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As we found out at the last minute, BB’s “The Park” was pulled from its September 5th release date for unknown reasons. But that was only the beginning of a huge calendar shake up!

First, “Crooked Little Vein” was pulled from its September 26th date, only to return to the calendar with a new studio releasing it. Another shift to the 26th occurred when Ship of Fooles announced “Knock, Knock”, which makes it a 4 release date. That should clear out a bunch of older films and spread out some foreign dough.

The Flip Brother’s could not make up their mind for October 10th, first taking down “Ace” and replacing it with “Love at Ground Zero”, and not they’ve taken that down and replaced it with the superhero film “Green Lantern Legacy” (which a banner for has a November release date).

Speaking about making up ones mind, Lake Hope Features currently has two films scheduled to be released on October 31st.  Costa’s “Pandemic” and Quantum’s “Machete Freddy”. No doubt, one of them (if not both) will be pushed back to a later date.

November currently lists “Neverwhere” and “Batman: Knock Knock” as coming out. Sources in the know assured me that “Neverwhere” will be on time, but not to expect “Batman” in 2008. The producer is tied up with two other long running series’ and will not be available until next year. So unless the studio replaces him, which I doubt after the success of “To Thy Magic”, we’ll have to settle for Superman and Green Lantern in the second half of 2008.

November 14th is Birthday Day, as both MC48 and Ed Havens have films scheduled for release on the day, which happens to be both of their birthdays.  MC’s is an untitled thriller, and Ed’s is an adaptation of “Jennifer Government”. Also releasing on the day is “Joey” from Miracle Picture’s Studio, but an as of yet unnamed producer. My prediction is that the producer will end of being either Goose or Newman.  Goose is one of the hardest working people in town, with multiple releases in theaters. Newman’s been writing a mysterious new film. And both producers have worked with Miracle in the past.

The last week in November just got a film, finally, with Marty’s indie drama “Yesterdays”. Mattricks is producing with his long time friend.

The first week of December lists the long delayed Lawerence picture “American Dreams” and Bishop next Dick Tracey film. Of the two, I think we’ll only see the famed comic strip detective. At the last minute Lake Hope might switch another film in place of “American Dreams”. Lake Hope is really good with adding stuff in closer to the date.

On December 12th the Flip Brothers think they are releasing Shane Alexander’s “The Return of Tony Diamonds”. Yeah, right. Keep thinking that guys.

That brings us to the 19 of December where I’m positive we’ll see Random FX’s much hyped sequel “Judge Dredd: Final Cut”. A few bits and pieces about the film have recently been released, including a press release and teaser image. On the flip side, I’m sure that we will not see “Future Award Nominated Film” from Roman Candle Features. Ego driven placement cards rarely ever turn into gold.

The final week of the year lists two films. “Oldman” from Quantum which I have not read much about.  It is supposed to be released with Lake Hope. While I am sure we’ll have a Lake Hope release on this day, I’m not sold yet that “Oldman” will be it. My bet is that a new Goose picture will take this spot. Finally, Checkmate Pictures is releasing the final film in the days saga, “The Ballad of Mike Roulette”, which I’m positive will hit its release date and likely be a contender (maybe even a winner considering it is the last Roulette film we’ll ever see) for Best Producer.

Will my predictions end up being true? I guess only time will tell.

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Later today, TLM Productions and Lake Hope Features release The Homecoming Dance, a romantic comedy about going home. The film is directed by Sofia Coppola, who last directed Warming Up for the Flip Brothers Studio and won Best Director and Best Picture for her 2004 film, Shades of God.

Coppola and Goose, the film’s writer/producer, have put together a fresh cast, including an A-List action star in Brendan Fraser, indie and TV actress Allyn Bard, Steve Zahn (The Last Town on Earth), Mira Sorvino (Destiny), Thandie Newton (Los Angeles), Hilary Duff (Dream Girls, Bad Apples), and Emily Mortimer (The Accomplished Life of an Unhappy Man).

The film comes out world wide this afternoon.

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Calista Flockhard stopped by the studio this afternoon to promote “Camp X”, the Lake Hope Features and Legacy Filmwork’s arthouse war film which also stars Liam Aiken, Paul Butcher and Malcolm McDowell. But that is not the only film she is currently co-starring in.

Carson: Thank you for coming down here, I hope traffic wasn’t too bad.
Calista: Oh, it was fine until we drove past this huge parking garage on Bogart Boulevard. The owner was washing all of his cars at once outside the garage and traffic was backed up for miles and miles.

Carson: I know the one you’re talking about! I don’t even go down Bogart anymore, I have to hit side streets.
Calista: Hopefully Mayor Harmer will get on that. Anyway-

Carson: Anyway, you are currently co-starring in “Camp X”.
Calista: Based on the book of the same name by Eric Walters. A wonderful author.

