April 23, 2014

Articles By: Josh Abraham

Josh Abraham is a movie, entertainment, pop culture and
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Jake Gyllenhaal to be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Award®-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his extraordinary work in Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed thriller “Prisoners.” 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.
“We are thrilled to present the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award to Jake Gyllenhaal for his unforgettable performance in ‘Prisoners,’” said de Abreu. “His is a truly compelling, subtly layered portrayal of a man tasked with the impossible and driven by the demons of his own past. Jake has given a myriad of outstanding performances throughout his career, but his work in ‘Prisoners’ delivers a new level of complexity, as reflected in the rave reviews the film has received.”
Jake Gyllenhaal received Oscar® and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations, and won the BAFTA and National Board of Review Awards, for his performance in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain.” He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for his leading role in Edward Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs.” Gyllenhaal has worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, starring in both independent and studio films, including Richard Kelly’s cult hit “Donnie Darko”; Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead”; Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers”; David Fincher’s “Zodiac”; John Madden’s “Proof”; Miguel Arteta’s “The Good Girl”; Brad Silberling’s “Moonlight Mile”; Nicole Holofcener’s “Lovely and Amazing”; and Joe Johnston’s “October Sky.” More recently, he starred in Duncan Jones’s critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller “Source Code,” and David Ayer’s “End of Watch,” and will next be seen in a dual role in Villeneuve’s “Enemy.” The actor will also star in and produce the crime drama “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy, followed by “Everest,” for director Baltasar Kormákur.
“Prisoners” is an edge-of-your-seat dramatic thriller that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The best lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police [...]

Sandra Bullock to be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award” at the “Hollywood Film Awards”

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Award®-winning actress Sandra Bullock will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Actress Award for her riveting performance in Alfonso Cuarón’s acclaimed dramatic thriller “Gravity.” 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.
“We are honored to present the Hollywood Actress Award to Sandra Bullock for her outstanding work in ‘Gravity,’” said de Abreu. “Holding the screen alone for a large part of the film, she delivers a stunning and emotionally layered performance that shows once again why she is one of Hollywood’s most respected and popular actresses.”
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar® for Best Actress for her performance in the true-life drama “The Blind Side,” for which she also took home Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. In addition, she has been Golden Globe-nominated for Best Actress for her work in the comedies “The Proposal,” “Miss Congeniality” and “While You Were Sleeping.” She more recently starred in the smash hit comedy “Heat” and the Oscar®-nominated drama “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Bullock has also earned plaudits for her memorable roles in such diverse films as “Infamous,” “Crash,” “Two Weeks’ Notice,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “28 Days,” “Practical Magic,” “Hope Floats,” “The Net,” and “Speed,” among many others.
“Gravity” is a heart-pounding thriller set in the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
The film was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman. Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones served as executive producers.

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and [...]

“Monsters University” and “Pacific Rim” take Hollywood Film Awards Honors

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University,” directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, will be the recipient of the Hollywood Animation Award, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures “Pacific Rim” visual effects supervisor John Knoll will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: “John Knoll’s groundbreaking work on Pacific Rim sets a new standard in visual effects. The robots and monsters in the film truly come to life through the best visual effects of the year. Once again, the animation and storytelling of “Monsters University” reflects Pixar’s creativity and greatness.”

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.
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 Dan Scalon
Dan Scanlon made his animated feature directorial debut with Disney/Pixar’s 14th feature film, “Monsters University,” which has grossed over $700 million dollars worldwide since its June 2013 release. He also co-wrote the film’s story and screenplay. As a youngster in Clawson, Michigan, Scanlon possessed a love for Warner Bros. cartoons, animated Disney films and, as fate would have it, Pixar short films. His passion inspired him to study film and animation in high school and in college where he focused on illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Upon graduating from CCAD, Scanlon began working as an animator and story artist for Character Builders, a 2D animation company that produced feature and commercial work in Columbus, Ohio. Scanlon joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2001 as a storyboard artist on Disney/Pixar’s award-winning features “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” During the initial production stages for both films, he worked to translate the director’s story ideas into [...]

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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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

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