That J.J. Abrams, craftier than a Ferengi. Appearing on Conan Thursday night to promote his NBC series Revolution, Abrams couldn’t help but tantalize fans of his upcoming Star Trek sequel — officially titled Star Trek Into Darkness — by premiering an exclusive clip of the film. The catch: It was only three frames long. But they weren’t boring frames! Check them out below: READ FULL STORY »
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SXSW: 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' kills at premiere, lands unusual distribution deal. Plus, the director talks 'Mean Conan.'
How to explain the enormous goodwill in Austin, Tx. during Sunday’s world premiere of Rodman Flender’s documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop? The director, who sat across the aisle from O’Brien in the theater’s last row, said he started to relax when the audience started howling en masse eight seconds in during a scene of O’Brien baiting an L.A. tour bus from his car. The documentary follows the former Tonight Show host, still choking with rage from his shoddy treatment by NBC, as he pours his suddenly-freed up energy into last summer’s Legally Prohibited from Being on Television Tour. It’s behind-the-scenes gold watching O’Brien put together bits with his devoted, happily beleaguered staff and then take his material out on the road for a grueling run of 42 shows.
Within 24 hours of the premiere, the film landed a multi-platform distribution deal with Abramorama, Magnolia Home Entertainment and AT&T’s U-verse subscription TV service. The doc will first broadcast in an exclusive window on U-verse, then launch into a nationwide “event” screening tour via Abramorama; Magnolia will handle both VOD and DVD distribution. A specific release date has not yet been announced. READ FULL STORY »
The festival, which runs from March 11 – 19 in Austin, Tex., has also announced a handful of other major premieres in its line up, including: READ FULL STORY »
Conan O’Brien isn’t the only member of his family making a splash onscreen this season. His younger sister, Kate, makes her film-acting debut in the Mark Wahlberg-Christian Bale boxing flick, The Fighter, playing “Beaver,” one of real-life pug Micky Ward’s seven devoted but hopelessly selfish sisters. Actually, the character’s Christian name is Phyllis, but her family calls her Beaver. (Of course they do. One of the other sisters goes by “Red Dog.”)