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And the winners are… 2014 Billboard Music Awards

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by musician and actor Ludacris, made television history on Sunday night with a show bursting with never-before-seen superstar duos, explosive premiere performances and a once-in-a-lifetime Michael Jackson experience. The show aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC.

Justin Timberlake was the night’s big winner, taking home 7 awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top R&B Album. Timberlake also took the lead in Album award wins with two. The record breaking summer hit “Blurred Lines” won the most Song categories with 4 wins in Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song, and Top R&B Song. Imagine Dragons followed Timberlake with 5 artist awards including Top Duo/Group, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album and Top Streaming Song (Audio). Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. each won 4 awards throughout the night as well.
The show opened with international superstars Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte debuting their official 2014 FIFA World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola).” The stage filled with colorful images of the worlds’ flags as the three stars were joined by dancers, drummers and flag girls to share this new anthem with the crowd. In addition to kicking off the night’s musical performances, Lopez was honored with the prestigious ICON Award, making her the first woman in the four years of its existence, to receive the award for their remarkable and enduring contribution to popular music.
Television history was made with a thrilling, multi-dimensional dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” during which fans experienced the groundbreaking magic and fantasy we know to expect from the greatest entertainer of all time. The performance was created for fans by the Estate of Michael Jackson to capture the essence, the excitement and the magic that Jackson embodied. Produced by the Estate and Pulse Evolution, it took over a year, and a team of 104 cast and crew, to create this one-of-a-kind full stage experience to showcase all that Michael was.

Milestone Award winner Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert made the television debut of their yet-to-be released new duet “Somethin’ Bad,” while Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande performed their chart-topping single “Problem,” surrounded by a spirited cheerleading squad. Azalea […]

The Expendables are back! Sylvester Stallone

THE EXPENDABLES 3’s Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Kellan Lutz (John Smilee), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Glen Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), with Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), with Harrison Ford (Drummer), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench) and Director Patrick Hughes attended Millennium’s Photo Call and Press Conference at The Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France.

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill, or so he thought.
Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables most personal battle yet.
Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Nu Image production.
THE EXPENDABLES 3 opens in the US on August 15, 2014
Photos Courtesy Lionsgate

Godzilla Opens to a Fantastic $93.2 Million Weekend Box Office

Godzilla opens to a great weekend box office. It’s Warner Bros largest-ever May opening.
The rumor is that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are already developing a sequel.
Below the top 5 domestic titles box office.
TOP 5 DOMESTIC TITLES – Weekend of May 16-18
1 Godzilla $93.2
2 Neighbors $26.0
3 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $16.8
4 Million Dollar Arm $10.5
5 The Other Woman $6.3

Stars Are All Over Cannes: Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o

Thursday, date 2 of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The stars spent the day fanning out all over town. At night, the hottest crowd descended on the famed Hotel Martinez for a gathering sponsored by Chopard jewelry. (So far no robberies but the festival is young!)
Two double Oscar winners arrived in stunning gowns and chatted each other up: Cate Blanchett and Jane Fonda are in a very small club. A glowing Blanchett had presented young actor’s breakthrough awards to Logan Lerman and to Adèle Exarchopoulos. She joined Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz afterward for a private dinner. Blanchett is a mensch, you know: she delayed leaving for the dinner so she could be introduced to some of my colleagues and friends from Variety, which sponsored the event.

Also dropping by the Chopard party were newly minted Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and director Sofia Coppola, the latter is on the main jury this year.

Oscar winner Penelope, by the way, can’t stick around Cannes long. She starts shooting “MaMa” in Madrid on Monday, her first new movie in some time after having two children with Oscar winner husband Javier Bardem. Doesn’t she want to get back to work? “Not really,” the great beauty sighed. “The boys are just 9 months and 3 years old.” Apparently she doesn’t know they’re old enough to take care of themselves!
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10 Alternative Summer Movies to look forward to

