April 17, 2014

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt named Hollywood Breakthrough Actor for “50/50″ – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was revealed this morning that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will receive the “Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards for his heartfelt performance in the film “50/50.” This year’s ceremony, presented by Starz Entertainment, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
In Jonathan Levine’s film, which opens in theaters this Friday, Sept. 30, Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, an NPR editor diagnosed with cancer. The title refers to Adam’s odds of survival, though he receives tremendous support from his best friend (Seth Rogen), his pretty therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his worried mother (Anjelica Huston).
Gordon-Levitt will be on hand that evening to accept the award in person. His bio is below:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will next be seen in “50/50,” a comedy directed by Jonathan Levine that stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard. He will then star in the action thriller “Premium Rush,” directed by David Koepp, who also co-wrote the script. He recently wrapped production on “Looper,” for which he reunited with his “Brick” director, Rian Johnson, and will star opposite Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. He is currently in production on “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third and final installment in the Batman series, which will be directed by Christopher Nolan. Gordon-Levitt was also recently cast as Robert Todd Lincoln in the film “Lincoln” alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones, which will be directed by Steven Spielberg.
Gordon-Levitt’s additional film credits include Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award-nominated action-drama “Inception,” “Hesher,” “(500) Days of Summer,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Miracle at St. Anna,” “Stop-Loss,” “The Lookout,” “Killshot,” “Shadowboxer,” “Brick; “Mysterious Skin,” and “Manic. Early in his career, Gordon-Levitt won a Young Artist Award for his first major role, in Robert Redford’s drama “A River Runs Through It.” He went on to co-star in “Angels in the Outfield,” “The Juror,” “Halloween H20,” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”
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Scarlett Johansson’s hackers: FBI reportedly close to catching them

HollywoodNews.com: Scarlett Johansson has the FBI on a case where her cell phone was hacked and nude pictures were leaked, and it seems things could be wrapping up.
The FBI reportedly already know the identity of the main culprit involved in the leak, states TMZ. The FBI has reportedly honed in on a group of hackers and believe they know the identity of the ring leader.
The hackers in question may be involved in other celebrity leaks including Vanessa Hudgens and Jessica Alba.
Do you think the hackers will be caught?
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Scarlett Johansson getting legal over nude pictures

HollywoodNews.com: Scarlett Johansson is more than a little mad about the leak of some private nude pictures so she is taking this up as a legal matter.
Johansson’s lawyer is reportedly warning sites that the actress owns the copyright to the hacked photos and will sue if they are published, states TMZ. Sites that have been involved have allegedly already cooperated and removed the pictures.
The FBI is reportedly already on the case as they have handled previous celebrity photo hacks like Vanessa Hudgens.
Do you think the person responsible will be found?
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Levi Johnston claims Bristol Palin planned pregnancy

HollywoodNews.com: Levi Johnston has come out to say a lot about Bristol Palin in recent times, and now he is even claiming that their teen pregnancy was planned.
Levi claims that her mother’s pregnancy in 2007 upset Bristol so much that she wanted a baby of her own, states RadarOnline.com. She reportedly told him they should get pregnant.
Levi claims that he just didn’t handle it well and never used protection with Bristol.
Do you think the pregnancy was planned?
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Vanessa Hudgens creating a fashion line

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens is working hard these days as she is not only getting some film work done, but she’s also starting her very own fashion line.
Hudgens recently revealed that a clothing line is in the works right now, states E! News. “We’re still figuring it out, but it’s definitely in the works!” Hudgens commented about getting things going.
And it sounds like her own style will be a huge influence on what she creates: “Street chic, bohemian and wearable.”
Would you buy something from her line?
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Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody film “Young Adult” gets first poster – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m still surprised — make that shocked — that Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult,” with a script by “Juno” collaborator (and Oscar winner) Diablo Cody, is skipping the fall film festival circuit. Even if Reitman had decided to hold his film out of Telluride and Venice, a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival – practically the filmmaker’s backyard – seemed like a no-brainer.
But Paramount is keeping “Adult” under wraps until we get closer to its Dec. 9 opening. We’re hearing all sorts of explanations why, most centering around the fact that Cody’s story isn’t afraid to get very dark. Reitman’s film centers on a thirtysomething adolescent (Charlize Theron) sent into an tailspin when she returns home and fails to win back her ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). Emotionally battered, Theron’s character strikes up an unlikely friendship with Patton Oswalt, playing another ex-classmate who also has refused to let the high-school glory days fade.
The decision to bypass the fall festivals set off internal alarms. If “Young Adult” was as good as we’d hoped, Paramount would bring it to TIFF, where Reitman would be guaranteed solid reviews. Right?
Lest we think the studio’s not prepared to make an awards push, however, Paramount strategically released a one sheet exclusively to THR, helping to put the film on readers’ (and writers’) radars right as we head into the awards-season push. We have it below.

