April 19, 2014

Articles By: Josh Abraham

Josh Abraham is a movie, entertainment, pop culture and
multimedia writer.

Kudos for ‘Before Midnight’ Writers Linklater, Delpy and Hawke

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that it will be honoring Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, with the “Hollywood Screenwriters Award,” for their screenplay for Sony Pictures Classics’ Before Midnight.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: “It is a privilege to honor such multi-talented screenwriters.”
The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
This is the third film in the series, preceded by Before Sunset in 2004, also written by the trio, and Before Sunrise in 1995, written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. In the latest film, we meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT JULIE DELPY
After graduating from NYU’s Tisch Film School, Delpy’s film Blah Blah Blah debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995. That year she also starred in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise, with Ethan Hawke. The film received glowing reviews, and lead to a follow-up with the characters nine years later with Before Sunset in 2004. Delpy co-wrote the script with Hawke and Linklater, and it earned them an Academy Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay. Delpy has also been recognized for her work by the César Awards, having been nominated three times, and is well-known for an additional film series she has written, directed, edited and co-produced; 2 Days in Paris and 2 Days in New York.
ABOUT ETHAN HAWKE
Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award nominated actor and screenwriter who has starred in over 40 films that have spanned [...]

‘Captain Phillips’ producer Michael De Luca to be Feted at Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that two-time Academy Award®-nominated producer Michael De Luca (who co-produced David Fincher’s The Social Network with Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti; and co-produced Bennett Miller’s Moneyball with Brad Pitt and Rachael Horovitz) will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Producer Award. Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and De Luca also produced Paul Greengrass’ upcoming film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, which Sony Pictures will release on October 11, 2013, following its world premiere as the Opening Night film at the 2013 New York Film Festival. The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“Every year, we are very proud to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking in all its disciplines. Academy Award® nominated producer Michael De Luca is an exemplary representative of that excellence,” said de Abreu.

Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through Greengrass’ distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control. The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. 
De Luca served as the Head of Production at DreamWorks and spent seven years as the President and COO at New Line Productions. As a studio chief, De Luca helped to launch the highly successful Friday, Blade, Austin Powers and Rush Hour franchises, and championed such groundbreaking sleeper hits as Seven, American History X, Magnolia, Wag the Dog, Old School, Pleasantville, Anchorman, and Boogie Nights. In 2004, De Luca launched his own development and production company, the LA-based Michael De Luca Productions, and signed a long-term development and production deal at Columbia Pictures. Through this deal, De Luca [...]

“One Direction: This Is Us” opens at No. 1 in the world with an estimated weekend gross of $31.5 million from 54 territories

“One Direction: This Is Us” opens at No. 1 in the world with an estimated weekend gross of $31.5 million from 54 territories. Also, Monsters University has crossed the $700 million mark worldwide.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 1, 2013 are below. (3-Day totals)
One Direction: This Is Us – Sony – $17.0M
Lee Daniels’ The Butler – The Weinstein Company – $14.7M
We’re The Millers – Warner Bros. – $12.6M
Planes – Disney – $7.8M
Instructions Not Included – Lionsgate – $7.5M
Elysium – Sony – $6.3M
Mortal Instruments – Sony – $5.2M
World’s End, The – Focus Features – $4.8M
Getaway – Warner Bros. – $4.5M
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters – 20th Century Fox – $4.4M
Blue Jasmine – Sony Pictures Classics – $4.0M
You’re Next – Lionsgate – $4.0M
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Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell Set To Host The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that Entertainment Tonight Co-Anchor Nancy O’Dell will host the Hollywood Film Awards show on Monday, October 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. This marks Entertainment Tonight’s tenth year hosting the Hollywood Film Awards and O’Dell’s third, which honors excellence in the art of filmmaking, and launches the awards season.
“I’m thrilled to help honor the tremendously talented artists at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards,” said O’Dell. “This glamorous evening is full of unpredictable moments from the biggest names in the industry and I am delighted to return as the host.”
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. “We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu. “We are also grateful to Entertainment Tonight and Nancy O’Dell for their decade of support.”
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT NANCY O’DELL
One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is the co-host of the most watched entertainment news program in the world “Entertainment Tonight”, and since joining the show in January 2011, O’Dell has secured exclusive interviews with luminaries such as President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Angelina Jolie, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, and Taylor Swift. In addition to her work with ET, O’Dell has contributed reports to CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today show and Dateline. She is executive producer and host of Celebrities at Home, which was recently picked up for a third season on HGTV. O’Dell was handpicked by Oprah and Mark Burnett to host Your Own Show, one of OWN network’s premiere primetime shows. Having over 20 years’ experience, O’Dell is a go-to anchor for live TV specials including the 2011 national Emmy pre-show, Countdown to the Emmys, and FOX’s New Year’s Eve Special ringing in 2011. She was a special presenter on CBS’ 2013 and 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as a host [...]

