Wednesday, April 28, 2010

“Hallmark Exec Heads to Entertainment Studios Networks - World Screen News” plus 3 more

“Hallmark Exec Heads to Entertainment Studios Networks - World Screen News” plus 3 more


Hallmark Exec Heads to Entertainment Studios Networks - World Screen News

Posted: 27 Apr 2010 10:13 AM PDT

LOS ANGELES: Janice Arouh, currently the executive VP of affiliate sales and marketing for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, is to take on the role of president of domestic distribution and marketing at Entertainment Studios Networks as of May 10.

Arouh will oversee all areas of domestic distribution and marketing for Entertainment Studios' six HD networks: PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV and MYDESTINATION.TV. Her responsibilities will include sales strategy, national accounts, contractual negotiations, affiliate relations, sales operations and a range of business development initiatives.

Byron Allen, the chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, commented, "Janice brings energy and passion for the business to Entertainment Studios Networks. Her leadership, management depth, and extensive trusting relationships with the distributor community will be major assets as we embark on expanding the presence of our HD networks and create additional opportunities for growth, including launching compelling 3D networks."

"It's an exciting time to join Entertainment Studios Networks during their business expansion into HD and 3D network television," added Arouh. "Entertainment Studios is one of the best kept secrets in media entertainment, and it owns one of the world's largest content libraries. I share Mr. Allen's vision to build the premier HD and 3D lifestyle, general entertainment and sports portfolio offering. When you look across the new media landscape, there is no better emerging independent network group than Entertainment Studios Networks positioned to offer distributors exclusive and distinctive programming in native HD and 3D 24/7."


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'The Blind Side' football player Michael Oher writes ... - Asbury Park Press

Posted: 26 Apr 2010 01:42 PM PDT

The football star whose life inspired the book and movie "The Blind Side" is now telling his own story.

Gotham Books announced Monday that Michael Oher's "I Beat the Odds" will be published in February 2011.

Oher rose from poverty in Memphis to fame as an offensive lineman for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. His story became a best-selling book by Michael Lewis and a popular movie starring Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Oher's foster mother.

Tuohy and her husband, Sean, also are working on a memoir, due this summer.

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Sick New Jonah Hex Movie Still Hits The Web - Shockya.com

Posted: 20 Apr 2010 07:33 PM PDT

Is that a babies arm growing out of Josh Brolin's face? Here's a brand new photo featuring Josh Brolin in upcoming comic book adaptation movie "Jonah Hex" starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich.

Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Jonah Hex.

Synopsis: Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone…and anything. Having survived death, Jonah's violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the 'other side.' His only human connection is with Leila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah's past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can't refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah's oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary graphic novel, 'Jonah Hex' is an epic adventure thriller about one man's personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good and evil.

Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and more from "Jonah Hex".

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TCM Festival: Despite the Madness, Cleopatra Is Actually a Good Movie - VANITYFAIR

Posted: 26 Apr 2010 01:49 PM PDT

As Kamp relates in his piece, Cleopatra required two directors, two and half years of filming, and a then-inconceivable $44 million budget. (The previous most expensive film at the time, Ben Hur, cost $15 million.) Conceived as the mother of all epics, it turned out as the mother of all disasters and pushed 20th Century Fox so far to the brink of ruin that the studio had to sell off their massive backlot to developers who turned it into present day Century City. So C.A.A. and all those swanky entertainment lawyers have Liz Taylor's numerous episodes of exhaustion to thank for their stunning Westside views. The film also killed the creative will of the acclaimed director Joseph Mankiewicz, who won Oscars for All About Eve and A Letter to Three Wives and was brought on to save the troubled production. According to Landau, who played Rufio in the film, Mankiewicz drove himself to near-death shooting by day and re-writing the ad hoc script at night: "I'd say, Joe, you know the scene we're doing today, you haven't written the scene that goes before it, or the scene that goes after. Can you tell me what goes before it?" To which Mankiewicz would reply, "It's either going to be this or that, so make a choice that covers both." Finally, and most infamously, the casting of a then under-the-radar Welsh actor as Mark Antony resulted in what Taylor would refer to as le scandale: her notorious affair with Richard Burton, which would lead both parties to leave their spouses and join in a deliciously self-destructive marriage that makes Brangelina sound like a playground romance.

With all this world-class drama that has since taken on the status of myth, it's easy to forget there was an actual movie behind the madness. Watching the film, you have to appreciate the kind of manpower that the studio system could throw at a film back in the guts-and-glory days. If nothing else, the film still boasts a slave-labored lavishness the likes of which the world wouldn't see again until the Beijing Olympics. In particular, Elizabeth Taylor's entrance into Rome on a two-ton black sphinx dragged by an army of very much non-computer generated Nubian slaves takes your breath away, especially when projected on a crisp, new 70mm print at a good ole' fashioned movie palace like the Egyptian. On top of that, you realize that every ounce of incipient Burton-Taylor drama that rocked the set off-screen, flooded their performances on-screen. On film, you can read in Richard Burton's face the devilish delight of a man eager to conquer Cleopatra in the back of his Cadillac. And Taylor, every bit the World's Greatest Diva, chews through Rex Harrison's Caesar like a dainty appetizer before setting her cat eyes on Burton/Antony. Forget Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor was clearly the world's greatest method actor.

For all its faults, compromises, and painful missed opportunities (according to Ben, Joseph Mankiewicz's original 6-hour version has all the good drama, which Fox chief Darryl F. Zanuck cut down), Cleopatra still blows you away, especially when you get to see it on the big screen. Walking back into the bright L.A. afternoon after four hours of hand-made spectacle, you can't help thinking, They just don't make 'em like that anymore—and probably for good reason.

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