January 07, 2015
        What the PGA nominations mean for the Best Picture race                The films that will sadly be shut out on Oscar nomination morning                Producers Guild of America Announces Nominees                Art Directors Guild Announces Nominees                A January Oscar Predictions Update                American Cinema Editors (ACE) Announces Nominees                2015 releases to look forward to                The best films and performances of 2014                A look at the second spot in each of the main Oscar categories                The late breaking major Oscar contenders of 2014                Golden Globe post nomination predictions for December                Cinematic gifts from 2014                Spotlight on the Stars: Bradley Cooper                Which film will lead the nomination totals for Oscar this year?                A look at some potential first time Academy Award nominees this year        

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Rosario Dawson talks “Zookeeper” – HollywoodNews Interview

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: When Kevin James needs help in the romance department, he talks to the animals. The odd part about Sony’s latest comedy, “Zookeeper,” though is that the animals talk back.
James surrounds himself with the voices of Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Maya Rudolph and Cher in Frank Coraci’s family comedy. But when he needs a little human interaction, he turns to beautiful co-star Rosario Dawson.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Dawson in New York City to talk with her about over-the-top reactions, physical comedy and a film her godchildren can see.
HollywoodNews.com: My boys, who are seven and three, are going to eat this film up.
Rosario Dawson: I know. I have godchildren, and I always feel bad that the movie I do tend to be very dark and sad and depressing. This is the first movie that I feel like I have done in a long time where my godchildren can actually watch in the theaters and not have to wait until they are 18!
HollywoodNews.com: And a live-action family film, which can be harder to pull off when so many studios fall back on animation.
Right. Plus it just has this authenticity that I think is so great for kids to be able to watch. And also, for the parents, it’s not just totally fantastical. You know, you are trying to take something that is fantastical in nature and try to ground it in some form of reality. That helps make it watchable, something that you can enjoy.
HollywoodNews.com: Watching this, you come off again as the girl we want our hero to end up with, a dynamic you started in “Clerks 2.” Are you getting comfortable with that role?
I like that. But for me, I just look to make a connection with a character in a script, and this one just made me smile. I thought it was super sweet, and when I heard that Cher was doing a voice, I thought, “I have to be in that!” [Laughs] Sometimes it can be arbitrary which roles I choose, and with this one, it was just the inherent challenge of it. I don’t get to do comedy very often, and to see what I would have to do physically to get into the role was kind of amazing. It wasn’t the obvious feminine wiles of wearing the high heels and playing this girl. I’m playing the stinky zoo […]

“Space Invaders” heading to the big screen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At least it’s not another superhero.
Instead, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker plan on bringing the classic video game “Space Invaders” to the big screen, THR reports. Now that they’ve optioned the rights to the title, the producers are searching for the right writer.
“Space Invaders” was a simplified point-and-shoot game from the 1980s that had no storyline, so I wonder what they’ll do for a film to separate it from something like “Skyline,” “District 9” or “Battle: Los Angeles.”
As THR notes, this is the latest in a line of ‘80s-inspired projects for di Bonaventura, who also produced the “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” films. He’s currently working on an “Asteroids” film (also based on a video game) and a “Pet Sematary” remake.
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Giovanni Ribisi joins Gosling, Brolin and Penn in “Gangster Squad”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With each new announcement, the cast of Ruben Fleischer’s “The Gangster Squad” grows more cool.
The excellent Giovanni Ribisi is the latest actor to toss his name into Warner Bros’ casting circle for the period crime thriller that is based on real cases ripped from the headlines of 1940s newspapers. Deadline, which reported Ribisi’s casting, says he’ll play Conway Keeler, a “cop in the group who is a master of electronics and wires.”
The group also includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin, the latter playing members of an elite police squad that are after Penn, who plays famed L.A. gangster Mickey Cohen. Anthony Mackie and Michael Pena round out the cast.
“Gangster Squad” sounds like a blend of “L.A. Confidential” and the new video game “L.A. Noire” … which should equal an awesome film. We’ll see soon enough.
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Chord Overstreet and Emma Roberts Go Public

HollywoodNews.com: 22-year-old actor, Chord Overstreet from ‘Glee’, and actress, Emma Roberts, 20, were spotted shopping together Tuesday, in London’s Notting Hill Gate section. This is the first time the two have been seen together publicly, since they were rumored to be dating back in April.
A source told Us Weekly that by June, “They were definitely dating.” The magazine also reports the pair is “loving every second of being together.”

