Watch "The Rite" Movie Review! I'm Exorcising My Demons! 


For my written review of "The Rite," click here.

Here's more info on "The Rite" from Yahoo:

An American seminary student who attends exorcism school at the Vatican finds faith through encounters with demonic forces.

Genres: Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 2 hr. 7 min.
Release Date: January 28th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones
Directed by: Mikael Hafstrom
Produced by: Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson

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"Jackass 3.5" to Premiere April Fool's Day! Check Out Trailer! 


Paramount Digital Entertainment and MTV jointly announced that "Jackass 3.5" will premiere on April 1, yes, April Fools Day!

The super-successful franchise will have its worldwide debut through Joost which will also extend its player on the Jackass Facebook community of over 8 million fans!

"Jackass 3.5," directed by Jeff Tremaine, will feature over 85 minutes of all-new content, including never-before-seen stunts, outrageous pranks and other side-splitting antics from the legendary pranksters Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dynn, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Dave England and “Danger Ehren” McGhehey. New episodes will be released on the Joost.com site weekly following its online premiere.

I love these "Jackass" folks, they're funny and sweet in person. (Check out my interviews with the entire "Jackass 3D" cast and director Tremaine right here)

Here's the fun "Jackass 3.5" trailer:

<a href="http://appstatic.joost.com/3ck1x7yu">Jackass 3.5 (Exclusive Trailer Premiere)</a>


And here's the rest of the press release:

Available online exclusively at Joost.com in twelve countries - U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Germany, France, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Turkey - the digital episodes will bring the outrageous stunts and antics of the JACKASS crew to over 300 million people around the globe. The JACKASS 3.5 first-look trailer is now available on Joost.com in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia.

“With a worldwide fan base, it’s clear that JACKASS has created its own category of entertainment that needs no translation,” stated Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “With Joost on board to distribute JACKASS 3.5 through its global online network, millions of JACKASS fans around the world are sure to enjoy the latest installment of this popular franchise.”

“I love these guys,” said Nick Higgins, Executive Vice-President of Joost. “Joost.com, along with Johnny and the boys are a perfect team. JACKASS is an incredibly successful franchise as well as an established global brand. It appeals to a broad audience and has a fanatical fan base that are heavy online users. And JACKASS 3.5 is the kind of original, premium content Joost will be delivering more of this year, and we’re thrilled to experience this ride with them.”

Paramount Pictures is distributing JACKASS 3.5 through an innovative strategy to feed global fan fervor and generate excitement for its feature length digital movie. JACKASS 3.5 will be available globally online through Joost in weekly episodic installments. And Joost will extend its video player on the JACKASS Facebook page —home to more than 8 million Jackass fans. JACKASS 3.5 will culminate with the full-length uncensored feature being released through a variety of platforms including download-to-own, VOD, DVD and Television.

JACKASS has become a global phenomenon whose content is tailor made for digital platforms,” said Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group. “This deal with Joost will provide fans with another entry point for engaging in the notoriously exuberant and boisterous JACKASS experience.”

The JACKASS franchise first debuted as an original television series on MTV from 2000 to 2002, launching the careers of Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera and other now-popular personalities shown performing outrageous stunts and hysterical pranks. Since 2002, three successful JACKASS theatrical films have been produced and released by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films. JACKASS: THE MOVIE grossed more than $64 million in the United States alone, and finished in the Number 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend. JACKASS NUMBER TWO was released in September 2006 and like its predecessor, topped the box office in its debut weekend, and ultimately earned more than $72 million in cumulative box office revenues. JACKASS 3D, released this October 2010 dominated the weekend box office opening to $50 million in ticket sales, setting several records such as becoming the biggest opening ever for a non-scripted/documentary-esque film, the 10th highest opening comedy of all-time, notching the record for an October midnight gross with $2.5 million, making it a special event for throngs of moviegoers. JACKASS 3D has earned more than $117 million at the box office in the U.S.

In 2007, Paramount Digital Entertainment & MTV released JACKASS 2.5, the first digital movie released by a studio, which quickly became the most successful non-theatrical release in the studio’s history. In the first few weeks of launch, the digital property garnered over 20 million views and was the #1 title on iTunes the week it launched.


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OMG! It's Confirmed! Willow Smith to Star As "Annie!" 


As we told you last week, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith were planning to remake the 1982 film "Annie" and they want their daughter, the "Whip Her Hair" singing sensation, Willow Smith, to star as the adorable little orphan. (See Willow Smith to Whip Her Hair as "Annie?")

The Smith's company, Overbrook Entertainment, has confirmed that it had made a pack with rapper Jay-Z to develop and produce "Annie."

As I've said before, this project might work -- adding an urban, gritty feel to the well-worn story of "Annie" may put a contemporary spin to the familiar tale. Can you imagine Willow singing, and perhaps, rapping to "It's the Hard Knock Life?" No, not the Jay-Z Ghetto Anthem version, but that might work with this film too!

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John Travolta to Play John Gotti? But Wait There's More... 


John Travolta is in serious talks to play New York City mob boss John Gotti in "Gotti" according to EW. Fiore Films is behind the project and is putting Nick Cassavetes on top of its director wishlist.

And, Fiore also wants James Franco to play John Gotti Jr!



Can you see the similarities? :wink

Apparently, Franco is in preliminary talks with Fiore but his rep revealed to EW, “A script was sent to him. That’s all. There are no plans for him to do it at this time.”

Marc Fiore, the CEO of Fiore Films, compared the planned "Gotti" project to "The Godfather!" Really? Here's what he said, "It’s a story about a father and a son, but the father happens to be John Gotti Sr.”

The Gotti family is working with Fiore Films, and that's a good thing! They will have a firsthand account of the real-life mob drama!

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Naomi Watts to Play J. Edgar Hoover's Girl Friday! 


Another week and another star has joined Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar." Deadline exclusively told us that Watts will play Helen Gandy, J. Edgar Hoover's (Leonardo DiCaprio) faithful secretary for 54 years. She knew all of Hoover's dirty little secrets and destroyed his personal file after the former FBI crime-fighter died.

The script is written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black ("Milk") and Imagine's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing with Eastwood and his Malpaso partner Rob Lorenz.

Once upon a time, Charlize Theron was set to play the Gandy role, but she chose to work on "Snow White and the Huntsman" instead.

Watts will now join the rest of the cast including Ed Westwick (Agent Smith), Damon Herriman (Bruno Hauptmann), Ken Howard (U.S. attorney General Harlan F. Stone), and "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer is cast as Clyde Tolson, the is-he or is-he-not lover of Hoover.

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