JULIE BENZ GIVES “ANSWERS TO” DEXTER AND BOONDOCK SAINTS FANS

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If there is a harder working actress in the Film/TV medium than Julie Benz, then I really haven’t met her.  After her acclaimed run on Dexter, Benz starred in the TV series No Ordinary Family (with Michael Chiklis), shot the Los Angeles set ensemble drama Answers to Nothing, and is featured on the freshman show A Gifted Man in a recurring role (she plays Patrick Wilson’s troubled and dependent sister).

It doesn’t stop there.  This evening, you can catch her on the TNT movie Richocet (9 pm et/pt), starring as a married woman whose judge/husband (Gary Cole) is being investigated by a detective (John Corbett) she is romantically involved with (the project is part of TNT’s Mystery Movie Night series).

Benz was in Los Angeles yesterday (she was paired up with Elizabeth Mitchell) to promote Answers to Nothing.  As a former Dexter fan, I had to admit that I stopped watching the show after Rita’s murder.  Here’s her response to my comment (Mitchell can also be heard in the clip): 

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Several days ago, I also checked out (inexplicably for the first time) the cult hit The Boondock Saints.  Obviously I loved the film (especially Willem Dafoe’s over the top, operatic performance), and since she starred in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, I had to ask her about the whole Boondocks craze.  Describing the fans as “crazy” and “dedicated,” Benz went in depth about her determination to land the Boondocks role.  Click on the media bar to hear Benz, which also features a few comments from Mitchell:

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Answers to Nothing, co-starring Dane Cook, opens in select theaters, as well as Video on Demand, on Friday.

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‘DESCENDANTS’ ACTRESS JUDY GREER GIVES QUIRKY AUDITION ADVICE

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Judy Greer (Two and a Half Men), mainly known for her comedic work, delivers an inspired dramatic performance in The Descendants, playing a woman who discovers her real estate agent hubby (Matthew Lilllard) had an affair.  During the movie’s third chapter, Greer’s confrontation with her soulmate’s mistress is both heartbreaking, evocative, and in true Alexander Payne form, painfully funny.

Actors who have yet to find their footing in the audition process may look to Greer for some quirky yet potent advice.  The actress, who also starred in the short-lived TV sitcoms Mad Love and Miss Guided, explains in the following clip why she would rather be nearly late to her auditions.  She also talks about wearing the same outfit for good luck during pilot season.  Click on the media bar to hear the actress, who was also terrific in the indie dramedy Barry Munday, elaborate on her eccentric audition approach:

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Starring George Clooney, The Descendants is now playing in select theaters.

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Director Steven McQueen Declares There’s No ‘Shame’ In On-Screen Nudity

shame-french-poster1In theaters this week, SHAME is a controversial drama focusing on a sexual obsessive and the relationship he shares with his much younger sister. Directed by STEVEN McQUEEN, the cast includes MICHAEL FASSBENDER, CAREY MULLIGAN, JAMES BADGE DALE and ALEX MANETTE. Graphic by nature, the film contains a fair amount of nudity and sexual activity as well as adult themes which are obviously the reasons the MPAA has given it an NC-17 rating. At the recent press conference to promote its release, McQUEEN addressed the nudity question and defended his reason to show on screen what is a perfectly normal fact of everyday life. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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SHAME opens in limited release Friday

‘Rampart’ Director Had To Streamline James Ellroy’s Script To Get It To The Screen

rampart1In theaters now, RAMPART boasts Oscar-worthy performances as it weaves a story of a corrupt Los Angeles cop trying to claw his way out of an Internal Affairs investigation that could cost him his job. Gritty and intense, the film is directed by OREN MOVERMAN, who re-wrote the original screenplay by legendary novelist JAMES ELLROY. Set in 1999 against the backdrop of the L.A. Rampart scandal, the movie stars WOODY HARRELLSON, BEN FOSTER (who also produced), ANNE HECHE, CYNTHIA NIXON, ROBIN WRIGHT, SIGOURNEY WAVER, STEVE BUSCEMI and ICE CUBE.
Re-writing the work of an author with the reputation of ELLROY might seem, at the least, daunting. During a press conference to promote the film, MOVERMAN explained that he was just doing what was necessary to get the story to the screen. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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RAMPART is in theaters now

TV Land Offers Up An Evening Of Something Old And Something New

theexesIt’s a big night for fans of TV Land as the network presents the third season premier of critical favorite HOT IN CLEVELAND as well as the series debut of fledgling sitcom THE EXES. Expect 24 new episodes of HOT IN CLEVELAND to air in this cycle and promised guest stars include DON RICKLES, KATHIE LEE GIFFORD, SANDRA BERNHARD, MARISSA JARET WINOKUR and series producer SEAN HAYES.
Following HIC, THE EXES centers on three newly-single men brought together by the one thing they have in common: their divorce attorney. Familiar faces fuel this series with a cast that includes KRISTEN JOHNSTON, WAYNE KNIGHT, DONALD FAISON and DAVID ALAN BASCHE.
At the press conference for the new show, producer MARK REISMAN explained where he got the idea for THE EXES. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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HOT IN CLEVELAND and THE EXES air tonight on TV Land