What do you think of the couple?
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Jennifer Aniston Taking Break From Acting

HollywoodNews.com: The 42 year-old ‘Friends’ star, Jennifer Aniston, is putting her personal life first. Making time in her schedule for her new man, Justin Theroux, perhaps. His screenwriting credits include, Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder, and his sense of humor has impressed the likes of his girlfriend.
According to Us Weekly, “Jen’s taking a year off from work to enjoy herself.” She won’t be completely free, however. Once her next flick, ‘Wanderlust’ is released this October, the actress will have one project in development entitled, ‘The Goree Girls’, a film about a group of women singers in prison. She has even shown interest in collaborating with Justin and having him help with the script, Us Weekly comments.
Her latest film, ‘Horrible Bosses’ comes to theatres this Friday, in which she plays a steamy dentist who sexually harasses her assistant, played by ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ star, Charlie Day.
Do you think taking time off is a good move for Jennifer?
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Adam Sandler will voice the lead role in “Hotel Transylvania”

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Sandler will voice the lead role of Dracula in Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D family comedy Hotel Transylvania, it was announced today by Bob Osher, president, Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production, Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be released on September 21, 2012, by Columbia Pictures.
The film will be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, a star in the animation community, well-known for his work on Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and “Dexter’s Laboratory”; he recently conceptualized and storyboarded the final action sequence for Iron Man 2 and provided the stylish and memorable prologue for the film Priest. The film is produced by Michelle Murdocca (Open Season, Stuart Little 1 & 2) and the animation is by Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here’s a little known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
Also confirmed to join the cast: Kevin James will play Frank – also known as Frankenstein – with Fran Drescher voicing Eunice, his in-your-face, over-the-top, and larger-than-life Bride. David Spade plays Quasimodo, once the hunchback of Notre Dame and now a crazy, passionate gourmet chef always looking for his next piece de resistance. Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon will play Wayne and Wanda, a pair of married, harried werewolves, parents to an ever-increasing litter of pups, who are looking forward to their family vacation at the hotel. Cee Lo Green is also joining the cast as Murray, a boisterous Mummy, once entertainer to the great Pharaohs, now the life of the party, and always feeling the urge to let loose and sing. Finally, Andy Samberg […]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon dominated weekend

HollywoodNews.com: As expected, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (review) dominated the long Fourth-of-July holiday frame this weekend. The film had a Fri-Sun debut of $97 million and thus far sits with $161 million since opening late Tuesday night. It’s expected to end its 6.25-day opening with around $180 million, with a worldwide six-day opening weekend well over $400 million. There are those who will scream “DISAPPOINTMENT!” because Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opened with $200 million in its first five days two years ago. If $180 million in six days is disappointment, sign me up for failure anytime. The film played 62% male and 55% under-25. Oddly enough, the picture scored an A- from males and an A from females in Cinemascore polling. I’m sure pundits will find sexist explanations for that finding (“Oh, the girls just LOVED that LeBeouf goes into a war-torn Chicago to save his girlfriend.”), but I’ll just chalk it up to the fact that any woman who walks into a Transformers movie likes robot-smashing and explosions as much as the stereotypical guy. The picture sold 60% of its tickets in 3D, which is an uptick from the usual 45/55 2D advantage over the last few months. Point being, if you give teens and older audiences something worth seeing in 3D (as opposed to families with really young kids), they will make the choice to plunk down the extra $3.
Anyway, the film had a slightly slower start than Revenge of the Fallen ($42 million opening day versus $62 million opening day), but managed to catch up to the derided sequel as the weekend wore on (part 3’s Friday was just $3 million behind part 2’s Friday). The $97 million Fri-Sun opening was the biggest opening weekend of the year, and the nineteenth-biggest opening weekend ever. It’s $162 million five-day total is the seventh-biggest on record and unseats Spider-Man 2 ($152 million) as the biggest Wed-Sun haul in July 4th history. If Transformers 3 can make it to $183.6 million by tomorrow, it will have the second-biggest six-day total ever. As it is, it’s all but guaranteed a spot in the top-five. Where it goes from here is an open question as always. The 3D screens will be an endangered species as early as July 22nd, when Captain America opens in […]

Will Kristen Stewart’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” be a trilogy?

