Posted: 06/18/2011



by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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ONE NIGHT ONLY NATIONWIDE THEATER EVENT - On Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. local time, music will universally unite people of all nations, ethnicities and religions with DUDAMEL: Let the Children Play, a special one-night only in-theater event showing in more than 400 movie theaters nationwide, including 16 theaters in the Chicago area. Directed by Alberto Arvelo, DUDAMEL: Let the Children Play will showcase the gifted Venezuelan music director/conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as he leads this journey through the stories of young people experiencing the joy of music in the most diverse and contrasting corners of he world. As part of the in-theater event, a separate featurette “Crescendo - Why Music is Life,” presented by CNN en Español, highlights interviews with celebrities, including Emilio Estefan, Daisy Fuentes, Luis Enrique and others celebrating the impact music has had on their lives. Tickets for DUDAMEL: Let the Children Play are available at participating theater box offices and online at

MTV’S MADE RETURNS WITH AN EPISODE TACKLING RACE AND GENDER IN HIP HOP FEATURING RHYMESAYERS’ FIRST LADY, PSALM ONE - Season Eleven Continues With New Episodes - Tentatively Scheduled Airdate: Thursday, June 23rd (check local listings) “MADE” ( is back with another fun, exciting and life-changing episode scheduled to premiere on the evening of Thursday, June 23rd. Psalm One makes her national television debut on MTV’S Emmy Award-winning series, “MADE”. Joining ranks with Talib Kweli, C-Rayz Walz, Homeboy Sandman, Jean Grae and Mike Bigga, who have all mentored high school students aspiring to become rappers. In the episode, set to air later this month, rapper PL ( brings in Psalm One to assist with an unexpected dilemma that occurs while coaching Emma, a high school senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Coach PL is helping Emma prepare for the school talent show when Emma is confronted by several African-American students in her school. She is challenged to defend her words and actions as a White, preppy, outspoken rapper. Psalm One, understanding the pressures Emma is facing, steps in to offer her unique perspective. As the only woman signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and someone who doesn’t look like most rappers, Psalm teaches Emma that is isn’t about race, or gender, it’s about the MESSAGE. She also gives Emma a few tips on handling difficult situations. Psalm is currently preparing for tour and will be releasing Get in the Van Vol. 3 to promote her upcoming road stint. The first single from GITV3 is “JUKE ME”, and will be available online and at her shows June 23, 2011. Psalm’s episode is tentatively scheduled to air on MTV June 23rd with unaired footage shown on Check your local listings. For all things Psalm One, visit

DON CHEADLE IN THE GUARD - There is exciting news concerning Sony Pictures Classics’ upcoming police comedy THE GUARD, starring Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Ocean’s Thirteen) and Brendan Gleeson (Braveheart, 28 Days Later), opening in theaters July 29. In this comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption, two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman (Gleeson) and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent (Cheadle). Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Gleason) is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn’t much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle’s small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle) assigned to the case. Left to run his territory to his liking for many years, he is not at all impressed when the FBI comes to town. Everett looks down on Boyle as a low-level provincial policeman with a limited and flippant view of the world; Boyle sees Everett as a by-the-book policeman with a chip on his shoulder and no understanding of how the real world runs. Despite the fact that Boyle seems more interested in mocking and undermining Everett than in actively working to solve the case, Boyle finds that circumstances keep pulling him back into the thick of it. As unconventional as Boyle is, these events unwittingly offend his murky moral code. He realizes that he needs to take matters into his own hands, and that Everett is the only person he can trust. And so the scene is set for an unlikely friendship and explosive finale. For more info:


- Circumstance to open in the US on August 26 - Mongrel Media has acquired all Canadian distribution rights to Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance from Participant Media, which acquired the film at the Sundance Film Festival. Hussain Amarshi, President and Founder of Mongrel Media, and Ricky Strauss, President of Participant Media announced the news. Winner of this year’s Sundance Audience Award, the film is set in contemporary Iran, where a wealthy family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. In addition to making her directorial debut with CIRCUMSTANCE, Keshavarz produced the film with Karin Chien and Melissa M. Lee, with Christina Won serving as executive producer. Said Strauss, “CIRCUMSTANCE has been enthusiastically embraced by festival audiences across America, and now with our partnership with Mongrel we will be able to share to share this emotional film with Canadian moviegoers.” The deal was handled by Josh Braun/Submarine and negotiated by Hussain Amarshi for Mongrel Media and Jeff Ivers, Chief Operating Officer for Participant Media. Roadside Attractions is distributing the film in the U.S., where it is scheduled to open in New York and Los Angeles August 26. Mongrel Media will open the film in October in Canada.

OUR IDIOT BROTHER - Release date: August 26 - Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned’s family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn’t such an idiot after all. For more info:

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: DIAMOND EDITION - View Disney’s Academy Award®-Winning Animated Classic As You’ve Never Seen It Before! - Releases For The First Time In Mesmerizing Blu-ray 3D™ - October 4 - This Release Will Be Followed By Two Special Edition Releases on November 22 - Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas - The Walt Disney Studios has announced plans to release one of its most critically acclaimed animated films of all time, Beauty and the Beast, for the first time ever in mesmerizing Disney Blu-ray 3D™ for in-home viewing. Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition 3D will be available in market beginning on October 4 as a 5-Disc Combo Pack (providing families with value, versatility and flexibility to enjoy this film on several formats of choice, including Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and/or Digital Copy) and/or 3D Movie Download. For more information, please visit - Additionally, the company will also release two Special Edition releases, Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, to follow on November 22, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. - The same Disney classic that taught us beauty is found within, now comes to life in spectacular Disney 3D bringing the characters, sound, and storyline to a whole new immersive dimension. Fans can once again meet and enjoy their favorite characters - Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and more – in an entirely new fashion, as if they were watching the film for the very first time.

- Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has picked up worldwide rights to Detention Films’ DETENTION, which just took home the Youth Jury prize for best FutureWave Feature Film at the Seattle International Film Festival. The announcement was made by SPWA’s Vice President of Production and Acquisitions Scott Shooman and Michael Helfand, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, along with Detention Films’ Bob Abramoff and Richard Weager. - “This is the best apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy that we have ever screened. The pace, energy, and awesomeness Joseph Kahn has achieved in DETENTION is completely mind-blowing in the best way possible,” said Shooman. “I am thrilled for DETENTION to find an enthusiastic home at Sony,” said Kahn. “I am looking forward to unleashing our apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy!” An apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy starring Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, The Kids Are All Right), Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck, Mr. Brooks) and Shanley Caswell (Little Victories), DETENTION follows the local students of Grizzly Lake as they survive their final year of high school. Bringing even more angst to student life, a slasher killer has chosen their high school as his new home of slaughter. It becomes a race against time to stop the killer, which will in turn save the world - if only they can get out of detention. - Directed by Joseph Kahn, DETENTION was co-written by Joseph Kahn and Mark Palermo. Executive Producers on the film are Robert Abramoff, Josh Hutcherson, David Kang, Clayton Reaser, Vernon Reaser, with Producers MarryAnn Tanedo and Richard Weager. The deal was brokered by International Creative Management, which packaged the film and represented worldwide rights. The agency represents Kahn and Hutcherson. - For more info:


Woody Allen recently announced the full cast for “The Bop Decameron,” his latest film in pre-production. Starring, in alphabetical order, are: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi. “The Bop Decameron” is a Gravier Productions film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. This is Allen ’ s first film to be financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film. “The Bop Decameron” begins production on July 11 and marks Allen’s first time shooting in Rome . His latest film, “Midnight in Paris ,” is currently playing in theaters.

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.

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