Mental Health and Violence: Real-Life Doctor Explains “Side Effects” 


Dr. Sasha Bardey (“Wonderland”) serves as a co-producer and technical adviser to Steven Soderbergh’s new film, “Side Effects.” He worked with the film’s screenwriter, Scott. Z. Burns (“Contagion”), before for the TV show “Wonderland.” Dr. Bardey used to be a psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City where he met Burns. In this interview, we talked about:

*** How he got involved with “Side Effects”
*** The relationship between mental health and violence – the hot topic du jour
*** The magic pill to help us all!
*** Will he side with Dr. Banks (Jude Law) in the movie if he meets a patient like Emily (Rooney Mara)?
*** What makes him happy?



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Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe to Make Special Oscar Appearances 


Oscar telecast producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, have announced that the Oscars will feature special appearances by Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe at the upcoming Awards ceremony.

This will be Gordon-Levitt, Radcliffe and Tatum’s first time appearing on the Oscar show.

Here's the rest of the press release:

Theron won an Oscar for her leading role in “Monster” and received her second nomination for her leading role in “North Country” (2005). Theron starred in 2012’s “Prometheus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Tatum, who starred in five films of 2012, including “Magic Mike,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Vow,” will next be seen in “Side Effects,” due out this week, and “White House Down,” due out this Summer.

Gordon-Levitt had a very busy year, with roles in “Dark Knight Rises,” “Looper” and the Best Picture nominee “Lincoln.” He most recently starred in “Don Jon’s Addiction,” which he also wrote and directed, and which premiered at Sundance last month.

Radcliffe starred as the title character in the “Harry Potter” series, which is the highest grossing film series of all time. In 2012 he starred in “The Woman in Black,” and this year will be seen in “Kill Your Darlings,” “Horns” and “The F Word.”

Theron, Tatum, Gordon-Levitt and Radcliffe join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Ted; and, musical performers including Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.


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Behold -- Selena Gomez in a Bikini! 


It's for a movie called "Spring Breakers," of course it will feature lots and lots of girls in bikinis! Oh, and James Franco in dreadlocks! The film, from director Harmony Korine, opens on March 22, and new posters have been revealed!

See more posters here, and have a great Spring Break everyone :happy

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So Long Stuart Freeborn! Thanks for Yoda and Chewbacca! 


Stuart Freeborn, the guy behind the make-up of "Star Wars" creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films, has died. He was 98.

George Lucas, the visionary man behind the "Star Wars" mania, said that Freeborn was "already a makeup legend" when he started working on "Star Wars."

For more on Freeborn and his legacy, click here.

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Is "Lincoln" Inaccurate? One Congressman Says Yes! 


And the Oscar mud-slinging heats up!

First, we were questioning inaccuracies of "Argo," then the torture scenes in "Zero Dark Thirty," and now, Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated flick, "Lincoln," is being called out.

According to Rep. Joe Courtney, who watched "Lincoln," over the weekend (what took him so long?), the beloved film was inaccurate!

Why? There's a scene in which two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment to the Constitution, thereby outlawing slavery, which made Courtney scratched his head and say "Wow...Connecticut voted against abolishing slavery?" (via Huffington Post)

So the esteemed Congressman researched and voila, he was right! Based on his research and the investigation by the Congressional Research Service that followed, all four Connecticut congressmen backed the amendment in a January 1865 vote.

Now, Courtney, who adores Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of our beloved 16th President, wants DreamWorks to correct the inaccuracies for the DVD release.

Will this hurt "Lincoln's" chances in winning an Oscar? Hhmmm...

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