July 12, 2015

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Emma Stone and Andy Cohen Co-Host 17th Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women

Emma Stone (Revlon Global Brand Ambassador) and Andy Cohen co-hosted the 17th Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women this morning in New York. Created by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), Revlon and Lilly Tartikoff, the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women has become one of the largest single-day fundraisers for women’s cancers in the United States. More than 15,000 participants joined the race to help raise critical funds to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.
The event featured a special opening performance by recording artist Matt Goss and appearances by Karen Duffy and Denise Austin.
Registration is still open for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 10, hosted by Halle Berry (Revlon Global Brand Ambassador) with Christina Applegate.
To register, please visit http://do.eifoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=1151&pg=entry
Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Image

5 Seconds of Summer to Perform at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Australian pop-punk sensation 5 Seconds of Summer announced today on their official Twitter account, @5SOS, that they will be performing live at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The Twitter video can be seen here. They join an exciting lineup of previously announced musical performers that includes Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, John Legend, and OneRepublic. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8pm ET.
5 Seconds of Summer tweeted a video from the stage of their concert in Adelaide, Australia tonight to announce their US broadcast performance debut to their 10+ million social media followers. The band is currently on a headlining tour across their Australian homeland.
The quartet will take to the Billboard Music Awards stage after a breakthrough year. Hailing from a small town in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia, Luke (17), Michael (18), Calum (18) and Ashton (19) began building their incredibly loyal fan base after posting videos on YouTube. Fast-forward eighteen months and, having spent 2013 touring the globe with One Direction, the band have amassed an enormous following who helped propel the band’s debut EP, She Looks So Perfect, to No. 1 in 42 countries upon pre-order. That EP hit No. 1 in five countries upon release, including the UK and Australia, and landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, their first US headlining run sold out in less than five minutes.
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ABOUT 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
5 Seconds of Summer is an Australian pop punk band. Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals). The band’s popularity gained instantaneous momentum upon posting videos on YouTube. In 2014, within hours of announcing their pre-order and revealing their debut single title, “She Looks So Perfect,” the band hit No. 1 on the iTunes […]

Will a Superhero movie ever make the Best Picture lineup?

HOLLYWOOD NEWS®: With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting theaters today, the superhero genre is on my mind. Like with horror films and more often than not science fiction (though Gravity put a nice little dent in that last time around), movies about superheroes or comic book adaptations are basically ignored by the Academy when it comes to the Best Picture race. We all know that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight came the closest, and once upon a time Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 had a few fans clamoring for consideration, but it just doesn’t seem to happen. With Nolan’s franchise done now and Marc Webb taking Peter Parker in a different direction, I started to wonder if a film of this sort will ever crack the lineup…
In short, no, I don’t think one ever will. There were a few opportunities in the past, but the three instances I’m going to discuss below were the realistic chances. Now, I’d bet against one making it, though I’d love to be wrong. The facts and history just don’t support me having any optimism about it, at least for the foreseeable future.
The Dark Knight definitely came the closest. It was one of the highest grossing movies ever, captured the zeitgeist at the time in a major way, and had the added sympathy of Heath Ledger’s untimely passing. They also happened to really like the film, giving it eight nominations and two wins (Best Supporting Actor for Ledger and Best Sound Editing). They did snub it in the major categories, opting not to nominate Nolan for either his direction or writing, alongside the obvious Best Picture snub. This may have led to the expanded Best Picture field, but it’ll likely go down as the closest a movie of this ilk ever got to cracking the lineup.
The other two examples are from two years ago. Both Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises had situations that could have translated into those nominations, but neither were able to go the distance, or even make too much of a dent in the race on the whole. That should tell you something about how little Academy members care about breaking this glass ceiling of sorts.
With The Dark Knight Rises, the Academy had a chance to make it up to Nolan and reward him for the conclusion of his franchise. Some had speculated that they would heap awards […]

