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Sean Parker: A Billion Dollars Isn’t Cool

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Sean Parker, recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with the Financial Times.

Parker, who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the Oscar-winning blockbuster, The Social Network talked candidly about the film’s impact on his life.  He also shared some not-so-flattering details about the writer responsible for his fictional doppelganger.

“This character is definitely not me,” Parker told the FT.

Sean Parker is noted  for co-founding Napster, and for his position as Facebook’s first president, a post from which he was allegedly ousted because of his party life style.

According to Parker the movie takes certain liberties with his life style.  He was depicted as a womanizing, backstabbing borderline-sociopath.

In one scene of the movie they have Parker telling his co founder of Facebook “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.”

However the real Parker has a totally different take;

“It’s not cool,” he said of a billion dollars. “I think being a wealthy member of the establishment is the antithesis of cool.” He added, “Being a countercultural revolutionary is cool. So to the extent that you’ve made a billion dollars, you’ve probably become uncool.”

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was credit by Parker for crafting the fictionalized Parker.  His personal opinion of Sorkin is far from complimentary. “My interactions with Sorkin were agonisingly weird,” Parker said during the interview. “He is by far the weirdest person I have ever met.”



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‘True Grit’ is tops at the Box Office

Monday, January 10th, 2011

“True Grit” was tops with $15 million at the weekend and become the first Western to top the $100 million mark since the 1990s.

The Paramount release stars Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon held of strong competition from Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller’s comedy “Little Fockers,” which was No. 1 for the previous two weekends and slipped to second with $13.8 million.

“True Grit,” which was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, lifted its total to $110.4 million.

Nicolas Cage’s supernatural thriller “Season of the Witch” opened at No. 3 with $10.7 million. Distributed by Relativity Media, the movie stars Cage as a knight in the Middle Ages escorting a suspected witch to her trial.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s country-music drama “Country Strong” premiered at No. 6 with $7.3 million. The Sony Screen Gems release casts Paltrow as a boozy singer trying to get her act straight after rehab.

“True Grit” is a new take on Charles Portis’ novel, previously adapted in a 1969 version that earned John Wayne an Academy Award. Bridges stars as lawman Rooster Cogburn, hired by a 14-year-old girl to track down her father’s killer.

While “True Grit” rides high, Hollywood’s overall revenues continued a slide that persisted through the fall and holiday season with a drop of 30% on takings from the same time last year.

True Grit (Special Collector’s Edition) Starring John Wayne


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Sean Penn has to be the worst Drag Queen ever!!

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
Sean Penn as we have never seen him before (thankfully).  Yes we know he is mading a movie and that he is playing a retired rock star in This Must Be The Place.
Still he does look more like a kinda scary drag queen walking around New York’s Diamond District.
Getting in the spirit for Halloween no doubt!

Photos by STEVE SANDS

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Family of the Woman Whose Murder Is Basis of Film ‘Conviction’ Criticise Producers

Friday, October 15th, 2010

On Thursday Hilary Swank and the team behind the production of the film ‘Conviction’ were under fire for allegedly not consulting the family of Katharina Brow the victim on whom the movie is based.

Brow’s children, Melrose and Charlie, appeared alongside their attorney in a press conference expressing “disappointment and anger” toward Swank and her associates.  Together with their attorney Gloria Allred the family are alleging that they were not contacted throughout the 10-year period it reportedly took to make the film.

“We believe that a proper respect for the murder victim’s family should have been shown… That could have been demonstrated by the film’s representatives contacting the family to learn how they felt about the making of a film which would remind them of the terrible pain and suffering that they endured because of the loss of their mother,” Allred said.

Allred sent a letter to Swank’s agent on Thursday on behalf of the Brow family requesting that the actress/producer meet with them.  They say that they had hopes for a “positive, thoughtful, and caring response.”

The film’s three producers issued a statement in which they agreed to host a private screening for them late Thursday afternoon.

“We have the deepest compassion and sympathy for the family of Katharina Brow,” said the statement. “(The screening) will no doubt answer many of their questions surrounding the unthinkable and horrific tragedy that befell their mother.”

The Brows are not publicly asking for any financial compensation.

“We are not Holywood people like you are. We are just children of a murder victim,” an emotional Melrose Brow said at the press conference. “Nevertheless, we believe that victims matter. My mother was not just a name, and was not and is not a person who should be used as a line in a script or just a way to make a profit for the entertainment industry.”

“Conviction” is the story of Kenneth Waters.  Waters was convicted of the brutal 1980 murder of 48-year-old Brow and served 18 years.  Waters was later released when DNA showed the blood samples used to convict him were not a match.

As the role of Mrs. Brow’s character’s screen time is very minor Hollywood producer Nathan Folks does not believe Swank and the team behind “Conviction” had any obligation to meet with the family.

