Monday, June 20, 2011

Zach Galifianakis

No one can ever accuse Zach Galifianakis of starring in director Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover” and its sequel just for the money.
In an interview in the June issue of Rolling Stone, the 41-year-old comic actor, who plays the force-of-nature Alan Garner in the franchise, readily admits to knowing nothing about how much money he makes or is worth.
“I don’t even know how to access my bank account,” the North Carolina native says in the magazine. “I have $10,000 in a Bank of America account. My accountant, whom I’ve had since I started doing open mikes, occasionally I’ll email him and say, ‘Will you tell me what’s what?’ And he does.
“It’s kind of embarrassing. I’m smart, but I don’t know what things mean. There’s a lot of business terms — like ‘fiduciary.’ I don’t know. I gotta educate myself more.”
Galifianakis, who co-stars in the creative HBO series “Bored to Death” and will next appear opposite Will Ferrell as a feisty politician in “Southern Rivals,” could easily pocket $10 million due to his upfront payment of $5 million and a percentage of the gross.
A third “Hangover” installment, which will reportedly follow the male buddies played by Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms as they rescue Galifianakis’ colorful character from a mental institution, would undoubtedly give him a much bigger payday.
“Now they want to do ‘Hangover III,’ “ he says in the interview. “I’m getting calls already.”
Hatboro native presenting a festival short
Christopher Gaida, a Hatboro, Pa., native who lives in New York and Los Angeles, will return to the Delaware Valley on July 10 to introduce “Death of a Nation,” a short that he produced a decade ago.
The 11 a.m. screening will be part of the 2011 New Hope Film Festival, which will run from July 8 through 17.
A member of the Producers Guild of America, Gaida produced “Death of a Nation” when he was right out of college. The festival organizers describe the short as a “racially/homosexually charged film” that shows that minority groups battle hatred separately.
“Many times in the media, minority groups are considered one-dimensional,” the producer says in a festival news release, “and it is minority against majority. I loved this script instantly because the writer and director, Michael Pollak, shows a side of society most films never capture.
“ ‘Death of a Nation’ not only shows that minority groups fight against each other, but also how discrimination within minority groups is many times worse than from outsiders.”
The website, which details the online program guide, as well as tickets and prices, can be found Advance tickets are less expensive and, perhaps more importantly, guarantee a seat. All movies will be screened at the New Hope Arts Center and New Hope-Solebury High School’s Stephen J. Buck Memorial Theater.
Blige providing sound for ‘The Help’
Grammy-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige has written and recorded a song — “The Living Proof” — for the soundtrack of “The Help,” a highly anticipated drama based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett. The film arrives in theaters Aug. 12.
Blige wrote the song after seeing an early screening of “The Help.” The drama, which stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone, is set in Mississippi during the 1960s when a college student starts writing about the histories of African-American women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families.
Casting calls
Gifted director Joss Whedon (TV’s “Firefly”) is filming “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which is scheduled to open May 4, 2012.
The expensive comic book movie stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury).
In the story, Jackson’s Fury is responsible for assembling all of the Marvel superheroes for the first time to challenge an enemy that threatens the world.
Edward Zwick, whose credits range from TV’s “thirtysomething” to the action epic “The Last Samurai,” will direct “American Assassin,” based on the book series about Mitch Rapp, a CIA secret agent who trained for the most dangerous assignments.
“American Assassin” is the 11th installment in the book series by Vince Flynn. More than 13 million have been sold in the United States and another 1 million overseas.
Roselyn Sanchez (“Rush Hour 2”) and Emilio Rivera (“Traffic”) are getting ready to rumble for “Act of Valor,” an action-thriller about an elite group of Navy SEALs assigned to rescue a kidnapped CIA agent.
Ex-stuntmen/documentarians Mike “Mouse” McCoy (“Dust to Glory”) and Scott Waugh (“Step Into Liquid”) will co-direct the picture, which was written by Kurt Johnstad, who penned the screenplay for the action epic “300.”

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