July 10, 2015

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Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” begins to roll out worldwide

All this week, we’ve seen Marvel slowly begin to allow reviews to trickle out about Avengers: Age of Ultron, in advance of the global release this weekend, followed by the U.S. next week. So far, the early word has been pretty solid, with some out and out raves and almost no outright detractors. After how big a smash across the board The Avengers was, seeing the sequel apparently continue the trend is a solid sight to behold. Marvel continues their perfect record and comic book fans get another top tier piece of entertainment to enjoy. The summer movie season is about to begin folks…
You’d basically have to live under a rock not to be fully aware what this film is about, but at the off chance you don’t, I’m more than willing to provide a quick primer. Continuing the Marvel Cinematic Universe and working not only as a sequel to The Avengers but also Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this flick sees the team of superheroes faced with a dastardly Artificial Intelligence named Ultron (voice of James Spader). As such, it’s up to Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemseworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), along with newcomers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), to save the day. Hayley Atwell, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Colbie Smulders, and more return as well. Joss Whedon once again co-writes and directs. All told, it’s probably the largest scale comic book film to date.
What Avengers: Age of Ultron is doing now is setting up the next phase in Marvel’s giant plan, culminating in the next Avengers flick, which is a two parter. Sure, it’s a few years before Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 hits in May of 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 in May of 2019. Those films will basically result in a whole new direction for the company, or at least we assume. At the very least, they will mark Whedon turning over controls of the flagship Marvel franchise to veterans of Captain America: The Winter Solider and next year’s Captain America: Civil War, the Russo brothers, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. They’ll be the big shepherds from here on out, with Civil War upping the ante presumably from Age of Ultron and whetting the appetite for both parts of […]

The 82nd Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

As I mentioned last time out, this series has officially returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent (or now recent-ish) Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be attempting to do just that, time will still tell if it’s something that gets stuck with or not. Again, if nothing else, this continues to give you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more.
Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks for this particular ceremony:
Best Picture – Up in the Air
The nominees here were A Serious Man, An Education, Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, and Up. The main snub here, in my book at least, was (500) Days of Summer, and I nearly went with the actual winner in The Hurt Locker, but Up in the Air was my #1 film of this year, so that made it pretty academic in the end.
Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
A history making and diverse category this time out, the field consisted of Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, James Cameron for Avatar, Lee Daniels for Precious, Jason Reitman for Up in the Air, and Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds. I believe Marc Webb was snubbed for (500) Days of Summer and really wish that Reitman had come closer to winning, but when you come right down to it, I can’t argue with Bigelow. The first woman to ever win Best Director gets my vote here as well.
Best Actor – George Clooney for Up in the Air
Here the nominees were Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, George Clooney for Up in the Air, Colin Firth for A Single Man, Morgan Freeman for Invictus, and Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker. The Academy missed the boat on nominating Sam Rockwell for Moon, but aside from him, I’d have to go for Clooney.
Best Actress – Carey Mulligan for An Education
The big snub to me here was Zooey Deschanel for (500) Days […]

Kevin Costner shines in “Black or White”

One of the interesting things about the month of January is that we not only see the expansion of Academy Award nominated films, but also the release of many would be contenders that simply weren’t recognized by Oscar. One such movie this month is Mike Binder’s Black or White, which happens to feature a tremendously good turn from Kevin Costner. When I saw the film a few months ago, I thought Costner had a chance to impact the Best Actor field…now, that obviously didn’t happen, but at this point others can finally see what I was talking about. Costner and Binder have something here with Black or White, which opens on Friday.

The movie, which got a small qualifying run last month, is a drama centered around a custody fight over a little girl. Costner stars as an attorney caring for his mixed race granddaughter after his wife passes away. They had been caring for the girl after the death of their daughter, with her biological father out of the picture, dealing with drug problems. Costner’s character has a prickly relationship with his granddaughter’s paternal grandmother, played by Octavia Spencer. The grandmother begins to push to see the girl more, eventually looking to sue for custody. A court battle then ensues. Binder writes and directs, with the cast also including Bill Burr, Jennifer Ehle, Jillian Estell, Andre Holland, Gillian Jacobs, Anthony Mackie, and more.
In a perfect world, Costner would have been a far bigger Best Actor contender for this role. It’s not only one of his best performances in some time, it might very well be one of his best ever. At the very least, it’s top five, that much is almost inarguable. Costner has turned in a similarly strong performance before in a Binder flick (The Upside of Anger), so it’s no surprise that this pairing is producing quality. Costner also gets to show his age in a new way, playing a grandfather for the first time, I believe. It might be the start of the next act of his career, so even though it didn’t manage to crack the Actor lineup (though I think he got a handful of votes), it could lead to a lot of good things in the next few years for Costner. Just watch a particular speech that Costner gives on the witness stand. It might be one of his finest moments ever.
Going forward, as […]

