Saturday, October 9, 2010

“ABC Family Developing Movie About Lesbian Teen Banned from Prom - The Celebrity” plus 2 more

“ABC Family Developing Movie About Lesbian Teen Banned from Prom - The Celebrity” plus 2 more

ABC Family Developing Movie About Lesbian Teen Banned from Prom - The Celebrity

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 10:34 AM PDT

The movie is based on the life of Constance McMillen

Stephanie Allerdice

ABC Family is developing a movie about a lesbian teenager who was barred from going to prom, according to

Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old Mississippi student, made national news when she challenged her school board's rule that prohibited her from attending her prom with her girlfriend. Her high school canceled its prom after McMillen's inquiry.

After the incident, The American Civil Liberties Union sued McMillen's school and won a $35,000 settlement on her behalf. Ellen DeGeneres also donated $30,000 to McMillen for her college fund.

The movie is in the early stages of development according to an ABC Family rep, but Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of Drop Dead Diva and the 2007 version of Hairspray, are already attached to the TV Movie.

The announcement comes soon after a rash of teen suicides reportedly caused by anti-gay bullying and abuse. Openly gay celebrities like Project Runway's Tim Gunn and Glee's Chris Colfer, with the help of The Trevor Project and the YouTube channel, It Gets Better, are raising awareness on the issue in the wake of the suicides of California's Seth Walsh and Texas' Asher Brown, both 13, Indiana's Billy Lucas, 15, and Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student.

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Movie projector: 'Secretariat' and 'Life As We Know It' will battle 'Social Network' for No. 1 - Los Angeles Times

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 06:13 PM PDT

LifeKnowIt Three new movies open at theaters nationwide this weekend, but it's possible that none will be the most popular pick among audiences.

Walt Disney Pictures' horse-racing drama "Secretariat" and Warner Bros.' romantic comedy "Life As We Know It" are both expected to sell roughly $15 million worth of tickets on their debut weekend, according to people who have seen pre-release surveys. If neither picture performs well, they could end up behind Sony Pictures' Facebook movie "The Social Network," which in its second weekend is likely to collect $12 million to $15 million, presuming that word of mouth is strong.

"Social Network" has enjoyed strong weekday grosses, taking in about $2 million each day and bringing its box office total to $28.7 million by Wednesday.

The 3-D horror film "My Soul to Take," which Universal Pictures is releasing for Relativity Media's Rogue Pictures genre label, will probably lag behind the competition with a little less than $10 million. Young adults, who typically make up the audience for scary movies, appear to be very interested in the first film that horror-meister Wes Craven has directed in five years. It cost about $25 million to produce.

Indeed, it appears that nothing will break out on what looks to be a slow moviegoing weekend. Disney has aggressively marketed "Secretariat" as an inspirational family film, but it is mainly drawing interest from older adults, who most likely remember the Triple Crown winner from the 1970s.

The film cost $35 million to produce and will need to open on the high end of expectations and generate strong word of mouth to end up a financial success for Disney.

One of the movie's challenges is that its likely audience overlaps somewhat with that of "Life As We Know It," which is appealing to women of all ages. The Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel romantic comedy, which was co-financed by Warner and Village Roadshow Pictures, cost $38 million to make and will also need to end up at the high end of box office expectations to avoid being a financial disappointment.

FunnyStoryBoth "Secretariat" and "Life" were shown last Saturday in sneak previews at 800 theaters in an attempt to build buzz. This weekend the two pictures will each play at more than 3,000 cinemas.

Also opening, but at only at 742 theaters in 120 cities, is the dramatic comedy "It's Kind of a Funny Story," about a teenager who checks himself into a mental hospital. It's the first film aimed at general audiences from directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Their previous movies, "Half Nelson" and "Sugar," grossed only $2.7 million and $1.1 million, respectively.

Distributor Focus Features wants independent film fans familiar with the directors' previous movies, but it is also going after a broader set of young adults, which is why it specifically targeted college towns for the release. "Funny Story" should open to about $4 million.

Lionsgate had previously planned to release the Ryan Reynolds thriller "Buried" nationwide Friday, but the film about a man stuck in a coffin has performed poorly in limited release for the last two weekends. As a result, it will be playing in a total of 92 theaters.