Spotlight on Billionaire Arnon Milchan

BY ROBERT WELKOS
BILLIONAIRE: ARNON MILCHAN
NET WORTH: $4.7 billion (Forbes); $4.2 billion (CelebrityNetWorth)
HOLLYWOOD CONNECTIONS: Producer began his Hollywood career in 1977 after being introduced to producer Elliot Kastner (“Harper”). Set up New Regency Productions in 1991. Has worked with directors like Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski and Sergio Leone. Company partnered with Warner Bros. and then 20th Century Fox. One of the producers of this year’s Oscar winning picture “12 Years a Slave.”
FILMS OF NOTE: “Pretty Woman,” “JFK,” “Fight Club,” “Heat,” “L.A. Confidential,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Noah.”
FILMS IN THE WORKS:
“Birdman.” Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu. Cast: Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis. IMDB logline: “A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.”
“The Revenant.” González Iñárritu to direct Leonard DiCaprio in this adventure/drama about 1820’s frontiersman who seeks vengeance against those who left him for dead after bear mauling.
“Assassin’s Creed.” IMDB logline: “A bartender is captured by a large corporation and is forced into a machine, named ‘The Animus,’ allowing him to relive the memories of his ancestors.”
NOTABLE HIT: “Pretty Woman.” The Garry Marshall-directed romantic comedy made Julia Roberts a box office star. Film budget: $14 million. North American box office: $178 million. And, Roberts received an Oscar nomination for best actress.
NOTABLE DUD: “Stay.” Forgettable Marc Forster-directed mystery/thriller starring Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling and Naomi Watts about attempts by a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide. Film budget: $50 million. North American box office: $3.6 million.
BIO: Born in what was once British Mandate of Palestine in 1944. Attended London School of Economics. At 20, took over ill father’s struggling fertilizer business, turning it into one of Israel’s biggest chemical concerns. Recruited into top-secret Israeli intelligence agency Lekem. As a young man, hung out with future Israeli leaders Shimon Peres, Moshe Dayan, Teddy Kolleck and Chaim Herzog. In 1985, Milchan’s name surfaced during a federal investigation into alleged clandestine efforts by Israel to obtain U.S. weapons technology but was never accused of wrongdoing. Subject of 2011 biography titled “Confidential: the Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan” by Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman. Told Israeli TV program Uvda last year that he performed dozens of clandestine missions on behalf of Israel. Uvda also alleged Milchan […]

A third of the way through 2014 and there are no Oscar contenders

Well, this is a bit of a bummer. It just dawned on me how rare it is that we’re basically at the start of the summer movie season and we’ve yet to have a real Best Picture contender debut anywhere, even at a film festival. It’s now May and a third of the year has passed…usually by now either the Sundance Film Festival or the Tribeca Film Festival has been home to at least one or two likely contenders, alongside whatever early year releases catch our attention. That really hasn’t been the case this time around, likely leading to another situation where the final months of the year will be a logjam of movies hoping to crack the Oscar lineup.
The closest we’ve had to a contender is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which debuted at Sundance, but that’s such a hard film to figure out. I’m very high on it, and spoke glowingly of its potential just a matter of days ago, but there’s a strong possibility that Oscar voters will ignore it. That seemed to be Park City’s only major option, which is not the norm. Usually there’s a handful of titles hoping to transition from there to the Oscar race. Just last year we had Before Midnight, Fruitvale Station (then just called Fruitvale), The Spectacular Now, and Stories We Tell, to name most of the major awards hopefuls from that fest. This year, it seems to be Linklater’s flick or bust.
Tribeca had even slimmer pickings, with none of their debuts being on that level and only Jon Favreau’s Chef seeming like anything worth mentioning in passing as an awards player. I’m a huge fan of the film, but it’s very light and probably too simple of a movie to catch on with voters in any sort of a major way. That’s a shame, but it’s also the truth.
As for the wide releases, the best chances would have been George Clooney’s The Monuments Men and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, but both of those movies were met with very mixed reviews, even if both are box office success stories. The films needed to be critical darlings, and neither came close to that, so the technical categories will really be the only places where they can make a mark. A shut out is just as likely for each though, especially considering the early release dates they were stuck with.
I will say that among the […]

