September 19, 2015
        “Inside Out”: Looking at potential Best Animated Feature Contenders                "Black Mass" could get Johnny Depp back in the Oscar game                J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve: Ten potential first time writer/director nominees for Oscar in 2015                Roger Deakins offers up some of his very best cinematography in "Sicario"                "The Martian" launches itself as an awards hopeful at the Toronto Film Festival                "Steve Jobs": Oscar predictions for September                "Sleeping with Other People" is one of the most charming films of 2015                Sandra Bullock looks like a contender in the Trailer for "Our Brand is Crisis"                Sam Smith will sing the theme song for the upcoming 007 film "Spectre"                Richard Gere is an under the radar Best Actor contender for "Time Out of Mind"                Telluride and Venice launch festival debuts into the Oscar race                “The Hateful Eight”: Looking at potential Best Original Screenplay Contenders                David O. Russell and Ridley Scott: Which filmmaking contenders this year are most due for their first win?                Telluride Announces 2015 Lineup - Steve Jobs, Black Mass, Suffragette                “Sicario”: Ten Films to see in September        

Tag Archives: Entertainment/Culture

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: “By The Sea” New video

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, By the Sea serves as her directorial follow-up to Universal Pictures’ epic Unbroken. The dramatic film stars Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer.
By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience, By the Sea is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s.

Jolie Pitt is joined behind the scenes by a key crew that includes cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer Jon Hutman (Unbroken); editor Patricia Rommel (The Lives of Others); and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Pitt joins her in production duties, while Chris Brigham (Inception), Holly Goline-Sadowski (Unbroken) and Michael Vieira (Unbroken) serve as executive producers.

Cast: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer

“Freeheld,” starring Julianne Moore enters the Oscar race with a touching Trailer

Issue driven films with a ton of heart usually find their way into the awards season one way or another. Hopefully, it’s because they’re good movies and legitimately important, either for the culture or the world in general. Sometimes though, it’s just due to how shamelessly manipulative they can be on an emotional level. Hopefully, one new entry into the former category will be Freeheld, which is hitting the awards season at a very timely moment in history. A Trailer hit last week (which you can see below) and it appears to be hitting all of the right notes in order to appeal to Oscar in a potentially significant way come its October theatrical release.
The film is about same sex marriage and centers on two women fighting for the benefits that straight couples take for granted. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) is a Lieutenant in the New Jersey police force who encounters a struggle when she attempts to pass on her pension to her partner after developing terminal cancer. Her partner is a woman named Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and is only her domestic partner (yes, it’s a period piece from less than a decade ago), so she’s denied. Thus begins a level fight that spurred a documentary on the subject. Peter Sollett directs, while Ron Nyswaner wrote the screenplay. In addition to Moore and Page, the cast includes Steve Carell, Josh Charles, Luke Grimes, Michael Shannon, and more. It’s prestige through and through.
Considering the leaps and bounds that we’ve taken as a society in terms of LGBT rights, this is an interesting look back at a time when we as a nation weren’t fully formed on the issue. Assuming Sollett and Nyswaner have nailed the material, there’s no reason to think that this won’t be an emotional an thought provoking cinematic experience. If that’s the case and it’s not just overt manipulation in the pursuit of awards, we very well might see this become a pretty notable contender with Oscar and all along the precursor season. The ingredients are most certainly all there, to say the least.
Assuming we have a worthy player on our hands, there are plenty of possibilities for the Academy to latch on to here in terms of awards. Obviously there’s Best Picture, along with Best Director (for Sollett), Best Actress (either Moore or Page, likely the former), Best Supporting Actor (Carell or Shannon), Best Supporting Actress […]

Tom Cruise: Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate, an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Cast, Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames,
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie (Screenplay) (Story) | Drew Pearce (Story) | Bruce Geller (Television Series)
Producers: J.J. Abrams | Bryan Burk | Tom Cruise | David Ellison

‘Minions’ No. 1 With $116.4 in Global Box Office

“It’s fitting that Universal’s ‘Minions’ tops the global box office chart this weekend since the studio is celebrating yet another record with the fastest spring to $5 billion in worldwide revenue in industry history. For Disney it is another great weekend as well with their debut of Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ to a not very ant-like $114.4 million performance in 38 territories around the globe including North America,” said Rentrak’s Paul Dergarabedian.
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 19, 2015, are below.
1. Minions – Universal – $116.4M
2. Ant-Man – Disney – $114.4M
3. Monster Hunt – Multiple – $72.0M
4. Jian Bing Man – Multiple – $61.0M
5. Inside Out – Disney – $33.0M
6. Trainwreck – Universal – $30.2M
7. Terminator Genisys – Paramount Pictures – $27.6M
8. Jurassic World – Universal – $23.7M
9. Monkey King: Hero is Back – Multiple – $22.5M
10. Magic Mike XXL – Warner Bros. – $10.3M
11. Ted 2 – Universal – $10.2M
12. Gallows – Warner Bros. – $6.1M
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 19, 2015, are below.
1. Ant-Man – Disney – $58.0M
2. Minions – Universal – $50.2M
3. Trainwreck – Universal – $30.2M
4. Inside Out – Disney – $11.7M
5. Jurassic World – Universal – $11.4M
6. Terminator Genisys – Paramount – $5.4M
7. Magic Mike XXL – Warner Bros. – $4.5M
8. Gallows – Warner Bros. – $4.0M
9. Ted 2 – Universal – $2.7M
10. Mr. Holmes – Roadside Attractions – $2.5M
11. Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Eros Entertainment – $2.4M
12. Self/Less – Focus Features – $2.3M
To read more go to WWW.RENTRAK.COM

