April 16, 2014

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‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ wins the weekend box office with $80 million

I’ve said this before, but one of the problems with modern box office analysis is that it treats studio tracking numbers, which are supposed to be internal figures that can be used to adjust marketing in the run up to release, as ironclad box office predictions.
More often than not, pundits use tracking in a way that creates a preemptive doom-and-gloom scenario where a new release is painted as a box office turkey before it even opens *or* its used to give unrealistic expectations to a new release so that studios are then forced to defend what is actually a solid debut. Such is the case with Oz: The Great and Powerful (trailer/posters).
The $215 million Disney prequel debuted with a strong $80.3 million this weekend. Alas, due to rumblings and arbitrary presumptions that the film would open with as much as $100 million over the weekend, mostly due to the project’s token similarities with Alice In Wonderland, Disney may now be forced to defend what is easily the biggest opening of 2013 by more than double and the third-biggest March debut ever behind Alice In Wonderland ($116 million) and The Hunger Games ($153 million).
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‘Housewives of NJ’ star goes after castmates in blog

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Teresa Giudice has been having problems with all her castmates all season, and now she is letting loose on them on her latest blog.
Giudice goes on a rant on her blog comparing everyone to characters in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ states RadarOnline. Giudice obviously casts Caroline Manzo as the Red Queen with all her servants.
Her former friend Jacqueline Laurita is described as “the goofy, confusing and very confused Cheshire Cat.” Meanwhile, her cousin Kathy Wakile “is the high-and-mighty Caterpillar with her hookah.”
And of course, her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, is apparently “both Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee since she seems to think she can play two different characters at once: the innocent, fun girl who puts on a show falling into a foot of water in a river and pretending to be scared, and her real self with her nasty little comments, blogs, and interviews.”
What do you think about her comments?
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The Hunger Games topped the box office for the third time in a row

HollywoodNews.com: Whatever my issues with The Hunger Games in terms of its quality as a film, its continued box office might can only be a good thing. Considering the current trend of studios basically remaking/rebooting/rehashing every remotely popular property over the last thirty years, the fact that this NEW adaptation from a NEW novel is going to be among the top three grossing films of the year by a healthy margin can only be a good lesson. Anyway, The Hunger Games topped the box office for the third time in a row this weekend, dropping a perfectly reasonable 43% in weekend three, for a weekend haul of $33.5 million. This gives the film a massive $302 million in seventeen days, which is the second-largest such haul for a film outside of summer in history. That’s the fifth-biggest seventeen-day total in history, and 11 days ahead of Alice In Wonderland, the closest non-summer competitor and just two days behind Avatar. Forget Twilight comparisons, it’s already passed Eclipse, which is the highest-grossing entry in the series. And forget the majority of the Harry Potter series, as it’s $14 million away from surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it’s already tied with the $303 million 17-day total of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II with significantly larger second and third weekends to boot. At this point, it’s playing like Spider-Man 2 and the last Harry Potter film, with stronger weekends but lighter weekday grosses. The second Spidey pick ended its third weekend with $302 million and ended its domestic haul with $373 million, while Harry Potter 7.2 ended with $381 million. Factoring a rather busy April and the coming summer onslaught, that’s as good a place to predict as to where the first The Hunger Games ends up.
The top opener, one of two wide releases, was American Reunion. The unasked-for sequel is the fourth theatrical entry in the American Pie series but the eighth chapter counting the four direct-to-DVD films. This ‘most of you need a paycheck because none of you really broke out’ rehash opened to $21 million, which is almost identical to the $19 million debut this time last year of Scream 4. To be fair, at least some of the cast has worked relatively steadily since 1999, with Alyson Hannigan going from one [...]

Going broke chasing boys: Why Disney ditched princesses and spent $300 million on John Carter

By Scott Mendelson
Hollywoodnews.com: If you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming John Carter, you know that not only does it not look like it cost $300 million, but it so painfully feels like a Mad Libs male-driven fantasy blockbuster that it borders on parody. It’s no secret that Disney thinks it has a boy problem. One of the reasons it bought Marvel two years ago was to build up a slate of boy-friendly franchises. And the last two years have seen an almost embarrassing attempt to fashion boy-friendly franchises (Prince of Persia, Tron: Legacy, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, I Am Number Four, Fright Night, and Real Steel), only half of which were even as successful as their alleged flop The Princess and the Frog (which obviously grossed ‘just’ $267 million on a $105 million budget because it starred a character with a vagina). We can only ponder the reasons why Disney decided to outright state that they were never going to make another fairy-tale princess cartoon again, even after Tangled became their most successful non-Pixar toon since The Lion King, but I’m pretty sure Disney won’t be making such statements about boy-centric fantasy franchises anytime soon.
Now we have John Carter, which allegedly cost $300 million (if not more). It’s being released in March, where only one film (to be fair, Disney’s Alice In Wonderland) has ever even grossed $300 million. Hell, in all of January-through April, there have been just five $200 million grossers (The Passion of the Christ, Alice In Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, 300, and Fast Five). So you have yet another film that basically has to shatter all records regarding its release date in order to merely break even. But that’s okay, thinks Disney, because John Carter is a manly science fiction spectacle so it is surely worth risking the bank. Disney is so desperate to not only chase the young male demos that is willing to risk alienating the young female demos that has netted it billions of dollars over the many decades. What they fail to realize is that the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (especially the first three films) was rooted in telling a story that crossed gender lines. All-told, the original trilogy actually revolved around Keira Knightley’s character, and her journey from daughter of privilege to outlaw [...]

