Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Liev Comes A-Knocking - TONIGHT!


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Ten years after the debut of the groundbreaking HBO Sports and NFL Films collaboration on the first-ever sports reality program, one of sports television’s most enduring partnerships teams up for an all-new special when HARD KNOCKS:  A DECADE OF NFL TRAINING CAMPS debuts WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 (10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

One of the fastest-turnaround reality programs on television, the cinema-verité series debuted Aug. 1, 2001 when NFL Films and HBO Sports began chronicling rookies and free agents trying to make an NFL roster as determined veterans fought to keep their jobs at the camp of the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.  An instant sensation, the show captured the heat, the hurt, the camaraderie and the humor of an NFL training camp.

In addition to revisiting memorable moments of the teams – Baltimore, Dallas (twice), Kansas City, Cincinnati and New York Jets – that have been featured on the seven-time Emmy®-winning series, the special includes new interviews with HARD KNOCKS veterans like Brian Billick, Shannon Sharpe, Chad Ochocinco and Rex Ryan, never-before-seen outtakes and a “Where Are They Now?” segment with updates on players from past episodes.  Liev Schreiber narrates.

 “We know football fans are hungry for compelling NFL programming and we think they’ll love this HARD KNOCKS special, which will have a host of new wrinkles,” says Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports.

Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, says, “The first ten years of HARD KNOCKS have been the ultimate fly-on-the-wall NFL training camp experience.  We look forward to taking a look back at those shows and reintroducing the fans to those characters who made the decade of HARD KNOCKS so memorable.”

Embedded in an NFL training camp, the 24-person NFL Films crew would typically shoot more than 1,000 hours of video over the course of each series.  Each year, camera and sound crews were given unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, dormitories and practice fields.

HARD KNOCKS launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002.  The series resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Sports Emmy®.  In 2008, the series revisited the Dallas Cowboys, receiving a second Sports Emmy®.  In 2009 HARD KNOCKS spotlighted the Cincinnati Bengals and captured two more Sports Emmy® Awards, for Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound.  In 2010 the show featured the New York Jets and attracted an average of 4.6 million viewers per episode, receiving three Sports Emmys®, including Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology.

Sports said HARD KNOCKS is the “most entertaining reality show on TV,” while the St. Petersburg Times observed, “HARD KNOCKS is fascinating television,” and the Wall St. Journal noted that the show “looks great and it sounds great, too.”

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Liev Schreiber - Hands That Give


Liev Schreiber, Actor
Habitat for Humanity and Valspar Paint are proud to bring you Valspar Hands for Habitat, an auction of one-of-a-kind, autographed handprints from your favorite celebrities. Each celebrity handprint, created using Valspar Paint, will support Habitat for Humanity’s relief efforts in Haiti.
Notable personalities from film, television, sports, music and design have teamed up to “lend a hand” in support of Habitat for Humanity by donating their own handprints for auction. This unique auction features a 14” x 14” canvas containing handprints and autographs from the celebrity supporter.
Proceeds from the auction will support Habitat’s goal to serve 50,000 families that were impacted by Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, helping them move them toward safe, secure and permanent housing.

The proceeds for this item benefit Habitat for Humanity International

Terms: Item is in the condition as donated.
Donated by: Liev Schreiber

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thanks HB-OH!

"With actor Liev Schreiber narrating, who couldn't shed a tear?"

The last time we saw Floyd Mayweather Jr. on HBO's acclaimed reality series 24/7, we were treated to the heartwarming story of the Las Vegas-based fighter bringing his estranged, ailing father Floyd Sr. back into his and his children's lives. With actor Liev Schreiber narrating, who couldn't shed a tear?
But that's ancient history.
This is 2011, where earthquakes plague the East Coast. Floyd and his dad are again on the outs, and their family rage will be shown in living color by HBO's cameras, with Mayweather's myriad legal woes serving as another distraction. Saturday night's debut of 24/7: Mayweather vs. Ortiz (10 p.m. ET) promises to lift dysfunction to a new level.

This is Mayweather's fifth appearance on the series — it began in 2007 to preview the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight, which drew a record 2.4million pay-per-view buys.

"Floyd continues to be must-see TV," says Mark Taffet, HBO's senior vice president of operations and pay-per-view.

"He's got that larger-than-life personality, but it's amazing how generous he is to our camera people with the access and time he's willing to give us in the weeks leading up to the fight. That's what enables us to make the show so special. He brings the viewer into his life, his house and his training camp, and he is incredibly open and allows the viewer to get up-close and personal. As a result, a strong connection is created."

