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  1. Ask the Cast a Question

    Maya Entertainment is offering one lucky WAMG fan the opportunity to ask one question to to a cast member of SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, staring Mark Ruffalo (also directorial debut), Christopher Thornton (wrote the movie), Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney and Orlando Bloom. At an upcoming event all of them are going to be answering a variety of questions directly from fans of a select group of blogs – WAMG is one of them! The answer will be captured on video and posted as a standalone video specifically for WAMG and the winning reader.

    OFFICIAL RULES:

    1. Please include your real first name and email address.

    2. Include the cast member you would like to ask your question to, followed by your question. Questions must be kept clean and respectful.

    3. WAMG staff members will choose the best question from qualifying entries and winner will be notified.

    4. One entry per person.

    So get your thinking caps on, because this is a pretty cool contest! Good luck kids!

    Also at Starpulse

  2. Variety

    Maya Entertainment is expanding its video-on-demand footprint, partnering with Comcast.

    As part of the deal, Comcast on Friday will launch a Maya at the Movies folder with four day-and-date VOD releases, including Aidan Quinn starrer "Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright." Ten other Maya titles are included.

    Maya already has VOD deals in place with TVN and In Demand, serving more than 43 million VOD homes, according to the distrib.

    "The addition of Comcast to our video-on-demand partnerships caps a year of tremendous growth," Maya CEO and co-chairman Moctesuma Esparza said in a statement. "This relationship is incredibly important to Maya's overall multi-platform approach for the content we distribute."

    Maya recently has been expanding its reach beyond Latino auds, with pickups like Mark Ruffalo's "Sympathy for Delicious," toplining Christopher Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney.

    The distrib's America Ferrera starrer "The Dry Land" cumed just $11,777 in theaters domestically since July.

  3. Scribing Nonsense

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    Orlando Bloom – This British superstar was in Bricktown and staying at the Westin. I went to banner road earlier that day because my girlfriend’s dad was stocking chips near El Reno, Ok. and walked onto the set of “Elizabethtown”. I heard about it, and drove down there with my brother. There was nothing except a few “Star Trailers” there. After I got to my girlfriend’s house that night, she got a call from a friend, who had heard 
Orlando was staying at the Westin hotel. I went with my mate Adam, with our Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean shirts on, respectively. I took my magazine to get signed, then realized that I looked too much like a fan boy, and left it. We came up to the large windows, and saw him in the lobby with his dog that he had gotten from Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” film. We came up and got his attention and to my surprise, had an American accent and said “Hey guys, what’s up?” I was bewildered. I asked if we could take a picture with him, and he said with a now English accent, “No I’m sorry I can’t”. We were bummed and excited at the same time. Orlando immediately took notice of our shirts, and read them out loud. My shirt said “I went to Middle Earth and all I got was this crummy ring”, and Adam’s said “A Pirate’s Life for Me”. Orlando was impressed with our devotion, and said “F*** it, let’s do a picture”.

    We talked for the next 15 minutes with no interruption and Adam got as giddy as a school girl, admitting to him that he mimicked his facial hair because he though he was so awesome. I told Orlando that we had dressed up for “Return of the King”, and that Adam was Legolas, and had to take pictures with gay boys wearing “I heart Orlando” shirts on. We parted our ways, but not before Adam said “Peace out, A-squared Down” to him. It’s funny looking back, but it was relieving to admit my dreams of becoming an A-list actor to an A-list actor, that has starred in some of my favorite films.

  4. A few additional comments in this article:

    Hollywood News.com

    Maya Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to “Sympathy for Delicious,” the feature film directorial debut from Mark Ruffalo, to be released theatrically in Spring 2011. The seven-figure deal positions the film as a key project in Maya’s first quarter 2011 theatrical release strategy.

    Written by Christopher Thornton, who also stars in and produced the project, “Sympathy for Delicious” follows the true story of a newly paralyzed DJ who gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing. The film also stars Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney and is based on Thornton’s real-life experiences. The film was produced by Corner Store Entertainment’s Scott Prisand, Matt Weaver and Andrea Sperling, with Mark Ruffalo and Christopher Thornton. The film was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Directing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

    Maya also has made a deal with Tom Ortenberg’s One Way Out Media to come on board as a marketing consultant on the project.

