April 28, 2016

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Bruce Dern: Looking at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders

HOLLYWOOD CONTENDERS:Here we go again folks. It’s time for another category to get a somewhat in depth look at what/who its top contenders might be. I’ve gone over what this is a number of times, but in case you’re new to it all, here it is in short: it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s a whole other thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet that you can use as you see fit.
Today I’m continuing with another of the bigger acting categories…yes, it’s Best Supporting Actor. Hot on the heels of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight dropping a first Trailer that offers up tons of Supporting Actor possibilities, this seems like a perfect bit of timing. You can see the Trailer in question now, by the by, but there are plenty of other contenders on hand as well. You’ll see what I mean momentarily…
First up, the Teaser Trailer for The Hateful Eight:

Here now are the ten particular thespians that I have in play for Best Supporting Actor, with the top five cracking the unofficial lineup at this point:
1. Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) – After seeing that Trailer, you have to think that the whole ensemble could be in play, but I think the secret weapon for Tarantino might be Dern. He’s quiet and in the background, but within the film could really steal some scenes. Few others in this category fit the form of a winner more aptly than Dern, as he’s a veteran still looking for that elusive statue. He came close a few years ago with Nebraska, and if he’s half as good here as he was there, he can certainly contend for a win now. If you veer […]

Tom Cruise: “Mission Impossible 5″ wins Foreign Box Office

“Parmount’s ‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’ continues to “Cruise” to new heights of global popularity, adding 18 new markets this weekend as it earns $94.9 million worldwide with $265.35 million to date. ‘Rogue Nation’ remains the number one movie for the second consecutive weekend in both the international territories and the U.S. while Fox’s ‘Fantastic Four’ makes its debut, taking second place in the global marketplace with $60.3 million” 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, August 9, 2015, are below.
1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Paramount Pictures – $94.9M
2. Fantastic Four – 20th Century Fox – $60.3M
3. Minions – Universal – $25.6M
4. Jurassic World – Universal – $17.0M
5. Ant-Man – Disney – $17.0M
6. Monster Hunt – Multiple – $16.4M
7. Veteran – CJ Entertainment – $15.2M
8. Pixels – Sony – $14.6M
9. Inside Out – Disney – $13.5M
10. Gift, The – Multiple – $12.9M
11. Trainwreck – Universal – $11.5M
12. Vacation – Warner Bros. – $9.1M.
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 9, 2015, are below.
1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Paramount – $29.4M
2. Fantastic Four – 20th Century Fox – $26.2M
3. Gift, The – STX Entertainment – $12.0M
4. Vacation – Warner Bros. – $9.1M
5. Ant-Man – Disney – $7.8M
6. Minions – Universal – $7.4M
7. Ricki And The Flash – Sony – $7.0M
8. Trainwreck – Universal – $6.3M
9. Pixels – Sony – $5.4M
10. Southpaw – The Weinstein Company – $4.8M
11. Shaun The Sheep Movie – Lionsgate – $4.0M
12. Inside Out – Disney – $2.7M
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Jennifer Lawrence: Looking at potential Best Actress contenders

HOLLYWOOD CONTENDERS: Ladies and gentlemen, as you all know from the last year or so as well as my handful of articles again during this year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s a whole other thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket. It’s probably old hat to you by now, I’m sure, but hey…
Today I’m continuing with another of the bigger ones that’s out there…the Best Actress category.
Here are the ten lovely ladies that I have in play for Best Actress, with the top five of course cracking the presumed lineup at this point:
1. Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) – You can go in any number of directions with your top pick, but I think the obvious choice right now is Lawrence. She’s been nominated both times previously working with David O. Russell, with a Best Actress statue on her mantle already. She nearly won Best Supporting Actress two years ago as well, so the Academy clearly loves this combination. With as baity a part as ever, if she nails it there’s no reason not to think she could run away with a second Oscar.

2. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) – For some reason, I feel like Ronan is almost a surefire nominee for this romantic drama period piece, and while I know she could certainly contend for the win, I just can’t put her up top yet. Maybe it’s the thought of how dominant a Lawrence steamroller could be, but I just need to see how this one does during the precursor season. Ronan has a great shot though, no one can deny that.

3. Cate Blanchett (Carol) *Could go Supporting – The safe pick of the group right […]

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

Producer Carlos de Abreu, a “New York Times” bestselling author, publisher of Hollywoodnews.com, 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 HollywoodNews.com (http://www.hollywoodnews.com)

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, […]

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