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‘Smilf,’ ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Aided by Location Authenticity

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‘Smilf,’ ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Aided by Location Authenticity
In real estate, location is everything, and that’s equally true of the TV business, where tax incentives, production costs and travel logistics can make the difference between whether a series set in Boston is actually shot in Boston or on a Paramount Studios soundstage. There was a time, in fact, when Los Angeles and New York were dueling hubs for small-screen productions, when if you wanted to carve out a career in TV you had to live in either city. There were no filming locations, no post-production houses. Then came cities including Vancouver and Toronto. And then Chicago, where such series as “Shameless,” “Suits,” “The Chi” and “Empire” shoot, adding an aesthetic authenticity to the storyline and poetic pulse of each show. More recently, similar up-and-coming hubs have been formed in places from coast to coast.

Portland, Ore., is a city whose reputation and identity is almost singularly informed by IFC’s “Portlandia,
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Grey Lady Starring Eric Dane and Natalie Zea Arrives on DVD and Digital HD June 27th

Eric Dane and Natalie Zea star in the thrilling drama, Grey Lady, arriving on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on June 27 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Following a clue given to him by his murdered partner and lover, Detective James Doyle must track down a serial killer before he becomes the next victim. Written and directed by John Shea (Southie) the film also stars Adrian Lester, Carolyn Stotesbery, Chris Meyer, Rebecca Gayheart, and Amy Madigan. The Grey Lady DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Here’s the Grey Lady trailer:

Official Synopsis

When Boston Police Detective James Doyle’s (Eric Dane) partner is killed in an ambush, a clue sends him to Nantucket in the lonely off-season. A murder mystery unfolds, one that draws the guilty and the innocent into its vortex. As Doyle hunts the killer and the killer hunts him, he discovers that things
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Ted 2 review: Seth MacFarlane's sequel has enough grins to bear the sticky bits

The polarising, foul-mouthed teddy is back, and wants to become a father. Cue semen slapstick, some slightly uncomfortable equal-rights comparisons – and cinema’s first Charlie Hebdo gag

It’s undeniably funny. The cute babyish face, the way he sounds like a grown-up when he curses, that absurd dirtbag Southie accent. But enough about Mark Wahlberg – let’s talk about his co-star, the animated stuffed animal Ted that, if you recall, came to life in Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 hit comedy. It’s a one-note joke, but it’s a good one: a cuddly living bear with a simple, expressive face that’s mostly a raging id arsehole, but occasionally a voice of reason. He may sound a lot like Peter Griffin, star of MacFarlane’s Family Guy for 13 (13?!!) seasons, but at times he’s more like the sage dog, Brian. As with all sentient toys in film, he just wants love,
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Martin Scorsese and The Departed

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Martin Scorsese is one of the most iconic directors of all time. He created such groundbreaking films like Taxi Driver and Gangs of New York. Yet it took him eight Oscar nominations, five Best Director nominations alone, until he finally received the Best Director Academy Award in 2006 for the film The Departed. Let's look back at the film that finally landed Scorese the gold.

Scorsese is one of those directors that has been creating for generations. He's the known for creating and depicting the worst antiheroes that you can't help but like and can't stop watching. You follow them on their twisted journeys and sometimes untimely demises, all while that same Rolling Stone song (“Gimme Shelter”) plays in the background. Your parents loved him, you love him, and I'm sure your children will or already do love him. There's always one particular movie of his that you discover that makes
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From 'Addicted' to 'Gone Girl' to 'X-Men': 40 Books Adapted into Movies in 2014

It's rare when a film adaptation lives up the book it was based on so with that in mind I have compiled a list of 40 books that have been adapted for the big screen that we can expect to see in theaters this year. This includes two books from Gillian Flynn, young adult adaptations of work by Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, a short story from Dennis Lehane, a Nick Hornby adaptation, and an adaptation written by Nick Hornby, a new John le Carre adaptation and a prequel to the stories written by Tom Clancy as well as a couple comics and graphic novel adaptations from the likes of Frank Miller and Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Alexander O. Smith. I've added everything I could think of and while I'm sure I missed a few, please forgive me and hopefully you'll find something that appeals to your taste on the list.
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UK Exclusive: Interview with ‘The Iceman’ star Jay Giannone

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Who wouldn’t want to work with 2 Oscar Noms, an Avenger and the Great and Powerful Oz? Jay Giannone got his shot and co-stars as a mob hit man in the new film The Iceman which stars Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Wynona Ryder, James Franco and Ray Liotta.

