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Zach Braff Raises Over $2 Million On Kickstarter For 'Garden State' Sequel

April 28th, 2013 8:06am EDT
Zach Braff
Former Scrubs star Zach Braff has launched a fund raiser on website Kickstarter.com, seeking to raise $2 million to finance a sequel to his 2004 film Garden State.

Braff says the sequel, titled "Wish I Was Here," is something he had planned on signing a deal to land the funds to make the movie, but instead he chose to use Kickstarter after having backed several other projects on the site himself.

Last month fans of Kristen Bell's 2004-07 show Veronica Mars set a record after donating over $1 million in just 24 hours to fund a movie based on the TV series -- ultimately raising more than $5...
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Zach Braff Quickly Raises Over $2 Million For Film Via Kickstarter

April 28th, 2013 8:01am EDT
Zach Braff
After seeing the success of the "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter.com campaign, Zach Braff launched an online fundraiser earlier this week to finance a sequel to 2004's "Garden State."

And he's already reached his goal. Actually, he's surpassed it.

In just a few days he reached $ 2 million - and he still has 25 days remaining.

Following the massive outpouring of fan support, he tweeted:  "Dear Fans, I cannot believe your unbelievable support for WIWH. I wish I could hug each and every one of you."

The former "Scrubs" star seeks funds to finance "Wish I Was Here." He's bribing fans with t-sh...
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Smarter Than The Average Movie Star Natalie Portman Turns 30

June 9th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Natalie Portman
“I'd rather be smart than a movie star,” Natalie Portman once said. ...Turns out she’s both.

The young actress has always been a fascinating contradiction. Youthful in appearance, yet always so mature in her choices, her acting and her lifestyle. A child star who was never childish, (even at just 12 years of age in Leon), she has a natural maturity far beyond any of her peers. Which is why she’s lasted where others have crashed and burned.

Discovered by an agent in a pizza parlour at the age of 11, Portman was being groomed for a modelling career before deciding she’d rather pursue acting...
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Natalie Portman: The Best Actress Of Her Generation?

October 1st, 2010 10:10am EDT
black swa
Since her intense breakout role in 1994’s “The Professional,” Natalie Portman has been one of the most respected and versatile actors working in Hollywood. Her filmography spans over 15 years but is as impressive and solid as Audrey Hepburn’s or Meryl Streep’s, two actresses to whom she has rightfully been compared.

It makes sense that Portman has become one of the most talented performers in Hollywood considering the amazing list of directors with whom she’s worked:

Luc Besson (“The Professional”)

Michael Mann (“Heat”)

Ted Demme (“Beautiful Girls”)

Woody Allen (“Everyone Says I Love Y...
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McMainstream: The Evolving Independence Of The Music Scene

March 3rd, 2008 11:10am EST
Paolo Nutini
As I perused the soundtracks section of a local music store last week, I stumbled upon the Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack, Volume 3. Having apparently missed Volumes 1 and 2, and, admittedly, having only caught the actual show on one or two occasions, I had little notion of Grey's musical backdrop.

But I went in with my assumptions. After all, this is the show that brought "McDreamy" to our national lexicon. Wouldn’t it follow that its music would be lighthearted, upbeat, and, well... McDreamy?

That’s when I flipped the CD over and read the names of the artists on the back.

The ...
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'This Is Next' Compilation Series To Highlight The Best Music From Independent Artists

August 27th, 2007 8:05pm EDT
This Is NEXT
This Is NEXT is a new compilation series showcasing today's best independent artists. Based on the model of the popular NOW That's What I Call Music series and inspired by the success of 2004's Garden State soundtrack (which largely featured independent artists and sold over 1 million units), This Is NEXT will be curated biannually by a different label in the ADA stable.

