April 24, 2014

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Academy to celebrate Oscars in New York

The iconic landmark restaurant Daniel will be rolling out the red carpet for New York-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, entertainment industry executives, and several hometown luminaries to celebrate the 85th Oscars with an exclusive viewing party, the only East Coast event officially hosted by the Academy. This year’s show is of special significance to New Yorkers, as its producers are the Gotham-based motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced such acclaimed feature films as “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” as well as the current NBC musical series “Smash.”
World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud is preparing a special menu of cocktails and canapés with a nod to this year’s nominated films, to be served along with his seasonally inspired, award-winning contemporary French cuisine. Now celebrating its 20th year, Daniel is one of the very few restaurants to have received the New York Times four-star rating as well as three Michelin stars. Chef Boulud, who hails from Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York City, which he has called home since 1982.
“Oscar® Sunday is a day to celebrate the best in film with family and friends,” notes Patrick Harrison, the Academy’s New York program director. “We are thrilled that Daniel Boulud has opened his doors to welcome Academy members and the New York film community on the occasion of the Oscars.”
“New York has been my home for over 30 years, and to be able to host the esteemed Academy’s official East Coast event is a huge honor,” said Boulud. “I hope this fete will mark the beginning of a long-running tradition.”
Three 7.5-foot versions of the 13.5-inch, 8.5-pound Oscar statuette, one of world’s most recognized symbols, will greet the New York partygoers as they enter the restaurant on Oscar Night. These golden sentinels are identical to the larger-than-life Oscars that will greet the ceremony’s attendees on the Hollywood red carpet. Numerous large screens will ensure that guests don’t miss a moment of the show’s excitement.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 [...]

“The Dark Knight Rises” planning a major Wall Street location shoot?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Warner Bros. representatives recently put to rest the theory that Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” would not film near the Occupy Wall Street movement while shooting on location in New York City, and that the protestors would not stand in – as believed by some – for disgruntled Gotham citizens trying to take back their city from rampant criminals.
But that doesn’t mean “Rises” won’t shoot in the Wall Street district at all.
In fact, On Location Vacations is reporting that “Magnus Rex” – the bogus name Nolan’s been filming under when on location – will shoot a major scene in Wall Street that’s “expected to be more than 1000 extras used in the scene which will be set in a Gotham that has been taken over by Bane.”
“After months of chaos the cops return and the ‘good guys’ battle it out with the ‘bad guys’ for the streets of Gotham,” the site notes. “Tom Hardy and Christian Bale are both expected to be there in full costumes as Bane and Batman. It’s also rumored that they will begin rehearsing for the shoot in a couple day at Riis Park.”
I wonder if that’s similar to the street-level fighting we saw during visible Pittsburgh shooting over the summer. In addition, “Rises” plans to film in midtown Manhattan this week, occupying West 58th Street between 7th and 5th Ave. on Friday, Oct. 28.
Expect plenty of photos and set videos to reach the Web shortly after.

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“Inception” is out. Can we officially start talking about Batman and Superman now?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending “Inception” finally made its way to theaters last weekend, confusing audiences on its way to a healthy $60 million box office take.
But with one film crossing the proverbial finish line, Nolan fans understand the green light has just been lit (unofficially) on the director’s next anticipated film — “Batman 3” — and chatter, of course, already has begun in earnest.
Nolan actually has his finger on two comic book properties: Batman and Superman. And with Comic Con getting underway later this week, we expect some news to leak out regarding each of these announced blockbusters. MTV gets the ball rolling by catching casual fans up with the state of each project.
On “Batman 3,” which is not the official title, MTV reports that Nolan’s third trip to Gotham with Christian Bale in tow will “bring this latest cinematic arc to a close.”
“My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff,” says Chris, referring to screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, who frequently contributes to his brother’s projects. “Viewing it as an ending — that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling.”
Filming is expected to begin in March. Regular co-star Michael Caine said in a recent interview that they’d get going in April. Either way, we know Nolan’s third “Batman” film will be in theaters on July 20, 2012.
Superman, in the meantime, is a little more vague. Chris is attached as a mentor after he and collaborator David Goyer hatched a clever concept for a modern Superman reboot. And rumors have Jonathan Nolan potentially directing, though this would be a massive-scaled blockbuster, and a lot for a first-time director to handle. Then again, the Superman franchise could only benefit from fresh blood. We’ll see.
MTV goes on to speculate on a possible Justice League film, similar to Marvel’s massive Avengers film. Though with Batman and Superman projects in the immediate future, we’re guessing Justice League is a long way off. If Warner is smart, they’ll see how Marvel handles its “Avengers” adaptation — which already has had a handful of hiccups on its way to the big screen — and try to learn from their mistakes.
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Warner claims Batman domains, perhaps to promote “Dark Knight” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is it possible Warner Bros. has taken the first steps to establish a viral campaign for Christoper Nolan’s third “Batman” film?
Fans will remember the elaborate online games the studio’s marketing department concocted, which had Bat-enthusiasts heading into the streets to take photographs of specific locations, unlocking puzzle pieces and solving riddles that eventually delivered trailers and clips for Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”
Similar tactics likely will be employed to sell the as-yet-untitled Batman sequel … as if it really needs to raise its awareness. Given the fact that I kind of think Nolan will use The Riddler in his film, it only makes more sense that a series of riddles could be used in clever fashion to draw fans into an online game and keep them preoccupied until July 2012 — the film’s release month — rolls around.
So what makes us think the game is afoot? Well, io9 reports that Warner claimed a series of URLs, including:
- ArkhamCity.com
- BatmanArkhamCity.com
- BatmanAshesofGotham.com
- BatmanBrokenGround.com
- BatmanNewArkham.com
- BatmanGrandDelusion.com
- BatmanRiseofArkham.com
- BatmanSiegeofGotham.com
- BatmanStateofVillainy.com
- CityofArkham.com
- CloseArkhamCity.com
- PeopleforGotham.com
- StopMayorSharp.com
- WarinGothamCity.com
- WheresBruceWayne.com
The site mentions that several of them could be used to help promote the upcoming video game sequel to the amazing “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” They even show the trailer for the game, which has the action shifting from the mental institute to the streets of Gotham. So links that mention “Arkham,” “City” and “Gotham” do seem like part of the video game’s campaign.
But that last URL — WheresBruceWayne.com — strikes me. Considering at the end of “The Dark Knight,” Batman was being forced into exile, it almost makes sense that Bruce Wayne might go missing in Batman 3, as well. And who better to deduce a link between Batman and Bruce Wayne then The Riddler?
Who knows? It’s all speculation at this point. Cinematical even hashes out a few more theories as to what the URLs might mean. I think we’ll learn more at Comic-Con, when Nolan’s “Inception” is in theaters and the director can officially turn his attention to Gotham’s savior.
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