It's not only Mayweather's first fight in 16 months that makes this four-episode lead-up to his Sept. 17 fight in Las Vegas so attractive, it's also the rich back story of his young opponent, Victor Ortiz.

By now, the 24-year-old welterweight champion's story is well known. His mother abandoned her children — Victor, his older sister Carmen and younger brother Temo — when Victor was 7. His alcoholic father, who got Victor into boxing, often beat his kids, then left a few years later; they went into foster care until Carmen became a legal adult and adopted them in 2002. During that time, Victor was dealing drugs.

"He's not only one of boxing's rising stars and one of the great stories in the ring, his story outside the ring really is one of the most touching and meaningful we've ever encountered," Taffet says. "And you can't portray Victor on 24/7 without understanding and showing viewers the special relationship he has with his brother Temo."

Ortiz has no qualms about his life being laid out for all to see.

"Not at all. It really helps me," he says. "I'm pretty confident in knowing people who are there to be good to you and people who are there to not be good to you. I want people to know. The way I came up was not easy, but I'm not stopping for anyone."

HBO's parent company, Time-Warner, in attempting to get as much exposure as possible for what it sees as a mega-event Sept. 17, also will air 24/7: Mayweather vs. Ortiz on CNN two hours later, through all four episodes.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Darling Duo/Devoted Dad

He flies 24 hours for a weekend with family!? AWWW

Couples Watch: Naomi & Liev's Hamptons Date Night | Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts

Recently, Liev Schreiber who's filming "Mental" in Australia with Toni Collette and Anthony Lapaglia came up from down under to enjoy a low key weekend in the Hamptons.

The Mental Star who arrived incognito at the Edmiston Yacht Party on August 5th, sported a rugged new look complete with a beard without his gorgeous wife Naomi Campbell.

On board the yacht a friendly Liev noshed on bites from the Fat Radish and caught up with Oscar winning director Fisher Stevens who's next project dubbed LOL counts Miley Cyrus, Ashley Greene, Demi Moore, Thomas Jane, Gina Gershon, Jay Hernandez, Austin Nichols, and Marlo Thomas among its star studded cast. 

Also in attendance was Michael Michele, Gossip Girl's newest diva who plays Blake Lively's studio boss in the upcoming series premiere.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Liev in Goon - Great Image

You Wanna Go?

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approaching, images of Goon are slowly trickling in.
Here's the first one I've found and BOY, it's a DOOZY!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Liev in new PSA - Yay!

Honouring Jewish Partisans

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hollywood and the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation have joined forces to launch a unique public service announcement campaign about standing up against discrimination and the Jewish partisans – thousands of World War II resistance fighters that fought back against the Nazis and saved thousands of lives. 

CNN anchor Larry King, actor Liev Schreiber (SALT, X-MEN, DEFIANCE), director Edward Zwick (GLORY,BLOOD DIAMOND, DEFIANCE), Rose Holm, a Jewish partisan and her granddaughter Elisabeth Holm are all part of JPEF's grassroots initiative to bring together the last surviving partisans and their families at a gala event in New York City on November 7 in their honor.

Larry King, a long time JPEF supporter, said, "The Jewish partisans are an important part of our history, and JPEF does tremendous work to keep their story alive and relevant with an innovative curriculum, short films and fabulous online resources.  It is important to bring together as many partisans as we can for this special event on November 7."

The three-part campaign will kick off with a Web PSA designed to help locate these courageous individuals so that they may be re-united and honored with their colleagues at the tribute dinner in November. JPEF will give complimentary tickets to any partisan that wish to attend the tribute event. The remainder of the PSA campaign will be launched later this fall and into 2012.

"By honoring these brave men and women JPEF inspires the next generation of leaders to stand up for human rights and social justice," said Mitch Braff, founder and executive director, Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation.  "Our tribute event is a historic link to the people who are a living testament that young people can make a difference – as many of the partisans were teens."

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Anyone Feeling Felt?

The Voice (and face?) of Bunny

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According to IMDB, Liev has lent his talents to a Short/Biography/Comedy entitled "Felt." He is the voice of Bunny and the logline reads:

"You can live a lot of life in 64 days. Is that all there is?"

So, one can see where the story is going, but the bigger question is where is THIS story going? Anyone have any information on this project and who/when/where it will be released?

