April 19, 2014

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More Stars to present at Oscars: Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman

Academy Award® winners Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will present on the Oscar telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. All four have previously won the award for Best Actress.
Berry won the award for her performance in “Monster’s Ball” (2001), Bullock for “The Blind Side” (2009), Kidman for “The Hours” (2002) and Witherspoon for “Walk the Line” (2005).
Berry, Bullock, Kidman and Witherspoon join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Mark Wahlberg, Ted and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; “Chicago” cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.
Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.
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‘Chicago’ Stars to present at Oscars – Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Academy Award® winner’s Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join their “Chicago” cast mates Richard Gere and Queen Latifah to present together on-stage at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are very excited to reunite the stars of ‘Chicago’ to present on the Oscars, on the 10th anniversary of the movie’s win for Best Picture,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Zellweger, Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah received nominations for their performances in the film. Jones and Queen Latifah were nominated for their supporting roles, Jones took home the Oscar that year. Zellweger, who was nominated for her lead performance in the film, has been nominated three times, and won in 2003 for her supporting role in “Cold Mountain.”
Gere, Queen Latifah, Zellweger and Zeta-Jones join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Mark Wahlberg, Ted, and “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Hayden Panettiere talks ‘Nashville’ character, Taylor Swift

HollywoodNews.com: Hayden Panettiere is playing a young country star in the upcoming show ‘Nashville,’ but that doesn’t mean she is modeling her character after a real-life young country star.
Panettiere recently opened up about the rumor she modeled her character after Taylor Swift, states Entertainment Weekly. “I when think you guys see her and get to know Juliette a little better, you’ll see. But I really think Taylor would disagree wholeheartedly as well. She’s much nicer than my character,” Panettiere commented.
The show is set to premiere on ABC on October 10th.
Will you tune in?
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‘Vampire Diaries’ stars on racy ‘Entertainment Weekly’ cover

HollywoodNews.com: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ stars are getting racy as they are on the cover of ‘Entertainment Weekly’ with not a whole lot of clothing on.
There are three different covers – one with Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, and another with those two and Paul Wesley with the third being Dobrev and Wesley, states UsMagazine.com. One cover has Dobrev wrapped in a white sheet while Somerhalder, who appears nude, cups her chest.
The other cover has both men with their hands on the actress who is in a black bra and wrapped in a red sheet. While the third has Dobrev in a black bra and black sheet with Wesley wrapped around her.
The characters they all play have been involved in a love triangle as the vampire brothers are both in love with Dobrev’s character.
What do you think about the covers?
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Oscars: Viola Davis circling role in “Beautiful Creatures” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A few weeks from now, we might be referring to her as Academy Award winner Viola Davis. Until then, she’s remains an incredibly gifted actress deserving of challenging roles, and she appears ready to add another one to her resume.
Davis, star of “The Help,” is in discussions to join writer-director Richard LaGravenese’s planned adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Beautiful Creatures,” the first of three novels centered around Ethan and Lena, a Southern couple contending with the fact that he’s human and she has superpowers.
EW.com reports that Alcon Entertainment will finance and produce the project, which woud cast Davis as Amma, described as “a seer who looks after Ethan and his father after Ethan’s mother’s death.”
“This story successfully uses the bucolic, peaceful world of the Gothic South and the stories of families that have been rooted there for generations to tell a story of fated love,” producer Erin Stoff said in a release.
“Our intention is to create characters that are so rich, and a world that is so inviting, that audiences will desire to have the story continue beyond this movie,” she added.
Filming is set to begin in New Orleans in April.
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Sony still planning to do “The Girl Who Plays With Fire” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: To date, David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” has earned $72.2 million worldwide, an impressive haul for a remake of a popular book, but not a figure that screams “sequel” right away.
And yet, Sony is letting it be known that they’re interested in moving ahead with an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s second Millennium book, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.”
“[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,” a Sony rep told EW.com. The site goes on to say that “Dragon Tattoo” writer Steven Zaillian is moving ahead on his script, but it’s unclear at this moment if Fincher will return.
In an interview in New York City, Fincher told us that if he did return, he would lobby to shoot parts two and three together, since they essentially tell one story and the idea of going to Sweden, coming home, going back, and coming home to film two separate films would be too daunting.
Whomever comes on board to film, they’ll have stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in place, as both actors are signed on to return for the last two anticipated films.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Scarlett Johansson to make directorial debut

