Wachowskis Talk "Cloud Atlas" and Lana's Gender Reassignment  


The Wachowskis are back in the limelight promoting their intriguing new movie "Cloud Atlas." This is the first time the siblings appear in front of the cameras together after Lana (previously Larry) decided to go on with her gender transition. More power to her!

The New Yorker paints a humanizing portrait of the siblings, and tells the story of Lana's gender reassignment. "For years, I couldn’t even say the words ‘transgendered’ or ‘transsexual," Lana said. "When I began to admit it to myself, I knew I would eventually have to tell my parents and my brother and my sisters. This fact would inject such terror into me that I would not sleep for days." Read the whole article here where you'll learn about the making of "Cloud Atlas" and much, much more!

And thanks to our friends at The Hollywood Reporter, here's the video of the Wachowskis (Lana and Andy) and director Tom Tykwer (their co-director for "Cloud Atlas").



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Seth Rogen Wants to Audition as Tom Cruise's Girlfriend, HA! 


Poking fun at an explosive new Vanity Fair story saying that Tom Cruise and his Church of Scientology auditioned a bevy of Scientologist actresses to be the actor's mate after Nicole Kidman and prior to Katie Holmes, Seth Rogen tweeted, "I have to fire my agent. I wanted to audition to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend, but she told me it was offer only."

Awww, they would have been a perfect pair! :wink

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Just So We're Clear, Director Joe Carnahan Says His "Death Wish" Movie is NOT a Remake! 


Remember the 1974 "Death Wish" movie starring a vengeful Charles Bronson? Yes? Well, if director Joe Carnahan will get his wish, his version is NOT a remake, y'all. So stop calling it a remake, pronto!

Apparently, Carnahan, who I admire (check out my interview with the director for "The Grey" right here), wants to base this movie on the Brian Garfield 1972 novel. Fair enough!

So, Carnahan tweeted: Guys, for the record and so I don't have to answer this question a billion goddamn times. 'DEATH WISH' is NOT a remake. At all, in ANY way.

Okay, Mister Joe, we hear ya, it's not a remake. At least until we see the film then we can compare and contrast.

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It's Official! Jim Carrey Joins "Kick-Ass 2!"  


I love "Kick-Ass" like most of you do! So you may be happy to know that Jim Carrey is officially joining the sequel now known as "Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall." Director Jeff Wadlow, who is inheriting the director's chair from Matthew Vaughn, revealed in a tweet that "6 days till we start shooting... and we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty f'n then!"

Carrey will star as The Colonel, he's one of the good guys who'll help Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).

Vaughn will produce the sequel and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage are reprising their roles.

Let's see if Carrey will do justice to The Colonel or if Wadlow will do justice to the sequel when "Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall" targets theaters on June 28, 2013.

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"Rise of the Guardians" to Receive Hollywood Animation Award 


It's not even shown yet but DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians" is slated to receive the Hollywood Animation Award at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards on October 22nd. Presented by The Los Angeles Times, the ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. I can't wait to see this animated flick!

Here's the rest of the press release from Paramount:

Directed by Peter Ramsey and written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole"), "Rise of the Guardians" is based on the highly acclaimed series of children's books by William Joyce. Joyce, who won an Oscar® last year for his animated short "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," was named by Newsweek as "one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium. "Rise of the Guardians" stars the voice talents of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. Produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Michael Siegel, and William Joyce, the DreamWorks Animation feature film will be released by Paramount Pictures on November 21st.

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. "It is a great pleasure to recognize "Rise of the Guardians" as the recipient of our animation award. This piece of Avant-garde animation style surely will be another classic for generations to come."

Said Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer at DreamWorks Animation, "This award is a testament to the vision and dedication of our director Peter Ramsey and our producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, who saw in William Joyce's beautifully written books a truly magical world that he was able to bring to life with the help of David Lindsay-Abaire's wonderful screenplay and, of course, the outstanding work by his entire filmmaking team. We could not be more proud of the movie, or this recognition, and we thank Carlos and the Hollywood Film Awards for this great honor."

Past recipients of the Hollywood Animation Award include "Cars," "Rango," "Ratatouille," "Toy Story 3," "UP," and "Wall-E."

ABOUT "RISE OF THE GUARDIANS" "Rise of the Guardians" is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost's legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children everywhere.

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The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates include the Los Angeles Times, The Envelope, Times Community News and Hoy Los Angeles and reach approximately 5.2 million or 39% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG also owns and operates California Community News, as well as Tribune Direct's west coast division and is part of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information is available at http://latimes.com/aboutus.

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS The Hollywood Film Awards were created to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera, and launch the awards season. The criteria is: recipients are selected to be honored for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released between January 1 and December 31 by an advisory team. In addition, for the recipients of our "film awards craft categories" (aside from evaluating their body of work), our Advisory team takes into consideration the recommendation of their guilds/societies. Last year alone, our recipients received 12 nominations and 5 Oscars. In the last 9 years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to our honorees. The awards are bestowed at a GALA ceremony that takes place at the prestigious Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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