“Mom’s Night Out” Premiere – Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins, Sarah Drew and Sean Astin

It was a family affair at “Mom’s Night Out” starring Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins, Sarah Drew and Sean Astin.
Cast and crew, along with kids and spouses, were all smiles on the red carpet Tuesday night the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as they arrived for the premiere of the family friendly film that “celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.”
Much in the vein of “Mr. Mom” and “Daddy Daycare,” the premise of the film leaves the dads in charge while the moms have a night of fun and, of course, chaos ensues.
The film, from the directing team of Jon and Andrew Erwin, has been generating good buzz. It opens on May 9 during the prime Mother’s Day weekend. Tri-Star is banking on a strong family turn-out to edge out the stiff competition of Universal’s “Neighbors” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and Clarius Entertainment’s animated sequel, “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” which could draw in the younger audiences.

Star Wars casts some future Oscar nominees

One of the most interesting things that I took away from yesterday’s official casting news about Star Wars: Episode VII is just how great the cast will look a decade down the line (that and how much the powers that be must have enjoyed Inside Llewyn Davis when they saw it last year, but more on that in a moment). Yes, I have a suspicion that there will be a few Oscar nominations for the cast down the line, though most likely not for this film. It’s a cast that’s chock full of emerging talent, not to mention one acting legend who already has some big citations on his resume.
For those unaware, it was announced yesterday that John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, and Max von Sydow would be joining original saga stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the upcoming sequel to be helmed by J.J. Abrams. Of that new group, only von Sydow is an Academy Award nominee, but Inside Llewyn Davis costars Driver and Isaac are well on their way to getting some nods before long. I could say the same for Gleeson too, considering his charm that I’ve seen to date for him. That could one day lead to a nom. There are also some still to be cast roles as well, so potential future nominees could still be in the mix, alongside actual winners like Lupita Nyong’o as well.
In my eyes, what this will do for the cast, especially someone like Isaac, is raise their profile perhaps tenfold, leading to a chance to really get some juicy parts. Some might caution that Star Wars defined the careers of Fisher and Hamill, but Ford certainly wasn’t boxed in. He had a whole other franchise he led (Indiana Jones) and managed to be Oscar nominated (for Witness), so it’s easy to see Isaac following Ford’s lead going forward.
At the same time, an unknown like Ridley can make a name for herself here. If she has a big role and nails it, there’s no telling how in demand she might become. The industry is always looking for a new young actress to fall in love with, so why not Ridley if she’s got the goods?
If nothing else, it was nice to see Abrams and the decision makers over at Disney and LucasFilm not just […]

Under the Radar: Andrew Garfield

Today, since I’ve sort of liked mixing and making this Tuesday slot, I’m going to be continuing on with another new-ish series for you all here at the site, one that I started a few weeks ago. Basically, it’s a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series that I normally do here. As a quick refresher for those not in the know, each week I look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far, including today) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here, I’m going to look at more of an under the radar individual as opposed to a tried and true star. Basically, I’m getting to them before they become absolute A list stars.
For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at an actor who’s right in the middle, between getting the treatment in this particular way or being an outright star, and that person is Andrew Garfield. In my eyes, not nearly enough people know who he is outside of the new Spider-Man franchise, and that’s despite nearly grabbing an Oscar nomination a few years back.
Garfield first appeared on screens in the small scale Boy A, where he impressed Robert Redford enough to cast him in Lions for Lambs. He was solid both times, and parlayed that into roles in The Other Boleyn Girl and the Red Riding Hood trilogy (he’s essentially the star of one part). Next came a supporting part in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and a big role in the romantic melodrama Never Let Me Go. From there though, he was set to begin making an impression on Hollywood.
Getting cast in The Social Network was a game changer. He went from an up and coming young actor to a star in the making. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes, he gives a magnificent performance and came within an eyelash of an Academy Award nod. Though he couldn’t get the nom, he’s the emotional core of the flick and much of its success rests on his shoulders. The industry noticed his charms and […]