ADA president Andy Allen sums the compilation's relevance best by saying, "Indie music has entered the mainstream. Hollywood and Madison Avenue are increasingly using tracks from indie artists in their projects, and yo...
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'The Ex' Comes To DVD In Both Rated And Unrated Versions On August 21

August 11th, 2007 10:00am EDT
The Ex
SANTA MONICA, CA – Dirty tricks and sabotage from an old flame create an atmosphere of fierce paranoia in The Ex landing on DVD August 21, 2007 from The Weinstein Company and Genius Products LLC. Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State), Amanda Peet (Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, A Lot Like Love, Something's Gotta Give) and Jason Bateman (The Break-Up, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), lead an all-star cast in the hilarious no-holds-barred comedy. When Tom's (Braff) wife (Peet) gets pregnant, he has to reel in his slacker lifestyle and work for his father-in-law in this Meet The Parents style ...
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'Saturday Night Live' Closes Out The Season In Style

May 12th, 2007 7:00am EDT
Maroon 5
NBC's Saturday Night Live finishes its 32nd Season with the return of a familiar face, a multiple award-winning triple-threat as well as rock superstars and a pop powerhouse. The show returns live May 12 and May 19 at 11:30 PM.

On May 12, SNL alum Molly Shannon returns to the show for the first time since she ended her Emmy nominated six seasons on the show.

Joining Shannon on May 12 and making their SNL debut is groundbreaking rock band Linkin Park, performing from their hotly anticipated third record "Minutes To Midnight."

For the Season Finale on May 19, SNL welcomes Zach...
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Foo Fighters Head Up 'Catch And Release' Soundtrack; Movie On DVD May 8;

May 1st, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Catch And Release
When the fiancé of a quirky young girl (played by Jennifer Garner) dies in a tragic accident during his bachelor party, and an equally quirky assortment of friends (including Timothy Olyphant in his first movie role since "Deadwood," and Clerks' Kevin Smith) step into the picture to take up her slack, the result is Catch And Release from Sony Pictures, one of the most buzzed-about films of 2007.

Catch And Release: Music From The Motion Picture does justice to this bittersweet romantic comedy in a way that has already been compared to Garden State, whose every song was carefully woven ...
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"Catch And Release" Soundtrack Features Paul Westerberg, Death Cab For Cutie and Lemonheads

January 23rd, 2007 3:42pm EST
Catch And Release
When the fiancé of a quirky young girl (played by Jennifer Garner) dies in a tragic accident during his bachelor party, and an equally quirky assortment of friends (including Timothy Olyphant in his first movie role since "Deadwood," and Clerks II's Kevin Smith) step into the picture to take up her slack, the result is Catch And Release from Sony Pictures, one of the most buzzed-about films of 2007.

Catch And Release: Music From The Motion Picture does justice to this bittersweet romantic comedy in a way that has already been compared to Garden State, whose every song was carefully wo...
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Zero 7 Announce North American Tour Dates

June 21st, 2006 9:58am EDT
Zero 7
Atlantic recording artists Zero 7 have announced details of their upcoming North American tour. The dates come in support of the UK-based duo's critically celebrated third album, The Garden (click for review).

The tour will see Zero 7, a.k.a. Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns, joined onstage by a full four-piece backing band and two extraordinary vocalists -- longtime collaborator Sia Furler and Swedish singer/songwriter José González. Both acclaimed artists in their own rights, Furler and González recently lent their voices to a number of tracks on "The Garden."

The North American dat...
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Thievery Corporation To Reissue Classic Debut Album

December 7th, 2005 12:53pm EST
Thievery Corporation
Over the past decade, electronic music pioneers Thievery Corporation have garnered an immense global following with their ambitious sonic exploration and groundbreaking, hypnotic blend of psychotropic rock, future bossa, breaks, and dub. On January 24, 2006, ESL Music will reissue an expanded, digipak version of the album often credited with inventing an entire genre -- the classic 1997 LP debut 'Sounds From Thievery Hi-Fi,' completely repackaged and featuring two never-before-released B-sides from the original recording session.

Acclaimed upon its release as "a work of deep and richly...
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