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2011-02-08 12:15:00

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Mark Wahlberg is perfect" (Entertainment Weekly) and "Christian Bale is astonishing" (New York Times) in the inspiring true story THE FIGHTER, debuting in a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy, on standard DVD and on VOD March 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award(® )nominee David O. Russell (Three Kings), THE FIGHTER has received seven Academy Award( )nominations including...

2010-04-07 10:00:00

LOS ANGELES, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Crescent Financial Partners, Inc., (CFP) announced it has signed an agreement to acquire a minority equity stake in Prominent Pictures, LLC for a minimum initial guaranteed commitment of $10 million to contribute towards a slate of feature films budgeting between $2M-$10M each. Prominent Pictures, LLC, is an independent film production and integrated media company founded by Paull Cho and Heather Rae and represented by William Morris Endeavor...

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2009-02-21 22:27:10

The Wrestler was named best feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., Saturday night. The movie about a former pro wrestling icon who can't let go of his glory days also earned the award for cinematography, while star Mickey Rourke picked up the trophy for best lead actor. I went out and found the best actors I could find -- Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and the legend Mickey Rourke, director Darren Aronofsky told the audience as he collected the evening's top...

2008-09-28 12:00:25

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot "Frozen River" speaks to the desperation of those American citizens who probably couldn't afford the ticket to go see it. They may be down, but they're not out. Like the Joad family in "Grapes of Wrath," they will not be defeated because they're the "people" and they "just keep coming." It is a movie about money, but not wealth. More specifically, it is about desperation. When filming "Frozen River" in subzero cold in upstate New...

2008-09-05 12:00:24

By ROBERT NOTT Cooler runnings Robert Nott I The New Mexican Frozen River, a survival story, rated R, Regal DeVargas, 988-2775, 3.5 chiles The town of Massena, in northern New York state on the Canadian border, is a bleak industrial community where the skies remain cloudy all day. Even those clouds look depressed in filmmaker Courtney Hunt's first movie, a gem called Frozen River, which scored a well-deserved Grand Jury Prize for drama at this year's Sundance Film Festival. I...

2008-09-01 18:00:16

By John Beifuss Something that is real ought to be more familiar than something that is unreal, but at the movies, the opposite is true. A tale about a superbeing from outer space may seem old hat, while a story about working-class Americans may be novel. Written and directed by native Memphian Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River" takes us to an actual location, introduces us to a pair of convincing characters and immerses us in a harsh reality - and in the process shows us people, a place and a...

2008-09-01 18:00:16

By John Beifuss Courtney Hunt used to return to her hometown of Memphis with the typical luggage of someone reuniting for a few days with a host of uncles, cousins and other family members. This week, she's toting a lot more: the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival, a veritable scrapbook of laudatory reviews, William Morris Agency representation and plenty of what the entertainment industry refers to as "Oscar buzz." Hunt, 44, is the writer and director of "Frozen River," a Sony...

2008-08-22 21:00:17

By JAMES VERNIERE "FROZEN RIVER" Rated R. At Kendall, Coolidge Corner and West Newton cinemas. Grade: B- Even the snow is depressing in "Frozen River," the latest feel- bad indie film attracting critical praise from the icy depths of blue-collar, working-class bummer-hood. For arthouse patrons, these fictional plunges into the heart of hick darkness are a strange type of vicarious delight. Will you have arsenic with your buttered gourmet popcorn? Written and directed by...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

By Claudia Puig A Sundance hit that is both absorbing and bleak, Frozen River is anchored by powerful performances, believable scenarios and excellent writing. Melissa Leo is superb as Ray Eddy, a desperate single mom whose addict husband has gambled the family's meager savings and abandoned her and their two sons. Living in a battered trailer in a particularly bleak section of New York near the Quebec border, Ray tries to keep it together. But her earnings working part time at a...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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