The poster’s clever. It looks like the cover of a young adult novel, which Theron’s character reportedly pens in the movie. But the photo also captures Theron’s arrested development.
I still can’t figure out why Paramount skipped Toronto, where Reitman collected accolades for all three of his films, including eventual Oscar nominees “Up In the Air” and “Juno.” TIFF seems like a slam dunk for a movie like this that needs to build buzz. But Paramount has a plan. Let’s see how it unfolds.
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Taylor Lautner unable to escape “Twilight,” Robert Pattinson

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Poor Taylor Lautner. Despite showing up to an MTV awards show sans the “Twilight” crew, Lautner’s brief black carpet interview with MTV correspondent James Montgomery focused on a question about Robert Pattinson. Lautner was attending the awards as a presenter, and to promote his new movie, “Abduction,” which releases on September 23rd. But, before he could get a word in edgewise about his film, Montgomery questioned Taylor about his ubiquitous “Twilight” co-star.
“I don’t know if you kissed, or were kissed by Mr. Robert Pattinson…” Montgomery began, alluding to a moment shared by Pattinson and Lautner at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. It came during an acceptance speech by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who won yet another “Best Kiss” for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Taylor Lautner was a nominee for the same award, for a kiss he shared with Kristen Stewart for the same movie. As a joke, Pattinson ran into the crowd and planted a kiss on Lautner.
“I was definitely kissed by [Robert Pattinson],” Lautner clarified, as Montgomery continued for precious seconds along those lines, leaving no time for Lautner to speak about his upcoming film.
The irony endures. Pattinson’s kiss during the MTV Movie Awards seemed an attempt to recognize Lautner for his work in the “Twilight” films, given repeated MTV Movie Awards nominations (and repeated losses to none other than Pattinson himself). Yet, even months later, it seems that Pattinson’s gesture has given the press more excuses to grill Lautner about Pattinson. Let’s hope that the release of “Abduction” gives Lautner some of the solo recognition he deserves.
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5 films (surprisingly) not screening at TIFF – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Earlier today, we celebrated a slew of films that had been added to the slate for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with eight Galas and 17 Special Presentations leading the charge.
Films like David Hare’s “Page Eight,” selected as the fest’s Closing Night Film, join previously named and anticipated titles such as Cannes favorite “The Artist;” David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method;” “Albert Nobbs,” with Glenn Close; Alexander Payne’s “The Descendents;” Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball;” Pedro Almodovar “The Skin I Live In;” Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy;” and George Clooney’s “The Ides of March.”
There are so many potential awards contenders screening in Toronto that I feel like I’m sprinkling cold water on the excitement even by mentioning these five films that will not be there (even though I was convinced most of them would have made the cut as these last few titles were added). The awards marathon promises some port-Toronto mystery as these five films continue to hold their cards close to the vest. Here are the movies I thought for sure were headed to TIFF but, so far, are not:
1. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of the John le Carre novel seemed destined for TIFF. A follow up to the director’s unnerving “Let the Right One In,” the thriller stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy in the story of spies trying to smoke out a mole. It plays Venice right before Toronto, and hits theaters on Nov. 18. Here’s the moody trailer:

2. “The Iron Lady” – TIFF can be used as a launch pad for films with awards hopes. Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady” doesn’t need the boost, but it would have been nice to see it storming the shores of Toronto. For now, “Lady” appears content to coast on the fact that it has Oscar darling Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher, with Oscar moguls at The Weinstein Company (responsible for “The King’s Speech”) handling the film’s distribution and eventual Oscar campaign. Like I said, “Lady” doesn’t need TIFF, but TIFF would have been a great place to unveil Lloyd’s film.

3. “J. Edgar” – Clint Eastwood trekked to TIFF last year with his afterlife drama “Hereafter,” but left with mixed reviews tucked in his back pocket. That could be the reason why Eastwood appears to be skipping the fall festival circuit entirely. His J. Edgar [...]

Charlize Theron spotted in Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: From an awards perspective, I’m still trying to figure “Young Adult” out.
A collaboration between “Juno” teammates Jason Reitman (director) and Diablo Cody (writer) should be enough to get the Awards Alley’s juices flowing. Then you factor in the success Reitman had with his “Juno” follow up, “Up In the Air,” and “Young Adult” sounds like a slam dunk.
Then, the warning signs started lighting up. At the moment, “Young Adult” isn’t on the Venice or Toronto schedules. The latter is a true headscratcher as Reitman, a Canadian, is a favorite son at TIFF, and he rode the fall festival circuit (Telluride, included) with great success for both “Juno” and “Air.”
But “Adult,” from what we’re hearing, isn’t as much of an awards slam dunk as Reitman’s other two. It’s reportedly darker, as scripter Cody pens an original story about a 30-something slacker (Charlize Theron) who travels back to her hometown after she learns her childhood boyfriend (Patrick Wilson) is about to have a baby. Reitman and Cody have done a few early interviews, and both make it known this material is not the feel-good stuff of their previous work.
That doesn’t mean the film won’t work. “Air” had it’s own dark side, as did “Juno” (buried beneath a layer of forced pop culture references). I wouldn’t mind seeing Reitman trying darker material … but it still feels like Paramount is hiding the film a little ahead of its Dec. 16 release.
The studio isn’t hiding this first look at Theron in character. They released this a few hours ago. It’s all we’ve got on “Young Adult” for the time being. I’m still holding out hope that the title is on the next wave of TIFF announcements. We shall see.

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Kristen Stewart goes glam, talks wedding with ‘W’

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart is apparently ready to try anything which includes being made up like a ’60s sex kitten for a shoot with ‘W’ magazine.
Stewart is on the current cover with heavy eyeliner, pale lips and major big hair, states RadarOnline.com. And while she looks almost unrecognizable, she will certainly be called hot for this latest cover.
Once readers can get past the drastically different look, Stewart opens up about the ‘Breaking Dawn’ wedding scene and dress.
“The wedding dress experience was a huge deal. I tried on one version of the dress, and it was like tweak and tweak and alter and tweak and change, and then it’s done,” Stewart revealed about preparing for the big ‘Twilight’ moment.
Are you excited for the wedding scene?
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