Friday, September 30, 2011

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Join My Webinar at Author Learning Center Oct. 4th and Oct. 18th

10 Rules for Planning your Novel to be a Film


You have an idea for a book and you just know it would be a huge hit on the big screen as well! We can help you learn how to turn that dream into a reality! In this webinar Author, Literary Manager, and Hollywood producer, Ken Atchity, explains the 10 rules for planning and writing your book, so Hollywood producers can see the movie potential. Ken's suggestions include important items to add to your storyline, certain items to forget and more!


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October 4th or 18th, 2011 at 2:30PM




About the Presenter

Dr. Atchity is the author of 15 books, including A Writer’s Time, Writing Treatments That Sell, and How to Publish Your Novel. He’s worked successfully in nearly every area of the publishing and entertainment business, and has spent his lifetime helping writers get started with and improve their careers. As founder and head of Atchity Entertainment International, Inc., The Writer’s Lifeline, Inc., including Atchity Productions and Story Merchant, and The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC. he has produced nearly 30 films in the past 20 years for major studios, television broadcasters, and independent distribution. He is currently nominated for an Emmy for “The Kennedy Detail,” based on the New York Times bestselling book he developed. For nearly twenty years before, as professor of literature and teacher of creative writing at Occidental College and UCLA, he helped literally hundreds of writers find a market for their work by bringing their craft and technique to the level of their ambition and vision. During his time at Occidental, he also served as a regular reviewer for The Los Angeles Times Book Review.



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

THE 2011 NEW ENGLAND BOOK FESTIVAL - CALL FOR ENTRIES


BOSTON, MASS_(August 1, 2011) _ The 2011 New England Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual competition honoring the best books of the holiday season.

The competition will accept entries in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations/anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don't neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. There is no date of publication restriction.

Our grand prize for the 2011 New England Book Festival winner is $1500 cash and a flight to the awards ceremony in Boston, to be held in January, 2012.

1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.

2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

FESTIVAL RULES: New England Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site (www.newenglandbookfestival.com). Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.

Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by midnight on November 25, 2011. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at www.newenglandbookfestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

AWARDS: The New England Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the category eligibility of any project.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Join My Webinar at Author Learning Center Oct. 4th and Oct. 18th

10 Rules for Planning your Novel to be a Film


You have an idea for a book and you just know it would be a huge hit on the big screen as well! We can help you learn how to turn that dream into a reality! In this webinar Author, Literary Manager, and Hollywood producer, Ken Atchity, explains the 10 rules for planning and writing your book, so Hollywood producers can see the movie potential. Ken's suggestions include important items to add to your storyline, certain items to forget and more!



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About the Presenter

Dr. Atchity is the author of 15 books, including A Writer’s Time, Writing Treatments That Sell, and How to Publish Your Novel. He’s worked successfully in nearly every area of the publishing and entertainment business, and has spent his lifetime helping writers get started with and improve their careers. As founder and head of Atchity Entertainment International, Inc., The Writer’s Lifeline, Inc., including Atchity Productions and Story Merchant, and The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC. he has produced nearly 30 films in the past 20 years for major studios, television broadcasters, and independent distribution. He is currently nominated for an Emmy for “The Kennedy Detail,” based on the New York Times bestselling book he developed. For nearly twenty years before, as professor of literature and teacher of creative writing at Occidental College and UCLA, he helped literally hundreds of writers find a market for their work by bringing their craft and technique to the level of their ambition and vision. During his time at Occidental, he also served as a regular reviewer for The Los Angeles Times Book Review.



