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Kirk Cameron: Does controversy help or harm his upcoming 'Monumental' doc?

Former Growing Pains star and born-again Christian Kirk Cameron ignited a controversy Friday when he told CNN’s Piers Morgan he thought homosexuality was “unnatural … destructive to … civilization.” GLAAD immediately responded, calling Cameron “dated” and “out of step.”

Judging by the trailer for his new documentary Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure, Cameron won’t back down any time soon. He leads the promo — which you can watch below — by saying, “something is sick in the soul of our country … we’re headed for disaster if we don’t change our course now.” The actor travels the U.S. in a sort of Who Do You Think You Are? for morality. But how will the film perform given Cameron’s recent, potentially alienating, comments? READ FULL STORY

Reelz Channel to premiere Sarah Palin documentary 'The Undefeated' on March 11


The Undefeated, Stephen K. Bannon’s documentary that favorably highlights the amazing political journey of Sarah Palin, will premiere on Reelz Channel on March 11. That’s a day after HBO premieres its film Game Change, based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s account of the historic 2008 presidential campaign and starring Julianne Moore as Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain, and Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt, the strategist who came to second-guess his initial brainstorm to potentially put Palin one heartbeat from the presidency.

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'Game Change' director says his Sarah Palin isn't a caricature. Plus, a new poster.

Four years ago, not many Americans below the 49th parallel even knew who Sarah Palin of Alaska was. That all changed when John McCain named the self-proclaimed hockey mom his Republican running mate, and the media scavenged for any detail about her and her family. An immediate celebrity, she proved to be electrifying… and occasionally a deer in the headlights. Tina Fey infamously skewered her on Saturday Night Live, and Matt Damon, an Obama partisan, rolled his eyes and compared her emergence to “a really bad Disney movie.”

Well, Palin finally has her movie — even if she had no say in the matter. On March 10, Game Change, based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s account of the historic 2008 presidential campaign, premieres on HBO, with Julianne Moore playing Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain, and Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt, the strategist who came to second-guess his initial brainstorm to potentially put Palin one heartbeat from the presidency. EW has the new Game Change poster (below) and director Jay Roach, who also helmed HBO’s Recount in 2008 but is most famous for working with the likes of Ben Stiller, Mike Myers, and Steve Carell, called up to talk politics. Turns out his next movie, Dog Fight, combines both his passions, with Will Ferrell squaring off against Zach Galifianakis for a U.S. congressional seat. The comedy wrapped production yesterday, freeing him to discuss his fascination with Palin, the political system that chose her, and the current crop of GOP candidates.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’re best known for directing comedies, like Austin Powers and Meet the Parents, but you’re becoming equally known for political movies, what with HBO’s Recount and now Game Change.
JAY ROACH: I’ve always been fascinated by the profession of political consulting and spin-doctoring and what kind of an impact the overall political strategists have on our political process. I first brought up the idea of doing this film during the actual campaign itself in 2008, right about the time we were out promoting Recount. I pitched it to HBO, that this incredible decision to put Sarah Palin is very controversial and wouldn’t you like to be in those rooms when that decision was being made? And then, [John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book] Game Change came out, a fantastic book that covered the very area that I was interested in. READ FULL STORY

'The Iron Lady': Meryl Streep says accents are the easiest thing she does

In her long and celebrated career, it seems like Meryl Streep never met an accent she didn’t like — and master. We’ve heard her do Italian, Danish, Irish-American, Australian, Midwestern, Julia Child — a category in itself. In her latest film, The Iron Lady, Streep dons The King’s English in her buzz-worthy portrayal of the politically polarizing and historically unforgettable Margaret Thatcher.

What’s her secret? According to Streep, accents are the simple stuff. “You know, that’s like the easiest thing I do,” Streep said Tuesday night at a panel with Iron Lady director Phyllida Lloyd. “The kid part of it is copying a voice I’ve heard.”

