April 24, 2014

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Oscars®: Muppets Most Wanted – What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race

Directed by: James Bobin
Written by: James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller
Main Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey make up the main human actors, with various others voicing the Muppet cast members, plus cameos from tons of others in Hollywood
Past Oscar relations: The Muppets won Best Original Song (the song Man or Muppet was written by Bret McKenzie, who again is writing the songs here for Muppets Most Wanted)
Here is the next article in this new series on 2014 contenders hoping to compete for Oscar attention. Next (and second) up is James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted, which looks to capitalize on the prior films Oscar success (it won Best Original Song). The film is a sequel to the Oscar winning The Muppets, though this one is far more co-writer/director Bobin’s baby than last time, when he just directed and the vision was very much Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller’s (though Stoller still co-writes here). The spirit of the Muppets is still here though, as the gang goes on tour and has an international adventure that fits in very well with their past. Now, it’s going to hope that it can survive in our hearts and minds throughout the season and attempt to become another Oscar nominated Muppets movie.
What this flick has going in its favor is that it’s basically tailor made to receive a Best Original Song nomination. Many of the films in the franchise have showed up in that category, and this time around there are a number of catchy enough tunes to make it a very safe bet. The characters themselves are also just so charismatic and likable that you can’t help wanting to see more of them (remember the pseudo campaign to get them to host the Academy Awards telecast? I do), which is why whenever a new film of theirs comes out we talk about it as a potential dark horse contender for some bigger awards. I’m not sure about all of that this time around, but a Song citation seems likely to me.
Working against Muppets Most Wanted is that the movie is very slight and not anywhere near on the level of the last one (or the previous ones from years past). The movie is fun, but it feels like a sequel that mainly exists because the last one was successful, though cleverly they do comment on that very thing. Still, looking at this as any [...]

Zac Efron, Taylor Swift put an end to dating rumors

HollywoodNews.com: Zac Efron and Taylor Swift are both plagued with dating rumors, but they want to make it clear that they are not dating each other.
The two, who both lent their voices to ‘The Lorax,’ revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that just because they are both in a film together doesn’t mean that the film started up a romance, states Access Hollywood. “He’s awesome, we are not a couple though. You hear people get together when they’re shooting movies, co-stars. But not like animated co-stars. You know what I’m saying,” Swift commented.
And it seems to be pretty true as Efron has been linked to Lily Collins after they allegedly spent Valentine’s Day together.
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Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens reunion rumors are false

HollywoodNews.com: It’s a sad day for fans who wanted to see Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens reunite after breaking up earlier this year.
There were recent rumors out that the two were spotted at a Los Angeles club looking awfully cozy, but that just isn’t so, states E! News. Hudgens couldn’t have possibly been at Eden nightclub with Efron as she wasn’t even in town at the time.
“I don’t know how they were at a Hollywood nightclub when she isn’t in town,” Efron’s rep commented.
The two split after years of dating due to their busy schedules and long-distance relationship.
Do you want them to date again?
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Weekend Box Office: Moneyball comes in second to Lion King 3D

HollywoodNews.com: Defying even the most optimistic of predictions, The Lion King 3D (HERE for the film’s big not-so-fatal flaw) repeated at the top of the box office this weekend. The shockingly popular 3D-converted re-release dropped just 26% in its second weekend, grossing $22.1 million in what was allegedly the last weekend of its ‘limited engagement’.
I cannot imagine Disney not keeping this one in theaters until it plays out naturally, as we could easily be looking at a $100 million domestic total for the refurbished 17-year old cartoon. The Lion King 3D now has $61.6 million, giving the film a $389 million domestic total. Once it gets past $67 million, it will surpass the 1997 re-release of The Empire Strikes Back and become the second-biggest re-release of all time, behind the $137 million gross of Star Wars: Special Edition.
Unless Disney does pull the movie next Friday, it should pass $400 million at the end of next weekend, putting it within spitting distance of the $410 million domestic total of Toy Story 3. The $441 million domestic total for Shrek 2 seems out of reach for the moment, but we’ll know for sure by the end of next weekend.
Again, there is no reason to assume that every 3D-converted rerelease coming down the pike in the next year will perform like this one, anymore than other nationwide anniversary re-releases were expected to match the astonishing 1997 Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition roll outs (HERE for a review of the Star Wars Blu Ray set). Considering this release was basically a glorified advertisement for the October 4th Blu Ray release, Disney is basically pulling pure profit on this one.
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Disney lines up multiple “Lion King” celebrations