Sunday, September 25, 2011

AEI Client Noire Tops Bestseller list for Busara Books

The Bestselling Books This Week Busara Books are ;

1.G-Spot2/
Noire Black


2.The Murder-Mamas/Authors Ashley JaQuavis
3.Bitch A New Begining/
Joy Deja King
4.NY'S Finest/
Teri Woods
5.Reversed/Gina West
6.Put A Ring On It/
Allison Hobbs
7.Justify My Thug/Wahida Clark
8.Murderville/
Ashley & Jaquavis
9.Material Girl2/
Keisha Ervin
10.Raunchy 2/T.Styles
11.Soft:CocaineLoveStories(various authors)
12.Circle Of Sins/Nurit Folkes

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Join My Webinar at Author Learning Center Oct. 4th and Oct.18th

10 Rules for Planning your Novel to be a Film


You have an idea for a book and you just know it would be a huge hit on the big screen as well! We can help you learn how to turn that dream into a reality! In this webinar Author, Literary Manager, and Hollywood producer, Ken Atchity, explains the 10 rules for planning and writing your book, so Hollywood producers can see the movie potential. Ken's suggestions include important items to add to your storyline, certain items to forget and more!


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October 4, or 18th 2011 at 2:30PM




About the Presenter

Dr. Atchity is the author of 15 books, including A Writer’s Time, Writing Treatments That Sell, and How to Publish Your Novel. He’s worked successfully in nearly every area of the publishing and entertainment business, and has spent his lifetime helping writers get started with and improve their careers. As founder and head of Atchity Entertainment International, Inc., The Writer’s Lifeline, Inc., including Atchity Productions and Story Merchant, and The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC. he has produced nearly 30 films in the past 20 years for major studios, television broadcasters, and independent distribution. He is currently nominated for an Emmy for “The Kennedy Detail,” based on the New York Times bestselling book he developed. For nearly twenty years before, as professor of literature and teacher of creative writing at Occidental College and UCLA, he helped literally hundreds of writers find a market for their work by bringing their craft and technique to the level of their ambition and vision. During his time at Occidental, he also served as a regular reviewer for The Los Angeles Times Book Review.



Friday, September 23, 2011

Guest Post: World, Affectivity, Trauma: A Book Review

by Dennis Palumbo

http://www.huffingtonpost.com


"Interpretation does not stand apart from the emotional relationship between patient and analyst; it is an inseparable and, to my mind, crucial dimension of that relationship."
-- Robert Stolorow, Ph.D

For almost five years, I was a member of Dr. Robert Stolorow's weekly supervision group for psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychoanalysts. As many clinicians know, Stolorow was one of the pioneers of intersubjectivity theory, which pretty much occupies center stage in the world of contemporary psychoanalysis.

Even though I'd been a licensed psychotherapist for many years when I joined Stolorow's group, I found soon enough that I would benefit greatly from his insights into the psychoanalytic process, his beliefs about the relational nature of good clinical work, and, especially, his views on the origins and treatment of trauma.

As I came to learn, Stolorow's interest in trauma was not merely professional: he often shared with members of the group his profound feelings of pain and heartbreak at the untimely death, some years earlier, of his beloved wife DeDe. In fact, as he's written about elsewhere, it was this shattering loss that propelled him into a traumatized state, and led to his exploration of trauma's causes and treatment.

Now, many years later, supported and encouraged in his work by his wife, Julia Schwartz, Stolorow has become, in my view and those of others, one of the country's pre-eminent thinkers on the subject of trauma.

Moreover, his writing on the subject now weaves together both analytic theory and philosophical inquiry. Hence, his recent book, World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2011).

In this short, trenchant book, Stolorow shows -- in the words of Richard Polt, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Xavier University -- "how today's psychoanalysis can be deepened and transformed by an encounter with Heidegger's thought -- and vice versa."

Thus, in Stolorow's own words in the Introduction, his book is "intended as a contribution to both psychoanalysis and philosophy."

The fact that the book manages to accomplish this goal is due, in my opinion, to a number of factors: first, the depth of Stolorow's understanding of both current psychoanalytic theory and Martin Heidegger's existential, contexually-based philosophy.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Toronto Film Festival HYSTERIA







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10 Rules for Planning your Novel to be a Film


You have an idea for a book and you just know it would be a huge hit on the big screen as well! We can help you learn how to turn that dream into a reality! In this webinar Author, Literary Manager, and Hollywood producer, Ken Atchity, explains the 10 rules for planning and writing your book, so Hollywood producers can see the movie potential. Ken's suggestions include important items to add to your storyline, certain items to forget and more!

