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  • Finally I found some time to upload photos of the latest events Mark attended. I uploaded mainly photos from “Shutter Island’s” premieres, press conferences, parties etc.. you can see the previews above. More photos will be added as soon as possible.

    And feel free to continue commenting and leaving your own opinions and experiences while watching “Shutter Island”! I am going to see it March 17th, my birthday!

  • Author: Luciana
  • March 12, 2010
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  • Hey everyone, it’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’d say something here. Things are finally going back to normal so I should start updating anytime soon. “Shutter Island” is in theaters now and I have a lot of photo updates to make; I have all these on my computer already I just need a couple of minutes to batch add them to the gallery.

    Has anyone seen Shutter Island already? I haven’t, didn’t have time for going to the cinema lately but a friend of mine has and he said it was an interesting movie. I have been reading a lot of reviews on newspapers and magazines and in an overal I think the feedback is positive, but I would like to hear your opinions.

    It’s my birthday next week so I’ll probably go see the movie on that day 🙂

  • Author: Luciana
  • March 07, 2010
  • Shutter Island has been premiering all over the world and I have a whole bunch of photos to add, tomorrow only because it’s kinda late here now and I really need to sleep. Updates have been slow guys cause I have been sick but I promise to upload photos from all the new events tomorrow!

  • Author: Luciana
  • February 19, 2010
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  • When Mark Ruffalo showed up on the set of “Shutter Island,” he knew he’d be co-starring in a Martin Scorsese film. But he didn’t know he’d be earning an advanced degree of sorts in film studies by attending a Martin Scorsese cinema seminar.

    “Shutter Island” is a psychological suspense thriller set in 1954. To suggest the proper tone for his actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kinsgley and Michelle Williams, Scorsese held regular evening screenings of classic noir and psycho-dramas from the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as “Laura,” “Crossfire,” “Out of the Past,” “Time Limit,” and “On Dangerous Ground.”

    Then he sprinkled in horror flicks like “The Haunting,” “The Innocents,” and “The Seventh Victim.”

    “We watched quite a few films from that period, talking about the style, about the way a detective works,” said Ruffalo on the phone from New York. “They had that hard-boiled quality, especially Robert Mitchum in ‘Out of the Past.’ ”

    Ruffalo said the cast benefited from a nearly three-week rehearsal period, which is rare. “It was very collaborative. We had these long discussions really breaking down the story, and we were watching all these films. So not only was it a great rehearsal period, it was our own little film school with Marty.”

    Ruffalo plays Chuck Aule, partner of DiCaprio’s U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels. The duo lands on Shutter Island, home to a hospital-prison for the criminally insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. They have to work their way through a maze of weird doings, guards and doctors (led by Kingsley and Max Von Sydow), and in the course of the investigation Daniels unearths some psychological skeletons of his own.

    “Shutter Island,” based on the novel by Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River”), includes several plot zingers that we won’t reveal here. It opens nationwide Friday, February 19.

    You can read the rest of the article here. Thanks to Robson.br for the headups!

  • Author: Luciana
  • February 18, 2010
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  • Hey guys I found this video, I’m kinda late but well better late than never. So it’s a promo video for “Shutter Island”, one of Mark’s upcoming movies, along side actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by the great Martin Scorsese.

    It focus mainly on Leo’s character but you can see a little bit of Mark too!

  • Author: Luciana
  • February 08, 2010
  • Mark Ruffalo says “acting is like loving a beautiful woman who can’t love you back.” No wonder the rising star of independent film decided to ditch the pain and heartbreak for a stint behind the camera.

    At the Sundance Film Festival with his directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious, Ruffalo says he’s discovered a whole new love, with more tangible – not to mention more spiritual, and far more intellectual – rewards.

    “As an actor, you’re not focused on the whole. But as a director, you have to see how every little piece works. It’s a much greater scope,” he says. “I don’t know how directing changed me as an actor, but I do know I (would like to) put acting aside for a while and focus on directing. It was something I immediately felt comfortable doing.”

    Though Ruffalo appeared in Ang Lee’s Civil War drama Ride with the Devil alongside Tobey Maguire, it was his part opposite Laura Linney in Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me in 2000 that established him as a visible talent. Bigger parts and bigger movies followed, including Zodiac and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as the forthcoming Martin Scorsese thriller Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Ruffalo says he had no long-standing desire to direct a film before he turned his energies toward Sympathy for Delicious. The whole project actually came about as a result of his early days studying the thespian craft, and a friendship he developed with fellow talent, Christopher Thornton.

    “Chris and I were in the same class with Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek .. . and he was considered one of the most promising talents of our class. He had it in him to be a great actor,” says Ruffalo. When Thornton’s dream of acting fame was cut down as a result of an accident that left him in a wheelchair, he and Ruffalo realized there was a shortage of good parts for people in chairs, and if there was a good role, it generally went to an able-bodied actor.

    Sympathy for Delicious was their way of changing that. Penned by Thornton, the movie tells the story of a hot young DJ named Delicious who is paralyzed and unable to come to terms with the reality of his new life. In the hopes of finding the miracle cure, he enters the twilight world of faith healers and starts up a creative partnership with a band of suspect rockers – played masterfully in the movie by real-life rocker Juliette Lewis, first-time frontman Orlando Bloom, and oddball Canuck Dov Tiefenbach.

    “We were fortunate to land (the cast) we did,” says Ruffalo, as he acknowledges the people sitting next to him on the leather couch, including Bloom, Tiefenbach, Lewis and, in a wheeled chair all his own, Thornton.
    “It’s amazing to be directed by an actor,” says Bloom, who earned rave reviews from fellow cast members for his rocker chops.

