July 11, 2015

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TERMINATOR GENISYS – New Clip

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.
Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future
Directed by Alan Taylor
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Nikki Finke is back!

Photo By Jen Rosenstein
Nikki Finke returns and unveils her next project: HollywoodDementia.com
“Best known as Editor-in-Chief Emeritus and Founder of Deadline Hollywood, veteran journalist Nikki Finke is an authority on the business, politics and culture of the entertainment industry. Now, on May 18, 2015, she has announced the founding of the new innovative website HollywoodDementia.com to showcase her own and other insiders’ showbiz-based fiction writing.” – See more at: http://nikkifinke.com/bio/#sthash.qQrrSRCA.dpuf
As per own words:
Not since F. Scott Fitzgerald, John O’Hara and more recently Michael Tolkin and Bruce Wagner have knowledgeable writers tackled showbiz in short fiction or succeeded in getting paid for it. Now add my name to the list about to try that – and I invite Hollywood movie and TV writers, executives, journalists, critics and authors to join me.
I’m starting an innovative website called HollywoodDementia.com. (The teaser is there.) What is it? Here’s my definition: Hollywood Dementia: noun. Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes, resulting from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain acquired while working in the entertainment industry that causes someone to be unable to think clearly or to understand what is real and what is not real.
My website will present short stories, novellas and novel excerpts written by Hollywood insiders like myself. After 30 years as a journalist, I’m now going to expose the hard truths and gritty reality of showbiz through creative writing. In fiction, I can be more honest than just sticking to facts. The stories which I and others write won’t depict any actual Hollywood person or event. But they will marry artifice with verisimilitude into original content creation.
I don’t care if the site gets little traffic or The Powers That Be ever advertise. Instead, I’m setting up a TinyPass paywall and charging readers $1 for each post and paying writers from the proceeds once a month. I want to create a fiction forum not just for my own work but for all the creative writing talent which Hollywood attracts but rarely nurtures. I will run the website as well as write for it and market each fictional story to my 265,000+ Twitter followers.
Finke plans to start posting by the end of June. She is accepting fiction submissions of about 2,500 to 8,000 words. She’s also looking for illustrators. Per usual, she invites you to “Come for the […]

Disney’s DESCENDANTS – New Trailer

‘Descendants’ is a live-action modern day fairytale that introduces Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the teenage descendants of re-imagined Disney villains ‘Maleficent,’ ‘the Evil Queen,’ ‘Cruella de Vil’ and ‘Jafar.’
Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney?s ?High School Musical? franchise, directs, choreographs and executive-produces the movie.
Disney’s DESCENDANTS – New Trailer

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When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.
Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future?
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Terminator Genisys in theaters July 1, 2015

The ten films most likely to lead the 2015 box office

As much as I clearly obsess myself with trying to accurately predict the Oscars, I also have a slight fascination with attempting to figure out which film will wind up as the most successful at the box office, even if the actual numbers are incredibly difficult to pinpoint. Sadly, most of the time the movies in contention for that crown are iffy at best in terms of quality, but his year might very well be different. 2015 offers up a number of potentially very strong flicks that will vie to be number one at the box office, including a couple that might actually contend for the all time crown. That’s pretty rare (though with the numbers we see year in and year out, it’s slowly getting less and less rare), making the next nine months or so possibly very interesting…
As a quick refresher, this was what the top ten box office hauls of 2014 were, including what some of these made after the calendar changed over:
1. American Sniper ($341,380,905) *and counting
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ($337,103,873) *and counting
3. Guardians of the Galaxy ($333,176,600)
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259,766,572)
5. The LEGO Movie ($257,760,692)
6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ($254,916,285) *and counting
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction ($245,439,076)
8. Maleficent ($241,410,378)
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past ($233,921,534)
10. Big Hero 6 ($221,690,346) *and counting
Here now are the ten most likely films to run away with the 2015 box office crown:
10. The Good Dinosaur – The first of two Pixar releases on this list (as well as the first of two to involve dinosaurs), you know that an animated feature is going to rake it in during 2015…the question is just, which one? This has been a slightly troubled production, so that might be an issue, but if it’s not, watch out. Marketing wise, this is a dream for Disney/Pixar.
9. Trainwreck – I spoke about this comedy yesterday, but there’s a chance that this could be even bigger than Bridesmaids. Consider this Judd Apatow flick a dark horse. I think it’s possibly the least likely, but it’s still one very much worth keeping at least one eye on. A comedy always seems to break out, so why not this one, particularly if it’s the critical favorite it’s shaping up to be?
8. Terminator: Genysis – Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the Terminator in a franchise sequel/prequel/reboot that could bring in […]

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When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future?

