| October 22, 2011

New biography shows hard-man in new light, as actor’s new movie The Immortals is released, a fresh book about his life goes into more detail than anyone has before.
He may have the image of a silver screen tough-guy; fearless, strong and powerful. However, one acclaimed author has written a biography that presents the real side of Mickey Rourke.
The man behind the book ‘Stand Alone: The Films of Mickey Rourke’ is Saurav Dutt – an author who has become renowned around the world for his knowledge of the Golden Globe and Academy-Award nominated star of the hit movie The Wrestler. Saurav has previously written about Rourke for publications, including Time Out, Total Film and the Independent Film Magazine.
Saurav Dutt tells us more, in his own words:
“Mickey Rourke was a distinguished actor, screenwriter and producer – but, as with previous biographies on him, there was a large focus on tabloid-style scandal and gossip. Having spent many years studying his life and career in great detail, my new book places a special focus on his works, as well as exposing the reader to some of the more intimate interviews he gave in his life”, says Saurav.
The book has only just been released, but is already selling well. Viral marketing has played a huge part in making it so successful, with plenty of discussion on Facebook that is exciting Mickey Rourke fans everywhere.
Saurav Dutt believes the in-depth content has been the key to the book’s success. “The level of detail really is quite amazing,” says Saurav. He continues “This is the only book about Rourke’s life that takes the reader on a personal journey into some of the actor’s lesser-known works. It’s not just a collection of A-Z facts, but a journey that’s told with the aim of personally connecting with each reader. Even the most die-hard Mickey Rourke fans have new discoveries awaiting them within its pages”.
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DINO DE LAURENTIIS honored at Cinema Italian Style (CIS) program
Cinema Italian Style 2011 presents the U.S. premiere of Italy’s Academy Awards® entry – Best Foreign Language Film Terraferma
Cinema Italian Style 2011 will kick off on November 11 with the U.S. premiere of Emanuele Crialese’s Terraferma, Italy’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2011 Academy Awards®. Terraferma stars Donatella Finocchiario, Filippo Pucillo and Giuseppe Fiorello qho will join Crialese for the red carpet event at the Egyptian Theatre hosted by Vittoria Puccini, hostess of the 2011 Venice Film Festival, and Pierfrancesco Favino (Night at the Museum, Angels and Demons, The Chronicles of Narnia). Directed and co-written by Crialese, Terraferma garnered the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.
The 2011 edition of Cinema Italian Style (November 10-15) is dedicated to legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis’ work and contributions to the world of cinema will be remembered and celebrated at a special tribute preceding the premiere of Terraferma. Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam will also be presented with the CIS BVLGARI Award prior to the film’ screening.
The Cinema Italian Style 2011 program and the De Laurentiis homage will be announced on November 10 during a special event at the De Laurentiis family residence. The Cinema Italian Style series is organized and produced by Cinecittà Luce and the American Cinematheque. The two organizations have worked side by side since 1995 to bring to Los Angeles the best Italian movies, as well as films that have received significant recognition at international film festivals.
This year’s selection, assembled by film journalist, author and President of SNGCI (National Union of Italian film journalists) Laura Delli Colli, includes director Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope), Mario Martone’s Noi Credevamo, Cristina Comencini’s Quando la Notte (When the Night), Gianni di Greogorio’s Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life), Paolo Genovese’s Immaturi (The Immature); Sergio Castellitto’s La bellezza del somaro (Love and Slaps); Francesco Bruni’s Scialla (Easy!), Giuseppe Gagliardi’s Tatanka, Alba Rohrwacher’s Corpo Celeste and Ricky Tognazzi’s Il Padre e lo Straniero (The Father and the Foreigner). Each film will feature an introduction and Q & A led by La Repubblica correspondent Silvia Bizio.
