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Vin Diesel, Paul Walker – Furious 7 World Premiere

Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
Director James Wan. Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson,Lucas Black,Kurt Russell

Will Ferrell: His Ten Best Films

Consider this a bit of an experiment today. Instead of doing something like what I used to do with the Spotlight on the Stars series, I’m going to try honoring an actor or a filmmaker with a personalized top ten list. We’ll start off with none other than Will Ferrell, who happens to have the new comedy Get Hard hitting theaters this weekend. This initial piece will look at the ten best movies he’s been in, as opposed to just his best performances, but those will be contained within this list too, of course, so fear not. Anyway, let’s give this a shot and see how it goes!
Here now, without any delay, are the ten best films that Ferrell has found himself a cast member in…
10. The Producers – Though a pale comparison to the original Mel Brooks movie (or the Broadway production), this remake of sorts does happen to be decently entertaining as well as feature Ferrell as one of its highlights. He scored his first Golden Globe nomination for this role in Best Supporting Actor, beating out some dramatic heavies for the nod too, so that’s something.
9. Melinda and Melinda – It’s lesser Woody Allen for sure, but an underrated title of his with Ferrell mostly doing a more serious than average version of an Allen impression. Ferrell happens to be one of the better parts of the flick, so that gives it a definite boost, helping it crack this list.
8. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back – I’m not as wild about this one as most Kevin Smith fans are (it’s second tier Smith to me), but when it’s funny…it’s hilarious. Ferrell might not be the highlight, but he’s a solid part of a really game to play ensemble. That’s something that he’s better at than a lot of people realize. He’s a showy comedian, but he also can blend pretty well too.
7. Everything Must Go – One of Ferrell’s best performances to date comes in this effectively low key dramedy. With none of his usual mannerisms, he’s really just inhabiting a character. The reason this movie works is his performance, plain and simple. He raises it up.
6. Elf – Easily one of the most likable roles for Ferrell is found within this charming little family comedy. There are times when it’s a little too cute for its own good, but there’s such warmth radiating from this […]

Tom Cruise is back! “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION”

Paramount Pictures today announced that tickets for the first showings of the highly anticipated film “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” are unlocked with today?s trailer debut and on sale now ? four months before the film?s theatrical release.
The advance tickets are available for Thursday, July 30th showings at 7:00 p.m. in IMAX® and premium large format theaters and 8:00 p.m. at additional participating locations nationwide. The tickets are available online at Fandango, Movietickets.com and participating theater box offices.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th through Friday, March 27th, fans purchasing advance tickets at Fandango and Movietickets.com will receive a code for a free HD digital copy of any previous installment in the blockbuster “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.MissionImpossible.com

‘Tomorrowland,’ starring George Clooney – Trailer

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland,’ a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as ‘Tomorrowland.’ What they must do there changes the world and them forever.

Featuring a screenplay by ‘Lost’ writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen,’Tomorrowland’ promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
‘Tomorrowland’ is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Brigham Taylor, Jeff Jensen and Bernard Bellew serving as executive producers. ‘Tomorrowland’ opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

Madonna Talks… “I’m the new old Madonna.”

Over the course of her grandiose career, Madonna has been connected to a wide community of gay men. She has been an artistic collaborator, a political ally, and employer, a friend, and a sister. She was both an early and vocal warrior in the fight against HIV and AIDS and was a trailblazer in creating accessible gay imagery.
Now, at 56, Madonna is entering her fourth decade of entertainment with the Rebel Heart album. The mega-star sat with OUT’s Christopher Glazek to discuss gay rights, the struggle for women, and realizing for the first time her youngest brother was gay.
Select quotes from OUT’s Madonna interview include:
Madonna on Joan of Arc:
“I can relate—sometimes I’m getting burned at the stake metaphorically.”
On gay rights being ahead of women’s rights:
“Gay rights are way more advanced than women’s rights. People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period… It’s moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass. To me, the last great frontier is women…. Women are still the most marginalized group. You’re still categorized—you’re still either a virgin or a whore. If you’re a certain age, you’re not allowed to express your sexuality, be single, or date younger men.”
On her realizing her brother, Christopher, was gay:
“It wasn’t something I could articulate; it was just something instinctual that I noticed,” she recalls. “My brother always had a lot of girls around him that seemed like they were madly in love with him, but he didn’t seem like he was madly in love with them. And then I saw him interacting with my ballet teacher [who was gay], and in my mind I unconsciously went, Oh, I get it. I didn’t ask my brother if he was gay. I didn’t even know there was a phrase ‘gay.’ I just understood that they were different. There was some silent, unspoken understanding that they had a connection.”
On wishing that she were gay:
“I didn’t feel like straight men understood me. They just wanted to have sex with me. Gay men understood me, and I felt comfortable around them. There was only that one problem, which is that they didn’t want to have sex with me! So…conundrum! I was like, ‘How am I ever going to get a date? Maybe if I cut my hair and I lose a lot of […]

