July 11, 2015

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“Captain America” reviews hit the Web, largely positive

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Internet exploded last night with reviews for Joe Johnston’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but if you want to go into the movie on Friday unspoiled, you might want to steer clear of the following links. Just know that the overall response was extremely positive, and buy your ticket with the other fans this weekend.
How positive? Well, Drew McWeeny at HitFix says that Johnston’s Marvel movie is “one of their very best,” and he suspects the film “will send audiences out of the theater rabid to see what’s next.”
Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere went after the naysayers, claiming, “Anyone who comes out of Captain America saying ‘meh, it’s mildly okay’ is aesthetically blocked. They just don’t get it. Captain America moves, mad-dashes, soars, whooshes, runs, delights & barrel-asses. It’s pure art direction, pure mood, and all of a piece. And mostly unpredictable.”
That’s because Anne Thompson already rained on the parade, Tweeting after last night’s press screening that the film “left me cold. Back when, this material fed Raiders, and more recently, Inglourious Basterds. Marvel played it too straight.”
Decide for yourself when “Captain America” opens everywhere this Friday.
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“Footloose” fan contest could get you to the premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Paramount Pictures wants you to cut loose – Footloose – for a chance to win a trip to the red-carpet premiere of Craig Brewer’s “Footloose” remake.
All you need to do is create and upload a video of you displaying your best dance moves on www.FootlooseMovie.com. Convince enough of your friends to vote your dance as the best of the Web, and you could be dancing with the stars at the film’s premiere.
Brewer’s film updates the classic Kevin Bacon coming-of-age drama about a rebellious teenager who runs into opposition in a small town that doesn’t want teenagers to dance. Kenny Wormald will be the new Ren for the next generation, while Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell round out the cast.
The movie opens on Oct. 14, but get on your dance videos ASAP and you just might win. Visit the film’s official Web site for more details, and good luck!
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Rebecca Black is Back With a New Music Video

HollywoodNews.com: The 13-year-old YouTube sensation, Rebecca Black, has released her first music video since her first one, ‘Friday’, went viral. The singer’s new song, ‘My Moment’, was uploaded to YouTube on Monday.
The new song was reportedly written by Brandon ‘Blue’ Hamilton, who wrote a track for Justin Bieber on his album, ‘Never Say Never: The Remixes’. According to OK magazine, “the video includes footage of Rebecca in a studio, attending red carpet premieres and shows her story of overnight success.”
You can catch Rebecca’s new video on her YouTube channel.
What do you think of her new music video?
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Hayley Atwell Photos: Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day” is Hayley Atwell.

Hayley Atwell plays Peggy Carter, the lead female role, in next weekend’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”. This movie, created after the comic book “Captain America” series, hits theaters Friday, July 22. Enjoy her gallery!
Hayley Elizabeth Atwell (born 5 April 1982) is an English actress, known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Cassandra’s Dream, The Duchess and Captain America: The First Avenger.
Atwell was born in London, the only child of Allison (née Cain), a motivational speaker, and Grant, a massage therapist and shaman. Atwell’s mother is English and her father, an American from Kansas City, Missouri, is of part Native-American descent. Atwell has dual citizenship of the U.K. and the U.S. Her parents separated when she was two years old. After secondary education at Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls’ School, West London, Atwell took A-levels at the London Oratory School before training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduating in 2005, in place of studying philosophy and theology at King’s College London.

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This Week In Movies by Pete Hammond: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

HollywoodNews.com: What else is there to talk about this week in movies? It’s all about a beloved literary character from books read by kids the world over and now brought to life in countless films, the latest opening this past Friday.
And if you think I’m talking about Winnie The Pooh you’re living in a cave.
Despite Disney’s pooh-pooh opening for the week’s only other wide release ,Winnie The Pooh, this week is all about the final, FINAL chapter of Warner Bros. gigantic film franchise , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Now I wasn’t a huge fan of last November’s Part I, a very dark and somewhat convoluted affair that just seemed to drag out the Potter tale rather than expand it , but this finale is something else . a perfectly pitched emotionally satisfying way for the most successful franchise in motion picture history to go out. Audiences seemed to agree giving this one a solid ‘A’ Cinemascore rating and a record-breaking domestic weekend sendoff of an estimated $168 million, $10 million more than The Dark Knight scored three years ago. Worldwide the total now stands at nearly half a billion ($475 million) for the opening weekend, simply astounding. That beats Potter’s own previous best, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by over $70 million. Of course this is the first Potter film to succumb to the 3D disease that has swept the industry so those higher prices factored into the much bigger haul this time but actually with Potter fever running at an all time high and interest so intense in the final film it is clear records would be shattered even if it had only been released on 16MM prints.
When I talked to director David Yates on Thursday , the eve of the Potter phenomenon, he expressed his own basic dislike of the 3D process but said he did everything he could to make this 3D conversion the best possible, at least from a technical standpoint. Yates has directed the last four (out of eight) editions of the Harry Potter franchise spending six years solid going from one to another. He only finished this one just three weeks before opening and is now looking for a long vacation. The director had never dabbled in films of this scale before taking on his first one, […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II earns $165 million