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September 22, 2011 at 01:30PM

October 4, 2011 at 01:30PM




About the Presenter

Dr. Atchity is the author of 15 books, including A Writer’s Time, Writing Treatments That Sell, and How to Publish Your Novel. He’s worked successfully in nearly every area of the publishing and entertainment business, and has spent his lifetime helping writers get started with and improve their careers. As founder and head of Atchity Entertainment International, Inc., The Writer’s Lifeline, Inc., including Atchity Productions and Story Merchant, and The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC. he has produced nearly 30 films in the past 20 years for major studios, television broadcasters, and independent distribution. He is currently nominated for an Emmy for “The Kennedy Detail,” based on the New York Times bestselling book he developed. For nearly twenty years before, as professor of literature and teacher of creative writing at Occidental College and UCLA, he helped literally hundreds of writers find a market for their work by bringing their craft and technique to the level of their ambition and vision. During his time at Occidental, he also served as a regular reviewer for The Los Angeles Times Book Review.



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Join My Webinar at Author Learning Center Oct. 4th & 18th

10 Rules for Planning your Novel to be a Film


You have an idea for a book and you just know it would be a huge hit on the big screen as well! We can help you learn how to turn that dream into a reality! In this webinar Author, Literary Manager, and Hollywood producer, Ken Atchity, explains the 10 rules for planning and writing your book, so Hollywood producers can see the movie potential. Ken's suggestions include important items to add to your storyline, certain items to forget and more!

Register Now

October 4th or 18th, 2011 at 01:30PM




About the Presenter

Dr. Atchity is the author of 15 books, including A Writer’s Time, Writing Treatments That Sell, and How to Publish Your Novel. He’s worked successfully in nearly every area of the publishing and entertainment business, and has spent his lifetime helping writers get started with and improve their careers. As founder and head of Atchity Entertainment International, Inc., The Writer’s Lifeline, Inc., including Atchity Productions and Story Merchant, and The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC. he has produced nearly 30 films in the past 20 years for major studios, television broadcasters, and independent distribution. He is currently nominated for an Emmy for “The Kennedy Detail,” based on the New York Times bestselling book he developed. For nearly twenty years before, as professor of literature and teacher of creative writing at Occidental College and UCLA, he helped literally hundreds of writers find a market for their work by bringing their craft and technique to the level of their ambition and vision. During his time at Occidental, he also served as a regular reviewer for The Los Angeles Times Book Review.



Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Hysteria" Is a Smart and Riotous Comedy that Puts Recent R-Rated Humor to Shame

INDIE WIRE Hysteria Review

AEI Client Royce Buckingham Featured on Seattle Wrote

Seattle Author: Winning the Literary 'Lottery'



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Fairy tales don't really happen in real life for authors. Getting your book published after years and sometimes decades of working on it is definitely a dream-come-true, but it pales in comparison to what happened to author and screen play writer
Royce Buckingham. He worked for over a decade on his short story, turned screenplay, turned novel, Demonkeeper, and after years of winning awards for it, starting movie work and then getting shut down, the story was bought for a novel by Penguin, and a movie for Fox back-to-back and in less than a month's time!


Photo courtesy of Royce Buckingham.
Buckingham's is more than just a story of following the adage, 'if at first you don't succeed, try, try again'. After studying English in college and trying his hand at short stories, he launched a career in law - crime law to be exact. "If you go to law school, it teaches you to write very carefully. For some people that can make their writing very sterile, but that wasn’t the case with me," Buckingham says. If anything, his career in law inspired a short story that would become his first novel, Demonkeeper. "I was working in juvenile court, and the disappearance of the kid with the green mohawk in downtown Seattle inspired a short story. I don't think it’s a coincidence that the first story I wrote had to do with what I was doing every day."