By this time each year, plenty of lists containing the ten blockbusters to look forward to during the summer have hit websites. As such, I wanted to do something a little bit different and let you all know about some counter programming that might be a welcome tonic during the summer months to the big tentpoles that are opening. Yes, Godzilla is out now and is really good, but they all won’t be like that, so the films to come in this piece could be a nice change of pace. As a lucky bonus, some of them might even contend for Oscar nominations as well.
Below you’ll find ten alternative summer movies to look forward to between now and the end of August. They might not all be amazing flicks when all is said and done, but they’ll be mostly free of explosions and $100 million budgets, so there’s that. Take a look…
10. Trust Me – I saw Clark Gregg’s sophomore directorial effort last year at the Tribeca Film Festival and enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s a Hollywood satire with some interesting ambition, especially in the third act. This is one definitely to keep an eye out for when it opens in June.
9. A Long Way Down – I’m a fan of the novel by Nick Hornby, so I’m cautiously optimistic that this could be a nice little dramedy. Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, and Toni Collette make for a solid cast, no doubt about that. If you like Hornby’s work, this could be one to make time for in June.
8. Snowpiercer – May folks are far more excited for this sci-fi flick than I am (mainly due to it being the English language debut of Bong Joon-ho), but I’m certainly curious and will be seeing it in a few days actually, so if it’s anything special, I’ll be sure to report in before it comes out this June.
7. What If – Pretty much anything Zoe Kazan does is noteworthy for me, so this relationship dramedy has a lot of appeal in my eyes. Here, she’s paired with Daniel Radcliffe, and sparks definitely could fly. It’s an August release, so we’re a ways off, but I’m very much looking forward to it, and you should too.
6. Calvary – I loved John Michael McDonagh’s prior film The Guard and here he’s once again working with Brendan Gleeson […]

“A Million Ways to Die in the West…” Red Carpet

The old west was alive in Westwood on Thursday night with an all-starred carpet lineup at the premiere of ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’ This is Seth MacFarlane’s first bow since the hugely successful ‘Ted’ and the crowdsturned out to see the star studded fest.
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, who’ve been dating for four months,were the talk of the night as the couple canoodled down the carpet, setting offa media tizzy. Charlize wore a delicately embroidered black cocktail frockoffset by chunky diamond studs and a ruby red pout.

Seth MacFarlane played it cool in black, dodging questionsabout a ‘Ted’ sequel. MacFarlane, who directs, produces, co-writes and plays therole of a cowardly sheep farmer in the new film, wanted the night to stay focusedthe old west comedy.

Sarah Silverman, who came arm-in-arm with Michael Sheen (‘TheQueen’), delighted the fans that lined the boulevard by signing throngs ofautographs before standing before a blizzard of flashbulbs. Her playful whiteskirt and blue shoes looked summery on the extremely hot May night in LosAngeles.

“Godzilla” won’t contend for a Best Picture nomination…but it should

Last night I finally saw the reboot of Godzilla at a press screening here in New York and boy oh boy was I blown away. The once campy monster has gotten a serious, Christopher Nolan-esque treatment from up and coming filmmaker Gareth Edwards, and the results are insanely satisfying. Much in the way that Rise of the Planet of the Apes shocked summer audiences a few years ago and became speculated about as a potential awards hopeful, Godzilla should have the same fate. The inherent ridiculousness of a giant lizard stomping around will prevent it from serious contention, but it deserves some consideration at least.
Think of it this way…how cool would it be to see Godzilla as a Best Picture nominee? Especially back when there was a mandatory field of ten Best Picture nominees, a blockbuster like this would have fit right in. Yes, it’s an odd choice, but why not reward an attempt at infusing a little bit of art into what otherwise might have been just a money grab? We’ve seen countless blockbusters underwhelm, so when one overwhelms, I start to dream of it catching on in a big way. There’s no chance it could ever win, and likely would never even come close to a nomination, but folks…it deserves to at least be realistically considered.
With an A list cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn, Seamus McGarvey as the director of photography, and Alexandre Desplat doing the score, the movie is more than just your garden variety creature feature. The flick has some loftier ambitions, and believe it or not, it hits a lot of the time when it reaches for the sky like that. There’s an environmental message, a nuclear war related theme, and some reflections on real life disasters. You don’t always get that in your summer movies, so I at least feel like that’s worthy of some sort of recognition.
Realistically, the film can only hope for some tech citations, but it’s very deserving of those. It should be in play for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects nods, with a nom for Best Original Score not completely out of the question either. Along with those Oscar hopes, look for Edwards to become a go to A-list filmmaker soon, as he’s shown a deft touch at $100 million tentpoles now […]

“The Immigrant” – Marion Cottilard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner

Directed by: James Gray
Written by: James Gray and Ric Menello
Main Cast: Marion Cottilard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, and others
Past Oscar relations: Cottilard, Phoenix, and Renner all have Oscar nominations, while Cotillard won Best Actress for La Vie en Rose.
Today we’re focusing on James Gray’s The Immigrant, a new period piece opening this weekend which hopes to at long last get Gray headfirst into the awards race. Gray directs and co-writes (with Ric Menello) here, with Marion Cotillard in the lead role of an immigrant struggling to make it in New York. Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner have the main supporting parts as men in Cotillard’s life, and after a debut last year at the Cannes Film Festival and a spot in the New York Film Festival lineup, the film is coming our way and hoping for the best. The A list cast and period setting definitely has an inherent appeal to awards voters, so that’s a start.
What this flick has going in its favor is a strong cast doing strong work. Cotillard especially is really great here, though Phoenix and Renner are very solid as well. The former two certainly give performances that are up the Academy’s alley, so with a little bit of a push from other voting bodies, Oscar voters could potentially consider their candidacies. Gray also has a great visual palate on display, so it’s hardly just an acting showcase. He really transports you back to turn of the century New York City, so that immersive aspect is a big plus for the film as well.
Working against The Immigrant is that the initial Cannes reviews weren’t overly enthusiastic and Gray’s works on the whole have so far been ignored by the Academy. The period piece aspect here is baity, but without much in the way of raves, as well as a small release from The Weinstein Company here in May as opposed to during prime awards season, this isn’t particularly set up to succeed. Perhaps if it surprises at the box office, things will change, but my hunch is that there won’t be too much of a campaign in place for the movie.
So, can this be a player at all? I’d say that the time has come and gone for this one to make an impact (if it were going to have been a major player, it likely would have been Harvey Weinstein’s horse last awards season, […]

The future is bright for Joaquin Phoenix

Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series. As a refresher for those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, each week I’ll look at an A-list actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like most weeks, honestly) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time out it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. You can count on that much.
For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s most talented actors…Joaquin Phoenix. He’s definitely been an odd duck at times (just look at everything that surrounded his art experience/mockumentary I’m Still Here), but his skill is undeniable. He’s the sort of actor that you’re shocked hasn’t won an Oscar yet. His time is definitely coming though. It’s a matter of when, not if.
At the start of his career, Phoenix (then known as Leaf Phoenix) was a child actor with plenty of talent on display, even in something like SpaceCamp. For me though, it wasn’t until he first teamed up with filmmaker James Gray in The Yards that we saw what he was fully capable of. He has a new collaboration with Gray out this week in The Immigrant, and between then and now he’s also worked with the director on We Own the Night and Two Lovers, the latter of which is one of his finest performances to date.
Phoenix earned his first Oscar nod for his supporting turn in Gladiator and then worked on a few films with M. Night Shyamalan (Signs and The Village) along with some solid genre fare before earning his second nom and first lead citation for playing Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. That set him up to be a real A-list star, but the actor was uncomfortable with the spotlight and went away for a while, creating the persona we saw in I’m Still Here. Phoenix returned though, and when he did, he was better than ever.
Lately we’ve seen the man at his best. From The Master to Her, he’s shown new range and given two of his absolute top performances to date. It was a crime to me that he wasn’t cited in 2013 for Her, though […]

Katy Perry to perform ‘Birthday’ at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

dick clark productions and Billboard announced today that Katy Perry will be performing her new smash hit ‘Birthday’ for the first time on television, at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Perry joins an already star-studded lineup of previously announced musical performers that includes 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, OneRepublic, Pitbull, and Ricky Martin. 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.
Three-time Billboard Music Award winner Katy Perry, who is a finalist in 10 categories this year, including Top Artist and Top Hot 100 Song, will be performing via satellite from her PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR. The tour kicked off May 7th in Belfast, and continues with 17 dates in the United Kingdom. Second and third legs will take her through North America, Australia and New Zealand for a total of 107 shows this year, with more dates being planned for 2015.
In 2011 she was the Top Hot 100 Artist and the Top Digital Songs Artist. In 2012 she received the Spotlight Award, honoring her achievement as the first woman to earn five No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from one album (“Teenage Dream”). Her new hit ?Birthday? is currently in the Top 15 on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart.
Fan voting for the 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet will continue through the first two hours of the awards show, ending at 10pm ET. To vote for finalists Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic or Carrie Underwood go to The special editorial award will be given to an innovative artist who has achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year.
The 2014 Billboard Music Award festivities start with the “Samsung Galaxy Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 Billboard Music Awards,” which will live stream on Yahoo at 6pm ET / 3pm PT. The two hour pre-show, hosted by Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Ted Stryker and more, can also be viewed at,, and additional online destinations by embedding the Yahoo Screen media player (available upon request). Fans can check out the full experience at
Fans can ask questions to their favorite nominees, presenters and performers at the Billboard Music Awards using Instagram’s Q&A Station. To submit, fans should create an Instagram […]

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