Archive for January, 2014

CFM News: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Premier Photos in London and Los Angeles

Director: Kenneth Branagh – Cast: Keira Knightley, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma ChanBased on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow. Ryan appears to be just another New York executive to his friends and loved ones, but his enlistment into the CIA secretly goes back years. He was brought in as a brainy Ph.D. who crunches global data – but when Ryan ferrets out a meticulously planned scheme to collapse the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. Now, he’s gone fully operational, thrust into a world of mounting suspicion, deception and deadly force. Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper, his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy and a brilliant Russian oligarch, Jack must confront a new reality where no one can seem to be trusted, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. With the urgency of a lit fuse, he’s in a race to stay one step ahead of everyone around him.

 

Stars from the hit AMC tv show invade Wizard World Portland.

Norman Reedus of "The Walking Dead" photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Throngs of fans of the popular AMC television show “The Walking Dead” descended on the Oregon Convention Center this weekend to see their favorite stars from the show.  Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon), Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh) and Laurie Holden (Andrea) were all on hand during the 3-day event to greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos.

 

Norman Reedus. Copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Norman Reedus. Copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Fan favorite Norman Reedus was on hand for the second year in a row to the delight of the hundreds of fans who attend the con sporting Daryl inspired shirts with phrases like “If Daryl Dies, We Riot”, and “Mrs. Daryl Dixon”.  Several fans were even dressed up as Reedus’ onscreen character for the Wizard World costume contest.  Reedus was such a popular draw last year that he missed all but the last 10 minutes of the panel he was scheduled to be on due to the sheer number of photo ops that were sold.

 

Norman Reedus. Copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Norman Reedus. Copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

This year was no exception.  Fans waited in lines for hours to get a chance to speak to the actor and get a favorite item autographed or have a professional photo taken of them with their idol.  Reedus was very generous and caring and took time to speak to each fan and make them feel welcome at the event.

 

Michael Rooker. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Michael Rooker. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Michael Rooker’s character Merle Dixon was killed off the show last season, but he has remained one of the most loved and hated characters in its history.  The actor held a packed panel to answer questions about his time on “The Walking Dead”, his great friendship with on-screen brother Norman Reedus, and his upcoming projects, including the much-anticipated “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

 

"The Walking Dead's" Jon Bernthal.

“The Walking Dead’s” Jon Bernthal.

Laurie Holden. Photo copyright Gene Page/AMC

Laurie Holden. Photo copyright Gene Page/AMC

 

Fellow cast members Laurie Holden and Jon Bernthal, whose characters were both killed off on “The Walking Dead” series, shared stories about their experiences filming the show and what lies ahead for both of these very busy actors.

Fans of “The Walking Dead” made great memories with their favorite stars during the 2014 Wizard World Portland Comic Con.  Many of the stars will also be appearing at upcoming Wizard World cons throughout the U.S.  Check out their website at www.wizardworld.com.

Joe Manganiello Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Joe Manganiello Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Main Street Films announced today the acquisition of Joe Manganiello’s La Bare.  Manganiello’s production company 3:59 Inc., run by brother Nick Manganiello, produced the crowd-pleasing documentary.  The Magic Mike star’s directorial debut gives an insider’s look at the history, the lives and the culture of the most popular male strip club in the world, La Bare Dallas.
The movie premiered Sunday night as one of the most high-profile films in Slamdance history.  The appetite was strong and tickets were hard to come by for the sold-out, raucous premiere, which was attended by the La Bare dancers featured in the documentary, and followed by a Q&A with Elvis Mitchell after the screening.  Slamdance’s President and Co-Founder, Peter Baxter, had this to say about the screening, “During programming, we knew the audience would go wild for La Bare and they certainly did!”
Main Street Films’ Chairman, Craig Chang, and President, Harrison Kordestani, were amongst those in attendance, and after seeing the audience reaction to the film, made their opening offer in the lobby of the Treasure Mountain Inn less than five minutes after the credits rolled.  The deal is mid-six figures for North American and Chinese rights and said to include a theatrical guaranty and commitment for a minimum 20-market US release to take place in Summer 2014.
“Our mantra is ‘engaging entertainment’ and that’s across all genres,” said Harrison Kordestani, President of Main Street Films. “From indie, action, romance, drama, comedy, and now documentary…Main Street Films is committed to creating a diverse universe of films that have a unique voice and vision.  We are really impressed with what Joe has produced and are excited to partner with him on distributing La Bare in North America.”
“I was immediately impressed by Main Street’s excitement, vision, resources and character,” said the pic’s director Joe Manganiello.  “I got that sense in my gut right away that this was the right company to help launch 3:59’s flagship film La Bare, as well as form a strong partnership for future projects.”
World-renowned DJ, Zach “Z-Trip” Sciacca, composed the music for the film, enhancing the project with an additional layer of emotional depth and hipness, and played the packed after-party where multiple distributors were trying to find time to discuss a deal with the Executive Producers and film reps, Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield, of Movie Package Company.
Pic adds another dimension to an already over-achieving career for Manganiello, who can count television star (True BloodHow I Met Your Mother), film star (upcoming SabotageMagic Mike, Raimi’s Spider-Man series), and successful author (Evolution with Gallery Books, a Simon & Schuster company) amongst his career accomplishments to date.  Now add film auteur.
The deal was negotiated by Harrison Kordestani on behalf of Main Street Films and by Executive Producers Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield of Movie Package Company.
 
