EMILY GIFFIN SAYS FANS WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED WITH ‘SOMETHING BORROWED’

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Something Borrowed, the romantic comedy starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson, is based on a bestselling novel by Emily Giffin.  During a recent interview to promote the film, Giffin was asked about her opinions on the term, ‘chick lit.”

“The label ‘chick lit’ only bothers me when it’s used to disparage women in general and to sort of say, ‘well if it’s about women or for women and it’s about relationships, then therefore it has got to be beach read fluff,” said Giffin. “That’s akin to saying that everything we care about is fluff…I think the same thing goes for romantic comedies.  If you say I don’t like any romantic comedies that’s like saying you don’t like any movies about relationships.  These issues are very serious.  This is about who you are spending the rest of your life and I think if men go to it with an open mind, which will happen, they are going to like this.”

Diehard fans of Something Borrowed will notice various changes in the film version, but Giffin is more than satisfied with the end result.  Click on the media bar and listen to Giffin talk about one of those changes, which deals with Darcy’s (Hudson) hair color (director Luke Greenfield is heard laughing in the clip). 

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Something Borrowed, co-starring John Krasinski, opens May 6th.

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DWAYNE JOHNSON TRACKS DOWN VIN DIESEL, PAUL WALKER FOR ‘FAST FIVE’

dwaynepic1 The action-drama Faster failed to rev up movie audiences last year (it made a little over $23 million domestically), but Dwayne Johnson should reach a wider audience with Fast Five, the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.  The 2009 picture Fast & Furious took in over $350 million worldwide, and the addition of Johnson could see those numbers substantially increase.

Johnson, who put on 30 pounds of muscle for the picture, is Hobbs, a federal agent tasked to take down Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker), who have teamed up to orchestrate a $100 million heist. Shooting locations on Fast Five included stops in Rio de Janeiro, Puerto Rico, and Atlanta.  The 2009 Nissan 370Z, 1972 De Tomaso Pantera, 1993 Toyota Supra, and the 2007 Corvette GS Roadster are among the vehicles featured in the film.

Click on the media bar and listen to Johnson talk about Hobb’s personal code.

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Fast Five, which also stars Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Tyrese Gibson, opens Friday.

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STEPHEN DORFF SAYS ‘IMMORTALS’ SET WAS “HUMONGOUS”

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During interviews for Sofia Coppola’s film Somewhere, Stephen Dorff shed some light on the upcoming movie Immortals (opening November 11th).  Expect tons of beautiful images from the picture, which is directed by visualist Tarsem Singth. Plus, the lead is Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill, so fans unfamiliar with the actor’s work can judge if he has enough presence to fill Superman’s shoes.

Immortals is kind of like, if you look at the Star Wars set up it’s kind of like I’m Han Solo, Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) is Princess Leia, this kid Henry Cavill plays the young Theseus and we kind of go after this evil king played by Mickey Rourke,” said Dorff. “It’s a sword and sandal movie, but I think it will be quite different.  I think we will do justice to the 3D world as opposed to one of these films that are just converted to get on the bandwagon.  Tarsem shoots 3D when it wants it to be in 3D, he shoots real 35 (mm) when he wants it to be in 35.  It should be a visual splendor that will hopefully deliver something more than the normal film.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Dorff talk about the “humongous” sets on Immortals, which also co-stars Kellan Lutz and Luke Evans.

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BLAKE SHELTON SHEDS LIGHT ON ‘THE VOICE’ BATTLE ROUND AND HIS FELLOW JUDGES

NUP_143901_0076.JPG The new singing competition series The Voice aired Tuesday evening, but TV fans who missed the premiere episode can catch the encore tonight (NBC, 9 pm et/pt).  The project features Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Adam Levine coaching a group of talented singers, with the winning artist taking home $100,000 and a recording contract.

Blake Shelton sat down to talk about what audiences can expect from the upcoming battle rounds of The Voice. “One of the levels we’ve already gone through is the battle round and you can see that the contestants for the most part, a lot of them have been good friends already,” said Shelton. “Because they’re working with each other.  They’re not working in a room by themselves.  We’ve paired them together and they become friends.  And a lot of them develop this chemistry with each other and then they have to separate.  I bet what you will see after this show is the ones that don’t continue to go on will probably get reacquainted again and maybe try some duo things or groups.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Blake Shelton elaborate on how he has bonded with the three other judges on The Voice

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‘SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS’ DIRECTOR MARK RUFFALO LEAVES L.A. FOR UPSTATE JOURNEY

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Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island, The Kids Are All Right) makes his directing debut with Sympathy for Delicious, a drama about Dean (Christopher Thornton, who also penned the screenplay) a DJ whose promising career fades after an accident leaves him paralyzed.  When Dean discovers he has the power to heal others, Father Joe Roselli (Ruffalo) persuades him to use his miraculous gifts for the greater good.  Unable to heal everyone but himself, Dean joins a rock band (Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis are members of the group) and temporarily turns his back on humanity.

“That’s what I love about filmmaking, it brings us together,” said Ruffalo, who has been close friends with Thornton for over twenty years.  “And so if I found something great, that expressed something…I’m more of a humanist than anything really.  I’m on the side of people.  If I find stories like that, that I think are effective, then I will do it.  I’m just looking out for interesting stories, you know?”

After working on The Kids Are All Right, Ruffalo took time off from acting and moved his family to upstate New York.  Click on the media bar and listen to Ruffalo explain why he left Los Angeles for the East Coast.

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  Sympathy for Delicious, which received a Special Jury Prize for Directing at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, opens in select theaters Friday.

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