No stranger to blockbuster Hollywood films, Giannone has previously worked on The Departed and Gone Baby Gone and who has just wrapped David O’Russell’s new film American Hustle, where he shares the screen with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jeremy Renner, sat down with us to talk about his latest role as Atf Agent Dominick Provenzano (pictured below with Michael Shannon) in director Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman.

How did you prepare for the role of Dominick Provenzano?

When I found out that I booked the role I immediately did my research and
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90 Years, 9 Days: 'The Departed' (2006)

90 Years, 9 Days: 'The Departed' (2006)
In the grand scheme of Martin Scorsese's career, "The Departed" occupies a strange place in the director's filmography. It's the one he won for, definitely not his best — and if you ask some people — far from his best. The director's remake of the Hong Kong crime thriller "Infernal Affairs," despite winning Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, and Director at the 2007 Academy Awards, has failed, in many ways, to earn respect on its own merits.

One of the more ironic achievements of "The Departed" actually occurred in the year's following its release. The success of the Boston-set crime drama kicked off a wave of similar movies set in Massachusetts, many of which also starred Mark Wahlberg. "The Departed" essentially created the Boston crime drama, the genre that would employ Afflecks and Wahlbergs for years to come, but the Scorsese film is the best of the bunch.

That's because "The Departed" is about something,
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Watch Mark Wahlberg & The Rock In The 'Pain and Gain' Trailer

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A bodybuilding movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been a long, long time coming, and Your Mother's Favorite Southie Mark Wahlberg beefing up for the Michael Bay flick should only be icing on the cake. The new trailer for Pain and Gain is out, and what else would you expect in the 2-minute first look? Muscles, cars, danger, action, suspense, and shirtlessness. Check the badassery out below:

It'll be interesting to see how a, um, smaller film looks through the eyes of Michael Bay: currently in between Transformer films, this movie is surely a small fry, reportedly costing a tenth of what Transformers: Dark of the Moon needed to function. It'll be even more interesting to see if The Rock is still a bankable star: while Mark Wahlberg is arguably still safe with the massive success of Ted, it's been a while since we've see Johnson front and center.
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Mark Wahlberg will also make a reality show about Boston women, because what, you think he won't?

Perhaps after having heard about Jersey Shore producer SallyAnn Salsanno's Southie Pride, and its plans to explore South Boston's august heritage of hitting people who use words like "august heritage," Mark Wahlberg is stepping in with his own show about tough Boston women lobbing harsh vowel sounds at each other, because who the fuck is Sally Salsanno? She ain't no Southie. Get the fuck out of here. Like Southie Pride, Wahlberg's Mark Wahlberg Boston Women Project—a title that is only tentative, despite being perfect in its honesty—derives its inspiration from The Fighter and ...
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TVLine Items: Young and the Restless Star Fired, The Choice Unveils Celeb Dates and More!

TVLine Items: Young and the Restless Star Fired, The Choice Unveils Celeb Dates and More!
The Young and the Restless is shaking things up.

Eileen Davidson, who has played Ashley Abbott on and off since 1986, has been let go by the CBS soap.

“Last week I lost my childcare. This week I lost my job!” the actress tweeted Wednesday morning. “It all works out because I don’t need a babysitter if I’m not working. #beingpositive”

Meanwhile, EW.com reports that Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire) will guest-star this June in two episodes as a bound-to-be nosy neighbor of Doug Davidson’s Paul.

