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Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Breznican’

EW Writer Shares Three-Act Philip Seymour Hoffman Memory

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsDavid Carr‘s circa 2008 thoughts about Philip Seymour Hoffman generated, deservedly, a lot of attention. Today comes another equally wonderful journalist-POV remembrance from Entertainment Weekly senior film writer Anthony Breznican.

The stakes here – beginning circa 2007 – are equally high, as reflected by the headline “The Night Philip Seymour Hoffman Changed My Life…“. We’re not going to spoil the details; you’ll have to read Breznican’s item to get the full brunt of this vivid trajectory.

To set the scene, the writer recalls that he and his wife Jill sat across from Hoffman for a restaurant dinner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival promoting The Savages:

While the actor wasn’t into talking about himself or movies, he loved talking about novels and stories: We discussed John Updike, Philip Roth and Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter, and soon we were getting comfortable with each other. The conversation shifted to family. Hoffman and his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, had a toddler son at the time — they would go on to have two more children — and my wife and I were then thinking about having children ourselves…

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Many Journalists, Fans Wish Zach Braff Wasn’t on Kickstarter

Across Twitter today, a sizable gallery of journalists and fans are rolling their eyes at the idea of TV sitcom millionaire Zach Braff joining the Kickstarter ranks to fund indie sequel Wish I Was Here. Below is a small sampling of that sentiment, from EW‘s Anthony Breznican, TheWrap’s Tim Molloy and Chicago moviegoer Clayton Smith:

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Geoff Boucher’s CapeTown Film Festival Adds Another Major Attraction

It should be a heck of a weekend at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. On Friday, May 3, as officially confirmed this morning by Geoff Boucher himself, Kurt Russell will appear at the inaugural CapeTown Film Festival for a screening of Escape from New York (the festival is named after Boucher’s EW.com blog). The next day, Saturday May 4, the event will screen Return of the Jedi in honor of Star Wars Day.

As Anne Thompson notes this morning in her updated coverage, Boucher has kept right on going since seguing from the LA Times to Entertainment Weekly. Though the PR for his writing, so far, has been less prominent at his new home, the fans have followed en masse:

Boucher’s new CapeTown blog – covering all things superhero, genre and fanboy/girl – has been a huge success, generating 2.5 million page views in its first month, which is close to the number of monthly readers the five-year-old LAT blog gets.

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Get Ready for Some Glorious Glengarry Glen Role Reversal

EW senior writer Anthony Breznican, keeper of LACMA Live Read scoops, is absolutely right when he suggests that next week’s staging of Glengarry Glen Ross has the potential to match the excitement of Season One’s Reservoir Dogs event. That’s because instead of a stage lined with African-Americans doing Tarantino, Jason Reitman will guide a gaggle of women through Mamet.

The spectacular February 21 line-up will feature Robin Wright (reading the role of Ricky Roma), Catherine O’Hara (Shelley Levene), Maria Bello (Dave Moss), Allison Janney (George Aaronow) and Mae Whitman (John Williamson). Per Breznican’s report:

Every performance re-imagines the script with a new actor in each role, but after the success of Reservoir Dogs last year Reitman and LACMA film curator Elvis Mitchell wanted to have another live-read where the entire cast shared a trait that was new to the story.

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What Would Carrie Bradshaw Think? Sarah Jessica Parker is NOT in Linda Lovelace Sundance Pic

Nice little exclusive from EW senior writer Anthony Breznican heading into the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He got word from the makers of Lovelace that after a lot of casting drama involving Sarah Jessica Parker for the role of Gloria Steinhem, it all wound up on the cutting room floor:

Parker was a last-minute addition to the film, which features Amanda Seyfried in the life story of the woman who starred in the 1972 X-rated movie Deep Throat. The Sex and the City actress was an emergency fill-in for Demi Moore, who dropped out of the movie in the middle of production after she suffered unspecified health problems and was hospitalized…

With the film now just days away from its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have told EW that it turned out they didn’t need the character after all. Parker, who played the role of feminist icon Gloria Steinem, has joined a long list of actors left on the cutting room floor.

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Aaron Sorkin Thinks Matt Damon’s New Movie is Fracking Great

Via EW staffer Anthony Breznican‘s great awards season column “Prize Fighting,” Sorkin has shared some thoughts about the new Gus Van Sant drama starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski.

Sorkin suggests that the December 28-January 4 release is no more about fracking than Jaws was about fishing. Instead, he writes, the screenplay – written by the film’s nauseatingly talented two stars – is anchored to a nifty narrative chassis:

Promised Land is so deft in its storytelling that it manages to dramatize one of the more compelling ANTI-environmental messages you’re likely to see. Forget you just read the words “environmental” and “messages” — you’ll be completely taken in by the con game, the humor, the stakes, the absence of easy answers and the typically detailed, subtle and charismatic performances…

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Who You Gonna Call for a Ghostbusters Script Read? How About Seth, Rainn and Jack

As per usual, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican has the exclusive scoop on who will be participating in filmmaker Jason Reitman’s next “Live Read” event at LACMA. For a script indelibly stamped by Reitman’s dad Ivan.

Standing in on Thursday for the Ghostbusters trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis will be, respectively, Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson. The only problem is that a lot of Murray’s best lines as Dr. Peter Venkman were not on the page, so Reitman had to combine the original script with a transcript of the finished film. Per Breznican’s report:

“While almost all of the dialogue in the original screenplay is echoed on screen, the Venkman character is completely improvised,” Reitman tells EW. “It’s as if Bill Murray was given a mumblecore-style essay about each scene and then permitted to say whatever he wanted as long as he got the point across.”

“He slimed me” is in the script, but not the follow-up line: “I feel so funky.”

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Geoff Boucher Lands at Entertainment Weekly

Score one for TheWrap media-film reporter Alexander C. Kaufman. On Wednesday, he tipped that Hero Complex honcho Geoff Boucher would be joining Entertainment Weekly. Today, that news has been officially confirmed.

From this morning’s announcement:

Based in LA, Boucher will be joining EW’s Movies team on October 1st as a senior writer and will add his singular voice to EW’s print and digital platforms.

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LA Critic Experiences ‘The Horror’ of Coppola’s Twixt

This year’s contingent of LA reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival includes Drew McWeeny of HitFix.com. On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, he suddenly found himself mired in a Colonel Kurtz-like stupor after exiting a screening of Francis Ford Coppola‘s 3D horror flick Twixt:

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LA Press Club Adds Twitter, Facebook Awards

For the first time, the Los Angeles Press Club is seeking to recognize entertainment journalists who are wizards on Twitter and Facebook.

When the Fourth Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards are presented November 21 at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA, the following three entertainment news reporting categories will be awarded:

Tweet, single or series;
Facebook presence, organization;
Facebook presence, individual.

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