Carlos de Abreu Receives “Diploma de Merito” from the President of Portugal

Producer Carlos de Abreu, a “New York Times” bestselling author, publisher of, founder of Hollywood Network®, Hollywood Film Festival® and Hollywood Film Awards® received the “Diploma de Merito” for “Entrepreneurship” from the President of Portugal H.E. Anibal Cavaco Silva.

He served in the Portuguese Air force, studied economics at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and film at the UCLA. His vast experience in brand marketing earned him executive positions and contracts with Cartier International, American Express, and the Italian Government among others. He co-founded the prestigious Philippe Charriol luxury brand and North American Marketing Services, Ltd., an international luxury goods corporation with offices in three continents; North America, Asia and Europe.

In addition, he launched the Hollywood Network® online, an ecosystem of “verticalized” web models, focused on entertainment and Hollywood, including (

Mr. de Abreu’s organization, the Hollywood Network Inc., is an entertainment marketing company and its mandate is bridging the gap between Hollywood and the global creative community by producing live events including the prestigious “Hollywood Film Awards®,” and the “Hollywood Gives Back®” project – highlighting and assisting important local and national causes. According to the “Los Angeles Times” the “Hollywood Film Awards® “launch the push toward Oscar and are the kickoff for the awards season.”
He is the co-author of the national and “New York Times” bestseller, “Husband, Lover, Spy: A True Story,” St. Martin’s Press, and “Opening The Doors To Hollywood,” Crown Publishing. Presently he is writing the novel “The Soulshaker.” His prior works include two screenplays: Mozambique: The Last Good-Bye and Sworn To Silence.
Specialties: Specialized in the Internet and entertainment space, live events production, plus branding and distribution of luxury goods and jewelry both in the U.S.A. and global markets.

Ava DuVernay looks to carve out her own path by turning down Marvel’s “Black Panther”

Last week, news broke that the courtship that Marvel had been engaging in with filmmaker Ava DuVernay had resulted in her turning down a chance to direct one of their upcoming superhero movies, namely Black Panther. For some, it was a bummer of an announcement, as she was clearly the first choice, but for many, it was almost a positive development, showing how DuVernay is committed to developing her own material in a way that suits her and not rushing off to take a paycheck. Would her potentially compromised take on Black Panther have still been pretty good? Almost assuredly, but whatever she’s planning on her own for next time out likely will turn out better.
One needs only to look at her most recent work to see that she’s got a distinct identity as a filmmaker and probably wouldn’t mesh well with Marvel. Both Middle of Nowhere and Selma are very much about the Black experience in America, while also telling universally relatable dramatic stories. Obviously, Selma is based on real events and real individuals, but the fact remains…you can tell it’s something from DuVernay. Films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe don’t specialize in that. To be fair, the homogenization of their directors usually results in big hits with solid critical praise, but the MCU is not where filmmakers should go to exercise total creative control.
In terms of what DuVernay should do next, I’m sure she has no shortage of options. She’s already shot the TV Movie For Justice and has the television series Queen Sugar in development, with an as of now untitled drama about Hurricane Katrina planned as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if she signed on to something far more Oscar bait-y than a Marvel movie, though she’s certainly able to do as she pleases. After all, she did take the Black Panther meetings, so there was some interest at the start. Ultimately though, I’d rather her push forward on that Hurricane Katrina project, which I think she could really knock out of the park.
With regards to Black Panther, which still will star Chadwick Boseman in the title superhero role, I’m sure Marvel and Kevin Feige will cast a wide net, though names like Antoine Fuqua, F. Gary Gray, and Spike Lee seem like wishful thinking. I’ve mentioned here and there that Ryan Coogler (of the recently discussed Creed and Fruitvale Station) could be an interesting choice, […]

Jerry Weintraub – Goodbye Good Friend

“If there’s one piece of advice I can give to young people… it’s this: persist, push, hang on, keep going, never give up. When the man say no, pretend you can’t hear him. Look confused, stammer, say, “Huh?” Persistence-it’s a cliché, but it happens to work.
The person who makes it is the person who keeps on going after everyone else has quit. This is more important than intelligence, pedigree, even connections. Be dogged! Keep hitting that door until you bust it down!
I have accomplished almost nothing on the first or second or even third try – the breakthrough usually comes late, when everyone else has left the field.” -JERRY WEINTRAUB.
So, Movie producer Jerry Weintraub, known for the films “Nashville,” “The Karate Kid” and the remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” in 2001 passed away. We are going to miss him.
Weintraub also produced the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas which was nominated for an impressive 15 Emmy Awards. His career includes promoting Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin and managing such talents as Neil Diamond, John Denver, The Carpenters and The Moody Blues, among others. His remarkable list of film hits include Nashville, Diner, The Karate Kid and the Ocean’s Eleven series.