“The Hunger Games” stays strong and tops $350m Weekend Box Office

HollywoodNews.com: It was an ‘everybody wins’ weekend at the box office as all three openers outperformed even the most optimistic expectations. The number one film of the weekend was not The Hunger Games but rather Think Like A Man. The all-star romantic comedy based off of Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship self-help book grossed a somewhat surprising $33 million on just over 2000 screens. The Screen Gems film was notable in that the small studio made a real effort to market the African-American-centric rom-com both to black males and white audiences (Vulture has a detailed article about the marketing campaign). Racial demographics aren’t available yet, but the film played 63% female and 62% over 30. For what it’s worth, it earned an A from Cinemascore, including an A+ from audiences under 25. Even more impressive is that the film achieved a near-3x, including a token increase on Saturday (from $12 million to $13 million). The film has a ton of ‘would probably be a bigger star in a color-blind society’ actors, including Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Steve Harvey, and Taraji P. Henson. But the secret weapon may have been comedian Kevin Hart, who powered his stand-up concert film, Laugh At My Pain to $7 million last September despite playing on less than 300 screens. Pay no attention to this large opening folks, nothing to see about an under-served audience demographic delivering near-blockbuster numbers on a $13 million budget. Just move along and keep putting Anthony Mackie in fourth-billed supporting roles.
There will be lots of talk comparing this film to the Tyler Perry cannon, but know this: If the estimates hold up, Tim Story’s decidely secular romantic comedy will have opened higher than every Perry feature save the $41 million debut of Madea Goes To Jail. In fact, aside from that Perry release, I can’t think of another African-American comedy or drama that opened as high as this one perhaps ever. How well the film holds up over the long haul is an open question, and arguably *that’s* where the attempt at cross-racial outreach come into play. If Screen Gems can convince white audiences that this isn’t so much a ‘black film’ as much as it’s a Valentine’s Day-type ensemble piece that happens to star actors of color, it may have strong legs as its sampled by general […]

Bethenny Frankel has allegedly auditioned for a Michael Bay movie

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Bethenny Frankel might be trying to expand her career even more as it is rumored that she recently auditioned for a Michael Bay movie.
Frankel has allegedly auditioned for his film, ‘Pain and Gain,’ which will reportedly be starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie, states UsMagazine.com. Frankel was allegedly in Miami when she was reportedly randomly scouted to read for the part.
The casting directors reportedly realized it was Frankel when she came in to read for them. She allegedly did a good job, but no decision has yet been made.
Do you think she’ll get the role?
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Indie Spirit noms are coming Nov. 29 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale will announce the nominees for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at The London West Hollywood Hotel, it was revealed today by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
As previously announced, the 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The premiere broadcast of the ceremony will air later that evening at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.
Bios on each actor, from a release:
Anthony Mackie was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama and was discovered playing Tupac Shakur in the off-Broadway play “Up Against the Wind.” He made his film debut in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile and proceeded to garner roles in Spike Lee’s Sucker Free City and She Hate Me, Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, and Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate. Mackie earned Film Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans’ Brother to Brother. In 2006, Mackie starred in Half Nelson, Freedomland, Heaven’s Fall, Crossover and We Are Marshall. Intertwined throughout his film career, Mackie continues to perform in several plays, which include “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King’s modern re-telling of Chekhov’s “the Seagull,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Soldier’s Play,” and Martin McDonough’s “A Behanding in Spokane.” In 2009, he starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, which earned him a Film Independent Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Male. 2009 also saw Mackie revisit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight’s Notorious and he was in Dreamworks’ Eagle Eye. Mackie recently starred in Night Catches Us alongside Kerry Washington, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and Real Steel opposite Hugh Jackman. He will next be seen in Man on a Ledge, Ten Year, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Gangster Squad.
English actress Kate Beckinsale is revealing herself to be one of films’ most versatile and charismatic actresses. She first gained notice in Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing, then subsequently appeared in Cold Comfort Farm, The Last Days of Disco, Brokedown Palace and Shooting Fish. She then moved on to star in Disney’s epic Pearl Harbor, followed by Serendipity, Laurel Canyon, Van Helsing and the hit vampire tales Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. Beckinsale also […]

