July 11, 2015

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Bill Murray could upend the Best Actor race with “St. Vincent”

The already overcrowded Best Actor race is about to get even tighter folks. Last night I attended the premiere of St. Vincent and got to see Bill Murray’s performance, which is awards worthy, let me tell you. Murray combines his comedy and drama skills in such a way that I think Academy members might find it hard to resist him. As I’ve said for months now, the Best Actor race is going to be a bloodbath, something that’s only more true now that contenders are screening and performances are showing that they are indeed worthy of consideration. The latest here is Murray’s in St. Vincent, one that could ultimately wind up going a lot further than some think.
For those of you who don’t know, the movie is a comedy/dramedy about a curmudgeonly older man (played by Murray) in Brooklyn who winds up babysitting his frazzled neighbor’s son. He gives him the sort of real world/bad advice you’re used to in things like this, but then the second half of the film goes in a very different direction and winds up tugging at your heartstrings in a big way. Murray obviously stars, with Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Naomi Watts, and Jaeden Lieberher in the other main roles. Theodore Melfi writes and directs.
This is a pretty good film, but it’s Murray who elevates things, along with the cast on the whole. While McCarthy and Watts are strong in roles that are reversed from what they normally do, Murray gets to combine all of his skills to give what I think is one of his top five performances to date. At times he’s channeling his early comedic persona while at other moments he’s playing it completely straight. I won’t spoil things by saying some of the situations where he’s forced to really go dramatic, but he absolutely nails them.
What will help St. Vincent out is of course the fact that Harvey Weinstein is behind it. He knows how to make this sort of push happen, which is only helped by the fact that Murray is out and about promoting it. He’s done Q and A’s, gone to parties, etc…all of which helps to endear him to Academy members. As we all know, voters like to be courted, so if Murray is willing to play the game, that could give him a leg up on some of his competition.
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Nick Lachey reveals how son’s name was chosen

HollywoodNews.com: Nick and Vanessa Lachey recently welcomed their first son, Camden, and now he is revealing how they chose the baby’s name.
Nick originally wanted the name Colin, but found out that his wife wasn’t into it so they started looking around for another ‘C’ name, states UsMagazine.com. Vanessa allegedly thought of the name when going to her doctor on Camden Drive in Los Angeles.
“We didn’t really know anyone else named Camden. It was such a neat name. We fell in love with it and decided on it five or six months ago,” Nick commented.
However, he isn’t the only famous baby with that name as Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler named their son Camden.
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“Ruby Sparks” Cast and Filmmakers at New York Press Day

by Joey Magidson
HollywoodNews.com: I had the privilege of being invited to represent The Awards Circuit at the “Ruby Sparks” New York Press Day, held at the Crosby Street Hotel in Lower Manhattan. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of this film, so I obviously jumped at the opportunity.
The schedule had roundtable and 1 on 1 interviews arranged for directors Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris, star Paul Dano, and co-star/writer Zoe Kazan. I participated in all of the roundtables, and was able to secure 1 on 1 interviews with Dano, Dayton, and Faris. Unfortunately, Kazan was unavailable for 1 on 1. I think there’s some interesting tidbits found here, and it just highlights more an absolutely delightful movie. I chose to organize this article by the talent involved, since each were brought in to speak separately. I pulled out the best quotes and citations to share.
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Holly Madison opens up about weight struggle for Peepshow

HollywoodNews.com: When Holly Madison headed to Las Vegas for Peepshow after years with ‘Playboy,’ she quickly learned that she would have to take even more care of her body.
Although Madison was working on the show five nights a week, she quickly found out that she could not just eat whatever she wanted, states RadarOnline.com. “I thought I could eat what I wanted and just burn it off during the show,” Madison commented about the adjustment.
Now, she’s focusing more on eating well and working out more during her breaks with the show.
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Sundance: “Red Lights,” “Simon Killer” and the “West of Memphis” premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The big news out of Sundance 2012 has been the bitter cold. And the snow. And then the cold. And a little more on the snow, which continues to fall over Park City.
But in between snowflakes, moviegoers are taking in this year’s programming. Here’s what we are finding out about films that will be reaching theaters near you throughout the year:
– The premiere of the Peter Jackson-produced “West of Memphis,” an up-to-date documentary on the wrongfully jailed West Memphis Three, drew anger and tears of frustration from the gathered crowd. Jeff Wells calls it the “best film with Peter Jackson’s name on it since ‘Heavenly Creatures.’”
– Wells was less impressed with Antonio Campos’ “Simon Killer,” which he referred to as “an empty, meandering audience-torture film about sex and nihilism and stupidity in Paris.” James Rocchi at MSN, however, gave “Killer” a 4-out-of-5 grade, saying it was “A tense, grim & gorgeous story of the unknown heart.” Do with that what you will.
– Few were divided on “Red Lights,” the latest from “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes. Daniel Feinberg at HitFix calls it “a generally infuriating and occasionally intriguing muddle of a movie that spins wildly out of control in its final half-hour, climaxing in a two-minute montage of voiceover and exposition that either does or doesn’t turn the rest of the movie upside-down in maddening fashion.” Yikes. The L.A. Times added that “all of the buyers were there, but just 45 minutes into the movie, many of them bolted for the exits, a noisy exodus of dozens of executives.” Oh boy.
More Sundance coverage still to come …
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Sundance: Peter Jackson’s “West of Memphis” sheds new light on dark case