Demonkeeper was about more than just monsters and fantasy fiction with a little bit of sci-fi. In the bio on his website, Buckingham writes about the green-mohawk kid; "I imagined the chaos of street life as a monster that rose and ate him up while people weren’t paying attention, as it does with so many lost children. I wrote a screenplay from that story. The script evolved into a much more lighthearted and fun tale than that short tale I wrote years earlier, but the message remained—kids need stability, family and a home."

He continued to send the screenplay and short story, Demonkeeper around to producers and to enter competitions. At one point, "I had taken the screenplay to CA, got a producer on it, and it went way along in the process, and then it didn’t sell. I was so disappointed. I knew I needed a new direction, so I sat down and wrote it into a novel," he said.

Short stories remained a part of Buckingham's life throughout the beginning of his career in law, but since "there's no money in short stories", and "screenplays are hard to sell", says Buckingham, "I reached a point when I wasn't doing it enough ... I loved writing screenplays because they were very visual, and when I learned to get that visual element into my novels, I was able to get that joy of picturing things on the page, and then it was more fun," he said.

After years working on and re-working Demonkeeper, Penguin bought the book in December 2005. What had started as a short story in the mid-90s was finally going to be published in a middle-grade fantasy novel. A couple of weeks later, Fox bought Demonkeeper the screenplay to develop for a movie.

"What was it like to suddenly go from giving up writing entirely to seeing your story become a hit? That’s the ‘I won the lottery’ feeling!" Buckingham laughs. "Pick your favorite dream and that’s it ... I’d wake up the next day and wonder if that really happened. It exceeds anything I had thought I would ever get to ... It’s the story that should keep all other writers writing."

Buckingham references Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, who says that if you want to be a professional at something, you need to work on it for at least seven years. "Who can expect to go out and start writing, and immediately be an expert? You’re not a professional right off the bat. You’re competing with celebrities and professionals. The bulk of people that get there have been doing it, and doing it hard," Buckingham said.

Demonkeeper's success was hardly the end of Buckingham's career in law - he's still working hard at that, although he recently reduced his hours so that he could spend more time writing. "Follow your dream, but pay your rent. I want to keep taking my shots, but I also need the security of my day job to support my family and do what's right for them," he says. Buckingham's dream is still in the works; he's had two more books published since his big break with Demonkeeper in 2007. Goblins was published in 2008, and The Dead Boys was published last year. The latter was already nominated for a Cybils Award for 2010 Fantasy and Science Fiction for the middle-grade (see the book on the finalists' list here).

According to Royce Buckingham, "The biggest thing you learn is not to chase bad ideas. You only have so many books in you," he says. "Before I sit down to write, I walk around for six months talking about it. It’s really easy when I go to schools and tell the kids about it, and their reaction tells me if it’s a book. You only have so much time, so work on the ideas that are good."

After years of trying, with competitions won and some progress on his work, but nothing so big as publishing until that 'lottery-winning' time in 2005, Buckingham has quite the experience with 'try, try again'. He suggests that writers in those almost-but-not-quite published-shoes "Enter competitions to get a measure of where you’re at, if you do well, you just need to get your work out there more. If you’re not getting good feedback at competitions, get it from a writing group, go to classes," he advises. "You can work a long time by yourself and not know what you’re doing wrong. Competitions tell you how good your work is. Writing groups are really a substitute for paying tuition to a writing teacher. Get in a group with mature people who can take criticism, and give it without getting upset."

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Dr. Atchity is the author of 15 books, including A Writer’s Time, Writing Treatments That Sell, and How to Publish Your Novel. He’s worked successfully in nearly every area of the publishing and entertainment business, and has spent his lifetime helping writers get started with and improve their careers. As founder and head of Atchity Entertainment International, Inc., The Writer’s Lifeline, Inc., including Atchity Productions and Story Merchant, and The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC. he has produced nearly 30 films in the past 20 years for major studios, television broadcasters, and independent distribution. He is currently nominated for an Emmy for “The Kennedy Detail,” based on the New York Times bestselling book he developed. For nearly twenty years before, as professor of literature and teacher of creative writing at Occidental College and UCLA, he helped literally hundreds of writers find a market for their work by bringing their craft and technique to the level of their ambition and vision. During his time at Occidental, he also served as a regular reviewer for The Los Angeles Times Book Review.