The Butler serves second box office win

“Jurassic Park 3D is the new No. 1 film in the world with an estimated weekend gross of $30.0 million and a new cume of $89.9 million. Also, Disney has crossed the $2 billion mark overseas for the fourth consecutive year and Despicable Me 2 has surpassed the $800 million mark worldwide.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 25, 2013 are below.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler – The Weinstein Company – $17.0M
We’re The Millers – Warner Bros. – $13.5M
Mortal Instruments – Sony – $9.3M
World’s End, The – Focus Features – $8.9M
Planes – Disney – $8.6M
Elysium – Sony – $7.1M
You’re Next – Lionsgate – $7.0M
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters – 20th Century Fox – $5.2M
Blue Jasmine – Sony Pictures Classics – $4.3M
Kick-Ass 2 – Universal – $4.3M
2 Guns – Universal – $3.4M
Jobs – Open Road – $3.0M
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Hollywood Film Awards Honors Jerry Weintraub with the “Hollywood Legend Award”

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that it will be honoring Jerry Weintraub, the prolific and celebrated producer behind the Ocean’s Eleven and Karate Kid film series, among others, with the inaugural “Hollywood Legend Award,” a special award of merit bestowed to an individual that has made outstanding contributions to film and the entertainment industry.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said, “It is a great honor to recognize Jerry Weintraub, a visionary and true Hollywood legend, with the inaugural ‘Hollywood Legend Award’.”

The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
This year Weintraub produced the HBO film Behind the Candelabra, starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, which was nominated for an impressive 13 Emmy Awards. His career includes promoting Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and Led Zeppelin and managing such talents as John Denver, The Carpenters and The Moody Blues among others. His remarkable list of film hits include Nashville, Diner, The Karate Kid, and the Ocean’s Eleven series.

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
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Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, Inc (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®
The Hollywood Film Awards® founded in 1997 were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of [...]

Hollywood Film Festival Announces Key Participants for their Inaugural Hollywood Network Program

Hollywood, California, August 15, 2013 – – The Hollywood Film Festival (HFF) launches the Hollywood Network® program with a strong line-up of industry professionals, with representatives across all platforms participating, from the studio arena to the independents, from the agencies to digital media. The growing roster of participants includes execs from Roku, Paradigm, Showtime, Preferred Content and CAA. Executive Director Jon Fitzgerald will oversee the initiative.
One of the core missions of HFF has always been to “bridge the gap” between Hollywood and the global creative community. The Festival will take this concept to the next level with the new Hollywood Network® program. With film presentations taking place in the heart of Hollywood, the Festival presents a valuable screening platform for independent filmmakers, while providing for access to the studios and industry at large. This program will initiate a series of meetings between independent filmmakers and Hollywood industry professionals.
“The Festival team looks forward to connecting industry players with emerging filmmakers, providing access and information that will prove valuable, as they navigate the waters of this ever changing business,” says Fitzgerald.
The 2013 call for entries is winding down, with August 20 being their final deadline. Visit www.hollywoodfilmfestival.com for more information.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL
The Festival was created to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, as well as discovering embryonic filmmakers. This year will be our 17th anniversary and the Hollywood Film Festival will take place from Oct 17 to 21, 2013, at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. “The ultimate networking opportunity for filmmakers looking for a break,” says “Variety.” Some of our film finalists have been acquired by HBO, Miramax, IFC, and Starz, among other distributors, and filmmakers have secured agents, managers, and jobs. One of our winners, Craig Brewer (director of “Hustle and Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” and “Footloose”), was discovered by the Hollywood Film Festival(r) with the world premiere of his first film “Poor and Hungry.”
Press Contact:
Linelle Schultz 1-310-288-1882
linelle@hollywoodfest.com
Executive Director:
Jon Fitzgerald
Jon@hollywoodfest.com
Hollywood Film Festival®
433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Ellen DeGeneres to host the Oscars®

Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, on the ABC Television Network.
“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”
“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm,” said DeGeneres.
“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”
“Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”
“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”
DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.”
DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.
DeGeneres’ began her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season [...]

Captain Phillips Opens the 57th BFI London Film Festival

The 57th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with
American Express®, is delighted to announce this year’s Festival will open on Wednesday 9 October with the European premiere of Captain Phillips, the new film from director Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) starring Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia).
Captain Phillips is Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.
Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, says:
“We are thrilled to be opening the BFI London Film Festival by welcoming Paul Greengrass – one of the great supporters of the BFI and British film – back to London for the European premiere of Captain Phillips.”
The full Festival programme will be announced on Wednesday 4 September.

Casting Directors Branch created by Academy

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the creation of the Casting Directors Branch. Casting directors began to be invited to Academy membership more than 30 years ago, many of them admitted as Members-at-Large.
The decision was approved at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, July 30.
“Casting directors play an essential role in the filmmaking process,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said. “Their inclusion on our board will only broaden our perspective and help ensure that the Academy continues to accurately reflect the state of filmmaking today.”
The Casting Directors Branch brings the Academy to 17 branches, with three members representing each branch on the Board of Governors. The Academy will hold special elections this fall to select the three governors of the newest branch.

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