About 3:59
Brothers Joe and Nick Manganiello launched 3:59 Inc. in 2012, focusing on the production and development of film, television and new media properties.  The feature-length documentary, La Bare, marks the company’s first project and the directorial debut for Joe, known to audiences for his roles as “Big Dick Richie” in Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper phenomenon Magic Mike and as werewolf “Alcide Herveaux,” on HBO’s True Blood.  Nick’s entertainment industry experience includes positions with the Grammy’s, William Morris Agency, current programming at CBS, and film production/finance company Intrepid Pictures.  With a diverse and rich slate in development, 3:59’s mission is to deliver smart and commercial content across multiple platforms.
About Main Street Films
Established in 2007, Main Street Films is an independent entertainment company and has emerged as one of the industry’s most exciting film finance, development, acquisition, production, distribution, VOD and home entertainment driven ensembles.  On the distribution side, Main Street Films focuses on creating and distributing high quality films across multiple genres for diverse audiences within the global entertainment space.  Main Street Films releases the college comedy “Bank$tas” on April 18th and coming soon is “John Doe: Vigilante,” a crime thriller starring “Battlestar Galactica’s” Jamie Bamber on March 21st.  http://www.mainstreetfilms.net/
On the production side Main Street Films, along with RKO pictures, recently wrapped on the action comedy “Barely Lethal,” starring Oscar® nominee Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner, and Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson.  “Barely Lethal” is slated for a September 2014 release.
E! News Exclusive: 'N Sync's Lance Bass Releases First Song in 12 Years.

E! News Exclusive: ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass Releases First Song in 12 Years.

For the first time in 12 years, the former ‘N Sync band member is set to release a new song.

E!News has the exclusive first listen to the single, “Walking On Air,” which drops tomorrow on iTunes. The tune is a collaboration between Lance Bass, Anise K, Bella Blue and—get ready for it!—Snoop Dog.

“For the last two years I’ve been listening to demos, just trying to figure out if I want to get back in the studio,” Bass says. “I hadn’t heard anything that resonated with me. But a couple of months ago, a track from Anise K landed in my lap from a friend of mine and he was like, ‘I think this will be your first song.”

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Describing the song as a “fun dance track,” Bass said, “These days songs have to be played in clubs and this is one of those songs that you’ll definitely hear in the club. I’m sure it will be remixed so many different times.”

As for performing on performing on stage. “But I have zero plans,” he said. “I’m going to release it and if people love it, hopefully it will climb the charts…I’m just going to play it by ear.” (Earlier versions were released last year in Australia as well as in Belgium with Belgian pop star Ian Thomas.)

Listen to “Walking On Air” on E!News. here.

For more from Lance, make sure to check out E! News at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

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Throughout the first three seasons of The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors cross paths with a countless number of walkers. But the teeming undead masses aren’t all the same. To the contrary, walkers come in all shapes and sizes. How well can you distinguish the walkers of Seasons 1, 2 and 3? Can you remember who turns in Season 1, which walker gets gutted in Season 2, who kills the first riot gear walker in Season 3? Find out with these three Know Your Walker photo quizzes.

Know Your Walkers From Season 1

Know Your Walkers From Season 2

Know Your Walkers From Season 3

The Walking Dead returns Sun., Feb. 9 at 9/8c on AMC.

“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’S WEEKEND UPDATE WITH SETH MEYERS AND CECILY STRONG” JANUARY 18, 2014

WEEKEND UPDATE CO-ANCHOR SETH MEYERS – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this week gave the State of the State address and called for the school day and school year in the state to be lengthened.  Said Christie “You come after me, I come after your kids.”

MEYERS – President Obama on Friday proposed a series of overhauls to government surveillance programs that change the way the NSA collects “phone-date.”  For example, they’d like to change back to collecting it secretly.

