Guillermo Del Toro Pays Homage To Day Of The Dead With ‘The Book Of Life’

gotham_ver43Mexico’s famous ‘day of the dead’ celebration gets the 3-D animation treatment in THE BOOK OF LIFE, a colorful family film that gently addresses the themes of love and loss while brightly celebrating life itself. Meticulously animated and perfect for the season, THE BOOK OF LIFE could easily become a Halloween staple. Produced by GUILLERMO DEL TORO and directed by JORGE R. GUTIERREZ, the voice cast includes CHANNING TATUM, ZOE SALDANA, DIEGO LUNA, ICE CUBE, RON PERLMAN and CHRISTINA APPLEGATE.

During the recent publicity tour to promote the film, ZOE SALDANA described for us the themes of THE BOOK OF LIFE.

THE BOOK OF LIFE is in theaters now.

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Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ Takes Week-End Box-Office Honors

_rbdave73dj1_hires215In theaters now and riding high at the top of the box-office charts, FURY is a World War II action/adventure set during the last days of the war and centered on a (mostly) hardened tank crew moving into Nazi territory for one final hurrah. Written and directed by DAVID AYER, the stellar cast includes SHIA LaBEOUF, LOGAN LERMAN, JON BERNTHAL, MICHAEL PENA, JASON ISAACS, JIM PARRACK and BRAD WILLIAM HENKE.

In a performance some are calling a ‘revelation’, LOGAN LERMAN is a stand-out as the fresh-faced, naive, newbie who puts the crew at risk. Known for his work in the short-lived television series JACK & BOBBY as well as such films as the PERCY JACKSON series and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, LERMAN has pretty much grown up in front of an audience.

During his recent publicity tour to promote FURY, LERMAN talked about the film and described his character in it.

FURY is in theaters now.

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Cary Elwes Goes Behind The Scenes Of ‘The Princess Bride’ In ‘As You Wish’

_rbdave73dj1_hires214Available now, AS YOU WISH: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of ‘The Princess Bride’ is a fly-on-the-wall memoir by the classic film’s leading man CARY ELWES and features never-before-told tales from ELWES and his extraordinary co-stars. Written with JOE LAYDEN, the book has a forward by ROB REINER, an epilogue by NORMAN LEAR and an original poster by internationally known artist SHEPARD FAIREY.

A cult favorite for almost three decades, THE PRINCESS BRIDE is ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time.

Caught on the red carpet at the New York ComicCon earlier this month, ELWES talked about why he wanted to write the book and how loyal the fans have been over the years.

AS YOU WISH is available in bookstores and on-line.

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PBS Comes ‘Clean’ With First Episode Of New Series ‘How We Got To Now’

_rbdave73dj1_hires213Airing tonight on PBS, CLEAN is the first episode in a new six-part series titled HOW WE GOT TO NOW. Based on the popular best-selling book by STEVEN JOHNSON, each episode will concentrate on a technological innovation and what its done for us as a civilization. In CLEAN, the show dips back in time to when urban waste was handled in much different way than it is now and then forwards to the present and what JOHNSON refers to as the ‘ultra clean generation’.

This episode will be followed by TIME (also being broadcast tonight), in which the au thor/host takes a look at the effect time has on modern tech devices. Other episodes to follow will deal with such subjects as COLD, SOUND, LIGHT and GLASS.

Addressing reporters at a Television Critics Association press conference to promote the series, host STEVEN JOHNSON discussed what the premise of the show is. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


HOW WE GOT TO NOW debuts tonight on PBS.

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‘Marry Me’ Proves There’s Still Hope For The Rom-Com Sit-Com

_rbdave73dj1_hires212Arguably one of the best sitcom pilots of the current season, NBC’s MARRY ME is as much about casting as it is about writing. A romantic comedy created by DAVID CASPE (HAPPY ENDINGS), the charismatic cast includes CASEY WILSON (Caspe’s real-life spouse), KEN MARINO, SARAH WRIGHT, JOHN GEMBERLING, TIM MEADOWS, DAN BUCATINSKY and JoBETH WILLIAMS. Hugely entertaining, the pilot shows a boat-load of promise and we’re hoping the series can live up to it.

We recently sat down with MARRY ME stars KEN MARINO and CASEY WILSON who talked about the basic premise of the show.



MARRY ME airs Tuesday nights on NBC.

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