April 22, 2014

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“American Hustle,” by David O. Russell, to be honored with the “Hollywood Costume and Production Design Awards”

“American Hustle,” the new film directed by David O. Russell, will be honored with the Hollywood Costume and Production Design Awards, it was announced today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards. The honor will be bestowed to Michael Wilkinson and Judy Becker, costume designer and production designer of the film, respectively, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Commenting on the announcement, de Abreu said, “As David O. Russell does so well, ‘American Hustle’ focuses on the emotional lives of characters who are conning each other, but also conning themselves as they remake themselves in classic American fashion. For this film, Judy Becker and Michael Wilkinson have created the perfect backdrop for these characters with an authentic and glamorous vision of the 1970s, its spaces and clothes, also manage to look entirely original on the screen. We’re thrilled to be honoring Judy and Michael with these awards.”
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 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the Hollywood Legend Award, Academy Award®-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s Hollywood Career Achievement Award, actor Matthew McConaughey with the Hollywood Actor Award, Academy Award®-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the Hollywood Actress Award, Oscar®-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, Academy Award®-winning actress Julia Roberts with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award, actor Jared Leto with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Award for “Dallas Buyers Club,” actress Lupita Nyong’o with the New Hollywood Award for “12 Year A Slave,” director Lee Daniels with the Hollywood Director Award, director Steve McQueen with the Hollywood Breakout Director Award, producer Michael De Luca with the Hollywood Producer Award, and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the Hollywood Screenwriter Award. Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for “Monsters University” with the Hollywood Animation Award, and the movie “Pacific Rim” for visual effects.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
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Baz Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio and Scott Fitzgerald to inaugurate the festival de Cannes

It is on The Great Gatsby by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, that the curtain will rise at the inauguration of the 66th Festival de Cannes, on Wednesday 15th May, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière du Palais des Festivals, out of Competition in the Official Selection.
Adapted from the famous novel by American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald and set against the roaring twenties on the East Coast of the United States, the film depicts the romantic and tragic figure of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), as narrated by his friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan, whose husband is played by Joel Edgerton.
This prestigious occasion will also be graced with the presence of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, as well as the American pop star, rapper Jay-Z
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Hugh Jackman to be Co-Chair of Elton John’s Oscar Party

The Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party is turning 21! Can you believe it? Sir Elton and David Furnish just announced the arrival of their second child, Elijah Joseph Daniel, last week. Their older son is Zachary Jackson Levon. (You’ll notice the third name is familiar to Elton John fans.) Bravo! Mazel Tov!

But their actual “first child” is EJAF and the big annual Oscar dinner and show. This year’s event will be a big one since the co-chairs are a knock out list: they include Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra Lee Furness, Quincy Jones and his famous actress daughter Rashida, Sharon Stone,Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Heidi Klum, Katy Perry. director John Waters, “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten, Tyler Perry, Chris Colfer, Miley Cyrus, Eric McCormack and his wife Janet, Bill and Tani Austin of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, plus Elton’s great managers Johnny and Edwina “Eddie” Barbis, as well as Joseph Blount, John Demsey, Alec Gores, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Diana Jenkins, Fred Latsko, “first Lady of New York” Sandra Lee, “Great Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann and his wife costume designer Catherine Martin, Caroline Scheufele, and my pal from Pittsburgh and beyond, Ed Walson.

Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo, plus Audi, Grey Goose, and MAC Viva Glam are the sponsors. How do you attend? Tickets sell out pretty much as fast as I am typing. But you can also contact Matt Blinstrubas at 212.219.0670 or matt.blinstrubas@ejaf.org.
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Potential 2013 Oscar contenders coming down the pike

As we get ready to enter the brand new year, it’s never too late to get on the ball for potential Oscar contenders coming down the pike.
Chan-wook Park’s Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode has a new poster and early word is already positive for Wasikowska who’s been an up and comer and potential Supporting Actress nominee Kidman. The film is scheduled to be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival and opens in limited release March 1, 2013.
Also releasing some beautiful character posters is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. A few weeks back, we stumbled across the character posters for Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher and with the latest, Mulligan’s Daisy is the most aesthetically pleasing. The film is set to open May 10, 2013.
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Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” exits the Oscar race – ANALYSIS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Once the awards season gets underway (which annually happens right around this time), we spend a decent amount of our time separating the titles with Oscar potential from the titles with simple Oscar hopes. Usually, this requires a screening of the film, we can judge its awards potential on merit. But every once in a while, a studio makes the decision for us by removing a particular movie out of the Oscar heat, for various reasons.
That appears to be what has happened with Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” which officially moved its release date from the Oscar-friendly Dec. 25 to an undisclosed date in Summer 2013, according to a Warner Bros. release.
“Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures.
In one sense, “Gatsby” is getting away from some very stiff competition. Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and Seth Rogen’s “The Guilt Trip” were set to open on that day. They also are arriving in theaters one week after Paramount’s “Jack Reacher” (with Tom Cruise), Judd Apatow’s “This is 40,” and Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Hunt for Osama Bin Laden thriller.
“Gatsby” also would be competing for Oscar eyeballs against “Les Miserables” (Dec. 14), Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” (Dec. 14), and Focus Features’ “Hyde Park on the Hudson” (in limited release on Dec. 7).
So “Gatsby” is out of this year’s Oscar race, where a colleague and I recently argued it would compete for technical nominations, at the very least, and the big prizes – Picture, Director, Actor and so on – if it connected on all levels.
And the race rolls on.
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Oscars: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ a Best Picture contender