    “After its successful premiere at Sundance this year, we’re so excited to be releasing this powerful and moving film and working with Mark Ruffalo on his award-winning directorial debut,” said Tonantzin Esparza, Director of Acquisitions for Maya Entertainment. “It’s an honor to collaborate with Mark on a project that has been so important to him.”

    Ruffalo added, “This film has been a very personal project for me, and I know Maya will be a wonderful partner to have in our corner.”

    Ruffalo will next begin production on Marvel’s The Avengers, in which he plays “The Hulk.” He joins Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johanssen and Jeremy Renner.

    The deal for “Sympathy for Delicious” was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group co-head Rena Ronson on behalf of UTA client Mark Ruffalo and Wendy Rutland, with Tonantzin Esparza on behalf of Maya Entertainment.

  5. Maya Acquires U.S. Rights to 'Delicious'

    Maya Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to "Sympathy for Delicious," Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, and plans to release the pic this spring.

    Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney star in "Sympathy," which won a Special Jury Prize for Directing at Sundance. Tom Ortenberg's One Way Out Media is on board as a marketing consultant

    "Sympathy" is written by Christopher Thornton, who also stars in and produced the project. It follows the true story of a newly paralyzed DJ who gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing -- and is based on Thornton's real-life experiences.

    The film was produced by Corner Store Entertainment's Scott Prisand, Matt Weaver and Andrea Sperling, along with Ruffalo and Thornton.

    "This film has been a very personal project for me, and I know Maya will be a wonderful partner to have in our corner," said Ruffalo.

    The thesp will next begin production on Marvel's "The Avengers," in which he plays The Hulk opposite Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johanssen and Jeremy Renner.

    Three-year-old Maya distributes, acquires, and produces multicultural and Latino themed film and TV product. Recent include "The Dry Land," starring America Ferrera, Jason Ritter, Wilmer Valderrama, and Melissa Leo; and "Across the Line," starring Aidan Quinn, Mario Van Peebles, and Andy Garcia.

  6. Cinema Blend Article

    Interesting discussion re: the age difference

    For a while Carey Mulligan was "attached," as she was to so many other projects that never came to fruition, to Emma Thompson's Effie, a biopic about the 19th century scandalmaker who married famous writer John Ruskin only to annul her marriage to him and run off with his protege, pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

    Even though Mulligan is only 25, though, she's been traded in on this one for a younger actress-- though in this case it's far more appropriate to the story. Production Weekly reports that Saoirse Ronan is instead set to star in the film, which Thompson wrote and will also play a small role in. The film also now stars Orlando Bloom and Greg Wise-- presumably as the two other corners of the love triangle, with Bloom as the younger painter Millais and Wise as Ruskin-- and Imelda Staunton in an unspecified role. Yes, both of these actors are way, way too old to be romantic leads to the 16-year-old Ronan, but that's pretty true to the historical record; Effie Gray was only 17 when she married 31-year-old Ruskin. Bloom is still a little too old to play Millais, who was the same age as Gray, but casting her opposite an older actor will help age up Ronan, who will need to play Gray at age 23 as well.

    Effie will be Thompson's first non-Nanny McPhee screenplay since the 2001 effort for the TV film Wit, and given that she won an Oscar for her 1995 Sense and Sensibility screenplay, there's good reason to look forward to her return to the page. Between the fascinating love triangle story and the remarkable cast, Effie sounds like something every prestige film nerd should look forward to while the rest of you salivate over Avengers casting rumors.

  7. This article provides a few more possible plot details:

    According to Production Weekly, 16 year old Saoirse Ronan is to play the title role in the Emma Thompson scripted "Effie" with Orlando Bloom, Greg Wise, Imelda Staunton and Thompson co-starring. Carey Mulligan was previously attached to this role. If true, Saoirse seems once again to be playing a role older than her years.

    Written by Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson, EFFIE is a sharp, entertaining and witty story that vividly conjures up passionate characters driven to extremes by the repressive rules of their time.

