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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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Seven tracks from the soundtrack to Beautiful Thing: Romeo & Romeo have been released to listen to on the film’s official site. The track listing is as follows…

Beautiful Thing: Romeo & Romeo Soundtrack

  1. “Beautiful Thing Medley” by Jon Altman
  2. “Crash Here Tonight” by Toby Keith
  3. “I Miss My Friend” by Darryl Worley
  4. “I wanna Feel Too Much” by Travis Tritt
  5. “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely” by Andy Griggs
  6. “Back At One” by Brian McKnight
  7. “Trying To Love You” by Trisha Yearwood

The romantic film is an original story set in the Beautiful Thing universe and takes place after Daniel Thomas’ Beautiful Thing: Life In Rotherhithe. The film stars Jamie Johnston and Will Rothhaar, and features Bill Paxton and Glen Berry. It will be hitting theaters in the second week of January, 2008.

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