September 18, 2015
        “Inside Out”: Looking at potential Best Animated Feature Contenders                "Black Mass" could get Johnny Depp back in the Oscar game                J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve: Ten potential first time writer/director nominees for Oscar in 2015                Roger Deakins offers up some of his very best cinematography in "Sicario"                "The Martian" launches itself as an awards hopeful at the Toronto Film Festival                "Steve Jobs": Oscar predictions for September                "Sleeping with Other People" is one of the most charming films of 2015                Sandra Bullock looks like a contender in the Trailer for "Our Brand is Crisis"                Sam Smith will sing the theme song for the upcoming 007 film "Spectre"                Richard Gere is an under the radar Best Actor contender for "Time Out of Mind"                Telluride and Venice launch festival debuts into the Oscar race                “The Hateful Eight”: Looking at potential Best Original Screenplay Contenders                David O. Russell and Ridley Scott: Which filmmaking contenders this year are most due for their first win?                Telluride Announces 2015 Lineup - Steve Jobs, Black Mass, Suffragette                “Sicario”: Ten Films to see in September        

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“The Martian”: Oscar Predictions for June 2015

I’d been planning all week to write about Ridley Scott and Matt Damon’s The Martian, which debuted an incredible Trailer at the start of the week, but decided to hold off and incorporate it into my new Oscar predictions update. Why? Well, mainly because the film appears to be exceeding even my high expectations. I said after the Trailer debut of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies that you couldn’t bet against that one right now, but if you want to be bold, The Martian is one route to take. You’ll see in my predictions that I’ve decided to get a bit risky this time out…
Yes, instead of just going with as many obvious frontrunners for Academy Awards as possible, I’m looking to see what some fresh blood here and there might look like. As such, The Martian is really all over the place, doing better than any other film. A long shot? Perhaps, but everything so far suggests a special movie, so I’m banking that the book I adore so much was faithfully executed by Scott and company. If that’s the case, it easily could do what Gravity and Interstellar couldn’t, which is to really contend for a Best Picture win. Time will tell, but this update shows that at least I think it potentially has a chance. The Academy will have its say eventually, but right now, this is how I see things going.
Here now, without further delay, are my newest Oscar predictions:
1. The Martian
2. Bridge of Spies
3. Our Brand is Crisis
4. The Light Between Oceans
5. Carol
6. The Revenant
7. Brooklyn
8. Steve Jobs
9. The Hateful Eight
10. Joy
Next in line: 11. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 12. Ricki and the Flash 13. The End of the Tour 14. Lion 15. MacBeth 16. Inside Out 17. By the Sea 18. Demolition 19. Freehold 20. The Walk 21. The Danish Girl 22. Black Mass 23. Southpaw 24. In the Heart of the Sea 25. Trainwreck 26. Sicario 27. Mad Max: Fury Road 28. Ex Machina 29. Suffragette 30. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
1. Ridley Scott – The Martian
2. Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
3. David Gordon Green – Our Brand is Crisis
4. Todd Haynes – Carol
5. Derek Cianfrance – The Light Between Oceans
Next in line: 6. David O. Russell – Joy 7. Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant 8. Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight 9. […]

Reps further deny Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde dating rumor It’s official! Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde are apparently not dating as the rumor has been shot down by a number of people despite it never really taking off.
Reps for Reynolds and Wilde are denying that the two are dating after the rumor started when they were spotted in New York together, states The two are good friends, but that is reportedly all.
Wilde did reportedly confirm to a magazine that she is dating someone at this time, but apparently it’s not the ‘Green Lantern’ actor.
Who do you think they should date?
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“Pirates,” “Cars” and other 3D films doing better overseas

By Sean O’Connell American audiences may be complaining about the latest, unnecessary 3D technologies that have been foisted upon our blockbusters, from “Green Lantern” to this weekend’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” but international audiences appear to be lapping the enhanced format up.
Data released on Monday by 3D technology services company RealD broke down the percentages of ticket revenues for 3D films in foreign countries. “Thor,” for example, claimed that 70 percent of the international box office revenue came from 3D ticket sales, The Wrap reports. Similar figures were posted for Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” where 67 percent of total foreign box office came from 3D, with Europe claiming nearly 70 percent.
The numbers decreased slightly for animated hits “Kung Fu Panda” (about 60 percent of total foreign box office) and “Cars 2” (about 53 percent for the total international market, and 68 percent for Europe), but still made up a significant amount of ticket sales.
As the reports confirms, the U.S. percentages for 3D “has been much cooler, with each of the aforementioned films grossing less than 50 percent of its opening revenue through 3D engagements.”
So, is the technology here to stay? And if it is, will we have our foreign brothers and sisters to thank for the ongoing trend?
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“Green Lantern” sequel plans questioned by critics

