we felt almost compelled to watch the film once more. How often do you gat type of feeling in this day and age?!

  • A Film Like No Other
  • Everything is Connected
  • The Impossible Adaptation
  • The Essence of Acting
  • Spaceships, Slaves and Sextets
  • The Bold Science Fiction of Cloud Atlas
  • Eternal Recurrence: Love, Life, and Longing in Cloud Atlas

“Cloud Atlas” is available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital Download on March 14th!

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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.

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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.

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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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Official Poster For Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ Unveiled

Official Poster For Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ Unveiled

A poster has been released for Peter Jackson’s upcoming drama, The Lovely Bones. The film centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

The cast of the film includes Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon and Saoirse Ronan. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 11, 2009.

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