-- Ben Fritz

Top photo: Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl in "Life As We Know It." Credit: Peter Iovino / Warner Bros. Bottom photo: Keir Gilchrist and Zach Galifianakis in "It's Kind of a Funny Story." Credit: KC Bailey / Focus Features

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Go! Movie Roundup: Oct. 8-14 - Times Herald-Record

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 03:41 PM PDT

Published: 2:00 AM - 10/08/10
Last updated: 3:46 PM - 10/08/10

Alpha and Omega — Love complicates the relationship of two young wolves who need each other to help return to familiar territory in a new animated film. PG for rude humor and mild action. AMCG, DEST, FISH (3-D), HUDV, PALIS (3-D), PGAL (3-D)

The American (3 stars) — An assassin (George Clooney) awaiting one last assignment hides out in Italy. R for violence, sexual content and nudity. WARW

Case 39 — A situation much more dangerous than expected confronts a social worker (Renée Zellweger) who works to rescue a girl from her abusive parents. R for violence and terror including disturbing images. AMCG, DEST, FISH, HUDV, PALIS, PGAL, SHOW

Movie theaters

AMCG: AMC Galleria Metroplex 16, Town of Wallkill - 1800-326-3264.

CALL: Callicoon Theater - 887-4460.

CHES: Elite Cinema 6, Chester - 469-5333.

DEST: Destinta Theatres New Windsor 12 - 569-0300.

DOWN: Downing Film Center, Newburgh - 561-3686.

FISH: Regal Fishkill 10 - 896-1090.

FOAK: Fair Oaks Drive-in - 361-5774.

HUDV: Regal Hudson Valley Mall 12, Kingston - 336-4191.

HYDE: Hyde Park Drive-in - 229-4738. Closed for the season.

IMAX: Palisades Center, West Nyack - 358-IMAX (4629).

LYCE: Lyceum Cinemas, Red Hook - 758-3311.

MIDD: Middletown Cinemas ­- 344-2222.

MONR: Monroe 6 Cinemas - 782-2339.

ORPH: Orpheum 3, Saugerties - 246-6561.

OVER: Overlook Drive-in, Poughkeepsie - 452-3445.

PALIS: AMC Palisades Center 21, West Nyack - 348-1972.

PALTZ: New Paltz Cinema - 255-0420.

PARA: Paramount Center, Peekskill - 914-739-2333.

PGAL: Regal Galleria Mall Stadium 16, Poughkeepsie - 297-0785.

ROSN: Rosendale Theatre - 658-8989.

ROSV: Roosevelt Cinemas, Hyde Park - 229-2000.

SHIL: Silver Cinemas South Hills 8, Poughkeepsie - 297-5512.

SHOW: ShowTime Cinemas, Newburgh - 566-8800.

TINK: Upstate Films at Tinker Street, Woodstock - 679-6608.

TSL: Time & Space Limited, Hudson - 518-822-8100

UPST: Upstate Films, Rhinebeck - 876-2515.

WARW: Warwick Drive-in - 986-4440.

Catfish (3.5 stars) — Filmmakers "document" their friend's relationship with a woman he meets online, encountering thrills when they decide to visit her. PG-13 for some sexual references. PALIS

Despicable Me (2.5 stars) — Animated features the voice of Steve Carell as the Gru, who rethinks his plan to steal the moon after his encounter with three orphan girls. PG for rude humor and mild action. SHIL, WARW

Devil — Satan makes his presence known among a group of people trapped in an elevator. PG-13 for violence and disturbing images, thematic material and some language including sexual references. AMCG, PALIS, PGAL, WARW

Dinosaurs Alive! — A look at the creatures who roamed the Earth long ago, recreated for the IMAX screen. Narrated by Michael Douglas. IMAX

Easy A (3 stars) — A clean-cut high school student advances her financial and social standing with the help of the school's rumor mill. PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material. AMCG, DEST, FISH, HUDV, PALIS, PGAL, SHOW

The Expendables (2.5 stars) — Mercenaries team up to attempt to overthrow a South American dictator. Action film directed and co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, some language. WARW

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould — Unseen footage, private home recordings and diaries, and interviews with the pianist's most intimate friends and lovers explore the incongruities between Gould's private reality and his wider image in a documentary by Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont. Unrated. TSL (Oct. 8-10, 16-17, 23-24)

Going the Distance (1.5 stars) — Drew Barrymore and Justin Long portray a couple in a long-distance relationship. SHIL, WARW

Hubble 3D (3 stars) — Seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis try to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in a process captured by an IMAX 3-D camera. IMAX