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ remains number one

“Universal’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ remains a staggering worldwide phenomenon with $486.2 million to date after adding nearly $50 million from 60 global territories this weekend. The modestly budgeted erotic drama is expected to cross the $500 million mark later this week making it one of the most profitable films released over the past year. Notably, with $139.1 million to date, Warner Bros.’ ‘American Sniper’ now ranks as the highest grossing Clint Eastwood directed film internationally with a total that is closing in on the $500 million threshold worldwide,” said Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 1, 2015, are below.
1. Fifty Shades Of Grey – Universal – $46.9M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service – 20th Century Fox – $37.5M
3. Focus – Warner Bros. – $31.3M
4. American Sniper – Warner Bros. – $27.2M
5. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water – Paramount – $25.4M
6. Big Hero 6 – Disney – $22.1M
7. From Vegas to Macau II – Multiple – $22.0M
8. Wolf Totem – Multiple – $17.0M
9. Dragon Blade – Multiple – $12.5M
10. Lazarus Effect, The – Multiple – $10.6M
11. Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The – 20th Century Fox – $9.4M
12. McFarland, USA – Disney – $7.8M
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 1, are below.
1. Focus – Warner Bros. – $19.1M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service – 20th Century Fox – $11.8M
3. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water – Paramount – $11.2M
4. Fifty Shades Of Grey – Universal – $10.9M
5. Lazarus Effect, The – Relativity Media – $10.6M
6. McFarland, USA – Disney – $7.8M
7. American Sniper – Warner Bros. – $7.7M
8. DUFF, The – Lionsgate – $7.2M
9. Still Alice – Sony Pictures Classics – $2.7M
10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – Paramount – $2.4M
11. Jupiter Ascending – Warner Bros. – $2.1M
12. Birdman – Fox Searchlight – $2.0M
For more box office numbers www.rentrak.com

Star Trek: Leonard Nimoy R.I.P.

Leonard Simon Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015) was an American actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. Nimoy was best known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series (1966–69), and in multiple film, television and video game sequels.
NOTE: Leonard Nimoy quit smoking 30 years prior to being diagnosed with COPD. If you smoke, don’t. Just quit. TODAY!
Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. Foreshadowing his fame as a semi-alien, he played Narab, one of three Martian invaders in the 1952 movie serial Zombies of the Stratosphere.
In 1953, he served in the United States Army. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, The Cage, and went on to play the character of Mr Spock until 1969, followed by eight feature films and guest slots in the various spin-off series. The character has had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. After the original Star Trek series, Nimoy starred in Mission: Impossible for two seasons, hosted the documentary series In Search of…, and narrated Civilization IV, as well as making several well-received stage appearances. More recently, he also had a recurring role in the science fiction series Fringe.
Nimoy’s fame as Spock was such that both of his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995), were written from the viewpoint of sharing his existence with the character.
Star Trek
“For the first time I had a job that lasted longer than two weeks and a dressing room with my name painted on the door and not chalked on.”
—Nimoy, on being cast as Spock
Nimoy’s greatest prominence came from his role in the original Star Trek series. As the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock—a role he chose instead of one on the soap opera Peyton Place—Nimoy became a star, and the press predicted that he would “have his choice of movies or television series”. He formed a long-standing friendship with Shatner, who portrayed his commanding officer, saying of their relationship, “We were like brothers.” Star Trek was broadcast from 1966 to 1969. Nimoy earned three Emmy Award nominations for his work on the program.
He went on to reprise […]

“FROZEN FEVER”: New Trailer Now

The trailer for ‘FROZEN FEVER’ is now available. The highly-anticipated follow-up short to the global phenomenon FROZEN can be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action CINDERELLA, starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13, 2015.