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” isn’t even in theaters yet, and already, someone has dropped the “O” word.
Oscars.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a contender,” Clayton Davis of The Awards Circuit Tweeted after his “Rises” screening. I doubt it will be the last time that we hear Nolan’s trilogy capper in the same breath as the Academy Awards.
After all, it’s widely believed that Nolan’s last Batman movie, “The Dark Knight” – and its absence in the Best Picture category – led to the changes in the number of potential Best Picture nominees we can have each season. Will “The Dark Knight Rises” capitalize on the new BP regulations and compete for Oscar’s top prize early next year?
To do so, it’s going to have to rise above a series of fellow contenders … some of which are coming right out of Warner Bros.’ pipeline. As was noted in The Hollywood Reporter, Warner has a handful of titles that will come to the table with awards “buzz.”
Perennial Oscar contender Clint Eastwood plays a baseball scout on a trip with his daughter (Amy Adams) in “Trouble With the Curve” (Sept. 28). Ben Affleck’s back in the director’s chair for “Argo” (Oct. 12), a political thriller with a tremendous cast. And then there are two heavy hitters racing to theaters in December: Peter Jackson’s opening chapter to “The Hobbit,” and Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
This weekend, the attention falls on Nolan’s “Knight” as we analyze its Oscar potential. The truth of the matter, though, is that it’s one of several options Warner has as the Oscar season kicks into high(er) gear.

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Oscar®-Nominated Actors Step “Out of Character” for Academy Exhibition

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Out of Character,” a new exhibition featuring portraits of this year’s acting nominees by photographer Douglas Kirkland. The exclusive new photos of 2011′s Oscar-nominated performers will be on display starting Saturday, February 11, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills.
Kirkland photographed all 20 of the Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress nominees in the two weeks since the January 24 nominations announcement. His distinctive, large-format portraits will be on display through March 18. An online gallery of these portraits, along with behind the scenes shots, will be spotlighted at www.oscar.com beginning today.
Following the exhibition, the portraits will become part of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library photograph collection.
Kirkland has been capturing iconic images of motion picture luminaries for more than five decades, revealing as well as immortalizing such legends as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman. Also well known as a set photographer, he has worked on more than 100 films, including “The Sound of Music,” “Out of Africa,” “Titanic” and “Moulin Rouge.” He recently traveled to Australia to serve as special set photographer on Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” scheduled for release in 2012.
“Out of Character” will be open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Grand Lobby Gallery is located at the Academy’s headquarters at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Oscars: It would be a “Shame” to keep Carey Mulligan out of the race – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Two films hanging around the fringe of the ongoing Oscar race are “Shame” an “Drive.” They’re not shoo-ins, like “The Artist” or “The Descendants.” But both could get into the annual race in significant writing, acting and (possibly) directing categories.
What do they have in common? Carey Mulligan.
You could argue she plays an unconventional love interest in both films. But there’s no arguing how fantastic the talented Oscar nominee is in both features. And it’s possible Mulligan plays herself into a Best Supporting Actress conversation if the Academy is as impressed by Carey as we were in “Drive” and “Shame.” She didn’t quite have Jessica Chastain’s year, but to have those pictures on your resume means you have had a very, very good year.
And it was during that year – in October – when we recognized Mulligan with our Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards for her part in Steve McQueen’s probing drama.
Mulligan’s star continues to rise. She’s currently shooting “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire and director Baz Luhrmann. But you can bet she’ll be at the Kodak Theatre should she hear her name in the Best Supporting Actress category when the Oscars reveal their nominations on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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Leonardo DiCaprio has two movies opening next Christmas Day

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Leonardo DiCaprio fans, as they’ll have two (very different) DiCaprio films to choose from on Christmas Day in 2012.
Providing release dates hold up – which is rare these days – Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” will open up against Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” next Christmas. Their link? Both feature DiCaprio in prominent roles.
Warner just announced the “Gatsby” date. Will Tarantino blink? Is it smart to have DiCaprio face off against DiCaprio?
Both films appear to be going after completely different audiences. “Gatsby” is setting up as a period adaptation, with DiCaprio joined by Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in a Gold Coast drama. Tarantino’s “Django,” meanwhile, is an unfiltered genre movie, a spaghetti Western set in slavery days.
Still, I wouldn’t be surprised – depending on how production schedules play out – to see one of these films move off the date sooner rather than later.
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Leonardo DiCaprio in first-look “J. Edgar” photo – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Leonardo DiCaprio has collaborated with so many legendary directors over the years — from Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan to Baz Luhrmann and James Cameron – that its easy to overlook the fact that he has yet to work with Clint Eastwood. They each bring such different skill sets to a project, which is why Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” a biopic of the controversial FBI founder, is high on our eager-to-see list this fall.
Written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), the film reportedly covers several key aspects of Hoover’s career, spanning the Charles Lindbergh (Josh Lucas) baby-kidnapping case from the 1930s to the director’s clashes with Richard Nixon (Christopher Shyer) in the 1970s. Eastwood’s cast includes Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson and Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy, Hoover’s secretary and most-trusted advisor.
We were disappointed to learn that “J. Edgar” was skipping the fall film festival circuit (though some analysts still are predicting it could land on Toronto’s schedule when all is said and done the way “Hereafter” was added at the last minute). Right now, it’s eyeing a limited release on Wednesday, Nov. 9 before going wide two days later.
But as part of its Fall Movie Preview, EW has a first-look photo of DiCaprio in the role. We have it below. Expect plenty more “J. Edgar” coverage as we work our way through the awards season and determine if Eastwood has another Oscar contender on his hands.

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