HollywoodNews.com: Scarlett Johansson will be following in the feet of a number of actresses as she will step behind the camera to make her directorial debut.
Johansson is reportedly set to direct an adaptation of ‘Summer Crossing,’ a Truman Capote novella about a teenage debutante, states Entertainment Weekly. Tristine Skyler will reportedly write the screenplay for the film.
Johansson is not going to be acting in this film, simply directing.
Do you think she’ll do well in this role?
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Don Johnson joins Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino’s casting couch for “Djangon Unchained” has been a revolving door of rugged talent. The latest name spinning through the cycle? Would you believe Don Johnson?
The “Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges” star, who recently appeared in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete,” will take part in Tarantino’s latest genre exercise, according to EW.com. Johnson will play savage plantation owner Spencer Bennett, who reportedly runs a slave-brawling ring in the 19th century, segregated South. The brothel, nicknamed Candyland, is run by Calvin Candie, a vicious rogue who will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Several Tarantino veterans have been cast in the spaghetti Western “Django.” Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Christoph Waltz are part of the ensemble, while Jamie Foxx is taking on the lead role of a former slave turned bounty hunter who is heading to Candyland to free his captured spouse.
Filming on “Django Unchained” is expected to begin in January, with the drama eyeing a December 2012 release.
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Avengers assemble in Entertainment Weekly cover

HollywoodNews.com: It’s no great tragedy, but the photo-shopping on display is pretty terrible. The only real harm is that this poorly constructed and awkward Entertainment Weekly cover will probably count as a ‘first look’ for a large number of general moviegoers, just the sort that need to be intrigued to get this sure-to-be expensive comic book epic over the $185 million mark that seems to be the ceiling that non-Iron Man Marvel Studios projects seem to be reaching for.
Of course, Tony Stark is in this picture, but it really isn’t going to be Iron Man 3 (especially since Thor and Captain America both did well this summer). Anyway, enjoy Mark Ruffalo giving his best ‘blue steel’ look. Derek Zoolander would approve.
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Photo by Zade Rosenthal
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“War Horse,” “Tintin” shift release dates – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” will be crossing the finish line a few days earlier than expected.
Spielberg’s adaptation of an award-winning novel and Tony-winning play shifted its release date from Dec. 28 to Christmas Day, according to EW.com. The WWI drama, about a young man’s quest to reunite with his beloved horse, harbors Oscar aspirations. But also, by claiming a Christmas Day release, puts itself in a great position to reach multiple mainstream audience members seeking holiday entertainment options.
“After seeing the film, it became clear to us that ‘War Horse’ is something audiences should be able to see when they’re together with their families on Christmas Day,” DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan told the site. “They have the time to see multiple movies during the holidays, and we want to be one of their choices when they are most available.”
Oddly enough, “War Horse” isn’t the only Spielberg film shifting its dates this December. The prolific Oscar-winning director also has the motion-capture animation feature “The Adventures of Tintin” coming out on Dec. 21 … which is three days earlier than its previously announced release date of Dec. 23.
And while other features are jockeying for position, Brad Bird tells Hero Complex that his “Mission: Impossible” sequel, “Ghost Protocol,” will open five days earlier than anticipated – and it’s opening on IMAX screens across the country.
“We were able to get five days,” Bird says of his film, which now opens on Dec. 16.
“Every studio likes to have bragging rights to the biggest opening numbers, and the problem is what that does is it perpetuates the approach of getting a zillion prints out there so your opening number is the biggest. But to me that is an intellectual thing. The average viewer doesn’t experience how much money is made on opening weekend. What they experience is their experience. I wanted the first people that see the film to see it big with a sharp image and great sound systems, so when they went out and talked about the movie they saw, we would know that they had seen it at its best.”
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