April 22, 2014

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Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Bombs

Rentrak Corporation, the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 20, 2014 as compiled by the company’s Box Office Essentials™ and International Box Office Essentials™ theatrical measurement services.
As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak’s suite of products.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “The international box office goes to the birds as Fox’s animated sequel ‘Rio 2′ leads the international box office adding $48 million to its nest this weekend as it nears $300 million worldwide. Disney/Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ passed the $500 million mark globally heading into the weekend and is now at an impressive $586.6 million. Sony kicks off its international run of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ in 14 territories and captures an amazing $47 million ahead of its North American debut set for the first weekend in May.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 20, 2014, are below.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Disney – $26.6M
2. Rio 2 – 20th Century Fox – $22.5M
3. Heaven Is For Real – Sony – $21.5M
4. Transcendence – Warner Bros. – $11.2M
5. Haunted House 2, A – Open Road – $9.1M
6. Draft Day – Lionsgate – $5.9M
7. Divergent – Lionsgate – $5.8M
8. Oculus – Relativity Media – $5.2M
9. Noah – Paramount – $5.0M
10. God’s Not Dead – Freestyle Releasing – $4.8M
11. Bears – Disney – $4.8M
12. Grand Budapest Hotel, The – Fox Searchlight – $3.4M

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – Worldwide weekend box office estimates

Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ: RENT), today announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 13, 2014 as compiled by the company’s Box Office Essentials™ and International Box Office Essentials™ theatrical measurement services.
As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak’s suite of products.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Fox’s animated “Rio 2″ flaps its wings to an international chart topping performance of $62.3 million in 62 territories while Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” makes its two worldwide weekends in a row at over $100 million and nearly half a billion to date as it continues to draw audiences internationally and in North America. Impressively, Paramount’s biblical-epic “Noah” is approaching the $250 million global threshold.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 13, 2014, are below.
Estimated Box Office Numbers for Weekend of Apr. 13:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Disney – $41.4M
2. Rio 2 – 20th Century Fox – $39.0M
3. Oculus – Relativity Media – $12.0M
4. Draft Day – Lionsgate – $9.8M
5. Divergent – Lionsgate – $7.5M
6. Noah – Paramount – $7.5M
7. God’s Not Dead – Freestyle Releasing – $5.5M
8. Grand Budapest Hotel, The – Fox Searchlight – $4.0M
9. Muppets Most Wanted – Disney – $2.2M
10. Mr. Peabody And Sherman – 20th Century Fox – $1.8M
11. Raid 2, The – Sony Pictures Classics – $1.0M
12. Non-Stop – Universal – $0.7M.
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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will come out in 2014

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.
Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star [...]

Academy to celebrate Oscars in New York

The iconic landmark restaurant Daniel will be rolling out the red carpet for New York-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, entertainment industry executives, and several hometown luminaries to celebrate the 85th Oscars with an exclusive viewing party, the only East Coast event officially hosted by the Academy. This year’s show is of special significance to New Yorkers, as its producers are the Gotham-based motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced such acclaimed feature films as “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” as well as the current NBC musical series “Smash.”
World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud is preparing a special menu of cocktails and canapés with a nod to this year’s nominated films, to be served along with his seasonally inspired, award-winning contemporary French cuisine. Now celebrating its 20th year, Daniel is one of the very few restaurants to have received the New York Times four-star rating as well as three Michelin stars. Chef Boulud, who hails from Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York City, which he has called home since 1982.
“Oscar® Sunday is a day to celebrate the best in film with family and friends,” notes Patrick Harrison, the Academy’s New York program director. “We are thrilled that Daniel Boulud has opened his doors to welcome Academy members and the New York film community on the occasion of the Oscars.”
“New York has been my home for over 30 years, and to be able to host the esteemed Academy’s official East Coast event is a huge honor,” said Boulud. “I hope this fete will mark the beginning of a long-running tradition.”
Three 7.5-foot versions of the 13.5-inch, 8.5-pound Oscar statuette, one of world’s most recognized symbols, will greet the New York partygoers as they enter the restaurant on Oscar Night. These golden sentinels are identical to the larger-than-life Oscars that will greet the ceremony’s attendees on the Hollywood red carpet. Numerous large screens will ensure that guests don’t miss a moment of the show’s excitement.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 [...]

