April 21, 2014

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The Butler serves second box office win

“Jurassic Park 3D is the new No. 1 film in the world with an estimated weekend gross of $30.0 million and a new cume of $89.9 million. Also, Disney has crossed the $2 billion mark overseas for the fourth consecutive year and Despicable Me 2 has surpassed the $800 million mark worldwide.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 25, 2013 are below.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler – The Weinstein Company – $17.0M
We’re The Millers – Warner Bros. – $13.5M
Mortal Instruments – Sony – $9.3M
World’s End, The – Focus Features – $8.9M
Planes – Disney – $8.6M
Elysium – Sony – $7.1M
You’re Next – Lionsgate – $7.0M
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters – 20th Century Fox – $5.2M
Blue Jasmine – Sony Pictures Classics – $4.3M
Kick-Ass 2 – Universal – $4.3M
2 Guns – Universal – $3.4M
Jobs – Open Road – $3.0M
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Johnny Depp: The Lone Ranger at Cinecom Photos

Johnny Depp: “The Lone Ranger” at Cinecom. Photos of Director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
In “The Lone Ranger” Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

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“Oblivion” opens at No. 1 worldwide with an estimated weekend gross of $61.1 million

“Oblivion” opens at No. 1 worldwide with an estimated weekend gross of $61.1 million from 52 international markets. The film was No.1 in 48 of the 52 markets and opens in the US and Canada this coming Friday. Also, 20th Century Fox International crossed the $1 billion mark on April 12. They are the first distributor to do so in 2013 and this is the 10th year in a row they have surpassed this milestone.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 14, 2013 are below.
1. 42 – Warner Bros. – $27.2M
2. Scary Movie 5 – The Weinstein Company – $15.2M
3. Croods, The – 20th Century Fox – $13.2M
4. GI Joe: Retaliation – Paramount – $10.8M
5. Evil Dead – Sony – $9.5M
6. Jurassic Park – Universal – $8.8M
7. Olympus Has Fallen – FilmDistrict – $7.3M
8. Oz The Great and Powerful – Disney – $4.9M
9. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – Lionsgate – $4.5M
10. Place Beyond the Pines, The – Focus Features – $4.1M
11. Host, The – Open Road – $2.4M
12. Call, The – Sony – $1.9M
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Roger Ebert was an inspiration to all of us who loved movies

Roger Ebert has died, but the art form he loved is very much alive. We honor him not so much by remembering his reviews of North but rather his and Gene Siskel’s raves for Do The Right Thing during a time when pundits were sure that Spike Lee’s drama would cause race riots. We honor him by remembering his essays and his and Gene Siskel’s relentless championing of Hoop Dreams. We honor him by remembering what films and what filmmakers we never would have discovered at a young age had Ebert (and yes Siskel) not introduced us to them.
If the film critic has any kind of noble purpose, it is to shine a light on the good and the unexpectedly great in film.
No one gets into film criticism because they hate movies. We got into this because we love the cinema and we love the singular experience of watching great movies. If we have any kind of noble goal, it is to highlight what we love, even if its a minority opinion and even if it opens us up to ridicule from our peers.
If we have a social good, it is in highlighting the great movies that may have slipped under the radar. It is in highlighting the little-seen independent film that desperately needs the publicity to stand out alongside its peers.
It is also in highlighting the genuine artistry found in mainstream studio pictures, especially in a time when so many film scholars are all-too willing to write off every would-be ‘big movie’ and thus declare that cinema is dead. Cinema is not dead. Cinema is as alive as it’s ever been.
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2013 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Digital Opportunities for Audiences

