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  • The Avengers officially begins filming today, according to a letter posted yesterday by writer-director Joss Whedon at Whedonesque. “Tomorrow we start shooting,” writes the geek auteur, before adding, “I THINK I’m legally permitted to say that.” Whedon doesn’t offer any hints about the plot of the movie, although he does say that they’ll be shooting “the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene,” which is probably a joke, but a boy can dream, can’t he? (Elsewhere in the letter, Whedon says that he’s pretty sure the movie is about the Justice League.) The Avengers, currently slated for a May 4 release next year, will unite the lead characters from Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor into one mega-adventure. (And remember: If everything goes according to plan, The Avengers will also inspire a few franchises of its own.) – EW

  • Author: Luciana
  • April 25, 2011
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  • “Life’s bulls – – t! There’s no way out!”

    So declares a paralyzed and homeless deejay, played by Christopher Thornton in “Sympathy for Delicious,” upon finding that everything he owns has been stolen from the car he’s been sleeping in.

    “There is a way out,” says the local skid-row priest, played by Mark Ruffalo, “but you’re gonna have to find it.”

    As it happens, Ruffalo — who makes his directorial debut with the film, out Friday — understands the challenge of transcending life’s most trying situations as much as anyone.

    In December 2008, while “Sympathy for Delicious” was in pre-production, Scott Ruffalo, the beloved little brother that Mark built many a treehouse with while growing up in Kenosha, Wis., was shot to death in his Beverly Hills condo. (Acquaintances on the scene claimed he died playing Russian roulette. The police consider it an unsolved homicide.)

    His brother’s death at 39 made directing the film, which is dedicated to Scott, a surreal and devastating experience. Ruffalo says he was “in a state of shock” while making most of the movie. Yet as horrific as his brother’s death was, it was only the latest in a series of tragedies in Ruffalo’s life.

    In 1994, his longtime best friend Michael, then 26, killed himself. Ruffalo later credited this for teaching him “the value of life,” and said it strengthened his resolve to carry on as an actor.

    Ruffalo came to prominence with the 2000 family drama “You Can Count on Me,” and married a beautiful French actress named Sunrise Coigney that same year. Their son, Keen, was born in 2001. Several weeks after this joyous event, Ruffalo’s world came crashing down.

    “I had a bad dream, and woke up in tears,” he told Parade Magazine. “In the dream, I knew I had a brain tumor.”

    The dream seemed so real that he visited a doctor and learned he really did have a tumor, an acoustic neuroma that turned out to be benign. Still, Ruffalo endured a 10-hour operation that left his face partially paralyzed for most of the next year.

    He was sure his career was over.

    Read the full article at NY Post

  • Author: Luciana
  • April 24, 2011
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  • I just added some promotional stills and official on set pictures of Sympathy for Delicious to the gallery. Plus a new photoshoot taken for the article posted in the previous post.

    Gallery Links
    Photoshoots > Session 083
    Film Portfolio > (2010) Sympathy for Delicious > Promotional Photos

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  • April 22, 2011
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  • SOON after Mark Ruffalo and Christopher Thornton met as acting students at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles, they were cast in a school production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Twenty years later both men still argue about Mr. Ruffalo’s performance one night.

    “Ask Mark about lighting his shoelaces on fire,” Mr. Thornton suggested recently. “Onstage, during someone else’s monologue — my monologue. He’ll deny it up and down.”

    He doesn’t quite. A few days later Mr. Ruffalo is digging into seafood stew in a cafe on Main Street of this upper Delaware River hamlet, where he has long owned property and, for the past several years, lived full time with his wife, Sunrise Coigney, and their three children.

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  • Author: Luciana
  • April 22, 2011
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  • As announced here, Mark sit down yesterday with New York Times journalists for TimesTalks event. I have found some great pictures of this event, and you can find it now in the gallery:

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    Public Events > Events in 2011 > TimesTalks Presents: A Conversation With Mark Ruffalo

  • Author: Luciana
  • April 22, 2011
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  • While Mark Ruffalo was busy discussing nuclear energy with the news staff here at Metro, we did manage to pull him aside to chat about his directorial debut, “Sympathy for Delicious” which opens Friday, April 29th and his upcoming role as Bruce Banner (and the Hulk) in “The Avengers,” (which he tells us starts shooting on April 29th as well).

    It’s a good thing he’s already signed on to do more acting work, because after sitting in the director’s chair, Ruffalo doesn’t want to get out of it again.

    “After I was done, I was like, I’m not acting anymore. All I’m going to do now is direct,” he says enthusiastically. “This is my favorite thing in the world. When they kick someone’s ass, it’s the director’s ass usually, but you know, that’s okay. I don’t mind getting my ass kicked.”

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  • Author: Luciana
  • April 22, 2011
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  • You may have heard that Mark Ruffalo visited our offices today! Well, while he was here, he revealed an interesting hobby: He and his friends like to sit around and come up with alternate porn titles for his films.

    Of course, you can’t let a thing like that slide, so we asked him for some examples. Here they are!

    »”Eternal Buttshine of the Spotless Grind”

    »”The Last Asshole”

    »”In the Butt” (Mark Ruffalo’s friends have particular tastes, evidently!)

    »”13 Going on 30″ (No need to change!)

    Not bad, not bad. But let’s see what ones Metro’s friends came up with:
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  • Author: Luciana
  • April 21, 2011
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  • Mark was yesterday at Metro NY‘s office, for a talk about the Earth’s Day. They did a small covering on their website, and I’ll be posting it here.

    Things Mark Ruffalo taught us about the environment: Fracking
    When Mark Ruffalo visited us to guest-edit tomorrow’s Earth Day issue, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. As it turns out, he was incredibly dedicated to the task and educated on all New York’s major environmental issues. (Much more educated than many of us on the staff in fact, which was a little embarrassing!)

    One issue Ruffalo stressed was the danger of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a drilling process in which a combination of water, chemicals and sand is pumped into rock to release oil or natural gas trapped inside. The process has drawn fire from environmentalists, who warn that chemicals involved in the process can pollute drinking water. Continue reading

  • Author: Luciana
  • April 21, 2011
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  • After a while, I’m back helping here at Ruffalo Central. Thanks Rachel for letting me help update the site again. 😀

    To start, we have a new layout. I used the beautiful pictures Mark did for Bullett magazine back in October. Our gallery also has a matching theme, and I’m still fixing some errors, but let me know if something looks weird to you.

    I also added a few new photoshoots to the gallery, including the one used in our layout. Enjoy!

    Gallery Links
    Photoshoots > Session 079
    Photoshoots > Session 080
    Photoshoots > Session 081
    Photoshoots > Session 082

  • Author: Luciana
  • April 21, 2011
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  • I added some HQ of latest Mark public appearances.

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    Public Events > Events in 2010 > “Thor” And “Captain America: The First Avenger” – 2010 Comic-Con
    Public Events > Events in 2010 > Showtime With The Cinema Society Host A Screening Of “The Big C” – August 07th
    Public Events > Events in 2010 > Call For Temporary Moratorium On Natural Gas Drilling – August 10th

  • Author: Luciana
  • August 13, 2010
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