“Creed”: An under the radar Oscar contender?

Ladies and gentlemen, I know it sounds silly, but a sequel/spinoff from Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky films might be in awards contention this year. Yes, the upcoming movie Creed is another installment in the franchise centered around fighter Rocky Balboa, but this one takes a U-turn. Instead of being about Stallone’s pugilist, it’s about former rival turned friend Apollo Creed’s son. Rocky is more the trainer than the protagonist, essentially re-launching this series with a grittier and younger bent to it. A Trailer hit last week and really impressed me (which you’ll see below), leading me to wonder if the Academy might once again be interested in this franchise?
For those who don’t know, the first Rocky with a big time Oscar contender, nominated for ten Academy Awards and winning three (Best Picture, Best Director for John G. Avildsen, and Best Film Editing). Stallone himself was cited two times, for Best Actor as well as Best Original Screenplay. The franchise became a bit sillier each time out, as Stallone stepped behind the camera (except for Rocky V, which had Avildsen direct again) and made his hero a superhero, essentially negating the interest voters had in it. The most recent sequel, entitled Rocky Balboa, brought a measure of respect back to the series, so now Creed hopes to capitalize on that.
This film centers around Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan, best known for Fruitvale Station), the son of former champion Apollo Creed. Fans of the franchise know that Apollo has passed on, so it’s fellow former champ Rocky Balboa who steps in as a trainer to help Adonis follow in his father’s footsteps. Essentially, this looks to be more of the first Rocky than any other in the franchise so far, while also functioning as basically a reboot of sorts. Ryan Coogler (of Fruitvale Station fame as well) co-writes with Aaron Covington and directs, while aside from Jordan and Stallone, the cast includes Graham McTavish, Phylicia Rashad, and Tessa Thompson. Taking the series back to its roots might be just what the doctor ordered.
The main reason to be excited for this one is seeing Coogler and Jordan work together again. They both broke through in a big way with Fruitvale Station, a film that was majorly snubbed by the Academy. This time around, they’re getting to tell a similarly gritty (if fictional this time out) story, just couched around an established franchise. Especially if […]

Channing Tatum returns to the stripper poles – MAGIC MIKE XXL

As he returns to the world of male striptease on-screen in the deliciously named Magic Mike XXL, Channing Tatum tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Rich Cohen not to count out an off screen return to the stripper pole, where his career began. ‘Well, we’re going to start a [Magic Mike] show in Vegas, and I’ll never say never,’ he says. In fact, it may be just a thin strip of fabric that stands in the way: ‘I wouldn’t mind going out there and doing it one more time. Or maybe twice. But, you know, every time I’ve put on a thong and am getting ready to walk onstage again, I’m like, ‘Why do I want to do this? ‘It’s very uncomfortable to be in a thong in front of a thousand people.’
In fact, this quandary was nearly a plot point in Magic Mike XXL: to thong or not to thong? ‘But my wife was like, ‘You cannot have a movie without these guys getting in thongs,’ Tatum says.
Cohen accompanies Tatum on a surreal hike through L.A.’s abandoned Griffith Park Zoo and crowns him ‘the biggest male star since Pitt or Clooney.’ Tatum is riding high off his performance in last year’s Foxcatcher as he prepares to star in films from Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers. But Tatum bristles when Cohen suggests he is among the last of the great movie idols, presenting a theory on the nature of modern movie stardom: ?The Brad Pitts, the Leos, the Downeys: Why aren’t there new versions of those guys? I think people just know too much about actors, about everything. Behind the scenes. It’s almost like the world is so with you all the time, people on the phones and blah blah blah, that to go into a movie theater for three hours and lose that time is harder and harder. People watch TV at home and they?re still on their phone, wired. They?re even wired to the actors. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. You feel connected. So that [actor] doesn’t feel as mythic anymore. I used to go see movies to watch people because I didn?t know anything about them. The only time I got access was in a movie. I wanted to go see the movie because I hadn’t seen my guy in a while.
Later, while absentmindedly sketching a clown on a picnic table with a crayon, Tatum divulges that he and […]

SNOWDEN starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

The TEASER TRAILER for Open Road Film’s upcoming thriller, SNOWDEN, has arrived. Written and directed by Academy Award®-Winning Director Oliver Stone, SNOWDEN features an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.
SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Academy Award®-Winning Director Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.

RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2015
CAST: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage
DIRECTOR: Oliver Stone
PRODUCERS: Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, Philip Schulz-Deyle
WRITER: Kieran Fitzgerald, Oliver Stone
SNOWDEN Official Social Channels
Snapchat: SnowdenTheMovie

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