New To Blu: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction In ‘Bernie’

bernie-blu-ray1Available today on DVD and Blu-ray, BERNIE is an oddball take on a real-life Texas murder that involved a fastidious mortician and the notoriously hateful rich old woman he befriended and, eventually, stood trial for murdering. Directed by RICHARD LINKLATER from a magazine article by SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH, the cast features JACK BLACK, SHIRLEY MacLAINE and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.
Shot in and around actual Texas locations, the film is elevated by an outstanding performance from JACK BLACK as well as a fascinating story of small town hypocrisy and mores. At the press conference to promote the original release of the movie, director LINKLATER talked about what attracted him to this oddball story. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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BERNIE is available on DVD and Blu-ray today

The CW On The Fence With ‘The Selection’, Confirms ‘Battle Royale’ Talks

the-cw-may-bring-hunger-games-esque-battle-royale-into-small-screenDespite walking away from THE SELECTION, a teen-oriented story of competition and fatal elimination a la THE HUNGER GAMES, THE CW continues to pursue an episodic series focused on teenage annihilation. Currently in talks to adapt for the small screen the Japanese cult film BATTLE ROYALE, the network hopes to capitalize on the huge success of THE HUNGER GAMES books and movie(s). At yesterday’s Television Critics Association press conference, THE CW head honcho MARK PEDOWITZ soft-pedaled the BATTLE ROYALE rumors while confirming the reasons THE SELECTION was put on hold. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction In The Offbeat Comedy ‘Bernie’

bernie1Opening in theaters today, BERNIE is inspired by a real-life Texas murder case involving a fastidious mortician and the notoriously hateful rich old woman he befriended and, eventually, stood trial for killing. Directed by RICHARD LINKLATER from a magazine article by SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH, the cast features JACK BLACK, SHIRLEY MacLAINE and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.
Playing a woman so disliked by her small town neighbors that her murder was more a cause for celebration than mourning was a real treat for SHIRLEY MacLAINE. At last week’s press event, she talked about her on-screen character. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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BERNIE opens in theaters today

A Real-Life Texas Murder Gets Played For Laughs In Richard Linklater’s ‘Bernie’

bernieOpening in theaters this week, BERNIE is an oddball take on a real-life Texas murder that involved a fastidious mortician and the notoriously hateful rich old woman he befriended and, eventually, stood trial for murdering. Directed by RICHARD LINKLATER from a magazine article by SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH, the cast features JACK BLACK, SHIRLEY MacLAINE and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.
Ten years in the making and shot in and around actual Texas locations, the film is elevated by an outstanding performance by JACK BLACK as well as a fascinating story of small town hypocrisy and mores. At last week’s press conference to promote the movie, director LINKLATER talked about what attracted him to this story. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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BERNIE opens in theaters Friday

Katherine Heigl Stays True To The Source Material In ‘One For The Money’

one_for_the_moneyCurrently in theaters, ONE FOR THE MONEY is the big-screen adaptation of mystery writer JANET EVANOVICH’S best-selling novel featuring bail bondsman/sleuth Stephanie Plum. Directed by JULIE ANNE ROBINSON, the film stars KATHERINE HEIGL, JASON O’MARA, DANIEL SUNJATA, JOHN LEGUIZANO, SHERRI SHEPHARD, DEBBIE REYNOLDS and DEBRA MONK. A long-time fan of EVANOVICH’S mystery novels, HEIGL made it a point as one of the producers of the film to stay true to the source material. At the recent press event to promote the movie, she talked about her behind-the-scenes efforts. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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