    Bloom says he relied on English rockers from the North, such as Ian Brown of the Stone Roses, for performance inspiration, but Ruffalo says the unique sounds in the film were inspired by Canada’s own instrumental oddballs, Do Make Say Think and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

    “We wanted to keep it rough,” he says.

    Lewis, who’s now established herself as a bona fide musical act nearly a decade after being the object of ridicule by the so-called serious music press, says she was impressed by everyone’s ability to switch gears and immerse themselves in new personae and new responsibilities.

    “I’ve worked with actors-turned-director before,” she says. “(What made Ruffalo different was) he was so visual. You don’t often find a new director (who comes out of acting) with such a strong visual style. He was breaking all the rules, and I love that in cinema.”

    The film is earning pretty good reviews on the Sundance theatre shuttle – easily the buzz hive for word-of-mouth here in Park City, but Ruffalo says the real reward of making the film was working with his friend Chris, and exploring a central idea.

    “You get the healing you need, not the healing you want,” says Ruffalo. “That’s what really started this whole thing.”

    Sympathy for Delicious is currently seeking distribution, but, given the buzz, chances are, it could sign a deal before the fest wraps Jan. 31.

  • Author: Luciana
  • February 06, 2010
  • I found this clip of “Sympathy For Delicious” on youtube and I though I’d share with you guys. I am already loving this movie since it’s not only directed by Mark but also puts together some other great actors that I love, like Orlando Bloom.

    Let me know what you think! Soon we’ll have a forum where we’ll be able to discuss Mark’s movies and career.

  • Author: Luciana
  • February 01, 2010
  • As I’m slowly taking the site back to its feet, I was thinking in what else could we have around here besides the main site and gallery. What about a forum? Would you guys like to see a forum where we could discuss more about Mark’s career projects? I really am curious to know what fans would like to see new over here. Leave in your comments/suggestions whatever you think.

    I would definitely need some mods if the forum really happens so if you’re interested you can apply as well.

  • Author: Luciana
  • January 30, 2010
  • PARK CITY, Utah — It’s hard to think of Mark Ruffalo, Philip Seymour Hoffman or Diego Luna as first-time film … anythings.

    But at Sundance this year, these actors are newcomers of sorts, all showing off their work as first-time filmmakers.

    Luna, best known for acting in Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Terminal and Milk, directed and co-wrote the Spanish-language heartwarmer Abel, about a family who indulges a little boy’s fantasy to become head of the household, pushing aside his absentee father.

    “It’s a very personal story,” Luna said. “It’s about a kid who has to become an adult before he’s ready. That happened to me. I started to work (as a child actor) when I was 6. My mother died when I was 2. I had to behave as a grown-up, though I wasn’t, and I wanted to reflect on that.”

    Ruffalo’s Sympathy for Delicious is the fantastical story of a recently paralyzed club DJ who discovers he has the power to heal through touch.

    But instead of using the gift for good, he is tempted to use it for selfish reasons, making himself a new-age star to restore his craving for sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll — to the dismay of the world.

    Jack Goes Boating is a story Hoffman lived with for a long time, playing the lead character in the stage version, and feeling a connection to the tale of a lumbering limo driver who tries to open up his life to new experiences: cooking, swimming, a girlfriend (played by Amy Ryan) and, of course, boating.

    “I was trying to just direct it and not act in it, but it was very difficult to try to find somebody to play the part in the time we had before we had to shoot,” Hoffman said.

    Actors don’t worry about those things.

    “I thought I could put off the making of the film, but then we had to do it,” Hoffman said. “So I said, ‘All right, I’ll just do it.’ “

  • Author: Luciana
  • January 29, 2010
  • The Lord’s ways are mysterious if not downright perverse in “Sympathy for Delicious,” an unusual tale of miracles and self-doubt that marks the feature-directing debut of Mark Ruffalo.

    Although not aimed at the conventional religious audience (its profanity and occasional images of debauchery rule that out), it is straight-faced enough about its metaphor-ready premise that marketing to secular viewers could be a challenge.

    The title refers to a turntable wizard nicknamed Delicious, who has lost use of his legs and found himself homeless, living in his car under a bridge and relying on the generosity of do-gooder priest Father Joe (Ruffalo). Played by screenwriter Christopher Thornton, the character is bitter and standoffish, eager to get off the streets, but only on his own terms.

    After a failed visit to a faith-healing evangelical congregation, Delicious finds that he has the power to cure disease and disability. With the touch of his hands, he cures everything from blindness to gout — but he can’t heal himself.

    Ruffalo gives voice to the film’s unironic point of view: Shocked but not disbelieving, he urges Delicious to join him on Skid Row and put his God-given gift to work. Curiously, the film never wonders whether Delicious, a worldly denizen of the Los Angeles music scene, might be an unbeliever; the only crisis he faces is whether to give of himself freely or exploit his new talent for money and fame.

    After teaming briefly with Joe and becoming understandably overwhelmed with the attention he draws, Delicious allows himself to be turned into a sideshow. He joins a band whose narcissistic frontman (played with vigorous pomposity by Orlando Bloom) sees the laying-of-hands as a fame-ensuring gimmick and quickly loses himself in the rock life.

    The band and its milieu are drawn in such broad strokes, as an amalgam of rock-star clichés, that “Sympathy” has a hard time portraying the moral crisis Delicious faces in a realistic way. The caricatures are particularly jarring given the strong realist notes hit by other production elements, like Chris Norr’s artful cinematography.

  • Author: Luciana
  • January 28, 2010
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