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Liev Loves Boxing!

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Liev Schreiber finds boxing strangely cathartic and doesn’t mind being hit in the face repeatedly.

The 46-year-old took up the sport as a hobby a few years ago in preparation for a role he was intending to play. Despite playing tough guy Ray Donovan in the hit Showtime series of the same name, he was a little scared when he first got in the ring.

“There was a lot of fear at first,” he told the British edition of Esquire magazine. “But there’s something cathartic in overcoming that fear of being punched in the face repeatedly.”

Boxing probably isn’t the wisest choice of hobby for a successful actor. And Liev has had to deal with some knocks to his handsome features in recent months, no doubt to the chagrin of casting directors.

“I’ve broken my nose twice now in the past six months,” he revealed. “Once was in Montreal, in a boxing gym, and then literally a-month-and-a-half later, I walked into a glass door on a set.”

Liev has always understood the importance of looking after himself having grown up in New York City in the 1970s. The father-of-two admits he has seen a great deal of violence over the years, none more so than in a London bar.

“The worst bar fights I ever saw were in London,” he recalled. “I saw a guy break a pint glass in another guy’s face in a club in the Eighties. It was a gay club, too. Real I’m-going-to-kill-you violence, no Marquess of Queensbury rules!”

Liev is very protective over his children Sasha, six, and Kai, five. When his wife, fellow actress Naomi Watts gave birth to the boys, the actor realised his priorities had changed.

“When they came along, there was something terrifying and sad about it,” he laughed. “Like it was the end of my time! I started to enjoy acting less because I wanted to be with them.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/schreiber-i-dont-mind-being-punched-30384306.html

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Ray Donovan Season 2!

Ray Donovan season 2: 10 things we want
Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan

Liev Schreiber finally found a vehicle worthy of his talents with Showtime’s gritty drama Ray Donovan.

If you haven’t seen the first season of Ray Donovan and don’t want any spoilers we recommend you stop reading now. If you have seen it and want to read our wishes for season 2 then keep reading.

The show focused on L.A. fixer Ray Donovan (Schreiber) who works for law firm Goldman & Drexler run by Ezra Goldman (Elliott Gould) and Lee Drexler (Peter Jacobson) who represent the rich and famous. Ray does whatever it takes to protect the firm’s clients and isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty which causes problems with his wife Abby (Paula Malcolmson).

In the first season of the show Ray’s no-good father Mickey (Jon Voight) was release from prison and stirred up trouble with the family including Ray’s brothers Terry (Eddie Marsan), Bunchy (Dash Mihok) and Darryll (Pooch Hall). The central arc of the season saw Ray battling against his father and his father’s old partner-in-crime Sully (James Wood). The season one finale saw Ray ask his father to leave following a shootout which resulted in Sully’s death.

The second season of the show is starting in July so we’ve compiled a list of the things we’d like to see when it returns.

1. Ray getting his hands dirty. Okay, we know this is essentially the premise of the show but who doesn’t love it when Ray gets mean and moody to fix a problem. The first season was pretty dark in places but we want things to get even darker in season two.

2. Less Ray and Abby conflict. It must be hard being married to a man who shares very little with you but the constant drama between Ray and Abby became a little bit repetitive. The season one finale saw the two seemingly having worked through their difficulties and working better at being a family. Abby knows her husband will never be the man she thought he was so she needs to accept that or move on.

3. More meddling Mickey. Does anyone really think that Mickey will stick by his word and stay out of Ray’s life? No! We want the meddling, murderous and morally-bankrupt father figure to continue causing all kinds of problems for Ray. This is the big conflict that’s the heart of the show.

4. Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) going wild child. The teenager had her fair share of ups-and-downs in the first season thanks to her relationship with Marvin (Octavius J. Johnson). Despite being more sensible than she was given credit for by her parents, Bridget is showing all the signs of a teenager about to go out of control. This would be an interesting dynamic for the show when it returns and give Kerris Dorsey a great platform to showcase her talent.

5. More Lena (Katherine Moennig). The wily press agent didn’t mind get her hands dirty when it came to helping Ray but we saw far too little of her in the first season. We want a bigger role for the talented Katherine Moennig that sees Lena more central to the action.

6. Frances (Brooke Smith) and Terry to reunite. The season finale saw the two go their separate ways as Terry struggled with his guilt over the murder of the priest that abused his brother Bunchy. He chose his family over his girlfriend but once the dust settles we hope the two can reconcile as Frances was a good influence on Terry.

7. Tommy Wheeler (Austin Nichols) getting into more trouble. The closeted Hollywood actor gave Ray a few headaches in the first season thanks to his careless sexscapades and he formed a friendship with Ray’s son Conor (Devon Bagby). When rumours circulated that he was gay Conor came in for some bullying at school but have a sneaking suspicion that Conor’s sexuality may become inter-linked with Tommy this season. The signs are all there (unless we’ve misread them of course!)

