April 16, 2014

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Olivia Wilde staying friendly with ex-husband

HollywoodNews.com: Olivia Wilde and Tao Ruspoli may be divorced, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be friends.
The two were recently spotted out in New York where they were spending some time together, states UsMagazine.com. While Wilde has admitted that the divorce has been hard, she also admitted the two were still going to be friends.
“We’re friends; his family is my family. You always have a choice to feel angry and not be friends,” Wilde previously commented about maintaining their relationship.
Do you like that they are staying friends?
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Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” sneak previewing over Thanksgiving weekend – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” isn’t the only Christmas-time release getting a jump start on the holiday (and awards) season with a Thanksgiving sneak.
Disney/DreamWorks has revealed that Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” will screen in 10 major U.S. cities on Sunday, Nov. 27, with a director Q-and-A that will originate from New York City and beam digitally to participating theaters.
According to a release, Spielberg’s adaptation of the Tony-winning play will screen at 2 p.m. EST, with simultaneous screenings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Miami, and Atlanta.
Tickets to the screenings (which are full) were handed out in bookstores and shopping centers, continuing the film’s grassroots marketing trend of bringing “War Horse” to the people before the media gets a long look.
Oscar analyst Mark Harris then will conduct a Spielberg interview following the “War Horse” screening, and audience members will be able to text in questions from various screenings.
The movie opens nationwide on Dec. 25.
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Oscars: Can Charlize Theron enter the Best Actress race? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The watercooler talk swirling around this year’s Best Actress race has heated up as of late.
Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady” began screening this week, allowing certain bloggers to bang the drum for Meryl Streep and her performance as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. “As far as I’m concerned it’s a Streep vs. Michelle Williams (i.e., as Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week With Marilyn’) contest with [Viola] Davis half-elbowed aside,” Jeff Wells summarized.
Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter chimed in, saying, “If anyone needed a reminder that Streep is the world’s greatest living actress, this performance is it. … It’s almost beside the point to talk about the film overall, since Streep’s performance so dominates it.”
Outside of the Streep raves, fellow contenders made the rounds and earned headlines. Olivia Colman spoke “Tyrannosaur” with us during her West Coast jaunt. “The Help” star Viola Davis continues to impress, and Disney’s Oscar campaign no doubt will pick up additional support as the film prepares to drop on DVD and Blu-ray shortly.
Copies of “Albert Nobbs” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” started arriving in the mailboxes of critics’ group members, giving those who’ve yet to see them long looks at Best Actress-worthy talents such as Glenn Close and Tilda Swinton, respectively.
But I was able to catch up with one performance over the weekend that, in my opinion, deserves to be in the conversation, and that’s Charlize Theron’s fearless, vulnerable and flat-out witchy turn at the head of Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult.”
Oscar has recognized the statuesque beauty before, rewarding her for playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Patty Jenkins’ 2003 drama “Monster.” But her self-centered, judgmental, darkly cynical yet equally ugly transformation for Reitman’s brutally honest film knocked me sideways.
Theron plays Mavis Gary, a small-town girl made good (to an extent) who’s disturbed to learn her ex-flame (Patrick Wilson) – now happily married – has had a baby. Compulsively driven to ruin his life by working her way back into it, Mavis ventures home to Mercury, Minnesota to “bless” the rural population with her presence and win back the man who doesn’t miss her and is much better off now that she’s gone.
Reitman tells me he sees Mavis as a mirror, reflecting onto his audience all of the harmful qualities they might recognize in themselves. And Theron, for her part, peels back each layer with [...]

