New Castle Entertainment Hearts Michigan Film Commission! Their Film Incentive Really Works! 

I received this press release from New Castle, and I normally don't post these things, but I read Eric Roberts' note about the Michigan film incentives and it was heartwarming.

The actor who starred in two films filmed in Grand Rapids, MI says, "Anything that inspires creativity and artistic expression needs to be expanded."

I couldn't agree more!

So read this love letter from New Castle to the Michigan Film Commission.

Michigan Film Incentives Work As New Castle Gets Paid

(March 20, 2009) Lansing, MI - The Michigan Film Commission confirmed today that New Castle Entertainment is the first company to receive money under their new 42% film incentive program, started in April of last year.

New Castle's film, Intent, was shot and edited exclusively in Michigan. Clint Eastwood also made his way to Michigan to shoot Gran Torino, in addition to many of Hollywood's elite. Under the incentive program, a total of 36 films were shot in Michigan in 2008.

“I think the program is outstanding. Anything that inspires creativity and artistic expression needs to be expanded,” said Eric Roberts, who starred in Intent and the Steam Experiment which filmed in Grand Rapids.

The Michigan hospitality also plays a part in Hollywood's love of the state. “The people here are easy going and very helpful. Everyone went out of their way to make our film a success,” said Intent's Director, Tim Crockett.

Michigan currently offers the most generous film incentives in the country. “The film office and the treasury have both been amazing to work with. They helped us throughout the whole process. We have four more projects on the slate for this year and they're all coming to Michigan,” said T.V. Tran - Managing Partner at New Castle.

The state has hosted everyone from Will Ferrell and Jack Black to Drew Barrymore and Hillary Swank. “We're glad that the program works and excited for what the future holds,” said Janet Lockwood, Michigan Film Commissioner.

For more information on Michigan film incentives, please visit their site here. To learn more about New Castle Entertainment, click here.

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"Duplicity" and "I Love You, Man" Movie Reviews! Which One is My PIck of the Week? 

It's a very busy weekend at the box-office! It's a 3-way race between "Duplicity," "I Love You, Man," and "Knowing!" The last film, starring Nicolas Cage, is a so-so flick that takes itself waaaay too seriously. Ooooh numbers! Yeah, much like Jim Carrey taking himself waaay too seriously in "The Number 23."

What's up with Hollywood, thrillers, and numbers? When making a thriller involving numbers, is that a sign for filmmakers and principal players to go serious on us?

(By the way, the "numbers" comment is because Cage's character discovers a string of numbers that can predict calamities...tan dan dan)

So, I decided to focus on reviewing the Julia Roberts-Clive Owen tandem "Duplicity" versus the Paul Rudd-Jason Segel team in "I Love You, Man."

Yes, I have one pick of the week! Can you guess which one?

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"Twilight" Director and Summit Friends Again! Catherine Hardwicke Directing Studio's Upcoming Film 

Catherine Hardwicke signed on for Summit Entertainment's upcoming fantasy-drama "If I Stay."

Hardwicke, as you know, directed the company's biggest blockbuster flick, "Twilight," and then didn't sign on for the sequel "New Moon."

But now, it's official! The director and the studio have kissed and made up!

Based on Gayle Forman's upcoming novel (to be released April 2), "If I Stay" (according to Amazon):

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

This sounds interesting, and yeah, I can picture Hardwicke directing it.

Summit president of production Eric Feig says, "When we were thinking of the perfect director to capture the emotion, grace and passion of this beautiful book, one filmmaker became the clear and only choice: Catherine Hardwicke."

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"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Starring Nicolas Cage Gets a Release Date! 

Walt Disney Pictures waves its magical wand and picks July 16, 2010 for the release date of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice!"

The film, based on a memorable segment in "Fantasia," is being produced by super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage is set to star and he's being directed by his "National Treasure" director, Jon Turteltaub.

According to IMDB, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" tells the story of:

A sorcerer (Cage) leaves his workshop in the hands of his apprentice (Jay Baruchel), who gets into trouble when the broomstick he's tasked to do his chores for him somehow develops a mind of its own.

With the release of the film in summer of 2010, the house of Mouse will be very busy! Here's their film release rundown JUST for that summer:

"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" May 28
"Toy Story 3" June 18
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" July 16


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Mary J. Blige Joins Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry's New Film -- Yes, Madea's Going to Show Up! 

Mary J. Blige will star with Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry's new flick, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." Lionsgate is releasing this film, based on Perry's stage play.

Blige is going to play a nightclub manager and singer who's Henson's BFF in the movie.

Yes Madea fans, America's sweetheart is going to show up in teh film!

You'll be able to see "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" on Sept. 11. Hhhmmmmm...

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