Nicole Richie makes a Halloween plea to all the girls

HollywoodNews.com: Nicole Richie wants girls to handle Halloween a little differently this year as she made a plea to them on her Facebook page.
Richie posted a message to all the girls out there asking them to change things up for Halloween, states UsMagazine.com. “Girls, can we all pledge that we will not dress slutty for this Halloween? The jig is up!” Richie commented.
While Richie has been a victim of the slutty Halloween costume in the past, she has changed in the last few years as she has dressed as characters from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Toy Story.’
Do you like her plea?
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Black Swan,’ ‘King’s Speech’ lead BAFTAs long lists

By Paul Sheehan
hollywoodnews.com: While the Academy Awards tease us with lists of pre-nomination semifinalists in only certain categories — such as foreign film and some of the technical ones — the BAFTAs produce long lists in almost all categories with 15 films in the running in most of the 17 races. The final five nominees in each will be announced Jan. 18 (one week before nominations for the Oscars are unveiled) with the awards fest on Feb. 13 (two weeks before the Academy Awards ceremony).
The 6,000 plus members of BAFTA culled these long lists from 207 eligible films. Leading with 15 mentions apiece are “Black Swan” and “The King’s Speech.” “Inception” and “Made in Dagenham” folllow with 14 while “The Social Network” has 13. “Alice in Wonderland,” “Shutter Island,” “The Fighter” and “True Grit” all merited 12 mentions apiece, and “127 Hours,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Town” each have 11. All of these, with the exception of “Alice in Wonderland,” figure in the 15 films contending for Best Picture along with “Another Year,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Winter’s Bone.”
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Johnny Depp named our “Hollywood Male Movie Star of the Year”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Earlier this week, we reported that Johnny Depp was named the top Money-Making celebrity of 2010.
Get ready to add another “trophy” to your Hollywood mantelpiece, Mr. Depp.
This has been a banner year for an actor who has had several noteworthy frames. Depp launched 2010 by starring as The Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” his seventh collaboration with director Tim Burton. The film was a massive hit, becoming the highest-grossing film in Burton’s oeuvre and second only to “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” for Depp.

Depp also romped around Italy as Angelina Jolie’s cohort in “The Tourist,” and like Ms. Jolie, collected a Golden Globe nomination for his work.
But Depp made headlines away from the big screen, which is part of the reason we celebrate his greatness. Take this story – one of our favorites from 2010 – which found Depp dressing up like his infamous pirate Capt. Jack Sparrow to help a London schoolgirl who had penned him a letter. How many major celebrities do you know who would take the time to make a wish like that come true?
Speaking of Captain Jack, we’re anxious to see where Depp takes that iconic character once he sets sail for a fourth time in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” We’ll have to wait until May 20 for that one.
In the meantime, because of his contributions to Hollywood’s outstanding film archives – and because he genuinely cares for the people who come to see his films year after year – we are thrilled to recognize Johnny Depp as our “Hollywood Male Movie Star of the Year.”

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“Rango,” featuring Johnny Depp’s voice, has a new trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Johnny Depp appears to be one of the busiest working actors in the business these days (Natalie Portman woud have to be a close second).
Just this morning, Depp scored multiple Golden Globe nominations for his work in “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist.” Yesterday, Yahoo hosted the first trailer for Depp’s fourth excursion as Capt. Jack Sparrow. And today, we get a full look at Gore Verbinski’s animated “Rango,” which has Depp voicing the lead character, a chameleon forced to protect a town from bandits
View the trailer below:

In addition to Depp, you’ll recognize the voices of Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, the great Ray Winstone, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton and Alfred Molina. Cartoons get bonus points when they make room for so many beloved character actors.
“Rango” recently screened a piece of footage at Harry Knowles’ “Butt-Numb-A-Thon” in Austin, and received positive buzz on social networks. It will be in theaters on March 4, from Paramount Pictures.
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“Jane Eyre” poster, synopsis on Facebook

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Focus Features beefed up its presence on the Facebook fan page for Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre,” adding a plot synopsis and teasing the film’s first official poster. We have it below.
The oft-filmed “Jane Eyre” will be Fukunaga’s follow up to the critically acclaimed “Sin Nombre,” and it has a cast most would salivate over. Red-hot Mia Wasikowska, fresh off “Alice in Wonderland” and riding the wave for “The Kids Are All Right,” plays the title character. Michael Fassbender plays Edward Rochester. Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Imogen Poots and Judi Dench round out the supporting cast.
The cast alone gets me in the door. Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre” also showed his promise as a director, and while I’m not entirely enthused by yet another retelling of “Eyre,” I think that Fukunaga is the right person for the job.
“Jane Eyre” opens March 11, 2011.

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Robert Stromberg at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: Academy Award® winning Production Designer Robert Stromberg, whose work has been most recently featured in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and James Cameron’s “Avatar,” will receive the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award at the Festival’s October 25 Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, it was announced yesterday by festival founder and president Carlos de Abreu. Stromberg’s selection followed a recommendation to the festival by the Art Directors Guild Council.
Stromberg was first introduced to Cameron in 2005. They immediately formed a unique creative relationship, which eventually evolved into the creation of “Pandora” for the film “Avatar.” Stromberg along with Rick Carter became co-production designers for the film and in 2009 they won the Academy Award® for Best Achievement in Art Direction for this work. In addition, Stromberg and Carter were honored with the Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Award and the BAFTA Film Award for Best Production Design for “Avatar.”
In 2008, Stromberg was introduced to Burton and again a creative bond was formed and Stromberg was hired as the production designer on “Alice in Wonderland” (2010). Together they created a unique spin on the offbeat universe of this classic tale.

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