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding partner American Express, today announced a variety of programming that will allow domestic audiences to experience the Festival from across the country, including the lineup and programming for the Tribeca Online Festival, and Tribeca Film’s video-on-demand offerings during TFF. The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 17-28 in lower Manhattan.
“We are always looking for ways to expand our community and engage new audiences,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises. “For the past three years, viewers nationwide have been able to take in a selection of Festival films and activities, even if they aren’t able to make it to Tribeca. This year we have expanded the opportunity for the public to participate in the Festival not just as observers, but also as creators through our first ever Vine competition, which is open to anyone with an imagination and a Vine app.”
The Festival announced the program for the fourth annual Tribeca Online Festival, a digital initiative that offers front row access to exclusive Festival content and new storytelling opportunities. New this year is the launch of Tribeca Film Festival’s #6SECFILMS Vine Competition, an online juried competition using the six-second, micro-movie making app. Filmmakers can submit in one of four categories — #genre, #auteur, #animate and #series – using both the category hashtag and #6SECFILMS. Shortlists in each category will be viewable for the public on April 17 and will compete for cash prizes of $600. Submissions are now open through midnight on April 7. Winners will be announced by the Tribeca Online Festival on April 26.
As in years past, the Tribeca Online Festival (TOF) will provide free streaming of Festival films. Seven titles including features Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution, Lil Bub & Friendz, and Farah Goes Bang (which will be streamed just after their Festival theatrical premieres), and short films RPG OKC, Delicacy, The Exit Room, and A Short Film About Guns will be accessible on tribecaonlinefestival.com . Via TribecaOnlineFestival.com audiences can vote on the best online feature and short, with the winners receiving a total of $16,000 in prize money.
The Tribeca Online Festival will stream a number of highly anticipated conversations during the Festival as well as the 2013 TFF awards show on Thursday April 25, 2013.
Tribeca Film will also release 2013 TFF selections What Richard Did, Greetings from Tim [...]

Star Trek – William Shatner and the Alien Gorn Settle 40-Year Feud

More than four decades after they first squared off on an isolated desert planet, William Shatner comes face-to-face again with the menacing Gorn species of STAR TREK fame to settle a longstanding feud… but this time the battle begins on a comfy sofa with the two former foes seated in front of a video screen as they fight again in promotion for the April 23 release of STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME.
The original Kirk-Gorn duel was seen in the classic 1967 “Arena” episode of the STAR TREK series.
In the promotional video released today exclusively on Yahoo! Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com), Shatner and the Gorn are seen casually playing STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME when an onscreen dispute leads to a friendly fight re-enacting actual choreographed punches from the classic TV brawl blow-for-blow. This time, however, couch pillows replace the space rocks that were thrown the first time around.
“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” commented LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the game. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”
After spending a day on the set with the Gorn to create the video, veteran actor Shatner, who originated the role of Capt. Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series, added: “It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene. It’s 46 years later, and he hasn’t aged as well as I have.”
The highly anticipated STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME features a vastly updated version of the Gorn as the key foe to legendary duo Kirk and Spock. Players take on the roles of Kirk and Spock, who work together to get to the heart of a mysterious attack by an enemy with unimaginable strength – a re-imagined version of the Gorn. In an entirely original story, written by BAFTA award winner Marianne Krawczyk, the Gorn is a terrifying threat, with an army that could overwhelm Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise.
The all-new video showdown between the two STAR TREK icons can also be found online at www.startrekgame.com starting March 29, and highlights the co-op play that is [...]

“The King of Comedy” starring Robert De Niro to Close Tribeca Film Festival

Still as groundbreaking as it was 30 years ago,Martin Scorcese’s newly restored “The King of Comedy” will close the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
The Tribeca Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, is thrilled have Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, restored in association with The Film Foundation, Regency Enterprises and Twentieth Century Fox, as the closing night film of the 12th annual Festival on Saturday, April 27 at Tribeca BMCC PAC.
Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul D. Zimmerman, produced by Arnon Milchan, and starring Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott and Sandra Bernhard, The King of Comedy was originally released in 1983. This darkly funny film was ahead of its time—most notably for its groundbreaking commentary on the reality TV culture and the fine line between fame and notoriety.
“I was a big fan of the script and was very excited to do it with Marty and happy that we finally made it. The fact that it’s been restored (hard to believe so many years have passed) is even all the better, and I can’t wait to see it on our closing night,” said Robert De Niro.
Photo by TFF
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Hollywood Gives Back® with CineCause, showcasing the other side of Hollywood