8. More Bunchy and Darryll. There’s a lot we don’t know about Ray’s brothers and they certainly didn’t have as a big roles as Terry did in season 1. We know that Bunchy is an alcoholic following sexual abuse in his childhood and Darryll is a boxer but we want a bit more back-story for these two.

9. New blood to shake things up. There’s been a lot of new cast additions confirmed for the second season including Kip Pardue, Ann-Margret, Sherilyn Fenn, Hank Azaria, Wendell Pierce and Vinessa Shaw. We can’t wait to see what these new characters bring to the table and how they impact on Ray’s already chaotic world.

10. Plenty of back-stabbing and double-crossing. Part of the fun of season one was trying to figure out who was really working with whom. Ray’s world is one full of slippery characters and in season 2 we expect it to be even more difficult for the titular character to understand who he can trust.

Ray Donovan returns in the US to Showtime on 13th July and in the UK to Sky Atlantic HD in July (date TBC).

http://www.entertainment-focus.com/tv-section/tv-news/ray-donovan-season-2-10-things-want/

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Liev’s New Venture

Scott Carlson & Liev Schreiber

Scott Carlson & Liev Schreiber

 

HAVING a celebrity as one of its executives can help an advertising agency open doors with prospective clients, but the actor Liev Schreiber, who founded an agency with the industry veteran Scott Carlson, has not been having great luck with doors lately. Mr. Schreiber, who stars as a Hollywood fixer on “Ray Donovan,” was on the set of the Showtime series recently when he walked into a door and broke his nose.

“I was just trying to walk through a glass door, and it wasn’t opened,” said Mr. Schreiber, who had a cut on the bridge of his nose from the mishap, as he and Mr. Carlson sat down recently at their agency, Van’s General Store, which occupies a storefront on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. “I really wish it had something to do with some large Brazilian guys on the subway, but it didn’t.” The office doubles as a gallery and pop-up store for clients.

With Nergia, a natural energy-shot drink, for example, the store recently featured a half-dozen sleek bicycles and a surfboard, all with the Nergia logo, which the agency designed. Passers-by, some mistaking the storefront for a bike shop, wandered in and received samples of the drink.

The current display, for Vespa, features one of the brand’s scooters alongside contributions from artists, including scooter rearview mirrors mounted to walls, their reflective surfaces covered with photographs of street scenes.

“The foot traffic down here is great, especially on the weekends, so we’re able to educate people about brands,” said Mr. Carlson, who has been a creative director at agencies including the Love Collective and Mother. “Look at how much advertisers spend for a billboard that people drive by, as opposed to paying almost nothing to have a storefront where people walk in and become part of the brand.”

The agency opened its offices at 47 Orchard Street last November and formally announced its formation in January. Mr. Carlson’s grandfather owned a store called Van’s Hardware in Santa Monica, Calif., and Mr. Carlson has a son named Van, too.

Last year, as a pro bono project, the agency produced a promotional documentary for Success Academy Charter Schools in New York, with Mr. Schreiber narrating. It has also produced four music videos for Bon Jovi and promotional programming for Optimum, the cable and Internet provider in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Mr. Carlson and Mr. Schreiber first collaborated in 2011 on a short film, “Felt,” narrated by the actor, in which a character in a cheerful bunny costume reveals an incongruously dark past and existential crisis. The two met through Mr. Carlson’s wife, who was a high school classmate of the actor.

“Scott always wanted to be an artist, and I always wanted to be in advertising,” said Mr. Schreiber, who studied semiotics, visual literacy and media criticism at Hampshire College before attending the Yale School of Drama. “And I was like, ‘Do you want to switch places?’ — except I really don’t want to see him act.”

For the Nergia brand, which is made by America’s Naturals, the agency shot commercials that may be introduced in late April. Mr. Schreiber, who wrote the screenplay for “Everything Is Illuminated,” which he also directed, pitched in on copywriting for the spots.

The agency is stressing with prospective clients that Mr. Schreiber will not be their pitchman, but that he will be working behind the scenes, including tapping Hollywood connections to help with commercials and web series.

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The agency, which calls itself a “creative collective,” assembles teams of writers, designers and filmmakers for projects, and Mr. Carlson said that while it had a full-time staff of 14, 38 people are now working on campaigns.

While at Mother, Mr. Carlson was creative director for a documentary web series for Chevrolet, “The Road We’re On,” which chronicled how a Chevy dealership in Bridgeville, Pa., was woven into the fabric of the community. Along with traditional advertising, the agency is focusing on such so-called branded content, which aims to strike a chord with consumers without selling products overtly.

Shane Atchison, the chief executive of Possible, an agency owned by the WPP Group, said that this was an opportune time for an agency to emphasize its skills around branded content.

“If they say our play and our DNA is about creating experiences through original content creation, then that’s pretty interesting,” Mr. Atchison said. But he added that Van’s General Store might lack the analytic capability that larger advertisers also require.

“If these guys said they had a big-data person as their third partner, they would be onto something with much more ballast that could really scale,” Mr. Atchison said.