Friday, September 16, 2011

Hysteria Premiere

"Hysteria" press conference during 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

Actors Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal speak at "Hysteria" press conference during 2011 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 15, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

'Hysteria': A Female Sex Comedy Dressed in Victorian Garb






How three women producers joined forces to put together a daring period movie about romance, the stirrings of feminism and the invention of the modern vibrator.

















On The Luxembourg set of Hysteria, Maggie Gyllenhaal is panting. But it's not from a close encounter with the world's first 'electro mechanical vibrator,' the invention of which is at the center of the new movie. No, it's simply because the character she plays, a proto-feminist trapped in Victorian London, 'talks really fast. Much faster than I do,' says the actress. 'I am panting by the end of my scenes.'

Whether audiences will find themselves equally breathless will be decided when Hysteria has its world premiere in Toronto on Sept. 15.

It promises bawdy comedy: Based on historical fact, the film is set in the offices of doctors who cured women diagnosed with 'hysteria' by treating them to orgasms. The original screenplay, by the American husband-and-wife team of Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer, also examines female repression and a blossoming romance. British producer Sarah Curtis (Mansfield Park), one-third of the female producing team, admits she was skeptical when she first read the script, doubting two Americans could master such a British comedy of manners. 'But after reading it, I thought they had captured the wit and voice of the era well,' she says.

VIDEO: 'Hysteria' Trailer: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal Star in Sex Drama

Fellow producer Tracey Becker's (Finding Neverland) longtime friend Tanya Wexler was eager to direct. She says making a movie about the collision of stuffy Victoriana and the invention of the vibrator was 'too funny not to do.' Becker and Curtis joined with a third producer, Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart). But the movie, at nearly $15 million, was not an easy sell.

The project began to gather momentum when it attracted the interest of veteran British actor Jonathan Pryce, who plays Gyllenhaal's very proper father, and the producers were able to assemble a polyglot patchwork of financing.

Nearly a third of the budget came via a U.K./Luxembourg co-production deal that utilized both the British tax-credit system and Film Fund Luxembourg. That arrangement required that the film be shot for five weeks in London before heading to Luxembourg for a final week.

Another big chunk of change came from U.S. private-equity financier Informant Media, in which Cairo is a partner. There were sizable presales to France and Germany. International sales company Elle Driver struck more presales in Cannes this year, and Cassian Elwes is handling North American rights as the movie heads to Toronto.

There, it is hoped, the film's provocative premise will help Hysteria attract the attention that will help it find its way to theaters, where R-rated female comedy is suddenly in vogue. 'It was watertight and really funny when I saw it,' says Gyllenhaal of her love for the project, 'and I thought it would take a lot to f-- it up.'

HYSTERIA - MORE MEDIA COVERAGE



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Hysteria
Tanya Wexler, USA/United Kingdom World Premiere
A romantic comedy based on the surprising truth of how Mortimer Granville came up with the world's first electro-mechanical vibrator in the name of medical science. Academy Award®-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy headline in this untold tale of a young Victorian doctor's quest to figure out the key to women's happiness. Also starring Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones.