Related | Daytime Emmys: Gh Leads Nods, AMC Eyes Best Drama, Secret
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Ted Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Talks to a Bear From Southie

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Ted Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Talks to a Bear From Southie
When contemplating the idea of a Mark Wahlberg–stuffed-bear buddy comedy directed by Seth MacFarlane, as Ted has been described, the average movie viewer probably imagined a Wilfred–Family Guy mash-up — a wise-cracking anthropomorphic bear, an emotionally arrested man-child, dick jokes. All of these elements (plus extra fart jokes and Mila Kunis) are present in the first Ted trailer, which, we should point out now, is Nsfw, but Mark Wahlberg fans will notice another cinematic influence at work in the two minutes below. The special pronunciation of the word fahck, the soundtrack — can you feel The Fighter magic all around you? If you are not convinced, wait until the 2:15 mark, when Wahlberg's character starts listing "white trash names" in a Southie accent and actually includes "Sharlene" (Amy Adams's character) in the list. If someone could have convinced Christian Bale to wear a mo-cap suit, we wouldn't even need
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'Jersey Shore' Creator Brings Drama To Southie

'Jersey Shore' Creator Brings Drama To Southie
Is "Jersey Shore" headed to South Boston? Well, kind of. 495 Productions, the same production company that brought us the greatness of "Jersey Shore," is producing a new series for TLC, one that will take viewers into the tight-knit community of South Boston.

The reality series, which is currently under the working title "Southie Pride, will go inside the homes of five South Boston -- or Southie as they're otherwise known -- women as they struggle to make a life for their families and protect the people they love the most.

495 Productions is currently casting, but they did make it to South Boston this past weekend just in time for the town to suffer through a devastating Super Bowl loss by the Patriots.

“Spend some time with the women of South Boston and you quickly learn that pride runs deep, family comes first, and that their friendships and rivalries are forever,
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'Jersey Shore' Creator Brings Drama To Southie

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'Jersey Shore' Creator Brings Drama To Southie
Is "Jersey Shore" headed to South Boston? Well, kind of. 495 Productions, the same production company that brought us the greatness of "Jersey Shore," is producing a new series for TLC, one that will take viewers into the tight-knit community of South Boston.

The reality series, which is currently under the working title "Southie Pride, will go inside the homes of five South Boston -- or Southie as they're otherwise known -- women as they struggle to make a life for their families and protect the people they love the most.

495 Productions is currently casting, but they did make it to South Boston this past weekend just in time for the town to suffer through a devastating Super Bowl loss by the Patriots.

“Spend some time with the women of South Boston and you quickly learn that pride runs deep, family comes first, and that their friendships and rivalries are forever,
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Mark Wahlberg and Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger may collaborate

Producer and actor Mark Wahlberg (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) is reportedly considering a meeting with infamous Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, but not without some controversy. Wahlberg shared the news on Boston's Waaf-fm radio Friday, and he speculated Bulger wants to give him rights to his story. He confirmed that Bulger reached out to him. "He wants me to come down and visit him. Maybe he'll give me the exclusive rights to tell his story, `cause he knows, you know, we can do it better than anybody else," Wahlberg said. A son of Southie (South Boston) himself, Wahlberg grew up in the tough Irish section of Boston that was Bulger's home when he ran a local gang as he was
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"The Fighter" Review | It Doesn't Take A Big Man To Knock Somebody Down, Just A Little Courage To Lift Him Off The Ground

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David O. Russell's The Fighter is based on the true story of Micky Ward, a stepping-stone boxer, and his older brother Dick Eklund, whose claim to fame was dropping Sugar Ray Leonard several years and many crackpipe hits long ago. Because it's beholden to the framework of Ward's technical boxing style and the fights he fought, the story has a tendency to lag and meander. But what elevates it to championship status is the acting, because it's kind of ecstatically horrifying to watch Christian Bale and Melissa Leo tear themselves and everyone else apart. Ultimately, the family dynamic and the bitter squabble of this destructive family is what makes The Fighter worth watching.