Celebrities including the rapper Jay-Z and the filmmaker Spike Lee have also formed agencies. In 2010, the actors Jason Bateman and Will Arnett formed Dumbdumb, which has produced humorous videos for brands including Denny’s, Wrigley’s Orbit gum and the TBS network.

Mike Duda, who is chief executive of the Johannes Leonardo agency, also co-founded Consigliere Brand Capital, a marketing and venture capital firm, with the basketball star Steve Nash in 2010. He said connection to a celebrity had its advantages.

“For getting in the door, it can be hugely helpful,” Mr. Duda said. “But at the same time it’s not the only way in the door.”

While Hollywood may seem glamorous to advertising executives with their screenplays stashed away in desk drawers, the reverse is true for Mr. Schreiber.

“The reality of being an actor is that it’s not as exciting as people think, particularly when you’re on a television show and you do the same thing year in and year out,” Mr. Schreiber said.

“Part of what I love about this is it changes all the time,” he continued, referring to the agency’s work. “Every three months you meet this new client and you go on this new adventure, and it’s actually really fun.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/04/business/media/with-hollywood-stars-on-the-agency-team-clients-take-the-call.html?_r=0

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Fading Gigolo Release Dates

Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo now has some official release dates around the world, though some will be limited.

France 2 April 2014
Italy 17 April 2014
USA 18 April 2014 (limited)
Brazil 25 April 2014
Finland 25 April 2014
Spain 30 April 2014
Australia 1 May 2014
Denmark 1 May 2014
Singapore 15 May 2014
UK 23 May 2014
Ireland 23 May 2014
Greece 3 July 2014

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The Last Days on Mars

Last-Mars

For those who do not yet know, The Last Days on Mars has been released on DVD and Blu Ray, and can be purchased from Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Days-Mars-Blu-ray/dp/B00HF00RIS

For those in the UK, you can buy the US Import if your DVD player is region free – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Days-Mars-Blu-ray-US/dp/B00HF00RIS/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1394745275&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+days+on+mars

For those who like to carry their movies around with them, it can also be downloaded from iTunes.

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Liev Nominated For A Golden Globe!!!!

Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan

As some of you may now have heard, Liev has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series Drama for his Leading Role in Ray Donovan!!

I’m sure you all think as we do here at the site, that he more than deserves to win, and we’ll all have our fingers crossed on the day!

To see other nomination, particularly in Liev’s category, see this link – http://www.goldenglobes.com/2014/best-actor-tv-series-drama

 

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Alternate ‘Last Days on Mars’ Poster.

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at an awesome alternate one-sheet for Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber (Scream 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) alongside Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken), and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman).

The sci-fi thriller is now available on all VOD platforms from Magnet Releasing. A theatrical roll-out is planned for December 6.

The Last Days on Mars, which was previously titled The Animators, “follows the story of an astronaut crew on Mars on the verge of a major breakthrough, having collected rock specimens that reveal microscopic evidence of life. In their last hours on the planet, two astronauts go back to a cavernous valley on the surface of Mars to collect further evidence for their discovery, but a routine excavation turns deadly when one of them falls to his death and his body is taken as a host and re-animated by the very life form they sought to discover.

Last Days on Mars

Last Days on Mars

 

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Liev Schreiber to Narrate Movie Honouring Bielski Brothers

Liev Schreiber, star of the Showtime series Ray Donovan will be the narrator of two new films set to premiere at the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation’s 2013 Tribute Dinner honoring the Bielski brothers and the partisans of the Bielski Brigade.

Partisans in 1944

Partisans in 1944

 

Schreiber, portrayed Zus Bielski in the motion picture Defiance which also starred Daniel Craig.

The Bielski brothers, led by Commander Tuvia Bielski, organized the largest Jewish resistance unit during World War II, saving over 1,200 Jews. Today, there are more than 15,000 descendants of the Bielski Brigade, many of whom will be in attendance, including the youngest Bielski brother, Aron Bell. A highlight of the evening includes a keynote presentation by Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz and the Honorable Irwin Cotler, both distinguished defenders of human rights worldwide and admirers of Tuvia Bielski.

Filmmaker Mark Birnbaum said “Indeed the message of this movie remains vitally relevant and interesting during today’s times.”

JPEF is dedicated to the development and distribution of effective resource materials about the Jewish partisans, bringing the celebration of heroic resistance during World War II to educational and cultural settings. Tickets for the evening can be purchased online at www.jewishpartisans.org/bielskitribute.

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New ‘Last Days on Mars’ Poster

Magnet Releasing has set it for On Demand on October 31, with a theatrical roll-out planned for December 6.

The Last Days on Mars, which was previously titled The Animators, “follows the story of an astronaut crew on Mars on the verge of a major breakthrough, having collected rock specimens that reveal microscopic evidence of life. In their last hours on the planet, two astronauts go back to a cavernous valley on the surface of Mars to collect further evidence for their discovery, but a routine excavation turns deadly when one of them falls to his death and his body is taken as a host and re-animated by the very life form they sought to discover.

Last Days on Mars

Last Days on Mars

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