August 29, 2015
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Are the Oscars too broken to be fixed?

“When a show goes so wrong (and has for so long), it’s not just the result of a few tactical errors. It’s not even because of alleged strong differences of opinion between the producers and host Harris (the rumor mill started even before the show had ended). Rather, it’s the culmination of problems that have been festering for years. There’s an increasing gulf between the moviegoing public’s tastes and the Academy’s. And there’s a decreasing relation between the artfulness of the Oscar films and their box-office performance,” says the Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway.
As a lover of Hollywood cinema since I was 5 years old, it hurts me that the Oscars keep sliding and not soaring. No other film event can ever be the Oscars. However, if the Academy’s leadership continues chasing the “young demographics” instead of putting on an entertaining show that focus on honoring quality “cinema” and the art of filmmaking in all its disciplines, the Oscars destiny will be continued erosion that soon will reach the point of no return.
Let’s turn this around… we still have time.

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Daniel Craig wants a raise from Sony

This one is pretty simple. Daniel Craig allegedly (Hollywood Reporter) wants a raise for his appearance in Sony’s planned The Girl Who Played With Fire. Sony is refusing and may even be trying to wrangle a pay cut. Sony is allegedly digging its heels out of the desire to cut costs, as the first film grossed $232 million worldwide yet still barely broken even due to its frankly absurd $90 million budget. Had the film cost a more reasonable $60-$70 million, it would have been quite profitable for Sony. But it didn’t so it wasn’t. If we must see the two other chapters in the original series, then they damn-well shouldn’t cost nearly $100 million apiece. You could argue that Rooney Mara is an essential component of any sequel and should be hired even at a token higher cost this time around. But everyone else involved is expendable. Daniel Craig, whose character was as bland a male lead as you can ask for, is not a box office draw, period. If Sony sees fit to write out his journalist protagonist, I imagine it won’t affect the film’s financial fortunes one iota. Daniel Craig is one of countless actors who do just fine in a marquee role or a popular franchise but flounder elsewhere. If Daniel Craig wants a raise from Sony, he is welcome to ask for one for the next James Bond film. But outside of the 007 series, Daniel Craig isn’t a box office draw, period.
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Skyfall becomes the first 007 film to go the IMAX route

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Not much to report beyond the news itself. IMAX has announced that the Sam Mendes 007 picture Skyfall will debut day-and-day in 35mm and IMAX screens on October 26th, 2012 (in the UK) and November 9th, 2012 (in the US and elsewhere). Back in the post-Avatar era, there was talk of Skyfall becoming the first 007 film to be released in 3D. That seems to have been scuttled, which means that James Bond fans will be able to enjoy the next 007 entry in glorious IMAX 2D. The Hollywood Reporter also notes that the highly successful pre-release IMAX sneak of Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol will indeed lead to more IMAX pre-releases of major titles, although no specific examples were offered (I’m betting Warner Bros. goes that route with Superman: Man of Steel if it’s any good).
There was also a promise of sorts from the company to do more ‘fanboy-friendly’ films alongside the animated fare, which doesn’t seem like news to me, but oh well. Also of note? They are expecting big IMAX business for their one-week engagement of The Hunger Games starting March 23rd. Point being, this is rather good news for 007 fans, as well as further evidence that IMAX, not 3D, is going to be the sign of big-budget prestige in the near future. And if Sony makes good on their threat to charge theaters for Real-D 3D glasses in May, it could have a ripple effect throughout the 3D business overall. I’ve long argued that the only thing stopping IMAX from making further inroads (and thus booking more titles at a time) is the shortage of available screens, but that will slowly become less of a concern over time.
To paraphrase the late Whitney Houston, I believe the IMAX is our cinematic future, the one thing (massive screens plus utterly surround sound) that home theaters cannot replicate. Anyway, share your thoughts below. Does the IMAX move give you more confidence in Skyfall? Does it make you want to see the film more?
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“Glee” ratings down 30 percent