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: According to producer Joe Roth, his “Snow White and The Huntsman” film is being positioned as a trilogy, a fact that has emerged rather late after months of speculative buzz. Scrutiny relating to the film has stemmed from the timing of its release, which will coincide with the release of a competing Snow White-themed film. While Roth’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” will star Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, the competing “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White” will star Lily Collins and Julia Roberts.
Said Roth to Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive interview, “This story will end, but there will be questions remaining for these three characters.” It is a surprising detail, given that a very in-demand Kristen Stewart just finished filming another lengthy fantasy series (a total of five “Twilight Saga” films); even when her role in the first film was announced, some worried that sticking with roles along these lines could only typecast the young actress as a hapless ingénue.
Yet, in his interview with EW, Roth insisted that his Snow White character will be different: “She starts out not a damsel in distress, but innocent, and after 11 years of imprisonment by the Evil Queen, she escapes and learns the ways of a warrior in the woods.”
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Ryan Dunn hits #1 on IMDB StarMeter, posthumously

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: It seems that Ryan Dunn was never so famous as he became upon his death. His untimely demise generated so much buzz about the “Jackass” star, that the IMDB StarMeter ranking currently lists Dunn at #1. In life, Dunn’s IMDB StarMeter rating topped out at #779. Dunn and Zachary Hartwell, a “Jackass 2” production assistant died when Dunn’s car hit a tree in Pennsylvania; both Dunn and Hartwell had been drinking.
Prior to his death, Dunn reached the height of his stardom in 2006 with the release of “Jackass 2”. In fact, Dunn’s star power declined between 2007 and 2010, rebounding briefly in late 2010 with the release of “Jackass 3-D.” In the days leading up to his death, Dunn’s StarMeter ranking hovered at #2,544; in early 2010, it bottomed out at #10,720.
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Leighton Meester Photos: Hot Hollywood Female Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Female Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Leighton Meester.

Leighton Meester, best known for her performance in the CW’s Gossip Girl series, co-stars alongside Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy in this weekend’s young femme comedy Monte Carlo.
Leighton Marissa Meester (born April 9, 1986) is an American actress and singer. Meester gained fame for playing the role of Blair Waldorf in the CW young-adult television series Gossip Girl. She most recently appeared in the 2010 country drama film Country Strong and the 2011 thriller The Roommate.
Early life
Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Constance (née Haas) and Douglas Meester. At the time, her mother was serving a federal prison sentence for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States. She was able to give birth to Leighton in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house, before returning to prison to complete her sentence. At this time Leighton’s grandmother cared for her.
Meester has maintained that her parents gave her a normal upbringing and, despite their criminal past, are good people with experience that has only made Meester more open-minded and non-judgmental, “It made me realize that you can’t judge anyone—especially your parents—for what they’ve done in their past, because people change.” Meester has joked, “Look, I could’ve turned out a lot worse.” She has cited her mother as her style icon.
Meester grew up in Marco Island, Florida, where she participated in productions at a local playhouse. When she was 11 years old, Meester and her mother moved to New York. Meester attended the Professional Children’s School and also began working as a model with Wilhelmina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with then photographer (now film maker) Sofia Coppola as well as many commercials including Tamagotchi toys and Clearasil. Meester made her television acting debut as a murder victim’s friend on an episode of Law & Order. At 14, Meester moved to Los Angeles, California, wanting more stable work, and attended Hollywood High School and Beverly Hills High School. She then transferred to a small private school and graduated a year early. Meester’s last name is a Dutch name which means “master” or “teacher.”
Career
Acting
After her television debut in 1999 playing Alyssa Turner in Law & Order, Meester appeared as […]

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