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Details are starting to emerge regarding Disney’s plans to celebrate a 3D release of it’s animated classic “The Lion King.”
Trailers for the enhanced version ran before the studio’s “Cars 2,”showing the entire opening sequence of the film in the converted 3D format. The full 3D version will be in theaters this October.
This morning, THR reveals that Disney also plans to celebrate the 5,000th performance of the stage musical “Lion King” at the London Lyceum.
In addition to the stage and screen parties planned for the “King,” Disney also will release the film on high-definition Disney Blu-ray, 3D Disney Blu-ray and DVD in November. It’s going to be a busy fall season for “The Lion King,” so be sure to participate in at least one of the magical events the studio is lining up.
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Vanessa Hudgens Photos: Hollywood Music Photo Gallery of the Day Aug 1, 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Music Photo Gallery of the Day” is Vanessa Hudgens.
Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) is an American actress and singer, who is best known for her portrayal of the character Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. She also earned critical acclaim for her role in the 2009 film Bandslam.

Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, and lived all over the West Coast — from Oregon to Southern California — with her parents, Gina (née Guangco), who held a succession of office jobs, and Gregory Hudgens, a firefighter. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. Hudgens is of mixed cultural background, as her father is of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother, a native of Manila, is of Chinese-Filipino-Spanish descent. Two of her grandparents were musicians.
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Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale’s Beach PDA

HollywoodNews.com: ‘High School Musical’ costars, Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale, had some fun in the sun together at her 26th birthday beach party in Malibu on July 2nd. The ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ hunk appeared to be getting pretty comfortable with his friend of six years. Ashley’s current boyfriend, music video producer, Scott Speer, was also at the soiree.
According to Hollyscoop.com, and photos taken of the pair, Zac is seen snuggling up to Ashley, kissing her neck and giving her a piggyback and piggyfront ride. When Zac arrived at the party, Ashley tweeted: “So happy zacary made it to my party!!! He’s my brother/best friend!!!” However, Zac’s ex-girlfriend of four years, Vanessa Hudgens, who is also friends with Ashley, was not present at the bash.
What appears to be flirting is actually just goofing around, Hollyscoop explains. Ashley responded to the rumors with a tweet: “Don’t believe all pictures…I had such a great birthday party with my friends, Family, and BOYFRIEND Scott. I will not let stupid rumors ruin all the fun we had! Xoxo”. Reportedly, Zac and Ashley’s relationship is purely platonic and sibling-like.
How do you feel about friends who show PDA?
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Vanessa Hudgens reveals the kind of guy she might date next

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens has been very single since her relationship with Zac Efron came to an end, and now it seems she wants to use this time to check out a different type of guy.
The actress recently admitted that she is kind of curious about dating a bad boy, states HollywoodLife.
“I think it may be interesting,” Hudgens said about checking out these guys, but added that she hasn’t found any yet.
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Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron reportedly maintaining friendship

HollywoodNews.com: Although they broke up after a number of years together, it seems that Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron are keeping things friendly.
Both stars were at Ashley Tisdale’s release party for ‘Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure’ where they managed to have a good night, states UsMagazine.com. While the two were supporting their ‘High School Musical’ castmate, they avoided anything awkward.
It is reported that while nothing seemed romantic between them, everything seemed just fine. Hudgens and Efron are reportedly working on staying friends despite their split.
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Vanessa Hudgens calls rumored new beau just a friend

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens has been linked to her ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ costar Josh Hutcherson ever since her split from Zac Efron, but she insists nothing is going on.
Hudgens recently sat down with Ellen DeGeneres and claimed she was definitely single, states UsMagazine.com. “Can’t a girl have friends?…We just did a movie together and we had the best time,” Hudgens said about why the two have been hanging out together.
Hudgens also claimed on the show that she is still friends with Efron despite splitting after a number of years together.
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