First image of Sam Worthington on the “Ledge”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How will “Man on a Ledge” work?
I get the premise. There’s a man, played by Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Clash of the Titans”). And he’s on a ledge. Oh, sure, there’s more to the story. Worthington plays an ex-cop who is now a fugitive. Elizabeth Banks is on board as a negotiator trying to talk the man off the ledge. And there might be a secret reason he’s standing out there in the first place.
But really, this looks like 100 minutes of a man. On a ledge. Sounds like “Phone Booth” with Colin Farrell. Only on a ledge.
And yet, the picture – directed Asger Leth – has lured some serious talent. Ed Harris is the latest actor to join an ensemble that already includes Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, and Ed Burns. There must be something in that script that has attracted them.
For now, we’re getting the first image from the set. SUmmit sent it over, and it shows … well, Worthington on a ledge.
A picture says 1,000 words. The film will speak for itself in 2012.
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Elizabeth Banks to step out on “Ledge” with Worthington

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How much room do they have on that ledge?
We’ll find out soon enough once Asger Leth releases his thriller “Man on a Ledge” in 2012. The drama – about an ex-cop threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop – already has lured Sam Worthington, Amy Adams, Jamie Bell and Anthony Mackie of “The Hurt Locker.” Now we’re learning that beautiful Elizabeth Banks will join the growing ensemble, according to Variety.
The script has a role for a female psychologist, who must talk down the disturned cop. But up to this point, I assumed that would be Adams. Maybe it’s Banks? Maybe one of them will play the cop’s love interest?
Banks certainly has plenty on her plate. Her “30 Rock” character figures to play a major role now that she’s carrying Alec Baldwin’s baby. And according to IMDB, Banks also has roles in “My Idiot Brother” with Paul Rudd as well as Paul Haggis’ “The Next Three Days” with Russell Crowe. But those films are in post-production, so Banks has time to climb out on that “Ledge” with Worthington.
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Anthony Mackie’s ‘Night Catches Us’ releases official poster

HollywoodNews.com: Anthony Mackie’s latest film, “Night Catches Us,” has just released the official poster for the film.
Marcus (Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker,” “Brother to Brother”) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement, protecting a dangerous secret in a struggle against the revolution he once embraced and rediscovering a forbidden love (Kerry Washington, “Ray,” “Lift”).

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Hollywood Discovery Awards – Be Discovered and Become the Next Hollywood Star

HollywoodNews.com: The Casting Society of America (CSA), Hollywoodnews.com and Yahoo! Movies are teaming up with the Hollywood Film Festival® and the Hollywood Awards®, to present the Hollywood Discovery Awards®, a nationwide acting competition which will celebrate the talent and star quality of two lucky winners. A blue-ribbon panel of casting directors from the Casting Society of America will select ten finalists, and their audition videos will be posted on Yahoo! Movies, where the general public will vote online for their favorite.
“We are very excited and proud that Actorcast.com, Casting Society of America , Hollywoodnews.com, and Yahoo! Movies joined us in our quest to discover the next Hollywood Star,” stated festival founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu. “We want to ensure that we bridge the gap between established Hollywood and new talent during the 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards®.”
The two winners will receive round-trip air transportation to Los Angeles, plus hotel accommodations, to receive the Hollywood Discovery Awards® at the prestigious 14th Annual Hollywood Awards® Gala, on October 25, 2010, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California.
“Casting Directors are always opening their doors to new and exciting performers. The Casting Society of America is pleased to bring the talent-spotting skills of our members to this nationwide competition,” said Pam Dixon, President of the CSA.
The Hollywood Awards® Gala ceremony itself is one of the most glittering nights in the film calendar and is known for launching the awards season. The Hollywood Discovery Awards® winners will have a unique opportunity to walk the red carpet and be recognized in a full room of major Hollywood players and stars. At last year’s event, attending luminaries included Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Diablo Cody, Zooey Deschanel, Morgan Freeman, Kathleen Kennedy, Diane Kruger, Anthony Mackie, Michael Mann, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Monaghan, Steven Spielberg, Charlize Theron, Marisa Tomei, and Chris Weitz among many other Hollywood stars and executives. Our honorees included Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Renner, Carey Mulligan, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Melanie Lynskey, Zachary Quinto, Paul Schneider, and Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe for acting, Bradley Cooper for comedy, Kathryn Bigelow and Lee Daniels for directing.
We encourage all aspiring young actors with great talent to submit their audition video.
For guidelines and submission protocol please go to www.discoveryawardsopencall.com.
The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival kicks off October 20 for a six-day series of screenings and special presentations with […]

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