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“John Carter” trailer promises epic, sci-fi thrills

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Much like “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” which marks the feature-film debut of animator Brad Bird, we’re predominantly interested in next year’s “John Carter” because it’s the first live-action effort from Andrew Stanton, the genius brain behind Pixar’s masterpieces “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E.” Basically, I’d follow Stanton anywhere.[...]

Julia Roberts boards workplace comedy “Second Act”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Fresh off of her turn as an evil queen in the upcoming “Mirror, Mirror,” Julia Roberts looks to continue her comedic vibe by signing on to “Second Act,” a workplace comedy currently in development at New Regency. THR, which broke the story, says the film’s premise “centers[...]

Harvey Weinstein talks Oscars, Michelle Williams and the charm of “My Week With Marilyn” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: “Pulp Fiction.” “The English Patient.” “Good Will Hunting.” “Shakespeare in Love.” “Chicago.” “The Aviator.” “Gangs of New York.” “The Reader.” “The King’s Speech.” For decades, Harvey Weinstein’s name has been synonymous with the Academy Awards, and his influential fingerprints have been all over the Oscar season. Weinstein[...]

Seth Rogen dishes on “50/50,” the Indie Spirit Awards and the one aspect he felt was overlooked – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: “It will be nice to go to an awards show where I’m not afraid green goo is going to fall on me.” Seth Rogen’s reflecting on – and joking about – the three Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations earned by Jonathan Levin’s “50/50,” which starred the funnyman as[...]

Gary Oldman talks “Tinker, Tailor,” webs of intrigue, and the one actor he’d love to work with – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Gary Oldman, appearing on Sirius/XM’s “The Opie and Anthony Show,” contemplated a question he likely has been asked before: “What was your favorite character?” Yet how does one choose from a body of work that spans decades and includes iconic characters that range from Sid Vicious to[...]

“Twilight: Breaking Dawn” busts through the $500M mark worldwide

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Bill Condon’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” officially has transitioned from a smash hit to a juggernaut. Box office figures show that the fourth and next-to-last “Twilight” feature topped $500 million at the worldwide box in 12 days, making it the ninth film this year to[...]

Jason Reitman reveals focus of his next Live Read

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Jason Reitman’s Live Read series is so simple, and yet, so brilliant. He recasts classic works of cinema with inspired acting choices, and has them read the script for live events that have been held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or LACMA). To date,[...]

Summit, Lionsgate reportedly resume merger talks

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: They each have a lucrative, signature franchise under their belt, Summit in “The Twilight Saga” and Lionsgate in the upcoming “Hunger Games” adaptation. And yet, discussions for the two studios to merge resumed yesterday with an eye toward forming a major studio out of two independent distributors. Sources[...]

Oscars: Steve McQueen opens up about Internet sex, the NC-17 rating and the power of “Shame” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: It was the last film I managed to see at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. “Shame” reunites director Steve McQueen and his “Hunger” star Michael Fassbender for an intense study of a sex addict coping with his own unique[...]

“Twilight” topping “The Muppets” (so far) at Thanksgiving box

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: More audience members chose to sink their teeth into a “Twilight” sequel after their turkey dinners this Thanksgiving, even though newcomers “The Muppets” and “Arthur Christmas” had strong showings over the holiday frame. So far, “Breaking Dawn, Part 1” continues to lead the box office charge with an[...]
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