By Sean O’Connell The news was surprising, to say the least. As Martin Campbell’s attempt to bring D.C. Comics’ “Green Lantern” to the screen posted another $18 million at the box office, Warner let it be known that it was interested in pursuing a sequel.
Sources inside the studio said that they still have faith in the potential of the superhero franchise, even though they were “somewhat disappointed” with film’s box office performance so far, THR reports. “Lantern” hasn’t crossed the coveted $100M mark in its first two weekends, and lost 66% of its audience in week two (which has been an average number for summer blockbusters, though “Thor” (47%) and “X-Men” (56%) held better in their respective showings).
Still, reports say Warner is willing to invest in what could end up being a lucrative franchise.
But critics weren’t buying it on Sunday.
“Of course WB is going to say its still pursuing a GREEN LANTERN sequel. They’re trying to squeeze every last buck out of that bomb,” Jeff Sneider of Variety tweeted.
Devin Faraci wrote an entire column explaining why WB would say they are interested in a sequel, summing up, “The real world reason can be summed up as such: Harry Potter. The studio’s cash cow ends in a couple of weeks, and they need something to replace it.”
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This Week In Movies by Pete Hammond “Green Lantern” As 3D continues its downward trend this summer season (at least as far as live action films go – or so it seems), the mediocre performance of the big DC Comics franchise hopeful, The Green Lantern has to be a bad omen for fanboy-appeal comic book movies. They have hit the wall and studios may find themselves buried in red ink miscalculating their continuing appeal . It seems appropriate then that several major studios are said to be skipping the Comic Con convention in July where the appeal of fanboy adoration also seems to be hitting a wall as far as Hollywood is concerned.
The Green Lantern, which stars Ryan Reynolds in green tights and mask as an average guy who is given super powers by a higher alien society and goes to battle to save the universe, is a disappointment garnering only an estimated $52.6 million over three days with ominous large percentage drops from Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday. Word of mouth was just so-so with the film receiving just a “B” Cinemascore rating and putrid reviews (only 24% positive on Rotten Tomatoes). Although $52 million is nothing to sneeze at for most movies . This one had very high expectations from its studio. Earlier this week when I ran into former Warner Bros. Chairman Alan Horn who greenlit Green Lantern he indicated Warners was expecting to see a lot of green from this film and also said it was a very important project for the studio as it represented the relaunch of DC Comic characters in WB’s bid to create a franchise machine like Marvel. Sure they have new editions of DC superstars Superman and Batman coming up but both are shepherded by Christopher Nolan as a producer and Horn says that director is simply in a class by himself. He told me Green Lantern is extremely significant in that it will be the first indication if the studio can connect with any other DC characters with the exception of their two famous caped heroes (Nolan is directing the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises and producing a new Superman which is to be helmed by Zack Snyder whose Sucker Punch was a bust for Warners earlier in the Spring) . Horn confirmed that Green Lantern cost $200 million to produce and at […]

Blake Lively Photos: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Blake Lively.

Blake Christina Lively (born August 25, 1987) is an American actress and model who stars as Serena van der Woodsen in the television teen drama series, Gossip Girl. She has also starred in movies, including Accepted, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Town and Green Lantern.
Early life
Lively was born in Tarzana, Los Angeles to actors Ernie and Elaine Lively. She was raised as a Southern Baptist. The youngest of five siblings, Lively has a brother, Eric, two half-sisters, Lori and Robyn, and a half-brother, Jason. Both of her parents and all of her siblings are, or have been, in the entertainment industry. During Lively’s childhood, her parents would take her with them to acting classes that they taught because they did not want to leave her with a babysitter. Lively said that watching her parents teach acting classes helped her learn the “drills” of acting and gain confidence as she got older. Lively stated that as a child, her mother would bring her to Disneyland twice a week as an opportunity “to have some extra time to bond”; Lively has stated, due to all the time she spent there, she felt that she “grew up at Disneyland.”
Lively was not at all interested in acting, but during the summer between her junior and senior years, her brother, Eric, made his agent send her out on a few auditions over a period of a few months; of the few auditions, she got the role of Bridget for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Lively filmed her scenes in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants between her junior and senior years at Burbank High.
Lively at the New York premiere of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 on August 8, 2008 in New York City
Lively began her acting career at age 11, when she appeared in the 1998 film Sandman, which was directed by Lively’s father. Lively describes her role in the film as having been a “bit part”. Lively appeared in the film adaptation of the novel of the same name, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2005 playing Bridget, one of the four female leads. Lively’s performance in the film earned her a nomination for a Teen Choice Award for […]