Carson: Yes. And the adaptation was written and produced by Costa456 through his Legacy Filmworks production company. What attracted you to the project?
Calista: I’m sure I don’t have to explain how hard it is to find a strong female role. Hollywood has been on an action man craze-

Carson: Which your husband [Harrison “Indiana Jones” Ford] is a big part of-
Calista: Yeah. So while he cracks the whip and looks for the Serpent of Eden, I have to watch from the sidelines. This project called for a strong female and I had seen Costa’s debut film, the one that Paul Greengrass directed, so when the producer personally called me and asked if I wanted to be in the film, I jumped for the chance.

Carson: This was your first HTG film?
Calista: Correct.

Carson: And then-
Calista: Costa brought me with him to the Artemis Fowl series where I portray Angeline Fowl. And I got to work with Alan Rickman, which was a treat.

Carson: Will you be in the Artemis sequel?
Calista: (slaps Carson) It hasn’t gotten the greenlight yet. But if it does, I am signed up for it. So lets cross our fingers.

Carson: So, “Camp X” is in its 11 week and has raked in more than 50 million in the box office. Not too shabby for a limited release film.
Calista: Yeah, we’re pleased. I hope people will go out and see it before it is out of theaters. Don’t forget to give it a review if you do. Feedback is key to the process.

Carson: That it is, thanks for coming by Calista.
Calista: Anytime!

Both “Camp X” and “Artemis Fowl: Book of Fairies” can currently be seen in theaters.

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Hey guys. I called my good buddy and co-producer from CTTV’s “Downtown” and “Green Lantern” series, Kris (who happens to be the head of 21 Century Cat Pictures) Greet, and asked him if I could do an exclusive interview with the minds behind “The Butcher,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Rogue’s TCW series), Shia LaBoeuf (Frey), Harvey Keitel (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), and Bill Murray (Pinball Wizards). Kris was kind enough to grant me access to his studio’s post production facility where I was able to watch as Paul Verhoeven, the film’s director, and MadShangi, the writer/producer, put finishing touches on a scene.

First things first, I had to ask Paul what it was like to work with The Rock and if he was able to handle the intense action sequences that I’ve only heard rumors about.

“Working with The Rock, was wonderful.” Verhoeven said with a big grin, “And he was more than capable in the physical department, during the film’s brutal action sequences. He’s very big and powerful, but he’s also very fast and graceful. Plus he gives a great performance, in a type of role he’s hasn’t done before. You’ll know what I mean, when you see the movie.”

To prove his point, Verhoeven gestured to the monitor in front of him and pressed play on the keyboard.  What followed was one of the most amazing and nasty things I have ever seen in cinema history. I can’t go into detail here in case children are reading, but it involved multiple deaths, gore, the “Butchermobile” (as seen in early posters for the film) and The Rock.  At the end of it he turns towards the camera, looking just past us and with a vicious smirk says; “”You just faced The Butcher!”

And I can honestly say that I hope I never have to “face” the Butcher!  After seeing that I had to pick Paul and MadShangi’s brains. Did they face censorship from the studio? If they could film and show this, while risking an NC-17 rating, what were they unable to show?

MadShangi was eager to answer this question; “21 Century Cat pretty much let me do my thing.”

Paul continued, “Trax had seen the script when he was in charge of the production, but than he left the studio. Which left us on our own for the most part. It was great. Total freedom.”

Mad continued, “Yeah, when KrisGreet took over, I’ve been pretty much been doing everything by myself. I did a lot of the creative myself, and some other expenses have been coming out of my own pocket.”

“Oh,” Paul stepped in, “if you’re expecting crazy stuff, you’re gonna get it. “The Butcher” is packed with many memorable moments.”

And with that comment, I could see no better place to end the interview, and shake their hands, thanking them for their time.  “The Butcher” will see a world wide release this Friday, and I could not be more excited!

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Rotor Productions is hard at work on the filming of their seventh film, Ghostwriter.  This marks the production companies first team up with the Cohen Brothers, who will be directing from a script by the company’s CEO Rotor.  Rotor’s Studio, Bulletproof Pictures, will be releasing the film in theaters on the 22nd of February.

Signing up to breath life into Rotor’s words are Arielle Dombasle, Clive Owen and Ralph Fiennes.  This marks Rotor’s sixth time teaming up with Arielle Dombasle, who was nominated for Best Actress in the 6th HTG Awards.

The film is a romantic comedy, which is always a refreshing addition to the film archive.  Rotor and Miracle Pictures’ A Soho Affair is currently the highest grossing romance with $209,637,834 in world wide gross.  It should be interesting to see if Rotor can top his own film, and make Ghostwriter the top romantic film of all time.

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