Sir Ben Kingsley on “Hugo,” film preservation and his first movie memory – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sir Ben Kingsley has a secret to protect, a skeleton hiding in his creative closet that the inquisitive orphan, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), is threatening to reveal. That might not be such a bad thing, as you’ll learn once “Hugo” reaches theaters.
Martin Scorsese’s new film has been earning headlines for the legendary director’s first foray into 3D technology. But what audiences will discover is that the two themes driving the narrative are cinema’s rich history and the need for proper film preservation.
Sitting down with Kingsley for a recent interview, I asked him about these subjects and was surprised by his personal responses. “Hugo,” in hindsight, is a story that touches Kingsley deeply. Find out why:
HollywoodNews.com: I want to start with film preservation, a huge theme of the film. Can you recall the first piece of film you remember seeing yourself on?
Sir Ben Kingsley: That I saw myself on?
HollywoodNews.com: Yes, you personally.
Well, now here’s a sad story. I was filmed on my dad’s 16- and then 32-millimeter camera from the age of about 3 until my first marriage. And my mother allowed it all to be destroyed. It’s incomprehensible. But I have experienced that loss, personally. I remember the aluminum cans were this high [gestures with hand] in a store room in the house. And for some reason, she took them out of the house and moved them to an outhouse, which basically was a coal cellar. Being in the north of England, it was damp.
I said to a friend of the family, “It’s in those cans. What can we do?” And his dad was a projectionist. He said, “I can fix this.” He took the lid off, and bam. The nitrate just exploded. I don’t know how many cans. Twenty? Yes, I do remember the first time I saw myself on film, and it’s all gone.
HollywoodNews.com: Did you watch it often before it was destroyed?
Not very often. Once I started with my education and developing my career, I didn’t really … and I thought they always were going to be there.
HollywoodNews.com: And we don’t take the time to revisit our home movies.
I’m so sorry, because it has all disappeared. And it’s wrong. I told Marty this story, and he just held his head in his hands. He was shook up. Those are memories that are gone.
For my character, Georges, [...]

This Week In Movies By Pete Hammond – “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1″

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Of COURSE the big news in movies this week is all Twilight, Twilight , Twilight which, with nearly $140 million performed at the top of expectations. So this Part one of the grand finale, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 brought out the females in droves but will Hollywood get the message? This segment of the audience is woefully underserved and when they are it is usually with substandard romcom crap. But they have proven time and time again that when there is something they really want to see they will turn out in force. On the other hand the young male contingent that Hollywood traditionally caters to has been spotty at best in returning the loyalty and increasingly stays away. So thanks to the ladies this week for giving Hollywood a giant boxoffice boost and some real hope for a happy holiday season at the ticket window.
With Thanksgiving looming it is expected Breaking Dawn will continue to draw as its audience has frequently shown ‘once is not enough’ when it comes to following the soap opera that author Stephanie Meyer has wrought. But the real battle royal is going to be for the family bucks. There is an unprecendented traffic jam of 3D family fare and non-3D family fare hitting the multi-plexes in one big swoosh starting Wednesday. Already Puss In Boots is holding strong and is well over $100 million so that is going to remain a major factor as it is joined by the 2D The Muppets from Disney as well as Martin Scorsese’s first 3D family effort , Hugo and Sony and Aardman’s holiday themed ‘toon, Arthur Christmas , also in 3D. Is there enough kid business out there to support all of these films? It would be a shame if they end up cannibalizing each other because all of them are really good fun and in a less-crowded corridor for the same family dollars would all be able to find a sizable audience. My guess is Muppets will prevail. It’s a total delight, does not rely on hiked 3D ticket prices, and also has a Toy Story ‘Toon attached to it as an added attraction. The one that could be in the most trouble is the brilliant Hugo which might actually have more adult appeal than the others, and with its early cinema history lesson [...]