That’s not to say the task is easy, but Streep said that when she dives into the mind and motivation of a character, the voice follows. “To capture how someone speaks is to capture them,” she said. READ FULL STORY

Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden drama gets December 2012 release date

Kathryn Bigelow’s still untitled drama about the search for Osama bin Laden will now be released Dec. 19. 2012, a rep for Sony confirms. Since 2008, The Hurt Locker’s Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Mark Boal have been working on a film version of the book Kill Bin Laden, which details the failed attempt to take out the Al Qaeda leader in the December 2001 battle of Tora Bora in Afghanistan. In light of the successful black ops mission last spring, the script was reworked.

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Matthew Modine explains why 'Dark Knight Rises' didn't film at Occupy Wall Street

In hindsight, it always seemed a little bit unlikely that The Dark Knight Rises would film scenes at Occupy Wall Street. Rises, after all, is the product of a massive capitalistic megacorporation — which is so all-encompassing that it actually owns the words I’m typing right now — and the film’s protagonist is a multi-billionaire who specifically spends his life trying to defeat colorful anarchists, not promote them. Still, with news flooding in about police in riot gear clearing out Zuccotti Park, it’s fun to imagine what might have been. Over at Indiewire, Rises co-star Matthew Modine is currently claiming that the film did apparently come close to filming OWS, for reasons clearly inspired by FDR’s New Deal policies: “It seemed like a good idea to give [the protesters] an opportunity for work, to give them money.” READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises' could film near Occupy Wall Street: Will Batman, once again, save the day?

While the protestors, organizers, and everyday people who make up the grassroots political movement Occupy Wall Street weren’t exactly depending on a superhero to help them bring attention to their cause, they may have just gotten one anyway. (And the best one ever, at that.)

As The Los Angeles Times reported, Christopher Nolan will soon be transplanting the production of The Dark Knight Rises, which is currently filming in Los Angeles, to the streets of New York City “for 14 days starting Oct. 29, according to a casting notice recently issued by producers.” But, residents of Gotham may soon look like the residents of Zuccotti Park, the main hub of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

An anonymous person close to the production claimed to the LA Times that, “cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests.” READ FULL STORY

Hilary Swank to donate Chechen party appearance fee to charity

Earlier today, Hilary Swank released a statement apologizing for attending the Oct. 5 birthday party for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who faces several allegations of human rights violations. “If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone,” Swank said.

A rep for Swank tells EW the two-time Oscar winner will also donate her personal appearance fees from the event “to various charitable organizations.” Swank has weathered criticism from the Human Rights Watch for going to the event, including calls for her to give back any money she had received for the party in the southern Russian city of Grozny.

Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme and violinist Vanessa Mae also have come under criticism for appearing at the party, but have not made any public statements.

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Hilary Swank regrets attending party celebrating controversial Chechen leader

Hilary Swank regrets attending party celebrating controversial Chechen leader

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank apologized for attending a birthday party for Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader suspected of terror and murder in the southern Russian republic. Human Rights Watch criticized Swank, as well as Jean Claude Van Damme and British violinist Vanessa Mae, for lending their celebrity to the event in Grozny on Oct. 5. “If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone,” Swank said. For her complete statement, click below: READ FULL STORY

'Butter': TWC launches viral campaign site for 'white, tall, and pretty' Jennifer Garner

It would be difficult to miss the election metaphors sprinkled throughout Butter, the Jennifer Garner comedy about a contentious Midwestern butter-carving contest, but the Weinstein Company is building its entire marketing campaign around the film’s political themes. At the Toronto Film Festival, where the movie premiered, Harvey Weinstein created a stir when he invited Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to co-host the film’s Minnesota premiere. Now, TWC has launched a campaign site for Garner’s Bachmann/Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton inspired character, Laura Pickler, who ultimately sets her sights on the governor’s mansion. “I’m sorry that I was born white, and tall, and pretty,” Pickler says in a clip, which is surely an ironic t-shirt waiting to be sold. Take a look. READ FULL STORY

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