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2 stars) — For self-preservation, a gifted teen checks himself into a psychiatric ward for five days. PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language. AMCG, DOWN, PALIS, PGAL, UPST

The Kids Are All Right — (3.5 stars) A lesbian couple's teenage children who were conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their life. Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo star. R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use. SHIL

Kings of Pastry — Filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus document a never-before-filmed test of France's finest artisans. Unrated. TSL (Oct. 8-10, 16)

Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole — Fantasy familiy adventure film based on a book series by Kathryn Lasky. G. AMCG (plus 3-D), CHES (3-D), DEST, FISH (3-D), HUDV, IMAX, LYCE (3-D), MIDD, PALIS (plus 3-D), PALTZ (3-D), PGAL (3-D), ROSV (3-D), SHOW, WARW

Let Me In (3 stars) — English-language remake of the Swedish international hit "Let the Right One In" focuses on the friendship between a bullied young boy and a young female vampire. R for strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation. AMCG, DEST, FISH, PALIS, PGAL, SHOW

Life as We Know It (2 stars) — Two antagonistic single professionals become guardians of an orphaned child. PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content. AMCG, CHES, DEST, FISH, HUDV, LYCE, MIDD, PALIS, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

Mao's Last Dancer — 2009 drama from director Bruce Beresford tells the based-on-real-life tale of a young man who who leaves behind a life of poverty in provincial China to become an international ballet star. PG for thematic issues. Beresford will be present for the Oct. 9 screening. ROSN

My Soul to Take — From writer-director Wes Craven, a horror film about a serial killer who returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest. R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language including sexual references. AMCG (3-D), DEST (3-D), FISH (3-D), HUDV, LYCE, PALIS (3-D), PGAL (3-D), ROSV (3-D), SHOW (3-D)

Nanny McPhee Returns (2.5 stars) — Emma Thompson returns as screenwriter and star of a sequel to her 2005 hit as the outwardly repulsive caregiver who helps a harried farm wife and mother (Maggie Gyllenhaal) while her husband is off to war. PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements. SHIL

Never Let Me Go (3.5 stars) — Kazuo Ishiguro's sci-fi novel is adapted by writer-director Mark Romanek into a big-screen drama starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield as schoolmates isolated from the outside world. R for some sexuality, nudity. UPST

The Other Guys (3 stars) — Things don't go as planned for two mismatched New York City detectives (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) who try to step up like the city's top cops. PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material. PGAL

Resident Evil: Afterlife — In a world beset by a virus infection that turns people into zombies, Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues on her mission to find survivors and lead them to safety. R for sequences of strong violence and language. AMCG, PALIS (3-D), PGAL (3-D)

Secretariat (2.5 stars)— From a horse farm owned by the strong-willed Diane Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) emerges Secretariat, a 1973 Triple Crown winner. PG for brief mild language. AMCG, CALL, CHES, DEST, FISH, HUDV, LYCE, MIDD, ORPH, PALIS, PALTZ, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

The Social Network (4 stars) — Success leads to personal and legal complications for Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language. AMCG, CHES, DEST, FISH, HUDV, LYCE, MIDD, ORPH, PALIS, PALTZ, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

The Town (3.5 stars) — Ben Affleck directs himself as a longtime thief who tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager (Rebecca Hall) as well as the FBI agent (Jon Hamm) looking to bring him and his crew down. R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use. AMCG, CHES, DEST, FISH, HUDV, LYCE, PALIS, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

Waiting for Superman (3 stars) — Davis Guggenheim's documentary following promising children through America's faltering public education system. PALIS

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (3 stars) — Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 hit "Wall Street" stars Michael Douglas as disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko, out of prison, and teaming with a young Wall Street trader (Shia LaBeouf). PG-13 for brief strong language and thematic elements. AMCG, CHES, DEST, FISH, HUDV, LYCE, MIDD, ORPH, PALIS, PALTZ, ROSV, SHOW

Winter's Bone (4 stars) — A girl searches for her drug-dealing father, meeting questionable people along the way in the Ozark Mountains. Rated R for some drug material, language and violent content. PARA (Oct. 8-10)

You Again (3 stars) — A young woman sets out to reveal her brother's fiancee as the girl who bullied her in high school. PG for brief mild language, rude behavior. AMCG, FISH, HUDV, MIDD, PALIS, PGAL, SHOW

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2 stars) — Woody Allen's latest rumination on shifting relationships and desires is set in London and stars Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and James Brolin. R for some language. AMCG, PALIS, TINK

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