This year, with the appointment of Fest veteran Jon Fitzgerald as Executive Director of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Festival, films that matter will have an opportunity to be showcased in the heart of Hollywood.
Fitzgerald will be working closely with festival founder Carlos de Abreu, and will be in charge of development, artistic direction, programming, marketing and overall Festival management, as well as the Hollywood Gives Back® Project.
Hollywood Gives Back® with CineCause, will be showcasing the other side of Hollywood, celebrating the Industry’s creative artists who have supported causes around the world. These efforts will be presented through the CineCause Spotlight section of the Festival, connecting social impact films with related causes.
The Hollywood Gives Back® mandate is to give a voice to the voiceless through the visual and new mediums, highlighting social and human conditions worldwide, and recognizing people and organizations that have contributed to the betterment of their communities or society at large by bestowing the Hollywood Gives Back Awards®.
In addition, through the Hollywood Gives Back® program, the Hollywood Gives Back Awards selects individuals to be recipients of the “Hollywood Humanitarian Awards®” in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large.
Prior recipients of the “Hollywood Gives Back Awards®” include Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Father Rick Frechette and actor and activist Sean Penn.
Over the years, the Hollywood Film Festival® and Hollywood Gives Back® program have contributed to such organizations as: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights; Artists for Peace and Justice; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; the Enough Project; MatchingDonors.com; Screen Actors Guild Foundation; and the children’s charity Variety SoCal among others.

“We greatly appreciate all you have done for us through the Hollywood Gives Back Awards® and our “Everybody Can Save a Life!” video contest. Your efforts have saved many lives.” – Paul Dooley, CEO- MatchingDonors.com
“Because of the generosity of The Hollywood Gives Back Awards®, we have just opened our new building at the Academy for Peace and Justice, the first free secondary school serving the very poor in Port-au-Prince… It is because of YOU that we are able to help change the lives of the poorest children of Haiti — children whose names I would love you to get to know, and whose faces I would love you to see.” – Director Paul Haggis for [...]

66th Film Festival de Cannes Risqué Poster

To grace the poster for its 66th edition, the Festival de Cannes has chosen a couple who embody the spirit of cinema like no other: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (1963).
For the Festival it is a chance both to pay tribute to the memory of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favoured co-star.
They were honoured at the Festival de Cannes in 1958 – the year of their marriage – with the selection In Competition of Martin Ritt’s The Long Hot Summer, the first film in which they appeared together. (…)

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Photo © 1963 by Paramount Pictures Corporation and
Llenroc Productions.
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Marjo Bernay, Veteran Entertainment Union Activist and Executive in Art Directors Guild, Retires

Marjo Bernay, a 33-year veteran of four IATSE Locals, has retired from the Art Directors Guild where she was Manager, Awards and Events. A party is to be given in her honor at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City this Saturday, where proclamations from Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman Brad Sherman, as well as other dignitaries will be presented.
She was Business Agent of the Illustrators & Matte Artists, Local 790 and Set Designers & Model Makers, Local 847 from 1979 until they merged with the ADG in 2008. She was also Business Agent of Story Analysts, Local 854. While at the ADG she is also a trustee of the Set Designers Council and a member of the Board of Directors.
Bernay was a member of numerous organizations promoting the entertainment industry, including the California Film Commission, the Los Angeles Film Development Committee and the L.A. County Film Commission. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans and the first woman from the labor side to chair the Health Plan.
In addition, she was Vice President and a member of the Executive Council of the California State Theatrical Federation and Chairman of the Environmental Allocations Committee of the Permanent Charities Committee of the Entertainment Industry. She was a member of the Executive Committee of IATSE District 2 and first Chairperson of the District’s Women’s Caucus.
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