    John Ruskin – the renowned art critic famously dubbed “The Greatest Victorian” takes young Effie Gray as his wife. Effie is twenty years younger and her expectations of marital love are confounded by her husband’s bizarre and troubled personal behaviour. She must also contend with Ruskin’s controlling and snobbish mother.

    In an attempt to redraw their relationship, Effie and John move to Venice so John may continue his work as Effie seeks solace in the beauty of the city and its people. Venice does little to relieve the stress of their already fragile relationship, and so the unhappy couple move to Scotland accompanied by Ruskin’s protégé, the handsome artist John Everett Millais.

    As Millais witnesses Ruskin’s disdain for Effie and how truly disconnected the couple are, he begins to feel for her in a way that her husband cannot.

    Effie must attempt to escape her poisonous marriage without alerting the scandal mongers and attempt to secure romantic fulfillment in the arms of her husband’s young artist friend.

    This is a powerful and affectionate take on an extraordinary, true story from the pen of Emma Thompson who also plays Effie’s ally, confidante and saviour, Lady Eastlake.

  8. Two reviews, one pretty positive, the other - well, not so much. Let's have the postive one first, shall we? :)

    Austin Movie Blog

    The last screenplay ever penned by the late Texas legend Horton Foote had is premiere Thursday night at the Paramount.

    Directed by John Doyle, it’s called “Main Street,” and it has all the hallmarks of a gentle Foote tale.

    Ellen Burstyn stars as a Georgiana Carr, a Durham, N.C., matron who lives in a gorgeous old mansion where she was born. She knows she can’t afford to continue to live there, because her income has grown meager over the many years. So when a stranger named Gus Leroy (Colin Firth) comes to her home and asks to rent one of the warehouses she owns, she agrees, no questions asked.

    It turns out that Leroy is storing hazardous waste at the warehouse, however. And Georgiana’s niece Willa (Patricia Clarkson) isn’t amused.

    As with many Foote tales, “Main Street” has a subplot focusing on a couple of younger people in Durham. Harris Parker (Orlando Bloom) works as a cop and attends law school at night. He’s trying to improve himself so that he can win back the love of his life, Mary (Amber Tamblyn).

    Doyle weaves back and forth between the old and possibly new families with grace. But the pacing lags at times, seeming more like a play than a movie.

    Still, the cast is excellent, and Burstyn still has the ability to amaze us with her fearless vulnerabilities.

    Hallie Foote, the daughter of the screenwriter and playwright, introduced the movie to Austin audiences.

    A.V. Club Austin

    As entertaining as it was to watch Rosenthal’s creative frustrations play out over the course of 86 minutes, sometimes it’s relieving to know an artist was completely hands-off while others were busy botching his work. One of Main Street’s few positives is that its writer, Horton Foote, didn’t live to see his final screenplay translated into a stiffly acted piece of Capraesque fluff. However, if the finished product is any indication, this wasn’t one of Foote’s best scripts to begin with. There’s not much room for the ensemble of usually good-to-great actors—including Ellen Burstyn, Colin Firth, Patricia Clarkson, and Amber Tamblyn—to move among Main Street’s “death of an American city” exposition and bizarrely explanatory exchanges. (Just try not to sigh when cop-cum-law-student Orlando Bloom walks into a library and tells the librarian exactly what he’s there to research.) Not helping matters: Bloom’s and Firth’s outrageous Southern accents, which wouldn’t have pleased the proudly Texan Foote. Firth’s waste-disposal-supervisor-with-a-heart-of-gold isn’t destined to end up standing alongside past Foote protagonists like Atticus Finch and Mac Sledge—all the better for the legacy of the late screenwriter and playwright. [EA]
  9. AP Release

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new public service announcement irreverently suggests one way to solve the malaria problem in Africa: Recruit a cadre of sexy mosquitoes called La Femme Mosquita to seduce and kill their disease-carrying counterparts.

    It's one example of the humor the nonprofit group Malaria No More hopes will spread awareness in eliminating the deadly disease.

    B.J. Novak, star of the NBC sitcom "The Office," likes the "laugh with us and not at us" approach. He and other celebrities including Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks, John Mayer, and Orlando Bloom are lending their support to the group through a series of TV spots and viral videos.

