Director Christian Sesma Talks About "Shoot the Hero" -- Palm Springs Travel Channel-Style 


Fellow Palm Springs resident, Christian Sesma, is slowly but surely realizing his dream of becoming a Hollywood filmmaker. His latest film, "Shoot the Hero" was well-received at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and is now being released by Warner Video on DVD and On-Demand.

Jason Mewes, in a rare "straight" performance, ditches his Jay persona from the "Clerks" movies, and stars as Samantha Lockwood's fiance, Nate. The couple gets entangled with a botched jewelry heist that would soon change the course of their lives.

Danny Trejo aka "Machete" also co-stars.

The film was shot 100% in Palm Springs so I tagged along with the directors to see his production locations. Take a look at this travelogue into the wild and crazy mind of Sesma.



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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Zack Snyder for "Superman" 


Keeping It In The Family Story #2 -- Zack Snyder, who has great working relationship with Warner Bros. ("300," "Watchmen," "Legend of the Guardian," the upcoming "Sucker Punch") came out and revealed that he will be directing the new Man of Steel movie, also from Warner Bros. Hence, the keeping it in the family angle.

Producer Christopher Nolan met with potential directors including Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Lieberman, Snyder, and Darren Aronofsky.

But in the end, the chosen one is Snyder. The director confirmed to Deadline that "as soon as he completes post on Sucker Punch, he'll move right into Warner Bros' long awaited next Man of Steel movie in development with Chris Nolan and David Goyer."

As for the direction this new Superman is going to take? Snyder said, "It's early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I've always felt he was kind of awesome. I'll finish Sucker Punch and get right at it."

I like Snyder and all (check out my recent interview with the director for "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" right here), but I thought Aronofsky would have been a better choice. He's a great storyteller, much like Nolan. One could just imagine the possibilities of a Nolan-Aronofsky collaboration!

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Emma Stone to Star as Mary Jane Watson for "Spider-Man" Reboot? 


Keeping It In The Family Story #1 -- Emma Stone, according to Deadline, will be offered the Mary Jane Watson role for Sony's "Spider-Man" reboot. The actress wowed everyone with her performance in "Easy A," also from Sony, hence, it's the "keeping it in the family story #1.

Stone will be starring alongside Andrew Garfield (recently seen in "The Social Network") who is set to wear the Spider-Man tights. Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer") is set to direct.

Also from Deadline, the following actresses are duking it out for the Gwen Stacy role. They are Dianna Agron, Mia Wasikowska, Georgina Haig, and Dominique McElligott. Bryce Dallas Howard played the role in the third installment of "Spider-Man."

So this new "Spider-Man" reboot will have a love triangle arch between Peter Parker, Mary Jane, and Gwen Stacy. Webb sure knows his love angles having proven that with "500 Days of Summer"

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So What is "Catfish" Really About? Check Out My Fun Interview with the Reality Thriller's Star, Nev Schulman 


"Catfish" is the other Facebook movie which opened in limited release last weekend. It's a reality thriller and Sundance darling about the perils of online dating.

Nev Schulman, the guy central to the story and the one who was duped on Facebook by his supposed "girl of his dreams," talks about "Catfish":

*** The history of "Catfish" from an accidental feature-film to its nationwide release
*** The plot of the film
*** What went through his head when he heard Universal Pictures bought the film and was planning an aggressive marketing campaign?
*** Why "Catfish" goes hand-in-hand with "The Social Network?"
*** Does he still go online to find love?
*** His advice for people who look for love online.

HAVE FUN AND WATCH "CATFISH!"



Here's more info on "Catfish" from Yahoo:

When a 20-something New York City photographer is contacted on MySpace by an 8-year-old painting prodigy from rural Michigan, he becomes deeply enmeshed in her life. He starts to correspond with her family and ends up having a cyber-romance with her older sister. That is, until a crack appears in her older sister's story.

Genres: Documentary and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: September 17th, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references.
Distributors: Rogue Pictures
U.S. Box Office: $811,280

Cast and Credits
Starring: Nev Schulman
Directed by: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Produced by: Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling, Zachary Stuart-Pontier

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Moviegoers Join "The Social Network!" Facebook Movie Tops Box-Office with $23 Million! 


As expected, movie buffs friended "The Social Network" and took it to the top spot. The David Fincher movie written by Aaron Sorkin, debuted at No. 1 with $23 million. The film is also a critical darling garnering much-needed Oscar buzz. (Check out my written review of "The Social Network" right here, and my video review right here)

Holding up well in its second week of release was "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole." The animated tale from director Zack Synder retained the No. 2 spot with $10.9 million and raising its total to $30 million. (Watch my review of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" right here. For my interviews with Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, director Zack Snyder, and creative team, click here.)

Previous weekend's box-office champ fell to third place. Fox's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" slipped to No. 3 with $10.1 million. The Oliver Stone-directed film starring Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, and Michael Douglas has made $35.9 million since its release. (Check out my review of "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" right here).

Meanwhile, the weekend's other new wide release did not fare as well as "The Social Network." The long-delayed "Case 39" starring Renee Zelwegger and Bradley Cooper opened at No. 7 with $5.35 million while "Let Me In," the American version of the Swedish vampire drama "Let the Right One In," debuted at No. 8 with $5.3 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 list of films at box-office for weekend of Oct. 1:

1. "The Social Network," $23 million.

2. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," $10.9 million.

3. "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," $10.1 million.

4. "The Town," $10 million.

5. "Easy A," $7 million.

6. "You Again," $5.6 million.

7. "Case 39," $5.35 million.

8. "Let Me In," $5.3 million.

9. "Devil," $3.7 million.

10. "Alpha and Omega," $3 million.

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