Matthew McConaughey starts 2013 with another great performance

A close backwoods cousin to Stand By Me (1986), Jeff Nichols’ Mud is an often moving and unpredictable coming of age story that benefits from some striking visuals and all around strong acting from its cast. Much like in Take Shelter (2011), Nichols is very interested in masculinity and what it means to be a man in a tough America, though this time around there’s more in the way of youthful adventures and less in the way of potential doomsday. The filmmaker is pulling from all sorts of other works, though “Huckleberry Finn” is likely the one most will recognize, though the early works of David Gordon Green were on my mind as well.

The work however, the work is still that clearly is his own. Not being a huge fan of his earlier work, Mud is top-notch with excellent writing and direction, not to mention the performances by Tye Sheridan and Matthew McConaughey. Reese Witherspoon is no slouch herself, while newcomer Jacob Lofland impresses. Though not perfect, and running about 15 minutes too long, it’s got a lot of things going in its favor. With the right push, I could see this making the long haul from the festival circuit to the awards season.
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Howard Stern returning for 2nd season of ‘America’s Got Talent’

HollywoodNews.com: Howard Stern was a controversial casting decision for ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but it sounds like it all paid off as he will be returning for another season.
NBC recently announced that Stern would be returning as a judge for another season, states UsMagazine.com. Sharon Osbourne is allegedly not returning for another season so a new judge will have to be found.
Auditions for the new season will reportedly be taking place in just a few weeks.
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‘America’s Got Talent’ searching for Sharon Osbourne replacement

HollywoodNews.com: Sharon Osbourne revealed last season that she would be leaving her spot as a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent.’
Now, the show is reportedly searching for her replacement and has focused in on three different women, states TMZ. The show executives are reportedly considering Shannen Doherty, Carly Simon and LeAnn Rimes.
And considering Howie Mandel and Howard Stern do not yet have contracts for next season, there may be more new judges on the panel.
NBC has spoken out and commented that this list does not exist.
Who do you want to see as a judge on the show?
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Kris Jenner allegedly looking for more hosting jobs for daughters

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like the Kardashian girls might be getting into the hosting business now that Khloe Kardashian has been hired by ‘X-Factor.’
It is rumored that Kris Jenner is hoping to find more gigs like this for her other daughters, Kim and Kourtney, states RadarOnline. Kris allegedly feels like Khloe’s new job has paved the way for the others to land this type of deal.
Kris supposedly thinks Kourtney would be great as a judge for a fashion show like ‘Project Runway’ while Kim might work on a show like ‘America’s Next Top Model.’
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‘The Voice’ apparently beat ‘X-Factor’ in viewer numbers

HollywoodNews.com: It appears that ‘The Voice’ won the premiere week against ‘X-Factor’ as it reportedly brought in quite a few more viewers than its competition.
It is reported that ‘The Voice’ had 10.66 million while ‘X-Factor’ only had about 8.5 million, states Hollyscoop. However, both shows were beaten by the finale of ‘America’s Got Talent’ as it reached 11 million viewers.
FOX did do well with ‘X-Factor’ though as the show helped the network win the number one spot for the night while NBC ended up in second.
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Jennifer Lopez apparently working on TV network project

HollywoodNews.com: Jennifer Lopez may be done with her stint on ‘American Idol,’ but she isn’t getting any less busy as it is reported that she is working on a new TV network project.
It is being reported that Lopez is teaming up with nuvoTV to “produce entertainment content geared at a Latino audience,” states Hollyscoop. “As an artist, businesswoman, producer and Latina, I’m passionate about seeing multicultural America on TV. My partnership with nuvoTV reflects our mutual goal of creating top-quality entertainment and exciting stories that embrace the richness and beauty of Latin culture in America today,” Lopez commented about the deal.
And nuvoTV is just as excited as they commented: “Jennifer Lopez is a creative powerhouse and the perfect partner for our network and we are absolutely thrilled to have her on board with us.”
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