In ‘Frozen Fever,’ it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.
· Walt Disney Animation Studios? 2013 feature film ‘Frozen’ won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with ‘Let It Go’) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, ‘Frozen’ posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios biggest opening ever. The digital and Blu-ray/DVD release was one of the biggest home-entertainment successes of the last decade.
· Director Chris Buck (‘Frozen’) helmed the 1999 Disney classic ‘Tarzan’ (with Kevin Lima) as well as the 2007 Oscar®-nominated ‘Surf’s Up’ (with Ash Brannon). His animation credits also include 1989’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ (1990) and ‘Pocahontas’ (1995).
· Director Jennifer Lee (‘Frozen’) is one of the screenplay writers of 2012’s arcade-hopping comedy adventure ?Wreck-It Ralph.? Her screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’us ‘The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights’ is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and her original script ‘Lucid Dreams’ was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson’s Radiant Productions.
· Producer Peter Del Vecho’s (‘Frozen?) credits as producer include 2011’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and 2009’s ‘The Princess and the Frog.’ He served as associate producer for ‘Chicken Little’ and ‘Treasure Planet.’
· Producer Aimee Scribner served as associate producer for Disney’s Oscar®-winning ‘Frozen’ and 2011’s ‘Tangled.’ She produced the 2012 short ‘Tangled Ever After.’
· Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote the original songs for ‘Frozen,’ including the Oscar®-winning song ‘Let It Go.’ The ‘Frozen’ soundtrack is Billboard’s top-selling album of 2014 and spent 33 weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.9 million units. The ‘Let It Go’ film clip from ?Frozen? has been viewed more than 370 million times on YouTube. […]

BIRDMAN Wins American Society of Cinematographers Theatrical Award

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC; Jonathan Freeman, ASC; John Lindley, ASC; and Peter Flinckenberg, FSC earned top honors in the four competitive categories at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The ceremony took place here tonight at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Lubezki won for the feature film BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE). Freeman won the episodic television category for BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and Lindley took the honors in the TV Movie/Miniseries/Pilot category for MANHATTAN. Winning the ASC Spotlight Award was Flinckenberg for CONCRETE NIGHT.
Giovanni Ribisi presented the ASC Award for best feature to Lubezki, who also won the organization’s top prize last year for GRAVITY. This marks the first time that a cinematographer has won consecutive ASC Awards in the theatrical category. Lubezki previously won in 2012 for THE TREE OF LIFE and in 2007 for CHILDREN OF MEN, and earned a nomination in 2000 for SLEEPY HOLLOW.
The other nominees in the feature film category were Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for UNBROKEN; Óscar Faura for THE IMITATION GAME; Dick Pope, BSC for MR. TURNER; and Robert D. Yeoman, ASC for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
For the second straight year, Freeman took the Outstanding Achievement Award for an episode of a regular series, which was presented by actress Sarah Paulson. Freeman was recognized for his work on the ‘Golden Days for Boys and Girls’ episode of the HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Last year Freeman took home the award for GAME OF THRONES. He previously won for BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2012, 2011), and HOMELAND SECURITY (2005). He has earned additional nominations for BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2011), TAKEN (2003), STRANGE JUSTICE (2000) and PRINCE STREET (1998).
Other nominees in the episodic TV category were P.J. Dillon for History’s VIKINGS (?Blood Eagle?), Anette Haellmigk for HBO?s GAME OF THRONES (?The Children?), Christopher Norr for FOX’s GOTHAM (‘Spirit of the Goat’), Richard Rutkowski for WGN America’s MANHATTAN (‘Perestroika’), and Fabian Wagner, BSC for HBO’s GAME OF THRONES ‘Mockingbird.’
Actor Tony Revolori presented the Television Movie/Miniseries/Pilot award to Lindley for the MANHATTAN pilot. Lindley earned a previous nomination from the organization for PAN AM in 2012.
Also nominated in the Television Movie/Miniseries/Pilot category were David Greene, CSC for the TV movie THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (Lifetime); David Stockton, ASC for the GOTHAM pilot (FOX); and Theo Van de Sande, ASC for the TV movie DELIVERANCE CREEK (Lifetime).
Rodney Taylor, ASC announced that Flinckenberg was this year?s […]

Lady Gaga will make a special tribute performance at the 87th Oscars

Six-time Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Lady Gaga will make a special tribute performance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist who’s musical evolution keeps growing. We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” says Zadan and Meron.
Since breaking in 2008, Lady Gaga has sold over 27 million albums, 130 million singles, and over 4 million tickets globally to her award-winning live performances. Lady Gaga has won a total of 6 Grammy Awards – her most recent this week for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Cheek To Cheek, her 2014 collaboration with Tony Bennett which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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