The week-long Cinema Italian Style program includes a November 10 pre-opening event at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica with CIS Award recipient Terry Gilliam. Gilliam will meet the audience after the screening of his 1985 Oscar-nominated film Brazil and introduce his latest short film The Wholly Family , which was shot in the street of Naples. Further program highlights are a panel discussion on tax incentives for filming in Italy organized by A.N.I.C.A (Italian Association of Cinema Industries), the opening of Dress in Dreams’ new exhibition “Star Wigs” at the Italian Cultural Institute and film presentations at local universities and cultural centers to introduce the best Italian movies of the year to film students.
Every year Cinema Italian Style bestows the prestigious Cinema Italian Style Award upon representatives of Italian cinema and US cinema industry representatives who have unique ties to Italian cinema. Past recipients include: George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Raoul Bova, Rick Nicita, Ed Limato, Anjelica Huston, Valeria Golino, Jo Champa, Dino De Laurentiis, Gabriele Muccino, John Turturro, Douglas Kirkland and Academy Award winners Vittorio Storaro (director of photography) and Milena Canonero (designer).
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Fox Searchlight will release in The Descendants in theaters November 18.
From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar®-winning Sideways, The Descendants is set in Hawaii and follows the unpredictable journey of an American family at a crossroads. Matt King (George Clooney), a husband and father of two girls, must re-examine his past and navigate his future when his wife is in a boating accident off Waikiki. He awkwardly attempts to repair his relationship with his daughters – 10-year-old precocious Scottie (Amara Miller) and rebellious 17-year-old Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) – while wrestling with a decision to sell his family’s land. Handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries, the Kings own some of the last priceless virgin parcels of tropical beach in the islands.
When Alexandra drops the bombshell that her mother was in the midst of a romantic fling at the time of the accident, Matt has to take a whole new look at his life, not to mention his legacy, during a week of momentous decisions. With his girls in tow, he embarks on a haphazard search for his wife’s lover. Along the way, in encounters alternately funny, troublesome and transcendent, he realizes he’s finally on course toward rebuilding his life and family.
Rated R – Running time: 110 minutes
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DreamWorks Pictures’ Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell, arrives on December 13
“Colin Farrell really gets the blood pumping.”
— Alynda Wheat, People

On Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, December 13
Complete with never-before-seen, unrated bonus features that add to a bloody good time.
DreamWorks Pictures’ Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell, arrives on December 13, just in time to take a bite out of the holidays on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand. Inspired by the 1985 gothic horror cult classic and directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Mr. Woodcock), all hell breaks loose when High School Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) discovers his charming new neighbor Jerry (Farrell) is a Vampire preying on his neighborhood.
Packed with un-rated bonus features, the Blu-ray release includes a fang-in-cheek mockumentary “Peter Vincent: Swim Inside My Mind,” a hilarious satirical look at David Tennant’s egocentric “rock star” anti-hero character, Peter Vincent; “The Official How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie Guide;” “Squid Man: Extended and Uncut;” “Frightful Facts & Terrifying Trivia;” “Deleted Scenes;” and a “Gag Reel.” Also included is the uncensored “No One Believes Me” music video directed by Fright Night’s director Craig Gillespie and performed by hip hop recording artist Kid Cudi.
Proclaimed, “A Bloody Good Time” by Trey Alexander (, Fright Night features an all-star cast including: Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses, Crazy Heart), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation), Toni Collette (Academy Award® nominee for The Sixth Sense, and Golden Globe® winner for United States of Tara), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick Ass, Superbad), David Tennant (Dr. Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre, 28 Weeks Later).
Charley (Anton Yelchin) is a high school senior who’s on top of the world—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most coveted girl in school. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a nice guy––at first. But there’s something not quite right, and no one else, including Charley’s mom (Toni Collette) seems to notice. After his classmates start to mysteriously disappear without a trace, Charlie discovers that there is more to his new neighbor than meets the eye. Now he must do all he can to protect his mom and girlfriend Amy from meeting the same fate as his best friend Ed Thompson (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
Fright Night will be available to own and for in-home viewing as follows:
3-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray 3D + 1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD with Digital Copy)
Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada
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Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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