April 16, 2014

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Oscars®: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “12 Years a Slave”

12 Years a Slave
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Written by: John Ridley
Main cast members: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, and Alfre Woodard
Number of Oscar nominations in total: Nine
Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Director (McQueen), Best Actor (Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Nyong’o), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ridley), Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Film Editing
Notable precursor wins: Tied for Best Picture at the Producers Guild of America Awards, won Best Drama at the Golden Globe Awards, won Best Supporting Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and and USC Scripter Award.
Chances at winning Best Picture: One of the top three contenders and main frontrunners for the award
Chances at other Academy Award wins: Frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay races

12 Years a Slave is the first film in my “get to know a Best Picture nominee” series, and it’s one of the main contenders in the category. The film is about the true life tale of Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was tricked into slavery and kept for the dozen years that gives the movie its name. Ever since it was announced that the film was being made, pundits like myself speculated that it was going to be an awards juggernaut. Well, it didn’t disappoint and after being the most cited flick among the precursor season, it’s now one of the most nominated films by the Academy and deep in the fight for Best Picture.
Working in 12 Years a Slave’s favor is that it is basically a universally beloved film. There might be more passionate support for other contenders, but it’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t think that the movie is at least very good, if not great. That creates a situation where voters are basically assured of placing it high up on their ballot. Consensus is the key to victory in this category, and this is a flick that will not want for number one votes. The question is simply if the other two main competitors (American Hustle and Gravity) can amass a wider range of Academy members to vote for them as opposed to this one.
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Brad Pitt set to star in “Fury”

Columbia Pictures has acquired domestic distribution and a good portion of the available international distribution rights to David Ayer’s epic war film FURY, with Brad Pitt set to star in the leading role, it was announced today by QED International CEO Bill Block and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. QED is producing the film with John Lesher?s Le Grisbi Productions and Ethan Smith. Alex Ott is co-producing the feature with Ayer. Principal photography is set to begin in September 2013 and Columbia anticipates releasing FURY on November 14, 2014.
FURY is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
?We loved this script from the moment we read it,? Belgrad said. ?This is epic and authentic storytelling at its finest and we couldn?t be more excited to be in business with David Ayer and Brad Pitt on this incredible story of sacrifice and heroism.?
QED and the studio previously partnered on the worldwide hit DISTRICT 9. FURY is Ayer?s second film with QED, which is financing and producing his ensemble action thriller TEN, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos, and which is set for release from Open Road Films in January 2014. FURY also reteams Ayer with John Lesher, who produced his last film, END OF WATCH.
Josh Grode and Noel Lohr represented QED in the transaction.
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How Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie let children let loose during dinner

HollywoodNews.com: Although Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie seem to have pretty good control over their large family, it seems that when it comes to dinner time, they like to let their kids run wild.
It is rumored that when the family heads to Springfield, Missouri they always stop by Arris’ Pizza for a crazy dinner, states UsMagazine.com. And when they stop by, the place reportedly shuts down for the night so the kids can really go wild.
The children are allegedly allowed to jump on tables and even throw food at each other. Meanwhile, Brad and Angelina reportedly loosen up control on them and enjoy their time together.
Do you think this is good every once in a while?
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Brad Pitt co-designing a furniture line

HollywoodNews.com: Brad Pitt has always talked about his interest in design, and it seems he is now taking the next step with that love.
Pitt will reportedly be working with Frank Pollaro to create a new furnishings line, states UsMagazine.com. Pitt will reportedly unveil the new line in New York from November 13th to 15th.
“We talk about design, about materials, about craftsmanship, about classicism, about modernism. He has a respect for the masters of design,” Pollaro said about the partnership that has them working seven to ten hours anytime they meet.
Do you think the line will turn out well?
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Rumored details about Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone wants to know all about what will go on with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wedding, and now a rumored detail is out about her possible wedding dress.
It is rumored that Jolie has asked designer L’Wren Scott to create her wedding dress, states Hollyscoop. She reportedly trusts the designer and knows that they will work well together.
It is also rumored that the two live near each other in Richmond which has created a good relationship between them.
What do you think her wedding dress will be like?
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Brad Pitt donates $100,000 for marriage equality

HollywoodNews.com: Brad Pitt has been open about his support of marriage equality, and now he is putting his money in the fight.
Pitt recently donated $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign that is fighting for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State, states People. “It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” Pitt commented in a statement about the issue.
Pitt has been very vocal of his support of same-sex marriage as he claimed he wouldn’t marry Angelina Jolie until it was legal for everyone.
Do you like how outspoken he is?
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Brad Pitt talks always putting family first

HollywoodNews.com: Ever since getting together with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt has quickly grown his family with her and it sounds like he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Pitt recently opened up to ‘Interview’ magazine about how life has changed for him now that he is a family man, states People. “I want it to be worthy enough of a story to leave the family, you know? They’re everything. The family is first … I also don’t want to embarrass them,” Pitt said about how he looks at projects differently.
Pitt was also jokingly asked about marriage but kept quiet in regard to any plans for a wedding with Jolie.
Do you like how he’s changed over the years?
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Brad Pitt opens up about wedding plans with Angelina Jolie

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone wants to know when Brad Pitt will marry Angelina Jolie now that they are engaged, but it seems even he doesn’t know yet.
Pitt recently opened up about not having a date set, but knows that it will happen, states UsMagazine.com. “No plans yet, other than we are going to do it. I plan very little as I get older,” Pitt admitted.
But no matter when it happens, Pitt will be sure to find best friend George Clooney a spot in the wedding even if it is usher: “Well, you know, he doesn’t believe in institutions, so he can get people to their seats or something.”
When do you think they will wed?
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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie wedding rumors continue to run wild

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone wants to know when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will wed now that they are recently engaged.
And now that they have recently been spotted Le Touquet, which is near Chateau Miraval, wedding rumors are running wild again, states UsMagazine.com. As it is rumored that they wed there, now that they are back it is believed they are busy planning.
Both have been filming in the UK as of late, but apparently wanted a small break at their nearby home. It is believed that they will wed this year with a small and simple wedding ceremony.
However, fans will just have to wait and see what happens as it will likely be incredibly private.
When do you think they will wed?
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Los Angeles Times to be Presenting Sponsor for 2012 Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Entering their sixteenth year, the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards announced today that the Los Angeles Times will be the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s festival and star-studded gala.
“We are very honored and excited to have the Los Angeles Times as our Presenting Sponsor,” said founder and CEO Carlos de Abreu. “The Times is a Hollywood institution, and their support and leadership will help take the festival and awards to the next level.”
The festival, which starts October 18, encompasses five days of screenings at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood and culminates with the prestigious Hollywood Film Awards Gala on October 22. The event honors cherished stars and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Times publisher and Tribune Company CEO Eddy Hartenstein will present one of the evening’s special awards, with details to be announced next month.
“The Los Angeles Times is Hollywood’s hometown news source and we have been at the forefront of entertainment coverage since trailblazing filmmakers and producers invented the industry,” said Times Vice President, Film Advertising, Francie Berns. “We’re excited to present the first marquee event of the all-important film awards season and support the creative community.”
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
The 2011 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.
“In addition, we are very happy to continue to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and emerging filmmakers. Craig Brewer, director of “Footloose,” “Hustle and Flow,” and “Black Snake Moan,” was discovered by the Hollywood Film Festival with the world premiere of his first film, “Poor and Hungry,” added de Abreu.
Aside from celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the “Hollywood Gives Back” program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as the following: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights, Artists for Peace and Justice, MatchingDonors.com, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Enough Project, and Variety The Children’s Charity of So. CA, among others.
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