April 23, 2014

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Jessica Chastain indeed has the top two movies of the weekend

This weekend provides a fascinating lesson at the would-be star system and the extent to which it exists in Hollywood today. Jessica Chastain indeed as the top two movies of the weekend.
Mama (review), which was sold more on executive producer Guillermo Del Toro than anyone in front of the camera, debuted with a terrific $28 million over the Fri-Sun portion of the weekend, with $33 million expected by the end of the four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend (or twice its $15 million budget).
Zero Dark Thirty (everything I’ve written about that one thus far…) is projected to earn another $21 million by Monday, with $17 million of that coming from its Fri-Sun second weekend, a solid hold of just -28% from last weekend. The film’s ten day total is now $55 million and will be about $59 million tomorrow, or almost identical to what Black Hawk Down had after its first ten days. It opened on *this* weekend eleven years ago, ironically grossing exactly what Mama made over the four-day holiday and dropping 40% in weekend two for a $17 million second weekend. Even compared to the usual slate of early year (January/February) supernatural horror, Mama’s debut is the strongest yet, besting the $24 million debut of Michael Keaton’s White Noise back in January 2005 (that would be about $29 million today).
So does this mean that Jessica Chastain is a new movie star? Not quite.

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Bradley Cooper, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake and Sigourney Weaver to Present at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Justin Timberlake will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
First-time SAG Awards nominee Bradley Cooper is recognized this year for his lead role in David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and as a cast member in the film. In addition to ‘Playbook,’ Cooper had three other films in release in 2012: ‘The Words,’ ‘Hit and Run,’ and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines.’ In May, he’ll be seen in ‘The Hangover Part III’ and later this year will star opposite his ‘Playbook’ co-star Jennifer Lawrence in the suspense drama ‘Serena.’ He’ll also reunite with Russell to work on the director’s film about the Abscam scandal, also starring Christian Bale.
Viola Davis is a four-time Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee and two-time recipient of the Actor® in 2012 for her lead performance as Aibileen Clark and as a cast member in ‘The Help.’ Davis’ previous nominations were for her supporting and cast performances in ‘Doubt’ opposite Meryl Streep. She was recently seen in ‘Won’t Back Down’ and will next star in the drama ‘Beautiful Creatures’ opposite Emma Thompson.
Anne Hathaway, who just received a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Fantine in ‘Les Miserables,’ earned her first SAG Awards nomination in 2006 as a cast member of Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and her first lead female actor nod in 2009 for ‘Rachel Getting Married.’ This year, she?s nominated twice: As supporting female actor in ‘Les Miserables’ and as a member of the film’s cast. In 2012, Hathaway starred opposite Christian Bale in director Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Next year, she will give voice once again to Jewel the macaw in the animated sequel ‘Rio 2.’
Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winning actor Hugh Jackman is a two-time SAG Awards nominee this year for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in ‘ Les Miserables’ and as a member of the film’s cast. In July, audiences will see him reprise the role of Wolverine in the 6th installment of the ‘X-Men’ franchise, ‘The Wolverine.’ He is currently filming ‘Prisoners’ with Melissa Leo, Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, directed by Denis Villeneuve.
In 2010, Jennifer Lawrence earned her first SAG Award nomination for her performance in ‘Winter’s Bone.’ The Golden Globe recipient is a double nominee this year, [...]

Selena Gomez to become an executive producer

HollywoodNews.com: Selena Gomez is about to take on a big role as she is going to be an executive producer for a ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ movie.
It is reported that the cast will reunite for a one-off special that will air on Disney next year, states E! News. Maria Canals-Barrera plays Gomez’s mom on the show and thinks the young star is ready for the big job.
“I think she’ll be great because she’s great at seeing the whole picture. She’s not just focused on her part. She’s the kind of actor that can see the whole story,” Canals-Barrera commented.
Do you think she will do a good job with this?
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‘The Office’ will end after this season