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Peter Jackson-produced “West of Memphis,” which extends the research done by the “Paradise Lost” series of documentaries, played the Sundance Film Festival this morning, revealing a surprise few expected.
New witnesses who claim they know the real murderer.
Attorneys for the West Memphis Three, who recently were released after pleading guilty to crimes they continue to say they didn’t commit, say that three new witnesses, all friends of Michael Hobbs, Jr., have come forward to claim that Hobbs told them that “my uncle Terry [Hobbs] murdered those three little boys.”
As THR notes, Terry Hobbs’ DNA was “found in a shoelace used to restrain one of the victims … [and] has been a subject of much speculation despite never having been charged with a crime. Indeed, he figures prominently in the last third of the most recent ‘Paradise Lost’ film, ‘Purgatory,’ because he was seen near the victims and cannot totally account for his whereabouts during the time the murders occurred.”
Jackson’s “Memphis” will have its premiere in Sundance Friday afternoon, but this news came out of press screenings held at the film festival on Friday morning.
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“Gotti” screenwriter and finance man never approved Exec Producer title

HollywoodNews.com: Exclusive: Both screenwriter James Toback and finance man Salvatore Carpanzano say they never approved a recent announcement naming them Executive Producers of “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.” The movie, still lacking a start date, is in financial trouble as I reported exclusively here first weeks ago.
Now I’ve spoken with Carpanzano, who says that he’s never met Toback, and didn’t tell Marco Fiore, the film’s producer, to put his name in public. Carpanzano tells me he represents a $280 million foreign fund that he’d make available for films. But he says that Fiore has no facility for accepting money for “Gotti.” So far, Carpanzano says, he’s lost money on the film– interest on the “blocked” $280 million. He declines to say how much so far, or who he represents. “It’s just old money from Europe,” he explains.
In an unusually frank, wide ranging talk, Carpanzano did tell me that indeed, like Fiore, he spent time in Allenwood State Penitentiary. He logged 33 months there for helping to steal 100 cars from an auto dealer in the mid 1990s. (It’s a long story.) He says he did not meet Fiore there, however. Carpanzano conceded that he’s been at the losing end of many civil lawsuits, and was recently arrested in Scarsdale, New York for driving with a suspended license. Carpanzano managed to go 27 years without being pulled over. He says, “That’s from 1984. I know everyone [in Scarsdale] and they handcuffed me.” However, he insists that his worst days are long behind him, and that he’s regularly setting up deals for independent movie making. No details were given, however.
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Bizarre fine levied on Utah theater for screening “The Hangover 2”

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: A Salt Lake City movie theater that serves alcohol and only admits viewers who are at least twenty-one was fined more than $1,600 for showing “The Hangover 2,” an R-rated film. The establishment—called “Brewvies”—issued a comment via manager Andy Murphy, who told The Salt Lake Tribune that Brewvies has always complied with the state’s liquor laws, and “doesn’t want to shake up anything.”
Though bizarre, the charge was 100% legal, according to Utah’s State Liquor Board; the ordinances at play prohibit the exhibit of sex acts, full-frontal nudity or even the “caressing” of breasts or buttocks, in any establishment in which alcohol is served. The law was initially targeted to strip clubs, which are not permitted to have nude dancers.
The “Brewvies” fine was prompted by a complaint sent to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and a citation was issued by an officer of the Utah Highway Patrol.
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Holly Madison insures her breasts for $1 million

HollywoodNews.com: Holly Madison is making sure that she is protected financially as she has decided to insure her breasts for $1 million through Lloyd’s of London.
Madison decided to insure her breasts as her work with the Las Vegas show ‘Peepshow’ does involve showing her assets off, states People. “[I]f anything happened to my boobs, I’d be out for a few months and I’d probably be out a million dollars,” Madison reasoned.
She also joked that she is happy they are getting the credit they deserve as they are her moneymakers.
Do you think she made a smart business decision?
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Man survives after breaking leg in “127 Hours” canyon

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It sounds like a story that would appear on the humor site The Onion.
A man hiking through a Utah canyon broke his leg and dislocated his shoulder, then survived four days in the desert before finally being discovered, The AP reports. The reason that we’re covering this story on an entertainment site? He was hiking through the exact same canyon as Aron Ralston, the survivor spotlighted in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-nominated “127 Hours.”
Amos Wayne Richards, 64, is a North Carolinian who crawled across Utah after being injured on his solo hike. He’s OK. Canyonlands National Park rangers found Richards after he fell 10 feet in Little Blue John Canyon, which Boyle’s fans will remember as the spot where Ralston went down in 2003.
“I was actually following my GPS, crawling right on top of my feet print that I had hiked in on,” Richards told Charlotte’s CBS affiliate, WBTV.
So stay by your phone, Richards. No doubt Hollywood will be calling soon for the rights to your triumphant story of perseverance and survival.
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