Lady Gaga’s old New York apartment available to rent

HollywoodNews.com: If you have a little bit of money around and want to live in New York, you could actually rent Lady Gaga’s old apartment she had before she was famous.
Gaga’s Lower East Side one-bedroom apartment is reportedly available for $1,850 per month, states UsMagazine.com. Her former home is reportedly at 176 Stanton Street near plenty of nightclubs and bars.
Gaga has previously praised living in the area while being an up and coming musician as she felt it helped her to grow and learn.
Would you want to live in her old place?
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Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield showing off affection

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Spider-Man’ costars Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield haven’t been public about their rumored romance, but now they aren’t hiding a thing.
The two stars were spotted in New York holding hands as they walked around, states UsMagazine.com. It is also rumored that Stone and Garfield were spotted kissing while grabbing a bite to eat.
Both stars have attended events together but have never been photographed together as a couple on the red carpet.
Do you like them together or is it just a film relationship?
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Martin Scorsese eager to make crime thriller “The Snowman” his next film

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” a fanciful 3D excursion opening in theaters later this week, is a relative departure for the director who made his bones on brutal crime thrillers. So it’s comforting, in a way, to report that Scorsese will head back to the realm of “Goodfellas” and “The Departed” with a recently announced future project.
The Oscar winner reportedly will direct an adaptation of author Jo Nesbo’s Norwegian crime thriller “The Snowman,” THR says. Nesbo finally approved Scorsese as a helmer – the director has been eyeing the project for some time now – and is going one extra step to say the filmmaker does not have to film in Oslo, where the book’s story takes place.
“The Snowman” tells the tale of a grizzled detective named Harry Hole who is tasked with investigating a series of nasty murders. “Snowman” is the seventh book in a long-running series, and begins when a boy sees his missing mother’s scarf wrapped around a snowman located in their town.
THR says Matthew Michael Carnahan (“World War Z”) will adapt Nesbo’s book into a workable screenplay. No word yet on when the movie would be released.
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Chloe Grace Moretz on Martin Scorsese, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the 3D “Hugo”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There’s a delicious irony to the fact that Isabelle, Chloe Grace Moretz’s inquisitive character from Martin Scorsese’s capricious “Hugo,” has never seen a movie. After all, the versatile actress already has played a vampire (“Let Me In”), an ass-kicking superhero (“Kick-Ass”), and a socially savvy middle schooler (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) … all before turning 15.
Moretz gives yet another performance extending beyond her years in Scorsese’s period adventure, the director’s first foray into 3D storytelling that also waves the flag for film preservation — a passion of the Oscar-winning filmmaker. That’s one of the topics Moretz and I explored during a recent sit-down conversation in New York City on behalf of “Hugo.” Here’s Chloe Grace Moretz:
HollywoodNews.com: There’s a wonderful scene of your character going to the cinema for the very first time. Who brought you to the movies for the first time, and what did you see?
Chloe Grace Moretz: One of the most amazing films I ever saw for the first time was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” And I think that was one of the reasons why I wanted to act is because I saw Audrey Hepburn light up the screen. I completely fell in love with her, and I realized that’s what I wanted to be.
HollywoodNews.com: Who showed it to you?
My mom did. She loves Audrey, and she loves old movies. My brother does, too. So it was that and “The Wizard of Oz.”
HollywoodNews.com: But these aren’t films that you are able to see on the big screen, though.
No, no. I watched them at home on our home theater.
HollywoodNews.com: Do you have a specific memory of your first trip to the theater?
That’s harder. I don’t really know. It was probably a Disney movie. Something like “Mulan” or another film like that.
HollywoodNews.com: Back then, did you anticipate how much work it would be to reach this level?
Yeah. I always find it to be fun, though. It definitely is hard work, but I find it to be a lot of fun. I wake up on set every day and I can’t wait to get on set and dress up. I can’t wait to be my character and just act.
HollywoodNews.com: Let’s talk about this set. I wish I had weeks to simply explore Scorsese’s train set. How much of it was actually there, and how much is added digitally?
It was a full-scale train station. [...]

Scarlett Johansson to make directorial debut

HollywoodNews.com: Scarlett Johansson will be following in the feet of a number of actresses as she will step behind the camera to make her directorial debut.
Johansson is reportedly set to direct an adaptation of ‘Summer Crossing,’ a Truman Capote novella about a teenage debutante, states Entertainment Weekly. Tristine Skyler will reportedly write the screenplay for the film.
Johansson is not going to be acting in this film, simply directing.
Do you think she’ll do well in this role?
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