I'm anticipating many Bunny Punnies on this one... xo

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Liev at TIFF 2011

Liev in TORONTO!

Liev Schreiber to star in the hockey comedy Goon

The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival has announced the films playing in their Canadian Features line-up and the seven films from first-time filmmakers in the “Canada First!” line-up.  Notable movies in the Canadian Features program include Edwin Boyd (starring Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, and Brian Cox), Goon (starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Liev Schreiber), and Guy Maddin’s new film Keyhole (starring Jason Patric and Isabella Rossellini).  Previously announced films A Dangerous Method and Take This Waltz will play as part of the Canadian Galas program.

Hit the jump to check out the full line-up for the Canadian Features and Canada First! programs.  Click here for the Galas and Special Presentations and click here for the Documentaries, Midnight Madness, and other TIFF programs.  The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Liev Schreiber as Evil Bank Manager?!?

Watched The Daily Show Monday night and was surprised to see Liev make a cameo! On request from Alyssa, I have posted an embed of his cameo. Watch him in "The Forecloser"!

Liev Visits Yogaville

Liev took some time to be a good son this week and
visited his Mom at her home in Yogaville, Virginia.

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As per their website:

Hollywood star in Yogaville, Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam- VP Dhananjayan

August 3, 2011

Are you familiar with this famous Hollywood star Liev Schreiber who has acted in films like Salt, X Man, Sum Of All Fears, Kate & Leopold, Omen etc? He is now acting in Meera Nair's movie being shot in Delhi, a story of love hate between Pakistan and India.

Liev has learned Bharatanatyam in his childhood days in Connecticut and even played Hanuman's role in Ramayanam dance drama in one of the local Bharatanatyam teacher's production. He visited our classes with his little son and his old mother. Liev is a very simple man (unlike our actors). He drove his car, and just walked into the class casually in shorts and T-shirt carrying his son.

In a strange coincidence, we were watching Liev Schreiber's film ‘Omen’ the previous night on DVD and his casual unannounced visit was a terrific surprise. The students were quite exited. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Loaf of Bread, a Container of Milk and a...

...stick of Butter! Yes, it's TRUE. Liev will be appearing on Sesame Street this year!


Hard to believe, but some of the early viewers of Sesame Street are now probably watching the show with their grandchildren. The classic TV series beloved by preschoolers and their caregivers will launch season 42 on PBS Kids September 26th.

In an effort to encourage school readiness, especially in the disciplines of science and math, areas where U.S. students are falling behind, the producers say the new season focuses on a STEM curriculum, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. Other season highlights include original songs and street stories; a brand new segment “Murray’s Science Experiments;” new “Super Grover 2.0” stories and new “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” animations.

Also in season 42 are many humorous celebrity moments featuring Elmo, Oscar, Abby and their friends making keen observations and showing their interest in hands-on investigation...all of which reinforce and encourage preschoolers to say: “Let’s find out!”

“Sesame Street’s curriculum fosters children’s natural inclinations to ask questions and encourages investigation and experimentation in order to make new discoveries,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Vice President of Education and Research, Sesame Workshop.

An impressive line-up of celebrities and headline makers are featured in the new season including  Academy Award-winning and nominated actors Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Naomi Watts and Mark Ruffalo; Golden Globe nominated actors Liev Schreiber, Mila Kunis, Sofia Vergara and Emma Stone; Emmy Award-winning and nominated actors Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg and Jesse Tyler Ferguson; X-Men’s James Marsden; Gone Baby Gone’s Michelle Monaghan; Bored to Death’s Jason Schwartzman; actor Jerry O’Connell; Grammy Award-winning and nominated musicians Juanes, Elvis Costello and Bruno Mars; LA Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel; rapper Jay Sean; late night hosts Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez and Conan O’Brien; New Orleans Saints Quarterback and MVP of Super Bowl XLIV Drew Brees; The Harlem Globetrotters; NBA All-Stars and New York Knicks players Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony; The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones; The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki; The Office’s John Krasinski; Community’s Joel McHale and Ken Jeong; CSI Miami’s Adam Rodriguez; Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez; Broadway star Sutton Foster; Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Favourite Photo Fridays - Jello for Othello?

What is is about this photo that makes my legs go all wobbly?

Liev at the Public Theatre's 2009 Premiere of Othello.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bohemian Chic

Someone threw this video montage together and I think it's quite lovely.
I know these photos are old but they are stunning and it's been a pretty
slow news month on the Liev front so enjoy...