“Green Lantern” Opens with $52 million Weekend Box Office When is a $52 million three-day opening a genuine disappointment? Well, in the world of box office, all things are relative. And when it comes to opening weekend, the quality and estimated staying power has to be taken into account. Green Lantern debuted at number one this weekend with $52.6 million. On the surface, that’s the fourth-biggest DC Comics opening ever, and the second-biggest non-sequel DC Comics film (behind Watchmen’s $55.2 million). But like Watchmen, a seemingly glorious opening (a $55 million debut for a 2.5 hour R-rated superhero drama based on a cult property) is considered troubling due to fears about its staying power and overspending. Green Lantern cost about $200 million to produce, with another $150 million going towards marketing efforts. The film had a poor 2.4x weekend multiplier and earned only a B from Cinemascore. This does not guarantee that Green Lantern will follow Watchmen’s lightning-fast downward trajectory (the film didn’t even double its opening weekend, ending with $107 million). But with mediocre word of mouth, generally poor reviews, and brutal competition coming just down the pike (Cars 2 next weekend, Transformers: Dark of the Moon a few days after that), the best that Warner can hope for domestically is an around 3x multiplier for a $155 million finish. Warner and DC Comics will have to be counting on overseas numbers to carry the day.
The core problem, as it often is, was the decision to spend ‘sequel money’ on an original film. Point being, you generally try to hedge your bets with the first film and blow your wad on the second picture. Spider-Man 2 may have cost $220 million, but that was only after the $130 million-budgeted Spider-Man grossed $400 million domestic. But with rewrites and extra money allocated for a rushed and FX-heavy shoot, Martin Campbell’s attempt to create a new superhero franchise ended up costing about what Green Lantern 2 should have cost. As for marketing costs (which is technically separate from production budgets), it was yet another case of saturation marketing that was painfully unnecessary since most of the film wasn’t complete until late in the game. The studio released a terrible teaser last November and had been playing catch up ever since. Later, more outer-space themed trailers played better with the hardcore fans, but Warner […]

“Green Lantern” leads Friday box; race on for second place

By Sean O’Connell The box office race appears to be for second place this weekend as Warner’s “Green Lantern” is the clear favorite to emerge victorious but “Super 8” could hold off “Popper’s Pengins” for the follow-up slot.
Martin Campbell’s “Lantern,” an origin story with Ryan Reynolds in the shiny green suit, nabbed an estimated $22 million on Friday night, and is on pace for a decent $55-60 million opening weekend.
“Popper,” however, got off to a slower start, earning an estimated $6.7 million on Friday, THR reports. J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8”,” meanwhile, took in roughly $6 million, and analysts speculate that it might stay ahead of Jim Carrey’s family comedy for the weekend.
I’m not sold. More parents might want to bring their kids to “Penguins” on Saturday and Sunday … particularly for Father’s Day. So there’s a chance “Penguins” prevails, but still loses to “Lantern” in the long run.
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“The Muppets” full trailer arrives online

By Sean O’Connell After weeks of (extremely clever) spoof trailers taking on everything from “The Hangover” to “Green Lantern,” Disney’s new Muppets movie finally has a real trailer.
And it’s awesome!
The theme of “getting the band back together” has helped blow the dust off of countless franchises, but the tone of this project just feel right … and has felt right since the first bit of new leaked out regarding a Muppet makeover.
Jason Segel and Amy Adams are the chief human leads alongside Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the gang. But the trailer suggests all of the tongue-in-cheek show business humor that made the Muppet television show (and subsequent movies) special.
“The Muppets” comes out on Nov. 23. The full trailer is below. Tell us what you think!

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“Green Lantern” grabs $3.3M in midnights

By Sean O’Connell All eyes are on “Green Lantern” this weekend as Warner Bros. tries to roll out a new superhero franchise for a D.C. Comics character that lacks brand recognition.
It might be an uphill battle. For starters, Summer 2011 already has superhero fatigue, what with Paramount’s “Thor” and FOX’s “X-Men: First Class” opening in early May and early June.
In addition, Martin Campbell’s “Lantern,” which casts Ryan Reynolds as test pilot Hal Jordan who becomes an intergalactic hero when he receives a powerful ring from a dying alien, is staring down some ridiculously harsh reviews. The summer tentpole film has a 21% Fresh grade on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics using words like “deadly disappointment,” “derivative,” “clunky” and “unremarkable.”
Those negative reviews, in my opinion, are off the mark. While Campbell’s film is handcuffed by the formula assigned to every single superhero origin story to date, “Green Lantern” (**1/2 out of 4 stars) constructs some elaborately fantastic universes for the intergalactic portion of its story, where Jordan journeys to Oa to unlock the full potential of his stylish, green duds.
In some ways, “Lantern” is a companion piece to Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor,” as both adventures figured how to balance celestial action with human drama. Campbell’s film isn’t nearly as successful in sustaining the earthbound romance that’s a prerequisite in these four-quadrant blockbusters. But that’s largely because love interest Blake Lively’s too small of a performer for these rooms. Everywhere else, though, Campbell litters his roster with grade-A character actors (Peter Sarsgaard, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins) who juice their caricatures, then get out of the way of the next expensive effect.
I find it amusing that you can’t spell “original” without the word “origin,” because every superhero origin story from this point forward will suffer from not being original. But the spare-no-expense “Lantern” lays the groundwork for a universe I’d happily revisit in subsequent sequels, particularly if Campbell was at the wheel of what could be a fantastic franchise.
We won’t get a chance, though, if audiences don’t show up this weekend and beyond. Deadline reports that “Lantern” grabbed $3.35 million in midnight screenings, which the studio called an “excellent result setting up for a strong Father’s Day weekend.” I honestly hope so, because I’d rather see more “Lantern” films than most of the superhero franchises that already are guaranteed sequels … and soon.
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