HollywoodNews.com: The Harry Potter series finished where it started, at the top of the box office with a record breaking opening weekend. Nine-and-a-half years ago, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opened the series with a $90.2 million, breaking the 4.5 year old opening weekend record set by The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($72 million). Over the next 9.5 years, said record was broken four more times, with the last such toppling this very weekend three years ago with The Dark Knight’s $158 million Fri-Sun take. With nearly ten years of anticipation, The Boy Who Lived has returned to the top of the opening weekend charts with a massive $168.6 million Friday-Sunday gross. That includes a record $92.1 Friday (best single day, best opening day, best Friday) which in turn included a record $43.5 million at 12:01am alone. As expected, the picture was massively front-loaded, ending the weekend with the second-smallest weekend multiplier on record, 1.83x (for newbies, weekend multiplier is the final weekend total divided by the first day). It also set another ‘negative’ record, earning 25.8% of its weekend total in those Thursday at 12:01am showings alone (the previous such record was set by the last Harry Potter film, which grossed 19% of its $125 million Fri-Sun haul at midnight).
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Eva Longoria Hooks Up With a Girl in New Movie

HollywoodNews.com: Eva Longoria gets it on with Spanish actress, Kate Del Castillo, in her new indie movie, ‘Without Men’. Christian Slater also stars in the film as an American Journalist. The film hits theaters July 29th, and is an adaptation based on James Cannon’s book, ‘Tales From the Town of Widows’.
In the film, “Eva plays a strong-willed woman who is forced to take charge of her Latin-American village, after all of its men are forced to join the guerrilla revolutionaries,” according to OK magazine. Director Gabriela Tagliavini said, “It was a little difficult as the two girls are both straight so they were very nervous and laughed a lot, but I think that just made it even lovelier.”
What do you think about Eva’s steamy new role?
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“New Moon” frolic shot was Robert Pattinson’s idea

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: “I can’t stay silent about this anymore,” “New Moon” director Chris Weitz tweeted earlier today, “NM and the frolic…it was Rob’s idea.” The shot Weitz refers to occurs near the end of the film when clairvoyant vamp Alice sees a future vampire Bella frolicking through the woods with Edward. Bella’s skin sparkles conspicuously in the sun and the two seem to run in slow motion.
At the time the film came out, Weitz and other production staff expressed surprise that the shot elicited laughter in theaters. Fans largely viewed what became known as “the frolic scene” to be hokey—the shot was painstakingly blogged and tweeted about in the days following the release of the film.

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“Dark Knight Rises” teaser trailer comes, goes, causes fan uproar

By G. Clay Whittaker
Hollywoodnews.com: The bat-s%#@ hit the fan when a pirated teaser for “The Dark Knight Rises” hit the web recently, hand-recorded from an early screening of the last Harry Potter film.
Don’t bother searching: it’s already gone. A few hours of trolling the seediest of pirate urls still turned up nothing. The Nolan/WB Gestapo locked this one up faster than Alfred driving the Rolls through a bad part of Gotham.
What the British paper The Guardian shared about the trailer is that it features a clip of Liam Neeson dialogue from “Batman Begins,” a hospitalized Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) pleading for help, and the Dark Knight himself squaring off with Bane (Tom Hardy). That leaves a whole lot of room for speculation for the blogosphere, and the theories continue to grow.
But “Dark Knight Rises” isn’t the only comic-book movie looking for attention this summer. An “Amazing Spider-Man” trailer is due out next week, as well, marking the series reboot for another major franchise. So why all the energy around Bats and his final flick?
Part of it is Christopher Nolan’s death-grip approach to publicity about the film. He’s created a supply-demand feedback loop that looks an awful lot like a Hadron Collider. That’s great for hype, but probably causing the micromanaging visionary some ulcers.
The one consolation for all the fanboys is that Christopher Nolan is just as frustrated when something gets out as they are with the wait. But energy for the project is high, and Nolan’s track record likely means all the hype is well-deserved.
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Sarah Jessica Parker opens up about normal family life

HollywoodNews.com: Although everyone identifies her as her glamorous ‘Sex and the City’ character Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker is revealing that her life is fairly normal and not glamorous.
The star admitted to ‘Vogue’ that even though she has three children with husband Matthew Broderick, they don’t have anyone helping them out at home, states OMG!.
“We don’t have any live-in help. We’re pretty hands-on parents. That’s something that’s important to both of us, and we don’t shirk it, because what’s the point in having a family if you’re not going to really participate in it, you know?” Parker commented.
She also revealed that she is nowhere near the fashionista that her TV character was, but still has a love for that industry.
Do you think she seems like a good mom?
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