“It is obviously a very sensitive, very painful issue when you’re dealing with such a tragic story,” Folks was reported as saying. “But ‘Conviction’ is about the Waters family, not the Brow family and the filmmakers obviously met with the people they felt necessary for the film. They were not under any legal or moral responsibility to take things further than that.”

Swank said she met with Betty Anne Waters, an unemployed single mother who spent a decade earning a law degree so she could represent her brother, Kenneth Waters, in court, and eventually see him freed from prison.

“I wanted to really understand Betty Anne’s heart, her drive and her commitment so I listened to her stories,” Swank told Pop Tarts while promoting the film. “We had hours and hours of her speaking to Pamela Gray, the writer, and Tony Goldwyn the director, and listening over and over to her stories inside and out, and reading the script forwards and backwards just to get the heart of her. Then when Sam Rockwell, who plays Kenneth) came on board he was like, ‘I want to meet Betty Ann, and I want to meet the family!’ And I was like, ‘I’m going with you!’ And I thought that would be a great bonding experience.”


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If you need someone to spit on a grave then Sarah Butler is your girl!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

25-year-old actress Sarah Butler stars in horror film, I Spit on Your Grave.  The remake of the 1878 cult movie hit theaters Oct. 8.

So what do you know about this new star besides the fact that she’s hot?   Well, in a recent interview with USA Weekend, Sarah shares what it was like working on her new film and what she’s really afraid of!

This was Sarah’s first venture into the world of Horror and she was nervous about taking on the lead role.  Previously Sarah’s work included playing Belle from Beauty and the Beast at Disneyland and guest starring on CSI: NY and CSI: Miami.

Sarah plays Jennifer, a novelist who is attacked and sexually assaulted by a group of guys when she is at a cabin trying to finish writing a book. Jennifer seeks vengeance on her attackers by going on a killing rampage.

She says of the filming; “Every day was so intense. I had no more energy left – I felt completely and emotionally dry at the end of every day. It was necessary for me to get a clean slate for the next day so I could bring my best again day after day. That goes more for the beginning of the film, where I’m the one who’s the victim. When I was the avenger in the second half of the film, I did find myself retaining the headspace a little bit more when I was away from set: spending a little more time alone and not really enjoying the camaraderie as I had in previous weeks of shooting.”

I Spit on Your Grave


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Joaquin Phoenix Is Planning A Return To Acting

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

After his latest venture sources are reporting that Joaquin Phoenix has started to realize that perhaps he is not cut out for a ‘music’ career.

The actor has apparently been holding meetings for a variety of film projects!

There is talk that he may play Thomas Wolfe in Genius, Sean Penn’s new movie and is officially attached to be in the flick Big Shoe, directed by Steven Shainberg!

Let’s hope it’s true as musician he may not be but gifted actor he definitely is!


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New Transformers 3 Trailer and Set Pics

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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Here are some great photos from the Chicago set of Michael Bay’s Transformers 3.

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    Robert Pattinson Looking Kinda Grim

    Thursday, July 29th, 2010

    Robert Pattinson looked very subdued as he headed towards the morgue.  Don’t worry though it was only on the set in the movie “Water For Elephants“.

    The young actor is preparing to do the scene where he has to identify the corpses of his parents.

    Even the thought of that would make anyone feel pretty grim!

    Photos by SCOTT/CHRIS

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      The Avengers Cast Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner

      Sunday, July 25th, 2010
      The Avengers (a group of superheroes), will be a huge presentation from Marvel and is due to be launched in the 2012 summer season.
      The Avengers (not to be confused with the UK T.V. series of the same name) is the story of a group of superheroes from the Marvel universe which mirrors the Justice League over in DC Comics.
      Members of The Avengers include Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, and Captain America and they will all be seen in one movie, which Marvel hopes will be a box office smash that could possibly lead to a set of sequels.

      It has been confirmed by Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly that Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner will now be members of The Avengers cast, despite the fact that they have not been involved in the Marvel universe up to this point. Ruffalo will replace Edward Norton as The Hulk.  The production team and Norton couldn’t come to an agreement for the upcoming picture.

      After Norton did so well as the lead character in The Incredible Hulk this seems like a risky move. Renner, who movie fans will remember as the lead character in The Hurt Locker, will be brought in to play the character of Hawkeye.

      The casting of these two men just about finishes things for the film, and now they have a very large cast with which to begin filming the biggest film we have seen from Marvel to date.

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      Mila and Justin Filming Friends with Benefits!

      Friday, July 23rd, 2010

      Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in New York’s Central Park filming scenes for “Friends With Benefits” today.

      Not sure what is going on their Justin but it looks as if it’s a mighty uncomfortable surprise!

      Photos by STEVE SANDS

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