HollywoodNews.com: Quick! Bring back Chord Overstreet!
Of course, the absence of the cute trout-mouthed blond can’t be the reason why the season three premiere episode of Glee had a whopping 32 percent fewer viewers than last season’s season premiere.
But something is up.
First, the Glee 3-D movie completely bombed at the box office this summer and now just 8.9 million viewers tuned in Tuesday night for the first new episode since last May.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that it’s a surprising dip for a series that became an overnight phenomenon two years ago and has since generated millions of iTunes downloads and spawned a concert tour, a 3D movie and a reality spinoff (Oxygen’s The Glee Project).
“A lackluster storyline last season may have played a part [in the premiere ratings],” Brad Adgate, senior vp research at Horizon Media told THR. “The summer concerts, rumors about cast changes, the downloads, the Oxygen reality series. Perhaps the franchise has spread itself too thin in an attempt to make ancillary [revenue].”
It’s clear that hardcore Gleeks like me are still devoted but the challenge for the show’s producers and the network will be to regain the interest of the casual viewer.
Time will tell.
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Paul McCartney’s new classical album

HollywoodNews.com: Wow–sooo exciting. The minute I read on the Hollywood Reporter website that Paul McCartney’s new classical album was coming out on Decca Records, I called over there to congratulate them.
After all, THR says the Beatles were turned down by Decca some 50 years ago. Alas, tisn’t true. Sorry THR! From Decca: “Paul McCartney is signed to Concord Records. We believe he asked to have the album released internationally on the Decca label.” Yes, indeed. Paul is sure enough signed to Concord. And Concord licensed the classical recording, “Ocean’s Kingdom,” to Decca in the United Kingdom. Whoops! Not exactly the stunning history making m0ment as advertised in THR.
So much for “breaking news.” McCartney will debut the “Ocean’s Kingdom” music on September 22nd in New York at the New York City Ballet. It wouldn’t surprise me if some of this music makes it into the animated film McCartney is writing for the adaptation of his children’s book into a film for Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye under their Unique Films banner. I told you about that film exclusively back in mid July.
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Ryan Seacrest named the person in charge of reality TV

HollywoodNews.com: Ryan Seacrest is everywhere when it comes to reality TV which is why it makes sense that he be named the king of reality TV.
Seacrest came out on top on the ‘Hollywood Reporter’s’ fourth annual Reality Power List, states Hollyscoop. Seacrest has taken over reality TV with ‘American Idol’ and all his work with the Kardashian shows.
Simon Cowell also made the list at number six while ‘Jersey Shore’ producer SallyAnn Salsano came in at number ten.
Are you surprised Ryan Seacrest is number one?
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Charlie Sheen reportedly wants Rob Lowe to replace him

HollywoodNews.com: There has been a bit of talk about Charlie Sheen being replaced on ‘Two and a Half Men’ since he has been cut, and it sounds like the actor is on board with one choice.
Sheen reportedly told K-Earth 101 he thinks Rob Lowe would be a great replacement, states UsMagazine.com (via the Hollywood Reporter).
“He’s a buddy of mine, he’s a beautiful man, a brilliant actor, and I hope he does it and kicks its ass because I still get (paid),” Sheen claimed.
However, it sounds like fans are pushing for John Stamos as a replacement.
Who would you want to replace Charlie Sheen?
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Tom Cruise plans to rock out in next film role

HollywoodNews.com: Tom Cruise has lined up his next role after 2010’s mixed reviewed “Knight and Day,” and it offers a nice change-up to Cruise’s usual action fare.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Cruise is in final talks to star in Rock of Ages, an adaptation of a Broadway musical that features tunes from 1980s rockers such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Styx. According to THR, Cruise is cast as Stacee Jax, which most likely means he will be stretching his vocal chords to sing Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead of Alive,” as the character does so in the Broadway musical.
It is rumored that Russell Brand and Alex Baldwin are also interested in the project.
Adam Shankman (Hairspray) is directing the film, with production scheduled to begin in May.
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Sean Penn on Haiti: “This is where I’ll be… for the rest of my life.”