    Novak said that public service announcements historically have gotten little respect, despite the importance of their causes, making them ripe for ridicule. The ubiquitous "This is your brain on drugs" ad that showed an egg frying was satirized in "Nightmare on Elm Street" with Johnny Depp getting whacked in the head with frying pan by Freddy Krueger.

    One of the funniest spots in the Malaria No More campaign stars Helms as a big-game hunter. In the three-minute video, the actor suggests alternative techniques to kill malaria-borne mosquitoes, such as biting back.

    Helms traveled to Senegal to observe the problem and produce the spot. He called it "an incredible adventure" that he hopes will raise awareness. He feels the campaign can educate a broad audience, and he also hopes to "piss off a few mosquitoes in the process."

    Malaria was eradicated in the United States in the early 1950s, but still looms in the third world. In Africa, 2,000 children die every day from malaria, according to Malaria No More, which breaks down to a death every 45 seconds.

    Other tools to fight malaria include mosquito nets, insecticide and effective medicine. Banks sees those measures as the most effective but finds Helms' approach works, too.

    "He for sure is using the other best medicine to fight malaria," Banks said. "Humor."

    Most of the money raised for Malaria No More centers around $10 donations that come from texting to the word NET to 85944.

    Global funding initiatives aim to end the threat of malaria in five years.

    Said Novak: "Looking at it simply by the numbers, the math works out very well."

    The video can be seen at Facebook

  10. Main Street set for opening night

    Plot details ahead!

    When Gus Leroy promises that the city of Durham, NC, could become the future site of a larger waste depository that, while enriching the town, would place all of it inhabitants in peril, every citizen of MAIN STREET will have to make this decision: "Do I do what is right, or what is needed?"

    MAIN STREET, Horton Foote's final screenplay prior to his death in March 2009, is a legacy to all small towns, focusing on the dreams and aspirations of everyday people and reflecting his upbringing in the small town of Wharton, Texas. It makes its world premiere at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Austin (Texas) Film Festival in the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin.

    Filmed entirely in Durham, MAIN STREET follows several Durham residents and newcomers and their intertwining stories, which will intersect in ways none of them could ever imagine at an essential juncture in their lives. Georgiana Carr (Ellen Burstyn), one of the last members of a once-powerful Durham tobacco manufacturing family, is facing the prospect of losing her family's mansion because of the world's fallen economy. In desperation, she agrees to lease her family's empty downtown tobacco warehouse to Gus Leroy (Colin Firth), a Texan representing a waste storage conglomerate.

    Prodded by her grown niece Willa (Patricia Clarkson), Georgiana discovers that toxic waste has been placed in her warehouse by Leroy and is guarded by a group of wary Mexican workmen. Alarmed, she calls local police officer Harris Parker (Orlando Bloom) to investigate. Parker, a local boy also studying for his law degree, is distracted by his longing for high school first love Mary Saunders (Amber Tamblyn), a young woman yearning to leave her job in nearby Raleigh for the prospects of living in a larger city (perhaps Atlanta) after a failed affair with a married co-worker, Howard Mercer (Andrew McCarthy).

    Once Leroy's canisters of hazardous materials are discovered, their existence becomes a concern not only for Georgiana and Willa, but for the town.

    MAIN STREET is typical of Foote's past film work (Tender Mercies, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Trip to Bountiful), exemplifying his love of simple folk and their beloved hometowns that led him to focus on the plight of Durham five years before filming took place. Foote was the inaugural recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award in 1995.

    Tony Award-winning director John Doyle (the 2004 revival of Sweeney Todd) makes his feature film debut, with Donald M. McAlpine (Oscar nominee for Moulin Rouge!) serving as director of photography. Other members of the creative team include production designer Christopher Nowak (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and costume designer Gary Jones (Spider-Man 2). MAIN STREET is produced by Megan Ellison and Spencer Silna. Douglas Saylor Jr., Ted Schipper, and Adi Shankar are the executive producers.

    Read more: http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/articl.7#ixzz12d57yF00

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