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wins Box Office with $73 Million

Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Optimus Prime and the Autobots continue their international box office success with “Transformers: Age of Extinction” adding another $102 million in 50 territories & in the process propels the international total past the $500 million mark and the worldwide box office to a now staggering $736 million. Meanwhile “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is still breathing fire in a whopping 62 family-friendly markets as it crosses $345 million in global revenue. In just 26 international territories this weekend’s debut of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is off to a rousing $31.1 million start.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 13, 2014, are below.
1. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – 20th Century Fox – $73.0M
2. Transformers: Age Of Extinction – Paramount – $16.5M
3. Tammy – Warner Bros. – $12.9M
4. 22 Jump Street – Sony – $6.7M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 2 – 20th Century Fox – $5.9M
6. Earth To Echo – Relativity Media – $5.5M
7. Deliver Us From Evil – Sony – $4.7M
8. Maleficent – Disney – $4.2M
9. Begin Again – The Weinstein Company – $2.9M
10. Jersey Boys – Warner Bros. – $2.5M
11. Think Like A Man Too – Sony – $2.5M
12. America – Lionsgate – $2.5M
To read more about Box Office numbers go to www.rentrak.com

LB Comic Con Draws Geeks, Freaks, Fans

Darth Vader mingled. Spider Man posed. Batman signed autographs.
Comic books came to life this weekend at the bi-annual Long BeachComic Con, located in the seaside Convention Center in the heart of the city.
A scaled down version of San Diego’s uber fest, it still drew crowds of geeks, freaks and fans looking to see stars, buy memorabilia, andogle some really crazy costumes.

When asked what the hot cosplay of today is, the answer people atthe convention was nearly unanimous: Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence;s blue alterego in ‘X-Men.’ But few in attendance were willing to pull off thenaked-looking outfit. One woman said, ‘I’m on a diet for San Diego’ (to wear that costume).
Richard Hatch of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fame signed autographswhile the 501st (Vader’s Fist the world’s leading Star Wars organization) puton realistic battle scenes in full armor and artillery. When asked about thenew Star Wars, Storm Troopers were cautiously optimistic and hoped the heartand authenticity of what makes Star Wars special is kept in tact.
Cars from films like ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘The Blues Brothers’and Michael Keaton’s ‘Batman’ were on display, along with their costumedcharacters. Even in Long Beach it was all Hollywood as Doc Brown from ?Back tothe Future? was pitching a reality show.
The two-day conference ended Sunday.

“Maleficent” – Angelina Jolie: Awards Race

Directed by: Robert Stromberg
Written by: Linda Woolverton
Main Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Janet McTeer, and others…
Past Oscar relations: Angelina Jolie won Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted
Here now we have the newest article in this series of mine on 2015 contenders hoping to compete for some sort of Oscar attention at the upcoming 2015 ceremony.
Next up for us is Robert Stromberg’s Sleeping Beauty re-imagination Maleficent, which looks to put a decidedly new spin on an old Disney tale.
Next up for us is Robert Stromberg’s Sleeping Beauty re-imagination Maleficent, which looks to put a decidedly new spin on an old Disney tale.
Stromberg makes his directorial debut here on the film (after a long career behind the scenes), while Disney vet Linda Woolverton writes. This is obviously an Angelina Jolie vehicle, with her starring in the title role. The story looks not at Elle Fanning’s Princess Aurora, but at Jolie’s Maleficent, a wronged fairy who isn’t quite the evil-doer that many a Disney fan previously thought her to be. The other players include Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, and Juno Temple. That being said, the real star is Jolie and I’m sure Disney has designs on getting her into the Best Actress race.
What this flick has going in its favor is how visually interesting it is. Stromberg used to be a production designer, and it shows. The makeup, production design, and visual effects are all very strong, so that’s one place where the Academy might see fit to recognize this one. Jolie certainly brings star power and audiences seemed to eat up Alice in Wonderland, so there’s potential here for the flick to show up in a few categories.
Working against Maleficent is that it’s actually a fairly boring take on the story. Woolverton doesn’t bring much to the proceedings, leading to a sense that you’re not necessarily getting the epic story that you were promised. More so than that, it’s just not revolutionary enough in any way to be the sort of blockbuster that goes on to bigger and better Oscar glory. The technical categories are a possibility for sure, but I wouldn’t go any further than that.
So, can this be a player at all? I’d say that in all likelihood it’s a real long shot for anything not in the tech categories, though I’m sure it’s possible that […]

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

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