hollywoodnews.com: “There’s no end point,” he says, drained to the point of collapsing. “This is where I’ll be when I’m not working, for the rest of my life.”
“The Hollywood Reporter” reports on how, after one year after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, Sean Penn, Paul Haggis, Maria Bello and their friends are still fighting for Haiti’s survival amid unspeakable horror.
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About Sean Penn:
Two-time Academy Award® winner Sean Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning nearly three decades. Penn has been nominated five times for the Academy Award® as Best Actor for “Dead Man Walking,” “Sweet and Lowdown,” “I Am Sam” and won his first Oscar® in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” and his second Oscar® as Best Actor in 2009 for Gus Van Sant’s “Milk.” The performance as gay rights icon Harvey Milk also garnered Penn “Best Actor” awards from The Screen Actors Guild, New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
As a journalist, Penn has written for Time, Interview, Rolling Stone and The Nation magazines. In 2004, Penn wrote a two-part feature in The San Francisco Chronicle after a second visit to the war-torn Iraq. In 2005, he wrote a five-part feature in the same paper reporting from Iran during the election which led to the Ahmadinejad regime. Penn’s landmark interviews with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Cuba’s President Raul Castro, were published in The Nation and The Huffington Post. Penn’s interview with President Castro was the first-ever interview with an international journalist.
Penn’s humanitarian work has found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more recently in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. In January 2010, Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization which focuses on medical aid, protection, and re-location. His organization is currently serving as UN IOM designated Camp Management for one of the largest IDP camps in Port-au-Prince and established the first emergency re-location in the country. They work with both government and non government agencies to deliver immediate results where the need is greatest. Their efforts include but are not limited to providing emergency medical and primary care services, delivering badly needed medical equipment and medicine, distributing food and water purification systems, improving communication systems, and rubble removal in the neighborhoods surrounding the Petionville Camp when they are camp managers. J/P HRO’s goal is to […]

These movies could interrupt the ‘Whites Only’ Oscars

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Will the 2010 Oscars be a whites-only club? Gregg Kilday and Matthew Belloni projected the possibility in the ‘Hollywood Reporter’ back in September, and as this awards season has moved forward, indeed, the focus has been on a collection of Caucasian colossi.
Where are the faces of color? Minority stars have been busy cranking out big commercial movies this year rather than Oscar-type fare, goes the prevailing industry wisdom — Denzel Washington in “Unstoppable,” Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson in “Iron Man 2.” The dearth of African-American, Latino and Asian players in the critics’ awards picks is either 1) just a coincidence or 2)another result of the recession, as distributors fail to pick up independent films that feature minorities, and studios “play it safe.”
Before we get too carried away with this theme, however, the picture could still change. There are Oscar-worthy performances by non-whites in this year’s crop of films, performances that merit more attention than they’ve been getting, starting with Djimon Hounsou in Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest.”
Two-time Academy Award nominee Hounsou plays the enslaved island native Caliban as quite literally a force of nature, the offspring of a witch and the devil. The actor studied Butoh, an ancient form of Japanese dance that represents nature, to prepare for the role. He moves with raw, animalistic grace. He went through five hours a day having makeup applied to his nearly naked body, a process the actor admits always left him in a terrible mood — which he used in his performance as a not-quite-human being consumed by rage.
Taymor continues to have the artistic audacity to follow her own creative instincts rather than playing to critics’ or audiences’ expectations, which has resulted in a “Tempest” that’s excited passionate responses both negative and positive. That this film, with its flawless performances and unforgettable stark imagery, will stand the test of time is without doubt, whether the Academy pays more attention than critics’ groups or not. “The Tempest” opens tomorrow
(12/10).
Meanwhile, would Kimberly Elise be getting more notice for her heart-wrenching portrayal of a woman who submits to abuse in “For Colored Girls” if it weren’t for the fact that Tyler Perry directed the film, and critics don’t like Perry?
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