A documentary crew is filming Dick Eklund (Christian Bale) for his supposed comeback. Meanwhile, he's training his kid half-brother Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), a slugger with a fierce hook who most promoters book to boost their more promising fighters.
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Emily Blunt Attached to Wedding Games | Trade News that Will Razz Your Berries

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The Hollywood Cog is reporting that Emily Blunt is attached to Engagement Games (formerly Wedding Games), a comedy about three sisters who get engaged at once and will stop at nothing to get their mother's wedding ring. The dad settles the dispute with a game of "Family Olympics." Columbia is developing the movie, based on a script from Rachel Specter and Audrey Wauchope.

So the one question I had remaining about the Joaquin Phoenix I'm Still Here hoax has been answered: Letterman did know it was a put on, and he enjoyed the hell out of playing along. (THR)

The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's religious drama (read: Scientology drama) that was meant to star Jeremy Renner and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is now postponed indefinitely, as apparently Mr. Anderson couldn't get his shit together. Although, "postponed indefinitely," might have just been Jeremy Renner's euphemish for, "Dude's a giant prick,
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Us composer Wayne Sharpe provides music for "Lahore"

Us composer Wayne Sharpe provides music for
Nevada (Us), Feb 21 – Well known American composer Wayne Sharpe is providing background music for Bollywood film “Lahore”, releasing on March 19.

Sharpe has previously composed music for Oscar nominated “Firedancer”, John Shea directed “Southie”, and internationally acclaimed documentary “Peace One Day”.

This Warner Bros distributed film, which has won Special Jury Award at WorldFest Houston, was shot in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Putrajaya), Pakistan (Lahore), and India (Delhi, Andhra Pradesh,.
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Bryan Singer "Intrigued" By Wahlberg's 'Prisoners'

Bryan Singer, he of The Usual Supsects and the first two X-Men movies, is eyeing the upcoming Mark Wahlberg vigilante movie, The Prisoners. The script, according to Entertainment Weekly, "has been compared to The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en," but that's probably only because everyone in Hollywood likes to have something to compare everything to. And the better it is, the better the comparisons.

Still, it is definitely shaping up to be a big project, with Wahlberg in the role of a father who goes all Chuck Bronson on some bad guys after they kidnap his daughter. It's essentially a Southie version of Taken, near as we can tell, but that doesn't mean it's going to be bad, just familiar.
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Opening This Week: Soderbergh's four-hour biopic, Eastwood's other movie

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By Neil Pedley

Things really shift into high gear this week when a bumper crop of award season heavy-hitters and indies stream into theaters, as well as a cadre of movie stars doing what they do best - whether that's Keanu Reeves acting alien, Clint Eastwood brandishing his trademark scowl, or Benicio Del Toro doing his own brand of mumblecore while waging war against fascists.

"Adam Resurrected"

It's been a long, strange directorial career for Paul Schrader, who followed his work as

the unsung hero of some of Martin Scorsese's most celebrated masterpieces with successes like "American Gigolo" and oddities like "Dominion: The Prequel to the Exorcist." Yet the always daring Schrader is taking on the Holocaust in his latest film, an adaptation of Yoram Kaniuk's story about Adam Stein (Jeff Goldblum), a former circus entertainer who grudgingly succumbs to the role of grim court jester to a
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What Doesn’t Kill You Gets a Trailer

The first trailer for What Doesn’t Kill You, the crime drama starring Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo, is now online. The film is the directorial debut of Brian Goodman, who also stars alongside Hawke and Ruffalo with Donnie Wahlberg and Amanda Peet. It centers on two childhood friends from South Boston who turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship. It opens in limited release December 12. Official Synopsis: Brian and Paulie are two young punks running loose on the hard streets of South Boston. Coming from separate but equally broken homes, the boys bond of friendship makes them brothers. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog eat dog neighborhood. As Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Ethan Hawke) get older, petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into more serious offenses. Eventually, they
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