Kenneth Atchity ... executive producer
Tracey Becker ... producer
Eric Brenner ... executive producer
Judy Cairo ... producer
Sarah Curtis ... producer
Michael A. Simpson ... executive producer


DAILY MOTION, THE FINER DANDY, THE FRISKY, BANG SHOWBIZ/THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, SALON, MONSTERS & CRITICS, DEN OF GEEK, BLEEDING COOL, GEEK MUNDO, FILMOFILIA, BUZZ SUGAR
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Latest Movie Trailers: Hysteria
DAILY MOTION
August 19, 2011
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Snap Judgment: “Hysteria” Trailer Brings Sophistication and Class to the Vibrator
THE FINER DANDY
August 19, 2011
Please don’t let the title of this post fool you. The vibrator IS classy and sophisticated — but the new trailer for Hysteria makes the popular sex toy even classier. Like a whore in a corset doing the waltz.
The movie gives us the history of the invention of the vibrator and proves that adding Hugh Dancy, fancy little hats, and Maggie Gyllenhaal doing a community theater-worthy English accent gives any movie a jolt of class.
Here’s the new moan-worthy trailer complete with feather duster gun:
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Discovers A Vibrator In “Hysteria”
By Jessica Wakeman
THE FRISKY
August 18, 2011
The time before the invention of the vibrator is a dark period of world history which I prefer not to think about. But imagine, ladies, if you will, a period when all of a woman’s problems were attributed to “hysteria,” a vague pathological affliction which doctors found could best be cured by applying pressure to a woman’s most delicate regions. A suffering woman could be relieved of her hysteria by hand, of course, but the world needed a device to get the job done more quickly.
“Hysteria” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival next month and stars Hugh Dancy as a young doctor in Victorian England and Maggie Gyllenhaal as his boss’s daughter, who knows at the root of all these hysterics is a need for pleasure. God bless electricity, that’s all I have to say. [YouTube]
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A pleasurable pick
BANG SHOWBIZ, THE WEST AUSTRAILIAN
August 18, 2011
A Victorian-era romantic movie about the invention of the vibrator is among the latest additions to the crowded line-up at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Hysteria stars Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce as London doctors treating cases of hysteria, a condition said to be characterised by a woman's irritability, anger or tears.
Dancy's character experiments with a new electrical device — a "vulvar stimulator" — for treatment.
Also added to the Toronto program is Winnie, the biopic of South Africa's Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson; Trespass, a Joel Schumacher thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage; and the French film Beloved, starring Catherine Deneuve.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) has his directorial debut, Violet & Daisy, featuring Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and James Gandolfini. The festival, which runs from September 8-18, closes with Page Eight, a spy movie.
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Today's must-see viral videos
Watch: Seven minutes in heaven with Hoda, the true meaning of crossword puzzles, and a dog walking itself Video
By Drew Grant
August 18, 2011
1. Dog walks itself:
I think there's a lot to be said for this video, and I might not be the person to say it. It's so simple, yet so profoundly sad. Why is this dog walking itself, you may ask. Where did its master go? Where is the dog planning to go next? And is it just a sad statement on our society that some kids taping this poor ole' guy on the boardwalk think it's "awesome" that this dog is forlornly carrying its own leash in its mouth?
2. Anderson Cooper loves that Gerard Depardieu urination story:
Look, we all think it's hysterical that French actor Gerard Depardieu loves to pee on people on airplanes. But Anderson Cooper really just can't hold it together on live TV when talking about the incident. Maybe he needs to go back to journalism school.
3. The history of the vibrator, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal:
I've always been fascinated that vibrators were created by doctors to cure women of erratic behavior because doctors' hands were getting too tired. Of course, putting attractive people in the cast of this new film about the subject (aptly titled "Hysteria") is kind of a stretch: Even in olden times it was a truth universally acknowledged, that a single Hugh Dancy in possession of a good vibrator must service half the women in England.
4. A four letter word for "innuendo during crosswords":
As it turns out, whenever people ask for help in crossword puzzles in TV or movies, what they are really asking is for social acceptance ... and love.
5. "7 Minutes in Heaven" with Hoda:
If you haven't been checking out Mike O'Brien's "7 Minutes in Heaven" series, they are pretty genius. It's not "Between Two Ferns" or anything, and Mike here seems way more like Kenneth from "30 Rock" than a mean-spirited interviewer trying to "punk" celebrities, but he's very good at being funny anyway! I think it's his natural instinct to let these performers do whatever the hell they want during the segment, which in Hoda Kotb's case is definitely drinking red wine and talking crap about Kathie Lee.
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Trailer for Victorian vibrator rom-com 'Hysteria.' Yes you heard right!
By Anthony Pearson
MONSTERS & CRITICS
August 17, 2011
The comedy focuses on the events leading up to the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England. We have added the first trailer for Victorian romantic comedy "Hysteria." The film, based on actual events, is about the invention of the invention of the women's vibrator.
"Hysteria" stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Felicity Jones, Jonathan Pryce, Anna Chancellor, Gemma Jones, Tobias Menzies, Sheridan Smith, Kate Linder, David Ryall, Dominic Borrelli, Georgie Glen, Malcolm Rennie and Jonathan Rhodes.
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First trailer for upcoming comedy Hysteria
By Simon Brew
DEN OF GEEK
August 17, 2011
Making its debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, Hysteria is a film that, bluntly, covers the invention of the vibrator.
It’s clearly having a lot of fun with the concept too, and is taking a tone that doesn’t look a million miles away from Alan Parker’s underrated The Road To Wellville (anyone else remember that?)
The cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett. And the first trailer for the film can be found below…
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Oh My … Trailer For Hysteria, With Maggie Gyllenhaal And … Certain Devices
By Hannah Shaw-Williams
BLEEDING COOL
August 17, 2011
“We are not going to take a dangerous electrical device and press it against a lady’s most gentle areas!”
And with that, I bring you the trailer for Tanya Wexler‘s new romantic comedy Hysteria, with leading lady Maggie Gyllenhaal being wooed in a somewhat unusual way by leading man Hugh Dancy. The film is about … well, just watch the trailer and you’ll soon figure it out. Let’s call it an exploration of the technological and medical advances made during the Victorian era (and trust me when I say that this is a trailer that you should watch right up the last second).
In all seriousness, though, this film looks like a joyfully dirty-minded comedy made more hilarious by the repressed sexuality of the British stiff upper lip. It also stars Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce, and if Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance in Secretary is anything to go by then I’ve no doubt she gives it her all in Hysteria as well.
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Trailer for Vibrator Comedy ‘Hysteria’ Featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal
GEEK MUNDO
August 16, 2011
This looks super raucous. Several years ago I read a book that included this subject matter and I was floored. I want to check it out:
As you can tell from the trailer, Hugh Dancy is actually the movie’s main character, a young, perfectly attractive young man who has the misfortune to live in Victorian England, when the female orgasm was considered a medical procedure. Lucky for him he’s also crossing paths with Gyllenhaal’s character, who seems a lot saucier and more confident than her contemporaries. I wonder if the entire movie will be as coy about mentioning words like “vibrator” and “orgasm” as the trailer is, or if they’re just being cute to play off the Victorian setting and fluffy tone of the trailer.
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HYSTERIA Movie Trailer
By Allan Ford
FILMOFILIA
August 17, 2011
Check out the first trailer for Tanya Wexlers‘ Hysteria, cheeky romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy Victorian London is brought to life in vivid colour as a young doctor (Dancy) struggles to establish himself while confronting the gutsy daughter of his boss (Gyllenhaal). Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones play supporting roles.
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Hysteria Trailer: Hugh Dancy Invents the Vibrator
By Becky Kirsch
BUZZ SUGAR
August 16, 2011
Yup, you read that title correctly. In Hysteria, Hugh Dancy plays a Victorian-era doctor who is up to his elbows (um, kind of literally) trying to cure women of "hysteria," which, in this case, seems to be a fancy way of saying aroused and/or sexually frustrated. To make the relief process easier, he and his partner (Rupert Everett) invent the first vibrator with the help of some electricity and a feather duster. Maggie Gyllenhaal also pops up as a sassy love interest.
The trailer looks a little silly, but the fact that it's inspired by true events has me intrigued. Plus, it's hard not to giggle in spite of yourself at loaded one-liners like "Imagine if everyone had one!" To see the trailer, just read more.
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