Monday, September 13, 2010

“Zac Efron Attends American Film Festival in France to Promote His Movie - Associated Content” plus 3 more

“Zac Efron Attends American Film Festival in France to Promote His Movie - Associated Content” plus 3 more


Zac Efron Attends American Film Festival in France to Promote His Movie - Associated Content

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 10:15 AM PDT

Having flown out of Los Angeles the previous day, Zac Efron was looking dapper while promoting in Deauville, France on Saturday (September 11).

Decked out in a smooth grey suit, the "17 Again" stud partook in a photocall for the film "Charlie St.Cloud" during the 36th Deauville American Film Festival festivities.

Later in the day, Zac is expected on the red carpet for his movie's French premiere - with "Charlie St Cloud" set to hit European theaters in November 2010.

Once finished up, Efron will be traveling to Madrid, Munich and London for "Charlie St. Cloud" screenings from Sept. 13-16 before heading back to the States.

Doing his best to go unnoticed, the former HSM star was spotted out and about in Los Angeles, California last weekend.

Trying to hide behind a hoodie, the "Charlie St. Cloud" stud flashed glimpses of his mustache and beard as he busily went about the day's errands.

On the career front, Zac is looking forward to participating in the filming of the Scott Hicks directed drama "The Lucky One".

Co-starring Taylor Schilling, the flick is about "a Marine who returns to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war."

Pictures of Zac Efron promoting in Deauville: PHOTO GALLERY

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Aron Ralston movie “127 Hours” too much for some - Denver Post

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 01:17 PM PDT

"127 Hours" isn't what you'd call a "feel-good movie."

The world premiere of the intense flick came down Saturday at the Telluride Film Festival. At each of two screenings, people required medical attention.
"127 Hours" is the story of former Aspenite Aron Ralston who cut off his own arm after being trapped by a giant boulder while hiking in an isolated canyon in Utah.

It was directed by Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting," "28 Days Later," "Slumdog Millionaire") and stars IT boy James Franco ("Eat Pray Love," "Spiderman 3").

According to a statement from Fox Searchlight, "An older gentleman was light-headed at the first screening and the medics helped him calm down. (At the) second screening (it) was a young woman (maybe 19 or 20) who had a panic attack."

These are the kind of reactions that came with the first showings of "Pulp Fiction" and "The Exorcist." And when I was young, "The Crawling Eye" and "The Tingler."

The movie will play the Aspen Filmfest at the end of the month. And Britta Erickson at the Starz Denver Film Festival confirms it will screen there during its Nov. 3-14 run.

And Ralston lives in Boulder.

The movie will open to the public in Denver Nov. 12.

Get ready to get creeped out.

Bill Husted's column appears Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. You can reach him at 303-954-1486 or at bhusted@denverpost.com.

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Aretha Franklin: I Want Halle in My Movie - NBC New York

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 11:24 PM PDT

By DAVID CHIU
Updated 6:49 AM EDT, Sat, Sep 11, 2010

 Aretha Franklin would like actress Halle Berry to play her younger self in a new biopic.

The Queen of Soul, 68, recently put out press release of the actors she would like to star in an upcoming movie about her life, based on the memoir, "Aretha: From These Roots," The Associated Press reported.

In addition to Berry, Franklin's other casting choices would include Denzel Washington to portray her father, the Baptist minister and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin; and Terrence Howard to play legendary singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson.

According to the press release, Franklin said that the aforementioned actors are "enthusiastic about the project and have agreed to take on these roles, subject to further negotiation."

The Associated Press left messages for reps of Berry, Washington, and Howard seeking comment.
 

Selected Reading: Associated Press

First Published: Sep 11, 2010 1:27 AM EDT

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Utah’s Latinos have no movie theater of their own - Salt Lake Tribune

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 09:44 PM PDT

Utah has food markets, restaurants and radio stations that cater to the state's growing Latino population — but no movie theaters.

And in Salt Lake County, where 16.6 percent of the more than 1 million residents are of Latino origin, some would like to see a movie theater that regularly screens Spanish-language films.

"Definitely we need them," said Paula Brog, chairwoman of the board of directors of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "We have a huge population here."

The economics of a specialty movie market, though, might make such a venture a tough sell. "It's too much of a huge investment for Joe Blow on the corner," Brog said.

To open a Spanish-language theater in the Salt Lake City area would require an existing theater, said Tori Baker, director of the Salt Lake Film Society, the nonprofit that runs the Broadway and Tower theaters.

"Infrastructure-wise, there aren't any cinemas in Salt Lake City that are available," Baker said. Most of the old theaters in the area that aren't still operating have long-ago been converted to other purposes or torn down altogether.

For example, Baker said, the building in Kearns that housed Tu Cine, which opened in 2002 with dubbed-in-Spanish Hollywood films but closed several years later, is now a paintball center.

The business model for a Spanish-language theater, "wouldn't let you build from the ground up," Baker said. A theater would be dependent on a limited number of dubbed or subtitled prints from Hollywood studios, and would have to run like a second-run "dollar theater," she said.

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The Broadway and Tower do screen some Spanish-language films, such as this year's Oscar winner from Argentina, "The Secret in Their Eyes." But, Baker said, "The number of Spanish-language films [we play] is based on what's available to us."

The films that play in art-houses may not appeal to the broad Latino audience, said Luis Guadano, assistant professor of Spanish at Weber State University, who has organized a Spanish-language movie program this fall at WSU's Wildcat Theater.

Look at the DVD section of a Latino market, Guadano said, and you'll see "a lot of thrillers, murder mysteries. ... More popular films, rather than artsy films."

A Spanish-language theater in Utah could give the state's Latino population a cultural center, Guadano said. The Latino community, he said, "is submerged, all over the place. ... There's not a real idea of identity, in terms of movies or art."

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