HollywoodNews.com: Fans of ‘The Office’ might be upset with this news, but it seems that the show will be ending after this season.
Executive producer Greg Daniels recently announced that they will be wrapping up the show this year, states UsMagazine.com. “This year feels like the last chance to … make an artistic ending for the show,” Daniels commented.
And it seems that after nine seasons, fans will finally get what they want: “All questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who is behind the documentary. [Fans] will pleased and excited by what we have planned for them this year.”
Are you sad the show will be ending?
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Vince Vaughn apparently bringing ‘The Brady Bunch’ back

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like ‘The Brady Bunch’ is going to be coming back to TV in part thanks to Vince Vaughn.
It is reported that CBS is developing a reboot of the show with Vaughn attached as an executive producer, states UsMagazine.com. The show will allegedly be set in modern time and take on a more modern feel while tackling the blended families.
Lloyd Schwartz is reportedly also an executive producer for the show.
Will you watch it?
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Producer Hawk Koch Elected New Academy President!

HollywoodNews.com: Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office.
Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president.
In addition, Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary.
Koch’s producer credits include “Losing Isaiah” and “Gorky Park.” He recently served as executive producer on “Source Code” and is executive producer on the upcoming “Very Good Girls.”
Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.
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Adam Lambert to guest star on ‘Pretty Little Liars’

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Lambert is headed to TV as he has landed a guest starring role on ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars.’
ABC Family has confirmed that the former ‘American Idol’ contestant will appear on the Halloween episode that will air in October, states E! News. “When we heard Adam was a fan of the show we knew that he would be a perfect fit for our Halloween episode,” executive producer I. Marlene King commented about the casting.
He will allegedly be playing himself and will be performing at a party that takes place on the show.
Lambert also confirmed the news on Twitter: “Yup— imma be a Pretty Little Liar!”
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‘Hart of Dixie’ New Episode Photo Gallery – Apr 23, 2012

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Hart of Dixie’ is coming back to The CW with a new episode airing tonight, April 23, 2012.
The episode, “Destiny & Denial,” will have a couple musical performances as Scotty McCreery from ‘American Idol’ will be on hand.
Enjoy the photo gallery below of sneak peeks of the new episode!

After a wild night of partying, Wade (Wilson Bethel) wakes up with a massive hangover, an uninvited houseguest and no memory of what happened the night before. Meanwhile, George (Scott Porter) takes an unplanned roadtrip to New Orleans, and Lemon (Jaime King) finally confesses her troubles to her father, Brick (Tim Matheson). In the episode, Scotty McCreery performs “The Trouble With Girls” during a pivotal scene between Zoe (Rachel Bilson) and George, and Scott Porter performs “Jambalaya.” Cress Williams also stars. David Paymer directed the episode written by executive producer Leila Gerstein.

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Demi Moore steps out for first red carpet after rehab

HollywoodNews.com: Demi Moore is back in action after reportedly checking into rehab after dealing with some recent health issues.
First, Moore returned to Twitter, and now she has also returned to the red carpet as she made an appearance last night, states TMZ. Moore was at a launching event for the TV show ‘The Conversation’ which was held at a Beverly Hills home.
Moore is reportedly the executive producer of the show while her good friend, Amanda de Cadenet, is the star.
Do you think she’s all better these days?
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‘Hart of Dixie’: New Episode Photo Gallery – Apr. 16, 2012

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Hart of Dixie’ will be airing a new episode on the CW tonight, April 16th.
The new episode, “Bachelorettes & Bullets,” will have Zoe making a romantic connection with a patient all while a bachelorette party is being planned for Lemon.
Enjoy the photo gallery below for a sneak peek of the new episode!

Zoe (Rachel Bilson) makes a romantic connection with one of her patients, Jesse (guest star Hartley), and accepts his invitation to lunch. Lemon (Jaime King) agrees to let Magnolia (guest star Claudia Lee) plan her bachelorette party as long as she follows Lemon’s strict instructions, but Magnolia has some more “interesting” plans in store for her big sister. Wade (Wilson Bethel) plans a hunting trip for George’s (Scott Porter) bachelor party. Cress Williams also stars. Patrick Norris directed the episode written by executive producer Donald Todd.

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