WEEKEND UPDATE CO-ANCHOR CECILY STRONG – Cybersecurity experts are saying that the Healthcare.gov website has a large number of flaws that make the data on it vulnerable to hackers.  Hey hackers, if you can figure that website out, it’s all yours.

STRONG – A Southwest Airlines flight this week that had no mechanical problems mistakenly landed at the wrong airport in Missouri.  Though it there really a right airport in Missouri?

STRONG – The Chuck E. Cheese restaurant chain was sold this week for nearly 1 billion dollars.  And now he insists on being called Charles E. Cheese.

STRONG – Police in New Mexico are saying that drug dealers in the area are trying to capitalize on the popularity of Breaking Bad by selling meth that is tinted blue.  Said buyers of the product, “You had us at ‘Meth.”

STRONG – A 77 year-old man in Florida allegedly attacked a customer in front of him in line at Walmart who tried to check out with more than 20 items in the express lane.  Incidentally, twenty items or less is Florida’s only law.

MEYERS – A New York man who was arrested for secretly recording himself having sex with three women, claims that the encounters were accidentally recorded by his doggie cam.  Even more shocking, this is his doggie cam.

MEYERS – Police in London say that a thief tried to steal the urn containing Sigmund Freud’s ashes.  He is being charged with robbery in the second penis.  I mean degree!

MEYERS – A man in Mexico was arrested for drunk driving after police pulled him over and the man’s pet parrot repeatedly said “He’s drunk.”  Mexico: where they take the parrot’s word for it.

STRONG – A man in Ireland was hospitalized after he fell off his mountain bike and his penis became erect for five weeks.  So I know what my boyfriend’s getting for Valentine’s Day…

STRONG – A woman in Ohio, who had lost her dog, got him back after she posted fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward.  And that was incentive needed in the little town of Dirtbag, Ohio.

 

Benedict Cumberbatch photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Benedict Cumberbatch photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

BAFTA LA hosted its annual Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday, January 11th.  The event is a yearly favorite among celebrities looking to take a breather from all of the chaos surrounding all of the awards ceremonies.

Michael Fassbender photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Michael Fassbender photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

This year celebs such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchette, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese and more mingled and sampled 6 different kinds of tea and sandwiches, scones and cakes prepared by Four Seasons Chef Ashley James.

Niecy Nash photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Niecy Nash photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Steven Weber photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Steven Weber photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

The Party, sponsored by Jaguar, Mulberry and the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, also helped to raise awareness about Bafta’s Community Outreach and Philanthropic Programs.

Benedict Cumberbatch photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Benedict Cumberbatch photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Mark Feuerstein of "Royal Pains" photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Mark Feuerstein of “Royal Pains” photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

For more information on Bafta LA, visit www.bafta.org/losangeles.

Michael Fassbender photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Michael Fassbender photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

3 Days To Kill Starring Kevin Costner

In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission – even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.

3 DAYS TO KILL opens nationwide Friday, February 21, 2014.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard and Connie Nielsen

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Norman Reedus photo copyright AMC

Norman Reedus photo copyright AMC

 

Norman Reedus, who plays fan favorite Daryl Dixon on the hit AMC show “The Walking Dead” will appear at the Wizard World Portland Comic Con on January 24-26th at the Oregon Convention Center.

Reedus will be joining fellow “The Walking Dead” cast members Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal at the 3-day event.

Sons of Anarchy photo copyright FX

Sons of Anarchy photo copyright FX

Another big draw will be “Sons of Anarchy” stars Ron Perlman who played Clay on the popular XF show and Kim Coates who plays Tig. Wizard World is offering special VIP tickets which include early access, photo ops and autograph sessions for fans of the show.

“Spider Man” and “Avengers” creator Stan Lee will be a fave for attendees as he does meet and greets and photo opportunities on Friday and Saturday of the convention.

 

Aaron Goodwin copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Aaron Goodwin copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Paranormal fans will also be excited by the great line-up of Para-Celebs attending the event including “Ghost Adventures” star Aaron Goodwin, former “Ghost Hunters” star and TAPS co-founder Grant Wilson.

Other celebs on hand include “Evil Dead” and “Burn Notice” star Bruce Campbell, “Nightmare on Elm Street” star Robert Englund, “Star Trek”‘s William Shatner and Elvira.

Guests can purchase autograph tickets and photo ops with their favorite stars and there will be tons of vendors on-hand to pick up those special items from your favorite fandoms.

For all the information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html.  CFM will be at the Wizard World Portland Comic Con and will bring you all of the info as it happens!