Heath Ledger: The Top 25 (Best Supporting Actor)

Continuing on with this weekly series I’m doing for the site, we’re in the midst of talking the top 25 Oscar winners in just about every single one of the Academy Award categories. Aside from the shorts and something a bit harder to rank like Best Sound Editing or Mixing as I mentioned previously, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks and months, including of course the big eight categories.
Today I’ll be going ahead and knocking off another of those rather big ones, the ever interesting Best Supporting Actor category. As always, depending on the category in question, I may wind up discussing the individual winners I’m citing specifically or just give more of a broad overview of the winners, but I’m keeping it simple for this one and will focus on the list. Like I’ve said each week though, in all honesty, you all mostly just want to see the list anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the paragraph or two…
Best Supporting Actress is an incredibly interesting Oscar category without question, due in part to some of the more interesting names that you can see sometimes pop up as winners. I’ll be honest and let you all know that I personally find this to be the weakest of the acting categories, but there are some outstanding winners to be found here, no doubt about that. I know my number one choice isn’t necessarily going to be a popular one, but I stand by it, as you’ll see below!
This week, for this particular acting category, what I’m going to do is give you the list right now, along with a few words about some of the top choices at the end. The big eight categories cater to this style nicely I think, so that’s likely how I’ll continue to handle these going forward. Here we go now though…
My Top 25 Best Supporting Actor winners are:
25. Louis Gossett Jr. – An Officer and a Gentleman
24. Walter Huston – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
23. Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
22. Joel Grey – Cabaret
21. Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby
20. Christopher Plummer – Beginners
19. Jack Nicholson – Terms of Endearment
18. Gene Hackman – Unforgiven
17. Jack Lemmon – Mister Roberts
16. Chris Cooper – Adaptation
15. Martin Landau – Ed Wood
14. George Kennedy – Cool Hand […]

Mark Bracco Named Executive Vice-President of Programming for Dick Clark Productions

Mark Bracco (left) with singer Pitbull
Veteran television executive Mark Bracco has been named Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for dick clark productions, it was announced today by Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions. In the newly created role, Bracco will oversee programming and development for the company that includes such perennial hits as the “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and a variety of other projects at various stages of production. He will be based in the company’s Santa Monica headquarters and will report directly to Mahan.
“Mark has a phenomenal breadth of experience working with a variety of alternative and special programming, as well as extensive experience with dick clark properties,” said Mahan. “As dick clark productions expands our television footprint, Mark will play a significant leadership role within the company.”
“It is an honor to work for such a historic company as dick clark productions, under the leadership of Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan who are responsible for some of the biggest television events in the world,” said Bracco. “My first love is live television and dcp is the preeminent producer of live events on television. This is a dream come true.”
Most recently, Mr. Bracco served as Vice President, Alternative Series and Specials, ABC Entertainment where he oversaw specials and worked on various series for the network including the “Oscars,” “CMA Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Years’ Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, “Shark Tank,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,”Supernanny,” and “The Mole.”
Mr. Bracco began his career in 1993 at TV Guide magazine. In September 1996, he accepted a position as a segment producer on the launch team for the entertainment newsmagazine “Access Hollywood.” In December 2001, he moved over to ABC News’ “Good Morning America” as entertainment producer, where he was responsible for overseeing all entertainment-related segments and events on the morning program.
In August 2006, Mr. Bracco relocated from New York to Los Angeles with his wife, Jamie, and their three children, Kyle, Mary and Erin. Mr. Bracco has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hofstra University.

ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised events. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and […]

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